Category Archives: Update of the Avatar

Avatar’s Update #416: Upcoming Gear Patterns Flexibility! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Gear Patterns in Shroud of the Avatar will receive a plethora of adjustments, Avatars! Expect them to become far more flexible with Release 86! 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

Community Updates


Upcoming Gear Patterns Flexibility!

Gear Patterns in Shroud of the Avatar, up to this point, have been considerably restrictive in how players could apply them to gear. For instance, a 1-Handed Longsword Pattern would only apply to other 1-Handed Longswords, or a cloth helm pattern would only apply to a cloth helm. The list goes on, but this list will get considerably less complicated going forward! These changes should arrive in Release 86 or soon after!

  • Category Restrictions Simplified: Below is a list of categories which will remain. Any item within that category will accept a pattern from the same category.
    • Bludgeon 1-Handed
    • Bludgeon 2-Handed
    • Blades 1-Handed
    • Blades 2-Handed
    • Polearm 1-Handed
    • Polearm 2-Handed
    • Bows
    • Crossbows
    • Shields
    • Head Slot
    • Back Slot
    • Chest Slot
    • Gloves Slot
    • Legs Slot
    • Feet Slot
  • Artifacts: These elusive treasures scattered through out the realms will soon accept all patterns available within the same gear slot. For instance, an artifact chest piece will accept ANY pattern for a chest piece.

With many visuals for off-hand items already available, with even more coming very soon (hint hint), expect some off-hand item patterns on the horizon as well! We hope players enjoy this extra flexibility with gear patterns. We will be introducing many more patterns in the future, so expect additional options for character customization shortly.

Developers continue to work hard to bring new features, content, and fixes to reveal on January 28th for Release 86! Of the new or improved items coming to players, development is still on schedule to launch the new “Well of Aldur” adventure scene. Corpses and coffin decorations are inbound, some to be found as loot, some to be crafted at your Carpentry tables! Also, at least 8 new crafted conversationalists are coming, which feature 8 related decoration items and crafting recipes! New crafted and premium scroll decorations are coming to offer players more variety in publishing their great literary works! And most certainly a slew of new Quality of Life improvements will also be in the mix. Release 86 is going to be a great one, Avatars, so don’t miss out!


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is Friday, January 15th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “2021 is gonna rock” 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!

Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow for notifications so you can join us right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel. Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!!




Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at all our social media venues:


Ultima Online Podcast #20 with Darkstarr!

Avatars! So many of us hail from realms other than New Briitannia, and Darkstarr (a.k.a. Starr Long and Lord Blackthorn) reminisces with Vas Rel Por in a wondrous interview touching upon Starr Long’s extensive history with Ultima Online as well as his involvement with Shroud of the Avatar! Go get some snacks, sit back, and listen in!


Lord of the Isle Bundles (9-16) 25% Off!

In continued celebration of the holidays, the Lord of the Isle (LOTI) bundles 9-16 remain on sale until the end of the month. Upon reaching the end of the month, all LOTI bundles will be removed from the webstore and will no longer be offered. In the future, players can expect new bundle offerings of much smaller varieties. Plans to create these bundles are already underway, so stay tuned!

(SALE EXTENDED JANUARY 31st: Lord of the Isle Bundles (9-16) 25% Off! LOTI Bundles will also be discontinued on January 31st.)

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)
  • NEWLord of the Isle Fishing Expedition (This scene version will work like a large instanced property such as a basement and will feature decoration surfaces to further beautify the scene.)
  • 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 Teralopolis 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 Teachable Emote (/radiate)
  • 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.


New Store Additions: Dragon Bones & Conversationalists!

This week, a premium dragon bones decoration has been added to the store! Dragon Bones 2 can be placed on property or a Player-Owned Town, and works very well with all the new miscellaneous dragon bone decorations which drop as loot! The original Dragon Bones decoration which features a different death pose has been renamed to Dragon Bones 1 and will soon be enabled for property placement.

Last week, 8 premium Zombie Conversationalists have been added to the Crown Store! These 8 additions work very well alongside the two recently added Zombie Conversationalists available through in-game crafting.

