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  1. The Shroud of the Avatar uses the BitTorrent internet protocol to distribute the game patches. It has been brought to our attention that at least one ISP may be blocking torrent downloads.

    Through testing we have confirmed that the patch server URL is being blocked even when surfed to via a web browser (so this is not a Launcher/patch client issue).

    If you are having issues downloading patches through the (non steam) client, please try to click this link to list the torrent seed list in...

    Are you having trouble patching your SotA client [not Steam]?

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  2. Hello folks -- here's the draft notes. Edit suggestions are welcome by replying to this thread. I won't edit the actual google doc, but I'll consider them for the final. I'll get it published on the main page sometime during server downtime tomorrow (9AM-1030AM CT).

    Thank you for any help you provide:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EqXo2NJkZq8M6ZTAoUb5qd4ZWlFqv1IWX9ti5T2DL0Q/edit?usp=sharing

    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

    Community Updates


    Lord of the Isle Statesman Outhouse!

    SS_4Elg_LOTI_Outhouse_A.jpgSotA_WoodenOuthouse_small-300x247.jpgDue to recent public outrage and many requests for more architecture in the Lord of the Isle Mansion style, the master architects of New Britannia have developed a new type of outhouse particular to the tastes of our most esteemed supporters, and just in time to stem the tide of “The Great Outhouse Rebellion of 2020!” Riotous throngs of unrelieved New Britannians took to the streets! Amongst the angry mob, one man’s anxious cries clamored above the rest, “Nay! I shall not use that wooden outhouse any longer! It be beneath me! And it puts splinters in my bottom! And it smells! And Bob used it! Don’t go in there! I shall simply hold it until my demands are met!” As you can see, the architects simply had no choice but to meet the demands of the unruly, for the regularity of supporters was surely at stake! And thus, the very regal Lord of the Isle Statesman Outhouse was created, and all were merry. (Coming to the Crown Store April 1st…)


    Atos Q&A Livestream!

    Livestream-Community-2020-3-27-1024x576.Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, Mar 27th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris Spears a.k.a. Atos and other developer team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “march to a different tune” 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, Friday at 4 PM CT!


    April Login Reward: Bunny Ears!

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    Just in time for the return of the notorious Arch Lapin, a new springtime wearable becomes available! Be sure to log in sometime between April 1st and 30th to receive this special and festive Bunny Ears headpiece! WARNING: The Bunny Ears headpiece does not cause the Arch Lapin to befriend you nor does it provide bonuses to hearing. Enjoy!


    Release 76 Reward Program Exclusive Login Reward Items: Springtime Theme!SS_4Elg_Reward_giantBrownBunny_A.jpg

    The hillsides are abloom, bunnies abound, and evidently ladybugs are also around! Rewards Program exclusive login reward items for Release 76 are springtime themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 76!

    • Giant Bunny Companion
    • Ladybug Backpack
    • Bunny Slippers

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    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month
      • Exclusive Monthly Login 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


    Springtime Vault Round!

    SS_4Elg_VaultR71Round1_EggBasket_A.jpgThe current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, March 26 at 10:30 AM CST. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • 2017 Rabbit Tailed Bodice Ensemble
    • White Rabbit Pet
    • White Lepus Mask
    • Replenishing Confetti Eggs Basket
    • Giant Butterfly Pet
    • Stained Glass Hand Lantern
    • Floral Pattern Stained Glass Oil Table Lamp (3 Pack)
    • Shogun Four-Story Town Home
    • /flowerleap emote (leap into the air and throw flowers)

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    New Store Items: Tulips Flower Arrangement & Dyable Lepus Masks!

    SS_4Elg_TulipVase_A.jpgComing to the Crown Store in early R76 — the Tulips Flower Arrangement, Pink Dye and Dyable Lepus Masks! Recent additions to the Crown Store also included: a Gothic Candelabra, three Gothic Furniture Sets, a Gothic King Sized Bed, and Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms.

    • Tulips Flower Arrangement
    • Pink Dye (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Item)
    • Dyable Lepus Mask
    • Gothic Candelabra
    • Gothic Furniture Mega Set
    • Gothic Furniture Dining Set
    • Gothic Furniture Bedroom Set
    • Gothic King Sized Bed with Black Leather
    • Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms

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    An Old Favorite Returns!

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    Sometime early in R76, an old favorite scene will return. “Ulfheim” received a wonderful revamp from Sannio not too long ago, which is an adventure scene which now features various paths of virtue ultimately leading to an encounter with a fierce dragon. Albeit this new uncloned scene was a stellar creation by our master world builder, some have missed their old grind spot in northern Novia. “Ulfheim” was originally a clone of Deep Ravenswood yet had distinct differences such as an excellent bear spawn point, undead minions, high level barbarians and various Reaper locations. Well, for those missing this piece of adventure history, long for it no longer! Sometime early in R76, the old “Ulfheim” (to be called “Utheim” in its newer version) will be restored to the game and be found somewhere in Mistrendur. Enjoy!


    Interactive Fancy Toilet Paper Holder!

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    Avatars! Reports of toilet paper shortages have even spread throughout New Britannia! To combat this calamity, the high wizards of Novia have combined their magical prowess to enchant the existing Fancy Toilet Paper Holder (recently added to the Crown Store) to become interactive and with an ENDLESS supply of paper! No need to hoard! You’ll never run out.


    The Arch Lapin Returns!

    eventArchLapin1-1.jpgeventArchLapin2-300x216.jpgDeep within the cavernous Spectral Mines, lies something very… scary. With huge fangs! And cute little feet. Deadly feet! And fangs! Fangs that go on from here until tomorrow and then again to the next day and sometimes the day after that. Beware oh’ adventurers, for peril certainly awaits thee! The Arch Lapin is far more than a mere rabbit! It’s got fangs! And red eyes! Just look at the bones!

    Be sure not to miss out on this year’s return of the Arch Lapin! Many loot items can be found upon its corpse, such as rare paintings, a trophy head and an Orb of Obliteration!


    Deed Upgrades 30% Off!

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    Avatars! Upgrading deeds in Shroud of the Avatar is still 30% off! To upgrade a deed, be sure the deed is in your inventory, then right-click it for upgrade options. If sufficient Crowns are available in your inventory, then select the desired upgrade. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing deal! Increase the size of your property then spend some nice quiet and safe time at home decorating, enjoy!


    Double Experience Points Continue!

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    Head out into the lands of New Britannia and charge headlong into the dangers therein, Avatars! For the near future, Shroud of the Avatar players will receive double experience points (XP) for their endeavors in Adventure and Crafting! Hourly XP attenuation limits have also increased. Please take advantage of the extra experience points! Stay home, stay safe and explore New Britannia!


    Mistrendur: Land Rush Underway!

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    By royal decree, the process details for the Mistrendur land rush have 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 select locations is well underway!

    The official announcement thread is ready and full of information about the currently active land rush! Bracket 5 starts today at Noon CT, and every 3 days another Bracket ticks away! Keep those entries rolling in — we’re ready for them! If you have any last minute questions or concerns, reply to the official announcement thread, or contact Elgarion on the forums via forum conversation.

    • The site selections will be made in the sequence the reservation vouchers were purchased.
    • The fifth bracket of players commence site selection on Thursday, March 26, Noon CT.
    • 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!

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    Megalopolis: New Town Size Available!

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    megalopolis.pngAfter the Municipality town size became available, the Player Owned Town (POT) governors of New Britannia demanded even larger town size upgrade options! And more upgrade options they shall receive! Now, players of Shroud of the Avatar can upgrade their POTs to the size of Megalopolis.

     

     


    Packaging Items for Trade in Player Test Environment (QA)!

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    Just arriving to the Player Test Environment (QA) server is a very useful new feature with which allows players to trade formerly no-trade Heritage items by packaging them for trade. Simply right-click the item, then select “Package Item for Trade” which will spawn an option window requesting a Crowns payment for the packaging. Once packaged, the item can be freely traded to another player, who can then unpackage it for use simply by double-clicking upon the item.

