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  2. Greetings Avatars, In June of 2018 we posted an update concerning the Duke+ level pledge reward of a Custom Avatar Head. At that time we explained our reasons why this original reward was not going to be possible as well as the reward we were going to replace it with known as the “Lord Forged Items”. Since that time we have received a large amount of feedback about that... Lord Forged Items now Duke Dungeon Throne Room & Duke Heraldry Paver View the full article
  3. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday January 18 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! After such positive response from our last couple of AMAs we are doing another one! Post your questions below or in Twitch chat during the stream and Chris “Atos” Spears and Starr “Darkstarr” Long will do their best to answer as many as they can. We may also show off some content coming up in Release 62 if there is time. This is the sixth Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family ACHIEVED $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand ACHIEVED $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set ACHIEVED $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot ACHIEVED $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit ACHIEVED $120K: Krampus Mask & Black Ice Shield $135K: Haunted Sleigh & Black Ice Elemental Statue $150K: Icy Dungeon Cathedral Room $170K: Icy Dungeon Hallway Set As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Player Housing Livestream Today Crown Store and Web Store Changes in Early 2019 In the News: How Lord British Works Login during R61 for free Respec! 50% Items and 20% Crowns All Weekend Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 Winter 2018 Items Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Ask Us Anything Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 01-11-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  5. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Player Housing Livestream Today Crown Store and Web Store Changes in Early 2019 In the News: How Lord British Works Login during R61 for free Respec! 50% Items and 20% Crowns All Weekend Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 Winter 2018 Items Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Ask Us Anything Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Player Housing Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday January 11 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we will be showing how the Player Housing system works including how to Lot Deeds work when claiming property, property taxes, Houses, player decorations, and Player Owned Towns. Remember every player receives a free Row Lot Deed for completing the story! This is the fifth Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! Last weekend we blew past the Dungeon Room and the Dark Leather Yule Outfit so we had to create more stretch goals! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family ACHIEVED $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand ACHIEVED $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set ACHIEVED $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot ACHIEVED $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit $120K: Krampus Mask & Black Ice Shield $135K: Haunted Sleigh & Black Ice Elemental Statue $150K: Icy Dungeon Cathedral Room $170K: Icy Dungeon Hallway Set As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Crown Store and Web Store Changes in Early 2019 [Forum post by Chris “Atos” Spears] Greetings avatars! We shared a lot of information yesterday in our short live stream and it was both exciting enough and potentially confusing enough that it deserved a post in writing that people could read and absorb. Our history is pretty well known and our “cash shop” has been with us since the start. For years it has been a burden in terms of public opinion, usability, and time consuming maintenance. When we compare ourselves to other live online role play games with a similar money model, we find that we are almost the only game in the entire crowded market that has a vast cash shop on a website and then almost nothing available in game for purchase. We also added premium currency long ago but never really made full use of it in game. Time for that all to change! Within the next 2 releases we will move to a store model similar to 95% of the other games in the field. Our website will primarily only sell Crowns and rewards programs and possibly 1 single item for episode 2 access. There will probably be another small section that will be hidden for stuff like POTs and support. All the items in the store will be available through the Crown Shop interface. From what we’ve been seeing, most players don’t even know this exists but if you look at the interface buttons in the upper right hand corner of the game, the second one in from the right is a Crown Shop. Click this and you can access a few dozen items from the game anywhere, without needing to talk to a merchant. When we mentioned this during the stream I saw a few people scream, “No! The interface is slow and doesn’t show the items or have information!” They are right and that is why our biggest task with this switch is moving to a whole new interface! We’re currently working on pulling all the information for items on the web store into the interface. Items will all include a detailed description, most will include a screenshot, and those that don’t will show the actual model for the item when selected. Also, currently the in game crown shop is SLOW to load even with a small number of items. We are fixing this to prebake this data instead of loading it all from thousands of item definition and data files. This slowness was actually the reason we stopped adding items to the in game store for a while but a fix is almost ready to go live. In addition to matching the features of the web store, by moving it in game we can improve it in a number of other ways as well. The web store has no good system for localization which means it is only available in English. The new crown store in game will be localizable just like any other in game text! In game you will be able to filter and search and sort items. We will have items tagged for different categories so instead of clicking through pages and pages of goods and scrolling you can just click “Weapons” and “Elven” and it will show you just the items tagged with those! If you’re shopping for new lights for your house, just choose “decorations” and “lights”. We are also hoping to have other data in them so you can do things like show “Recently added” items or just “Sale” items. To make sure existing players are aware of the in game crown store and go try it out, I’ll be adding a number of small “blessings” to the game. You’ll get one at random with any crown store purchase. I have about 25 different small blessings designed and it will apply one at random. These will last a day and will basically be shorter, possibly weaker versions of existing in game blessings or obsidian potions. We’ll probably keep these around until a release after the store work is finished to make sure people go and find the crown store in game since even the seasoned adventurers I talked to didn’t know it existed! I hope to have these live in a patch next week. Have you ever noticed that sometimes our sales stay up longer than promised. Well some of that is due to us wanting to be nice to players outside the US who have time zone issues to deal with but the main reason is because currently it is complicated to turn on/off sales and only a few people can do it. The new in game system will be broken down to allow anyone on the team to turn it on or off and we’ll also be able to schedule sales to start and end. So as for sales and pricing. This is another area where we’ve looked around and identified that we’re a bit off base on many prices. Part of this is due to us knowing we were doing big, week end sales and so we priced stuff higher than we should have. With this major transition coming up we’ll be adjusting many item prices down to somewhere in between the current price and the sale price. Once the new store goes live we will have far fewer sales and they will be much smaller percentages off. Most items in the new store will be cheaper than the current full price store BUT when on sale, they’ll roughly the same or slightly higher than the current prices. There will be some exceptions to that rule but that is our general target. Going forward we’ll probably also do fewer or no “Everything is on sale!” type sales. This is largely done this way now because of the less than stellar system we use now to put stuff on sale. So again, repeating again for clarity. New store prices will be adjusted. In general, new store prices will be lower than current full price store but slightly higher than current sale prices. Another big thing that we will be fixing during this time is our actual premium currency! While the $1 = 1 Crown thing is easy to understand, it does not give us the resolution we need to price things correctly. For instance, to match the cash shop, we would have to do things in full $1/1COTO increments. The resolution also means we have to make drops of them very rare. When this change goes live, after the maintenance down time concludes, you will log in to find that all of your crowns turned into 100 crowns. This will happen in your inventory, bank, and even on decos. The decos will look like a single crown but when picked up, they will turn into 100. For Vendors, we aren’t sure which option we’ll use but we’ll either adjust your numbers on your vendor or, more likely, we’ll cancel out all your crown sales/purchase orders. In game, you will still see crowns drop but at 100x the rate of the current ones. This also lets us do things like sell dyes individually if we choose. Previously we would bundle all the cheap items together in large packs because we couldn’t do sales smaller than $1. We’ll also be taking advantage of the new greater crown resolution to adjust our prices. While we knew what our targets numbers were before, we couldn’t actually get there because of rounding error involved with the low crown prices. Price = Count $10.00 = 750 $20.00 = 1600 $35.00 = 3200 $60.00 = 6300 $100.00 = 10750 Also, going forward do not expect to see many if any crown sales. We plan on moving crowns back to being the stable bedrock of our pricing structure and keeping the sales primarily in game. If do any crown sales it will only be for major events like Lord British’s birthday or the release of some major new content and will only be a small discount. Also, we’ll likely make some small adjustments to the rewards program to make sure it stays the best exchange rate for buying crowns. I’ve had a few people point out that due to the crown sales, currently it is promised to be the best rate but you can actually get slightly better with a large crown purchase on sale. You still miss out on all the extra stuff so we still consider it a great deal but we’ll be fixing this going forward to live up to its crown promise. One more exciting thing coming soon is the ability to upgrade deeds in game for crowns. The current plan is that you will be able to right click on a deed and get a menu showing you the cost to upgrade it. We plan on making it so you can upgrade for the price difference in the crown store. No trade deeds from the story-line will likely be upgradeable but remain no trade but we’re still evaluating that option. Also, in case you missed the stream, the other exciting thing coming is the ability to purchase a permit for row house demolition. There will be a cheap option to turn a row lot into a an empty lot with no houses on it that can be used for whatever. We see this as a huge win for players who have their main lot but also have a row lot or two in storage from the storyline. Now you’ll be able to put down a row lot to turn it into a play space, crafting area, or a dedicated garden. Wow, that ended up being a crazy long post! Lots of stuff to talk about. For those with short attention spans who just skip to the end, here is the tl;dr version: Current crown target of $1 = 1 COTO will turn into $1 = 100 COTO All your existing crowns will turn into 100 crowns Many prices will adjust downwards to be between current and sale price Sales will be smaller and fewer and for the most part Thanks and you can look forward to these changes in the near future! In the News: How Lord British Works Nick Douglas over at Lifehacker recently wrote an article about Lord British’s work methods entitled “I’m Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, and This Is How I Work”. Richard Garriott is a robot. The creator of the Ultima series (including Ultima Online, one of the first massively multiplayer online games) runs his Austin company Portalarium from his home in New York. He telecommutes via Beam—a Segway-like robot with a video screen that lets him engage more directly with the rest of his team than static videoconferencing. It’s a fitting work style for the man who coined the use of the Sanskrit word avatar to mean a person’s virtual digital representation. Garriott is a Silicon Valley kind of larger-than-life tech godfather. His former Austin home, Britannia Manor, is basically a castle; it was featured on MTV Cribs and has its own Wikipedia page. He’s been on the International Space Station and is a board member of the X Prize for private space flight. He’s designed a card for Magic: The Gathering. He bought two Soviet space vehicles that are still on the moon, and likes to jokingly claim the land they’ve explored as his. He’s widely known by his Ultima Online character name, Lord British. We talked to Garriott about his long career (he released his first game in 1979 at the age of 18), including the long and challenging development of his most recent game Shroud of the Avatar, and his advice for people now joining the gaming industry. READ MORE Login during R61 for free Respec! Players who login December 20th through January 30th will receive a complementary item entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning (Expires Soon)” that when used allows them to to reset all skills in a skill tree to minimum levels and move 100% of the experience to the experience pool for spending elsewhere. Alternatively, they can use it to set all adventurer or crafting skills to their minimums and return 100% of experience to your pool for reapplying in a new way. This effectively grants players a full respec to rebuild their character however they choose. NOTE: This item must be used by January 30! Additional identical items entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning” can be purchased from the Crown Merchant interface. The purchased version has no expiration. 50% Items All Weekend (Extended!) We have extended our 50% off weekend holiday sale! To celebrate our final release of our launch year we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, all weekend! We are also going to track the R61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals all weekend (versus just the traditional Friday noon to midnight)! We also have extended our Holiday Crowns Sale! Some packages are discounted as much as 20%! Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 We are in the middle of Phase 2 of shipping physical pledge rewards to eligible backers, and are happy to hear some of you have already received yours. If you got an email from Stamps.com with a tracking number, that means your package is on its way! If you have not yet received an email from Stamps.com, don’t worry: We expect to resume Phase 2 of shipping mid-January. As a reminder, please make sure your shipping address is up-to-date and confirmed in your Profile Settings and that if your address is outside the United States you need to have an International Shipping voucher listed on your Account page. You can purchase International Shipping here if you do not have this voucher yet. If you are not sure whether you are eligible for physical rewards, please email support@portalarium.com from the email address associated with your account. Thank you for your continued patience and support, Avatars! Winter 2018 Items With winter almost upon us the Winter 2018 items have appeared! These winter holiday items are only available until February 1, 2019 and then they are gone forever so get them while they are ice cold! This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs). 2018 Menorah 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 2018 Small Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Mantle Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Garlands Mega Pack 2018 Yule Gift Box Set 2018 Yule Stocking Set 2018 Ornate Yule Wreath Set 2018 4-Story Yule Tree 2018 Large Yule Tree 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Tabletop Yule Tree 2018 Yule Card 5-Pack 2018 Yule Gift Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set 2018 Winter Ultra Set Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. NEW! This week after a concerted campaign by our players we added a Traditional Yule Hat! Traditional Yule Hat Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 62 on January 31, 2019. Ask Us Anything Livestream (YouTube) The Ask Us Anything Livestream last week went great! Chris “Atos” Spears and Starr “Darkstarr” Long spent over an hour answering players’ questions and showed off the fish masks from a previous release’s stretch goals. We also made great progress towards our Release 61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family ACHIEVED $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand ACHIEVED $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set ACHIEVED $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot ACHIEVED $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 1, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue Win the Topiary Keep Dragon Statue & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Topiary Keep Dragon Statue – valued at $210! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Raine. They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
