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  1. Howdy folks -- it's that time of month for the DRAFT RELEASE NOTES! Huzzah!!! Also, this is your preview into what to expect for the patch tomorrow. We now only have 1 version of weekly updates which happen on every Friday, but for release Fridays, I'll be sure to always get them done ahead of the time so you not only get to see the draft and offer suggestions, BUT you'll also get a sneak peak at what's patching in tomorrow!... Draft Release 75 Notes & Play Instructions for R75 View the full article
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    Mistrendur: Land Rush Guidance!

    Here ye! Here ye! By royal decree, the process details for the Mistrendur land rush has been issued to the peoples of New Britannia and are posted below! The time has come for players which made POT reservations in the new territory to step forward and be heard! Take heed of the following guidance: The site selections will be made in the sequence the reservation vouchers were purchased... Mistrendur: Land Rush Guidance!View the full article
  3. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Mistrendur: Land Rush Guidance! Darkstarr & Atos Livestream Today! Kobold Vault Round! Hrrrrk! New Store Items: NPC Conversationalists and More! February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote Release 74 Reward Program Items: Valentine’s Day Theme Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home (No Trade) Community Event: Release 74 Dance Party! Community Event: Traveling Swap Meet! Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Pantheon Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Mistrendur: Land Rush Guidance! By royal decree, the process details for the Mistrendur land rush has been issued to the peoples of New Britannia! Players made reservations to add or move towns to Mistrendur some time ago, and the time to begin selecting locations draws very close! The site selections will be made in the sequence the reservation vouchers were purchased The first bracket of players will commence with their selections on February 29, Noon CDT For more information, please read the official announcement in the forums This new land mass is just one exciting new feature arriving this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in Shroud of the Avatar’s 2020 Vision! Darkstarr & Atos Livestream Today! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, February 21 at 4PM CDT on Twitch! Darkstarr has much to share about his latest ventures during his short time away. Albeit we very much look forward to Darkstarr’s return in the not too distant future, let’s check out what exactly he’s been up to: Terrasurf Boards: the most exciting Onewheel XR accessory ever created. Check it out! Dragon Fight VR: an internal experiment to see how a short, single level, visceral dragon fight could work in VR. Also, Atos has been working diligently on the new Bard Skills coming to QA shortly. A total of 16 skills we be added into the Bard Skill tree. Be sure to pick his brain about these new abilities during today’s livestream! To enter the prize drawings, type “love makes the world go round” into any in-game chat channel OR make a purchase on the website add-on store. Please submit questions into Twitch Chat by inserting !question at the beginning of your text. Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! Kobold Vault Round! Hrrrrk! The current round of Vault items are available until Friday, February 27 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Kobold Mask Kobold Fighter Mask Kobold Archer Mask Kobold Mage Mask Spike Trap Decoration (non-harmful) Hacked Oracle Crawler Pet Kobold 3-Story with Open Deck Town Home Ornate Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold 2-Story with Rooftop Deck Village Home New Store Items: NPC Conversationalists and More! Lots of great decoration items are being added throughout this release, some of which are already in-game! Just added were 8 amazing non-player characters (NPC’s) readied for the player created dialogue scripting system! These new type of NPC’s are known as Conversationalists. Other items added to the game recently were a variety of stone/boulder packs, crystal chandeliers, goofy fish trophies, and even a new variety of VFX deco — Fireflies! Conversationalist (Female, 4 Varieties) Conversationalist (Male, 4 Varieties) Boulders (4, 6 and 10 Packs) Fireflies (Blue, Green, Orance and Yellow) Crystal Chandelier (Several Varieties) Goofy Fish Trophies February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote The /breathehearts emote has arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day, known as “Sequanna’s Day” in New Britannia. This new festive emote will be added to your character’s emote list for February’s login reward. Just log in during the month of February to receive this free reward! Release 74 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Valentine’s Day Theme! Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 74 are Valentine’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 74! Heart-Shaped Footstool Heart Top Hat Heart Spear NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! 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 Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: 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 Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) NEW: A Festival of the Avatar FULL ticket (which includes admission, King’s Dinner, Barons Men Play, A Heraldry Banner) and one additional guest at a discounted rate. 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) Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 140,000 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 Lord British’s property 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 Catnip Games for Tour & Dinner. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Community Events section of the forum for events hosted by our wonderful community members! Below is a list of additional events as the year progresses: 2020 Events Feb 22 – Release 74 Dance Party Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Apr 30 – Release 77 May 28 – Release 78 June 25 – Release 79 July 30 – Release 80 Aug 27 – Release 81 Meretz: Win a Obsidian Tower Town Water Home (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away an Obsidian Town Tower Water Home (No Trade) to a lucky winner! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Events: Release 74 Dance Party [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre] Virtue/Avatars Radio Presents the Release 74 Dance Party & Stress Test Location: Rinzai (Nested in Desolis) Host: DJ DarkStarr, Executive Producer of Shroud of the Avatar, a.k.a. Starr Long When: Saturday, February 22, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CDT Come out and sport some awesome dance moves, trade emotes and recipes, chat with friends, launch off fireworks and simply have a lot of fun! Find out more information on Alleine’s orignal post! If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming dance parties, find out here! Community Events: Traveling Swap Meet [Forum Post by Vlademir Begemot] Greetings! The Traveling Swap Meet travels to different locations every Sunday at 1 p.m. Central Time. Avatars gather with each other to buy, sell and trade. Not only is it a great way to offload that giant stack of raw materials, but it is a great opportunity to bring Avatars to your town, home, or store. The swap meet last for only half an hour, so don’t be late! Location: Mith Ly’atharin When: Sunday, February 23, 1:00 PM CDT See you there Traders! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king! UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid recently. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”. Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
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    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

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    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
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    "Letters to Sequanna" a PaxLair event

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    Sequanna the Titan of Love, this is the second such festival in PaxLair. All attendees are asked to leave a letter/book to Sequanna with a message/prayer/wish. We will turn this into the 2nd edition book. At the Twin Archers Tavern in PaxLair.
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    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

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    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
  7. Jack T. Lamplighter

    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

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    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
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    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

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    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
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    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

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    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
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    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

    until
    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
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    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

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    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
  12. Jack T. Lamplighter

