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Shroud of the Avatar Videos: MMOFTW Live - Ep 16 - SotA with Richard Garriott (60:37)

Bill, Rob and Garrett catch up with the inimitable Lord British to talk about the design and direction of his upcoming evolutionary MMO: Shroud of the Avatar.

Bill, Rob and Garrett catch up with the inimitable Lord British to talk about the design and direction of his upcoming evolutionary MMO: Shroud of the Avatar.
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mcrippins writes: Absolutely cannot wait to play this game. Fri Apr 05 2013 8:42AM Report
Hrotha writes: But the animations...? Fri Apr 05 2013 8:58AM Report
rmk70 writes: ^ they are still early development...  Fri Apr 05 2013 9:20AM Report
BillMurphy writes: Yep, as Richard says in the interview: it's all just prototype, not indicative of what to expect when it comes out next year. Fri Apr 05 2013 12:43PM Report
hockeyplayr writes: I have never been excited to play a game this much since the early days of runescape 2 Fri Apr 05 2013 1:25PM Report
EndDream writes: I don't kickstarter but I'll definitely be buying a copy when it launches. Fri Apr 05 2013 3:32PM Report
Zorgo writes:

You guys should have started looking around at each other like the Brady Bunch intro.

In another nonsequetor - to Richard Garriott - I grew up in Enid and saw your Dad's space capsule daily. 

Fri Apr 05 2013 7:09PM Report
mmoguy43 writes:

Fun inverview

PVP missions like smuggling goods where other pvpers will be alerted to your mission and try to stop you. Excellent. This is the kind of pvp mission I was hopping MMORPGs would have. Kill 0/10 players missions need to die.

Friends in your shard-System to keep people you want to play with in close reach. Would that mean ignored people you will never have to see in game? Could be a powerful blacklisting tool to griefers. Maybe this could improve how the community treats it's players?

Fri Apr 05 2013 9:23PM Report
Gravarg writes: I'm a nuturer/gardener, don't let the mean griefers kill me :)  If I had my choice out of any role out of any MMO, it would be a carpenter.  I would run around fell trees, turn em into planks, and make bows/shields/houses and stuff like that all day long.  I've never been one that cared about how much dps I could do, or how much damage I could take.  I guess that's why I generally played healer or buffer, since that was more of a passive role.  I wasn't too sure about this game before this interview.  I was guessing it would be like a UO2, and it would eventually boil down to a griefing bunch of idiots that do nothing except prey on each other.  After watching this, I can see that they're working on stopping this from happening.  I especially love the idea of being able to play solo or with friends only, while having my carpentry shop open to everyone across the world (I hope there's carpentry at least hehe). Fri Apr 05 2013 11:42PM Report
BruceYee writes:

I've been waiting for a game like this for years/decades.

Sat Apr 06 2013 3:06AM Report
Studdley writes:

I wonder if they will be slaughtering customers again, or if he learned something.


Sat Apr 06 2013 5:41AM Report
oobe writes: I'm not really looking forward to this game. But nice for those who do :) Sat Apr 06 2013 6:51AM Report
Jackdog writes: hope it turns out better than his last project Sat Apr 06 2013 8:25AM Report
Holyfleadip writes:

Way too early to make any call on this.  It's not even enough to call an alpha.  Lots of interesting ideas.  I've always wanted my own vendor and I love the idea of off-line play that updates on-line when I can get a network, but I want to see it beyond what it is now. 


Just too early.   I won't make judgements based on the boring combat I just watched or 80s graphics.  I know they are in development.  I'm also done with pre-launch buys.

Sat Apr 06 2013 8:49AM Report
Holyfleadip writes:

I was just checking out their website.  I just can't get over people who back games before they launch (esp with all the failed games we've seen), but I reallllllly can't imagine handing somebody $250-10,000 for titles and toys for tots.  Maybe $100 and lower, but the rest is just NUTS!

I did like the level that allowed you to play in the developer chat, but I'm not coughing up that kind of cash.  WOW!

Sat Apr 06 2013 9:12AM Report
Grakulen writes: @holyfleadip: Some poeple have money to burn. Wish I was one of them! Sat Apr 06 2013 10:02AM Report
Battlerock writes: It's guys like Richard that really give you hope about the future of pc gaming. Thanks for the interview. Looking forward to all the great ideas mentioned. I have a lot of friends that can't always be online or in an area with a decent connection, the offline option is something I'm excited to see. Sat Apr 06 2013 11:05AM Report
ThomasN7 writes: This is going o be awesome. So can't wait to play. Sat Apr 06 2013 4:16PM Report
Grimula writes:

Love all your interviews with Richard good stuff

Really makes me want to play this game...cant wait to at least try it out

Sun Apr 07 2013 3:34AM Report
Blindchance writes: I actually chipped in with 33 $. UO was awsome and if anyone can bring something original to this sad MMORPG world its Garriott. Sun Apr 07 2013 9:45AM Report
Machination writes: My first pc game was The Temple of Apshai on tape cassette, heh. I played it tirelessly after school in the early '80s when I was a wee lad using a small b & w tele and an Atari 1200XL. That first time wonder of what a pc game can be was truly a magical experience. This type of wonder is a kind of primal experience one can never forget. Hearing what Richard Garriott has to say and what direction this will go in, listening to feedback, this can redefine what new is by bringing back and improving what was lost to us. Cheers. Sun Apr 07 2013 11:28AM Report
Grakulen writes: Including the SotA webpage they broke the 2 million mark. We should get some pretty nice stretch rewards. Sun Apr 07 2013 11:39AM Report
Copykill99 writes: i cant understand why so mutch ppl are excited about a instanced old and cheap looking game like this, evevn when its from the grand master of online roleplaying games Sun Apr 07 2013 1:39PM Report
Grimula writes:

Go away with your negative comments hahah

The images you have seen are Prototype videos Meaning they will be changing the graphics alot by the time it is ready for release....Or we can hope that is what is happening

im sure people have said this hundreds of time by now

Sun Apr 07 2013 5:24PM Report
KatlaOdindottir writes: i thought this wasn't even an MMO? Sun Apr 07 2013 8:47PM Report
breadm1x writes:

oh btw Raph Koster made Ultima Online.

Lord  british just acted cool in his name and collected the cash.

Sun Apr 07 2013 10:21PM Report
daeandor writes:

After describing the slider for who you want to play with...

"That's Awesome," Bill says, "that's sort of the ultimate MMO really because you can really ignore people if you wanted to."


Seriously?  The ultimate MMO is one which ignores the MM? 


The interview was interesting, but I remember reading his concepts for Tabula Rasa and thinking it sounded good too....

Mon Apr 08 2013 12:04PM Report
Jackdog writes: as breadmx pointed out Raph Koster was lead design on Ultima. Only MMO I know of that Garriot was lead on was Tabula Rosa which folded a few months after release. Anyway all MMOs sound awesome  in the theory stage, but most suck in execution and release Tue Apr 09 2013 9:29AM Report
Holyfleadip writes:

I would've liked to have seen Otherland, but that one is MIA.  I heard they folded due to some money issues.

This one better do better.  I still can't get those that put 10k into a game that isn't even a beta.  This may fold before it drops off the whiteboard. 

Think positive...trying at least.  I guess we'll see...or maybe not.

Thu Apr 11 2013 12:47PM Report