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 – MMORPG.com

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 – MMORPG.com

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June 12 2018

Game Developer and Artist Scott Jones Coming to My Home and Possibly Yours in Shroud of the Avatar!

How do you get Scott Jones in Your house in Shroud of the Avatar? Just go pledge on this Kickaster, I have, at the highest level, and feel awesome about being able to do so!

Don’t miss this opportunity to bring a smile to the face of an individual, who brings smiles to everyone around him. Let’s show him the love!

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August 30 2017

Portalarium, Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Dev’s, and It’s Community

CONGRADUUUUUULATIONS SHROUD OF THE AVATAR

Shroud of the Avatar has now successfully raised over Twelve Million in funding. That’s worth taking note of! My congratulations to everyone involved in that, something to be proud of.

Let’s take a look at some of the recent going on’s that are involved in that, shall we?


With Richard Garriott having opportunities to talk about it a bit at a Gaming Convention with over 350K people, I hope we will see a few new players!

Gamescom 2017 Keynote Speakers Announced; Includes Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, Richard Garriott, and More

GamesCom 2017 – Preview

More than 350,000 attend Gamescom 2017 – Thumbsticks

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Panel Coming To Gamescom – GameSpot

Gamasutra – Press Releases- From Playerunknown's


Speaking of Richard Garriott and conventions.

Devcom to return in 2018 | GamesIndustry.biz


A community continuing to create resources for each other!

Travel journal about the South entrance to Dragomir Mori – Part 1 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Travel journal about the South entrance to Dragomir Mori – Part 2 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


The Rest…

Shroud of the Avatar works on replacing placeholder scenes – Massively Overpowered


Also if you did not see one of my new projects, I am running an online auction site now. Located in my store, Caveloot.com, where you can also find Shroud of the Avatar Items listed under the “virtual Games” category, under the “shop here” menu tab. More products being added all the time!

What’s great about this project is that we sell for the community for a fairly low commission. If you want to learn more about it why not just drop my an email at customerservice@thecaverns.net?

I also have a nice write-up detailing the program over here in the forums:
Online Auction Services at Caveloot.com being offered | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

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July 27 2017

Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group Surpasses 1000 Members!

On March 8th, 2013 Portlarium and Richard Garriott kickstarted a game called Shroud of the Avatar.

On March 14th, 2013 I thought to myself “I should create a Facebook group to go along with my blog, and as a way to meet people while we wait for this game!!”

On July 26th, 2017 We hit 1000 members in that group!!!

So I wanted to take this occasion to say a few words about the group, and why I am proud of being involved in this.

It’s not because I created the group. That was a lucky accident of timing, and the group and its success is a contribution of many, including Portalarium helping out. I don’t even have to do a lot these days. A while back, I think it was around 500 or 600 members, I got what I felt like was a gentle nudge from someone at Portalarium that said: “you really gotta stay on top of this, did you see this concern?”. I read that as “I need some help because I can’t be here all the time”. So I choose some people I knew well that I felt would be fair administrators.

They deserve one hell of a round of applause, let me tell you!!!

I had no idea exactly HOW well I was choosing at the time. These nine individuals admin this group so well, that I can’t even help! I would literally have to sit at my computer with my finger hovering over the group just to accept a new member. I am not exaggerating in this, they have handled any concerns this group has had, more quickly than I could 99.5% of the time. I feel like I am worthless as an admin as they react so quickly and so well, I can’t help!

Additionally, I have never heard of or received any complaints about any of the administers, of ANY kind. For that matter, I have never had a complaint in this group that I can recall at the moment, from one member about another, of any kind.. Woaaaahhh!!!

If that’s not enough? In those four years, I have seen less drama, disputes, serious disagreements, or any other concerns that even need an admin then I have in smaller groups, in any given month. The maturity level, the level of comradeship, and willingness to help each other out is amazing!

Everyone has a large focus on the positive, and most conversations that have a negative tint tend to be a civil discussion that doesn’t over do it, but rather discuss it enough and then let it go, agreeing and disagreeing where appropriate in a polite way, and then moving in.

I would be proud to be in a group like this, anywhere for any type of interest in a social setting.

Please jump on in some time if you haven’t, the water is warm, and while we occasionally have small squabbles, for the most part, we all play together very well!


I would like to say a personal thank you to the group, regarding a particular thing. When I created it, it was for some people to get to know each other and that was all I really had in mind (and that did in fact work! I have made great friends due to creating the group. I hope all of you have!).

I never thought, or expected to see it achieve the kind of numbers it did and has. I also never expected Portalarium to show the level of support to the group they have, in even promoting it in their news letters and articles.

