July 22 2018

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Developer’s, & It’s Community – In the News

It look’s like we will see Shroud of the Avatar on Amazon at some point!

So let’s look at what else is going on?

Over here, Richard Garriott was on a podcast.
PODCAST: Richard Garriott's real life as amazing as his virtual worlds

Richard Garriott to be a speaker at devcom 2018, according to this article.
Gamasutra – Press Releases- NRW Indie Area at devcom 2018: North Rhine-Westphalia supports independent developers

Richard Garriott get’s a brief mention in this article.
Game review: Tempest 4000 is a classic you can’t keep down | Metro News

Both Starr Long and Richard Garriott are included in an upcoming book. You can see some exceprts here!
Gamasutra – Book Excerpt: A behind-the-scenes look at building Ultima Online


According to this article, Players gave over $4000.00 in items away to other players. Wow!

Over $4000 USD Given Away, The Ripple Effect, Walhalla Museum Opening Party • Shroud Of The Avatar – KABALYERO – Knight Of New Britannia


Looks like Shroud of the Avatar partner Travian games is adding some other partners.
Gamasutra – Press Releases- Travian Games reveals two new games: 4Sight and Startrail Destiny

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March 27 2018

A Prototype Art Review of Work Obtained from Relics by Rild

CONGRATULATIONS SHROUD OF THE AVATAR ON LAUNCH!

Having been here since day #1, I can only say it has been a wild ride so far, and I’m glad it’s technically just starting!!


Hello Players!

If you’ve been saying to yourselves lately, that Stile guy has become worthless.. Well.. I.. Um, Yeah, let’s just leave it at “busy” and not even try to go beyond that explanation!

I’m here though, so pony up the Bribes for your GM and let’s roll initiative! Pass me a Mountain dew, some Cheeto’s and pull out your enchanted daggers and magic Missles!

This session at the table is going to be quick as I need some sleep. I DO have a big Keeping up with SotA piece coming, and should have it out in the next day or two. I hope. It was originally going to be part of this one *green*


Rolling a critical today is Relics by Rild! Taking some serious notes over the past few years on the importance of releases, Rild decided to boost support for the game by launching an entirely new line of Canvas Prints ON GAME LAUNCH DAY!

Those cool paintings in-game? GET THEM FOR REALS! No dart trap’s, no Mimic’s, just fantastic objects of art! Not only that, Whether you want normal Human size or Colossal Red Dragon sized, you can get it!

Now I will admit I fudged a roll behind the screen back here, and the Featured image of this posts show’s one of these below a sword, making it look REALLY big!

Well, It might have done better at doing so, If I was a better photographer in terms of experience with trying to pull that off. It was a ruse though, as I just used a sword letter opener.

The one you’re seeing here in the photos is a prototype that some Rogue went in and slipped out of this massive pile of stuff Rild sleeps on, and burgled it out some back passageway, past this annoying bird that just kept pecking away. Until I eventually acquired it and now get to review it for you!

So I did what all folks do when acquiring a new item, and rolled my appraisal skill. I was highly impressed with the quality of the frame. The wood is clean, not rotting, no splinters. Corners meet well, plenty of staples to keep the Vinyl in place yet fully sunk at the same time! It’s not Masterwork, nor would one expect such for a hidden frame, but frankly, in my opinion, it’s better then it needs to be!

In fact, I contacted Rild and asked him if he was crafting in the shop and had leveled up his carpentry skills recently. We talked, it was a good time.

To create an entire scroll rack out of a simple appraisal roll, Id also add that I really like the small one’s as you could do up an entire wall with all the different ones! Then you could do your ceilings in the big ones!!

Lot’s of other cool things in the store including some sales that have Dwarven smiths running for their gem Caches!

Relics by Rild – Shroud of the Avatar Merchandise

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February 15 2018

*SQUEALS LIKE A GIRL* Coins from Relics by Rild and Frank Baxley!


(Note: Sorry for images not looking correct at the moment, or being able to be pulled up to look at in large size. Currently working on fixing lightbox, gallery issues with the site, but before I can do so, there are other bugs I am having my host work out from the new migration first. Thanks for patience and photos should be back up and pretty before long).

OMG, OMG, OMG! It was so awesome opening a box today from Relics by Rild!

Frank Baxley recently designed two new coins for Shroud of the Avatar, which is now for purchase in the Relics from Rild store.

So, this was a hard purchase for me. I became unemployed in 2017 and I have decided to stay that way as an entrepreneur who has yet and probably will not for a few years, makes enough to be qualified as “self-employed”. As you can imagine part of this decision includes a self-sacrifice in that there is very very little I purchase that does not serve a need of some kind. Usually most of my purchases these days are investments for my business in some way.

So when not one but TWO new coins went into the store at the same time, some tough decisions had to be made! I mean, I’ve been wanting one of the SotA Title Art Woodcut Hoodie’s for ages now as it is!