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  7. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday January 11 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we will be showing how the Player Housing system works including how to Lot Deeds work when claiming property, property taxes, Houses, player decorations, and Player Owned Towns. Remember every player receives a free Row Lot Deed for completing the story! This is the fifth Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! Last weekend we blew past the Dungeon Room and the Dark Leather Yule Outfit so we had to create more stretch goals! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family ACHIEVED $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand ACHIEVED $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set ACHIEVED $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot ACHIEVED $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit $120K: Krampus Mask & Black Ice Shield $135K: Haunted Sleigh & Black Ice Elemental Statue $150K: Icy Dungeon Cathedral Room $170K: Icy Dungeon Hallway Set As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  8. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Ask Us Anything Livestream Today Login during R61 for free Respec! 50% Items and 20% Crowns All Weekend Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 Winter 2018 Items Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 AAA (Ask Atos Anything) Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Ask Us Anything Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday January 4 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we have another Ask Us Anything since last week’s AAA (Ask Atos Anything) was so popular! Post your questions in the original post or in Twitch chat during the stream and Chris “Atos” Spears and Starr “Darkstarr” Long will do their best to answer as many as they can. This is the fourth Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family ACHIEVED $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Login during R61 for free Respec! Players who login December 20th through January 30th will receive a complementary item entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning (Expires Soon)” that when used allows them to to reset all skills in a skill tree to minimum levels and move 100% of the experience to the experience pool for spending elsewhere. Alternatively, they can use it to set all adventurer or crafting skills to their minimums and return 100% of experience to your pool for reapplying in a new way. This effectively grants players a full respec to rebuild their character however they choose. NOTE: This item must be used by January 30! Additional identical items entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning” can be purchased from the Crown Merchant interface. The purchased version has no expiration. 50% Items All Weekend (Extended!) We have extended our 50% off weekend holiday sale! To celebrate our final release of our launch year we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, all weekend, through January 7! We are also going to track the R61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals all weekend (versus just the traditional Friday noon to midnight)! We also have extended our Holiday Crowns Sale! Some packages are discounted as much as 20%! Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 We are in the middle of Phase 2 of shipping physical pledge rewards to eligible backers, and are happy to hear some of you have already received yours. If you got an email from Stamps.com with a tracking number, that means your package is on its way! If you have not yet received an email from Stamps.com, don’t worry: We expect to resume Phase 2 of shipping mid-January. As a reminder, please make sure your shipping address is up-to-date and confirmed in your Profile Settings and that if your address is outside the United States you need to have an International Shipping voucher listed on your Account page. You can purchase International Shipping here if you do not have this voucher yet. If you are not sure whether you are eligible for physical rewards, please email support@portalarium.com from the email address associated with your account. Thank you for your continued patience and support, Avatars! Winter 2018 Items With winter almost upon us the Winter 2018 items have appeared! These winter holiday items are only available until February 1, 2019 and then they are gone forever so get them while they are ice cold! This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs). 2018 Menorah 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 2018 Small Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Mantle Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Garlands Mega Pack 2018 Yule Gift Box Set 2018 Yule Stocking Set 2018 Ornate Yule Wreath Set 2018 4-Story Yule Tree 2018 Large Yule Tree 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Tabletop Yule Tree 2018 Yule Card 5-Pack 2018 Yule Gift Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set 2018 Winter Ultra Set Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. NEW! This week after a concerted campaign by our players we added a Traditional Yule Hat! Traditional Yule Hat Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 62 on January 31, 2019. AAA (Ask Atos Anything) Livestream (YouTube) The AAA Livestream last week went great! Chris “Atos” Spears spent almost 90 minutes answering players’ questions and showed off his gigantic player made dungeon as well as his rework of Mysterious Swamp. We also made great progress towards our Release 61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family ACHIEVED $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 1, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway [Forum post by ldykllr] Announcing the 1st Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway! When: December 1st, midnight NBT – December 31st, midnight NBT Where: Novia Market, located just south of Britanny along the road What it is: For the ENTIRE month of December, ANY purchase made at an eligible vendor (see map below) will enter you into a prize drawing! 1 entry per purchase at an eligible vendor PER day (example: 15 participating vendors, if you purchase an item from each = 15 entries for the day). The PRIZES include: 1 MILLION in GOLD prizes (and not just small amounts – 2 x 250k is up for grabs!) Furniture (including sets!)!!!!! Gold COTO’s Artifacts Rares — (Dragon Eggs, Aether Weapons, Bunny prints, Homes, etc) Resources and rare crafting mats! Pets! GM crafted items! …and much, much more! (I would list everything, but there is so much!) Prizes will be drawn LIVE on New Years Day at 1900 NBT at Market Square on the South End of Novia Market (the same place where we have our Grandmastery Bundle Raffle tickets every month – look for the City lot under “Robyn Hood”) Additional vendors may be added to the map, so check back before shopping! Map of eligible vendors: Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue Win the Topiary Keep Dragon Statue & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Topiary Keep Dragon Statue – valued at $210! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Raine. They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  9. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday January 4 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we have another Ask Us Anything since last week’s AAA (Ask Atos Anything) was so popular! Post your questions below or in Twitch chat during the stream and Chris “Atos” Spears and Starr “Darkstarr” Long will do their best to answer as many as they can. This is the fourth Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family ACHIEVED $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  10. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements AAA (Ask Atos Anything) Livestream Today Login during R61 for free Respec! 50% Items All Weekend Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 Winter 2018 Items Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Amazon Boxed Edition $19.99! Release 61 Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 12-28-2018 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  11. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements AAA (Ask Atos Anything) Livestream Today Login during R61 for free Respec! 50% Items All Weekend Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 Winter 2018 Items Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Amazon Boxed Edition $19.99! Release 61 Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players AAA (Ask Atos Anything) Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday December 28 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we have a AAA (Ask Atos Anything)! Post your questions inTwitch chat during the stream and Chris “Atos” Spears will do his best to answer as many as he can. Chris will also be showing off the new rework of Mysterious Swamp and his personal Player Dungeon. This is the third Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) all weekend to help us hit those stretch goals. ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Login during R61 for free Respec! Players who login December 20th through January 30th will receive a complementary item entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning (Expires Soon)” that when used allows them to to reset all skills in a skill tree to minimum levels and move 100% of the experience to the experience pool for spending elsewhere. Alternatively, they can use it to set all adventurer or crafting skills to their minimums and return 100% of experience to your pool for reapplying in a new way. This effectively grants players a full respec to rebuild their character however they choose. NOTE: This item must be used by January 30! Additional identical items entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning” can be purchased from the Crown Merchant interface. The purchased version has no expiration. Shipping Phase 2 Update – December 2018 We are in the middle of Phase 2 of shipping physical pledge rewards to eligible backers, and are happy to hear some of you have already received yours. If you got an email from Stamps.com with a tracking number, that means your package is on its way! If you have not yet received an email from Stamps.com, don’t worry: We expect to resume Phase 2 of shipping mid-January. As a reminder, please make sure your shipping address is up-to-date and confirmed in your Profile Settings and that if your address is outside the United States you need to have an International Shipping voucher listed on your Account page. You can purchase International Shipping here if you do not have this voucher yet. If you are not sure whether you are eligible for physical rewards, please email support@portalarium.com from the email address associated with your account. Thank you for your continued patience and support, Avatars! 50% Items All Weekend & Final Friday for Crown Sale! To celebrate our final release of our launch year we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, all weekend, through Monday December 31st! We are also going to track the R61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals all weekend (versus just the traditional Friday noon to midnight)! Winter 2018 Items With winter almost upon us the Winter 2018 items have appeared! These winter holiday items are only available until February 1, 2019 and then they are gone forever so get them while they are ice cold! This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs). 2018 Menorah 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 2018 Small Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Mantle Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Garlands Mega Pack 2018 Yule Gift Box Set 2018 Yule Stocking Set 2018 Ornate Yule Wreath Set 2018 4-Story Yule Tree 2018 Large Yule Tree 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Tabletop Yule Tree 2018 Yule Card 5-Pack 2018 Yule Gift Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set 2018 Winter Ultra Set Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. NEW! This week after a concerted campaign by our players we added a Traditional Yule Hat! Traditional Yule Hat Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 62 on January 31, 2019. Amazon Boxed Edition $19.99! For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase the Collector’s Boxed Edition of Shroud of the Avatar during the Kickstarter (expired on January 4, 2016), you can now purchase the retail Boxed Edition from Amazon. Additionally for a limited time we are also offering a signed version of the retail Boxed Edition (see above) for purchase directly from our website! Each signed box will be numbered, making them even more unique, with only 200 of these special numbered boxes available! There are only a few signed boxes left! Amazon Version $19.99 through New Year! As a special event we are going to discount the Amazon version to $19.99 through January 2 ($70 off the regular price!) These editions include: Physical Goods: Game Box signed by Lord British* (signed edition only) Game Manual DVD in case Runic Translation Card Ankh Trinket Cloth Map Our Epic Origins Digital Items: Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 1 (Full Game Access) 30 Bank Slots to store your gear 1 Gold Crown Pick 1 Obsidian Potion Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 2 (Full Game Access when released) Exclusive Title: Visionary Exclusive Emote (exact emote to be created at a future date) NEW: Unique Item (to be created at a a future date) Release 61 Livestream (YouTube) The Release 61 Livestream last week was so incredible! We had deep dives, answered questions, handed out prizes and had an amazing Lava Fishing contest! Fishing Contest Prizes: UPDATED: Prize winners listed below: Runners Up (2): Longboat Water Decoration (digital) Twilight Tempest: Ammonite 1.2 Ammonite 1.1: AlleyOop Anse Arthur Dent CatherineRose D’Laein Lachlan Echondas Gaelis Trajan Gwendolyn Obscuro Hemswal Genis Hex Ian Berie Kardall Vanyen Kron Caledon Luca Xante Michael Vasq Peobo Rook Strife scar face Scoffer Kada Shimizu Sindariya Tyelma Tialessa Tila Tenderfoot Torulv Silvershield Vladamir Begemot 3rd Prize: Ornate Post & Rope Water Fence Set (digital) Mia Sway: Dunkleosteus 4.5 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital)Synergy Blaize: Dunkleosteus 4.6 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) Cleo: Mosasaurus 7.2 We also made great progress towards our Release 61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 1, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 [Forum post by Sindariya] More updates: Dec 20th The other day we were doing groceries and stopped at the fish market. Big mistake. Leeroy fell in love with a big fat tuna. Since it was in the morning I left him there and did the other shopping in meantime. It was late when I returned and he was still sitting there. I tried to call him but since he never listens, he ignored me also this time. If you see him still sitting there, don’t buy him this tuna. He has to learn, he can’t get everything. Community Event: Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure [Forum post by Weins201] Grumpie Weinie’s Pacu December Pacu Fishing Challenge; For all those fishers out there is a Pacu that changes its location to random POTs each day at Midnight Server Time (CST) Today it was Formosa and Blackstone Gate. Blackstone gate was Nested and the Name I had to look up in SOTA Wiki Ohh and Blackstone Gate was PvP In celebration of this new type of fish and mechanic I am holding a Pacu fishing Tournament. This will be a Winner / Loser (smallest) take all for each day. Fishers will have to send me 1 COTO and the fish caught from either the daily POTs. I will compile all the entries and reward the Largest and Smallest fish for each day. Prizes are 75% / 25% Soo if 4 people enter – 3 cotos to Largest and 1 to smallest. 