Category Archives: Hangout of the Avatar

Spring 2017 Telethon Livestreamed on Twitch


The Spring Telethon of the Avatar started at 12pm CT (Noon) on Thursday, March 9th. We streamed for 12 hours with deep dives into game systems and answering your questions. There were lots of flash sales, items will be expiring, and tons of cool prizes will be given out!

** $142,000 **

Final Telethon Funds Raised
(Dev Team shots/songs/dance every $2500 increment)

As a special bonus, we also offered Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledged a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Spring Telethon of the Avatar 2017 Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:

  • Achieved!  $10,000: /flowerleap emote (leap into the air and throw flowers)
  • Achieved!  $25,000: Butterfly Mask
  • Achieved!  $35,000: Stained Glass Hand Lantern
  • Achieved!  $50,000: Floral Pattern Stained Glass Oil Table Lamp (3 Pack)
  • Achieved!  $65,000: White Flowered Topiary Creature Statues (3 Pack of Dragon, Bear, Satyr)
  • Achieved!  $80,000: Leaf Shield and Leaf Spear
  • Achieved!  $100,000: Large Spring Themed Fountain with Floating Candles
  • Achieved!  $130,000: Thorn Bow and Thorn Sword
  • Achieved!  $140,000: Thorn Wand, Thorn Staff, Thorn Mace, and Thorn 2-Handed Sword
  • $150,000: Mini-Mushroom Psilocybin Monster Pet (sends out cloud of spores that makes avatars drunk)


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 37 Postmortem


UPDATE! Livestream has concluded. You can now watch the recording on YouTube here:

Original Announcement:

Join us Tuesday, December 20th at 3:00 PM Central (21:00 UTC) on Twitch for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! The team will be chatting about the upcoming Release 37, the recent holiday events, and looking ahead to what’s going on in the next year!

As always, we will be giving out rare Lord British artifacts of immense power and glory, and answering your latest questions. For a chance to win an artifact, or to speak your voice on the latest game changes, be in Discord chat during the livestream. There will be multiple chances to win throughout the broadcast!

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Fall into Winter Telethon of the Avatar


Fall into Winter TelethonAvatars! Are you ready to join us on Twitch and continue celebrating the biggest event to hit New Britannia since the great cataclysm itself? Today, we’re announcing the ‘Fall Into Winter’ Telethon!


At Midnight CST, November 28, 2016 (6:00 UTC, November 29, 2016), we are expiring the following content / features:sota_grim_reaper_mask2

  • House Stacking in Bundles (only 1 House per Bundle going forward)
  • Adobe 2-Story with Upper Deck Village Home
  • Adobe 2-Story with Patio & Balcony Village Home
  • Adobe 2-Story Village Home
  • Adobe Brick 2-Story with Roof Access Village Home
  • All Kobold Masks (some will still be exclusively available in Kobold Bundles)
  • All Prosperity Tool Packs (will still be available as part of Bundles)
  • Wax Cylinder Soundtrack Vol 1
  • Battle Banner
  • 2016 Jack O Lanternsjuggle-jack-o-lanterns
  • 2016 Jack O Lantern Mask
  • 2016 Jack O Lantern Mask with Glow
  • 2016 Grim Reaper Statue
  • 2016 Grim Reaper Mask
  • 2016 Rotten Armor
  • 2016 Rotten Flesh Cloak
  • /juggleseveredheads
  • /jugglezombieheads
  • /jugglejackolanterns
  • 2016 Spooky Soundtrack

Help us to achieve the following goals during this next event!

As a special bonus, we are offering Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Fall Into Winter Telethon of the Avatar Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:

  • Achieved!  $10,000: Rain Autumn Leaves Emote (/rainautumnleaves)
  • Achieved!  $25,000: Autumn Leaf Crown (increases length of /rainautumnleaves emote)
  • Achieved!  $35,000: Autumn Fairy Leaf Dress + Autumn Leaf Wings
  • Achieved!  $50,000: Red Tufted Squirrel Pet
  • Achieved!  $65,000: 2016 Snowball Box (100 Snowballs!) + Ice Wings
  • Achieved!  $80,000: Ice & Snow Shooting Bagpipes
  • Achieved!  $100,000: Frozen Fountain
  • $130,000: Ice Titan Statues

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Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 35 Postmortem


Join us Thursday, November 10th at 3:00 PM Central (21:00 UTC) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! The team will be chatting about Release 35 and looking ahead to the Fall into Winter telethon later in the month!

