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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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    Drake and Wind - Vday party in Aldwater

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  2. Greetings Avatars! Some notable changes in today's patch regarding in-game lot deed upgrades via crowns: POT Square Footage Requirements: There has been a requirement reduction for City, Keep, Castle lots in POTs. See https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/f...to-place-city-keep-or-castles-in-pots.150839/ POT Deco Limits Doubled: Doubled the decoration item limit for all POTs so twice the number of decorations can now be placed.... Lot Deed Upgrades and other Notable Changes in Patch 915View the full article
  3. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Crown Store Buff & New Decorations for Release 63 New Pirate Items for Release 63 Freshwater Fishing Livestream Today Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! 50% Items and 20% Crowns Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 Player Quest Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (Kickstarter) Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 02-15-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Crown Store Buff & New Decorations for Release 63 New Pirate Items for Release 63 Freshwater Fishing Livestream Today Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! 50% Items and 20% Crowns Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 Player Quest Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Mechanica (Kickstarter) Resources: Players Helping Players Crown Store Buff & New Decorations for Release 63 Back in October of last year Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski started a thread in the forums entitled “Deco Wishlist that is already in-game”. The purpose of the thread is “…for world decorations that are already in the game that are not yet player-facing decos that people would like to have.” The thread has been steadily filling up with player requests and we are happy to say that the first round will be ready for Release 63 and will be available in the Crown Store! Speaking of the Crown Store, to encourage players to find the Crown Store button we have added a buff! Players will get a small one-day long buff with any purchase from the Crown Store. The buff strength is the same whether you spend 1 crown or 1000. You can have up to three buffs at once and there are currently 22 variations. These buffs will remain in place for at least two months / Releases but possibly longer to help players with the transition to an in-game store. Here are the converted deco items for Release 63 so far: Bird Cage: Perfume Bottles: Book Decoration (multiple empty books for decoration purposes only): Fishing Traps:Fishing Nets (outdoor deco):Cherry Trees (tabletop):Cherry Trees (pack): Pirate Items for Release 63 Yar! There be pirates coming to Release 63 me mateys! Starting with Release 63 we are introducing a range of pirate themed items to the game to go with scenes like Tenebris Harbor and Blood Bay. For Release 63 this is a range of wearable items including a Hook Hand (gloves), Bicorn Hat with Eye Patch, Tricorn Hat with Eye Patch, and more! Hook Hand (gloves): Tricorn Hat with Eye Patch:Bicorn Hat with Eye Patch: Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday February 15 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be a Fresh Water contest in Celestis! To participate in the contest go to Celestis and start fishing at 4:15 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fish Throne 3rd Prize: Small Longboat Water Decoration (digital) 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) This is the second Friday to earn the Release 62 Carnival stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Let the good times roll” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! [Forum post by Chris “Atos” Spears] Greetings avatars! As many of you know, there are some BIG changes underway with Shroud of the Avatar. After far too long, we are finally getting rid of our giant online cash shop and moving to the model that every other game uses. This is a LONG overdue change and definitely one that benefits the players and the Shroud team. Maintaining the existing cash shop was a full time job for several people. Managing everything in game versus a webstore is both easier for us and benefits the players with easier browsing, searching, instant delivery, and is generally a much simpler process for everyone. Also, in addition to removing the majority of the web store items, we’re also going to be changing up our semi-premium currency, Crowns or COTOs. Previously the rough target was 1 crown = $1. This was problematic because it did not give us the granularity needed for pricing smaller item and it got even more problematic when we wanted to put something on sale! Starting in Release 63, players will see that each of their crowns will be converted into 100 crowns. Store prices will follow that conversion for now and then over time will have their prices updated to more appropriate numbers. This means some items will go up and some will go down. With the increased resolution of crown we were also able to adjust our prices for crowns to more closely match what we wanted. Those prices will also go live with Release 63 in just over 2 weeks! The conversion rate is very slightly worse with most packages but now fall into what we believe will be a better set of numbers for the long term. As for store and crown sales, I think most people have seen we left our sales on this entire month. This is because after looking at what we sell things for, we had effectively targeted prices based on