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  2. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Nov 15, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about the multiple phases of LUA integration, Phase 1 of which is happening in Release 72! Release 71 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme!) Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71! Scarecrow Mask Giant Gray Squirrel Pet Giant Scarecrow Statue 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 “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, 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
  3. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 71 Livestream Today 11/8 Crown Shop Updates November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Release 71 Reward Program Items: Fall Theme Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Q&A & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 71 Dance Party Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley? Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 11-08-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 71 Livestream Today 11/8 Crown Shop Updates November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Release 71 Reward Program Items: Fall Theme Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Q&A & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 71 Dance Party Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley? Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Release 71 Livestream Today! The Release 71 Livestream is set for today: Friday, November 8, at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be talking about , answering questions, and handing out prizes. 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: Scenes Tour: Tartarus (new content), Despair (polish) 4:15 PM: Lava Fishing Contest 5 PM: Ending Announcements To participate in the Lava Fishing Contest go to Oracle Colossus and start fishing at 4:15 PM (you can also try whispering one of the devs for a teleport). The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! Runners Up (2): Fishing Sign 9-Pack + Desktop Fish Trophy 3rd Prize: Ornate Fish Pavers + Bronze Fish Trophy 2nd Prize: Viking Village Water Home + Silver Fish Trophy 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy 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 “Leaves are falling all around” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream! Puzzle Tree Cloak Ornate Elven Longbow Reaper Sapling Pet Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set Epic Common Aspen Tree Elven Tree Town Home Submit Your Questions We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text. Watch on Twitch Friday November 8 at 3 PM CDT Expirations The Spooky recurring items will be expiring today, until around this time again next year! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets 11/8 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop is packed with new items this week including Blackbird decorations (like the butterflies), new Town Teleporters, and Player Owned Town Animals! In addition we have added a set of Autumn and Thanksgiving themed items to the Vault! Blackbird Decoration: This Crown Shop decoration will be sure to add that menacing harvest ambiance to your farm. Sadly, even though this is full of blackbirds you cannot bake 4 and 20 of them into a pie! Town Teleporters: We have a new teleporter type available in the Crown Shop that allows direct connections between Player Owned Towns and various Towns around the world. The first three towns to be added are Ardoris, Owl’s Head, and Central Brittany! The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, November 21 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc Autumn Fairy Leaf Dress Autumn Leaf Wings Autumn Leaf Crown Brown Pilgrim Bonnet Brown Pilgrim Hat Cornucopia Elven Town Home Red Tufted Squirrel Pet Taming Turkey Call November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Today is the first day to login and obtain the November login reward! To celebrate Autumn (and the traditional feasts of Thanksgiving here in the United States), every player who logs in during the month of November will receive a unique Turkey Statue! Fun Trivia: Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States but the Bald Eagle ended up being chosen. To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of November and check your rewards tab! Release 71 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme! Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71! Scarecrow Mask Giant Gray Squirrel Pet Giant Scarecrow Statue NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) 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 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge 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 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. Q&A & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Q&A livestream was very informative! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live. Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Nov 8 – Release 71 Livestream Nov 17 – Release 71 Dance Party Nov 21 – Release 72 Nov 22 – Release 72 Livestream Dec 12 – Release 73 Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Community Event: Release 71 Dance Party [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre] RELEASE 71 DANCE PARTY DJ @DarkStarr – VIRTUE RADIO (formerly Avatars Radio) RIFTS END 11/17/19 2-4PM MAIN GATE & THRU DEVOTIONALS Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party [Forum Post by Lily Byrd] NOTE: November’s Tea Party will be on November 17 at 4 PM NBT. Every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the Month I hold a tea party in my back garden at my home in Jade Valley. There are drinks and eats, there is sometimes music, there are often party games with prizes, and sometimes we just sit and talk about life in Novia. Not only are you welcome to join us but I would like to find out how to have this added to the community calendar here in the forums. Mad Splatter Tea Party NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION IN JADE VALLEY Lily Byrd’s Cottage and tea garden is south of the Hall of Inquiry and Learning. 3ish pm NBT (CENTRAL Usa Time zone) Every 3rd or 4th sunday of the month We play games We eat cake and drink…various teas and drinks… There are goofy prizes for winning games if we play them See you there, Lily Byrd PS This is a role playing event tea party come as your avatar Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley? [Forum Post by Lily Byrd] Have you found this temple? Do you know what it’s for? What’s in the basement that no one wants to talk about? And where have all the residents gone? Come on down to the Dragon’s Breath Inn in the hamlet of River’s Cross near Town Boundary 2 (or 3) in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley. Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site! I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. —– If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! 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. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”. Background music by Smartsound Part 5: Draconia – What are the largest settlements? Start with the largest of all and tell me of its most remarkable features. – Draconia is a metropolis with beautiful buildings made of stone and concrete. Its streets are paved and very busy. Underneath the city is a maze-like system of tunnels and galleries called The Undercity, mostly inhabited by vampires. – Vampires? – she lifted an eyebrow and grinned as if entertained by the thought. – I think it’s safe to assume all of them are servants of Amaxis. How active are they? Do they feed constantly? – Yes, they are. There is a Blood Tax that must be paid, as mandated by Amaxis. The rich usually pay it with blood from their slaves, while the poor pay with their own. Vampires have the right to take blood by force from those evading the tax. Also, Amaxis keeps a number of Blood Concubines in the castle, and whenever one of them can’t be used to pay the Blood Tax anymore, he chooses a new one from the population. – Are vampires in a position of authority? – Yes, they were chosen by Amaxis to become vampires and appointed to uphold the law and punish lawbreakers. They watch us even during the day, sometimes you can see them on the street wearing garbs that protect them from the sun. – What happened to The House of Athaldar? Ever heard of it? Are there any survivors? – You mean the legendary clan of vampire slayers? They are not a subject of conversation at all these days, they fell about eight centuries ago. It’s said their blood runs through the veins of most of the human population of Draconia. Their skin is unnaturally fair and I heard they are remarkably tough. She looked upset. – Now that The House of Athaldar no longer rules Draconia, who does? Is there a Vampire King appointed by Amaxis? – Draconia is ruled by Amaxis himself. However, he is absent very often as he constantly travels to the other cities he rules. In his absence, the High Priest has the authority to rule. She nodded. – Let’s talk about their prosperity. Is agriculture doing well? – Yes, Draconia has a wide variety of crops, making it self sufficient in cereal, vegetable, fruit, and spice. Especially prominent in producing wheat, citrus, grape, grenade, tomato, onion, potato, chili, and garlic. Wine brewing has prospered because of their great production of grape. Draxenath got up on her feet and walked to the carcass of the cow I had brought as an offering to her, picking it up from the rear legs. – I assume Draconia abandoned hunting of free wild animals and grows enslaved cattle born in captivity now, as it is customary of Amaxis’ people.