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  1. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update takes us into a sneak peek at Tanglemire! Located in Mistrendur, this new town/adventure scene is for Episode 2 Access holders, and will be the first new town scene for Epsiode 2! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been...

    Avatar’s Update #388: Tanglemire Sneak Peek! Lord British Birthday Q&A Friday Livestream!

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  2. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update takes us into a sneak peek at Tanglemire! Located in Mistrendur, this new town/adventure scene is for Episode 2 Access holders, and will be the first new town scene for Epsiode 2! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Tanglemire Sneak Peek!
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    OverworldMistrendurAdv1a-300x225.jpgTanglemire is one of the upcoming new town scenes coming to Episode 2 Access holders! Inhabited by a deeply superstitious Norgardian-style populace, the people of Tanglemire protect their borders with Spirit Warders that impede the incursion of creatures from Spindelskog. The shadow-like beasts from within that nearby darkened wood infect their weary minds with crippling dread. The people of Tanglemire are ruled by a group of “elders” struggling to preserve their village, but how long can they delay the inevitable demise of their beleaguered settlement? What aid might an Avatar bring to a people so burdened by doubt and fear?

    “Life is a never-ending struggle for Tanglemire, a fading outpost in the north of Mistrendur virtually abandoned by the Norgard Empire. Surrounded by freezing cold, deadly swamps, and a haunted wood, it’s no wonder that the desperate locals have turned to unusual means for protection. But how long will their decaying “spirit warders” keep them safe from the untold horrors that threaten these peaceful people?”

    The outskirts of Tanglemire, in similar fashion to Valhold, will feature a variety of enemies to defeat and challenges to overcome. Much of the Tanglemire content will ultimately land somewhere in the middle of the Mistendur storyline, but upon release, Tanglemire will still feature an initial quest. Additional quests will be added as more Episode 2 content is released in the time ahead.
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    Lord British Birthday Q&A Friday Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, July 3rd at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and Richard “Lord British” Garriott de Cayeux, and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    Be sure to pop by to wish Lord British a very happy birthday!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “happy birthday Lord British” 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!


    Crowns, Deed Upgrades & Two Hour Flash Sales!

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    115-Gold-Crowns-of-the-Obsidians-150x150In celebration of Lord British’s birthday, various sales will begin on Friday morning and extend throughout the holiday. Crowns will be on sale for 20% off. Deed Upgrades will be 30% off! To upgrade a deed, place the deed into your inventory, then right-click the deed to reveal upgrade options. But that’s not all! Two Hour Flash Sales will also commence on Friday morning! So watch your clocks, Avatars! A new batch of 9 sale items will rotate into the in-game Crown Store every 2 hours!

    Players have until Monday, July 6th at 1PM CT to take advantage of these great discounts, at which time all 3 sales events expire. Happy shopping, Avatars!


    Double EXP Continues!

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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 (EXP) for their endeavors in Adventure and Crafting! Please take advantage of the extra experience points! Stay home, stay safe and explore New Britannia!


    New Vault Round!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, July 9th at Noon CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Wood & Plaster 2-Story with Front Porch Town Home
    • Jester Carnival Mask
    • Black & Chrome Ornate Aeronaut Outfit
    • Kobold 2-Story with Rooftop Deck Village Home
    • Kobold 3-Story with Open Deck Town Home
    • Question Stovepipe Hat
    • Large Knight’s tent
    • Small Obsidian Obelisk
    • Fireworks 45-Piece Assortment 1

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    New Store Additions: Lord British Birthday Cake, Stiletto Heels & More!

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    This year’s Lord British Birthday cake has arrived! When used, this wondrous cake creates 4 cupcakes, also unique to the 2020 birthday celebration! Tear up the dance floors, Avatars! The new Stiletto Heels are a perfect addition to any wardrobe worthy of a night out with friends. Also, cooks now have a wondrous second option for a crafting station style — the BBQ Smoker Cooking Station! Just perfect for the outdoor BBQ with fellow Avatars! This new cooking station will become available very shortly. For the Avatars seeking to display pipes throughout their properties, two new Steam Pipe 10-Packs are available on the Crown Store! Thick and thin varieties of pipes can now extend throughout your dungeons, basements, homes, and towns as a wonderful display of technology!

    • 2020 Lord British Replenishing Birthday Cake
    • Stiletto Heals – Low Slung with Straps
    • BBQ Smoker Cooking Station
    • Aviator Glasses
    • Horn-Rimmed Glasses
    • Rectangular Glasses
    • Round Glasses

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    • Aggressive Spider 3-Pack
    • Attacking Spider 3-Pack
    • Still Spider 3-Pack
    • Blue Tile Roof 2-Story Row House
    • Blue Tile Roof 3-Story Row House
    • Rustic 2-Story Village Home
    • Rustic 2-Story with Balcony Village Home
    • Rustic 2-Story with Loft Village Home
    • Gift Boxes 3-Pack
    • Silver Clockwork Armor
    • Silver Clockwork Armor Pattern Pack
    • Smoke Virtue Emote

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    July Login Reward: Picnic Table & Bench Set!

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    Get to cooking, Avatars! Now, with this splendid picnic set, players can have a stylin’ BBQ with friends! The tablecloth can be dyed, so players can show off their guild colors or simply color coordinate with the various items placed upon the table. Simply log in during the month of July, and this picnic set will become available in the Rewards Window.


    Release 79 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Summer Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 79 are Lord British and summer themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 79!

    • Lord British Plate Chest Armor
    • Pig on a Spit (Turns when activated)
    • Veggies on a Spit (Turns when activated)
    • Aviator Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)
    • Horn-Rimmed Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)
    • Rectangular Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)
    • Round Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)

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

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


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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, and 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81
    Sep 24 – Release 82
    Oct 29 – Release 83


    Meretz: Win an Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row 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 a Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row Home (No Trade) to two lucky winners! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Freshwater Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player-Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Verdantis Shardfall

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Bunker C (Near the ore nodes at -19.058, -16.081, 179.324)

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Spinoff/Crossover Events:

    • No spinoff events announced

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Catnip Games PvP Collections Tourney

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    Greetings Avatars! A new PvP developer run event is drawing near. Please bear with us as we work out the details. The first few events will likely be test runs and very experimental.

    • Where: Paladis Shardfull
    • When: July 11th 10AM CT (30 minute event)

    Once we get a feel for how long it takes me to pull and organize the data, we might see making these 1 hour events in the future, and we might be pushing this into a weekly schedule depending upon interest.

    To enter, please reply to this thread with the following information:

    • Your Character Name
    • Your Planned Objective (see below)
    • 1st or 2nd Event (you can participate in both, but are only eligible for prizes for 1)

    OBJECTIVES: These are the objectives possible for players. Each registered competitor can select only one objective. Bonus objectives listed further below are available to everyone. Points per objective might be adjusted as we approach the date of the event. You can change your chosen objective up to 1 day before the event. Keep in mind, the more people taking a single objective makes it less valuable. All registrations will be made public on the tracking spreadsheet (see further below).

    • Dungeoneer (1 pt): loot Granite Blocks from either Obsidian Golems or Granite Nodes.
    • Plant Slayer (3 pts): loot Chaos Plant Pollen from either the Redthorn Flowers or the Flesh Flayers.
    • Tree Chopper (3pts): loot Maple Wood from chopped down maple trees.
    • Master Gatherer (3pts): loot Raw Cotton from Cotton Plants.
    • Ebon Slayer (4 pts): loot Lesser Staves from Ebon Cultist Wizards.
    • Master of Mayhem (NA): Unregistered players simply on a kill fest, no prizes available.

    BONUS OBJECTIVES: These objectives are available to everyone. Do not select these as your main objective. You can do these in addition to your main objective chosen above.

    • Deathmonger (1 pt): loot a body part off of a player.​
    • Mushroom Lover (5 pts): loot gold ore from the Paxillus Involutus fungus creature rare spawn.​
    • Daemon Slayer (15 pts): loot a Daemon Hoof from the Dolorast Vrul rare spawn.​
    • Points are earned upon each loot of the creature/node per the guide above. You are awared points for the loot action, not the # of items within the loot. For instance, if you loot an Obsidian Golem and he has 2 Granite Blocks on him, that’s still 1 point for the kill and successful loot of granite. It is NOT a per/item point system, it’s related to a per kill/harvest action.

    PRIZES: The following prizes are available to BOTH time slots. Players may donate additional prizes in the name of their guilds or towns to sweeten the pot. All prizes are no-trade. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Trophies and Participation Trophies (tabletop version) are depicted in this video:

    • 1st Place: Large PvP Shard Trophy, Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed
    • 2nd Place: Medium PvP Shard Trophy, Obsidian Streetlamp 6-Pack
    • 3rd Place: Small PvP Shard Trophy, Obsidian Sentinel Dragon Statue
    • Participation: Tabletop Participation Shard Trophy

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees of the PvP and Fishing events, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the PvP and Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. After the first week of these events, likely there will be a pause for planning before additional weeks start rolling in.

    CROSSOVER / SPINOFF PRIZES OR EVENTS: The following prizes or events are offered by players in an attempt to “sweeten the pot” of prizes offered by the developers:

    • @Spinok is has sent in 3 Hearts of Vrul to go to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners

    For more information or to register for this event, please see the main forum post on the official forums.


    book-Virtues-3-Principles-216x300.pngCommunity Event: Black Rose Chronicles 9

    Attention Avatars! The Shroud of the Avatar community is INCREDIBLY creative, and 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.

    Recent efforts from Asclepius have brought yet another fine piece of orated fan fiction into the library. Please take some time to listen to a story by Belladonna Rose which was masterfully orated by Asclepius, part 9 of the Black Rose Chronicles!

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


    Community Event: Lord British’s Birthday & Release 79 Celebration

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    By Royal Warrant, Virtue/Avatars Radio presents the Release 79 Dance Party & Stress Test

    Location: Immortal City at Toff’s Premiere Nightclub, Chaotica
    Host: DJ Darkstarr (a.k.a. Starr Long)
    When: Saturday, July 11th, 1PM – 3PM CT

    Fireworks needed! Our Pyrotechnics Department head, @Lauremir Elenir you may know her as TheGracefulBard on Twitch, is collecting the fireworks. Please send them to her in-game by FRIDAY JULY 10th!!!

    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! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums. If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming Release Dance Parties, find out here!


    Community Event: Fireworks, Giveaways, and Fun!

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    Independence Weekend Fireworks Show! Come avatars for a grand celebration! Join us for fireworks, games, fun and giveaways! ​

    Where: Krabnevir (South of Sanctus Spine and West of Nightshade Pass)
    When: July 5th, 1pm CT

    Free sparklers and wine for all that attend! Simply find Emmory Watsyn or Althaea Hanalli near the docks in town and open trade. The event will be being streamed for all by Fzol on Fizzlefactor via Twitch. So, be sure to find him and steal some camera time! Special guest appearance by Elvis! For more information, please see the full announcement thread on the official forums. See you there!


    Community Event: Virtue Radio Weekly Schedule

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    [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    Avatars! Here’s the latest and greatest line-up from those DJ’s over at Virtue Radio! Players can tune-in using their website or in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers!

    • Podcast and Poetry with DJ Asclepius, Mondays 7pm CT
    • Radio Oz with the Doctor DJ Asclepius, Every 4th Wednesday 7pm CT
    • DJ Jarkith Chaotic Country, Thursdays 10PM CT
    • DJ Alliene Dragonfyre: The Beat Of Novia, Fridays 8PM CT
    • DJ Mick Foley Holds the Rocking Power Hours, Saturdays 2PM CT
    • DJ Stryker: Lost in the Spaces, Sundays 9AM CT
    • DJ Celith Wraine: Faster and Louder, Sundays 7PM CT

    Interested in DJ’ing on Virtue Radio? Send a PM to any of our staff members @Alleine Dragonfyre @Celith Wraine @Stryker Sparhawk, @Asclepius for help!


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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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  3. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update brings us an entirely new adventure scene — Spindelskog! Located in Mistrendur, this new scene is for Episode 2 Access holders, and features a new quest and several new creature variants! Also, many changes are coming to how we process Player-Owned Town vouchers. Dynamically scaled scenes have received a new style tier marker, and subscriber reward login items will...

    Avatar’s Update #387: Play Release 79 Now! New Adventure Scene: Spindelskog!

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  4. Hey folks! Here's the draft for the R79 notes which I'll get officially posted for everyone's reading pleasure tomorrow morning. I'm not quite done, however. I still need to scour the JIRA's for any items that didn't make it into the patch notes, so expect a few more things to pop in with the final version.

    I didn't really have a chance to proof read much yet, so I'm sure there's some mistakes here and there. Anyone spotting stuff will greatly speed up my work tomorrow and your efforts are...

    DRAFT: Release 79 Notes

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  5. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update brings us an entirely new adventure scene — Spindelskog! Located in Mistrendur, this new scene is for Episode 2 Access holders, and features a new quest and several new creature variants! Also, many changes are coming to how we process Player-Owned Town vouchers. Dynamically scaled scenes have received a new style tier marker, and subscriber reward login items will receive more varied themes going forward.  For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    New Adventure Scene: Spindelskog!

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    Spindelskog is an entirely new Episode 2 adventure scene in Mistrendur! Spindelskog is located far to the northwest of the continent on the westernmost island. Hidden within the tangle of an ancient forest, this adventure scene contains dangers never before faced by the Avatars of New Britannia! Shadowy beasts lurk within, such as the Onus and Feram Cavas! These vile creatures posses terrifying abilities sure to thwart any trespasser!

    Skarde, a brave traveler from Tanglemire stands just within Spindelskog’s entrance and awaits the arrival of any Avatar brave enough to test their mettle beneath the sun deprived canopy of this accursed wood. He speaks of the “pale ones” and warns newcomers of the curse which plagues this blighted land.

    Currently a Tier 10+ adventure scene, Spindelskog will soon be adjusted to offer a variety of additional scaled difficulties. The scaled versions of the scene should patch in shortly, but in the meantime, please enjoy the first available version at “Easy” difficulty. Upcoming difficulty tiers to be added are tentatively Normal (Tier 12) and Hard (Tier 14).  Only players with Episode 2 Access will be able to adventure within this new scene. Will you aid Skarde upon your visit to Spindelskog? If so, bring your companions, oh brave ones! The dangers here are not to be taken lightly.

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    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

    Livestream-Community-2020-6-26-1024x577.Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, June 26th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears, and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “soaking up the rays” 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!


    Player-Owned Town News!

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    New Player-Owned Towns Available: In celebration of Lord British’s birthday and in the foreseeable future, players will once again be able to purchase new Player-Owned Towns on the web add-on store. The player town feature of the game is one of our most intriguing and enjoyable systems, and now more players will have a chance to become a governor. All new towns can be placed directly on the overworld in Novia and Hidden Vale, but Mistrendur placement is still exclusive to those who purchased Episode 2 transfer vouchers or Episode 2 new town vouchers in the past.

    Town Service Voucher Changes: Until now, there were two town service vouchers. The $50 Player-Owned Town Transfer Voucher allowed players to transfer an entire town from account to account and the $25 Player-Owned Town Submission Form Unlock Voucher was used for all other POT-related tasks. Both vouchers are being replaced by the new ones described below:

    • $25 Player-Owned Town Minor Work Request: Tasks that are covered by this voucher include:
      • Add or change the targets for up to 3 interconnection teleporters (balloon, wagon, boat, or hatch, as appropriate for the POT biomes). Note that Mistrendur POTs still have the exclusive ability for unlimited distance in their interconnection change requests, while Novia and Hidden Vale towns will still be limited to interconnection locations within a geographical proximity. (Since Mistrendur still lacks much in terms of nearby content for those governors, we thought it best to allow them to keep and even add interconnections regardless of distance. Future plans include allowing POT governors to set up their own interconnections thereby minimizing the need for interconnection-related vouchers.)
      • Slightly adjust the location(s) and/or orientation(s) of their interconnection teleporter(s). (Note that interconnection teleporters must remain by the central hub of each POT but can be moved, for example, from one side of a bridge to the other, or from one side of the docks to the other.) POT owners with multiple interconnection teleporters of a given type can request that they be replaced with a single list teleporter. (For example, a POT with 5 boats can request they be replaced with a single “list teleporter” that links to the same 5 targets.)
      • Move an overworld POT to a new overworld location, or from one nested location to another nested location. Mistrendur POTs can move to Novia or the Hidden Vale if they so choose, but Novia or Hidden Vale towns cannot yet move to Mistrendur without an applicable Episode 2 Town voucher.
    • $50 Player-Owned Town Major Work Request: Tasks that are covered this voucher include:
      • Transfer a POT to another account.
      • Change the POT’s name, biome, or both. Note that the POT will need to be emptied prior to implementation otherwise all belongings in the POT will be moved to their respective owners’ banks. Also, all interconnection teleporters will be migrated to the newly created version. (Previously biome and name changes were available with purchase of a $25 voucher, but after much consideration, these requests now require the $50 voucher due to the amount of work required to perform these tasks. In both cases, the town must be entirely reset, which takes a considerable amount of developer effort and time.)
      • Merge two POTs. (NEW!) Now, governors can request the merger of two Player-Owned Towns! If both POTs are owned by two different players, as with a transfer between accounts, both parties must provide permission for the merge to customer service (at support@portalarium.com). The owner(s) will designate which POT will be removed from the game, and which POT will receive the value of the town to be removed. A town’s value cannot exceed the value of a Megalopolis, which currently is the largest town size available.
      • Change a nested POT to become an overworld POT. POTs nested within Novia or the Hidden Vale can move to the overworld map of either Novia or Hidden Vale. POTs nested within Mistrendur can move to the overworld maps of Mistrendur, Novia, or Hidden Vale. (As a goal, we’re providing a means for all nested towns to find their way onto the overworld map. Expect more placement options to become available as continents continue to be added to the game in upcoming episodes.) Note that POTs without Episode 2 access that move to the overworld may find themselves too far from old interconnection targets, so please keep this in mind when choosing an overworld location.
      • Two minor work request items may be requested with a major work request voucher, but each voucher is still limited to 3 interconnection changes/additions. For instance, with the major work request, a governor could also include as many as 3 interconnection changes (as the 1st minor work item) and a teleporter change from balloon to a wagon (as the 2nd minor work item).