what they cost on sale. Going forward, we will be doing far fewer and much smaller sales BUT the normal price will be roughly the current sale price. For crown sales, we’ve also gotten people used to them always being on sale. Starting in R63 we’re going to start reducing that sale each release until we get to zero discount. We will still have sales but only briefly and only for special events. I repeat, we’re going to reduce and then kill off the reliance of store and crown sale pricing starting in just over 2 weeks, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Also, for those who haven’t seen the new planned crown bundle prices: $10.00 –> 750 $20.00 –> 1600 $35.00 –> 3200 $60.00 –> 6300 $100.00 –> 10750 Also, since I know some of you just read the top and bottom of the post, here is the tl;dr version: 98% of the cash shop going away We’re doing a 1 to 100 split for crowns to give us more pricing resolution for smaller items We’re doing away with huge sales and moving to a more steady but realistic price Crown store sales will be going away over the next few months starting with a reduction starting with R63 As always, thanks for your patience with this stuff and thanks for your support! Also, we have a number of exciting, upcoming announcements so keep your eyes on the forums over the next two weeks! 50% Items and 20% Crowns (Extended!) We have extended our 50% off weekend holiday sale! To celebrate our final release of our launch year we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever! We are also going to track the R61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals all weekend (versus just the traditional Friday noon to midnight)! We also have extended our Holiday Crowns Sale! Some packages are discounted as much as 20%! Note that the Crowns sale will be slowly going away over the next few releases! Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 63 As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 63 on February 28, 2019 Player Quest Livestream (YouTube) Last week’s livestream to show of Player Made Quests was incredible! We showed off Lilybird’s pirate treasure quest and were stumped by the quest in PAXLair! We also made progress on the Carnival themed stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester Outfit In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home – valued at $300! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support – Mechanica (Kickstarter) “Build the best factory to manufacture adorable vacuum robots in this unique strategy board game.” Mechanica is the latest game from our friend Mary Flanagan who featured our very own Lord British in her game Monarch. Mechanica is a unique engine building game where you race your opponents to create the best vacuum robot factory out of interlocking puzzle pieces. The game features: Dynamic factories that are fun to build and run 12 types of jigsaw piece-shaped tiles that snap together! Rotating shop board Instant setup: just open the box and play! The game stays in the tray Exciting 1-player mode Beautiful illustrations and adorable robots by Ann-Sophie De Steur Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  5. Sometimes the simplest answers aren't the best. I think we're seeing this is very true with several decisions we made long ago for how POTs work. We went with the obvious design of POTs having a total squarefootage that could be placed and houses take up exactly as many square feet as they take up. While this seems fine on the surface,the reality is that it makes POT owners choose between having 1 guy in an awesome castle or 32 friends in Row lots. This puts a huge burden on POT owners... Costs to place City, Keep, or Castles in POTs View the full article
  6. Greetings avatars! As many of you know, there are some BIG changes underway with Shroud of the Avatar. After far too long, we are finally getting rid of our giant online cash shop and moving to the model that every other game uses. This is a LONG overdue change and definitely one that benefits the players and the Shroud team. Maintaining the existing cash shop was a full time job for several people. Managing everything in game versus a webstore is both easier for us and benefits the... Store & Crowns: Please read about important upcoming changes! View the full article
  7. Greetings avatars! As many of you know, there are some BIG changes underway with Shroud of the Avatar. After far too long, we are finally getting rid of our giant online cash shop and moving to the model that every other game uses. This is a LONG overdue change and definitely one that benefits the players and the Shroud team. Maintaining the existing cash shop was a full time job for several people. Managing everything in game versus a webstore is both easier for us and benefits the... Please read about important upcoming changes! View the full article
  8. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday February 15 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be a Fresh Water contest in Celestis! To participate in the contest go to Celestis and start fishing at 4:15 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fish Throne 3rd Prize: Small Longboat Water Decoration (digital) 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) This is the second Friday to earn the Release 62 Carnival stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box ACHIEVED! $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Let the good times roll” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
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    Server Down Time