    Allowing for the trade of formerly no-trade Heritage items is just one of many useful new features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Party Size Increase in Player Test Environment (QA)!

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    Avatars! Exciting news! Patched into the Player Test Environment (QA), the first iteration of Party/Raid type lovin’ for this year has arrived — Parties of 12! Players can test this new feature and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. Players will no longer be limited to 8 members in their party, and will soon be able to group with others in a party of 12! Once this new feature is fully tested on QA, it will push to the live server!

    Expanding the capabilities of adventure parties is just one of the exciting new features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Bard Skills in Player Test Environment (QA)!

    effect_bard1-1024x723.jpgThe bard skill tree is still available on the Player Test Environment (QA) server. Indicated in the picture above, one of the new spell effects whirls around the bard in a spiral of magical and musical notation. We’re hard at work adding additional visual and audio effects, but players can now experiment with many of these new abilities and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. QA testers can train these skills by visiting the Advanced Skills Tactics Trainer in Desolis.

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    Streaming the Player Test Environment (QA) Now Permitted!

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    Streamers of Shroud of the Avatar are now welcome to stream gameplay of their Player Test Environment (QA) experiences! We hope this new option will inspire increased new feature testing before these features go to the live server. When streaming from QA, please be sure to notify your audience that you are testing new and unfinalized features on the test server.


    World & UI Changes

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    Many updates that affected the game world or aspects of the user interface (UI) were patched in during R75 or went live for R76:

    • Mistrendur: considerable polish to the overworld Mistrendur map patched in during early R75 to include mesh and collision improvements and placeholder town locations to assist with land rush selections
    • Snowy Mountains Road Encounter: The naughty brats now have a higher chance to drop a chest key in their version of this encounter
    • Plains Road Encounter: This roaming encounter was added to the continent of Mistrendur
    • Forest Road Encounter: This roaming encounter was added to the continent of Mistrendur
    • Goti: This town has received a boat to Novia by the docks


    Crafting, Items & Economy Changes

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    Many fantastic changes to the player economy and crafting were patched in during R75 or went live for R76:

    • Crown Store Mannequins: The Crown version of the mannequins have had their prices cut by more than 50%
    • Housing Interior Deco Limits Adjusted: All lot sizes have received an additional 200 interior deco slots
    • Housing Interior Light Limits Adjusted: All lot sizes have received an additional 20 interior light slots
    • Housing NPC Limits: NPC limits for all housing lot sizes have received double the NPC limits as before
    • Player Owned Town NPC Building Limits: All POT sizes received anywhere from 2 to 6 additional NPC building slots
    • Frozen Tear of Titans: This off-hand item can now be placed as a decoration
    • Gaia’s Heart: This off-hand item can now be placed as a decoration
    • Gothic King Size Bed: This item is now dyable
    • Gothic Queen Size Bed: This item is now dyable
    • Gothic Dining Chair: This item is now dyable


    Combat Balance & Changes

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    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. Here are just a small number of the balance items that were patched in during R75 or went live for R76:

    • Bard Skills, Icons, VFX Added: Various additions/changes to the Bard skill tree were made on the Player Test Enviroment (QA) server
    • PvP Ransom Loot: After a long period of PvP activity analysis with ransom turned off, many locations have had ransom restored as an option for PvP.


    Updated Player-Owned Towns

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    • Belly of the Snake: Renamed from Saint Mary’s Island, moved to Mistrendur, and updated interconnections
    • Clevedon: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Crossroads Landing: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • East Port: Renamed from Aerie Centre Exchange, moved to near Soltown
    • Far Green: Added new Village island to Mistrendur
    • Jade Gardens: Renamed from Jade Caverns, changed to Forest 02, and moved to Mistrendur
    • Organized Chaos Market: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Outlandia: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • PaxLair: Upgraded to Megalopolis
    • Phoenix Haven: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Riptown Creek: Added new Village to Mistrendur
    • Siren Song Bayou: Upgraded to Municipality


    Bug Fixes

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    Albeit many bug fixes were patched in during R75 or will patch in for R76’s release, here are some of the highlights!

    • Fixes for Vault items not showing
    • Many quests received typographical fixes
    • Ankhs in Tartarus PvP Maze should now be functional
    • Dual wearable restrictions refined and fixed
    • Major decoration bug was fixed which prevented some players from manipulating decoration
    • Blood Spatter decoration was fixed
    • Stats fixed on Gustball Uniforms
    • Carmelo received bug fixes in Bramble
    • Ring of Fire visuals fixed
    • Multiple Mistrendur overworld collision issues fixed
    • Wealthy Merchant visuals fixed
    • South Longfall Wetland cage behavior improved
    • Female avatar’s nameplate now shows in correct place during piano animations
    • New gothic beds can now be used from either side
    • Troll overworld encounter should once again be functional
    • New gothic dining chair better accommodates male characters
    • Cancelling a “Packaging Item for Trade” transaction no longer leaves item red/unresolved
    • Fixed issue where Ferocious Red Arachnid and Ferocious Red Spider had same health
    • Skrekk received many background fixes related to NPC barks
    • Shark Trophy can one again be placed as decoration
    • Pathing on broken stairs at the Ruined Keep has been improved
    • Blood River Outskirts quest journal and marker improvements
    • Kyle Berhand in Aerie has received improvements to the “weapon upgrade” task
    • Full and Half Full Fine Oak Bookshelves are now more easily interactive
    • Ornate Oak Panel Wardrobe can now be utilized as a container when placed as a decoration
    • Highvale Bandit Leader received improved dialogue options
    • Ardoris Devotional Caretaker now properly responds to “Corpus” when applicable
    • Floating rocks fixed in Ravensmoor
    • After completing Paths of Love, Truth and Courage, players receive improved guidance to visit the Oracle in Brittany


    Are You a Livestreamer?

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    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

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    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
    • NEWTown Size Upgrade (if a town is not owned by the LOTI supporter, they may gift this size upgrade to another town owner. Maximum possible town sizes will be taken into account, but the Megalopolis size just became available!)
    • 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
    • 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, 2019). 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)

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    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:


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    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
    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 Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town Home (No Trade)

    2020.03-SotA-Sweeps-Update.pngWhether 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 a Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town 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: Britannian Mining Company Recruitment Event!

    [Forum Post by Tradia]

    The Britannian Mining Company is looking for new members!​ For the month of March, we will be holding ‘Meet & Greet’ events every Friday. Meet and chat with guild members, ask questions, check out the town of Blackrock Cove and let us show you the benefits of being part of the BMC! Founded June 6, 1998 in Ultima Online and establishing in Shroud of the Avatar in 2013, the BMC is knowledgeable in most aspects of the game. We are more than just miners! There is a place for adventurers of all kinds – there are no restrictions on what type of player you want to play!​bmc-small-268x300.png

    Meet & Greet Events will take place:

    • March 13, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT
    • March 20, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT
    • March 27, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT​

    We will be throughout the world chatting and answering questions. Feel free to come straight to Blackrock Cove and visit our Recruitment Center – or just PM and add any of us as a friend and we will help you get you there! Each of us is proud to carry the name of BMC – and we are happy to make you part of our family.​ You don’t have to wait for these events! If you are interested, feel free to check out our website and/or Discord server. One of our Emesarries or Ambassadors will be happy to get your application started. For more information, see the original post on the forums…


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure check out this exciting and hilarious new game, Jar Wars! Our very own Darkstarr has been busy on some side projects, one of which is Jar Wars, a slapstick multiplayer game made just for VR enthusiasts. Battle your friends with wacky weapons and intriguing gadgets for total domination of the Moon! Available for free on Steam!


    Project to Support – Rodasurf

    rodasurf-300x169.jpgDarkstarr and the Rodasurf team once again dazzle us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News! The RodaSurf board is an accessory to the Onewheel XR device. Simply snap and lock the Onewheel into RodaSurf’s latching system, and you’ll be surfing the streets before you know it! For the full article PLUS a fantastic video, be sure to head straight over to the Spectrum News Website and see our beloved Lord of Chaos show off his latest venture!