    Player-Owned Town Crown Upgrades: Players may now officially request town upgrades using Crowns of the Obsidian (a.k.a. Crowns or COTOs). We’ve managed to perform some of these upgrades in the past, and now the process is completely refined and ready for full implementation. Simply put in your request through customer service (at support@portalarium.com), indicate which town is to be upgraded and in which character’s inventory the appropriate amount of Crowns is available. Customer service will remove the Crowns from your character and initiate an upgrade request. Also, your town’s record will be updated such that if you choose to purchase an upgrade via the web store, this option will still be available. This upgrade option is exceptionally helpful to teams and guilds who upgrade their towns through a collaborative effort. These upgrade requests must be performed by the governor and the governor’s character must be the one holding the Crowns used for the upgrade.

    Town Form Changes: Very soon, the online POT form will be revamped. When players access or unlock their online POT form, we sometimes receive feedback or notice confusion about certain aspects of the form. Through the years, portions of the form have become either obsolete and/or misleading to governors making change requests for their town. We want to improve and streamline every governor’s experience, and the changes to this form is a part of that desire.

    Expect all of these town service changes to become available as we approach Lord British’s birthday. We hope governors enjoy the improved experience, and we welcome any upcoming new governors to the Player-Owned Town system.


    New Scene Difficulty Tier Markers!

    feature_scene_tier_difficulty_totem.jpgWith the arrival of the new dynamically scaled difficulty concept for Episode 2 adventure scenes, players will start seeing a new type of difficulty tier marker to provide a graphical representation of the player selected difficulty just inside the entrance of each applicable scene. The difficulty levels available are “Easy,” “Normal,” “Hard,” and “Extreme.” The old tier markers had up to 5 skulls on a spike–the more skulls, the harder the difficulty. Also, a ribbon on the top meant “plus” in that there was at least one large section (not just one enemy) within that same scene that was a notably higher difficulty.

    These new tier markers include five shelves. A skull on the bottom shelf means you’re in the Easy version of the scene. A skull in the second shelf from the bottom means you’re in the Normal difficulty. Third from the bottom means Hard. Fourth from the bottom means Extreme. The top shelf is reserved for the “plus” marker or some other future use.

    Tier markers also appear in the overworld, and Mistrendur’s tier markers are handled in a special way. For example, if the scene has a Normal and a Hard difficulty, the overworld tier marker will have skulls both on the Normal shelf and the Hard shelf to let you know both modes are available. We hope you enjoy these new tier markers. As more scaled scenes arrive in the Episode 2 continent of Mistrendur, these new markers will be a great indicator to the dangers players are about to face.


    Reward Item Collections!

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    Recent player feedback about the decoration and gear login items created each month for Rewards Program subscribers has led the team to rethink what types of rewards are delivered in a given release, in order to appeal to all different types of players. A desire for more immersive or functional gear items became evident as we read through the feedback. Moving forward, players can expect a more varied selection of items in order to provide a balance between intriguing gear, immersive decoration, and vanity/fun type login rewards.

    To further enhance the login items provided for the Rewards Program, a collections type concept has also been implemented. During Lord British’s Birthday Bash in 2017, a unique plate helm was delivered to players which never received any other plate armor counterparts to complete the set. In the months ahead, one additional piece of Lord British Plate Armor will be forged by master artist Damon and delivered to players amongst their Rewards Program login items. The Lord British Chest Plate Armor arrives this month as our first piece in a collection of new Lord British-themed items. For the time being, the helm will still cycle through the Vault periodically as a rare and more difficult item to obtain. When this collection is fully delivered, expect other amazing collections to become available to subscribers in the future. Also, reward and monthly login items will become available in the Crown Store towards the end of each month in case subscribers want to receive addtional copies of these items, or if non-subscribers would like to acquire them separately without a subscription.


    Crowns, Deed Upgrades & Two Hour Flash Sales!

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    115-Gold-Crowns-of-the-Obsidians-150x150In celebration of Lord British’s birthday, various sales will begin on Friday morning and extend throughout the holiday. Crowns will be on sale for 20% off. Deed Upgrades will be 30% off! To upgrade a deed, place the deed into your inventory, then right-click the deed to reveal upgrade options. But that’s not all! Two Hour Flash Sales will also commence on Friday morning! So watch your clocks, Avatars! A new batch of 9 sale items will rotate into the in-game Crown Store every 2 hours!

    Players have until Monday, July 6th at 1PM CST to take advantage of these great discounts, at which time all 3 sales events expire. Happy shopping, Avatars!


    New Store Additions: BBQ Smoker Cooking Station & More!

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    Cooks now have a wondrous second option for a crafting station style — the BBQ Smoker Cooking Station! Just perfect for the outdoor BBQ with fellow Avatars! This new cooking station will become available very shortly. For the Avatars seeking to display pipes throughout their properties, two new Steam Pipe 10-Packs are available on the Crown Store! Thick and thin varieties of pipes can now extend throughout your dungeons, basements, homes, and towns as a wonderful display of technology!

    • BBQ Smoker Cooking Station
    • Aviator Glasses
    • Horn-Rimmed Glasses
    • Rectangular Glasses
    • Round Glasses
    • Thick Steam Pipes 10-Pack
    • Thin Steam Pipes 10-Pack

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    Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Here’s a small glimpse of additional items once again becoming available for purchase in the coming weeks:

    • Blue Tile Roof 2-Story Row House
    • Blue Tile Roof 3-Story Row House
    • Rustic 2-Story Village Home
    • Rustic 2-Story with Balcony Village Home
    • Rustic 2-Story with Loft Village Home
    • Gift Boxes 3-Pack
    • Silver Clockwork Armor
    • Silver Clockwork Armor Pattern Pack
    • Smoke Virtue Emote

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    July Login Reward: Picnic Table & Bench Set!

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    Get to cooking, Avatars! Now, with this splendid picnic set, players can have a stylin’ BBQ with friends! The tablecloth can be dyed, so players can show off their guild colors or simply color coordinate with the various items placed upon the table. Simply log in during the month of July, and this picnic set will become available in the Rewards Window.


    Release 79 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Summer Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 79 are Lord British and summer themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 79!

    • Lord British Plate Chest Armor
    • Pig on a Spit (Turns when activated)
    • Veggies on a Spit (Turns when activated)
    • Aviator Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)
    • Horn-Rimmed Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)
    • Rectangular Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)
    • Round Sunglasses (Lens and Frame Dyeable)

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

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive 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
      • 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


    New Vault Round!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, July 2nd at Noon CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Hula Emote
    • Barn 2-Story Village Home
    • Brown Chaperon Hat
    • Viking 2-Story Stronghold Village Home
    • Kobold Fighter Mask
    • Island Spear
    • Island Flower Crown
    • Island Dress
    • Saddle with Stand

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    Double EXP Continues!

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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 (EXP) for their endeavors in Adventure and Crafting! Hourly EXP attenuation limits have also increased. Please take advantage of the extra experience points! Stay home, stay safe and explore New Britannia!


    World & UI Changes

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    These miscellaneous updates affecting the game world or aspects of the user interface (UI) patched in during R78, will go live with R79, or will go live shortly after R79:

    • Spindelskog: The first unique Episode 2 scene has been added to northwest Mistrendur. This scene features a new quest and a variety of new creature variants. Only players with Episode 2 Access will be able to enter this scene.
    • Myrkur: This new scene features dynamically scaled challenges and is based upon the existing dungeon known as Despair. This new scene is located on the eastern island of Mistrendur, along the southeastern shore just east of the “serpent’s mouth.” Myrkur is also only available to players with Episode 2 Access.
    • Dynamic Creature Names: The names of dynamically scaled creatures now feature names indicating their relative difficulty.
    • Kingsport: Added a list teleporter boat to “Coastal Towns” (Brave Coast, Estercove, and Port Mirren) on the newly-expanded docks at Kingsport.


    Crafting, Items & Economy Changes

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    These changes to the player economy, in-game items, or crafting patched in during R78, will go live with R79, or will go live shortly after R79:

    • Vault Automation: The store’s Vault now rotates every week instead of every 2 weeks and is fully automated. This change will free up significant developer time since the Vault items will no longer require manual loading.
    • Dragon Skinning: Meticulous collection skinning results of dragon corpses has been greatly improved.
    • Upscale Stable: This decorative stable can now be partially decorated.
    • Fancy Storage Shed: The walls of this decorative shed can now be decorated.
    • Focus Battery: This item now drains focus at a MUCH lower rate.
    • BMC Ring: Only one Ring of the Unknown BMC Member can be equipped at a time.
    • Basement NPC Limits: All basements have received an additional 3 slots for NPCs.
    • Store Item Polish: Many store items received improved descriptions. Some store items received drastic price reductions such as some of the 4-Story Row Homes, the larger Ornate Moondials, the large Stone Dragon Statues, and the large Topiary Dragon Statues.
    • POT Water Conversion Statues: Newly purchased salt and fetid water conversion statues are no longer considered Heritage items and can now be traded between players.
    • Beach Towels: All beach towels can now be placed as POT decoration items.
    • PvP Shard Trophies: These upcoming developer PvP prizes can be placed as POT decoration items.
    • Jabbering Bertha: This off-hand item can now be placed as a decoration.
    • Stone Castle Wall Packs: All 4 varieties of the stone castle wall packs now come with 5 additional straight pieces to match the number of pieces included in the Shogun and Viking castle wall packs.
    • Glowing Mushrooms: These decorations can now be placed in dungeons.
    • Stackable Items: The following items are now stackable in a player’s inventory…
      • Premium Hot Tubs
      • Chimney Pieces
      • Ornate Elven Streetlamp
      • Copper Bathtub
      • Kobold Corkscrew Wind Power Generator
      • Kobold Distillation Device
      • Ornate Tavern Counter
      • Ornate Tavern Counter with Gate
      • Large Ornate Yule Wreath 2018
      • Medium Ornate Yule Wreath 2018
      • Large Tiki Statue
      • Lord British Round Table
      • Lord Marshall Benefactor Throne
      • Ornate Mantle Garland Strand 2017
      • Ornate Mantle Garland Swag 2017
      • Round Palapa
      • Virtue Oktoberfest Tent
      • Adobe Stables
      • Large Adobe Dome
      • Medium Elven Tent
      • Ornate Gazebo
      • Small Adobe Dome


    Combat Balance & Changes

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    These changes to combat skills or concepts patched in during R78, will go live with R79, or will go live shortly after R79:

    • Nightmares: This tamed pet’s attacks are now considered fire attacks.
    • Ring of Fire: The creature-casted version of Ring of Fire now features light blue tinted effects to help distinguish it from player-casted versions. Aggro for the player version has also been increased.
    • Meteor Shower: Aggro for this ability has been increased.
    • Control Points: Some mobs within control points have new challenging abilities for players to overcome.
    • Eastreach Gap: This scene has received additional balance passes as well as various bug fixes.
    • Healing Burst: The range of Healing Burst now increases with Life Specialization.
    • Vexlyns Ember of Conflagration: In a balancing effort, this artifact now comes with a 25% focus cost penalty.
    • Provoking Shout: This new heavy armor skill applies a buff to the user which dramatically increases aggro generation.
    • Armor Durability Changes: New behaviors have been assigned to durability damage for armor. Durability Multiplier is a new stat which causes heavier armors to be less susceptible to durability damage than lighter armors. For more information, please see the original announcement on this topic.
    • Tamed and Summoned Pets: Adventurers should now notice a significant decrease in the reaction time for pets.


    Updated Player Owned Towns

    R79_Map_of_Novia_POT-1024x878.jpg These updates affected Player-Owned Towns which patched in during R78, will go live with R79, or will go live shortly after R79:

    • Alexandria: Moved to Mistrendur, upgraded, changed biome, and added interconnections.
    • Aranal: Changed biome and name (formerly  New Heaven).
    • B’ar Teiliener: Added new Crossroads Village to Mistrendur.
    • Bard’s Rest: Changed governor.
    • Crystal Cove: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Daedscua: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Dark Bayou: Added new POT to Novia north of Brittany.
    • Erana’s Peace: Changed biome and name (Sequanna’s Peace). Moved to Mistrendur
    • Goober’s Gas Station: Added interconnection with Arx Draconis.
    • Haunted Keep of Mistrendur: Changed name and biome.
    • Iron Gate: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Knightmare Falls: Added interconnections.
    • Mistrendur Ruins: Changed biome and name (formerly En Nox).
    • Multivisium: Added interconnections.
    • New Britannia Swap Meet: Changed owner. Added interconnections.
    • Novia Market: Added interconnection with Siren Song Bayou.
    • Obsidian Ridge: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Sea Bear’s Black Market: Changed biome, moved toward center of Mistrendur, and added interconnections.

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    Bug Fixes

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    Albeit many bug fixes patched in during R78, will go live with R79, or will go live shortly after R79. Here are some of the highlights!

    • Fixed several POTs in Mistrendur that were not accessible.
    • The Skrekk Caverns crash issue has been resolved.
    • For many situations, the 94% crash issue has been fixed.
    • A typo was fixed in Roedberk’s Journal in South Majestic Forest.
    • Various NPC names were fixed in Lamech’s Bazaar.
    • Rhoswen no longer grants Quentin’s quest if already completed in Solace Bridge Outskirts.
    • Lamech’s Bazaar is no longer limited to party mode.
    • Fixed issues with stairs at the Hunter’s Cabin in Highvale Outskirts.
    • Navmesh improvements made in Highvale Outskirts.
    • Sound effects for floor traps in Highvale Outskirts now limited in audible range.
    • Fixed a typo in Carmelo’s “Divine” response in Bramble.
    • Fixed a typo in the “Ask Martin About Red Cloth” journal entry for a Soltown quest.
    • Fixed an issue where Hagen in Far Hinterlands wouldn’t give a reward in some situations.
    • Several hex map displacement issues with the Mistrendur overworld map have been corrected. Affected towns should now align appropriately with their actual location.
    • Soltown barmaid and innkeeper now have different shifts so they no longer leave work at the same time.
    • Showing Japeth’s poem to Emma now properly provides an experience reward.
    • Keyholes on a door in Artifice are once again functional.
    • Patrator now spawns correctly in South Longfall Wetlands.
    • Level 3 Troll Totems now show stack quantity in a player’s inventory.


    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!


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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, and 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81
    Sep 24 – Release 82
    Oct 29 – Release 83


    Meretz: Win a Shogun Lighthouse Village 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 a Shogun Lighthouse Village Home (No Trade)! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Special Celebration

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    You are invited to a very special celebration party! Celebrate and witness with us the renewed hope of life. Remember together there was a yesterday. There is today and now there is joy in the hope for many tomorrows. Join together to celebrate that Minerva has completed chemo treatments for the horrible disease of cancer.

    Host: Darkstarr a.k.a. Starr Long will be at the DJ Booth and on Mythical Music Radio!
    Where: Ordinis Mortis in the Cherry Tree Orchard
    When: Saturday, June 27 from 11AM TO 1PM CT

    CatherineRose has a request for each of you. Please write a note to Minerva about what she means to you and how grateful you are that she has survived.
    Many of you have survived cancer as well and know that her struggle is not over. There will be many days that will take great effort to even take one step forward.

    As the party begins, let us walk up the Path of Hope and join Minerva as we walk together in this hope. Bring a candle. Bring your notes and a rose. Go to the head of the Path of Hope. We will walk together and place the items into the container provided. When Minerva is in pain or sadness and she reads your notes, she will remember that sorrow will be for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Let us celebrate with loud and thunderous music as Dark Starr sounds the trumpets of joy! For more information, please refer to the forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Saltwater Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player-Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Rhun Ruins

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Oracle Colossus

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Spinoff/Crossover Events:

    • Rock Ridge: @redhammer has brewed up prizes for the largest fish for each type caught in Rock Ridge. Check it out here!

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: The New Lys & Novia Market Lottery

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    To officially launch Lys Market opening and with the collaboration of Novia Market owner Robyn Hood, the new Lys Market and Novia Market lottery has begun! The goal is pretty simple: find a lottery ticket in either town listed on random player vendors! So you will have to search through the vendors inventories to find your ticket! (ONLY ONE TICKET PER PLAYER, so please don’t buy more than one…)

    When: June 9th to June 28th
    Where: Lys Market & Novia Market
    Prizes: 1200 Crowns, 150K Gold, 100K Gold, Artifacts & More!

    The drawing and prize deliveries will occur on June 28th at 6PM CT. A party will also take place at Lys Market at this time, so get out your dance clothes! For more information, please visit this forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: The Beat of Novia Returns

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    Virtue/Avatars Radio presents The Beat of Novia! The Beat of Novia is an Electronic & Dance Music Radio Show on Avatars Radio Simulcasted on Virtue Radio and Twitch TV every Friday night from your venues!

    Location: Tune in on Virtue/Avatars Radio
    Host: DJ Alleine Dragonfyre
    When: Every Friday, 8PM CT

    For more information, check out the main forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party

    event_wander_in_the_woods-1024x576.jpgSummer is soon here! Summer is perfect for tea. Summer asks nothing. Please join us for the Wander in the Woods Tea Party! We will have tea and cake and possible other delectibles.

    Location: Lily Byrd’s tea garden in Jade Valley
    Time: 3pm CT, June 28th (Usually every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month)
    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 at three for tea, Lily Byrd. More more information, please see the main thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Fireworks, Giveaways, and Fun!

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    Independence Weekend Fireworks Show! Come avatars for a grand celebration! Join us for fireworks, games, fun and giveaways! ​

    Where: Krabnevir (South of Sanctus Spine and West of Nightshade Pass)
    When: July 5th, 1pm CT

    Free sparklers and wine for all that attend! Simply find Emmory Watsyn or Althaea Hanalli near the docks in town and open trade. The event will be being streamed for all by Fzol on Fizzlefactor via Twitch. So, be sure to find him and steal some camera time! Special guest appearance by Elvis! For more information, please see the full announcement thread on the official forums. See you there!


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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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  6. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled
    Black Rose Chronicles
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    Heading across the rope bridge she nodded to the guards again on both sides. Then made her way towards the swampy area. Here is where she was told the bandits hide out. At first glance it did not look like a great hiding place. Making her way through she took out a couple of the pesky bandits and checked them for heirlooms and such of the Solace Bridge survivors. She found a couple. Making her way across the nasty waters she saw a cabin on stilts. This must be the hideout. As she walked up she saw a small tombstone with a candle and flowers. With a sad memoir or ode to a young girl. Lilianna. That is the name of the daughter of the couple in camp. Strange this be way out here. As she rose up from the stone she felt a light tap on her shoulder. Turning she was face to face with a haggered looking bandit.

    “Was a sad day when my Lilianna died. I swore I would always remember her sweet angelic face.”