– With her claws, she cut the cow’s underside and proceeded to gut and skin it. – Yes, they grow a variety of cattle now. Also, there are other animals, like cats, dogs, and birds of prey, used to protect the houses and control the population of other animals that bring filth and disease, like rodents, pigeons, roaches, and flies. – I remember that! Many of the proud races of canines, once fierce and self-sufficient, have become lazy after their “domestication”, happily wagging their tails and eating the leftovers of their easily accepted masters. Hopefully, the wolves and werewolves remain free. On the other hand, cats and birds of prey still have some of their pride and freedom left, seeing humans as convenient servants. The cow was completely gutted and skinned, now roasting on a spit she pulled out of a magical bag. – What about the other highly intelligent races? Which of them live in Draconia and what do they do? – Giants and minotaurs conform the main workforce for jobs requiring strength and endurance, from mining, to metalworking, to agriculture. There is also a considerable amount of centaur workers serving as transport and delivery services. – What about science and technology? Have they tamed electricity and magnetism? – There are considerable advances in that. Draconia has a network of electrical lines providing power for illumination of the streets at night. There are generators producing electricity through special mechanisms and steam engines. Other applications of electricity are being researched, like weaponry and electricity enhanced tools. – Are firearms still in production? Have they found a way to prevent gunpowder and flint from getting wet already? Have they fully replaced other kinds of weapons? – New firearms use metal cartridges that encase the gunpowder and ignition mechanism to prevent them from getting wet, making them much more reliable. Firearms now have means to hold more than one cartridge and fire them in sequence. But even with the advances in firearms, the use of daggers, swords, spears, bows, crossbows and other kinds of weapons is still in use, as a firearms user may run out of cartridges. – What about art and music? Have there been any advances and innovation on them? – I have seen musical instruments enhanced through electricity and magnetism, like guitars, fiddles, and keyboards. Some of them produce sound entirely through manipulation of electricity and magnetism. There are devices called phonographs, capable of recording sound, and replaying it. Part 6: Flameside – What would the next settlement be in terms of size? – Flameside is a metropolis very proud of its warrior ways and traditions. It’s built around a dormant volcano and has several hot springs. There used to be dragons inhabiting the volcano, but there are no signs of them anymore. All that is left is a legend of a Dragon Prince sleeping inside of it, but none has seen him, it may be just a myth. – I noticed a hint of interest on her face at the mention of this. – The lizardmen who used to worship the dragons have been enslaved and relocated into the city. Besides humans and lizardmen, there are giants, minotaurs and centaurs, same as in Draconia. – No word on where the dragons and avians went? – No, but the lizardmen say they will come back when the Dragon Prince awakens. I have the hunch that you are familiar with that legend, could you please shed some light about it? How much truth is there in it? – The Dragon Prince… his name was Pram of Draconia, son of Athaldar. He founded Flameside and ruled over the dragons, lizardmen, avians, giants, and even humans and other races who lived within its territory. A formidable warrior… one day he was mortally wounded, he shut himself in his chambers inside the volcano to recover… I guess he never came out… – She remained absentminded for several minutes. I was surprised at hearing that. The two biggest settlements were originally founded by the legendary vampire hunters and opponents to Amaxis. – So, it’s truth! There is a prince within the volcano! What would make the lizardmen think he is still alive and coming back in the future? – Everyone needs to believe in something to keep their hope, I guess! So, what are their main activities? You mentioned warrior ways and traditions, so I’d assume their forges and sulfur mines have remained busy as they did a thousand years ago. – Yes, they have! Flameside is the main producer of the sulfur used for gunpowder, and their metallurgic industry is the most advanced in all the world. If there is something the lizardmen have done better than humans is working with gunpowder and metal. Most firearm innovations were made possible through close collaboration between Flameside and Draconia. – And in agriculture, they were great producers of coffee, tea, plum, cherry and variety of cereals. Has it changed? – It has not changed. Their coffee and tea are exported to other regions. As for cattle, before you ask, it is essentially the same as Draconia. I’d dare to say a sort of standard for cattle is followed among settlements ruled by Amaxis. – I assume there are vampires with the same authority and duties as in Draconia. Or is something different there? – In addition to performing the same duties as in Draconia, they lead the forces that keep the werecat and werewolf invasions at bay. These nomadic tribes sometimes raid the city at night. They have found ways to elude the city defenses, kill guards and steal armament and food. They are very well organized, and small enough in numbers to cover their own tracks and escape. – They used to be great hunters, and were welcome for trade within Flameside when its government was not oppressive like the one currently in turn. Frequently, they would drop a large boar or deer at the doorsteps of my shrine, it’s in their nature to offer a large kill to their loved ones and deities. – A warm smile adorned her face for a moment, it had no small amount of nostalgia. – Werewolves and werecats visiting Flameside peacefully and trading with its population? Times sure have changed! – Indeed, Flameside’s social structure and composition of the population has changed considerably, but its main activities have remained the same. I’d like to hear about the next settlement. Echoes From the Caverns The post Interview with the Dragon Goddess 4 – by Draxenath appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  6. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 71 Now! Questions & Answers Livestream Today Release 71 Livestream 11/1 Crown Shop Updates November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Release 71 Reward Program Items: Fall Theme Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Haunted Homes Tour & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Immortal City’s Annual Halloween Ball & Costume Contest Community Event: Halloween Party – Britt Mart Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley? Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 11-01-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  7. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 71 Now! Questions & Answers Livestream Today Release 71 Livestream 11/1 Crown Shop Updates November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Release 71 Reward Program Items: Fall Theme Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Haunted Homes Tour & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Immortal City’s Annual Halloween Ball & Costume Contest Community Event: Halloween Party – Britt Mart Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley? Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Play Release 71 Now! Release 71 successfully launched Wednesday, October 30, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including: Tartarus Level Polish & New Content Despair Polish Decoration Palette Gold and Silver Scrap Agriculture Economy Balance Batch Crafting Improvement Wyvern Trophy Head Winter Holiday Recurring Items Return R71 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme! November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Performance Improvements More Bug Fixes and more! Check out the Release 71 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 71 Player Instructions Release 71 Known Issues Questions & Answers Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday Nov 1, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to focus on answering throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text. Release 71 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme!) Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71! Scarecrow Mask Giant Gray Squirrel Pet Giant Scarecrow Statue 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 “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! Release 71 Livestream The Release 71 Livestream is set for Friday, November 8, at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be talking about , answering questions, and handing out prizes. 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: Scenes Tour: Tartarus (new content), Despair (polish) 4:15 PM: Lava Fishing Contest 5 PM: Ending Announcements To participate in the Lava Fishing Contest go to Oracle Colossus and start fishing at 4:15 PM (you can also try whispering one of the devs for a teleport). The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! 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 “Leaves are falling all around” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream! Puzzle Tree Cloak Ornate Elven Longbow Reaper Sapling Pet Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set Epic Common Aspen Tree Elven Tree Town Home Submit Your Questions We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text. Watch on Twitch Friday November 8 at 3 PM CDT Expirations The Spooky recurring items will be expiring today, until around this time again next year! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets 11/1 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop is packed with new items this week including Fall Trees and a Pirate Airship Home!. Also it’s the last week for Spooky Seasonal Recurring items which expire for another year next week on November 8! Additionally we are continuing the spooky theme for the Vault with this year’s final round of expired spooky items including the much sought after original Witch Hat! Pirate Airship Home: Piracy is no longer just something to be feared at sea! Pirates have taken to the air as well! Some of these fearsome airships have been converted to luxurious homes for the wealthy and can be purchased from the Crown Shop. Fall White Birch Trees: These trees not only have fall hued foliage, they also have falling leaves! You can find them in the Crown Shop. Spooky Seasonal Recurring Items: With Halloween coming up we have brought back all of the Spooky Seasonal Recurring items to the Crown Shop for a limited time! Get them before they expire again until next year on November 8! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, November 7 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etcGrim Reaper Mask Grim Reaper Statue Ornate Skull Candle Stone Zombie Statue 2017 Large Headless Horseman Grim Reaper Statue 2017 Headless Horseman Grim Reaper Statue Witch Hat 2017 Ornate Scythe Obsidian Tower Village Home November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Today is the first day to login and obtain the November login reward! To celebrate Autumn (and the traditional feasts of Thanksgiving here in the United States), every player who logs in during the month of November will receive a unique Turkey Statue! Fun Trivia: Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States but the Bald Eagle ended up being chosen. To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of November and check your rewards tab! Release 71 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme! Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71! Scarecrow Mask Giant Gray Squirrel Pet Giant Scarecrow Statue NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) 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 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge 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 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. Haunted Homes Tour & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Haunted Homes Tour livestream was incredible! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live. Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Nov 8 – Release 71 Livestream Nov 17 – Release 71 Dance Party Nov 21 – Release 72 Nov 22 – Release 72 Livestream Dec 12 – Release 73 Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Community Event: Immortal City’s Annual Halloween Ball & Costume Contest [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre] Immortal City’s Annual Halloween Ball at Chaotica! From the Main Gate follow the Burning Skeletons Friday November 1 8 PM – 12 AM NBT Best Costume Contest Celebrity Judges 1st Prize 5000 COTO 2 1000 COTO 2nd Prizes Community Event: The Ancient Novians Have Landed… Halloween Party – Britt Mart [Forum Post by Tailz] Join us throughout the day and night! If you are participating in the Costume Contest, please post the screenshots in this thread or private message them to me on Discord. All Avatars are invited and welcome! We look forward to seeing you! Britt Mart Halloween Party & Costume Contest 2019 Saturday Nov 2nd all day at Club UFO! Party Begins with Wake Up New Britannia from 7-9 AM Followed by DJ Justyn from 9 – 11 AM Then Fionwyn’s Wylde Safari from 6-8 PM Followed by DJ Justyn from 8 PM – ??? All on WRFB To get to Club UFO use the the teleport sign to go to Town Boundary 2 Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley? [Forum Post by Lily Byrd] Have you found this temple? Do you know what it’s for? What’s in the basement that no one wants to talk about? And where have all the residents gone? Come on down to the Dragon’s Breath Inn in the hamlet of River’s Cross near Town Boundary 2 (or 3) in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley. Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site! I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. —– If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! 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
  8. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Batch Crafting Improvement

    Hello! While speaking with some players at SotACon 2019, an issue with batch crafting was brought to my attention. (A few issues, actually, but I'll be addressing one of them here.) When a failure occurs during batch crafting, the remaining unused ingredients are cleared off of the crafting station and sent to the player's inventory, only to be immediately replaced with identical ingredients from the player's inventory. Since many players prefer to keep crafting ingredients in a... Batch Crafting Improvement View the full article
  9. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”. Background music by Smartsound Part 3: The Conflict – So, are humans basically the result of divine punishment over two Dragon Gods? – I was overwhelmed. – What happened next? The Goddess changed to a more comfortable posture, as a bean cushion formed from the ground under her. – The Creator thought Amaxis’ punishment would placate the other Gods, but things turned out quite different than expected, as usual. They started picking on Amaxis now that he was weak. Poor Humenalia suffered so much from watching all that abuse and feeling powerless. That went on for a few days, then Amaxis paid them back. He was smarter and more cunning than all of them, and now the tables had turned again, Amaxis had devised tools, instruments, armor, weapons, and machines to close the gap. – Open conflict was unleashed among them. The Creator waited, in hopes they would get tired of fighting, but that never happened. Instead, they turned against each other, trying to decide who was the one to reign supreme over the others. So The Creator felt forced to make a very tough decision: To kill the Gods participating in the conflict. It was very painful for him, as he loved them all, and one of them was his favorite. – She unsheathed the broadsword and contemplated it as she continued speaking. – He created a Godslaying Sword, a foul weapon that causes a God’s body to wither and rot, eventually leading to death. When it was ready, he hesitated to use it himself, so he relayed the task to Samsara, the Overgoddess of Life and Death. – An Overgoddess? Is there a hierarchy of sorts? And is that the Godslaying Sword you speak of? – I asked with excitement. Draxenath nodded. – Samsara is the deity right below The Creator in the hierarchy, and under her are all other Gods. Viridiana is Goddess of Plants, Fungar is God of Fungi, I am Goddess of Dragons, Amaxis and Humenalia are Gods of Hominids, Gigaeth and Potenki are Gods of Giants, Mammi and Agrios are Gods of Beasts, Marina and Ipomos are Gods of Sea Life, Hexaphia and Filopos are Gods of Insects. This is the Godslaying Sword indeed, Samsara wielded it and was determined to kill the feuding Gods. But they defended themselves, banding together against her. The battle raged on until Samsara was convinced she wasn’t making any progress. The broadsword’s aura was contained back inside the scabbard as it was sheathed again. She looked sad. – It was heart-breaking for me, knowing The Creator took that path to end the conflict, but it was terrifying when Samsara gave up fighting and relinquished the Godslaying Sword. She left it for anyone to take and use. She intended for everyone to fight for the sword and kill each other. Even if we didn’t get along very well, I couldn’t just let that happen. Being the strongest of