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  1. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”. Background music by Smartsound Part 1 : The Beginning I was so thrilled and nervous my mind went completely blank. I had so many questions before meeting her, but all of them had escaped me at the moment, so I proceded with a very basic question. – Please tell me about yourself, if you may introduce, and tell me how you came to be. There is no written information I could find about you in the world, but you are talked about in whispers. We are told Amaxis is the only God of our world so I would like to hear your side of the story. She looked back at me with some skepticism. – The Creator made me at the same time he made Amaxis and gave me the name Draxenath. We were the last of the Gods to be made in The Creator’s original plan. We were meant to be the pinnacle of his creative process, our purpose was to inspire the other Gods, to be the ideal they would strive towards in order to achieve their greatest potential. Stronger than the Giant Gods, fiercer than the Beast Gods, more diligent than the Insect Gods, and more patient than the Sea Gods. – She smirked with a hint of irony. – The Creator was not expecting we would bring out the worst in all of them instead. There it was, a confirmation of the existence of Gods for the giants, beasts, insects and sea life, and not just that, a “Creator”, a sort of Supergod! – Tell me more about The Creator! How is he like? The Dragon Goddess looked sad after my question. – He loves all of his creation, he knows it’s not what he originally expected it to be, but won’t interfere anymore. He intends to let things settle down by themselves, however long that takes, and whatever it takes. He has the belief that we will do the right thing and whatever happens, in the end, will be the best outcome that could have been. – The smirk of irony returned to her face. – I can’t deny, the conflict that arose pushed every one of us to make our best effort. The conflict, the confrontation among the Gods, the one in which we are told Amaxis emerged victoriously! What a great opportunity to know the details of the conflict! – We are told Amaxis defeated some Great Demons and that is how peace and unity were finally achieved. You are mentioning a conflict, which I assume is the same and the so-called Great Demons were actually the other Gods. I am very interested in knowing how the conflict started, and all the important details on it. – That is a very long story, but I can tell you the most important events. It all started the day we were made. The Creator presented us to the other Gods. “These are the Dragon Gods, greatest of my creation. All of you must look up to them, admire their splendor and learn from them, for they are to be your masters and guides. You are to serve and assist them in their task of leading the World on the road of constant improvement towards perfection.”, he said to them. Those words filled my heart with fear, it was such a great responsibility. Amaxis noticed it and comforted me with a reassuring smile. – Wait a minute! – I interrupted. – Was Amaxis originally a Dragon God? How did he… alright, I guess we will get to that eventually. Sorry, please go ahead. – Every one of the male Gods wanted to measure against Amaxis, – she continued, – and he literally humiliated them in their own games. They didn’t take that very well at all. He got addicted to the feeling of besting others, of proving he was better than anyone else. With time, he got bored of them and looked for a stronger opponent to compete against. Unfortunately, I was the only one worthy of such an “honor”. She paused, her sadness returned for a moment, then turned into anger. – I was not trying to compete against him in any way, yet he turned everything we did together into a competition, followed by discouraging, humiliating comments. I grew tired of his constant abuse. One day, we were watching the sunset. Despite all of our quarrels, he was so good at making up for them with that kind of moments, but that time something turned out different. “The beauty of the sunset is like the two of us together.”, he said. “My red scales are like the red sky, quite a sight to admire, while your golden scales are like the sun, they hurt the eyes!” That was so cruel, it hurt my feelings. We were meant to be a couple! I could endure no more, so I took flight and abandoned him, I didn’t want to spend my life with him anymore! Her voice was breaking as she spoke the last few sentences. She remained silent for a moment, arms crossed, eyes getting watery. I decided not to press her and waited until she decided to continue. Part 2: The origins of humans After a couple minutes of silence, she spoke again. – He didn’t accept my decision to leave him, so he chased after me. He demanded me to come back, but I refused. He kept insisting until he got tired of it and tried to force me. – She smiled with satisfaction. – I had never really competed against him in anything, but this time I decided to fight back with all my strength. We fought in the skies for a while, until I hit him on the head, a very solid and heavy blow. He fell, and I followed him. As he hit the ground, I landed with my knees on his forearms, and my paws on his face, thumb claws ready to pluck his eyes out if he decided to continue fighting. He remained still, savoring defeat for the first time. Then The Creator interfered. She sighed, returning to her bored expression. – He tried to help us reconcile, but