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  1. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings crafters and decorators of Shroud of the Avatar wondrous news! Now, players can decorate the surfaces of all 4 categories of crafting stations. 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 #399: Crafting Station Decoration Surfaces! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!View the full article
  2. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings crafters and decorators of Shroud of the Avatar wondrous news! Now, players can decorate the surfaces of all 4 categories of crafting stations. 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 Crafting Station Decoration Surfaces! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Castle Wall Decoration Surfaces! New Vault Round! Latest Store Additions: Ornate Round Setees, Golden Oracle Guardian Statue & More! September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! R81 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Farming Items! The Bug Brigade Rides Again! Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Community Event: Screenshot & Video Contest Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: Latest Video from Skeggy Media Community Event: Beran’s Reach Market Day and Auction House Community Event: TheAvatar.Express Needs You Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Crafting Station Decoration Surfaces! Avatars and decorators of New Britannia! Get some decorations ready to place upon your crafting stations, because those decoration surfaces will be functional when Release 82 hits! All 40 or so crafting stations were verified as working, as you can see in the picture above. Each station has a Lord of the Isle crown placed upon a decoration surface. These categories of crafting stations are affected by this change: Crafting stations on in-game gold merchants Expert crafting stations on the Crown Store Founder crafting stations Benefactor crafting stations The stations affected from each category are as follows: Alchemy Blacksmithing Butchering Carpentry Cooking Milling Smelting Tailoring Tanning Textiles So get to your crafting stations, Avatars! They’ll be awaiting your decoration efforts in Release 82! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, September 18th 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 “a September to remember” 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! Castle Wall Decoration Surfaces! Of note, as we progress into further enhancement of existing decoration items, Castle Wall sets will soon receive significant updates on the QA server. The decoration surfaces on Castle Walls have been enabled! For any players wishing to help test the castle wall sets on QA, please see the testing directives thread on the main forums for further information. And for those wishing to assist with this and other Bug Brigade efforts, here’s more information to help you get involved. Happy decorating and testing Avatars! New Vault Round! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 24th at 1PM CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for one week, and then the next, etc. Black Clockwork Raven Decoration Pet Adobe 2-Store Village Home Shogun Five-Story City Home Ornate Obsidian Sarcophagus Black Ice Sword Admiral’s Hat Ladies’ Riding Outfit Dragonfly Wings Virtue Dirndl Outfit Latest Store Additions: Ornate Round Setees, Golden Oracle Guardian Statue & More! A new furniture style has been introduced and added to the Crown Store — round setees! Each setee allows for 4 occupants and is a must have for anyone with a reading room in their house! The setees feature two dye layers and a decoration surface behind the occupant’s head. The pictured lamp does not come with the setees, but is there to demonstrate the decoration surface provided. Also, a giant Golden Oracle Guardian Statue has been added to the store and two new plants are available to enhance your gardens! Ornate Red Floral Round Setee Ornate White & Gold Round Setee Golden Oracle Guardian Statue Potted Giant Banana Tree Potted Elderberry Plant Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Glowing Jewel Cube 3-Packs (Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow) Display Camera September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! Anglers rejoice! September’s login reward is an indestructible dyeable fishing rod! Featuring both primary and secondary dye layers, anglers will really be able to show off their style whilst casting a line into the waters of New Britannia! Simply log in during the month of September, and this dyeable fishing rod will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 81 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Farming Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 81 are Lord British and farming themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 81 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Leggings Large Haystack Small Haystack Strawbox Box Hay Bale 5-Pack Hay Pile Hay Drying Rack Hay Cart The 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: 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 The Bug Brigade Rides Again! The Bug Brigade was established to assist the community and the development team to work together to improve the game. Since then the program has gone through a number of changes and was eventually placed on hold. The stability of the game is as important to the development team as it is to the player-base, and for that reason the program has been revamped and is being relaunched. The program is now open to all players in good standing and bug rewards are back! They will awarded be on a progression basis monthly with only a minimal requirement to be filled to qualify. We are bringing the bug forums current and will make every effort to have triage and intake for each validated bug. To assist in doing this we have asked Alley Oop, Justyn, and Tazar to take on a moderator role within the bug and feedback forums. Please congratulate them the next time you see them in the game or on the forums! The Bug Brigade will be open to all. If you feel the game is your home, sign up and assist us in making it a better place to live! To sign up, read the post “Bug Brigade Rides Again!” in the main Bug/Feedback forums for both the Live or Player Test areas in the official forums. If you have trouble finding them, please ask a Hospitaller, or one of the Moderators via PM in the forums or in Discord. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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 (To be revealed later) 140,000 Crowns 1000 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools Lord of the Isle Crown (In-Game Wearable Item) Unique In-Game Emote (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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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 Release Schedule: Release 82 – Sep 24 Release 83 – Oct 29 Release 84 – Nov 19 Release 85 – Dec 17 Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (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: Screenshot/Video Contest! With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time for all New Britannians to partake in the festivities! Labor Day is right around the corner and within the game world, the in-game calendar is about to hit 600 P.C. for a new year and new century! To celebrate, it’s time for a screenshot/video contest! Theme: Fireworks show! All screenshots and videos for this contest must be of a choreographed fireworks show launched from the Overworld map or from in-game towns and adventure scenes. Get your guild/team together to compete in this world wide fireworks competition! Screenshot Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 1920×1080, and always in 16:9 aspect ratio (cropping allowed). Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Video Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 720p. Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Duration: 30 seconds minimum, 60 seconds maximum. Anything occurring after the 60 second mark will not be considered for judging. Guild/Team Requirements: Captain: Each guild/team must select a team captain. 12 Players Max per Team: Each team, to include the team captain, can have a maximum of 12 players. Submission Requirements: # of Entries Per Team: 1 screenshot and 1 video entry per guild/team maximum. Submission Location: Submissions must be placed as a reply into the main thread for this contest on the official forums by the guild/team captain. Post in Forums: In the submission post, the guild/team captain must post the screenshot as a viewable image and/or the embedded video. Participant List: The captain must list out all participants of their team (max of 12 players) in their submission post. The participant list must include the proper spelling of each character. If proper spelling and character names are not provided, prize delivery will be negatively affected. Deadline: All submissions must be posted by 6AM CT on Monday September 21st. OPTIONAL: Please post these on our Twitter and/or Facebook pages to help spread the word about the contest. Best Screenshot Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2,500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Best Video Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2,500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Prize Rules: Crowns will be delivered to team captain only. The team captain will determine how to split the Crowns amongst their team. Please ensure your team member list has accurate spellings of character names, or titles cannot be delivered. Each team can win once in the screenshot and once in the video categories. Players can only represent a single team. The Catnip Games team members will pick the winners based on aesthetic and creative qualities of the screenshots and videos. Winners will be announced during the community livestream 1 to 2 weeks after the contest’s deadline! Good luck, Avatars! Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Greetings Anglers! The weekly Catnip Games Fishing Tourney is live! These contests run for 1 week intervals, Friday Noon to Friday Noon CT. We’ll announce the winners every Friday during the livestream. Town Registration: Each week, the contest takes place in 3 Player Owned Towns, 1 Random PvP location and 1 Random Lava or NPC Town Location. Please register your Player Owned Town of choice in a reply to this thread, 1 entry per player, and these entries will be added into the town registry. The contest will cycle through the towns in the sequence they entered the town registry, then loop back again to the beginning. The town registry will be reset/wiped for new entries periodically to ensure only active/interested towns are within the registry. Fishing Prizes & Objectives: All prizes will be no-trade. Players may donate additional prizes in the name of their guilds or towns to sweeten the pot. This event timeframe is Friday the 11th at Noon CT to Friday the 18th at Noon CT, and these are the prizes and goals for the indicated week: Largest FRESHWATER Fish (Town): Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy Devil’s Lair (@Trinity) Rinzai (@Griffler) Knightmare Falls, Mistrendur East Island (@shadowvice) Recommended: Please put a mailbox for your anglers to use by the water. For salt or fetid water contests, town owners can receive a loaner statue to convert the water type of their town to that of the contest, if required. Largest Fish (PvP): Rules: Must be caught in Dysborg Ruins Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy Largest Lava Fish: Rules: Must be caught in Verdantis Mines Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy Participation Prizes: Rules: Everyone who caught at least 1 trophy fish in this week’s locations Prizes: Small Silver Fishing Trophy Cross-Over Events: Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for participants and winners of the Fishing event, 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. Please submit links to event threads which take place in the spotlighted towns, PvP zone or PvE zone. Current Crossovers: No crossover events announced How to Participate: To participate, players need merely catch trophy fish in the 5 locations indicated above. The locations will change every week at Noon CT on Friday, so be sure to pay attention to the announcements for new locations each week! Please do not send your fish to Elgarion via the in-game mail system. Through data logging, he’ll be able to determine the winners. SO please hold on to your fish, and feel free to use them in any fashion after the catch. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars! Community Event: Latest Video from Skeggy Media  New Britannians! Skeggy Media strikes again! Skeggy has a wondrous library of helpful videos for new and veteran players of Shroud of the Avatar, and he’s added another fantastic video to aid the community! Be sure to visit Skeggy’s YouTube Page and peruse his entire library — the shear number of tutorial videos is nothing short of amazing! Also, please pop on over to Skeggy’s Twitch Channel and give this famous Hospitaller a follow! And if you’d like to give Skeggy a big thank you, please post a kind reply to the main announcement thread on this topic in the official forums. Community Event: Beran’s Reach Market Day & Auction House Ladies and gentlemen! The Citizens of Beran’s Reach welcome you to our September market day! This event is about bringing together people from all corners of the community, with our market being the perfect place to do so. Located within the main gate of the city, the beautifully decorated castle-plot sized market has facilities for just about everything you’d like to do while getting to know your fellow avatars, including features such as: Full set of crafting tables for custom commissions on-site. Set of freely-available commission-free vendors, for use without charge by residents. Many customizable market tables for avatars to sell their wares from, customizable via tenant access. Fancy using the stalls for another purpose? Promoting a book? Looking to recruit for your guild? Be creative! Open-air speaker session for exchanging thoughts and ideas. Stage with audience seating, perfect for auctions or performances. Bar area, perfect for food and drink or getting to know other residents and visitors. Governor help desk, open to handle POT requests immediately or to discuss bespoke pot placement needs and/or other issues. This event is empowering the community and bringing everyone together to have fun. This is a huge opportunity to bring what you love to do and finding others either that want your skills or enjoy similar things, so make the most of it! When: Sunday, September 20th, 2PM CT Where: Beran’s Reach Also, be sure to check out the auction house event also on the 20th but at 11AM CT! For more information about the auction house event, see the main thread on this topic on the official forums. And if you’d like more information about Beran’s Reach Market Day, see the main thread on that topic on the official forums as well. Community Event: TheAvatar.Express Needs You! If you’re looking for a great way to get involved in the Shroud of the Avatar community, then look no further! The fine folks at TheAvatar.Express are looking for some new reporters. Avatars wishing to help with the following are highly desired: Developer Stream Summaries Twitter Reposting In-Game Event Coverage Events Calendar Management New Features/Changes Tutorials Interviews Editorials Any other game stuff you want to cover! Also, the Avatar Express is going to be visiting POTs and writing one or two articles highlighting Shroud of the Avatar’s great community! If you are interested in having your town featured, please reply to this thread with your town’s name. You will be contacted to answer a few questions about the town and will be notified when the article is to be published! To sign up as a reporter, visit https://theavatar.express/be-a-reporter. If you have any questions, feel free to start a private conversation with that_shawn_guy on the forums or shawnbutts #4362 on Discord. For more information, please also visit the main forum thread on this topic on the official forums. Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Shadow of Valhalla is a visceral physics-based VR combat game with dynamic RPG elements, set within an ancient realm of Viking lore and mystic powers! Early Access beta includes “endless horde mode” featuring a variety of enemies with progressive difficulty. Also, players can discover many magic spells to unlock! So much more is coming! Finn Staber with Chicken Waffle, will join the Shroud of the Avatar team on Twitch during their Friday the 28th livestream to showoff this new Early Access game! Also, here is a teaser video on YouTube:  The development team is working hard to create additional environments and new quests! Shadow of Valhalla is available on Steam as Early Access. Additional features coming to the game: More Enemies! More Environments! More Magic Spells! RPG Quests! Weapon Forging and Crafting! Much, much more! If you would like to learn more about Shadow of Valhalla, be sure to stop by the main webpage for the game as more news becomes available! Project to Support: Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support: Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support: Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources: Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  3. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players of Shroud of the Avatar a small sneak peek at an upcoming new scene known as “Well of Aldur!” 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... Avatar’s Update #398: Well of Aldur Sneak Peek! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!View the full article