    Project to Support – Dragon Fight

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    Darkstarr has also been hard at work with the team for Dragon Fight VR which recently went live on Steam! Dragon Fight VR is an internal experiment to capture the “essence” of a dragon fight, the classic penultimate experience of every fantasy story. We wanted to create a short visceral, realistic experience stripped of user interface, lobbies, scores, levels, and other visual intrusions that might distract. There were some key elements of fighting a dragon that we wanted to capture and we felt VR was uniquely qualified to convey:

    • Face to face with a large scale hostile creature trying to kill you
    • Using a sword and a shield
    • Fire!
    • Nowhere to run!

    This started out as an internal experiment to learn some things about VR’s capabilities, be reductionist in our designs, etc. We felt that the experiment was successful enough to release as a free experience to share. Enjoy! Available for free on Steam!

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    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

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    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.

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  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Sannio Shows-Off “Bunker C” Design!
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    In the Twitch video below, Keith “Sannio” Quinn shows off the early stages of a new scene, “Bunker C.” Players will be directed to this crumbling underground shelter as part of an upcoming quest that will start in Novia’s Far Hinterlands. The bunker will challenge players with deadly lava in addition to undead and elemental threats. The “Bunker C” adventure scene 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!


    Atos Q&A Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, Mar 20th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris Spears a.k.a. Atos and other developer team members today for a community 1 hour livestream!

    Join us today! We’ll be ready to answer any questions about the land rush in Mistrendur, the Packaging Items for Trade feature, the new Bard Skill Tree or any other topic broached by the viewers. Hope to see you all there!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “march to a different tune” 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 CT!


    Packaging Items for Trade in Player Test Environment (QA)!

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    Just arriving to the Player Test Environment (QA) server is a very useful new feature with which allows players to trade formerly no-trade Heritage items by packaging them for trade. Simply right-click the item, then select “Package Item for Trade” which will spawn an option window requesting a Crowns payment for the packaging. Once packaged, the item can be freely traded to another player, who can then unpackage it for use simply by double-clicking upon the item.

    Allowing for the trade of formerly no-trade Heritage items is just one of many useful new features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Double Experience Points Continue!

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    Head out into the lands of New Britannia and charge headlong into the dangers therein, Avatars! In the coming weeks, Shroud of the Avatar players will receive double experience points (XP) for their endeavors in Adventure and Crafting! Sometime this weekend, Atos will also provide a temporary boost to the hourly XP attenuation limits to extend throughout the double XP reward period. Please take advantage of the extra experience points! Stay home, stay safe and explore New Britannia!


    Mistrendur: Land Rush Underway!

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    By royal decree, the process details for the Mistrendur land rush have 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 select locations is well underway!

    The official announcement thread is ready and full of information about the currently active land rush! Bracket 3 started today at Noon CT, and every 3 days another Bracket ticks away! Keep those entries rolling in — we’re ready for them! If you have any last minute questions or concerns, reply to the official announcement thread, or contact Elgarion on the forums via forum conversation.

    • The site selections will be made in the sequence the reservation vouchers were purchased.
    • The third bracket of players commence site selection on Friday, March 20, Noon CT.
    • 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!

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    Megalopolis: New Town Size Available!

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    megalopolis.pngAfter the Municipality town size became available, the Player Owned Town (POT) governors of New Britannia demanded even larger town size upgrade options! And more upgrade options they shall receive! Now, players of Shroud of the Avatar can upgrade their POTs to the size of Megalopolis. NPC Buildings, NPCs, Decoration Limits and Light Limits scale as follows:

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    Darkstarr Vault Round Part II!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Friday, March 27 at 10:30 AM CST. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Darkstarr 1-Handed Sword
    • Darkstarr Staff
    • Darkstarr Dagger
    • Darkstarr Throne
    • Darkstarr Coronated Chain Helm
    • Darkstarr Wand
    • Interior Sized Obsidian Obelisk
    • Kobold Four-Story Row Home
    • Mosh Dance Emote

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    Latest Store Items!

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    Additional Crown Store goodies arriving during Release 75 include a Fancy Sink with Geometric Patterns as well as a matching Fancy Toilet. Recently added were a Gothic Candelabra, three Gothic Furniture Sets, a Gothic King Sized Bed and a variety of Gothic Chandeliers with varying chain lengths. Also new to the Crown Store this release are the Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms. Let the more stylin’ Gustball tourneys begin! Lots of great decoration items became available recently, such as the 8 amazing non-player characters (NPC) readied for the player created dialogue scripting system! These new type of NPC’s are known as Conversationalists.

    • Gothic Candelabra
    • Fancy Sink II (Geometric Pattern)
    • Fancy Toilet II (Geometric Pattern)
    • Gothic Furniture Mega Set
    • Gothic Furniture Dining Set
    • Gothic Furniture Bedroom Set
    • Gothic King Sized Bed with Black Leather
    • Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms
    • Conversationalist (Female, 4 Varieties)
    • Conversationalist (Male, 4 Varieties)

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    Party Size Increase in Player Test Environment (QA)!

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    Avatars! Exciting news! Patched into the Player Test Environment (QA), the first iteration of Party/Raid type lovin’ for this year has arrived — Parties of 12! Players can test this new feature and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. Players will no longer be limited to 8 members in their party, and will soon be able to group with others in a party of 12! Once this new feature is fully tested on QA, it will push to the live server!

    Expanding the capabilities of adventure parties is just one of the exciting new features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Bard Skills in Player Test Environment (QA)!

    effect_bard1-1024x723.jpgThe bard skill tree is still available on the Player Test Environment (QA) server. Indicated in the picture above, one of the new spell effects whirls around the bard in a spiral of magical and musical notation. We’re hard at work adding additional visual and audio effects, but players can now experiment with many of these new abilities and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. QA testers can train these skills by visiting the Advanced Skills Tactics Trainer in Desolis. Here’s a list of 5 recently added abilities, but keep in mind a total of 16 bard skills will be featured:

    • Savage Sonata: AoE enrage ability
    • Chorus of Conservation: AoE focus cost reduction for party members
    • Rhythmic Readiness: Passive skill that reduces ability casting time
    • Resounding Reach: Passive skill which increases range of abilities
    • Musical Fortitude: Passive skill which increases duration of abilities

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    Streaming the Player Test Environment (QA) Now Permitted!

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    Streamers of Shroud of the Avatar are now welcome to stream gameplay of their Player Test Environment (QA) experiences! We hope this new option will inspire increased new feature testing before these features go to the live server. When streaming from QA, please be sure to notify your audience that you are testing new and unfinalized features on the test server.


    March Login Reward: Leprechaun Hat!

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    Just in time for Saint Patty’s Day, Avatars! Be sure to log in sometime between March 1st and 31st to receive this special and festive Leprechaun Hat! This clover-sporting gem of green headwear is a must have for any would-be celebrator this season. Enjoy!


    Release 75 Reward Program Exclusive Login Reward Items: Saint Patrick’s Day Theme!

    SS_4Elg_Leprechaun_SubRewards_A-1024x768It’s time for all things green, Avatars! So don’t get pinched! Rewards Program exclusive login reward items for Release 75 are St. Patrick’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 75!

    • Clover Pavers
    • Leprechaun Statue
    • Pot o’ Gold with Rainbow Effects

    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month
      • Exclusive Monthly Login 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?

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    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

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    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
    • NEWTown Size Upgrade (if a town is not owned by the LOTI supporter, they may gift this size upgrade to another town owner. Maximum possible town sizes will be taken into account, but the Megalopolis size just became available!)
    • 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
    • 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)

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    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:


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    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
    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 Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town Home (No Trade)

    2020.03-SotA-Sweeps-Update.pngWhether 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 a Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town 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 75 Dance Party

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    Virtue/Avatars Radio Presents the Release 75 Dance Party & Stress Test

    Location: @Ragnarr Lodbrok’s Skalabrekka nested in Starfield (map)
    Host/DJ: Celith Wraine
    When: Sunday, March 22nd, 12:00 – 2:00 PM CST

    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: Britannian Mining Company Recruitment Event!