I was not willing to. I was not the only deity who disliked his company, so I was evidently not the one at fault. I made it very clear I wanted to be left alone and free, while Amaxis still wanted me back, but was unwilling to apologize or admit his wrongdoing. The creator decided to make him another bride, one that would love him unconditionally, and would not abandon him no matter how he treated her. Her name was Humenalia. The Creator put one condition for creating her: Amaxis would be the one to instruct her in the ways of the world, just as The Creator had instructed us when we were created. Amaxis was to be Humenalia’s master and guardian. – Humenalia…- I said as she went silent for a moment, – that name sounds like “human”, I assume we are getting closer to that part, right? The Goddess nodded. – Amaxis thought her too stupid to be instructed, and he was too lazy to dedicate the time necessary to do it properly, so he decided to oversimplify things. The laws of Cause and Effect, taking responsibility for one’s own actions and other important concepts like thinking before taking action were not properly taught to her. Instead, Amaxis created “Sins” and “Taboos” and Rules she should follow without question, and threatened her with horrible punishment that would immediately befall upon her if she broke them. He used fear to educate and control her. She was not stupid at all, and soon she questioned the rules that were imposed on her. – That is exactly like the current state of things between Amaxis and the mortals. – I added. She continued talking. – It didn’t take long before she broke a rule accidentally. She caused a forest fire, which burned thousands of trees and forest creatures, and didn’t receive any horrible punishment. Seeing the expected consequences didn’t happen, she deliberately set another forest in fire. No punishment either. Then she continued to test the other rules, laying waste as she did. It was catastrophic. – Didn’t she receive any punishment? – I wondered. – She did! – responded Draxenath – The creator called her out and questioned her actions. She explained about the prohibitions placed by Amaxis and how none of the consequences he mentioned were the truth. The Creator called Amaxis and questioned him. Amaxis put the whole blame on Humenalia for disobeying him. He said whether his explanations were true or not, following his instructions without question would have prevented the chaos she unleashed. – The Creator was sad, Amaxis was his favorite and he had so high expectations of him, but it was time to give him a proper punishment. “You didn’t want to reconcile with your original mate, so I made you a new one just the way you wanted her. And still, you don’t love her and blame her for the consequences of your own mistakes. Your pride has blinded you, I will take everything from you as punishment.” He took away Amaxis’ ability to transform into a dragon, leaving him in his Divine Form, which is how we call the form I am in right now. His scales, horns, claws, wings, and tail fell off. His fire breath extinguished. Most of his teeth lost their sharpness. He was reduced to a small, helpless creature. Humenalia contemplated her mate for a moment, then petitioned to The Creator. “Do the same to me… I want to share his burden because we are mates, we are meant to support each other both in good and bad times.” – The Creator nodded at Humenalia’s noble gesture and did the same to her. “As part of the punishment, the children you give birth to will be as helpless as you are, and will not inherit your immortality. You shall be doomed to live forever and see your descendants fade.” – Amaxis remained calm and replied to The Creator. “Even under this punishment, my descendants will inherit my greatness, they shall be as cunning and rule the world one day.” That is the origin of the human race. Echoes From the Caverns The post Interview with the Dragon Goddess 2 – by Draxenath appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  2. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Oct 25, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to tour player properties that are decorated with a haunted theme to celebrate Halloween! Please submit your location for the tour in the forum post here. Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  3. Greetings Avatars, At the recent Shroud Convention we held several panels about Shroud of the Avatar. Most panels followed a similar format. We covered the highlights of what we accomplished over the last 12 months, what we hoped to accomplish in Q4 of 2019, and what our plans were for 2020. After numerous requests we are publishing the slides from those presentations here. Here's a summary of what we talked about (some of which Atos covered in his recent post): Q4 2019: ... Shroud Convention Slides: Last 12 Months, Q4, 2020View the full article
  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 71 on QA this Weekend Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today 10/18 Crown Shop Updates October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Shroud Convention & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party Community Event: 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event Community Event: Halloween Fishing Contest Community Event: Shroud International Convention Pics & Vids Project to Support: Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 10-18-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  5. Jack T. Lamplighter

    Update From Atos!

