December 5 2017

Ultima Auction Spotlight – Ultima Online Dragon Miniature


There are a few different versions of this guy that were released, but regardless of which one it is, when you see it you know you are looking at a rare item!

Personally been on my wishlist for a long time, but never at a price, I can afford!

Ultima Online Limited Edition Pewter Dragon Collector Circa 2000 | eBay

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September 26 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers in the News

Just some various things I have had come across my desk over the last month or so, that you may want to check out if you missed them.

Legendary game celebrates 20 year anniversary – micetimes.asia

Shroud Of The Avatar Brings New Update – MMOExaminer

Great Gaming Minds: Harvey Smith (Dishonored, Deus Ex)

In the money: Richard Garriott's Portalarium, other companies raise nearly $4M – Austin Business Journal

How Richard Garriott Got Players to Start Thinking About the Choices They Make in Ultima IV | USgamer

Gamasutra – Richard Garriott remembers calling his

Break Out: Ultima III and the familial origins of Origin Systems | VentureBeat

How Richard Garriott got started in games – Polygon

Gamasutra – Press Releases- Travian: Legends launches

Choose My Adventure: Many kinds of lost in Shroud of the Avatar – Massively Overpowered

Attendance success for gamescom and inagural devcom | Latest news from the game development industry | Develop

In the wake of the Game of Thrones finale, indulge in the nostalgia of Dragonlance – Vox

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August 15 2017

Caveloot.com Starts Shroud of the Avatar Online Auctions

Ok, you are a Shroud of the Avatar player and you are tired of looking at arbitrary price lists of items from sellers. You want to see what people are actually paying for items, what they are selling for, and have opportunities to get at lower costs. In short, you want an online auction!

Auctions – Caveloot.com

I decided to start running an auction service at my store site Caveloot.com. To see how things go, I currently just have a couple of small artifacts and one large item priced low to start things out! Looking for a Duke Founder City Water House Deed? This might be your chance, as I have a two-week auction running with a starting bid of $50!

Auctions – Caveloot.com

Maybe it’s the reverse of that. You are a seller, and you just want to see what your items will go for at that time, selling as quickly as you can and not messing with everything. We’d be more than happy to run auctions for your items, at your specified minimums (returning what doesn’t sell), for a 10% commission. Interested? Contact customerservice@thecaverns.net!

Have a LOT of stuff to sell, want to do it quickly, don’t know where to start, concerned about risk, and don’t want to undersell? Let us take your complete inventory for you, run it as auctions, market it, take care of all the transactions, and just hand you your payments minus our Paypal Fees and 10% commission!

Auctions – Caveloot.com

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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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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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November 15 2016

Armor Base stats, Damage Reduction% per fizzle% and more for SotA by Warin

Warin has been digging into the armor options for Shroud of the Avatar, charting, graphing, mapping and extrapolating just for us!

Even beyond that, there are downloads you can grab, put in your data, and see what it spits out!

I certainly hope he continues to keep up with this as changes are made to the system. I for one have already found this information, he put the time into, to be very useful!

If you do too, be sure to tell him The Caverns sent you!

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/research-into-armor-base-stats-damage-reduction-per-fizzle-and-more.58765/

If you’re wearing leather click here:
If you’re thinking about wether to pick light or heavy armor this might help you decide.

Worked on some armor charts and stats in order to compare different armor sets to eachother:
In the green area you enter your armors base stas,
In the blue area you enter your skill, item, jewlery bonuses etc

November 4 2016

Ultima Auction Spotlight – UO Japenese, Sealed & Inexpensive Tabula Rassa

I am not sure if a $100.00 is a good buy for this UO Japenese version or not, but it is cool given that its sealed AND is one of the versions with the hook light.

Ultima Online Japanese Edition (mint, unopened)


Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa Official Strategy Guide (Bradygames Official Stra

It is rare I will spotlight a Tabula Rassa. Usually only the collectors editions when they are going cheaply enough that they are worth grabbing for just the coin (I have 4 of those coins! *coughs*).

However.. You can get this one for $2.84 with Economy shipping. It is sealed. Bottom line is, if you don’t have one in your collection and if you collect outside of just strictly Ultima, you’ll want this if you don’t have it already.

Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (PC, 2007)


What is the Ultima Auction Spotlight?

I am an Ultima collector myself and have a decent (but not amazing) collection! I also take an interest in just about anything Richard Garriott does, simply because I have found we share many common interests and while not always, I usually agree with him. As such I observe and watch just about anything on the market that his name attached to it, simply as on occasions items outside of Ultima might be of interest to me.

Sometimes people contact me seeking “expert advice”. I am a very casual collector and I know much less then I do not know. I know many “true” experts, and believe me, I am dabbling.

I have had to stop purchasing, at least for now, due to financial concerns. So I do these articles as a way to pass on my love for the items that catch my attention, that someone has asked me to keep an eye open for, that I would buy if I could afford to, or finally – when the price is just amazing as hell.

If you find them of use often enough to you, please consider hitting the donate button off to the side and buying me a Mountain Dew!

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