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    The Britannian Mining Company is looking for new members!​ For the month of March, we will be holding ‘Meet & Greet’ events every Friday. Meet and chat with guild members, ask questions, check out the town of Blackrock Cove and let us show you the benefits of being part of the BMC! Founded June 6, 1998 in Ultima Online and establishing in Shroud of the Avatar in 2013, the BMC is knowledgeable in most aspects of the game. We are more than just miners! There is a place for adventurers of all kinds – there are no restrictions on what type of player you want to play!​bmc-small-268x300.png

    Meet & Greet Events will take place:

    • March 13, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT
    • March 20, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT
    • March 27, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT​

    We will be throughout the world chatting and answering questions. Feel free to come straight to Blackrock Cove and visit our Recruitment Center – or just PM and add any of us as a friend and we will help you get you there! Each of us is proud to carry the name of BMC – and we are happy to make you part of our family.​ You don’t have to wait for these events! If you are interested, feel free to check out our website and/or Discord server. One of our Emesarries or Ambassadors will be happy to get your application started. For more information, see the original post on the forums…


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure check out this exciting and hilarious new game, Jar Wars! Our very own Darkstarr has been busy on some side projects, one of which is Jar Wars, a slapstick multiplayer game made just for VR enthusiasts. Battle your friends with wacky weapons and intriguing gadgets for total domination of the Moon! Available for free on Steam!

     


    Project to Support – Dragon Fight

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    Darkstarr has also been hard at work with the team for Dragon Fight VR which recently went live on Steam! Dragon Fight VR is an internal experiment to capture the “essence” of a dragon fight, the classic penultimate experience of every fantasy story. We wanted to create a short visceral, realistic experience stripped of user interface, lobbies, scores, levels, and other visual intrusions that might distract. There were some key elements of fighting a dragon that we wanted to capture and we felt VR was uniquely qualified to convey:

    • Face to face with a large scale hostile creature trying to kill you
    • Using a sword and a shield
    • Fire!
    • Nowhere to run!

    This started out as an internal experiment to learn some things about VR’s capabilities, be reductionist in our designs, etc. We felt that the experiment was successful enough to release as a free experience to share. Enjoy! Available for free on Steam!

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    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    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”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

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    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.

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  5. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Mistrendur: Land Rush Starts Tomorrow!

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    By royal decree, the process details for the Mistrendur land rush have 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 comes this weekend!

    The official announcement thread is ready and full of information about the land rush proceedings! Tomorrow, on Saturday, March 14, Noon CT, we’ll officially begin collecting land rush selection submissions and organizing the data collected for the first bracket. Let those entries roll in — we’re ready for them! If you have any last minute questions or concerns, reply to the official announcement thread, or contact Elgarion on the forums via forum conversation.

    • The site selections will be made in the sequence the reservation vouchers were purchased.
    • The first bracket of players commence site selection on Saturday, March 14, Noon CT.
    • 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!

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    Episode 2 Q&A Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, Mar 13 at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris Spears a.k.a. Atos and other developer team members today for a community 1 hour livestream!

    Join us today! We’ll be ready to answer any questions about the land rush in Mistrendur as well as other Episode 2 topics broached by the community. Hope to see you all there!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “march to a different tune” 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 CT!


    Megalopolis: New Town Size Available!

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    megalopolis.pngAfter the Municipality town size became available, the Player Owned Town (POT) governors of New Britannia demanded even larger town size upgrade options! And more upgrade options they shall receive! Now, players of Shroud of the Avatar can upgrade their POTs to the size of Megalopolis. NPC Buildings, NPCs, Decoration Limits and Light Limits scale as follows:

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    Darkstarr Vault Round Part II!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Friday, March 27 at 10:30 AM CST. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Darkstarr 1-Handed Sword
    • Darkstarr Staff
    • Darkstarr Dagger
    • Darkstarr Throne
    • Darkstarr Coronated Chain Helm
    • Darkstarr Wand
    • Interior Sized Obsidian Obelisk
    • Kobold Four-Story Row Home
    • Mosh Dance Emote

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    New Store Items: Fancy Sink & Fancy Toilet with Geometric Patterns!

    SS_4Elg_FancySinkII_A.jpgAdditional Crown Store goodies arriving during Release 75 include a Fancy Sink with Geometric Patterns as well as a matching Fancy Toilet. Recently added were three Gothic Furniture Sets, a Gothic King Sized Bed and a variety of Gothic Chandeliers with varying chain lengths. Also new to the Crown Store this release are the Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms. Let the more stylin’ Gustball tourneys begin! Lots of great decoration items became available recently, such as the 8 amazing non-player characters (NPC) readied for the player created dialogue scripting system! These new type of NPC’s are known as Conversationalists.

    • Fancy Sink II (Geometric Pattern)
    • Fancy Toilet II (Geometric Pattern)
    • Gothic Furniture Mega Set
    • Gothic Furniture Dining Set
    • Gothic Furniture Bedroom Set
    • Gothic King Sized Bed with Black Leather
    • Gothic Chandeliers (4 Varieties)
    • Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms
    • Conversationalist (Female, 4 Varieties)
    • Conversationalist (Male, 4 Varieties)

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    Lord Darkstarr Sighting!eventDarkstarrSighting-1024x501.jpgThis just in! Darkstarr (a.k.a. Starr Long and Lord Blackthorn) has been sighted! Fans of Shroud of the Avatar eagerly await the return of our beloved Lord of Chaos, but until that time comes… please enjoy this newscast from Austin, TX!


    Party Size Increase in Player Test Environment (QA)!

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    Avatars! Exciting news! Patched into the Player Test Environment (QA), the first iteration of Party/Raid type lovin’ for this year has arrived — Parties of 12! Players can test this new feature and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. Players will no longer be limited to 8 members in their party, and will soon be able to group with others in a party of 12! Once this new feature is fully tested on QA, it will push to the live server!

    Expanding the capabilities of adventure parties is just one of the exciting new features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Bard Skills in Player Test Environment (QA)!

    effect_bard1-1024x723.jpgThe bard skill tree is still available on the Player Test Environment (QA) server. Indicated in the picture above, one of the new spell effects whirls around the bard in a spiral of magical and musical notation. We’re hard at work adding additional visual and audio effects, but players can now experiment with many of these new abilities and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. QA testers can train these skills by visiting the Advanced Skills Tactics Trainer in Desolis. Here’s a list of 5 recently added abilities, but keep in mind a total of 16 bard skills will be featured:

    • Savage Sonata: AoE enrage ability
    • Chorus of Conservation: AoE focus cost reduction for party members
    • Rhythmic Readiness: Passive skill that reduces ability casting time
    • Resounding Reach: Passive skill which increases range of abilities
    • Musical Fortitude: Passive skill which increases duration of abilities

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    Streaming the Player Test Environment (QA) Now Permitted!

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    Streamers of Shroud of the Avatar are now welcome to stream gameplay of their Player Test Environment (QA) experiences! We hope this new option will inspire increased new feature testing before these features go to the live server. When streaming from QA, please be sure to notify your audience that you are testing new and unfinalized features on the test server.


    March Login Reward: Leprechaun Hat!

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    Just in time for Saint Patty’s Day, Avatars! Be sure to log in sometime between March 1st and 31st to receive this special and festive Leprechaun Hat! This clover-sporting gem of green headwear is a must have for any would-be celebrator this season. Enjoy!


    Release 75 Reward Program Exclusive Login Reward Items: Saint Patrick’s Day Theme!

    SS_4Elg_Leprechaun_SubRewards_A-1024x768It’s time for all things green, Avatars! So don’t get pinched! Rewards Program exclusive login reward items for Release 75 are St. Patrick’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 75!

    • Clover Pavers
    • Leprechaun Statue
    • Pot o’ Gold with Rainbow Effects

    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month
      • Exclusive Monthly Login 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?

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    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

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    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
    • NEWTown Size Upgrade (if a town is not owned by the LOTI supporter, they may gift this size upgrade to another town owner. Maximum possible town sizes will be taken into account, but the Megalopolis size just became available!)
    • 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
    • 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)

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    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:


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    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
    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 Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town Home (No Trade)

    2020.03-SotA-Sweeps-Update.pngWhether 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 a Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town 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: Britannian Mining Company Recruitment Event!

