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    Been lighting the lamps all my life! What else is there to do? Nothing more important I assure you.

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  1. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 65 on QA Deco Contest Preview Livestream Today Deco Contest Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles R64 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: Spring Dance Party in Elementum Community Event: 1st Annual Novia Market Spring Equinox Egg Hunt! 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 04-19-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  2. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 65 on QA Deco Contest Preview Livestream Today Deco Contest Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles R64 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: Spring Dance Party in Elementum Community Event: 1st Annual Novia Market Spring Equinox Egg Hunt! Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 64 on QA (Live next Thur) An early version of R65 is on the QA server. R65 is full of new content and fixes, some of which is now on the QA server for early testing. An early version of the R65 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 April 25! Decoration Scaling Decoration Flipping Female Peasant Wearables New Rare Random Encounter Merchants The Vault Tamed Pet Balance More Young Dragons Wave Battle Improvements Lord British Cupcakes R60, R61, and R62 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. NOTE: Our apologies for the EXTREME delay in getting these rewards out to players. We hope to get this up to date next week. Thanks Avatars! Deco Contest Preview Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday April 19 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to preview the progress on the POT deco contest going on in Mount Midir. First place will win their very own overworld player owned town and a tax free town deed! There is still plenty of time to enter as the contest runs until Saturday May 4th! If we have time we will also show off some of the new Release 65 home decoration features like decoration scaling and decoration 180 flipping. You can still earn Release 64 Dark Spring stretch goals for the next week before Release 65 goes live by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED $15K: Flower Hairpiece ACHIEVED $30K: Dark Leaf Spear ACHIEVED $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Redthorn (Shardfall Plant) Decoration Pack $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Dark Spring has Sprung” 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! Deco Contest [Forum Post by Chris “Atos” Spears] 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 until Sunday, April the 27th at midnight to enter. Players who enter will be assigned a village plot in the dev town of Mount Midir. You must provide your own village deed. They will have roughly 3 weeks to deco the lot to their liking. Atos will be stopping by the town several days a week to check out the progress people are making on his live stream. The contest starts immediately and runs until Saturday, May the 4th, when Atos and others will do a special 4 hour stream to inspect the player’s work! For each house, Atos will do a fly through showing off the house and decorations and players can vote. These will last roughly 1 to 2 minutes each so voters will need to be on their toes!The tentative plan for voting is that all viewers will be allowed to vote once per house. They can give it a 1 to 10 rating. To reduce groups artificially up/down voting, the top 25% and bottom 25% of the votes will be thrown out and the average of the middle 50% will be used for the final score. This will be handled by a streambot and results will be displayed in real time.After the quick initial pass on the houses, the top 10 scoring homes will get a second, longer fly through and a second round of voting. If the homeowner is present and wishes to, they can join Atos on Skype to briefly describe their home themselves! The winners of this second round of voting will determine the official winners! The prizes will be as follows: First place will win their very own overworld player owned town and a tax free town deed! Sannio will work with them to choose a location that is acceptable to them. Second place will receive a tax free town deed. Third place will receive a tax free village deed All entries that make it to the top 10 will receive a large unique decoration celebrating their accomplishment! All players who enter the contest will receive a small unique decoration. Additionally, the devs present on the stream will choose and award prizes for the following categories: Most chaotic decoration themed – Think, where would Darkstarr want to live? Most nostalgic decoration themed – Think, where would Lord British want to live? *cough*make it feel like Ultima/UO*cough* Most whimsical – Think, where would my 5 year old daughter want to live? These will each receive a special prize (2500+ crown value) appropriate to their theme and the same unique decoration given to the top 10 scoring homes. Finally, there will be a prize for the highest rated lot that uses only crafted, collected, or purchased with gold items from merchants items. No crown or cash shot items allowed. The prize for this category will be 5000 crowns. To prevent players from doing all their decoration in secret and then moving their house in at the very last minute, starting in Release 65, Mount Midir will be flagged to not allow the use of the magical movers. Part of the reason for this contest is to help show off what amazing things are possible during video streams and we won’t be able to do that if everything happens in secret! Also, should Mount Midir fill up, we will add an additional nested POT to handle the overflow. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing the town quickly grow into an amazing showcase! Q2 2019 Update Greetings Avatars, The first quarter kicked off 2019 with a huge bang! We added the Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons (including Encounters!), Back Slot Items, Pronged Weapons, Pirate Items, Massive Repricing, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Crown Store Polish, Baby Dragons and Tons of Quality of Life Improvements! The second quarter is going to be just as amazing as Q1! We will have Crafting Specializations (choose your effect!), the ability to flag your Row Lots as empty (crops!), the return of the Atavists of Purity (seasonal boss/creature), Episode 2 areas, Raid groups (groups of groups) and more quality of life improvements. Stay with 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 we have stated previously, we intend to publish quarterly schedule updates detailing our monthly releases and those monthly releases will continue just as before, on the last Thursday of each month. Even though the goals outlined in these schedules are likely to change somewhat as we react to feedback, we feel it is important to periodically provide you with an updated roadmap. Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our players regularly, so that you can give us feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. This collaborative process continues to benefit the game, and often results in sweeping changes such as the recent balance passes to combat. As you have seen in previous releases, the flexibility inherent to this process means that we sometimes push things out, but we also often pull new things in. Q2 Top 10 Priorities: As mentioned previously we keep a running list of our Top 10 priorities at all times that we use when building our schedule and prioritizing where to allocate our team’s resources. We often refer to it when making decisions about the project. While it has a VERY strong influence on what we work on at any given time, it does not mean that we only work on something that is on the list. It just means that if someone can assist with something that will help address an item on the list, then we will make sure they do that first before working on anything else. Sometimes team members cannot assist with anything on our top priorities, so they work on other tasks such as visual polish, combat balance, or content that helps us raise funds. Quality of Life: We will continue to make general improvements to quality of life by removing slowdowns and annoyances in gameplay. Systems and User Interface Polish: Polishing and improving existing systems will continue to be a major focus. This will take priority over new systems. We will also continue to polish various UI elements. Bug Fixing: We will continue to focus more on fixing bugs versus new content and new features. Performance: While the game is much more playable now we feel there is still more to be gained so in Q1 we will continue making code and content changes to improve performance. New User Experience Polish: We will polish and improve various elements of the New User Experience. Seasonal Content: Content to support Summer events will be brought back. Improved Reward Cycle: We will continue our focus on systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Player Made Dungeons: We will also continue to add new features and content to the Player Made Dungeons feature. Shipping Phase 3: Collector’s Boxes will ship to those who did not get theirs in the first or second rounds. Episode 2: New areas for dwelling and adventure related to Episode 2 will go live. As always, all dates, durations, and deliverables are subject to change as we adjust our designs based on direct feedback from you, our players. RELEASE 65, April 25, 2019 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Combat: A pass will be done on summoned pet balance. This will include additional party bonuses based on pet type. Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Players will also be able to purchase items from the “Vault” section of the Crown Shop which will feature rare, previously-expired items that will be available for a limited time at a premium price. Player Towns & Player Housing: Our first ever paintable homes will also go live! Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 66, May 30, 2019 Story: The first area associated with Episode 2 will appear! Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15 second load time target. Combat: Players will be able to join multiple groups into large Raids (groups of groups). 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). 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. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 67, June 27, 2019 Story: 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. 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. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Player Towns & Player Housing: Players will have the ability to add custom conversations to their NPCs (shopkeepers, POT NPCs, servants, etc.). Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items as well as the return of Lord British’s birthday recurring items. We continue to be incredibly thankful for the support we receive from this amazing community. While the financial support you provide makes all of this possible, it pales in comparison with the faith you have in us, the feedback you provide us, and the content you are making for everyone to enjoy. We are humbly grateful, and we are always excited to see you each month in New Britannia! 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! Sincerely, Starr Long Executive Producer Shroud of the Avatar Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. R64 & Various Livestreams (YouTube) The R64 Livestream last week was a blast! The Easter Egg tour was incredible with so many of our references to pop culture and the real world shown off. You can see many of these in this very detailed player forum post. Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: We also had our first ever Easter Egg Hunt in Hometown! Here are the winners: 1st: Player Owned Town Village Lot Property Deed (digital) Kal Knightwolf 2nd: Hollow Log Two-Story Village House (digital) Mandalar 3rd: Elven Guard Tower (digital) Silently 4th: Ornate Elven Furniture Set Molly Jaal 5th: Royal Elven Longbow Naid Runners Up: White Rabbit Mask Gwendolyn Obscuro Zadien Ironfish Warhammer Veno Qorlan Andrew Knightowl Trufall Selarts Dundrum Araminis Darkblade Ashyeena Marsh Atos has 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 Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Meretz: Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Pirate Galleon City Water 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: Spring Dance Party in Elementum [Forum Post by Fionwyn Wyldemane] Come join the fun at the “Spring Dance Party” in Elementum! Hosted by @Tailz Suvorov in the redesigned​ ~♪~ Club Zero ~♪~​ Saturday, 4/20 from 6PM – 8PM CST (11PM – 1PM UTC) ♥ DJ Sister Love will be in the house dropping the beats! ♥​ `*=,. The club is in the basement .,=*` Community Event: 1st Annual Novia Market Spring Equinox Egg Hunt! [Forum Post by ldykllr] Yes! Another event (I know, we just had one!). Sunday, April 21st from 1pm-2pm NBT in Novia Market! There will be dozens of eggs to find, so come join the fun! Rules: Eggs will NOT be hidden in chests – they will be placed somewhere in the POT next to a sheet of paper. This paper will have a number , that you will have to message Robyn Hood in-game with. At the end of the event, turn in the numbers you have collected (you’ll have to write them down) to be considered for a prize! The egg sets (Aether, Rainbow) will have a phrase that will be completed once you find them all – first person to message me with the phrase, wins! Eggs will be dyed different colors but will be bright so they will be visible. They will also be placed in areas near landmarks in the POT (and in-town). You will have to look in obvious (and not-so-obvious places). Participants who do not win, will be entered in the random drawing! Prizes: Find the most eggs 1st place – 1000 cotos 2nd – 500 cotos 3rd – 250 cotos Find the 3 Aether Eggs – Replenishing Spring Equinox Confections Platter Find the 3 Rainbow Eggs – Replenishing Confetti Eggs Basket 2019 Random Prize(s) – Decorative Dyable Egg Pack 2019, Confection Stand, Dyable Cake (and possibly more prizes!) 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
  3. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday April 19 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to preview the progress on the POT deco contest going on in Mount Midir. First place will win their very own overworld player owned town and a tax free town deed! There is still plenty of time to enter as the contest runs until Saturday May 4th! If we have time we will also show off some of the new Release 65 home decoration features like decoration scaling and decoration 180 flipping. You can still earn Release 64 Dark Spring stretch goals for the next week before Release 65 goes live by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED $15K: Flower Hairpiece ACHIEVED $30K: Dark Leaf Spear ACHIEVED $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Redthorn (Shardfall Plant) Decoration Pack $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Dark Spring has Sprung” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  4. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Player Deco Contest! GO!!!!

    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 until Sunday, April the 27th at midnight to enter. Players who enter will be assigned a village plot... Player Deco Contest! GO!!!! View the full article
  5. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 64 Livestream Today Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Various Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: R64 Novia Market 1st Annual Fishing Contest! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 04-12-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  6. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 64 Livestream Today Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Various Livestreams (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: R64 Novia Market 1st Annual Fishing Contest! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 64 Livestream Today The Release 64 Livestream is now Friday April 12. We adjusted the date so we could focus today on addressing the ongoing graphical issues associated with our recent upgrade to the latest version of Unity. Thank you for your patience. All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate Spring and the arrival of the Envy Angel our theme for Release 64 is Dark Spring! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Easter Egg Tour (tour of hidden things and pop culture references) 4:15 PM: Easter Egg Hunt (see below) 5 PM: Ending Announcements EASTER EGG HUNT: We are going to have our very first Easter Egg Hunt! To participate in the contest search the game for Public Cache Chests with Easter Eggs hidden in them. If you find Eggs named “Easter Egg Hunt 5th Prize”, “Easter Egg 4th Prize”, etc. then you have won! Once you have found the prize eggs then you will need to find List Rostov (Vas Corp Por in the forums) or Atos in Hometown and turn in your prize eggs to claim your prize! Note that some chests will have miscellaneous prizes including confections, crowns, and regular eggs. Prizes: 5th Prize: Royal Elven Longbow 4th Prize: Ornate Elven Furniture Set 3rd Prize: Elven Guard Tower (digital) 2nd Prize: Hollow Log Two-Story Village House (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Dark Spring) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during Release 64. In honor of Spring and the arrival of our newest seasonal boss, The Envy Angel, our theme is Dark Spring! All webstore purchases during the Release will count towards the stretch goals, not just the two hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Flower Hairpiece ACHIEVED! $30K: Dark Leaf Spear $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Redthorn (Shardfall Plant) Decoration Pack $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 67 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Dark Spring has Sprung” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Black Butterfly Mask (digital) Wedding Dress (digital) Wedding Tuxedo (digital) Tall White Floral Box Hedge Fence (digital) Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set (digital) Storefront Greenhouse Four-Story Row Home SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section of the original post or in Twitch Chat during the event. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! Q2 2019 Update Greetings Avatars, The first quarter kicked off 2019 with a huge bang! We added the Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons (including Encounters!), Back Slot Items, Pronged Weapons, Pirate Items, Massive Repricing, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Crown Store Polish, Baby Dragons and Tons of Quality of Life Improvements! The second quarter is going to be just as amazing as Q1! We will have Crafting Specializations (choose your effect!), the ability to flag your Row Lots as empty (crops!), the return of the Atavists of Purity (seasonal boss/creature), Episode 2 areas, Raid groups (groups of groups) and more quality of life improvements. Stay with 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 we have stated previously, we intend to publish quarterly schedule updates detailing our monthly releases and those monthly releases will continue just as before, on the last Thursday of each month. Even though the goals outlined in these schedules are likely to change somewhat as we react to feedback, we feel it is important to periodically provide you with an updated roadmap. Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our players regularly, so that you can give us feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. This collaborative process continues to benefit the game, and often results in sweeping changes such as the recent balance passes to combat. As you have seen in previous releases, the flexibility inherent to this process means that we sometimes push things out, but we also often pull new things in. Q2 Top 10 Priorities: As mentioned previously we keep a running list of our Top 10 priorities at all times that we use when building our schedule and prioritizing where to allocate our team’s resources. We often refer to it when making decisions about the project. While it has a VERY strong influence on what we work on at any given time, it does not mean that we only work on something that is on the list. It just means that if someone can assist with something that will help address an item on the list, then we will make sure they do that first before working on anything else. Sometimes team members cannot assist with anything on our top priorities, so they work on other tasks such as visual polish, combat balance, or content that helps us raise funds. Quality of Life: We will continue to make general improvements to quality of life by removing slowdowns and annoyances in gameplay. Systems and User Interface Polish: Polishing and improving existing systems will continue to be a major focus. This will take priority over new systems. We will also continue to polish various UI elements. Bug Fixing: We will continue to focus more on fixing bugs versus new content and new features. Performance: While the game is much more playable now we feel there is still more to be gained so in Q1 we will continue making code and content changes to improve performance. New User Experience Polish: We will polish and improve various elements of the New User Experience. Seasonal Content: Content to support Summer events will be brought back. Improved Reward Cycle: We will continue our focus on systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Player Made Dungeons: We will also continue to add new features and content to the Player Made Dungeons feature. Shipping Phase 3: Collector’s Boxes will ship to those who did not get theirs in the first or second rounds. Episode 2: New areas for dwelling and adventure related to Episode 2 will go live. As always, all dates, durations, and deliverables are subject to change as we adjust our designs based on direct feedback from you, our players. RELEASE 65, April 25, 2019 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Combat: A pass will be done on summoned pet balance. This will include additional party bonuses based on pet type. Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Players will also be able to purchase items from the “Vault” section of the Crown Shop which will feature rare, previously-expired items that will be available for a limited time at a premium price. Player Towns & Player Housing: Our first ever paintable homes will also go live! Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 66, May 30, 2019 Story: The first area associated with Episode 2 will appear! Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15 second load time target. Combat: Players will be able to join multiple groups into large Raids (groups of groups). 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). 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. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 67, June 27, 2019 Story: 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. 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. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Player Towns & Player Housing: Players will have the ability to add custom conversations to their NPCs (shopkeepers, POT NPCs, servants, etc.). Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items as well as the return of Lord British’s birthday recurring items. We continue to be incredibly thankful for the support we receive from this amazing community. While the financial support you provide makes all of this possible, it pales in comparison with the faith you have in us, the feedback you provide us, and the content you are making for everyone to enjoy. We are humbly grateful, and we are always excited to see you each month in New Britannia! 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! Sincerely, Starr Long Executive Producer Shroud of the Avatar Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Various Livestreams (YouTube) Atos has 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 Apr 12, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream (Dark Spring) Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Meretz: Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home Win a Pirate Galleon City Water Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Pirate Galleon City Water 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: R64 Novia Market 1st Annual Fishing Contest! [Forum Post by ldykllr] Calling all Avatars! Come and join us for the 1st Annual Novia Market Fishing Contest! This will be a 24 hour competition, April 13th from 1200am (0000) NBT to 11:59pm (2400) NBT.This contest will be for freshwater and fetid fish, fished up from Novia Market and one of the two fishing dungeons in Novia Market (Alpha Fishstick’s and Rook Strife’s lots, please see the map below). Rules/Prizes will be as follows: COTO’s for each trophy fish turned in (yes you heard that right, you get the following coto amounts for EACH trophy fish you turn in caught during the event): Freshwater Fish: Pike – 100 cotos King Salmon – 75 cotos Black Trout, Brook Trout, Oscar Sunfish, Peacock Bass, Spotted Bass – 10 cotos Fetid Fish: Sturgeon – 100 cotos Alligator Gar – 75 cotos Tarpon – 50 cotos Goliath Catfish – 25 cotos Sharptooth Catfish – 10 cotos Largest Fish – Fetid or Freshwater (winner can be either type): 1st Place – 100k 2nd Place – 50k 3rd Place – 25k Largest Freshwater Fish (Rare) – 1000 cotos Largest Fetid Fish (Rare) – 1000 cotos Longest Combined Length (Freshwater Rare + Uncommon – no more than one of each fish type – i.e. 1 Black Trout, 1 Oscar Sunfish, etc) – 500 cotos Longest Combined Length (Fetid Rare + Uncommon – no more than one of each fish type – i.e. 1 Sharptooth Catfish, 1 Golaith Catfish, etc) – 500 cotos BONUS prizes (these prizes will be given out if they occur during the competition): Screenshot needed for these two showing in-game chat of item being fished up with the date/time visible. Send to robynhood.sota@gmail.com. I would suggest you don’t try to cheat on this one because I will be able to tell and you will be banned from future competitions. Ancient Golden Ring/or Necklace – 250 cotos Pax Ring – 250 cotos Largest Pacu (if and only if NoMa is POT of the day) – 250 cotos Caught ALL the Fetid fish (rare + uncommon + common) – 1000 cotos Caught ALL the Freshwater Fish (rare + uncommon + common) – 1000 cotos All turn ins will be done at the Pirate Galleon on the town lot under Robyn Hood’s name (take a right from the docks and follow the water until you see the ship and cherry trees). There will be several chests to drop submissions and it will be checked throughout the day. Tiebreakers will be based on the time the fish was caught. For the longest combined length/caught all the fish entries, all fish must be put into a backpack (there will be backpacks in the public cache on the docks on the day of the event) labeled with your name and you must send me an in-game mail (I will even include paper in the backpack!) to let me know you are submitting them for that particular prize. All loose submissions (not in a backpack) will be treated as entries for largest fish and will also count as submissions for cotos. Depending on the number of participants, it could take some times to process all submissions. I will post here announcing the winners once they have been determined (this may take a day). Winning submissions will be put on display in Novia Market (location tbd) and will not be returned as I’d like to keep a running record and display of winning entries. All other entries will be returned to you. Fishing dungeon locations (1 – Alpha Fishstick, 2 – Rook Strife): 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
  7. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 64 Livestream: Now April 12 Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Ask Us Anything (+ Atos Livestreams) (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: R64 Dance Party Community Event: Daggers in the Dark Community Event: R64 Novia Market 1st Annual Fishing Contest! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 04-05-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  8. Greetings Avatars, Due to the ongoing graphical issues related to our recent upgrade to the latest version of Unity we are going to move the Release 64 Livestream to next week, April 12 so that we can focus on working on a patch for the weekend to address these issues. Thank you for your patience. View the full article
