October 16 2015

Banish the Darkness

Coming to you on 10/17/15 at Noon is a new full cast audio production being presented by The New Britannia Theater Troupe! Not only full cast but music and sound effects! I do a small “appearance” in this one myself!

You can listen to it for the first time on Avatars Radio!

If you want to enjoy listening to it with other people there will be a listening party in Shroud of The Avatar. The listening party is taking place in the Player owned town of Wizard Rest owned by Lord Baldrith! To join the party Feel free to /zone Asclepius or /zone Baldrith.

Asclepius posted this over at the SotA forums.

(From a notice in Avatars Circle by Amber Raine)

Sat, 17 October, 12:00 – 14:00
WhereWizards Rest
DescriptionThe New Britannia Theatre Troupe is proud to present the next segment of the on going saga written by Gabriel Nightshadow – Banish the Darkness! With the use of the Aether Vibration Amplifier and Avatars Radio – This will be a listening party. Join us in Wizards Rest for a few mugs of mead and great company as we gather round to listen to and meet and greet these fantastic voice actors.

To all the community – we would love you to join us as we air this awesome production. Filled with humor, drama, tragedy and triumph, it is a play not to be missed. It is a radio play, and will be airing on Avatars Radio at 12:00 CST this Saturday. While you do not have to be present to enjoy this amazing production, we want to make a social occasion from it, and Lord Baldrith has set up bleachers so there is plenty of room to party and meet and greet the actors. Aether vibration amplifiers are set up and ready.

We will also endeavour to provide drinks for anyone who has a thirst!

Look forward to seeing you there!!!

[Edit = /zone Asclepius or /zone Baldrith if you are lost!]

Last edited: Yesterday at 7:15 PM
-Asclepius, Yesterday at 6:59 PM

There’s a small possibility a life event may keep me away from the party, but most likely I plan on being there myself! Hope to see you and tell me Stile sent y.. err.. um.. Let’s skip that this time!

May 17 2015

Bits and Bobs

So my last piece that was going out I included a note I would be doing a major computer and networking project. As an update I am in the midst of that and its going well! I will have time to work on other things when batches of files are moving around and the like.. which brings us to this piece!

So official update #125 came out this week as I am sure you are aware. https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=50566

The official Summary:

Make A Difference – Water.org Charity Drive by Rize Up Gaming
Hangout of the Avatar: Release 17 Postmortem
Player Owned Town Submission Form (BETA) Now Available
Shroud of the Avatar SoundCloud Playlist
The New Britannia Theater Troupe Presents: Aurum Berries
Pledge Stats Update
New Asset Pack: Full Founders Armor Set Updated
In-game Community Weekend Events
Blade of the Avatar Pledge Reward and Add-Ons Expire May 31
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
Upcoming Events

I’m really proud of the New Britannia Theater troupe! They did another great performance and a huge thank you to The Mad Hermit for putting it on the big screen!

Looking to learn about RP, other people’s input and take on exactly what RP is, new tips and tricks? Luka Melehan is promising to offer up Friday night Role play classes so maybe thats exactly what you are looking for.

Starting very soon I will be conducting RP classes at the Port Phoenix Academy. Roleplaying is a subject that takes many forms, and I have seen some heated debates that would rival those of PvP. During our sessions I want to go over some different styles before centering on the RP styles you will be most likely to find here in Novia. We will also have ‘lab’ time, practice time in various scenes.


Today is a fun day for me to do this piece about Duke Gréagóir and a new piece hes working on. You may also be aware that Duke Gréagóir also is the seller of the offical and licenses Richard Garriott Serpentine charm made of silver! You can learn more about that over here. The reason I mention this though is I did get one of these and happened to have just put it on my necklace today!

I have started to develop a mobile app that will do a the things the SotA Museum New Britannian Runic Translator web page does ( http://sotamuseum.com/Shroud_of_the_Avatar/RunicLanguage/ ). This is a natural extension to the helpful tools on the site but an expanded way to boost those tools.

This includes on the fly New Britannian Runic to English translation ( up to several pages at a time of text), an export function (image or text), and New Britannian Runic Flash cards to help you learn this exciting language. There will also be an image gallery with common signs all over Novia in Runic and a translation.

He’s looking for input and feedback so visit the full thread, check out all the details, and tell him the Caverns sent you.

