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  2. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 60 Now! Beach Party & Fishing Contest Livestream Today! Release 60 Livestream Nov 30 (Cornucopia) Winter 2018 Items Appear Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Viking & Kobold Expirations Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! Sandbox Roleplay Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Weekend Flash Sale: Harvest Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 60 Dance Party Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 60 Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! Project to Support: Moustache of the Avatar Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 11-16-2018 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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  4. The R59 Stretch Goal awards ("R59 Postmortem Livestream Rewards") have been awarded to accounts. If you wish to review all of your account rewards outside of the game, you can do so by going to the Account menu on the main website and then selecting the 'Special Rewards' tab in the page menu. If you feel your account is missing any Stretch Goal / Postmortem Livestream rewards, please write to us at... Release 59 Stretch Goals have been awarded View the full article
  5. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 60 Now! Beach Party & Fishing Contest Livestream Today! Release 60 Livestream Nov 30 (Cornucopia) Winter 2018 Items Appear Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Viking & Kobold Expirations Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! Sandbox Roleplay Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Weekend Flash Sale: Harvest Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 60 Dance Party Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 60 Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! Project to Support: Moustache of the Avatar Resources: Players Helping Players Play Release 60 Now! Release 60 successfully launched yesterday, November , with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including: Fishing Phase 2: New Fishing Expedition Scene Fishing Holes in Alpine POT Templates Rotating POT Fishing Bonus Fishing while Sitting More Fish Recipes Increased Salvage Rates for Grandmasters Bludgeon Balance More Player Made Items in Loot Ornate Viking Longbow Select Crown Items Anywhere More Player Dungeon Rooms 2018 Winter Holiday Items (rares) More Bug Fixes R57 Livestream Items: Dungeon Theme R58 Livestream Items: Dragon Theme R60 QA Testing Incentive Winners …and much more! Check out the Release 60 Instructions update for detailed information about all the new content. We need all your help with testing the new patches, putting more stress on our multiplayer servers, and testing the new game content, so please join us in playing this Release! 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 60 Player Instructions Release 60 Known Issues Here are what some players are saying about the release so far: Sean Silverfoot: Awesome work for such a short release period good job folks! Love the continued Fishing Phase 2 stuff. cravenx: What a great job ! Very exited about the bludgeon balance. Thanks! yinki2: lots of contents for such a short time, thanks Kara Brae: I am really impressed at how a lot of user suggestions have been made real in R60. Just a few days ago we had a request in the forum about a “Disable Item Comparison Option” and wham! here it is! Black Tortoise: Thanks so much for this release. I’m really excited to check it out this weekend! Beach Party & Fishing Contest Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday November 16 at 4 PM CDT on Twitch! This week we are going to have a beach party and fishing contest in the new Fishing Expedition scene! To participate in the contest start fishing at 4 PM and the best trophy fish caught by 4:45 PM will win a prize! While the fishing contestants vie against each other, a party will be happening on the beach. So don your best beach wear and lounge on the sand, or shimmy to the tunes on Avatars Radio! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Fishing Sign 3rd Prize: Ornate Water Platform 2nd Prize: Watermill Village House (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) This is the first Friday to earn the Release 60 Cornucopia stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretch goals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals. $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc) $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack $65K: Traveller Wagon $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes 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 “Horn of Plenty” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Release 60 Livestream Nov 30 (Cornucopia) The Release 60 Livestream is set for Friday November 30! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, having sales, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretch goals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! Here is the schedule: 3PM: Introductions 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Story 4:00PM: Deep Dive 2: Combat 4:30PM: Deep Dive 3: Player Made Dungeons 5PM: Ending Announcements STRETCH GOALS (Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons, and Roleplay!) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during a twelve hour window during the day of the livestream, on November 2 from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Nov 2 17:00 to Nov 3 5 05:00 UTC). By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretch goals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! All purchases during the twelve hour window will count towards the stretch goals, not just the four hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! Please note that we have extended availability of the stretch goals to every Friday of the release for 12 hours per the new Stretch Goal Tracking Changes. $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc) $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack $65K: Traveller Wagon $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 61 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! 12 HOURS OF SALES: We will be having twelve hours of sales around the livestream from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Oct 4 17:00 to Oct 5 05:00 UTC)! Items in the following categories will be on sale at approx. 50% off. As noted above, all purchases during this time will count towards the stretch goals! Make a Difference Home Decorations Outdoor Decorations Lot Deeds POT Upgrades Homes Basements Pets Music Emotes and Fireworks Dyes Patterns WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Horn of Plenty” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Dragon Mask (digital) Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance 2018 Jack O’ Lantern Set 2018 Jack O’ Lantern Glowing Mask Ornate Scythe Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row House (digital) Barn Two-Story Village Home Row Lot Property Deed (digital) SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section of the original post or on Discord chat during the event. Please do NOT post questions containing: More than 3 questions in total (post all three in a single reply) Bugs or other problems best posted in the bug forums “When is this coming” or anything related to schedule (for those answers please refer to our quarterly updates or our post release plans) Questions with more than a couple of sentences. Please keep them brief! We will likely understand the context of your interest, so just ask the question and we’ll be able to respond. For bug reports and extra idea suggestions, please use the forums for this purpose. A Final Thought: We see a LOT of repeat questions. Please consider reviewing one of the other missed question posts, previous monthly livestreams, livestream transcripts, and/or reading our Post Episode 1 plan post before posting a question. Your question might have already been answered. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! Winter 2018 Items Appear With winter almost upon us the Winter 2018 items have appeared! These winter holiday items are only available until February 1, 2019 and then they are gone forever so get them while they are ice cold! This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs). 2018 Menorah 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 2018 Small Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Mantle Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Garlands Mega Pack 2018 Yule Gift Box Set 2018 Yule Stocking Set 2018 Ornate Yule Wreath Set 2018 4-Story Yule Tree 2018 Large Yule Tree 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Tabletop Yule Tree 2018 Yule Card 5-Pack 2018 Yule Gift Set 2018 Winter Rares Mega Set 2018 Winter Ultra Set Winter Recurring Items Return! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Winter Recurring Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 61 on December 13, 2018. Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) As many of you know we are expiring all of our bundles before the end of the year. Viking and Kobold bundles expire on November 30. Elven, Obsidian, and Shogun bundles expire on December 21. In Release 59 we will be adding the contents of the bundles to crown vendors as single purchases, however they will not have any upgrade functionality. Based on numerous requests from those of you who have been saving up your crowns we are going to offer an alternative path for upgrading bundles using crowns. For a limited time (offer ends December 21, 2018) you can purchase a service voucher to use crowns to upgrade your bundle! If you wish to upgrade your bundle with crowns please email us at support@portalarium.com BEFORE purchasing the voucher. In the request please list the name of the bundle you wish to upgrade, and the bundle you wish to upgrade it to (e.g., Elven 2-Story Row Tax Free Bundle to Elven Village Tax Free Bundle). We will then determine how many crowns you need for the upgrade and notify you of that amount so you can decide before proceeding. Only then will you purchase the voucher and we will then remove the crowns from your inventory. Please note that we will be using the non-sale exchange rates that are currently on the store for this transaction. 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales To celebrate our first holiday season since launching we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, every Friday noon to midnight, until December 21, 2018! Additionally we are having our first sale on Gold Crowns of the Obsidians ever! Some packages are discounted as much as 20% every weekend through December 21, 2018! *Note that this sale does not include the already discounted and expiring Bundles and associated items. Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Elven, Obsidian and Shogun Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on December 21, 2018! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30%! For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Elven Bundles Ornate Elven Longsword Ornate Elven Longbow Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longsword Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Large Elven Tent Elven Wardrobe Ornate Elven Wardrobe Black Stag Golden Dragonfly Pet Monarch Butterfly Pet Elven Four-Story Row Home Elven Keep Village Home Elven Peaked-Roof Village Home (digital) Elven Tree Town Home Elven Four-Story City Home Obsidian Bundles Ornate Vile Mace Ornate Vile Mace Pattern Pack Ornate Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Four-Story Row Home Obsidian Village Home Obsidian Tower Village Home (digital) Obsidian Tower Town Home (digital) Obsidian Keep City Home Shogun Bundles Shogun Four-Story Row Home Shogun 1-Story Village Home (digital) Shogun 3-Story Keep Village Home (digital) Shogun Four-Story Town Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Ornate Katana Ornate Katana Pattern Pack Ornate Tansu Chest Tansu Chest Pallas’s Cat Shiba Inu Dog Mandarin Duck Viking & Kobold Expirations To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Viking and Kobold Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on November 30! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30% For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Viking Bundles Ornate Viking Short Sword (digital) Ornate Viking Short Sword Pattern Pack (digital) Viking Brynhildr Shield Viking Tyr Shield Viking Guor Shield Ornate Norgard Axe Viking Brynhildr Shield Pattern Pack Viking Tyr Shield Pattern Pack Viking Guor Shield Pattern Pack Ornate Norgard Axe Pattern Pack Viking Chest Ornate Viking Chest Winter Rottweiler Pet Winter Lynx Pet Bloodraven Pet Viking 4-Story Row House (digital) Viking Wearable Bundle (digital) Viking 1-Story Village Home (digital) Viking 2-Story Stronghold Village Home (digital) Viking 3-Story Stronghold Town Home (digital) Viking Great Hall City Home (digital) Viking Helm Pattern Pack (digital) Kobold Bundles Ornate Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold Four-Story Row Home Kobold Dwelling Village Home (digital) Kobold 3-Story with Right Alcove Row House (digital) Kobold 3-Story with Left Alcove Row House (digital) Kobold 2-Story with Rooftop Deck Village Home (digital) Kobold 4-Story Great Hall City Home (digital) Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase the Collector’s Boxed Edition of Shroud of the Avatar during the Kickstarter (expired on January 4, 2016) can now purchase the retail Boxed Edition from Amazon. Additionally for a limited time we are also offering a signed version of the retail Boxed Edition (see above) for purchase directly from our website! To celebrate the holidays these two versions are on sale for $40 off their regular price until December 21, 2018 ($49 on Amazon, $99 for signed)! These editions include: Physical Goods: Game Box signed by Lord British* (signed edition only) Game Manual DVD in case Runic Translation Card Ankh Trinket Cloth Map Our Epic Origins Digital Items: Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 1 (Full Game Access) 30 Bank Slots to store your gear 1 Gold Crown Pick 1 Obsidian Potion Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 2 (Full Game Access when released) Exclusive Title: Visionary Exclusive Emote (exact emote to be created at a future date) NEW: Unique Item (to be created at a a future date) Sandbox Roleplay Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s Sandbox Roleplay livestream was hilarious! The opening of Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski’s Mexican restaurant, “Dos Gardenias” was attended by many players, including Lord British himself. Things did not go smoothly however and there were kitchen fires, food poisoning, accusations of child labor abuses, and more! All of it showing the power of the roleplaying tools in Shroud of the Avatar. In case you missed it you can now view it on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Weekend Flash Sale: Harvest This is the time of year when the crops are harvested from the fields. In the United States we celebrate this time with a holiday called Thanksgiving. To celebrate the harvest time all agriculture, crafting, and related items are on sale this weekend including anything with a scythe! 