  9. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 64 Livestream: Now April 12 Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Ask Us Anything (+ Atos Livestreams) (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: R64 Dance Party Community Event: Daggers in the Dark Community Event: R64 Novia Market 1st Annual Fishing Contest! Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Release 64 Livestream: Now April 12 The Release 64 Livestream is now Friday April 12. We adjusted the date so we could focus today on addressing the ongoing graphical issues associated with our recent upgrade to the latest version of Unity. Thank you for your patience. All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate Spring and the arrival of the Envy Angel our theme for Release 64 is Dark Spring! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Easter Egg Tour (tour of hidden things and pop culture references) 4:15 PM: Easter Egg Hunt (see below) 5 PM: Ending Announcements EASTER EGG HUNT: We are going to have our very first Easter Egg Hunt! To participate in the contest search the game for Public Cache Chests with Easter Eggs hidden in them. If you find Eggs named “Easter Egg Hunt 5th Prize”, “Easter Egg 4th Prize”, etc. then you have won! Once you have found the prize eggs then you will need to find List Rostov (Vas Corp Por in the forums) or Atos in Hometown and turn in your prize eggs to claim your prize! Note that some chests will have miscellaneous prizes including confections, crowns, and regular eggs. Prizes: 5th Prize: Royal Elven Longbow 4th Prize: Ornate Elven Furniture Set 3rd Prize: Elven Guard Tower (digital) 2nd Prize: Hollow Log Two-Story Village House (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Dark Spring) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during Release 64. In honor of Spring and the arrival of our newest seasonal boss, The Envy Angel, our theme is Dark Spring! All webstore purchases during the Release will count towards the stretch goals, not just the two hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! $15K: Flower Hairpiece $30K: Dark Leaf Spear $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Redthorn (Shardfall Plant) Decoration Pack $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 67 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Dark Spring has Sprung” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Black Butterfly Mask (digital) Wedding Dress (digital) Wedding Tuxedo (digital) Tall White Floral Box Hedge Fence (digital) Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set (digital) Storefront Greenhouse Four-Story Row Home SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section of the original post or in Twitch Chat during the event. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! Q2 2019 Update Greetings Avatars, The first quarter kicked off 2019 with a huge bang! We added the Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons (including Encounters!), Back Slot Items, Pronged Weapons, Pirate Items, Massive Repricing, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Crown Store Polish, Baby Dragons and Tons of Quality of Life Improvements! The second quarter is going to be just as amazing as Q1! We will have Crafting Specializations (choose your effect!), the ability to flag your Row Lots as empty (crops!), the return of the Atavists of Purity (seasonal boss/creature), Episode 2 areas, Raid groups (groups of groups) and more quality of life improvements. Stay with 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 we have stated previously, we intend to publish quarterly schedule updates detailing our monthly releases and those monthly releases will continue just as before, on the last Thursday of each month. Even though the goals outlined in these schedules are likely to change somewhat as we react to feedback, we feel it is important to periodically provide you with an updated roadmap. Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our players regularly, so that you can give us feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. This collaborative process continues to benefit the game, and often results in sweeping changes such as the recent balance passes to combat. As you have seen in previous releases, the flexibility inherent to this process means that we sometimes push things out, but we also often pull new things in. Q2 Top 10 Priorities: As mentioned previously we keep a running list of our Top 10 priorities at all times that we use when building our schedule and prioritizing where to allocate our team’s resources. We often refer to it when making decisions about the project. While it has a VERY strong influence on what we work on at any given time, it does not mean that we only work on something that is on the list. It just means that if someone can assist with something that will help address an item on the list, then we will make sure they do that first before working on anything else. Sometimes team members cannot assist with anything on our top priorities, so they work on other tasks such as visual polish, combat balance, or content that helps us raise funds. Quality of Life: We will continue to make general improvements to quality of life by removing slowdowns and annoyances in gameplay. Systems and User Interface Polish: Polishing and improving existing systems will continue to be a major focus. This will take priority over new systems. We will also continue to polish various UI elements. Bug Fixing: We will continue to focus more on fixing bugs versus new content and new features. Performance: While the game is much more playable now we feel there is still more to be gained so in Q1 we will continue making code and content changes to improve performance. New User Experience Polish: We will polish and improve various elements of the New User Experience. Seasonal Content: Content to support Summer events will be brought back. Improved Reward Cycle: We will continue our focus on systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Player Made Dungeons: We will also continue to add new features and content to the Player Made Dungeons feature. Shipping Phase 3: Collector’s Boxes will ship to those who did not get theirs in the first or second rounds. Episode 2: New areas for dwelling and adventure related to Episode 2 will go live. As always, all dates, durations, and deliverables are subject to change as we adjust our designs based on direct feedback from you, our players. RELEASE 65, April 25, 2019 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Combat: A pass will be done on summoned pet balance. This will include additional party bonuses based on pet type. Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Players will also be able to purchase items from the “Vault” section of the Crown Shop which will feature rare, previously-expired items that will be available for a limited time at a premium price. Player Towns & Player Housing: Our first ever paintable homes will also go live! Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 66, May 30, 2019 Story: The first area associated with Episode 2 will appear! Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15 second load time target. Combat: Players will be able to join multiple groups into large Raids (groups of groups). 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). 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. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 67, June 27, 2019 Story: 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. 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. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Player Towns & Player Housing: Players will have the ability to add custom conversations to their NPCs (shopkeepers, POT NPCs, servants, etc.). Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items as well as the return of Lord British’s birthday recurring items. We continue to be incredibly thankful for the support we receive from this amazing community. While the financial support you provide makes all of this possible, it pales in comparison with the faith you have in us, the feedback you provide us, and the content you are making for everyone to enjoy. We are humbly grateful, and we are always excited to see you each month in New Britannia! 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! Sincerely, Starr Long Executive Producer Shroud of the Avatar Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Ask Us Anything Livestream (+ Atos Livestreams) (YouTube) Last week’s Row Homes livestream was beautiful! We showed off some amazingly decorated Row Homes by our players and demonstrated how to decorate. As a reminder every player who finishes any of the Outskirts (roughly 2 hours of gameplay) receives a free Row Lot Deed and Row Home! In case you missed the fun times here is the Ask Us Anything stream on YouTube: Additionally Atos has been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel as well (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 Apr 6, 2019 – Release 64 Dance Party Apr 12, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream (Dark Spring) Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Community Event: R64 Dance Party [Forum Post by Amber Raine] Join us in Rift’s End for the Traditional testoflag fest known as “The Release 64 Dance Party” Come help the Devs test the limits of the newest update. While partying on the Queen of Chaos we will have our ears tantalized by the best beats this side of the Rift by the one and only Lord of Chaos, Darkstarr himself. This is a party you are most certainly not going to want to miss! The Queen of Chaos, The Lord of Chaos, On the Isle of Chaos, One Night Only!! April 6th 2019 2pm – 5pm NBT Rift’s End. Only on Avatars Radio​ Community Event: Daggers in the Dark [Forum Post by Amber Raine] Coming Soon…. to Serpents Watch (just over the bridge and a little south and west of Brittany) March 30th 2019 8pm NBT The New Britannia Theatre Troupe Presents the next play written by Gabriel Nightshadow and performed by a number of voice Actors across New Britannia. Music Score composed by Amber Raine Daggers in the Dark — Don’t Trust Anyone, you never know who might be holding the “Dagger in the Dark”​ Community Event: R64 Novia Market 1st Annual Fishing Contest! [Forum Post by ldykllr] Calling all Avatars! Come and join us for the 1st Annual Novia Market Fishing Contest! This will be a 24 hour competition, April 13th from 1200am (0000) NBT to 11:59pm (2400) NBT.This contest will be for freshwater and fetid fish, fished up from Novia Market and one of the two fishing dungeons in Novia Market (Alpha Fishstick’s and Rook Strife’s lots, please see the map below). Rules/Prizes will be as follows: COTO’s for each trophy fish turned in (yes you heard that right, you get the following coto amounts for EACH trophy fish you turn in