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  2. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 64 on QA Arch Lapin Livestream Today Portalarium Resuming Worldwide Support and Publishing After Purchase Gifting on Web Going Away with R64 Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Row Homes Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 03-22-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 64 on QA Arch Lapin Livestream Today Portalarium Resuming Worldwide Support and Publishing After Purchase Gifting on Web Going Away with R64 Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Row Homes Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 64 on QA (Live next Thur) An early version of R64 is on the QA server. R64 is full of new content and fixes, some of which is now on the QA server for early testing. An early version of the R64 Instructions are also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live next Thursday Mar 28! Arch Lapin Returns with new loot! Spring Equinox Items Food Decoration Items (beyond just fruit and veggies) Universal Trade Channel POT MOTD More Pirate Items Gothic Dungeon Set More Player Dungeon Encounters R60 & R61 Livestream Items Performance Improvements More Bug Fixes and more! Please join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance. Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player): 500 Gold Crowns (4 prizes) Ant Farm (4 prizes) Antennae (4 prizes) Bug Cloak (4 prizes) Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes) Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize) Insect Leg Table (1 prize) Corpion Chair (1 prize) In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements: Install the QA version of the game Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery. Thanks Avatars! Arch Lapin Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday March 22 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! Spring is in the air and brings with it the smell of death! The smell of Death Bunny that is! This week we are going to show off the return of the dreaded Arch Lapin! Rumors abound of the return of this nasty foul creature who can only be slain by the fabled Sacred Orb of Obliteration. The Arch Lapin was our first seasonal boss and was inspired by the Monty Python “death bunny”. This year we have added two new loot items to this side quest: Confection Bunnies and Confection Eggs! If we have time we will also show off some of the new Spring items Scottie has made. You can earn Release 63 Darkstarr stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand ACHIEVED! $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) ACHIEVED! $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longbow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor 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 “Happy birthday Darkstarr” 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! Portalarium Resuming Worldwide Support and Publishing Effective immediately Portalarium is resuming worldwide support and publishing for all territories. This means that all customers formerly serviced by Black Sun will now be supported directly by Portalarium. We feel this transition will allow us to better serve our worldwide customer base directly. This follows on the previous transition last year away from Travian Games. Black Sun customers will just need to login to the shroudoftheavatar.com website and change their email for the transition to be complete. After Purchase Gifting on Web Going Away with R64 Starting with Release 64, we are eliminating the feature from our webstore that allows the gifting of items after purchase. Items purchased on the webstore are now automatically delivered in the game, and therefore are not available to gift to another account. Please note that “Send as Gift” will still be available as an option at the time of purchase. Also use of the in-game mail system for sending items is always an option. Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Row Homes Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s Row Homes livestream was beautiful! We showed off some amazingly decorated Row Homes by our players and demonstrated how to decorate. As a reminder every player who finishes any of the Outskirts (roughly 2 hours of gameplay) receives a free Row Lot Deed and Row Home! We also made a ton of progress on the Darkstarr stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand ACHIEVED! $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) ACHIEVED! $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longbow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor 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: 900 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 Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream (Dark Spring) Apr 6, 2019 – Release 64 Dance Party 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 Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance & 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 Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Plus 125 Point Dungeon – valued at $100! 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 Okhan (formerly 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
  5. Effective immediately Portalarium is resuming worldwide support and publishing for all territories. This means that all customers formerly serviced by Black Sun will now be supported directly by Portalarium. We feel this transition will allow us to better serve our worldwide customer base directly. This follows on the previous transition last year away from Travian Games. We want to thank Black Sun and Travian for their support and partnership over these last few years. Black Sun customers... Portalarium Resuming Worldwide Support and Publishing View the full article
  6. Starting with Release 64, we are eliminating the feature from our webstore that allows the gifting of items after purchase. Items purchased on the webstore are now automatically delivered in the game, and therefore are not available to gift to another account. Please note that "Send as Gift" will still be available as an option at the time of purchase. Also use of the in-game mail system for sending items is always an option. View the full article
  7. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday March 22 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! Spring is in the air and brings with it the smell of death! The smell of Death Bunny that is! This week we are going to show off the return of the dreaded Arch Lapin! Rumors abound of the return of this nasty foul creature who can only be slain by the fabled Sacred Orb of Obliteration. The Arch Lapin was our first seasonal boss and was inspired by the Monty Python “death bunny”. This year we have added two new loot items to this side quest: Confection Bunnies and Confection Eggs! If we have time we will also show off some of the new Spring items Scottie has made. You can earn Release 63 Darkstarr stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand ACHIEVED! $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) ACHIEVED! $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longbow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor 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 “Happy birthday Darkstarr” 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
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  9. News Announcements Spring Equinox Items Row Homes Livestream Today Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Release 63 Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 03-15-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. 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 Spring Equinox Items Row Homes Livestream Today Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Envy Angel Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Spring Equinox Items Scott “Scottie” Jones has been busily creating all sorts of Spring goodies for our Avatars! The Confection Eggs and Confection Bunnies will be new loot on the Arch Lapin! A lot of this work was making placeable decorations for food items so some of these new items will tie to existing items like cupcakes for the Lord British Birthday Cakes or a placeable and dyeable Cake Slice to go with the existing Cake Slice Recipe. The whole dyeable cake will be available in the crown shop as a decoration for those looking to save on decoration limits (versus placing individual slices). Some of the new confections and dyeable cupcake will be part of the Spring Equinox Replenishing Platter which will be available on the Crown Shop. The new dyeable eggs will also go on the Crown Shop but there will be an in-game recipe for a plain dyeable egg as well. The Confection Platter will be available on the in-game decorations merchant for gold while the Confection Stand will be available in the Crown Shop. For more details on Scottie’s process read below: [A Forum Post by Scott “Scottie” Jones] Hello all! Scottie here again! Here’s another post to share what I’ve been working on over the last week and a half! Well, it’s Spring again, and WOW has this year been flying by …. It’s already mid-March!!! And whether you call it Easter, or Ostara, or Eostre, or even just the Spring Equinox, it’s time for me to make stuff related to some kind of Springtime Festival! That means cool stuff that I am hoping will be made available to you in some way as decorations in Shroud of the Avatar! Of course, I say “hoping” because, as a standard disclaimer; I just make the art, and have no real say in how it gets sold or distributed in the game once it leaves my hot little hands… Any of these items (or sets of items) may get offered as Livestream goals, or sold for CotOs in the store, or produced in the game when performing recipes, etcetera… It’s going to be up to those in charge to determine that… And, of course, sometimes it’s not always possible to incorporate some of the stuff I make in exactly the way I imagine (I don’t decide when things get released, how they get packaged up and offered or sold in the CotO store in-game, added as some recipe, or whatever)… However, what I WILL do here is show you everything I’ve made for this season, give you a little insight as to what inspired me to do so, and then describe the suggestions I’m offering to the “decision-makers” who will be determining how all this stuff gets incorporated! So let’s begin! BAM!!!! Guess what all this is! (ignore that Yule Garland and the weird framed picture in back, those are merely the detritus of my “house full o’ test crap”…) YES! That’s right, this is every single potential deco object I produced/threw together within the last week and a half! All smashed together on an “insect table” (because it was the first table I found to give myself)… So ignore the furniture, too, and I’ll go through all this stuff bit-by-bit! Let’s start with the thing I was actually ASKED to make; this years Replenishing Egg Basket! Based