12 = 8 / 4. I will deliver cotos as soon as winner is determined, on the third day after. (( if you have a trust issue msg me we can work something out, but I really am not worried about the COTOs just the Community Participation)) Now you have to ask a Town Crier “fish” or “fishing” and they will tell you where the fish are being caught for that day. It changes each night at Midnight CST. Travel to one (or both) of those locations and when you catch a Pacu and wish to enter it all you have to do is Mail me in game. Send 1 Coto and the fish(s) you wish to enter. Today I had to say “catch” – White Heart and Diamond Fields (28 Nov) Mail is required as the Time stamp will be used to break a Tie, Earliest entry will win. Sooooo if you Catch a Large or Small I would go as fast as you can and mail me your entry. It appears that Pacu have a range of normal from .7 – .8 Length. The large is .9 and 1 (( from Titanforges Tourney) and Small .6 (( At the moment .7 is the smallest found and it is Normal, so assuming a small is .6 )) Now if you catch a Fish early in the Day say a Large .9 length send it in as soon as possible and if you catch any more you wish to enter later on just mail the fish in you already sent me a Coto Earlier on. 1 Coto to enter each day you want to participate as all paid in make the reward possible I know this timing could benefit those in Time zones that leave this “Daytime” for them an advantage but I do not have a way to offset this. Now I will take entries on the day of thru the day after. so on the 1st starting day (1 Dec) you can enter fish caught that day (sent 1 dec) or sent on the day after, ((the 2nd )) (any more days out will be ignored / returned) (Please use Subject for which day you are entering for) ( I will be able to figure it out but just makes it a little easier) You can also come just hand them to me if you find me online. I will start a group each day while I am playing you can Teleport to deliver to me directly. Deliveries will get time stamped from Logs from the time of trade. On the 3rd I will place the Winner/Loser fish (trophy if it is mounted or want it mounted) in the Fishing Hall I have thrown up near the entrance to my Island. I will also place a chest for each day and place all other fish in there until returned) I have already created a Excel Spread sheet which I will update here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YiAeynrjswQtVZ2YJIWh1-itOxrhybnctGKanALlwyI/edit?usp=sharing Now these “Hot” Pacu POTs rotate each day so I will entertain additions from the POT owner for that day. I.E. if this ends up in my town I will open it up to Largest Fish from Each Fresh Water Category with Winner / Loser winning Cotos 8 / 2 If this does drop into GHH you will not need to spend more to enter other than the 1 Coto for Pacu, all other fish can just be dropped off I will place a chest if this happens. I wll of course place this chest on that day. If POT owners want to also add I can work and place a hest for that POT and we can work out prizes throughout the day. If the POT owner does initiate his own daily contest please add it to this post and let me know ASAP you can also as a POT owner just drop a box in a location at your town to have fish dropped off Path from Brittany Area to Grumpie Hermits Hide-a-Way From Main Entrance to Hall and there is a Mailbox near behind the banker. I will place a Fishing Vendor in the Town Entrance area also. Summary Daily 1 Coto entry Winner / Loser take all for catching a Pacu from one (both) of the “Hot” fishing POTs each day. Entries must be mailed (hand delivered) to me on the day or Day after only for Time stamp to break ties. I will pay out 75%/ 25% to the Winner / Loser (smallest) each day on the 3rd days after. 1st rewarded on the 3rd . . . . . All Pacu will be returned after the tournament. ((( if you wish to add me as a friend for this please send me a message with request while I am in game ))) If there are any questions or concerns please post them here I will work on any issues as fast as I can. Port if you can add Time to the trophy Data that would be AWSOME Ok good luck to all – The Hall is set up – after each days winning is determined I will Display the winner / loser and place all other entrants in the box for viewing. Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles [Forum post by ldykllr] NoMa Grandmastery Bundles (R60) Every month we are offering four professional-grade bundles: Adventurer’s Bundle – some of the highest grade gear available in the land, ready to take a novice adventurer to the journeyman level! This month we are featuring armor from Robyn Hood (@ldykllr )! Crafter’s Bundle – Are you an aspiring crafter? This month we are offering a MEGA Bundle with all the mats to get you started in all 5 crafting skills (Cooking, Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Alchemy)! Music Bundle – For all our music lovers out there! This bundle has all the instruments you could ever want, courtesy of @Kron Caledon with a special selection of music selected by @Lace ! Consumable Bundle – A great selection of food and potions to help you on your adventures throughout Novia, courtesy of @Zeetocht ! These bundles will be raffled on December 28th (2 weeks after R61 release – extended due to short release schedule). Tickets are on sale now and priced especially for beginners at 500gp each bundle. No matter how many tickets a character purchases, they will only get a single chance at winning that bundle – so purchase only one ticket per bundle! We are hosting the ticket vendors and a display table of what each bundle entails at Market Square, at the south end of NoMa (if you check in with the town crier, it is the only City lot in town and under Governor Robyn Hood’s name). As you wander past all of our merchants, please do some window shopping and take a look at what all of our residents have to offer! (Screenshots below to help you find your way). Cheers, Ben & Robyn Screenshots Location of the Market Square in Novia Market Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway [Forum post by ldykllr]Announcing the 1st Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway! When: December 1st, midnight NBT – December 31st, midnight NBT Where: Novia Market, located just south of Britanny along the road What it is: For the ENTIRE month of December, ANY purchase made at an eligible vendor (see map below) will enter you into a prize drawing! 1 entry per purchase at an eligible vendor PER day (example: 15 participating vendors, if you purchase an item from each = 15 entries for the day). The PRIZES include: 1 MILLION in GOLD prizes (and not just small amounts – 2 x 250k is up for grabs!) Furniture (including sets!)!!!!! Gold COTO’s Artifacts Rares — (Dragon Eggs, Aether Weapons, Bunny prints, Homes, etc) Resources and rare crafting mats! Pets! GM crafted items! …and much, much more! (I would list everything, but there is so much!) Prizes will be drawn LIVE on New Years Day at 1900 NBT at Market Square on the South End of Novia Market (the same place where we have our Grandmastery Bundle Raffle tickets every month – look for the City lot under “Robyn Hood”) Additional vendors may be added to the map, so check back before shopping! Map of eligible vendors: Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party [Forum post by Mal Hari] Please come join us for our 4th Annual New Years Eve Party. With Avatar Radio and DJ Amber Okhan. We look forward to seeing everyone. Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Win the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set – valued at $119! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Raine. They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  12. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday December 28 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we have a AAA (Ask Atos Anything)! Post your questions below or Twitch chat during the stream and Chris “Atos” Spears will do his best to answer as many as he can. Chris will also be showing off the new rework of Mysterious Swamp (that went live in Release 61) and his personal Player Dungeon. This is the third Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) all weekend to help us hit those stretch goals. ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask ACHIEVED $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword ACHIEVED $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  13. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 61 Livestream Today Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expire Today! Login during R61 for free Respec! 50% Items All Weekend & Final Friday for Crown Sale Winter 2018 Items Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns Ends Today! Box Sales: Amazon $19! Signed Ends Today! Caroling Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Dance Party Playlists Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 Community Event: Blue Rose Isle – Yule Day Dance Community Event: Daily Yule-Market at Dracheninsel Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure Community Event: 3rd Annual Holiday Party for All! Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party Community Event: Ark Angels Christmas and Gift Giving Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant (items expire today!) Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 12-21-2018 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  14. We are in the middle of Phase 2 of shipping physical pledge rewards to eligible backers, and are happy to hear some of you have already received yours. If you got an email from Stamps.com with a tracking number, that means your package is on its way! If you have not yet received an email from Stamps.com, don’t worry: We expect to resume Phase 2 of shipping mid-January. As a reminder, please make sure your shipping address is up-to-date and confirmed in your... Shipping Phase 2 Update - December 2018 View the full article
  15. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 61 Livestream Today Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expire Today! Login during R61 for free Respec! 50% Items All Weekend & Final Friday for Crown Sale Winter 2018 Items Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns Ends Today! Box Sales: Amazon $19! Signed Ends Today! Caroling Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Dance Party Playlists Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 Community Event: Blue Rose Isle – Yule Day Dance Community Event: Daily Yule-Market at Dracheninsel Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure Community Event: 3rd Annual Holiday Party for All! Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party Community Event: Ark Angels Christmas and Gift Giving Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant (items expire today!) Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 61 Livestream Today! The Release 61 Livestream is set for today, Friday December 21! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, having sales, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate the appearance of Krampus our theme is Dark Winter! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! Here is the schedule: 3PM: Introductions 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Krampus 4:00PM: Deep Dive 2: Lava Fishing & Lava Fishing Contest 5PM: Ending Announcements LAVA FISHING CONTEST: During the Lava Fishing Deep Dive we are going to have a Lava Fishing contest! To participate in the contest go to the Oracle Colossus and start fishing at 4 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 4:45 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! (NEW) Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Longboat Water Decoration (digital) 3rd Prize: Ornate Post & Rope Water Fence Set (digital) 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Dark Winter) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 from Friday December 21 through Monday December 24. To celebrate the appearance of Krampus our theme is Dark Winter! All purchases during the weekend will count towards the stretch goals, not just the four hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 64 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! WEEKEND OF SALES: We will be having a weekend of sales! Items in the following categories will be on sale at approx. 50% off. As noted above, all purchases during this time will count towards the stretch goals! Make a Difference Home Decorations Outdoor Decorations Lot Deeds POT Upgrades Homes Basements Pets Music Emotes and Fireworks Dyes Patterns WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Its cold outside” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set Avatars Radio Merchandise SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section of the original post or on Discord chat during the event. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Last Day! To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Elven, Obsidian and Shogun Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT today Friday December 21, 2018! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30%! For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Elven Bundles Ornate Elven Longsword Ornate Elven Longbow Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longsword Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Large Elven Tent Elven Wardrobe Ornate Elven Wardrobe Black Stag Golden Dragonfly Pet Monarch Butterfly Pet Elven Four-Story Row Home Elven Keep Village Home Elven Peaked-Roof Village Home (digital) Elven Tree Town Home Elven Four-Story City Home Obsidian Bundles Ornate Vile Mace Ornate Vile Mace Pattern Pack Ornate Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Four-Story Row Home Obsidian Village Home Obsidian Tower Village Home (digital) Obsidian Tower Town Home (digital) Obsidian Keep City Home Shogun Bundles Shogun Four-Story Row Home Shogun 1-Story Village Home (digital) Shogun 3-Story Keep Village Home (digital) Shogun Four-Story Town Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Ornate Katana Ornate Katana Pattern Pack Ornate Tansu Chest Tansu Chest Pallas’s Cat Shiba Inu Dog Mandarin Duck Login during R61 for free Respec! Players who login December 20th through January 30th will receive a complementary item entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning (Expires Soon)” that when used allows them to to reset all skills in a skill tree to minimum levels and move 100% of the experience to the experience pool for spending elsewhere. Alternatively, they can use it to set all adventurer or crafting skills to their minimums and return 100% of experience to your pool for reapplying in a new way. This effectively grants players a full respec to rebuild their character however they choose. NOTE: This item must be used by January 30! Additional identical items entitled “Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning” can be purchased from the Crown Merchant interface. The purchased version has no expiration. 50% Items All Weekend & Final Friday for Crown Sale! To celebrate our final release of our launch year we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, all weekend, through Monday December 24th! We are also going to track the R61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals all weekend (versus just the traditional Friday noon to midnight)! This is also the last Friday for our first sale on Gold Crowns of the Obsidians ever! Some packages are discounted as much as 20%! *Note that this sale does not include the already discounted and expiring Bundles and associated items. Winter 2018 Items With winter almost upon us the Winter 2018 items have appeared! These winter holiday items are only available until February 1, 2019 and then they are gone forever so get them while they are ice cold! This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs). 2018 Menorah 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 2018 Small Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Mantle Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Garlands Mega Pack 2018 Yule Gift Box Set 2018 Yule Stocking Set 2018 Ornate Yule Wreath Set 2018 4-Story Yule Tree 2018 Large Yule Tree 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Tabletop Yule Tree 2018 Yule Card 5-Pack 2018 Yule Gift Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set 2018 Winter Ultra Set Winter Recurring Items (now with Yule Hat)! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. NEW! This week after a concerted campaign by our players we added a Traditional Yule Hat! Traditional Yule Hat Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 62 on January 31, 2019. Upgrading Bundles with Crowns Last Day! As many of you know we are expiring all of our bundles before the end of the year. Viking and Kobold bundles expired November 30. Elven, Obsidian, and Shogun bundles expire today, December 21. In Release 59 we added the contents of the bundles to crown vendors as single purchases, however they do not have any upgrade functionality. Based on numerous requests from those of you who have been saving up your crowns we are going to offer an alternative path for upgrading bundles using crowns. For a limited time (offer ends today December 21, 2018) you can purchase a service voucher to use crowns to upgrade your bundle! If you wish to upgrade your bundle with crowns please email us at support@portalarium.com BEFORE purchasing the voucher. In the request please list the name of the bundle you wish to upgrade, and the bundle you wish to upgrade it to (e.g., Elven 2-Story Row Tax Free Bundle to Elven Village Tax Free Bundle). We will then determine how many crowns you need for the upgrade and notify you of that amount so you can decide before proceeding. Only then will you purchase the voucher and we will then remove the crowns from your inventory. Requests received after the expiration date (November 30 for Viking and Kobold, December 21 for Elven, Shogun, and Obsidian) will not be honored. Please note that we will be using the non-sale exchange rates that are currently on the store for this transaction. Box Sales: Amazon $19! Signed Ends Today! For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase the Collector’s Boxed Edition of Shroud of the Avatar during the Kickstarter (expired on January 4, 2016), you can now purchase the retail Boxed Edition from Amazon. Additionally for a limited time we are also offering a signed version of the retail Boxed Edition (see above) for purchase directly from our website! Final Day for Signed Edition Sale! Each signed box will be numbered, making them even more unique, with only 200 of these special numbered boxes available! There are only a few signed boxes left and today is the final day of the sale where they are only $99 ($40 off their regular price)! Amazon Version $19.99 through New Year! As a special event we are going to discount the Amazon version to $19.99 through January 2 ($70 off the regular price!) These editions include: Physical Goods: Game Box signed by Lord British* (signed edition only) Game Manual DVD in case Runic Translation Card Ankh Trinket Cloth Map Our Epic Origins Digital Items: Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 1 (Full Game Access) 30 Bank Slots to store your gear 1 Gold Crown Pick 1 Obsidian Potion Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 2 (Full Game Access when released) Exclusive Title: Visionary Exclusive Emote (exact emote to be created at a future date) NEW: Unique Item (to be created at a a future date) Caroling Livestream (YouTube) The Caroling Livestream last week was so lovely! Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski and Sarah “Serafina” Dworken used our amazing in-game music system to serenade players in their homes. It was also the first Friday of our Release 61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals of which we hit a few that day and we are already well on our way to more! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings ACHIEVED $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set ACHIEVED $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Dec 21, 2018 – Release 61 Livestream Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 1, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Community Event: Dance Party Playlists DJ Darkstarr posted his playlists from the R61 Release Dance Party and the SotaAssist Release Party to the forums: RELEASE 61 DANCE PARTY: [Forum post by Darkstarr] Greetings Avatars! Here is the set list for the Release 61 Dance party. Thank you so much to Minerva for hosting us in Ordinis Mortis. Thank you to Amber Okhan of Avatar’s Radio for having me DJ! Here’s a link to the playlist on Spotify, minus the mashups (in italics). If you want the mashups go to http://bootiemashup.com/best-of-bootie/ UNKLE: Ar.Mour (feat. Miink & Elliot Power) Thievery Corporation: Shadows Of Ourselves The Shins: Wonderful Christmastime BoomBox: Mr Boogie Man Justice: Fire Lotus: Eats the Light The Dandy Warhols: Little Drummer Boy Curtis Mayfield: Kung Fu Marvin Gaye: Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1) B.T. Express: Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) Curtis Mayfield: Superfly Parliament: Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk) Fly Moon Royalty: Grown Man Galactic: Dolla Diva (feat. David Shaw and Maggie Koerner) Antibalas: Gold Rush The Growlers: I’ll Be Around 3rd Bass: The Cactus Run-DMC: Christmas In Hollis Thievery Corporation: Culture Of Fear The Octopus Project: Small Hundred Tune-Yards: Look at Your Hands Michael Jackson: Workin’ Day and Night Just Loud: Soul Train (Feat. Debbie Harry of Blondie) Drumattic Twins: Feelin Kinda Strange Jamie Lidell: Do You Hear What I Hear? LCD Soundsystem: Get Innocuous! YACHT: Ringtone Rage Against The Machine: Renegades Of Funk Public Enemy: Race Against Time The Chemical Brothers: Setting Sun Gent & Jawns: Turn Up Ye Merry Gentlemen A Plus D: Stardust Kids (David Bowie vs. MGMT) Lobsterdust: It’s Fun To Smoke Dust (Queen vs. Pastor Gary Greenwald vs. Midfield General) Titus Jones: Bad Things Will Roll With The Devil (Marilyn Manson vs. Christina Aguilera vs. Jace Everett vs. Rihanna vs. Lady GaGa vs. Katy Perry vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs) Divide & Kreate: Until It Talks (Metallica vs. Coldplay) The Kleptones: Gimme Gimme (Rolling Stones vs. Rick James) DJ Zebra: Roxanne Should Be Dancing (The Police vs. The Bee Gees) Dave Wrangler: Pumped Up Kicks Take Over Control (Foster The People vs. Afrojack) BootOX: California Skank (Tupac vs. Fatboy Slim) Dunproofin’: Groove Is In The Girls (Deee-Lite vs. The Prodigy) Titus Jones: Dance Alarm (Nicki Minaj vs. Avicii vs. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen vs. Britney Spears vs. Eminem vs. Lady Gaga vs. Taio Cruz vs. Cascada vs. Etta James vs. Dev) Lobsterdust: Bring The Action (Blur vs. Sia vs. will.i.am vs. Britney Spears vs. Icona Pop vs. Major Lazer vs. Ellie Goulding) Loo & Placido: Sweet World O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses vs. Swedish House Mafia vs. blink-182 vs. Made Monster & Scotty Boy vs. Take That) DJs From Mars: Whole Lotta Funk (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars vs. Led Zeppelin) Loo & Placido: Skrillex Rock (Skrillex vs. Daft Punk vs. Queen vs. House Of Pain) SOTASSIST RELEASE PARTY: [Forum post by Darkstarr] Thanks Obsidian Tempest for hosting the party! Thanks Kardall and Hemswal The Descended for making Shroudbert! Here’s a link to my Spotify playlist You can listen to all the songs on Spotify (minus the mashups marked in italics). The mashups can be found at http://bootiemashup.com/best-of-bootie/ Nicolas Jaar: Mi Mujer The Horrors: Fire Escape Maximum Balloon & Karen O: Communion Fujiya & Miyagi: Collarbone Eels: Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas LCD Soundsystem: Home !!!: AM/FM Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive Curtis Mayfield: Pusherman Wild Cherry: Play That Funky Music Portugal. The Man: Feel It Still Galactic: Chicken In the Corn (feat. Brushy One String) Michael Jackson: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough The Coup: The Magic Clap Outkast: Hey Ya! El Vez: Feliz Navi-Nada Nine Inch Nails: Down In It David Bowie: Let’s Dance (Single Version) Chilly: For Your Love Suite 2014 (Full Version) [Chilly Remix] Ghostland Observatory: Sad Sad City DJs From Mars: Internet Friends & Scary Monsters Back In Wonderwall (Oasis vs. AC/DC vs. Knife Party vs. Skrillex) Dan Mei: Good Time Gangnam Style (Bootie Edit) (Psy vs. Alex Clare vs. Nicki Minaj vs. Ram Jam vs. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen) The Kleptones: Voodoo Sabotage (Beastie Boys vs. The Prodigy vs. Pendulum) Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 [Forum post by Sindariya] More updates: Dec 13th Leeroy is strong, but sometimes he overestimate himself. Mostly when we go out on adventures he just attacks what he sees and gets hurt plenty. I have only one good healing skill, you can guess which. Dec 14th Sometimes it is important just to enjoy the moment. Leeroy can do this too. Cheery blossoms are fascinating him. Dec 15th If you go out lava fishing, train your companion first to stay away of lava. They are curious and get hurt fast. And believe me, burnt fur stinks awfully. But Leeroy is still not listening to me Dec 16th Happy 3rd advent. Today it will not only be cute pics, it will melt your heart. I went with Leeroy to the sulfur geyser to show him that water also can be fun. Yes he had fun and was playful. But the whole thing backfired. Sulfur stinks even worse than burnt fur. Dec 17th Since we only have one week left till Christmas I tried to explain Leeroy, that if he is a good boy he will get something from Santa. And if he is a bad boy he will get nothing. Now he is looking for Santa everywhere. I think he misunderstood something. Dec 18th It is not always easy with Leeroy. This was a situation when I didn’t know if I should laugh, cry or just turn around and run. We tried to kill the chaos daemon and were all approaching fully prepared for the tough battle. And what did Leeroy? He started a discussion with the daemon who also replied. What would you do in this situation? Dec 19th You should take your companion with you wherever you are out. It can widen their horizon. But this could also be the cause why Leeroy is never listening to me. So be careful. Dec 20th The other day we were doing groceries and stopped at the fish market. Big mistake. Leeroy fell in love with a big fat tuna. Since it was in the morning I left him there and did the other shopping in meantime. It was late when I returned and he was still sitting there. I tried to call him but since he never listens, he ignored me also this time. If you see him still sitting there, don’t buy him this tuna. He has to learn, he can’t get everything. Community Event: Blue Rose Isle – Yule Day Dance [Forum post by Drake Aedus] Blue Rose Isle cordially invites you to join us on December 21st from 10am-noon, with a repeat performance from 4pm-6pm New Britannia Time for our 2018 Yule Day Dance Party. You can find Blue Rose Isle in the Quel region east of Etceter. map The location of the event is the Twin Spire Manor directly up the hill and straight back. here We will be hosting the party live on Avatars Radio where you can tune in on one of the many available Aetheric Amplifiers or listen online (or on your mobile devices) with the TuneIn app. The residents of Blue Rose Isle hope to see you there. v/r Drake Aedus Wind Silvermoon Community Event: Daily Yule-Market at Dracheninsel [Forum post by Flientje Vantmeeden] Dear Avatars, 2018 is getting old and older, and outside it’s getting cold and colder! So let be undead, monster, critter – it’s time for friends and Yule-Glitter! Adventurer, put your weapons down, be peaceful like a little faun! We all are awaiting you, at the Yule-market in our cozy town! Every day from Dec. 1 rst to Dec. 23rd we will meet at 20:00 h CET at our Yulemarket on the beautiful island “Dracheninsel” Our Yule-Fairy Hospitia is going to open the daily package from the Advent Calendar, so be there and roll the dice for little shiny things! Edit: Original link: https://www.newbritannia.info/Forum…ägliches-winterspektakulum-ab-20-00-uhr.1586/ Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure [Forum post by Weins201] Grumpie Weinie’s Pacu December Pacu Fishing Challenge; For all those fishers out there is a Pacu that changes its location to random POTs each day at Midnight Server Time (CST) Today it was Formosa and Blackstone Gate. Blackstone gate was Nested and the Name I had to look up in SOTA Wiki Ohh and Blackstone Gate was PvP In celebration of this new type of fish and mechanic I am holding a Pacu fishing Tournament. This will be a Winner / Loser (smallest) take all for each day. Fishers will have to send me 1 COTO and the fish caught from either the daily POTs. I will compile all the entries and reward the Largest and Smallest fish for each day. Prizes are 75% / 25% Soo if 4 people enter – 3 cotos to Largest and 1 to smallest. 