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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 R66 Livestream Today 6/7 Crown Shop Updates Rewards Program Update (+ R66 Rewards) Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles New Houses & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 06-07-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  3. We have some exciting news about the rewards program! The items previously known as stretch goal items are now exclusive only to the rewards program (versus also available through $5 purchase on the website). These items will now also be delivered immediately upon login during the release each month. Note that logging in during a given month is required in order to claim that month's login... Rewards Program Update (and Release 66 Rewards)View the full article
  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements R66 Livestream Today 6/7 Crown Shop Updates Rewards Program Update (+ R66 Rewards) Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles New Houses & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 66 Livestream – June 7, 2019 (Dance) The Release 66 Livestream is set for today, Friday June 7! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, and handing out prizes. For Release 66 the exclusive monthly rewards are dance themed! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Taming Updates: New Skills, Top Tier Tameables 4:15 PM: Housing Tour: New Houses, Vault Editions 5 PM: Ending Announcements Release 66 Rewards (Dance) This month’s exclusive rewards for Release 66 are dance themed! Just be part of the Rewards Program during Release 66 to receive these exclusive rewards. NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each month’s exclusive rewards. Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet 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 “Dance til your dead” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream! Fire Dance Wheel Emote (digital) Unlock Pet Dances (digital) Ballet Outfit with Ballet Emotes (digital) Ornate Dual Wax Cylinder Phonograph with Emotes (digital) Countach Package – Breast Cancer Charity (digital) Aether Vibration Amplifier Console (digital) SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or in Twitch Chat during the event. 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! 6/7 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: The Vault: A new set of Vault items are now available until Thursday, June 20 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Demon Wings Shiba Inu Dog Tansu Chest The 4-Pack of Prosperity Tools The 6-Pack of Prosperity Tools The 6-More Pack of Prosperity Tools Ornate Katana Shogun 1-Story Village Home Shogun Four-Story Town Home Rewards Program Update (and Release 66 Rewards) We have some exciting news about the rewards program! The items previously known as stretch goal items are now exclusive only to the rewards program (versus also available through $5 purchase on the website). These items will now also be delivered immediately upon login during the release each month. Note that logging in during a given month is required in order to claim that month’s login rewards. To make this change happen we have to set the number of rewards to a fixed number of items per release (approximately 3) versus a variable number. This change will go into effect with Release 66. For Release 66 the Rewards are Disco themed and Reward Program members will receive them immediately upon logging in during Release 66! Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet Here is the updated wording for the Rewards Program: The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. New Houses & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The New Houses Livestream last week was very exciting! It was exciting to see the new massive Pirate Frigates and Lord of the Isle Castle Homes as well as the Vault homes. Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others have also been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when he goes live. Here are a few highlights: Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 5, 2019 – Release 67 Livestream July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Aug 29 – Sept 2 – Dragon Con Sept 26 – Release 70 Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention Oct 31 – Release 71 Nov 14 – Release 72 Dec 12 – Release 73 Meretz: Win a Stone Dragon Statue Win a Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) [Forum Post by Helvig Ingvildsdottir] Jay Nord, the Gothi of Norstead and Helvig Ingvildsdottir, Völva in Helboer, cordially invite you to their second annual Midsommarblot. The Blot is a ritual where we celebrate the seasons, sacrifice to the gods of our original homeland, and experience community. This is a heavy RP event. Everyone is welcome as long as they are not disruptive to others’ roleplay. Event date: Saturday, June 29, 4pm NBT Event locations: Norstead (Hammaburg) and Helboer (Kahli) We will first do the more ritualized part of the celebration in Norstead. After blessing Norstead’s homes and acres we will then move to Helboer for a feast, music, dance, and games. Details are going to follow. Questions are welcome. Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 [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 66. This is a Player ran event – Portalarium (makers of Shroud of the Avatar) is not represented. This is NOT a PVP event. Please don’t plan on PVPing at this event. It will be held on Saturday , June 15th, 2019 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book. Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish. We are traveling to the town of Fallin’ Green. Travel to Ardoris, and take the wagon inside of the entrance to Fallin’ Green. You can also search for the town in the SOTA Map web site – https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/ Are you with us? Purpose: The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We do the Welcome Quest 4 items a year, one in each season. We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. More information is located at http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest. With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table. Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! [Forum Post by Asclepius] Yes, we do have a video! This is the recording of our maiden performance, in the Sabra Rose Theater, in Rift’s End. Hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Okhan (formerly Amber Raine). They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  5. Jack T. Lamplighter

    5/31 Crown Shop Updates

    Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Discoball Decoration: This spinning light is sure to liven up any party! The Vault: A new set of Vault items are now available until Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next,... 5/31 Crown Shop UpdatesView the full article
  6. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Release 66 Instructions

    Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 66 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, May 30, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 66 is the second release in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities (from... Release 66 Instructions View the full article
  7. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 66 Now! Rewards Program Update (+ R66 Rewards) New Houses Livestream Today 5/31 Crown Shop Updates R66 Livestream – June 7, 2019 (Dance) Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles New Skills & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Stone Dragon Statue Community Event: Release 66 Dance Party Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 05-31-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  8. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 66 Now! Rewards Program Update (+ R66 Rewards) New Houses Livestream Today 5/31 Crown Shop Updates R66 Livestream – June 7, 2019 (Dance) Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles New Skills & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Stone Dragon Statue Community Event: Release 66 Dance Party Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Play Release 66 Now! Release 66 successfully launched yesterday, May 30, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including: 9 New Warding Skills 5 New Taming Skills New Top Tier Tameable Creatures Tameable Baby Dragons Artifact Combining Luminous Atavist Returns Clockwork Dragon Trophy Recipe Heraldry Polearm Leaderboards New User Experience Polish New Emotes Lord British Recurring Items R60, R62 , and R63 Livestream Items Release 66 Reward Program Items Performance Improvements More Bug Fixes and more! Check out the Release 66 Instructions update for detailed information about all the new content. If you have not downloaded the game yet, go to www.shroudoftheavatar.com and click the “Play Now” button. The game is also available on Steam. Release 66 Player Instructions Release 66 Known Issues Rewards Program Update (and Release 66 Rewards) We have some exciting news about the rewards program! The items previously known as stretch goal items are now exclusive only to the rewards program (versus also available through $5 purchase on the website). These items will now also be delivered immediately upon login during the release each month. Note that logging in during a given month is required in order to claim that month’s login rewards. To make this change happen we have to set the number of rewards to a fixed number of items per release (approximately 3) versus a variable number. This change will go into effect with Release 66. For Release 66 the Rewards are Disco themed and Reward Program members will receive them immediately upon logging in during Release 66! Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet Here is the updated wording for the Rewards Program: The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills New Houses Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday May 31 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we will be showing off some of the new houses going live soon including the massive Pirate Frigate Castle Homes and the Lord of the Isles Castle Home! We will also show off some of the Vault edition homes that have been appearing recently. Release 66 Rewards (Dance) This month’s exclusive rewards for Release 66 are dance themed! Just be part of the Rewards Program during Release 66 to receive these exclusive rewards. NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each month’s exclusive rewards. Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Dance til your dead” 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! 5/31 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Discoball Decoration: This spinning light is sure to liven up any party! The Vault: A new set of Vault items are now available until Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Virtue Dirndl Outfit Aeronaut Wearable Pack Pallas’s Cat Flame Stained Glass Table Lamp 3 Pack Hot Air Balloon Wood & Plaster 2-Story with Balcony Village Home Druid Town Home Wood & Plaster 2-Story with Front Porch Town Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Release 66 Livestream – June 7, 2019 (Dance) The Release 66 Livestream is set for Friday June 7! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, and handing out prizes. For Release 66 the exclusive monthly rewards are dance themed! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Taming Updates: New Skills, Top Tier Tameables 4:15 PM: Housing Tour: New Houses, Vault Editions 5 PM: Ending Announcements Release 66 Rewards (Dance) This month’s exclusive rewards for Release 66 are dance themed! Just be part of the Rewards Program during Release 66 to receive these exclusive rewards. NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each month’s exclusive rewards. Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet 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 “Dance til your dead” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream! Fire Dance Wheel Emote (digital) Unlock Pet Dances (digital) Ballet Outfit with Ballet Emotes (digital) Ornate Dual Wax Cylinder Phonograph with Emotes (digital) Countach Package – Breast Cancer Charity (digital) Aether Vibration Amplifier Console (digital) SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or in Twitch Chat during the event. Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. New Skills & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The New Skills Livestream last week was super informative! We showed off a bunch of the new Top Tier Tameable creatures that will start going live in Release 66 as well as the new Taming and Warding skills! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others have also been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when he goes live. Here are a few highlights: Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! June 1, 2019 – Release 66 Dance Party June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Sept 26 – Release 70 Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention Oct 31 – Release 71 Nov 14 – Release 72 Dec 12 – Release 73 Meretz: Win a Stone Dragon Statue Win a Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Event: Release 66 Dance Party [Forum Post by Amber Raine] Avatars Radio and Elementum Present Release 66 Dance Party with DJ Amber Raine June 1st 2019 3pm – 5pm NBT Elementum is in south paladis – south of vertas pass and west of Jaanaford​ Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) [Forum Post by Helvig Ingvildsdottir] Jay Nord, the Gothi of Norstead and Helvig Ingvildsdottir, Völva in Helboer, cordially invite you to their second annual Midsommarblot. The Blot is a ritual where we celebrate the seasons, sacrifice to the gods of our original homeland, and experience community. This is a heavy RP event. Everyone is welcome as long as they are not disruptive to others’ roleplay. Event date: Saturday, June 29, 4pm NBT Event locations: Norstead (Hammaburg) and Helboer (Kahli) We will first do the more ritualized part of the celebration in Norstead. After blessing Norstead’s homes and acres we will then move to Helboer for a feast, music, dance, and games. Details are going to follow. Questions are welcome. Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 [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 66. This is a Player ran event – Portalarium (makers of Shroud of the Avatar) is not represented. This is NOT a PVP event. Please don’t plan on PVPing at this event. It will be held on Saturday , June 15th, 2019 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book. Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish. We are traveling to the town of Fallin’ Green. Travel to Ardoris, and take the wagon inside of the entrance to Fallin’ Green. You can also search for the town in the SOTA Map web site – https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/ Are you with us? Purpose: The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We do the Welcome Quest 4 items a year, one in each season. We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. More information is located at http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest. With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table. Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! [Forum Post by Asclepius] Yes, we do have a video! This is the recording of our maiden performance, in the Sabra Rose Theater, in Rift’s End. Hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Okhan (formerly Amber Raine). They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  9. The Release 66 Livestream is set for Friday June 7! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, and handing out prizes. For Release 66 the exclusive monthly rewards are dance themed! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Taming Updates: New Skills, Top Tier Tameables 4:15 PM: Housing Tour: New Houses, Vault Editions 5 PM: Ending Announcements Release 66 Rewards (Dance) This month’s exclusive rewards for Release 66 are dance themed! Just be part of the Rewards Program during Release 66 to receive these exclusive rewards. NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each month’s exclusive rewards. Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet 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 “Dance til your dead” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream! Fire Dance Wheel Emote (digital) Unlock Pet Dances (digital) Ballet Outfit with Ballet Emotes (digital) Ornate Dual Wax Cylinder Phonograph with Emotes (digital) Countach Package – Breast Cancer Charity (digital) Aether Vibration Amplifier Console (digital) SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or in Twitch Chat during the event. Watch on Twitch Friday June 7 at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  10. Jack T. Lamplighter