    Puzzled Bella stepped away from him.

    “Are you the one who stole the painting from her parents. If so I would appreciate if you could return it so they can move on from this horrid place.”

    Chuckling under his breath he turned and walked towards the cabin. “Aye. I took it cause it belongs to me. Lilianna painted that portrait of herself for me so that I could remember what she looked like. Before she could give it to me the Bridge was attacked and she died to those foul undead things.” Clearing his throat trying to hold back his anger he went on. “Her parents found it next to her body and took it….claiming it was their. When I saw them come into camp I snuck in and looked through their things and took the painting.”

    Bella looked down at the ground mulling over what he said. Does she take the painting from him in a fight or does she disregard the whole thing.

    “I understand it means a great deal to you. But it means a great deal to them as well. They lost their daughter horribly and this is the only thing to give them piece. Would you not part with it for that fact.”

    He looked her up and down and grinned. “Ahhh you be one of them Outlanders here to help set the world to right again. Nah. I keep it. They can deal with their grief just as I have. If it werent for them and their peddling ways they would never of beenin Solace Bridge and my sweet Lil would never of died. They can rot for all I care.”

    Walking over to a small campfire he squatted down and looked up at Bella. “I have a copy you know….of the painting. Not as good as the original but you can take it…they can have it and never know the difference.” He poked around the embers waiting for Bella to answer.

    Not really knowing which way to go she decided she would take the copy back. If they never knew she created it to begin with they might not know the difference. She struck a deal with the bandit leader. “Might I know your name sir. I am Belladonna Rose.”

    “Aye. Pleasantries escape me of late. My name is Yardley. “


    “I have decided I will take the copy back to them. But mind you if they see it is not the true painting I will be back to take it from you.”

    Trudging back to the camp Bella approached the couple by the campfire. She softly cleared her throat to get their attention but they neither one looked up. Stepping in between them she stood the painting gently infront of them and when they glanced up they both gasped in surprise.

    “Ohh My. It is the painting. However did you find it?” the gentleman asked. The lady burst into tears and hugged her husband tightly. Bella could see they were both happy and overjoyed to see the painting.

    “My name is Belladonna Rose and I was told you were looking for this. One of the guards told me to search the bandit camp in the swamps so I made my way there. I talked to a man named Yardley and he admitted taking it. I explained your grief and he handed it over to me.”

    “Lady Langston and I greatly appreciate your service.” Smiling he handed me a small pouch full of coin and shook my hand vigoursly. They seemed to be pleased enough and so I bid them farewell.

    As Bella started to move away she overheard Lord Langston tell his wife they had just enough funds to make the trip to Ardoris. There they can get back to their lives again. Smiling Bella walked to the one merchant tent to grab a bite of something to eat. Timothea the merchant told her how proud she was that she was able to retrieve the painting and set the Langstons at ease. Offering her a warm bowl of stew she talked about Farmer Filmore. Expressing how nor he or his farmhand Dawson had been to town in a while and asked if she could check on him.

    Bella smiled and said she was heading that direction anways so she would check in on the old farmer. As she ate her rough meal she ran through the list of people she needed to track down. A scout by the name of Rhoswen was on the way to the Filmore Farm. She would check in with her first. And then move on . She needed to stop at the alchemist shack near the cemetary and see if Master Ackerly had the medicine ready for an ailing man in camp. And also to head to the old village and check out the disturbance by the Ebon Cultists. It was going to be a long day for sure.

    Taking a few coins from her pouch she bought a few staples to get her through her journey. Again she saluted the guards at the bridge and crossed over. This path was starting to get too familiar. By now the bandits along this road had decided to leave her alone. She had dispatched enough of them over the last day or two so they wanted no part of her. She finally reached the stone bridge which was the first indication that she was heading into new territory. Before she crossed she noticed the bushes shuffle a bit and there was a young woman in guard clothing. This must be Rhoswen. Approaching cautiously she introduced herself to the girl. In return she learned that Rhoswen and the guard Quentin were in love and she was greatly worried about him. He had moved on up the road to scout around and had not returned. Bella assured her she would find out where he was. Another task Bella thought.

    Making way over the bridge she passed a few more bandits. Same as before. They turned and went the opposite direction. In the short distance she saw a wagon on the side of the road. Full of arrows and what looked like claw marks. As she got closer she saw blood on the ground which lead towards some rocks to the left of the road. She followed the trail. There sprawled on the ground face down was a man in guard clothing. Next to him a note. She read the note and exhaled slowly. Quentin.

    Putting the note inside her vest. Hoisting the dead guard onto her shoulder she grunted making her way back to the road. Ahead she saw the sign for Filmore’s Farm. She would leave the boy there and retrieve him later. Making her way down the path to the farmhouse she saw the old man walking about. She approached slowly as not to startle him

    “Ahhhh so ye found me worker did ya. Knew he would end up dead sooner or later. Thank ye for returnin him to me.” He pointed towards the small shed and told me to take him up there he would deal with it later. Inside the dusty cobwebbed room was a small bed. And on that bed was a young man filled with arrows. Dead. She laid poor Quentin on the bed alongside the other boy and went back out to talk to the old man.

    “Pardon me sir would you be Farmer Filmore? I was asked by Captain Kinsey to check on you while I am out this way. And sorry to tell you but that boy I brought in was one of the Captain’s scouts killed out by the road.”

    “Ohh. Damn. Thought it might be Dawson. He has been gone a long time and thought that be him.

    I be guessing he will show up sooner or later.”

    Bellad shook her head. Apparently the old man wasnt that worried that he didnt check the shed for his missing help. Not her concern at the moment. She asked if he were alright and he expressed that his prized pet Betty went missing and that if I would be kind enough to take a few moments to find her. Telling Bella of the wolves in the area that have been harrassing him. She nodded slowly and set off to look for Betty. Since when did she become such a bleeding heart. Something must of rattled her brain in that shipwreck.

    Off she went past the barn and into the rocky terrain behind the farm. Sure enough a large pack of wolves were pacing about in a small den under a rock outcropping. She moved in and took them out one by one as they attacked. The pack leader then pounced on her from above the rocks but she quickly took care of him. There on the ground was a collar with a coin shaped object hanging from it. On the coin the name Betty was engraved. She quickly took the head of the leader and headed back to Filmore. Once she tossed the head on the ground at his feet she handed him the collar. Sniffling he went inside his home and brought out a nicely made leather tunic and handed it to her.

    “Thank ye stranger. You did me a good deed by finding my poor Betty. Here take this and may it help you on your journeys.” Sniffling more he moved on to his house and shut the door behind him

    Well if that dont beat all. She looked at the tunic and saw if was finely crafted. Pulling off her vest she put the tunic on. Nice fit indeed. This should come in handy. She yelled to Filmore that she would be back to get Quentin on her return trip. No response. Oh well. Leave him be.



    Back up the road again she looked at the scribbled map that Kinsey had given her. The cemetary was up ahead. It was near on to evening and the sun was starting to dip below the mountains. Not a good time to be around a graveyard you fool. Laughing at herself she moved on. From the corner of her eye she saw a large rambling form coming towards her. Stopping she pulled her bow out and aimed. As it approached she saw it was covered in blood. Moving a lot like those zombie creatures. No way was she about to get into a fight with that thing. Firing as fast as she could she shot at the thing. And it quickly went down. When she got to it she saw a book laying next to it. Ballad of Bloody Bone. For heavens sakes. This is what those children were going on about. Well that is one thing now off my list. Wiping the book off with some leaves she put it in her pack. As she turned her head to look back at the corpse she realized it was gone. Looking around her she got an ill feeling about that creature.

    After a short walk she was at the edge of the graveyard to the left and across the road to the right was a worn shack. Skeleton creatures were walking around outside the front. Running to the edge of the broken down wall she shott a volley of arrows at them and heard more noises from behind her. Running around the wall she ran straight to the shack threw open the door and slammed it shut behind her.

    A finely dressed man turned quickly and looked her up and down. Apparently those things didnt bother him in the least. “Ahhh another Outlander. You can tell Kinsey I dont have her medicine ready yet. Missing an ingredient and I cant get into the graveyard to get it. Those pesky bone clankers wont let me out the door.”

    Confused Bella looked at the old man. He turned back to his table and started muttering something about an olfactory gland. What in the world was that. She tapped him lightly on the shoulder and asked what it was he needed.

    “Ahh yes. I be needing that gland off them zombie critters in the graveyard. Tis what I need to make the cure for that poor man in the camp up the hill of Kinsey’s. Like I said cant get past them bone clankers. And what be your name girly.”

    “Belladonna Rose sir and yours.”

    “ I be Ackerly Master of Herbs and Fine Medicines”

    “Well Ackerly sir. If you allow me to rest the night here I will be willing to get your gland things for you so you can finish the medicine. Then I can retrieve it for Kinsey on my way back through. I need to get to the burned out village to report on the Ebon Cultists there and then retrieve a fallen guard and take him back to the camp.”

    “Well aint ye the busy one today. There be a cot over there you can take your rest at and probably best to wait til morning. Them critters outside there dont like the daylight that much. So make yourself comfortable and we will get to work come morning.”

    With that he went back to his work and paid Bella no attention afterwards. Laying down on the cot she curled into a ball and tried to sleep. The moaning from outside was distracting and the clatter of bottles from Ackerly didnt help but she soon fell asleep.



    The sun started shining through the cracks in the back wall of the shack and she could smell something very pleasing as she rubbed the sleep from her eyes. Ackerly was cooking something on the stove. Turning he smiled as he walked over handing her a plate of fried eggs. This would be very refreshing to Bella. She hadnt had eggs in a long while. Eating quickly she took the plate and put it in the bucket by the stove. Then started gathering her things for the day. Ackerly told her what to look for from the zombies in the graveyard. Warned her to turn off the valves that were spewing green gas everywhere or else she would end up like those critters. With that he waved her off and went about his business.

    Slowly opening the door she notice that the skeletons were no where to be seen. Good for that. Keeping her bow at the ready she set out across the road. She had left her pack at the shack so was able to move a bit more quickly. Once she went through the gates she could hear that horrid noise from the zombies. Gurgling and moaning as they seemed to gasp for the last strains of air and humanity.

    After the third or fourth creature she finally got the gland from one. Wiping off her skinning knife she headed back to Ackerly. And anxiously to beg for a pan of water to wash. This ‘do gooder’ business for sure a messy job.

    Entering the shack the old man turned and smiled. “Ahh I see you made it back alive. Good good. And did you get the gland I asked for.”

    “Of course I did or else I would not be back. I do not shirk my tasks dear sir.”

    “Yes yes…i see that. Dont get your knickers in a twist. Just surprised a lady as yourself was up for that task. Most folks tend to either not go or come back looking as green as the gas over there. Some folk just dont have the stomach for nasty business as that.”

    She handed him the jar with the gland inside and grabbed a pail for water. She went out in the small courtyard and found the working pump. The water was cool and crips but felt good against her skin. She was never of a mind to not enjoy a good wash whether it be warm or cold water. That was one thing the crew teased her about. How clean she liked to be. She giggled softly to herself remembering that small bit about the crew.

    When she went inside Ackerly told her he would have the medicine ready by the time she passed back through again and that he had no doubt she would make it back safely. Bella thought it odd that he held so much asteem for her without even knowing her. That was fine by her.

    Again she was off into the unknown. Ackerly told her the old town wasnt too far down the road and she should have no trouble finding the cultists. He told her she would find them in two spots as he had seen them when he was foraging for herbs. And he warned her as well as they were a nasty bunch of evil for sure. She thought to herself…what part of this journey hasn’t been nasty.

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  7. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update highlights the introduction of a new dynamically scaled adventure scene based upon the existing dungeon known as Despair. Myrkur, the name for the spin-off version, will be available to Episode 2 Access holders shortly! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the...

    Avatar’s Update #386: Dynamically Scaled Scene: Myrkur! Lord British & Atos Q&A Livestream!

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  8. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update highlights the introduction of a new dynamically scaled adventure scene based upon the existing dungeon known as Despair. Myrkur, the name for the spin-off version, will be available to Episode 2 Access holders shortly! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Dynamically Scaled Scene: Myrkur!

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    Dungeoneers of New Britannia, ready thine weapons and prepare to brave the depths of Myrkur! This new scene will be located on the eastern island of Mistrendur, along the southeastern shore just east of the “serpent’s mouth.” Myrkur will be available to all players with Episode 2 Access. A cloned version of Novia’s Despair, Myrkur is the newest scene to receive a dynamically-scaled version. In the deepest depths of Myrkur are teleporters that allow players to conveniently switch between the normal and “extreme” difficulty versions of this dungeon. Initially, Myrkur’s dynamic nature will scale creature difficulty and experience, but plans are in the works for this scene’s loot to also scale in the future.

    The two difficulties initially available for Myrkur are as follows:

    • Normal (Tier 10)
    • Extreme (Tier 15)

    Dynamically Scaled Difficulty will not only scale the tier level of spawns, but also the experience awarded for each opponent defeated. Most new adventure scenes added to the game will feature scaled difficulty options, but not every scene will receive the same difficulty levels. All scenes will have some type of dynamic scaling, with a few exceptions that include scenes which are primarily story-driven or based in social interactions. The upcoming loot scaling will not only affect items dropping from creatures, but also chests and gathering nodes found within these scaled adventure scenes. Chests and gathering nodes will scale very soon, with loot scaling going live shortly after more testing occurs.

    Recently, the first scene to feature this new dynamic tech was Lamech’s Bazaar, a cloned version of the beautiful Tier 2 location known as South Midmaer Way. Lamech’s Bazaar features revamped spawns and NPC dialogue adjustments and is fully integrated into the new dynamic system. The 3-day reward buff which also resides in South Midmaer Way is still available in Lamech’s Bazaar, but there are plans to alter that buff to vary with the scaled options offered for the scene. The scaled reward buffs for Lamech’s Bazaar are as follows:

    • Easy (Tier 7): +30 Dexterity, -10 Strength
    • Normal (Tier 10): +30 Dexterity, -10 Strength
    • Hard (Tier 12): +40 Dexterity, -10 Strength
    • Extreme (Tier 18): +20 Dexterity, +10 Damage Avoidance

    Myrkur isn’t the only new scene coming to Mistrendur. Available in Release 79, Spindelskog will become the first unique adventure scene designed specifically for Episode 2. Players with Episode 2 access will experience new and exciting adventures in a very dark and gloomy forest. With plans to also make this scene dynamically-scaled, Spindelskog will add much variety to a player’s adventure options. So take caution, adventurers! Shadowy creatures lurk within the gloom beneath the smothering canopy of this depraved and ancient forest….


    Lord British & Atos Q&A Friday Livestream!

    Livestream-Community-2020-6-19a-1024x577Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, June 19th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Lord British, Chris “Atos” Spears, and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    That’s right, Avatars! Lord British will be on the livestream today! Be sure to greet him with a hearty hello and plenty of questions about his latest adventures.

    To enter the prize drawings, type “soaking up the rays” 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!


    New Vault Round!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, June 25th at Noon CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Airship City Home
    • Battle Banner
    • Wizard Tower Village Home
    • Hacked Oracle Crawler Decoration Pet
    • Red Squirrel Decoration Pet
    • Battle Banner
    • Elven Peaked-Roof Village Home
    • Viking Three-Story Stronghold Town Home
    • Longboat Dry Dock
    • Aether Aeronaut Helmet

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    Latest Store Additions: Steam Pipe Sets & Town Improvement Items!

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    For the Avatars seeking to display pipes throughout their properties, two new Steam Pipe 10-Packs are available on the Crown Store! Thick and thin varieties of pipes can now extend throughout your dungeons, basements, homes, and towns as a wonderful display of technology!

    Currently live on the Crown store are 8 more varieties of Row Homes. The Obsidian, Kobold, Shogun, and Elven 2 and 3-story Row Homes are now once again available! These permanent additions to the store were previously part of the expired bundle concept and are just a glimpse of what’s returning to the store in the months ahead. Also, all Row Home prices have been normalized to match the prices of the already present Viking Row Homes. This brought about a huge reduction in price to the Obsidian, Kobold, Shogun and Elven 4-Story Row Homes. (Of note, other items also received very large price reductions/normalizations to include the Stone Dragon Statues, the Topiary Dragon Statues the larger Ornate Moondials, and the Obsidian Stone Fence.) We also noticed we never loaded in the Town-Sized version of the Flaming Dragon Statue, which should patch into the game shortly.

    Other new items added to the store are for Player Owned Town Governors and Stewards! New to the Crown Store, all of the Player Owned Town NPC’s, Statues, Decorations, and Devotionals are available for purchase separately and nestled inside a new store category called “Town Improvements.” Upon purchase of a new town, players already receive a large variety of these items automatically, but through the years, Player Owned Towns have received additional slots for placement of town items. With the new Megalopolis sized town, it became very clear to us that we simply haven’t provided a way for town Governors and Stewards to acquire additional items to fill these available slots, nor did we provide the flexibility town owners would prefer in utilizing a larger number of a particular asset. Now, these concerns have been alleviated! The Player Owned Town NPC’s, Statues, Decorations, and Devotionals can only be placed as decoration by town Governors and Stewards. We hope you enjoy all the additions to the Crown Store!

    • Thick Steam Pipes 10-Pack
    • Thin Steam Pipes 10-Pack
    • Obsidian 2-Story Row Home
    • Obsidian 3-Story Row Home
    • Kobold 2-Story Row Home
    • Kobold 3-Story Row Home
    • Elven 2-Story Row Home
    • Elven 3-Story Row Home
    • Shogun 2-Story Row Home
    • Shogun 3-Story Row Home
    • Flaming Town-Sized Dragon Statue
    • Armor Merchant NPC (female)
    • Armor Merchant NPC (male)
    • Banker NPC (female)
    • Banker NPC (male)
    • Bartender NPC (female)
    • Bartender NPC (male)
    • Caretaker NPC (female)
    • Caretaker NPC (male)
    • Combat Merchant NPC (female)
    • Combat Merchant NPC (male)
    • Cooking Merchant NPC (female)
    • Cooking Merchant NPC (male)
    • Crafting Merchant NPC (female)
    • Crafting Merchant NPC (male)
    • Decorations Merchant NPC (female)
    • Decorations Merchant NPC (male)
    • Fishing Merchant NPC (female)
    • Fishing Merchant NPC (male)
    • Guard NPC (female)
    • Guard NPC (male)
    • Homes Merchant NPC (female)
    • Homes Merchant NPC (male)
    • Magic Merchant NPC (female)
    • Magic Merchant NPC (male)
    • Pet Merchant NPC (female)
    • Pet Merchant NPC (male)
    • Tavern Customer NPC (female)
    • Tavern Customer NPC (male)
    • Town Crier NPC (female)
    • Town Crier NPC (male)
    • Weapon Merchant NPC (female)
    • Weapon Merchant NPC (male)
    • Armor Shop (NPC Building)
    • Cemetery (NPC Building)
    • Dragon Bones (NPC Building)
    • Guard Tower (NPC Building)
    • Moon Tower (NPC Building)
    • Oracle Confirmatory (NPC Building)
    • Oracle Guardian Statue (NPC Building)
    • Stables (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Courage Statue (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Love Statue (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Truth Statue (NPC Building)
    • Devotional of Compassion
    • Devotional of Courage
    • Devotional of Honesty
    • Devotional of Honor
    • Devotional of Humility
    • Devotional of Justice
    • Devotional of Love
    • Devotional of Sacrifice
    • Devotional of Spirituality
    • Devotional of Truth
    • Devotional of Valor

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    Double EXP Returns!