  4. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players of Shroud of the Avatar a small sneak peek at an upcoming new scene known as “The Well of Aldur!” 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 The Well of Aldur Sneak Peek! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! New Vault Round! Latest Store Additions: Ornate Round Setees, Golden Oracle Guardian Statue & More! September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! R81 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Farming Items! The Bug Brigade Rides Again! Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Community Event: Screenshot & Video Contest Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: Birthday Scavenger Hunt Community Event: The Prince of Brittany Community Event: TheAvatar.Express Needs You Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players The Well of Aldur Sneak Peek! New Britannians! Rumors of a mystical and mysterious locale are spreading throughout the lands. “The Well of Aldur” is an upcoming new adventure scene for Episode 2 Access holders which will feature a variety of activities to challenge even the most stalwart of Avatars! Still very early in design, the image above is a small example of the wondrously ethereal ambience which this new scene will exhibit. “High above the mountain peaks of Mistrendur floats the crumbling remains of a civilization whose origins are lost to time. Only the greatest adventurers will decipher the secrets, survive the threats, and discover the true nature of the Well of Aldur.” Amongst other challenges, players can expect a jump puzzle to tackle with a reward upon reaching its end. More objectives will be available at this locale, so stay tuned for more previews of this astonishing new scene as it continues to develop! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, September 11th 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 “a September to remember” 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! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 17th at 1PM CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Brass Mini Automaton Decoration Pet Magic Sigil Cloak Ornate Norgard Axe Ornate Tansu Chest Elven Keep Village Home Ornate Viking Short Sword Dragon Polearm Candle Helmet Oracle Eye Throne Latest Store Additions: Ornate Round Setees, Golden Oracle Guardian Statue & More! A new furniture style has been introduced and added to the Crown Store — round setees! Each setee allows for 4 occupants and is a must have for anyone with a reading room in their house! The setees feature two dye layers and a decoration surface behind the occupant’s head. The pictured lamp does not come with the setees, but is there to demonstrate the decoration surface provided. Also, a giant Golden Oracle Guardian Statue has been added to the store and two new plants are available to enhance your gardens! Ornate Red Floral Round Setee Ornate White & Gold Round Setee Golden Oracle Guardian Statue Potted Giant Banana Tree Potted Elderberry Plant Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Glowing Jewel Cube 3-Packs (Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow) Display Camera September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! Anglers rejoice! September’s login reward is an indestructible dyeable fishing rod! Featuring both primary and secondary dye layers, anglers will really be able to show off their style whilst casting a line into the waters of New Britannia! Simply log in during the month of September, and this dyeable fishing rod will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 81 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Farming Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 81 are Lord British and farming themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 81 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Leggings Large Haystack Small Haystack Strawbox Box Hay Bale 5-Pack Hay Pile Hay Drying Rack Hay Cart The 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: 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 The Bug Brigade Rides Again! The Bug Brigade was established to assist the community and the development team to work together to improve the game. Since then the program has gone through a number of changes and was eventually placed on hold. The stability of the game is as important to the development team as it is to the player-base, and for that reason the program has been revamped and is being relaunched. The program is now open to all players in good standing and bug rewards are back! They will awarded be on a progression basis monthly with only a minimal requirement to be filled to qualify. We are bringing the bug forums current and will make every effort to have triage and intake for each validated bug. To assist in doing this we have asked Alley Oop, Justyn, and Tazar to take on a moderator role within the bug and feedback forums. Please congratulate them the next time you see them in the game or on the forums! The Bug Brigade will be open to all. If you feel the game is your home, sign up and assist us in making it a better place to live! To sign up, read the post “Bug Brigade Rides Again!” in the main Bug/Feedback forums for both the Live or Player Test areas in the official forums. If you have trouble finding them, please ask a Hospitaller, or one of the Moderators via PM in the forums or in Discord. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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 (To be revealed later) 140,000 Crowns 1000 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools Lord of the Isle Crown (In-Game Wearable Item) Unique In-Game Emote (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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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 Release Schedule: Release 82 – Sep 24 Release 83 – Oct 29 Release 84 – Nov 19 Release 85 – Dec 17 Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (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: Screenshot/Video Contest! With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time for all New Britannians to partake in the festivities! Labor Day is right around the corner and within the game world, the in-game calendar is about to hit 600 P.C. for a new year and new century! To celebrate, it’s time for a screenshot/video contest! Theme: Fireworks show! All screenshots and videos for this contest must be of a choreographed fireworks show launched from the Overworld map or from in-game towns and adventure scenes. Get your guild/team together to compete in this world wide fireworks competition! Screenshot Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 1920×1080, and always in 16:9 aspect ratio (cropping allowed). Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Video Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 720p. Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Duration: 30 seconds minimum, 60 seconds maximum. Anything occurring after the 60 second mark will not be considered for judging. Guild/Team Requirements: Captain: Each guild/team must select a team captain. 12 Players Max per Team: Each team, to include the team captain, can have a maximum of 12 players. Submission Requirements: # of Entries Per Team: 1 screenshot and 1 video entry per guild/team maximum. Submission Location: Submissions must be placed as a reply into the main thread for this contest on the official forums by the guild/team captain. Post in Forums: In the submission post, the guild/team captain must post the screenshot as a viewable image and/or the embedded video. Participant List: The captain must list out all participants of their team (max of 12 players) in their submission post. The participant list must include the proper spelling of each character. If proper spelling and character names are not provided, prize delivery will be negatively affected. Deadline: All submissions must be posted by 6AM CT on Monday September 21st. OPTIONAL: Please post these on our Twitter and/or Facebook pages to help spread the word about the contest. Best Screenshot Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2,500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Best Video Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2,500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Prize Rules: Crowns will be delivered to team captain only. The team captain will determine how to split the Crowns amongst their team. Please ensure your team member list has accurate spellings of character names, or titles cannot be delivered. Each team can win once in the screenshot and once in the video categories. Players can only represent a single team. The Catnip Games team members will pick the winners based on aesthetic and creative qualities of the screenshots and videos. Winners will be announced during the community livestream 1 to 2 weeks after the contest’s deadline! Good luck, Avatars! Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Greetings Anglers! The weekly Catnip Games Fishing Tourney is live! These contests run for 1 week intervals, Friday Noon to Friday Noon CT. We’ll announce the winners every Friday during the livestream. Town Registration: Each week, the contest takes place in 3 Player Owned Towns, 1 Random PvP location and 1 Random Lava or NPC Town Location. Please register your Player Owned Town of choice in a reply to this thread, 1 entry per player, and these entries will be added into the town registry. The contest will cycle through the towns in the sequence they entered the town registry, then loop back again to the beginning. The town registry will be reset/wiped for new entries periodically to ensure only active/interested towns are within the registry. Fishing Prizes & Objectives: All prizes will be no-trade. Players may donate additional prizes in the name of their guilds or towns to sweeten the pot. This event timeframe is Friday the 11th at Noon CT to Friday the 18th at Noon CT, and these are the prizes and goals for the indicated week: Largest FETID WATER Fish (Town): Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns Prizes: Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy Caer Dracwych (Bowen Bloodgood) New Britannian Market, Novia West of Brittany (Lord Andernut) Rock Ridge, Mistrendur Middle Island (Redhammer) Recommended: Please put a mailbox for your anglers to use by the water. For salt or fetid water contests, town owners can receive a loaner statue to convert the water type of their town to that of the contest, if required. Largest Fish (PvP): Rules: Must be caught in Kas Ruins Prizes: 2 Chained Obsidian Shard 3-Packs, Large Silver Fishing Trophy Largest Lava Fish: Rules: Must be caught in Sunless Barrens Prizes: Fishing Rod of Prosperity, Large Bronze Fishing Trophy Participation Prizes: Rules: Everyone who caught at least 1 trophy fish in this week’s locations Prizes: Small Silver Fishing Trophy Cross-Over Events: Prizes provided by the Community Manager will be available for participants and winners of the Fishing event, 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. Please submit links to event threads which take place in the spotlighted towns, PvP zone or PvE zone. Current Crossovers: No crossover events announced. How to Participate: To participate, players need merely catch trophy fish in the 5 locations indicated above. The locations will change every week at Noon CT on Friday, so be sure to pay attention to the announcements for new locations each week! Please do not send your fish to Elgarion via the in-game mail system. Through data logging, he’ll be able to determine the winners. SO please hold on to your fish, and feel free to use them in any fashion after the catch. Head on over to the Fishing Event Forum Thread for more information. Happy adventures, Avatars! Community Event: Birthday Scavenger Hunt A scavenger hunt in Immortal City is nearly upon us! Each participant will be given a book of clues. The clues will lead you to somewhere in Immortal City where you will need to pick up an item, and from there, the fun begins! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes are available! Where: Immortal City When: Saturday, September 12th, 3PM to 9PM CT Good luck to everyone and have fun! For more information about contest rules and prizes, please see the main forum thread about this topic on the official forums. Community Event: The Prince of Brittany Avatars! Matt “Gix” Schmitz at StudioGix.com has released a wonderfully entertaining music video about his time in New Britannia! Sit back and watch the humorous video “The Prince of Brittany” on YouTube. Also, if you’d like to see more from Gix (a.k.a. LavaGix), head on over to his twitch stream and give him a follow! Community Event: TheAvatar.Express Needs You! If you’re looking for a great way to get involved in the Shroud of the Avatar community, then look no further! The fine folks at TheAvatar.Express are looking for some new reporters. Avatars wishing to help with the following are highly desired: Developer Stream Summaries Twitter Reposting In-Game Event Coverage Events Calendar Management New Features/Changes Tutorials Interviews Editorials Any other game stuff you want to cover! Also, the Avatar Express is going to be visiting POTs and writing one or two articles highlighting Shroud of the Avatar’s great community! If you are interested in having your town featured, please reply to this thread with your town’s name. You will be contacted to answer a few questions about the town and will be notified when the article is to be published! To sign up as a reporter, visit https://theavatar.express/be-a-reporter. If you have any questions, feel free to start a private conversation with that_shawn_guy on the forums or shawnbutts #4362 on Discord. For more information, please also visit the main forum thread on this topic on the official forums. Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Shadow of Valhalla is a visceral physics-based VR combat game with dynamic RPG elements, set within an ancient realm of Viking lore and mystic powers! Early Access beta includes “endless horde mode” featuring a variety of enemies with progressive difficulty. Also, players can discover many magic spells to unlock! So much more is coming! Finn Staber with Chicken Waffle, will join the Shroud of the Avatar team on Twitch during their Friday the 28th livestream to showoff this new Early Access game! Also, here is a teaser video on YouTube:  The development team is working hard to create additional environments and new quests! Shadow of Valhalla is available on Steam as Early Access. Additional features coming to the game: More Enemies! More Environments! More Magic Spells! RPG Quests! Weapon Forging and Crafting! Much, much more! If you would like to learn more about Shadow of Valhalla, be sure to stop by the main webpage for the game as more news becomes available! Project to Support: Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support: Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support: Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources: Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  5. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players of Shroud of the Avatar some changes to the craftable stone walls with more updates soon coming to other wall and fence varieties! The Public Garden Player-Owned Town decoration has been revamped to feature decorative flowers! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced!... Avatar’s Update #397: Decorative Wall Update! Public Garden Blossoms! New Store Items: Round Setees!View the full article
  6. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players of Shroud of the Avatar some changes to the craftable stone walls with more updates soon coming to other wall and fence varieties! The Public Garden Player-Owned Town decoration has been revamped to feature decorative flowers! 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 Decorative Wall Update! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Public Garden Blossoms! New Store Additions: Ornate Round Setees, Golden Oracle Guardian Statue & More! New Vault Round! Screenshot & Video Contest! Crowns, Deed Upgrades, & Two-Hour Flash Sales! September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! R81 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Farming Items! The Bug Brigade Rides Again! Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Community Event: WRFB Dance Party at Autumn Rising Brewery Community Event: Rajazel Fishing Tournament Community Event: TheAvatar.Express Needs You Community Event: More Orations at Caverns.net Community Event: Happy Bridge Troll Day Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Decorative Wall Update! Builders of New Britannia! A round of love for fencing and wall sets has begun! Demonstrated in the image above, this style of craftable stone wall can be stacked so players can build taller walls. The wall set also allows for significant overhang to encourage more interesting/creative wall structures. Decorators will be able to scale these wall objects from .5 to 1.3. That particular scaling change was also recently applied to all the building block packs. And for those decorators wanting to use these for indoor walls and partitions, go right ahead! Now, these walls can be placed indoors, in basements, and in dungeons! Expect these changes to patch in shortly, but many more changes are coming your way for fences and walls in the near future. Other varieties of these sets will receive similar changes listed above in the upcoming month, but additional decoration surfaces placed on these fence and wall assets are also on the horizon! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, September 4th 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 “a September to remember” 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! Public Garden Blossoms! Governors and stewards of New Britannia have become accustomed to having a particular non-functional Player-Owned Town (POT) asset known as the Public Garden. The original intent of this item was to allow players without property to still have a means to grow crops in the agriculture system, but with the advent of Free-to-Play concepts in the game, continued design of these gardens was postponed. Now, since all players receive two free property deeds allowing use of the agriculture system, the original public garden functionality was no longer required yet a need to polish the asset in a decorative sense still remained. In a recent effort to improve the Public Garden, the partially designed agriculture functionality has been removed, and the planting beds have blossomed with a plethora of flowering plants! For any governors and stewards wanting additional Public Garden decorations, the garden will soon be added to the Crown Store. Happy decorating, Avatars! New Store Additions: Ornate Round Setees, Golden Oracle Guardian Statue & More! A new furniture style has been introduced and added to the Crown Store — round setees! Each setee allows for 4 occupants and is a must have for anyone with a reading room in their house! The setees feature two dye layers and a decoration surface behind the occupant’s head. The pictured lamp does not come with the setees, but is there to demonstrate the decoration surface provided. Also, a giant Golden Oracle Guardian Statue has been added to the store and two new plants are available to enhance your gardens! Ornate Red Floral Round Setee Ornate White & Gold Round Setee Golden Oracle Guardian Statue Potted Giant Banana Tree Potted Elderberry Plant Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Glowing Jewel Cube 3-Packs (Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow) Display Camera New Vault Round! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 10th at 1PM CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Virtue Flame Armor Set Red Fez Hat Tiny Airship Pet Ornate Katana Ornate Katana Pattern Pack Elven Elder Archer Armor Kobold Masks Set 1 Gentleman’s Admiral Outfit Black Ice Shield Screenshot/Video Contest! With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time for all New Britannians to partake in the festivities! Labor Day is right around the corner and within the game world, the in-game calendar is about to hit 600 P.C. for a new year and new century! To celebrate, it’s time for a screenshot/video contest! Theme: Fireworks show! All screenshots and videos for this contest must be of a choreographed fireworks show launched from the Overworld map or from in-game towns and adventure scenes. Get your guild/team together to compete in this world wide fireworks competition! Screenshot Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 1920×1080, and always in 16:9 aspect ratio (cropping allowed). Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Video Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 720p. Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Duration: 30 seconds minimum, 60 seconds maximum. Anything occurring after the 60 second mark will not be considered for judging. Guild/Team Requirements: Captain: Each guild/team must select a team captain. 12 Players Max per Team: Each team, to include the team captain, can have a maximum of 12 players. Submission Requirements: # of Entries Per Team: 1 screenshot and 1 video entry per guild/team maximum. Submission Location: Submissions must be placed as a reply into the main thread for this contest on the official forums by the guild/team captain. Post in Forums: In the submission post, the guild/team captain must post the screenshot as a viewable image and/or the embedded video. Participant List: The captain must list out all participants of their team (max of 12 players) in their submission post. The participant list must include the proper spelling of each character. If proper spelling and character names are not provided, prize delivery will be negatively affected. Deadline: All submissions must be posted by 6AM CT on Monday September 21st. OPTIONAL: Please post these on our Twitter and/or Facebook pages to help spread the word about the contest. Best Screenshot Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Best Video Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Prize Rules: Crowns will be delivered to team captain only. The team captain will determine how to split the Crowns amongst their team. Please ensure your team member list has accurate spellings of character names, or titles cannot be delivered. Each team can win once in the screenshot and once in the video categories. Players can only represent a single team. The Catnip Games team members will pick the winners based on aesthetic and creative qualities of the screenshots and videos. Winners will be announced during the community livestream 1 to 2 weeks after the contest’s deadline! Good luck, Avatars! Crowns, Deed Upgrades, & Two-Hour Flash Sales! In celebration of Labor Day as well as the 600 P.C. in-game calendar event, various sales will begin on Friday and extend throughout the holiday. Crowns will be on sale for 20% off. Deed Upgrades will also be 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! 