2018 Jack O’ Lantern Set 2018 Jack O’ Lantern Glowing Mask 2018 Jack O’ Lantern Mask Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe Ornate Scythe Pattern Pack Mandarin Duck Wood Duck (digital) Crafting Sigil Fur Collared Cloak (digital) Heraldry Beer Cask Eternal Pattern Heraldry Wine Cask Eternal Pattern Heraldry Spirits Cask Eternal Pattern Crafting Sigil Set (digital) Ornate Watering Can (digital) Expert Crafting Stations (Pick 1) Expert Crafting Stations (Pick 5) Expert Crafting Stations (Pick 10) Round Elven Greenhouse (digital) Rusted Iron Small Greenhouse (digital) Ornate Viking Planting Beds Set (digital) Ornate Viking Planting Pots Set (digital) Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set (digital) Ornate Elven Planting Pots Set (digital) Giant Grim Reaper Statue (digital) Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue (digital) Agriculture Sign 9-Pack (digital) Butcher Sign 9-Pack (digital) Field Dressing Sign 9-Pack (digital) Fishing Sign 9-Pack (digital) Forestry Sign 9-Pack (digital) Gathering Sign 9-Pack (digital) Ornate Three-Story Viking Crafting Pavilion (digital) Ornate Three-Story Shogun Crafting Pavilion (digital) Storefront Greenhouse Four-Story Row Home Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row House (digital) Barn Two-Story Village Home Upcoming Events Calendar Nov 16, 2018 – Beach Party & Fishing Contest Livestream Nov 19, 2018 – Release 60 Dance Party Nov 30, 2018 – Release 60 Livestream Dec 13, 2018 – Release 61 Dec 17, 2018 – Release 61 Dance Party Dec 21, 2018 – Release 61 Livestream Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 1, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Community Event: Release 60 Dance Party [Forum post by Alleine Dragonfyre] *Royal Warrant* Release 60 Dance party with DJ @DarkStarr on Avatars Radio We are in White Hart on Abundis this coming Monday, November 19th 3:00-6:00 p.m. Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 60 [Forum post by Duke Gréagóir] By Appointment to His Majesty Lord British Welcome Quest Makers​ You are invited to join the Welcome Quest in Release 60. It will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book. Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish. We are traveling to the town of Ordinis Mortis , south east along the river from Central Brittany. Are you with us? Purpose: The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. More information is located at http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest. With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table. Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest [Forum post by Lily Byrd] Come to Jade Valley near the Elysium Mines. It’s a Player owned town. When you land on the bridge check your map, find the Jade Valley Graveyard marked, and go there. The quest is in the graveyard. You will find the first 2 books on a pedestal at the entrances. There is a prize for finishing: It is a copy of the story, a candle, a chair, a rug, and a bowl of dragon stew. Brought to you by the Jade Valley community; May your ancestor’s wisdom not be forgot. Chapter one of the Stone Dragons Part one of two. Zyrina and Phlebus turned back to stare at their two trailing companions as they finally meandered out the near side of the old wooden covered bridge and Zyrina called out, “Meet us at the old graveyard in the Jade Dragons tool shed and workshop on the top floor, Laggards!! We will have drinks waiting.” She then turned back and sprinted to catch up with Phlebus. His quick stride, still as familiar as his lanky frame, was faster than she normally travelled, and it was easy to fall behind in this peaceful valley. The desire to slow down, breathe deeply, and just be in the woods was strong. Not strong enough to slow the pace of a focused and determined Phlebus though. He was single minded about this rumor they had heard and was determined to talk with the graveyard caretaker before dark and be at the River Runner Inn beside the river in Jade Valley tucked into his bed with a lovely hot rum toddy to comfort him before the chill of the night was upon the land. The rumor was disturbing to say the least. More and more fetid carcasses of various sized animals were said to be found in the valley all of them bearing the scarring and the afterglow of dark magic. Zyrina had been teasing him that he was full of “book learnin’ but not real learnin’”. It annoyed him that she might be right, but he wasn’t going to show any soft bits to his oldest friend. He knew she would not stop till he proved to her that he had indeed been studying with mages at the castle libraries, that it was useful knowledge, and he hadn’t spent the entire 7 years drinking with his friends in Central Britanny. Though she had taken to the twins right away, and conversation flowed as if they’d been speaking for years, she was still wary of the friends Phlebus had arrived with from the big city. The two oldest friends had been in contact by mail but had not been in each other’s company for the entire seven years that Phlebus had been studying with the old mages. There were some awkward silences as they got familiar with each other’s routines and movements while exploring Jade Valley, but their old familiarity was finding its well-worn path and they were more and more comfortable as the afternoon wore on. Zyrina had taken the last 7 years to travel around the entirety of New Britannia learning how to survive on her own and how to protect those she cared about. That concise energetic woman full of grand ideas possessed an eagle eye. Her aim with her bow was not to be discounted and Phlebus always felt a little safer when she walked with him through the woods. Like tonight, the woods seemed peaceful, the river flowed lazily around the bend and the air was sweet here, with a hint of chill, but there were lurkings that Phlebus could sense under the veneer of safety. Something moist and dark was hidden here in this valley and it was harming animals and birds of all sizes. His arm hair stood fully at attention. Phlebus shook his head to clear his mind. His training had taught him to respect the knowledge of his body. His body could sense something his mind couldn’t. First, they would talk with the caretaker at the Jade Dragons Tool Shed and Workshop property and see what knowledge Ivan could add to what Phlebus suspected was happening to disturb the valley. The companions had passed wagons with body parts and some with whole animals who were on their way to the village’s burn pile with the remains and they spied other people working on clearing up the various bodies to get ready for the wagons. It was obvious why Jade Valley wanted this mystery solved. And obvious why they thought it was something more than normal pranks that never ever include death or decay. Earlier at the Hall of Inquiry and Learning near the stone bridge the librarian had taught them to use the local map for this valley (Mal Hari has done a bang-up job of keeping the map up to date and most public locations are marked (press M on keyboard)). Just when the group was getting directions to the Jade Dragons guild hall which faces the large stone dragon in the local market square, Rinaldi sauntered into the building and overheard their conversation. He introduced himself as one of the officers of the guild attending the meeting and he willingly guided the four to the company of Mal Hari and other officers of the Jade Empire Calan Caitin, Elnoth, Froji, Joe, Maganda Hari, Merrik Dragon, One Zero, and Paston Bane, up on the top floor of the guild hall. Each gave what knowledge they had acquired to the companions. Phlebus had been corresponding with the local Governor, Mal Hari, by mail. He had been concerned about this new twist in his otherwise peaceful valley home. Mal was certain that there was more to it than the local youth out playing pranks on the farmers in the valley. He wanted answers. Each little bit Phlebus learned added to his theory that this indeed was not the pranks of children. The putrid odor of decaying, mutilated carcass was not something Phlebus wanted to breathe. Ever again. His libraries had not prepared him for the olfactory feast of the countryside let alone the brutality of burned decayed flesh rotting in spoiled fields. Mal originally asked Phlebus’s teacher for help and Trida had thrust Phlebus back into the world outside the city and away from his scrolls. He was ready, but he was made awkward by the suddenness of his reentry into the world outside the libraries and pubs he had become accustomed to frequenting. At least Trida had given Phlebus a pep talk before sending him into the world and then waved goodbye to him and because of those kindnesses and more, Phlebus wanted to solve this mystery for Mal Hari. He hurried his pace for the last bit toward the Stone Dragon Graveyard because he wanted to be done with this interview and back to his lodgings before the late night was upon them. Continued in Chapter One. Part Two. At the Graveyard in Jade Valley until 25 November 2018 Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance plus 125 Point Dungeon – AND earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, Meretz users rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! We’re talking potions, emotes, sweepstakes, giveaways, and tons more! With Meretz, we launch a new sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance plus 125 Point Dungeon – valued at $100! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. Good luck! What are you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Looking for different dungeons to explore? Our friends at OtherSide Entertainment just launched Underworld Ascendant on Steam! The team includes people who created games like Thief, System Shock and the Underworld series. It’s a first-person dungeon Action-RPG where there’s no one right way to play. Mix and match a variety of different skills to sneak, fight or use magic to survive this large and highly-interactive dungeon full of traps, monsters and challenges. Play now to receive bonus items and a 15% discount: Purchase on Steam! And as a reminder our worlds are tied together with similar world origins and portals between! You can even purchase cross promotional items but you must be quick as they are expiring soon! Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! “The artist’s second coloring book – this time celebrating all manner of Dragons & Dragonkin with all new original pieces!” Indi Martin of Tortoise & Hare Creations who illustrated our Shroud of the Avatar comic books and successfully created an awesome Adult Coloring Book is running her second Kickstarter right now! Welcome to Dragons & Dragonkin, the Kickstarter campaign for my second coloring book! In October 2016, I finally Kickstarted my first coloring book. I love doing lineart and inks, and had fielded several requests to pursue one, but I wanted to wait until I found a theme I could really sink my teeth into – I love themes! That theme was Dangerous Women, and 84 wonderful backers helped bring it to life. The original goal was a 24-illustration coloring book, but stretch goals helped bring it up to 40! Since its publishing, it’s become one of my best-sellers at conventions. I knew I wanted to tackle another coloring book, but again, I wanted to wait until I felt drawn to a theme that could sustain at least 40 pieces. As fantasy illustration has become a larger chunk of my work over the last few years, I knew it would be down that path – and once it hit me, it seemed so obvious. I always joke that none of my dragons look more than tangentially related – they’re my favorite creature on which to practice new shading techniques, new shapes, scales, feathers, anything really. For Inktober this year, I wanted to do some of that experimentation, but also drill down a bit and see if there was a recognizably-“Indi” dragon type in there somewhere too. It also struck me as the perfect theme for my next coloring book – Dragons & Dragonkin! Join the Kickstarter now! Project to Support: Moustache of the Avatar Every year we form a Movember team called Moustache of the Avatar to raise funds for Movember. To date we have raised over $3300 through fundraising for Movember. We have also created dedicated items for our Movember Make a Difference store including a Moustache Helm, Shield, and Cloak. Last year we even created Darkstarr and Lord British Follicular Reliquaries with Darkstarr and Lord British versions of the Movember items. Those items and other Movember tagged items have raised over $7,000 for Movember to date! With Release 60 we added the 2018 Snow Family and 2018 Snowman Mask which this year feature moustaches in honor of Movember! You can participate by contributing to our Moustache of the Avatar team, joining the team to help us raise funds, or by purchasing any of our Movember make a difference items: Titan of Courage Statue (digital) Titan of Truth Statue (digital) Tabletop Titan of Courage Statue (digital) Tabletop Titan of Truth Statue (digital) Ornate Meerschaum Titan of Courage Pipe (digital) Ornate Meerschaum Titan of Truth Pipe (digital) Moustache Cloak – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Helm – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Helm Pattern Pack – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Shield – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Shield Pattern Pack – Movember Charity (digital) 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 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