Ultimately there was never any question! No way I am not getting my hands on any coins made by Frank Baxley that I had an opportunity for, and do not already own. I’ll share my collection below.

Very happy I decided to work these into the budget. They are both beautiful, but clearly, the Blade of the Avatar coin is a new level of coin making from Frank. This particular coin is larger than any others he has made (that I own at least), and to me personally, is just the most creative, artistic, best-looking one he has done.

Great job Frank!!!

My Shroud of the Avatar and Related Coins:
Not all of these coins are made by Frank, but most of them are.

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June 25 2017

Helen Garriott Auction Spotlight


As someone who is both an Ultima collector and that follows the creators, it was eventual that at some point in my life I’d take a look at Helen Garriott’s work. For those not in the know, this would be Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s, mother.

I LOVE her ceramics! So much so that I spent years watching for them until I was able to get a piece for my own collection at a bargain.

I still watch for them as I would love to own many of them. This one is definitely outside of my budget but it absolutely beautiful!

Signed Helen Garriott Solar Candy Jar Dishes with lid

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June 13 2017

Catching Up With Shroud of the Avatar and It’s Developers

I’ve been behind a bit, as I am sure you have noticed. So, I am taking the time to catch up on things here and there as able. Why don’t you do it with me?

First, if you have heard ANY rumors I myself as a Shroud of the Avatar player am leaving the game, just NIX that! Love the game and am not going anywhere. I have decided I held more assets than I could use and am selling some of them down.

If you are interested you can see MOSTLY full lists here. Prices are negotiable, I’ll bring the ones that are high down in time, and would love to hear from you!
WTS – HUGE List of Items – With More Coming! – 6/11/17 r2 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

House and Basement Deeds for Sale – Large List – 6/13/2017 r1 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Being that I also own an online store, it was an easy decision to take this activity into that. As such I am also selling at Caveloot.com I have a LOT to add to the store, but items are being added daily!

I am also willing to purchase items, accounts, and other things at bulk, OR sell your items for you on commission!! Want something sold on commission or want to sell quickly? Just drop by they Caveloot.com store and use the contact form to drop me a note and I will go over the commission program with you. If you’re looking for a quick sale, send me the list!

Contact – Caveloot.com

Now that my plug and efforts to dispell any false rumors are complete, let’s see where I last left off in the SotA news!


I am sure you know that Portalarium does spotlights on Player Owned Towns. Did you know MMO Examiner posted a piece, about them doing that?

Shroud Of The Avatar Highlights Player Town Port Phoenix – MMOExaminer


Need some new Bling Bling? How about a Ring? Go Chaos or Order (Ankh) with one of our community own on Shapeways, Whitefyre Crafts By Andrew Head.

Whitefyre Crafts
By Andrew Head


Kicking back in the recliner and firing up Shroud of the Avatar on a PS4 or Xbox One? Hmm.. *imagines it*. Yeah, call me old school, but I just can’t personally imagine not being on a gaming rig with good gear, but to each their own.

Fact is, it has not crossed off the list, that could be possible some day. Ultima Codex tells you more about it here.

Shroud of the Avatar: Console Ports May Be Explored, “Eventually” – The Ultima Codex


Ok folks, that’s all for today! I WILL have more coming soon and until then, I hope to see you in the other world!

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March 11 2017

The Dice Are Coming, The Dice Are Coming!

Something new The Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond will be doing starting April of this year, is a monthly dice giveaway. At the beginning of each month (on the first or as quickly after as I am able), I will be doing a random drawing of all my $1.00+ Patrons and anyone that donated a $1.00 or more since the previous drawing.

One winner each month, chosen at random, will be shipped no charge (including international), a featured customized die.

To be eligible for April’s drawing you need to either be a Patron when I do the drawing or donate a $1.00 or more between now and then.

An image of the die being given away that month will be included with the winner’s announcement. Yes, you are understanding correctly! The die given away will be not only cool, but a surprise reveal.

These are some examples of, but not limited to, the type of dice you will see being given away.

You can win an unlimited number of times, but any time the winner drawn is the same as the previous month, an ADDITIONAL drawing will be done with a second die being given away. This ensures that someone new has a chance each month, but you have an opportunity to win even if you did the month prior.

These drawings will be held for an indefinite period. We do not anticipate stopping this anytime soon, but when we do decide to, will give a months notice.

Don’t want to take your chances with luck but want to get your hand on the dice we give away? FEAR NOT!

All of the dice in this post are available for sale with the exception of those shown in the featured image, at Caveloot.com. Those in the featured image will also be available for sale at Caveloot.com shortly, as they become available.

The support I get from my Patrons and Donators means a lot, and I am happy to find another way to show that!

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February 20 2017

Artist Juan Martinez at Capricon 2017

The beautiful Dragon you are bearing witness to was made by artist Juan C Martinez, whom I had the opportunity to meet at Capricon!

