Lord Blake Blackstone of the Weeping Seven, Lord Jatvardur Elden of the RSFIE and Edelmann Sascha Biermanns would like to invite you to an End of the World R22 Party (Halloween event) at the Graveyard in the town of Vanguard, an Island southeast of Vertas Pass, west of the Blackblade, Arx Draconis and Blackstone Bluff.
The event shall be held on Saturday, the 24th of October 2015, at 3pm Austin Time (9pm GMT – UK, 10pm CEST – Central Europe).
You are invited to our party and we will entertain you with the following competitions:
Best original music piece from a player (The condition of originality is such that you compose your own piece.)
The prizes for the winners will be:
1st — Grim Reaper Statue ($15)
2nd — Witches Hat ($10)
3rd — $5 store coin
Each of the two competitions are separate and have their own set of prizes.
The Judges of the competions will be:
Lady @Sindariya Tyelma
-Sascha Biermanns, Sep 29, 2015
Head over to the forums, get ALL the details, participate, and tell them Stile Teckel sent you!
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So you ready for Release 16? I KNOW I’M NOT! *chuckles* speaking of which, so that everyone doesn’t think I fell off the face of the earth, I am going to be away for a week or two, starting next week. Sorry for the absence and I will be checking in on things as far as correspondence but probably very little beyond that. I’ll be back.
Seriously though, I’m very ready for release 16. Unfortunately I think release 17 is going to be my personal big release as far as getting in game more often. I will definitely be in R16 a bit this weekend to spend some time with my friends and do some hat quests!
That’s why I am going to need the Release 16 instructions and so will you! Luckily Starr took care of it as always and hes got that.
With thanks to Doctor Shroud for the source material, and Jarrod Kailef for his blessing to use his excellent tunes “Trekking in the Tall Grass” and “Beautiful Meadow”, here is my tongue-in-cheek video assessment of the winning druid home:
So, hopefully some of this isn’t to old as not to be of use.. man, when I start catching up on old news pieces, you guys are going to go “really.. that old Stile?”.. Meanwhile so that I am not of complete waste:
So this piece really caught my attention. Its over at Gamers Nexus and its focus is on Richard Garriott and Chris Roberts talking, space.. Why did that catch my attention? What a combo on that topic!. Fun and short read even if my musing wasn’t!
Umuri did something pretty cool. I really am not even going to try to explain this thing, you just need to check it out.
Ok, so I’ve been working on a functional almost fully self-crafted house decor entry, and now that it’s done for this release 16 hours positioning and 6k boards later, figured I’d run a contest.
So, hidden on this lot are a number of apples, I won’t say exactly how many, but first one to find them and post screenshots of them at each apply with /loc showing wins 100k gold. So you have to ask yourself, did you find them all? Or maybe you didn’t and your post will tip someone off to where their missing one is? Good luck! Since no one’s put an entry up yet, The following reward applies, for every apple you are missing, your reward is cut in half, and the remaining apples rewards are still open.
So whoever finds the final apple gets 50k, the second to last gets 25k, third to last gets 12.5k, etc
Ok, disregarding anything else, this is one catchy title!
Con Man: Quick … Take My Money!
Tracy Hickman is strongly supporting this project. It has some amazing people involved and it really looks awesome. I figured while not really SotA related it was a cool blurb that many might be interested in.
So Richard shared this recently via twitter. Some Real life jousting is going to be taking place at Britannia Manor! If you have been to a renaissance faire before, chances are what you saw where actors. It IS POSSIBLE you have been to one before though in which it was SCA jousters that take it very seriously, are very safety minded about the entire thing, but make no mistake do the real thing (with in reason of safety of course). Ive been to one such and it is awesome! Looks like Richard brings it home!
Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Play Release 15 Now!
Underworld Funded – Now Entering Final Week!
Crowfall Kickstarter Funded in 3 Days!
Final Week for Massively Kickstarter
First Wedding in New Britannia
Rick Holtrop’s Spectral Mines
In-game Community Weekend Events
Sir Frank’s Writing Contest (with Prizes!)