    SOTA NewsRelease 66 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 66 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, May 30, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 66 is the second release in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities (from Q2 2019 Schedule Update). While we made some progress on these priorities we are also working on a major overhaul to the New User Experience as part of a capture and recapture email campaign that has caused us to pause and/or delay some of the originally planned for R66 deliverables. 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 66. Key: Plain Text: The original plan for the Release deliverables from the Q2 2019 Schedule Update. We intentionally preserve the original text so that our backers can compare plan versus actuals. Italics: Detailed notes of what was actually delivered. Strikethrough: These are items that did not make the release (but are still planned). RELEASE 66, May 30, 2019 Story: The first area associated with Episode 2 will appear! New User Experience Polish & New Starting Sequence: We have been doing long term data analysis of incoming new players. We realized that many new players quit the game during Isle of Storms. We believe this is because the content in Isle of Storms is not representative of the best parts of the game as a whole. We have begun an iterative process to improve the new player experience, with a focus on ensuring that the new player experience is representative of the best parts of the game as a whole. Changes this release include: Start with Character Creation: Players begin by creating their character (name and appearance). Skip Isle of Storms: Players then start the game in Battle of Solace Bridge instead of Isle of Storms. Love Starting Path: To promote the most polished aspect of the game we now send all new players to the Path of Love versus a choice of one of the three paths (Truth, Love, or Courage). Path of Love Starting Area Polish: We did a polish pass through the Battle of Solace Bridge and Solace Bridge Outskirts. We improved conversations, journal entries, NPC barks, quest data, compass markers, placement of world objects, the manner in which Kinsey points players to nearby quests, and the manner in which Edvard recognizes his escort is complete. Introductory Video Removed: The introductory video has been removed. The quality and accuracy of this video were leading to loss of potential new players. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Arch Lapin Hibernates (SPOILERS): The Spectral Mines are no longer terrorized by this foul beast and its minions, at least for another year until it wakes again! Luminous Atavist Returns (SPOILERS): The Luminous Atavist has returned from hiding! Some residents of Novia are not pleased with the sudden and voluminous influx of Outlander immigrants. The Atavists of Purity have vowed to rid Novia of the Outlander scourge. “Their houses crowd our fair towns! Their wares compete with those of native Novian merchants!” yells their leader, the Luminous Atavist. He and his lieutenants, the Knight Purifiers, have been known to ambush unwary Outlanders on the road. They are even swelling their ranks with common folks who call themselves Unifiers. He is rumored to be in the Southern Grunvald Desert. Speak to Ranees Binders in Desolis to learn more. Preston Panics Sidequest (SPOILERS): The guards in Solace Bridge Outskirts are worried about their youngest member, Private Preston. Mention Preston’s name to the guards in the bivouac to start on the path toward learning the /calmdown emote. Episode 2 Area 1 Delayed: Work on New User Experience polish delayed Episode 2 Area 1 work. 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. Built in player house lights: The default state for player house lights will now be off instead of on. This is both to improve visuals and performance. Player deco light behavior will remain unchanged and default to on. Combat: Players will be able to join multiple groups into large Raids (groups of groups). Wardings: Nine new warding skills have been added! Each school of magic (except Chaos) has a new Warding passive skill in it. The skill in each tree is aimed at suppressing the magic of the opposing school. It grants a positive boost to the resistance number and a negative attunement penalty resulting in a net positive resistance. Sun Warding: Moon tree skill that gives a bonus to Sun Resistance and a penalty to Sun Attunement. Moon Warding: Sun tree skill that gives a bonus to Moon Resistance and a penalty to Moon Attunement. Air Warding: Earth tree skill that gives a bonus to Air Resistance and a penalty to Sun Attunement. Earth Warding: Air tree skill that gives a bonus to Earth Resistance and a penalty to Earth Attunement. Life Warding: Death tree skill that gives a bonus to Life Resistance and a penalty to Death Attunement. Death Warding: Life tree skill that gives a bonus to Death Resistance and a penalty to Death Attunement. Water Warding: Fire tree skill that gives a bonus to Water Resistance and a penalty to Water Attunement. Fire Warding: Water tree skill that gives a bonus to Fire Resistance and a penalty to Fire Attunement. Magic Warding: Tactics tree skill that gives a modest bonus to the resistance of, and a modest penalty to, all magic schools except Chaos. New Taming Skills: A variety of new taming skills have been added that let you level up various aspects of your tamed pets. Pet Speed Training: Taming tree skill that increases the pet’s dexterity as well as its movement speed. Pet Hide Toughness Training: Taming tree skill that increases the pet’s damage resistance as well at its magic resistance. Pet Strength Training: Taming tree skill that increases the pet’s strength which in turn increases its overall damage. Pet Attack Precision Training: Taming tree skill that increases the pet’s max critical hit damage. Pet Taunting Training: Taming tree skill that increases the pet’s ability to take and control aggro from creatures. Top Tier Tameable Creatures: We have added Top Tier tameable creatures similar to the Obsidian Destroyer which is currently the highest health and overall the most powerful tameable creature. We also made a pass on the visuals of these creatures making sure these were set correctly and synced with loot drops. This is preparing for moving animal heads over to use decoration scaling similar to fish trophies. These new Top Tier creatures will be slowly added to scenes over time. For Release 66 you will find at least one example of each of these in one scene. Polar Destroyer (Bear) Ferocious Obsidian Boar Razorback Destroyer Large Darkstarr Corpion Darkstarr Destroyer (Corpion) Brown Arachnid Ferocious Brown Arachnid Red Arachnid Ferocious Red Arachnid Black Arachnid Ferocious Black Arachnid Ferocious Arctic Wolf Ferocious Desert Wolf Ferocious Timber Wolf Ferocious Obsidian Wolf Lupine Destroyer Young Dragons Tameable: All young dragons are now tamable! Elder Desert Wolf & Huge Corpion Tameable: These variants of wolves and corpions which were previously not tameable can now be tamed. Top Tier Crocodiles: The health and xp on high tiered crocodiles was increased. They can also be tamed now. Razorback: The Razorback now has a unique color. Ancient Dragons: We have added all color variants of the Ancient Dragon. Previously we only had an Ancient Yellow Dragon. These color variants will slowly be added to scenes over time. Leaderboards: We have added a new Leaderboards interface to the game. Over time this interface will be expanded to include leaderboard about almost every topic in the game (fishing, gathering, crafting, skills, etc.). For Release 66 we have two leaderboards: PvP (Kills, Deaths, KDR) PvE (Kills, Deaths, KDR) Raids Delayed: Work on new Skills, including new Taming Skills, delayed work on Raids. Crafting & Economy: Crafters will be able to choose a single Crafting Specialization (Smithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Carpentry) which will allow them to choose effects during Masterworking or Enchanting (versus random selection). Artifact Combining: Going forward Artifacts will come in four types: Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Legendary. Like the totems, you can combine 4 of the same type to get the next tier up. Over time we will update the older artifacts to be of the Uncommon type so they can be upgraded as well. Clockwork Dragon Trophy: Clockwork Dragons finally have a chance to drop a head when killed which can then be used to craft a trophy head to mount on your wall. This has long been the only full-sized dragon that does not have a trophy head. Specializations Delayed: Work on Taming Skills, New Top Tier Taming Creatures and adding Baby Dragons to taming delayed Specializations work. Player Towns & Player Housing: We will provide lot owners the ability to flag their Row Lots as empty which will open up the ability to do things like plant crops on Row Lots for the first time ever! Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Turreted Stone City Home: This rework of one of our most beloved City sized homes has new stone, roof, and interior treatments. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Flipped Ornate Tavern Counter: At the request of players we have created a mirror version of the Ornate Tavern Counter so you can create a bar in the opposite orientation or make a full wraparound bar using both pieces. Obsidian Shard: This no longer requires a PvP-flagged area for placement. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Small Obsidian Shards: These scaled down versions of the Obsidian Shard decoration have lost their mysterious powers to cancel out the Blessing of the Oracle and therefore can be placed in non-PvP locations. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Shogun Furniture Set: This set includes a variety of chairs, a bench, table, etc. that were previously visible in game but not available as player decorations. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Cypress Trees: At the suggestion of players we have added a variety of cypress trees to the Crown Shop. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Blue Cypress Trees: At the suggestion of players we have added a variety of blue cypress trees to the Crown Shop. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Shogun Paper Lamps: After numerous player requests we made this 6-pack of lights that makes the paper lamps from the Shogun string light placeable as individual lights! NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Empty Row Lots Delayed: Work on live builds and catching up on testing rewards delayed this feature. New and Updated Dynamic POTs: Ardonair: Added interconnection with Beran’s Reach. Arigatou: Added new Crossroads Village (near Brittany). Beran’s Reach: Changed biome to Swamp Island 01a. Moved to north of Brittany Wharfs. Added interconnections. Borderland: Added new Crossroads Village (nested in Port Titan). Caladruin: Changed biome to Swamp Island 01 (Left). Chateau du Lys: Upgraded to Municipality. Changed biome to Island 01a. Knight’s Watch: Added interconnection with Twin Traders. New Fawn: Upgraded to Town. Rinzai: Upgraded to Metropolis. S Mart Factorium: Upgraded to Crossroads Village. Silent Ascent: Upgraded to Crossroads Village. Steubenshire: Changed biome to Swamp Island 01a. Twin Traders: Added interconnection with Knight’s Watch. Verat Chaos: Upgraded to Municipality. Wizards Rest: Upgraded to Town. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. Release 60 Stretch Goal: We have completed the last remaining Cornucopia-themed Release 60 Stretch Goal item! Construction Set: Note we originally said we were going to only give out 3 items but Scottie made 6 different items and some of them beg for having more than 1 of each so we are giving out a total of 9 items!!! 1 Crane 1 Wagon 1 Planks 2 Signs 2 Ropes 2 Scaffolds Release 62 Stretch Goal Items: We have completed the two remaining Carnival themed Release 62 Stretch Goal items. Brewing-themed Basement Hatches Ballroom Dungeon Room Release 63 Stretch Goal Items: We have completed all of the Darkstarr-themed Release 63 Stretch Goal items. Darkstarr 1-Handed Sword Darkstarr Wand Darkstarr Clocktower (Reverse Colors) Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) Release 66 Reward Program Items: For Release 66 the Rewards are Disco themed and Reward Program members will receive them during Release 66 immediately upon logging in! See the Rewards Program Update for details. Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet Player-Made Dungeons Dynamic Navigation Mesh: Navigation meshes for player made dungeons (in adventure mode) are now pre-baked and loaded from disk at run time. Players should observe a significant improvement in load times (up to 80% faster in some situations) when entering adventure mode dungeons. Pets may occasionally not follow you across pieces as the links between them are a bit touchy; this will be improved over time. Character: /calmdown: At the request of players the avatar animation associated with taming is now an emote that can be learned! (see Preston Panic sidequest above). Aether Vibration Amplifier Backpack: This portable Kobold device lets you tune into the latest audio channels (such as Avatars Radio) streaming from the nearest Moon Tower. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Bartender Emotes: At the request of players we have made these animations that were previously only seen on NPCs available for players as well! You can find them in the Crown Shop. Black Sun Cloak: We made this custom fur collared cloak with the Black Sun logo but it was never used and now it is available for the first time ever! NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Fancy Bastard Sword: This new 2-handed sword will be sure to impress those who are about to lose their heads to its blade. NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Heraldry Polearm: This equippable polearm has a flag on it that has space for your personal heraldry! Perfect for using the /guard emote with to proudly display your heraldry as you go to war. Ornate Lute and Harp Backpacks: At the suggestion of players we have created back slot items that look like a Lute and a Harp for all your bard roleplay! NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Grey Names for Death: Names over dead enemies will now be grey to more easily differentiate them from the names of live enemies! NOTE: This was patched into Release 65. Rewards Program Titles: Two new titles were added to the Rewards Program: 15 Months (Keeper of the Oath) and 18 Months (Keeper of the Pledge). Mail Recapture Campaign: Over the last few weeks we have been sending out a series of emails to Avatars who have been email subscribers and/or players in the past to suggest they return and give the game another try. Each email is sent to batches of past (and sometimes current) customers with iterations of images and text to test different success metrics. We will continue to iterate and test this mail campaign. SotA New Beginnings No. 2 Rewards: We created the exclusive rewards for the backers of the second official Shroud of the Avatar comic Kickstarter! Standard Cover Painting Alt Cover Painting Cloak of New Beginnings (Clasped Gauntlets Community Cloak) Thank you so much for reading all the way here to the end! The rest of 2019 will continue to be an amazing year for Shroud of the Avatar players! Crafting specializations (choose your effects!), Row Lots with Open Space, Grandmaster Craftsman only effects, Mannequins, more loot improvements, more expansions to the fishing system, better boss fights and more. Join us for 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
  11. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday May 31 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we will be showing off some of the new houses going live soon including the massive Pirate Frigate Castle Homes and the Lord of the Isles Castle Home! We will also show off some of the Vault edition homes that have been appearing recently. Release 66 Rewards (Dance) This month’s exclusive rewards for Release 66 are dance themed! Just be part of the Rewards Program during Release 66 to receive these exclusive rewards. NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each month’s exclusive rewards. Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Dance til your dead” 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. We have some exciting news about the rewards program! The items previously known as stretch goal items are now exclusive only to the rewards program (versus also available through $5 purchase on the website). These items will now also be delivered immediately upon login during the release each month. Note that logging in during a given month is required in order to claim that month’s login rewards. To make this change happen we have to set the number of rewards to a fixed number of items per release (approximately 3) versus a variable number. This change will go into effect with Release 66. For Release 66 the Rewards are Disco themed and Reward Program members will receive them during Release 66 immediately upon logging in! Hustler Hat Hustle Dance Emote Colorful Mallard Duck Pet Here is the updated wording for the Rewards Program: The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills View the full article
  13. Jack T. Lamplighter

    5/24 Crown Shop Updates

    Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Expanded Sales: In celebration of R66 being on QA we are having an expanded number of items on sale over the next several days leading up to R66 going live! From Friday May 24 at 1 PM to Tuesday May 28 at 1 PM there will be 27 items on sale per day (24 hours) in the in-game Crown... 5/24 Crown Shop UpdatesView the full article