12 = 8 / 4. I will deliver cotos as soon as winner is determined, on the third day after. (( if you have a trust issue msg me we can work something out, but I really am not worried about the COTOs just the Community Participation)) Now you have to ask a Town Crier “fish” or “fishing” and they will tell you where the fish are being caught for that day. It changes each night at Midnight CST. Travel to one (or both) of those locations and when you catch a Pacu and wish to enter it all you have to do is Mail me in game. Send 1 Coto and the fish(s) you wish to enter. Today I had to say “catch” – White Heart and Diamond Fields (28 Nov) Mail is required as the Time stamp will be used to break a Tie, Earliest entry will win. Sooooo if you Catch a Large or Small I would go as fast as you can and mail me your entry. It appears that Pacu have a range of normal from .7 – .8 Length. The large is .9 and 1 (( from Titanforges Tourney) and Small .6 (( At the moment .7 is the smallest found and it is Normal, so assuming a small is .6 )) Now if you catch a Fish early in the Day say a Large .9 length send it in as soon as possible and if you catch any more you wish to enter later on just mail the fish in you already sent me a Coto Earlier on. 1 Coto to enter each day you want to participate as all paid in make the reward possible I know this timing could benefit those in Time zones that leave this “Daytime” for them an advantage but I do not have a way to offset this. Now I will take entries on the day of thru the day after. so on the 1st starting day (1 Dec) you can enter fish caught that day (sent 1 dec) or sent on the day after, ((the 2nd )) (any more days out will be ignored / returned) (Please use Subject for which day you are entering for) ( I will be able to figure it out but just makes it a little easier) You can also come just hand them to me if you find me online. I will start a group each day while I am playing you can Teleport to deliver to me directly. Deliveries will get time stamped from Logs from the time of trade. On the 3rd I will place the Winner/Loser fish (trophy if it is mounted or want it mounted) in the Fishing Hall I have thrown up near the entrance to my Island. I will also place a chest for each day and place all other fish in there until returned) I have already created a Excel Spread sheet which I will update here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YiAeynrjswQtVZ2YJIWh1-itOxrhybnctGKanALlwyI/edit?usp=sharing Now these “Hot” Pacu POTs rotate each day so I will entertain additions from the POT owner for that day. I.E. if this ends up in my town I will open it up to Largest Fish from Each Fresh Water Category with Winner / Loser winning Cotos 8 / 2 If this does drop into GHH you will not need to spend more to enter other than the 1 Coto for Pacu, all other fish can just be dropped off I will place a chest if this happens. I wll of course place this chest on that day. If POT owners want to also add I can work and place a hest for that POT and we can work out prizes throughout the day. If the POT owner does initiate his own daily contest please add it to this post and let me know ASAP you can also as a POT owner just drop a box in a location at your town to have fish dropped off Path from Brittany Area to Grumpie Hermits Hide-a-Way From Main Entrance to Hall and there is a Mailbox near behind the banker. I will place a Fishing Vendor in the Town Entrance area also. Summary Daily 1 Coto entry Winner / Loser take all for catching a Pacu from one (both) of the “Hot” fishing POTs each day. Entries must be mailed (hand delivered) to me on the day or Day after only for Time stamp to break ties. I will pay out 75%/ 25% to the Winner / Loser (smallest) each day on the 3rd days after. 1st rewarded on the 3rd . . . . . All Pacu will be returned after the tournament. ((( if you wish to add me as a friend for this please send me a message with request while I am in game ))) If there are any questions or concerns please post them here I will work on any issues as fast as I can. Port if you can add Time to the trophy Data that would be AWSOME Ok good luck to all – The Hall is set up – after each days winning is determined I will Display the winner / loser and place all other entrants in the box for viewing. Community Event: 3rd Annual Holiday Party for All! [Forum post by Datendrache] Every year we (a group of fun-loving, Holiday Merriment seeking, multi-guild, jolly Avatars) come together to throw a Holiday event filled with gift giving, music, dancing and excitement! This year, we’re planning to put together the most incredible Holiday Party we can! Avatar’s Radio Beat of Novia, Secret Santa Gift Exchange and Door Prizes: Who: Hosted by DJ Alliene Dragonfyre When: December 21st, 8:00pm NBT/Central Where: Player Owned Town of Festival at the Festival Keep Friday Fight Night Who: Hosted by Alphaine Nine When: December 21st: 5:00pm NBT/Central (subject to change) Where: Festival PvP Arena Note: Special “Holiday Prizes” will be given out to winners, including a 125-Point Dungeon Entrance and a Commission-Free Vendor. More prizes will be announced, and this is in addition to the FFN prize pool. Secret Santa Gift Exchange If you wish you participate, here are the rules: 1) Either deliver in person or mail your gift to in-game character ‘Engineer‘ with a note or titleindicating its for Secret Santa. 2) All people who give a gift will receive a random gift that another player contributed. 3) If you are at the Party, it will be delivered to you directly. If you are unable to attend, it will be mailed to you. 4) If you provide more than one gift, the gifts will be distributed to attendees, people standing on the streets, new players, or other lucky avatars. You won’t receive more than one gift, but you are certainly generous! 5) Please keep the value of the gifts below 10K gp if at all possible. Door Prizes Door prizes will be given out to players in attendance! Fireworks Bags Bags of Fireworks will be given out to players throughout the night! Let’s Light it Up!!!! And more! Please check back in on this page for new announcements, we have more things being planned while we work out the details. Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles [Forum post by ldykllr] NoMa Grandmastery Bundles (R60) Every month we are offering four professional-grade bundles: Adventurer’s Bundle – some of the highest grade gear available in the land, ready to take a novice adventurer to the journeyman level! This month we are featuring armor from Robyn Hood (@ldykllr )! Crafter’s Bundle – Are you an aspiring crafter? This month we are offering a MEGA Bundle with all the mats to get you started in all 5 crafting skills (Cooking, Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Alchemy)! Music Bundle – For all our music lovers out there! This bundle has all the instruments you could ever want, courtesy of @Kron Caledon with a special selection of music selected by @Lace ! Consumable Bundle – A great selection of food and potions to help you on your adventures throughout Novia, courtesy of @Zeetocht ! These bundles will be raffled on December 28th (2 weeks after R61 release – extended due to short release schedule). Tickets are on sale now and priced especially for beginners at 500gp each bundle. No matter how many tickets a character purchases, they will only get a single chance at winning that bundle – so purchase only one ticket per bundle! We are hosting the ticket vendors and a display table of what each bundle entails at Market Square, at the south end of NoMa (if you check in with the town crier, it is the only City lot in town and under Governor Robyn Hood’s name). As you wander past all of our merchants, please do some window shopping and take a look at what all of our residents have to offer! (Screenshots below to help you find your way). Cheers, Ben & Robyn Screenshots Location of the Market Square in Novia Market Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway [Forum post by ldykllr]Announcing the 1st Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway! When: December 1st, midnight NBT – December 31st, midnight NBT Where: Novia Market, located just south of Britanny along the road What it is: For the ENTIRE month of December, ANY purchase made at an eligible vendor (see map below) will enter you into a prize drawing! 1 entry per purchase at an eligible vendor PER day (example: 15 participating vendors, if you purchase an item from each = 15 entries for the day). The PRIZES include: 1 MILLION in GOLD prizes (and not just small amounts – 2 x 250k is up for grabs!) Furniture (including sets!)!!!!! Gold COTO’s Artifacts Rares — (Dragon Eggs, Aether Weapons, Bunny prints, Homes, etc) Resources and rare crafting mats! Pets! GM crafted items! …and much, much more! (I would list everything, but there is so much!) Prizes will be drawn LIVE on New Years Day at 1900 NBT at Market Square on the South End of Novia Market (the same place where we have our Grandmastery Bundle Raffle tickets every month – look for the City lot under “Robyn Hood”) Additional vendors may be added to the map, so check back before shopping! Map of eligible vendors: Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party [Forum post by Mal Hari] Please come join us for our 4th Annual New Years Eve Party. With Avatar Radio and DJ Amber Okhan. We look forward to seeing everyone. Community Event: Ark Angels Christmas and Gift Giving [Forum post by Umuri] What: Gift Giving and Christmas festivities (ALL ATTENDANTS GET GIFTS) Where: Holtrot (ForestVillage02/Holtrot) Loc: (-139.2, 25.7, 16.2) When: Friday, Dec 21st, 2018 6:00 pm cst to 11:00 pm cst Backstory: Once upon a time, almost two decades ago, before the worlds were torn apart, there was an old guild named the Ark Angels. It was run by Tigg and Shooter Teagan. It’s charter was: “Ark Angels, a bright light in the dark times of obsidian. Kindness, Hospitality, Generosity, and Friendship, those are our strengths. The Ark Angels Light shall never die, as it is the oldest of Obsidian.” We’d help everyone, red or blue, new or old, in any endeavor short of cold murder, for who were we to judge the world, just trying to make it the best. Time went on, people came and went, some were lost in ways they could never return from, but the guild still lives in the hearts of those it touched, whether for or against. Every year, the guild would hold a player christmas event. It was the highlight of our year, and would burn most of the guild wealth from the year in gifts for all, no matter how many showed up, known or unknown, established or alt. Even as the light dimmed, it was still an event I held, even when it got down to just a few, and was what drove most of my hunting just to make sure santa had enough gifts for everyone every year. Enemies and friends alike were gifted, and many memories were shared. Traditionally this was manned all day christmas day, however I will be unable to do so this year, so it will be a tad early. Anyway, enough ancient history from an old man. My name was Duo Maxwell(I did mention this was many years ago), I am the last Ark Angel. I’d like to share that event with you all this year. Come one, come all. Come visit a Santa, of sorts, and get a gift. This year in Holtrot, on the evening of Friday Dec 21st, from 6pm cst until 11pm, I will be opening my house to all that come for a festival celebration. No matter if you are known or not, alt or not, new or not. There is no requirement to stay for the festivities. Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Win the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set – valued at $119! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant (items expire today!) Looking for different dungeons to explore? Our friends at OtherSide Entertainment just launched Underworld Ascendant on Steam! The team includes people who created games like Thief, System Shock and the Underworld series. It’s a first-person dungeon Action-RPG where there’s no one right way to play. Mix and match a variety of different skills to sneak, fight or use magic to survive this large and highly-interactive dungeon full of traps, monsters and challenges. Play now to receive bonus items and a 15% discount: Purchase on Steam! And as a reminder our worlds are tied together with similar world origins and portals between! You can even purchase cross promotional items but you must be quick as they are expiring today! Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Raine. They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  16. Players who login December 20th through January 30th will receive a complementary item entitled "Obsidian Item of Greater Unlearning (Expires Soon)" that when used allows them to to reset all skills in a skill tree to minimum levels and move 100% of the experience to the experience pool for spending elsewhere. Alternatively, they can use it to set all adventurer or crafting skills to their minimums... Login during R61 for free Respec!View the full article
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  20. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 61 Now! Caroling Livestream Today Q1 2019 Schedule Update Release 61 Livestream Dec 21 (Dark Winter) Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations FINAL WEEK! 50% Items All Weekend (through Monday Dec 17)! Winter 2018 Items Appear Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) FINAL WEEK Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! Player Dungeon Tour Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 61 Dance Party Community Event: Obsidian Trials “No-Risk PVP” event! Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 Community Event: 4Bait – Fishing event May 555 Community Event: Daily Yule-Market at Dracheninsel Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure Community Event: 3rd Annual Holiday Party for All! Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party Community Event: Ark Angels Christmas and Gift Giving Community Event: Midvinterblot at Helheim in Kahli Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Project to Support: Avatars Radio Project to Support: Lore Finder Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 12-14-2018 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  21. The R60 Stretch Goal awards ("R60 Postmortem Livestream Rewards") have been awarded to accounts. If you wish to review all of your account rewards outside of the game, you can do so by going to the Account menu on the main website and then selecting the 'Special Rewards' tab in the page menu. If you feel your account is missing any Stretch Goal / Postmortem Livestream rewards, please write to us at... Release 60 Stretch Goals have been awarded View the full article