caught during the event): Freshwater Fish: Pike – 100 cotos King Salmon – 75 cotos Black Trout, Brook Trout, Oscar Sunfish, Peacock Bass, Spotted Bass – 10 cotos Fetid Fish: Sturgeon – 100 cotos Alligator Gar – 75 cotos Tarpon – 50 cotos Goliath Catfish – 25 cotos Sharptooth Catfish – 10 cotos Largest Fish – Fetid or Freshwater (winner can be either type): 1st Place – 100k 2nd Place – 50k 3rd Place – 25k Largest Freshwater Fish (Rare) – 1000 cotos Largest Fetid Fish (Rare) – 1000 cotos Longest Combined Length (Freshwater Rare + Uncommon – no more than one of each fish type – i.e. 1 Black Trout, 1 Oscar Sunfish, etc) – 500 cotos Longest Combined Length (Fetid Rare + Uncommon – no more than one of each fish type – i.e. 1 Sharptooth Catfish, 1 Golaith Catfish, etc) – 500 cotos BONUS prizes (these prizes will be given out if they occur during the competition): Screenshot needed for these two showing in-game chat of item being fished up with the date/time visible. Send to robynhood.sota@gmail.com. I would suggest you don’t try to cheat on this one because I will be able to tell and you will be banned from future competitions. Ancient Golden Ring/or Necklace – 250 cotos Pax Ring – 250 cotos Largest Pacu (if and only if NoMa is POT of the day) – 250 cotos Caught ALL the Fetid fish (rare + uncommon + common) – 1000 cotos Caught ALL the Freshwater Fish (rare + uncommon + common) – 1000 cotos All turn ins will be done at the Pirate Galleon on the town lot under Robyn Hood’s name (take a right from the docks and follow the water until you see the ship and cherry trees). There will be several chests to drop submissions and it will be checked throughout the day. Tiebreakers will be based on the time the fish was caught. For the longest combined length/caught all the fish entries, all fish must be put into a backpack (there will be backpacks in the public cache on the docks on the day of the event) labeled with your name and you must send me an in-game mail (I will even include paper in the backpack!) to let me know you are submitting them for that particular prize. All loose submissions (not in a backpack) will be treated as entries for largest fish and will also count as submissions for cotos. Depending on the number of participants, it could take some times to process all submissions. I will post here announcing the winners once they have been determined (this may take a day). Winning submissions will be put on display in Novia Market (location tbd) and will not be returned as I’d like to keep a running record and display of winning entries. All other entries will be returned to you. Fishing dungeon locations (1 – Alpha Fishstick, 2 – Rook Strife): 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
  10. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 64 Now! Ask Us Anything Livestream Today Release 64 Livestream: Dark Spring Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Arch Lapin Livestream (+ Atos Livestreams) (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: R64 Dance Party Community Event: Daggers in the Dark Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 03-29-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  11. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Play Release 64 Now! Ask Us Anything Livestream Today Release 64 Livestream: Dark Spring Q2 2019 Update Darkstarr Recurring Items Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Arch Lapin Livestream (+ Atos Livestreams) (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: R64 Dance Party Community Event: Daggers in the Dark Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Play Release 64 Now! Release 64 successfully launched yesterday, March 28, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including: Arch Lapin Returns with new loot! Spring Equinox Items Food Decoration Items (beyond just fruit and veggies) Universal Trade Channel POT MOTD Guild MOTD More Pirate Items More Player Dungeon Encounters & Totems R60 & R61 Livestream Items Performance Improvements More Bug Fixes and more! Check out the Release 64 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 64 Player Instructions Release 64 Known Issues Ask Us Anything Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday March 29 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are focusing on answering your questions! So submit them in Twitch chat during the event. If we have time we will also show off some of the new Spring items Scottie has made. You can earn Release 64 Dark Spring stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! $15K: Flower Hairpiece $30K: Dark Leaf Spear $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Redthorn (Shardfall Plant) Decoration Pack $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Dark Spring has Sprung” 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! Release 64 Livestream: Dark Spring The Release 64 Livestream is set for Friday April 5! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate Spring and the arrival of the Envy Angel our theme for Release 64 is Dark Spring! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Easter Egg Tour (tour of hidden things and pop culture references) 4:15 PM: Easter Egg Hunt (see below) 5 PM: Ending Announcements EASTER EGG HUNT: We are going to have our very first Easter Egg Hunt! To participate in the contest search the game for Public Cache Chests with Easter Eggs hidden in them. If you find Eggs named “Easter Egg Hunt 5th Prize”, “Easter Egg 4th Prize”, etc. then you have won! Once you have found the prize eggs then you will need to find Vas Corp Por or Atos in Hometown and turn in your prize eggs to claim your prize! Note that some chests will have miscellaneous prizes including confections, crowns, and regular eggs. Prizes: 5th Prize: Royal Elven Longbow 4th Prize: Ornate Elven Furniture Set 3rd Prize: Elven Guard Tower (digital) 2nd Prize: Hollow Log Two-Story Village House (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Dark Spring) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during Release 64. In honor of Spring and the arrival of our newest seasonal boss, The Envy Angel, our theme is Dark Spring! All webstore purchases during the Release will count towards the stretch goals, not just the two hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! $15K: Flower Hairpiece $30K: Dark Leaf Spear $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Redthorn (Shardfall Plant) Decoration Pack $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 67 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Dark Spring has Sprung” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Black Butterfly Mask (digital) Wedding Dress (digital) Wedding Tuxedo (digital) Tall White Floral Box Hedge Fence (digital) Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set (digital) Storefront Greenhouse Four-Story Row Home SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section of the original post or in Twitch Chat during the event. Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! Q2 2019 Update Greetings Avatars, The first quarter kicked off 2019 with a huge bang! We added the Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons (including Encounters!), Back Slot Items, Pronged Weapons, Pirate Items, Massive Repricing, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Crown Store Polish, Baby Dragons and Tons of Quality of Life Improvements! The second quarter is going to be just as amazing as Q1! We will have Crafting Specializations (choose your effect!), the ability to flag your Row Lots as empty (crops!), the return of the Atavists of Purity (seasonal boss/creature), Episode 2 areas, Raid groups (groups of groups) and more quality of life improvements. Stay with 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 we have stated previously, we intend to publish quarterly schedule updates detailing our monthly releases and those monthly releases will continue just as before, on the last Thursday of each month. Even though the goals outlined in these schedules are likely to change somewhat as we react to feedback, we feel it is important to periodically provide you with an updated roadmap. Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our players regularly, so that you can give us feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. This collaborative process continues to benefit the game, and often results in sweeping changes such as the recent balance passes to combat. As you have seen in previous releases, the flexibility inherent to this process means that we sometimes push things out, but we also often pull new things in. Q2 Top 10 Priorities: As mentioned previously we keep a running list of our Top 10 priorities at all times that we use when building our schedule and prioritizing where to allocate our team’s resources. We often refer to it when making decisions about the project. While it has a VERY strong influence on what we work on at any given time, it does not mean that we only work on something that is on the list. It just means that if someone can assist with something that will help address an item on the list, then we will make sure they do that first before working on anything else. Sometimes team members cannot assist with anything on our top priorities, so they work on other tasks such as visual polish, combat balance, or content that helps us raise funds. Quality of Life: We will continue to make general improvements to quality of life by removing slowdowns and annoyances in gameplay. Systems and User Interface Polish: Polishing and improving existing systems will continue to be a major focus. This will take priority over new systems. We will also continue to polish various UI elements. Bug Fixing: We will continue to focus more on fixing bugs versus new content and new features. Performance: While the game is much more playable now we feel there is still more to be gained so in Q1 we will continue making code and content changes to improve performance. New User Experience Polish: We will polish and improve various elements of the New User Experience. Seasonal Content: Content to support Summer events will be brought back. Improved Reward Cycle: We will continue our focus on systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Player Made Dungeons: We will also continue to add new features and content to the Player Made Dungeons feature. Shipping Phase 3: Collector’s Boxes will ship to those who did not get theirs in the first or second rounds. Episode 2: New areas for dwelling and adventure related to Episode 2 will go live. As always, all dates, durations, and deliverables are subject to change as we adjust our designs based on direct feedback from you, our players. RELEASE 65, April 25, 2019 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Combat: A pass will be done on summoned pet balance. This will include additional party bonuses based on pet type. Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Players will also be able to purchase items from the “Vault” section of the Crown Shop which will feature rare, previously-expired items that will be available for a limited time at a premium price. Player Towns & Player Housing: Our first ever paintable homes will also go live! Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 66, May 30, 2019 Story: The first area associated with Episode 2 will appear! Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15 second load time target. Combat: Players will be able to join multiple groups into large Raids (groups of groups). 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). 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. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 67, June 27, 2019 Story: 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. 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. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Player Towns & Player Housing: Players will have the ability to add custom conversations to their NPCs (shopkeepers, POT NPCs, servants, etc.). Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items as well as the return of Lord British’s birthday recurring items. We continue to be incredibly thankful for the support we receive from this amazing community. While the financial support you provide makes all of this possible, it pales in comparison with the faith you have in us, the feedback you provide us, and the content you are making for everyone to enjoy. We are humbly grateful, and we are always excited to see you each month in New Britannia! 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! Sincerely, Starr Long Executive Producer Shroud of the Avatar Darkstarr Recurring Items It is the Regent Darkstarr’s (aka Starr Long) birthday on March 12th! In honor of his birthday the recurring rare Darkstarr items are in the Crown shop for a limited time! They will only be available this year until May 3rd and then you will have to wait for another full year before they become available again! Here’s a list of those recurring items: Darkstarr Fur Collared CloakLord British vs Darkstarr Battle BannerDarkstarr Shield & Darkstarr Shield Pattern Pack Darkstarr Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Arch Lapin Livestream (+ Atos Livestreams) (YouTube) Last week’s Row Homes livestream was beautiful! We showed off some amazingly decorated Row Homes by our players and demonstrated how to decorate. As a reminder every player who finishes any of the Outskirts (roughly 2 hours of gameplay) receives a free Row Lot Deed and Row Home! We also made a ton of progress on the Darkstarr stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Darkstarr Wand ACHIEVED! $30K: Darkstarr Throne (Reverse Colors) ACHIEVED! $45K: Darkstarr 1h Sword ACHIEVED! $60K: Darkstarr Clock Tower (Reverse Colors) $75K: Darkstarr Coronated Leather Helm and Darkstarr Longbow $90K: Darkstarr Dungeon Room with Clock $105K: Darkstarr Trident and Darkstarr 2h Axe $125K: Darkstarr Black Leather Armor In case you missed the fun times here is the Arch Lapin stream on YouTube: Additionally Atos has been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel as well (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 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream (Dark Spring) Apr 6, 2019 – Release 64 Dance Party Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Community Event: R64 Dance Party [Forum Post by Amber Raine] Join us in Rift’s End for the Traditional testoflag fest known as “The Release 64 Dance Party” Come help the Devs test the limits of the newest update. While partying on the Queen of Chaos we will have our ears tantalized by the best beats this side of the Rift by the one and only Lord of Chaos, Darkstarr himself. This is a party you are most certainly not going to want to miss! The Queen of Chaos, The Lord of Chaos, On the Isle of Chaos, One Night Only!! April 6th 2019 2pm – 5pm NBT Rift’s End. Only on Avatars Radio​ Community Event: Daggers in the Dark [Forum Post by Amber Raine] Coming Soon…. to Serpents Watch (just over the bridge and a little south and west of Brittany) March 30th 2019 8pm NBT The New Britannia Theatre Troupe Presents the next play written by Gabriel Nightshadow and performed by a number of voice Actors across New Britannia. Music Score composed by Amber Raine Daggers in the Dark — Don’t Trust Anyone, you never know who might be holding the “Dagger in the Dark”​ Meretz: Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Win a Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance Plus 125 Point Dungeon – valued at $100! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Okhan (formerly Amber Raine). They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon! “This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!” Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  12. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Q2 2019 Schedule Update

    Greetings Avatars, The first quarter kicked off 2019 with a huge bang! We added the Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons (including Encounters!), Back Slot Items, Pronged Weapons, Pirate Items, Massive Repricing, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Crown Store Polish, Baby Dragons and Tons of Quality of Life Improvements! The second quarter is going to be just... Q2 2019 Schedule UpdateView the full article
  13. The Release 64 Livestream is set for Friday April 5! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. To celebrate Spring and the arrival of the Envy Angel our theme for Release 64 is Dark Spring! LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone) Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule: 3 PM: Introductions 3:30 PM: Easter Egg Tour (tour of hidden things and pop culture references) 4:15 PM: Easter Egg Hunt (see below) 5 PM: Ending Announcements EASTER EGG HUNT: We are going to have our very first Easter Egg Hunt! To participate in the contest search the game for Public Cache Chests with Easter Eggs hidden in them. If you find Eggs named “Easter Egg Hunt 5th Prize”, “Easter Egg 4th Prize”, etc. then you have won! Once you have found the prize eggs then you will need to find Vas Corp Por or Atos in Hometown and turn in your prize eggs to claim your prize! Note that some chests will have miscellaneous prizes including confections, crowns, and regular eggs. Prizes: 5th Prize: Royal Elven Longbow 4th Prize: Ornate Elven Furniture Set 3rd Prize: Elven Guard Tower (digital) 2nd Prize: Hollow Log Two-Story Village House (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Lot Property Deed (digital) STRETCH GOALS (Dark Spring) As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during Release 64. In honor of Spring and the arrival of our newest seasonal boss, The Envy Angel, our theme is Dark Spring! All webstore purchases during the Release will count towards the stretch goals, not just the two hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals! $15K: Flower Hairpiece $30K: Dark Leaf Spear $45K: Flower Bed $60K: Dark Thorn Wand & Dark Thorn 1H Sword $75K: Redthorn (Shardfall Plant) Decoration Pack $90K: Dark Thorn Mace & Dark Leaf Shield $105K: Cenote Player Dungeon Room (open to sky with water and plants) $125K: Dark Thorn 2H Sword and Dark Thorn Staff *Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 67 at the earliest. We will keep you updated! WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES! We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Dark Spring has Sprung” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream! Black Butterfly Mask (digital) Wedding Dress (digital) Wedding Tuxedo (digital) Tall White Floral Box Hedge Fence (digital) Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set (digital) Storefront Greenhouse Four-Story Row Home 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 @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch! View the full article
  14. Jack T. Lamplighter

    SOTA NewsQ2 2019 Update

