Also if you did not see one of my new projects, I am running an online auction site now. Located in my store, Caveloot.com, where you can also find Shroud of the Avatar Items listed under the “virtual Games” category, under the “shop here” menu tab. More products being added all the time!
What’s great about this project is that we sell for the community for a fairly low commission. If you want to learn more about it why not just drop my an email at firstname.lastname@example.org?
On March 8th, 2013 Portlarium and Richard Garriott kickstarted a game called Shroud of the Avatar.
On March 14th, 2013 I thought to myself “I should create a Facebook group to go along with my blog, and as a way to meet people while we wait for this game!!”
On July 26th, 2017 We hit 1000 members in that group!!!
So I wanted to take this occasion to say a few words about the group, and why I am proud of being involved in this.
It’s not because I created the group. That was a lucky accident of timing, and the group and its success is a contribution of many, including Portalarium helping out. I don’t even have to do a lot these days. A while back, I think it was around 500 or 600 members, I got what I felt like was a gentle nudge from someone at Portalarium that said: “you really gotta stay on top of this, did you see this concern?”. I read that as “I need some help because I can’t be here all the time”. So I choose some people I knew well that I felt would be fair administrators.
They deserve one hell of a round of applause, let me tell you!!!
I had no idea exactly HOW well I was choosing at the time. These nine individuals admin this group so well, that I can’t even help! I would literally have to sit at my computer with my finger hovering over the group just to accept a new member. I am not exaggerating in this, they have handled any concerns this group has had, more quickly than I could 99.5% of the time. I feel like I am worthless as an admin as they react so quickly and so well, I can’t help!
Additionally, I have never heard of or received any complaints about any of the administers, of ANY kind. For that matter, I have never had a complaint in this group that I can recall at the moment, from one member about another, of any kind.. Woaaaahhh!!!
If that’s not enough? In those four years, I have seen less drama, disputes, serious disagreements, or any other concerns that even need an admin then I have in smaller groups, in any given month. The maturity level, the level of comradeship, and willingness to help each other out is amazing!
Everyone has a large focus on the positive, and most conversations that have a negative tint tend to be a civil discussion that doesn’t over do it, but rather discuss it enough and then let it go, agreeing and disagreeing where appropriate in a polite way, and then moving in.
I would be proud to be in a group like this, anywhere for any type of interest in a social setting.
Please jump on in some time if you haven’t, the water is warm, and while we occasionally have small squabbles, for the most part, we all play together very well!
I would like to say a personal thank you to the group, regarding a particular thing. When I created it, it was for some people to get to know each other and that was all I really had in mind (and that did in fact work! I have made great friends due to creating the group. I hope all of you have!).
I never thought, or expected to see it achieve the kind of numbers it did and has. I also never expected Portalarium to show the level of support to the group they have, in even promoting it in their news letters and articles.
While that is all great, I can’t tell you how nervous it has made me at times. It would be naive of me to think a company such as Portalarium, with a game like Shroud of the Avatar, and that in my naivety and innocence in doing social work had the audacity to name EXACTLY like the game, to not think they don’t keep an eye on how well it’s managed. In the end, no matter how many administrators the group has if there was a serious issue, I realize that eye is going to be like the blazing eye of Sauraun looking at me and thinking I have the One Ring in my pocket!
I know they would always be understanding, and work with me, not come at me like death if there was a concern… The thing is though, I have never had to have those conversations with Portalarium because the group has never put me in that position.
Thank you so much, for how awesome you all are for that!
*The Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group is not affiliated with Portalarium or any of its subsidiaries. It is a fan group run by fans for fans. There is a Shroud of the Avatar Facebook PAGE, which is owned and operated by Portalarium for Shroud of the Avatar. For official information, you should join that page!
Ok, these came across my screen and I felt they were spotlight worthy!
You have what appears to be a complete Ultima V, up for auction with very reasonable shipping and currently a high bid of $24.00. May go for a decent price, may not, but worth checking out if you want one.
The first auction I noticed today was for a Shroud of the Avatar challenge coin. This coin was originally made by Frank Baxley and was given to Portalarium along with the designs and all that sort of stuff.
Since then they have remade multiple versions of it using different metal mixes and finishes. To the best of my knowledge, the artwork has never been changed, although it will for the reward coin version from pledge rewards.
Given out by dev’s just about anywhere you can encounter them, and if they decided to have some with them (not just Richard himself).
Someone has this one up on Ebay. I wouldn’t say the price is bad, but I think in time you may do better. On the other hand, if you’re trying to get all the metal versions of this, you might want to jump on it. Some are more limited than others.
This auction caught my eye, as I want it for my collection and use! I have most of the D20 Cthulhu stuff as well as a lot of off-shoot stuff (none of which I have used yet *smirks*). One of the few items I have never picked up is the Game Master’s Pack. For a while, it was impossible to get for anything less than $150.00.
I have seen it purchasable for a $100.00 or so a few times now, but this is the first time I saw it listed this low! Fortunately for you, if it is of interest to you, if it doesn’t pay my bills or put food on my table I don’t buy it right now. So I am passing a good score onto you instead!
I was starting to get worried I was not going to see any auctions I felt were even the least bit worth to discuss ever again, based on what I have been catching of late.
Then finally, today, we have some stuff that’s discussion worthy at the minimum.
First up is a hot Ultima I for the Apple II. I say hot as it currently is at $100.00 with 12 bids and reasonable shipping. Still, I would love to own an Ultima I for that price, and this is in great shape. It’s bound to go for more but will most likely be less than a But It Now typically would. Good purchase for someone!
If you missed it at the time it came out, legendary game developer Dr. Cat recently put together a long live stream composing some of the most legendary names in gaming you will find anywhere!
I was able to keep a few snippets live, but have not to this date been able to watch the whole thing. Luckily if you are like me and could not watch it all live, you still get to see this amazing amazing day of discourse with the epic people!