Category Archives: Update of the Avatar

Avatar’s Update #364: Shroud 2020 Vision Livestream Today!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Shroud 2020 Vision

[Forum Post by Chris “Atos” Spears]

Greetings Avatars!

As a team, we try to remain as flexible as possible to work on what feels most important at any given time. With that said, we wanted to give players some insight into what our focus will be as we head into 2020.

It is important to note that this is not intended to be some kind of binding contract where we promise we will hit each and every item mentioned. Rather this is just intended to be a vision of where we believe we are headed for the next year. Items will move around, sometimes slip, or sometimes move earlier in the schedule, In some cases we might decide that an item no longer makes sense once we start digging into to it and we might remove it.

The obvious elephant in the room that needs to be discussed first is Episode 2; what that means and when it will arrive. How to deliver it is the really big question. We have some people who are angry we are not currently creating content. At the same time we have other people who say they want us to hold all of Episode 2 until it is 100% done and not trickle it out to people. There is some logic to each of these views and where we will end up is likely somewhere in the middle.

Our goal will be to roll out some new content on a continuous basis, roughly one new scene per release. Simultaneously we want to keep the Episode 2 story held back until we have full confidence in our new quest system. The current plan is that once we have confidence in the new quest system we will start rolling out the main Episode 2 quest line on QA only. Additionally, at least once each release we will migrate data from Live to QA and effectively reset your progress on the main quest line on QA.

New Episode 2 content in the form of new maps, items, creatures, and skills will roll out monthly. Our goal will be to average roughly one new scene a release starting with the February release. Long term our goal would be to get to two scenes per month in the second half of the year. Read more…



Avatar’s Update #362: Play Release 73 Now! Sneak Peeks Livestream Today! Lot Upgrades and Crown Sales!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Play Release 73 Now!

Release 73 launched Thursday, December 12, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

  • Player Game Master Tools Phase 1
  • Lua Phase 1.1
  • Scene Polish: Tartarus, Soltown
  • R73 Rewards Program Items: Winter Theme
  • Snow Pavers
  • January Login Reward: Krampus Statue
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

Check out the Release 73 Instructions update for detailed information about all the new content.

If you have not downloaded the game yet, go to www.shroudoftheavatar.com and click the “Play Now” button. The game is also available on Steam.

Release 73 Player Instructions

Release 73 Known Issues

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Avatar’s Update #361: R73 on QA! Player GM Tools Livestream Today! Lot Upgrades and Crown Sales!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Release 73 on QA (Live next week)

An early version of Release 73 is on the QA server! Release 73 has some fun updates like Player GM Tools! An early version of the Release 73 Instructions is also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live next week!

  • Player Game Master Tools Phase 1
  • Lua Phase 1.1
  • Scene Polish: Tartarus, Soltown
  • R73 Rewards Program Items: Winter Theme
  • Snow Pavers
  • January Login Reward: Krampus Statue
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

Read more…


Avatar’s Update #360: Lot Upgrades and Crown Sales! December Login Reward!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Lot Deed Upgrades & Crown Sale!

Greetings Avatars,

To celebrate the winter holidays Crowns and Lot Deed Upgrades are on sale for 20% off through the end of the year! Also you have one week left to get the first set of this year’s Winter and Yule themed Vault items, including some of the very first Yule themed items we ever created!

  • Lot Deed Type and Size Upgrading with Crowns Sale: Upgrading Lot Deed Type and Size in-game with Crowns is on sale for 20% through the end of the year! Originally patched into Release 62, you can upgrade your deed “type” and size for Crowns in-game via right-click. This means, for example, you can upgrade from a Taxable Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed to a Taxable Player Owned Town Water Village Lot Deed, adding the ability to claim a water lot. You could also upgrade from a Village Lot Deed to a Town Lot Deed. This was previously available in the Game Services store but can now be done directly with Crowns. You can also upgrade from Taxable to Tax-Free deeds, with the exception that other types of deeds cannot be upgraded to Founder deeds. NOTE: you can only upgrade types, not downgrade, so you cannot go from a Tax Free deed to a Taxable deed, for example. Also you cannot upgrade to Tax Free Founder Keep or Castle, or Tax Free Keep or Castle (these were pledge exclusives). You can still upgrade to all other Keep/Castle types, including Tax Free Player Owned Town Keep, for example.
  • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, December 5 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc2017 Yule Card 5-Pack
    • Ice Wings
    • 2016 Winter Holiday – Wax Cylinders
    • Winter Lynx Pet
    • 2015 Holiday Wreath
    • 2015 Yule Hat
    • 2015 Yule Tree
    • Yule Velvet Bodice Ensemble
    • Viking Stronghold

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Avatar’s Update #359: Crown Sale! Play Release 72 Now! R72 Livestream Today!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Play Release 72 Now!