  14. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 66 On QA Final Week for May Login Rewards New Skills Livestream Today 5/24 Crown Shop Updates Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 05-24-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  15. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 66 On QA Final Week for May Login Rewards New Skills Livestream Today 5/24 Crown Shop Updates Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 66 On QA (Live next Thur) An early version of R66 is on the QA server. R66 is full of new content and fixes, some of which is now on the QA server for early testing. An early version of the R66 Instructions is also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live next Thursday May 30! 9 New Warding Skills 5 New Taming Skills New Top Tier Tameable Creatures Tameable Baby Dragons Artifact Combining Luminous Atavist Returns Clockwork Dragon Trophy Recipe Leaderboards New User Experience Polish New Emotes R60, R62 , and R63 Livestream Items Performance Improvements More Bug Fixes and more! Please join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance. Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player): 500 Gold Crowns (4 prizes) Ant Farm (4 prizes) Antennae (4 prizes) Bug Cloak (4 prizes) Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes) Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize) Insect Leg Table (1 prize) Corpion Chair (1 prize) In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements: Install the QA version of the game Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery. Thanks Avatars! Final Week for May Login Rewards It is the last week to get your May Login rewards! As a special limited time promotion we are rewarding all players who login by the end of May with two rewards! The first reward is a miniature greyhound pet, inspired by the lovable “Mojito” (pet of Chris “Atos” Spears). The second reward is a 3-story Wood & Plaster Row Home which is an extra floor upgrade from the default home that comes with the free row lot that all players receive. To receive the rewards, simply login to the game before the end of May and check your rewards icon! New Skills & Taming Skills Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday May 24 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week Chris “Atos” Spears is going to talk about and show off some of the 14 new skills he is adding for Release 66 including a bunch of new Taming skills! Sun Warding Moon Warding Air Warding Earth Warding Life Warding Death Warding Water Warding Fire Warding Magic Warding Pet Speed Training Pet Hide Toughness Training Pet Strength Training Pet Attack Precision Training Pet Taunting Training You can also earn Release 65 Hero Team themed stretch goals by making a purchase anytime during Release 65 or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Replenishing Box of Green Growth Potions ACHIEVED! $30K: Set of Six Glowing Cube Decorations ACHIEVED! $45K: Red Full Face Mask with Forehead Jewel $60K: Hammer with wrist strap and lightning effects & Winged Helm $75K: Round Shield with Star & Matching Leather Helm $90K: Dragonfly Wings & Plate Helm with Antenna (includes Aether Vibration Device) $105K: Golden Jeweled Gauntlet $125K: Red & Gold Clockwork Armor with Full Face Covering Helm (includes Aether Vibration Device) NOTE: This has NOTHING to do with a certain culminating cinematic event about heroes happening right now… 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 “No i in team” 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! 5/24 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Expanded Sales: In celebration of R66 being on QA we are having an expanded number of items on sale over the next several days leading up to R66 going live! From Friday May 24 at 1 PM to Tuesday May 28 at 1 PM there will be 27 items on sale per day (24 hours) in the in-game Crown Shop (instead of just the usual 9 items). Be sure to login every day and flip through all the pages of sales to find all the bargains! The Vault: A new set of Vault items are now available until Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.Virtue Dirndl Outfit Aeronaut Wearable Pack Pallas’s Cat Flame Stained Glass Table Lamp 3 Pack Hot Air Balloon Wood & Plaster 2-Story with Balcony Village Home Druid Town Home Wood & Plaster 2-Story with Front Porch Town Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Saltwater Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Saltwater Fishing Contest last week was a blast! Here are the final standings Runners Up (2): Fishing Sign + Desktop Fish Trophy Alley Oop: Large Bluefin Tuna 3.2 Sawtooth: Swordfish 3.1 3rd Prize: Ornate Water Platform + Bronze Fish Trophy Cleo: Large Bluefin Tuna 3.3 2nd Prize: Watermill Village House (digital) + Silver Fish Trophy Hex: Small Tiger Shark 3.5 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy Nubby eErwiggles: Tiger Shark 4.2 As a special treat Chris “Atos” Spears made custom fish themed trophies like he made for the deco contest! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others have also been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when he goes live. Here are a few highlights: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 1, 2019 – Release 66 Dance Party June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Win an Ancient Columned City Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Ancient Columned City Home! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP) [Forum Post by Helvig Ingvildsdottir] Jay Nord, the Gothi of Norstead and Helvig Ingvildsdottir, Völva in Helboer, cordially invite you to their second annual Midsommarblot. The Blot is a ritual where we celebrate the seasons, sacrifice to the gods of our original homeland, and experience community. This is a heavy RP event. Everyone is welcome as long as they are not disruptive to others’ roleplay. Event date: Saturday, June 29, 4pm NBT Event locations: Norstead (Hammaburg) and Helboer (Kahli) We will first do the more ritualized part of the celebration in Norstead. After blessing Norstead’s homes and acres we will then move to Helboer for a feast, music, dance, and games. Details are going to follow. Questions are welcome. Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66 [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 66. This is a Player ran event – Portalarium (makers of Shroud of the Avatar) is not represented. This is NOT a PVP event. Please don’t plan on PVPing at this event. It will be held on Saturday , June 15th, 2019 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book. Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish. We are traveling to the town of Fallin’ Green. Travel to Ardoris, and take the wagon inside of the entrance to Fallin’ Green. You can also search for the town in the SOTA Map web site – https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/ Are you with us? Purpose: The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We do the Welcome Quest 4 items a year, one in each season. We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. More information is located at http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest. With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table. Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! [Forum Post by Asclepius] Yes, we do have a video! This is the recording of our maiden performance, in the Sabra Rose Theater, in Rift’s End. Hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Okhan (formerly Amber Raine). They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  16. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday May 24 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week Chris “Atos” Spears is going to talk about and show off some of the 14 new skills he is adding for Release 66 including a bunch of new Taming skills! Sun Warding Moon Warding Air Warding Earth Warding Life Warding Death Warding Water Warding Fire Warding Magic Warding Pet Speed Training Pet Hide Toughness Training Pet Strength Training Pet Attack Precision Training Pet Taunting Training You can also earn Release 65 Hero Team themed stretch goals by making a purchase anytime during Release 65 or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Replenishing Box of Green Growth Potions ACHIEVED! $30K: Set of Six Glowing Cube Decorations $45K: Red Full Face Mask with Forehead Jewel $60K: Hammer with wrist strap and lightning effects & Winged Helm $75K: Round Shield with Star & Matching Leather Helm $90K: Dragonfly Wings & Plate Helm with Antenna (includes Aether Vibration Device) $105K: Golden Jeweled Gauntlet $125K: Red & Gold Clockwork Armor with Full Face Covering Helm (includes Aether Vibration Device) NOTE: This has NOTHING to do with a certain culminating cinematic event about heroes happening right now… 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 “No i in team” 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
  17. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements May Login Rewards Saltwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today 5/17 Crown Shop Updates Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Deco Contest Finals & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Community Event: Concert by the Sea Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 05-17-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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    5/17 Crown Shop Updates

    Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Turreted Stone City Home: This rework of one of our most beloved City sized homes has new stone, roof, and interior treatments. Small Obsidian Shards: These scaled down versions of the Obsidian Shard decoration have lost their mysterious powers to cancel out the Blessing... 5/17 Crown Shop UpdatesView the full article
