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Shroud of the Avatar News

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  • Release 16 - Defying Tech-Debt

    I took another trip up to Austin last week to spend some time with Richard Garriott and Starr Long, two developers I've come to enjoy speaking with a great deal. I think we may touch one of my reasons for finding these visits particularly interesting in this article, actually. It really starts with what Starr calls "tech-debt."

    Reported on Mar 24, 2015
  • $6M and Counting

    According to the counter on the Shroud of the Avatar site, the game's fund raising efforts have netted over six million dollars. the KickStarter campaign run earlier brought in approximately $2M with another $4M brought in during the subsequent months.

    Reported on Mar 16, 2015
  • Release 15: Unity 5 and Crafting

    Starr Long had mentioned during my last visit that they'd start rolling Shroud of the Avatar over to Unity 5 this month. When I bumped into Finn Staber, one of the Shroud developers, at a hub for Austin startups, I wasn't surprised when he told me they'd been working on it. The shocking part was when I asked how much they'd managed to get rolled over for the updated engine over the last two weeks. "All of it," was his reply.

    Reported on Feb 25, 2015
  • Shroud's Release 14 Walkabout

    Wednesday night I went on a walkabout of New Britannia with Richard Garriott and Starr Long from the Portalarium team. During that time Richard and Starr showed off what was new in update 14; crafting recipes to include enchanting, a contested point, and two new areas. We also learned what Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Morrison have in common and what the SotA community had to do with that.

    Reported on Feb 19, 2015
  • Release 14: Strong Start to a New Year

    The folks at Portalarium are getting ready to roll out their 14th release for Shroud of the Avatar, and of course they timed it just as PAX South was kicking off. I'm sure it was a diabolical plot to force me into cramming this article in before I get sucked into the pending media storm that follows any PAX. That's why I drove up to Austin this week.

    Reported on Jan 22, 2015
  • Update 107 - Elementals, Expiring Items and Events

    This week's SotA newsletter covers a range of things, including the game's presence at CES in Vegas. More importantly though, it talks about the combat Elementals mages can summon, showing images that differentiate the summoned variety from their wild counterparts.

    Reported on Jan 10, 2015
  • CES, New Screens, Weekend Community Events

    Shroud of the Avatar is arguably one of the most-anticipated MMOS of 2015, and with developer Portarlarium is hoping to keep it that way by promoting the game at the upcoming CES event in Las Vegas. Among other things, the company will be showing new screens of environments like Wyrmsands, Dragon Pass and Shardfall Biome.

    Reported on Jan 03, 2015
  • Release 13 - Get Lucky

    I found it rather amusing that this is the 13th major release for Shroud of the Avatar, and that it comes after their hugely successful debut on Steam. Last month saw the game added to Steam's list of available Early Access titles, and the results were a sweeping victory for the team at Portalarium. With a whopping 87% positive reviews, and really strong sales that put the game in the top 10 on Steam's list of top sellers, it's been a fantastic month for Shroud of the Avatar.

    Reported on Dec 14, 2014
  • Early Access on Steam Begins

    Early Access players can now log into Steam to give Shroud of the Avatar a look. The game will be available to players 24/7 and will give the opportunity to see SotA evolve over time.

    Reported on Nov 24, 2014
  • Release 12: Undiscovered Country

    There are actually a couple reasons for my selecting the above title this month, as Shroud of the Avatar stretches in new directions. The big news being that you'll be able to purchase Shroud from your Steam account starting on 24th of November, but there's a lot more to this release than just how you can get involved with it. New scenes and lots of additional content will provide even existing backers some new feel to the game.

    Reported on Nov 19, 2014
  • Full STEAM Ahead!

    Shroud of the Avatar, along with Camelot Unleashed, Pathfinder Online, and Star Citizen represent the upcoming crop of crowdfunded MMO's. The Kickstarter for the project raised $1.9 million from over 22,000 backers and the project has since raised about $5 million in total crowdfunding from nearly 132,000 backers.

    Reported on Nov 03, 2014
  • A Tour Around Update 11

    This week I continued my interview series on the development of Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues by Portalarium. Joining me this month were both the founder of Portalarium Richard "Lord British" Garriott and Executive Producer "Dark" Starr Long. We spent a little over an hour running around New Britannia Tuesday night showing off a number of interesting player and developer created features.

    Reported on Oct 29, 2014
  • Join Starr Long & Rob Lashley TONIGHT

    Shroud of the Avatar is currently in Build 11 as it speeds towards the early access release on Steam later this fall. Starr Long will be on hand with our own Rob Lashley tonight in the Live Stream channel to give fans a firsthand look at Build 11 and some inside track chat with Starr. Join us at 9:30 p.m. EDT / 6:30 p.m. PDT tonight!

    Reported on Oct 28, 2014
  • Steam Early Access to Begin November 24th

    Portalarium has announced that Steam Early Access for Shroud of the Avatar will begin on November 24th. Early Access patrons will have an opportunity to help test the build that, with tweaks and fixes, will become the Steam EA build in November.

    Reported on Oct 23, 2014
  • Release 11: It’s Steamy!

    I am quite literally just back from Austin as I sit down to write this latest update on Shroud of the Avatar. I wasn't able to make it up for my typical week-before-release hangout with the guys, so today was pretty much a drive by. It's well worth staying up past my bedtime to hack this article out, though. Despite the brevity of my visit, I got a load of cool information to share with you folks, and I'm excited to do it.

    Reported on Oct 21, 2014
  • Update #93 - Q4 Release Schedule, Now Accepting Bitcoin

    After many requests, the makers of Lord British's much-talked about Shroud of the Avatar announced the game will be taking Bitcoins for pledge, add-on purchases and Player Owned towns. More significantly, they've also released details of the Q4 release schedule.

    Reported on Oct 04, 2014
  • Portalarium Begins Steam Greenlight Campaign

    Portalarium has sent word that it has started a Steam Greenlight campaign to see Shroud of the Avatar to the digital platform. Players are invited to visit the Greenlight page and vote for Shroud of the Avatar.

    Reported on Sep 19, 2014
  • Concerns Worthy of Note

    Nothing and no one is perfect though, so I thought it might be a good idea to set my fandom aside for bit and take a critical look at Richard's new work. If nothing is perfect, then there must be some flaws or challenges worthy of conversing about. Besides, it's through examining the imperfections that we sometimes come to truly appreciate art and all its true complexity. As their 10th release approaches, it might be a good time to take that sort of look at Shroud.

    Reported on Sep 09, 2014
  • Checking in on Update 9

    Last week I hosted a livestream interview with Richard Garriott and Starr Long of Portalarium. Portalarium is currently working on Shroud of the Avatar. When I caught up with Richard and Starr they were at DargonCon in Atlanta showing off their game. At the same time other members of the Portalarium team were present at PAX Prime in Seattle. I asked Richard and Starr about the latest news with update 9 and about what we could expect in update 10.

    Reported on Sep 03, 2014
  • LiveStream With Richard Garriot & Starr Long (UPDATED!)

    Join's Rob Lashley Friday at 10:00 pm EDT / 7:00 pm PDT as he interviews Shroud of the Avatar's Richard Garriot and Starr Long. The event will be held via the Live Stream page so join up early to grab a seat for this exclusive event.

    Reported on Aug 21, 2014
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