  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 1
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 2
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 3
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 4
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 1
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 2
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 3
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 4

Also, the winter store season is here, Avatars! All holiday items will be available either in the Vault or as recurring seasonal items:

  • 2016 Winter Holiday Soundtrack
  • Breathe Blue Fire Emote
  • Breathe Emote 6-Pack
  • Breathe Snow Emote
  • Ceiling Yule Tree
  • Dark Yule Outfit
  • Fountain of Frozen Waters
  • Frozen Bagpipes
  • Giant Haunted Yule Tree
  • Giant Yule Tree 2015
  • Giant Yule Tree 2016
  • Giant Yule Tree 2017
  • Giant Yule Tree 2018
  • Haunted Snow Family
  • Haunted Snowman Mask
  • Haunted Yule Tree
  • Holly Wreath with Candles Hat
  • Holly Wreath with Sparklers Hat
  • Ice Elemental Statue
  • Ice Hot Tub
  • Ice Nightmare Mask
  • Ice Wings
  • Icy Ancient Stone Cathedral
  • Icy Ancient Stone Room Fishing Grotto
  • Large Haunted Yule Tree
  • Large Yule Tree 2016
  • Large Yule Tree 2017
  • Large Yule Tree 2018
  • Menorah 2014
  • Menorah 2015
  • Menorah 2016
  • Menorah 2017
  • Menorah 2018
  • Ornate Mantle Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Ornate Mantle Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2014
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2015
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2016
  • Ornate Sled
  • Ornate Sleigh
  • Ornate Snow Family 2015
  • Ornate Snow Family 2016
  • Ornate Snow Family 2017
  • Ornate Snow Family 2018
  • Ornate Wall Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Ornate Wall Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Music Box
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2015
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2016 3-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2017 3-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2018 3-Pack
  • Reindeer Decoration Pet
  • Scarecrow Mask
  • Small Ornate Wall Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Small Ornate Wall Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Snow Emote
  • Snowdragon
  • Snowflake Pattern Cloak
  • Snowman Mask 2015
  • Snowman Mask with Hat & Moustache 2018
  • Snowman Mask with Stovepipe Hat 2016
  • Snowman Mask with Stovepipe Hat 2017
  • Tabletop Elf Statue with Yule Hat
  • Tabletop Haunted Yule Tree
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2014
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2015
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2016
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2017
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2018
  • Traditional Yule Hat
  • Virtue Ice Crown
  • Virtue Ice Gown Outfit
  • Virtue Ice Shield
  • Virtue Ice Sword
  • Virtue Ice Wand
  • Virtue Icicle Cloak
  • White Raven Decoration Pet
  • White Reindeer Decoration Pet
  • White Rottweiler Decoration Pet
  • White Squirrel Decoration Pet
  • White Turkey Decoration Pet
  • Winter Lynx Decoration Pet
  • Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack
  • Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack
  • Yule Card 2017 5-Pack
  • Yule Card 2018 5-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2016 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2017 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2018 3-Pack
  • Yule Hat
  • Yule Stockings 2016 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2017 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2018 3-Pack
  • Yule Tree 2014
  • Yule Tree 2015
  • Yule Tree 2016
  • Yule Tree 2017
  • Yule Tree 2018
  • Yule Velvet Bodice Ensemble


New Vault Round!

The holidays are here, Avatars! Get your hands on these assorted decoration items and more! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, January 21st at 1PM CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for one week, and then the next, etc.

  • Jester Carnival Mask
  • Pallas’s Cat
  • Tower Town Home
  • Windmill Village Home
  • Elven Elder Fighter Armor Pattern Pack
  • Kobold Mage Mask
  • Elven House in a Hill
  • Obsidian Order Throne
  • Small Obsidian Obelisk

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Avatar’s Update #415: Homes & Lord of the Isle Bundle Sales Continue! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Lord of the Isle Bundles and Player Homes remain on sale for a limited time! 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

Community Updates


Homes & Lord of the Isle Bundle Sales Continue!

In continued celebration of the holidays, the following sales have been extended! Homes will continue to be on sale until January 11th, and The Lord of the Isle (LOTI) Bundles (9-16) will remain on sale until the end of the month. Upon reaching the end of the month, all LOTI bundles will be removed from the webstore and will no longer be offered.

In the future, players can expect new bundle offerings of much smaller varieties. Plans to create these bundles are already underway, so stay tuned!

In the coming weeks, developers will continue working hard to bring new features, content, and fixes to reveal on January 28th for Release 86! Of the new or improved items coming to players, development is still on schedule to launch the new “Well of Aldur” adventure scene. Also, at least 8 new crafted conversationalists are coming, which feature 8 related decoration items and crafting recipes! New crafted and premium scroll decorations are coming to offer players more variety in publishing their great literary works! And most certainly a slew of new Quality of Life improvements will also be in the mix. Release 86 is going to be a great one, Avatars, so don’t miss out!


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is Friday, January 8th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “let it snow” 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!

Atos and other members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team go live very frequently on twitch.tv/shroudoftheavatar — be sure to get these channels on follow for notifications so you can join us right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel. Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!!




Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over at all our social media venues:


New Store Additions: Conversationalists, Statues & More!

This week, 8 premium Zombie Conversationalists have been added to the Crown Store! These 8 additions work very well alongside the two recently added Zombie Conversationalists available through in-game crafting.