Duke Gréagóir - Crest-Of-Arms-Lord1-150x150

I recently did a write-up of my trip to Austin at Richard Garriott’s Curtain Theater. I had a great time and was able to enjoy a EPIC AND MAGICAL performance of Measure to MEasure by The Baron’s Men. I still plan on sharing some photos and the like of that with you from that event in the future (still catching up!). Until then though here is a great Youtube Video of the theater for a quick glimpse!

On the older side, the International Business Times posted an article titled “New RPG ‘Shroud Of The Avatar’ By Richard Garriott Aims For 2015 Release.

Richard Garriott, who also goes by the alias “Lord British,” is releasing a new Kickstarter-funded RPG called “Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues,” and it might get released this year. As seen from the report by Polygon, it looks to be an anticipated release as the game not only managed to reach its Kickstarter goal of about $1 million, but the extra crowd funding pledges given to the game’s site has almost reached $6 million.

Read the entire thing over here: http://www.ibtimes.com.au/new-rpg-shroud-avatar-richard-garriott-aims-2015-release-1420206

Ciciro posted a fun piece about Spiders over in the Shroud of the Avatar forums. What I really enjoyed about this piece is its very fitting as a piece for one of the pieces that I created this site for and planned on doing after E1 launches. Now due to time constraints I do not know if I will still be doing it which is interesting since it was one of the concepts I had in mind from day #1! Pieces on life in the world from various different viewpoints in a roleplay style, probably based on geographical location and/or other type of criteria to create a theme as to what the core material is. In this one, the example would be “spiders”, and leaving it broad. Perhaps another piece may be “Spiders of Northern Novia”. I still may do a series like this after E1 but it is yet to be seen and I may recruit people to help with them. Regardless this piece caught my eye for this reason and it is everything I want to do, which includes;

-captioned images or captioned galleries
-a general theme
-a core aspect of comedy is prevalent in the work

So head over and take a look and tell him the Caverns sent you! https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/save-the-endangered-red-spider.21419/#post-318224

Retro Ultima game, is it Lord British approved? This article poses the question and tells you about the game.


Ok, now next weekend is Memorial day weekend. I am sure your going to be having a big cookout, people over, and fun will be had. So add a little Karaoke to your event! Over here is the song, and video, of Return of Lord British by the Space Bards…. with… Lyrics added to it for Karaoke! You win! Posted by Player Killer.

Engadget has this article posted titled “Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott and Starr Long on how SOTA wins at player-generated content”.

When you sit down to talk with Portalarium’s Richard Garriott and Starr Long about Shroud of the Avatar, you hear much more than can possibly fit in just one article! Even though its currently in development, there’s a lot to this title


They also have this one “Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott and Starr Long on MMO community”. http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/18/shroud-of-the-avatars-richard-garriott-and-starr-long-on-mmo-co/

January 28 2015

The Mad Hermit Works magic with The Helpful Mage!

Awwwwww yeaaaahh, thanks Mad Hermit!

In the mood for a voice acted play with music? Then The Mad Hermit has you covered, right over here! PLEASE give it a thumbs up on Steam even if you prefer watching it on Youtube!

Steam Community :: Video :: Shroud Of The Avatar – New Britannia Theater Troupe Presents – The Helpful Mage.

Shroud Of The Avatar – New Britannia Theater Troupe Presents – The Helpful Mage – YouTube.

The Mad Hermit

January 17 2015

Some websites update and a Trademark from Jynx!

So I had a lot of little/misc pieces of website mainteance to do and while taking care of all of that, I put The Caverns logo that Jynx created for me on many of our sites!

So wherever you go, if you see The Logo, you know the individual, website, etc, are a participant of the Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond community!

Thank you for the great graphic Jynx! I made a few of my own versions as well *winks*

Caverns Logo in circle with name and website - Red

November 16 2014

Those who Dwell in the Darkness – Presented by the Mad Hermit!

He came, he saw, he then showed it to all of you in its full glory!

The New Britannia Theater Group Proudly Presents, “They Who Dwell In Darkness”.

This is an edited version of the performance held live on October 25th in Valemark. Actors from around the world voice-acted their roles which was simulcast on Avatar’s Radio (and broadcast in-game via the Aether Vibration Amplifier) while typing their lines and controlling their characters.

I was asked to record the event, which I did, but then felt compelled to create the “Made for TV” version of it. Enjoy!