the Gods, I took it for myself. I was not part of the conflict, but now I was there, wielding the sword in order to prevent the massacre. She remained silent and absent-minded for a while. – After some time, they stopped fighting me for the sword and went back to their fight among them. I appealed to The Creator on what he did, and he decided not to interfere anymore, and leave us to solve our problems by ourselves. The fighting continued for eons, not only among the Gods but also among mortals, “That which is above is the same as that which is below”, it is said. One by one the Gods fell to Amaxis’ power and were imprisoned, at the same time humans conquered and enslaved their corresponding followers. – When only me and Amaxis were left, I heard them more with every passing day… prayers begging for me to lead them in the fight for freedom…prayers from both Gods and mortals alike… I had been a passive observer for so long, it was time to fight as there was no one else strong enough to do it. Part 4: The Betrayal – The humans were treating all other creatures like objects of their property: they would trade them, modify them to their needs, control their population, and use them to do their work and satisfy their needs and whims. We were meant to inspire and lead everyone by our example, but the example set by Amaxis was not what we were meant to give. So many prayers asking for my help in stopping the abuse, such high hopes being placed on me. No one else was able to help them, and it was my duty to make the world prosper and be a better place. I could not turn them down, it felt wrong. That left me speechless, I felt guilty. There is so much cruelty, and slavery is considered normal in our society and system of beliefs. We believe it is fine for living beings other than humans to be born in captivity and used for a defined purpose without caring about their feelings or giving them any choice. – I looked for mortals willing to become my vessels, my Avatars, and acted through them from the shadows for years. I worked hard to make humans feel empathy for creatures other than themselves. That is how I met a very peculiar man. – Her eyes brightened. Whoever that man was, he evocated positive feelings in a way I hadn’t seen during all the interview. – He was very special, unlike anyone I ever met. He was not only wise, smart and strong, but also compassionate and willing to help me in my cause. I gave him one child with my real body, and three with one of my Avatars, who became his wife. All four of them lie in coffins now. – I can’t imagine the pain of a mother losing her children, I am sorry for your loss. – I said, trying to express empathy for her. She remained silent, forcing a smile while her eyes got wet. She broke the silence. – I sent our firstborn to liberate the slaves while I worked on doing the same for the other Gods. Many of the mortals were freed and formed a nation of their own, with my child as ruler. But then, there was a betrayal. What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under your knives, mortal. Who will wipe this blood off all of you? Her eyes, full of anger, were directed at me. – I gave the mortals what I loved the most, as well as what they asked for, and that is the way they paid me. Mortals don’t want to be free, they murdered the one who gave them freedom. Nobody wants my help, nobody really needs me. That is the reason I exiled myself. I heard their hypocritical prayers for days afterward, until I got tired and blocked them from my mind, then tried to kill myself with the Godslaying sword… and failed… They have probably forgotten about me after all this time. – I have heard many of them pray to someone they call Champion of Freedom. – I responded. Upon hearing that title, her expression softened. – They keep asking forgiveness and want that deity to come back. – She burst into laughter. – You must be joking! That was one of my titles, why would they continue praying to me? I have not answered in over a thousand years, and they didn’t appreciate my help back then, why would they want me to return? I would really love to hear that! Her eyes drifted away as if she were thinking, or maybe listening to something I was unable to hear. She stopped laughing, her mood changing completely, she looked heart-touched, tears escaping her eyes again. She continued listening for a while, then wiped her tears with a handkerchief and broke the silence. – Assuming they really wanted me to come back, what would make them worth helping? They keep asking for things they could do by themselves, I don’t see why would they need me, all they need is to be confident in what they do, and they shall accomplish it themselves. – Us mortals may have the power to accomplish great things, – I replied to her. – but sometimes it’s hard to believe in ourselves, we need to know someone believes in us and is there to support us as well. Maybe that is all the help you need to give. Draxenath remained silent and ponderous as if listening again. After several minutes, she looked back at me. – If you don’t mind, I would like to ask you about the current status quo of the world and the most recent events. – She looked rejuvenated and motivated like she had just gotten out of a long depression. Now I was being interviewed by her. Stay tuned for the next thrilling episode! Echoes From the Caverns The post Interview with the Dragon Goddess 3 – by Draxenath appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  10. Silverfoot

    Breast Cancer Awareness 2019

    Lace of Prism along with others put together a deco image contest. Images taken in PaxLair
  11. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Forums Fixed now

    When creating the R71 bug forums we inadvertently disabled permissions for the entire forums! Fixed now! Sorry for the interruption. View the full article
  12. The Release 71 Livestream is set for Friday, November 8, at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be touring Tartarus and Despair dungeons, having a Lava Fishing Contest, answering questions, and handing out prizes. 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: Scenes Tour: Tartarus (new content), Despair (polish) 4:15 PM: Lava Fishing Contest 5 PM: Ending Announcements To participate in the Lava Fishing Contest go to Oracle Colossus and start fishing at 4:15 PM (you can also try whispering one of the devs for a teleport). The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! Release 71 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme!) Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Scarecrow Mask Giant Gray Squirrel Pet Giant Scarecrow Statue 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 “Leaves are falling all around” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream! Puzzle Tree Cloak Ornate Elven Longbow Reaper Sapling Pet Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set Epic Common Aspen Tree Elven Tree Town Home Submit Your Questions We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text. Watch on Twitch Friday November 8 at 3 PM CDT Expirations The Spooky recurring items will be expiring today, until around this time again next year! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  13. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Release 71 Instructions

    Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. NOTE: We are releasing one day early because of the Halloween holiday! Release 71 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this... Release 71 InstructionsView the full article
  14. Jack T. Lamplighter

    SOTA NewsRelease 71 Instructions

    Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. NOTE: We are releasing one day early because of the Halloween holiday! Release 71 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Wednesday, October 30, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 71 includes lots of exciting updates including the Decoration Palette, Wyvern Trophies, Gold and Silver Scrap, new content and polish for the dungeons Tartarus and Despair, Winter Holiday recurring items, Economy balance for Agriculture, and more! 