on the ones we’ve had years past, this new one is remarkable in that the basket is square, flares out from base to rim (no off-color jokes please), and is decorated in lovely pink fabric! It may be simple, but sure is pretty! Look at all of those eggs! Now, for the rest of the stuff, I could have focused on things like flowers and bonnets or what-not (which I know folks have mentioned wanting more of from time-to-time), but those are less my “forté”… Because I’ve recently had the chance to speak to various groups and folks in-game, and heard various things mentioned over and over (stuff about the cupcakes that come from the LB birthday cakes, stuff about the cake slices, stuff about wanting more deco food and other such treats), …AND… because I was once a pastry chef myself,…I decided to get inspiration from my inner sweet-tooth, and the fond memories I have of crazy-good baked treats and confection during this time-of-year in my youth! All religious stuff aside, THESE are the kinds of things my mom loved producing around this season… You’ll be able to use these to decorate kitchen tables at home, plates of desserts at parties, and of course fill the shelves of your shops (especially if someone wanted to make a bakery)! Let’s take a look at the first grouping of things; a dye-able cake, dye-able cake slice, and a dye-able cupcake! They may look all “Plain Jane” (no offense to any Janes out there… ^_^) with their generic cream color and off-white interior, but as you can see from the original image up top, they get really snazzy when you start playing with dyes! On the upper left is a whole cake that can be placed as a deco (to save on the deco-limit), but if you don’t mind using up deco slots, you can also take the single slices, arrange them point to point, rotate with “Ctrl” + “Q”, and easily make it look like the “partially served” cake you see on the upper right! I’ve carefully created the collision shape on the slices so that they fit together nicely… And, as you can see, the stand-alone dye-able cupcake will also accept awesome colors. Depending on how the folks in charge want to handle these things, the Cake Slice could, potentially, be used to replace what you get when you make the recipe for “Piece of White Cake”, which currently creates merely an icon in your inventory of a plain slice of cake on a plate. If they choose to hook it fully up with the recipe I mentioned, not only would you be able to eat the product as you can now (I believe), but you could also decorate with it and dye it nicely… Speaking of cupcakes, having found out that the Lord British Birthday Cakes give cupcakes and fireworks from time to time, and having been told that the cupcakes are merely inventory icons of a singular plain white cupcake with an ankh on top, and having heard that folks are really wanting those cupcakes to be deco items, I’ve created four sets of individual cupcakes that actually look like they would have been made to match the particular color scheme of the LB Birthday Cake for that year! Depending on how the folks in charge want to handle these, they could either have each cake “give out” the one with the ankh decoration appropriate to the color of cake producing it, give out one of any of the four appropriate color sets randomly, or even give out the dye-able cupcake from any of the cakes, and let the player dye it the appropriate color (or any color they wish) themselves! With all that stuff created, I moved on to something I wanted to add personally… I LOVE the whole feeling of being a kid in a candy shop, and nothing pleases me more than seeing a decorative spread of various different confections like little jewels on a plate… And so, I figured that you fine folks might enjoy a similar set of things to display as a decoration… Here we have a golden plate full of confections; the Spring Equinox Confections Platter! Of course, this is nothing more that mere “eye candy” (see what I did there)… I’m assuming you won’t be able to eat all this as a single bit of food in-game… I’m assuming it’ll just be a deco object for now… However, if those in charge of this kind of stuff decide to take another pass at what eating things like slices of cake and cupcakes actually do for you in-game, perhaps being able to eat other sugary treats would be fun for players too! As such, I decided to create all the different components of this dish as separate “servings” (except the jelly beans, maybe I can make a jar of those later as a separate deco) that seem like a reasonable amount to eat at once, would be fun to decorate with, could have separate recipes for them, and if crafted individually and brought together as their own finished items in the right amounts, could be used to actually “craft” the entire plate of treats you see on the platter above! Allow me to introduce them and describe what they are supposed to be (hopefully to help aid in the process of getting these turned into recipes)… On the upper left we have a serving of “Confection Eggs”! Imagine eggshells blown hollow and decorated, washed, and filled with some tasty, sugary, nutty, walnut-butter nougat! On our world we would use milk chocolate, but on Novia chocolate hasn’t made an appearance yet, so the ingredients above might suffice. On the upper middle is a serving of four delicious “Thumbprint Cookies”, made with pastry dough and filled with some pecan-based, sugary confection paste, and topped with a nut! To the right of those we see another fine serving of four, traditional Novian “Elderberry Creamcheese Sugardrops”, made with sugar powdered to a fine dust, the juice of freshly-picked elderberries, and delicious cream cheese blended all together into an icing that hardens quickly once piped onto wax-paper. On the far lower left we have a serving of three “Confection Bunnies”, their sweet faces made from that same fine confectioner’s sugar, honey, and walnut meal, and perhaps a hint of brown, blue, and pink dye. Lastly, in the lower middle, you can see a serving of light and fruity “Petit Fours”, These could be crafted from light and fluffy cake sheets with layers of pulverized grape and apple pulp mixed with honey, and covered in a sugary fondant dyed with hints of pink, yellow, and green! Now, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t provide our decorators, bakers, and generous hosts with a few objects upon which to display such colorful goods… And so, for you pleasure, I have created a paper-doily covered, fine wooden confection platter and elevated confection stand! I’m assuming these could be either bought in the CotO store, or perhaps their recipe could be purchased and then these wonderful little display pieces could be crafted! Either way, here they are, and of course you can see items displayed on them in my original image at the top! ^_^ Last, but certainly not least, was something I threw in at the very last minute because I had heard numerous people shout out to me that they were eager to one day be able to host delightful egg-hunts on their properties, or in their towns… Well now, with the deco limit being raised in at least some areas, it seemed like the appropriate time… Here, for your enjoyment, is a set of six dye-able eggs for the season, hopefully soon to be available either as something to craft from a recipe you buy, or obtained through the in-game store…along with all the necessary dyes. I have given them a little bit of base color just to get folks started, but each egg can be dyed two different colors! (we may end up making them plain white later, but I added the colors for now so you can clearly see the patterns)… Of course, they’re never really meant to be seen so close up. In the game they will be fairly tiny, delicate-looking little things. But once they are dyed in some garish colors, they should pop out nicely for those who seek them carefully, once their hiding places have been discovered. It’ll be amazing to see folks getting together to all dye eggs in preparation for a big egg-hunting event! Anyway, I must now draw this post to a close… I’ve gotten myself hungry with all of this! Hopefully you enjoyed the peak at things to come, and will have a blast decorating with all of this stuff eventually! Take care, and happy Springtime! Scottie ^_^ Row Homes Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today: Friday March 15 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show off Row Homes! All players who complete the quest line in any of the Outskirts starting areas receive a row lot deed. In honor of this we are going to show off an assortment of Row Homes that are available including Storefronts, Greenhouses, and themed homes. We will also show off how they can be decorated. You can earn Release 63 Darkstarr stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand ACHIEVED! $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longbow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor 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 “Happy birthday Darkstarr” 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! Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Release 63 Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s Release 63 Livestream was a blast! We again demonstrated the first iteration of Player Made Dungeon Encounters (fuller iteration going live in R64), gave out tons of prizes, answered some questions, and had our second Saltwater Fishing Contest! Fishing Contest Winners: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fishing Pavers Belladonna Rose: Sailfish 2.8 Catherine Rose: Sailfish 2.8 3rd Prize: Ornate Post & Rope Water Fence Set (digital) Anpu: Small Marlin 3.1 2nd Prize: Viking Village Water Home (digital) Tialessa Marlin 3.2 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) Gruhne Marlin 3.4 We also made a ton of progress on the Darkstarr stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand ACHIEVED! $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longbow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube (in all it’s “British Bunch” glory): 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: 900 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 Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream (Dark Spring) Apr 6, 2019 – Release 64 Dance Party 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 Community Event: Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home & 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 Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Plus 125 Point Dungeon – valued at $100! 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 Okhan (formerly 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