  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 1
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 2
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 3
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Male 4
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 1
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 2
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 3
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Female 4

Lately, 5 amazing new store items became available. For those wanting some eerie ambience in their homes and dungeons — a new Skull Pile decoration! A new Programmable Teletype Conversationalist! New decorative swordsman statues of different sizes and colors! (Also, be on the lookout for a new recipe to craft an Avatar sized swordsman statue which is available on the in-game merchant on the second floor of the bank in Aerie.)

  • Skull Pile
  • Conversationalist, Programmable Teletype
  • Giant Golden Swordsman Statue
  • Giant Swordsman Statue
  • Tabletop Swordsman Statue

Also, the winter store season is here, Avatars! All holiday items will be available either in the Vault or as recurring seasonal items:

  • 2016 Winter Holiday Soundtrack
  • Breathe Blue Fire Emote
  • Breathe Emote 6-Pack
  • Breathe Snow Emote
  • Ceiling Yule Tree
  • Dark Yule Outfit
  • Fountain of Frozen Waters
  • Frozen Bagpipes
  • Giant Haunted Yule Tree
  • Giant Yule Tree 2015
  • Giant Yule Tree 2016
  • Giant Yule Tree 2017
  • Giant Yule Tree 2018
  • Haunted Snow Family
  • Haunted Snowman Mask
  • Haunted Yule Tree
  • Holly Wreath with Candles Hat
  • Holly Wreath with Sparklers Hat
  • Ice Elemental Statue
  • Ice Hot Tub
  • Ice Nightmare Mask
  • Ice Wings
  • Icy Ancient Stone Cathedral
  • Icy Ancient Stone Room Fishing Grotto
  • Large Haunted Yule Tree
  • Large Yule Tree 2016
  • Large Yule Tree 2017
  • Large Yule Tree 2018
  • Menorah 2014
  • Menorah 2015
  • Menorah 2016
  • Menorah 2017
  • Menorah 2018
  • Ornate Mantle Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Ornate Mantle Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2014
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2015
  • Ornate Replenishing Snowball Box 2016
  • Ornate Sled
  • Ornate Sleigh
  • Ornate Snow Family 2015
  • Ornate Snow Family 2016
  • Ornate Snow Family 2017
  • Ornate Snow Family 2018
  • Ornate Wall Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Ornate Wall Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Music Box
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2015
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2016 3-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2017 3-Pack
  • Ornate Yule Wreath 2018 3-Pack
  • Reindeer Decoration Pet
  • Scarecrow Mask
  • Small Ornate Wall Garland 2017 12-Pack
  • Small Ornate Wall Garland 2018 12-Pack
  • Snow Emote
  • Snowdragon
  • Snowflake Pattern Cloak
  • Snowman Mask 2015
  • Snowman Mask with Hat & Moustache 2018
  • Snowman Mask with Stovepipe Hat 2016
  • Snowman Mask with Stovepipe Hat 2017
  • Tabletop Elf Statue with Yule Hat
  • Tabletop Haunted Yule Tree
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2014
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2015
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2016
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2017
  • Tabletop Yule Tree 2018
  • Traditional Yule Hat
  • Virtue Ice Crown
  • Virtue Ice Gown Outfit
  • Virtue Ice Shield
  • Virtue Ice Sword
  • Virtue Ice Wand
  • Virtue Icicle Cloak
  • White Raven Decoration Pet
  • White Reindeer Decoration Pet
  • White Rottweiler Decoration Pet
  • White Squirrel Decoration Pet
  • White Turkey Decoration Pet
  • Winter Lynx Decoration Pet
  • Winter Pattern Glass Chandelier 3-Pack
  • Winter Pattern Glass Floor Lamp 3-Pack
  • Yule Card 2017 5-Pack
  • Yule Card 2018 5-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2016 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2017 3-Pack
  • Yule Gift Box 2018 3-Pack
  • Yule Hat
  • Yule Stockings 2016 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2017 3-Pack
  • Yule Stockings 2018 3-Pack
  • Yule Tree 2014
  • Yule Tree 2015
  • Yule Tree 2016
  • Yule Tree 2017
  • Yule Tree 2018
  • Yule Velvet Bodice Ensemble


New Vault Round!

The holidays are here, Avatars! Get your hands on these assorted decoration items and more! The current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, January 14th at 1PM CT. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for one week, and then the next, etc.

  • Buckskin Foal Decoration Pet
  • Aeronaut Wearable Pack
  • Brown Chaperon Hat
  • Obsidian Tower (Village Home)
  • Elven Fighter Armor
  • Lava Hot Tub
  • Arrow Trap
  • Large Knight’s Tent
  • Saddle with Stand

 

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Avatar’s Update #414: Happy New Year, Avatars! New Store Additions! New Vault Round!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

As many within community and the development team take a break during the holidays, we wish everyone a happy, safe, and restful time! 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

Community Updates


Happy New Year, Avatars!