As always, we will be giving out rare Lord British artifacts of immense power and glory, and answering your latest questions. For a chance to win an artifact, or to speak your voice on the latest game changes, be in Discord chat during the livestream. There will be multiple chances to win throughout the broadcast!

UPDATE! Livestream has concluded. You can now watch the archived recording on YouTube here:

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Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 34 Postmortem


Join us Tuesday, October 11th at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 UTC) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! The team will be chatting about Release 34 and looking ahead to Release 35.

As always, we will be giving out rare Lord British artifacts of immense power and glory, and answering your latest questions. For a chance to win an artifact, or to speak your voice on the latest game changes, be in Discord chat during the livestream. There will be multiple chances to win throughout the broadcast!

UPDATE! Livestream has concluded. You can now watch the archived recording on YouTube here:

Tweet with us @ShroudofAvatar to keep updated on the latest SotA livestreams and game news!


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 33 Postmortem


Join us Friday, September 9th at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 UTC) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! The team will be chatting about Release 33 and looking ahead to Release 34.

As always, we will be giving out rare Lord British artifacts of immense power and glory, and answering your latest questions. For a chance to win an artifact, be in Discord chat during the livestream. There will be multiple chances to win throughout the broadcast!

UPDATE! Livestream has concluded. You can now watch the archived recording on YouTube here:

You will also be able to watch directly on YouTube: www.youtube.com/portalarium! The final recording will be archived on YouTube after the event as well.

If you wish to win prizes, be in Discord or IRC chat during the livestream! Post your questions in the comments below. Only one post submission allowed, and keep questions to 3 or less. This will allow us to get to as many players as possible.

Questions and feedback related to this release’s specific topics will be given priority and really verbose questions may be skipped, as they can be a challenge to shorten and summarize live on the air. In brief… please keep your questions… brief.

Tweet with us @ShroudofAvatar during the Hangout!


The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Part 2


Summer Telethon Part 2Avatars! Are you ready to continue celebrating with us the biggest event to hit New Britannia since the great cataclysm?

At Midnight CDT (5:00 UTC) on August 22, 2016, we are expiring ALL remaining pledges, including: Adventurer, Founder, Royal Artisan, Explorer, Ancestor, Edelmann, Knight Marshal, Lord Marshal, Duke, and Lord of the Manor 2. To commemorate the final expiration of all remaining pledges, we are holding the 12-hour Summer Telethon Part 2, starting at 12:00 pm CDT (17:00 UTC) and running right up to the Final Pledge Expirations at Midnight CDT (5:00 UTC).

You can pre-post your questions right here in the article’s comments section, or post questions during the telethon in Discord chat.*

What exciting events can you expect throughout the day? An array of fun activities and engaging content, many of which you can directly participate in with us in-game! We will also be giving away a ton of fabulous prizes*, and if the following stretch goals are met, we will be adding amazing new content into the game.

Did you see what was unlocked during last month’s telethon? Let’s make it happen again in Part 2!

Help us to achieve the following goals during the telethon!QuestionMark_

As a special bonus, we are offering Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:Exclamation_Point

  • Achieved!  $10,000: /aeroplane emote
  • Achieved!  $25,000: ? and ! Hats
  • Achieved!  $35,000: Aeronaut Outfit
  • Achieved!  $50,000: Accordion musical instrument
  • Achieved!  $65,000: Mini Automaton Pet
  • Achieved!  $80,000: Baby Clockwork Dragon Pet
  • Achieved!  $100,000: /camera emote with Tin Type Camera (takes tin type black & white screenshots)
  • Achieved!  $130,000: Clockwork Armor (helmet has built in radio)
  • Achieved!  $150,000: Flaming Bagpipes (musical instrument) with Metal and Leather Kilt
  • Achieved!  $175,000: Weather Changing Clockwork Umbrella
  • Achieved! $200,000: /firedance emote with Leather Outfits

Aeronaut Outfit


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The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Part 1


news_summer-telethon-2016_part1bAvatars! Are you ready to participate in the biggest event to hit Novia since the great cataclysm?