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, September 7th at 1PM CT to take advantage of these great discounts, at which time all 3 sales events expire. Happy shopping, Avatars! September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! Anglers rejoice! September’s login reward is an indestructible dyeable fishing rod! Featuring both primary and secondary dye layers, anglers will really be able to show off their style whilst casting a line into the waters of New Britannia! Simply log in during the month of September, and this dyeable fishing rod will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 81 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Farming Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 81 are Lord British and farming themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 81 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Leggings Large Haystack Small Haystack Strawbox Box Hay Bale 5-Pack Hay Pile Hay Drying Rack Hay Cart The 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: 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 The Bug Brigade Rides Again! The Bug Brigade was established to assist the community and the development team to work together to improve the game. Since then the program has gone through a number of changes and was eventually placed on hold. The stability of the game is as important to the development team as it is to the player-base, and for that reason the program has been revamped and is being relaunched. The program is now open to all players in good standing and bug rewards are back! They will awarded be on a progression basis monthly with only a minimal requirement to be filled to qualify. We are bringing the bug forums current and will make every effort to have triage and intake for each validated bug. To assist in doing this we have asked Alley Oop, Justyn, and Tazar to take on a moderator role within the bug and feedback forums. Please congratulate them the next time you see them in the game or on the forums! The Bug Brigade will be open to all. If you feel the game is your home, sign up and assist us in making it a better place to live! To sign up, read the post “Bug Brigade Rides Again!” in the main Bug/Feedback forums for both the Live or Player Test areas in the official forums. If you have trouble finding them, please ask a Hospitaller, or one of the Moderators via PM in the forums or in Discord. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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 (To be revealed later) 140,000 Crowns 1000 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools Lord of the Isle Crown (In-Game Wearable Item) Unique In-Game Emote (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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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 Sep 24 – Release 82 Oct 29 – Release 83 Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (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: WRFB Dance Party at Autumn Rising Brewery WRFB presents a dance party at Autumn Rising Brewery with DJ Darkstarr! Location: Crossroads, Adventure Club’s Autumn Rising Brewery When: Saturday, August 5th, 12PM – 2PM 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: Rajazel Fishing Tournament! Avatars! LiJuan Zhang’s Player-Owned Town of Rajazel is hosting a saltwater fishing tournament! When: September 4th, 6PM CT to September 11th, Noon CT Where: Rajazel Rajazel is located right outside Soltown and fishing buff Devotionals are available! So grab your rods and tackle and head on over to Rajazel for some fantastic fishing and community fun! For more information, please see LiJuan Zhang’s main forum thread on this topic on the official forums. Community Event: TheAvatar.Express Needs You! If you’re looking for a great way to get involved in the Shroud of the Avatar community, then look no further! The fine folks at TheAvatar.Express are looking for some new reporters. Avatars wishing to help with the following are highly desired: Developer Stream Summaries Twitter Reposting In-Game Event Coverage Events Calendar Management New Features/Changes Tutorials Interviews Editorials Any other game stuff you want to cover! You can sign up at https://theavatar.express/be-a-reporter. If you have any questions, feel free to start a private conversation with that_shawn_guy on the forums or shawnbutts #4362 on Discord. For more information, please also visit the main forum thread on this topic on the official forums. Community Event: More Orations from Caverns.net 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 and creative contributions. Recent efforts from Asclepius have brought additional fan fiction orations into the library: Please take some time to listen to a story by Belladonna Rose which was masterfully orated by Asclepius, part 11 of the Black Rose Chronicles! Also, a new author and a new story have come to the library! We hope you enjoy A Not So Scary Short Story by Bee Striker! For more information about these reoccurring broadcasts on Avatar’s/Virtue Radio, please contact Asclepius on the official forums. Community Event: Happy Bridge Troll Day! In case you did not know yesterday, September 2nd was community member Bridge Troll’s birthday! This day has now been proclaimed as “Bridge Troll Day” by friends and companions of the birthday boy. To honor this day properly, an epic screenshot contest and giveaway has begun! For more information about this contest, please visit the main thread on this topic on the official forums. Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Shadow of Valhalla is a visceral physics-based VR combat game with dynamic RPG elements, set within an ancient realm of Viking lore and mystic powers! Early Access beta includes “endless horde mode” featuring a variety of enemies with progressive difficulty. Also, players can discover many magic spells to unlock! So much more is coming! Finn Staber with Chicken Waffle, will join the Shroud of the Avatar team on Twitch during their Friday the 28th livestream to showoff this new Early Access game! Also, here is a teaser video on YouTube:  The development team is working hard to create additional environments and new quests! Shadow of Valhalla is available on Steam as Early Access. Additional features coming to the game: More Enemies! More Environments! More Magic Spells! RPG Quests! Weapon Forging and Crafting! Much, much more! If you would like to learn more about Shadow of Valhalla, be sure to stop by the main webpage for the game as more news becomes available! Project to Support: Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support: Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support: Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources: Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  7. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, and I’m delighted to welcome a new author to the ranks. This is a piece by Bee Striker, entitled A Not So Scary Short Story Background music by Smartsound It started as a trickle as she walked under the awning to avoid the rain. As she extended her hand to touch the drops, a rough hand grabbed it, forcing her to swing around. A pale face with dark eyes met her surprised stare. Before she could respond, the man released her with a quick turn and walked off. The intense moment had gone straight through her entire body, and she felt something pull out of her…or in her. She couldn’t really tell. She shuddered. A quick look around made her realise nobody seemed to notice anything odd had just happened. Shaken, she headed home, quickly looked around, and locked her door. The unsettled feeling did not leave as she readied for bed. She felt silly as she double checked the lock on her door, the windows, every room, and even under her bed before she climbed into bed. She tried to calm herself but sleep would not come. “Please help me.” She sat up. What the hell was that? “Please…help…” The voice initially startled her but quickly grew faint. She flew out of bed and flicked on the light. She looked under the bed again, flung open her closet, and opened her bedroom door. She stared into the darkness in silence. Nothing. She didn’t know how long she stood in her bedroom doorway. A cool draft reminded here she was barefoot. After a quick glance around the dark house, she crawled back into bed. A man’s limp body lay with heavy chains anchoring his feet to the cement floor. A worn loincloth was his only covering. His damp hair stuck to his pale face. Each slight movement made him groan in pain. “help me..” He wasn’t sure if he actually voiced that or it was just in his head. He heard a door creak open and footsteps slowly descend the stairs. He turned away preparing himself for more pain. She woke up with a start, bewildered at what she just saw. The face of the man was eerily familiar. A quick image of the man who had grabbed her earlier flashed before her eyes. It was him! Why did she just have a vision of him? Was it real, or just a dream? It sent a chill through her to the core. The next morning she ran back to the awning where she first encountered the man. Eyes flitting back and forth, she saw no sign of him. Which direction had he gone when he walked away? She tried to think. Following what she thought was the direction, she headed down the street. At the end of the block she paused, not knowing which way to go. For no reason at all, she turned right, crossed the street, and headed down the sidewalk. The sidewalk started to decay as she continued walking. Something made her pause in front of a small lot. Weeds dominated the landscape, almost drowning out the small shack. Weeds scratched her legs as she approached the building. She listened for any indication of life as she slowly walked up to the door. The screen door was ripped and the shabby door was ajar. The door creaked as she slowly pushed it open. A sparse room gave her an apathetic greeting. The worn couch sat quietly next to an old coffee table. She felt the lone beer bottle resting on the table. It was warm. A groan made her alert to someone else in the house. She spun around towards the door. Nobody had entered behind her. Her ears almost perked up trying to listen. “Help me…” The helpless plea seemed to be calling from below. As she looked around the house, she noticed a small staircase around the corner. The stairs creaked as she cautiously descended. The dank room surrounded her as the aroma attacked her senses. She forced her eyes to adjust to the darkness. A man lay almost motionless on the floor. A chain anchored his ankles to the floor. A worn loincloth was his only covering. He was facing the opposite wall as she slowly approached. “Hello?” She saw his light skin shake slightly. As she turned him over and saw his pale face, she gasped. Echoes From the Caverns The post A Not So Scary Short Story – by Bee Striker – narrated by Asclepius appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  8. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled Black Rose Chronicles Background music by Smartsound Trudging down the road back towards Farmer Filmore’s she could see all manner of creatures about. Bears, wolves, rabbits and squirrels. Crops growing in the farmer’s fields. Cotton. Strange. But that is probably how he makes his living. As she reached the entrance to the road that led to the farmer’s house some bandits made their way up the road….seeing her they turned and made way into the brush. Finding their comrades on the road…dead..they must of thought better than to approach her. Funny she thought. Halfway down the path she noticed fresh graves next to the tattered shack. The farmer must have gone inside and found Darwin and Quentin and decided to bury them. With that done she decided to leave the old man alone. With a turn of the heel she went on down the main path back to the bridge. As she got close to the bridge the lady guard stepped out and met her. Sadly, Bella handed her the note she found on Quentin’s body. The poor girl was distraught. After reading the missive she scribbled a message on a scrap piece of paper and handed it to Bella. “Please take this back to the Cap’n and tell her what you found. I will remain at my post as ordered. She need not fear that I will leave. It will be my duty to avenge my poor Quentin.” She slowly turned wiping the tears from her face and took her post near the bridge. Bella tucked the note in her vest and made her way back up the hill towards the camp. A few of the foolish bandits attacked her but she easily took care of them. This time she was going to check their pockets. A few coins and trinkets. She remembered something one guard said about returning heirlooms that the bandits had stolen. She would return these as well. The guards at the edge of the rope bridge were busy with a couple of those zombie things and immediately cleared the way so she could cross over. The camp was rather peaceful when she entered just before midday. Looking to the one side of the camp the children were playing around their small campfire. She approached and stood watching for a minute. One of them stopped and looked her way. “Ohhh. It be you. The Sword Breaker. What ya be wantin from us today? Here to spoil our fun some more?” Bella gave the child a scowling look and then walked closer to them. They all stopped their dancing and looked at her with a bit of fear in their eyes. “Nay I do not wish to spoil your entertainment. I just thought you might want this.” Holding the book up over their heads they all stared in disbelief. “Is that the Bloody Bones?” All the children ran towards Bella as she teased them with the book. She laughed as they jumped up and down trying to get the book. “Gimme that book Outlander. That is ours. We needs that book so we can sing the song right.” Bella looked down at them and scowled again. “You do know that Bloody Bones is not a fairy-tale don’t you? Bloody Bones is real. And each time you sing that song it brings that creature out searching for who is singing its song. “ The children looked at her with surprise. Then jumped up and down laughing and cheering. “She did it…she did it. The Outlander did it. She gots us the Bloody Bones.” It was obvious these children had no clue what they were doing. But that was none of her business one way or the other…..she tossed the book in the air and let them fight over it. Laughing over her shoulder as they scrambled about trying to hold onto the book she moved on towards the guard. The guard looked her up and down and smiled. “Thank you for giving them some glimmer of hope. They know not what they do but they just try to stay entertained best they can. Eventually we will get them to a town and have them looked after better.” Bella smiled at the guard and pulled out a small pouch and handed it to her. “I retrieved these from some fallen bandits on the road. I do hope you can return the items to their owners if they still live.” The guard looked into the pouch and she smiled. “Thank you Outlander for doing such a good deed. I will try my best to return them to their owners. By way what be your name.” Bella looked at the young guard and smiled…Belladonna Rose. Making her way through the camp she went straight to Captain Kinsey, handing her the note from Rhoswen about Quentin and the bottle of medicine from Ackerley. She proceeded to tell the Captain about the Ebon Cultists and that she had dispatched them from their ritual. She told her about the woman that appeared and disappeared at each ritual site. “Damn. Then its true. Mistress Valdis is trying to come back to this side of the realm.” She shook her head and explained that this creature was once very powerful and has been using the Ebon Cultists to make her way back to this side. The side of the living so she can try and take over the unrest of the lands. Bella looked at the Captain like she had lost her mind. What kind of sorcery is all this ? This realm has completely gone crazy. All this undead and such. Now master sorcery at work as well. Shaking her head she decided that she was no better off here than she was back in her world. Evil is just that…Evil. Captain Kinsey pulled a rolled parchment off her makeshift desk and handed it to Bella. Along with a rolled-up banner and pouch of coin. “Its not much but you have truly showed your worth since you came here. I apologize it ís not much but we have very little as it is. Please take this parchment to Captain Stanley at Soltown and see if you can be of service there. They are in need of help with all the migrating villagers from around this area. The undead and bandits are razing all the small towns so many are moving towards Ardoris. Soltown is where many have landed.” Bella took what was given her and looked at the rolled-up banner. “ That is the Banner of Love my dear Belladonna Rose. You have shown great love and compassion for us and these poor folks who have lost so much. I have a strong feeling you will do great things for our lands and help bring peace and Love back to our people. Take it. It will be better off in your hands than here in mine. Go now and safe travels Future Avatar.” The sound in Kinsey’s voice was that of courage and devotion to her task. And she would take the banner and put it in a safe place til she could later retrieve it. Looking around one last time at the camp she headed towards the gates. Back to Soltown is it then. Echoes From the Caverns The post Black Rose Chronicles 11 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  9. We will be setting off fireworks on Novia to celebrate the year 600PC!! Join us on Novia near Central Brittany for a Fireworks display that will start at about 6:45pm CT and run until at least until the stroke of Midnight in game (7:00pm CT) It's been a rough year for all, come celebrate a new beginning! View the full article
  10. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players of Shroud of the Avatar a new town scene for Episode 2 Access holders! Tanglemire is located on the new continent of Mistrendur! Four new species of lava fish have been added, and many more lava fishing locations have also been added! Additionally, a sneak peek on the upcoming rideable mounts has been revealed, and building blocks now have a much more flexible behavior as decorations! For those wishing to participate... Avatar’s Update #396: Play Release 81 Now! New Town Scene: Tanglemire! Guest Speaker Livestream!View the full article
  11. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players of Shroud of the Avatar a new town scene for Episode 2 Access holders! Tanglemire is located on the new continent of Mistrendur! Four new species of lava fish have been added, and many more lava fishing locations have also been added! Additionally, a sneak peek on the upcoming rideable mounts has been revealed, and building blocks now have a much more flexible behavior as decorations! 