    <RP/SOC> PaxLair Town Manager Hour

    until
    Join PaxLair's Town Manager Se'an Silverfoot to ask questions about PaxLair, being a Citizen, holding a lot and any other questions concerning PaxLair or any of it's boroughs (Dragons Watch, Tenakill, Lockbrier, Island of Wonders, Knowhere, Sea Nymph Grotto & Serentiy Isle)
  13. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Mistrendur: Episode 2 Continent Update! Valentine’s Dinner Community Livestream Today! Kobold Vault Round! Hrrrrk! New Store Items Valentine’s Day 20% Crown & Deed Upgrade Sale! February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote Release 74 Reward Program Items: Valentine’s Day Theme Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home (No Trade) Community Event: Sequanna Fashion Show! Community Event: Festival of the Avatar Heraldry Contest! Community Event: Release 74 Dance Party! Community Event: Traveling Swap Meet! Community Event: 4th Annual Valentine Dinner! Community Event: Festival of Sequanna Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Pantheon Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Mistrendur: Episode 2 Continent Update! Sometime very soon during Release 74, Avatars of New Britannia will be able to explore the overworld map of Mistrendur, the Episode 2 continent for Shroud of the Avatar! We will shortly announce the location selection process for Player Owned Town reservations within these new lands, whether it be a new town or one transferring from Novia or the Hidden Vale. All are welcome to explore and take in the spectacular views once this overworld map goes live! As the year rolls out, content will be added to this new region so that players can actually begin entering the various scenes therein, some as they become available, and others at the official launch of Episode 2. This new land mass is just one exciting new feature arriving this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud 2020 Vision post by Chris Spears! Valentine’s Dinner Community Livestream Today! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, February 14 at 4PM CDT on Twitch! The developer team, feeling a little peckish, has decided to crash a party at Ordinis Mortis! PLEASE keep in mind this event actually starts at 3PM CDT, an hour before the official start time of the stream, so don’t be late… like us… For information about this fantastic event, now 4 years in running, be sure to read more below. Also, Chris will dive into Q&A with the community. As usual we will be giving out prizes! Simply type !raffle throughout the stream to enter. We will also be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat and insert !question at the beginning of your text. Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! Kobold Vault Round! Hrrrrk! The current round of Vault items are available until Friday, February 27 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Kobold Mask Kobold Fighter Mask Kobold Archer Mask Kobold Mage Mask Spike Trap Decoration (non-harmful) Hacked Oracle Crawler Pet Kobold 3-Story with Open Deck Town Home Ornate Kobold Metal Storage Chest Kobold 2-Story with Rooftop Deck Village Home New Store Items Lots of great decoration items are being added throughout this release, some of which are already in-game! These cool additions include a variety of stone/boulder packs, crystal chandeliers, goofy fish trophies, an ornate toilet paper dispenser, and even a new VFX deco item — Fireflies! Fireflies will have four colors available: blue, green, orange and yellow. What a way to add some glowing allure to your town’s nighttime experience! Boulders 10-Pack Boulders 6-Pack Boulders 4-Pack Fireflies (Blue) Fireflies (Green) Fireflies (Orange) Fireflies (Yellow) Ornate Toilet Paper Dispenser Crystal Chandelier (Several Varieties) Goofy Fish Trophies Valentine’s Day 20% Crown & Deed Upgrade Sale! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, all Gold Crowns of the Obsidian (COTO) packages are on sale for approximately 20% off until February 16th! All deed upgrades are also 20% off! Crowns of the Obsidian can be purchased on the web store. Deed Upgrades can be performed in-game. Right-click the deed while it is in your inventory, and you’ll be presented with upgrade options using crowns from your inventory. As a reminder, Valentine’s Day themed items are currently available in the Crown Shop. Some of these rare Valentine’s collectibles are only available on the current vault round, with a new round coming VERY shortly — don’t miss out! February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote The /breathehearts emote has arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day, known as “Sequanna’s Day” in New Britannia. This new festive emote will be added to your character’s emote list for February’s login reward. Just log in during the month of February to receive this free reward! Release 74 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Valentine’s Day Theme! Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 74 are Valentine’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 74! Heart-Shaped Footstool Heart Top Hat Heart Spear NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! 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 Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: 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 Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) NEW: A Festival of the Avatar FULL ticket (which includes admission, King’s Dinner, Barons Men Play, A Heraldry Banner) and one additional guest at a discounted rate. 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) Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 140,000 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 Lord British’s property 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 Catnip Games for Tour & Dinner. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Community Events section of the forum for events hosted by our wonderful community members! Below is a list of additional events as the year progresses: 2020 Events Feb 22 – Release 74 Dance Party Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Apr 30 – Release 77 May 28 – Release 78 June 25 – Release 79 July 30 – Release 80 Aug 27 – Release 81 Meretz: Win a Obsidian Tower Town Water Home (No Trade) 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 Town Tower Water Home (No Trade)! 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 Events: Sequanna Fashion Show [Forum Post by Minerva] The Cat Walk is waiting for you! Join us for the first Sequanna Lingerie Fashion Show When: February 14th – 6PM CT Where: Ordinis Mortis, Beneath the Sequanna Brasserie Restaurant The event will start after the Valentine Dinner at the restaurant. Please message @Minerva or post below if you would like to have your moment under the disco ball. The models have dressing room available to prepare for their big moment! We are looking for male and female models to show their sexy outfits and lingerie. This is a time to be creative and show your inner diva. You would like to model, but don’t feel you have the style to pull it off, there are people that like to help. On the other hand, if you don’t like the attention, but love to create outfits, there is a place for you. Please comment in the forum thread or message @Minerva for more information. The guests have a hot tub to view the show! Relax and enjoy the creative community we live in. We look forward to sharing this fun evening with you! Community Events: Festival of the Avatar Heraldry Contest [Forum Post by Flair] Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Festival of the Avatar shall be an event beyond any experienced this side of a moongate! Imagine a reality where Avatars from all different worlds and shards come together under a single banner to feast, fight, quest, learn, and enjoy general hobnobbery. More information will be published soon about the Festival with dates and an itinerary of events. In the meantime while we prepare the official website for our grand reveal, we need your help with designing the official Festival of the Avatar Heraldry! We need your help!!! We are sponsoring a contest to create the Heraldry that the Festival will use on it’s official releases and website. Submissions should be 300 DPI, have a print size of 18”x18” and be received by February 11, 2020. Please send all entries to: contest@festivaloftheavatar.org Please do not use copyrighted images or material in your submission, it must be an original creation. The winner will receive an in game (SotA) full set of specially crafted (light or heavy) armor, a cask of their choice and a banner, all with the Festival Heraldry imbued upon it. In addition, a signed* official banner used during the Festival (real world item – delivered after the Festival’s completion). The winning entry will be used, whole or in part, for the Festival of the Avatar. The entrants understand that they are releasing submitted artwork and usage rights to the Festival of the Avatar. Author of the winning entry will get credit as the original artwork designer. * Physical Banner will be signed by Lord British, Darkstarr, and Atos … With possible bonus mystery signatures. For more information and questions, visit the original post on the forums. Community Events: Release 74 Dance Party [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre] Virtue/Avatars Radio Presents the Release 74 Dance Party & Stress Test Location: Rinzai (Nested in Desolis) Host: DJ DarkStarr, Executive Producer of Shroud of the Avatar, a.k.a. Starr Long When: Saturday, February 22, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CDT Come out and sport some awesome dance moves, trade emotes and recipes, chat with friends, launch off fireworks and simply have a lot of fun! Find out more information on Alleine’s orignal post! If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming dance parties, find out here! Community Events: Traveling Swap Meet [Forum Post by Vlademir Begemot] Greetings! The Traveling Swap Meet travels to different locations every Sunday at 1 p.m. Central Time. Avatars gather with each other to buy, sell and trade. Not only is it a great way to offload that giant stack of raw materials, but it is a great opportunity to bring Avatars to your town, home, or store. The swap meet last for only half an hour, so don’t be late! Location: Inselberg Wastes When: Sunday, February 16, 1:00 PM CDT See you there Traders! Community Events: 4th Annual Valentine Dinner [Forum Post by Minerva] A night of fun or romance is waiting for all on the banks of the river in Ordinis Mortis. You are cordially invited to our Valentine Dinner at the beautiful Sequanna Brasserie. When: February 14, 2020, 3 pm to 6 pm CT Location: Ordinis Mortis (right near the entrance of town) The event will be followed immediately by the Sequanna Lingerie Fashion Show. You can come alone and meet new friends or with a party, or come as a couple for a quiet night together. Sitting arrangements are available for everyone, and there is a chair waiting for you. We are taking reservations, please message @Minerva or post in this thread to save your place and time. We are also currently looking for staff, if you would like to be involved please message @Minerva. There a number of places you can be involved from server, chef, photographer, or something new… Community Events: Festival of Sequanna – Letters to Sequanna [Forum Post by Sean Silverfoot] All Avatars are invited to join us in PaxLair, at the Dueling Archers Tavern for our Festival of Sequanna. This year we will revisit the “Letters to Sequanna” event where all attendees are asked to write a message or prayer. We will take all of these and make the 2nd Edition of the Letters book series. Location: PaxLair Date: Friday February 14th Time: 8pm NBT/CST , following the events in Ordinis Mortis. Music provided by DJ Celith of Virtue Radio! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king! UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid recently. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”. Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  14. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, all Gold Crowns of the Obsidian (COTO) packages are on sale for approximately 20% off until February 16th! All deed upgrades are also 20% off! Crowns of the Obsidian can be purchased on the web store. Deed Upgrades can be performed in-game. Right-click the deed while it is in your inventory, and you’ll be presented with upgrade options using crowns from your inventory. As a reminder, Valentine’s Day themed items are currently available in the Crown Shop. Some of these rare Valentine’s collectibles are only available on the current vault round, with a new round coming VERY shortly — don’t miss out! 2016 Cupid Heart Cloak 2016 Valentine Hearts Cloak 2016 Valentine Card 5-Pack 2016 Cupid Ensemble Double Smoke Heart Emote Smoke Heart Emote Triple Smoke Heart Emote Heart Tub View the full article