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    The Britannian Mining Company is looking for new members!​ For the month of March, we will be holding ‘Meet & Greet’ events every Friday. Meet and chat with guild members, ask questions, check out the town of Blackrock Cove and let us show you the benefits of being part of the BMC! Founded June 6, 1998 in Ultima Online and establishing in Shroud of the Avatar in 2013, the BMC is knowledgeable in most aspects of the game. We are more than just miners! There is a place for adventurers of all kinds – there are no restrictions on what type of player you want to play!​bmc-small-268x300.png

    Meet & Greet Events will take place:

    • March 13, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT
    • March 20, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT
    • March 27, 2020 @ 8-9pm CST/NBT​

    We will be throughout the world chatting and answering questions. Feel free to come straight to Blackrock Cove and visit our Recruitment Center – or just PM and add any of us as a friend and we will help you get you there! Each of us is proud to carry the name of BMC – and we are happy to make you part of our family.​ You don’t have to wait for these events! If you are interested, feel free to check out our website and/or Discord server. One of our Emesarries or Ambassadors will be happy to get your application started. For more information, see the original post on the forums…


    Community Events: Release 75 Dance Party

    R75-Dance-Party-1024x576.png[Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    Virtue/Avatars Radio Presents the Release 75 Dance Party & Stress Test

    Location: @Ragnarr Lodbrok’s Skalabrekka nested in Starfield (map)
    Host/DJ: Celith Wraine
    When: Sunday, March 22nd, 12:00 – 2:00 PM CST

    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: Podcasts & Poetry Return to Virtue Radio

    [Forum Post by Asclepius]

    Attention Avatars! After a long absence, Podcasts and Poetry are returning to Virtue Radio! The Shroud of the Avatar community is INCREDIBLY creative, and over the last five years, many community members have composed short stories, poems, and other creative works. Asclepius, along with a number of other narrators have had the privilege of rendering them into audio form. There is a huge vault of podcasts on the Caverns site with well over 200 amazing creative contributions.book-Virtues-3-Principles.png

    So after fiddling with the broadcast software, Asclepius now offers to share them with you. This is planned to be a regular WEEKLY segment, about an hour in duration. Listen in and you will hear a curated selection of short stories and poems, interspersed with some great community music.

    When: Monday Evenings at 7 PM CST
    How to Listen: There are two methods to tune in to Virtue Radio

    • Utilize your in-game Aether Vibration Devices for Avatar’s/Virtue Radio (radios, clockwork pets, clockwork helms, etc.)
    • Simply point your browser to Avatar’s/Virtue Radio: https://zcu.io/jXP8

    For more information about these reoccurring broadcasts on Avatar’s/Virtue Radio, please contact Asclepius on his forum post about this topic.


    Community Events: Mad Splatter Tea Party

    eventMadSplatter-1024x576.jpg[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 CST
    Attire: 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.


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure check out this exciting and hilarious new game, Jar Wars! Our very own Darkstarr has been busy on some side projects, one of which is Jar Wars, a slapstick multiplayer game made just for VR enthusiasts. Battle your friends with wacky weapons and intriguing gadgets for total domination of the Moon! Available for free on Steam!

     


    Project to Support – Dragon Fight

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    Darkstarr has also been hard at work with the team for Dragon Fight VR which recently went live on Steam! Dragon Fight VR is an internal experiment to capture the “essence” of a dragon fight, the classic penultimate experience of every fantasy story. We wanted to create a short visceral, realistic experience stripped of user interface, lobbies, scores, levels, and other visual intrusions that might distract. There were some key elements of fighting a dragon that we wanted to capture and we felt VR was uniquely qualified to convey:

    • Face to face with a large scale hostile creature trying to kill you
    • Using a sword and a shield
    • Fire!
    • Nowhere to run!

    This started out as an internal experiment to learn some things about VR’s capabilities, be reductionist in our designs, etc. We felt that the experiment was successful enough to release as a free experience to share. Enjoy! Available for free on Steam!

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    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    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”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

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    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


  6. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Party Size Limits Increasing!

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    Avatars! Exciting news! Patched into the Player Test Environment (QA), the first iteration of Party/Raid type lovin’ for this year has arrived — Parties of 12! Players can test this new feature and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. Players will no longer be limited to 8 members in their party, and will soon be able to group with others in a party of 12! Once this new feature is fully tested, it will push to the live server!

    Expanding the capabilities of adventure parties is just one of the exciting new features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Fishing Contest & Trivia Livestream Today!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, Mar 6 at 3PM CDT on Twitch! Join Chris Spears a.k.a. Atos and other developer team members today for a community two-hour livestream!

    • 3 PM: Introductions and Q&A
    • 3:30 PM: Shroud of the Avatar Trivia Time!
    • 4:00 PM: Fishing Contest at the Fishing Expedition
    • 5 PM: Ending Announcements

    To enter the prize drawings, type “march to a different tune” 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 3 PM CDT!


    New Store Items: Gothic Furniture and Chandeliers!

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    Additional CotO Store goodies are arriving during Release 75 to include three Gothic Furniture Sets, a Gothic King Sized Bed and a variety of Gothic Chandeliers with varying chain lengths. Also new to the CotO Store this release are the Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms. Let the more stylin’ Gustball tourneys begin! Lots of great decoration items become available recently, such as the 8 amazing non-player characters (NPC) readied for the player created dialogue scripting system! These new type of NPC’s are known as Conversationalists. Other items added of late were a Dirt Path Pavers Set, a Fancy Kitchen Sink, and a Fancy Wash Basin Set!

    • Gothic Furniture Mega Set
    • Gothic Furniture Dining Set
    • Gothic Furniture Bedroom Set
    • Gothic King Sized Bed with Black Leather
    • Gothic Chandeliers (4 Varieties)
    • Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms
    • Dirt Path Pavers Set
    • Fancy Kitchen Sink
    • Fancy Wash Basin Set
    • Conversationalist (Female, 4 Varieties)
    • Conversationalist (Male, 4 Varieties)

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    Mistrendur: Land Rush Update!

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    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 official announcement thread will continuously be updated as we draw closer to the land rush, so be sure to keep apprised of any new information as it comes to light.

    • 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 Saturday, March 14, 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!

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    Bard Skills in Player Test Environment (QA)!

    effect_bard1-1024x723.jpgThe bard skill tree is still available on the Player Test Environment (QA) server. Indicated in the picture above, one of the new spell effects whirls around the bard in a spiral of magical and musical notation. We’re hard at work adding additional visual and audio effects, but players can now experiment with many of these new abilities and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. QA testers can train these skills by visiting the Advanced Skills Tactics Trainer in Desolis. Here’s a list of 5 recently added abilities, but keep in mind a total of 16 bard skills will be featured:

    • Savage Sonata: AoE enrage ability
    • Chorus of Conservation: AoE focus cost reduction for party members
    • Rhythmic Readiness: Passive skill that reduces ability casting time
    • Resounding Reach: Passive skill which increases range of abilities
    • Musical Fortitude: Passive skill which increases duration of abilities

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    Darkstarr Vault Round!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Friday, March 13 at 10:30 AM CDT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Darkstarr Black Chain Armor (outfit)
    • Darkstarr 2-Handed Sword
    • Darkstarr 1-Handed Spear
    • Darkstarr Morningstar
    • Darkstarr Crossbow
    • Darkstarr Pavers
    • Darkstarr Clocktower
    • Elven 4-Story City Home
    • Kobold 4-Story Great Hall City Home

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    March Login Reward: Leprechaun Hat!

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    Just in time for Saint Patty’s Day, Avatars! Be sure to log in sometime between March 1st and 31st to receive this special and festive Leprechaun Hat! This clover sporting gem of green headwear is a must have for any would-be celebrator this season. Enjoy!


    Release 75 Reward Program Exclusive Login Reward Items: Saint Patrick’s Day Theme!