Receiving Pledge Rewards and Add-On Items
Changes to Store Credit Conversions
Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
How to Cancel Monthly Layaway Payment Plans
This Week In The News
Speaking of the first wedding. If you missed it, not to worry. The Insane hermit person we all love and know that goes by the Mad Hermit once again went around people and recorded this thing for you!
First off in the manner of full disclosure, I must admit I am very biased about this event in that its my guild that is doing it!
I can however, extremely proudly state that I have had nothing to do with it! Tomorrow is my first day off work in about two weeks and I wracked up a few 14 hour days in there. Hence, why I say proudly.
From the first mention of the idea of this, to the actual running of it on Saturday I have had zero involvement. Instead on my breaks, my lunches, or while scarfing down dinner before bed each night I have gotten the enjoyment of the next best thing to being involved in SotA stuff.. watching my friends and guild mates doing such a cool thing.
The event is already a success for me. Ive gotten many smiles on many stressful days. Thank you all! For the rest of the community, please help them make it feel successful by attending!! They have worked very hard to bring this to you, and I for one plan on being there!
Locals in this out of the way village have invented an interesting party game. Players divide into teams, and try to form a shape which is called out by a leader. The pattern can be simple or complex, and points are awarded to the team that forms it most quickly.
The Caverns wants to host this game for our fellow avatars. We will be gathering at our outdoor garden arena in the middle of Solania (/zone Vyrin) on March 7 at 12 PM CST. Teams will be determined once the game begins, and avatars will only be able to use in-game chat for communication. Points will be awarded, and winners determined. Fabulous prizes will be concocted somehow.
The shapes you will be asked to form will all be familiar items that represent “The Shape of Things to Come” for SotA.
Please join us in sharing in this new Solanian tradition!
Thanks to all of you who are planning on attending! Here is the detailed information for those who are interested…
The competition is held at The Caverns Arena in Solania pictured above. (/zone Vyrin)
Players will be divided into 2-4 teams based on the number of people that show up. Each team will occupy its own quadrant of the arena. Players will be randomly divided so there are an equal number on each team.
Spectators are welcome, and can sit in the stands. We have invented a new form of seating for the judges of the competition and out special guests called “blink seats”™. As the name says, they are only accessible by using the new R15 skill, blink.
The leader (Vyrin) will stand in the center of the arena and call out a shape to be formed by the groups. There will be three rounds of three shapes each. The first round the team that wins will get 1 point. The second round is 2 points and the third is 3. Shapes will be increasingly difficult. The scorekeeper will place a small ankh to designate each point on a special scoring table for each team.
Teams can only work using in-game chat to from their shapes. No external game communication is allowed (honor system). Part of the fun will be trying to sort yourself into the shapes with everyone talking at once.
There will be three judges to keep an eye on the action. Once two judges agree a group has formed a shape, that group is declared the winner. Teams will be designated by a colored band on the ledge behind them: red, green, silver and stripe.
At the end of the game, the team with the most points will be declared winner and will have their names immortalized in a book to be published about the event by Vyrin and Womby. Each winning team member will receive a free copy post-release.
I think from what we are seeing so far it is clear that Shroud of the Avatar will have some strong ties to the single player game Underworld Ascendant which comes from Ultima Underworld, a game near and dear to my heart (and in my collection!). As such I put a page for it under the links section of my site and I plan on kickstarting it (just waiting to see if we have a cross promotion right now).
Well, im not the only one! The community is already getting a wiki going and its being done by a lot of names you should recognize. Go read it for yourself!
Looking for a lot in game? Not sure where to find one? Saw an empty one don/t need it but will share it? There was a thread for that for R13 and tradition is being carried over into R14. So go find it here and tell them the Caverns helped you find them!
The Mad Hermit never seems to stop putting out pieces of aid to the community! Need gold? He is going to show you how to be rich beyond your dreams and then you CHOOSE to live in a little hovel alone somewhere in the woods.. because your CRAZZZZYYYYY…
All Reporters Gathering! This is a thing! How cool is that? Winfield posted about this new occurrence taking place over in the Sota Forums. Heres a little snippet of what he has to say!