  15. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements New Lord of the Isle Mansions! Combat Balance & Lord of the Isle Mansion Livestream Today! Bard Skills Update Valentine’s Day Vault Round February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote Release 74 Reward Program Items: Valentine’s Day Theme New Store Items Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Obsidian Tower Town Water Home (No Trade) Community Event: Sequanna Fashion Show! Community Event: Festival of the Avatar Heraldry Contest! Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party! Community Event: DJ Asclepius Rock’in a Different Schedule! Community Event: 4th Annual Valentine Dinner! Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Pantheon Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players New Lord of the Isle Mansions! As we step deeper into 2020, more and more exciting features will become part of our gaming world, to include the introduction of an entirely new architecture concept. The first lot size to receive this new architecture is the castle-sized lots for the Lord of the Isle supporters. As time progresses throughout the year, homes of this style will become available for other lot sizes. Be sure to pop on over to Hometown and check out this truly spectacular new home. This is just one of the many fantastic additions coming to the game this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud 2020 Vision post by Chris Spears! Combat Balance & Lord of the Isle Mansion Tour Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday February 7, at 3 PM CT on Twitch! Ravalox and friends will be giving a role-played tour of a decorated Lord of the Isle Mansion in Hometown which are in-game and soon to be distributed to Lord of the Isle supporters. Also, Chris will be diving into combat balance discussions and Q&A with the community. As usual we will be giving out prizes! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store OR log into the game and type “Love makes the world go round” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). 3 PM: Introductions and Q&A 3:30 PM: Lord of the Isle Mansion Tour 4:00 PM: Combat Balance and Q&A 5 PM: Ending Announcements We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the livestream and insert !question at the beginning of your text. Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 3 PM CDT! Bard Skills Updates Hail musically inclined Avatars! We’ve all been anxiously awaiting the addition of the Bard skill tree into the game, and portions of it will be patched in shortly. Already, master artist Damon has created art for the new skills, and here are just a few to whet your appetites. Many more skills are yet to be revealed in the Bard skill tree, so stay “tuned” Avatars! This, plus so much more is coming to you in 2020! This is going to be a fantastic year for Shroud of the Avatar. Be sure to check out the Shroud 2020 Vision, Bards are just the beginning! Anthem of Alacrity: a new buff for your entire adventure party! Atonal Aria: Causes AOE damage and boosts aggro! Bard Innate Ability: what passive bonuses might this ability reveal? Concussive Canticle: this musical ability is a damaging area-of-effect attack! Ditty of Detection: this melody reveals hidden entities surrounding the bard! Mastery: this ability is reserved for only the most talented of minstrels! Melody of Mending: this soothing tune heals surrounding party members! Winter Vault Round! Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday,February 14 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. 2016 Cupid Heart Cloak 2016 Valentine Hearts Cloak 2016 Valentine Card 5-Pack 2016 Cupid Ensemble Double Smoke Heart Emote Smoke Heart Emote Triple Smoke Heart Emote Heart Tub February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote The /breathehearts emote has arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day, known as “Sequanna’s Day” in New Britannia. This new festive emote will be added to your character’s emote list for February’s login reward. Just log in during the month of February to receive this free reward! Release 74 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Valentine’s Day Theme! Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 74 are Valentine’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 74! Heart-Shaped Footstool Heart Top Hat Heart Spear NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills New Store Items Lots of great decoration items were added to the store this release to include a Crystal Chandelier and a long chain version, Goofy Fish Trophies, and long-chain iron chandeliers with brighter lighting to help illuminate those vast halls and chambers. Additional items include bathroom fixtures, new shelving and a giant snow paver pack! Crystal Chandelier Long Chain Crystal Chandelier Goofy Fish Trophies Long Chain Iron Great Hall Chandelier Long Chain Iron Chandelier Fancy Bathroom Sink Fancy Kitchen Sink (will patch in early R74) Fancy Indoor Toilet Fine Oak Bookshelves (Empty, Pack of 3) Snow Paver (Pack of 14) Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! 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: 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 Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) NEW: A Festival of the Avatar FULL ticket (which includes admission, King’s Dinner, Barons Men Play, A Heraldry Banner) and one additional guest at a discounted rate. 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) Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 140,000 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. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Community Events section of the forum for events hosted by our wonderful community members! Below is a list of additional events as the year progresses: 2020 Events Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Apr 30 – Release 77 May 28 – Release 78 June 25 – Release 79 July 30 – Release 80 Aug 27 – Release 81 Meretz: Win a Obsidian Tower Town Water Home (No Trade) 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 Town Tower Water Home (No Trade)! 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 Events: Sequanna Fashion Show [Forum Post by Minerva] The Cat Walk is waiting for you! Join us for the first Sequanna Lingerie Fashion Show When: February 14th – 6PM CT Where: Ordinis Mortis, Beneath the Sequanna Brasserie Restaurant The event will start after the Valentine Dinner at the restaurant. Please message @Minerva or post below if you would like to have your moment under the disco ball. The models have dressing room available to prepare for their big moment! We are looking for male and female models to show their sexy outfits and lingerie. This is a time to be creative and show your inner diva. You would like to model, but don’t feel you have the style to pull it off, there are people that like to help. On the other hand, if you don’t like the attention, but love to create outfits, there is a place for you. Please comment in the forum thread or message @Minerva for more information. The guests have a hot tub to view the show! Relax and enjoy the creative community we live in. We look forward to sharing this fun evening with you! Community Events: Festival of the Avatar Heraldry Contest [Forum Post by Flair] Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Festival of the Avatar shall be an event beyond any experienced this side of a moongate! Imagine a reality where Avatars from all different worlds and shards come together under a single banner to feast, fight, quest, learn, and enjoy general hobnobbery. More information will be published soon about the Festival with dates and an itinerary of events. In the meantime while we prepare the official website for our grand reveal, we need your help with designing the official Festival of the Avatar Heraldry! We need your help!!! We are sponsoring a contest to create the Heraldry that the Festival will use on it’s official releases and website. Submissions should be 300 DPI, have a print size of 18”x18” and be received by February 11, 2020. Please send all entries to: contest@festivaloftheavatar.org Please do not use copyrighted images or material in your submission, it must be an original creation. The winner will receive an in game (SotA) full set of specially crafted (light or heavy) armor, a cask of their choice and a banner, all with the Festival Heraldry imbued upon it. In addition, a signed* official banner used during the Festival (real world item – delivered after the Festival’s completion). The winning entry will be used, whole or in part, for the Festival of the Avatar. The entrants understand that they are releasing submitted artwork and usage rights to the Festival of the Avatar. Author of the winning entry will get credit as the original artwork designer. * Physical Banner will be signed by Lord British, Darkstarr, and Atos … With possible bonus mystery signatures. For more information and questions, visit the original post on the forums. If you have an event you’d like publicized during the Weekly Updates, contact Elgarion on the forums! Community Events: Mad Splatter Tea Party [Forum Post by Lily Byrd] The Mad Splatter Tea Party takes place every 3rd or 4th sunday of the month, which is a tea party in my back garden at my home in Jade Valley. There are drinks and eats, there is sometimes music, there are often party games with prizes, and sometimes we just sit and talk about life in Novia. Not only are you welcome to join us but I would like to find out how to have this added to the community calendar here in the forums. Location: Lily Byrd’s Cottage and tea garden is south of the Hall of Inquiry and Learning. Time: Every 3rd or 4th sunday of the month, 3ish CT Atire: This is a role playing event tea party come as your avatar We play games, we eat cake and drink…various teas and drinks… There are goofy prizes for winning games if we play them. See you there, Lily Byrd. Community Events: DJ Asclepius Rockin’ a Different Schedule [Forum Post by Asclepius] Be it known to one and all that that Asclepius has decided to shift his monthly time slot on Virtue Radio! So the random rocking singalong, swinging and headbanging with DJ Asclepius that happens only once every 4 weeks will from this week on (starting on the 5th of February) be happening at 8 PM US CT. It’s just what you need after a long day at work–a nice evening show to unwind and get you refreshed! Tune in via the Avatars Radio link on your aether device, or point your browser to https://zcu.io/jXP8 Community Events: 4th Annual Valentine Dinner [Forum Post by Minerva] A night of fun or romance is waiting for all on the banks of the river in Ordinis Mortis. You are cordially invited to our Valentine Dinner at the beautiful Sequanna Brasserie. When: February 14, 2020, 3 pm to 6 pm CT Location: Ordinis Mortis (right near the entrance of town) The event will be followed immediately by the Sequanna Lingerie Fashion Show. You can come alone and meet new friends or with a party, or come as a couple for a quiet night together. Sitting arrangements are available for everyone, and there is a chair waiting for you. We are taking reservations, please message @Minerva or post in this thread to save your place and time. We are also currently looking for staff, if you would like to be involved please message @Minerva. There a number of places you can be involved from server, chef, photographer, or something new… Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king! UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid recently. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”. Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  16. Our old crusty and somewhat moldy and somewhat unkempt and smelly resources page got a pass. It now mirrors 4 other areas of links. As always, if you see links that need updating, removed, considered for addition -- please let me know Site: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?page_id=59279 Forums (3 sticky threads): https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/help-for-new-and-existing-players.161596/ Discord: simply points to the... Community Resources Page Updated... View the full article
  17. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Community Rules & Guidelines