  6. ​ Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 60 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, Nov 15, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). “What?... Release 60 Instructions (UPDATED)View the full article
  7. The Release 60 Livestream is set for Friday November 30! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, having sales, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretch goals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! Here is the schedule: 3PM: Introductions 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Story 4:00PM: Deep Dive 2: Combat 4:30PM: Deep Dive 3: Player Made Dungeons 5PM: Ending Announcements STRETCH GOALS (Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons, and Roleplay!) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during a twelve hour window during the day of the livestream, on November 30 from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Nov 30 17:00 to Dec 1 05:00 UTC). By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretch goals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! All purchases during the twelve hour window will count towards the stretch goals, not just the four hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! Please note that we have extended availability of the stretch goals to every Friday of the release for 12 hours per the new Stretch Goal Tracking Changes. $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc) $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack $65K: Traveller Wagon $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 62 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! 12 HOURS OF SALES: We will be having twelve hours of sales around the livestream from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Oct 4 17:00 to Oct 5 05:00 UTC)! Items in the following categories will be on sale at approx. 50% off. As noted above, all purchases during this time will count towards the stretch goals! Make a Difference Home Decorations Outdoor Decorations Lot Deeds POT Upgrades Homes Basements Pets Music Emotes and Fireworks Dyes Patterns WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Horn of Plenty” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Dragon Mask (digital) Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance 2018 Jack O’ Lantern Set 2018 Jack O’ Lantern Glowing Mask Ornate Scythe Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row House (digital) Barn Two-Story Village Home Row Lot Property Deed (digital) SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or on Discord chat during the event. Please do NOT post questions containing: More than 3 questions in total (post all three in a single reply) Bugs or other problems best posted in the bug forums “When is this coming” or anything related to schedule (for those answers please refer to our quarterly updates or our post release plans) Questions with more than a couple of sentences. Please keep them brief! We will likely understand the context of your interest, so just ask the question and we’ll be able to respond. For bug reports and extra idea suggestions, please use the forums for this purpose. A Final Thought: We see a LOT of repeat questions. Please consider reviewing one of the other missed question posts, previous monthly livestreams, livestream transcripts, and/or reading our Post Episode 1 plan post before posting a question. Your question might have already been answered. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! View the full article
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    SOTA NewsRelease 60 Instructions

    [From a forum post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long] Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 60 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, Nov 15, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). “What? Already?” you might ask. As noted in our Q4 2018 post “The last two releases of the year (Nov/R60 and Dec/R61) will be very early in their respective months so that they are released well ahead of the US winter holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas).” Release 60 is the second release in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities (from Q4 2018 post). We made progress on several of these priorities including various quality of life fixes (easier access to Crown Merchants), loot improvements (increased salvage rates for patterns, more player items in loot), bug fixes, seasonal content (2018 Winter Holiday Items), and Fishing Phase 2 (more fish recipes, POT bonus, fishing while sitting, etc.). As mentioned last release we have modified how we do our release notes. In the past we have transcribed a lot of the details from our internal tracking tool, JIRA, into this post to make these 10–20 page informational dispersals about what was done for the release. Instead of doing that, we now make this post a “highlights” post with a link to a google spreadsheet that lists all the tasks and bugs that were completed for the release. This both saves time in production that we can devote to other tasks and it also allows you the players to connect issues you reported to the actual JIRA numbers we posted in response in the forums! We hope you continue to enjoy this new format. Fishing Phase 2: Fishing Phase 2 launched in Release 59 and in Release 60 we continue to expand it with a new Fishing Expedition scene, a rotating fishing bonus for Player-Owned Towns, fishing while sitting, recipes for the new common and uncommon fish, and fishing holes in the Snowy Mountains Player-Owned Town templates. Quality of Life Improvements: We increased salvage rates for patterns and components as well as dramatically increased the drop rate for player made items in loot. There is also now a shopping interface that allows you to purchase a selected set of gold crown items from anywhere in the game. Additionally, we performed a much needed balance pass on Bludgeons. Bug Fixing: We dedicated a significant portion of the release to working solely on fixing bugs and reducing our overall bug count. We addressed over 85 issues with over 75 of them highlighted in the google spreadsheet, including fixes to various scenes (typos, stuck spots, etc.), crafting fixes, combat fixes, and various user interface fixes. NOTE: We have purposely not shown issues related to exploits, security, and customer service issues. 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 60. Key: Plain Text: The original plan for the Release deliverables from the Q4 2018 Schedule Update. We intentionally preserve the original text so that our backers can compare plan versus actuals. Italics: Detailed notes of what was actually delivered. Strikethrough: These are items that did not make the release (but are still planned). RELEASE 60, November 15, 2018 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Spectral Peaks: As part of the revitalization of Spectral Peaks, a large performance pass was made on this map to ensure optimal performance while you are dying to the creatures there. Unity 2018.2: We are now on the latest official release of the Unity engine, version 2018.2. This brings a number of optimizations throughout the engine. Combat Formulas: Work was done to reduce the amount of overhead done in combat formula calculations. This should help performance in group combat situations. Network Logic: Network logic has been reworked. This should greatly improve the visual sync of most creatures to their behaviors on all clients. This is most noticeable with trolls and dragon attacks with visible tells. Work will continue on this next release to fully implement these changes for all skill types in all lag situations. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Bug Fixes: Lots of bug fixes were made in combat, user interface, music, scenes, quests, conversations, decorations, equipment, and more. View the complete list here. Crafting & Economy: We will continue expansions to the fishing system. We will also dramatically increase the salvage rates for in-game patterns (common patterns will be almost 100%). Additionally, we will continue systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Fishing Phase 2: Fishing Expedition Scene: Boats in various coastal cities (Aerie, Ardoris, Kingsport, Mud and Port Graff) will take you to this new tropical scene completely dedicated to fishing. Fishing Holes in Snowy Mountains POT Templates: Player-Owned Towns with Snowy Mountains biomes now have fishing holes in a new section along one edge of the area. Rotating POT Fishing Bonus: Each day, two randomly selected Player-Owned Towns will receive a fishing bonus. Many fishing merchants, all Town Criers, and a mix of other NPCs will now talk about “rumors” when asked, and sometimes the rumor will tell which towns are currently offering the fishing bonus. Fishing while Sitting: You can now fish while sitting which makes it even more relaxing! New Fishing Food Recipes: In Release 59 we added over 25 new fish. In Release 60 we have added cooking recipes for the common and uncommon varieties of those fish. Pacu: A new fish was added. Rumors abound where it can be found. Increased Salvage Rates for Grandmasters: We have increased the salvage rate for Grandmasters in Salvage. Pattern salvage rates have been increased by over 6 times while Component salvage rates were increased by 3 times. More Player-Made Items in Loot: We have increased the rate at which player-made items sold to merchants appear in low-level supply bundles by over 100 times. Fully Encumbered Blocks Loot/Trade: Characters cannot gain items via loot or trade if doing so would cause them to exceed the weight limit of 3x their base capacity. “Loot” includes items from corpses, adventure chests, resource nodes (excluding agriculture), fishing, and world items. Making this change fixes numerous bugs and exploits. Players who are already exceeding this amount will still be able to move but not pick up any new items until they get under the 3x cap. NOTE: These new rules do NOT limit crafting. New Recipes: We added several new recipes in R60. Butchery: Fish can now be processed using Butchery to extract fish fillets for cooking from Uncommon trophy fish. We will be adding these for Rare fish in R61. Cooking (Recipes on cooking merchants): Fried Catfish, Fried Carp, Baked Cod, Broiled Mackerel, Sautéed Sunfish, Lemon Garlic Tilapia, Tuna Steak, Baked Pacu. Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. New and Updated Dynamic POTs: Arcadia: Upgraded to Municipality. Astrum: Upgraded to Municipality. Added interconnection with Valoria. Brittany Fort: Interconnection with Brittany Fields is now a boat. New Heaven: Added interconnections with Ahnen Hain and Brittany Wharfs. Sea Bear’s Black Market: Upgraded to Municipality. Valoria: Added interconnection with Astrum. Whyte Roc: Upgraded to Municipality. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items and 2018 Winter items. Release 57 Livestream Items: The Release 57 Livestream items were all Dungeon themed in honor of the launch of the Player-Made Dungeon system. In Release 60 we have added the last two stretch goal items. Candle Helm Unique Dungeon Entrance Eternal Pattern: Prison Cage Release 58 Livestream: Dragon Egg Decorations: These dragon egg decorations come in 8 different colors and players can choose 3! 2018 Winter Rare Items: In Release 60 we have added a ton of 2018 Winter Rare Items to the Add-On Store that will only be available until February 1, 2019 (and will then expire forever). This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs). 