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 New Town Scene: Tanglemire! Guest Speaker Friday Livestream! Four New Species of Lava Fish! Rideable Mounts Sneak Peek! Flexible Building Block Placement! Screenshot & Video Contest! Crowns, Deed Upgrades, & Two-Hour Flash Sales! September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! R81 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Farming Items! The Bug Brigade Rides Again! New Vault Round! Latest Store Additions: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! World & UI Changes Crafting & Economy Changes Combat Balance & Changes Updated Player-Owned Towns Bug Fixes Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Streaming Reward Program Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: WRFB Dance Party at Autumn Rising Brewery Community Event: 2nd Annual Team Fishing Contest! Community Event: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players New Town Scene: Tanglemire! Tanglemire is now available 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, features a variety of enemies to defeat and challenges to overcome. Much of the Tanglemire content will ultimately land somewhere in the middle of the Mistrendur storyline, but for this initial release, Tanglemire features two repeatable quests. Additional quests will be added as more Episode 2 content is released in the time ahead. Guest Speaker Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, August 28th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other development team members for a community 1 hour livestream! This week, we have a special guest! Finn Staber will be speaking about Shadow of Valhalla, a new project to support! To enter the prize drawings, type “wishing I was fishing” 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! Four New Species of Lava Fish! Brave lava anglers throughout the lands have discovered four entirely new species of lava fish swimming deep within the molten hot magma pools of New Britannia! Will you dare to cast your lines into the lava, Avatars? These beasts are enormous! So be sure not to be pulled into the scorching lava. Once caught, take these denizens of depths to your crafting table and create display trophies to marvel all of your visitors and friends. The following trophies and recipes are now available: Plesiosaurus (Ground and Hanging Versions) Ichthyosaurus Coelacanth Trilobite But that is not all, anglers! You can scour the lands for additional fishable magma flows, thanks to many more containing lava fish! Some scenes received more expansive lava fishing spots, but other scenes were added as entirely new lava fishing locations. Be sure to have a lava fishing pole equipped and gemmed lures on your hot bars, for these gigantic creatures will only nibble upon gem stones! Here’s a list of all the lava fishing locations now available: Blackblade Foothills Blackblade Passage Bunker C Etceter Crag Mines K’rawl K’rul Northwest Blackblade Mountains Oracle Colossus Quel Passage Spectral Mines Sunless Barrens Verdantis Mines Rideable Mounts Sneak Peek! It’s been some time since Avatars have returned to New Britannia, and with their arrival came otherworldly tales of men and women riding upon beasts. The peoples of New Britannia have taken these tales to heart and have labored tirelessly to discover the art of riding for themselves. As you can see from this sneak peek video, their labors were fruitful! Soon, all players of Shroud of the Avatar will be able to dash across the lands upon rideable mounts. More news about the upcoming mount system and many other exciting new features are just around the corner! Flexible Building Block Placement! Builders of New Britannia, prepare to stack your building blocks like you’ve never stacked them before! As of Release 81, every piece of every building block set allows for much more flexible placement while decorating. In the image above, you can see that blocks now allow for a very significant amount of overhang. Also, larger blocks can now be placed on top of smaller blocks. With these changes as well as the recent scaling update allowing blocks to scale from sizes 0.5 to 1.3, builders will have a much wider variety of capabilities at their disposal. Happy block stacking, Avatars! Of note, there were some slight design aberrations with the particular blocks shown in the above picture. The original versions of these blocks flipped along a different axis than their counterparts in other block sets. All Crown Store entries now sell updated replacement blocks, but any player who’s purchased any of the affected block sets in the past 3 months will receive replacement blocks (applicable pieces listed below) sent to them via the in-game mail system in the coming weeks ahead. The blocks affected were as follows: Players who’ve purchased the new block sets (Polished Wood, Iron, Fallow Granite, Polished Granite, Black Marble, White Marble) would have received 15 of the 2x1x1 blocks. They will receive an additional 15 1x1x2 blocks via in-game mail. Players who’ve purchased the Black Ice and Ice block sets would have received 20 of the 2x1x2 blocks. They will receive an additional 20 2x2x1 blocks via in-game mail. If players already have the 1x1x2 blocks or the 2x2x1 blocks within these block sets, those are the newer versions so they’re good to go! Deliveries of blocks will begin sometime in the coming week, so please be patient as we work through the deliveries. Screenshot/Video Contest! With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time for all New Britannians to partake in the festivities! Labor Day is right around the corner and within the game world, the in-game calendar is about to hit 600 P.C. for a new year and new century! To celebrate, it’s time for a screenshot/video contest! Theme: Fireworks show! All screenshots and videos for this contest must be of a choreographed fireworks show launched from the Overworld map or from in-game towns and adventure scenes. Get your guild/team together to compete in this world wide fireworks competition! Screenshot Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 1920×1080, and always in 16:9 aspect ratio (cropping allowed). Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Video Requirements: Resolution: Minimum of 720p. Quality: Use in-game settings to their maximum, no post-screenshot alterations allowed other than labels, overlays, or watermarks to promote your guild/team. Overlay holiday messages are also allowed. Time of Day: Nighttime shows only, no night vision please. Hide the UI: Please toggle off the UI using the default key F9. Duration: 30 seconds minimum, 60 seconds maximum. Anything occurring after the 60 second mark will not be considered for judging. Guild/Team Requirements: Captain: Each guild/team must select a team captain. 12 Players Max per Team: Each team, to include the team captain, can have a maximum of 12 players. Submission Requirements: # of Entries Per Team: 1 screenshot and 1 video entry per guild/team maximum. Submission Location: Submissions must be placed as a reply into the main thread for this contest on the official forums by the guild/team captain. Post in Forums: In the submission post, the guild/team captain must post the screenshot as a viewable image and/or the embedded video. Participant List: The captain must list out all participants of their team (max of 12 players) in their submission post. The participant list must include the proper spelling of each character. If proper spelling and character names are not provided, prize delivery will be negatively affected. Deadline: All submissions must be posted by 6AM CT on Monday September 21st. OPTIONAL: Please post these on our Twitter and/or Facebook pages to help spread the word about the contest. Best Screenshot Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Best Video Prizes: 1st Place: 10,000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 2nd Place: 5000 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). 3rd Place: 2500 Crowns (delivered to team captain), Title: Master Artist (delivered to all team members). Prize Rules: Crowns will be delivered to team captain only. The team captain will determine how to split the Crowns amongst their team. Please ensure your team member list has accurate spellings of character names, or titles cannot be delivered. Each team can win once in the screenshot and once in the video categories. Players can only represent a single team. The Catnip Games team members will pick the winners based on aesthetic and creative qualities of the screenshots and videos. Winners will be announced during the community livestream 1 to 2 weeks after the contest’s deadline! Good luck, Avatars! Crowns, Deed Upgrades, & Two-Hour Flash Sales! In celebration of Labor Day as well as the 600 P.C. in-game calendar event, various sales will begin on Friday and extend throughout the holiday. Crowns will be on sale for 20% off. Deed Upgrades will also be 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! 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, September 7th at 1PM CT to take advantage of these great discounts, at which time all 3 sales events expire. Happy shopping, Avatars! September Login Reward: Dyeable Fishing Rod! Anglers rejoice! September’s login reward is an indestructible dyeable fishing rod! Featuring both primary and secondary dye layers, anglers will really be able to show off their style whilst casting a line into the waters of New Britannia! Simply log in during the month of September, and this dyeable fishing rod will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 81 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Farming Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 81 are Lord British and farming themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 81 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Leggings Large Haystack Small Haystack Strawbox Box Hay Bale 5-Pack Hay Pile Hay Drying Rack Hay Cart The 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: 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 The Bug Brigade Rides Again! The Bug Brigade was established to assist the community and the development team to work together to improve the game. Since then the program has gone through a number of changes and was eventually placed on hold. The stability of the game is as important to the development team as it is to the player-base, and for that reason the program has been revamped and is being relaunched. The program is now open to all players in good standing and bug rewards are back! They will awarded be on a progression basis monthly with only a minimal requirement to be filled to qualify. We are bringing the bug forums current and will make every effort to have triage and intake for each validated bug. To assist in doing this we have asked Alley Oop, Justyn, and Tazar to take on a moderator role within the bug and feedback forums. Please congratulate them the next time you see them in the game or on the forums! The Bug Brigade will be open to all. If you feel the game is your home, sign up and assist us in making it a better place to live! To sign up, read the post “Bug Brigade Rides Again!” in the main Bug/Feedback forums for both the Live or Player Test areas in the official forums. If you have trouble finding them, please ask a Hospitaller, or one of the Moderators via PM in the forums or in Discord. New Vault Round! Vintage Blue Velvet with Nailheads Furniture Set Oracle Cloak Aether Two-Handed Mace Tansu Chest Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Wardrobe Shogun Four-Story Town Home Viking Brynhildr Shield Elven Mage Outfit Latest Store Additions: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! For those wanting a more rustic version of the Virtue Flame Armor Set, the Leather Flame Armor Set is now available! Strike fear into the hearts of your enemies whilst wearing these dauntingly wicked leather armor pieces! Seven new building block sets have been added to your arsenal of construction materials! These new blocks come in the same 110-packs and size variants as the previous block sets. The new AND old sets can now be placed as Player-Owned Town decoration. All block sets can now scale from .5 to 1.3! New Block Letters and Numbers Sets have arrived! These sets have primary and secondary dye layers and can scale from .5 to 2.0! Additional items recently added to the store are the new Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set and the Player-Owned Town Wagons, Boats, Balloons Hatches and Signposts! Leather Flame Armor Set White Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Black Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Fallow Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Wood Building Blocks 110-Pack Iron Building Blocks 110-Pack Block Letters Set A-Z (Dyable, 5 Punctuation Types Included) Block Numbers Set 0-9 (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set Player-Owned Town Wagon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Boat (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Balloon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Hatch (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Signpost (Dyable) Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Glowing Jewel Cube 3-Packs (Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow) Display Camera World & Miscellaneous Changes These miscellaneous updates affecting the game world or aspects of the user interface (UI) patched in during R80, will go live with R81, or will go live shortly after R81: Offline Mode Episode 2 Access: EP2 Access is now always enabled in offline mode. Overworld Skill/Rune Functionality: A new developer tool has been created to allow for easy adjustment of what abilities/items can and cannot be used on the Overworld. Fireworks: All varieties of fireworks can be used on the Overworld. Anthem of Alacrity: This bard skill can now be used on the Overworld. Food: Food can now be consumed on the Overworld. Vanity Pets: These zippy little critters can now follow you around on the Overworld. Mistrendur: Wave effects have been added along the shorelines of Mistrendur on the Overworld map. Lava and Pets: Lava is now less dangerous for pets. Myrkur and Despair: These two dungeons have received a resurrection ankh by the spider area. Opalis Ruins: Ransom has been removed from this PvP scene. Spectral Mines: The hint that the Archlapin is hibernating now only appears when on a related quest, not if the “bones” quest is ended, and only once a day (thanks to a new “hint” daily flag). Plains Road Encounter: The Pumpkin Head encounter will once again appear in Drachvald. First Person on Overworld: Players can now view the Overworld in first person mode if they type the command /allowfirstpersonoverworld into chat. Underworld Passages: The following underworld passages have received increased resource spawns, random mimic or loot chests, as well as various collision fixes… Equitas Passage Quel Passage Paladis Passage Spindrift Passage Midmaer Passage Titles: The following titles are now available as prizes to players for upcoming developer community events… Master of the Arts: For winners of Screenshot and Video Contests. Master Angler: For winners of Fishing Contests. Master Decorator: For winners of Decoration Contests. Bone Collector: For winners of PvP Player Trophy Gathering Contests. Master of Collections: For winners of PvP Collections Contests. King of the Mountain, Queen of the Mountain: For winners of PvP King of the Mountain Contests. Master of the Maze: For winners of PvP Maze Contests. Master of Mayhem: For winners of Open-World PvP Contests. Trophy Fish Logging: Developers now have the ability to view logged information about fishing. Fish Size, Location Caught, Fish Type, and the Angler can all be determined through data pulls. This logging type will greatly assist use in more efficient developer-run fishing contests. Expect changes to the weekly fishing contest to be announced in the coming weeks. After the announcement and contest changes, players will no longer need to mail in their fish to compete. (Please continue to mail in your fish for the currently active contest.) As more trophy types become available, expect more exciting contests to come your way! Crafting, Items & Economy Changes These changes to the player economy, in-game items, or crafting patched in during R80, will go live with R81, or will go live shortly after R81: Property Deeds: Property deeds on the Crown Store have received a permanent 30% price reduction. Deed Upgrades: Deed upgrades have received a permanent 20% price reduction. Vault: Approximately 50 vault items which rotate into the store randomly have received significant price reductions. This mostly affects homes, pets, and some gear sets. Epic Rings: These rings are now enchantable. Epic Bandit Chest: This chest piece is now enchantable. Obsidian Plate Armor: This armor set, which can only be forged in Hilt at the Obsidian Forge, has received a significant power increase. Epic Artifacts: Almost all artifacts now have an epic version available. Only 2 Legendary Artifacts are required to craft Epic Artifacts. Books of Unlearning: Store descriptions have been improved to better describe their functionality. Building Block Sets: All building blocks can now be scaled from .5 to 1.3 and provided uniform values and weights. Shadow Creatures: These beasts now drop 4X more Shadow Essences and have received other small loot increases. Rough Wood Blocks: This new block set is now in-game and has recipes available. Letters and Numbers Sets: All letters and numbers sets can now be fully rotated. Mannequins: These wondrous display items can now be placed upon other surfaces such as blocks and tables. They can also now be scaled from 0.8 to 1.2. Moondials: All normal-sized moondials can now be placed onto other surfaces such as blocks and tables. Carnival Masks: The following items can now be placed as interior and exterior wall decorations as well as POT decorations… Plain Carnival Mask Virtue Dark Lepus Mask Virtue Silver Jester Mask Masquerade Mask White Lepus Mask Jester Carnival Mask White Butterfly Mask Black Butterfly Mask Butterfly Mask 2017 Lepus Mask 2018 Lepus Mask Autumn Leaf Mask Silver & Gold Lepus Mask Assassin’s Blade Hammer of Breaking Mace of the Undone Shard of Night Autumn Leaf Shield Autumn Leaf Trident Thorn Mace Thorn Wand Thorn Staff Electric Staff Decorative Egg Style D: This egg can now be placed in areas besides basements. Developer Community Event Trophies: The various fishing, decoration, and PvP trophies can no longer be stacked. This change was to ensure players do not stack like trophies which would erase the custom name applied to the item. Stacking Streetlamps: The following streetlamps now stack in a player’s inventory… Fancy Blue Streetlamp Fancy Red Streetlamp Fancy Yellow Streetlamp Streetlamps in Dungeons: The following streetlamps can now be placed in a player dungeon… Fancy Blue Streetlamp Fancy Red Streetlamp Fancy Yellow Streetlamp Kobold Spiked Streetlamp Ornate Elven Streetlamp Ornate Iron Streetlamp Ornate Wooden Streetlamp Shogun Streetlamp Stone Streetlamp POT Decorations: The following items can now be placed as POT decoration… Glowing Mugs (9 Items) Torture Devices (4 Items) Obsidian Altar Misc Armor/Gear (~50 Items) Glowing Cube Jewels: All variants of the glowing cube jewels can now be placed as POT decoration, exterior and interior wall placement, and resized from .5 to 2.0. Combat Balance & Changes These changes to combat skills or concepts patched in during R80, will go live with R81, or will go live shortly after R81: Stance Updates: Stance durations have been significantly increased. Elixir Skills: Elixir skills have been added to the master focus and tactics trainers. Only one can actively be trained. Training one sets the other to unlearn. Damage Resistance: This protective stat now scales with damage and Heavy Armor Specialization now improves how much it scales. Slow Effects: Skills with slow effects were enhanced to have a greater effect upon high level creatures. Skills affected are Disabling Shot as well as ice spell type effects. Shooting Star: A new single target, high focus, Moon Magic spell which has a short cast time, long cool-down, and very high damage. Ignite Weapon: This spell now also applies a small fire resistance debuff upon the target when they are hit by the ignited weapon. Reveal Hidden: This spell now reveals hidden objects every 2 seconds for 10-30+ seconds depending upon skill level. Also, the range for this spell has been significantly increased. Cocoon of Night: This Moon Magic spell now has a doubled healing effect and also now includes a large agro reduction. Sacrifice Combo: This combo (Healing Ray + Death Ray) now drains 50% of the caster’s health but applies 50-90% of the target’s health onto the target. Crafted Armor: Leather, chain and plate crafted armor pieces have received a damage resistance increase. Half torso pieces now have the same stats as full torso pieces. Plate pieces also receive additional damage avoidance. Armor Set Bonuses: Set bonuses for armor are now 2%, 5%, 9%, 14% and 20% based on the number of pieces equipped. Formerly, they were 2.5%, 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 12.5%. Updated Player Owned Towns These updates affected Player Owned Towns which patched in during R80, will go live with R81, or will go live shortly after R81: Allaman: Added new interconnections. Alphaine’s Academia: Added new Holdfast to Novia, west of the Blackblade Mountains. Arlia: Upgraded to Village from Hamlet. Bodega of Blood: Changed biome to Swamp Island 01 and moved to the southeastern edge of Mistrendur. Castle Barataria: Renamed from Ishum, moved to south of Owl’s Head in Hidden Vale, and changed biome to Swamp 01. Dragon’s Hollow: Moved to Novia, east of Brittany. Inselberg Wastes: Changed owner. Magincia: Moved to Novia east of Desolis and changed biome. Mysteria: Added new City island east of Brittany. New Britannia Swap Meet: Added interconnections. New Fawn: Moved to Novia west of Noreach and updated interconnections. Novia Market: Changed owner. Port Royal: Moved to Mistrendur from Hidden Vale and added interconnections. Rajazel: Added new Hamlet west of Soltown in Novia. Salem: Renamed from Goober’s Gas Station and changed biome to Forest 01c. Serpent’s Hold: POT Serpent’s Hold: Added new Hamlet north of Fortus End. Tower of Xee: Changed biome to Mountain 01 and moved to mainland Mistrendur. Treasure Island: Added new island northeast of Brittany in Novia. Valor: Upgraded to Town and added interconnections. Wakoku: Changed biome to Grassland 01a. Bug Fixes Albeit many bug fixes patched in during R80, will go live with R81, or will go live shortly after R81. Here are some of the highlights! Duration bonuses were fixed for all potions when new Elixir skills are applied. Multi-item dragging issues have been fixed. Fixed missing images for Block Numbers Set on the Crown Store. Fixed hex coordinates issue for the Player-Owned Town Rajazel. The banner for Spindelskog now indicates “Normal” difficulty to match the Enter button. Fixed an issue with the new rowboat list teleporter that connects Noreach with Mud and Dysborg. Added fixes to Timothy the Enchanter’s conversation in Ardoris for a typo, logic, and name-remembering. Fixed an issue where Helen and Owen misremembered players’ names when they first asked for those names in Brittany Graveyard. Fixed an issue for all island POTs with signposts teleporters that weren’t adding all secondary docks to the selection list. Fixed leaderboards