  11. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday March 15 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show off Row Homes! All players who complete the quest line in any of the Outskirts starting areas receive a row lot deed. In honor of this we are going to show off an assortment of Row Homes that are available including Storefronts, Greenhouses, and themed homes. We will also show off how they can be decorated. You can earn Release 63 Darkstarr stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand ACHIEVED! $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longbow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor 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 “Happy birthday Darkstarr” 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
  12. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 63 Livestream Today Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Envy Angel Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 63 Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 03-08-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. 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 63 Livestream Today Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Envy Angel Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 63 Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 63 Livestream: Darkstarr The Release 63 Livestream is today, March 8! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday the theme for the stretch goals is Darkstarr! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Player Dungeon Encounters 4:00 PM: Saltwater Fishing Contest 5 PM: Ending Announcements SALTWATER FISHING CONTEST: We are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be our second Saltwater contest in The Fishing Expedition! To participate in the contest go to The Fishing Expedition (Boats in the coastal cities of Aerie, Ardoris, Kingsport, Mud and Port Graff will take you to this tropical scene completely dedicated to fishing) 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! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fishing Pavers 3rd Prize: Ornate Post & Rope Water Fence Set (digital) 2nd Prize: Viking Village Water Home (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Darkstarr) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during Release 63. To celebrate Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday the theme for the stretch goals is Darkstarr! All webstore purchases during the Release will count towards the stretch goals, not just the two hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 66 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! 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 “Happy birthday Darkstarr” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Avatars Radio Merchandise Darkstarr Fur Collared Cloak (digital) Lord British vs Darkstarr Battle Banner (digital) Darkstarr Shield (digital) Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack (digital) Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Rough Pirate Outfit EXPIRATIONS: The Valentines Day 2019 Gift Boxes and Valentines Day 2019 Cards are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on March 8, 2019! 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! Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Envy Angel Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s Envy Angel livestream was a great glimpse into how our latest seasonal boss plays! We also made a ton of progress on the Darkstarr stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: (NOTE: this was our first distributed livestream so there were some performance issues we are still working out, thank you for your patience): 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: 900 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 Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream 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 Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 63 [From a Forum Post by Duke Gréagóir] By Appointment to His Majesty Lord British Welcome Quest Makers You are invited to join the Welcome Quest in Release 63. This is a Player ran event – Portalarium (makers of Shroud of the Avatar) is not represented. This is NOT a PVP event. Please don’t plan on PVPing at this event. ​ It will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book. Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish. We are traveling to the town of Dara Brae the spiritual successor to Skara Brae! Located on the docks off of Kingsport in the Hidden Vale. You can also search for the town in the SOTA Map web site – https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/ Are you with us? Purpose: The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We do the Welcome Quest 4 items a year, one in each season. We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. More information is located at http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest. With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table. Map: Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home & 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 Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Plus 125 Point Dungeon – valued at $100! 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 Okhan (formerly 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
  14. Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will not be available for several releases after the completion of a livestream. Please refer to the original Livestream post for an estimated Release delivery and/or the most recent Release instructions for the most up to date information. The only reason you should write into support or report a bug about missing rewards is if you see them listed as being completed in a recent Release Instructions post AND... Reports of "Missing Stretchgoal Rewards" 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 Play Release 63 Now! Envy Angel Livestream Today Pirate Treasure Decorations Release 63 Livestream: Darkstarr Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Player-Made Dungeon Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: R63 Dance Party with DJ Darkstarr Community Event: NBTT Presents Daggers In The Dark Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (LAST DAY!) Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 03-01-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  16. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 63 Now! Envy Angel Livestream Today Pirate Treasure Decorations Release 63 Livestream: Darkstarr Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Player-Made Dungeon Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: R63 Dance Party with DJ Darkstarr Community Event: NBTT Presents Daggers In The Dark Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (LAST DAY!) Resources: Players Helping Players Play Release 63 Now! Release 63 successfully launched yesterday, February 28, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including: Envy Angel Pronged Weapons (Pitchforks & Tridents) Player Dungeon Encounters Pirate Wearables New Decorations Crown Shop Polish Prison Themed Player Dungeon Rooms R60 Livestream Items Darkstarr Recurring Rares More Bug Fixes and more! Check out the Release 63 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 63 Player Instructions Release 63 Known Issues Envy Angel Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday March 1 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show off The Envy Angel! Our latest seasonal boss monster missed Valentine’s Day—or Sequanna’s Day, as it is known in Novia—and she’s not happy about it. Well, The Envy Angel is never quite happy about anything really, except perhaps attention from her admirers. Rumor has it that her bow is a powerful artifact. Anyone who wants more information about her, should find Hyun the courier in the Necropolis Barrens. People say he was supposed to be delivering love letters but was waylaid as he tried to take a shortcut through the Envy Angel’s home! The courier offers a quest to recover the letters for him. In fact, he may ask avatars to perform a similar quest on a daily basis! This Thursday will be the first time you can start earning Release 63 Darkstarr stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! $15K: Darkstarr Wand $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor 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 “Happy birthday Darkstarr” 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! Pirate Treasure Decorations Yar! There be pirates in Release 63, me mateys! As mentioned in a recent weekly update starting with Release 63, we are introducing a range of pirate-themed items to the in-game crown shop, perfect for excursions to scenes like Tenebris Harbor, Penmawr Island, and Blood Bay. In addition to wearables we have created 8 individual treasure decorations; small, medium, and large piles of gold both with and without miscellaneous treasure mixed in, plus two open chests of treasure, one gold coins only, and one with added treasure! [From a Forum Post by Scott “Scottie” Jones] Hello All! I decided to make a post because it’s been awhile since I’ve done so, and because I just made some stuff that will soon be available as part of the whole set of “Pirate Themed” stuff in our Store! I present to you all, my Piles of Treasure decorative objects! I’m really excited by them because of the way they look, and I’m so glad we got around to making these as player decorations, especially now that we have all those cool new Dungeons to place them in! I think folks will love these… I’ve made 8 individual objects to sell; small, medium, and large piles of gold both with and without miscellaneous treasure mixed in, plus two open chests of treasure, one gold coins only, and one with added treasure… I’ve also made them so you can push them together a bit so the piles blend together in cool ways, and which also allows you to sink ankle-deep in the coins themselves… Here you can see I made my barn into a treasure chamber! ^_^ And here you can imagine these filling people’s dungeon rooms like dragon hoards! Fun stuff! Anyway, hopefully you fine folks like these as much as I do… They should be available soon! Enjoy! Scottie ^_^ Release 63 Livestream: Darkstarr The Release 63 Livestream is set for Friday March 8! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday the theme for the stretch goals is Darkstarr! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Player Dungeon Encounters 4:00 PM: Saltwater Fishing Contest 5 PM: Ending Announcements SALTWATER FISHING CONTEST: We are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be our second Saltwater contest in The Fishing Expedition! To participate in the contest go to The Fishing Expedition (Boats in the coastal cities of Aerie, Ardoris, Kingsport, Mud and Port Graff will take you to this tropical scene completely dedicated to fishing) 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! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fishing Pavers 3rd Prize: Ornate Post & Rope Water Fence Set (digital) 2nd Prize: Viking Village Water Home (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Darkstarr) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during Release 63. To celebrate Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday the theme for the stretch goals is Darkstarr! All webstore purchases during the Release will count towards the stretch goals, not just the two hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! $15K: Darkstarr Wand $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 66 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! 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 “Happy birthday Darkstarr” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Avatars Radio Merchandise Darkstarr Fur Collared Cloak (digital) Lord British vs Darkstarr Battle Banner (digital) Darkstarr Shield (digital) Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack (digital) Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Rough Pirate Outfit EXPIRATIONS: The Valentines Day 2019 Gift Boxes and Valentines Day 2019 Cards are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on March 8, 2019! 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! Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Player-Made Dungeon Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s Player-Made Dungeon livestream showing how encounters will work was very informative! We also made a ton of progress on the Carnival stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff ACHIEVED! $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches ACHIEVED! $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) ACHIEVED! $90K: Tuxedo Variant ACHIEVED! $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room ACHIEVED! $125K: Jester Outfit In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube (NOTE: We had a little connectivity issue which is why the stream is in three parts): 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: 900 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 Mar 4, 2019 – Release 63 Dance Party Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream 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 Community Event: R63 Dance Party with DJ Darkstarr [From a Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre] **Royal Warrant** Release 63 and DJ @DarkStarr‘s Birthday! Parade|Carnivale|Dance Party on Avatars Radio Hosted by @Minerva and Shimizu (@kaeshiva) in Ordinis Mortis Monday, March 4, 2019 2-6pm NBT/CST Special thanks to Cambria Stormlin for all the help! All Novians are invited to join the parade with floats or as a dancer/marcher! Organized groups must enter their floats by posting in this thread. Confirmation of your entry will be given by @Minerva Community Event: NBTT Presents Daggers In The Dark [From a Forum Post by Amber Oakhan] Coming Soon… to Rifts End March 2nd 2019 8pm NBT The New Britannia Theatre Troupe Presents the next play written by Gabriel Nightshadow and performed by a number of voice Actors across New Britannia. Music Score composed by Amber Raine Daggers in the Dark — Don’t Trust Anyone, you never know who might be holding the “Dagger in the Dark” Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home & 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 an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home – valued at $300! 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 – Mechanica (Kickstarter) LAST DAY! “Build the best factory to manufacture adorable vacuum robots in this unique strategy board game.” Mechanica is the latest game from our friend Mary Flanagan who featured our very own Lord British in her game Monarch. Mechanica is a unique engine building game where you race your opponents to create the best vacuum robot factory out of interlocking puzzle pieces. The game features: Dynamic factories that are fun to build and run 12 types of jigsaw piece-shaped tiles that snap together! Rotating shop board Instant setup: just open the box and play! The game stays in the tray Exciting 1-player mode Beautiful illustrations and adorable robots by Ann-Sophie De Steur 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
  17. The Release 63 Livestream is set for Friday March 8! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate Spring and the arrival of the Envy Angel our theme for Release 63 is Dark Spring! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Player Dungeon Encounters 4:00 PM: Saltwater Fishing Contest 5 PM: Ending Announcements SALTWATER FISHING CONTEST: We are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be our second Saltwater contest in The Fishing Expedition! To participate in the contest go to The Fishing Expedition (Boats in the coastal cities of Aerie, Ardoris, Kingsport, Mud and Port Graff will take you to this tropical scene completely dedicated to fishing) 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! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fishing Pavers 3rd Prize: Ornate Post & Rope Water Fence Set (digital) 2nd Prize: Viking Village Water Home (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Dark Spring) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during Release 63. In honor of Spring and the arrival of our newest seasonal boss, The Envy Angel, our theme is Dark Spring! All webstore purchases during the Release will count towards the stretch goals, not just the two hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! $15K: Flower Hairpiece $30K: Dark Leaf Spear $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Titans Flowered Topiary Statues $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 66 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! 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 “Dark Spring is in the air” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Avatars Radio Merchandise Rough Pirate Outfit Ornate Fish Throne Ornate Dragon Helm Bicorn Hat Treasure Chest POT Village Lot Deed EXPIRATIONS: The Valentines Day 2019 Gift Boxes and Valentines Day 2019 Cards are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on March 8, 2019! 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
  18. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Release 63 Instructions

    Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 63 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, February 28, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 63 is the second release in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities (from... Release 63 Instructions View the full article
  19. Jack T. Lamplighter

    SOTA NewsRelease 63 Instructions

    [From a forum post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long] Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 63 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, February 28, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 63 is the second release in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities (from Q1 2019 Schedule Update). We made progress on almost every single priority including Quality of Life (Automatic Reward Claiming, Reduced Item Prices, POT Deco Limits Increased, Lot Deed Upgrading with Crowns), User Interface Polish (In-Game Crown Shop Improvements), Seasonal Content (Envy Angel), Systems Polish (Pronged Weapons), bug fixes, more Player-Made Dungeon pieces, and the first work on spawning in Player-Made Dungeons! Envy Angel: Our latest seasonal boss monster missed Valentine’s Day—or Sequanna’s Day, as it is known in Novia—and she’s not happy about it. Well, The Envy Angel is never quite happy about anything really, except perhaps attention from her admirers. Rumor has it that her bow is a powerful artifact. Anyone who wants more information about her should find Hyun the courier in the Necropolis Barrens. Kinga and Ronin, in Brittany Castle, say he was supposed to be delivering love letters but was waylaid as he tried to take a shortcut through the Envy Angel’s home! The courier offers a quest to recover the letters for him. In fact, he may ask avatars to perform a similar quest on a daily basis! Pronged Weapons (aka Tridents): This new one-handed polearm type is a little slower and less damaging than other polearms but it triggers damage and effects three times per hit! This means effects like Push, Pull, and Poison get applied up to 3 times each hit! As of R63, you will find Pitchforks, a Basic Trident, an Ornate Trident, and the Daemon Trident (a rare and powerful artifact). Player-Made Dungeons: The first round of Player-Made Dungeon encounters are going live in Release 63, including a system to level-up these dungeon encounter rooms! For this first release, we’re adding one encounter type, but it’ll be added to multiple different rooms. It may be a “proof of concept” encounter, but any effort you put into leveling-up the room will be saved. Additionally, a new set of prison-themed Player Dungeon rooms are coming into the game. For the initial release for R63, the scene will be in place and liches will drop the items needed for them but we will not enable totem creation. Totem crafting will be turned on in a patch a few days later once things have some more testing. Quality of Life Improvements: We have made a lot of improvements to Quality of Life in Release 63 (some even got patched into R62). Rewards from the Rewards Program, livestream prizes, and other web store purchases are now automatically delivered with an on-screen notification, so the “Claim Rewards” button is no longer needed in the Rewards interface. We also have done a massive price reduction across the entire store where most items are now at approximately 50% of their original price. We continued polishing the in-game Crown Shop and moved most web store items to this store. Lot Deeds and Player Owned Towns can now both be upgraded with Crowns inside the game, and lot deeds can now be upgraded to tax free deeds! We also increased the POT Decoration limits and reduced the costs of placing large lots in POTs. I want to express a huge amount of gratitude to the players who tested the items listed below on our QA server. They found many bugs and also provided editorial feedback on this post so that it is easy to read and actually matches what is in the game. Before offering feedback and/or reporting a bug, we kindly ask that you read this whole message and the linked Player Guide and Known Issues to get up to date on the current game state. To keep up to date, please check out the Patch Notes. By taking a few moments to read through this information, a great deal of our time and effort can be focused on new “unanswered” questions and addressing critical issues that impact each release. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to review this post and for all the truly valuable feedback you continue to provide. Also, remember that while we are providing new content with each release, our community is also working overtime to make new events for you to enjoy. Be sure to check the schedule for player-run events (via the player-run websites: NBNN Community Calendar & Avatars Circle). You can also get the latest official events on the Main Website. Without further ado, here is a list of what you can expect to see in Release 63. Key: Plain Text: The original plan for the Release deliverables from the Q1 2019 Schedule Update. We intentionally preserve the original text so that our backers can compare plan versus actuals. Italics: Detailed notes of what was actually delivered. Strikethrough: These are items that did not make the release (but are still planned). RELEASE 63, February 28, 2019 Story: You may have heard of Cupid… but have you heard of the Envy Angel? Envy Angel: Our latest seasonal boss monster missed Valentine’s Day—or Sequanna’s Day, as it is known in Novia—and she’s not happy about it. Well, The Envy Angel is never quite happy about anything really, except perhaps attention from her admirers. Rumor has it that her bow is a powerful artifact. Anyone who wants more information about her, should find Hyun the courier in the Necropolis Barrens. Kinga and Ronin, in Brittany Castle, say he was supposed to be delivering love letters but was waylaid as he tried to take a shortcut through the Envy Angel’s home! The courier offers a quest to recover the letters for him. In fact, he may ask avatars to perform a similar quest on a daily basis! Krampus: Although the monstrous Krampus is going into hibernation until next year, his Naughty Brats will remain in the Krampusgarten of East Sanctus Forest and some encounters in North Paladis. Also, you won’t be able to take on his quest until next year but avatars who finished it can still wrap things up with Kinga or Ronin in Castle Brittany. 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. Streaming Textures: Almost all textures in game are now streaming textures. This will be most noticeable for players with video cards with 1GB of RAM or less. Pathfinding and AI Optimization: A handful of small optimizations were made to the AI system to improve performance in creature heavy scenes. Memory Allocation Reductions: More work was done to reduce and cleanup temporary memory allocations that are one of the primary causes of hitching. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Bug Fixing: We dedicated a portion of the release to working solely on fixing bugs and reducing our overall bug count. Combat: A new polearm type will become available: Pronged weapons! This includes Tridents and Pitchforks. Pronged Weapons (aka Tridents): This new one-handed polearm type is a little slower and less damaging than other polearms but it triggers damage and effects three times per hit! This means effects like Push, Pull, and Poison get applied up to 3 times each hit! As of R63, you will find Pitchforks (found in-game), a Trident (craftable), an Ornate Trident (Crown Shop), and the Daemon Trident (a rare and powerful artifact). Ornate Dragon Helm: This ornate version of the stretch goal dragon helm is sure to impress! You can find it in the Crown Shop. Crown Shop Buffs (Patched R62): To encourage players to find the Crown Shop button, and see all the improvements we have been making, we have added a buff! Players will get a small one-day buff with any purchase from the Crown Shop. The buff strength is the same whether you spend 1 Crown or 1000. You can have up to three buffs at once and there are currently 22 variations. These buffs will likely stay for R63 and then be reduced or removed completely Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Fertilizer Delayed: Work on Quality of Life improvements and Pronged Weapons delayed work on fertilizer. New Recipes & Patterns: NOTE: Dungeon encounter items will be patched in post release Trident Recipe & Components (Recipe from Carpentry merchants. Components for Trident crafting are available on Blacksmithing merchants.) Lich Dungeon Encounter Totem (The Fall) The Fall Lich Room Blueprint (The Fall) The Fall Lich Room Recipe (The Fall) Lich Skulls (Player Dungeon totem component, any lich) Aether Weapons Eternal Patterns (Stretch Goals) Ornate Dragon Helm Eternal Pattern (Crown Shop) Ornate Dragon Helm Pattern Pack (Crown Shop) Colored Dragon Masks Eternal Patterns (Stretch Goal) Ornate Trident Eternal Pattern (Crown Shop) Ornate Trident Pattern Pack (Crown Shop) Rabbit Bodice & Rabbit Tailed Skirt Eternal Patterns (Expired Seasonal) Rough Pirate Outfit Eternal Patterns (Crown Shop) Rough Pirate Outfit Pattern Pack (Crown Shop) Bicorn Hat Eternal Pattern (Crown Shop) Bicorn Hat Pattern Pack (Crown Shop) Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Player-Made Dungeon Encounters: The first round of Player Made Dungeon encounters are going live in Release 63, including a system to level up these dungeon encounter rooms! For this first release, we’re adding one encounter type, but it’ll be added to multiple different rooms. It may be a “proof of concept” encounter, but any effort you put into leveling-up the room will be saved. The initial release will have the encounters and lich skulls will drop but totems will not be craftable for a few days. Totem recipes will be added in a patch once the initial system seems stable. Player-Made Dungeon Prison Rooms: We have added a new set of prison-themed Dungeon rooms to the in-game Crown Shop, including two small cells, one medium cell, and a large cell block with “homes” for twenty-four of your greatest enemies! New Decorations: Back in October of last year, Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski started a thread in the forums entitled “Deco Wishlist that is already in-game”. The purpose of the thread is “…for world decorations that are already in the game that are not yet player-facing decos that people would like to have.” The thread has been steadily filling up with player requests and we are happy to say that the first round will be ready for Release 63 and will be available in the Crown Shop! Bird Cage Perfume Bottles (set of 5, assorted) Book Decoration (multiple empty books for decoration purposes only) Fishing Traps Fishing Nets (outdoor deco) Cherry Trees (tabletop) Cherry Trees (pack) Epic Cherry Tree POT Deco Limits Doubled (Patched R62): We doubled the decoration item limit for all Player-Owned Towns; twice the number of decorations can now be placed in POTs. POT Square Footage Requirements (Patched R62): There has been a requirement reduction for City, Keep, Castle lots in POTs. Sometimes the simplest answers aren’t the best. We’re seeing this has been true with several decisions we made long ago regarding how POTs work. We went with the obvious design of POTs having a total square footage that could be placed and houses take up exactly as many square feet as they take up. While this seems fine on the surface, the reality is that it makes POT owners choose between having 1 guy in an awesome castle or 32 friends in Row lots. This puts a huge burden on POT owners for costs and planning that is just not cool. Also, many of these lots only have a couple of spots where they can fit within a POT template. So, we dramatically reduced the cost to POT owners for city, keep, and castle lots. Here are the old and new values for the cost to place these deeds in POTs: City 2400 –> 1800 Keep 4800 –> 2400 Castle 9600 –> 3000 Player-Owned Town Upgrading with Crowns (Patched R62): You can now upgrade your POT using Crowns. After investigating a number of options for how best to do this, we decided the simplest implementation was the best since this will be used by a fairly small audience. To upgrade, simply log into the game and send an in-game mail to Atos (Chris Spears) noting the town name you wish to upgrade and adding the Crowns to the mail. We’ll upgrade your POT and push the change live in the next available patch! If you want, feel free to nudge Chris after sending the in-game mail by sending Chris a message in the forums. (Don’t tag Chris but rather use the “Start a conversation” feature. Chris gets tagged hundreds of times a week and usually miss it when he’s tagged.) Expect us to refine this process as we go. Size Limits for Lot Deed with Crowns Upgrades per Type (Patched R62): We recently added the ability to right-click on a lot deed in your inventory in order to upgrade it with Crowns. Previously, any deed type could be upgraded all the way to Castle. Now, you can no longer upgrade to Tax Free Founder Keep or Castle, or Tax Free Keep or Castle. You can still upgrade to all other Keep/Castle types, including Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep, for example. Lot Deed Type Upgrading with Crowns (Patched R62): Now, you can also upgrade your deed “type” for Crowns. This means, for example, you can upgrade from a Taxable Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed to a Taxable Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed, adding the ability to claim a water lot. This was previously available in the Game Services store but can now be done directly with Crowns. You can also upgrade from Taxable to Tax-Free deeds, with the exception that other types of deeds cannot be upgraded to Founder deeds. Also, you can only upgrade types, not downgrade, so you cannot go from a Tax Free deed to a Taxable deed, for example. Lot Deed Upgrade with Crowns Costs (Patched R62): Each lot deed has an associated Crowns of the Obsidians value. The total cost to upgrade from one deed to another is the difference in the Crown value between deeds. The deeds below are also in “Category” order. Deeds from a lower category can be upgraded to a higher one, but not the other way around. This also excludes the Founder deed category which can not be upgraded to. Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed (no trade): 9 Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed (no trade): 29 Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed: 29 Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed: 59 Player Owned Town Town Lot Deed: 149 Player Owned Town City Lot Deed: 399 Player Owned Town Keep Lot Deed: 999 Player Owned Town Castle Lot Deed: 1999 Row Lot Deed: 39 Village Lot Deed: 79 Town Lot Deed: 199 City Lot Deed: 599 Keep Lot Deed: 1299 Castle Lot Deed: 2499 Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed: 139 Player Owned Town Water Town Lot Deed: 279 Player Owned Town Water City Lot Deed: 799 Player Owned Town Water Keep Lot Deed: 1699 Player Owned Town Water Castle Lot Deed: 2999 Tax Free Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed: 59 Tax Free Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed: 199 Tax Free Player Owned Town Town Lot Deed: 499 Tax Free Player Owned Town City Lot Deed: 999 Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep Lot Deed: 1999 Tax Free Player Owned Town Castle Lot Deed: 3999 Tax Free Row Lot Deed: 69 Tax Free Village Lot Deed: 239 Tax Free Town Lot Deed: 599 Tax Free City Lot Deed: 1099 Tax Free Keep Lot Deed: Not Available Tax Free Castle Lot Deed: Not Available Tax Free Founder Row Lot Deed: 79 Tax Free Founder Village Lot Deed: 289 Tax Free Founder Town Lot Deed: 699 Tax Free Founder City Lot Deed: 1199 Tax Free Founder Keep Lot Deed: Not Available Tax Free Founder Castle Lot Deed: Not Available New and Updated Dynamic POTs: Amour and Serenus: Interconnected with Metallicus Black Mesa East: Upgraded to Crossroads Village. Blue Rose Isle: Upgraded to Town. Caelestis Canton: Upgraded to Town. Dragons Watch: Changed owner (but no evictions or other changes). Hammaburg: Changed biome to Forest 02. Added interconnection with Crafters Town. Justice Hold: Upgraded to Town. Knight’s Retreat: New Crossroads Village nested in Kingsport. Knight’s Watch: Relocated to Kingsport area. Kristopia: Added new Island Hamlet nested in Central Brittany. Memphomai: Upgraded to Crossroads Village. Metallicus: Interconnected with Amour & Serenus Mith Ly’atharin: Upgraded to Crossroads Village. Ordinis Mortis: Upgraded to Municipality. Refugees Haven: Upgraded to Municipality. Rinzai: Upgraded to City. S Mart Factorium: Upgraded to Village. Starfield: Added new Grasslands Holdfast in north Midmaer. Twilight Sparkle: Upgraded to City. Wolves Den: Upgraded to Hamlet. Release 60 Stretch Goal Items: We have completed more of the Cornucopia-themed Release 60 Stretch Goal items and hope to address the rest in Release 64. Dragon Mask Set (Blue, Green, Purple) with smoke VFX Aether Weapon Set: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack Pirate Items: Yar! There be pirates in Release 63, me mateys! Starting with Release 63, we are introducing a range of pirate-themed items to the in-game crown shop, perfect for excursions to scenes like Tenebris Harbor, Penmawr Island, and Blood Bay. Rough Pirate Outfit: This rough pirate outfit lets you look like you have lost many body parts during your daring high seas adventures and features a Tricorn Hat with Eye Patch, Pirate Jacket with Leather Strap, Hook Hand (gloves), and Pirate Pants with Boot & Peg Leg! Bicorn Hat with Eye Patch: This fancy pirate hat is for the posher buccaneer! Pirate Treasure Decorations: We have created 8 individual treasure decorations; small, medium, and large piles of gold both with and without miscellaneous treasure mixed in, plus two open chests of treasure, one gold coins only, and one with added treasure! Quality of Life Improvements & User Interface Polish: Automatic Reward Redemption: We have removed 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 now automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next log into the game. If you are currently logged into the game, they appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We also provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. Web store to In-game Crown Shop Migration: All the web store items have now moved to the in-game Crown Shop, with a few exceptions. The only items remaining exclusively on the web store are Crowns, Episode 2, the Universal Broadcast Orb, and Service Vouchers. This puts our store structure much more in line with other games and lowers the overhead of our store pipeline. Store Price Reduction: We also have done a massive price reduction across the entire store where most items are now at approximately 50% (or even less) of their original price. This now puts the prices of our store items much more in line with other games and further away from a Kickstarter framework. 1 to 100 Crown Conversion: Previously, the rough target was 1 Crown = $1. This was problematic because it did not give us the granularity needed for pricing smaller items and it got even more problematic when we wanted to put something on sale. Starting in Release 63, players will see that each of their Crowns will be converted into 100 Crowns. Store prices will follow that conversion for now and, over time, will have their prices updated to more appropriate numbers. This means that some prices will go up and some will go down. With the increased resolution of Crowns, we were able to adjust our prices for Crowns to more closely match what we wanted. Those prices will also go live with Release 63. The conversion rate is a tiny bit worse with most packages but now fall into what we believe will be a better set of numbers for the long term. When coupled with the overall reduction in store prices, there should be almost no noticeable difference in value and, in fact, in most places players should be getting items at a better value than before. Here are the new Crown Bundle prices: $10.00 –> 750 $20.00 –> 1600 $35.00 –> 3200 $60.00 –> 6300 $100.00 –> 10750 In-Game Crown Shop Polish: We made various improvements to the in-game Crown Shop including the addition of random daily sales of a small selection of items. Here is a list of improvements that have been completed so far: Daily Sale: random daily sales of a small selection of items. HUD notification (icon badge) when the sale changes. Sale Banner: Sale items are marked with a “Sale” banner and the sale price is shown (normal price crossed-out). Sale Sorting: Sale items sort to the front of each category. Component items for store items are now visible (especially useful for bundles). Component items each appear as an icon with a number representing the item quantity. If the component item can be previewed in the 3d item preview window, then hovering the icon will highlight it, indicating that it is clickable. When clicked, the item preview window appears. Tooltips for component items are also shown when the mouse is hovered over them.. Upcoming Improvements: More improvements are being added daily. Planned improvements for R63 include: Countdown timer for sale items, Scheduled availability of items (we will be able to schedule the start and end times for the availability of items) and a Countdown timer for expiring items. Help Topic when “stuck”: When a player types anything in chat that matches “stuck,” we now show the help topic for /stuck. Siege Scenes: A change was made in Release 62 to address a balance issue that moved Sieges to being only shared scenes vs private. This has created too many negative side effects and we are returning these to their previous functionality of being available in multiple modes. Thank you so much for reading all the way here to the end! We are only getting warmed up in this first quarter of 2019, which will be an amazing year for Shroud of the Avatar players! Crafting specializations (choose your effects!), Row Lots with Open Space, More In-game Crown Shop Improvements, Grandmaster Craftsman only effects, Fertilizer for Agriculture, more loot improvements, more expansions to the fishing system, better boss fights and more! 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 a reminder, here are links to Player Instructions and Known Issues. Thank you again for your continued support. This is truly the most amazing community we have ever worked with, and we are proud to be on this journey with you. Sincerely, Starr Long aka Darkstarr Executive Producer View the full article
  20. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday March 1 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show off The Envy Angel! Our latest seasonal boss monster missed Valentine’s Day—or Sequanna’s Day, as it is known in Novia—and she’s not happy about it. Well, The Envy Angel is never quite happy about anything really, except perhaps attention from her admirers. Rumor has it that her bow is a powerful artifact. Anyone who wants more information about her, should find Hyun the courier in the Necropolis Barrens. People say he was supposed to be delivering love letters but was waylaid as he tried to take a shortcut through the Envy Angel’s home! The courier offers a quest to recover the letters for him. In fact, he may ask avatars to perform a similar quest on a daily basis! This Thursday will be the first time you can start earning Release 63 Dark Spring stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! $15K: Flower Hairpiece $30K: Dark Leaf Spear $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Titans Flowered Topiary Statues $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff 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 “Let the good times roll” 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
  21. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 63 on QA, Goes Live Next Thur Player Made Dungeons Livestream Today Notable Changes in Recent R62 Patches Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! 50% Items and 20% Crowns Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (Kickstarter) Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 02-22-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. 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 Release 63 on QA, Goes Live Next Thur Player Made Dungeons Livestream Today Notable Changes in Recent R62 Patches Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! 50% Items and 20% Crowns Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (Kickstarter) Resources: Players Helping Players Release 63 on QA, Goes Live Next Thur An early version of R63 is on the QA server. R63 is full of new content and fixes, some of which is now on the QA server for early testing. An early version of the R63 Instructions are also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live next Thursday February 28! Envy Angel Pronged Weapons (Pitchforks & Tridents) Player Dungeon Encounters Pirate Wearables New Decorations Crown Shop Polish Prison Themed Player Dungeon Rooms R60 Livestream Items More Bug Fixes and more! Please join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance. Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player): 5 Gold Crowns (4 prizes) Ant Farm (4 prizes) Antennae (4 prizes) Bug Cloak (4 prizes) Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes) Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize) Insect Leg Table (1 prize) Corpion Chair (1 prize) In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements: Install the QA version of the game Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery. Thanks Avatars! Player Made Dungeon Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is, today, this Friday February 22 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show off how creature spawning is going to work in Player-Made Dungeons (the first version of which goes live in Release 63 next week)! We will also show the new Prison-themed dungeon pieces going live in Release 63. This is last week to earn the Release 62 Carnival stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff ACHIEVED! $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches ACHIEVED! $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester 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 “Let the good times roll” 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! Notable Changes in Recent R62 Patches We have made many notable changes in recent patches to the game to improve general quality of life and make purchasing experiences easier. POT Square Footage Requirements (Patched R62): There has been a requirement reduction for City, Keep, Castle lots in POTs. Sometimes the simplest answers aren’t the best. We’re seeing this has been true with several decisions we made long ago regarding how POTs work. We went with the obvious design of POTs having a total square footage that could be placed and houses take up exactly as many square feet as they take up. While this seems fine on the surface, the reality is that it makes POT owners choose between having 1 guy in an awesome castle or 32 friends in Row lots. This puts a huge burden on POT owners for costs and planning that is just not cool. Also, many of these lots only have a couple of spots where they can fit within a POT template. So, we dramatically reduced the cost to POT owners for city, keep, and castle lots. Here are the old and new values for the cost to place these deeds in POTs: City 2400 –> 1800 Keep 4800 –> 2400 Castle 9600 –> 3000 POT Deco Limits Doubled: Doubled the decoration item limit for all POTs so twice the number of decorations can now be placed. Player-Owned Town Upgrading with Crowns: You can now upgrade your POT using Crowns. After investigating a number of options for how best to do this, we decided the simplest implementation was the best since this will be used by a fairly small audience. To upgrade, simply log into the game and send an in-game mail to Atos (Chris Spears) noting the town name you wish to upgrade and adding the Crowns to the mail. We’ll upgrade your POT and push the change live in the next available patch! If you want, feel free to nudge Chris after sending the in-game mail by sending Chris a message in the forums. (Don’t tag Chris but rather use the “Start a conversation” feature. Chris gets tagged hundreds of times a week and usually miss it when he’s tagged.) Expect us to refine this process as we go. Crown Shop Buff: To encourage players to find the Crown Shop button we have added a buff! Players will get a small one-day long buff with any purchase from the Crown Shop. The buff strength is the same whether you spend 1 crown or 1000. You can have up to three buffs at once and there are currently 22 variations. These buffs will remain available for a couple of Releases to help players with the transition to an in-game shop. Lot Deed Upgrades for Crowns changes: Size Limits for Upgrades per Type (No PA Keep, Nor PA Castle): We recently added the ability to right click on a lot deed in your inventory in order to upgrade it with Crowns. Previously, any deed type could be upgraded all the way to Castle. Now, you can now longer upgrade to Tax Free Founder Keep or Castle, or Tax Free Keep or Castle. All other Keep/Castle types can still be upgraded to, including Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep, for example. Deed Type Upgrading: Now, you can also upgrade your deed “type” for crowns. This means, for example, you can upgrade from a Taxable Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed to a Taxable Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed, adding the ability to claim a water lot. This was previously available in the Game Services store but can now be done directly with crowns. You can also upgrade from Taxable to Tax-Free deeds, with the exception that other types of deeds can not be upgraded to Founder deeds. Also, you can only upgrade types, not downgrade, so you can not go from a Tax Free deed to a Taxable deed, for example. Upgrade Costs: Each lot deed has an associated Crowns of the Obsidians value. The total cost to upgrade from one deed to another is the difference in the crown value between deeds. The deeds below are also in “Category” order. Deeds from a lower category can be upgraded to a higher one, but not the other way around. This also excludes the Founder deed category which can not be upgraded to. Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed (no trade) 9 Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed (no trade) 29 Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed 29 Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed 59 Player Owned Town Town Lot Deed 149 Player Owned Town City Lot Deed 399 Player Owned Town Keep Lot Deed 999 Player Owned Town Castle Lot Deed 1999 Row Lot Deed 39 Village Lot Deed 79 Town Lot Deed 199 City Lot Deed 599 Keep Lot Deed 1299 Castle Lot Deed 2499 Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed 139 Player Owned Town Water Town Lot Deed 279 Player Owned Town Water City Lot Deed 799 Player Owned Town Water Keep Lot Deed 1699 Player Owned Town Water Castle Lot Deed 2999 Tax Free Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed 59 Tax Free Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed 199 Tax Free Player Owned Town Town Lot Deed 499 Tax Free Player Owned Town City Lot Deed 999 Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep Lot Deed 1999 Tax Free Player Owned Town Castle Lot Deed 3999 Tax Free Row Lot Deed 69 Tax Free Village Lot Deed 239 Tax Free Town Lot Deed 599 Tax Free City Lot Deed 1099 Tax Free Keep Lot Deed Not Available Tax Free Castle Lot Deed Not Available Tax Free Founder Row Lot Deed 79 Tax Free Founder Village Lot Deed 289 Tax Free Founder Town Lot Deed 699 Tax Free Founder City Lot Deed 1199 Tax Free Founder Keep Lot Deed Not Available Tax Free Founder Castle Lot Deed Not Available Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! [Forum post by Chris “Atos” Spears] Greetings avatars! As many of you know, there are some BIG changes underway with Shroud of the Avatar. After far too long, we are finally getting rid of our giant online cash shop and moving to the model that every other game uses. This is a LONG overdue change and definitely one that benefits the players and the Shroud team. Maintaining the existing cash shop was a full time job for several people. Managing everything in game versus a webstore is both easier for us and benefits the players with easier browsing, searching, instant delivery, and is generally a much simpler process for everyone. Also, in addition to removing the majority of the web store items, we’re also going to be changing up our semi-premium currency, Crowns or COTOs. Previously the rough target was 1 crown = $1. This was problematic because it did not give us the granularity needed for pricing smaller item and it got even more problematic when we wanted to put something on sale! Starting in Release 63, players will see that each of their crowns will be converted into 100 crowns. Store prices will follow that conversion for now and then over time will have their prices updated to more appropriate numbers. This means some items will go up and some will go down. With the increased resolution of crown we were also able to adjust our prices for crowns to more closely match what we wanted. Those prices will also go live with Release 63 in just over 2 weeks! The conversion rate is very slightly worse with most packages but now fall into what we believe will be a better set of numbers for the long term. As for store and crown sales, I think most people have seen we left our sales on this entire month. This is because after looking at what we sell things for, we had effectively targeted prices based on what they cost on sale. Going forward, we will be doing far fewer and much smaller sales BUT the normal price will be roughly the current sale price. For crown sales, we’ve also gotten people used to them always being on sale. Starting in R63 we’re going to start reducing that sale each release until we get to zero discount. We will still have sales but only briefly and only for special events. I repeat, we’re going to reduce and then kill off the reliance of store and crown sale pricing starting in just over 2 weeks, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Also, for those who haven’t seen the new planned crown bundle prices: $10.00 –> 750 $20.00 –> 1600 $35.00 –> 3200 $60.00 –> 6300 $100.00 –> 10750 Also, since I know some of you just read the top and bottom of the post, here is the tl;dr version: 98% of the cash shop going away We’re doing a 1 to 100 split for crowns to give us more pricing resolution for smaller items We’re doing away with huge sales and moving to a more steady but realistic price Crown store sales will be going away over the next few months starting with a reduction starting with R63 As always, thanks for your patience with this stuff and thanks for your support! Also, we have a number of exciting, upcoming announcements so keep your eyes on the forums over the next two weeks! 50% Items and 20% Crowns (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! We also have extended our Holiday Crowns Sale! Some packages are discounted as much as 20%! Note that the Crowns sale will be slowly going away over the next few releases! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 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 63 on February 28, 2019 Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s first Freshwater Fishing Contest was a blast! It was our fourth fishing contest and completed the fishing contest fishfecta of all our water types. Fishing Contest Winners: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fish Throne Henrik Mountgrove: Pike 2 Hildegard: King Salmon 2 3rd Prize: Small Longboat Water Decoration (digital) Sawtooth: King Salmon 2.2 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) Van: King Salmon 2.3 Engel: King Salmon 2.3 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) Nubby Eerwiggles: King Salmon 2.4 We also made progress on the Carnival themed stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff ACHIEVED! $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches ACHIEVED! $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) ACHIEVED! $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester 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 Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 4, 2019 – Release 63 Dance Party 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 Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home & 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 an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home – valued at $300! 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 – Mechanica (Kickstarter) “Build the best factory to manufacture adorable vacuum robots in this unique strategy board game.” Mechanica is the latest game from our friend Mary Flanagan who featured our very own Lord British in her game Monarch. Mechanica is a unique engine building game where you race your opponents to create the best vacuum robot factory out of interlocking puzzle pieces. The game features: Dynamic factories that are fun to build and run 12 types of jigsaw piece-shaped tiles that snap together! Rotating shop board Instant setup: just open the box and play! The game stays in the tray Exciting 1-player mode Beautiful illustrations and adorable robots by Ann-Sophie De Steur 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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    Upper Tears XP Run for players looking to grind XP that can'tsolo that content! Come into EVL Teamspeak to connect with the group!