    Greetings Avatars! As many of you know we have had some exciting changes recently that will positively impact the game in many ways. There will be some questions I won’t be able to answer but I’m pretty sure I can hit the big ones fast, so I can get on to the more exciting stuff. Just listing the answers as the questions are pretty obvious: No, the team didn’t change as a result of the ownership change No, Richard and Starr aren’t going away Yes, Episode 2+ is still coming... Update From Atos!View the full article
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    10/18 Crown Shop Updates

    Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop is packed with... 10/18 Crown Shop UpdatesView the full article
  7. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Release 71 on QA this Weekend Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today 10/18 Crown Shop Updates October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Shroud Convention & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party Community Event: 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event Community Event: Halloween Fishing Contest Community Event: Shroud International Convention Pics & Vids Project to Support: Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Release 71 on QA this Weekend (Live at end of Oct) An early version of Release 71 will be on the QA server this weekend! Be sure to watch the QA Bug Forums for an announcement. Release 71 is full of new content and fixes. An early version of the Release 71 Instructions is also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live at the end of October! Tartarus Level Polish & New Content Decoration Palette Gold and Silver Scrap Recipes Agriculture Economy Balance Wyvern Trophy Head Wyvern Haunch Recipe Winter Holiday Recurring Items Return Sword of Midras Rewards R71 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme! November Login Reward: Turkey Statue Performance Improvements More Bug Fixes and more! Please join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance. Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player): 500 Gold Crowns (4 prizes) Ant Farm (4 prizes) Antennae (4 prizes) Bug Cloak (4 prizes) Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes) Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize) Insect Leg Table (1 prize) Corpion Chair (1 prize) In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements: Install the QA version of the game Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery. Thanks Avatars! Freshwater Fishing Contest Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Oct 18, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be a Freshwater Fishing contest in Celestis! To participate in the contest go to Celestis and start fishing at 4:15 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fish Throne + Desktop Fish Trophy 3rd Prize: Small Longboat Water Decoration (digital) + Bronze Fish Trophy 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) + Silver Fish Trophy 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! 10/18 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, The Crown Shop is packed with new items this week including Holiday String Lights, Snow Covered Spruce Trees and Glowing Magic Symbol Mugs! Summer is barely over, and Fall is just starting, and already we have Snow Covered Pine Trees and Holiday String Lights in the Crown Shop! Are we now that kind of store that starts selling winter holiday items before even Halloween?!?! Also don’t forget that Spooky Seasonal Recurring items are back for a limited time until November 8! We are continuing the spooky theme for the Vault with another round of expired spooky items and livestream spooky items! Snow Covered Spruce Trees: Finally, owners of Alpine Player Owned Towns and players decorating for a winter / holiday theme have appropriate trees in the Crown Shop with these Snow Covered Spruce Trees! Holiday String Lights: Do you have a relative trapped in the Upside Down that you need to communicate with? Maybe you just want to decorate for the holidays? Well you can do either with the wide variety of colors and lengths of Holiday String Lights now available in the Crown Shop! Glowing Magic Symbol Mugs: The glowing mug with the Water Magic symbol on it that we created for Water.org was very popular so we have created glowing mugs for the Crown Shop for every magic school! Melted Candles: These candles are perfect for your next séance or romance times, whichever you are in the mood for. You can find these mood enhancing lights in the Crown Shop. Sorry, no scents provided. Spooky Seasonal Recurring Items: With Halloween coming up we have brought back all of the Spooky Seasonal Recurring items to the Crown Shop for a limited time! Get them before they expire again until next year on November 8! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, October 24 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 Rotten Armor 2016 Rotten Flesh Cloak Ghost Dog (digital) Ghost Cat (digital) Ghost Raven (digital) Juggle Skulls Emote Zombie Wings Zombie Mask Obsidian Village Home (note this was supposed to be in the last round) October Login Reward: Skull Mask Next week is the first week to login and obtain the October login reward! To celebrate Halloween, every player who logs in during the month of October will receive a unique Skull Mask! To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of October and check your rewards tab! NOTE: You still have three days left to receive the September login reward (Dragon Statue with Flames)! Release 70 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Spooky Theme! Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet 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 Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Player Made Content & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Shroud of the Avatar Convention livestream with a live studio audience last week was a first! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live. Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Oct 19 – Release 70 Dance Party Oct 31 – Release 71 Nov 14 – Release 72 Dec 12 – Release 73 Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Meretz: Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home Win a Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home & earn free SotA in-game items daily! Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away the Haunted Pirate Galleon City Water Home! Use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What are you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY! Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party [Forum post by Darkstarr] Saturday October 19. 2 – 4 PM Central Time. Join DJ Darkstarr on Virtue Radio for the Release 70 Dance Party in Blue Rose Isle (near Etceter) hosted by Drake Aedus and Wind Silvermoon! Community Event: 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event [Forum post by Lace] Prism and Diamond Fields Present the 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event As some may be aware October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. For our 5th annual event in game we have created Breast Cancer Awareness Packs rather than our Bi-Athalon with the free countach pink gear. (sorry the dye is no longer in the Make A Difference store hint hint @DarkStarr ). In order to distribute these free backpacks of goodies, I am calling on governors, guild leaders and streamers to help us out. For those wishing to participate here is the plan. Meet Lace Delamorte, (or possibly Robyn Hood) in Diamond Fields at the distribution center located at the crafting pavilion. You will receive one pink dyed free standing banner to use as a display, one trunk and 10 pre-filled backpacks from our distribution chest and display. (you cannot mail/trade containers of items, this is workaround) You can always request more backpacks when your supply is depleted. You will take banner and trunk to wherever you want to set it up at a guild house, lot, or POT and place trunk there. Set its permissions to public for removal, and place you filled backpacks inside. If You don’t mind, Announce via your gmotd, potmotd the location for your community . The backpacks will contain: 5 Pink Dyes 5 Dark Pink Dyes 5 Light Pink Dyes 1 Dyed Coconut Bra 1 Sheet Music for Gloria Gaynor’s I Will survive-Lute 1 Sheet Music for Theme from Rocky- Gonna Fly Now-Lute 1 Pamphlet/Book about Breast Cancer and Awareness ​ (Distributors DO NOT put the backpacks in the distribution trunk then the distribution trunk in another container, the contents will come out of the bags and have to be re-packaged, this is why we are handing these pre-filled backpacks out separately) We want the whole community to PAINT IT PINK so that means bribery, I mean prizes …. Post Pics of a Group of 5 or more in your Pink Gear/House Display – 1st Prize 3000 Coto 2nd 1000 Coto Post Pics of Individuals (1-4 people) in your Pink Gear/House Display 1st Prize 1500 Coto 2nd 1000 Coto Post Individual Best Display of a Distribution Center 1st Prize 1000 Coto, 2nd 500 Coto–(this is for the distributors that help with this effort) Please Post Pictures to this thread and include category in case it is not obvious. Contest ends November 1, meaning postmarked by October 31st midnight on forums. Diamond Fields will have a distribution center for individuals on the east side of the crafting pavilion. As other distributors let me know where they will be located (by posting in this thread) I will add them to a cumulative listing on this post. Distribution Centers: Diamond Fields east side of crafting pavilion Novia Market on docks by bulletin board Caeltis Canton Our Community has already lost players to this disease, be aware, educated, and get your checkups and remind your friends to as well. Community Event: Halloween Fishing Contest [Forum post by Phamyns] On October 26 2019, I will be hosting a fishing contest in Stormsong Vale. This town has been set to salt water. This contest will be ” Biggest Fish Takes All ” contest. Start and End Time : Contest starts at Noon CT on Saturday October 26. and will go till 3pm CT Saturday October 26. How to Win! : Catch the biggest fish you can in the 3 hours given, at end of 3 hours announce your biggest fish, you will have to place in trade window to show as proof on live stream. Fishing Contest Prize : First Place – 1500 Crowns / Second Place – 1000 Crowns / Third Place – 500 Crowns Once fishing contest is done, we move to a costume party out front of the Water Way Tavern in Stormsong Vale located in Town Boundary #4. So wear your best costume as there will be some prizes for costumes! For more information you can find me in-game Phamyns . Community Event: Shroud International Convention Pics & Vids [Forum post by Laz] Hiya Folks! Here’s all the goodies I know many have been waiting for! If anyone who was in attendance wants to add their pics to the google album contact me via PM with your email address and i’ll get you added. Or share here VIP Photo Group Photo Check Presentation Chaos Medal And for more photos and videos see the links below SOTAICON 2019 Photos https://photos.app.goo.gl/k4FTxn7qiQ11xZiU7 Short Movies https://photos.app.goo.gl/4d9gsu8uvbtA4VM39 SOTAICON 2019 Full Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCymbV4LJtaWB6fvAK-Io6TrHUSB2lxmC Enjoy! Laz 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! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site! 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