  20. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements May Login Rewards Saltwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today 5/17 Crown Shop Updates Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Deco Contest Finals & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Community Event: Concert by the Sea Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players May Login Rewards As a special limited time promotion we are rewarding all players who login by the end of May with two rewards! The first reward is a miniature greyhound pet, inspired by the lovable “Mojito” (pet of Chris “Atos” Spears). The second reward is a 3-story Wood & Plaster Row Home which is an extra floor upgrade from the default home that comes with the free row lot that all players receive. To receive the rewards, simply login to the game before the end of May and check your rewards tab! Saltwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday May 17 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have another Saltwater Fishing Contest in the Fishing Expedition scene! To participate in the contest start fishing at 4:15 PM and the best trophy fish caught by 5 PM will win prizes! Boats in various coastal cities (Aerie, Ardoris, Kingsport, Mud and Port Graff) will take you to the Fishing Expedition Scene. Runners Up (2): Fishing Sign + Desktop Fish Trophy 3rd Prize: Ornate Water Platform + Bronze Fish Trophy 2nd Prize: Watermill Village House (digital) + Silver Fish Trophy 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy As a special treat Chris “Atos” Spears is making custom fish themed trophies like he made for the deco contest! You can also earn Release 65 Hero Team themed stretch goals by making a purchase anytime during Release 65 or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Replenishing Box of Green Growth Potions ACHIEVED! $30K: Set of Six Glowing Cube Decorations $45K: Red Full Face Mask with Forehead Jewel $60K: Hammer with wrist strap and lightning effects & Winged Helm $75K: Round Shield with Star & Matching Leather Helm $90K: Dragonfly Wings & Plate Helm with Antenna (includes Aether Vibration Device) $105K: Golden Jeweled Gauntlet $125K: Red & Gold Clockwork Armor with Full Face Covering Helm (includes Aether Vibration Device) NOTE: This has NOTHING to do with a certain culminating cinematic event about heroes happening right now… 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 “No i in team” 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! 5/17 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Turreted Stone City Home: This rework of one of our most beloved City sized homes has new stone, roof, and interior treatments. Small Obsidian Shards: These scaled down versions of the Obsidian Shard decoration have lost their mysterious powers to cancel out the Blessing of the Oracle and therefore can be placed in non-PVP locations. NOTE: Even the large Obsidian Shard can now be placed in non-PVP locations. Shogun Paper Lamps: After numerous player requests we made this 6-pack of lights that makes the paper lamps from the Shogun string light placeable as individual lights! The Vault: A new set of Vault items are now available until Thursday, May 23 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Firedance Emote Firedance Cross Emote Firedancer Outfit Black Squirrel Pet Vintage Blue Velvet with Nailheads Furniture Set Vintage Red Velvet with Nailheads Furniture Set Windmill Village Home Obsidian Tower Town Home Obsidian Keep City Home Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Deco Contest Finals & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Mount Midir Deco Contest Finals last week was incredible! There were so many creative entries! Here are the final standings: Overall: First Place: Flinderke Van’tmeeden New Overworld located Player Owned Town Tax Free Town Lot Deed Gold Chair Trophy (full size) Second Place: Engineer Tax Free Town Lot Deed Silver Chair Trophy (full size) Third Place: Dartan Obscuro Tax Free Village Lot Deed Bronze Chair Trophy (full size) Top 10 Finalists: Top 10 Finalists will all receive 5000 Crowns & Desktop Gold Chair Trophy Alioth Dartan Obscuro Elryin Silvertree Engineer Fetid Sirdidy Flinderke Van’tmeeden Mia Sway Skye Azure Stryker Sparhawk Wench Themed Winners: Themed Winners will receive 5000 Crowns & Desktop Gold Chair Trophy Top Non-top 10 Crafted winner: Hemswal Genis Overall crafted winner: Dartan Obscuro Lord British: Michael Berg Chaos: Zexarium Dragonheart Maxine: Emmory Watsyn All Entries: Everyone who entered the contest will receive a Desktop Silver Chair Trophy! Lazzie (for the worst lot): Jack SinAssist Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others have also been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when he goes live. Here are a few highlights: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Win an Ancient Columned City Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Ancient Columned City Home! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Event: Concert by the Sea [Forum Post by CatherineRose] Concert by the Sea May 18 1 PM CDT All Ye Novians, lovers of great music as well as loving the sounds of nature come to a Concert by the Sea. The concert will be performed by Ezekiel Cooper and his band May 18 at 1 PM CDT. This is an outdoor concert in front of the dock in Dragomir Mori. All the music is written and/or arranged by Ezekiel.​ Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! [Forum Post by Asclepius] Yes, we do have a video! This is the recording of our maiden performance, in the Sabra Rose Theater, in Rift’s End. Hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Okhan (formerly Amber Raine). They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  21. Greetings avatars! I am happy to officially announce a new deco contest, the 2019 Shroud Deco Challenge! Due to the significant prizes involved and our desire to keep the entries to a modest level, there is an entry fee of 100,000 gold or 1000 crowns. You can enter by either contacting Atos during one of his live streams or simply sending an in game mail with the gold or crowns. Players have... UPDATED: Player Deco Contest! GO!!!!View the full article
  22. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday May 17 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have another Saltwater Fishing Contest in the Fishing Expedition scene! To participate in the contest start fishing at 4:15 PM and the best trophy fish caught by 5 PM will win prizes! Boats in various coastal cities (Aerie, Ardoris, Kingsport, Mud and Port Graff) will take you to the Fishing Expedition Scene. Runners Up (2): Fishing Sign 3rd Prize: Ornate Water Platform + Bronze Fish Trophy 2nd Prize: Watermill Village House (digital) + Silver Fish Trophy 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy As a special treat Chris “Atos” Spears is making custom fish themed trophies like he made for the deco contest! Imagine these chairs are fish! You can also earn Release 65 Hero Team themed stretch goals by making a purchase anytime during Release 65 or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Replenishing Box of Green Growth Potions ACHIEVED! $30K: Set of Six Glowing Cube Decorations $45K: Red Full Face Mask with Forehead Jewel $60K: Hammer with wrist strap and lightning effects & Winged Helm $75K: Round Shield with Star & Matching Leather Helm $90K: Dragonfly Wings & Plate Helm with Antenna (includes Aether Vibration Device) $105K: Golden Jeweled Gauntlet $125K: Red & Gold Clockwork Armor with Full Face Covering Helm (includes Aether Vibration Device) NOTE: This has NOTHING to do with a certain culminating cinematic event about heroes happening right now… 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 “No i in team” 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
  23. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements May Login Rewards R60 Livestream Reward: Construction Set Update Deco Contest Finals Livestream Today 5/10 Crown Shop Updates Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles R65 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 05-10-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
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    5/10 Crown Shop Updates

    Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Black Sun Cloak: We made this custom fur collared cloak with the Black Sun logo but it was never used and now it is available for the first time ever! Blue Cypress Trees: At the suggestion of players we have added a variety of blue cypress trees to the Crown... 5/10 Crown Shop UpdatesView the full article