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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 (EXP) for their endeavors in Adventure and Crafting! Hourly EXP attenuation limits have also increased. Please take advantage of the extra experience points! Stay home, stay safe and explore New Britannia!


    June Login Reward: Floppy Hat!

    SS_4Elg_FloppyBeachHat_A-1024x768.jpgJust in time to hit the beaches, this floppy hat is perfect for abating the sun during shoreline festivities. Simply log in during the month of June, and the hat will become available in the Rewards Window. Time to catch some rays, beachgoers!


    Release 78 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Beach Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 78 are beach themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 78! Surf’s up, Avatars!

    • Beach Towels (4-Pack, Dyeable)
    • Male Swimsuit (1-Piece, Uses Chest & Legs Slots, Dyeable, Also fits females)
    • Female Swimsuit (2-Piece, Dyeable, Also fits males)

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

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


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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, and 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81
    Sep 24 – Release 82
    Oct 29 – Release 83


    Meretz: Win a Shogun Lighthouse Village 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 a Shogun Lighthouse Village Home (No Trade)! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Saltwater Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Rhun Ruins

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Oracle Colossus

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Spinoff/Crossover Events:

    • Rock Ridge: @redhammer has brewed up prizes for the largest fish for each type caught in Rock Ridge. Check it out here!

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Summer Showdown Group Combat Event

    eventkrabnevirdungeon-300x168.jpgThe Summer Showdown Group Combat Event hosted by Grumpy Krabnevir was streamed on Twitch by none other than streamer extraordinaire, FizzleFactor! PvP’ers clashed in a multi-bracketed battle deep within a Player Created Dungeon beneath the Player Owned Town of Krabnevir! Also, please thank Grumpy for his efforts on the announcement thread for this event, and encourage him to run this awesome event again!


    Community Event: Gixtravaganza Jubilee 2020

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    The time has come for our big 2020 Gixtravaganza Jubilee Celebration of Excellence! All are cordially invited to Gix’s rooftop party in Bard’s Rest (nested in Novia Markets) for a day of merriment and prizes. We will start bright and early at 8:30 am CT. I have collected a handful of exciting items and COTOs that we will be giving away throughout the party. This is a celebration for my viewers on the Lavagix Twitch streaming show so be sure to tune in even if you are unable to attend in-game. For more information, please see the original thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: The New Lys & Novia Market Lottery

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    To officially launch Lys Market opening and with the collaboration of Novia Market owner Robyn Hood, the new Lys Market and Novia Market lottery has begun! The goal is pretty simple: find a lottery ticket in either town listed on random player vendors! So you will have to search through the vendors inventories to find your ticket! (ONLY ONE TICKET PER PLAYER, so please don’t buy more than one…)

    When: June 9th to June 28th
    Where: Lys Market & Novia Market
    Prizes: 1200 Crowns, 150K Gold, 100K Gold, Artifacts & More!

    The drawing and prize deliveries will occur on June 28th at 6PM CT. A party will also take place at Lys Market at this time, so get out your dance clothes! For more information, please visit this forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: The Snugs Harbor Sashay with DJ Darkstarr

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    wrfb.pngWRFB presents The Snugs Harbor Sashay with DJ Darkstarr!

    Location: Snug Harbor
    When: Sunday, June 21st, 1PM – 3PM CT

    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! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums. If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming WRFB parties, please contact @Lazarus Long or @Jack SinAssist on the forums.


    Community Event: 6th Annual Soldier’s Memorial Ball

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    [Forum Post by Bowen Bloodgood]

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    It is time once again for the Soldier’s Memorial Ball. (Yes this is really our 6th year!) This year we are returning to the glorious ballroom at Caer Dracwych with DJs from Avatar’s Radio. We shall have DJ’s Asclepius in the morning and the Dark Lord Celith Wraine in the afternoon.

    When: Sunday, June 21st, 9AM to 1PM CT
    Where: Caer Dracwych

    While I’m quite pleased with our ballroom, I am looking for a little help from the community to put in the finishing touches in the form of heraldry and maybe a dragon head or two. Heraldry needed is in the form of plate armor, short banners and shields (any shield type will do). Anyone interested can either PM me for details, send donations via in-game mail or leave items in the library donation chest located just inside the observatory (dragon heads needed: 2 Red and 1 Purple).

    As always, this is a formal event. Time to break out your best! For more information, be sure to read the forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: The Beat of Novia Returns

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    Virtue/Avatars Radio presents The Beat of Novia! The Beat of Novia is an Electronic & Dance Music Radio Show on Avatars Radio Simulcasted on Virtue Radio and Twitch TV every Friday night from your venues!

    Location: Tune in on Virtue/Avatars Radio
    Host: DJ Alleine Dragonfyre
    When: Every Friday, 8PM CT

    For more information, check out the main forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Wander in the Woods Tea Party

    event_wander_in_the_woods-1024x576.jpgSummer is soon here! Summer is perfect for tea. Summer asks nothing. Please join us for the Wander in the Woods Tea Party! We will have tea and cake and possible other delectibles.

    Location: Lily Byrd’s tea garden in Jade Valley
    Time: 3pm CT, June 28th (Usually every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month)
    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 at three for tea, Lily Byrd. More more information, please see the main thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Fireworks, Giveaways, and Fun!

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    Independence Weekend Fireworks Show! Come avatars for a grand celebration! Join us for fireworks, games, fun and giveaways! ​

    Where: Krabnevir (South of Sanctus Spine and West of Nightshade Pass)
    When: July 5th, 1pm CT

    Free sparklers and wine for all that attend! Simply find Emmory Watsyn or Althaea Hanalli near the docks in town and open trade. The event will be being streamed for all by Fzol on Fizzlefactor via Twitch. So, be sure to find him and steal some camera time! Special guest appearance by Elvis! For more information, please see the full announcement thread on the official forums. See you there!


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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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  9. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update spotlights some significant changes to Armor Durability! Durability Multiplier is a new stat introduced to differentiate armor durability damage between the armor types. Also, Provoking Shout is a new ability in the Heavy Armor skill tree which greatly increases the aggro tanks generate during combat. For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming...

    Avatar’s Update #385: Armor Durability Changes! New Ability: Provoking Shout!

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  10. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update spotlights some significant changes to Armor Durability! Durability Multiplier is a new stat introduced to differentiate armor durability damage between the armor types. Also, Provoking Shout is a new ability in the Heavy Armor skill tree which greatly increases the aggro tanks generate during combat. For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Armor Durability Changes!

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    New mechanics to distribute armor durability damage have been introduced! Now, players will notice certain types of armor are less susceptible to durability loss than others. A “Durability Multiplier” has been applied across the board, and adjustments have also been made to an equipment’s “chance to be hit.”

    Durability Multiplier scales with armor type as follows:

    • Cloth: 100%
    • Leather: 150%
    • Chain: 200%
    • Plate: 300%

    For example, when plate armor piece is hit for 300 damage, it will experience the same durability loss that a cloth piece would have sustained at 100 damage. This change allows for heavy armor wearers to survive more attacks at less durability loss than their lighter armor wearing companions. Also, a 100 cap on damage and how it effects durability loss has been removed. Now, incoming damage will affect durability loss in a scaled fashion.

    The adjustments to an equipment’s “chance to be hit” should also provide a more sensible approach to durability loss. For instance, head slot items will now have a lower chance to be hit. Also, with the recent addition of the second ring slot, both rings will now have a chance to be hit.

    Overall, some players might notice as much as a 25% increase to armor damage, but the damage is now applied more systematically and fairly across the armor types, slots, and adventure roles. Soon, a new concept of magical “damage sinks/magnets” are coming. These new items will attract more damage than other gear currently equipped in your inventory as a way to protect your more powerful and expensive pieces. Also coming up, expect changes to shield behavior as well as Masterwork/Enchantment concepts in a continued effort to enhance tanking gameplay and the overall party experience.


    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, June 12th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    Today’s topic will talking about the latest durability changes for armor and the new Provoking Shout ability in the Heavy Armor Tree.

    To enter the prize drawings, type “soaking up the rays” 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!


    New Ability: Provoking Shout!

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    Tanks rejoice! For those heavy armor users struggling to protect their high DPS or healer companions, a new skill has been introduced into the Heavy Armor skill tree — Provoking Shout! This new skill provides a buff which dramatically increases aggro generation from all sources throughout the duration of the buff. Heavy Armor Specialization increases this duration significantly.

    So if a player was specialized in heavy armor and had the Heavy Armor Specialization Skill at 80, Provoking Shout at 80 would add 100% aggro generation to all sources for 120 seconds. If the Heavy Armor Specialization Skill was at 120, Provoking Shout at 120 would add 150% aggro generation to all sources for 150 seconds. The creation of Provoking Shout is a strong step towards improving tank mechanics and overall improvement to the adventure party experience.


    Episode 2 Access Update!

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    Avatars! Soon, Mistrendur adventure locations will be limited to Episode 2 access holders! For those players who’ve already received Early Access Episode 2 either through direct purchase or through pledge/bundle items, no changes will occur. These players will still be able to enter all of the Mistrendur scenes currently present and any future ones added, such as the upcoming dark forest scene, Spindelskog. For players yet to receive Early Access Episode 2, they will no longer be able to enter the dynamically scaled Lamech’s Bazaar, or The Ruins of Utheim which provides access to the Bard Skill Trainer. Players without Episode 2 Access will also not be able to enter the soon-to-arrive Spindelskog (which will also be dynamically scaled) nor any future Episode 2 adventure and NPC town scenes. All players, regardless of Episode 2 Access, will be able to roam the Mistrendur overworld map and be able to access any Player-Owned Town within the continent.

    scene_spindelskogteaser_withtag-300x154.Soon, shadow creatures will be discovered in the new lands… “Amidst the fetid swamps of the Northwest of Mistrendur hides Spindelskog, a rotting and decrepit old-growth forest. Swathed in ancient webs and choked with detritus and weeds, this forest can go without sunlight for months at a time. Within this foreboding darkness, the summer growth falls into decay and the webs and shadows creep across the woods. It is home to creepies and crawlies, huge predators and mysterious creatures of shadow.” If you have not already, please join us in the exploration of Episode 2 content. Every new adventure scene will be dynamically scaled for difficulty, and new challenges and creatures await thee!


    New Store Items: Steam Pipe Sets & Town Improvement Items!

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    For the Avatars seeking to display pipes throughout their properties, two new Steam Pipe 10-Packs will soon be added to the Crown Store! Thick and thin varieties of pipes can now extend throughout your dungeons, basements, homes, and towns as a wonderful display of technology!

    Currently live on the Crown store are 8 more varieties of Row Homes. The Obsidian, Kobold, Shogun, and Elven 2 and 3-story Row Homes are now once again available! These permanent additions to the store were previously part of the expired bundle concept and are just a glimpse of what’s returning to the store in the months ahead. Also, all Row Home prices have been normalized to match the prices of the already present Viking Row Homes. This brought about a huge reduction in price to the Obsidian, Kobold, Shogun and Elven 4-Story Row Homes. (Of note, other items also received very large price reductions/normalizations to include the Stone Dragon Statues, the Topiary Dragon Statues the larger Ornate Moondials, and the Obsidian Stone Fence.) We also noticed we never loaded in the Town-Sized version of the Flaming Dragon Statue, which should patch into the game shortly.

    Other new items added to the store are for Player Owned Town Governors and Stewards! New to the Crown Store, all of the Player Owned Town NPC’s, Statues, Decorations and Devotionals are available for purchase separately and nestled inside a new store category called “Town Improvements.” Upon purchase of a new town, players already receive a large variety of these items automatically, but through the years, Player Owned Towns have received additional slots for placement of town items. With the new Megalopolis sized town, it became very clear to us that we simply haven’t provided a way for town Governors and Stewards to acquire additional items to fill these available slots, nor did we provide the flexibility town owners would prefer in utilizing a larger number of a particular asset. Now, these concerns have been alleviated! These items can only be placed as decoration by town Governors and Stewards. We hope you enjoy all the additions to the Crown Store!

    • Thick Steam Pipes 10-Pack
    • Thin Steam Pipes 10-Pack
    • Obsidian 2-Story Row Home
    • Obsidian 3-Story Row Home
    • Kobold 2-Story Row Home
    • Kobold 3-Story Row Home
    • Elven 2-Story Row Home
    • Elven 3-Story Row Home
    • Shogun 2-Story Row Home
    • Shogun 3-Story Row Home
    • Flaming Town-Sized Dragon Statue
    • Armor Merchant NPC (female)
    • Armor Merchant NPC (male)
    • Banker NPC (female)
    • Banker NPC (male)
    • Bartender NPC (female)
    • Bartender NPC (male)
    • Caretaker NPC (female)
    • Caretaker NPC (male)
    • Combat Merchant NPC (female)
    • Combat Merchant NPC (male)
    • Cooking Merchant NPC (female)
    • Cooking Merchant NPC (male)
    • Crafting Merchant NPC (female)
    • Crafting Merchant NPC (male)
    • Decorations Merchant NPC (female)
    • Decorations Merchant NPC (male)
    • Fishing Merchant NPC (female)
    • Fishing Merchant NPC (male)
    • Guard NPC (female)
    • Guard NPC (male)
    • Homes Merchant NPC (female)
    • Homes Merchant NPC (male)
    • Magic Merchant NPC (female)
    • Magic Merchant NPC (male)
    • Pet Merchant NPC (female)
    • Pet Merchant NPC (male)
    • Tavern Customer NPC (female)
    • Tavern Customer NPC (male)
    • Town Crier NPC (female)
    • Town Crier NPC (male)
    • Weapon Merchant NPC (female)
    • Weapon Merchant NPC (male)
    • Armor Shop (NPC Building)
    • Cemetery (NPC Building)
    • Dragon Bones (NPC Building)
    • Guard Tower (NPC Building)
    • Moon Tower (NPC Building)
    • Oracle Confirmatory (NPC Building)
    • Oracle Guardian Statue (NPC Building)
    • Stables (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Courage Statue (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Love Statue (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Truth Statue (NPC Building)
    • Devotional of Compassion
    • Devotional of Courage
    • Devotional of Honesty
    • Devotional of Honor
    • Devotional of Humility
    • Devotional of Justice
    • Devotional of Love
    • Devotional of Sacrifice
    • Devotional of Spirituality
    • Devotional of Truth
    • Devotional of Valor

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    New Vault Round!SotA_Aeronaut_Wearable_Pack-1024x858.jpg

    The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, June 18th at Noon CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc.

    • Aeronaut Wearable Pack (Leather)
    • Shiba Inu Dog (Decoration Pet)
    • Arrow Trap
    • Flaming Bagpipes
    • Upscale Stables
    • Saddle and Bags with Stand
    • Virtue Clockwork Wings
    • Fire Dance Cross Emote
    • Fire Dance Emote

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    Double EXP Returns!

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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 (EXP) for their endeavors in Adventure and Crafting! Hourly EXP attenuation limits have also increased. Please take advantage of the extra experience points! Stay home, stay safe and explore New Britannia!


    June Login Reward: Floppy Hat!

    SS_4Elg_FloppyBeachHat_A-1024x768.jpgJust in time to hit the beaches, this floppy hat is perfect for abating the sun during shoreline festivities. Simply log in during the month of June, and the hat will become available in the Rewards Window. Time to catch some rays, beachgoers!


    Release 78 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Beach Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 78 are beach themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 78! Surf’s up, Avatars!

    • Beach Towels (4-Pack, Dyeable)
    • Male Swimsuit (1-Piece, Uses Chest & Legs Slots, Dyeable, Also fits females)
    • Female Swimsuit (2-Piece, Dyeable, Also fits males)

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

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


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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, and 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Shogun Lighthouse Village 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 a Shogun Lighthouse Village Home (No Trade)! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Release 78 Dance Party

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    By Royal Warrant, Virtue/Avatars Radio presents the Release 78 Dance Party & Stress Test

    Location: Celestis at The Adventure Club
    Directions: Take the small boat at the Northeast dock, and enter the Mirror Dungeon in the Spired House on the Hill
    When: Sunday, June 14th, 11:00AM – 1:00PM CT

    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! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums. If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming Release Dance Parties, find out here!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Freshwater Fish (Town):

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Paladis Shardfall

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Sunless Barrens

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Spinoff/Crossover Events:

    • No player crossover events have been announced.

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Summer Showdown Group Combat Event

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    [Forum Post by Grumpy Krabnevir]

    2 Teams Enter, One Team leaves​! This is a group combat event for the purpose of providing a fun and entertaining tournament atmosphere for players to participate and win prizes. There will be limited team slots available on a first come first serve basis. A team slot is not committed to a team until all signup requirements have been met and verified. This event is for fun and entertainment, it may not be perfect. Contestants are welcome to check out the course prior to the tournament. The dungeon will not have active spawns.

    When (Pre-Event Newcomer Bracket): June 14th, 12:00 Noon CST (Austin Time)
    When (Main Event Bracket Starts): June 14th, 2:00 PM CST (Austin Time)
    Where: Judgement Square Prison Cage Dungeon located in Krabnevir

    Overview: Using opposing entrances, 2 teams enter the gauntlet and race along equally distant paths until they encounter the opposing team at the main center fight room. The objective of each team is to successfully defeat and get past the opposing team and be the first complete live team to exit the gauntlet through the opposing team’s entrance. Any team that successfully kills all opposing team members need only to resurrect any dead teammates if necessary and exit the opposing team’s entrance with all team members alive. There are no ankhs within the gauntlet, if you resurrect in the foyer, you are out of the match and your team loses. ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST EXIT ALIVE THROUGH THE OPPOSING TEAM’S ENTRANCE FIRST TO WIN.