  8. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the beginnings of a wonderful new story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”. Background music by Smartsound Preface For decades I have questioned the accuracy and veracity of written history. All my efforts have been directed towards consulting the different sources of information which could provide glimpses of the actual historical facts. Written history tells us there is but a single god, Amaxis, who defeated the Great Demons that incited war among the different races. We are led to believe his victory over them, along with his laws, authority and the enslavement of the non-human races was necessary to unify us and finally live in relative peace. This established humankind as the Apex race, dominating all others. I have not been the only one to question history. Some have said the Great Demons were actually the patron Gods of all other races. Those that honored them, if caught by authorities, were put to burn at the stake accused of heresy and demon worshiping. Such remarks fueled my curiosity and led me to seek out their source. As I researched the folklore outside the great cities, my ears managed to catch more such rumors in whispers. I heard stories about Amaxis imprisoning the other gods and conquering their followers. But the most interesting one was the legend of a Champion Goddess who embraced all the helpless races and freed them of their slavery, only to be betrayed later by those she trusted the most. She exiled herself and left the world for Amaxis to do whatever he pleased. I have dedicated more than half of my life researching about this Goddess, seeking to contact her. There are contradicting pieces of lore about her, which made my curiosity grow even stronger. Finally, those pieces of lore gave me the means to contact her, and request her account of history. I will be signing my work anonymously for obvious reasons. First Impression Finally came the day when I had everything necessary to talk to Draxenath, the legendary Mother of Dragons, and patron goddess of all scaly and feathered creatures alike. I will leave out the details of the ritual used to reach her, as gods dislike being addressed forcefully. She was very upset at first but agreed to let me enter into her hiding place. I had prepared an offering for her ahead of time, which consisted of a cow of the highest quality, and a dish of pork meat marinated with a sauce made of tomato and garlic, resting over a bed of boiled, butter seasoned noodles sprinkled with grated aged cheese. According to the lore, those were the usual offerings to please her. A jet black vortex formed in front of me. It was as if its darkness were eating the light around it. I gathered up my courage and went in, bringing the offerings with me. Once on the other side, there was light coming from two massive cavern entrances in front of us, as if a bonfire burned inside them. Their walls were covered with gold, and their size was perfect for an ancient dragon to live in. The cold air from the place was sucked into the caverns, and moments later it would be blown out, hot like the steam of an active volcano. That unusual phenomenon repeated periodically. The cow was bewildered and tried to run away, but I pulled the bridle and stopped it. Then came to realize to my amazement, the reason for the cow to be afraid. Those were not caves, but the nostrils of an impossibly massive dragon. Thick formations of rock-like rheum had sealed its eyes. Gigantic claws removed the rocks, revealing two sun-like orbs underneath. Their gaze was that of a starving lion looking at a trapped antelope. I felt cold, my blood going to my feet. I could hear the loud, drum-like thumping of the blood running through the veins of my ears. I thought my heart was going to explode. My thoughts at the time were she allowed me to visit her not for an interview, but for supper. The dragon’s body started to glow and rapidly shrunk in size while morphing into a female humanoid shape. She was twice as tall as an adult human. Her body was covered with golden scales and had large patches of snow white, scale-less skin on her face, chest, abs, and navel. Numerous horns protruded from her skull in the fashion of a crown. Her scalp was adorned by a mane of long, straight, platinum blonde hair. Her eyes were the same reptilian golden orbs. A pair of golden feathered wings extended from her back. Fin-like barbs lined her long, slender tail. Once the glow waned, spots of gangrene were easy to see all over her body. With the grace and speed of a cat, she grabbed the cow by the neck with one of her clawed hands and lifted it. The cow’s head was ripped from its body by a maw full of needle-like teeth. With her tail, she grabbed the cow by the rear legs, still holding the neck with a hand and drinking its blood as it squirted from the convulsing body. The woman threw the carcass away after it ran out of blood, then turned her blood-covered face, her murderous cold gaze now directed at me. She slowly sat down in a kneeling position, with her buttocks resting on her heels, while extending both hands towards me, as if expecting me to give her something. The heat in my hands reminded me, I was carrying the dish made especially for her. I immediately handed it over. The Goddess sat there in silence for a moment, smelling it. That is when I noticed, a dark aura emanated from an eerie, cleaver-like broadsword driven through her heart. Gangrene was most notorious around the sword wound. I dared not to ask anything. She tasted the pork. – Is this human meat? – She asked with a gentle, whisper-like voice. – It is pork! – I answered. She savored it for a moment. – Humans and pigs taste the same. I love this taste, and the amount of garlic, butter and spices is well balanced. The cheese is of remarkable quality, too. She continued eating in silence. After emptying the plate, she used her hands to wipe her face and licked them afterward, the same way a cat does. – It felt like an eternity since the last time I tasted this dish. What year is it? – It is the year 1132 of the Age of Order. – I answered nervously. – What?! – she burst into outrage. – Did I waste a millennium waiting for this sword to kill me? I could have killed myself sooner by over-eating candy and bacon! Seriously, what’s wrong with this sword?! With both hands, she pulled the broadsword out and proceeded to inspect it with the utmost care. Black blood ran out of the wound, which promptly closed as her bleeding turned to a more healthy red. She shrugged, her eyebrows and forehead wrinkled with confusion. She sheathed the broadsword into a scabbard on her waist and looked back at me with a calm, bored expression. – I am still alive and got nothing better to do right now. What did you want to talk about? That is when the interview started. Echoes From the Caverns The post Interview with the Dragon Goddess 1 – by Draxenath appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  9. Greetings avatars! Exciting past week with the announcement of the change in company structure and also SOTACon. I have tons of stuff to talk about with players and I'm sure you have lots of questions. I'll be doing a stream from 1PM to 3PM central time today and I will try and summarize some of the key points afterwards in a post. Friday I will be making a long state of the union style post covering changes that already happened and changes I expect going forward. Lots of things will be... Wednesday afternoon stream and Friday State of the Union View the full article