While that is all great, I can’t tell you how nervous it has made me at times. It would be naive of me to think a company such as Portalarium, with a game like Shroud of the Avatar, and that in my naivety and innocence in doing social work had the audacity to name EXACTLY like the game, to not think they don’t keep an eye on how well it’s managed. In the end, no matter how many administrators the group has if there was a serious issue, I realize that eye is going to be like the blazing eye of Sauraun looking at me and thinking I have the One Ring in my pocket!

I know they would always be understanding, and work with me, not come at me like death if there was a concern… The thing is though, I have never had to have those conversations with Portalarium because the group has never put me in that position.

Thank you so much, for how awesome you all are for that!

To many more years, and thousands of members both for the game and for the group.
Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group

*The Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group is not affiliated with Portalarium or any of its subsidiaries. It is a fan group run by fans for fans. There is a Shroud of the Avatar Facebook PAGE, which is owned and operated by Portalarium for Shroud of the Avatar. For official information, you should join that page!

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July 5 2017

SotA R43a Map by Birko and TOURNAMENT FOR THE KING

Wow! Birko makes and impressive map. Like that thumbnail your seeing? Then go get the whole thing in full size!

Novia_Overland__R43a.jpg (7862×5671)

Novia R43 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


Looking for a Tournament or just something cool to do in Shroud of the Avatar?

*TOURNAMENT FOR THE KING *

Hear ye, Hear ye!!

You are cordially invited to join the Orders Guilds for the third year in celebrating the birth of our King, @Lord British, with a PVP event. as a part of the Kings Day Festivities.

This year we will be hosting the event during the Birthday Bash Telethon, July 6th.

Get the details over here.
TOURNAMENT FOR THE KING | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

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March 28 2017

Shroud of the Avatar and it’s Developers In the News

This is a summary piece on both things to take note of for Shroud of the Avatar, as well as some different things that some of its developers may have going on. The latter may be completely unrelated to the game.


First, the Moon is made of cheese… no wait, sorry, I meant let’s talk about the head cheese and going to the moon! That is Richard Garriott and an article posted over at Dailymail.com in which Richard Garriott talks a bit about Elon Musk’s plans for sending tourists to the moon. I found it an enjoyable read.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4338148/Space-tourist-offers-advice-SpaceX-moon-rocket.html


Richard Garriott is also mentioned in this article posted at Skift.

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon
Caroline Winter, Bloomberg – Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am

Read it here:
SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon
Caroline Winter, Bloomberg – Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am


MMO Examiner Posted an article titled “Shroud Of The Avatar Team Gives New Update For Game”.

Shroud of the Avatar is a crowdfunded third-person RPG with MMO elements. It seeks to provide a massive singleplayer mode via episodic content, while also giving the player many opportunities to have multiplayer moments and modes. Due to the size and complexity of the game, the team, comprised mostly of Ultima veterans, makes weekly updates to give players insight into what is going on with the title.

Read it all here:

Shroud of the Avatar is a crowdfunded third-person RPG with MMO elements. It seeks to provide a massive singleplayer mode via episodic content, while also giving the player many opportunities to have multiplayer moments and modes. Due to the size and complexity of the game, the team, comprised mostly of Ultima veterans, makes weekly updates to give players insight into what is going on with the title.


Richard Garriott often attends the Explorer Club meals from what I have noticed. This is an article about one of the recent dinners which gives him a mention.

Ten feet away from the sub drone stands Richard Garriott, whose official description reads “astronaut, author, game software developer.” Garriott and I never actually exchange words, but I spent ten solid minutes eavesdropping on his conversations with other guests and admiring the (real?) spacesuit he’s brought to the Explorer’s Club.

See the images and read the full article here:
Ten feet away from the sub drone stands Richard Garriott, whose official description reads "astronaut, author, game software developer." Garriott and I never actually exchange words, but I spent ten solid minutes eavesdropping on his conversations with other guests and admiring the (real?) spacesuit he's brought to the Explorer's Club.


MMORPG has an article published titled “New & Updated Locations & Vile Weapons Anchor Newsletter”
Read more at http://www.mmorpg.com/shroud-of-the-avatar/news/new-and-updated-locations-and-vile-weapons-anchor-newsletter-1000043692#QiIVbqc22QRqA08d.99


Connectstatesboro.com has an article published with a quote taking place involving Tracy Hickman.

“I don’t like having six palettes of game boxes in my garage waiting to ship out and having to explain to my wife why they’re still there,” added Tracy Hickman, a Utah-based writer and game designer.

