March 21 2015

Tuesday’s Newsday

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!

Chris Roberts & Richard Garriott Playfully Discuss Zero G Physics [Video] | Gamers Nexus – Gaming PC Builds & Hardware Benchmarks.

Miss the most recent Church of the Dark Star? Visit Amber Raine’s thread where she even posts the audio for you! Church of the Dark Star – Saturday Services | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Matterio posted a thread over in the Sota forums announcing the SotA community app has went Alpha.

SotA Community App | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

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

Head on over and see the full details. Go check the place out, I hear its really cool!
Scavenger Hunt for 100k gold! | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

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.

Con Man: Quick … take my money!.

Need some combat lessons? Heres a class that took place you can watch!

Combat Lessons – From Novice To Master (Introduction) – YouTube.

Published on Mar 21, 2015
A combat lesson by Net
Assisted by Gaelis Trajan
Commentary by Amber Raine

Shroud of the Avatar has passed 6 million dollars… HUZAH!! HELLLLL YEEAHH!!! Well, to tell you all about it, who better then the Ultima Codex?
» Shroud of the Avatar: $6 Million RaisedThe Ultima Codex.

MMORPG Also did a piece on this:
$6M and CountingSotA Shroud of the Avatar News –

Article over at Shroud of the Avatar: Ultima in all but name.

Yes, in full disclosure I am biased. One of my guild members made the front cover of this piece over at Gamers Nexus. So this is a must see! *chuckles*.

Shroud of the Avatar's Impressive Stability & Beautification – Richard Garriott Interview | Gamers Nexus – Gaming PC Builds & Hardware Benchmarks.

I thought it was pretty cool that Shroud of the Avatar made an article by CNBC! Fans give millions to fund fantasy Avatar video game.

March 6 2015

The Shape of Things to Come Competition – Saturday March 7, 12 PM CST

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!

You can visit the official thread here! Let them know I did something worthwhile, and tell them Stile sent you!
The Shape of Things to Come Competition – Saturday March 7, 12 PM CST | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

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.

Introduction Post Image

The arena

December 6 2014

It’s a Treasure hunt! Player provided quest with price support by Logain

This is pretty cool, so you may want to check it out. Not only a good time but Logain is offering up some prize support for it!

The forum thread to participate in is over here:
The map is too small – Giveaway ($5 Store credit) | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Here are the details in the words of Logain!

Greetings fellow Avatars!

~ I’m going to post this on the SotA forum first, then link to it on the Steam forum in a couple of hours. If you have (constructive) criticism, please let me know, so I can edit things without catching heavy fire from Steam’s community right way ;) ~

With the introduction of SotA to the Steam community there had been a few remarks on how ‘small’ the world is and how little there is to explore. While that is correct (and logic, since the game is still in an early stage of development), I bet that most people have yet to truly explore! In order to point you at some things you might have missed … I’m holding a little giveaway! You can win $5 SotA Storecredit if you follow the hints and combine them to a tinyURL(.com).

Place yourself as close as possible to the position of these screenshoots, use the /loc command, note the requested number/letter and combine them. That should lead you to a webpage with more instructions!
(Sorry if there are random sporadic commercials, it’s just a placeholder hosted by a friend)
Example: If you have a location of Owl’s Nest 100.5, -70.0, 2.2 (Name X, Y, Z) and I’d ask for the third digit of X, it would be 0.
Start the tinyURL with ABC, add…
Third digit X
Fourth letter name
First digit Y
Tenth letter name
First digit Z
Eigth letter name
… and add another ABC!

  • Letters have to be used case-sensitive ( e instead of E )
  • Underscores and numbers count as one letter in a scene name (resulting in a ‘D’ instead of an ‘A’)
  • Scenes that have multiple versions need to use the ‘common’ version as scene name

All the locations are ‘difficult’ to reach and require you to have a sharp eye, or even to solve a riddle. But that’s the intention behind this giveaway. To show that there’s ‘more than meets the eye’, so if you don’t find enough to explore yet, you might have been looking at the wrong locations. It’s not about the low reward, but to encourage people to enjoy exploration and to raise awareness of all the fantastic hidden locations even at this early stage in development (the ones I used are only a small part of what you ~can~ find).

First 100 (or less) valid entries get into a list and one winner is drawn randomly at the 15th this month. No warranties or liabilities though (don’t lawyer me bro ;) )!

Good luck and happy exploring!

P.S.: I know this is a vain hope, but I’d love if people could try to refrain from posting any spoilers. It’s only $5! Hints are more than welcome if somebody gets seriously stuck, just no spoon feeding right away. Thank you very much in advance!