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  11. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Oct 18, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have another Fishing contest! This time it will be a Freshwater Fishing contest in Celestis! To participate in the contest go to Celestis and start fishing at 4:15 PM. The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time! Fishing Contest Prizes: Runners Up (2): Ornate Fish Throne + Desktop Fish Trophy 3rd Prize: Small Longboat Water Decoration (digital) + Bronze Fish Trophy 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) + Silver Fish Trophy 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
  12. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Shroud Convention Livestream Today 10/11 Crown Shop Updates Catnip Games Acquires Shroud of the Avatar Sword of Midras Printed Copy Reward Replacement October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Player Made Content & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party Project to Support: Through the Moongate Part II Kickstarter Project to Support: Crowfall Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 10-11-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  13. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Shroud Convention Livestream Today 10/11 Crown Shop Updates Catnip Games Acquires Shroud of the Avatar Sword of Midras Printed Copy Reward Replacement October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Player Made Content & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party Project to Support: Through the Moongate Part II Kickstarter Project to Support: Crowfall Resources: Players Helping Players Shroud Convention Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday October 11, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to be broadcasting live from the SOTA International Convention! Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! 10/11 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, Don’t forget that Spooky Seasonal Recurring items are back for a limited time until November 8! We are continuing the spooky theme for the Vault with another round of expired spooky items and livestream spooky items! Spooky Seasonal Recurring Items: With Halloween coming up we have brought back all of the Spooky Seasonal Recurring items to the Crown Shop for a limited time! Get them before they expire again until next year on November 8! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, October 24 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 Rotten Armor 2016 Rotten Flesh Cloak Ghost Dog (digital) Ghost Cat (digital) Ghost Raven (digital) Juggle Skulls Emote Zombie Wings Zombie Mask Obsidian Village Home (note this was supposed to be in the last round) Catnip Games Acquires Shroud of the Avatar As of October 2019 Austin-based production studio Catnip Games has acquired the operating assets of Portalarium, Inc.; primary of which is Shroud of the Avatar. Portalarium was co-founded in 2009 by Hall of Fame videogame designer Richard Garriott (aka “Lord British”). Portalarium’s most recent game Shroud of the Avatar has a large global community of players which Catnip Games will continue to develop and expand. Catnip Games was established by Chris Spears, who served as CTO of Portalarium for over 6 years and was appointed President of Portalarium in 2019. Commenting about the acquisition, Richard Garriott noted “We’re immensely grateful to the community who has built this game with us. The community’s support and participation remains strong and growing, and Starr and I plan to continue being involved in the community and within the game.” Starr Long, the executive producer of Shroud of the Avatar, also commented on the acquisition; noting that “Chris has successfully led the design and the team for many years, he is an all-star A player.” Chris Spears added that “The development team remains with the project, and we plan to continue with the established patterns of regular releases, frequent live broadcasts, community events, release parties, and a development cadence focused on both constantly improving the core game, while also working towards Episode 2.” Lowenstein Sandler provided legal counsel to Portalarium on this transaction. Deal terms were not disclosed. Any questions about the transaction should be directed to VLPC at tbailey@vlpc.com. Sword of Midras Printed Copy Reward Replacement To all our loyal Shroud of the Avatar Backers, There is only one physical reward from the Kickstarter that is still outstanding to deliver. That is a physical copy of the novel written by Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott entitled the Sword of Midras (originally entitled Blade of the Avatar). Digital copies were delivered as promised but unfortunately we could never reach an agreement with the publisher on distribution of a physical copy to our backers. Please accept our apologies for our failure to deliver the reward and the extreme delay in an outcome. It is not all bad news however! We have come up with unique book themed replacement rewards! Kickstarter backers at the Patron level were eligible for a physical copy of the book. They will receive instead a unique in-game reward of a Challenge Dungeon Remote Dungeon Entrance! This entrance allows direct access to the Challenge Dungeon from the property it is placed on. The entrance itself is disguised as a magical book with the Blade of the Avatar symbol on the cover! Kickstarter backers at the Citizen level (and higher) were eligible for a physical copy of the book signed by Richard and Tracy. They will instead receive two unique in-game rewards. The Sword of Midras Library is a huge unique dungeon room filled floor to ceiling with books, similar to the Lyceum in Artifice. It can be placed in any Player Made Dungeon. The Sword of Midras Magical