    Listed below are the core rules & guidelines that establish a fair grounding for understanding what is appropriate conduct in the community, what is inappropriate, and possible actions the Catnip Games team may take to resolve breaches of conduct. This document is also a guideline for player use of the official Catnip Games venues to encourage maximum and enjoyable participation. These Community Rules & Guidelines apply to the following Official Catnip Games venues. Please keep in mind, our... Community Rules & Guidelines View the full article
  18. Hi folks, another round of forum lovin' just came: Dev+ Forums un-nested from Dev Depot, now sub forum in Announcements Dev Depot moved from main to sub forum in Announcements. This was a slightly used forum that didn't need to be in main directory. Game Room (formerly The Game Room) moved from FireLotus sub-forum to Archive. Screenshot & Video Galleries now sub-forum to General Discussion. This forum did not have enough activity requiring it to be in main directory, and... Forum Updates Continue (Moving Items, Stickies)View the full article
  19. Hail Avatars! Among other things, I spent some time cleaning up the forums at the marketplace area. https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?forums/player-marketplace.73/ You'll see the names might be a little more clear, but mainly the main forum should just be a directory and informational. I did this in preparation for the update to the guidelines I'll be working here: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?posts/1275613/ Always open to input... Forums Updates Continue (Player Marketplace) View the full article
  20. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 74 is Live! Exploring The Clink Livestream Today! Valentine’s Day Vault Round February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote Release 74 Reward Program Items: Valentine’s Day Theme Story and Scenes Changes Teaser Pictures of Episode 2 Overworld Map New Tamable Creatures! User Interface & Player Scripted NPC Dialogue System Crafting & Economy Changes New Store Items Combat Balance Bard Skills Inbound! Updated Player-Owned Towns Bug Fixes Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Dry Docked Huge Pirate Galleon (Vault Edition) Community Event: Reaching Out-Rising Up Support Group! Community Event: Festival of the Avatar Heraldry Contest! Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Pantheon Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Release 74 is Live! Greetings Avatars! Release 74 includes lots of exciting updates including the return of Envy Angel, revamp of the Upper Tears wave battle, updates to The Clink, new tamable creatures, a new player scripted NPC Dialogue System, 8 new artifacts, and many combat balance measures. These are just SOME of the changes and additions coming in R74. Be sure to read below to find out more! These are just some of the many exciting items coming your way this year. If you missed out on what’s on the horizon, be sure to check out the 2020 Vision Post by Chris Spears. Exploring The Clink Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday January 31, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! Sannio and Elgarion will be demonstrating the wondrous new changes to “The Clink” adventure scene today — this time on the stream will be on the secondary Community Channel. Chris is feeling a bit under the weather, so let’s wish him well! 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 “The weather outside is frightful” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! Story and Scenes Changes Envy Angel Returns: The envious witch has somehow managed to miss “Sequanna’s Day” yet again and now she’s especially mad! Poor Hyun the Courier did not learn from last year’s folly and once again has attempted to cut through her territory, and wouldn’t you have guessed it? She stole his letters… again! Avatars, steer FAR clear of the Necropolis Barrens. Hyun indicates she might have another trick or two up her sleeve, or she might even have a new artifact on her person. Also, don’t forget — you can aid Hyun on a daily basis even after Envy Angel departs for the season! Krampus Goes Dormant: Now that the dark winter is ending, Krampus sleeps once again. Beware Avatars, the naughty brats still roam the lands! Upper Tears Reborn: For R74, many changes occurred with the Upper Tears adventure scene to make it more balanced and enjoyable. For a full explanation about combat balancing in 2020 to include reasoning behind the redesign of Upper Tears, check out the post by Chris Spears on the forums. Here is a summary of these changes: Liches have always been one of the weakest creatures in the entire game in regards to risk versus reward. Their stats have been improved and more importantly, their level has been increased and more abilities have been added. High level lich mages will now push players out of melee range, and lich fighters will now pull players into melee range. Liches of melee variety can also enrage, and lich casters have several new damage type spells in their arsenal. The Upper Tears wave events now require a minimum time to elapse before the next new wave type spawns. Before, waves would instantly respawn if you defeated the prior wave. A new timer has been added between respawns. Early waves have an 8 second timer which will grow upwards of 15 seconds for the later more difficult waves. A mysterious obsidian shard of power spawns in the middle of the chamber and emanates a strong magical buff onto surrounding enemies. This stone is on a separate respawn timer causing it to appear at different times than the minion wave event spawn times. Two additional waves have been added at the end of the wave cycles which are more challenging. These new waves generate less experience per hour but have more desirable loot chances. Updates to The Clink: The famous prison under Owl’s Head is enjoying a good number of improvements to its layout in R74. Changes include improved guard dialogue, adjusted hallways, more “airlock” gate systems, a mess hall for the prisoners, and even a kitchen (complete with sewage pipe exit)! When checking out these changes, be careful how you enter. The prisoners are always rioting if you use the main entrance, but the prisoners are calm when entering through the pipe that leads to the kitchen (unlocked after acquiring Colman’s quest). There is an even chance of rioting when entering from the guard headquarters. When a riot is active, new “high threat” prisoners and guards will actively attack strangers, including players! When the prisoners are calm, security is heightened in the cell blocks. If you get too close to a guard, they’ll force you into a conversation. If you don’t have proper authorization, you might get thrown into a cell! Speaking of authorization, a Red Sash Forger has been seen across the bridge from young Colman. When you take on Colman’s quest, he puts in a good word with the forger on your behalf allowing you to purchase authorization papers to help you schmooze your way past the Clink guards. Be warned! Sneaking into the Clink through the sewage pipe is an option that helps avoid combat, but the Oracle may consider avoiding combat as having a negative impact on your Courage standings. The Fall: The Fall just got a LOT more dangerous! The bridge spawns were previously 5.5 minute spawns of 2 tier 6 Ebon Dawn humans. Now, the spawns will be 3.5 minute spawns of 3 tier 10 Ebon Dawn humans. Those hunting in The Fall will earn roughly 6 times more experience! Tartarus: If you haven’t been to Tartarus this month, you might not have noticed the decorations and spawning updates! Many tunnels, rooms, and even the maze have had fantastic layout improvements. Also, scattered around the scene are crates, tables, books, lanterns, rubble, and many props that help tell the “story” of this exciting underground labyrinth. Finally, most enemies within these caverns have better patrols and interactions with their revised environment. (Patched in during R73) Winter Vault Round! Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday,February 14 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. 2016 Cupid Heart Cloak 2016 Valentine Hearts Cloak 2016 Valentine Card 5-Pack 2016 Cupid Ensemble Double Smoke Heart Emote Smoke Heart Emote Triple Smoke Heart Emote Heart Tub February Login Reward: Krampus Statue The /breathehearts emote is just in time for Valentine’s Day, known as “Sequanna’s Day” in New Britannia, a new festive emote will be added to your character’s emote list for February’s login reward. Just log in during the month of February to receive this free reward! Release 74 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Valentine’s Day Theme! Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 74 are Valentine’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 74! Heart-Shaped Footstool Heart Top Hat Heart Spear NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Teaser Pictures of Episode 2 Overworld Map List Rostov has been hard at work developing the new land mass for Episode 2. This map will patch in sometime during R74 but in the meantime, here are a handful of teaser pictures captured from Unity to wet your appetites! New Tamable Creatures Light Unicorns: Search for these elusive creatures in roaming encounters throughout New Britannia, because now they’re tameable! And don’t kill them. Really… who would kill a unicorn? Dark Unicorns: Even the dark-coated cousins of the Light Unicorns have become tameable! Find these rare beasts roaming within various overworld map roaming encounters. Nightmares: Master tamers throughout New Britannia might even be able to tame the Nightmare, if they survive the attempt! User Interface & Player Scripted NPC Dialogue System Pooled XP Font Size Increase: On everyone’s skill sheets (default “K” to open), the font size of Pooled Experience was increased so newer players would notice how important this stat is. This item was suggested live during F’zol’s livestream interview with Chris — great input F’zol, thank you! (Patched in during R73) Polearm Ability “Reach” Tooltip: Tooltip was improved to better indicated the ability’s purpose. Great suggestion F’zol! (Patched in during R73) Mail System Subject Line: The character limit for subject lines in the in-game mail system has been increased from 50 characters to 125 characters. Drag Glyph Toggle: A new interface option was added to help prevent accidental dragging of glyphs on your combat bar. If toggled on, dragging glyphs will only be allowed while pressing either CTRL key. This new setting is off by default. (Patched in during R73) Ink NPC Dialogue System: As part of the SotA 2020 Vision for Q1, the first rendition of the NPC dialogue system has gone live in R74. Soon, a greater number of available NPC’s will be added to this new system with expanded conversation options! Initially, the Automaton Decoration Pet is the only pet available with this system. This is perhaps a bad choice on our part since it was a pledge reward NPC. No worries! Currently, anyone with the tradeable Lord Marshal reward “Automaton Decoration Pet” will be able to experiment with this new system, but other NPCs are on the way! An introduction and two guides are available for the Ink NPC Dialogue system, which are linked below: Introduction to Ink NPC Dialogue System Beginners Guide on Inkle Studios Website Advanced Guide on Inkle Studios Github Page Crafting & Economy Changes Second Ring Slot: Characters