    Tournament Structure: Each Tournament will be a bracket tournament with double elimination with the winner of the winner’s bracket facing the winner of the loser’s bracket for a ONE ROUND championship match. Tournament entries will be accepted up until 24 hrs before the start of the tournament. Tournament seeding will be determined by random selection… For more information (and there is MUCH more), please visit Grumpy’s Forum Thread on the official forums.

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    Community Event: The New Lys & Novia Market Lottery

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    To officially launch Lys Market opening and with the collaboration of Novia Market owner Robyn Hood, the new Lys Market and Novia Market lottery has begun! The goal is pretty simple: find a lottery ticket in either town listed on random player vendors! So you will have to search through the vendors inventories to find your ticket! (ONLY ONE TICKET PER PLAYER, so please don’t buy more than one…)

    When: June 9th to June 28th
    Where: Lys Market & Novia Market
    Prizes: 1200 Crowns, 150K Gold, 100K Gold, Artifacts & More!

    The drawing and prize deliveries will occur on June 28th at 6PM CT. A party will also take place at Lys Market at this time, so get out your dance clothes! For more information, please visit this forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: The Snugs Harbor Sashay with DJ Darkstarr

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    wrfb.pngWRFB presents The Snugs Harbor Sashay with DJ Darkstarr!

    Location: Snug Harbor
    When: Sunday, June 21st, 1PM – 3PM CT

    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! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums. If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming WRFB parties, please contact @Lazarus Long or @Jack SinAssist on the forums.


    Community Event: 6th Annual Soldier’s Memorial Ball

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    [Forum Post by Bowen Bloodgood]

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    It is time once again for the Soldier’s Memorial Ball. (Yes this is really our 6th year!) This year we are returning to the glorious ballroom at Caer Dracwych with DJs from Avatar’s Radio. We shall have DJ’s Asclepius in the morning and the Dark Lord Celith Wraine in the afternoon.

    When: Sunday, June 21st, 9AM to 1PM CT
    Where: Caer Dracwych

    While I’m quite pleased with our ballroom, I am looking for a little help from the community to put in the finishing touches in the form of heraldry and maybe a dragon head or two. Heraldry needed is in the form of plate armor, short banners and shields (any shield type will do). Anyone interested can either PM me for details, send donations via in-game mail or leave items in the library donation chest located just inside the observatory (dragon heads needed: 2 Red and 1 Purple).

    As always, this is a formal event. Time to break out your best! For more information, be sure to read the forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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


  11. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update brings you some great news about the Vault! Not only will the vault be automated soon, it will be packed with MANY more items in the coming months. Also, for those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the...

    Avatar’s Update #384: Vault Round Automation! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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  12. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update brings you some great news about the Vault! Not only will the vault be automated soon, it will be packed with MANY more items in the coming months. Also, for those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Vault Round Automation!

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    What mysterious and ancient treasures can be found within the Vault on the Crown Store? Soon, Avatars? Much, much more! Currently, about 200 items manually cycle into the vault. The process took a considerable amount of developer time to hand select 9 new items every 2 weeks and prep them for store availability. Albeit the process allowed for more theme related selections, time could be better spent elsewhere on more important parts of the project. Going forward, these changes will enhance the Crown Store experience for all players:

    • Vault Item Selection Automation: 9 items will automatically be selected within the pool of available Vault items.
    • Vault Item Pool Increase: Currently about 200 items cycle into the Vault. We’ll be adding roughly 400 additional items into the pool in the coming months to provide a much more varied availability of old Stretch Goal, Monthly Telethon, Rewards Program, Monthly Login, and expired items. Pledge Rewards are still not eligible to become Vault items.
    • Vault Duration Change: Now that the Vault will be automated and the old manual process is no longer a factor, Vault items will change out every week instead of every 2 weeks. As we load in the additional Vault items, this duration could possibly be shortened again in the future.

    We hope you enjoy the wider variety of available Vault items coming your way very shortly. This week, we will not have the normal Vault Round available items announcement since this system is about to go live, and the items will be randomly selected. Happy shopping, Avatars!


    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, June 5th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “soaking up the rays” 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!


    Latest Store Items: Male & Female Shopkeeper Outfits, Electric Katanas & More!

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    Merchants of New Britannia! Make room in your wardrobes for the Male and Female Shopkeeper Outfits! These splendid wearable items are a perfect fit for any up-and-coming or veteran merchant players. Chest and leg pieces of both sets can be dyed. The female version features TWO chest pieces, one with a choker and one with a necklace.

    Other exciting new additions which arrived lately were the Electric Katanas coming in three colors (Pink, Red, and Green). These “electrifying” new 2-handed swords, if salvaged, will yield eternal patterns which can be applied to player-crafted 2-handed swords. The katanas are fantastic accessories for the new Dark Shogun Armor Set which boldly strode into the store recently! This armor set will yield plate armor Eternal Patterns if salvaged, which can be applied to other plate armor to apply the style.

    • Male Shopkeeper Outfit
    • Female Shopkeeper Outfit
    • Dark Shogun Armor Set
    • Pink Electric Katana (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Item)
    • Red Electric Katana
    • Green Electric Katana

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    June Login Reward: Floppy Hat!

    SS_4Elg_FloppyBeachHat_A-1024x768.jpgJust in time to hit the beaches, this floppy hat is perfect for abating the sun during shoreline festivities. Simply log in during the month of June, and the hat will become available in the Rewards Window. Time to catch some rays, beachgoers!


    Release 78 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Beach Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 78 are beach themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 78! Surf’s up, Avatars!

    • Beach Towels (4-Pack, Dyeable)
    • Male Swimsuit (1-Piece, Uses Chest & Legs Slots, Dyeable, Also fits females)
    • Female Swimsuit (2-Piece, Dyeable, Also fits males)

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

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


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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, and 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Shogun Lighthouse Village 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 a Shogun Lighthouse Village Home (No Trade)! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Fetid Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in The Brave Coast

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Blackblade Foothills

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Spinoff/Crossover Events:

    • Islands of Wonders: (@Net): 4Booty – Obsidian Report lost at Islands of Wonders Event! Check on this forum post for more information!
    • 50K Gold: (@cyro): Cyro is offering up an additional $50K gold to each of the 3 winners!

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Summer Showdown Group Combat Event

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    [Forum Post by Grumpy Krabnevir]

    2 Teams Enter, One Team leaves​! This is a group combat event for the purpose of providing a fun and entertaining tournament atmosphere for players to participate and win prizes. There will be limited team slots available on a first come first serve basis. A team slot is not committed to a team until all signup requirements have been met and verified. This event is for fun and entertainment, it may not be perfect. Contestants are welcome to check out the course prior to the tournament. The dungeon will not have active spawns.

    When (Pre-Event Newcomer Bracket): June 14th, 12:00 Noon CST (Austin Time)
    When (Main Event Bracket Starts): June 14th, 2:00 PM CST (Austin Time)
    Where: Judgement Square Prison Cage Dungeon located in Krabnevir

    Overview: Using opposing entrances, 2 teams enter the gauntlet and race along equally distant paths until they encounter the opposing team at the main center fight room. The objective of each team is to successfully defeat and get past the opposing team and be the first complete live team to exit the gauntlet through the opposing team’s entrance. Any team that successfully kills all opposing team members need only to resurrect any dead teammates if necessary and exit the opposing team’s entrance with all team members alive. There are no ankhs within the gauntlet, if you resurrect in the foyer, you are out of the match and your team loses. ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST EXIT ALIVE THROUGH THE OPPOSING TEAM’S ENTRANCE FIRST TO WIN.

    Tournament Structure: Each Tournament will be a bracket tournament with double elimination with the winner of the winner’s bracket facing the winner of the loser’s bracket for a ONE ROUND championship match. Tournament entries will be accepted up until 24 hrs before the start of the tournament. Tournament seeding will be determined by random selection… For more information (and there is MUCH more), please visit Grumpy’s Forum Thread on the official forums.

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    Community Event: 6th Annual Soldier’s Memorial Ball

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    [Forum Post by Bowen Bloodgood]

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    It is time once again for the Soldier’s Memorial Ball. (Yes this is really our 6th year!) This year we are returning to the glorious ballroom at Caer Dracwych with DJs from Avatar’s Radio. We shall have DJ’s Asclepius in the morning and the Dark Lord Celith Wraine in the afternoon.

    When: Sunday, June 21st, 9AM to 1PM CT
    Where: Caer Dracwych

    While I’m quite pleased with our ballroom, I am looking for a little help from the community to put in the finishing touches in the form of heraldry and maybe a dragon head or two. Heraldry needed is in the form of plate armor, short banners and shields (any shield type will do). Anyone interested can either PM me for details, send donations via in-game mail or leave items in the library donation chest located just inside the observatory (dragon heads needed: 2 Red and 1 Purple).

    As always, this is a formal event. Time to break out your best! For more information, be sure to read the forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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!

    This week's update brings you some great news about a new concept coming to Episode 2 adventure scenes called Dynamically Scaled Difficulty! Soon after release, players will be able to experience the first scene enabled with this new tech. Also, take a sneak peek into the new Shadow Creatures effects coming to encounters near you! For those wishing to participate in any community activities,...

    Avatar’s Update #383: Play Release 78 Now! Dynamically Scaled Difficulty! Shadow Creatures Preview!

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  14. For folks wanting a sneak peek a day early or wish to help with edit suggestions, here's a draft copy of tomorrow's release notes. I've got one more article to write about the new Shadow Creature skins/effects, but otherwise it's fairly complete.

    Keep in mind, I didn't really have time to read through it a second/third time which I'll do tomorrow, but anything you spot can really speed along my review.

    Enjoy!...

    DRAFT: Release 78 Notes

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  15. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update brings you some great news about a new concept coming to Episode 2 adventure scenes called Dynamically Scaled Difficulty! Soon after release, players will be able to experience the first scene enabled with this new tech. Also, take a sneak peek into the new Shadow Creatures effects coming to encounters near you! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


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    Adventurers, rejoice! A new concept for Shroud of the Avatar, called Dynamically Scaled Difficulty, brings a variety of user selectable difficulty levels to a single adventure scene. Here is a breakdown of the difficulty levels available in the first iteration of the new tech:

    • Easy (Tier 7)
    • Medium (Tier 10)
    • Hard (Tier 12)
    • Epic (Tier 18)

    Dynamically Scaled Difficulty will not only scale the tier level of spawns, but also the experience awarded for each opponent defeated. After further testing occurs, loot will also scale accordingly. Every new scene added to the game will feature scaled difficulty options, but not every scene will be broken down identically.

    The first scene to feature this new tech is a cloned version of the beautiful yet underutilized Tier 2 location known as South Midmaer Way. Of late, in addition to adding entirely new scenes, the team has routinely revamped old underutilized low tier scenes such as this to feature greater challenges for higher level players. Some of these updates included the revamp of Spectral Peaks, Owls Head Sewers, Ravensmoor, Ruins of Ravensmoor, Mysterious Swamp, Deep Ravenswood and Ulfheim.

    We learned a valuable lesson when the original version of Ulfheim was removed, because some fans of the old clone longed to see their favorite hunting grounds restored, hence the Ruins of Utheim appeared. So, to head off a similar concern, we’ve decided to leave in South Midmaer Way at its original location and difficulty, and the new scaled version of this scene will be placed in Mistrendur in a patch shortly after the release.

    Known as Lachem’s Bazaar, the location now features revamped spawns and NPC dialogue adjustments and is fully integrated into the new dynamic system. The 3-day puzzle buff (+30 Agility, -10 Strength) which also resides in South Midmaer Way will temporarily be available in Lachems Bazaar, but soon that puzzle will yield entirely unique yet undetermined benefits.

    Spindelskog, an Episode 2 adventure scene nearing completion, will likely be the next scaled adventure scene coming your way. Dynamically Scaled Difficulty adventure scenes are just some of the exciting features to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in the Shroud of the Avatar 2020 Vision!


    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, May 29th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “may the fourth be with you” 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!


    Shadow Creatures Preview!


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    June Login Reward: Floppy Hat!

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    Release 78 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Beach Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 78 are beach themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 78! Surf’s up, Avatars!

    • Beach Towels (4-Pack, Dyeable)
    • Male Swimsuit (1-Piece, Uses Chest & Legs Slots, Dyeable, Also fits females)
    • Female Swimsuit (2-Piece, Dyeable, Also fits males)

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

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive 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
      • 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


    Latest Store Items: Male & Female Shopkeeper Outfits, Electric Katanas & More!

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    Merchants of New Britannia! Make room in your wardrobes for the Male and Female Shopkeeper Outfits! These splendid wearable items are a perfect fit for any up-and-coming or veteran merchant players. Chest and leg pieces of both sets can be dyed. The female version features TWO chest pieces, one with a choker and one with a necklace.

    Other exciting new additions which arrived lately were the Electric Katanas coming in three colors (Pink, Red and Green). These “electrifying” new 2-handed swords, if salvaged, will yield eternal patterns which can be applied to player-crafted 2-handed swords. The katanas are fantastic accessories for the new Dark Shogun Armor Set which boldly strode into the store recently! This armor set will yield plate armor Eternal Patterns if salvaged, which can be applied to other plate armor to apply the style.

    • Male Shopkeeper Outfit
    • Female Shopkeeper Outfit
    • Dark Shogun Armor Set
    • Pink Electric Katana (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Item)
    • Red Electric Katana
    • Green Electric Katana

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    Obsidian & Island Vault Round!

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      • Obsidian Tower (Town Home)
      • Obsidian Sarcophagus
      • Obsidian Order Throne
      • Obsidian Order Plate Armor Set
      • Island Dress
      • Island Flower Crown
      • Island Spear
      • Large Tiki Statue
      • Hula Emote

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    Packaging Items for Trade Available!

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    Just arriving on the Live Server is a very useful new feature 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!


    World & UI Changes

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    These miscellaneous updates affecting the game world or aspects of the user interface (UI) patched in during R77 or will go live on or shortly after R78:

    • The Forgeries: (spoilers) The first in a new series of daily repeatable quests has been added to Ardoris at the Caravaggios Wolf painting shop near the market square. Caravaggios Wolf is the alter-ego of Stephen Daniele, the lead concept artist during Shroud of the Avatar’s early development. If players speak with Caravaggios, a quest to locate 5 paintings can be obtained. If players speak with Stephanie Broadmeadow, an alternate quest to locate 5 paintings (with alternate effects upon your virtue) can be obtained. Expect additional dailies to be added in the future, each featuring a wide variety of experience rewards depending upon the difficulty of obtaining the items required or reaching the NPC turn-in location.
    • Envy Angel: This envious angel has fled into hiding once again, and she will return around Valentine’s day in 2021.
    • Atavists of Purity: The narrow minded Atavists have returned to New Britannia in force. The Atavists roam the desert region of Grunvald, and if challenged, players will face a wave battle ending with the appearance of the infamous Luminous Atavist.
    • Comet & Aether Creatures: The comet has returned to the skies of New Britannia; therefore, a large variety of Aether Creatures roam the lands once again. Beware, Avatars!
    • Ulfheim: Players can now utilize teleporters in Ulfheim which greatly assists late to arrive party members to catch up with others in their party. Also, the breakable portions of the bridge have been removed. Additionally, the teleporters require a new Ulfheim Runestone quest item to activate, which reset 5 minutes after activation. This item drops from barbarians in the scene. Kaiser the collector will buy one each day.
    • Quests XP Revamp (1st Pass): Experience received from questing has received a “first pass” revamp scaling the rewards to be more inline with the difficulty or scene tier of the quest. More XP adjustments will occur in the future as this work continues.
    • Eastreach Gap: Exploited perching spots were removed or shortened near the control point pad. Invisible barriers were also placed in some areas around the control point.
    • Troll Roaming Encounter: The mountain pass roaming encounter in the Quel region required for the “Twin Troll Toenails” questline now spawns more frequently.


    Crafting, Items & Economy Changes

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    These changes to the player economy, in-game items, or crafting patched in during R77 or will go live on or shortly after Release 78:

    • Supply Bundles: Ore has been added to supply bundle loot, and XP Items which drop in bundles are now tradeable.
    • Agriculture Skills: Harvest Plants and Water Plants abilities can now be added into a deck.
    • Conversationalists: The NPC’s with customizable dialogue now feature a max of 10K characters (doubled) for conversation character limits.
    • Pax Rings: Only one Pax Ring can be equipped at a time.
    • Decorative Vases: Objects, such as umbrellas, can now be placed inside the new decorative vases.
    • Gathering Changes: Experience awarded for gathering T4, T5 and T6 nodes has dramatically increased. Nodes now also award Adventure XP as well as Production XP.
    • Meticulous Collection: Meticulous collection successes while gathering now yield experience equivalent to the base node times the number of meticulous successes achieved. For instance, if you mine a T5 node with a meticulous X3, the player would receive 7500 experience.
    • Batch Teleport Scroll Recipes: The 12X batch recipes for scrolls now yield 10X XP, instead of the same XP as crafting a single scroll.
    • Repair Kits: Locked repair kits can now be used to repair equipment, and locked items can now be repaired.
    • White Birch Trees: These tree decorations are now stackable in a player’s inventory.
    • PvP Tourney Trophies: Unique glowing shard styled PvP trophies have been created for use in upcoming developer run PvP events.
    • Water Wells: These decoration items now also function when placed as POT decoration.


    Combat Balance & Changes

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    These changes to combat skills or concepts patched in during R77 or will go live on or shortly after Release 78:

    • Mesmerizing Melody: This skill is now available at the Bard skill trainer in Ruins of Utheim
    • Savage Sonata: This skill now works like other bard skills and does not require a pet in order to be cast.
    • Bard Specialization: Bard skills are now adjusted to scale with specialization level.
    • Bard Skills: Skill descriptions for many bard skills were updated. Bard skills are also now interruptible.