  25. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements May Login Rewards R60 Livestream Reward: Construction Set Update Deco Contest Finals Livestream Today 5/10 Crown Shop Updates Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles R65 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players May Login Rewards As a special limited time promotion we are rewarding all players who login by the end of May with two rewards! The first reward is a miniature greyhound pet, inspired by the lovable “Mojito” (pet of Chris “Atos” Spears). The second reward is a 3-story Wood & Plaster Row Home which is an extra floor upgrade from the default home that comes with the free row lot that all players receive. To receive the rewards, simply login to the game before the end of May and check your rewards tab! R60 Livestream Reward: Construction Set Update [Forum Post by Scott “Scottie” Jones] Hello folks, and happy May! Spring is well under way of being “sprung”, so-to-speak, which means it’s time for Spring cleaning and building! At least, that’s the lame excuse I’m going to use for why I’ve only recently finished all these lovely construction deco pieces that we promised folks from the R60 Livestream… Honestly, though, I know it’s been awhile, not only since R60, but also since I last had a chance to create a fun post! The last post was full of little delicate pastries and other small goodies… This time around I got the chance to put together some things for you that will allow you to set up a construction area for building cool stuff on your property at a nice and large scale! So here we go! “What the heck is going on here?!?!?”… you may well wonder… This is me going a little nuts testing various configurations of the deco objects I assembled on my little village-sized property on my test map! To give you an idea of how I got to this, let me tell you a story that starts with Starr giving me a small task that essentially just said “We have various construction decorations; cranes, pulleys, etc… They just need to be turned into player decorations… Make a set of 3 of them… Well, by this point, you know me…and not only did I need more information to go on, I really felt that this was an opportunity to go “above and beyond” that simple task to create a set of “somethings” that would really make ME happy if I got my hands on them as a player… I, of course, imagined much more than just three simple items to throw around your yard… After taking stock of what we actually had available, I made the determination to create a broader “family” of Construction Decorations that are more correctly “finished” compared to the meager items that we’ve purchased from various 3rd-party sources… For instance, though we do have an enormous “crane” object, and we’ve used it a few times in various places, it needs significant work before it can be actually handed out as a player deco (re-scaling, proper new collision shapes that allow it to be placed using the deco-tech, the addition of something to finish off the rope that hangs down and can be seen to be a “hollow” mesh, etc.)… We also have a “pulley” object, but it’s very tiny (literally two pulley “wheels” connected by rope with a hook on one end and an unfinished end of rope on the other), and it wouldn’t do for a stand-alone “prop” (it needed to be attached to the crane or some other structure)… Plus there’s a variety of other individual things that I could assemble to look like little “staged” areas of construction with stuff that might do, but they needed some serious assembly, collision re-work and testing (for functionality’s sake), along with a quick pass to help “normalize” the various textures and materials used across the array of individual objects I chose to work with… My goal, in this case, was to create more than a few “stand-alone” props, and instead create a true “family” of deco props meant to allow players to create a entire “construction themed ZONE”, so to speak, to really make your construction efforts look cool while “in process”, and giving you all at least one true tool (scaffolding assembly) that would actually help you create bigger, cooler stuff using many of the other building decos you already enjoy using… As such, here is the list of items that have been created (six in total) as an entire “family’ that can be used together to create the feeling of an active “construction site”, while still making them all primarily using only objects (and bits of objects) already found in our game in various places: Construction Scaffold Walkway: this “centerpiece” to this entire deco “family” of prop objects is a large, multipurpose single-level (5 meter tall) scaffolding platform and access ramp that not only looks cool by itself, but can also be stacked atop itself as desired (while standing on top of the upper platform) to build up to whatever height you may need, to make it easier when constructing tall or large-scale props (or combos of props, such as building blocks and “outside” chimneys) when building on your property. In addition, I was able to get this prop to adopt the player-house tech that allows it to not only have other deco objects placed on its horizontal “floor” surfaces, but ALSO allows the hanging of small-enough wall lanterns, and wall sconces for candles and torches on its four primary support beams. This is something that we hadn’t thought possible before (concerning deco objects), but after much testing and paring down of possibilities, I got it to work AND got it to allow the whole thing to be picked up and moved with all attached objects remaining in their assigned locations! You can even set the crane (seen below) on top of this as well! This is the only prop among this “family” (all made from 3rd-party items) that I needed to take into 3DS MAX to change and re-import its geometry as a new mesh to suit our needs. As such, it was fairly easy to make “function” as far as placement went. The time-sync, in this case, was making all the other deco-placement scripts function properly. Construction Crane: a prop to be used to indicate large-scale construction “machinery”. It looks great, is partially the scale of the larger world-builder prop I’m sure you all have seen here and there, and has been outfitted with another “pulley and hook” world-builder prop that couldn’t stand alone by itself. This whole device now looks a bit more “complete” (although under close scrutiny, it’s evident that it couldn’t do the things it looks like it should be able to do at first glance, such as tilt and rotate its “arm” like an actual crane)… This was the second most difficult prop to make function as a deco, due to a variety of poorly-made collision boxes that had to be remade and re-positioned, plus the “rigging-together” of the pulley/rope section attaching it. I started to try to fix its mesh (to make it look more truly functional), but it would have taken too much additional time, so the effort was scaled back… Still a beautiful piece, though. Construction Stone Wagon: this complex prop consists of a wagon filled with multiple sizes of simple, rough-hewn stone blocks along with piles of stone rubble “filler” to look like the kind of thing often used while constructing walls in the Middle Ages… This has been set up to be a “shelf/table”-style prop so that it can hold other props placed on any of its larger horizontal surfaces (you’ll see images of this later). There are piles of rubble on the ground around and under it as well, to make it seem like it’s meant to stay in place for awhile, while the area is “under construction”. This was a fairly simple prop to assemble, but as with many of these props I composed, figuring out the reasons why certain collision and mesh shapes were causing issues with placement functionality was the real time-waster… I actually temporarily broke the build with this one! Yay! It’s all fixed and ready for use now, though… Construction Planks: a complex prop consisting of a variety of smaller world-builder props such as some scrap-assembled construction tables, a number of different, decent-looking wooden planks in several piles (either on, beside, or under the tables), and even a static hand-saw of a variety not available as an actual stand-alone deco. It kind of ends up looking like some kind of crafting table, but it’s really just meant to be a gathered collection of “in-progress” wooden boards… They all needed to be stripped of extraneous and over-complicated collision shapes, and new generic collision created, but this one came together fairly swiftly, and was both place-able and functional as a deco almost immediately. This, too, has been set up to be a “shelf/table”-style prop so that it can hold other smaller props placed on it. Construction Ropes: a fairly simple, but decent-looking prop used to create a little rope-storage deco item that can be placed all over a construction site to add visual flavor. There is a small coil of rope hanging on a peg, a larger coil sitting beside the post, and a small length thrown on the ground around the base. Additionally, it is set up to allow small wall lanterns, hanging wall candles, and small torch sconces to be placed on any side of the post that doesn’t have the hanging rope hung on its hook. This came together fairly easily, but required a LOT of experimentation to get it to be place-able properly as a deco, along with allowing it to share the wall-deco