Happy New Year, Avatars! While the development team continues to spend some extra time with loved ones, we hope the new year brings everyone much happiness. The team is anxious to dive back to regular hours on Monday morning fully charged to bring you all great content and improvements for 2021! We’ll be back on track to provide weekly development updates starting next Friday as well.

We hope everyone stays healthy and safe during their celebrations, and for those that don’t have balmy winters, stay warm! Happy Holidays, Avatars!

NOTE: We mistakenly only submitted sale prices to 80 of the store homes. As a result, we’ll be submitting a patch shortly to add the discounts to the remaining 40 or so homes that got missed, AND we’ll be extending the home sales an additional week as a result.

UPDATE, LORD OF THE ISLE (LOTI) BUNDLES (9-16): Don’t miss out if you were on the fence about becoming a LOTI supporter — LOTI bundles 9-16 are on sale for 25% Off!

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Avatar’s Update #413: Season’s Greetings from the Development Team!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

As many within community and the development team take a break during the holidays, we wish everyone a happy, safe, and restful time! 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

Community Updates


Season’s Greetings from the Development Team!

Season’s Greetings, Avatars! As the development team spends some extra time with family and friends, we wanted to express our deepest appreciation and admiration for the community. So many of you have done so many wonderful things for each other as well as the development team, and because of this amazing community, we’re continually inspired and motivated to forge ahead and provide new content, features, and improvements.

Through your support and love for project, as well as your dedicated efforts to help us improve the game, we believe each and every year ahead, Shroud of the Avatar will improve and become home to more and more players throughout the world. Please take some time this holiday season to express your thanks and appreciation to your fellow community members, family, and friends. We hope you all have a happy holiday season. Stay safe! Stay warm! And be on the lookout for those that might just need a little extra holiday cheer to brighten their day. Happy Holidays, Avatars!

For those that missed the Christmas caroling from two of our most famous New Britannians, Maxine (Lead Vocals) and Chris Spears (Back-Up Vocals), no worries! Here’s the video from yesterday’s caroling event:


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Avatar’s Update #412: Play Release 85 Now! Well of Aldur Update! Decorative Framed Maps! New Bone Decorations! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Adventurers, ready your weapons! Shroud of the Avatar has just placed the Well of Aldur onto QA for player testing! Expect this new adventure scene to go fully live on Release 86. Sales, sales, and even more sales events are live! Don’t miss out! Also, more information has been revealed about the new collectible framed maps! And be sure to check out all the new bone decorations — so many to choose from and to discover! These exciting updates and more are outlined below for Release 85! 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

Community Updates


Well of Aldur Update!

New Britannians! Soon, a mystical and mysterious adventure scene will be coming to players of Shroud of the Avatar. “The Well of Aldur” is a scene for Episode 2 Access holders which will feature a variety of activities to challenge even the most stalwart of Avatars! Many finishing touches still need to be done, but the images shown are a great example of the work in progress. World builders List Rostov and Sannio are both hard at work to complete this wondrously ethereal adventure scene, with a full launch expected for Release 86 on January 28th. Sannio has shared a small teaser for what to expect:

“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.”

Players can expect a variety of challenges such as a jump puzzle with a reward upon reaching its end. Also, a boss fight with new mechanics will become available to players, as well as new unique loot for the scene. As of today for Release 85, players will be able to reach “The Well of Aldur” for testing purposes on the QA server. If interested, message an online developer for teleportation to the scene. Please report all related bugs and feedback items on the QA bug reporting/feedback section of the forums. Stay tuned for more information as the scene develops. Happy adventures, Avatars!


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is Friday, December 18th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “let it snow” 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!


Crowns, Homes, Deeds, Deed Upgrades & Two-Hour Flash Sales!

In celebration of the upcoming holidays, various sales will begin on Thursday morning and extend from December 17th to January 4th. The following sales will be available:

  • Crowns 20% Off!
  • Crown Store Deeds 25% Off!
  • Deed Upgrades 25% Off!
  • Crown Store Homes 25% Off!
  • Episode 2 Access Discounted to $14!
  • 2-Hour Flash Sales!

To upgrade a deed, place the deed into your inventory, then right-click the deed to reveal upgrade options. And be sure to watch your clocks, Avatars! A new batch of 9 sale items will rotate into the in-game Crown Store every 2 hours! Happy shopping, Avatars!


Decorative Framed Maps!