    Updated Player Owned Towns

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    These updates affected Player Owned Towns which patched in during R77 or will go live on or shortly after Release 78:

    • A’doe Trunalor: Upgraded to Megalopolis and moved to Mistrendur.
    • Aelasar’s Forest: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Argent Aspis: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Arlia: Added new Holdfast, nested in Central Brittany.
    • Ashiya Hama: Upgraded to Hamlet and added interconnections.
    • Blackstone Gate: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Braeside Farm: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Chao Insula: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Crematorium: Corrected spelling of name.
    • Fenrir: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Ironholde: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Isla de Muerta: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Islet of Long: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Jade Mountains: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Justice Hold: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Knightmare Falls: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Lys Market: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Meridian: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Moonvale: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • New Britannia Swap Meet: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Noshima Island: Updated interconnection boats.
    • Novia Market: Upgraded to City.
    • Ogygia: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Ophelia: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Ravenna: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Rock Ridge: Added new Village to Mistrendur.
    • Sea Bear’s Black Market: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Siren Song Bayou: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Skalabrekka: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • Solace: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Sparrowhawk Run: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • The Caverns Under Neath: Moved to Mistrendur.
    • The Clockworks: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Thunderclap: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Tower of Xee: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur.
    • Weirafurt: Added new Crossroads Village to Mistrendur.

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    Bug Fixes

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    Albeit many bug fixes patched in during R77 or will go live on or shortly after Release 78, here are some of the highlights!

    • Dark Shogun Cape draping into armor has been improved.
    • Dark Shogun Armor patterns now properly apply.
    • Esmerelda in Highvale Outskirts now only awards her bundle a single time.
    • Far Hinterlands “Noble Stag” wave battle now resets properly, and the entire questline received a variety of other fixes.
    • Bunker C received a variety of bug fixes.
    • New Books of Learning now properly display the amounts of XP granted.
    • Spider companions for the elves in the Plains Encounter are no longer mislabeled as trained wolves.
    • Tartarus maze mobs can now more effectively pursue players up the tower stairwell.
    • Additional decoration surfaces were added in the Lord of the Isle mansion.
    • Etceter Crag Mines Bandit Chief quest functionality has been improved.
    • Isabelline Stone 2-Tier Outdoor Fountains now function properly.


    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!


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Giant Lich Statue (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 a Giant Lich Statue (No Trade) to FOUR lucky winners! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Saltwater Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Kas Ruins

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Oracle Colossus

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Silverdale Market Fishing Contest

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    [Forum Post by simon1974]

    Hail to all Avatars! You are all summoned to Silverdale Market to fish for the biggest fish possible in salt water.

    When: Saturday, May 30th, 0000 to 2359 CST
    Where: Silverdale Market
    Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place win Crowns!

    One fish per character only. First entry only will count, so make sure to deposit it at the end of your fishing trip. There will be some deposit chests at the docks. In case of a tie, first entry will win. All fishes will be returned to their owner upon completion. While you are in town, make sure to visit all of our vendors! This tournament is sponsored by Xee (the Governor of Silverdale Market) and also by the Silverdale Museum. Make sure to visit it. (Aim for Lijuan Zhang’s City lot). For information, please contact Lijuan Zhang via in-game mail and the forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Celtic/Irish Celebration

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    [Forum Post by Ser Kyrlieon]

    There will be singing and dancing and even a fashion show for those of you looking to sport your special outfits! Your host this evening shall be Brutess. She is relatively new to Britannia and wants to kick it off with a spectacular social event.

    When: Saturday, May 30th, 8PM CST.
    Where: Knight’s Watch (Castle on the hill)

    Come join the festivities!! For more information, be sure to read the forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: 6th Annual Soldier’s Memorial Ball

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    [Forum Post by Bowen Bloodgood]

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    It is time once again for the Soldier’s Memorial Ball. (Yes this is really our 6th year!) This year we are returning to the glorious ballroom at Caer Dracwych with DJs from Avatar’s Radio. We shall have DJ’s Asclepius in the morning and the Dark Lord Celith Wraine in the afternoon.

    When: Sunday, June 21st, 9AM to 1PM CST
    Where: Caer Dracwych

    While I’m quite pleased with our ballroom, I am looking for a little help from the community to put in the finishing touches in the form of heraldry and maybe a dragon head or two. Heraldry needed is in the form of plate armor, short banners and shields (any shield type will do). Anyone interested can either PM me for details, send donations via in-game mail or leave items in the library donation chest located just inside the observatory (dragon heads needed: 2 Red and 1 Purple).

    As always, this is a formal event. Time to break out your best! For more information, be sure to read the forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Concert by the Sea

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    The 2nd Annual Outdoor Music Concert is this coming! Ezekiel Cooper and a few of the members of his musical group will be performing music he wrote and/or arranged. Mark the day and time on your calendar and come to enjoy this great music. Dragomir Mori just a few yards north of Aerie.

    When: Saturday, May 30th, 11AM CST
    Where: Dragomir Mori

    For more information, please contact Duchess CatherineRose (Governor of Dragomir Mori) on this forum thread on the official forums.


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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


  16. This week’s update brings you some great news about new PvP trophies slated as unique rewards for upcoming Official Catnip Games PvP related events. Also, 3 types of sales will be active over the holiday weekend! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the...

    Avatar’s Update #382: Official PvP Event Trophies! Crowns, Deed Upgrades & Two Hour Flash Sales!

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  17. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    This week’s update brings you some great news about new PvP trophies slated as unique rewards for upcoming Official Catnip Games PvP related events. Also, 3 types of sales will be active over the holiday weekend! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Official PvP Event Trophies!


    SS_4Starr_FishingTrophies_A-300x225.jpgFor nearly a month, the development team has hosted an official weekly fishing tourney and provided unique trophies and other prizes to the dedicated anglers of New Britannia. Soon, a revival of official decoration contests will be announced, and the unique decoration contest trophies will get some use once again! But now, its time to provide some love to the PvP community!

    SS_DecoTrophies_A-300x225.jpgThe team is now planning officially hosted events to the PvP’ers of New Britannia! To do this properly, we desired to create some high quality unique trophies related to PvP lore concepts within the game. A new variety of shards, remnants of the moons which collided during The Fall, blanket the twisted landscapes of the Shardfalls/PvP zones throughout New Britannia. Amongst the litter of moon fragments, a new variety of Shards have been discovered, but they will only be awarded to participants of Avatar vs. Avatar combat during official Cantip Games PvP events.

    Master artist Damon a.k.a. @enalNomad on the forums, has designed these amazing shard PvP trophies to function as a light source, rotate and occasionally have sparks of electricity amongst the glowing ethereal mist which coats the stone’s surface. The set includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place versions as well as a small tabletop Participation Trophy version. As the official PvP events begin to unfold, the community manager will distribute these wondrous trophies (amongst the other prizes provided) to further inspire PvP combat within the game. More announcements about PvP concepts are just around the corner, to include a PvP Queuing system and a Developer-Owned PvP Town as an optional venue for official and community sponsored PvP events. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

    Livestream-Community-2020-5-22.jpgAnother weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, May 22nd at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “may the fourth be with you” 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!


    Crowns, Deed Upgrades & Two Hour Flash Sales!

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    115-Gold-Crowns-of-the-Obsidians-150x150The Crowns Sale continues, Avatars! Still at 20% off, players will have the entire holiday weekend to enjoy the discount. Deed Upgrades are ALSO 20% off! To upgrade a deed, place the deed into your inventory, then right-click the deed to reveal upgrade options. But that’s not all! Starting on Saturday at 1PM CST, the Two Hour Flash Sales event returns for another round! So watch your clocks, Avatars! A new batch of 9 sale items will rotate into the in-game Crown Store every 2 hours!

    Players have until Wednesday, May 27th at 1PM CST to take advantage of these great discounts, at which time all 3 sales events expire. Happy shopping, Avatars!


    Obsidian & Island Vault Round!

    itemObsidianTowerTownHome1024x768.jpgThe current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, June 4th 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.

    • Obsidian Tower (Town Home)
    • Obsidian Sarcophagus
    • Obsidian Order Throne
    • Obsidian Order Plate Armor Set
    • Island Dress
    • Island Flower Crown
    • Island Spear
    • Large Tiki Statue
    • Hula Emote

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    New Store Items: Male & Female Shopkeeper Outfits, Electric Katanas & More!

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    Merchants of New Britannia! Make room in your wardrobes for the Male and Female Shopkeeper Outfits! These splendid wearable items are a perfect fit for any up-and-coming or veteran merchant players. Chest and leg pieces of both sets can be dyed. The female version features TWO chest pieces, one with a choker and one with a necklace.

    Other exciting new additions which arrived lately were the Electric Katanas coming in three colors (Pink, Red and Green). These “electrifying” new 2-handed swords, if salvaged, will yield eternal patterns which can be applied to player-crafted 2-handed swords. The katanas are fantastic accessories for the new Dark Shogun Armor Set which boldly strode into the store recently! This armor set will yield plate armor Eternal Patterns if salvaged, which can be applied to other plate armor to apply the style.

    • Male Shopkeeper Outfit
    • Female Shopkeeper Outfit
    • Dark Shogun Armor Set
    • Pink Electric Katana (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Item)
    • Red Electric Katana
    • Green Electric Katana

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    May Login Reward: Greenery Day Potted Plant!

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    In celebration of Greenery Day, this decorative potted plant is yours simply by logging in during the month of May. It’s a perfect addition to your home or garden, and in the spirit of this celebration, players can express their love of plants and nature. Happy gardening, Avatars!


    Release 77 Reward Program Login Reward Items: “May the Fourth” Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 77 are “May the Fourth” themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 77! “May the fourth be with you!”

    • Electric Sword Training Orb Pet
    • Electric Sword Training Helmet
    • Blue Electric Katana

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

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive 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
      • 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


    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!


    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!


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Giant Lich Statue (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 a Giant Lich Statue (No Trade) to FOUR lucky winners! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Release 77 Dance Party

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    By Royal Warrant, Virtue/Avatars Radio presents the Release 77 Dance Party & Stress Test

    Location: Immortal City at Toff’s Premiere Nightclub, Chaotica
    Host: DJ Celith Wraine
    When: Sunday, May 24th, 11:00AM – 1:00PM 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! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums. If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming Release Dance Parties, find out here!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Fresh Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Dysborg Ruins

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Bunker C (Near the ore nodes at -19.058, -16.081, 179.324)

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party

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    The Mad Splatter Tea Party takes place every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month, this time at Brittany Fort. We will meet at the dock, take a short stroll through the wilderness and enjoy a picnic tea party and music next to the river by the waterfall. Bring some of your favorite poems and songs to play.

    Location: Brittany Fort (Meet at the docks)
    Time: 3pm CST, May 24th (Usually every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month)
    Attire: This is a role playing event tea party so come as your avatar

    Look forward to seeing you, Avatars! Tea time!


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Community Event: Streaming with Dinheru

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    Avatars! Tune in at Twitch.TV for streamer Dinheru and the BSU Crew/Knights of Ardair! Semi-casual gamers, not so casual fun! Dinheru goes live two days a week, Sunday and Wednesday at approximately 6PM CST. For more information, check out Dinheru’s main forum post on the official forums. Enjoy the show!


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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


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    Greetings Fellow Avatars!
    Check out what’s new this week! Flash Sales! These new short duration sale frenzies will be going live this weekend! Also, we’re providing a sneak peek of the new Shopkeeper Outfits due into the store soon. For those searching for social activities, new one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Also, be sure to...

    Avatar’s Update #381: Female Shopkeeper Outfit! Two Hour Flash Sales! Latest News Q&A Livestream!

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  19. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    Check out what’s new this week! Flash Sales! These new short duration sale frenzies will be going live this weekend! Also, we’re providing a sneak peek of the new Shopkeeper Outfits due into the store soon. For those searching for social activities, new one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Female Shopkeeper Outfit Preview!

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    Merchants of New Britannia! Make room in your wardrobes for these upcoming new outfits, perfect for shop owners throughout the lands! Soon to arrive to the game is the Female Shopkeeper Outfit! Coming in soon after will be a Male Shopkeeper Outfit modelled after some of the NPC merchant styles currently available.

    These new Female Shopkeeper Outfits (functional on male characters as well) will feature a dyeable bodice and a dyeable aproned skirt. In fact, this set includes TWO dyeable bodice pieces, one with a pendant necklace and one with a choker. Long leather gloves and high leather boots also accompany the outfit. All these splendid wearable items are perfect fit for any up-and-coming or veteran merchant players. Happy vending, shopkeepers!


    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, May 15th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “may the fourth be with you” 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!


    Two Hour Flash Sales!

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    115-Gold-Crowns-of-the-Obsidians-150x150Watch your clocks, Avatars! A new Crown Store sales event is launching and will last throughout the weekend — Flash Sales! Starting on Friday, May 15th at 1PM CST, a new batch of 9 sale items will rotate into the Crown Store every 2 hours! This fast-paced new sales concept provides community members a total of 108 sale items to consider for purchase each full day of the event opposed to the 9 normally offered.

    Players have until Monday, May 18th at 1PM CST before the Flash Sale event expires. Flash Sale events are just one of the many exciting changes to arrive this year. Happy shopping, Avatars!


    Latest Store Items: Dark Shogun Armor, Electric Katanas & More!

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    Exciting new additions which arrived lately to the Crown Store are the Electric Katanas coming in three colors (Pink, Red and Green). These “electrifying” new 2-handed swords, if salvaged, will yield eternal patterns which can be applied to player-crafted 2-handed swords. Also recent to arrive is a pack of English ivy to adorn the deco surfaces of building sides — perfect for making that knight’s keep a little more rustic! Last but certainly not least — plants! Many plants! The Cherry Pie Plant, the Potted Banana Plants (3-Pack) and the Potted Chusan Palm Plants (3-Pack) will all offer much more variety to the plant-type deco throughout your homes and gardens.

    Recently, the Dark Shogun Armor Set boldly strode into the store! This armor set will yield plate armor Eternal Patterns if salvaged, which can be applied to other plate armor to apply the style. These new decorations and gear were inspired by “May the Fourth,” Japan’s Golden Week and Greenery Day!

    • Dark Shogun Armor Set
    • Pink Electric Katana (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Item)
    • Red Electric Katana
    • Green Electric Katana
    • Ivy Wall Decoration Set
    • Cherry Pie Plant (Heliotrope)
    • Potted Banana Plants (3-Pack)
    • Potted Chusan Palm Plants (3-Pack)

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    Riding Outfits & Pack Animals Vault Round!

    SS_4Elg_Vault_May7th_LadiesRidingSet_A-1 The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, May 21st 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.

    • Saddlebags Decoration
    • Grey Donkey
    • Cria (Baby Llama)
    • Saddle Stand Decoration
    • Lady’s Riding Outfit
    • Gentleman’s Riding Outfit
    • Black Foal
    • White Foal
    • Adobe Brick 2-Story with Roof Access Village Home

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    May Login Reward: Greenery Day Potted Plant!

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    In celebration of Greenery Day, this decorative potted plant is yours simply by logging in during the month of May. It’s a perfect addition to your home or garden, and in the spirit of this celebration, players can express their love of plants and nature. Happy gardening, Avatars!


    Release 77 Reward Program Login Reward Items: “May the Fourth” Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 77 are “May the Fourth” themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 77! “May the fourth be with you!”

    • Electric Sword Training Orb Pet
    • Electric Sword Training Helmet
    • Blue Electric Katana

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

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive 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
      • 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


    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!


    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!


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Giant Lich Statue (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 a Giant Lich Statue (No Trade) to FOUR lucky winners! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Mythical Dance Party in Ordinis Mortis

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    Mythical Music Radio Presents their very first Mythical Dance Party! Join DJ Darkstarr for a Mythical Dance Party in Ordinis Mortis (near Brittany) on Saturday, 1-3pm CST in Shooter’s Party Basement! Also listen in on Mythical Music Radio with your Aether Vibration Devices! Trade your emotes and recipes! Hang out with friends! Dance the day away! Bring fireworks and costumes! Ask for summons!

    Location: Ordinis Mortis (Near Central Brittany, Shooter’s Party Basement)
    Host: DJ DarkStarr a.k.a. Starr Long
    When: Saturday, May 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CST

    Listen || Website || Attend In-Game Location

    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! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums.


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Fetid Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Libris Ruins

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Sunless Barrens

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: 2nd Annual Novia Market Fishing Contest

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    [Forum Post by Robyn Hood]

    Calling all Avatars! Come and join us for the 2nd Annual Novia Market Fishing Contest! This will be a 24 hour competition, May 16th from 1200am (0000) NBT to 11:59pm (2400) NBT. I will post the in-game date that fish must be timestamped for submission, after contest starts. This competition will be taking place during the official Catnip fishing contest. For more information about the rules and additional prizes for this event, please visit the forum post from Robyn Hood.


    Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party

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    The Mad Splatter Tea Party takes place every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month, this time at Brittany Fort. We will meet at the dock, take a short stroll through the wilderness and enjoy a picnic tea party and music next to the river by the waterfall. Bring some of your favorite poems and songs to play.

    Location: Brittany Fort (Meet at the docks)
    Time: 3pm CST, May 24th (Usually every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month)
    Attire: This is a role playing event tea party so come as your avatar

    Look forward to seeing you, Avatars! Tea time!


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


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    [Forum Post by Lazarus Long]

    NBNN is New Britannia’s premier video streaming news network. This community effort mobilizes streamers into a global endeavor of promotion for the greater Shroud of the Avatar community. Whether it be the latest news or a revealing interview, NBNN never fails to surprise!

    When: Weekdays At Noon, 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. CST
    Where: https://www.twitch.tv/nbnnnews or https://www.twitch.tv/sinassist

    Daily Giveaways, Fun & Shenanigans! Bringing you the latest news and information inside and out
    of Shroud of the Avatar for over 5 years!


    Community Event: Podcasts & Poetry on Virtue Radio

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    Attention Avatars! 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: Wednesday 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 Event: Virtue Radio Weekly Schedule

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    [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    Avatars! Here’s the latest and greatest line-up from those DJ’s over at Virtue Radio! Players can tune-in using their website or in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers!

    • Podcast and Poetry with DJ Asclepius, Mondays 7pm NBT
    • Radio Oz with the Doctor DJ Asclepius, Every 4th Wednesday 7pm NBT
    • DJ Jarkith Chaotic Country, Thursdays 10PM NBT
    • DJ Alliene Dragonfyre: The Beat Of Novia, Fridays 8PM NBT
    • DJ Mick Foley Holds the Rocking Power Hours, Saturdays 2PM NBT
    • DJ Stryker: Lost in the Spaces, Sundays 9AM NBT
    • DJ Celith Wraine: Faster and Louder, Sundays 12 Noon NBT

    Interested in DJ’ing on Virtue Radio? Send a PM to any of our staff members @Alleine Dragonfyre @Celith Wraine @Stryker Sparhawk, @Asclepius for help!