can now equip 2 rings at once! (Patched in during R73) Second Ring Slot/Off-Hand Item Changes: As mentioned in the Combat Balance section below, players might consider a wider variety of equipment items since there will be restrictions as to what might be equipped simultaneously. Fishing Book Cover Pattern: There’s a new pattern awaiting players at your local bookstores, which is certainly fine bait to attract the fishermen and ladies out there! Item Salvage: Players salvaging equipment items will no longer be limited to 15 at a time. Players can now batch 50 at a time to queue for salvaging. (Patched in during R73) Multi-colored Clockwork Dragon Heads: expect some new varieties of the metallic beasts and related trophy head… Silver, Blackened, Bronze and Gold! Eggs: Chickens and ducks now drop more eggs. Feathers: Chickens and ducks now drop more feathers. Pecan Nuts: Squirrels now drop more pecan nuts. Durability Increased for Crafted Legs: Leggings now have more durability, allowing for more chances to Enchant and Masterwork the item. Great idea F’zol! (Patched in during R73) Durability Increased for Crafted Rings: Rings now have more durability, allowing for more chances to Enchant the item. Another great idea from F’zol! (Patched in during R73) Grass/Tree Removers: Player-Owned-Town decoration limits are no longer affected by tree and grass removers. (Patched in during R73) Reagent Merchants: Reagent merchants will now sell magical reagents 10K at a time. New Artifacts: Additional artifacts have been added in R74 to include an armor set and a new drop for Envy Angel! Acara’s Plate Armor Set and Shield (drops mostly at control points) Quiver of Jealousy (drops from Envy Angel) The Tricorn Hat belonging to the skeletal Captain in Tartarus now has stats and tiers New Store Items Lots of great decoration items got added to the store this release to include some long-chain chandeliers with brighter lighting to help illuminate those vast halls with ample lighting. Long Chain Iron Great Hall Chandelier Long Chain Iron Chandelier Fancy Bathroom Sink Fancy Kitchen Sink (will patch in early R74) Fancy Indoor Toilet Fine Oak Bookshelves (Empty, Pack of 3) Snow Paver (Pack of 14) Combat Balance As part of the SotA 2020 Vision Post, Atos indicates combat balancing efforts will be a big part of changes coming to Shroud of the Avatar this year. Read what we’ve got brewing for combat balance changes and his reasoning behind it in R74 and the releases to come. Here are just a small number of the balance items addressed in R74: Simultaneous Use of Identical Artifacts: Coming in with R74, expect a wide range of artifacts to no longer allow simultaneous use. For instance, your character will no longer be able to use dual wands, ankhs or even rings of the exact same variety in each hand or ring slot. Simultaneous Use of Related Artifacts: Also expect a variety of similar artifacts to be prohibited for simultaneous use. Examples will vary, but Rings of the Frogkin will not be allowed with Rings of the Cuttlekin, and Vexlyn Wands with Wands of Undying Embers. Earthquake: Earthquake ability for Earth Mages had its casting time reduced if they are specialized. Root: This Earth Mage ability received a balance pass. Stone Fist: This short range ability now has a chance to stun. Bard Skills Inbound! Expect some bard skills coming to QA shortly with much if not all of the tree going live during R74 this month! For a hint as to what’s coming, check out the names of some of the musical skills coming our way: Melody of Mending Atonal Aria Mesmerizing Melody Anthem of Alacrity Concussive Canticle Psalm of Stagnation Ditty of Detection Savage Sonata Chorus of Conservation Rhythmic Readiness Chant of Charming Updated Player-Owned Towns Bard’s Rest: Upgraded size. Britt Mart: Added interconnection with Novia Market. Jade Mountains: Transferred to new governor. Novia Market: Added interconnection with Britt Mart. Port Royal: Added new Municipality to Hidden Vale. Silk Road: Added new Crossroads Village near Desolis. Silverdale Market: Added interconnection with Bard’s Rest. S Mart Factorium: Moved to north of Solace Bridge. Stonegate: Changed governor. Changed biome to Forest 01b. Bug Fixes Albeit MANY more bug fixes went in this release and into R74, here are some of the highlights! Grass removed and land leveled beneath tavern in PRT Greenfall Savage Handle once again has a chance to break down into craftable parts when salvaged. Disco Ball effects will no longer create flashing squares in some situations. All Gauntlets of Lead variants should now be enchantable. Small Fancy Shed can now be placed in a player made dungeon. Guard waypoints in Ardoris are improved. Second ring slot no longer interferes with equipment changes during deck swapping. Players now receive a PvP warning as they transition into the PvP areas of Tartarus. Simone von Eglinger now exhibits an off-duty response when “Buy” dialogue option selected. Exiting into Savrenoc Stronghold from Tartarus now brings you to the proper location and a bad shader was fixed at that location. Collision boxes fixed at still in East Perennial Coast moonshine shack. Water-Lot conversion vouchers were fixed to match pricing of in-game deed upgrades. Players can no longer walk underwater in Broken Echoes Silver Mine Book inside of crate at Oracle Colossus can now be collected. One of the Ankhs in Tartarus is no longer beneath the ground. All players in a party can now collect the Vermillion Lens shard at Grannus Colossus. Captain Burnes in Highvale Outskirts no longer refers to multiple deeds when speaking to the player. Only a single deed is mentioned. The quest from Davropos in Necropolis Barrens to find the Mors Ex Tenebris book now has proper compass markers. Improvements were made to Valhold NPC conversations. Cugel, Simone, and Rolf’s dialogue has been improved for the Black Arrow questline. Compendium of Pain and Suffering (Challenge Dungeon) Teleporter can now be placed as both a house and town decoration. Central Brittany citizen Fred Becker’s gender has been switched to male. The visuals of the Braemar NPC Halmar now properly represent his homeland of Norgard. Halmar’s dialogue was also improved. Sir Patrick questline has been improved for better flow. No longer will players be able to retrieve the key before completing the wave battle with the automaton monkeys. Pets should now path correctly in the The Rise Shaft player made dungeon room. Lot decoration pets are now placeable in player made dungeons. Highvale Outskirts received a large number of improvements, especially the quest related to finding Michael’s note for Hyla/Rebecca. Kobold Expeditionary Camp: Players can no longer acquire the key to free Sir Patrick at the wrong time (which blocked the quest). Players currently blocked can return to this scene, free Sir Patrick again, and talk to him after he is freed to complete the scene. The secret room with the Page of Corporeality in Central Brittany will now magically teleport players outside that room when it reseals itself. In addition to the changes mentioned above, a large number of fixes have been applied to various conversations, journal entries, quest props, spawning, and/or compass markers in many scenes, including Aerie, Blood River Outskirts, Braemar, Brookside, Jaanaford, Middle Downs, Necropolis Barrens, Resolute, Soltown, and Spite! Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! 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: 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 Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) NEW: A Festival of the Avatar FULL ticket (which includes admission, King’s Dinner, Barons Men Play, A Heraldry Banner) and one additional guest at a discounted rate. 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) Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 140,000 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. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Community Events section of the forum for events hosted by our wonderful community members! Below is a list of additional events as the year progresses: 2020 Events Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Apr 30 – Release 77 May 28 – Release 78 June 25 – Release 79 July 30 – Release 80 Aug 27 – Release 81 Meretz: Win a Dry Docked Huge Pirate Galleon (Vault Edition) 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 Dry Docked Huge Pirate Galleon Keep Sized Home (Vault Edition)! 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 Events: Reaching Out-Rising Up Support Group [Forum Post by Fionwyn Wyldemane] Reaching Out-Rising Up is a self-help support group started by @Justyn04 , Samsara Invictus (@Fireblood) and @Fionwyn Wyldemane to provide a safe space for Avatars who are battling depression. We will have weekly meetings going forward every Saturday, same time, same place: 4PM-5PM CST (9PM-10PM UTC) in Wolves Den.​ We do have a Discord server available for this and future meetings as well as private channels if you prefer to speak to one of us individually. We have posted articles and videos. Discord is optional, not required. Let us know if you have any questions and we will do our best to answer them or, you can contact us via Forum PM or Discord PM for more information about joining the support group. Community Events: Festival of the Avatar Heraldry Contest [Forum Post by Flair] Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Festival of the Avatar shall be an event beyond any experienced this side of a moongate! Imagine a reality where Avatars from all different worlds and shards come together under a single banner to feast, fight, quest, learn, and enjoy general hobnobbery. More information will be published soon about the Festival with dates and an itinerary of events. In the meantime while we prepare the official website for our grand reveal, we need your help with designing the official Festival of the Avatar Heraldry! We need your help!!! We are sponsoring a contest to create the Heraldry that the Festival will use on it’s official releases and website. Submissions should be 300 DPI, have a print size of 18”x18” and be received by February 11, 2020. Please send all entries to: contest@festivaloftheavatar.org Please do not use copyrighted images or material in your submission, it must be an original creation. The winner will receive an in game (SotA) full set of specially crafted (light or heavy) armor, a cask of their choice and a banner, all with the Festival Heraldry imbued upon it. In addition, a signed* official banner used during the Festival (real world item – delivered after the Festival’s completion). The winning entry will be used, whole or in part, for the Festival of the Avatar. The entrants understand that they are releasing submitted artwork and usage rights to the Festival of the Avatar. Author of the winning entry will get credit as the original artwork designer. * Physical Banner will be signed by Lord British, Darkstarr, and Atos … With possible bonus mystery signatures. For more information and questions, visit the original post on the forums. If you have an event you’d like publicized during the Weekly Updates, contact Elgarion on the forums! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king! UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid recently. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”. Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
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    Release 74 Instructions

    Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 74 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this... Release 74 InstructionsView the full article
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    SOTA NewsRelease 74 Instructions

    Avatars, Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues. Release 74 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, January 30, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (16:30 UTC). Release 74 includes lots of exciting updates including the return of Envy Angel, revamp of the Upper Tears wave battle, updates to The Clink, new tamable creatures, a new player scripted NPC Dialogue System, 8 new artifacts, and many combat balance measures. These are just SOME of the changes and additions coming in R74. Be sure to read below to find out more! We 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. Keep the input coming, and again — thank you! 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 in the Community Events Forums. 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 74, January 30, 2020. Story and Scenes: Envy Angel Returns: The envious witch has somehow managed to miss “Sequanna’s Day” yet again and now she’s especially mad! Poor Hyun the Courier did not learn from last year’s folly and once again has attempted to cut through her territory, and wouldn’t you have guessed it? She stole his letters… again! Avatars, steer FAR clear of the Necropolis Barrens. Hyun indicates she might have another trick or two up her sleeve, or she might even have a new artifact on her person. Also, don’t forget — you can aid Hyun on a daily basis even after Envy Angel departs for the season! Krampus Goes Dormant: Now that the dark winter is ending, Krampus sleeps once again. Beware Avatars, the naughty brats still roam the lands! Upper Tears Reborn: For R74, many changes occurred with the Upper Tears adventure scene to make it more balanced and enjoyable. For a full explanation about combat balancing in 2020 to include reasoning behind the redesign of Upper Tears, check out the post by Chris Spears on the forums. Here is a summary of these changes: Liches have always been one of the weakest creatures in the entire game in regards to risk versus reward. Their stats have been improved and more importantly, their level has been increased and more abilities have been added. High level lich mages will now push players out of melee range, and lich fighters will now pull players into melee range. Liches of melee variety can also enrage, and lich casters have several new damage type spells in their arsenal. The Upper Tears wave events now require a minimum time to elapse before the next new wave type spawns. Before, waves would instantly respawn if you defeated the prior wave. A new timer has been added between respawns. Early waves have an 8 second timer which will grow upwards of 15 seconds for the later more difficult waves. A mysterious obsidian shard of power spawns in the middle of the chamber and emanates a strong magical buff onto surrounding enemies. This stone is on a separate respawn timer causing it to appear at different times than the minion wave event spawn times. Two additional waves have been added at the end of the wave cycles which are more challenging. These new waves generate less experience per hour but have more desirable loot chances. Updates to The Clink: The famous prison under Owl’s Head is enjoying a good number of improvements to its layout in R74. Changes include improved guard dialogue, adjusted hallways, more “airlock” gate systems, a mess hall for the prisoners, and even a kitchen (complete with sewage pipe exit)! When checking out these changes, be careful how you enter. The prisoners are always rioting if you use the main entrance, but the prisoners are calm when entering through the pipe that leads to the kitchen (unlocked after acquiring Colman’s quest). There is an even chance of rioting when entering from the guard headquarters. When a riot is active, new “high threat” prisoners and guards will actively attack strangers, including players! When the prisoners are calm, security is heightened in the cell blocks. If you get too close to a guard, they’ll force you into a conversation. If you don’t have proper authorization, you might get thrown into a cell! Speaking of authorization, a Red Sash Forger has been seen across the bridge from young Colman. When you take on Colman’s quest, he puts in a good word with the forger on your behalf allowing you to purchase authorization papers to help you schmooze your way past the Clink guards. Be warned! Sneaking into the Clink through the sewage pipe is an option that helps avoid combat, but the Oracle may consider avoiding combat as having a negative impact on your Courage standings. The Fall: The Fall just got a LOT more dangerous! The bridge spawns were previously 5.5 minute spawns of 2 tier 6 Ebon Dawn humans. Now, the spawns will be 3.5 minute spawns of 3 tier 10 Ebon Dawn humans. Those hunting in The Fall will earn roughly 6 times more experience! Tartarus: If you haven’t been to Tartarus this month, you might not have noticed the decorations and spawning updates! Many tunnels, rooms, and even the maze have had fantastic layout improvements. Also, scattered around the scene are crates, tables, books, lanterns, rubble, and many props that help tell the “story” of this exciting underground labyrinth. Finally, most enemies within these caverns have better patrols and interactions with their revised environment. (Patched in during R73) Teaser Pictures of the Episode 2 Overworld Map: List Rostov has been hard at work developing the new land mass for Episode 2. This map will patch in sometime during R74 but in the meantime, here are a handful of teaser pictures captured from Unity to wet your appetites! New Tamable Creatures: Light Unicorns: Search for these elusive creatures in roaming encounters throughout New Britannia, because now they’re tameable! And don’t kill them. Really… who would kill a unicorn? Dark Unicorns: Even the dark-coated cousins of the Light Unicorns have become tameable! Find these rare beasts roaming within various overworld map roaming encounters. Nightmares: Master tamers throughout New Britannia might even be able to tame the Nightmare, if they survive the attempt! Bard Skill Tree: Expect some bard skills coming to QA shortly with much if not all of the tree going live during R74 this month! For a hint as to what’s coming, check out the names of some of the musical skills coming our way: Melody of Mending Atonal Aria Mesmerizing Melody Anthem of Alacrity Concussive Canticle Psalm of Stagnation Ditty of Detection Savage Sonata Chorus of Conservation Rhythmic Readiness Chant of Charming User Interface: Pooled XP Font Size Increase: On everyone’s skill sheets (default “K” to open), the font size of Pooled Experience was increased so newer players would notice how important this stat is. This item was suggested live during F’zol’s livestream interview with Chris — great input F’zol, thank you! (Patched in during R73) Polearm Ability “Reach” Tooltip: Tooltip was improved to better indicated the ability’s purpose. Great suggestion F’zol! (Patched in during R73) Mail System Subject Line: The character limit for subject lines in the in-game mail system has been increased from 50 characters to 125 characters. Drag Glyph Toggle: A new interface option was added to help prevent accidental dragging of glyphs on your combat bar. If toggled on, dragging glyphs will only be allowed while pressing either CTRL key. This new setting is off by default. (Patched in during R73) Ink NPC Dialogue System: As part of the SotA 2020 Vision for Q1, the first rendition of the NPC dialogue system has gone live in R74. Soon, a greater number of available NPC’s will be added to this new system with expanded conversation options! Initially, the Automaton Decoration Pet is the only pet available with this system. This is perhaps a bad choice on our part since it was a pledge reward NPC. No worries! Currently, anyone with the tradeable Lord Marshal reward “Automaton Decoration Pet” will be able to experiment with this new system, but other NPCs are on the way! An introduction and two guides are available for the Ink NPC Dialogue system, which are linked below: Introduction to Ink NPC Dialogue System Beginners Guide on Inkle Studios Website Advanced Guide on Inkle Studios Github Page Crafting and Economy: Second Ring Slot: Characters can now equip 2 rings at once! (Patched in during R73) Second Ring Slot/Off-Hand Item Changes: As mentioned in the Combat Balance section below, players might consider a wider variety of equipment items since there will be restrictions as to what might be equipped simultaneously. Fishing Book Cover Pattern: There’s a new pattern awaiting players at your local bookstores, which is certainly fine bait to attract the fishermen and ladies out