Upon Release 84, two new decorative framed maps were immediately available to players of Shroud of the Avatar, but during R84 the remaining 24 framed maps became available! These framed maps can be crafted by players, but the recipes can be significantly challenging to locate and are scattered widely throughout New Britannia in various monster loot tables. Well, no worries. Caravaggios Wolf is here to help!

[SPOILERS] Caravaggios Wolf is a prominent art dealer NPC in Ardoris, who is located in an art store just on the edges of the main market square. If a player prompts Caravaggios with the phrase “framed maps” phrase, Caravaggios will provide his knowledge of these recipes and even provide a book which was written by one of his colleagues. This book has very helpful information as to the location for each of these recipes.

If players would like to see a variety of these framed maps in-game, be sure to pop on by Cypher Black’s art museum in the Player-Owned Town of Whyte Roc. Nearly a half of these crafted framed maps are already on display, many of which have been donated by community members supporting the museum. More collections such as this will be coming in the future, so keep your eyes open, Avatars!


New Bone Decorations!

As of Release 85, a wide range of bone type decorations will be featured as loot, crafted items, or even upcoming store items. Some of these bone decorations already served as crafting components, but now they can also be placed as decorations! Here’s a quick summary of where to find all these recently added or upcoming decorations for all you bone collectors out there!

In the above image, the following bones are shown:

  • Dragon Claw (Loot – Drops from non-clockwork dragons)
  • Dragon Leg Bone (Loot – Drops from non-clockwork dragons)
  • Dragon Rib (Loot – Drops from non-clockwork dragons)
  • Dragon Jaw (Loot – Drops from non-clockwork dragons)
  • Dragon Skull (Crafted – Recipe Drops from Chest Mimics and Barrel Mimics, uses any non-clockwork dragon head)

The massive Reinforced Dragon Skull decoration will appear on the Crown Store on January 22nd!

The Dragon Bones 2 decoration will appear on the Crown Store on January 15th, and can be placed on player property as well as a Player-Owned Town (POT). The original POT Dragon Bones decoration, which is significantly different, has been renamed to Dragon Bones 1. Expect changes to that decoration item in the future allowing it to be placed on player property as well.

This creepy Skull Pile decoration will appear on the Crown Store on January 1st!

The recently added Bone Pile decorations (3 versions) are a wonderful touch for any player-created dungeon scene, and the recipes to craft these are in Xenos.

Pictured above is the variety of additional bones, many of which were already available as crafting components but can now be placed as decorations:

  • Skeleton Pelvic Bones (Loot – Drops from skeletons)
  • Troll Pelvic Bones (Loot – Drops from trolls, renamed from Troll Hip Bone)
  • Skeleton Bones (Loot – Drops from Skeletons)
  • Dragon Neck Bone (Loot – Drops from non-clockwork dragons)
  • Pristine Rib Cage (Loot – Drops from skeletons)

We hope you all enjoy collecting and decorating with these new bone decorations. Expect more bone decorations to come in the future, and be on the lookout for additional recipes which drop as loot from creatures to utilize some of these bones for crafting!


Craftable Zombie Conversationalists!

The game of Shroud of the Avatar features a wide variety of Conversationalists. These decorative NPCs allow players to insert custom interactive conversations which other players can enjoy. Whether you’re sharing information about your vendors, town, guild, or even creating a custom storyline, these amazing items inspire creativity throughout the community and add a considerable bit of flair to any in-game town or property.

As more Conversationalists are added to the game, most of which are premium Crown Store items, there are additional crafted or looted Conversationalists coming with R85, with even more crafted and looted varieties coming just on the horizon! Just added for Release 85 are two new Zombie Conversationalist alchemy recipes, which can be looted from Ebon Dawn casters. Here’s a quick summary of non-premium Conversationalists, to include the ones which went live with R85, and the ones which will be coming to a recipe or a loot table near you!

Recently added crafted Conversationalists:

  • Conversationalist, Beggar Male 1 (Crafted – Recipe sold in Xenos)
  • Conversationalist, Beggar Female 1 (Crafted – Recipe sold in Xenos)

Conversationalists added with Release 85:

  • Conversationalist, Putrid Zombie Male 1 (Crafted – Recipe drops from Ebon Dawn casters)
  • Conversationalist, Putrid Zombie Female 1 (Crafted – Recipe drops from Ebon Dawn casters)

Crafted/Looted Conversationalists slated to arrive in the future:

  • Conversationalist, Imp
  • Conversationalist, Child Male
  • Conversationalist, Child Female
  • Conversationalist, Child Elf
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Child Male 1
  • Conversationalist, Zombie Child Female 1
  • Conversationalist, Oracle Crawler
  • Conversationalist, Oracle Flyer
  • Conversationalist, Clockwork Monkey
  • Conversationalist, Baby Dragon (All Colors)

We hope utilizing the Inkle Studios “Ink” conversation system has become a joyful endeavor within the game. Six additional Zombie Conversationalists will arrive to the Crown Store on January 8th. Expect many more Conversationalists to arrive in the future as this system continues to develop.