Author: Gabriel NightShadow

Voice Actors:
+ Amber Raine
+ Asclepius
+ Static Grazer
+ Lady Adnor

Editor and Producer: Asclepius

Music Credits
“The Field of Dreams” by Paulis Jurgelevleius
“Small Loss” By HorrorPen
“Anger Lonely (3M loop) by Natlyea
“The Mad Scientist” by BossLevelVGM
“Walls and Lamps” by Alexandr Zhelanov
“BellHell” by Ove Melaa

All music can be found on:

For full information about the production see the forum post:

Link to Shroud of the Avatar – New Britannia Theater Group Performance of “Those Who Dell In Darkness” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxWPf…
Standard YouTube License

Shroud Of The Avatar – New Britannia Theater Group Presents – They Who Dwell In Darkness – YouTube.

The New Britannia Theater Troupe

November 11 2014

Check out these videos!

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!

Shroud Of The Avatar They Who Dwell In Darkness (Live) – YouTube.

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.

Now Enjoy his video and go give it a like!

Shroud Of The Avatar Fully Decorated Duke's Waterfront Castle – YouTube.

The New Britannia Theater Troupe

November 6 2014

Ready, take 2, action! Those who dwell in the Darkness – LIVE!

Various members of The New Britannia Theater Troupe are doing it again! Live an in game “They Who Dwell In Darkness”.

If you missed this last time, please go view the great video by the Mad Hermit!

Shroud Of The Avatar – New Britannia Theater Group Presents – They Who Dwell In Darkness – YouTube.

So be there on 11/8/14 at 10AM CST.Same bat channel, same bat location as last time in Valemark – Paxlair.

Avatars radio will play a pre-made audio file of the play by the voice actors who at the same time will be playing their characters, in game, presenting the play!

Wow – that’s some serious work!

Come show your support!

The New Britannia Theater Troupe

November 1 2014

Update of the Avatar #97 – 2014.10.31

Another week with another great update from Portalarium!
Update of the Avatar #97 – 2014.10.31: Happy Halloween, $5M Raised, R11 Impressions, Holiday Specials, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar.

The official summary:

Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

$5M Raised!
Release 11 Impressions
R11 Community Events
R11 Stays Open! Get Your Carnival Mask Tricorn Hat!
Steam Access Keys Now Available for All Backers
Zack’s ELEMENTUM Wins the Captivate Conference Finals
Get Your 15% Bonus
Holiday Specials
Last Chance Exclusives: Scissors of Prosperity and Combat Sigil Cape
Alienware Sponsors $20 Pledge Upgrade Coupon
Upcoming Events

Obviously a huge congratulations to hitting 5 million! Great news for all of us. A huge HUZAH! to the New Britannia Theater troupe getting some huge recognition for the hard work they do and how it has evolved into what was done this time. A little humbling to myself that my advert was used for it… had I known I might have proof read the grammar and spelling a bit more!!

The New Britannia Theater Troupe

October 19 2014

The new Britannia Theater Troupe – Why is their R11 event Historical?

As you have seen they are putting on a play in the game for R11. If you have missed the press on this… are you on Mars? Ok, seriously though, if you have, Kenneth Kully just put up a nice post on this over at Ultima Codex you can check out!
So There’ll Be an In-Game Theatre Production During Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 11 Next Week – The Ultima Codex.

So I have two things!! First, because its shorter. Kenneth mentions he did not know there was a New Britannia theater Troupe! Im sure many don’t, as even though its been talked about, a lot goes on and its hard to follow up with everything. So if you want to learn more about the Troupe, go here!


Secondly and finally, I am typing a post in a forum to someone, and thought “I really should share this as a blog”. Bottom line – Why do I think this event is so important?

Ok, its a dry run, yes. Its a test run, sure. It may not work as well as desired even with a little practice ahead of time on R11, etc.

But… its majorly historical. There’s a Theater stretch goal for the game. Its an EXTREMELY important feature of the game to both Starr and Richard.

This represents literally, the first group of people putting on the first event like this, to what one day in the game may be a major aspect of game play that takes place on a regular basis by many groups.

For that reason I want to do as much video recording, airing, etc as possible. Also it will take a lot to keep me away, as I want to say “I was at the first one!”.

I hope YOU can make it!

The New Britannia Theater Troupe