tech normally reserved only for player house walls. The result of this, however, is what allowed me to outfit the Scaffold Walkway, above, with both the ability to have place-able deco on both its horizontal AND vertical surfaces. Quite exciting! Construction Barricade: a prop to be placed in front of anything “dangerous” looking to the general public. This is made from an existing sign we use to designate unfinished scenes, as many of you may have already seen. However, that sign is written in English, while THIS sign has been changed to be written in Runic so as to fit better into the visuals of the world. This, by far, was the easiest one to convert to a functional piece of player deco, but it makes a fun addition to be placed all over any construction site you choose to create! Now, of course, seeing these as individual items gives you a good idea of what to expect, but nothing gives you the effect they are supposed to have as well as placing them together as a “family”! Here they are all chaotically crammed in among one another in my test scene! It may all look like mass-confusion at first (because I intended it to ), but here you can see all six of them gloriously working so well together (plus a few additional props that work nicely with them)! Below you can see a close-up of the wagon full of stone, the barricade, and the rope-storage post. Please note that I have placed several additional items on top of the stones (such as the head of lettuce and the pickaxe), and I’ve even leaned a deco shovel up against the wagon’s side… They all play so nicely together! To the left you see the ramp up the nearest scaffolding. At ground level, a wooden streetlamp like the one you see here makes for some excellent illumination in and around all the elements… Turning slightly left you get a close-up of the scrap-tables of lumber (with a few extra tools set atop it), the ropes again (this time with a small hanging lamp that works nicely with these pieces hung on the post), and more of the scaffolding with another cart of stone tucked away in the background. Further left still you can now see the crane again, with a protective wall around its base made of multiple barricade objects! You can never be too careful! I think I used eight or nine of the scaffolding walkway pieces together to make the bulk of the visible impact here. Each piece itself is fairly simple, but start stacking them up on top of each other, and building them up side-by-side, and you’ll quickly achieve something of grand proportions! To the right, in the image below, you can see the lamp I have hanging off one of the main support beams, plus a little gift box peaking out on the floor above! All for the sake of testing! This probably excites me more than it should, but getting that to work was both tough and rewarding! As a quick aside, you can see here, below, an image of me placing one of the scaffolding platforms one atop the other. That’s about the best place to stand when doing so, and you can get the sense of scale in proportion to most characters… It can work either aligned just like the one below, or it can be turned around each time for even faster ramp access as you see in this image! Before I started testing all these pieces, I realized I had to dismantle the barn I had full of OTHER test deco objects (remember my “barn of treasure”?)… I was loathe to do it, because of the time I’d spent filling it with piles of gold, zombie containers, and sweet treats,…buy once I started creating this construction site I ended up having a blast! It was so cool to play around with different lighting schemes and walking around underneath all the scaffolding, and it was so easy to place them in all sorts of complex-looking configurations! Once I had them all placed at various levels, I then realized that it was also a lot of fun hopping around between the different platforms and objects, and up and down the ramps… It had the feeling of parkour! I wish our game could make your character tumble athletically when you land, if you jumped a great distance or height. I had to settle for rolling sideways and then taking huge leaps of faith… And rightly so! Falling off these things could be dangerous! They are definitely not “OSHA compliant”! Anyway,…that’s all for this post. Hopefully you found it amusing and are looking forward to playing around with the pieces too! I’m not sure how Starr will decide to distribute them, but I’m assuming a certain number of them will be provided to those who participated in the R60 Livestream. Hopefully additional ones can either be crafted, and/or perhaps purchased in even greater quantities so that you can go wild creating a huge “under construction” play-scape like I did! For the time being, here’s a final image of my test character sitting down after this madness, and enjoying the view, with my feet dangling while precariously perching on a bench I set up at the very edge of one of the platforms! Take care, my friends, and enjoy the rest of this fine May weekend! Sincerely yours… Scottie ^_^ Deco Contest Finals Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday May 10 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have the finals for the Mount Midir Deco Contest! The Mount Midir Deco Contest this past Saturday, May 4th, was awe inspiring! We had over 100 entries and it took 4 hours to view them all! We had so many that we were unable to reach a conclusion on final prizes! We did however narrow it down to the 10 finalists! Join the stream and vote for the winners! Alioth Dartan Obscuro Elryin Silvertree Engineer Fetid Sirdidy Flinderke Van’tmeeden Mia Sway Skye Azure Stryker Sparhawk Wench Here is the May 4th livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: You can also earn Release 65 Hero Team themed stretch goals by making a purchase anytime during Release 65 or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Replenishing Box of Green Growth Potions $30K: Set of Six Glowing Cube Decorations $45K: Red Full Face Mask with Forehead Jewel $60K: Hammer with wrist strap and lightning effects & Winged Helm $75K: Round Shield with Star & Matching Leather Helm $90K: Dragonfly Wings & Plate Helm with Antenna (includes Aether Vibration Device) $105K: Golden Jeweled Gauntlet $125K: Red & Gold Clockwork Armor with Full Face Covering Helm (includes Aether Vibration Device) NOTE: This has NOTHING to do with a certain culminating cinematic event about heroes happening right now… 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 “No i in team” 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! 5/10 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following: Black Sun Cloak: We made this custom fur collared cloak with the Black Sun logo but it was never used and now it is available for the first time ever! Blue Cypress Trees: At the suggestion of players we have added a variety of blue cypress trees to the Crown Shop. Fancy Bastard Sword: This new 2-handed sword will be sure to impress those who are about to lose their heads to its blade. The Vault: A new set of Vault items are now available until Thursday, May 23 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Firedance Emote Firedance Cross Emote Firedancer Outfit Black Squirrel Pet Vintage Blue Velvet with Nailheads Furniture Set Vintage Red Velvet with Nailheads Furniture Set Windmill Village Home Obsidian Tower Town Home Obsidian Keep City Home Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. R65 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Release 65 Livestream last week was a blast! We walked viewers through a ton of scene updates we made in Release 65, gave a great preview of the deco contest in Mount Midir, gave away tons of prizes, and answered questions! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others have also been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when he goes live. Here are a few highlights: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Meretz: Win an Ancient Columned City Home Win an Ancient Columned City Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Ancient Columned City Home! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! [Forum Post by Asclepius] Yes, we do have a video! This is the recording of our maiden performance, in the Sabra Rose Theater, in Rift’s End. Hope you enjoy it! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Okhan (formerly Amber Raine). They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  26. As a special limited time promotion we are rewarding all players who login by the end of May with two rewards! The first reward is a miniature greyhound pet, inspired by the lovable "Mojito" (pet of Chris "Atos" Spears). The second reward is a 3-story Wood & Plaster Row Home which is an extra floor upgrade from the default home that comes with the free row lot that all players receive. To... May Login Rewards: Mini Greyhound & 3-Story Row HomeView the full article
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