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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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    Greetings Fellow Avatars!
    Check out what’s new this week! Gathering XP has received a HUGE update! A new Vault round has arrived — Riding and Pack Animals! New one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Also, be sure to also review the Players...

    Avatar’s Update #380: Gathering and Meticulous XP Update! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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  21. Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    Check out what’s new this week! Gathering XP has received a HUGE update! A new Vault round has arrived — Riding & Pack Animals! New one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Also, be sure to also review the Players Guide and Known Issues list for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes. Now, let’s see what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Gathering & Meticulous XP Rewards Update!

    skillForestry-1024x768.jpg skillMining-300x225.jpgGatherers of New Britannia… Rejoice! Experience awarded for gathering has been significantly increased at various tiers. This change was implemented to ensure players could obtain crafting XP in a more efficient manner. The more efficiently players can increase the amount of XP in their crafting pool through gathering, the more quickly they can raise their refining and production skills. New players might find crafting to be a little less daunting, and veteran players will be able to increase their crafting skills even further! Experience from Tier 4, 5 and 6 gathering nodes were affected in the following way:

    • Tier 4 Nodes: Increased from 600 to 1,000 per node
    • Tier 5 Nodes: Increased from 1,000 to 2,500 per node
    • Tier 6 Nodes: Increased from 2,000 to 5,000 per node

    Currently, Tier 6 mining nodes only reside in Tartarus, so be sure to delve downward into the more dangerous levels of that adventure scene to reap those increased rewards!

    Also, there has been a significant change to how meticulous results award experience while gathering. For each and every meticulous success within a single gathering attempt, you’ll now be awarded an XP amount equivalent to that node’s tiered reward. For instance, if you are mining a T5 Iron Node, which results in a Meticulous x3, the player will receive 7,500 XP. This is just one of the many exciting changes to arrive this year. Happy gathering, Avatars!


    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, May 8th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    Expect a little extra fun and prizes this time around. While we answer questions from the community, Atos will teleport around the world displaying subtle views of various scenes. The first player to find him in-game will win a prize! This is IN ADDITION TO the prize drawings normally present during the Friday livestream.

    To enter the prize drawings, type “may the fourth be with you” 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!


    Riding & Pack Animals Vault Round!

    SS_4Elg_Vault_May7th_LadiesRidingSet_A-1  The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, May 21st 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.

    • Saddlebags Decoration
    • Grey Donkey
    • Cria (Baby Llama)
    • Saddle Stand Decoration
    • Lady’s Riding Outfit
    • Gentleman’s Riding Outfit
    • Black Foal
    • White Foal
    • Adobe Brick 2-Story with Roof Access Village Home

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    Latest Store Items: Dark Shogun Armor, Electric Katanas & More!

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    Exciting new additions which arrived lately to the Crown Store are the Electric Katanas coming in three colors (Pink, Red and Green). These “electrifying” new 2-handed swords, if salvaged, will yield eternal patterns which can be applied to player-crafted 2-handed swords. Also recent to arrive is a pack of English ivy to adorn the deco surfaces of building sides — perfect for making that knight’s keep a little more rustic! Last but certainly not least — plants! Many plants! The Cherry Pie Plant, the Potted Banana Plants (3-Pack) and the Potted Chusan Palm Plants (3-Pack) will all offer much more variety to the plant-type deco throughout your homes and gardens.

    Recently, the Dark Shogun Armor Set boldly strode into the store! This armor set will yield plate armor Eternal Patterns if salvaged, which can be applied to other plate armor to apply the style. These new decorations and gear were inspired by “May the Fourth,” Japan’s Golden Week and Greenery Day!

    • Dark Shogun Armor Set
    • Pink Electric Katana (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Item)
    • Red Electric Katana
    • Green Electric Katana
    • Ivy Wall Decoration Set
    • Cherry Pie Plant (Heliotrope)
    • Potted Banana Plants (3-Pack)
    • Potted Chusan Palm Plants (3-Pack)

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    May Login Reward: Greenery Day Potted Plant!

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    In celebration of Greenery Day, this decorative potted plant is yours simply by logging in during the month of May. It’s a perfect addition to your home or garden, and in the spirit of this celebration, players can express their love of plants and nature. Happy gardening, Avatars!


    Release 77 Reward Program Login Reward Items: “May the Fourth” Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 77 are “May the Fourth” themed! Reward Program members will receive these items immediately upon logging in during Release 77! “May the fourth be with you!”

    • Electric Sword Training Orb Pet
    • Electric Sword Training Helmet
    • Blue Electric Katana

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

    rewardsprog2.jpgThe Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive 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
      • 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


    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!


    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.


    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!


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Giant Lich Statue (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 a Giant Lich Statue (No Trade) to FOUR lucky winners! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived! These weekly tournaments start at Noon CT every Friday and will last until Noon CT the next Friday. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Saltwater Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Verdantis Shardfall

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Blackblade Foothills

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Small Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Riptown Creek Rat Race

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    [Forum Post by Mhtic]

    Mhtic and friends are very glad to announce Riptown Creek Weekly/Monthly Events! This week’s event is a Drunken Rat Race! Head on over to Riptown Creek at the City Lot in the town center on  Saturday, May 9th 2020 (time pending, contact @Mhtic and @Bee Striker).

    Future Events will include:

    • Parkour/Rat Race  <== Saturday, May 9th 2020
    • Treasure Hunts
    • Mazes
    • Gustball Tournaments
    • Dance Parties
    • Music Performance
    • PvP Tournaments
    • Fishing Contests

    Feedbacks and ideas are always appreciated, and if you’d like to reserve the central City Lot for your event, simply contact Mhtic! For more information, please visit this forum post by Mhtic.


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Community Event: Fish Finder Contest

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    [Forum Post by Phamyns]

    The Fish Finder Contest is 5 weekends of fishing splendor in 5 different towns and will change towns every Saturday. Anglers! Ready your poles! Ready your bait! Fish like you’ve never fished before!

    Location: Crossroads Estates
    Date : May 9, 2020
    Start Time : Noon CST
    Duration : 8 Hours
    Water Type : Fetid
    Prizes: 1st 150,000 Gold, 2nd 100,000 Gold, 3rd 75,000 Gold, 4th 50,000 Gold, 5th 25,000 Gold

    Rules : Each contestant will turn in one fish, the largest fish they caught during the timeframe of the contest.

    At the end of the 8 hours, 5 winners will be awarded based off of the size of the fish they chose to submit. Once a fish is submitted the contestant is done for that day. Each contestant must provide a single fish entry Phamyns in game via trade window or in-game mail by Noon CST on Monday. For more information, please visit this forum post by Phamyns.


    Community Event: Podcasts & Poetry on Virtue Radio

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    Attention Avatars! 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: Wednesday 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.


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    [Forum Post by Lazarus Long]

    Bringing you the latest news and entertainment, Laz & Jack report on hot Shroud of the Avatar topics every weekday, 12PM – 1PM CST! Players can tune-in at Twitch.com, at WRFB.rocks or using in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers! Visit their main forum post to learn more about tuning in to WRFB broadcasts.

    Interested in becoming a DJ on WRFB? Send a PM to @Lazarus Long on the forums.


    Community Event: Virtue Radio Weekly Schedule

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    [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    Avatars! Here’s the latest and greatest line-up from those DJ’s over at Virtue Radio! Players can tune-in using their website or in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers!

    • Podcast and Poetry with DJ Asclepius, Mondays 7pm NBT
    • Radio Oz with the Doctor DJ Asclepius, Every 4th Wednesday 7pm NBT
    • DJ Jarkith Chaotic Country, Thursdays 10PM NBT
    • DJ Alliene Dragonfyre: The Beat Of Novia, Fridays 8PM NBT
    • DJ Mick Foley Holds the Rocking Power Hours, Saturdays 2PM NBT
    • DJ Stryker: Lost in the Spaces, Sundays 9AM NBT
    • DJ Celith Wraine: Faster and Louder, Sundays 12 Noon NBT

    Interested in DJ’ing on Virtue Radio? Send a PM to any of our staff members @Alleine Dragonfyre @Celith Wraine @Stryker Sparhawk, @Asclepius for help!


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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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  22. 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 Adventure Scene: Bunker C!sceneBunkerc_water-1024x537.jpg

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    Keith “Sannio” Quinn has completed “Bunker C” which is now available for adventurers in R77 to explore! “Bunker C” is a new underground scene accessible from the caves underneath the Northwest Blackblade Mountains. Players are directed to this crumbling underground shelter as part of a quest that starts in Novia’s Far Hinterlands. The bunker challenges players with deadly lava in addition to undead and elemental threats. This bunker also includes a vault door puzzle, multiple traps and even lava fishing!

    “An unusual doe wandering near the entrance of the Far Hinterlands needs your help to remove the curse that has turned her into an animal! Along the way, you’ll venture into the newly uncovered “Bunker C” and brave the high-threat dangers that lurk underground!”

    This new adventure scene is just one of many to arrive this year. Read more about what’s on the horizon in Shroud of the Avatar’s 2020 Vision!

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    Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, May 1st at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “may the fourth be with you” 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!


    New Dark Shogun Outfit!

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    An exciting new addition arriving soon to the Crown Store is the Dark Shogun Outfit. This bold and shadowy armor set is a must have for any players venturing down the path of anti-virtue. Featuring “plate like” qualities, if this heavy armor set is salvaged to obtain eternal patterns, the patterns can be applied to player-crafted plate armor to take on the appearance of this new armor set. The outfit also features an emblemed black cloth cloak which also yields an eternal pattern when salvaged for application onto cloaks. The Dark Shogun Outfit is one of many additions this release recognizing “May the Fourth” and Japan’s “Golden Week” seasonal celebrations. (The armor set is still in design and testing but should arrive shortly after release.)

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    New Store Items: Electric Katanas, Ivy & More!

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    Exciting new additions arriving to the Crown Store are the Electric Katanas coming in three colors (Pink, Red and Green). These “electrifying” new 2-handed swords, if salvaged, will yield eternal patterns which can be applied to player-crafted 2-handed swords. Also arriving to the store is a pack of English ivy to adorn the deco surfaces of building sides — perfect for making that knight’s keep a little more rustic! Last but certainly not least — plants! Many plants! The Cherry Pie Plant, the Potted Banana Plants (3-Pack) and the Potted Chusan Palm Plants (3-Pack) will all offer much more variety to the plant-type deco throughout your homes and gardens. These decorations, to include the Dark Shogun Armor previously spotlighted in these release notes, were inspired by “May the Fourth,” Japan’s Golden Week and Greenery Day!

    • Pink Electric Katana (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Item)
    • Red Electric Katana
    • Green Electric Katana
    • Ivy Wall Decoration Set
    • Cherry Pie Plant (Heliotrope)
    • Potted Banana Plants (3-Pack)
    • Potted Chusan Palm Plants (3-Pack)

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    May Login Reward: Greenery Day Potted Plant!

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    In celebration of Greenery Day, this decorative potted plant is yours simply by logging in during the month of May. It’s a perfect addition to your home or garden, and in the spirit of this celebration, players can express their love of plants and nature. Happy gardening, Avatars!


    Release 77 Reward Program Exclusive Login Reward Items: “May the Fourth” Theme!

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    Avatars! Rewards Program exclusive login reward items for Release 77 are “May the Fourth” themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 77! “May the fourth be with you!”

    • Electric Sword Training Orb Pet
    • Electric Sword Training Helmet
    • Blue Electric Katana

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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


    Sky Navy Vault Round!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, May 7th 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.

    • Star Citizen Airship City Home
    • Burned Skeletons
    • Cylindrical Automaton Pet
    • Blue Electric Sword
    • Electric Halberd
    • Adobe Dome Deco Set
    • White Aeronaut Clockwork Full Face Helm
    • All Metal Crossbow
    • /floatmeditate Emote

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    Spindelskog Adventure Scene Preview!

    4Elg_Spindelskog_SS_A-1024x768.jpgOverworldMistrendurAdv1a-300x225.jpgSpindelskog is an upcoming Episode 2 adventure scene located on the new Mistrendur continent which is currently deep in design with List Rostov at the helm! List has shared additional screenshots of his work, and adventurers will be able to sample this adventure scene sometime soon on the QA server. For those familiar with the Mistrendur Land Rush, this location has been indicated for some time as Adventure Scene 1, far to the northwest of the continent. List also shared a foreboding description of this mysterious forest…

    “Amidst the fetid swamps of the Northwest of Mistrendur hides Spindelskog, a rotting and decrepit old-growth forest. Swathed in ancient webs and choked with detritus and weeds, this forest can go without sunlight for months at a time. Within this foreboding darkness, the summer growth falls into decay and the webs and shadows creep across the woods. It is home to creepies and crawlies, huge predators and mysterious creatures of shadow.”

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    World & UI Changes

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    These miscellaneous updates affecting the game world or aspects of the user interface (UI) patched in during R76 or will go live on or shortly after R77:

    • Level-Up Effects: Players now receive an audio prompt and VFX when gaining an adventure or production level
    • Food Consumption Duration: The time it takes to devour food has been reduced greatly
    • Bard Trainer: The Bard skill tree trainer has been added to the Ruins of Utheim
    • Quest XP Increased: Potentially a temporary amount, players currently receive x10 XP for completing quests
    • GPU Occlusion Setting: (Windows Only) can now be toggled in the Options Menu
    • XP Command: Added a /xp command allowing players to see additional XP data in the chat interface
    • Pooled XP: Experience is no longer shared between characters on the same account (XP earned prior to the change is still shared)
    • Repeatable Quests: various repeatable quests became daily quests due to increased XP rewards
    • Solace Bridge Outskirts: Improved how the “Investigate the Undead Mystery” task clears
    • Aerie: Improved how Yngvarr responds when returning to him with the Reclamation Unit Parts package
    • Celestis: All boats to Novia also have the option to go to Solania, and added rowboat teleporters to interconnect the four primary docks (similar to signpost teleporters in POTs)
    • Resolute: Improved the “weapons upgrade” quest turn-in for Whitten


    Crafting, Items & Economy Changes

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    These changes to the player economy, in-game items, or crafting patched in during R76 or will go live on or shortly after Release 77:

    • Crafting Batch Size: Have been increased from 20 to 50
    • Supply Bundles: Now have a chance to include an XP reward item that scales with bundle type (will be tradeable soon)
    • Water Buckets: Weight reduced to 0.2 lbs from 2 pounds
    • Aether Orb: This off-hand item now features enhanced VFX and can be placed as a decoration
    • Heart of Vrul: This off-hand item now features enhanced VFX and can be placed as a decoration
    • Outdoor Lighting: Nearly doubled for all player housing lot types
    • Mini Automaton (Gold, Silver, Brass): Now feature Ink conversation system abilities
    • Aetheric Amplifier Console: Improved store item description and Player Guide entry


    Combat Balance & Changes

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    These changes to combat skills or concepts patched in during R76 or will go live on or shortly after Release 77:

    • Bard Specialization Skill: Now available on the Bard skill tree
    • Concussive Canticle: Balanced and damage output was reduced
    • Bard Skill VFX: Additional bard skill VFX were added/updated
    • Bard Skill Cast Time: No longer affected by cast duration reduction effects such as Chaotic Feedback


    Updated Player Owned Towns

    R77_Map_of_Novia_POT-1024x878.jpgThese updates affected Player Owned Towns which patched in during R76 or will go live on or shortly after Release 77:

    • Alaric’s Holding: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Allaman: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Arx Draconis Annex: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Ashiya Hama: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Bedlam: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Belly of the Snake: Renamed from Saint Mary’s Island, moved to Mistrendur, and updated interconnections
    • Beran’s Reach: Upgraded to Megalopolis
    • Black Mesa East: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Bricktown: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Caladruin: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Candlelight Stronghold: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Cayo Hueso: Added new Holdfast, nested in Brittany Fields
    • Clevedon: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Cottage Grove: Changed owner
    • Cremetorium: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Crossroads Landing: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Crypt of Dysis: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Dara Brae: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Darkshire Hills: Upgraded to Megalopolis
    • Devil’s Lair: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Drachensumpf: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Dragonhame: Moved to Mistrendur
    • East Port: Renamed from Aerie Centre Exchange. Move to near Soltown
    • En Nox: Changed governor
    • Far Green: Added new Village island to Mistrendur
    • Festival: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Goober’s Gas Station: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Haunted Keep of Solania: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Heartwood: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Helmgart: Added new Hamlet to Mistrendur
    • Immortal City: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Jade Gardens: Renamed from Jade Caverns, changed to Forest 02, and moved to Mistrendur
    • J’Tavern: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Knowhere: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Lamplight: Changed governor
    • Logan’s Farm: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Meadow’s Edge: Added new City to Mistrendur
    • Multivisium: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • New Heaven: Changed owner
    • NobleBright: Added new Hamlet to Mistrendur
    • Noshima Island: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Notuo: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Obsidius: Added new Village to Mistrendur
    • Oracle Oasis: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Ordinis Mortis: Upgraded to Megalopolis
    • Organized Chaos Market: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Outlandia: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • PaxLair: Upgraded to Megalopolis
    • PaxLocus: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Phoenix Haven: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Ravenshead: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Reef of the Occult: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Refugees Hideout: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Reverie: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Rinzai: Moved to Mistrendur
    • Riptown Creek: Added new Village to Mistrendur
    • Sentinel Stand: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Silent Ascent: Changed nesting to Ordinis Mortis
    • Silver Springs Market: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Siren Song Bayou: Upgraded to Municipality
    • Storms End: Upgraded to Megalopolis
    • Traveller’s Rest: Added new Crossroads Village to Mistrendur
    • Tune: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur
    • Verschneites Expeditionslager: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur

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    Bug Fixes

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    Albeit many bug fixes patched in during R76 or will go live on or shortly after Release 77, here are some of the highlights!