Printing Press allows you to create 12 book copies per week without needing any blank books and each of these copies automatically comes in a book bound with a Blade of the Avatar symbol book cover! We hope to have these items complete and delivered on later than the end of this year. NOTE: Citizens will also receive the Patron reward of the Challenge Dungeon Remote Entrance for a total of three unique rewards. Below are pictures of the original Magical printing press and the Lyceum in Artifice that we will be using as reference (note these are not the actual rewards). October Login Reward: Skull Mask Next week is the first week to login and obtain the October login reward! To celebrate Halloween, every player who logs in during the month of October will receive a unique Skull Mask! To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of October and check your rewards tab! NOTE: You still have three days left to receive the September login reward (Dragon Statue with Flames)! Release 70 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Spooky Theme! Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet 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 Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Player Made Content & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Player Made Content Livestream last week was a blast! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live. Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Oct 19 – Release 70 Dance Party Oct 31 – Release 71 Nov 14 – Release 72 Dec 12 – Release 73 Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party [Forum post by Darkstarr] Saturday October 19. 2 – 4 PM Central Time. Join DJ Darkstarr on Virtue Radio for the Release 70 Dance Party in Blue Rose Isle (near Etceter) hosted by Drake Aedus and Wind Silvermoon! Project to Support – Through the Moongate Part II Kickstarter “Through the Moongate – Part II: The story of Richard Garriott, Origin Systems Inc and Ultima – From Wing Commander and Ultima VII to Portalarium” a book by Andrea Contato. Through the Moongate is the ambitious two-volume comprehensive history of the Ultima series, Lord British, and Origin Systems at-large. Part I was successfully Kickstarted on October 16th, 2018 and covered Richard Garriott’s humble beginnings up through Ultima VI. Part II covers Ultima VII to Portalarium and includes Wing Commander and other important Origin titles. Part II, which is already finished in Italian, is currently on Kickstarter to raise funds for translation and printing. If you’re interested in the history of Lord British and Origin Systems, definitely check out this project! Also, if you missed Part I, copies are conveniently available with certain pledges in the Kickstarter. Join the Kickstarter now! 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! 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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    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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    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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    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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    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)
  19. To all our loyal Shroud of the Avatar Backers, There is only one physical reward from the Kickstarter that is still outstanding to deliver. That is a physical copy of the novel written by Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott entitled the Sword of Midras (originally entitled Blade of the Avatar). Digital copies were delivered as promised but unfortunately we could never reach an agreement with... Sword of Midras Printed Copy Reward ReplacementView the full article
  20. As of October 2019 Austin-based production studio Catnip Games has acquired the operating assets of Portalarium, Inc.; primary of which is Shroud of the Avatar. Portalarium was co-founded in 2009 by Hall of Fame videogame designer Richard Garriott (aka “Lord British”). Portalarium’s most recent game Shroud of the Avatar has a large global community of players which Catnip Games will continue to develop and expand. Catnip Games was established by Chris Spears, who served as CTO of... Catnip Games Acquires Shroud of the Avatar View the full article
  21. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday October 11, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to be broadcasting live from the SOTA International Convention! Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
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  23. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Player Made Quests Livestream Today 10/4 Crown Shop Updates October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Shroud International Convention Next Weekend! Project to Support – Through the Moongate Part II Kickstarter Resources: Players Helping Players Echoes From the Caverns The post Echoes from the Caverns 10-04-2019 appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  24. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar: News Announcements Player Made Quests Livestream Today 10/4 Crown Shop Updates October Login Reward: Skull Mask Release 70 Reward Program Items: Spooky! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Fishing Contest & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Community Event: Shroud International Convention Next Weekend! Project to Support – Through the Moongate Part II Kickstarter Resources: Players Helping Players Player Made Quests Livestream Today Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday October 4, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to look at player made quests, highlighting Lilybird’s latest quest: “The Stone Dragon” in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley. Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! 