2018 Menorah 2018 Snowman Mask with Moustache 2018 Snow Family 2018 Small Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Wall Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Mantle Garlands 12-Pack 2018 Ornate Garlands Mega Pack 2018 Yule Gift Box Set 2018 Yule Stocking Set 2018 Ornate Yule Wreath Set 2018 4-Story Yule Tree 2018 Large Yule Tree 2018 Yule Tree 2018 Tabletop Yule Tree 2018 Yule Card 5-Pack Quality of Life Improvements & User Interface Polish: Crown Shop: There is now a shopping interface that allows you to purchase a selected set of gold crown items from anywhere in the game. This includes Obsidian potions, dyes, fireworks, lot deeds, and other miscellaneous items. Full Groups in LFG: Full groups are now displayed in the Looking for Group menu. This will now give a more accurate view of how many groups are playing in the game at any given time. Disable Item Comparison Option: Players now have the option to disable item comparison. Escape Key Option: Players now have the ability to disable opening the Options menu when pressing the Escape key. Bludgeon Balance: 5 bludgeon skills were improved to make the Bludgeon school more competitive versus the other weapon schools. Also, hammers and maces had their strength bonus boosted slightly to compensate for lack of poison effectiveness versus axes. Ghostly Echoes (aka “Courage Must be Frigid”) quest: This quest given by Esmeralda in Highvale Outskirts has had a significant polish pass, namely improving text, adding compass markers, closing “gaps” in between stages, and fixing bugs. Control Points: “Mages of Mystery” are now in all control points. In addition to a small fee to teleport a player to the far side, each mage can now teleport players to any other control point for a larger fee. Overworld Movement Buffs: Dash, Sprint, Fleet Flute, Essence of Wolfe, and Berserker’s Stance will now work on the Overworld. Crowns of the Obsidians & Reagent Weights: The weights of reagents and Crowns of the Obsidians (all types) have been reduced dramatically. Crowns are now zero weight and reagents have been reduced from 0.05 to 0.01 each. Ornate Viking Longbow: This newest addition to our ranged weapons lineup is beautifully carved with knot work and dragon heads! You can purchase this Longbow and the Pattern Pack in the Add-On Store. Spectral Peaks T10+: For R60, Spectral Peaks received several major updates. This scene should run more smoothly now and with improved visuals. Additionally, the previous inhabitants of this scene have fled and been replaced by some of the most challenging creatures to be found in all of Novia. This scene is for brave adventurers only and has an entirely new boss fight in what were the abandoned mines. All of these changes have resulted in the scene being upgraded to a Tier 10+ scene! Thank you so much for reading all the way here to the end! There is even more to come! Release 61 is going to be full of all kinds of exciting improvements and additions including more Fishing Phase 2 (lava fishing, lava fish, more fishing skills), continued expansions to the Player-Made Dungeons system, more Quality of Life improvements (more bind points!), and Krampus! Q4 is just a warm-up for 2019 which will be an amazing year for Shroud of the Avatar players! Crafting specializations (choose your effects!), Back slot item enchanting, Grandmaster Craftsman only effects, more loot improvements, more expansions to the fishing system, better boss fights and more! 2019 will of course culminate with Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Customizable NPCs, and expanded permissions for containers and doors! As a reminder here are links to Player Instructions and Known Issues. Thank you again for your continued support. This is truly the most amazing community we have ever worked with, and we are proud to be on this journey with you. Sincerely, Starr Long aka Darkstarr Executive Producer View the full article
  9. Characters cannot gain items via loot or trade if doing so would cause them to exceed the weight limit of 3x their base capacity. "Loot" includes items from corpses, adventure chests, resource nodes (excluding agriculture), fishing, and world items. Making this change fixes numerous bugs and exploits. Players who are already exceeding this amount will still be able to move but not pick up any new items until they get under the 3x cap. NOTE: These new rules do NOT limit crafting. View the full article
  10. Starting with Release 60 which goes live this Thursday November 15 when a character is fully encumbered they can no longer gain items nor gold from looting nor trading. Making this change fixes numerous bugs and exploits. Additionally encumbrance will be capped at 3x your base encumbrance. Players who are already exceeding this amount will still be able to move but not pick up any new items until they get under the 3x cap. View the full article
  11. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday November 16 at 4 PM CDT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk have a beach party and fishing contest in the new Fishing Expedition scene! To participate in the contest start fishing at 4 PM and the best trophy fish caught by 4:45 PM will win a prize! While the fishing contestants vie against each other a party will be happening on the beach so don your best beach wear and lounge on the sand or shimmy to the tunes on Avatars Radio! This is the first Friday to earn the Release 60 Cornucopia stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretchoals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals. $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc) $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack $65K: Traveller Wagon $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes 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 “Horn of Plenty” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  12. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 60 on QA Sandbox Roleplay Livestream Today! Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Viking & Kobold Expirations Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! R59 Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Weekend Flash Sale: Deeds! Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Put Up Yer Dukes! Get your fight on in Stormsong Vale! Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest Community Event: Novia Market R59 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Design the S Mart Heraldry contest Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Project to Support: The Dreams in Gary’s Basement Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 11-09-2018 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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  14. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Highlights of this week's update include: News Announcements Release 60 on QA Sandbox Roleplay Livestream Today! Winter Recurring Items Return!... Avatar’s Update #305: Sandbox Livestream Today & R60 on QAView the full article
  15. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 60 on QA Sandbox Roleplay Livestream Today! Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Viking & Kobold Expirations Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! R59 Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Weekend Flash Sale: Deeds! Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Put Up Yer Dukes! Get your fight on in Stormsong Vale! Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest Community Event: Novia Market R59 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Design the S Mart Heraldry contest Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant Project to Support: The Dreams in Gary’s Basement Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! Resources: Players Helping Players Release 60 on QA Server An early version of R60 is on the QA server. “So soon after Release 59?” you ask. As noted in our Q4 2018 Schedule Update: “PLEASE NOTE: The last two releases of the year (Nov/R60 and Dec/R61) will be very early in their respective months so that they are released well ahead of the US winter holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas).” R60 is full of new content and fixes, some of which is now on the QA server for early testing. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live! Fishing Phase 2: New Fishing Expedition Scene Fishing Holes in Alpine POT Templates Rotating POT Fishing Bonus Fishing while Sitting More Fish Recipes Increased Salvage Rates for Grandmasters Bludgeon Balance More Player Made Items in Loot Ornate Viking Longbow Select Crown Items Anywhere 2018 Winter Holiday Items (rares) R57 & R58 Livestream Items More Bug Fixes and more! Testing on QA makes you eligible for Testing Incentive Rewards including gold crowns, the Ant Farm, Antennae, Bug Cloak and Paintings. Sandbox Roleplay Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today (Friday) November 9 at 4 PM CDT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about how Shroud of the Avatar facilitates Sandbox Roleplay with our housing system, emotes, conversations, clothing, and more. Our very own Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski is having the grand opening of his Mexican restaurant, “Dos Gardenias” and we will use that as our example of just one of the many possibilities our game makes possible. Various other Portalaroons will be staffing the restaurant and if you have ever watched a reality show about the restaurant business I am sure you know everything will go off smoothly opening night! Also this is the LAST Friday to earn the Release 59 Fish themed stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals. Over the last two weeks we managed to achieve the first four stretch goals which means we can now role-play Fish people with the Fish Masks! This is the first step to Fish people versus Horse people wars but for these to be visually effective we need to get the Fish Shield and Swordfish Sword and if you really want to terrify the Horse people we need to get the Shark mask! ACHIEVED $10K: Fish Pavers ACHIEVED $25K: Fish Throne ACHIEVED $35K: Fish Mask Set ACHIEVED $50K: Big Trophy Fish Stone Statue Set $65K: Fish Shield & Swordfish Sword $75K: Big Fish Mask Set (Shark & Lava!) $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Fish Scale Armor As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Reel it in” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Winter Recurring Items Return! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 61 on December 13, 2018. Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) As many of you know we are expiring all of our bundles before the end of the year. Viking and Kobold bundles expire on November 30. Elven, Obsidian, and Shogun bundles expire on December 21. In Release 59 we will be adding the contents of the bundles to crown vendors as single purchases, however they will not have any upgrade functionality. Based on numerous requests from those of you who have been saving up your crowns we are going to offer an alternative path for upgrading bundles using crowns. For a limited time (offer ends December 21, 2018) you can purchase a service voucher to use crowns to upgrade your bundle! If you wish to upgrade your bundle with crowns please email us at support@portalarium.com BEFORE purchasing the voucher. In the request please list the name of the bundle you wish to upgrade, and the bundle you wish to upgrade it to (e.g., Elven 2-Story Row Tax Free Bundle to Elven Village Tax Free Bundle). We will then determine how many crowns you need for the upgrade and notify you of that amount so you can decide before proceeding. Only then will you purchase the voucher and we will then remove the crowns from your inventory. Please note that we will be using the non-sale exchange rates that are currently on the store for this transaction. 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales To celebrate our first holiday season since launching we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, every Friday noon to midnight, until December 21, 2018! Additionally we are having our first sale on Gold Crowns of the Obsidians ever! Some packages are discounted as much as 20% every weekend through December 21, 2018! *Note that this sale does not include the already discounted and expiring Bundles and associated items. Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Elven, Obsidian and Shogun Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on December 21, 2018! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30%! For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Elven Bundles Ornate Elven Longsword Ornate Elven Longbow Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longsword Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Large Elven Tent Elven Wardrobe Ornate Elven Wardrobe Black Stag Golden Dragonfly Pet Monarch Butterfly Pet Elven Four-Story Row Home Elven Keep Village Home Elven Peaked-Roof Village Home (digital) Elven Tree Town Home Elven Four-Story City Home Obsidian Bundles Ornate Vile Mace Ornate Vile Mace Pattern Pack Ornate Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Four-Story Row Home Obsidian Village Home Obsidian Tower Village Home (digital) Obsidian Tower Town Home (digital) Obsidian Keep City Home Shogun Bundles Shogun Four-Story Row Home Shogun 1-Story Village Home (digital) Shogun 3-Story Keep Village Home (digital) Shogun Four-Story Town Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Ornate Katana Ornate Katana Pattern Pack Ornate Tansu Chest Tansu Chest Pallas’s Cat Shiba Inu Dog Mandarin Duck Viking & Kobold Expirations To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Viking and Kobold Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on November 30! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30% For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Viking Bundles Ornate Viking Short Sword (digital) Ornate Viking Short Sword Pattern Pack (digital) Viking Brynhildr Shield Viking Tyr Shield Viking Guor Shield Ornate Norgard Axe Viking Brynhildr Shield Pattern Pack Viking Tyr Shield Pattern Pack Viking Guor Shield Pattern Pack Ornate Norgard Axe Pattern Pack Viking Chest Ornate Viking Chest Winter Rottweiler Pet Winter Lynx Pet Bloodraven Pet Viking 4-Story Row House (digital) Viking Wearable Bundle (digital) Viking 1-Story Village Home (digital) Viking 2-Story Stronghold Village Home (digital) Viking 3-Story Stronghold Town Home (digital) Viking Great Hall City Home (digital) Viking Helm Pattern Pack (digital) Kobold Bundles Ornate Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold Four-Story Row Home Kobold Dwelling Village Home (digital) Kobold 3-Story with Right Alcove Row House (digital) Kobold 3-Story with Left Alcove Row House (digital) Kobold 2-Story with Rooftop Deck Village Home (digital) Kobold 4-Story Great Hall City Home (digital) Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase the Collector’s Boxed Edition of Shroud of the Avatar during the Kickstarter (expired on January 4, 2016) can now purchase the retail Boxed Edition from Amazon. Additionally for a limited time we are also offering a signed version of the retail Boxed Edition (see above) for purchase directly from our website! To celebrate the holidays these two versions are on sale for $40 off their regular price until December 21, 2018 ($49 on Amazon, $99 for signed)! These editions include: Physical Goods: Game Box signed by Lord British* (signed edition only) Game Manual DVD in case Runic Translation Card Ankh Trinket Cloth Map Our Epic Origins Digital Items: Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 1 (Full Game Access) 30 Bank Slots to store your gear 1 Gold Crown Pick 1 Obsidian Potion Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 2 (Full Game Access when released) Exclusive Title: Visionary Exclusive Emote (exact emote to be created at a future date) NEW: Unique Item (to be created at a a future date) Release 59 Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s Release 59 livestream was a huge success! We had deep dives about Fishing, Boss Behaviors, and Deck Building. We gave out tons of prizes including signed boxes you could only win by using secret phrases you could only learn by watching the livestream for whenever Sharkstarr appeared! We also made huge progress towards the R59 fish themed stretchgoals with players making purchases or by participating in the Rewards program. These stretchgoals are in in celebration of Fishing Phase 2 kicking off in Release 59. In fact by the time we got to midnight we another two stretchgoals! ACHIEVED $10K: Fish Pavers ACHIEVED $25K: Fish Throne ACHIEVED $35K: Fish Mask Set ACHIEVED $50K: Big Trophy Fish Stone Statue Set $65K: Fish Shield & Swordfish Sword $75K: Big Fish Mask Set (Shark & Lava!) $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Fish Scale Armor In case you missed it you can now view it on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Weekend Flash Sale: Deeds In Release 59 made it so our free players can now own property and we added Keep and Castle POT Deeds to Crown Merchants! To celebrate all basement, home, and property lot deeds are on sale this weekend! Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) Player Owned Town Town Water Lot Property Deed (digital) Player Owned Town City Water Lot Property Deed (digital) Player Owned Town Row Lot Property Deed (digital) Player Owned Town Village Lot Property Deed (digital) Player Owned Town Town Lot Property Deed (digital) Player Owned Town City Lot Property Deed (digital) Row Lot Property Deed (digital) Village Lot Property Deed (digital) Town Lot Property Deed (digital) City Lot Property Deed (digital) Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Conversion Player Owned Town Town Water Lot Conversion Player Owned Town City Water Lot Conversion Ornate Three-Story Viking Crafting Pavilion (digital) Ornate Three-Story Shogun Crafting Pavilion (digital) Shogun Village Inn (digital) Elven Village Inn (digital) Obsidian Village Inn (digital) Viking Village Inn (digital) Wood & Plaster Village Inn (digital) Gothic Village Inn (digital) Haunted Gothic Village Inn (digital) Kobold Village Inn Greenhouse 4-story Storefront Row Home Storefront Four-Story Row Home Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row House (digital) Wood & Plaster 4-Story with Balcony Row House (digital) Blue Tile Roof 4-Story with Balcony Row House (digital) Stone 3-Story Prison Row House (digital) Elven Globe Village Home Elven Globe Two-Story Village Home Hollow Log Two-Story Village House (digital) Observatory Village Home (digital) Watermill Village House (digital) Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) Rustic 3-Story Village Water Home (digital) Obsidian Tower Village Water Home (digital) Viking Village Water Home (digital) Adobe with Roof Access Village Home (digital) Adobe 2-Story with 3-Level Terrace Village Home (digital) Rustic 3-Story Village Home (digital) Wood & Plaster 3-Story Village Home (digital) Viking 2-Story Village Home with Dual Balconies (digital) Stone 2-Story Round Tower Village Home (digital) Elven Village Home (digital) Wood & Stone 2-Story Guard Tower Village Home (digital) Stone 2-Story Keep with Corner Turret Village Home (digital) Kobold 3-Story Tower Village Home (digital) Kobold Dual Spire Village Home (digital) Gothic Mansion 3-Story with Widow’s Walk Village Home (digital) Pristine Gothic Mansion 3-Story with Widow’s Walk Village Home (digital) Elven 3-Story with Dual Cabanas Town Water Home (digital) Obsidian Tower Town Water Home (digital) Rustic 2-Story with Loft Town Home (digital) Stone 2-Story Keep with Courtyard Town Home (digital) Pristine Gothic Mansion Town Water Home (digital) Pirate Galleon Town Water Home (digital) Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town Home (digital) Shogun Ship City Water Home (digital) Shogun Ship City Dry Dock Home (digital) Pirate Galleon City Water Home (digital) Pirate Galleon Dry Dock City Home (digital) Ancient Columned City Home (digital) Adobe Brick 2-Story Keep with Courtyard City Home (digital) Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Shipwrecked Haunted Pirate Galleon City Home Row Stone 5-Story Basement (digital) Row Stone & Timber 5-Story Basement (digital) Row Prison 5-Story Basement (digital) Village Wood & Plaster Inn 5-Story Basement Village Stone 5-Story Basement (digital) Village Mine 5-Story Basement (digital) Village Stone & Timber Split-Level 5-Story Basement (digital) Village Stone Arena Basement (digital) Town Stone 5-Story Basement (digital) Town Stone & Timber Split-Level 5-Story Basement (digital) Town Stone Arena Basement (digital) City Stone 5-Story Basement (digital) City Stone & Timber Split-Level 5-Story Basement (digital) City Stone Arena Basement (digital) Keep Stone 5-Story Basement (digital) Keep Stone Arena Basement (digital) Keep Stone & Timber Split-Level 5-Story Basement (digital) Castle Stone 5-Story Basement (digital) Castle Stone & Timber Split-Level 5-Story Basement (digital) Castle Stone Arena Basement (digital) Upcoming Events Calendar Nov 15, 2018 – Release 60 Nov 19, 2018 – Release 60 Dance Party Nov 30, 2018 – Release 60 Livestream Dec 13, 2018 – Release 61 Dec 17, 2018 – Release 61 Dance Party Dec 21, 2018 – Release 61 Livestream Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 2, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Community Event: Put Up Yer Dukes! Get your fight on in Stormsong Vale! [Forum post by MelfromHell] Come join us for some North Paladis Pugilism, THIS Saturday, November 10, 7:00 PM CST. Message Church here on the forums, on Discord (Church#4018), or mail Church in game. Join us in Stormsong Discord – https://discord.gg/SZBams For more info: http://bit.ly/PunchNerosNow​ Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest [Forum post by Lily Byrd] Come to Jade Valley near the Elysium Mines. It’s a Player owned town. When you land on the bridge check your map, find the Jade Valley Graveyard marked, and go there. The quest is in the graveyard. You will find the first 2 books on a pedestal at the entrances. There is a prize for finishing: It is a copy of the story, a candle, a chair, a rug, and a bowl of dragon stew. Brought to you by the Jade Valley community; May your ancestor’s wisdom not be forgot. Chapter one of the Stone Dragons Part one of two. Zyrina and Phlebus turned back to stare at their two trailing companions as they finally meandered out the near side of the old wooden covered bridge and Zyrina called out, “Meet us at the old graveyard in the Jade Dragons tool shed and workshop on the top floor, Laggards!! We will have drinks waiting.” She then turned back and sprinted to catch up with Phlebus. His quick stride, still as familiar as his lanky frame, was faster than she normally travelled, and it was easy to fall behind in this peaceful valley. The desire to slow down, breathe deeply, and just be in the woods was strong. Not strong enough to slow the pace of a focused and determined Phlebus though. He was single minded about this rumor they had heard and was determined to talk with the graveyard caretaker before dark and be at the River Runner Inn beside the river in Jade Valley tucked into his bed with a lovely hot rum toddy to comfort him before the chill of the night was upon the land. The rumor was disturbing to say the least. More and more fetid carcasses of various sized animals were said to be found in the valley all of them bearing the scarring and the afterglow of dark magic. Zyrina had been teasing him that he was full of “book learnin’ but not real learnin’”. It annoyed him that she might be right, but he wasn’t going to show any soft bits to his oldest friend. He knew she would not stop till he proved to her that he had indeed been studying with mages at the castle libraries, that it was useful knowledge, and he hadn’t spent the entire 7 years drinking with his friends in Central Britanny. Though she had taken to the twins right away, and conversation flowed as if they’d been speaking for years, she was still wary of the friends Phlebus had arrived with from the big city. The two oldest friends had been in contact by mail but had not been in each other’s company for the entire seven years that Phlebus had been studying with the old mages. There were some awkward silences as they got familiar with each other’s routines and movements while exploring Jade Valley, but their old familiarity was finding its well-worn path and they were more and more comfortable as the afternoon wore on. Zyrina had taken the last 7 years to travel around the entirety of New Britannia learning how to survive on her own and how to protect those she cared about. That concise energetic woman full of grand ideas possessed an eagle eye. Her aim with her bow was not to be discounted and Phlebus always felt a little safer when she walked with him through the woods. Like tonight, the woods seemed peaceful, the river flowed lazily around the bend and the air was sweet here, with a hint of chill, but there were lurkings that Phlebus could sense under the veneer of safety. Something moist and dark was hidden here in this valley and it was harming animals and birds of all sizes. His arm hair stood fully at attention. Phlebus shook his head to clear his mind. His training had taught him to respect the knowledge of his body. His body could sense something his mind couldn’t. First, they would talk with the caretaker at the Jade Dragons Tool Shed and Workshop property and see what knowledge Ivan could add to what Phlebus suspected was happening to disturb the valley. The companions had passed wagons with body parts and some with whole animals who were on their way to the village’s burn pile with the remains and they spied other people working on clearing up the various bodies to get ready for the wagons. It was obvious why Jade Valley wanted this mystery solved. And obvious why they thought it was something more than normal pranks that never ever include death or decay. Earlier at the Hall of Inquiry and Learning near the stone bridge the librarian had taught them to use the local map for this valley (Mal Hari has done a bang-up job of keeping the map up to date and most public locations are marked (press M on keyboard)). Just when the group was getting directions to the Jade Dragons guild hall which faces the large stone dragon in the local market square, Rinaldi sauntered into the building and overheard their conversation. He introduced himself as one of the officers of the guild attending the meeting and he willingly guided the four to the company of Mal Hari and other officers of the Jade Empire Calan Caitin, Elnoth, Froji, Joe, Maganda Hari, Merrik Dragon, One Zero, and Paston Bane, up on the top floor of the guild hall. Each gave what knowledge they had acquired to the companions. Phlebus had been corresponding with the local Governor, Mal Hari, by mail. He had been concerned about this new twist in his otherwise peaceful valley home. Mal was certain that there was more to it than the local youth out playing pranks on the farmers in the valley. He wanted answers. Each little bit Phlebus learned added to his theory that this indeed was not the pranks of children. The putrid odor of decaying, mutilated carcass was not something Phlebus wanted to breathe. Ever again. His libraries had not prepared him for the olfactory feast of the countryside let alone the brutality of burned decayed flesh rotting in spoiled fields. Mal originally asked Phlebus’s teacher for help and Trida had thrust Phlebus back into the world outside the city and away from his scrolls. He was ready, but he was made awkward by the suddenness of his reentry into the world outside the libraries and pubs he had become accustomed to frequenting. At least Trida had given Phlebus a pep talk before sending him into the world and then waved goodbye to him and because of those kindnesses and more, Phlebus wanted to solve this mystery for Mal Hari. He hurried his pace for the last bit toward the Stone Dragon Graveyard because he wanted to be done with this interview and back to his lodgings before the late night was upon them. Continued in Chapter One. Part Two. At the Graveyard in Jade Valley until 25 November 2018 Community Event: Novia Market R59 Grandmaster Bundles [Forum post by ldykllr] NoMa Grandmastery Bundles (R59) Every month we are offering four professional-grade bundles: Adventurer’s Bundle – some of the highest grade gear available in the land, ready to take a novice adventurer to the journeyman level! This month we are featuring armor from Robyn Hood! Crafter’s Bundle – Are you an aspiring Alchemist/Enchanter? The Enchanter’s Starter Kit comes complete with all the items you will need to get started! Dungeon Bundle – Want to build your own dungeon but don’t know where to start? This bundle will include recipes, blueprints, and deco to get you on your way to crafting your own dungeon! Yule Bundle – ‘Tis the Season! This bundle is the first of many seasonal bundles we will have throughout the year! All the deco you need to get ready for the upcoming Yule Season! These bundles will be raffled on November 16th (the day after R60 release). Tickets are on sale now and priced especially for beginners at 500gp each bundle. No matter how many tickets a character purchases, they will only get a single chance at winning that bundle – so purchase only one ticket per bundle! We are hosting the ticket vendors and a display table of what each bundle entails at Market Square, at the south end of NoMa (if you check in with the town crier, it is the only City lot in town and under Governor Robyn Hood’s name). As you wander past all of our merchants, please do some window shopping and take a look at what all of our residents have to offer! (Screenshots below to help you find your way). Cheers, Ben & Robyn Screenshots Location of the Market Square in Novia Market Community Event: Design the S Mart Heraldry contest [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] S Mart needs your help! We’ve been hemming and hawing over our Heraldry for quite some time, and just couldn’t get it right. So we’re running a contest. See below for some mock-ups of what we’re looking for. These are the general idea. The person in the chair should be in more of a lounge, comfortable, pajama style outfit The person should also be more comfortable, lounging back and reading, maybe with a leg crossed over the other We think that no background is better for heraldry (see the one with all the white) I put the empty chair pic in for reference, I do like the Brown Suede chair Different styles are fine A thought was also having a window frame that the “viewer” is looking in through. I don’t like the idea much, Viola does, but if you go for it and it’s the best, we’ll use it! If you want to throw some joke Heraldry, or something totally different that you think might work, go for it. Post here a 256×256 .png, this is what will be being judged, as it is what will be uploaded to the Heraldry server. The winner has to agree that the work becomes our property to use as we please. You don’t have to include the source files, but I will appreciate it if you do. I will use it to make a real footer in my forum posts, and use it as a watermark, logo, etc. Contest closes on November 5th, 11:59 Central Time/NBT. We will announce the winner on November 6th. 50 COTO’s to the winner! Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Win a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance plus 125 Point Dungeon – AND earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, Meretz users rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! We’re talking potions, emotes, sweepstakes, giveaways, and tons more! With Meretz, we launch a new sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance plus 125 Point Dungeon – valued at $100! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. Good luck! What are you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant (launches Nov 15!) From the creative minds behind the acclaimed Ultima Underworld®, System Shock and Thief series, in Underworld Ascendant®, Paul Neurath and Warren Spector’s OtherSide Entertainment challenges you to think creatively in an interactive sandbox environment. You are summoned by a mysterious figure to The Stygian Abyss, a dangerous and constantly evolving dungeon world imperiled by the looming threat of the beast Typhon. To save this world, and yours – you must overcome complex challenges, uncover lost secrets and gain favor with factions to maximize your knowledge and strength. Utilize your environment to stack the odds in your favor. Devise the ideal plan to overcome the challenges you face or dive in and think on your feet. Each decision holds great opportunity and grave consequence. What you leave behind will be engraved on the lives of others. Assuming you survive… Purchase on Steam Project to Support – The Dreams in Gary’s Basement “The Dreams in Gary’s Basement: A Documentary on Gary Gygax” (Kickstarter) “Gary is a down-on-his-luck shoe repairman, but when he pursues his passion for fantasy games, it takes him on a real-life adventure.” Gary Gygax was one of the great minds of the 20th century – his innovations have influenced generations of artists and spawned tens of billions of dollars in global revenue. With Dungeons & Dragons, Gary crafted a vehicle for engaging the mind at a creative, analytical, social and even emotional level – all at the same time. There is truly nothing else like it. Gary’s work has woven itself into the fabric of our culture, yet there is no monument to recognize him, not even in his own hometown. We intend this project to be a filmic monument of sorts – a high-quality, emotionally engaging record of Gary’s story that can be appreciated by gamers and non-gamers alike for generations to come. Join the Kickstarter now! Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! “The artist’s second coloring book – this time celebrating all manner of Dragons & Dragonkin with all new original pieces!” Indi Martin of Tortoise & Hare Creations who illustrated our Shroud of the Avatar comic books and successfully created an awesome Adult Coloring Book is running her second Kickstarter right now! Welcome to Dragons & Dragonkin, the Kickstarter campaign for my second coloring book! In October 2016, I finally Kickstarted my first coloring book. I love doing lineart and inks, and had fielded several requests to pursue one, but I wanted to wait until I found a theme I could really sink my teeth into – I love themes! That theme was Dangerous Women, and 84 wonderful backers helped bring it to life. The original goal was a 24-illustration coloring book, but stretch goals helped bring it up to 40! Since its publishing, it’s become one of my best-sellers at conventions. I knew I wanted to tackle another coloring book, but again, I wanted to wait until I felt drawn to a theme that could sustain at least 40 pieces. As fantasy illustration has become a larger chunk of my work over the last few years, I knew it would be down that path – and once it hit me, it seemed so obvious. I always joke that none of my dragons look more than tangentially related – they’re my favorite creature on which to practice new shading techniques, new shapes, scales, feathers, anything really. For Inktober this year, I wanted to do some of that experimentation, but also drill down a bit and see if there was a recognizably-“Indi” dragon type in there somewhere too. It also struck me as the perfect theme for my next coloring book – Dragons & Dragonkin! Join the Kickstarter now! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  16. Greetings Avatars, Due to a lack of labels indicating country of origin from the manufacturer the second set of boxes were delayed significantly. They are just now approaching a port city in the United States and will soon enter customs. These boxes represent the goods we need to fulfill phase 2 of shipping to backers who missed the first round of shipping and also the signed boxes we are selling on our website. We apologize that this has taken so long. We are working as hard as we can to... Boxes Update: Backer's Boxes Phase 2 & Signed Boxes View the full article
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  18. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday November 9 at 4 PM CDT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about how Shroud of the Avatar facilitates Sandbox Roleplay with our housing system, emotes, conversations, clothing, and more. Our very own Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski is having the grand opening of his Mexican restaurant, “Dos Gardenias” and we will use that as our example of just one of the many possibilities our game makes possible. Various other Portalaroons will be staffing the restaurant and if you have ever watched a reality show about the restaurant business I am sure you know everything will go off smoothly opening night! Also this is the LAST Friday to earn the Release 59 Fish themed stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals. Over the last two weeks we managed to achieve the first four stretch goals which means we can now role-play Fish people with the Fish Masks! This is the first step to Fish people versus Horse people wars but for these to be visually effective we need to get the Fish Shield and Swordfish Sword and if you really want to terrify the Horse people we need to get the Shark mask! ACHIEVED $10K: Fish Pavers ACHIEVED $25K: Fish Throne ACHIEVED $35K: Fish Mask Set ACHIEVED $50K: Big Trophy Fish Stone Statue Set $65K: Fish Shield & Swordfish Sword $75K: Big Fish Mask Set (Shark & Lava!) $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Fish Scale Armor As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Reel it in” 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
  19. As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a "Redeem Rewards" button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon... Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61View the full article
  20. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: Game Development Fishing Expedition & Alpine POT Fishing Hole News Announcements R59 Livestream Today! Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Viking & Kobold Expirations Shipping Phase 2 – Check Your Shipping Address by Nov 2! Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! Ask Atos Anything Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Weekend Flash Sale: Movember Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest Community Event: Novia Market R59 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Design the S Mart Heraldry contest Project to Support: The Dreams in Gary’s Basement Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 11-02-2018 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  21. Benefactor era backers at Virtual Collector tier or higher received one additional character slot, and backers at the Ancestor tier or higher received a second additional character slot. As of now, those backers will receive another Universal Broadcast Orb for each character slot. View the full article
  22. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: Game Development Fishing Expedition & Alpine POT Fishing Hole News Announcements R59 Livestream Today! Winter Recurring Items Return! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Viking & Kobold Expirations Shipping Phase 2 – Check Your Shipping Address by Nov 2! Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! Ask Atos Anything Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Weekend Flash Sale: Movember Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest Community Event: Novia Market R59 Grandmaster Bundles Community Event: Design the S Mart Heraldry contest Project to Support: The Dreams in Gary’s Basement Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! Resources: Players Helping Players Fishing Expedition & Alpine POT Fishing Hole Fishing Phase 2 continues to deliver more expansions to the fishing system. Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 will see more fishing skills, Lava fishing, more fish recipes, and rotating POT bonuses. Meanwhile in Release 60 we are introducing a new Fishing Expedition scene and adding a fishing hole to the Alpine Player Owned Town template. Fishing Expedition: The Fishing Expedition is a tropical island area of the game completely focused on fishing. Fishing Holes in Alpine POT Templates: R59 Livestream Today! The Release 59 Livestream is today Friday November 2! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, having sales, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. In honor of Fishing Phase 2 going live in Release 59 the theme for this livestream is Fish! We have already achieved two of them! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! Here is the schedule: UPDATED: 3PM: Introductions 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Fishing 4:30PM: Q&A 5:15PM: Deep Dive 2: Boss Behaviors NEW! 6:00PM: Deep Dive 3: Deck Building 7PM: Ending Announcements STRETCH GOALS (Fish Themed!) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during a twelve hour window during the day of the livestream, on November 2 from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Nov 2 17:00 to Nov 3 5 05:00 UTC). In honor of the Fishing Phase 2 going live in Release 59 the theme for this livestream is Fish! All purchases during the twelve hour window will count towards the stretch goals, not just the four hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! Please note that we have extended availability of the stretch goals to every Friday of the release for 12 hours per the new Stretch Goal Tracking Changes. ACHIEVED $10K: Fish Pavers ACHIEVED $25K: Fish Throne $35K: Fish Mask Set $50K: Big Trophy Fish Stone Statue Set $65K: Fish Shield & Swordfish Sword $75K: Big Fish Mask Set (Shark & Lava!) $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Fish Scale Armor *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 61 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! 12 HOURS OF SALES: We will be having twelve hours of sales around the livestream from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Oct 4 17:00 to Oct 5 05:00 UTC)! Items in the following categories will be on sale at approx. 50% off. As noted above, all purchases during this time will count towards the stretch goals! Make a Difference Home Decorations Outdoor Decorations Lot Deeds POT Upgrades Homes Basements Pets Music Emotes and Fireworks Dyes Patterns WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Reel it in” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Fishing Sign 9-Pack (digital) Wood Duck (digital) Ornate Umbrella (digital) Viking Bathtub Gondola Water Decoration (digital) Pirate Galleon Town Water Home (digital) Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Conversion Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section of the original post or on Discord chat during the event. Please do NOT post questions containing: More than 3 questions in total (post all three in a single reply) Bugs or other problems best posted in the bug forums “When is this coming” or anything related to schedule (for those answers please refer to our quarterly updates or our post release plans) Questions with more than a couple of sentences. Please keep them brief! We will likely understand the context of your interest, so just ask the question and we’ll be able to respond. For bug reports and extra idea suggestions, please use the forums for this purpose. A Final Thought: We see a LOT of repeat questions. Please consider reviewing one of the other missed question posts, previous monthly livestreams, livestream transcripts, and/or reading our Post Episode 1 plan post before posting a question. Your question might have already been answered. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! Winter Recurring Items Return! Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019. Ice Nightmare Mask (digital) Ice Building Blocks 110-Pack (digital) Ornate Sled (digital) Ornate Sleigh (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack (digital) Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack (digital) White Raven (digital) White Squirrel (digital) Breathe Snow Emote (digital) Breathe Blue Fire Emote (digital) Breathe Emote 6-Pack (digital) Replenishing Fountain Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Pinwheel Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Aerial Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Pack Replenishing White Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing White Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial White Chrysanthemum Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing White Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Fountain Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Pinwheel Fireworks Box Replenishing Aerial Palm Blue Fish Combo Fireworks Box Replenishing Red Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Blue Elysium Candle Fireworks Box Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 61 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 61 on December 13, 2018. Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) As many of you know we are expiring all of our bundles before the end of the year. Viking and Kobold bundles expire on November 30. Elven, Obsidian, and Shogun bundles expire on December 21. In Release 59 we will be adding the contents of the bundles to crown vendors as single purchases, however they will not have any upgrade functionality. Based on numerous requests from those of you who have been saving up your crowns we are going to offer an alternative path for upgrading bundles using crowns. For a limited time (offer ends December 21, 2018) you can purchase a service voucher to use crowns to upgrade your bundle! If you wish to upgrade your bundle with crowns please email us at support@portalarium.com BEFORE purchasing the voucher. In the request please list the name of the bundle you wish to upgrade, and the bundle you wish to upgrade it to (e.g., Elven 2-Story Row Tax Free Bundle to Elven Village Tax Free Bundle). We will then determine how many crowns you need for the upgrade and notify you of that amount so you can decide before proceeding. Only then will you purchase the voucher and we will then remove the crowns from your inventory. Please note that we will be using the non-sale exchange rates that are currently on the store for this transaction. 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales To celebrate our first holiday season since launching we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, every Friday noon to midnight, until December 21, 2018! Additionally we are having our first sale on Gold Crowns of the Obsidians ever! Some packages are discounted as much as 20% every weekend through December 21, 2018! *Note that this sale does not include the already discounted and expiring Bundles and associated items. Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Elven, Obsidian and Shogun Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on December 21, 2018! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30%! For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Elven Bundles Ornate Elven Longsword Ornate Elven Longbow Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler (digital) Jabbering Bertha (digital) Dark Elven Kinsman Buckler Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longsword Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Large Elven Tent Elven Wardrobe Ornate Elven Wardrobe Black Stag Golden Dragonfly Pet Monarch Butterfly Pet Elven Four-Story Row Home Elven Keep Village Home Elven Peaked-Roof Village Home (digital) Elven Tree Town Home Elven Four-Story City Home Obsidian Bundles Ornate Vile Mace Ornate Vile Mace Pattern Pack Ornate Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Sarcophagus Obsidian Four-Story Row Home Obsidian Village Home Obsidian Tower Village Home (digital) Obsidian Tower Town Home (digital) Obsidian Keep City Home Shogun Bundles Shogun Four-Story Row Home Shogun 1-Story Village Home (digital) Shogun 3-Story Keep Village Home (digital) Shogun Four-Story Town Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Ornate Katana Ornate Katana Pattern Pack Ornate Tansu Chest Tansu Chest Pallas’s Cat Shiba Inu Dog Mandarin Duck Viking & Kobold Expirations To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Viking and Kobold Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on November 30! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30% For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount! NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire. Viking Bundles Ornate Viking Short Sword (digital) Ornate Viking Short Sword Pattern Pack (digital) Viking Brynhildr Shield Viking Tyr Shield Viking Guor Shield Ornate Norgard Axe Viking Brynhildr Shield Pattern Pack Viking Tyr Shield Pattern Pack Viking Guor Shield Pattern Pack Ornate Norgard Axe Pattern Pack Viking Chest Ornate Viking Chest Winter Rottweiler Pet Winter Lynx Pet Bloodraven Pet Viking 4-Story Row House (digital) Viking Wearable Bundle (digital) Viking 1-Story Village Home (digital) Viking 2-Story Stronghold Village Home (digital) Viking 3-Story Stronghold Town Home (digital) Viking Great Hall City Home (digital) Viking Helm Pattern Pack (digital) Kobold Bundles Ornate Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold Four-Story Row Home Kobold Dwelling Village Home (digital) Kobold 3-Story with Right Alcove Row House (digital) Kobold 3-Story with Left Alcove Row House (digital) Kobold 2-Story with Rooftop Deck Village Home (digital) Kobold 4-Story Great Hall City Home (digital) Physical Goods Shipping Phase 2 – Check your Shipping Address by Nov 2! [From a forum post by Serafina] We would like to thank you for your continued patience with getting Physical Rewards out to you. As you may already know, we had issues with the address verification system unconfirming addresses. We have removed the bugged system. If you are due physical goods with your pledge but haven’t gotten them yet, we plan to ship them out to you with Phase 2, which is scheduled for later in Q4. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW: 1. Make sure your Shipping Address is filled out on the Account page under Edit Profile. 2. Check the box below it that reads, “Ship my physical rewards to this address! (This box must be checked for physical rewards to be shipped.)” 3. Click the “Update Profile” button at the bottom of the page. If your address was confirmed before this change, the checkbox should be checked already, but please make sure it’s checked and you click Update Profile to be safe. For shipping addresses outside the United States, you must have International Shipping listed under your Add-Ons tab on your Account page. If you do not have it listed, you can purchase International Shipping in the Game Services store. The deadline for checking the checkbox and purchasing International Shipping on your account (if applicable) is November 2, 2018. Thank you again for your continued patience and support! Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase the Collector’s Boxed Edition of Shroud of the Avatar during the Kickstarter (expired on January 4, 2016) can now purchase the retail Boxed Edition from Amazon. Additionally for a limited time we are also offering a signed version of the retail Boxed Edition (see above) for purchase directly from our website! To celebrate the holidays these two versions are on sale for $40 off their regular price until December 21, 2018 ($49 on Amazon, $99 for signed)! These editions include: Physical Goods: Game Box signed by Lord British* (signed edition only) Game Manual DVD in case Runic Translation Card Ankh Trinket Cloth Map Our Epic Origins Digital Items: Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 1 (Full Game Access) 30 Bank Slots to store your gear 1 Gold Crown Pick 1 Obsidian Potion Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 2 (Full Game Access when released) Exclusive Title: Visionary Exclusive Emote (exact emote to be created at a future date) NEW: Unique Item (to be created at a a future date) Ask Atos Anything Weekly Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s weekly livestream was supposed to be about Deck Building but we had to postpone that topic for a couple of weeks. So instead Chris “Atos” Spears hosted a “Ask Atos Anything!” We gave out lots of watery items as prizes to tie in with the weekend water sale. We also made huge progress towards the R59 fish themed stretchgoals with players making purchases or by participating in the Rewards program. These stretchgoals are in in celebration of Fishing Phase 2 kicking off in Release 59. In fact by the time we got to midnight we hit the first two stretchgoals! ACHIEVED $10K: Fish Pavers ACHIEVED $25K: Fish Throne $35K: Fish Mask Set $50K: Big Trophy Fish Stone Statue Set $65K: Fish Shield & Swordfish Sword $75K: Big Fish Mask Set (Shark & Lava!) $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot $95K: Fish Scale Armor In case you missed it you can now view it on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Weekend Flash Sale: Movember Every year we form a Movember team called Moustache of the Avatar to raise funds for Movember. To date we have raised over $3300 through fundraising for Movember. We have also created dedicated items for our Movember Make a Difference store including a Moustache Helm, Shield, and Cloak. Last year we even created Darkstarr and Lord British Follicular Reliquaries with Darkstarr and Lord British versions of the Movember items. Those items and other Movember tagged items have raised over $7,000 for Movember to date! Stay tuned for Release 60 when the 2018 Winter items will start appearing including the 2018 Snow Family and 2018 Snowman Masks which this year feature moustaches in honor of Movember! To celebrate Movember, all facial hair themed items (and even loosely related items) are on sale this weekend! A portion of every purchase of these items will count towards Movember. You can also join or donate to our Movember, Moustache of the Avatar team to help us raise funds! Titan of Courage Statue (digital) Titan of Truth Statue (digital) Tabletop Titan of Courage Statue (digital) Tabletop Titan of Truth Statue (digital) Ornate Meerschaum Titan of Courage Pipe (digital) Ornate Meerschaum Titan of Truth Pipe (digital) Moustache Cloak – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Helm – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Helm Pattern Pack – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Shield – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Shield Pattern Pack – Movember Charity (digital) Brown Top Hat (digital) Brown Top Hat Pattern Pack (digital) Brown Bowler Hat (digital) Brown Bowler Hat Pattern Pack (digital) Green Male Shopkeeper (digital) Green Male Shopkeeper Pattern Pack (digital) Portrait Paintings Notables Set Upcoming Events Calendar Nov 2, 2018 – Release 59 Livestream Nov 15, 2018 – Release 60 Nov 19, 2018 – Release 60 Dance Party Nov 30, 2018 – Release 60 Livestream Dec 13, 2018 – Release 61 Dec 17, 2018 – Release 61 Dance Party Dec 21, 2018 – Release 61 Livestream Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62 Feb 2, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events. Community Event: The Stone Dragon Player Quest [Forum post by Lily Byrd] Come to Jade Valley near the Elysium Mines. It’s a Player owned town. When you land on the bridge check your map, find the Jade Valley Graveyard marked, and go there. The quest is in the graveyard. You will find the first 2 books on a pedestal at the entrances. There is a prize for finishing: It is a copy of the story, a candle, a chair, a rug, and a bowl of dragon stew. Brought to you by the Jade Valley community; May your ancestor’s wisdom not be forgot. Chapter one of the Stone Dragons Part one of two. Zyrina and Phlebus turned back to stare at their two trailing companions as they finally meandered out the near side of the old wooden covered bridge and Zyrina called out, “Meet us at the old graveyard in the Jade Dragons tool shed and workshop on the top floor, Laggards!! We will have drinks waiting.” She then turned back and sprinted to catch up with Phlebus. His quick stride, still as familiar as his lanky frame, was faster than she normally travelled, and it was easy to fall behind in this peaceful valley. The desire to slow down, breathe deeply, and just be in the woods was strong. Not strong enough to slow the pace of a focused and determined Phlebus though. He was single minded about this rumor they had heard and was determined to talk with the graveyard caretaker before dark and be at the River Runner Inn beside the river in Jade Valley tucked into his bed with a lovely hot rum toddy to comfort him before the chill of the night was upon the land. The rumor was disturbing to say the least. More and more fetid carcasses of various sized animals were said to be found in the valley all of them bearing the scarring and the afterglow of dark magic. Zyrina had been teasing him that he was full of “book learnin’ but not real learnin’”. It annoyed him that she might be right, but he wasn’t going to show any soft bits to his oldest friend. He knew she would not stop till he proved to her that he had indeed been studying with mages at the castle libraries, that it was useful knowledge, and he hadn’t spent the entire 7 years drinking with his friends in Central Britanny. Though she had taken to the twins right away, and conversation flowed as if they’d been speaking for years, she was still wary of the friends Phlebus had arrived with from the big city. The two oldest friends had been in contact by mail but had not been in