What is really amazing about this little beauty is that it is made entirely from pennies! That is what Juan does, is using tools and coins makes amazing sculptures out of them.

I obtained two pieces from him, the dragon you saw above and for my wife’s birthday today, I gave her a blue rose.

If you like his work, which is reasonably priced be sure to stop over at his Facebook page “CHAOSART666K”. You can contact him to order pieces. If you do though, be sure to tell him Caveloot.com sent you, as he shows us a little love back for the referral. Regardless of that though we want him to know we are sending him love where we can!

(5) Chaosart666k

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February 5 2017

Richard Garriott Auction Spotlight – Man On A Mission


This is a fantastic documentary about Richard Garriott’s preparation and flight into space. It is not hard to find at all. However, I have NEVER seen it posted this inexpensively on Ebay. I even paid a bit more than this for the copy I own, and I waited a year before I nabbed it at what I paid!

You do not need to be a fan of or interested in Richard Garriott to enjoy this movie. I think just about anyone with an interest in some of the things taking place in the commercial space flight industry would do well to check this score out!

There is also bonus features on it, including the first (and only still?) horror movie that takes place in space, actually filmed in space. It’s just a short flick of only a few minutes but is enjoyable.

So whether looking to add it to a collection, or just want an enjoyable and educational movie to watch, this is a win!

Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars

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January 18 2017

Kickstarter Spotlight – Albino Dragon Playing Cards!

When you talk about Kick Starters here is one that you do not want to miss, even if it’s to just look at.

If you are not familiar with the name of the Albino Dragon Playing Cards, I would be surprised if you have not seen a deck sometime. I believe I have three different ones in my home and I only bought one of them from them direct.

This one offers you a chance to potentially get all the Card Decks they make along with some extras. Woah!!!!

If you sign up for this one and heard it from me, please put in the notes section that caveloot.com sent you! Seriously, I plan on carrying their product someday if I can!

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January 9 2017

Even Gamers Need To Wear Socks! – Subscription Box Review – Socks and I – *Spoliers*

So next time your gaming, you want to make sure you not only have awesome socks keeping your feet warm but it’s also important that you don’t have to loose valuable gaming time going to the store for them, right?

That’s why I decided to check out a sock subscription box company and pass along a review o them for you!

Welcome to The Subscription Box review for “Socks and I,” a monthly service!

We’re a fun, passionate and sock crazy company founded on the principle that everything we do, must be done with YOU in mind.

Our mission is not only to send you AMAZING socks, but to make sure your EXPERIENCE with Socks and I, is one of a kind.

We can’t wait to ship you your package every month!


Socks and I give you the option to receive either 1 pair, two pair, or 4 pairs per month. You, of course, get to choose his or hers and the box I am reviewing for you is a mix.

There is something very cool about getting socks in the mail each month! Let’s take a look at these.


Two pairs of what I would term an “athletic” sock came in the box. Both have some vibrant colors, are well knit, stretchy, calf high, and will make any Orc want to get the drop down on you for this loot.

I personally really dig these Red, white, and black pattern which give me a Harley Quinn vibe!

Regardless of your taste preferences for coloring and styles, both of these seem quite warm and comfortable. Realizing my feet were a bit cold, I armored up against the elements with a pair and am quite cozy. The elastic around my calfs also seems to be more supportive without being restrictive than I am used to.

Definitely quality socks!


The first thing that pops into my mind when I look at this other pair? WOW, the stitching on these and detail is amazing!

The ankle high has a beautiful soft color tone with a sort of Aztec type pattern to it. Gave me some cool nostalgic thoughts of the 1982 video game by the same name! My wife not being a gamer will not appreciate that, but she will like the socks.

The other pair, just as beautiful…

HOLY SHIT THOSE ARE LONG! Was my immediate thought on unfolding them!

I can’t wait to see the look on my wife’s face when I hand her these. We both love to try new things in our wardrobe, but both have to watch our expenses, and this is going to be something she will enjoy wearing a treat.

The time of year is perfect with the negative temperatures we have sometimes been getting in our area. Not only being long but very thick with tight stitching to keep out air.

Not only because of their cool length but also their color, they remind me of my Doctor Who scarf (which yes, I DO WEAR in the winter!).


I am extremely pleased with this subscription box, hence why it’s being shared with you. The items are varied, high quality, and a decent value. In my opinion you cannot go wrong with this subscription box service!


https://www.socksandi.com/


*Disclosure
I sometimes receive the product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review and opinions. These may be different from your own. I carry a high set of personal ethics, and I provide only my honest opinions. You will not see highly negative reviews from me as I will return a product before I give it a bad review. I only review that which has more positive than negative in my opinion. My reviews are not just reviews but products I am recommending to you after I have fully evaluated them.

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