    SS_4Elg_Leprechaun_SubRewards_A-1024x768It’s time for all things green, Avatars! So don’t get pinched! Rewards Program exclusive login reward items for Release 75 are St. Patrick’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 75!

    • Clover Pavers
    • Leprechaun Statue
    • Pot o’ Gold with Rainbow Effects

    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe 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:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
      • Exclusive Monthly Login 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?

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    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

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    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
    • 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
    • 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)

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    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:


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    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
    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 Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town Home (No Trade)

    2020.03-SotA-Sweeps-Update.pngWhether 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 a Pirate Galleon Dry Dock Town 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:Podcasts & Poetry Return to Virtue Radio!

    [Forum Post by Asclepius]

    Attention Avatars! After a long absence, Podcasts and Poetry are returning to Virtue Radio! The Shroud of the Avatar community is INCREDIBLY creative, and over the last five years, many community members have composed short stories, poems, and other creative works. Asclepius, along with a number of other narrators have had the privilege of rendering them into audio form. There is a huge vault of podcasts on the Caverns site with well over 200 amazing creative contributions.book-Virtues-3-Principles.png

    So after fiddling with the broadcast software, Asclepius now offers to share them with you. This is planned to be a regular WEEKLY segment, about an hour in duration. Listen in and you will hear a curated selection of short stories and poems, interspersed with some great community music.

    When: Monday Evenings at 7 PM CDT
    How to Listen: There are two methods to tune in to Virtue Radio

    • Utilize your in-game Aether Vibration Devices for Avatar’s/Virtue Radio (radios, clockwork pets, clockwork helms, etc.)
    • Simply point your browser to Avatar’s/Virtue Radio: https://zcu.io/jXP8

    For more information about these reoccurring broadcasts on Avatar’s/Virtue Radio, please contact Asclepius on his forum post about this topic.


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure check out this exciting and hilarious new game, Jar Wars! Our very own Darkstarr has been busy on some side projects, one of which is Jar Wars, a slapstick multiplayer game made just for VR enthusiasts. Battle your friends with wacky weapons and intriguing gadgets for total domination of the Moon! Available for free on Steam!

     


    Project to Support – Dragon Fight

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    Darkstarr has also been hard at work with the Dragon Fight VR team which went live this week on Steam! Dragon Fight VR is an internal experiment to capture the “essence” of a dragon fight, the classic penultimate experience of every fantasy story. We wanted to create a short visceral, realistic experience stripped of user interface, lobbies, scores, levels, and other visual intrusions that might distract. There were some key elements of fighting a dragon that we wanted to capture and we felt VR was uniquely qualified to convey:

    • Face to face with a large scale hostile creature trying to kill you
    • Using a sword and a shield
    • Fire!
    • Nowhere to run!

    This started out as an internal experiment to learn some things about VR’s capabilities, be reductionist in our designs, etc. We felt that the experiment was successful enough to release as a free experience to share. Enjoy! Available for free on Steam!

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    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    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”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

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    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.

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  7. Howdy folks!

    This should be the last round of my major forum changes for quite some time (letting the dust settle). The latest effort is aimed towards improving developer support to the community as a whole through participation and spotlighting of in-game events, SotA radio stations and DJ's as well as SotA livestreams and recorded SotA videos. Here's a breakdown of the framework. Expect the stickies in each forum to soon be populated with robust information about each sticky topic....

    Forum Updates Finale (In-Game Events, Radio & Livestreamer Lovin')

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  8. Some verrrrrrry eager folks out there have made us realize a new rule is required. Everyone who's read the Mistrendur land rush announcement knows we're migrating away from needing geographical proximity to request an interconnect between towns, but we've recently had a few form unlock vouchers come in with a very large amount of...

    POT Interconnections & POT Voucher Update

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  9. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Universal Broadcast Orb Transformed!

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    To celebrate the upcoming 2nd anniversary of Shroud of the Avatar’s official launch, a major enhancement has been made to the Free-to-Play (FTP) experience. The Universal Broadcast Orb was formerly a $2 Add-On Store item which gated FTP players from having initial access to the global chat channels. This feature offered some level of spam protection to our in-game chat, but it also inadvertently stifled communication for new FTP players wanting to participate in our community. Well now the FTP players will be heard! As of R75, the Universal Broadcast Orb will no longer be required to utilize Universal nor Trade chat channels. This item has been removed from the Add-On Store, and for those already having one in their possession? Those users have received a stunning orb decoration as a replacement. The new decoration version of the Universal Broadcast Orb also emits light and counts as a light source.

    This enhancement to the FTP player experience is just one of the exciting new features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Land Rush Q&A Livestream with Atos Today!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, February 28 at 4PM CDT on Twitch!

    Join us today for a community Q&A session! Chris Spears a.k.a. Atos and other developer team members will be present to answer questions about the Land Rush for Mistrendur as well as other topics broached by the community. Hope to see you all there!

    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!


    New Store Items: Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms and More!

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    • Dyable Heraldry Gustball Uniforms
    • Dirt Path Pavers Set
    • Fancy Kitchen Sink (will patch in during R75)
    • Fancy Wash Basin Set (will patch in during R75)
    • Conversationalist (Female, 4 Varieties)
    • Conversationalist (Male, 4 Varieties)
    • Boulders (4, 6 and 10 Packs)
    • Fireflies (Blue, Green, Orange and Yellow)
    • Crystal Chandelier (Several Varieties)
    • Goofy Fish Trophies

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    Mistrendur: Land Rush Update!

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    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!

    Recently, we delayed the start date for the land rush by 2 weeks to ensure future settlers of Mistrendur have more time to prepare, and so the developers could provide a better land rush experience to the players.  We’ll soon be providing an improved map (the prototype is shown below) and include MANY more location indicators on the Mistrendur overworld to ensure you can make a well informed decision. Also, the official announcement thread will continuously be updated as we draw closer to the land rush, so be sure to keep apprised of any new information as it comes to light.

    • 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 Saturday, March 14, 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!

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    Darkstarr Vault Round!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Friday, March 13 at 10:30 AM CDT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Darkstarr Black Chain Armor (outfit)
    • Darkstarr 2-Handed Sword
    • Darkstarr 1-Handed Spear
    • Darkstarr Morningstar
    • Darkstarr Crossbow
    • Darkstarr Pavers
    • Darkstarr Clocktower
    • Elven 4-Story City Home
    • Kobold 4-Story Great Hall City Home

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    March Login Reward: Leprechaun Hat!

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    Just in time for Saint Patty’s Day, Avatars! Be sure to log in sometime between March 1st and 31st to receive this special and festive Leprechaun Hat! This clover sporting gem of green headwear is a must have for any would-be celebrator this season. Enjoy!


    Release 75 Reward Program Exclusive Login Reward Items: Saint Patrick’s Day Theme!

    SS_4Elg_Leprechaun_SubRewards_A-1024x768It’s time for all things green, Avatars! So don’t get pinched! Rewards Program exclusive login reward items for Release 75 are St. Patrick’s Day themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 75!

    • Clover Pavers
    • Leprechaun Statue
    • Pot o’ Gold with Rainbow Effects

    NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

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    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
      • Exclusive Monthly Login 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


    Bard Skills in Player Test Environment (QA)!