issues caused by players receiving name changes. Pet foals can now be placed in the upscale stable. Fixed a small exploit in regards to the new Elixir skill training. Now, only 1 can be trained as intended. Elixir Extension skill now works correctly. If players have multiple stacks of the same consumable in their inventory, the stack that is used will now receive the reduction in quantity. Fixed an issue with Saddle Bag decorations where they could not be placed back into a player’s inventory. Fixed an exploit allowing non-Episode 2 access holders to enter Episode 2 areas. New You and initial character creation hair colors are no longer washed out by a bright light and will more closely resemble final character hair colors. Some female emotes would play 2 times per command. This issue has been fixed. Filmore of Solace Bridge Outskirts now properly indicates he wants 4 pieces of cotton. Improvements were made to Ulfheim cliff/platform collision. Improvements were made to Graff Gem Mines stairs collision. Moving lines graphical aberration witnessed in some scenes has been fixed. Aerie’s northern rockface has received improvements and fixes. Ulfheim’s teleporter in the “church” no longer clips through the floor. “Second Memory of Three” task is Solace Bridge Outskirts has received a typo fix. Rayond in Soltown now spends much less time in his tent and his off-duty dialogue has been removed. POT fishing merchants no longer mention the type of nearby water in their dialogue since governors can alter their water types now. An unreachable barrel in Elysium Mines can now be accessed. Fixed collision issues in Spectral Mines near where the Archlapin and its minions spawn. An unreachable maple tree in Lamech’s Bazaar and North Midmaer Way is now accessible. The monoliths in Far Hinterlands no longer display the names of towns when players mouseover them. Improvements have been made to the New You NPC conversations to better explain the transaction process. Players can no longer decorate with equipped tools. The tool must be unequipped first, then used for decoration. Stuck spot in Spindelskog is no longer sticky. Floating bricks have been removed from Blood Bay. Players can no longer activate the New You transaction in Ardoris by clicking on the mirror. They must speak with Bruno. Crafting explanation in the information window accessible at crafting stations has been improved. Housing explanation in the information window accessible at the property marker has been improved. Players will no longer know Vlasta’s name in Desolis if their quests have been reset. Preview of store items with fire VFX no longer show inappropriately scaled flames. The Silver Mini Automaton now properly indicates that it is an Inky NPC in its Crown Store description. The book “Concave of Celestis” is now correctly spelled “Conclave of Celestis.” The book “Formorian Wars” is now correctly spelled “Fomorian Wars.” 89 additional books can now be flipped onto their side: The Alchemist Ancient Experimental Logbook 1 Ancient Experimental Logbook 2 Ancient Experimental Logbook 3 Ardoris – A Tour Guide Ardoris Salon Register Ardoris Sewers – A Tour Guide Beast in the Cave Beast of Averoigne A Boiled Seed Cannot Sprout Book of Mighty Weapons Brightbone Pass – A Tour Guide The Broken Horse Castle Irvine – Lord Fearghas Castle Irvine – Lord Neachdainn Castle Irvine – Lord Solas Castle Irvine – royal Lineage Cave Fables I Cave Fables II Cave Fables III Cave Fables IV The Chains of False Belief The Courageous Mother Cruciatos Strides Death and the Woman The Dirae Prophecy Donec Imperdiet Don’t Give Up Your Goodness Everyone Needs Courage The Fearful Rabbit Flynn LEclot’s Journal For the Best Grandma kellen’s recipes Greyacre – a tour guide Grim Anthology vol. I Grim Anthology vol. II Grim Anthology vol. III Grim Anthology vol. IV Grim Anthology vol. V A Handwritten Journal A History of Lord Anapa House of the Past Hymn of the Final Conquest Hymn to Orta Kindness in Giving Creates Love Lifted by Your Wings Lighthouses and You The lion tattoo The Monkey and the Dolphin The Most beautiful Heart The Mouse and the Camel My Suffering Nameless City Necropolis – A Tour Guide North Celestial Swamp – A Tour Guide On the Following the New Order On the Nature of Orta On the Peculiar Qualities of the Artifacts Wielded by the Titans of Novia Orta’s Blinding light Paen to Lord Visayon Panther Partition of Virtuous Pretense Places to Live Player Events Register of the Lottery of Artifice Rendezvous with Death Report from “R.K.” Savrenoc Stronghold – A Tour Guide Savrenoc Timberland – A Tour Guide Solace Forest – A Tour Guide Solania – A Tour Guide Spectral Mine – A Tour Guide A Study of the Dire Prophecies III Through the Lunar Rift I Through the Lunar Rift II Through the Lunar Rift III Through the Lunar Rift IV Through the Lunar Rift V Through the Lunar Rift VI Tome of Death Tome of Friendship Tome of Greatness Tower of the Shuttered Eye – A Tour Guide Truth is Rewarded Vengeance – A Tour Guide Verdantis Shardfall – A Tour Guide The Village Street The Wolf and the Seven Kids Writing a book Various books that displayed as notes when read now properly display as books. Plains Road Encounter has received creature and pilgrim pathing improvements. Soltown’s Nyssa and Emily have new schedules and will be more easily available. Off-duty conversation responses have been removed. Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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 (To be revealed later) 140,000 Crowns 1000 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools Lord of the Isle Crown (In-Game Wearable Item) Unique In-Game Emote (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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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 Aug 27 – Release 81 Sep 24 – Release 82 Oct 29 – Release 83 Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (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 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 Meadow’s Edge, (@Jefe) Dragomir Mori (@CatherineRose) Arlia (@Zeek Latreck ) 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 Spectral Mines Consolation Prizes: Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize Spinoff/Crossover Events: Arlia: Lots of additional prize options for anglers in Alria as well as Lava and PvP zone fishing from @Zeek Latreck — check it out! 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: WRFB Dance Party at Autumn Rising Brewery WRFB presents a dance party at Autumn Rising Brewery with DJ Darkstarr! Location: Adventure Club’s Autumn Rising Brewery When: Saturday, August 5th, 12PM – 2PM 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: 2nd Annual Team Fishing Contest Anglers! The Second Annual Team Fishing Contest is nearly upon us! Phamyns and crew are planning a team fishing contest! During the week of the contest, the Official Catnip Games Fishing Tourney will be suspended to encourage maximum participation in this annual event. Many prizes will be available! Once players determine their 2-Person team, please contact @Phamyns on the forums or via in-game mail with your team name! When: August 28th Noon CT to September 4th Noon CT For more information about the contest, please read the main forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Titania Xylia and friends have created a raffle related to your play time in-game! For each hour your character appears in the stats, whether it is one kill, death or receipt in-game. You will receive a raffle ticket. Eventually, your raffle entries will be reported on your character’s page on their API site, so expect this feature shortly! Once raffle entries are showing on the character pages, search for your character’s name using the search bar just under the banner at shroudoftheavatar.net to determine your number of raffle entries. To participate, all you have to do is share your stats in the API. To share your stats, simply right-click your health bar at the top-left corner of your in-game screen, the select “Show name in public stats.” Prizes will be mailed in-game the during first week of September! Raffle prizes are chosen randomly. Players can only win once in a raffle. For more information about the raffle rules or prizes, please visit Titania Xylia’s forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party [Forum Post by Lily Byrd] The Mad Splatter Tea Party takes place every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month, which is a tea party in my back garden at my home in Jade Valley. There are drinks and eats, there is sometimes music, there are often party games with prizes, and sometimes we just sit and talk about life in Novia. Where: Jade Valley, Lily Byrd’s Cottage and tea garden is south of the Hall of Inquiry and Learning in Jade Valley When: 3pm CT, August 30th (Usually every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month) Attire: This is a role playing event tea party so come as your avatar We play games, we eat cake and drink…various teas and drinks… There are goofy prizes for winning games if we play them. See you there, Lily Byrd. Project to Support: Shadow of Valhalla Shadow of Valhalla is a visceral physics-based VR combat game with dynamic RPG elements, set within an ancient realm of Viking lore and mystic powers! Early Access beta includes “endless horde mode” featuring a variety of enemies with progressive difficulty. Also, players can discover many magic spells to unlock! So much more is coming! Finn Staber with Chicken Waffle, will join the Shroud of the Avatar team on Twitch during their Friday the 28th livestream to showoff this new Early Access game! Also, here is a teaser video on YouTube:  The development team is working hard to create additional environments and new quests! Shadow of Valhalla is available on Steam as Early Access. Additional features coming to the game: More Enemies! More Environments! More Magic Spells! RPG Quests! Weapon Forging and Crafting! Much, much more! If you would like to learn more about Shadow of Valhalla, be sure to stop by the main webpage for the game as more news becomes available! Project to Support: Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support: Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support: Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources: Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  12. Jack T. Lamplighter

    DRAFT: Release 81 Notes

    Folks! If anyone wants a sneak peek or would like to help me with any error catches, here's the draft notes for R81. I'll look over your suggestions tomorrow and will consider adding/changing based upon the suggestions. Thanks folks! I tell you, this one is PACKED with info... (I'm pooped). I've done zero proof reading so far, but anything you spot will speed me up before publishing tomorrow.... DRAFT: Release 81 Notes View the full article
  13. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings details new functionality for the recently created Player-Owned Town Signposts! 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... Avatar’s Update #395: New Player-Owned Town Signpost Functionality! Latest News Q&A Livestream!View the full article
  14. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings details new functionality for the recently created Player-Owned Town Signposts! 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 New Player-Owned Town Signpost Functionality! Latest news Q&A Friday Livestream! New Vault Round! Latest Store Additions: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! August Login Reward: Giant Potted Sunflower! R80 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Flame Items! Double EXP Continues! Streaming Reward Program Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Community Event: Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: Lord British Mac & Cheese Recipe Revealed Community Event: Drizz D’s Birthday Fishing Contest Community Event: Ëlf Lore – the Fate of the True Elves Community Event: 2nd Annual Team Fishing Contest Contest! Community Event: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players New Player-Owned Town Signpost Functionality! Governors and stewards! Even more teleporter love is coming your way! Soon, players will be able to experience additional functionality for the Player-Owned Town (POT) Signposts that were recently added to the store. Functionality for these signposts includes a lot of amazing customization options already, but another feature has just been added: NEW! Town Spawn Locations: In an upcoming patch, any player attempting to enter a POT with Player-Owned Town Signposts placed will see those destinations amongst the list of spawn options. This is a fantastic way for players to immediately travel to the parts of the town that’s been marked with signposts. Governors and stewards can mark favorite locations such as shops, theaters, fishing areas, Oracle Confirmatories, banks — the list goes on! No limit has currently been placed on the amount of custom signposts a town can utilize. Please keep in mind, changes to your signpost locations, names, or amounts will appear instantly for people already inside of your town, but visitors arriving to your town from other locations will not see these spawn locations as options until approximately a day after a signpost was added or changed. Custom Names: Signposts can be named while in your inventory. Right click the signpost, use the rename option, then place the signpost as a decoration in your town. Once placed, any signpost in the town will feature that newly placed signpost as a destination option. Custom Colors: Signposts can be dyed with primary and secondary dyes! What better way to make that signpost more noticeable than to use vibrant colors! Decoration Surface: The signposts base allows for decorations, so if players want to place books, notes, lights, or other decorations at the base, go for it! This new signpost functionality is just one example of the wondrous things coming to town governors, stewards, and residents this year! Be on the lookout for more exciting changes on the horizon. Release 81 will be packed with game updates, so stay tuned for next week’s announcement on Thursday, August 27th! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, August 21st 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 “wishing I was fishing” 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! Vintage Blue Velvet with Nailheads Furniture Set Oracle Cloak Aether Two-Handed Mace Tansu Chest Ornate Elven Longbow Pattern Pack Ornate Elven Wardrobe Shogun Four-Story Town Home Viking Brynhildr Shield Elven Mage Outfit Latest Store Additions: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! For those wanting a more rustic version of the Virtue Flame Armor Set, the Leather Flame Armor Set is now available! Strike fear into the hearts of your enemies whilst wearing these dauntingly wicked leather armor pieces! Seven new building block sets have been added to your arsenal of construction materials! These new blocks come in the same 110-packs and size variants as the previous block sets. The new AND old sets can now be placed as Player-Owned Town decoration. All block sets can now scale from .5 to 1.3! New Block Letters and Numbers Sets have arrived! These sets have primary and secondary dye layers and can scale from .5 to 2.0! Additional items recently added to the store are the new Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set and the Player-Owned Town Wagons, Boats, Balloons Hatches and Signposts! Leather Flame Armor Set White Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Black Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Fallow Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Wood Building Blocks 110-Pack Iron Building Blocks 110-Pack Block Letters Set A-Z (Dyable, 5 Punctuation Types Included) Block Numbers Set 0-9 (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set Player-Owned Town Wagon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Boat (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Balloon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Hatch (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Signpost (Dyable) Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Glowing Jewel Cube 3-Packs (Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow) Display Camera August Login Reward: Potted Giant Sunflower! Gardening time, Avatars! Now, with this wondrous Potted Giant Sunflower, players can enhance their gardens even further! Simply log in during the month of August, and this potted sunflower will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 80 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Flame Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 80 are Lord British and flame themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 80 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Gauntlets Flame Trident Flame Cloak The 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: 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 Double EXP Continues! 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! Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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 (To be revealed later) 140,000 Crowns 1000 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools Lord of the Isle Crown (In-Game Wearable Item) Unique In-Game Emote (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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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 Aug 27 – Release 81 Sep 24 – Release 82 Oct 29 – Release 83 Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (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 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 Meadow’s Edge, (@Jefe) Dragomir Mori (@CatherineRose) Arlia (@Zeek Latreck ) 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 Spectral Mines Consolation Prizes: Prizes: Silver Fishing Trophy Rules: Everyone who submitted an entry that did not win an above prize Spinoff/Crossover Events: No spin-off contests 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: Lord British Mac & Cheese Recipe Revealed Our very own Lord British posted his ever so famous Mac & Cheese recipe on the official forums recently! Get your pen and paper out, because if you want the cheesiest Mac & Cheese ever? You’re gonna have to write this down. Let’s see what is in his family recipe: OK: True story… I am a HUGE Macaroni & Cheese fan… specifically a KRAFT Macaroni and Cheese fan. However, I have my own special recipe… which IS, I said IS the best Macaroni & Cheese recipe. Now I’m not saying there are not some other wonderful variations out there. I too can greatly appreciate periodic additions of things like bread crumbs baked on top, or lobster pieces, and even occasionally some truffle… BUT, for basic everyday consumption, my recipe is the Lord British Certified Recipe, I hope you all try sometime. Before I get to the recipe, I would like to share a bit about the depth of my love for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. My passion for KM&C began long before college, but it became a staple there and has lasted to this day. Years ago, Kraft offered “The Cheesiest” T-Shirts to those that saved up about 20 box tops, and sent in something like $20. I thought “well, this is certainly the T-shirt for me”, so I started saving box tops. After Some months, I had saved a few hundred, and thought “Now I will get a FEW T-shirts!” I sent in my money and box tops, but got a letter back, expressing that they were sorry, but the promotion had ended. Saddened, but not defeated, I decided to keep saving box tops until the promotion returned… It has never returned… However, after years and years, a new promotion caught my eye. If you sent in something like 20 box tops and $20, they would print a CUSTOM box of macaroni with the picture of “your child” on it. By now, I had saved up LITERALLY THOUSANDS of box tops. So, I packed up THOUSANDS of box tops and a large check, for my hundreds of custom boxes of macaroni and cheese. In a few days… a got a phone call from Kraft. They wanted to know who I was, and why I had been saving this vast amount of box tops etc. They were as excited as I was. They happily printed me cases of personalized Lord British “The Cheesiest” Kraft Macaroni & Cheese boxes. I gave them out as gifts to family and friends that year… A few may be in circulation as an extra rare collectible. BTW… I still collect box tops… have hundreds if not thousands poked away in zip lock bags… still waiting for the T-shirt promotion to return. Now… ON TO THE RECIPE! First, ignore the instructions on the box. You will not need milk or butter… but you WILL require Kraft Cheese Whiz! Of course, begin by adding HOT water to a pot and putting it on to boil. Add some salt. The reason you started with