each other’s company for the entire seven years that Phlebus had been studying with the old mages. There were some awkward silences as they got familiar with each other’s routines and movements while exploring Jade Valley, but their old familiarity was finding its well-worn path and they were more and more comfortable as the afternoon wore on. Zyrina had taken the last 7 years to travel around the entirety of New Britannia learning how to survive on her own and how to protect those she cared about. That concise energetic woman full of grand ideas possessed an eagle eye. Her aim with her bow was not to be discounted and Phlebus always felt a little safer when she walked with him through the woods. Like tonight, the woods seemed peaceful, the river flowed lazily around the bend and the air was sweet here, with a hint of chill, but there were lurkings that Phlebus could sense under the veneer of safety. Something moist and dark was hidden here in this valley and it was harming animals and birds of all sizes. His arm hair stood fully at attention. Phlebus shook his head to clear his mind. His training had taught him to respect the knowledge of his body. His body could sense something his mind couldn’t. First, they would talk with the caretaker at the Jade Dragons Tool Shed and Workshop property and see what knowledge Ivan could add to what Phlebus suspected was happening to disturb the valley. The companions had passed wagons with body parts and some with whole animals who were on their way to the village’s burn pile with the remains and they spied other people working on clearing up the various bodies to get ready for the wagons. It was obvious why Jade Valley wanted this mystery solved. And obvious why they thought it was something more than normal pranks that never ever include death or decay. Earlier at the Hall of Inquiry and Learning near the stone bridge the librarian had taught them to use the local map for this valley (Mal Hari has done a bang-up job of keeping the map up to date and most public locations are marked (press M on keyboard)). Just when the group was getting directions to the Jade Dragons guild hall which faces the large stone dragon in the local market square, Rinaldi sauntered into the building and overheard their conversation. He introduced himself as one of the officers of the guild attending the meeting and he willingly guided the four to the company of Mal Hari and other officers of the Jade Empire Calan Caitin, Elnoth, Froji, Joe, Maganda Hari, Merrik Dragon, One Zero, and Paston Bane, up on the top floor of the guild hall. Each gave what knowledge they had acquired to the companions. Phlebus had been corresponding with the local Governor, Mal Hari, by mail. He had been concerned about this new twist in his otherwise peaceful valley home. Mal was certain that there was more to it than the local youth out playing pranks on the farmers in the valley. He wanted answers. Each little bit Phlebus learned added to his theory that this indeed was not the pranks of children. The putrid odor of decaying, mutilated carcass was not something Phlebus wanted to breathe. Ever again. His libraries had not prepared him for the olfactory feast of the countryside let alone the brutality of burned decayed flesh rotting in spoiled fields. Mal originally asked Phlebus’s teacher for help and Trida had thrust Phlebus back into the world outside the city and away from his scrolls. He was ready, but he was made awkward by the suddenness of his reentry into the world outside the libraries and pubs he had become accustomed to frequenting. At least Trida had given Phlebus a pep talk before sending him into the world and then waved goodbye to him and because of those kindnesses and more, Phlebus wanted to solve this mystery for Mal Hari. He hurried his pace for the last bit toward the Stone Dragon Graveyard because he wanted to be done with this interview and back to his lodgings before the late night was upon them. Continued in Chapter One. Part Two. At the Graveyard in Jade Valley until 25 November 2018 Community Event: Novia Market R59 Grandmaster Bundles [Forum post by ldykllr] NoMa Grandmastery Bundles (R59) Every month we are offering four professional-grade bundles: Adventurer’s Bundle – some of the highest grade gear available in the land, ready to take a novice adventurer to the journeyman level! This month we are featuring armor from Robyn Hood! Crafter’s Bundle – Are you an aspiring Alchemist/Enchanter? The Enchanter’s Starter Kit comes complete with all the items you will need to get started! Dungeon Bundle – Want to build your own dungeon but don’t know where to start? This bundle will include recipes, blueprints, and deco to get you on your way to crafting your own dungeon! Yule Bundle – ‘Tis the Season! This bundle is the first of many seasonal bundles we will have throughout the year! All the deco you need to get ready for the upcoming Yule Season! These bundles will be raffled on November 16th (the day after R60 release). Tickets are on sale now and priced especially for beginners at 500gp each bundle. No matter how many tickets a character purchases, they will only get a single chance at winning that bundle – so purchase only one ticket per bundle! We are hosting the ticket vendors and a display table of what each bundle entails at Market Square, at the south end of NoMa (if you check in with the town crier, it is the only City lot in town and under Governor Robyn Hood’s name). As you wander past all of our merchants, please do some window shopping and take a look at what all of our residents have to offer! (Screenshots below to help you find your way). Cheers, Ben & Robyn Screenshots Location of the Market Square in Novia Market Community Event: Design the S Mart Heraldry contest [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] S Mart needs your help! We’ve been hemming and hawing over our Heraldry for quite some time, and just couldn’t get it right. So we’re running a contest. See below for some mock-ups of what we’re looking for. These are the general idea. The person in the chair should be in more of a lounge, comfortable, pajama style outfit The person should also be more comfortable, lounging back and reading, maybe with a leg crossed over the other We think that no background is better for heraldry (see the one with all the white) I put the empty chair pic in for reference, I do like the Brown Suede chair Different styles are fine A thought was also having a window frame that the “viewer” is looking in through. I don’t like the idea much, Viola does, but if you go for it and it’s the best, we’ll use it! If you want to throw some joke Heraldry, or something totally different that you think might work, go for it. Post here a 256×256 .png, this is what will be being judged, as it is what will be uploaded to the Heraldry server. The winner has to agree that the work becomes our property to use as we please. You don’t have to include the source files, but I will appreciate it if you do. I will use it to make a real footer in my forum posts, and use it as a watermark, logo, etc. Contest closes on November 5th, 11:59 Central Time/NBT. We will announce the winner on November 6th. 50 COTO’s to the winner! Project to Support – The Dreams in Gary’s Basement “The Dreams in Gary’s Basement: A Documentary on Gary Gygax” (Kickstarter) “Gary is a down-on-his-luck shoe repairman, but when he pursues his passion for fantasy games, it takes him on a real-life adventure.” Gary Gygax was one of the great minds of the 20th century – his innovations have influenced generations of artists and spawned tens of billions of dollars in global revenue. With Dungeons & Dragons, Gary crafted a vehicle for engaging the mind at a creative, analytical, social and even emotional level – all at the same time. There is truly nothing else like it. Gary’s work has woven itself into the fabric of our culture, yet there is no monument to recognize him, not even in his own hometown. We intend this project to be a filmic monument of sorts – a high-quality, emotionally engaging record of Gary’s story that can be appreciated by gamers and non-gamers alike for generations to come. Join the Kickstarter now! Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! “The artist’s second coloring book – this time celebrating all manner of Dragons & Dragonkin with all new original pieces!” Indi Martin of Tortoise & Hare Creations who illustrated our Shroud of the Avatar comic books and successfully created an awesome Adult Coloring Book is running her second Kickstarter right now! Welcome to Dragons & Dragonkin, the Kickstarter campaign for my second coloring book! In October 2016, I finally Kickstarted my first coloring book. I love doing lineart and inks, and had fielded several requests to pursue one, but I wanted to wait until I found a theme I could really sink my teeth into – I love themes! That theme was Dangerous Women, and 84 wonderful backers helped bring it to life. The original goal was a 24-illustration coloring book, but stretch goals helped bring it up to 40! Since its publishing, it’s become one of my best-sellers at conventions. I knew I wanted to tackle another coloring book, but again, I wanted to wait until I felt drawn to a theme that could sustain at least 40 pieces. As fantasy illustration has become a larger chunk of my work over the last few years, I knew it would be down that path – and once it hit me, it seemed so obvious. I always joke that none of my dragons look more than tangentially related – they’re my favorite creature on which to practice new shading techniques, new shapes, scales, feathers, anything really. For Inktober this year, I wanted to do some of that experimentation, but also drill down a bit and see if there was a recognizably-“Indi” dragon type in there somewhere too. It also struck me as the perfect theme for my next coloring book – Dragons & Dragonkin! Join the Kickstarter now! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  23. Every year we form a Movember team called Moustache of the Avatar to raise funds for Movember. To date we have raised over $3300 through fundraising for Movember. We have also created dedicated items for our Movember Make a Difference store including a Moustache Helm, Shield, and Cloak. Last year we even created Darkstarr and Lord British Follicular Reliquaries with Darkstarr and Lord British versions of the Movember items. Those items and other Movember tagged items have raised over $7,000 for Movember to date! Stay tuned for Release 60 when the 2018 Winter items will start appearing including the 2018 Snow Family and 2018 Snowman Masks which this year feature moustaches in honor of Movember! To celebrate Movember, all facial hair themed items (and even loosely related items) are on sale this weekend! A portion of every purchase of these items will count towards Movember. You can also join or donate to our Movember, Moustache of the Avatar team to help us raise funds! Titan of Courage Statue (digital) Titan of Truth Statue (digital) Tabletop Titan of Courage Statue (digital) Tabletop Titan of Truth Statue (digital) Ornate Meerschaum Titan of Courage Pipe (digital) Ornate Meerschaum Titan of Truth Pipe (digital) Moustache Cloak – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Helm – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Helm Pattern Pack – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Shield – Movember Charity (digital) Moustache Shield Pattern Pack – Movember Charity (digital) Brown Top Hat (digital) Brown Top Hat Pattern Pack (digital) Brown Bowler Hat (digital) Brown Bowler Hat Pattern Pack (digital) Green Male Shopkeeper (digital) Green Male Shopkeeper Pattern Pack (digital) Portrait Paintings Notables Set View the full article
  24. Chapter VI - The Last Dire Portal (Final Chapter) The all-deciding day was almost there. History will repeat itself for a last time. December 1st, 550PC the first Dire Portal appeared in Ardoris. December 1st, 551PC the last one will...​ [RP-Event]: Chapter VI: The Last Dire PortalView the full article
  25. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Release 59: Delayed Content

    Greetings Avatars, We have a set of content that has been delayed from deployment in the live build. This content has required an extra round of internal testing and therefore missed the live release on Thursday and subsequent patches. Please accept our apologies for these delays. These items should go live in the patch that goes live Tuesday morning. Fish Recipes Intelligence Buff: Existing fish recipes (ex. Baked Salmon) have been modified to add an Intelligence bonus. In... Release 59: Delayed ContentView the full article
  26. [RP-Event]: Chapter VI: The Last Dire Portal View the full article
  27. Chapter V - The Dark Convention (Key-Confrontation-Scene) Joy and happiness came over the Novians, once they heard of the miracle: Priestess Khasi and Shogun Siranto...​ [RP-Event]Chapter 5: The Dark ConventionView the full article
  28. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: Game Development Play Release 59 Now! News Announcements Deck Building Livestream Today R59 Livestream: Fish Themed! Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21) 50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations Viking & Kobold Expirations Shipping Phase 2 – Check Your Shipping Address by Nov 2! Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale! New User Experience Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Weekend Flash Sale: Water Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: R59 Dance Party with DJ Darkstarr Community Event: Fishing Derby this Saturday (Oct 27) Community Event: Halloween Ball in Immortal City Community Event: Design the S Mart Heraldry contest Community Event: Halloween Dance Party & Costume Contest Project to Support: The Dreams in Gary’s Basement Project to Support: Dragons & Dragonkin – The Coloring Book! Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 10-25-2018 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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