    [From a forum post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long] Greetings Avatars, The first quarter kicked off 2019 with a huge bang! We added the Envy Angel (another seasonal boss), more expansions to the Player Made Dungeons (including Encounters!), Back Slot Items, Pronged Weapons, Pirate Items, Massive Repricing, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Crown Store Polish, Baby Dragons and Tons of Quality of Life Improvements! The second quarter is going to be just as amazing as Q1! We will have Crafting Specializations (choose your effect!), the ability to flag your Row Lots as empty (crops!), the return of the Atavists of Purity (seasonal boss/creature), Episode 2 areas, Raid groups (groups of groups) and more quality of life improvements. Stay with 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 we have stated previously, we intend to publish quarterly schedule updates detailing our monthly releases and those monthly releases will continue just as before, on the last Thursday of each month. Even though the goals outlined in these schedules are likely to change somewhat as we react to feedback, we feel it is important to periodically provide you with an updated roadmap. Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our players regularly, so that you can give us feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. This collaborative process continues to benefit the game, and often results in sweeping changes such as the recent balance passes to combat. As you have seen in previous releases, the flexibility inherent to this process means that we sometimes push things out, but we also often pull new things in. Q2 Top 10 Priorities: As mentioned previously we keep a running list of our Top 10 priorities at all times that we use when building our schedule and prioritizing where to allocate our team’s resources. We often refer to it when making decisions about the project. While it has a VERY strong influence on what we work on at any given time, it does not mean that we only work on something that is on the list. It just means that if someone can assist with something that will help address an item on the list, then we will make sure they do that first before working on anything else. Sometimes team members cannot assist with anything on our top priorities, so they work on other tasks such as visual polish, combat balance, or content that helps us raise funds. Quality of Life: We will continue to make general improvements to quality of life by removing slowdowns and annoyances in gameplay. Systems and User Interface Polish: Polishing and improving existing systems will continue to be a major focus. This will take priority over new systems. We will also continue to polish various UI elements. Bug Fixing: We will continue to focus more on fixing bugs versus new content and new features. Performance: While the game is much more playable now we feel there is still more to be gained so in Q1 we will continue making code and content changes to improve performance. New User Experience Polish: We will polish and improve various elements of the New User Experience. Seasonal Content: Content to support Summer events will be brought back. Improved Reward Cycle: We will continue our focus on systemic and game-wide upgrades to the quality and quantity of loot. Player Made Dungeons: We will also continue to add new features and content to the Player Made Dungeons feature. Shipping Phase 3: Collector’s Boxes will ship to those who did not get theirs in the first or second rounds. Episode 2: New areas for dwelling and adventure related to Episode 2 will go live. As always, all dates, durations, and deliverables are subject to change as we adjust our designs based on direct feedback from you, our players. RELEASE 65, April 25, 2019 Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15-second load time target. Combat: A pass will be done on summoned pet balance. This will include additional party bonuses based on pet type. Crafting & Economy: Fertilizer will now be able to be used in Agriculture to affect the outcome. Players will also be able to purchase items from the “Vault” section of the Crown Shop which will feature rare, previously-expired items that will be available for a limited time at a premium price. Player Towns & Player Housing: Our first ever paintable homes will also go live! Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 66, May 30, 2019 Story: The first area associated with Episode 2 will appear! Performance: Performance work will mainly focus on improving frame rate and reducing hitching during gameplay. Work will also continue to be done on load time reduction on the few outstanding scenes that are not meeting our 15 second load time target. Combat: Players will be able to join multiple groups into large Raids (groups of groups). 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). 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. Livestream Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items. RELEASE 67, June 27, 2019 Story: 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. 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. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Player Towns & Player Housing: Players will have the ability to add custom conversations to their NPCs (shopkeepers, POT NPCs, servants, etc.). Additionally updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items as well as the return of Lord British’s birthday recurring items. We continue to be incredibly thankful for the support we receive from this amazing community. While the financial support you provide makes all of this possible, it pales in comparison with the faith you have in us, the feedback you provide us, and the content you are making for everyone to enjoy. We are humbly grateful, and we are always excited to see you each month in New Britannia! 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! Sincerely, Starr Long Executive Producer Shroud of the Avatar View the full article
  15. Jack T. Lamplighter

    SOTA NewsRelease 64 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 64 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, March 28, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 64 is the final release in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities (from Q1 2019 Schedule Update). We made progress on many of these priorities including Quality of Life (Player-Owned Town Message of the Day, Guild Message of the Day, Universal Trade Channel), User Interface Polish (In-Game Crown Shop Improvements), Seasonal Content (Arch Lapin, Spring Items), bug fixes, and more work on Player-Made Dungeon Encounters! Please note that Release 63 was our first release since moving to a distributed working model (no office). This meant a larger than normal number of post release patches and a larger than expected impact on Release 64 deliverables. Additionally, two of our engineers and one designer had vacations during Release 64 which greatly reduced our capacity. Arch Lapin: Spring is in the air and brings with it the smell of death! The smell of Death Bunny that is! Rumors abound of the return of this nasty foul creature who perhaps can only be slain by the fabled Sacred Orb of Obliteration? The return of our very first seasonal boss is made even more exciting with the addition of two new loot items: Confection Eggs and Confection Bunnies! Spring Equinox Items: Now that spring has sprung we have surrounded you with delightful confections and eggs to celebrate! You can craft a dyeable egg or purchase one of the many new spring themed items like the Spring Equinox Replenishing Confections Platter. Player-Made Dungeons: Player-Made Dungeon encounters were originally scheduled for this release and we did an early iteration in Release 63. Release 64 includes a larger variety of encounters and totems. We also added ramps to the Natural Cavern set as requested by players. Quality of Life Improvements: Various improvements to player quality of life were made including numerous bug fixes, giving town owners the ability to set a Player-Owned Town Message of the Day, giving guild officers the ability to set a Guild Message of the Day, the addition of a new Universal Trade Channel, better in-game quest/task bug reporting, and crown shop improvements. 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 64. Key: Plain Text: The original plan for the Release deliverables from the Q1 2019 Schedule Update. We intentionally preserve the original text so that our backers can compare plan versus actuals. Italics: Detailed notes of what was actually delivered. Strikethrough: These are items that did not make the release (but are still planned). RELEASE 64, March 28, 2019 Story: The first lands associated with Episode 2 will begin to appear! Arch Lapin Returns: Rumors abound of the return of this nasty foul creature who perhaps can only be slain by the fabled Sacred Orb of Obliteration? The return of our very first seasonal boss is made even more exciting with the addition of two new loot items: Confection Eggs and Confection Bunnies! Norgard Barbarian “Viking” Dance: Somewhere deep in the South Boundless Forest is a barbarian seer who is too intent on the undead recently awakened on the nearby hilltop to kill you. Do you dare offer to help in her task? Those that do might learn something about her culture, including the “Viking” dance they sometimes perform. South Broken Road: We improved the “Essence and Ice” dialogue in this location by adding additional keywords to the Orator’s conversation. Episode 2 Lands Delayed: Please note that Release 63 was our first release since moving to a distributed working model (no office). This meant a larger than normal number of post release patches and a larger than expected impact on Release 64 deliverables. Additionally two of our engineers and one designer had vacations during Release 64 which greatly reduced our capacity. 