HOT water, is so you can add the macaroni before it comes to a real boil. If your water is hot enough from the tap, the water and mac will come to a boil quickly, and you just saved an extra few minutes. Don’t over cook the mac. Pour off (discard) the water with a pot side strainer, as imaged above, as soon as its just al dente. Pour off just what comes easily. the dampness that remains will both help make the powder mix well, but will also be absorbed by the mac soon enough. Add the provided cheese powder. The MOST IMPORTANT STEP, is how much Cheese Whiz to add. Too little, and you can hardly taste it. Too much and your just eating lumpy Cheese Whiz. The right amount for 1 traditional box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is 1 well rounded dollop of Cheese Whiz. See illustration above. It is neigh but perfect. Now mix all together. Wait a minute and mix again, as it all absorbs. Then serve to yourself and your adoring fans, In this case, pictured above, Prince Ronin, who like his sister Princess Kinga, greatly enjoys this special recipe, and often request it. A request, I am always happy to oblige. Of course, I keep the box top. Thank you Lord British! If anyone would like to thank our liege for sharing, please be sure to chime in on the forum post where this extra cheesy recipe was revealed. Community Event: Drizz D’s Birthday Fishing Contest We’re celebrating the birthday of @Ciinen (Drizzet Dragonfyre) by doing one of his favorite in-game past times, FISHING! Come have some fun with us! Where: Immortal City When: Saturday, August 22nd, 2PM to 8PM CT Fishing Categories: Freshwater – 2PM to 4PM CT Fetid Water – 4PM to 6PM CT Saltwater – 6PM to 8PM CT Prize-Winning Requirements: Turn in your one largest fish from each water category when the water is changed. The combined length will be added together form all three water types and the person with the most combined length will be the winner! For more information about contest rules and prizes, please see the original forum thread posted by Alleine Dragonfyre on the official forums. Community Event: Ëlf Lore – the Fate of the True Elves Attention Avatars! A WORLD PREMIERE is about to be shared! Gabriel Nightshadow has crafted another epic audio play, and it has been brought to life by the New Britannia Theater Troupe! This radio play has been 1.5 years in the making, and a lot of love and sweat has gone into it, from all our cast members. When: Mondays 7PM CT (5 Segments) Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/alleinedragonfyre Radio: https://zcu.io/jXP8 It will be broadcast on Virtue Radio as part of the regular Podcasts and Poetry segment each Monday. It is an epic piece, so for easy listening it has been broken into 5 bite-size chunks. Join us for an amazing adventure over the next 5 weeks! Players can also tune into Virtue Radio using your in-game Aether Vibration Amplifiers! This announcement was posted by Asclepius on the player maintained Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group. Community Event: 2nd Annual Team Fishing Contest Anglers! The Second Annual Team Fishing Contest is nearly upon us! Phamyns and crew are planning a team fishing contest! During the week of the contest, the Official Catnip Games Fishing Tourney will be suspended to encourage maximum participation in this annual event. Many prizes will be available! Once players determine their 2-Person team, please contact @Phamyns on the forums or via in-game mail with your team name! When: August 28th Noon CT to September 4th Noon CT For more information about the contest, please read the main forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Titania Xylia and friends have created a raffle related to your play time in-game! For each hour your character appears in the stats, whether it is one kill, death or receipt in-game. You will receive a raffle ticket. Eventually, your raffle entries will be reported on your character’s page on their API site, so expect this feature shortly! Once raffle entries are showing on the character pages, search for your character’s name using the search bar just under the banner at shroudoftheavatar.net to determine your number of raffle entries. To participate, all you have to do is share your stats in the API. To share your stats, simply right-click your health bar at the top-left corner of your in-game screen, the select “Show name in public stats.” Prizes will be mailed in-game the during first week of September! Raffle prizes are chosen randomly. Players can only win once in a raffle. For more information about the raffle rules or prizes, please visit Titania Xylia’s forum thread on the official forums. Project to Support – Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  15. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players some wonderful news about deed prices! They’re being reduced! 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... Avatar’s Update #394: Property Deed Price Reduction! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!View the full article
  16. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings players some wonderful news about deed prices! They’re being reduced! 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 Property Deed Price Reduction! Latest news Q&A Friday Livestream! New Vault Round! Latest Store Additions: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! August Login Reward: Giant Potted Sunflower! R80 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Flame Items! Double EXP Continues! Streaming Reward Program Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Community Event: Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: 2nd Annual Team Fishing Contest Contest! Community Event: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Community Event: Mythical Dance Party in Sparrowfall Community Event: Release 80 Dance Party in Knightmare Falls Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players Property Deed Price Reduction! Avatars! In celebration of the upcoming 600th New Year of the New Britannian calendar, incredible new Crown Store discounts are coming your way! Since the Lord British birthday celebration, deed upgrades have been on sale for 20% off. This 20% off price is now the new normal! Any future sales for deed upgrades will be calculated from this new base price. The in-game Crown Store will also receive a permanent price reduction related to deeds! All 11 varieties of available deeds will receive permanent price reductions of 30%! This means any future occurrences these deeds are randomly flagged for a 20% off sale, the sale price calculation will be applied to the new base price for the deeds. These 30% price reductions will be applied in-game soon with an upcoming patch. For around 2 years now, players have greatly enjoyed being able to obtain a free Player-Owned Town Row Lot Deed and a free Player-Owned Town Village Lot Deed as a Free-To-Play player through start and completion of the main Episode 1 storyline. Now, players wishing to upgrade or obtain additional deeds as they expand their enterprises and activities within the game, will find supporting Shroud of the Avatar through additional deed purchases to be far more affordable. As we continue to update our store items for price balancing and normalization, players can expect many store adjustments going forward which will make vanity and convenience purchases far more affordable and accessible to new and existing players. Store price reductions are just one of the many exciting changes to come your way this year. Stay tuned for more content, mechanics, and store updates as each week unfolds! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, August 14th 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 “wishing I was fishing” 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! Ornate Flamberge Ornate Vile Mace Pattern Pack Elven Elder Mage Robe Elven Elder Mage Robe Pattern Pack Elven Wardrobe Viking Tyr Shield Pattern Pack Elven Archer Armor Virtue Aeronaut Helmet Hot Air Balloon Latest Store Additions: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! For those wanting a more rustic version of the Virtue Flame Armor Set, the Leather Flame Armor Set is now available! Strike fear into the hearts of your enemies whilst wearing these dauntingly wicked leather armor pieces! Seven new building block sets have been added to your arsenal of construction materials! These new blocks come in the same 110-packs and size variants as the previous block sets. The new AND old sets can now be placed as Player-Owned Town decoration. All block sets can now scale from .5 to 1.3! New Block Letters and Numbers Sets have arrived! These sets have primary and secondary dye layers and can scale from .5 to 2.0! Additional items recently added to the store are the new Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set and the Player-Owned Town Wagons, Boats, Balloons Hatches and Signposts! Leather Flame Armor Set White Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Black Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Fallow Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Wood Building Blocks 110-Pack Iron Building Blocks 110-Pack Block Letters Set A-Z (Dyable, 5 Punctuation Types Included) Block Numbers Set 0-9 (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set Player-Owned Town Wagon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Boat (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Balloon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Hatch (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Signpost (Dyable) Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Thorn Staff Thorn Wand Electric Staff Obsidian Order Pavers Torture Chair Torture Rack Torture Table Hanging Torture Cage Dragon Egg (8 Colors) Dragon Skin Rugs (8 Colors) August Login Reward: Potted Giant Sunflower! Gardening time, Avatars! Now, with this wondrous Potted Giant Sunflower, players can enhance their gardens even further! Simply log in during the month of August, and this potted sunflower will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 80 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Flame Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 80 are Lord British and flame themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 80 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Gauntlets Flame Trident Flame Cloak The 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: 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 Double EXP Continues! 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! Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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 (To be revealed later) 140,000 Crowns 1000 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools Lord of the Isle Crown (In-Game Wearable Item) Unique In-Game Emote (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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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 Aug 27 – Release 81 Sep 24 – Release 82 Oct 29 – Release 83 Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (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 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 Knight’s Watch (@Belladonna Rose) Krabnevir (@Grumpy Krabnevir) Islands of Wonders (@Sole) 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 Spinoff/Crossover Events: Island of Wonders: @Rook Strife has created two spin-off contests — “Flappin’ Fish” and “Beat the Locals!” Many prizes are available! For more information, check out Rook Strife’s forum post on the official forums. 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 Team Fishing Contest Anglers! The Second Annual Team Fishing Contest is nearly upon us! Phamyns and crew are planning a team fishing contest! During the week of the contest, the Official Catnip Games Fishing Tourney will be suspended to encourage maximum participation in this annual event. Many prizes will be available! Once players determine their 2-Person team, please contact @Phamyns on the forums or via in-game mail with your team name! When: August 28th Noon CT to September 4th Noon CT For more information about the contest, please read the main forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Titania Xylia and friends have created a raffle related to your play time in-game! For each hour your character appears in the stats, whether it is one kill, death or receipt in-game. You will receive a raffle ticket. Eventually, your raffle entries will be reported on your character’s page on their API site, so expect this feature shortly! Once raffle entries are showing on the character pages, search for your character’s name using the search bar just under the banner at shroudoftheavatar.net to determine your number of raffle entries. To participate, all you have to do is share your stats in the API. To share your stats, simply right-click your health bar at the top-left corner of your in-game screen, the select “Show name in public stats.” Prizes will be mailed in-game the during first week of September! Raffle prizes are chosen randomly. Players can only win once in a raffle. For more information about the raffle rules or prizes, please visit Titania Xylia’s forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Mythical Dance Party in Sparrowfall Mythical Music Radio Presents the Mythical Dance Party! Also listen in on Mythical Music Radio with your Aether Vibration Devices! Location: Sparrowfall (Near Xenos) Host: DJ DarkStarr a.k.a. Starr Long When: Saturday, August 15th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CT Listen || Website || Attend In-Game Location Join us along the riverwalk in Sparrowfall as we dance to the music of DJ Darkstarr! Sparrowfall is located in Elysium not far from Xenos next to Port Phoenix and Silver Hold. Once you enter the city, turn left and follow the riverwalk just a short distance from the docks. 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 about the party, please stop by the forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Release 80 Dance Party in Knightmare Falls By Royal Warrant, Virtue/Avatars Radio presents the Release 80 Dance Party & Stress Test Location: Knightmare Falls When: Saturday, August 15th, 3:30PM – 5:30PM CT 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! Project to Support – Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  17. This is functionality we used to have, ans was supposed to added to SotAbot a long time ago. Thanks to @Sen Iso on the SotA Discord for triggering the memory! If this is setup correctly, all posts made in the Announcements forum section will be also posted in the Discord announcements channel. Ravalox View the full article
  18. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings us a preview of new Lava Fish which are soon to arrive to molten hot pools of magma 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... Avatar’s Update #393: New Lava Fish Preview! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!View the full article
  19. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update brings us a preview of new Lava Fish which are soon to arrive to molten hot pools of magma 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 New Lava Fish Preview! Latest news Q&A Friday Livestream! New Store Items: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! New Vault Round! August Login Reward: Giant Potted Sunflower! R80 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Flame Items! Double EXP Continues! Streaming Reward Program Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Community Event: Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: 2nd Annual Team Fishing Contest Contest! Community Event: Black Rose Chronicles 10 Community Event: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Community Event: Mythical Dance Party in Sparrowfall Community Event: Release 80 Dance Party in Knightmare Falls Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players New Lava Fish Preview! Anglers of New Britannia! Gather your gemmed lures and lava fishing poles, for new lava fish will soon be added to molten hot magma pools near you! Pictured above is the elusive Coelacanth, but we have four new varieties of lava fish inbound. These new fish will be available to all lava anglers in Novia, Hidden Vale, and Mistrendur: Coelacanth Trilobite Ichthyosaurus Plesiosaurus Albeit Mistrendur will receive new lava fishing locations as Episode 2 content is revealed, new or improved lava fishing locations are also coming to Episode 1 locations: Blackblade Passage Bunker C Etceter Crag Mines K’rawl K’rul NW Blackblade Mountains Quel Passage Sunless Barrens Verdantis Mines The new lava fish and improved lava fishing locations are just some of the many new features to arrive in Shroud of the Avatar this year. Stay tuned as we reveal more of the models for the new lava fish in the near future! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, August 7th 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 “wishing I was fishing” 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 Store Additions: Leather Flame Armor Set, 6 Building Block 110-Packs & More! For those wanting a more rustic version of the Virtue Flame Armor Set, the Leather Flame Armor Set is now available! Strike fear into the hearts of your enemies whilst wearing these dauntingly wicked leather armor pieces! Seven new building block sets have been added to your arsenal of construction materials! These new blocks come in the same 110-packs and size variants as the previous block sets. The new AND old sets can now be placed as Player-Owned Town decoration. All block sets can now scale from .5 to 1.3! New Block Letters and Numbers Sets have arrived! These sets have primary and secondary dye layers and can scale from .5 to 2.0! Additional items recently added to the store are the new Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set and the Player-Owned Town Wagons, Boats, Balloons Hatches and Signposts! Leather Flame Armor Set White Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Black Marble Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Fallow Granite Building Blocks 110-Pack Polished Wood Building Blocks 110-Pack Iron Building Blocks 110-Pack Block Letters Set A-Z (Dyable, 5 Punctuation Types Included) Block Numbers Set 0-9 (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Property Markers Set Player-Owned Town Wagon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Boat (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Balloon (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Hatch (Dyable) Player-Owned Town Signpost (Dyable) Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Jester Staff Jester Wand Construction Crane Construction Scaffolding Construction Planks Construction Stone Cart Construction Ropes Construction Barricade New Vault Round! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, August 13th at 1PM CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Brindle Greyhound Decoration Pet Druid Town Home Elven Four-Story City Home Viking Brynhildr Shield Pattern Pack Aether Sword Ladies’ Admiral Outfit Black Ice Wings Oracle Eye Mirror Spike Trap August Login Reward: Potted Giant Sunflower! Gardening time, Avatars! Now, with this wondrous Potted Giant Sunflower, players can enhance their gardens even further! Simply log in during the month of August, and this potted sunflower will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 80 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Flame Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 80 are Lord British and flame themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 80 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Gauntlets Flame Trident Flame Cloak The 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: 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 Double EXP Continues! 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! Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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 (To be revealed later) 140,000 Crowns 1000 Bank Slots Pick 12 Prosperity Tools Lord of the Isle Crown (In-Game Wearable Item) Unique In-Game Emote (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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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 Aug 27 – Release 81 Sep 24 – Release 82 Oct 29 – Release 83 Meretz: Win a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (No Trade) Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy! Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Keep Dragon Statue (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 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 Water Fish (Town): Prizes: Player-Owned Town Row Lot Deed, Large Gold Fishing Trophy Rules: Must be caught from one of these towns Rajazel (@simon1974) Valor (@Galorn) Falling Waters Fortress (@Tazar) 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 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: Rajazel: If a winning fish comes from Rajazel, @simon1974 will donate an extra 1000 COTOs to that winner! See Simon’s forum post for more information. 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 Team Fishing Contest Anglers! The Second Annual Team Fishing Contest is nearly upon us! Phamyns and crew are planning a team fishing contest! During the week of the contest, the Official Catnip Games Fishing Tourney will be suspended to encourage maximum participation in this annual event. Many prizes will be available! Once players determine their 2-Person team, please contact @Phamyns on the forums or via in-game mail with your team name! When: August 28th Noon CT to September 4th Noon CT For more information about the contest, please read the main forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Black Rose Chronicles 10 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 10 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: Show Your Stats, Win Your Stacks Raffle Titania Xylia and friends have created a raffle related to your play time in-game! For each hour your character appears in the stats, whether it is one kill, death or receipt in-game. You will receive a raffle ticket. Eventually, your raffle entries will be reported on your character’s page on their API site, so expect this feature shortly! Once raffle entries are showing on the character pages, search for your character’s name using the search bar just under the banner at shroudoftheavatar.net to determine your number of raffle entries. To participate, all you have to do is share your stats in the API. To share your stats, simply right-click your health bar at the top-left corner of your in-game screen, the select “Show name in public stats.” Prizes will be mailed in-game the during first week of September! Raffle prizes are chosen randomly. Players can only win once in a raffle. For more information about the raffle rules or prizes, please visit Titania Xylia’s forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Mythical Dance Party in Sparrowfall Mythical Music Radio Presents the Mythical Dance Party! Also listen in on Mythical Music Radio with your Aether Vibration Devices! Location: Sparrowfall (Near Xenos) Host: DJ DarkStarr a.k.a. Starr Long When: Saturday, August 15th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CT Listen || Website || Attend In-Game Location Join us along the riverwalk in Sparrowfall as we dance to the music of DJ Darkstarr! Sparrowfall is located in Elysium not far from Xenos next to Port Phoenix and Silver Hold. Once you enter the city, turn left and follow the riverwalk just a short distance from the docks. 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 about the party, please stop by the forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Release 80 Dance Party in Knightmare Falls By Royal Warrant, Virtue/Avatars Radio presents the Release 80 Dance Party & Stress Test Location: Knightmare Falls When: Saturday, August 15th, 3:30PM – 5:30PM CT 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! Project to Support – Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  20. Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled Black Rose Chronicles Background music by Smartsound With the intent to make the best use of the daylight Bella moved out and down the road. But despite the time of day it was overcast and quite foggy. She could see the fog rise above the cliff edges from the river below. Whoever carved this place out was insane. Those cliff edges were very steep and jagged. Keeping her wits about her she could hear things rambling about in the brush and bushes. No telling what was out there to greet her. In the short distance she could make out what looked like abandoned buildings. To the right was a burned-out husk of one building. That didn’t look good. Suddenly from out of nowhere one of those zombie creatures and two skeletons came towards her. Quickly she pulled her sword out and took a full swing at them all. Clattering of bone and the ill sounding smack of her blade against flesh made her wince. That sound is one she will never get used to. Wiping the blood from her blade on the grass she stood and proceeded down the road. Over a period of half an hour or so she dispatched everything that came forth. Even some of the lower ranked Cultists were taken out silently. Weaving between two of the back buildings of the area she saw a bonfire glow. As she crept closer she could hear chanting from the three cultists moving around it. And suddenly something happened. Quickly she pulled her bow out and lined an arrow up to fire. There in the midst of the fire stood a mishappened woman…covered in blood and bandage. Raising her hands to the sky and chanting some sort of spell. OH NO you don’t Bella thought to herself. Firing off a shot it hit the woman and she turned in Bella’s direction. Pulling out two more arrows she fired another volley and the woman collapsed into the flames. Blue light spewed up high in the sky and then vanished. She was gone. But that didn’t stop the cultists from making their way towards Bella. Coming out from the cover of the broken-down garden wall she fired off rapid shots at each one…taking them down quickly. Checking each cultist to make sure they were dead she found a few gold pieces and she pocketed them quickly. As she made her way close to the bonfire she noticed that a strange color ooze was all around on the ground. There was no way she was touching that stuff. So she just moved on. Climbing across the wall and heading towards the edge of the old town again she heard the chanting. Same sounds same set up. As carefully as she could she watched and waited. Again the woman appeared. Rapid fire shooting and down she went. Again she took out the cultists too. This must have been what Captain Kinsey was talking about. She would be sure to report this. By the time she made her way back to the tattered road going towards Ackerley’s place the sun was beginning to go down. Picking up the pace she made her way to the shack. Fighting every step of the way with zombies, skeletons and wolves. Exhausted she was happy to see that broken down shack . As she started to knock on the door Ackerley open it and smiled. “Knew you would make it back. I told ya so. Besides I heard all the noise nearby and took me a peek through the shutters. I saw you taking down some of that riff raff out there. You be a good one with that there sword. Glad to see you back.” With that he took her by the arm and ushered her inside. Shut and bolted the door. Then went about his business. Shaking her head she made her way to the water basin and bucket and cleaned herself up a bit. Looking about there was nothing hot to eat so she grabbed a pot and rooted around for something to cook. Putting what vegetables she could find together she made a quick stew. After an hour or two it was done and Ackerley made sure he scooped himself a big bowl of food like it just magically appeared there. After eating he went back to his work. Bella curled up on the smelly cot and quickly fell asleep. Dreams took over as she slept. She was standing on the bridge of her ship. Tight grip on the wheel and Jack standing next to her. He looked out to the horizon and smiled as the wind blew through his tousled hair. Smiling to herself she thought back to all they had been through together. Always a steady hand on the ship and at the ready to jump into action no matter what. And his caring nature for her warmed her heart but scared her just the same. Looking at the horizon herself she shook off the thought of anything other than the job at hand, her ship and crew. No time for personal entanglements. Then there it was….ahead. The Vortex. Glowing and pulsing and getting larger as they approached. Trying hard to steer the ship away it seemed to just suck them in. All hands were on deck manning the sails and doing there best to secure the ship. Closer and closer and then darkness. She woke with a sweated brow. Looked about the room and saw the old man at his worktable. Did he ever sleep? Slowly pulling herself up to a sitting position she reached down for her boots. Pulled them on and stood. As she approached the old man he turned with a wary look on his face. Startled she took a step back. “Ahhh tis you Outlander. Forgot you were in the house for a moment. Tend to get busy with my potions and work forgetting all else.” He reached to the side of the table and turned to Bella. Handing her a flask with a slight green glowing liquid inside. “Here be the medicine Capn Kinsey be wanting. This should fix up any ills in the camp for sure.” Pressing the flask in her hand he returned to his business. Nothing else said. Bella gathered up her belongings and went out the door. A slight overcast took the sky. She thought to herself she hoped it wouldnt rain today. She was tired of the rain. Stepping out into the courtyard she could hear the rustling in the bushes and surrounding forest. She would be happy to shut this place away from her and the sooner the better. Such vile creatures roaming about and she longed to get back to some sort of civilization. Echoes From the Caverns The post Black Rose Chronicles 10 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius appeared first on Echoes from the Caverns. View the full article
  21. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update reveals all the new Player-Owned Town teleporters! In addition to wagons, governors and stewards will also be able acquire and place teleportation Balloons, Hatches, Boats and Signposts! Also, seven new building block sets are currently in design and will become available soon! For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring... Avatar’s Update #392: Play Release 80 Now! Player-Owned Town Teleporters! Building Blocks Preview!View the full article
  22. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update reveals all the new Player-Owned Town teleporters! In addition to wagons, governors and stewards will also be able acquire and place teleportation Balloons, Hatches, Boats and Signposts! Also, seven new building block sets are currently in design and will become available soon! 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 New Player-Owned Town Teleporters! Latest news Q&A Friday Livestream! New Building Blocks Preview! August Login Reward: Giant Potted Sunflower! R80 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Flame Items! New Vault Round! Latest Store Additions: Stiletto Heels & More! World & UI Changes Crafting & Economy Changes Combat Balance & Changes Updated Player-Owned Towns Bug Fixes Double EXP Continues! Streaming Reward Program Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row Home (No Trade) Community Event: Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: 2nd Annual Team Fishing Contest Contest! Community Event: New Stream Announced by Oriayan! Community Event: Alphaine the Decoration Master Strikes Again! Community Event: Lys & Novia Market Enigma Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players New Player-Owned Town Teleporters! As of Release 80, governors and stewards are now able to acquire and place Player-Owned Town (POT) interconnection teleporters as well as Player-Owned Town teleportation signposts! The interconnection teleporters allow for teleportation to another Player-Owned Town. Teleportation signposts allow for teleportation within the same Player-Owned Town. The new interconnection teleporters can be placed anywhere in a town which permits land decoration, but the boat can only be placed on water. The governor or steward can then right-click the teleporter and select “Change Destination” which reveals a filterable list of all the available Player-Owned Towns present in the game. The teleporter can be directed to any Player-Owned Town regardless of proximity. Once the destination is selected, the steward or governor then selects “Teleport” to assign the new destination to the teleporter. The teleporter is then ready for use, and any player utilizing the teleporter will zone to the designated location. The interconnection teleporter can be relocated and the destination reassigned as many times as the governor or stewards desire. The new signpost teleporters can also be placed anywhere in a town which permits land decoration. Once placed, players can then activate the signpost to be presented with a list of teleport options within the town. Locations selectable are typical to the static signposts already present in POTs, such as: Central, Town Boundary 1-4, Docks (if applicable) and the Town Crier. Selecting any of these locations does not cause the player to experience a load screen, the player will simply teleport straight to the new location instantly. The signpost teleporters can be relocated as often as the governor or stewards desire. Also, these new teleporters will greatly reduce the number of manual adjustments developers are required to perform from service vouchers. The less time spent adjusting towns manually means developers will have more time to spend working on game improvements. With the introduction of these teleporters, vouchers can no longer be utilized for new developer created POT interconnections, but players can still request interconnections to NPC towns using service vouchers until the NPC town teleporters become available. Novia and Hidden Vale POTs must be within close proximity to NPC towns to request an interconnection. Mistrendur towns are still waived from the NPC town proximity requirement since Episode 2 content on Mistrendur is still very much in design. All existing developer created POT interconnections are still valid and will not be affected by the addition of these new teleporter types. These new teleporters have been carefully designed to offer some wonderful customization options. In addition to the aforementioned flexible placement option, all of the teleporters can also be dyed with primary and secondary colors. The teleporters also feature decoration surfaces! In the future, be on the lookout for Heraldry POT Teleporters and NPC Town Teleporters! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, July 31st 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 “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! New Building Blocks Preview! Builders of New Britannia! Seven new building block sets will be added to your arsenal of construction materials very soon! These new blocks will come in the same 110-packs and size variants as previous block sets. These new AND old sets will no longer be limited to just property decoration. Going forward, ALL block sets will be permitted as Player-Owned Town decoration. Six of these new sets will arrive on the Crown Store, and one set will be reserved for crafters only. Pictured above, the displayed blocks are 4x2x2. From left to right, the new sets are as follows: White Marble Black Marble Polished Granite Fallow Granite Rough Wood (Crafted) Polished Wood Iron These new building block sets are just some of the amazing items coming to decorators in Shroud of the Avatar this year! Stay tuned for more great decorations in the months ahead! August Login Reward: Potted Giant Sunflower! Gardening time, Avatars! Now, with this wondrous Potted Giant Sunflower, players can enhance their gardens even further! Simply log in during the month of August, and this potted sunflower will become available in the Rewards Window. Release 80 Reward Program Login Reward Items: Lord British & Flame Items! Avatars! Rewards Program login reward items for Release 80 are Lord British and flame themed! Reward Program members must login during Release 80 to receive these login items: Lord British Plate Gauntlets Flame Trident Flame Cloak The 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: 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! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, July 30th at Noon CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Kobold Masks Set 2 Viking Chest Elven Elder Archer Armor Pattern Pack Blackened Metal Baby Clockwork Dragon Brown Nomad Hat Ornate Flamberge Pattern Pack Kobold 4-Story Great Hall City Home Metal Crossbow Elven Cloak Latest Store Additions: Stiletto Heels & More! The new Stiletto Heels are a perfect addition to any wardrobe worthy of a night out with friends. 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! Stiletto Heels – Low Slung with Straps BBQ Smoker Cooking Station Aviator Glasses Horn-Rimmed Glasses Rectangular Glasses Round Glasses Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which are announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small number of additional items becoming permanently available on the Crown Store: Construction Crane Construction Scaffolding Construction Planks Construction Stone Cart Construction Ropes Construction Barricade Black Ice Building Blocks Ice Building Blocks Dragon Helm Dragon Longbow Dark Unicorn Mask Black Horse Mask Aether Dragon Statue Aether Lich Statue Dark Thorn Wand Black Ice Wand Black Ice Staff Black Ice Elemental Statue World & Miscellaneous Changes These miscellaneous updates affecting the game world or aspects of the user interface (UI) patched in during R79, will go live with R80, or will go live shortly after R80: Timothy the Enchanter: (spoilers) Timothy the enchanter in Ardoris now gives a daily quest to collect bones from the Archlapin’s lair. This quest is available all year. Master quest designer Keith “Sannio” Quinn added this quest to further support all seasonal monsters having off-season quests. Love Letters: The daily love letters quest in Necropolis Barrens now has a much larger quest reward. Mistrendur Adventure Scenes: All of the adventure scenes in Mistrendur are now set for Episode 2 access holders only. Luminous Atavists: Once again the Avatars have pressed the Atavists into hiding. The Atavists will not be available until their season returns. Pumpkin Head: The notorious Pumpkin Head has returned! With his powers restored, Avatars will once again be able to face this gourd-headed being in East Vauban Foothills. Kingsport: This player village received interconnection boats as well as an Overworld access boat. The Brave Coast: This player village received interconnection boats as well as an Overworld access boat. Estercove: This player village received interconnection boats as well as an Overworld access boat. Port Mirren: This player village received interconnection boats as well as an Overworld access boat. Player-Owned Town Web Form: Town owners will now have a MUCH more efficient and less confusing form to complete when submitting initial set-up or change requests for Player-Owned Towns. Crafting, Items & Economy Changes These changes to the player economy, in-game items, or crafting patched in during R79, will go live with R80, or will go live shortly after R80: POT NPC Building Limits: The NPC building limits have been increased for Holdfast to Town sized POTs. See the player guide for more information. POT Container Limits: Megalopolis sized towns now have a container limit of 12. Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue: This statue has received improved VFX for the glowing eyes. Shadow Creature Loot: The shadow creatures of Spindelskog now drop recipes and Shadow Essences for 3 varieties of Shadow Potions. Ringmaster’s Vest: This new elusive artifact drops from Tier 15 ranged liches throughout New Britannia. Players will most commonly encounter these liches in Upper Tears behind the waterfall. POT Decoration Placement Now Allowed For: Rough Stone Building Blocks Dark Rough Stone Building Blocks Black Ice Building Blocks Ice Building Blocks Wooden Runic Letters Set Ornate Runic Letters Set Elven Essences: Buy orders can now be placed for these essences on player vendors. Custom Titles: Improvements have been made to the title mechanics to allow developers to send custom titles to players. Expect some of these titles to work their way into developer run community events as prizes in the near future! Combat Balance & Changes These changes to combat skills or concepts patched in during R79, will go live with R80, or will go live shortly after R80: Elixir Extension: This skill is now available and resides within the Tactics tree. The duration of consumable effects are extended. Training this skill untrains the “Elixir Receptive” skill in the Focus tree. Elixir Receptive: This skill is now available and resides within the Focus tree. The effectiveness of consumables is increased. Training this skill untrains the “Elixir Extension” skill in the Tactics tree. Bard Skills: Most of the bard skills received cast time reductions but also equivalent effect reductions. Stacking bard skills can produce equal effects and cast times to the previous versions. Updated Player Owned Towns These updates affected Player Owned Towns which patched in during R79, will go live with R80, or will go live shortly after R80: Allaman: Added interconnections. Arlia: Moved to Novia, east of Nightshade Pass. Caesaromagus: Added new hamlet southwest of Xenos. Crystal Cove: Updated interconnections. Dark Bayou: Changed to Swamp Island and moved offshore. Dragon’s Reach: Changed name from D’Jernstad. Changed biome to Island 01a. Moved offshore to north of Ulfheim. Goldfield: Moved to Hidden Vale overworld near Kingsport and updated interconnections. Goober’s Gas Station: Upgraded to Village. Changed biome to Forest 01b. Islands of Wonders: Upgraded to metropolis. Knightmare Falls: Added interconnections. Knight’s Watch: Changed to City. New Britannia Swap Meet: Fixed missing interconnections. Noshima Island: Upgraded to Metropolis. Added interconnections. Rock Ridge: Added interconnections. Sentinel Stand: Upgraded to Town. Sleepy Hollow: Added new Hamlet southeast of Brittany in Novia. The Fields of Misery: Added new village to Hidden Vale, north of Braemar. Twin Traders: Added to Hidden Vale overworld near Kingsport. Valor: Added new Holfast to Mistrendur. Bug Fixes Albeit many bug fixes patched in during R79, will go live with R80, or will go live shortly after R80. Here are some of the highlights! Fixed excessive damage from shadow creature corruption ability. Purify now clears corruption ability from shadow creatures. Fixed pattern names for Stiletto Heels and enabled masterwork/enchant option. Added banners to Spindelskog and Myrkur on the Overworld. Players can now only have a single “Summon Samael” whistle in their inventory while adventuring in Malice. Fixed issue where corrupted pet names could cause the client to hang at 94%. Restored textures to numerous magenta objects throughout the game. Various quests received typo fixes. Mesmerizing Melody no longer has a 100% chance to mesmerize targets regardless of level. The following items can now be placed on the floor in dungeons as decoration: Box Tent Carved Decorative Tombstone Wishing Well Water Well Ancestor Tombstone Stone Crypt Gravestone Tombstone Headstone Rectangular Tombstone Triangle Topped Tombstone Heraldry Polearm Ornate Scythe Ornate Scythe 2017 The following items can now be placed on the bottom floor as decoration: Elven Elite Fighter Boots Hedge Spiral Tree Hedge Sphere Tree Flat Shovel Fixed an issue which caused Magic Mover/Property Manager stored properties to become hidden from view. This only occurred when the stored plot had zero items from the owner yet did have items from another resident on the property. Any plots affected by this bug will once again become visible in the stored property list after the patch. Quest flag improvements added to Confluence Chamber questline. Red cloth questline improved with better task clearing upon completion. The stairs in the city-sized shogun home now all feature the proper texture. Micsere Ingots quest has received greatly improved tasks and compass markers. The Oracle’s daily Virtue quest has been altered for improved functionality. Navmesh improvements were made to the Valhold tower location. Spawn location improvements made to Central Brittany, Storms Reach, Point West, Northwood, and Tartarus. Stair railings in Westend are once again attached to the stairs. North Quel Way NPC’s now have custom dialogue. Quest item loot options were improved in the war room of Understorm Gold Mine. All random encounters in Mistrendur now exit to Mistrendur instead of Novia. Additional ankhs were added to Lost Whiteguard Silver Mine so players can resurrect regardless of death location. Companion armor quests received significant compass marker and quest polish in the following locations: Storms Reach, Understorm Gold Mine, Longfall Woods, Resolute, Verdantis Foothills, Verdantis Mines, Desolis, and the Epitaph. Conversations for Conrad, Ariel, Fiona, Whitte, Pip, and Isabel Spalding were also improved. The Thin Pipe Set on the Crown Store no longer has 1 thick pipe piece within the set. Many inventory item icons were lightened for better viewing on darker backgrounds. This will be noticeable in player inventories and in the Crown Store. The Large Elven Tent inventory icon now matches the actual item. Many Crown Store items received improved descriptions. Duplicate character level-up chat messages have been removed. A failed reshaping of a Rotunda between the spawn options no longer consumes the Crowns of the Obsidian. Double EXP Continues! 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! Are You a Livestreamer? Soon, the Streaming Reward Program will be returning. As the details are getting reworked, we’ll reveal more information. Traditional streaming rewards included an exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Streaming Program! Expect the camera reward to return! More goodies will come to your way as the program fully develops. Thank you for streaming Shroud of the Avatar! Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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) 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 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 Silverdale Market (@Xee) Britt Mart (@Tailz) Crystal Cove (@Scooby Doo) 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 Oracle Colossus 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 submitted 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 Team Fishing Contest Anglers! The Second Annual Team Fishing Contest is nearly upon us! Phamyns and crew are planning a team fishing contest! During the week of the contest, the Official Catnip Games Fishing Tourney will be suspended to encourage maximum participation in this annual event. Many prizes will be available! Once players determine their 2-Person team, please contact @Phamyns on the forums or via in-game mail with your team name! When: August 28th Noon CT to September 4th Noon CT For more information about the contest, please read the main forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: New Stream Announced by Oriayan Avatars, we have a new streamer tearing up the aether vibrations on Twitch! Oriayan is returning to Novia after a long absence. Currently Oriayan is completing the main questline and re-learning the basics of combat, builds, and crafting. Come hang out and enjoy the show! Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/Oriayan When: Monday to Friday, 11AM to 4PM CT Recent Video: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/688374302 To learn more about Oriayan’s stream, please visit his announcement post on the official forums. Community Event: Alphaine the Decoration Master Strikes Again! Art lovers and decoration masters! Come check out Alphaine Nine’s most wondrous decoration feat yet! An enormous castle lot has been decorated by Alphaine Nine and friends. Alphaine’s work is on the exterior, but please also take the time to explore the interior work as well! Where: Brittany Estates, East Entrance When: August 1st, 8AM-11PM CT Players can also locate the house by accessing the Town Crier in Brittany Estates. Double click the crier, then in the available housing window look for the castle lot owned by CatherineRose. For more information about this event or to express your thanks to Alphaine, CatherineRose and friends, please visit the main forum thread on the official forums. Community Event: Lys & Novia Market Enigma The Enigma event is now live! The goal is pretty simple : 2 sheets with riddles have been hidden, 1 in Robyn Hood’s town Novia Market, the other in Lys Market. You need to find these riddles and solve the enigma. To enter the contest, you need to find both sheets and send your final answer via in game mail to Terrence Phillip (Co-Owner of Lys Market). Starts: Now! Ends: August 3rd, 9PM CT Where: Lys Market & Novia Market When we receive your answer, if it is correct, you will be entered in the lottery for a chance to win one of our awesome prizes! The prizes will be drawn the 3rd of August at 9PM CT! Bjorn Dyonisys will be conducting the drawing on his town lot in Lys Market. Main Prize: 1 Row Lot Deed with a Viking 2-Story Row Home More prizes and information are available on the event announcement post in the official forums. Project to Support – Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community. View the full article
  23. Jack T. Lamplighter

    DRAFT: Release 80 Notes

    Avatars! Here's the draft for the R80 notes which I'll get officially posted for everyone's reading pleasure tomorrow morning. I still have to another proofread, but anyone spotting stuff will greatly speed up my work tomorrow and your efforts are greatly appreciated! But in the least, here's the draft and a sneak peek of what's patching in tomorrow! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZ6pe07ZimV8rgm4wXbz5PNgRFpy7zO-4xgW3gdSLVc/edit?usp=sharing View the full article
  24. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update gives us a quick look at what’s coming our way for the PvP Queue System. 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... Avatar’s Update #391: PvP Queue System Sneak Peek! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!View the full article
  25. Greetings Fellow Avatars! This week’s update gives us a quick look at what’s coming our way for the PvP Queue System. 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 PvP Queue System Sneak Peek! Latest news Q&A Friday Livestream! Double EXP Continues! New Vault Round! Latest Store Additions: Stiletto Heels & More! July Login Reward: Picnic Table & Bench Set! R79 Reward Program Login Items: Lord British & Summer Theme! Streaming Reward Program Recent Shroud of the Avatar Livestreams Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles Upcoming Events Calendar Community Updates Meretz: Win an Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row Home (No Trade) Community Event: Community Event: Catnip Games Weekly Fishing Tourney Community Event: Christmas in July Community Event: New Stream Announced by Corlag the Bard Community Event: Interview with the Dragon Part 11 Community Event: Lys & Novia Market Enigma Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands Project to Support: Rodasurf Project to Support: Jar Wars Project to Support: Dragonfight Project to Support: Crowfall Project to Support: Avatar Express Resources: Players Helping Players PvP Queue System Sneak Peek! Developers are currently hard at work designing a PvP Queue System which will greatly aid players in PvP matchmaking. The system will be designed to provide fair match-ups as well as ease of gameplay. Albeit some of these items could change significantly as the system continues to develop, here are some of the initially planned components to the system currently in design: Players will be able to view a list of other players looking for PvP. The list of available queued players will display within brackets relative the player’s level viewing the list. The planned brackets (approximate) will be as follows: 20+ Levels Below 10-20 Levels Below +/- 10 Levels 10-20 Levels Above 20+ Levels Above Players will receive a warning that credit will not be received for any competitions which are 20 levels below their own level. Initial versions will feature a simple “JOIN” button, but later versions will include the following: Map Selection: Players will be able to select from a list of possible maps. Level Limits: Players will be able toggle exclusion from any competitions 20 above or below their level. Competition Type: Players will be able to select whether the fight is to be ranked or practice. When challenging a player, the following dialog boxes will appear: Player acknowledging the challenge will be presented with a dialogue box, “Waiting for player to accept…” Player receiving the acknowledgement will be presented with the dialogue box, “Your challenge has been accepted! Click “Engage” to begin, or click “Retreat” to decline…” When a player accepts the competition by clicking “Engage” in the dialog box, both players will transport to the chosen scene or a random scene if none were chosen. Initially, only a single scene will be available, but more scene options will be added in the future. Competing players will zone to random spawn locations within the selected scene, at which time the battle will begin. The battle scene will continue until one player dies or leaves the scene. Results for each match will be collected to populate win/loss metrics. Once a player leaves, logs out, or dies, both players will zone back to either their previous location or a hub type scene, depending up their previous location. Initially, players will utilize the existing PvP leaderboards, but a robust PvP ranking system will be soon to follow. Some maps may feature timed mechanics which force players into battle such as rising lava or a shrinking death field. This new PvP Queue System is just one of the amazing new features coming your way this year. Stay tuned for future announcements as the PvP Queue System design continues to progress. Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream! Another weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, July 24th 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 “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! Double EXP Continues! 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! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, July 30th at Noon CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc. Kobold Masks Set 2 Viking Chest Elven Elder Archer Armor Pattern Pack Blackened Metal Baby Clockwork Dragon Brown Nomad Hat Ornate Flamberge Pattern Pack Kobold 4-Story Great Hall City Home Metal Crossbow Elven Cloak Latest Store Additions: Stiletto Heels & More! The new Stiletto Heels are a perfect addition to any wardrobe worthy of a night out with friends. 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! Stiletto Heals – Low Slung with Straps BBQ Smoker Cooking Station Aviator Glasses Horn-Rimmed Glasses Rectangular Glasses Round Glasses Also, we’re scouring the realm for items that have long been missing from the store. Many items are being loaded into the Vault and will rotate in periodically which will be announced each week as they go live, but here’s a small glimpse of additional items becoming permanently available for purchase: Kobold Dwelling Village Home Viking Cloak & Helm Set Large Elven Tent Viking 1-Story Village Home Shogun 3-Story Keep Village Home Demon Wings July Login Reward: Picnic Table & Bench Set! 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! 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) NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s rewards. The 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: 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? 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 Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on our TWO Twitch Channels: twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar and twitch.tv/communityoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow and get the latest information right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam). Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!! Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at our other social media venues: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShroudoftheAvatar/ Catnip Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnipgames Shroud of the Avatar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShroudofAvatar Shroud of the Avatar Discord: https://discord.gg/GuBXakQ Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of Lord British’s property, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! Complete List of Rewards: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land! Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle Unique Lord of the Isle Home (pictured above) NEW – Town 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. Upcoming Events Calendar 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) 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 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 Silverdale Market (@Xee) Britt Mart (@Tailz) Crystal Cove (@Scooby Doo) 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 Oracle Colossus 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 submitted 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: Christmas in July Hear ye, Hear ye! The Graceful Bard, aka Lauremir Elenir, is hosting a Christmas in July Pool Party at her dungeon in Immortal City! Featuring Live electronic Christmas covers by “thegracefulbard” herself, as well as fun raffles, a costume contest, and troll totem dungeons. When: July 24th, 5PM CT Where: Immortal City, Lauremir Elenir’s Dungeon Host: https://twitch.tv/thegracefulbard Party starts at 5pm CST! See you there! For more information, check out the main forum post on the official forums Community Event: New Stream Announced by Corlag the Bard Corlag the Bard has recently returned to Shroud of the Avatar after a long time away. He’ll be streaming the game regularly on his Twitch Channel. Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/corlagthebard Recent Video: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/686788003 To contact Corlag the Bard or to learn more about his stream, please visit his announcement post on the official forums. Community Event: Interview with the Dragon Part 11 Attention Avatars! Recent efforts from Asclepius have brought yet another fine piece of orated fan fiction into the library. Please take some time to listen to Interview with the Dragon Part 11 written by Draxenath and masterfully orated by Asclepius. For more information about these reoccurring broadcasts on Avatar’s/Virtue Radio, please contact Asclepius on his forum post about this topic. 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. Community Event: Lys & Novia Market Enigma The Enigma event is now live! The goal is pretty simple : 2 sheets with riddles have been hidden, 1 in Robyn Hood’s town Novia Market, the other in Lys Market. You need to find these riddles and solve the enigma. To enter the contest, you need to find both sheets and send your final answer via in game mail to Terrence Phillip (Co-Owner of Lys Market). Starts: Now! Ends: August 3rd, 9PM CT Where: Lys Market & Novia Market When we receive your answer, if it is correct, you will be entered in the lottery for a chance to win one of our awesome prizes! The prizes will be drawn the 3rd of August at 9PM CT! Bjorn Dyonisys will be conducting the drawing on his town lot in Lys Market. Main Prize: 1 Row Lot Deed with a Viking 2-Story Row Home More prizes and information are available on the event announcement post in the official forums. Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party [Forum Post by Lily Byrd] The Mad Splatter Tea Party takes place every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month, which is a tea party in my back garden at my home in Jade Valley. There are drinks and eats, there is sometimes music, there are often party games with prizes, and sometimes we just sit and talk about life in Novia. Where: Lily Byrd’s Cottage and tea garden is south of the Hall of Inquiry and Learning When: 3pm CST, July 26th (Usually every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month) Attire: This is a role playing event tea party so come as your avatar We play games, we eat cake and drink…various teas and drinks… There are goofy prizes for winning games if we play them. See you there, Lily Byrd. Community Event: Black Sails Saga – From the New Lands [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 – RodasurfAvatars! 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! Project to Support – Jar Wars 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 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! Project to Support – Crowfall Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion! Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power! Project to Support – Avatar Express [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot] I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain. You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express. Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS. Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site. If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening. You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like. Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game. It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts! So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us! Resources – Players Helping Players The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website. 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