there! Item Salvage: Players salvaging equipment items will no longer be limited to 15 at a time. Players can now batch 50 at a time to queue for salvaging. (Patched in during R73) Multi-colored Clockwork Dragon Heads: expect some new varieties of the metallic beasts and related trophy head… Silver, Blackened, Bronze and Gold! Eggs: Chickens and ducks now drop more eggs. Feathers: Chickens and ducks now drop more feathers. Pecan Nuts: Squirrels now drop more pecan nuts. Durability Increased for Crafted Legs: Leggings now have more durability, allowing for more chances to Enchant and Masterwork the item. Great idea F’zol! (Patched in during R73) Durability Increased for Crafted Rings: Rings now have more durability, allowing for more chances to Enchant and Masterwork the item. Another great idea from F’zol! (Patched in during R73) Grass/Tree Removers: Player-Owned-Town decoration limits are no longer affected by tree and grass removers. (Patched in during R73) Reagent Merchants: Reagent merchants will now sell magical reagents 10K at a time. New Artifacts: Additional artifacts have been added in R74 to include an armor set and a new drop for Envy Angel! Acara’s Plate Armor Set and Shield (drops mostly at control points) Quiver of Jealousy (drops from Envy Angel) The Tricorn Hat belonging to the skeletal Captain in Tartarus now has stats and tiers Shroud 2020 Vision: Be sure to check out the Shroud 2020 Vision Post! Chris Spears updates the community on what we can expect from Catnip Games this year. Below are three videos where Chris Spears goes into intricate detail on each item in the vision — enjoy! New Store Items: Long Chain Iron Great Hall Chandelier Long Chain Iron Chandelier Fancy Bathroom Sink Fancy Kitchen Sink (will patch in early R74) Fancy Indoor Toilet Fine Oak Bookshelves (Empty, Pack of 3) Snow Paver (Pack of 14) Combat Balance: As part of the SotA 2020 Vision Post, Atos indicates combat balancing efforts will be a big part of changes coming to Shroud of the Avatar this year. Read what we’ve got brewing for combat balance changes and his reasoning behind it in R74 and the releases to come. Here are just a small number of the balance items addressed in R74: Simultaneous Use of Identical Artifacts: Coming in with R74, expect a wide range of artifacts to no longer allow simultaneous use. For instance, your character will no longer be able to use dual wands, ankhs or even rings of the exact same variety in each hand or ring slot. Simultaneous Use of Related Artifacts: Also expect a variety of similar artifacts to be prohibited for simultaneous use. Examples will vary, but Rings of the Frogkin will not be allowed with Rings of the Cuttlekin, and Vexlyn Wands with Wands of Undying Embers. Earthquake: Earthquake ability for Earth Mages had its casting time reduced if they are specialized. Root: This Earth Mage ability received a balance pass. Stone Fist: This short range ability now has a chance to stun. Valentine’s Day Vault Round: These are some of the upcoming Vault Items available on Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 AM CT in celebration of the upcoming Valentine’s Day season, known as “Sequanna’s Day” in New Britannia: 2016 Cupid Heart Cloak 2016 Valentine Hearts Cloak 2016 Valentine Card 5-Pack 2016 Cupid Ensemble Double Smoke Heart Emote Smoke Heart Emote Triple Smoke Heart Emote Heart Tub Performance: Various improvements were made to server hardware this release. Release 74 Rewards Program Items: To receive these exclusive rewards, all you need to do is be a member of the Rewards Program during Release 74 and log in to the game during Release 74. Heart-Shaped Footstool Heart Top Hat Heart Spear February Login Reward: /breathehearts Emote: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, known as “Sequanna’s Day” in New Britannia, a new festive emote will be added to your character’s emote list for February’s login reward. Just log in during the month of February to receive this free reward! New/Updated Player-Owned Towns: Bard’s Rest: Upgraded size. Britt Mart: Added interconnection with Novia Market. Jade Mountains: Transferred to new governor. Novia Market: Added interconnection with Britt Mart. Port Royal: Added new Municipality to Hidden Vale. Silk Road: Added new Crossroads Village near Desolis. Silverdale Market: Added interconnection with Bard’s Rest. S Mart Factorium: Moved to north of Solace Bridge. Stonegate: Changed governor. Changed biome to Forest 01b. QA Testing & Incentive Program: The QA Testing Incentive Program will be returning in R75 with Ravalox at the helm! Community members provided helpful input on the forums about the status of our QA testing program. Ravalox was quick to jump in with a plan and replied promptly. Thank you to everyone! Bugs/Fixes for R74: Albeit MANY more bug fixes went in this release and into R74, here are some of the highlights! Grass removed and land leveled beneath tavern in PRT Greenfall Savage Handle once again has a chance to break down into craftable parts when salvaged. Disco Ball effects will no longer create flashing squares in some situations. All Gauntlets of Lead variants should now be enchantable. Small Fancy Shed can now be placed in a player made dungeon. Guard waypoints in Ardoris are improved. Second ring slot no longer interferes with equipment changes during deck swapping. Players now receive a PvP warning as they transition into the PvP areas of Tartarus. Simone von Eglinger now exhibits an off-duty response when “Buy” dialogue option selected. Exiting into Savrenoc Stronghold from Tartarus now brings you to the proper location and a bad shader was fixed at that location. Collision boxes fixed at still in East Perennial Coast moonshine shack. Water-Lot conversion vouchers were fixed to match pricing of in-game deed upgrades. Players can no longer walk underwater in Broken Echoes Silver Mine Book inside of crate at Oracle Colossus can now be collected. One of the Ankhs in Tartarus is no longer beneath the ground. All players in a party can now collect the Vermillion Lens shard at Grannus Colossus. Captain Burnes in Highvale Outskirts no longer refers to multiple deeds when speaking to the player. Only a single deed is mentioned. The quest from Davropos in Necropolis Barrens to find the Mors Ex Tenebris book now has proper compass markers. Improvements were made to Valhold NPC conversations. Cugel, Simone, and Rolf’s dialogue has been improved for the Black Arrow questline. Compendium of Pain and Suffering (Challenge Dungeon) Teleporter can now be placed as both a house and town decoration. Central Brittany citizen Fred Becker’s gender has been switched to male. The visuals of the Braemar NPC Halmar now properly represent his homeland of Norgard. Halmar’s dialogue was also improved. Sir Patrick questline has been improved for better flow. No longer will players be able to retrieve the key before completing the wave battle with the automaton monkeys. Pets should now path correctly in the The Rise Shaft player made dungeon room. Lot decoration pets are now placeable in player made dungeons. Highvale Outskirts received a large number of improvements, especially the quest related to finding Michael’s note for Hyla/Rebecca. Kobold Expeditionary Camp: Players can no longer acquire the key to free Sir Patrick at the wrong time (which blocked the quest). Players currently blocked can return to this scene, free Sir Patrick again, and talk to him after he is freed to complete the scene. The secret room with the Page of Corporeality in Central Brittany will now magically teleport players outside that room when it reseals itself. In addition to the changes mentioned above, a large number of fixes have been applied to various conversations, journal entries, quest props, spawning, and/or compass markers in many scenes, including Aerie, Blood River Outskirts, Braemar, Brookside, Jaanaford, Middle Downs, Necropolis Barrens, Resolute, Soltown, and Spite! As you can see, there are so many more exciting features and improvements coming to players of Shroud of the Avatar this year, and R74 is just the beginning! The Shroud 2020 Vision Post by Chris Spears outlines a wondrous schedule of features coming our way. If you’d like to follow a day-by-day play-by-play posting of Chris’ activities, check out the Official Catnip Games Twitter Feed to get the most up-to-date information! And just because something didn’t make it into the 2020 Vision Post, no worries! There’ll be many new features that sneak in throughout the year as each release unfolds. Episode 2 features are in-bound which includes 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. Also, a list of helpful links is available on our New Player Welcome Forum pinned right at the top! 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, Shroud of the Avatar Development Team View the full article
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    Forum Updates