  22. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 61 Now! Caroling Livestream Today Q1 2019 Schedule Update Release 61 Livestream Dec 21 (Dark Winter) Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations FINAL WEEK! 50% Items All Weekend (through Monday Dec 17)! Winter 2018 Items Appear Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) FINAL WEEK Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! Player Dungeon Tour Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 61 Dance Party Community Event: Obsidian Trials “No-Risk PVP” event! Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 Community Event: 4Bait – Fishing event May 555 Community Event: Daily Yule-Market at Dracheninsel Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure Community Event: 3rd Annual Holiday Party for All! Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party Community Event: Ark Angels Christmas and Gift Giving Community Event: Midvinterblot at Helheim in Kahli Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Project to Support: Avatars Radio Project to Support: Lore Finder Resources: Players Helping Players Release 61 successfully launched yesterday, December 13 , with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including: Fishing Phase 2: Lava Fishing Lava Fish Fishing Skills Rare Fishing Recipes Krampus Teleport to Scene Scrolls Ornate Vile Longbow Tabula Rasa Character Respec More Player Dungeon Rooms & Hallways R58 Livestream Items R61 QA Testing Incentive Winners More Bug Fixes …and much more! Check out the Release 61 Instructions update for detailed information about all the new content. If you have not downloaded the game yet, go to www.shroudoftheavatar.com and click the “Play Now” button. The game is also available on Steam. Release 61 Player Instructions Release 61 Known Issues Here are what some players are saying about the release so far: Synergy Blaize: Thank you to the Team for providing a very interesting release to tide us over the Holidays! Kudos to you all!!! Tila Tenderfoot: I’m mostly excited about the little black dress. And the new swamp, and Krampus, and lava fishing. Awesome release! Janek the Just: Amazing, to accomplish so much in so little time! I hope everyone at Portalarium is able to take a well-deserved rest through the holidays! Enjoy it, you’ve earned it! Yolo SoLive: yay! thank you! looking forward to the fishing enhancements! Perashim: Ooooh, that’s a long list of bugs fixed! What a way to end the year with an excellent release! Majoria: Thanks so much. All that is included in this release is just awesome for such a short amount of time. Yavrashu: The update looks like great fun. I look forward to experiencing it! gtesser: What a great release! And I can finally cook the dozens of rare fish I have not mounted. Caree Death: Release is looking fab, especially with so little time to work on it. Great job guys, as always. Caroling Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday December 14 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to go caroling through the game! Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski and Sarah “Serafina” Dworken will use our amazing in-game music system to serenade players in their homes. This is the first Friday to earn the Release 61 Dark Winter stretch goals (in honor of Krampus) by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) all weekend to help us hit those stretch goals. ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Its Cold Outside” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Q1 2019 Schedule Update [From a forum post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long] Greetings Avatars, 2018 was a fantastic year for Shroud of the Avatar! We moved out of Early Access in March and Collector’s Boxes shipped in Q3! We made serious progress on improvements to quality of life and fixed huge numbers of bugs! In the final quarter of 2018 alone we added Player Made Dungeons, Fishing Phase 2, Pumpkin Head, and Krampus! Q1 of 2019 is going to kick us off with a bang! Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons, Back Slot Item Stats, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Episode 2 kickoff, Baby Dragons and more polish! 2019 will of course culminate with Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Customizable NPCs, and expanded permissions for containers and doors! As we have stated previously, we intend to publish quarterly schedule updates detailing our monthly releases and those monthly releases will continue just as before, on the last Thursday of each month. Even though the goals outlined in these schedules are likely to change somewhat as we react to feedback, we feel it is important to periodically provide you with an updated roadmap. Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our players regularly, so that you can give us feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. This collaborative process continues to benefit the game, and often results in sweeping changes such as the recent balance passes to combat. As you have seen in previous releases, the flexibility inherent to this process means that we sometimes push things out, but we also often pull new things in. Q1 Top 10 Priorities: As mentioned previously we keep a running list of our Top 10 priorities at all times that we use when building our schedule and prioritizing where to allocate our team’s resources. We often refer to it when making decisions about the project. While it has a VERY strong influence on what we work on at any given time, it does not mean that we only work on something that is on the list. It just means that if someone can assist with something that will help address an item on the list, then we will make sure they do that first before working on anything else. Sometimes team members cannot assist with anything on our top priorities, so they work on other tasks such as visual polish, combat balance, or content that helps us raise funds. Q1 will focus on lots of polish including systems, user interface, bug fixing, loot, performance, as well as continued improvements to quality of life. We will also expand the Agriculture and Player Made Dungeon systems, add another seasonal boss, and prepare for Episode 2 development. Quality of Life: Midway through Q3 2018 we shifted focus to general improvements to quality of life by starting to remove slowdowns and annoyances in gameplay. We will continue this effort in Q1 2019. Systems Polish: Polishing and improving existing systems will continue to be a major focus of Q1. This will take priority over new systems. Bug Fixing: We will continue to focus more on fixing bugs versus new content and new features. Performance: While the game is much more playable now we feel there is still more to be gained so in Q1 we will continue making code and content changes to improve performance. User Interface Polish: In Q4, we polished various UI elements and we will continue to do so during Q1. Seasonal Content: Content to support Spring events (Valentines and Easter) will be created. Improved Reward Cycle: Q1 will continue our focus on systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Agriculture & Player Made Dungeons: Some of the work we did with Fishing Phase 2 will now allow us to expand the Agriculture system with Fertilizer. We will also continue to add new features and content to the Player Made Dungeons feature. Shipping Phase 2: Collector’s Boxes will start shipping to those who did not get theirs in the first round. Episode 2 Kickoff: We will prepare for the commencement of Episode 2 development in Q2. As always, all dates, durations, and deliverables are subject to change as we adjust our designs based on direct feedback from you, our players. RELEASE 62, January 31, 2019 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Combat: After a millennium of being unable to produce offspring dragons are finally reproducing! Baby Dragons have been sighted in various remote locations across Novia. Don’t be fooled by their size though! They are still dangerous beasts, even when young! We will also do some balance work on pet balance including summons and tamed creatures. Crafting & Economy: Back slot items (cloaks, wings, backpacks, etc.) will now be able to have stats, enchantments, and masterworks associated with them. Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items and 2019 Valentine items. RELEASE 63, February 28, 2019 Story: You may have heard of Cupid… but have you heard of the Envy Angel? Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15 second load time target. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Combat: A new polearm type will become available: Pronged weapons! This includes Tridents and Pitchforks. Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. RELEASE 64, March 28, 2019 Story: The first lands associated with Episode 2 will begin to appear! Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Player Made Dungeons: More features and content will be added to the Player Made Dungeon System including the ability to place creatures to fight in your dungeon! Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items and 2019 Easter items. We continue to be incredibly thankful for the support we receive from this amazing community. While the financial support you provide makes all of this possible, it pales in comparison with the faith you have in us, the feedback you provide us, and the content you are making for everyone to enjoy. We are humbly grateful, and we are always excited to see you each month in New Britannia! And remember Q1 is just a warmup for the rest of 2019 which will be an amazing year for Shroud of the Avatar players! We have much more planned including Crafting Specializations (choose your effect when Masterworking and Enchanting), more expansions to the fishing system, and more boss improvements. 2019 will of course culminate with Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Customizable NPCs, and expanded permissions for containers and doors! Sincerely, Starr Long Executive Producer Shroud of the Avatar Release 61 Livestream Dec 21 (Dark Winter) The Release 61 Livestream is set for Friday December 21! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, having sales, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate the appearance of Krampus our theme is Dark Winter! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! Here is the schedule: 3PM: Introductions 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Krampus 4:00PM: Deep Dive 2: Lava Fishing & Lava Fishing Contest 5PM: Ending Announcements LAVA FISHING CONTEST: During the Lava Fishing Deep Dive we are going to have a Lava Fishing contest! To participate in the contest go to the Oracle Colossus and start fishing at 4 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 4:45 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! STRETCH GOALS (Dark Winter) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 from Friday December 21 through Monday December 24. To celebrate the appearance of Krampus our theme is Dark Winter! All purchases during the weekend will count towards the stretch goals, not just the four hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! ACHIEVED $10K: Black Ice Wings $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 64 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! WEEKEND OF SALES: We will be having a weekend of sales! Items in the following categories will be on sale at approx. 50% off. As noted above, all purchases during this time will count towards the stretch goals! Make a Difference Home Decorations Outdoor Decorations Lot Deeds POT Upgrades Homes Basements Pets Music Emotes and Fireworks Dyes Patterns WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “It’s cold outside” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set Avatars Radio Merchandise SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section of the original post or on Discord chat during the event. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations FINAL WEEK! To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Elven, Obsidian and Shogun Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT next Friday December 21, 2018! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30%! For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Elven Bundles Ornate Elven Longsword Ornate Elven Longbow Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longsword Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Large Elven Tent Elven Wardrobe Ornate Elven Wardrobe Black Stag Golden Dragonfly Pet Monarch Butterfly Pet Elven Four-Story Row Home Elven Keep Village Home Elven Peaked-Roof Village Home (digital) Elven Tree Town Home Elven Four-Story City Home Obsidian Bundles Ornate Vile Mace Ornate Vile Mace Pattern Pack Ornate Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Four-Story Row Home Obsidian Village Home Obsidian Tower Village Home (digital) Obsidian Tower Town Home (digital) Obsidian Keep City Home Shogun Bundles Shogun Four-Story Row Home Shogun 1-Story Village Home (digital) Shogun 3-Story Keep Village Home (digital) Shogun Four-Story Town Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Ornate Katana Ornate Katana Pattern Pack Ornate Tansu Chest Tansu Chest Pallas’s Cat Shiba Inu Dog Mandarin Duck 50% Items All Weekend (through Monday Dec 17)! To celebrate the first weekend of our final release of our launch year we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, all weekend, through the Release Dance Party on Monday December 17th! We are also going to track the R61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals all weekend (versus just the traditional Friday noon to midnight)! And as a reminder we are still having our first sale on Gold Crowns of the Obsidians ever! Some packages are discounted as much as 20% every weekend through December 21, 2018! *Note that this sale does not include the already discounted and expiring Bundles and associated items. Winter 2018 Items Appear With winter almost upon us the Winter 2018 items have appeared! These winter holiday items are only available until February 1, 2019 and then they are gone forever so get them while they are ice cold! This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs). 2018 Menorah 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 2018 Small Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Mantle Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Garlands Mega Pack 2018 Yule Gift Box Set 2018 Yule Stocking Set 2018 Ornate Yule Wreath Set 2018 4-Story Yule Tree 2018 Large Yule Tree 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Tabletop Yule Tree 2018 Yule Card 5-Pack 2018 Yule Gift Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set 2018 Winter Ultra Set Winter Recurring Items Return! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 62 on January 31, 2019. Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) FINAL WEEK As many of you know we are expiring all of our bundles before the end of the year. Viking and Kobold bundles expire today (November 30). Elven, Obsidian, and Shogun bundles expire on December 21. In Release 59 we added the contents of the bundles to crown vendors as single purchases, however they do not have any upgrade functionality. Based on numerous requests from those of you who have been saving up your crowns we are going to offer an alternative path for upgrading bundles using crowns. For a limited time (offer ends December 21, 2018) you can purchase a service voucher to use crowns to upgrade your bundle! If you wish to upgrade your bundle with crowns please email us at support@portalarium.com BEFORE purchasing the voucher. In the request please list the name of the bundle you wish to upgrade, and the bundle you wish to upgrade it to (e.g., Elven 2-Story Row Tax Free Bundle to Elven Village Tax Free Bundle). We will then determine how many crowns you need for the upgrade and notify you of that amount so you can decide before proceeding. Only then will you purchase the voucher and we will then remove the crowns from your inventory. Requests received after the expiration date (November 30 for Viking and Kobold, December 21 for Elven, Shogun, and Obsidian) will not be honored. Please note that we will be using the non-sale exchange rates that are currently on the store for this transaction. Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase the Collector’s Boxed Edition of Shroud of the Avatar during the Kickstarter (expired on January 4, 2016) can now purchase the retail Boxed Edition from Amazon. Additionally for a limited time we are also offering a signed version of the retail Boxed Edition (see above) for purchase directly from our website! To celebrate the holidays these two versions are on sale for $40 off their regular price until December 21, 2018 ($49 on Amazon, $99 for signed)! NEW! Each signed box will also be numbered, making them even more unique, with only 200 of these special numbered boxes available! These editions include: Physical Goods: Game Box signed by Lord British* (signed edition only) Game Manual DVD in case Runic Translation Card Ankh Trinket Cloth Map Our Epic Origins Digital Items: Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 1 (Full Game Access) 30 Bank Slots to store your gear 1 Gold Crown Pick 1 Obsidian Potion Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 2 (Full Game Access when released) Exclusive Title: Visionary Exclusive Emote (exact emote to be created at a future date) NEW: Unique Item (to be created at a a future date) Player Dungeon Tour Livestream (YouTube) The Player Dungeon Tour Livestream last week was amazing! Our players have assembled some really amazing dungeons! We gave out tons of prizes and we hit two more of the Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay stretchgoals on the final Friday to hit them, including hitting the Dungeon Room right before midnight! ACHIEVED $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX ACHIEVED $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon ACHIEVED $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc) ACHIEVED $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack ACHIEVED $65K: Traveller Wagon ACHIEVED $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm ACHIEVED $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Dec 14, 2018 – Community Livestream – Caroling Dec 17, 2018 – Release 61 Dance Party Dec 21, 2018 – Release 61 Livestream Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 1, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Community Event: Release 61 Dance Party [Forum post by Alleine Dragonfyre] Release 61 Dance Party and Stress Test with DJ @DarkStarr ​ Community Event: Obsidian Trials “No-Risk PVP” event! [Forum post by Chrystoph Reis] When: 12/14/2018 5pm to 8pm EST (6pm to 9pm NBT) Why: To have fun hunting me down and PRIZES… of course! Come one and come all PVE and inexperienced PVP players. Rules: Work together, sabotage your friends, but be the one to land that killing blow on me! At least 10 people must participate! High-end PVPers…. boooo go away! I will fight back, BUT I’ll be wearing all NPC gear only! Prizes: Most kills against me: your choice of 30 Cotos OR a prize provided by Atos himself! OR 2nd Most kills against me: Your choice of the two prizes NOT chosen from above 3rd most kills against me: The prize NOT chosen from above Other prizes: Most kills overall: 15 Cotos or ??? 