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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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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June 22 2018

Shroud of the Avatar Community Repeating History Because Not Learning History?

I was a bit sad to see recently that some of the Shroud of the Avatar Developers were being let go, as many of them I consider associates outside of the game and in a few cases even friends. So anytime I hear about a staff change, it affects me a bit more personal in that I worry about people I know personally suffering some hardship.

When I read such news, I have no surprise. From that perspective, it’s like someone told me they decided not to have a cup of coffee or a Mountain dew that morning. Oh? That’s a bit different today, but it happens.

Then what BLOWS ME AWAY is the Damage the Shroud of the Avatar player Community does both to the Game and the company. It sort of goes like this:

-We are making a change, that is normal for us to make at different times in development, as a game developer.
-The community then scatters rumors, sells, players quit, and puts the overall player base and game development months behind. In short.. The player community does more damage then any enemy to the game could do.

Portalarium has exsisted since before Shroud of the Avatar. Something people seem to keep forgetting.

I have been involved deeply in my life with Shroud of the Avatar, since before it Kickstarted. What I mean by that, is I knew from watching the company and Richard they where working on things, and I was already being involved with the company, it’s develoeprs, etc.. in any way I could (although at that time it was small). If I didn’t take a picture, it didnt happen, right?

This is a group I THINK I created on Facebook before Shroud of the Avatar had even been fully decided on by the company and Richard Garriott. Course, I left my own group and didn’t delete it, and so just had to re-request membership to a group I once made. LoL. It still exists though, so you can pull it up on Facebook and verify its pre-dated Shroud of the Avatar

I am also friends on Facebook with Portalarium developers, dated before Shroud of the Avatar day 1 Kickstarter, and many other things. This was me saying “Dammit Richard, im stalking you and your company until your next RPG video game, whatever that is”.

During all this time. THIS HAS HAPPENED MANY TIMES!!!!!!

Game development is like hiring actors to perform a role. Once you have finished shooting their clips in the film, what the F do you want to do? Pay them to sit on their asses and watch everyone else work? Especially when you are running very lean?

I am not saying I agree with the model, the way it runs, or the way it works.

However, it has been fully established by Portalarium, that this is how they run their game development. This includes letting people go at different stages and bringing new people in. This is not the first time and it is not the last time.

What is the true state of the game, its player base, etc? I felt it was growing VERY slowly, but that it was growing. Given that no major marketing has been done yet I felt this was a good sign. This was my feeling only and the truth is, I have no idea!

Then Portalarium does what it has done many times now, and made changes necessary to continue that GROWTH, rather than stay at the same place, and everyone flips out. Now MAYBE this time is different in all the past times in that there’s more going on then we are seeing or they are saying, and it bodes ill.

The thing is, there’s no way for anyone to really be able to say that, just based on them doing yet another staff change, and I’m sure it won’t be the last!

Unfortunately, I feel bad for the company though and my fellow community members that get it. It being that, what DOES hurt the game is the panic from the community as a result..

Which is running around, making posts everywhere, trying to sell anything they can, and making judgments without basis on the state of affairs. Overall, this MAY be the end of Shroud of the Avatar or next time Portalarium makes some staff changes, THAT may be the end of Shroud of the Avatar.

However, I don’t blame Portalarium. I blame the reactions of its community in the panic they present, from what has already been proven as “daily business” for Portalarium.

Anyway, this is the most I could bring myself to talk about this subject. I see the forum posts, and posts in other places and I can’t respond to them, because all I want to do is yell at people and say “are you really that STUPID that you don’t realize, that right now YOU are the problem, creating a PROBLEM, when there might not have been a problem? Now there is.. because of you”.

So instead I keep my mouth shut. I felt I would do one blog piece on this, for the less stupid and this is the most I am covering this topic or the current state of affairs.

Thanks for listening!

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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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August 14 2017

Shroud of the Avatar AND It’s Players, Communities, and Developers in the News

This is one of my summary pieces, in which I point you out to various things that may be note worthy if you missed it over the last month or so!