    The game service will be down for maintenance at 11:30 am (CST) today (Feb 11) for about 30 minutes to address the tamed pets bug. After the fix, players who saw their pets changed will have their pet restored to the correct creature type. Players who have subsequently re-tamed a new pet will not be effected by this change. EDIT: Done! 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 Player Quest Livestream Today Lord Forged Items now Duke Dungeon Throne Room & Duke Heraldry Paver Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Crown Store and Web Store Changes in Early 2019 50% Items and 20% Crowns Release 62 Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the CavernsThe post Echoes from the Caverns 02-08-2019 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 Player Quest Livestream Today Lord Forged Items now Duke Dungeon Throne Room & Duke Heraldry Paver Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Crown Store and Web Store Changes in Early 2019 50% Items and 20% Crowns Release 62 Livestream (YouTube) Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Project to Support: Avatars Radio Resources: Players Helping Players Player Quest Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday February 8 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show the incredible work some of our players have done to create quests for our other players. Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski and Keith “Sannio” Quinn have started a thread in the forums where you can submit any quest or experience you have created in the game that you might want to have us show in the livestream. Be sure to include the starting point and some basic run through information. This is the second Friday to earn the Release 62 Carnival stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Let the good times roll” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! Lord Forged Items now Duke Dungeon Throne Room & Duke Heraldry Paver not actual room [Forum post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long] Greetings Avatars, In June of 2018 we posted an update concerning the Duke+ level pledge reward of a Custom Avatar Head. At that time we explained our reasons why this original reward was not going to be possible as well as the reward we were going to replace it with known as the “Lord Forged Items”. Since that time we have received a large amount of feedback about that replacement reward which has caused us to pause on delivery of those rewards and consider other possibilities. To that end we have now decided to not deliver the Lord Forged Items because those visuals would not be unique nor would they offer anything unique for each Duke supporter. Instead we are going to provide each eligible backer a new Duke Dungeon Throne Room. In addition Dukes will receive a unique Duke Heraldry Paver they can place on the floor of this Throne Room where they can truly customize the space with their heraldry. Thank you again for your patience while we have worked to find a solution that is within our means. Please accept our sincerest apologies for not being able to deliver the original reward as promised. 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. Crown Store and Web Store Changes in Early 2019 [Forum post by Chris “Atos” Spears] Greetings avatars! We shared a lot of information yesterday in our short live stream and it was both exciting enough and potentially confusing enough that it deserved a post in writing that people could read and absorb. Our history is pretty well known and our “cash shop” has been with us since the start. For years it has been a burden in terms of public opinion, usability, and time consuming maintenance. When we compare ourselves to other live online role play games with a similar money model, we find that we are almost the only game in the entire crowded market that has a vast cash shop on a website and then almost nothing available in game for purchase. We also added premium currency long ago but never really made full use of it in game. Time for that all to change! Within the next 2 releases we will move to a store model similar to 95% of the other games in the field. Our website will primarily only sell Crowns and rewards programs and possibly 1 single item for episode 2 access. There will probably be another small section that will be hidden for stuff like POTs and support. All the items in the store will be available through the Crown Shop interface. From what we’ve been seeing, most players don’t even know this exists but if you look at the interface buttons in the upper right hand corner of the game, the second one in from the right is a Crown Shop. Click this and you can access a few dozen items from the game anywhere, without needing to talk to a merchant. When we mentioned this during the stream I saw a few people scream, “No! The interface is slow and doesn’t show the items or have information!” They are right and that is why our biggest task with this switch is moving to a whole new interface! We’re currently working on pulling all the information for items on the web store into the interface. Items will all include a detailed description, most will include a screenshot, and those that don’t will show the actual model for the item when selected. Also, currently the in game crown shop is SLOW to load even with a small number of items. We are fixing this to prebake this data instead of loading it all from thousands of item definition and data files. This slowness was actually the reason we stopped adding items to the in game store for a while but a fix is almost ready to go live. In addition to matching the features of the web store, by moving it in game we can improve it in a number of other ways as well. The web store has no good system for localization which means it is only available in English. The new crown store in game will be localizable just like any other in