    • Fixed pillars of smoke on every house
    • Fixed broken textures on female NPC’s
    • Fixed various client stability issues
    • Fixed font size bug affecting performance
    • Fixed some of the lighting issues currently affecting players
    • Fixed exit volume issue where they became visible to players
    • Fixed Troll Toenail exploit where daily limit could be bypassed
    • Fixed missing texture on Baron’s servant
    • Fixed occlusion issue with Norgard Fens elevator
    • Fixed 2 Tartarus Barrels which were overlapping
    • Fixed Ornate Oak Panel Wardrobe to work as container
    • Fixed collision with Tulip Vase (significantly reduced)
    • Fixed “Start on World Map” functionality for Mistrendur
    • Fixed Levitating boulder in Plains Encounter
    • Fixed navmesh issue in Ulfheim
    • Fixed basement hatches not placing in LOTI Mansions
    • Fixed basement hatches not placing in Rustic Antique Shop
    • Fixed collision issue with trees on Mistrendur (turned off now)
    • Fixed tree overlapping player lot in Central Brittany
    • Fixed Magic Warding skill on Tactics trainer in Desolis (now trainable)
    • Fixed a hitching issue with Linux client
    • Fixed store description with Cloth Aeronaut Helm
    • Fixed pattern functionality with Cloth Aeronaut Helm
    • Fixed an issue where Pendro (Yew) was sometimes accepting a rune bag more frequently than once each day
    • Fixed “Disable Friendly Buffs” functionality in Options Menu
    • Fixed Toggle UI and Ping Lot Signs keybind issue
    • Fixed trigger volumes for South Midmaer Way puzzle teleporter


    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!


    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!


    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.


    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!


    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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:


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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.

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    Upcoming Events Calendar

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    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    Apr 30 – Release 77
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win a Giant Lich Statue (No Trade)

    itemGiantLichStatue-1024x768.jpgWhether 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 Giant Lich Statue (No Trade) to FOUR lucky winners! AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney!

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived. The first of these events started at Noon CT on Friday, April 24th and will last until Noon CT on Friday, May 1st. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns
      • Dragomir Mori (@CatherineRose)
      • Caer Dracwych (@Bowen Bloodgood)
      • New Britannian Market (@Lord Andernut)

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Paladis Shardfall

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Sunless Barrens

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Small Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by CatherineRose]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose for an invite to the planning conversations on the forums.

    Months before this day ………..

    A spy for our Black Sails had given a message to one of the guards to warn us that as the great leader @Antrax Artek was leaving his headquarters with his army and as he made his way toward the battle which was underway in Blood Bay, a strange purple mist began to overtake the army.

    As the spy looked on with horror he saw one by one of each of the soldiers fall to the ground. Their bodies began to shake as if a great monster were picking each up and violently throwing each into the air.

    Upon falling to the ground they did not move from any position whether arms were out stretched or bent into grotesque shapes.

    All succumbed in like manner even the great Antrax himself as well.

    The next strange and frightening thing to happen was that each of the soldiers beginning with Antrax woke. They stood up at attention as if ready for orders to be given. Yet they were in some kind of stupor or trance.

    Antrax turned, in this trance as well, and shouted orders to his army.
    “We are to battle in Blood Bay. You will kill all living avatars except for any in our own army, Antax Army.

    You will kill all Pirates as well as all Obsidians.
    Let their blood reach from the edge of the cursed water’s of Blood Bay across the battle ground
    until it flows and touches the mountains .
    Let no one escape your sword.”

    “Show no mercy.”

    Antrax and his army did just that. Blood ran deep from all this death. The deadly purple mist affected all who marched through it. No one was spared. Mass confusion took place as well. No one that day had the ability to think like a fighter. No one that day could distinguish allies from enemies.

    In time the purple mist cleared from the survivors bodies. Antrax and his army returned to his headquarters.

    The Black Sails and Allies who survived, that were able, began to train for the next battle. We knew we would never retreat.

    We would never give up the goal of having peace.

    The evil Obsidians had again used the powerful knowledge they possess to continue their quest to control and then to destroy all of Novia.

    However,we knew our purpose would l not be thwarted.
    We repaired our ships, bandaged our wounded.
    We also, sadly buried the many dead.

    I received, from one of my guards this message
    which was intercepted by one of our spies:

    “I, Lord of a Obsidians, Master of all the World, now order you bring together our most feared fighters as well as the strongest of the trained animals which are scattered about Novia. Bring them to the Underworld under the purple mist in Blood Bay where the four rivers of Lava meet. Antrax and his army along with The pirates and allies are working to becoming again. Ha! They will not be strong enough to go against the mighty Obsidians.. We will go to the place called Malus and stop them from crossing into their new lands… (continues on the forums)


    Community Event: Fish Finder Contest

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    [Forum Post by Phamyns]

    The Fish Finder Contest is 5 weekends of fishing splendor in 5 different towns and will change towns every Saturday. Anglers! Ready your poles! Ready your bait! Fish like you’ve never fished before!

    Location: Justice Hold
    Date : May 2, 2020
    Start Time : Noon CST
    Duration : 8 Hours
    Water Type : Salt
    Prizes: 1st 150,000 Gold, 2nd 100,000 Gold, 3rd 75,000 Gold, 4th 50,000 Gold, 5th 25,000 Gold

    Rules : Each contestant will turn in one fish, the largest fish they caught during the timeframe of the contest.

    At the end of the 8 hours, 5 winners will be awarded based off of the size of the fish they chose to submit. Once a fish is submitted the contestant is done for that day. Each contestant must provide a single fish entry Phamyns in game via trade window or in-game mail by Noon CST on Monday. For more information, please visit this forum post by Phamyns.


    Community Event: Podcasts & Poetry on Virtue Radio

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    Attention Avatars! 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: Wednesday 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.


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    [Forum Post by Lazarus Long]

    Bringing you the latest news and entertainment, Laz & Jack report on hot Shroud of the Avatar topics every weekday, 12PM – 1PM CST! Players can tune-in at Twitch.com, at WRFB.rocks or using in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers! Visit their main forum post to learn more about tuning in to WRFB broadcasts.

    Interested in becoming a DJ on WRFB? Send a PM to @Lazarus Long on the forums.


    Community Event: Virtue Radio Weekly Schedule

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    [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    Avatars! Here’s the latest and greatest line-up from those DJ’s over at Virtue Radio! Players can tune-in using their website or in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers!

    • Podcast and Poetry with DJ Asclepius, Mondays 7pm NBT
    • Radio Oz with the Doctor DJ Asclepius, Every 4th Wednesday 7pm NBT
    • DJ Jarkith Chaotic Country, Thursdays 10PM NBT
    • DJ Alliene Dragonfyre: The Beat Of Novia, Fridays 8PM NBT
    • DJ Mick Foley Holds the Rocking Power Hours, Saturdays 2PM NBT
    • DJ Stryker: Lost in the Spaces, Sundays 9AM NBT
    • DJ Celith Wraine: Faster and Louder, Sundays 12 Noon NBT

    Interested in DJ’ing on Virtue Radio? Send a PM to any of our staff members @Alleine Dragonfyre @Celith Wraine @Stryker Sparhawk, @Asclepius for help!


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    Project to Support – Jar Wars

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    While you are delving into Virtual Reality (VR), be sure to 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 – 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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  23. Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements

    Community Updates


    Adventure Scene Update: Cellblock C!sceneBunkerc_water-1024x537.jpg

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    Keith “Sannio” Quinn, one of the master world builders and quest designers here at Catnip Games, is hard at work on “Bunker C” and decided to give us another sneak peek into his progress!  Bunker C is a new underground scene accessible from the caves underneath the Northwest Blackblade Mountains. 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. This bunker also includes a vault door puzzle, multiple traps and even lava fishing!

    “An unusual doe wandering near the entrance of the Far Hinterlands needs your help to remove the curse that has turned her into an animal! Along the way, you’ll venture into the newly uncovered “Bunker C” and brave the high-threat dangers that lurk underground!”

    Read more about what’s on the horizon in Shroud of the Avatar’s 2020 Vision!


    Friday Livestream: Atos Haircut! Darkstarr Update! Cellblock C!

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    Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, April 24th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears, Starr “Darkstarr” Long and Keith “Sannio”Quinn for a community 1 hour livestream!

    To enter the prize drawings, type “April showers bring May flowers” 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!


    Extra POT NPC’s, Buildings & Devotionals Available Soon!

    itemDragonBones-1024x541.jpgExciting news for Player Owned Town Governors and Stewards! Coming soon to the Crown Store, nearly all of the Player Owned Town NPC’s, NPC Buildings, Statues, Decorations and Devotionals will be available for purchase separately. Upon purchase of a new town, players already receive a large variety of these items automatically, but through the years, Player Owned Towns have received additional slots for placement of these items. With the new Megalopolis sized town, it became very clear to us that we simply haven’t provided a way for town Governors and Stewards to acquire additional items to fill these available slots, nor did we provide the flexibility town owners would prefer in utilizing a larger number of a particular asset. Soon, these concerns will be alleviated! These items can only be placed as decoration by town Governors and Stewards. Check out this amazing list of items soon to be available separately from a town purchase:

    • Armor Merchant NPC (female)
    • Armor Merchant NPC (male)
    • Banker NPC (female)
    • Banker NPC (male)
    • Bartender NPC (female)
    • Bartender NPC (male)
    • Caretaker NPC (female)
    • Caretaker NPC (male)
    • Combat Merchant NPC (female)
    • Combat Merchant NPC (male)
    • Cooking Merchant NPC (female)
    • Cooking Merchant NPC (male)
    • Crafting Merchant NPC (female)
    • Crafting Merchant NPC (male)
    • Decorations Merchant NPC (female)
    • Decorations Merchant NPC (male)
    • Fishing Merchant NPC (female)
    • Fishing Merchant NPC (male)
    • Guard NPC (female)
    • Guard NPC (male)
    • Homes Merchant NPC (female)
    • Homes Merchant NPC (male)
    • Magic Merchant NPC (female)
    • Magic Merchant NPC (male)
    • Pet Merchant NPC (female)
    • Pet Merchant NPC (male)
    • Tavern Customer NPC (female)
    • Tavern Customer NPC (male)
    • Town Crier NPC (female)
    • Town Crier NPC (male)
    • Weapon Merchant NPC (female)
    • Weapon Merchant NPC (male)
    • Armor Shop (NPC Building)
    • Bank (NPC Building)
    • Cemetery (NPC Building)
    • Combat Shop (NPC Building)
    • Cooking Shop (NPC Building)
    • Crafting Shop (NPC Building)
    • Dragon Bones (NPC Building)
    • Fishing Shop (NPC Building)
    • Guard Tower (NPC Building)
    • Home Shop (NPC Building)
    • Magic Shop (NPC Building)
    • Moon Tower (NPC Building)
    • Oracle Confirmatory (NPC Building)
    • Oracle Guardian Statue (NPC Building)
    • Stables (NPC Building)
    • Tavern (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Courage Statue (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Love Statue (NPC Building)
    • Titan of Truth Statue (NPC Building)
    • Weapon Shop (NPC Building)
    • Devotional of Compassion
    • Devotional of Courage
    • Devotional of Honesty
    • Devotional of Honor
    • Devotional of Humility
    • Devotional of Justice
    • Devotional of Love
    • Devotional of Sacrifice
    • Devotional of Spirituality
    • Devotional of Truth
    • Devotional of Valor

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    Sky Navy Vault Round!

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    The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, May 7th 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.

    • Star Citizen Airship City Home
    • Burned Skeletons
    • Cylindrical Automaton Pet
    • Blue Electric Sword
    • Electric Halberd
    • Adobe Dome Deco Set
    • White Aeronaut Clockwork Full Face Helm
    • All Metal Crossbow
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    New Store Items: Decorative Urns & Vases!

    SS_4Elg_UrnsDecorative5Pack_A-1024x768.jNew to the Crown Store are the Decorative Urns 5-pack and the Decorative Vases 5-pack. These new ornate pottery pieces feature of beautiful array of patterns and shapes. Recently, a Rustic Antique Shop (Town Home) modeled after Starr Long’s family antique store was added to the Crown Store. Also added were two amazing helmets which allow players to tune-in to our community in-game radio stations. Coming in both cloth and leather, these Aether Aviator Helmets are available for purchase with Crowns! Both can be salvaged to receive Eternal Patterns. These patterns can then be utilized to apply the look of the Aviator helmet to another cloth or leather helmet. The cloth version is dyable.

    • Decorative Urns 5-Pack
    • Decorative Vases 5-Pack
    • Rustic Antique Shop (Town Home)
    • Leather Aether Aviator Helmet
    • Cloth Aether Aviator Helmet (Dyable)

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    Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney!

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    For the Anglers of New Britannia, a weekly developer run fishing event has arrived. The first of these events started at Noon CT on Friday, April 24th and will last until Noon CT on Friday, May 1st. Players may register towns to be put into a registry list which will dictate most of the venues available for the fishing competition. Every week, the venues shift to the next 3 towns from the registry. Also each week, a new spotlighted PvE and PvP scene cycle into the contest. Each category (POT, PvP, PvE) features different prizes and goals. All fish must be caught within the timeframe of the contest. Here are some of the details:

    Largest Fish (Town):

    • Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns
      • Dragomir Mori (@CatherineRose)
      • Caer Dracwych (@Bowen Bloodgood)
      • New Britannian Market (@Lord Andernut)

    Largest Fish (PvP):​

    • Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Paladis Shardfall

    Largest Lava Fish:

    • Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Must be caught in Sunless Barrens

    Consolation Prizes:

    • Prizes: Small Bronze Fishing Trophy
    • Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize

    Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for attendees, but governors, guild leaders and players are welcome to sweeten the pot by providing additional prizes based on objective criteria entirely of their own design. In fact, please consider planning events to overlap the duration and chosen weekly locations of the Fishing developer events. Please post these events in the in-game events forums and the Community Manager will promote accordingly. Expect a constant stream of weekly events, each to feature new locations and new objectives. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Mistrendur: Land Rush Completion & Update!

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    By royal decree, the Mistrendur land rush data intake has concluded! Players made reservations to add or move towns to Mistrendur some time ago, and we just spent approximately 21 days collecting location selection preferences from voucher holders. The event went very smoothly — thank you! Sannio is hard at work processing all these new towns and town relocations. These changes will patch bit-by-bit into the game as the master world builder completes his work.

    The community manager (Elgarion) will continue to collect location selections from any stragglers possessing unused Episode 2 Vouchers. The official announcement thread has been modified slightly to provide information to these stragglers, but feel free to contact Elgarion via forum conversation, and he’ll walk you through the whole process individually.

    The Mistrendur continent 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!


    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!


    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!


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    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


    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!


    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.


    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 (pictured above)
    • 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!)
    • Choice of 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
    • 1000 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.

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    Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams

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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 Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums:

    2020 Events
    Apr 30 – Release 77
    May 28 – Release 78
    June 25 – Release 79
    July 30 – Release 80
    Aug 27 – Release 81


    Meretz: Win an Elven 3-Story w/Dual Cabanas 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 Elven 3-Story w/Dual Cabanas Town 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 Event: Release 76 Dance Party

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    Virtue/Avatars Radio Presents the Release 76 Dance Party & Stress Test

    Location: Crossroads (West of Entrance, Rooftop of Duke Keep)
    Host: DJ DarkStarr, Executive Producer of Shroud of the Avatar, a.k.a. Starr Long
    When: Saturday, April 25, 1:00 – 3:00 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! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums. If you’d like to learn how YOUR town can become a site for upcoming Release Dance Parties, find out here!


    Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands

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    [Forum Post by Boris Mondragon]

    Another chapter of the Black Sails Saga has begun, Avatars! When the creative minds of Boris Mondragon, CatherineRose and friends start writing a new chapter, it can mean only one thing — adventure awaits thee! Typically, these stories start as forum story writing and role-play, which then work their way into the game as role-playing adventures. Upon the chapter’s end, a giant battle between players usually takes place, so be sure to get involved now. Ready thine quills and ink, oh pirates of New Britannia, for a grand player-made adventure awaits thee! For more information, please contact CatherineRose or Boris Mondragon on the forums.


    Community Event: Fish Finder Contest

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    [Forum Post by Phamyns]

    The Fish Finder Contest is 5 weekends of fishing splendor in 5 different towns and will change towns every Saturday. Anglers! Ready your poles! Ready your bait! Fish like you’ve never fished before!

    Location: Crossroads Alleys
    Date : April 25, 2020
    Start Time : Noon CST
    Duration : 8 Hours
    Water Type : Salt
    Prizes: 1st 150,000 Gold, 2nd 100,000 Gold, 3rd 75,000 Gold, 4th 50,000 Gold, 5th 25,000 Gold

    Rules : Each contestant will turn in one fish, the largest fish they caught during the timeframe of the contest.

    At the end of the 8 hours, 5 winners will be awarded based off of the size of the fish they chose to submit. Once a fish is submitted the contestant is done for that day. Each contestant must provide a single fish entry Phamyns in game via trade window or in-game mail by Noon CST on Monday. For more information, please visit this forum post by Phamyns.


    Community Event: Podcasts & Poetry on Virtue Radio

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    Attention Avatars! 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: Wednesday 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.


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    [Forum Post by Lazarus Long]

    Bringing you the latest news and entertainment, Laz & Jack report on hot Shroud of the Avatar topics every weekday, 12PM – 1PM CST! Players can tune-in at Twitch.com, at WRFB.rocks or using in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers! Visit their main forum post to learn more about tuning in to WRFB broadcasts.

    Interested in becoming a DJ on WRFB? Send a PM to @Lazarus Long on the forums.


    Community Event: Virtue Radio Weekly Schedule

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    [Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

    Avatars! Here’s the latest and greatest line-up from those DJ’s over at Virtue Radio! Players can tune-in using their website or in-game devices such as Clockwork & Aviator Helmets, Clockwork Pets or Aether Vibration Amplifiers!

    • Podcast and Poetry with DJ Asclepius, Mondays 7pm NBT
    • Radio Oz with the Doctor DJ Asclepius, Every 4th Wednesday 7pm NBT
    • DJ Jarkith Chaotic Country, Thursdays 10PM NBT
    • DJ Alliene Dragonfyre: The Beat Of Novia, Fridays 8PM NBT
    • DJ Mick Foley Holds the Rocking Power Hours, Saturdays 2PM NBT
    • DJ Stryker: Lost in the Spaces, Sundays 9AM NBT
    • DJ Celith Wraine: Faster and Louder, Sundays 12 Noon NBT

    Interested in DJ’ing on Virtue Radio? Send a PM to any of our staff members @Alleine Dragonfyre @Celith Wraine @Stryker Sparhawk, @Asclepius for help!


    Project to Support – RodasurfsupportRodaSurf-1024x799.jpgrodasurf-300x169.jpgAvatars! Yet another news outlet has spotted Darkstarr on a RodaSurf board. Be sure to check out this latest sighting in this latest Austin360 news article!

    Darkstarr and the Rodasurf team also dazzled us with another interview which aired on Spectrum News not too long ago! 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!supportRodaSurf2-1024x762.jpg


    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 – 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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