To discuss how news and information from inside New Britannia is reported and documented.
To compare ideas to help consolidate and prevent duplication of services.
To envision how information will last for decades for all to use.
To share knowledge about existing or planned services.
To educate each other on best methods for discovering, uncovering, reporting, and documenting information.
Now I know your saying.. “Stile, how soon are you getting in on this?”. To be honest, I am not. I think its fantastic, a great group and they have my support! However for me personally I have a dull plate of projects and activities that I am already trying to wrap up so I can maintain my core stuff and focus on my guild and new in game projects. Im not going to add new projects to my plate! Although I hope to maybe poke my head in from time to time as time allows.
However I think this is a fantastic opportunity to grow a great community within our big community. TWO THUMBS UP!
So were in R14 now your playing it, the graphics are looking good. Maybe some things still need some work. Well, compare it to where we where are R13 and where we are going by catching the R13 Post Mortum!
The Bear cavern starts a new community group called “The Beran League”
To one and all,
The community of The Bear Tavern has slowly but surely grown over its recent past, attracting visitors from all walks of life. Now well beyond the scope and scale of that originally intended, it has been decided that a different approach should be taken to support the community as a whole. As such, on the evening of the 3rd of February, the High Council of Beran’s Reach voted on and approved the formal creation of The Beran League, an organisation encompassing a range of Towns, Guilds and Businesses. This represents our first step in founding something bigger, a move which promises to deliver greater opportunities and events for those who wish to be involved. Our little community has begun to grow up.
This isn’t the only news. Alongside our current circle, our long-term friends within The Moongate Travellers together with their Player Town of Rifts End will be joining us. I would like to wish them a formal welcome, a matter that seems somewhat redundant since we know many of them well already! I look forward to go out into the world alongside the good folk of MGT470 on dungeon raids and event nights in the future.
Here’s another compilation of various pieces of this and that you may want to look closer at!
So I thought this looked pretty cool. Now the event already took place, but its a great concept and some photos are posted, so you may want to check it out.
The New Britannia’s Builders of Bemusing Bewilderments (4B) proudly present fully decorated 5-level town basement. With 4 level deep maze, dance floor, bar, DJ booth and much more. And of course – the cake.
House decoration prizes WIN MONTY! Thats right, if your into house decorating, you wont want to miss this one!
The idea is to give people some time and decorate their homes (having a decorated basement is a plus!) This time it will be a bit shorter since r14 is around the corner. But we had enough time for decorations before this, so people that already did some will have a slight advantage. First, second and third place will get a small reward in the form of some store credits. Donated by Gaelis Trajan and myself.
They Who Dwell in Darkness is a project put out by some of the members of The New Britannia Theater Troupe. First they wrote a play. Then it was recorded as an audio recording only, with voice acting and music. That in turned is played live on Avatars radio while those same people play their characters in Shroud of the Avatar and put on the play, typing the lines and using emotes in conjunction with the live radio broadcast.
If that sounds complicated, you should see what all takes place behind the scenes to do this and it’s amazing as I’ve watched them work on this how quickly they’ve gotten some serious work accomplished! When they started working on this projects I had no doubts they could put it together. I had some doubts that they could do it within the deadlines they gave themselves! Standing ovation guys!
A huge thank you to the Mad Hermit for his video efforts to capture this project! He put a LOT of time into this, as much if not more then anyone else. Truly awesome of him to do that! Lots of love from the Caverns Mad!
Now not to be left out when speaking of the Mad Hermit is his new video on a FULLY DECORATED Dukes Waterfront Castle! Wait, theres more.. here, read the details from the Mad Hermit himself!:
Join me as we take a stroll through this beautifully decorated Island Duke Castle commissioned by Winfield (Governor of PaxLair). All decorations were hand crafted using the in-game crafting system. The Duke Keep and Island Castle were generously donated by community member Spero Gottskraft. The decorations masterfully layed-out by the Great Decoration Designer Gaelis Trajan.