Ultima fans, as well as Shroud of the Avatar fans, will definitely want to check out this article! I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Learning morality through gaming | Life and style | The Guardian

If you play Shroud of the Avatar, there is an upcoming Crafting event you may want to take a look at.
BMC Crafting Fair – August 19, 2017 – Black Rock Cove – Garrison Road Bazaar | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Not currently a player? Give it a try for free!!
Free Trial to Run From August 9- 30th – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com

Other things of note:

Shroud Of The Avatar Team Talks Forests And Post-Episode Content | MMOExaminer

CoinReport NEVERDIE announces details for interoperable Teleport Token – CoinReport

Shroud Of The Avatar Update Highlights New City Polish and Armor | MMOExaminer


Take a break from all those articles and reading, and listen to something new from one of our community members, Dan Span!


Go Back to reading now…

BioWare Montreal Closes: Will EA kill this brand like it has these? Part 1: Origin and Westwood

Travian Games to publish Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar | GamesIndustry.biz

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August 2 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, Portalarium, and it’s Developer in the News

Richard Garriott, as always, has been in the news a lot of late. Seriously, when is he not?

Both Portalarium and Shroud of the Avatar are also seeing a lot of increase in the news, with their Seed Invest campaign! Speaking of which, that is drawing to a close so if that interests you, get in on it!

A Lot of articles are being syndicated around on the bigger websites, as well as original pieces coming out. Here are some of those for you to check out!

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Travian Games and Portalarium Partner for Shroud of the Avatar as it Reaches Story Complete Milestone

Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar gets publishing help from Travian Games | VentureBeat | PC Gaming | by Jason Wilson

Travian Games to publish Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar | GamesIndustry.biz

Shroud Of The Avatar Team Gets New Partner | MMOExaminer

Portalarium Inks Deal with Travian for EU Publishing – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com

Update of the Avatar #235 – 2017.07.07: New Elves, Scene Polish, Shroud at RTX, Free Trial Live, Telethon Results, Your Questions Answered, New Flash Sale, Contest Winners, Community Events, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar

NEVERDIE Creates Interoperable Teleport Token to Use Across VR Worlds and Create Gamified Virtual Reality Jobs – CoinSpeaker

Portalarium Partnership with Travian Games | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Bullock Museum Scores Video Game Exhibit: “Pong to Pokémon” traces gaming’s Texas ties and rapid evolution – Screens – The Austin Chronicle

From "Pong to Pokemon," explore 50 years of electronic gaming at the Bullock Museum exhibit in Austin, opening Saturday, July 29 | Community Impact Newspaper


Want to hear how some things are going from the Developers themselves? Grab a bag of popcorn!

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July 24 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Players, and It’s Developer’s in the News

This is another one of those summary pieces. Oozes and Blobs that have crossed my path fairly recently that I hadn’t passed along yet and all that.

You may remember a little while back that Protalarium was doing an AMA on Reddit for Shroud of the Avatar. Red Thomas has a nice summary piece set-up over here on MMORPG if you missed it!

Mainly, there’s a lot of questions about what’s going on in development and how it impacts them. So, the Shroud of the Avatar team set up a Reddit AMA to answer their questions.

Shroud of the Avatar Team Hosts Reddit AMA | MMOExaminer

Not the only recent Article from Red Thomas, you may also want to catch this one about Offline mode for Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar – Offline is On – MMORPG.com


Richard Garriott is certainly no stranger to Interviews. I also doubt this is the first time he’s been interviewing while playing a game.

In this episode of Antwand Pearman Vs The Interview, Antwand interviews game developer and explorer Richard Garriott over a very special game of “Save Matt Damon.” They talk about how Richard developed the Ultima series, weird things about space travel and much more! Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues


How about those Lunar rifts? When do they go where?

Duke Gréagóir has a fantastic link to a spreadsheet posted over in the forums that help with just those sort of questions!

It is a google doc and starts 6/29 at 4:151:15 pm central time / new britannian time. It is easy to modify as the forumla is adding 8 minutes and 45 seconds for each stop. If you see it is off, Let me know or you should have access to edit it too (if the setting works in google docs).

SOTA Lunar Rift schedule

Duke Greagoir's Lunar Rift Schedule Worksheet | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


Heres Some Article links to check out!