Like no other world-ending event in the history of gaming, the first part of The Summer Telethon of the Avatar event is nearly upon us! For 12 hours, starting at Noon (12 PM CDT) until Midnight on July 27th, we will be celebrating the lead up to the Final Player Data Wipe; where persistence officially begins in our game and housing lot selection begins in earnest.

As always, we will be answering your questions during the telethon. You can pre-post your questions right here in the comments section or post them live in Discord during the Telethon.*

What exciting events can you expect throughout the day? An array of fun activities and engaging content, many of which you can directly participate in! We will also be giving away a ton of fabulous prizes*, and if the following stretch goals are met, we will be adding amazing new content into the game.

Help us to achieve the following goals during the telethon! As a special bonus, we are offering Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:

  • Achieved!  $10,000: /fan emote (player fans themself with a small folding fan)
  • Achieved!  $25,000: Aeronaut Helmet
  • Achieved!  $35,000: Hacked Oracle Crawler Pet
  • Achieved!  $50,000: Clockwork Wings (goes in cloak slot, does not grant powers of flight)
  • Achieved!  $65,000: Hacked Oracle Flyer Pet
  • Achieved! $80,000: Tiny Airship Pet
  • Achieved! $100,000: One Man Band Steampunk Wearable: Works with our ABC music system
  • Achieved! $130,000: Organ Grinder Instrument (Works with our ABC music system) & Clockwork Monkey Pet
  • $150,000: Baby Clockwork Dragon Pet

** $145,000 **

Current Telethon Funds Raised

Oracle Watcher CrawlerAviator of the AvatarClockwork Wings

Cheer on the Devs!

StarrDancingFor every $2,500 donated, all developers on camera have to either dance, sing, or drink a shot of alcohol.

Additionally, we will be spinning the Wheel of Fortune & Doom! (we borrowed this idea from our friends over at Crowfall). The wheel will have 14 items at any given time, but dozens of total prizes ultimately will be given away! This includes developers that, if selected, have to either dance, sing, or drink a shot of alcohol.

As the wheel is spun, what is selected will be replaced by something in the list below. Items already selected will be permanently removed. Keep in mind that some of these may never come up, so cross your fingers for your preferred item!

Wheel of Doom Items (placement on wheel will be random):

Dev On Camera Flash Sales
Chris Spears Blood Reliquaries 10% off for 1 hour
Dallas Snell All Lot Deeds 25% off for 30 min
Finn Staber Viking Houses 20% off for 1 hour
Joaquin del Canto POTs 5% off for 30 min
Matt Schmitz Elven Elder Armor 10% off for 1 hour
Rhys Romero Pets 20% off for 1 hour
Richard Garriott Hot Air Balloon & Airship 25% off for 1 hour
Rick Holtrop Stone Statues (incl Dragons!) 15% off for 30 min
Sarah Dworken Obsidian Homes 20% off for 30 min
Scott Jennings Pipes 30% off for 1 hour
Starr Long Wearable Bundles 20% off for 1 hour (incl Kobold Masks, Sigil Cloaks, Satin Bodice, Viking)
Prosperity Tools 10% off for 1 hour

We also have these exciting prizes to give away throughout the telethon!*

  • Store Credits
  • Viking Bundles (Viking Row 2 Story and Viking Village)
  • Kobold Bundles (Kobold Row 2 Story and Kobold Village)
  • Pledges (Ancestor and Edelmann)
  • Lord British relics
  • Challenge Coins
  • Shroud of the Avatar t-shirts
  • Sword of Midras audiobook AND hardcover copies!
  • Razer Gear

Here is a peak at what to watch out for as the telethon progress:

Schedule (All times and content subject to change)

  • Noon: Welcome to the Summer Telethon!
  • 1:30 PM: Brittany Tour with Sorcerous Steve.
  • 2:30 PM: Tour of Portalarium.
  • 3:00 PM: New User Experience & Hospitallers.
  • 4:00 PM: Crafting, Enchanting, Masterworks Discussion.
  • 5:00 PM: Combat Discussion.
  • 6:00 PM: The Story and Characters of SotA.
  • 7:00 PM: Player Housing Discussion with Darkstarr.
  • 8:00 PM: Crowns of the Obsidian, smoking pipes, and Artifice with Scottie and Sir Frank.
  • 9:00 PM: AMA live chat question time with team.
  • 10 PM-Midnight: Royal Tour with Lord British and Darkstarr
    • Locations: Brittany Central, Aerie, Resolute, Ardoris, Owlshead, Desolis, Spite, and a selection of Player Owned Towns (final list soon).
  • Midnight: Final Player Data Wipe! Servers will be offline until 9:30am CDT on July 28th.

Watch The Telethon on YouTube!

New Twitch Channel Now Live!

You will also be able to watch the telethon on at Twitch.tv/Shroudoftheavatar! If you wish to win prizes during the Telethon event, be sure to still be in Discord chat!

Watch live video from shroudoftheavatar on www.twitch.tv
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Warning: Telethon is Rated PG-13 for Alcoholic Content
(might get upgraded to Rated-R depending on rate of pledges)

Expirations and Final Player Data Wipe

While Final Player Data Wipe is NOT “Launch” of our game, we are super happy to be at such an important milestone with our community of backers. We couldn’t have built the game nearly this far in its development without the support and feedback of everyone playing. There’s a lot more to go yet, but we’re about to cross a major hurdle this summer, and can’t wait to cross it with you!

At 11:59 PM CDT (5:00 UTC) on July 27th, we are expiring the homes and basements from the Ancestor, Edelmann, Knight Marshal, Lord Marshal, Duke, and Lord of the Manor 2 pledges. We are also expiring new Player Owned Towns (upgrades of existing POTs will continue to be available). All other rewards (including tax free property deeds) that are currently available in the remaining pledges will continue to be available.

The final player data wipe will also occur at 11:59 PM CDT (5:00 UTC) on July 27th. To celebrate this momentous milestone, we are holding a 12-hour Summer Telethon Part 1, starting at 12:00 PM (Noon) CDT (17:00 UTC) and running right up to the final player data wipe start.

Servers will be brought offline after 11:59 PM CDT on July 27th until 10:30 AM CDT the next morning on July 28th. This gives us enough time to ensure servers are properly cleared and ready for the beginning of Release 32 and the exciting opportunity to make your mark in Novia!

See you on the livestream chat at Noon this coming July 27th!

Had fun attending our telethon event? Stay tuned…

After July’s telethon, we will also be holding a second event on August 22nd. At 11:59 PM CDT (5:00 UTC) on August 22, 2016, we are expiring ALL remaining pledges, including: Adventurer, Founder, Royal Artisan, Explorer, Ancestor, Edelmann, Knight Marshal, Lord Marshal, Duke, and Lord of the Manor 2.


* There will be some really awesome prizes awarded during the telethon, but you have to be present in the Discord chatroom to qualify for each drawing. Please keep in mind that questions and feedback related to each segment will be given priority and really verbose questions may be skipped, as they can be a challenge to shorten and summarize live on the air. In brief… please keep your questions… brief. Only 3 Questions per person.

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Update of the Avatar #184 – 2016.07.08: R31 Postmortem, Lord British & Darkstarr Blood Reliquaries, Spite, Pipes, and More!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 31 Postmortem

Berek certainly had his hands full with his second Hangout of the Avatar this week. We had warned everyone that things might get bloody, but no one was prepared for what happened. While we did do the usual answering of questions and handing out of prizes, we also created art with the blood of Darkstarr and Lord British live on camera! Lord British seemed to handle the blood-letting much better than Darkstarr however…

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