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 71, October 30, 2019. Story and Scenes: Tartarus: The new levels that appeared in Release 70 received polish. We also added lots of new content including two wave battles, new bosses, and 5 new artifacts! Additionally a second entrance to the bottom level of the dungeon (that leads directly to the mines area) was added in the Savrenoc Stronghold scene. Despair: This dungeon is getting some upgrades! Now it has wave battles, “defeat boss” or “solve mystery” requirements to open some doors, and some treasure chests that restock upon defeating all defending enemies. Combat: Multishot: This ranged skill is getting a boost for R71. Again, to help compensate from the extra pain archers suffered from the damage resistance on NPC fix. Initial hit will do an extra 33% more damage, while second and third hits remain the same Death Shield: This skill previously had the effect of healing AND also blocking an equal amount of damage. This was resulting in it being twice as powerful as expected. This was known for some time but as players and gear progressed the net result was that many players were approaching 50% heal and 50% damage block, therefore becoming effectively invincible. This has finally been corrected to just do one, but not both. Since this could dramatically impact some builds, all Death Magic has been set to return 100% experience on unlearn. Solar Flare: Sun Magic Specialization now provides a Sun Resistance debuff that stacks with the debuf from Searing Ray. Also, damage has been increased dramatically along with focus cost. Crafting and Economy: Solar Flare Enchantment: We have added an Enchantment for Solar Flare Damage tied to a Sun Magic Gem Socketed Chest Piece. Ground Pound Masterwork: One handed and two handed Bludgeon weapons (Maces, Hammers, Axes) now have a Ground Pound Damage bonus effect offered during Masterworking. Gold and Silver Scrap Salvage: Gold and Silver Scraps can now be obtained when salvaging Gold and Silver Items, most notably crafted rings and amulets and jewelry caught while fishing. Wyvern Trophy: Players can finally craft the head of the Wyvern into an amazing trophy! Fruit and Vegetable Market Balance: We have better balanced the pricing of fruits and vegetables on NPC merchants versus the agricultural output of players. Note that the old prices were holdovers from before agriculture could produce these items. This will be done in phases. For Release 71 we have simply increased the prices of items that are agricultural outputs and crafted components. Note that at this time reagents were not changed even though they’re technically part of this group of items. A later phase will alter values, adjust agriculture outputs and further tweak the merchant price. Artifact Masterworking and Enchanting: All artifacts that are part of the tiered system should now be able to be Masterworked and Enchanted (except belts). Updated Artifacts: More legacy artifacts have been updated to the new tiered system: Belt of the Troll Lord Claymore of Cessation Crossbow of Accuracy Cutlass of the Swashbuckler Halberd of the Sun Hands of Lead Mace of Unsummoning Quartermaster’s Cutlass Ring of the Mouse Staff of Anarchy Staff of Death Sword of Speed Vexlyn’s Wand of Conflagration Wand of Air Player Towns and Player Housing: Decoration Palette: The Decoration Palette is a new tool that helps players collaborate while decorating a lot. Since no-trade items can now be placed on a lot, we want to help players share decorations, regardless of no-trade status. A no-trade item on a lot cannot be picked up by anyone except for its owner, but anyone with proper permissions on the lot can move the item. Hiding or un-hiding an item to/from the deco palette will be treated the same as moving it. Also, a player could add a no-trade item directly to the decoration palette as a hidden item for others to use as a decoration as they wish. Turkey Statue (November Login Reward): This regal bird is commemorated in an equally regal statue that every player will receive as the November Login Reward. Pirate Airship Home: Piracy is no longer just something to be feared at sea! Pirates have taken to the air as well! Some of these fearsome airships have been converted to luxurious homes for the wealthy and can be purchased from the Crown Shop. Fall White Birch Trees: These trees not only have fall hued foliage, they also have falling leaves! You can find them in the Crown Shop. Fall Wreath: This door wreath made from fall hued leaves is the perfect accent for your fall decor. You can find it in the Crown Shop. NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Snow Covered Spruce Trees: Finally, owners of Alpine Player Owned Towns and players decorating for a winter / holiday theme have appropriate trees in the Crown Shop with these Snow Covered Spruce Trees! NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Holiday String Lights: Do you have a relative trapped in the Upside Down that you need to communicate with? Maybe you just want to decorate for the holidays? Well you can do either with the wide variety of colors and lengths of Holiday String Lights now available in the Crown Shop! NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Melted Candles: These candles are perfect for your next séance or romance times, whichever you are in the mood for. You can find these mood enhancing lights in the Crown Shop. Sorry, no scents provided. NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Fire Breathing Dragon Statues: The popular September login reward of the Foyer sized Fire Breathing Dragon Statue is now available in a wide variety of other sizes in the Crown Shop, ranging from Desktop all the way up to Keep sized! NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Spider Webs with Crawling Spiders: A pack of 6 webs in 3 sizes with creepy crawling spiders that can adorn your floors or walls is now available in the Crown Shop – Perfect for your haunted house or dungeon! NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Blood Splatters: A pack of 19 different blood splatters that can adorn your floors or walls is now available in the Crown Shop – Perfect for your haunted house or dungeon! NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Remote Dungeon Entrances: Player Owned Town owners and Lot Owners now have the option to place a Remote Dungeon Entrance on their property! This entrance allows direct access to the designated Dungeon area from the property it is placed on. Please note that these items are quite large so you will need a large amount of space for placement. Several Remote Entrances are available in the Crown Shop including The Rise, Tartarus, Lost Vale, The Fall, and Ravensmoor. NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Stonegate (Player Owned Town): Upgraded size to Town. Performance: Load Time Baking System: We made some improvements to this system that have resulted in a nice boost to frame rate. Winter Holiday Seasonal Recurring Items: With the winter holidays coming up we have brought back all of the Winter Holiday Seasonal Recurring items to the Crown Shop for a limited time! Get them before they expire again until next year on February 7, 2020! Breathe Blue Fire Emote Breathe Emote 6-Pack Breathe Snow Emote Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack Ice Nightmare Mask Ornate Sled Ornate Sleigh Ornate Yule Music Box Traditional Yule Hat White Raven White Squirrel Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack Release 71 Rewards Program Items: To receive these exclusive rewards, all you need to do is join the Rewards Program during Release 71 and login to the game during Release 71. Scarecrow Mask Giant Gray Squirrel Pet Giant Scarecrow Statue Character: Miners Goggles: These are now a rare pattern loot drop from Elves in Verdantis Mines. Glowing Magic Symbol Mugs: The glowing mug with the Water Magic symbol on it that we created for Water.org was very popular so we have created glowing mugs for the Crown Shop for every magic school! NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Ornate Shogun Crossbow: The Ornate Shogun Crossbow is our latest addition to our Crown Shop ranged weapons arsenal and is a beautiful example of Shogun design. NOTE: This was patched into Release 70. Thank you so much for reading all the way here to the end! Join us for 2020 where we will have tons more in store including LUA integration, Inky Integration, more team members, Cross Promos with other teams, Player GMs, Player Vendor Polish, More Trophy Data (Agriculture, Trophy Heads), Property Rating System, More Creatures/Bosses/Tameables, New Skills, Bards, POT Animal Spawners, and more! There will also be 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
  15. We are excited to announce the November login reward! To celebrate Autumn (and the traditional feasts of Thanksgiving here in the United States), every player who logs in during the month of November will receive a unique Turkey Statue! Fun Trivia: Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States but the Bald Eagle ended up being chosen. To... November Login Reward: Turkey StatueView the full article
  16. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Nov 1, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to focus on answering throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text. Release 71 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Fall Theme!) Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Scarecrow Mask Giant Gray Squirrel Pet Giant Scarecrow Statue 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 “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, 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
  17. Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these... Release 71 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme!View the full article
  18. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Catnipgames on Twitter

    By popular demand, I started live tweeting what I'm working on. You can follow my tweet stream on twitter at @catnipgames Enjoy Chris "Atos" Spears View the full article