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. Unity Upgrade: We are once again trying to make the move to the newest version of Unity, 2018.3. This brings a number of performance improvements and increased threading in systems. IL2CPP Switch: For windows users only, we are once again experimenting with IL2CPP builds. This is an experimental system that generates native code from C# code that should be more performant. Texture Streaming: Due to stability issues, we ended up disabling this for the previous release. We are experimenting with it again for R64 to see if the stability issues were fixed in the newer Unity version. Shader Optimizations: The memory footprint of our shaders was cut in half by reducing variants. This results in a memory savings of roughly 700MB and also improved load times. Bug Fixing: Time will be allocated to a general sweep through all systems, features, and content to reduce overall bug counts. Bug Fixing: We dedicated a portion of the release to working solely on fixing bugs and reducing our overall bug count. Crafting & Economy: Upon achieving Grandmaster in a crafting school you will now unlock a set of new exclusive effects for Masterworking and Enchanting. Universal Trade Channel: We have added an additional channel to Universal Chat dedicated solely to trade. This should hopefully reduce trade spam in the main Universe channel and better facilitate trade. This can be accessed through ‘/t’ for “Traders” Food Decorations: In Release 54 we enabled the ability to have foods placed as decorations but currently that only works for fruits and vegetables. In Release 64 we have begun to expand that with items like the Slice of Cake, Spring Equinox Items, and the new Arch Lapin loot. Dyeable Egg: This new recipe lets you make a dyeable egg decoration! Deco Stack Limit: The deco stacking limit has been increased from 5 to 8 by player request! Dyeable Slice of Cake: The Slice of Cake recipe now produces a dyeable decorative item that is also consumable! Crown Merchants: Now that we have a comprehensive Crown Shop that holds all items we have removed the now obsolete localized Obsidian Crown Merchants from Ardoris, Aerie, Central Brittany, Owl’s Head, and Resolute who had limited inventories. Grandmaster Effects Delayed: Please note that Release 63 was our first release since moving to a distributed working model (no office). This meant a larger than normal number of post release patches and a larger than expected impact on Release 64 deliverables. Additionally two of our engineers and one designer had vacations during Release 64 which greatly reduced our capacity. Player-Made Dungeons: More features and content will be added to the Player-Made Dungeon System including the ability to place creatures to fight in your dungeon! Player-Made Dungeon Encounters: Player-Made Dungeon encounters were originally scheduled for this release and we did an early iteration in Release 63. Release 64 includes a larger variety of encounters and totems. This release brings 2 new creature types: Trolls and Kobolds. Additionally 3 new encounter rooms that previously existed will be convertible to spawned versions. One completely new encounter room will also begin dropping. Natural Cavern Dungeon Ramps: We added 4 ramps to the Hallways pack at the request of players. Trolls and Kobold Essences: Trolls and Kobolds (Tier 5 and above) will now sometimes drop essences that can be used to craft totems that enable dungeon encounter rooms to spawn higher difficulty creatures. Encounter vs Non-Encounter Rooms: There were a large number of encounter rooms already in use and decorated and therefore we did not want to eliminate the deco versions of these rooms. Instead, there will be two versions of each room. One will be the deco version and the other will be the encounter version. Recipes will be available to convert from one version to the other. Player Towns & Player Housing: Updates to Dynamic Player-Owned Towns (POTs) that have locked submission forms will appear in the game. Player-Owned Town Message of the Day: POT owners can now set a MOTD that is shown to people upon entering their town. The town message of the day is shown in the chat window when entering a town that has a message. There are 3 chat “slash” commands associated with this feature: /getpotmotd: will print the current (or expired) message of the day to the chat window, and copies the text to the clipboard. /setpotmotd <message>: sets the message of the day for the current scene. current scene must be a town, and the local player must be the owner of the town, or be a steward. /unsetpotmotd: causes the current message of the day to expire. The message will no longer be shown to players when entering the scene, but can still be retrieved via the /getpotmotd command. NOTE: Messages expire after 7 days unless renewed. Confection Stand: Available in the Crown Shop. Confection Platter: Available at in-game Decorations Merchants for gold. Dyeable Cake: For those wanting to save space due to decoration limits (versus using the craftable cake slice), you can purchase this in the Crown Shop. Livestream and Seasonal Content: We will add recent livestream stretch goal items and 2019 Easter items. Release 60 Stretch Goal Items: We have completed more of the Cornucopia-themed Release 60 Stretch Goal items and hope to address the 2 remaining items in Release 65. Dragon Polearm Dragon Sword Release 61 Stretch Goal Items: We have completed almost all of Dark Winter themed Release 61 Stretch Goal items and hope to address the 3 remaining items in Release 65. Black Ice Shield Black Ice Wand Black Ice Staff Black Ice Sword Black Ice Bow Black Ice Elemental Statue Black Ice Wings Black Ice Building Blocks Dark Leather & Fur Yule Outfit Krampus Mask Haunted Snow Family Haunted Snowman Mask Icy Dungeon Hallway Set Haunted Yule Tree Set Spring Equinox Items: Dyeable Egg: This new recipe lets you make a dyeable egg decoration! 2019 Easter Basket: The Easter Basket replenishes confetti eggs annually that can be thrown at other players. This is a rare Spring item in the Crown Shop that expires on May 3. Spring Equinox Replenishing Confections Platter: This indulgent platter of confections regularly and randomly produces one of the following: Elderberry Cream Cheese Sugar Drops, Dyeable Cupcake, Thumbprint Cookies, or Petit Fours. This is a rare recurring Spring item in the Crown Shop that expires on May 3. Dyeable Multi-Color Easter Eggs (Dozen): There are six different patterns of eggs that can be dyed multiple colors! This is a rare recurring Spring item in the Crown Shop that expires on May 3. Combat: Pet Balance: A quick pass was made at balancing pets. Earth Elemental has gained the ability to use Earthquake, an powerful AE effect that has a chance to knock down victims Water Elemental: Remains the most effective pet in the game but it has had the cool down time of its heal spell increased by 5 seconds to prevent it from spam healing itself and players. Daemon: The Lesser Daemon summon will now have greater health and do significantly more damage with its Chaos bolt. Pirate Items: Yar! There be more pirates in Release 64, me mateys! Continuing from Release 63, we are adding more pirate-themed items to the in-game crown shop, perfect for excursions to scenes like Tenebris Harbor, Penmawr Island, and Blood Bay. Pirate Outfit: This pirate outfit is a must have for your daring high seas adventures and features a Head Scarf, Pirate Vest, Pirate Pants, Pirate Bracers, and Pirate Boots. You can find this outfit on the Crown Shop. Jolly Roger Flag and Jolly Roger Banners: Fly your pirate colors with this flag and two different banner styles (free-standing or hanging), all of which sport the jolly roger (aka skull and crossbones). You can find these items on the Crown Shop. Treasure Maps: Episode 2 will bring the Treasure Map system to the game. In the meantime you can purchase these decorations from the Crown Shop. Character & Social: Guild Message of the Day: Guild Officers can now set a MOTD that is shown to guild members in the chat window when entering their first scene after login. There are 3 chat “slash” commands associated with this feature: /getguildmotd: Will print the current (or expired) message of the day to the chat window, and copies the text to the clipboard. /setguildmotd <message>: Sets the message of the day for the guild. The local player must be the leader or an officer of the guild. /unsetguildmotd: Causes the current message of the day to expire. The message will no longer be shown to players, but can still be retrieved via /getguildmotd NOTE: Messages expire after 7 days unless renewed. /guildactivitylog: Writes a log file to the player’s data directory. Contains various guild activity from the past 30 days including new member invites, kicked guild members and more. Must be the guild leader or guild officer to use this command. /pet Emote: Purchasing this emote from the Crown Shop gives your avatar the petting animations. NOTE: At this time the animation happens at a fixed height and location regardless of the size of your pet. Players will have to manually align themselves with their pets to make this “look right.” Community Cloak: This “Truly Courageous Hands of Compassion” version of the Clasped Gauntlets was created to support Paladin Michael’s campaign in support of Ahmed via gofundme. Judge’s Wig: After numerous requests from players we have made this Blood Bay quest item dyeable. Quality of Life Improvements & User Interface Polish: Quest/Task Bug Reporting In-Game: In order to improve the flow of our quest and task bug fixing we have improved in-game reporting of task and quest bugs. Simply right-click on a task on your HUD and select “Report a Problem” then fill out the report. We will be then automatically notified of the issue. In-Game Crown Shop Polish: We made various improvements to the in-game Crown Shop: Countdown timer for sale items so you can see how much longer the item will be on sale. Scheduled availability of items so that we will be able to schedule the start and end times for the availability of items. Countdown timer for expiring items so you can see how much longer the item will be available before it expires. Thank you so much for reading all the way here to the end! We are only getting warmed up in this first quarter of 2019, which will be an amazing year for Shroud of the Avatar players! Crafting specializations (choose your effects!), Row Lots with Open Space, More In-game Crown Shop Improvements, Grandmaster Craftsman only effects, Fertilizer for Agriculture, Paintable Homes, The Vault (randomly returning expired items), Mannequins, more loot improvements, more expansions to the fishing system, better boss fights and more. Stay tuned for our Q2 2019 post for more details. 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
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