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Portalarium Inks Deal with Travian for EU Publishing

Travian will be publishing Shroud of the Avatar in multiple regions including Europe. The deal was announced earlier today. Travian will distribute the game in Europe, South America, the Middle East, and North Africa.

QA Server, Forums & Release Instructions Now Open to All

Something of a firestorm has cropped up on the Shroud of the Avatar forum with yesterday's announcement that the QA server, QA Bug Forums and Release Instructions are now going to be available to all backers regardless of financial commitment. According to Starr Long, this is being done to remove potential advantages gained by those who had previously had exclusive access to these areas.

Richard Garriott - Goals, Milestones, and Expectations

Last week we got the chance to talk with Richard Garriott about the state of Shroud of the Avatar and all the upcoming milestones for the game. Many people continue to watch the progress of the game closely as backers and players get ready for the full release of the game. Early Alpha and Beta phases have been tested heavily by fans. Now Richard explained that they are making the final 20% push into release. What will the rest of the world think?

Free Trial to Run from July 3-26th

If you've been on the fence about trying out Shroud of the Avatar, you'll have an extended period in which to do so. From July 3rd through July 26th, anyone can try out the game for free, though with a series of limitations.

Offline is On

Shroud of the Avatar development moves into another quarter with a Title III raise underway and developer Portalarium looking to make a big pivot towards a publishing phase. Red Thomas makes his way back from Austin to let you know how crazy the next few months could become.

Summer Telethon Live Stream Begins Today

Shroud of the Avatar devs will be on hand later today via Twitch live stream to take part in the Summer Telethon. The event is slated to begin at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. The team will be providing viewers with deep information about game systems, answering questions and handing out "cool" prizes.

An Impressive Look at New Moondial Effects

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has arrived hot in our mailboxes. This week, the community is celebrated, a pair of design diaries are included as well as news about the Summer Telethon and how localization efforts are going.

Free Trial Opens, Set to Run from May 10th to the 31st

If you've been wanting to check out the latest updates to Shroud of the Avatar, today is your chance. Portalarium is running a free trial event from May 10-31 that does contain a number of restrictions, though "you can still explore hundreds of scenes, talk with thousands of players, adventure through the opening quests, and gain experience". All progress will be saved for those who choose to back the game.

Black Sun Game Publishing to Bring SotA to Russia

Portalarium has announced that it has inked a deal with Black Sun Game Publishing to bring Shroud of the Avatar to Russia and other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries. According to Richard Garriott, Black Sun is an experienced team that understands its community and that it is ideally suited to the task of bringing SotA to the region.

Environments and the One True Oracle Anchor Newsletter

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has been published that provides readers with a nice array of environments to see including snowy mountaintops to a secluded Elven camp and a lonely log cabin by the side of a lake. In addition, the "one true Oracle" is working her way through the design process from concept to becoming part of the game world.

New Free Trial Weekend Begins, Get Started Today

Players interested in trying out Shroud of the Avatar have a golden opportunity to do so with today's arrival of another free trial weekend. Folks will need to create an account and download the client to get started and get familiar with the limitations of the event. You can take part from today through April 10th.

Shooting Solo

With aim somewhat more accurate than a certain trigger-happy green alien, the team behind Shroud of the Avatar spoke with Red Thomas about coming efforts to wrap up some big holes in offline gameplay.

New & Updated Locations & Vile Weapons Anchor Newsletter

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has been published that goes into some detail about the creation of a pair of new areas and the updated Kas Ruin. In addition, the Vile Weapons of the Obsidian Cabalists are shown in a collection of new videos. Lastly a number of community events are detailed.

Battle the Bosses in a Special Live Stream Event

The Portalarium team is inviting all Shroud of the Avatar players to take part in an Epic Boss Fight this Friday, March 17th. During the event, everyone will be taking down more than a few of the game's biggest, baddest bosses.

Limited Free Trial Through March 9th

If you've been on the fence about backing Shroud of the Avatar you may want to check out their limited Free Trial running from now through March 9th. Items purchased and progressed would be saved for those who purchase the game. There are a number of restrictions in place so you want to be sure to check out the newsletter to see what they are.