2nd most kills overall: 9 Cotos or ??? 3nd most kills overall: 3 Cotos ​ No kills: /roll 1000 for a chance to win AND random prizes will be given away during the event! Any prizes donated that were not used will either be: A) Returned to sender B) Used in a similar event the following week. Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018 [Forum post by Sindariya] More updates: Dec 5th Leeroy has also a cheeky side. You can’t get mad at him, when he is like this. Dec 6th Okay who of you told Leeroy about the filled boots on Nikolaus day? When I woke up today, he had pulled all boots out of my wardrobe and is now eagerly waiting that those will be filled with sweets or in his case with fish. Someone needs to send me fish or I will have o fish all day to get one fish for each boot. Update: I was lucky and got a big fish and now Leeroy is happy too. Dec 7th If you think Leeroy has only cute sides you are totally wrong. He can be frightening if he wants. Dec 8th Sometimes I wish I could read his mind. Sometimes he has an expression on his face which makes me wonder if he ponders about the problems of the world or is he plotting something to make me angry. Dec 9th Happy second advent. Here something cute for today. Dec 10th That Leeroy is a bit chaotic should not wonder anyone, since he is always with me. Sometimes I get the feeling he should be more confused or worried about himself when he gets in weird situations. But he stays all cool while floating up in the air. I only asked myself, how do I catch a bear without killing myself? Dec 11th Leeroy can also be careful when he notice something suspicious. Not that it keeps him away, he loves to explore. But we left the node where it was. Not that we open a hole in the world by mining it. Dec 12th Leeroy can be really funny. Especially when he imitate humans. I couldn’t see the face of those ghosts but I could feel their irritation, it was so funny. Community Event: 4Bait – Fishing event May 555 [Forum post by Net] Where: Fishing: Anywhere in Novia (and Hidden Vale) Prize awarding: TBA When: Fishing: May 555 (for fishing) Sending fish: 2018-12-19 20:00 UTC (19th Dec 2pm CST, NBT; 19th Dec 21:00 CET) Prize selection and awarding of winners: 2018-12-23 20:00 UTC (23rd Dec 2pm CST, NBT; 23rd Dec 21:00 CET) Prizes: If more than 5 people enter – 555 gold × 5 If more than 15 people enter – 1 COTO × 15 If more than 25 people enter – 4B cask If more than 35 people enter – TBA If more than 45 people enter – TBA If more than 55 people enter – TBA Rules: You can send up to 5 fish (sending one fish is okay, but you will stand better chance with 5). Fish cannot be mounted. Each fish has to be a different species. Each fish has to be from a different scene. Fish tooltip must say it was caught on May 555. Send fish to Net via ingame post (I will appreciate if you send the fish in container with your name, but you do not have to) All fish will be returned after the event (I hope to return them before the end of 2018, but it depends on how many people will enter). Scoring: Fresh water fish: Brook Trout – 1 point Peacock Bass – 1 point Spotted Bass – 1 point Black Trout – 1 point Oscar Sunfish – 1 point Pacu – 2 points King Salmon – 5 points Pike – 50 points Fetid water fish: Sharptooth Catfish – 1 point Goliath Catfish – 20 points Gar – 50 points Sturgeon – 150 points Salt water fish: Mahi Mahi – 1 point Amberjack Mackerel – 1 point Bluefin Tuna – 10 points Marlin – 25 points Swordfish – 40 points Sailfish – 50 points Tiger Shark – 100 points Tarpon – 150 points Lava fish – 5 points TBD – possible point adjustment (the rarer lava fish might get more points) Small fish – value of catch is multiplied by 2. Large fish – value of the fish is multiplied by 3. Fish caught in one of the scenes below – value of the fish is multiplied by 5. Fish caught in all three scenes below – extra 55 points (applied only once per avatar). Bonus Locations: Bonus points will be awarded to those who catch fish in any or all of the following scenes: Prizes will be drawn randomly using in-game /roll command during the public event on Dec 23rd; the more points you get the higher chances of winning. (Example: Player A gets 5 points, Player B gets 3 points, Player C gets 12 points. I will roll 20 and player A will win if the result is 1-5, Player B wins if the result is 6-8, and player C will win if the result is 9-20). Results: TBA Notes: This is my first fishing event and proof of concept for a much bigger event in the future. The goal is to see how many people are interested in fishing events, whether I can process the results in reasonable time, and if I can use in-game system to award winners based on chance (augmented by their score) rather then selecting arbitrarily the winner. There may be changes to the rules and/or times as needed. Community Event: Daily Yule-Market at Dracheninsel [Forum post by Flientje Vantmeeden] Dear Avatars, 2018 is getting old and older, and outside it’s getting cold and colder! So let be undead, monster, critter – it’s time for friends and Yule-Glitter! Adventurer, put your weapons down, be peaceful like a little faun! We all are awaiting you, at the Yule-market in our cozy town! Every day from Dec. 1 rst to Dec. 23rd we will meet at 20:00 h CET at our Yulemarket on the beautiful island “Dracheninsel” Our Yule-Fairy Hospitia is going to open the daily package from the Advent Calendar, so be there and roll the dice for little shiny things! Edit: Original link: https://www.newbritannia.info/Forum…ägliches-winterspektakulum-ab-20-00-uhr.1586/ Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure [Forum post by Weins201] Grumpie Weinie’s Pacu December Pacu Fishing Challenge; For all those fishers out there is a Pacu that changes its location to random POTs each day at Midnight Server Time (CST) Today it was Formosa and Blackstone Gate. Blackstone gate was Nested and the Name I had to look up in SOTA Wiki Ohh and Blackstone Gate was PvP In celebration of this new type of fish and mechanic I am holding a Pacu fishing Tournament. This will be a Winner / Loser (smallest) take all for each day. Fishers will have to send me 1 COTO and the fish caught from either the daily POTs. I will compile all the entries and reward the Largest and Smallest fish for each day. Prizes are 75% / 25% Soo if 4 people enter – 3 cotos to Largest and 1 to smallest. 12 = 8 / 4. I will deliver cotos as soon as winner is determined, on the third day after. (( if you have a trust issue msg me we can work something out, but I really am not worried about the COTOs just the Community Participation)) Now you have to ask a Town Crier “fish” or “fishing” and they will tell you where the fish are being caught for that day. It changes each night at Midnight CST. Travel to one (or both) of those locations and when you catch a Pacu and wish to enter it all you have to do is Mail me in game. Send 1 Coto and the fish(s) you wish to enter. Today I had to say “catch” – White Heart and Diamond Fields (28 Nov) Mail is required as the Time stamp will be used to break a Tie, Earliest entry will win. Sooooo if you Catch a Large or Small I would go as fast as you can and mail me your entry. It appears that Pacu have a range of normal from .7 – .8 Length. The large is .9 and 1 (( from Titanforges Tourney) and Small .6 (( At the moment .7 is the smallest found and it is Normal, so assuming a small is .6 )) Now if you catch a Fish early in the Day say a Large .9 length send it in as soon as possible and if you catch any more you wish to enter later on just mail the fish in you already sent me a Coto Earlier on. 1 Coto to enter each day you want to participate as all paid in make the reward possible I know this timing could benefit those in Time zones that leave this “Daytime” for them an advantage but I do not have a way to offset this. Now I will take entries on the day of thru the day after. so on the 1st starting day (1 Dec) you can enter fish caught that day (sent 1 dec) or sent on the day after, ((the 2nd )) (any more days out will be ignored / returned) (Please use Subject for which day you are entering for) ( I will be able to figure it out but just makes it a little easier) You can also come just hand them to me if you find me online. I will start a group each day while I am playing you can Teleport to deliver to me directly. Deliveries will get time stamped from Logs from the time of trade. On the 3rd I will place the Winner/Loser fish (trophy if it is mounted or want it mounted) in the Fishing Hall I have thrown up near the entrance to my Island. I will also place a chest for each day and place all other fish in there until returned) I have already created a Excel Spread sheet which I will update here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YiAeynrjswQtVZ2YJIWh1-itOxrhybnctGKanALlwyI/edit?usp=sharing Now these “Hot” Pacu POTs rotate each day so I will entertain additions from the POT owner for that day. I.E. if this ends up in my town I will open it up to Largest Fish from Each Fresh Water Category with Winner / Loser winning Cotos 8 / 2 If this does drop into GHH you will not need to spend more to enter other than the 1 Coto for Pacu, all other fish can just be dropped off I will place a chest if this happens. I wll of course place this chest on that day. If POT owners want to also add I can work and place a hest for that POT and we can work out prizes throughout the day. If the POT owner does initiate his own daily contest please add it to this post and let me know ASAP you can also as a POT owner just drop a box in a location at your town to have fish dropped off Path from Brittany Area to Grumpie Hermits Hide-a-Way From Main Entrance to Hall and there is a Mailbox near behind the banker. I will place a Fishing Vendor in the Town Entrance area also. Summary Daily 1 Coto entry Winner / Loser take all for catching a Pacu from one (both) of the “Hot” fishing POTs each day. Entries must be mailed (hand delivered) to me on the day or Day after only for Time stamp to break ties. I will pay out 75%/ 25% to the Winner / Loser (smallest) each day on the 3rd days after. 1st rewarded on the 3rd . . . . . All Pacu will be returned after the tournament. ((( if you wish to add me as a friend for this please send me a message with request while I am in game ))) If there are any questions or concerns please post them here I will work on any issues as fast as I can. Port if you can add Time to the trophy Data that would be AWSOME Ok good luck to all – The Hall is set up – after each days winning is determined I will Display the winner / loser and place all other entrants in the box for viewing. Community Event: 3rd Annual Holiday Party for All! [Forum post by Datendrache] Every year we (a group of fun-loving, Holiday Merriment seeking, multi-guild, jolly Avatars) come together to throw a Holiday event filled with gift giving, music, dancing and excitement! This year, we’re planning to put together the most incredible Holiday Party we can! Avatar’s Radio Beat of Novia, Secret Santa Gift Exchange and Door Prizes: Who: Hosted by DJ Alliene Dragonfyre When: December 21st, 8:00pm NBT/Central Where: Player Owned Town of Festival at the Festival Keep Friday Fight Night Who: Hosted by Alphaine Nine When: December 21st: 5:00pm NBT/Central (subject to change) Where: Festival PvP Arena Note: Special “Holiday Prizes” will be given out to winners, including a 125-Point Dungeon Entrance and a Commission-Free Vendor. More prizes will be announced, and this is in addition to the FFN prize pool. Secret Santa Gift Exchange If you wish you participate, here are the rules: 1) Either deliver in person or mail your gift to in-game character ‘Engineer‘ with a note or titleindicating its for Secret Santa. 2) All people who give a gift will receive a random gift that another player contributed. 3) If you are at the Party, it will be delivered to you directly. If you are unable to attend, it will be mailed to you. 4) If you provide more than one gift, the gifts will be distributed to attendees, people standing on the streets, new players, or other lucky avatars. You won’t receive more than one gift, but you are certainly generous! 5) Please keep the value of the gifts below 10K gp if at all possible. Door Prizes Door prizes will be given out to players in attendance! Fireworks Bags Bags of Fireworks will be given out to players throughout the night! Let’s Light it Up!!!! And more! Please check back in on this page for new announcements, we have more things being planned while we work out the details. Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles [Forum post by ldykllr] NoMa Grandmastery Bundles (R60) Every month we are offering four professional-grade bundles: Adventurer’s Bundle – some of the highest grade gear available in the land, ready to take a novice adventurer to the journeyman level! This month we are featuring armor from Robyn Hood (@ldykllr )! Crafter’s Bundle – Are you an aspiring crafter? This month we are offering a MEGA Bundle with all the mats to get you started in all 5 crafting skills (Cooking, Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Alchemy)! Music Bundle – For all our music lovers out there! This bundle has all the instruments you could ever want, courtesy of @Kron Caledon with a special selection of music selected by @Lace ! Consumable Bundle – A great selection of food and potions to help you on your adventures throughout Novia, courtesy of @Zeetocht ! These bundles will be raffled on December 28th (2 weeks after R61 release – extended due to short release schedule). Tickets are on sale now and priced especially for beginners at 500gp each bundle. No matter how many tickets a character purchases, they will only get a single chance at winning that bundle – so purchase only one ticket per bundle! We are hosting the ticket vendors and a display table of what each bundle entails at Market Square, at the south end of NoMa (if you check in with the town crier, it is the only City lot in town and under Governor Robyn Hood’s name). As you wander past all of our merchants, please do some window shopping and take a look at what all of our residents have to offer! (Screenshots below to help you find your way). Cheers, Ben & Robyn Screenshots Location of the Market Square in Novia Market Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway [Forum post by ldykllr]Announcing the 1st Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway! When: December 1st, midnight NBT – December 31st, midnight NBT Where: Novia Market, located just south of Britanny along the road What it is: For the ENTIRE month of December, ANY purchase made at an eligible vendor (see map below) will enter you into a prize drawing! 