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    The bard skill tree now has many skills available for testing on the Player Test Environment (QA) server. QA testers can train these skills by visiting the Advanced Skills Tactics Trainer in Desolis. We’re hard at work adding visual and audio effects, but players can now experiment with many of these new abilities and provide crucial feedback to the development team on the Player Test Environment (QA) forums. Here’s a list of 5 additional abilities, but keep in mind a total of 16 will be added:

    • Savage Sonata: AoE enrage ability
    • Chorus of Conservation: AoE focus cost reduction for party members
    • Rhythmic Readiness: Passive skill that reduces ability casting time
    • Resounding Reach: Passive skill which increases range of abilities
    • Musical Fortitude: Passive skill which increases duration of abilities

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    World & UI Changes

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    Many updates that affected the game world or aspects of the user interface (UI) were patched in during R74 or went live for R75:

    • Mistrendur: New Episode 2 continent was patched in during R74 and will receive constant updates in preparation for the upcoming land rush. Changes have included the addition of a galleon to Novia as well as rowboats from/to each island. Additional location markers are being added to assist with player land rush decisions. Ambient sounds, discoveries, Episode 2 tier markers were added. POT placeholders were adjusted to be centered in their hexes and some slight terrain change follow-ups occurred. Collision was regenerated and the navmesh was rebaked.
    • Ruined Keep: This scene now allows for full open multi-play. It had previously been restricted to Party and Solo modes.
    • Galleon Updates: Below is the full list of “Cross-Continent Galleons” that will be available in R75 across the three overworld maps. Using one will bring up a list of all the others, in a manner similar to the lists available at POT signpost teleporters.
      • Aerie (New!)
      • Ardoris (New!)
      • Brittany
      • Jaanaford (New!)
      • Kingsport
      • Noreach (New-ish!)
      • Mistrendur (New-ish!)
    • Skrekk: Extra dialogue was added to Kobolds.
    • Aether Creatures: Have left New Britannia after having long overstayed their welcome.
    • Adventuring Trainers: “Bypass conversations with merchants” can no longer be skipped with adventuring trainers unless you have a specific “training” flag that relates to that trainer. This ensures players are less likely to bypass receiving advanced attack techniques and advanced deck options.
    • Goti: This town has received a boat to Novia.
    • POT Decorations: These items can now be placed as POT decorations but were formerly only allowed as housing decoration.
      • Crafting Stations
      • Printing Press
      • Flat Basket
      • Hand Basket
      • Bucket
      • Tent
      • Small Campfire
      • Bedroll
      • Barn Stall
      • Thin Barn Stall
      • Aether Vibration Amplifier Console
      • Blue Toadstool
      • Green Toadstool
      • Red Toadstool
      • Sturdy Bench
      • Gnome Miner
      • Gnome Couple
      • Ornate Dual Wax Amplifier
      • Basic Chess/Checker Board (and pieces)
      • Writeable Paper
      • Digging Shovel
      • Flat Shovel (Blacksmith)
      • Flat Shovel (Viking)
      • Pickaxe
      • Pitchfork
      • Plant (Dracaena)
      • Plant (Laurentii)
      • Plant (Pink Brush)
      • Plow
      • Simple Wooden Stick Torch
      • Square Shovel
      • Bench
      • Iron Lantern
      • Barrel
      • Crate
    • Water Well: Now allows for placement in Player Dungeons.
    • Torture Rack and Table: These items now have decoration surfaces.
    • Lord of the Isle Mansion: Added a secret room to the Lord of the Isle Mansion.
    • Property Manager: Cooldown time for utilizing the magic movers/property manager interface has been lowered from 300 to 30 seconds.


    Crafting & Economy Changes

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    Many fantastic changes to the player economy and crafting were patched in during R74 or went live for R75:

    • Dyable Gustball Uniforms: These non-heraldry gustball uniforms can be crafted by players! These will patch in and the recipes will be available on tailor merchants during R75.
    • Fishing: The river has been deepened in Crooked Shank for swimming/fishing.
    • Recall/Teleport Scrolls: Using these scrolls will now only take 5 seconds.
    • Cupid Bow: Now has an associated eternal pattern from salvaging this item.
    • Printing Press: Added the standard Printing Press to deco merchant.
    • Necklaces: Durability of necklaces have been increased.
    • Belts: Durability of belts have been increased.
    • Wyvern Heads: Several wyverns now have increased head drop rates (Note: These are still SUPER rare).
    • Spell Components: Banish Undead, Fireball, Ring of Fire, and Solar Flare all received tweaks to reagent consumption to make them consume more player grown reagents and fewer merchant purchased reagents.
    • Artifact Enhancement: Acara plate, the Tricorn of the Cap’n, and the Quiver of Jealousy can now all be upgraded. The Heart of V’rul, Gaia’s Heart, and Frozen Tear can now all be socketed.
    • Ink NPC Conversationalists: These new types of NPC’s that allow for player customizable dialogue scripts have all received a sizable boost well beyond the original 1000 character limit.
    • Fishing Book Pattern: This pattern made special for the anglers of New Britannia has been added to book merchants.


    Combat Balance

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    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. Here are just a small number of the balance items that were patched in during R74 or went live for R75:

    • Simultaneous Use of Identical Artifacts: These changes didn’t quite make it for R74, but coming in with R75, 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 not making it for R74, and to be pushed in sometime during R75, players should 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.
    • Attunement: The power coefficient for Attunement calculations was changed from 0.67 to 0.66 only for damage spells.
    • Control Point Kobolds: Balance tweaks have been performed on Kobolds which spawn at control points.
    • Vauban Pass: Risk vs reward adjusted to be more in line with other control points.
    • Undead: Previous versions of undead had a 2X penalty to their Life and Sun magic resistances. This has been reduced to a 1X penalty. Several tweaks to zombies and skeletons were also made throughout the entire game.
    • Fireball: Has been changed so that the DoT now only affects a maximum of 5 targets. The initial blast still hits 10 targets.
    • Purify and Purify Burst: These two spells now remove confusion effects from players.
    • Banish Undead: The base focus cost of this skill has been increased from 8 to 24 and it’s cooldown increased from 10 to 15 seconds.
    • Stonefist: Now stun targets as originally intended.


    Updated Player-Owned Towns

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    • Bard’s Rest: Now nested within Novia Market. Upgraded to City. Added interconnection with Silverdale Market.
    • Saint Mary’s Island: Changed biome to Desert 01b.
    • Shadowwood Forest: Size upgrade from Crossroads Village to City.
    • Woodhaven: Added new Holdfast nested in Beran’s Reach.


    Bug Fixes

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    Albeit many bug fixes were patched in during R74 or will patch in for R75’s release, here are some of the highlights!