  24. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday February 22 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show off how creature spawning is going to work in Player-Made Dungeons (the first version of which goes live in Release 63 next week)! We will also show the new Prison-themed dungeon pieces going live in Release 63. This is the start of the second to last week to earn the Release 62 Carnival stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff ACHIEVED! $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches ACHIEVED! $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester 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 “Let the good times roll” 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
  25. Jack T. Lamplighter

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    Drake and Wind - Vday party in Aldwater
  26. Greetings Avatars! Some notable changes in today's patch regarding in-game lot deed upgrades via crowns: POT Square Footage Requirements: There has been a requirement reduction for City, Keep, Castle lots in POTs. See https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/f...to-place-city-keep-or-castles-in-pots.150839/ POT Deco Limits Doubled: Doubled the decoration item limit for all POTs so twice the number of decorations can now be placed.... Lot Deed Upgrades and other Notable Changes in Patch 915View the full article
  27. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Crown Store Buff & New Decorations for Release 63 New Pirate Items for Release 63 Freshwater Fishing Livestream Today Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! 50% Items and 20% Crowns Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 Player Quest Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (Kickstarter) Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 02-15-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  28. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Crown Store Buff & New Decorations for Release 63 New Pirate Items for Release 63 Freshwater Fishing Livestream Today Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! 50% Items and 20% Crowns Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 Player Quest Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (Kickstarter) Resources: Players Helping Players Crown Store Buff & New Decorations for Release 63 Back in October of last year Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski started a thread in the forums entitled “Deco Wishlist that is already in-game”. The purpose of the thread is “…for world decorations that are already in the game that are not yet player-facing decos that people would like to have.” The thread has been steadily filling up with player requests and we are happy to say that the first round will be ready for Release 63 and will be available in the Crown Store! Speaking of the Crown Store, to encourage players to find the Crown Store button we have added a buff! Players will get a small one-day long buff with any purchase from the Crown Store. The buff strength is the same whether you spend 1 crown or 1000. You can have up to three buffs at once and there are currently 22 variations. These buffs will remain in place for at least two months / Releases but possibly longer to help players with the transition to an in-game store. Here are the converted deco items for Release 63 so far: Bird Cage: Perfume Bottles: Book Decoration (multiple empty books for decoration purposes only): Fishing Traps:Fishing Nets (outdoor deco):Cherry Trees (tabletop):Cherry Trees (pack): Pirate Items for Release 63 Yar! There be pirates coming to Release 63 me mateys! Starting with Release 63 we are introducing a range of pirate themed items to the game to go with scenes like Tenebris Harbor and Blood Bay. For Release 63 this is a range of wearable items including a Hook Hand (gloves), Bicorn Hat with Eye Patch, Tricorn Hat with Eye Patch, and more! Hook Hand (gloves): Tricorn Hat with Eye Patch:Bicorn Hat with Eye Patch: Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday February 15 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be a Fresh Water contest in Celestis! To participate in the contest go to Celestis and start fishing at 4:15 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fish Throne 3rd Prize: Small Longboat Water Decoration (digital) 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) This is the second Friday to earn the Release 62 Carnival stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester 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 “Let the good times roll” 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! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! [Forum post by Chris “Atos” Spears] Greetings avatars! As many of you know, there are some BIG changes underway with Shroud of the Avatar. After far too long, we are finally getting rid of our giant online cash shop and moving to the model that every other game uses. This is a LONG overdue change and definitely one that benefits the players and the Shroud team. Maintaining the existing cash shop was a full time job for several people. Managing everything in game versus a webstore is both easier for us and benefits the players with easier browsing, searching, instant delivery, and is generally a much simpler process for everyone. Also, in addition to removing the majority of the web store items, we’re also going to be changing up our semi-premium currency, Crowns or COTOs. Previously the rough target was 1 crown = $1. This was problematic because it did not give us the granularity needed for pricing smaller item and it got even more problematic when we wanted to put something on sale! Starting in Release 63, players will see that each of their crowns will be converted into 100 crowns. Store prices will follow that conversion for now and then over time will have their prices updated to more appropriate numbers. This means some items will go up and some will go down. With the increased resolution of crown we were also able to adjust our prices for crowns to more closely match what we wanted. Those prices will also go live with Release 63 in just over 2 weeks! The conversion rate is very slightly worse with most packages but now fall into what we believe will be a better set of numbers for the long term. As for store and crown sales, I think most people have seen we left our sales on this entire month. This is because after looking at what we sell things for, we had effectively targeted prices based on what they cost on sale. Going forward, we will be doing far fewer and much smaller sales BUT the normal price will be roughly the current sale price. For crown sales, we’ve also gotten people used to them always being on sale. Starting in R63 we’re going to start reducing that sale each release until we get to zero discount. We will still have sales but only briefly and only for special events. I repeat, we’re going to reduce and then kill off the reliance of store and crown sale pricing starting in just over 2 weeks, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Also, for those who haven’t seen the new planned crown bundle prices: $10.00 –> 750 $20.00 –> 1600 $35.00 –> 3200 $60.00 –> 6300 $100.00 –> 10750 Also, since I know some of you just read the top and bottom of the post, here is the tl;dr version: 98% of the cash shop going away We’re doing a 1 to 100 split for crowns to give us more pricing resolution for smaller items We’re doing away with huge sales and moving to a more steady but realistic price Crown store sales will be going away over the next few months starting with a reduction starting with R63 As always, thanks for your patience with this stuff and thanks for your support! Also, we have a number of exciting, upcoming announcements so keep your eyes on the forums over the next two weeks! 50% Items and 20% Crowns (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! 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%! Note that the Crowns sale will be slowly going away over the next few releases! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 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 63 on February 28, 2019 Player Quest Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s livestream to show of Player Made Quests was incredible! We showed off Lilybird’s pirate treasure quest and were stumped by the quest in PAXLair! We also made progress on the Carnival themed stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester 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 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 Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home & 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 an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home – valued at $300! 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 – Mechanica (Kickstarter) “Build the best factory to manufacture adorable vacuum robots in this unique strategy board game.” Mechanica is the latest game from our friend Mary Flanagan who featured our very own Lord British in her game Monarch. Mechanica is a unique engine building game where you race your opponents to create the best vacuum robot factory out of interlocking puzzle pieces. The game features: Dynamic factories that are fun to build and run 12 types of jigsaw piece-shaped tiles that snap together! Rotating shop board Instant setup: just open the box and play! The game stays in the tray Exciting 1-player mode Beautiful illustrations and adorable robots by Ann-Sophie De Steur 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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