Supply Bundle Decorations!

For years, players of Shroud of the Avatar have been looting a variety of “Supply Bundles” which randomly drop from a large number of creature types throughout the game. Many players open these bundles immediately upon acquisition, but others have chosen to either save their findings or to place excess bundles onto their player vendors. Well, another option has arrived! Starting with Release 85, players can utilize Grey, Yellow, Blue and Orange bundles as decorations! Stack’em high! Flip’em on their sides! Resize them! Put other decorations on top of them! Most importantly, we hope you enjoy them.


Patterns & Cabalist Hoods!

Many players of Shroud of the Avatar have spent considerable effort and time acquiring impressive collections of Cabalist Hoods which are desired by players for their excellent stat bonuses. Until now, if a player wanted to receive these bonuses, they were forced to display the hood’s appearance or utilize the “Hide Helm” feature. Patterns could not be applied to these hoods or any artifacts for that matter, but no longer! Live today for Release 85, all 8 Cabalist Hoods will accept cloth head patterns. This new option will allow those hood wearers to vary their appearance significantly. The following hoods will receive this update:

  • Cabalist Avara Hood
  • Cabalist Corpus Hood
  • Cabalist Dolus Hood
  • Cabalist Fastus Hood
  • Cabalist Indigno Hood
  • Cabalist Nefario Hood
  • Cabalist Nefas Hood
  • Cabalist Temna Hood

In the near future, expect many more artifact varieties to receive pattern capabilities. We hope players enjoy this new flexibility for altering one’s appearance. So many more exciting new features and Quality of Life improvements are inbound, Avatars! So, stay tuned!

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Avatar’s Update #411: Patterns & Cabalist Hoods! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Adventurers rejoice! The brave souls of Shroud of the Avatar possessing Cabalist Hoods will soon be able to alter their hood’s appearance by applying patterns. 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

Community Updates


Patterns & Cabalist Hoods!

Many players of Shroud of the Avatar have spent considerable effort and time acquiring impressive collections of Cabalist Hoods which are desired by players for their excellent stat bonuses. Until now, if a player wanted to receive these bonuses, they were forced to display the hood’s appearance or utilize the “Hide Helm” feature. Patterns could not be applied to these hoods or any artifacts for that matter, but no longer! Coming on Release 85 next Thursday, all 8 Cabalist Hoods will accept cloth head patterns. This new option will allow those hood wearers to vary their appearance significantly. The following hoods will receive this update:

  • Cabalist Avara Hood
  • Cabalist Corpus Hood
  • Cabalist Dolus Hood
  • Cabalist Fastus Hood
  • Cabalist Indigno Hood
  • Cabalist Nefario Hood
  • Cabalist Nefas Hood
  • Cabalist Temna Hood

In the near future, expect many more artifact varieties to receive pattern capabilities. We hope players enjoy this new flexibility for altering one’s appearance. So many more exciting new features and Quality of Life improvements are inbound, Avatars! So, stay tuned!


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is Friday, December 11th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “let it snow” 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!

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Avatar’s Update #410: Streamer Rewards Program Update! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Attention! More information about the Streamer Rewards Program has been released for streamers of  Shroud of the Avatar! 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

Community Updates


Updates to the Streamer Rewards Program!

Several months ago, a program was proposed for the Streamers of Shroud of the Avatar. The ultimate goal being to showcase Shroud of the Avatar while giving SotA streamers a reward for their efforts. The program is currently in Phase I, with Phase II technology currently being discussed and worked internally. So, let’s talk Phase I!

Phase I:
Streamers who wish to be included in the Streamer Program must contact Laney via in-game mail or in a private message on the forums with their Character Name and Twitch Channel information. If you have already signed up for the program in the past, fear not, you’re on the list, and you don’t need to reapply.

  • Streaming Rewards Program participants must adhere to our Terms of Service (TOS) and Community Rules while Streaming Shroud of the Avatar.
  • Streaming Rewards Program participants must stream at least 10 hours of Shroud of the Avatar ACTIVE game play to remain in the program with reward accrual.

Streamers will receive a one-time digital reward of in-game items after meeting the program’s requirements: Streamer’s Cloak, Streamer’s Camera, and a brand-new LIVESTREAMING title. Future incremental rewards will occur at 6-month intervals. (More information to come).