    • Fixes for vendor and overworld font issues.
    • Spelling and typo fixes in numerous quests and UI elements.
    • Snowy Mountains Road Encounter: Fixed an issue where players were unable to enter the Troll variant of this encounter.
    • Fixed holes in POT template terrain (desert_metropolis_01b_template).
    • Brittany Graveyard: All players given Owen’s key for the Serpent’s Spine Foothills should be able to use it on his secret treasure chest.
    • Leprechaun deco and washbasin stand deco can no longer be flipped.
    • Obsidian Plate Leggings once again should appear correctly instead of having bright green highlights. Acara Plate should now also appear correctly.
    • Fix for Skrekk crash was implemented.
    • Fix for collision issues in Blood River Forest Pit traps was implemented.
    • Fire attunement loss now working properly for Magic Warding.
    • Owl’s Head: Players will now properly unlock Guard Winslow’s name.
    • Ravensmoor: Moved floating rocks to the ground and rebuilt the navmesh.
    • Devotional Caretakers: fixed an issue where the devotional caretakers were stating the player had been to Jaanaford even when they hadn’t.
    • Fixed store tags for rock and boulder packs.
    • Adjusted lights on Fireflies VFX decorations.
    • Blood River: The two guards named “Robert Townsend” are now named “Rob Townsend” and “Bob Townsend” (and they’re cousins).
    • LOD performance work was performed for many decorations.
    • Piano: Female Avatar’s name plate now moves to the right place when playing.
    • Fixed an issue where the camera would not follow the character correctly when traveling on elevators.
    • Ardoris: Updated the “boy in the attic” journal and responses from The Boy and Captain Cugel, including adding compass markers.
    • Resolute: Added “bandit head” responses to Godbert’s “hello” responses which better match his “help” responses.
    • Resolute: All the knights/guards now can respond to the “godbert” keyword.
    • Battle of Solace Bridge: Updated the auto-switch that opens the “magically locked” gate to better account for grandfathered characters from before the BoSB revision.
    • Fix for potential mail message overflow when mailing a lot of heavily crafted items.
    • Summoned Wisps can now vanish after being slain.
    • Visual and nav mesh fixes for the Snowy Mountain Road Encounter were implemented.
    • Lord of the Isle decoration surface fixes, graphics fixes, and performance work were implemented.
    • Marissa in Highvale Outskirts will now properly remember player names.
    • Plains Road Encounter has had several balance and AI fixes.
    • Prosperity tools will now show the correct stat bonuses.
    • Fixed rain leaking through several popular houses.
    • Fixed visuals when lutes are being used by female characters.
    • Fixed quests dealing with Micsere in South Majestic Forest.
    • Imbued Restoration potions will now restore the proper amount of health.
    • Fixed Saddle bags being used as decorations.
    • Fix for player bouncing in various situations was implemented but reversed due to side effects.
    • Fixes for seams between head and torso on the pale male model were implemented.
    • Fixed a problem that could cause messages from unrelated NPCs to be shown in the NPC chat window.
    • IMPORTANT FIX: Eggs are once again place-able on walls! We are sorry we made these behave according to the laws of physics and regret our decision to change them.
    • Fixed an issue causing the Bard Skill tree to prematurely appear on the live server. Bard skill tree items are still available in the Player Test Enironment (QA).
    • Numerous visual fixes for The Clink including fixes for floating spider webs, floating torch, and other small visual glitches.
    • Fixed conversations for Clink NPCs and Hidden Vale.
    • Fixed new toilet and sink. They can now be used as POT decos.
    • Fixed NPC dialogue editor. The scroll bars now work properly.
    • Fixed scaling for some wolves.
    • Alpha Wolf in Solace Bridge Outskirts no longer has a messed up looking snout.
    • Women’s version of the Dark Starr boots are no longer tilted upwards.
    • Fixed Godbert’s quest in Ardoris. Conversation responses have also been improved.
    • Blue battle banner now has a bluer light.
    • Vermilion lens quest in Hilt Fortress has been fixed.
    • Fixed Unicorn skill issues.
    • Problem with Decoration Palette causing unusual decoration aberrations has been fixed.
    • Gates in Solace Bridge operate more effectively for grandfathered players completing it after the Solace Bridge revision.
    • Sheep are no longer trapped inside of a Kingsport building.
    • Fixed a floating trash pile in Brittany Alleys.
    • Fixed Edvard’s ability to spell Ardoris.
    • Using the boat to Estgard in Novia will no longer advance the Courage storyline unless the player has Brigid’s amulet.


    Are You a Livestreamer?

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    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

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    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
    • 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
    • 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)

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    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:


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    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)

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    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: Podcasts & Poetry Return to Virtue Radio!

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    Attention Avatars! After a long absence, Podcasts and Poetry are returning to Virtue Radio! The Shroud of the Avatar community is INCREDIBLY creative, and over the last five years, many community members have composed short stories, poems, and other creative works. Asclepius, along with a number of other narrators have had the privilege of rendering them into audio form. There is a huge vault of podcasts on the Caverns site with well over 200 amazing creative contributions.book-Virtues-3-Principles.png

    So after fiddling with the broadcast software, Asclepius now offers to share them with you. This is planned to be a regular WEEKLY segment, about an hour in duration. Listen in and you will hear a curated selection of short stories and poems, interspersed with some great community music.

    When: Monday Evenings at 7 PM CDT
    How to Listen: There are two methods to tune in to Virtue Radio

    • Utilize your in-game Aether Vibration Devices for Avatar’s/Virtue Radio (radios, clockwork pets, clockwork helms, etc.)
    • Simply point your browser to Avatar’s/Virtue Radio: https://zcu.io/jXP8

    For more information about these reoccurring broadcasts on Avatar’s/Virtue Radio, please contact Asclepius on his forum post about this topic.


    Project to Support – Crowfall

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

    Crowfall_GameFootage_04_Watermarked-1024


    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

    1_oXqIz-vw1QO710YPw92jNg-1024x576.jpeg

    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”.

    4Starr_tomb_A-1024x768.jpg


    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

    SotA_NewPlayerWelcome_Forum

    The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website.

    Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community.

    View the full article


  10. 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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    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


  12. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Mistrendur: Land Rush Guidance!

    SS_4Elg_Ep2SS_A-1024x768.jpgBy 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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.Oracle-Insects-112x112.png

    • 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

    Item_KoboldMage_Mask-1024x552.jpgitem-Ornate-Kobold-Metal-Chest-1024x539.


    New Store Items: NPC Conversationalists and More!

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    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

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    February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote

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    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!

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    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

    ItemHeartSpeara.jpg ItemHeartTopHata.jpg

    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:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 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?

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    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

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    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)

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    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:


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    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)

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    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

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    [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

    EventSwapMeet-1024x509.jpg[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

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

    Crowfall_GameFootage_04_Watermarked-1024


    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    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”.

    4Starr_tomb_A-1024x768.jpg


    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

    SotA_NewPlayerWelcome_Forum

    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


  13. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Mistrendur: Episode 2 Continent Update!

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    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!

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    Valentine’s Dinner Community Livestream Today!

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    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!

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    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.Oracle-Insects-112x112.png

    • 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

    Item_KoboldMage_Mask-1024x552.jpgitem-Ornate-Kobold-Metal-Chest-1024x539.


    New Store Items

    SS_4Web_R74_Boulder10Pack_A-1024x768.jpgLots 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

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    Valentine’s Day 20% Crown & Deed Upgrade Sale!

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    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

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    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!

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    ItemHeartStoola.jpg

    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

    ItemHeartSpeara.jpg ItemHeartTopHata.jpg

    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:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 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?

    StreamerCamera-1024x543.jpg
    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

    Lord-of-the-Manor-Event-111-1024x576-102

    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)

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    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:


    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    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)

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    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

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    [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

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    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

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    [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

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    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

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    [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

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    [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

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    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”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

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    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.

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    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!

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    • 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

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  15. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    New Lord of the Isle Mansions!

    LOTI_Mansion02a.jpgAs 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!

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    Combat Balance & Lord of the Isle Mansion Tour Livestream Today!

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    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!

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    Atonal Aria: Causes AOE damage and boosts aggro!

     

     

     

     

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    Concussive Canticle: this musical ability is a damaging area-of-effect attack!

     

     

     

     

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    Ditty of Detection: this melody reveals hidden entities surrounding the bard!

     

     

     

     

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    Mastery: this ability is reserved for only the most talented of minstrels!

     

     

     

     

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    Melody of Mending: this soothing tune heals surrounding party members!

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Winter Vault Round!

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    • 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

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    February Login Reward: Breathe Hearts Emote

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    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!

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    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

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    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:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 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

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    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)

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    Are You a Livestreamer?

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    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

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    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)

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    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

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    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)

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    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

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    [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

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    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] BCoat-of-Arms-150x150.pnge 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

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    [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

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    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”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

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    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.

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  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...

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  17. 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

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  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)

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  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)

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  20. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Release 74 is Live!

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    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!

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    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!

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    • Krampus Goes Dormant: Now that the dark winter is ending, Krampus sleeps once again. Beware Avatars, the naughty brats still roam the lands!

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    • 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.

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    • 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!

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    • 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

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    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!

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    ItemHeartStool.jpgWinter 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

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    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:port_Gold_CotO_pile-200-150x150.png

      • 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!

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    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?

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    • 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.

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    • Nightmares: Master tamers throughout New Britannia might even be able to tame the Nightmare, if they survive the attempt!

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    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.

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    • 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)

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    • 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!

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    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

    SS_4Starr_ChandelierGreatHall_LongChain.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)

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    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

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    • 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?

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    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

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    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)

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    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

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    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)

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 crowfall_logo-300x111.jpgthat 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!

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    Project to Support – Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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    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”.

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    Project to Support – Avatar Express

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    [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

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    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.

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    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!

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    • Krampus Goes Dormant: Now that the dark winter is ending, Krampus sleeps once again. Beware Avatars, the naughty brats still roam the lands!

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    • 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.

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    • 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!

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    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?

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    • 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.

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    • Nightmares: Master tamers throughout New Britannia might even be able to tame the Nightmare, if they survive the attempt!

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    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.

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    • 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)

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    • 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!

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    • 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)

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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