  19. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Q4 & 2020 Schedule Updates Release 71 on QA (Live next Thur!) Haunted Homes Tour Livestream Today 10/25 Crown Shop Updates October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event Community Event: Halloween Fishing Contest Community Event: Murder in Blackrock Cove Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 10-25-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  20. Jack T. Lamplighter

    10/25 Crown Shop Updates

    ... 10/25 Crown Shop UpdatesView 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 Q4 & 2020 Schedule Updates Release 71 on QA (Live next Thur!) Haunted Homes Tour Livestream Today 10/25 Crown Shop Updates October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event Community Event: Halloween Fishing Contest Community Event: Murder in Blackrock Cove Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Q4 & 2020 Schedule Updates This weekend we posted some information to the forums about our upcoming schedule including slides we used at our panels at the Shroud of the Avatar International Convention! [Forum Post by Darkstarr] Greetings Avatars, At the recent Shroud Convention we held several panels about Shroud of the Avatar. Most panels followed a similar format. We covered the highlights of what we accomplished over the last 12 months, what we hoped to accomplish in Q4 of 2019, and what our plans were for 2020. After numerous requests we are publishing the slides from those presentations here. Here’s a summary of what we talked about (some of which Atos covered in his recent post): Q4 2019: LUA Integration (Phase 1) New Overworld for Ep 2 (maybe even allowing POT settling?) Inky Integration (Phase 1) New CS Team Member! Cross Promos with other like minded Projects (Crowfall, Pantheon, etc.)!!! (Phase 1) Paid Ads (Phase 1) 2020: Misc: LUA Integration (multiple phases, Phase 1 in Q4!) Player GMs Player Vendor Polish More Trophy Data (Agriculture, Trophy Heads from creatures) Property Rating System (thumbs up!) New Creatures / New Bosses / More Tameables (Nightmares, Unicorns, etc.) New Skills Cross Promos with other like minded Projects (Crowfall, Pantheon, etc.)!!! (multiple phases) Paid Ads (multiple phases) Ep 2! New Overworld News Scenes & New Towns Quest System Revamp (Inky open source scripting language) Journal Revamp (Inky open source scripting language) Theater System Treasure Hunting with Treasure Maps Item Affinity & Reputation Taming Expansions: Pet Leveling, Pet Skills, Pet Customization Customizable NPCs including Convos (Inky open source scripting language) Expanded Permissions system for containers & doors In-Game Achievement System Shroud International Convention Decks: Keynote Crafting Combat World Housing [Forum Post by Atos] Greetings Avatars! As many of you know we have had some exciting changes recently that will positively impact the game in many ways. There will be some questions I won’t be able to answer but I’m pretty sure I can hit the big ones fast, so I can get on to the more exciting stuff. Just listing the answers as the questions are pretty obvious: No, the team didn’t change as a result of the ownership change No, Richard and Starr aren’t going away Yes, Episode 2+ is still coming as expected Yes, Seed Investor still have an investment in the success of Shroud The slightly longer question to answer is “why?” There are a lot of reasons but the big ones are cost savings, risk, and company focus. Costs savings include not having to pay for 3 extra types of insurance that ran several $k a month, not needing an employment company that increased overhead dramatically, not needing a lawyer and multiple CPAs to deal with corporate and tax filings quarterly, and a number of other pointless costs. Risk is reduced because we have far fewer things to screw up as a result of the simpler structure and fewer filings. Finally, company focus going forward will be on one thing, making Shroud of the Avatar better and better every month without having a mountain of paperwork completely unrelated to the game weighing us down. For the last few people who are still waiting on boxes, those will resume shipping again. We had been blocked because we needed additional signatures from Richard but I just had him sign 500 more items last week. There are less than 100 boxes left to ship and I’m committed to shipping these personally. Now it is time to talk about the stuff most really want to hear about, the future of Shroud of the Avatar, the challenges we face, and why I’m more optimistic now about Shroud than ever! So first off, let’s talk about some stuff that isn’t changing. We are still working towards episode 2 and we’ll continue to release more information about that over the coming months. We will still be doing monthly releases. The devs, including Richard, Starr, and Chris, will still be involved with the players. The stuff that will be changing is a far more substantial list but in many cases will be subtle. If I had to sum it up in a single sentence I think it would be that we are going to have a more open and collaborative game creation process. When we started the project, we involved the players in development in many ways. We are going to work to try to involve players far more going forward. Our community is one of our strongest assets and we’ve made them stand on the sidelines far too much lately. We are working on a number of initiatives to fix this. First, one of the things that players love are community events. While players have been running their own events for a while, our European partner had someone who ran some of these with his special GM powers and players loved it. Sadly, when that partnership ended, so did the GM events. In the future, we will be making some of our dev commands available to a handful of community members who have proven over the years to be highly responsible and trustworthy. Those who take part will be asked to create a new account that can be flagged so they can remain anonymous to the community if they choose to. These new Game Masters(GMs) will not get the full suite of dev powers but rather a subset to allow them to appear invisible, summon creatures, apply temporary buffs, change the weather, summon other players, and teleport to other players. READ MORE HERE Release 71 on QA this Weekend (Live next Thur!) An early version of Release 71 is on the QA server! Release 71 is full of new content and fixes. An early version of the Release 71 Instructions is also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes next Thursday, October 31! Tartarus Level Polish & New Content Decoration Palette Gold and Silver Scrap Agriculture Economy Balance Wyvern Trophy Head Winter Holiday Recurring Items Return Sword of Midras Rewards R71 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme! November Login Reward: Turkey Statue 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! Haunted Homes Tour Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Oct 25, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to tour player properties that are decorated with a haunted theme to celebrate Halloween! Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet 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 “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! 10/25 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop is packed with new items this week including two more Remote Dungeon Entrances (The Fall and Lost Vale), Spider Webs with Crawling Spiders, Blood Splatters, and a Fall Wreath. Also don’t forget that Spooky Seasonal Recurring items are back for a limited time until November 8! Additionally we are continuing the spooky theme for the Vault with this year’s final round of expired spooky items including the much sought after original Witch Hat! Lost Vale & The Fall Remote Dungeon Entrances: Player Owned Town owners and Lot Owners now have the option to place a Remote Dungeon Entrance on their property! This entrance allows direct access to the designated Dungeon area from the property it is placed on. Please note that these items are quite large so you will need a large amount of space for placement. This week we added two more Remote Dungeon Entrances to the Crown Shop including Lost Vale and The Fall. Spider Webs with Crawling Spiders: A pack of 6 webs in 3 sizes with creepy crawling spiders that can adorn your floors or walls is now available in the Crown Shop – Perfect for your haunted house or dungeon! Blood Splatters: A pack of 19 different blood splatters that can adorn your floors or walls is now available in the Crown Shop – Perfect for your haunted house or dungeon! Fall Wreath: This door wreath made from fall hued leaves is the perfect accent for your fall decor. You can find it in the Crown Shop. Spooky Seasonal Recurring Items: With Halloween coming up we have brought back all of the Spooky Seasonal Recurring items to the Crown Shop for a limited time! Get them before they expire again until next year on November 8! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, November 7 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etcGrim Reaper Mask Grim Reaper Statue Ornate Skull Candle Stone Zombie Statue 2017 Large Headless Horseman Grim Reaper Statue 2017 Headless Horseman Grim Reaper Statue Witch Hat 2017 Ornate Scythe Obsidian Tower Village Home October Login Reward: Skull Mask Next week is the first week to login and obtain the October login reward! To celebrate Halloween, every player who logs in during the month of October will receive a unique Skull Mask! To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of October and check your rewards tab! NOTE: You still have three days left to receive the September login reward (Dragon Statue with Flames)! Release 70 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Spooky Theme! Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) 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 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge 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 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. Freshwater Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Freshwater Fishing Contest livestream was a blast! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live. Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Oct 31 – Release 71 Nov 8 – Release 71 Livestream Nov 14 – Release 72 Dec 12 – Release 73 Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Meretz: Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City 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, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home! Use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What are you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Event: 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event [Forum post by Lace] Prism and Diamond Fields Present the 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event As some may be aware October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. For our 5th annual event in game we have created Breast Cancer Awareness Packs rather than our Bi-Athalon with the free countach pink gear. (sorry the dye is no longer in the Make A Difference store hint hint @DarkStarr ). In order to distribute these free backpacks of goodies, I am calling on governors, guild leaders and streamers to help us out. For those wishing to participate here is the plan. Meet Lace Delamorte, (or possibly Robyn Hood) in Diamond Fields at the distribution center located at the crafting pavilion. You will receive one pink dyed free standing banner to use as a display, one trunk and 10 pre-filled backpacks from our distribution chest and display. (you cannot mail/trade containers of items, this is workaround) You can always request more backpacks when your supply is depleted. You will take banner and trunk to wherever you want to set it up at a guild house, lot, or POT and place trunk there. Set its permissions to public for removal, and place you filled backpacks inside. If You don’t mind, Announce via your gmotd, potmotd the location for your community . The backpacks will contain: 5 Pink Dyes 5 Dark Pink Dyes 5 Light Pink Dyes 1 Dyed Coconut Bra 1 Sheet Music for Gloria Gaynor’s I Will survive-Lute 1 Sheet Music for Theme from Rocky- Gonna Fly Now-Lute 1 Pamphlet/Book about Breast Cancer and Awareness ​ (Distributors DO NOT put the backpacks in the distribution trunk then the distribution trunk in another container, the contents will come out of the bags and have to be re-packaged, this is why we are handing these pre-filled backpacks out separately) We want the whole community to PAINT IT PINK so that means bribery, I mean prizes …. Post Pics of a Group of 5 or more in your Pink Gear/House Display – 1st Prize 3000 Coto 2nd 1000 Coto Post Pics of Individuals (1-4 people) in your Pink Gear/House Display 1st Prize 1500 Coto 2nd 1000 Coto Post Individual Best Display of a Distribution Center 1st Prize 1000 Coto, 2nd 500 Coto–(this is for the distributors that help with this effort) Please Post Pictures to this thread and include category in case it is not obvious. Contest ends November 1, meaning postmarked by October 31st midnight on forums. Diamond Fields will have a distribution center for individuals on the east side of the crafting pavilion. As other distributors let me know where they will be located (by posting in this thread) I will add them to a cumulative listing on this post. Distribution Centers: Diamond Fields east side of crafting pavilion Novia Market on docks by bulletin board Caeltis Canton Our Community has already lost players to this disease, be aware, educated, and get your checkups and remind your friends to as well. Community Event: Halloween Fishing Contest [Forum post by Phamyns] On October 26 2019, I will be hosting a fishing contest in Stormsong Vale. This town has been set to salt water. This contest will be ” Biggest Fish Takes All ” contest. Start and End Time : Contest starts at Noon CT on Saturday October 26. and will go till 3pm CT Saturday October 26. How to Win! : Catch the biggest fish you can in the 3 hours given, at end of 3 hours announce your biggest fish, you will have to place in trade window to show as proof on live stream. Fishing Contest Prize : First Place – 1500 Crowns / Second Place – 1000 Crowns / Third Place – 500 Crowns Once fishing contest is done, we move to a costume party out front of the Water Way Tavern in Stormsong Vale located in Town Boundary #4. So wear your best costume as there will be some prizes for costumes! For more information you can find me in-game Phamyns . Community Event: Murder in Blackrock Cove [Forum post by thradia] Murder in Blackrock Cove – October 24th to 31st – Solve the Mystery! A body, a note, a shadowy figure: What is normally a quiet and safe town has become the scene of a crime. The townspeople fear for their safety, as this unknown threat skulks in the darkness of Blackrock Cove.We need your help to investigate the crime scene and find out what has happened. Look for clues, gather information on each suspect, and name the killer.The event will run for 1 week (Oct 24, to Oct 31, 11:59 pm NBT)___________________________________________________​ Information on where to start this quest will be released on October 24th. So watch this thread for more details!​ ___________________________________________________​ Once you have decided who the murderer is, you will need to send mail in-game to Thradia.​ ~~~~~~~​ Everyone who is correct will get a prize. The first 5 people to get it correct will win a large prize package including: COTOs, Gold, Obsidian Potion Reward, Rare Dyes, a rare item and more! All others will receive a small prize back that includes: Gold, rare dyes, a mystery item and more! Each bag is a little different ​ Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site! I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. —– If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! 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
  22. Jack T. Lamplighter

    The Atos Update Thread

    Greetings avatars! In the old days I used to keep a somewhat daily blog. While this consumed a huge chunk of my time, I think it was mostly worth while. I now do 3x a wee streams where I share information and do QA which is awesome but a huge amount of your time to watch! I'm going to try and find a happy medium in this thread where I dump key information worth sharing. I'll keep it sticky and closed so it stays small...ish. View the full article
  23. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”. Background music by Smartsound Part 1 : The Beginning I was so thrilled and nervous my mind went completely blank. I had so many questions before meeting her, but all of them had escaped me at the moment, so I proceded with a very basic question. – Please tell me about yourself, if you may introduce, and tell me how you came to be. There is no written information I could find about you in the world, but you are talked about in whispers. We are told Amaxis is the only God of our world so I would like to hear your side of the story. She looked back at me with some skepticism. – The Creator made me at the same time he made Amaxis and gave me the name Draxenath. We were the last of the Gods to be made in The Creator’s original plan. We were meant to be the pinnacle of his creative process, our purpose was to inspire the other Gods, to be the ideal they would strive towards in order to achieve their greatest potential. Stronger than the Giant Gods, fiercer than the Beast Gods, more diligent than the Insect Gods, and more patient than the Sea Gods. – She smirked with a hint of irony. – The Creator was not expecting we would bring out the worst in all of them instead. There it was, a confirmation of the existence of Gods for the giants, beasts, insects and sea life, and not just that, a “Creator”, a sort of Supergod! – Tell me more about The Creator! How is he like? The Dragon Goddess looked sad after my question. – He loves all of his creation, he knows it’s not what he originally expected it to be, but won’t interfere anymore. He intends to let things settle down by themselves, however long that takes, and whatever it takes. He has the belief that we will do the right thing and whatever happens, in the end, will be the best outcome that could have been. – The smirk of irony returned to her face. – I can’t deny, the conflict that arose pushed every one of us to make our best