NEVERDIE Partners with Richard Garriot – The Merkle

Neverdie and Lord British partner to develop VR infrastructure – Gamereactor UK –

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Portalarium & Lord British (Famed developer of Ultima & Shroud of the Avatar) Joins Forces with NEVERDIE in Support of Their ICO to Provide Millions of Gamers Universal Ethereum-Based NEVERDIE & Teleport Gaming Tokens

Shroud of the Avatar – My Journey to New Britannia (Part II) iMMOsite – Get your gaming life recorded – my.mmosite.com

Partnering with NEVERDIE on their ICO for Etherium Block Chain Tokens | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Partnering with NEVERDIE on their ICO for Etherium Block Chain Tokens | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming with NDC and TPT Tokens

Shroud of the Avatar – Richard Garriott – Goals, Milestones, and Expectations – MMORPG.com

'Welcome to New Britannia' Community Trailer Contest Submissions | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Ultima creator Richard Garriott looks back on nearly four decades making video games | VentureBeat | PC Gaming | by Dean Takahashi

Austin’s annual RTX gaming convention set to be biggest yet | KXAN.com

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April 5 2017

Shroud of the Avatar and It’s Developer In the News

This is another one of those catch-up pieces. What has been out there you may have missed? Here you go!

To start out with something cool, check this out!

The pioneering game designer Richard Garriott will be presented with the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award at Gamelab Barcelona.

The man has more awards then I have bills and that is saying a lot! Really cool though, and very deserved in my opinion. Read the article here.
Richard Garriott to receive Spanish Academy's top honour | GamesIndustry.biz

or here
Richard Garriott to get top honors at Gamelab event in Barcelona | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi


Now I am going to guess that if you have wanted to see the latest Shroud of the Avatar Telethon video, you have or know where to get it. Just in case though, here it is!


Want more Richard Garriott? Fear not, IGN did a piece recently.

BY RYAN MCCAFFREY Ultima creator Richard Garriott tells us incredible stories about his life and career, including his early Ultima success, changing the gaming world with Ultima Online, visiting outer space as a private-citizen astronaut, exploring (and getting stuck under) the Titanic’s remains at the bottom of the Atlantic, his thoughts on the future of the RPG genre, his new project Shroud of the Avatar, and much more!

You can find the full thing right this way.
BY ALEX OSBORN Richard "Lord British" Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, recently shared his thoughts on the future of the role-playing genre and how increasing CPU power will continue to result in games that aren't very deep.

WAIT! THERES MORE AT IGN!

BY ALEX OSBORN Richard “Lord British” Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, recently shared his thoughts on the future of the role-playing genre and how increasing CPU power will continue to result in games that aren’t very deep.

Ultima Creator on the Future of the RPG Genre — IGN Unfiltered – IGN


Finally, for this one anyway, here MMORPG did a recent write-up about Shroud of the Avatar.

Shroud of the Avatar – Shooting Solo – MMORPG.com

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March 8 2017

Richard Garriott and/or Shroud of the Avatar In the News

Here are just a few things that I have seen here and there of late, I thought I would pass onto my interested readers.

The Science Times quotes Richard Garriott in one of their recent articles, about Elon Musk’s current plans in terms of timeline to send commercial tourists around the moon.

Elon Musk and his mission is insanity, said Richard Garriott

Read the article here:
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/9904/20170307/spacex-s-mission-to-fly-non-astronaut-citizens-will-not-be-a-joyride.htm


MMO Examiner posted an article about release 39 and Shroud of the Avatar in general, over at this spot.

http://mmoexaminer.com/shroud-avatar-gives-new-weekly-update/


Markee Dragon also continues to play and video his time and tips for the game.

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July 26 2016

Shroud of the Avatar is Picking Up In the News – Even PC Gamer!

It’s good to see the gaming news that is popping up all over regarding the upcoming final wipe of Shroud of the Avatar. I have been seeing more and more articles popping up all over the net of late but given how rarely PC Gamer covers the game I took note when I saw they had done a new article.

It’s been awhile since we last talked about Shroud of the Avatar, the crowdfunded, Early-Accessed MMO that Richard “Lord British” Garriott unveiled to the world back in 2013.

You can read the full article here:
http://www.pcgamer.com/richard-garriotts-mmo-shroud-of-the-avatar-is-about-to-be-wiped-for-the-final-time/

Gamasutra also just published a press release on this as well.
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/277874/Richard_Garriotts_Shroud_of_the_Avatar_NearsldquoBeginning_of_the_Worldrdquo_Event.php