game text! In game you will be able to filter and search and sort items. We will have items tagged for different categories so instead of clicking through pages and pages of goods and scrolling you can just click “Weapons” and “Elven” and it will show you just the items tagged with those! If you’re shopping for new lights for your house, just choose “decorations” and “lights”. We are also hoping to have other data in them so you can do things like show “Recently added” items or just “Sale” items. To make sure existing players are aware of the in game crown store and go try it out, I’ll be adding a number of small “blessings” to the game. You’ll get one at random with any crown store purchase. I have about 25 different small blessings designed and it will apply one at random. These will last a day and will basically be shorter, possibly weaker versions of existing in game blessings or obsidian potions. We’ll probably keep these around until a release after the store work is finished to make sure people go and find the crown store in game since even the seasoned adventurers I talked to didn’t know it existed! I hope to have these live in a patch next week. Have you ever noticed that sometimes our sales stay up longer than promised. Well some of that is due to us wanting to be nice to players outside the US who have time zone issues to deal with but the main reason is because currently it is complicated to turn on/off sales and only a few people can do it. The new in game system will be broken down to allow anyone on the team to turn it on or off and we’ll also be able to schedule sales to start and end. So as for sales and pricing. This is another area where we’ve looked around and identified that we’re a bit off base on many prices. Part of this is due to us knowing we were doing big, week end sales and so we priced stuff higher than we should have. With this major transition coming up we’ll be adjusting many item prices down to somewhere in between the current price and the sale price. Once the new store goes live we will have far fewer sales and they will be much smaller percentages off. Most items in the new store will be cheaper than the current full price store BUT when on sale, they’ll roughly the same or slightly higher than the current prices. There will be some exceptions to that rule but that is our general target. Going forward we’ll probably also do fewer or no “Everything is on sale!” type sales. This is largely done this way now because of the less than stellar system we use now to put stuff on sale. So again, repeating again for clarity. New store prices will be adjusted. In general, new store prices will be lower than current full price store but slightly higher than current sale prices. Another big thing that we will be fixing during this time is our actual premium currency! While the $1 = 1 Crown thing is easy to understand, it does not give us the resolution we need to price things correctly. For instance, to match the cash shop, we would have to do things in full $1/1COTO increments. The resolution also means we have to make drops of them very rare. When this change goes live, after the maintenance down time concludes, you will log in to find that all of your crowns turned into 100 crowns. This will happen in your inventory, bank, and even on decos. The decos will look like a single crown but when picked up, they will turn into 100. For Vendors, we aren’t sure which option we’ll use but we’ll either adjust your numbers on your vendor or, more likely, we’ll cancel out all your crown sales/purchase orders. In game, you will still see crowns drop but at 100x the rate of the current ones. This also lets us do things like sell dyes individually if we choose. Previously we would bundle all the cheap items together in large packs because we couldn’t do sales smaller than $1. We’ll also be taking advantage of the new greater crown resolution to adjust our prices. While we knew what our targets numbers were before, we couldn’t actually get there because of rounding error involved with the low crown prices. Price = Count $10.00 = 750 $20.00 = 1600 $35.00 = 3200 $60.00 = 6300 $100.00 = 10750 Also, going forward do not expect to see many if any crown sales. We plan on moving crowns back to being the stable bedrock of our pricing structure and keeping the sales primarily in game. If do any crown sales it will only be for major events like Lord British’s birthday or the release of some major new content and will only be a small discount. Also, we’ll likely make some small adjustments to the rewards program to make sure it stays the best exchange rate for buying crowns. I’ve had a few people point out that due to the crown sales, currently it is promised to be the best rate but you can actually get slightly better with a large crown purchase on sale. You still miss out on all the extra stuff so we still consider it a great deal but we’ll be fixing this going forward to live up to its crown promise. One more exciting thing coming soon is the ability to upgrade deeds in game for crowns. The current plan is that you will be able to right click on a deed and get a menu showing you the cost to upgrade it. We plan on making it so you can upgrade for the price difference in the crown store. No trade deeds from the story-line will likely be upgradeable but remain no trade but we’re still evaluating that option. Also, in case you missed the stream, the other exciting thing coming is the ability to purchase a permit for row house demolition. There will be a cheap option to turn a row lot into a an empty lot with no houses on it that can be used for whatever. We see this as a huge win for players who have their main lot but also have a row lot or two in storage from the storyline. Now you’ll be able to put down a row lot to turn it into a play space, crafting area, or a dedicated garden. Wow, that ended up being a crazy long post! Lots of stuff to talk about. For those with short attention spans who just skip to the end, here is the tl;dr version: Current crown target of $1 = 1 COTO will turn into $1 = 100 COTO All your existing crowns will turn into 100 crowns Many prices will adjust downwards to be between current and sale price Sales will be smaller and fewer and for the most part Thanks and you can look forward to these changes in the near future! 