Rules:

  • To qualify for Streamer Rewards, each streamer must continue to meet the minimum requirements for 60 days after application.
  • To accrue additional rewards, Streamers must stream SotA a minimum of 10 hours per month, tallied on the 1st day of each month, to remain in the program.
  • Streamers must be actively playing the game during their streams. Being away from the keyboard (AFK) for short periods is acceptable. If Twitch indicates the streamer is playing SotA but they are streaming other content or a timeout/login screen, they risk being removed from the program.

Items of Note:

  • SotAbot: Streamers in the program will be included in the SotAbot StreamPop function, appearing in the player-streaming channel in Discord.
  • Graphics & Overlays: An optional “Streamers Kit” is available to the participating streamers as well as all players of Shroud of the Avatar, which includes graphics, overlays and other material.

Watch the forums for more information, coming soon, regarding Titles, future rewards and for info on Phase II of the program. We love our Streamers, so get out to Twitch and follow them, watch them, and support them!


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is Friday, December 4th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “let it snow” 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!

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Avatar’s Update #409: Homes for the Holiday Sale! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Happy Holidays to the players of Shroud of the Avatar! To kick off this holiday season, we hope you enjoy the Homes for the Holiday Sale! 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

Community Updates


Homes for the Holiday Sale!

To kick off the 2020 holiday season, you’ll find the following blowout sale prices in the Crown Shop:

  • 25% off Deed upgrades
  • 25% off Home BASE prices
  • 20% off Crown of the Obsidians

Rapid fire sales started at noon Thursday and will run until Tuesday, December 1st. With the rapid fire sales, you might find that home you’ve had your eye on double discounted, yep I said it, double! So it’s time to get that home upgrade you’ve been thinking about, or stock up on those Crowns! Don’t let these incredible deals get away from you, keep your eyes on the Crown Shop. For more information about Player Housing, please visit the Players Guide.


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is Friday, November 27th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please” 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!

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Avatar’s Update #408: Play Release 84 Now! Butchery Update! Artifact Salvage Improvements! Crafted Framed Maps Incoming! Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Cooks and butchers rejoice! The talented crafters of Shroud of the Avatar will notice some splendid changes to their butchering endeavors. Also, for those salvaging artifacts, expect some more Ancient Essences and Patterns to come your way! And for all those Avatars out there that have collected maps from the original map system, get those over to your crafting tables! 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

Community Updates


Butchery Update!

Butchers and cooks of New Britannia can now enjoy some very helpful Quality of Life (QOL) improvements to their craft! Here are some of the amazing updates which will improve the overall experience related to Butchering:

  • Process animal recipes have all been added to the game and all old meat recipes have been removed.
  • Process recipe icons now display the associated animal instead of the same meat icon previously used.
  • These new recipes are known by default, but still feature skill level requirements.

These changes will set up Butchery to take full advantage of crafting updates soon to arrive. Keep on the lookout for more crafting QOL improvements just on the horizon!


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is this Friday, November 20th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please” 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!


Artifact Salvage Improvements!

Players of Shroud of the Avatar can now take their artifacts to their associated crafting stations for salvage and receive a far better result! Not only will salvaged artifacts now yield Ancient Essences in an amount relative to their tier, but a small handful of artifacts now yield a pattern which can be applied to your equipment to alter its appearance! Artifacts will break down into essences in the following fashion:

  • Common: 1
  • Uncommon: 1
  • Rare: 2
  • Legendary: 4
  • Epic: 8

As more and more Ancient Essences enter into the world as a result of these changes, players can expect additional uses for these items in upcoming crafting recipes. And for polearm, dagger and bow users, check out these new patterns available! When these artifacts are salvaged, they have a 100% chance to provide a pattern:

  • Halberd of the Sun (Polearm)
  • Shard of Night (Dagger)
  • Xen Penetrator (Long Bow)

It has been brought to our attention that the Halberd of the Sun looks too similar to another artifact. In the future, expect some slight modifications to it to give it an even more unique look which will vary more greatly from the Vile version of the model. Players can expect a large variety of artifact updates coming soon, to include additional patterns, new appearances for a variety of artifacts, and the ability to apply patterns TO artifacts. Stay tuned!


Crafted Bone Pile Decorations!Ready your weapons! Slay your fellow community members! Loot their skulls, hands and jawbones! Craft with their body parts! Previously, players engaging in PvP or acquiring body parts from other players by other means, could apply these PvP trophies to various recipes such as the Skull Goblet, Bone Windchimes, and the Skull Candle. Now three additional recipes have been added which will provide more bone variations to scatter around your dungeons, homes, and basements! Recipes for the following items were added:

  • Bone Pile 1
  • Bone Pile 2
  • Bone Pile 3

If you wish to send a shiver down the spines of your guests, be sure to stack them high! These bone piles can be stacked on top of each other, and their recipes are available from the decoration merchant in Xenos above the bank. To accompany these new bone pile craftable decorations, on January 1st, a Skull Pile will be added to the Crown Store! Happy bone collecting, Avatars!