effort. The conflict, the confrontation among the Gods, the one in which we are told Amaxis emerged victoriously! What a great opportunity to know the details of the conflict! – We are told Amaxis defeated some Great Demons and that is how peace and unity were finally achieved. You are mentioning a conflict, which I assume is the same and the so-called Great Demons were actually the other Gods. I am very interested in knowing how the conflict started, and all the important details on it. – That is a very long story, but I can tell you the most important events. It all started the day we were made. The Creator presented us to the other Gods. “These are the Dragon Gods, greatest of my creation. All of you must look up to them, admire their splendor and learn from them, for they are to be your masters and guides. You are to serve and assist them in their task of leading the World on the road of constant improvement towards perfection.”, he said to them. Those words filled my heart with fear, it was such a great responsibility. Amaxis noticed it and comforted me with a reassuring smile. – Wait a minute! – I interrupted. – Was Amaxis originally a Dragon God? How did he… alright, I guess we will get to that eventually. Sorry, please go ahead. – Every one of the male Gods wanted to measure against Amaxis, – she continued, – and he literally humiliated them in their own games. They didn’t take that very well at all. He got addicted to the feeling of besting others, of proving he was better than anyone else. With time, he got bored of them and looked for a stronger opponent to compete against. Unfortunately, I was the only one worthy of such an “honor”. She paused, her sadness returned for a moment, then turned into anger. – I was not trying to compete against him in any way, yet he turned everything we did together into a competition, followed by discouraging, humiliating comments. I grew tired of his constant abuse. One day, we were watching the sunset. Despite all of our quarrels, he was so good at making up for them with that kind of moments, but that time something turned out different. “The beauty of the sunset is like the two of us together.”, he said. “My red scales are like the red sky, quite a sight to admire, while your golden scales are like the sun, they hurt the eyes!” That was so cruel, it hurt my feelings. We were meant to be a couple! I could endure no more, so I took flight and abandoned him, I didn’t want to spend my life with him anymore! Her voice was breaking as she spoke the last few sentences. She remained silent for a moment, arms crossed, eyes getting watery. I decided not to press her and waited until she decided to continue. Part 2: The origins of humans After a couple minutes of silence, she spoke again. – He didn’t accept my decision to leave him, so he chased after me. He demanded me to come back, but I refused. He kept insisting until he got tired of it and tried to force me. – She smiled with satisfaction. – I had never really competed against him in anything, but this time I decided to fight back with all my strength. We fought in the skies for a while, until I hit him on the head, a very solid and heavy blow. He fell, and I followed him. As he hit the ground, I landed with my knees on his forearms, and my paws on his face, thumb claws ready to pluck his eyes out if he decided to continue fighting. He remained still, savoring defeat for the first time. Then The Creator interfered. She sighed, returning to her bored expression. – He tried to help us reconcile, but I was not willing to. I was not the only deity who disliked his company, so I was evidently not the one at fault. I made it very clear I wanted to be left alone and free, while Amaxis still wanted me back, but was unwilling to apologize or admit his wrongdoing. The creator decided to make him another bride, one that would love him unconditionally, and would not abandon him no matter how he treated her. Her name was Humenalia. The Creator put one condition for creating her: Amaxis would be the one to instruct her in the ways of the world, just as The Creator had instructed us when we were created. Amaxis was to be Humenalia’s master and guardian. – Humenalia…- I said as she went silent for a moment, – that name sounds like “human”, I assume we are getting closer to that part, right? The Goddess nodded. – Amaxis thought her too stupid to be instructed, and he was too lazy to dedicate the time necessary to do it properly, so he decided to oversimplify things. The laws of Cause and Effect, taking responsibility for one’s own actions and other important concepts like thinking before taking action were not properly taught to her. Instead, Amaxis created “Sins” and “Taboos” and Rules she should follow without question, and threatened her with horrible punishment that would immediately befall upon her if she broke them. He used fear to educate and control her. She was not stupid at all, and soon she questioned the rules that were imposed on her. – That is exactly like the current state of things between Amaxis and the mortals. – I added. She continued talking. – It didn’t take long before she broke a rule accidentally. She caused a forest fire, which burned thousands of trees and forest creatures, and didn’t receive any horrible punishment. Seeing the expected consequences didn’t happen, she deliberately set another forest in fire. No punishment either. Then she continued to test the other rules, laying waste as she did. It was catastrophic. – Didn’t she receive any punishment? – I wondered. – She did! – responded Draxenath – The creator called her out and questioned her actions. She explained about the prohibitions placed by Amaxis and how none of the consequences he mentioned were the truth. The Creator called Amaxis and questioned him. Amaxis put the whole blame on Humenalia for disobeying him. He said whether his explanations were true or not, following his instructions without question would have prevented the chaos she unleashed. – The Creator was sad, Amaxis was his favorite and he had so high expectations of him, but it was time to give him a proper punishment. “You didn’t want to reconcile with your original mate, so I made you a new one just the way you wanted her. And still, you don’t love her and blame her for the consequences of your own mistakes. Your pride has blinded you, I will take everything from you as punishment.” He took away Amaxis’ ability to transform into a dragon, leaving him in his Divine Form, which is how we call the form I am in right now. His scales, horns, claws, wings, and tail fell off. His fire breath extinguished. Most of his teeth lost their sharpness. He was reduced to a small, helpless creature. Humenalia contemplated her mate for a moment, then petitioned to The Creator. “Do the same to me… I want to share his burden because we are mates, we are meant to support each other both in good and bad times.” – The Creator nodded at Humenalia’s noble gesture and did the same to her. “As part of the punishment, the children you give birth to will be as helpless as you are, and will not inherit your immortality. You shall be doomed to live forever and see your descendants fade.” – Amaxis remained calm and replied to The Creator. “Even under this punishment, my descendants will inherit my greatness, they shall be as cunning and rule the world one day.” That is the origin of the human race. Echoes From the Caverns The post Interview with the Dragon Goddess 2 – by Draxenath appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  24. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Oct 25, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to tour player properties that are decorated with a haunted theme to celebrate Halloween! Please submit your location for the tour in the forum post here. Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet 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 “Nightmares do come true” 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. Greetings Avatars, At the recent Shroud Convention we held several panels about Shroud of the Avatar. Most panels followed a similar format. We covered the highlights of what we accomplished over the last 12 months, what we hoped to accomplish in Q4 of 2019, and what our plans were for 2020. After numerous requests we are publishing the slides from those presentations here. Here's a summary of what we talked about (some of which Atos covered in his recent post): Q4 2019: ... Shroud Convention Slides: Last 12 Months, Q4, 2020View the full article
  26. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 71 on QA this Weekend Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today 10/18 Crown Shop Updates October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Shroud Convention & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party Community Event: 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event Community Event: Halloween Fishing Contest Community Event: Shroud International Convention Pics & Vids Project to Support: Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 10-18-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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