50% Items and 20% Crowns (Extended!) We have extended our 50% off weekend holiday sale! To celebrate our final release of our launch year we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever! We are also going to track the R61 Dark Winter Stretch Goals all weekend (versus just the traditional Friday noon to midnight)! We also have extended our Holiday Crowns Sale! Some packages are discounted as much as 20%! Release 62 Livestream (YouTube) Our Release 62 Livestream was fantastic! We handed out a ton of prizes, including Avatars Radio mugs and shirts in honor of their 5th anniversary! We also showed off the new Duke Throne Dungeon Room and Tazar’s amazing GIGANTIC player dungeon he has assembled (along with some helpful friends). Then we had our first Fetid Water Fishing Contest in South Fetid Swamp! Fishing Contest Winners: Runners Up (2): Nautical Basement Entrance Eternal Pattern Inara Dreygon: Sturgeon 2.3 Taikee Vetrae: Small Sturgeon 2.2 3rd Prize: Gondola Water Decoration (digital) TIE Vladimir Begemot: Alligator Gar 2.5 Elryin Silvertree: Alligator Gar 2.5 2nd Prize: Obsidian Tower Village Water Home (digital) Tialessa: Sturgeon 2.6 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) Devian Loon: Large Alligator Gar 2.7 We also made progress on the Carnival themed stretch goals! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester Outfit In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube: Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks. For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Upcoming Events Calendar Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63 Mar 8, 2019 – Release 63 Livestream Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64 Apr 5, 2019 – Release 64 Livestream Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65 May 3, 2019 – Release 65 Livestream May 30, 2019 – Release 66 June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream June 27, 2019 – Release 67 July 25, 2019 – Release 68 Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69 Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home – valued at $300! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Project to Support – Avatars Radio Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member 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. As many of you know, we have been woefully understaffed in our CS department. As of 2 weeks ago we went from understaffed to UN-staffed as our only CS person suffered a major back injury and is on mandatory bed rest for weeks. This has resulted in several weeks of support tickets backing up. Finally some good news, we have a new CS person who will be starting tomorrow. Please be patient with them as they learn the ropes over the next few weeks but hopefully they will get the log jam... Customer Support and Shipping updates View the full article
  13. Hello! We will be doing some server maintenance today starting at 4pm CST. The game server will be unavailable at this time. We expect the server to be unavailable for an hour or less. At the same time, we will be releasing a new patch that will be needed to play once the game server comes back up. This maintenance is to address the periodic connection icons and issues that can occur currently on the live server. We are sorry about the downtime, but things will improved once we are... Server Maintenance 4-5pm CST today February 5th View the full article
  14. Jack T. Lamplighter

    POT upgrades for in game Crowns!

    Greetings Avatars! I am pleased to announce that we will now be allowing POT upgrades with Crowns! The cost in crowns is the same as for cash. So if you’re town was going to cost $800 to upgrade, you can upgrade it for 800 crowns. After investigating a number of options for how best to do this, we decided the simplest implementation was the best since this will be used by a fairly small audience. To upgrade, simply send an in game mail to Atos in game with a note for the town name you wish... POT upgrades for in game Crowns! View the full article
  15. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday February 8 at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to show the incredible work some of our players have done to create quests for our other players. Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski and Keith “Sannio” Quinn have started a thread in the forums where you can submit any quest or experience you have created in the game that you might want to have us show in the livestream. Be sure to include the starting point and some basic run through information. This is the second Friday to earn the Release 62 Carnival stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! ACHIEVED! $15K: Masquerade Mask ACHIEVED! $30K: Carnival Colors (Purple, Green, Yellow) Cycling Dye Replenishing Box $45K: Jester Mask Wand & Jester Mask Staff $60K: Brewing Themed Basement Hatches $75K: Formal Dress (Wedding Dress Variant) $90K: Tuxedo Variant $105K: Ballroom Dungeon Room $125K: Jester Outfit As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Let the good times roll” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
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