1 entry per purchase at an eligible vendor PER day (example: 15 participating vendors, if you purchase an item from each = 15 entries for the day). The PRIZES include: 1 MILLION in GOLD prizes (and not just small amounts – 2 x 250k is up for grabs!) Furniture (including sets!)!!!!! Gold COTO’s Artifacts Rares — (Dragon Eggs, Aether Weapons, Bunny prints, Homes, etc) Resources and rare crafting mats! Pets! GM crafted items! …and much, much more! (I would list everything, but there is so much!) Prizes will be drawn LIVE on New Years Day at 1900 NBT at Market Square on the South End of Novia Market (the same place where we have our Grandmastery Bundle Raffle tickets every month – look for the City lot under “Robyn Hood”) Additional vendors may be added to the map, so check back before shopping! Map of eligible vendors: Community Event: Jade Dragons 4th annual New Years Eve Party [Forum post by Mal Hari] Please come join us for our 4th Annual New Years Eve Party. With Avatar Radio and DJ Amber Okhan. We look forward to seeing everyone. Community Event: Ark Angels Christmas and Gift Giving [Forum post by Umuri] What: Gift Giving and Christmas festivities (ALL ATTENDANTS GET GIFTS) Where: Holtrot (ForestVillage02/Holtrot) Loc: (-139.2, 25.7, 16.2) When: Friday, Dec 21st, 2018 6:00 pm cst to 11:00 pm cst Backstory: Once upon a time, almost two decades ago, before the worlds were torn apart, there was an old guild named the Ark Angels. It was run by Tigg and Shooter Teagan. It’s charter was: “Ark Angels, a bright light in the dark times of obsidian. Kindness, Hospitality, Generosity, and Friendship, those are our strengths. The Ark Angels Light shall never die, as it is the oldest of Obsidian.” We’d help everyone, red or blue, new or old, in any endeavor short of cold murder, for who were we to judge the world, just trying to make it the best. Time went on, people came and went, some were lost in ways they could never return from, but the guild still lives in the hearts of those it touched, whether for or against. Every year, the guild would hold a player christmas event. It was the highlight of our year, and would burn most of the guild wealth from the year in gifts for all, no matter how many showed up, known or unknown, established or alt. Even as the light dimmed, it was still an event I held, even when it got down to just a few, and was what drove most of my hunting just to make sure santa had enough gifts for everyone every year. Enemies and friends alike were gifted, and many memories were shared. Traditionally this was manned all day christmas day, however I will be unable to do so this year, so it will be a tad early. Anyway, enough ancient history from an old man. My name was Duo Maxwell(I did mention this was many years ago), I am the last Ark Angel. I’d like to share that event with you all this year. Come one, come all. Come visit a Santa, of sorts, and get a gift. This year in Holtrot, on the evening of Friday Dec 21st, from 6pm cst until 11pm, I will be opening my house to all that come for a festival celebration. No matter if you are known or not, alt or not, new or not. There is no requirement to stay for the festivities. Community Event: Midvinterblot at Helheim in Kahli [Forum post by Helvig Ingvildsdottir] Save the date (more detailed info coming). On December 20 at 6pm NBT we will be hosting a Midvinterblot, a sacrifice to the norse gods, followed by a yule party in Helheim, a district of the POT Kahli. Details will be posted soon. This is going to be a very RP-heavy event, and surely lots of fun. Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Win the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set – valued at $119! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Looking for different dungeons to explore? Our friends at OtherSide Entertainment just launched Underworld Ascendant on Steam! The team includes people who created games like Thief, System Shock and the Underworld series. It’s a first-person dungeon Action-RPG where there’s no one right way to play. Mix and match a variety of different skills to sneak, fight or use magic to survive this large and highly-interactive dungeon full of traps, monsters and challenges. Play now to receive bonus items and a 15% discount: Purchase on Steam! And as a reminder our worlds are tied together with similar world origins and portals between! You can even purchase cross promotional items but you must be quick as they are expiring soon! Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Raine. They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Project to Support: Lore Finder Discover forbidden lore which warps your body and reality itself. The more you know, the worse it gets. Become K.C. Morgan, paranormal investigator, and search a New England mansion for your missing father. Battle the forces of corruption infesting the mansion armed only with your wits and an old .38 revolver, and gather scrolls of forbidden lore. But the more you discover, the more warped and twisted the world – and you – become. Uncover the story of Lore Finder, a 2D metroidvania and a modern queer reimagining of the cosmic horror genre. Coming to a PC near you on Steam. Try the demo right now in your browser, or download the PC Windows version. Support the Kickstarter from Enniko who helped develop the musical instrument system for Shroud of the Avatar! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  23. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Q1 2019 Schedule Update

    Greetings Avatars, 2018 was a fantastic year for Shroud of the Avatar! We moved out of Early Access in March and Collector’s Boxes shipped in Q3! We made serious progress on improvements to quality of life and fixed huge numbers of bugs! In the final quarter of 2018 alone we added Player Made Dungeons, Fishing Phase 2, Pumpkin Head, and Krampus! Q1 of 2019 is going to kick us off with a bang! Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons, Back Slot Item... Q1 2019 Schedule Update View the full article
  24. The Release 61 Livestream is set for Friday December 21! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, having sales, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate the appearance of Krampus our theme is Dark Winter! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! Here is the schedule: 3PM: Introductions 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Krampus 4:00PM: Deep Dive 2: Lava Fishing & Lava Fishing Contest 5PM: Ending Announcements LAVA FISHING CONTEST: During the Lava Fishing Deep Dive we are going to have a Lava Fishing contest! To participate in the contest go to the Oracle Colossus and start fishing at 4 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 4:45 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! STRETCH GOALS (Dark Winter) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 from Friday December 21 through Monday December 24. To celebrate the appearance of Krampus our theme is Dark Winter! All purchases during the weekend will count towards the stretch goals, not just the four hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! $10K: Black Ice Wings $25K: Black Ice Building Blocks Set $35K: Haunted Snowman Mask $50K: Black Ice Bow & Black Ice Sword $65K: Haunted Snow Family $75K: Black Ice Staff & Black Ice Wand $85K: Haunted Yule Tree Set $95K: Icy Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $105K: Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 64 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! WEEKEND OF SALES: We will be having a weekend of sales! Items in the following categories will be on sale at approx. 50% off. As noted above, all purchases during this time will count towards the stretch goals! Make a Difference Home Decorations Outdoor Decorations Lot Deeds POT Upgrades Homes Basements Pets Music Emotes and Fireworks Dyes Patterns WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “It’s cold outside” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set Avatars Radio Merchandise EXPIRATIONS: To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Elven, Obsidian and Shogun Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on December 21, 2018! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30%! For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Elven Bundles Ornate Elven Longsword Ornate Elven Longbow Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longsword Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Large Elven Tent Elven Wardrobe AND MORE! SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or on Discord chat during the event. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! View the full article
  25. I've begun to unravel some of the process involved on getting Heraldry items to re-appear on Crown Merchants, some of the issue stems from the increased quantities in R57. On the "Obsidian Crown Home and Deeds Merchant", these items can now be purchased: Heraldry Throne Heraldry Round Table Heraldry Basement Entrance Heraldry Storage Chest Heraldry Banners Heraldry Standing Banners Still on my list for planned R61 patches: Casks Cloak Tabards View the full article
  26. Jack T. Lamplighter

    SOTA NewsQ1 2019 Schedule Update

    [From a forum post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long] Greetings Avatars, 2018 was a fantastic year for Shroud of the Avatar! We moved out of Early Access in March and Collector’s Boxes shipped in Q3! We made serious progress on improvements to quality of life and fixed huge numbers of bugs! In the final quarter of 2018 alone we added Player Made Dungeons, Fishing Phase 2, Pumpkin Head, and Krampus! Q1 of 2019 is going to kick us off with a bang! Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons, Back Slot Item Stats, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Episode 2 kickoff, Baby Dragons and more polish! 2019 will of course culminate with Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Customizable NPCs, and expanded permissions for containers and doors! As we have stated previously, we intend to publish quarterly schedule updates detailing our monthly releases and those monthly releases will continue just as before, on the last Thursday of each month. Even though the goals outlined in these schedules are likely to change somewhat as we react to feedback, we feel it is important to periodically provide you with an updated roadmap. Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our players regularly, so that you can give us feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. This collaborative process continues to benefit the game, and often results in sweeping changes such as the recent balance passes to combat. As you have seen in previous releases, the flexibility inherent to this process means that we sometimes push things out, but we also often pull new things in. Q1 Top 10 Priorities: As mentioned previously we keep a running list of our Top 10 priorities at all times that we use when building our schedule and prioritizing where to allocate our team’s resources. We often refer to it when making decisions about the project. While it has a VERY strong influence on what we work on at any given time, it does not mean that we only work on something that is on the list. It just means that if someone can assist with something that will help address an item on the list, then we will make sure they do that first before working on anything else. Sometimes team members cannot assist with anything on our top priorities, so they work on other tasks such as visual polish, combat balance, or content that helps us raise funds. Q1 will focus on lots of polish including systems, user interface, bug fixing, loot, performance, as well as continued improvements to quality of life. We will also expand the Agriculture and Player Made Dungeon systems, add another seasonal boss, and prepare for Episode 2 development. Quality of Life: Midway through Q3 2018 we shifted focus to general improvements to quality of life by starting to remove slowdowns and annoyances in gameplay. We will continue this effort in Q1 2019. Systems Polish: Polishing and improving existing systems will continue to be a major focus of Q1. This will take priority over new systems. Bug Fixing: We will continue to focus more on fixing bugs versus new content and new features. Performance: While the game is much more playable now we feel there is still more to be gained so in Q1 we will continue making code and content changes to improve performance. User Interface Polish: In Q4, we polished various UI elements and we will continue to do so during Q1. Seasonal Content: Content to support Spring events (Valentines and Easter) will be created. Improved Reward Cycle: Q1 will continue our focus on systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Agriculture & Player Made Dungeons: Some of the work we did with Fishing Phase 2 will now allow us to expand the Agriculture system with Fertilizer. We will also continue to add new features and content to the Player Made Dungeons feature. Shipping Phase 2: Collector’s Boxes will start shipping to those who did not get theirs in the first round. Episode 2 Kickoff: We will prepare for the commencement of Episode 2 development in Q2. As always, all dates, durations, and deliverables are subject to change as we adjust our designs based on direct feedback from you, our players. RELEASE 62, January 31, 2019 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Combat: After a millennium of being unable to produce offspring dragons are finally reproducing! Baby Dragons have been sighted in various remote locations across Novia. Don’t be fooled by their size though! They are still dangerous beasts, even when young! We will also do some balance work on pet balance including summons and tamed creatures. Crafting & Economy: Back slot items (cloaks, wings, backpacks, etc.) will now be able to have stats, enchantments, and masterworks associated with them. Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items and 2019 Valentine items. RELEASE 63, February 28, 2019 Story: You may have heard of Cupid… but have you heard of the Envy Angel? Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15 second load time target. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Combat: A new polearm type will become available: Pronged weapons! This includes Tridents and Pitchforks. Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. RELEASE 64, March 28, 2019 Story: The first lands associated with Episode 2 will begin to appear! Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Player Made Dungeons: More features and content will be added to the Player Made Dungeon System including the ability to place creatures to fight in your dungeon! Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items and 2019 Easter items. We continue to be incredibly thankful for the support we receive from this amazing community. While the financial support you provide makes all of this possible, it pales in comparison with the faith you have in us, the feedback you provide us, and the content you are making for everyone to enjoy. We are humbly grateful, and we are always excited to see you each month in New Britannia! And remember Q1 is just a warmup for the rest of 2019 which will be an amazing year for Shroud of the Avatar players! We have much more planned including Crafting Specializations (choose your effect when Masterworking and Enchanting), more expansions to the fishing system, and more boss improvements. 2019 will of course culminate with Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Customizable NPCs, and expanded permissions for containers and doors! Sincerely, Starr Long Executive Producer Shroud of the Avatar View the full article
  27. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Release 61 Instructions

    Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 61 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, December 13, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). “What? Already?” you might ask. As noted in our Q4 2018 post... Release 61 Instructions View the full article
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