Crafted Framed Maps Incoming!

Originally, Shroud of the Avatar featured a map system which was accessible by using map type inventory items obtained through loot and merchant transactions. Now, developers are hard at work converting these maps into player placeable decorations! Not only will all these maps have a decoration version, but each map will have its own crafting recipes which will drop in mysterious and deadly locations throughout the game. The first two of these new recipes should arrive in-game upon the first patch after Release, and others will be soon to follow in the weeks ahead.

Soon to Arrive:

  • Recipe: Framed Map of Ardoris (Fauns)
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Kingsroad (Daemons)

Arriving Later:

  • Recipe: Framed Map of Braemar
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Deep Ravenswood
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Graff Gem Mines Entrance
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Grunvald Shardfall
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Kingsport
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Mysterious Swamp
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Northmarsh
  • Recipe: Framed Map of North Ravenswood
  • Recipe: Framed Map of North Valeway
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Ruined Keep
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Owl’s Head
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Ravensmoor
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Ruins of Ravensmoor
  • Recipe: Framed Worn Map of Ruins of Ravensmoor
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Solace Bridge
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Soltown
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Southmarsh
  • Recipe: Framed Map of South Ravenswood
  • Recipe: Framed Map of South Valeway
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Veiled Swamp
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Vertas Pass
  • Recipe: Framed Map of West Ravenswood
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Wynton’s Folly
  • Recipe: Framed Map of Wyrmsands

As these map recipes continue to patch into the game, adventurers will start noticing them in loot throughout all of New Britannia, each dropping from a particular creature or in a particular location. Some will be harder to find than others, but ultimately, players will have approximately 26 map recipes to find as they explore the world. Collect them all!

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Avatar’s Update #407: Player-Owned Town Light Limit Increase! Latest News Q&A Friday the 13th Livestream!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Governors, stewards, and Player-Owned Town (POT) residents in Shroud of the Avatar can now enjoy a much larger limit for POT light 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

Community Updates


Player-Owned Town Light Limit Increase!

Governors! Stewards! Player-Owned Town (POT) residents! Take heed! POTs of Shroud of the Avatar will now be even MORE illuminated! Every POT has decoration limits based upon the town size, and every town size has just received an approximate 50% increase in decorative light limits.

Old POT Decorative Light Limits:

  • Holdfast: 30
  • Hamlet: 40
  • Village: 50
  • Crossroads Village: 60
  • Town: 80
  • City: 100
  • Metropolis: 130
  • Municipality: 160
  • Megalopolis: 200
  • Gigalopolis: 240
  • Teralopolis: 300

New POT Decorative Light Limits:

  • Holdfast: 45
  • Hamlet: 60
  • Village: 75
  • Crossroads Village: 90
  • Town: 120
  • City: 150
  • Metropolis: 200
  • Municipality: 240
  • Megalopolis: 300
  • Gigalopolis: 360
  • Teralopolis: 450

Keep on the lookout for more amazing Quality of Life improvements coming your way! For more information about Player-Owned Towns, please visit the POT store entries, the Players Guide, or the Player-Owned Town (POT) FAQ on the forums.


Latest News Q&A Friday Livestream!

The weekly Community Livestream is this lucky Friday, November 13th at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Chris “Atos” Spears and other members of the development team for a community 1 hour livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please” 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!


Jenn Gilbert Memorial Fund

Through years of gameplay and attendance of live Shroud of the Avatar events, community members might have had the opportunity to meet developer Justin “oneandonly” Gilbert. Justin has been a most valued team member for many years, but is now experiencing an immense loss in his life and could really use our support. Tragically, Justin’s wife, Jenn Gilbert, has passed away. Please, for those that have met Jenn or Justin or simply have love in their hearts for the team, please reach out and offer your condolences. On Justin’s behalf, Chris Spears has launched a GoFundMe page to help the family in their great time of need:

“No amount of money could ever replace the love, laughs, and comfort that Jenn Gilbert brought to her family. But we are hoping to help raise enough to help make life for her husband, Justin Gilbert, and her three children a little more bearable while they work out how to move forward without her in their lives. Jenn and Justin had been together over 20 years, having started dating in high school. Justin and Jenn’s mom, Judy, will now be trying to fill the hole her sudden passing has left in the lives of their three children, JJ, Jax, and  Jayla…” (more at GoFundMe.com)

Even if times are hard and a donation to the memorial fund is not possible, please visit the Jenn Gilbert Memorial Fund page to learn more about Justin’s beautiful wife, Jenn. May she always be remembered, and may the memories of her always be cherished. Any contributions to the Gilbert family, no matter how small, are so greatly appreciated.

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