August 21 2018

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and it’s Developers

Hello fellow Spelunkers!

First I have to apologize. I have been waiting until I had enough pieces to get a new one of these out and a few days ago I realized I was way past having enough and should be posting the second one by now, with what I have! Ooops!

So let’s do this thing.

I mean, what can I seriously say? What words can top this title? Not really fair you know? It’s like looking at a level 6 Rouge and saying, ok go for it, roll your hiding skill to hide from Dragolich the dragon, in a fully lit room, which is also his hoard, after he was just talking to you, and you haven’t moved, and he knows where you are. Unless your Bilbo and have a Ring of Unlimited Invisibility, with Unlimited Charges, forget it!

It Took 26 Years To Find Ultima 7's Lord British Hiding In This Secret Room | Kotaku UK

This article is about Cryptocurrency, but makes mention of Richard Garriott in it and gives an update on his property in Austin.

Cryptocurrency and real estate: Two worlds collide

This is an absolutely fantastic historic write-up on Ultimate Collector!

The history of “Ultimate Collector”, Garriott’s stab at social gaming – Slashie's Journal

Time for Popcorn!!

You have the pieces put out by MMORPG and similar sites, to check out if you missed them.

This week’s Shroud of the Avatar patch includes an R2-D2 lookalike in homage to Star Wars – Massively Overpowered

Shroud of the Avatar’s 56th update is live, with a big PvP update and bug clean-up – Massively Overpowered

Shroud of the Avatar teases Polynesian cosmetics, example player-built dungeons – Massively Overpowered

Player Made Dungeons to Debut in Q4 2018 – Shroud of the Avatar –

Shroud of the Avatar works on global visual improvements, throws Shooter Jennings album release party – Massively Overpowered

A Bumpy Start to Release 56 Causes a Rollback and a Retry – Shroud of the Avatar –

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June 22 2018

Shroud of the Avatar Guide to Novia

Hello, Shroud of the Avatar folks!

I am excited to announce that community member Greyhaven recently approached me about hosting his Guide to Novia on Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond!

A couple of quotes from Greyhaven himself:

The guide features sagely observations and useful insights from such renown figures as Sorcerous Steve, Sea Wolf, “Vas Corp Por” Koleski, “Scottie” Jones, Earl Greyshot, mysterious Arabella and not forgetting our Sovereign, Lord British, himself!

It is a large 26mb, 85 page, high-quality format PDF document containing information from over 260 Shroud of the Avatar updates. It is extensively illustrated by specially produced “pen & ink drawing-effect” pictures.

WOW! He’s not kidding, this thing is absolutely fantastic and I personally plan on printing a copy in duplex and binding it!

If you are interested in checking this out, you can download it, print it, open it in Adobe reader, or I even have it embedded on the web page for you!

If you ever lose your direct link, from the menu system it is under SotA & Ultima/Game Resources – top link on that page!

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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 Those in the featured image will also be available for sale at 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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January 5 2017

Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond Treasury Status at End of Year

I feel this is an obligatory post I need to make at the end or start of a New Year!

Donations and Patronage for 2016 just finished coming in, and I reviewed the final pledge levels. We ended up collecting just a few dollars shy of $800.00 this year, which was 50% of the goal!

Now some people would say, but your goal was $1900 to cover 2016’s related expenses, Stile?

I say, yeah. It would have been nice to have hit that, HOWEVER – A community of individuals who find value in the projects and postings I do to help me raise 50% of the year’s expenses. I’ll pick up the other 50% and say, hey, that’s fair! Thank you, everyone, for your continued support and efforts! It’s of immense help, appreciated, and lets me know that my work is valued.

2017 Goal is a bit lighter at $1200.00 for the year. The reason for the reduced goal is that 2016 had some additional software expenses and other items work in and 2017 is very much at this time budgeted for more of maintaining with current costs.

If you’re interested in donating or signing up as a Patreon you can do so here:

As always thank you for your support, and I hope that I rock this site for you through 2017!

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