    Hello Avatars! We're were hard at work today doing some forum clean-up. These changes were in no way related to moderation but were to enhance the experience of the forum user. Outdated pinned posts were unpinned. Directory of links was pinned at the top of the New Player Welcome forum Additional links added to this directory of links Immediately improved view quality of directory from feedback Pinned threads with confusing or wordy titles were renamed... Forum UpdatesView the full article
  25. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Upper Tears Reborn Upper Tears Reborn Livestream FLASH SALE: Crowns of the Obsidian 20% Off All Weekend! Winter Vault Round January Login Reward: Krampus Statue Release 73 Reward Program Items: Winter Holiday Theme Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Dry Docked Huge Pirate Galleon (Vault Edition) Community Event: Virtue Radio Release Party Hosting & Holiday Coverage Planning! Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Pantheon Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Upper Tears Reborn Greetings Avatars! Word has spread throughout the land that new dangers await adventurers in Upper Tears! The undead which inhabit this territory have sent word to their masters that their rest has been disturbed–many times! Over and over! In fact, they were being grinded for experience, with only the magical powers of Experience Attenuation holding adventurers at bay. Take caution Avatars! Reinforcements have arrived! The denizens lurking behind the waterfall of Upper Tears will now have much greater power at their disposal! Enemies that Charge! Enemies with Chain Lightning! These changes as well some combat balance and attenuation changes are now patched into QA and should patch into the live server soon! These are just some of the many exciting items coming your way this year. If you missed out on what’s on the horizon, be sure to check out the 2020 Vision Post by Chris Spears. Upper Tears Reborn Livestream Today! Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday January 24, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! Chris Spears will demonstrate the changes to Upper Tears, Combat Balance and Attenuation! 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 “The weather outside is frightful” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! FLASH SALE: Crowns of the Obsidian 20% Off All Weekend! Attention Avatars! For those who missed out on the holiday Crown of the Obsidian sale, worry not! For it has returned for a short weekend Holiday Sale Revival! Crowns will be on sale for the entire weekend. You might just need it after seeing what’s up on the vault this round. Enjoy! Winter Vault Round! The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Ice Hot Tub (Vault Edition) Virtue Icicle Cloak(Vault Edition) Virtue Icicle Sword (Vault Edition) Virtue Ice Wand (Vault Edition) Virtue Ice Shield (Vault Edition) Virtue Ice Gown Outfit (Vault Edition) Virtue Ice Crown (Vault Edition) January Login Reward: Krampus Statue To celebrate the final month of Dark Winter, every player who logs in during the month of January will receive a unique Krampus Statue! To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of January and check your rewards tab! Release 73 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Winter Holiday Theme! Winter has arrived so the Rewards Program items for Release 73 are Winter Holiday themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 73! Candy Cane Wand Ceiling Yule Tree Desktop Elf Statue with Yule Hat NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards. The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following: 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month) Exclusive Title every 3 months 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith 6 Months: Keeper of the Word 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including: Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! 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: 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 Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) NEW: A Festival of the Avatar FULL ticket (which includes admission, King’s Dinner, Barons Men Play, A Heraldry Banner) and one additional guest at a discounted rate. 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) Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 140,000 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. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams (YouTube) Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Community Events section of the forum for events hosted by our wonderful community members! Below is a list of additional events as the year progresses: 2020 Events Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Apr 30 – Release 77 May 28 – Release 78 June 25 – Release 79 July 30 – Release 80 Aug 27 – Release 81 Meretz: Win a Dry Docked Huge Pirate Galleon (Vault Edition) 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 Dry Docked Huge Pirate Galleon Keep Sized Home (Vault Edition)! 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 Events: Virtue Radio Release Party Hosting & Holiday Coverage Planning [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre] Welcome to The Virtue Radio Release Party Hosting & Holiday Coverage Planning Thread! In the past, many Avatars that would have liked to host Release Parties were not able to because of a few key obstacles. The biggest one was that a lot of Avatars didn’t know they could host a Release Party or how to sign up to be a host. A few times, last year, we lost a few hosts due to RL or they were not playing at the time. To be fair, knowing what the future holds 5-10 months ahead can be a challenge!​ So we’ve decided to come up with a new way for Avatars to request hosting a Release Party that should help solve that stuff and make it super fair for everyone too. By the way, we provide a custom-artwork poster for the Release Party that includes photography from your venue (be ready for Alleine’s camera a few weeks before the party!) and distribute it in Social Media, Discord and the official Forums. Of course, hosts may distriubute their posters wherever they wish as well.​ Here’s how Hosting works: Every month, the week immediately following the current Release Party, we will be posting a request for volunteers wishing to host the next Release Party right here in the forums. If you would like to host a Release Party, simply add a reply to this thread, AFTER the notice goes up, saying which in-game Avatar will be hosting. We will keep the post open for 7 days. After 7 days, we will take everyone’s name and drop it in a hat, live on Twitch, and choose a winner. The winner will host the next Release Party! We will be drawing a 2nd name as a backup in case something happens with the winning host. Release Party Host Rules:​ ANYONE can host a Release Party. As long as you have a space that can fit anywhere from 30-100 rowdy Avatars and potentially the following: random monster spawns, fireworks, streakers, forest and farm animals, time warps, television coverage, pvp attendees, erratic weather and general chaos. Join us on the Avatars Radio Discord Chat to discuss planning: https://discord.gg/G47DsdC You may only host one Release Party per year. This includes alts. The Zone you plan on hosting a Release Party must have PvP allowed. Release parties are all-inclusive.​ More information at Alleine’s original post on the Shroud of the Avatar Forums! If you have an event you’d like publicized during the Weekly Updates, contact Elgarion on the forums! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen takes place on the high-fantasy world of Terminus, a wildly diverse land formed from fragments of many different realms and times, bringing with them their unique civilizations and deities. Explore long lost realms, as their people and cultures vie for power and form alliances, struggling to gain a foothold in an unfamiliar world. Uncover civilizations and awe-inspiring locales that offer incredible adventures for you and your friends to experience. Enter a world where the environment itself tells the story and where content is always king! UPDATE: We were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Brad McQuaid recently. He was one of the true pioneers and visionaries of our industry who brought Everquest to us. We have few words that can express how much we respect him; so we choose to honor him with a flaming sword tomb in Brittany Graveyard that reads: “Aradune: For the Brightest Flame Burns the Least Long”. Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
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