Read the full article here:
“I don’t like having six palettes of game boxes in my garage waiting to ship out and having to explain to my wife why they’re still there,” added Tracy Hickman, a Utah-based writer and game designer.


Take a break, watch a movie!


MMO Examiner shows some love to Shroud of the Avatar’s work in donating to charity with this artcile.

The Shroud of the Avatar team is doing their part by donating 50% of their profits from all Water.org in-game items to the organization. According to the post made on their official website today, Shroud of the Avatar has helped raise over $27,000 for the cause. For an early access indie title, that’s truly impressive!

Shroud of the Avatar Celebrates World Water Day – MMOExaminer

Here is another article they posted about SotA Updates!
Shroud Of The Avatar Gives Latest Update – MMOExaminer


Think that was all you were seeing in this piece about Tracy Hickman? Nope! Deseret News is giving you some good writing tips and Tracy Hickman lent a hand.

New York Times bestselling authors discuss their writing process and their journey to success at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 18.

New York Times bestselling authors discuss their writing process and their journey to success at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 18.

They also show him some love with a review posting of one of his books!
Book review: 'Unhonored' is a fast-paced sequel full of suspense and mystery | Deseret News


Ok, and if that was not enough for you, here are some other article’s you might want to go check into as well.

Back to the moon? Austin astronaut Richard Garriott talks space travel with Fox 7 – Story | KTBC

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has Roots in Old Game | Time.com

Richard Garriott de Cayeux Says SpaceX Moon Crew Should Take Drugs | Inverse

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March 8 2017

Shroud of The Avatar & Cuthulu Auction Spotlight


The first auction I noticed today was for a Shroud of the Avatar challenge coin. This coin was originally made by Frank Baxley and was given to Portalarium along with the designs and all that sort of stuff.

Since then they have remade multiple versions of it using different metal mixes and finishes. To the best of my knowledge, the artwork has never been changed, although it will for the reward coin version from pledge rewards.

Given out by dev’s just about anywhere you can encounter them, and if they decided to have some with them (not just Richard himself).

Someone has this one up on Ebay. I wouldn’t say the price is bad, but I think in time you may do better. On the other hand, if you’re trying to get all the metal versions of this, you might want to jump on it. Some are more limited than others.

Lord British Shroud of the Avatar Coin RARE


This auction caught my eye, as I want it for my collection and use! I have most of the D20 Cthulhu stuff as well as a lot of off-shoot stuff (none of which I have used yet *smirks*). One of the few items I have never picked up is the Game Master’s Pack. For a while, it was impossible to get for anything less than $150.00.

I have seen it purchasable for a $100.00 or so a few times now, but this is the first time I saw it listed this low! Fortunately for you, if it is of interest to you, if it doesn’t pay my bills or put food on my table I don’t buy it right now. So I am passing a good score onto you instead!

Call of Cthulhu D20 Gamemaster’s Pack RPG

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February 12 2017

Richard Garriott In the News

Richard Garriott is in the news on a general basis, but there are spurts based on his activities. Of late there has been a lot of pieces I have noticed. Here are some of the more interesting ones!

Polygon did this great piece titled “Richard Garriott: the man, the myth, the mischief”, which dives deeply into Richard’s new book.
Richard Garriott: the man, the myth, the mischief

Over on App.com is “FAN THEORY: Richard Garriott talks ‘Explore/Create”.
FAN THEORY: Richard Garriott talks 'Explore/Create'

Interesting topic over here at PC Magazine “Can Online Games Keep the Modern World From Falling Apart?”.
Can Online Games Keep the Modern World From Falling Apart?

I thought this piece was very cool as it just seems like something that would be very interesting to do. Published by Austin’s Business Journal “50 startups will pitch to Richard Garriott, LA Dodgers’ CFO at 2017 SXSW Accelerator contest”.
50 startups will pitch to Richard Garriott, LA Dodgers' CFO at 2017 SXSW Accelerator contest

Another book review by “The Space Review”.
The Space Review: Review: Explore/Create


Nothing really to see here as it already took place and was live. Just personally thought it sounded like a cool appearance.

hursday at 9 PM Eastern time, tune into Ham Talk Live! to hear Richard Garriott de Cayeux, W5KWQ talk about operating ham radio from the International Space Station and his new book, Explore/Create!

hursday at 9 PM Eastern time, tune into Ham Talk Live! to hear Richard Garriott de Cayeux, W5KWQ talk about operating ham radio from the International Space Station and his new book, Explore/Create!

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