10/4 Crown Shop Updates Greetings Avatars, Spooky Seasonal Recurring items are back for a limited time until November 8! We are continuing the spooky theme for the Vault with another round of expired spooky items and livestream spooky items! Spooky Seasonal Recurring Items: With Halloween coming up we have brought back all of the Spooky Seasonal Recurring items to the Crown Shop for a limited time! Get them before they expire again until next year on November 8! Undead Specimen Vats Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack Day of the Dead Masks Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc. Woven Spider Web Cloak Spider Web Cloak Ornate Spider Legs Zombie Pets The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 26 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 Spooky Soundtrack – Wax Cylinders Obsidian Throne Headless Mask 2016 Grim Reaper Statue 2016 Grim Reaper Mask Nightmare Statue with flaming mane and glowing eyes 2016 Jack-o-Lantern 6-Pack 2016 Jack-o-Lantern Glowing Mask Obsidian Village Home October Login Reward: Skull Mask Next week is the first week to login and obtain the October login reward! To celebrate Halloween, every player who logs in during the month of October will receive a unique Skull Mask! To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of October and check your rewards tab! NOTE: You still have three days left to receive the September login reward (Dragon Statue with Flames)! Release 70 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Spooky Theme! Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet 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 Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later) UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot) NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later) 1400 Crowns 999 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later) Early Access to Episode 2 Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference) One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8 In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version) Tour of Portalarium Offices Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC. NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD. NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner. Release 70& Various Other Livestreams (YouTube) The Release 70 Livestream last week was a blast! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it: Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live. Upcoming Events Calendar Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events! Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention Oct 19 – Release 70 Dance Party Oct 31 – Release 71 Nov 14 – Release 72 Dec 12 – Release 73 Jan 30 – Release 74 Feb 27 – Release 75 Mar 26 – Release 76 Community Event: Shroud International Convention Next Weekend! SOTA International Convention SotACon events are a wondrous time for players to meet players of Shroud of the Avatar. This is an event run completely by the Shroud of the Avatar community and all expenses are paid for by the community, not by Portalarium. Every SotACon is jam packed with events with a robust schedule of deep-dives and discussions about all things Shroud of the Avatar! Players will meet directly with the Portalarium developers hearing first-hand what amazing game features are coming our way! All are welcome, cosplay and LARP’ing is welcome, and expect a fantastical time! Day 1 Friday 10:00 am Keynote Panel (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Chris Spears “Atos”) 11:00 am Group Photo (All Attendees photo and Special VIP attendees photo) 11:30 am Lunch 1:00 pm Panel: Crafting, Services, and the Economy (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Joaquin del Canto “wizardsmoke”, Brandon Cotton “Bzus”, Chris Spears “Atos”) 2:30 pm Panel: Player Housing, Player Towns, Player Dungeons (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Keith Quinn “Sannio”, Chris Spears “Atos”, Damon Waldrip) 4:00 pm Weekly Livestream Live! (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Keith Quinn “Sannio”, Chris Spears “Atos”) Day 2 Saturday 10:00 am Panel/Discussion: World Building: Towns, Adventuring Areas, Dungeons (Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Keith Quinn “Sannio”, Chris Spears “Atos”) 11:30 am Lunch 1:00 pm Panel: Combat – PVE and PVP (Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Brandon Cotton “Bzus”, Chris Spears “Atos”) 2:30 pm Break 3:00 pm Panel/Discussion: The Future of SOTA (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Chris Spears “Atos”) 4:30 pm Closing Remarks (Ezekiel Cooper) 4:45 pm Closing Ceremonies 5:00 End of day for panels FULL AGENDA Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party Project to Support – Through the Moongate Part II Kickstarter “Through the Moongate – Part II: The story of Richard Garriott, Origin Systems Inc and Ultima – From Wing Commander and Ultima VII to Portalarium” a book by Andrea Contato. Through the Moongate is the ambitious two-volume comprehensive history of the Ultima series, Lord British, and Origin Systems at-large. Part I was successfully Kickstarted on October 16th, 2018 and covered Richard Garriott’s humble beginnings up through Ultima VI. Part II covers Ultima VII to Portalarium and includes Wing Commander and other important Origin titles. Part II, which is already finished in Italian, is currently on Kickstarter to raise funds for translation and printing. If you’re interested in the history of Lord British and Origin Systems, definitely check out this project! Also, if you missed Part I, copies are conveniently available with certain pledges in the Kickstarter. Join the Kickstarter now! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  25. Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday October 4, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to look at player made quests, highlighting Lilybird’s latest quest: “The Stone Dragon” in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley. Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!) Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70! Obsidian Order Altar Executioner’s Mask Baby Black and Orange Spider Pet As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Nightmares do come true” in the chat window (no purchase necessary). Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT! Are You a Livestreamer? Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program! View the full article
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