Release 72 successfully launched Thursday, November 21, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

  • Krampus Returns
  • LUA Integration (Phase 1)
  • Reagent Agriculture Balance
  • Unicorn Stew Recipes
  • Grilled Wyvern Chops Recipe
  • Fish Sticks Recipe
  • R72 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme (2nd Round)!
  • December Login Reward: Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

Check out the Release 72 Instructions update for detailed information about all the new content.

If you have not downloaded the game yet, go to www.shroudoftheavatar.com and click the “Play Now” button. The game is also available on Steam.

Release 72 Player Instructions

Release 72 Known Issues

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Avatar’s Update #358: R72 on QA! LUA Livestream Today!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Release 72 on QA (Live next week)

An early version of Release 72 is on the QA server! Release 72 is full of new content and fixes. An early version of the Release 72 Instructions is also available for review. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live next week!

  • Krampus Returns
  • LUA Integration (Phase 1)
  • Reagent Agriculture Balance
  • Unicorn Stew Recipes
  • Grilled Wyvern Chops Recipe
  • Fish Sticks Recipe
  • R72 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme (2nd Round)!
  • December Login Reward: Holly Wreath Hat with Sparklers
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

Read more…


Avatar’s Update #357: R71 Livestream Today with Lava Fishing Contest! Spooky Recurring Items Expire Today!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Release 71 Livestream Today!

The Release 71 Livestream is set for today: Friday, November 8, at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be talking about , answering questions, and handing out prizes.

Livestream Schedule (Central Time Zone)

Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule:

  • 3 PM: Introductions
  • 3:30 PM: Scenes Tour: Tartarus (new content), Despair (polish)
  • 4:15 PM: Lava Fishing Contest
  • 5 PM: Ending Announcements

To participate in the Lava Fishing Contest go to Oracle Colossus and start fishing at 4:15 PM (you can also try whispering one of the devs for a teleport). The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time!

  • Runners Up (2): Fishing Sign 9-Pack + Desktop Fish Trophy
  • 3rd Prize: Ornate Fish Pavers + Bronze Fish Trophy
  • 2nd Prize: Viking Village Water Home + Silver Fish Trophy
  • 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy

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Avatar’s Update #356: Play Release 71 Now! Q&A Livestream Today!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Play Release 71 Now!

Release 71 successfully launched Wednesday, October 30, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

  • Tartarus Level Polish & New Content
  • Despair Polish
  • Decoration Palette
  • Gold and Silver Scrap
  • Agriculture Economy Balance
  • Batch Crafting Improvement
  • Wyvern Trophy Head
  • Winter Holiday Recurring Items Return
  • R71 Rewards Program Items: Fall Theme!
  • November Login Reward: Turkey Statue
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

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Avatar’s Update #355: Q4 & 2020 Schedule Updates! Release 71 on QA! Haunted Homes Tour Today!


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Q4 & 2020 Schedule Updates

This weekend we posted some information to the forums about our upcoming schedule including slides we used at our panels at the Shroud of the Avatar International Convention!

[Forum Post by Darkstarr]

Greetings Avatars,

At the recent Shroud Convention we held several panels about Shroud of the Avatar. Most panels followed a similar format. We covered the highlights of what we accomplished over the last 12 months, what we hoped to accomplish in Q4 of 2019, and what our plans were for 2020. After numerous requests we are publishing the slides from those presentations here. Here’s a summary of what we talked about (some of which Atos covered in his recent post):

Q4 2019:

  • LUA Integration (Phase 1)
  • New Overworld for Ep 2 (maybe even allowing POT settling?)
  • Inky Integration (Phase 1)
  • New CS Team Member!
  • Cross Promos with other like minded Projects (Crowfall, Pantheon, etc.)!!! (Phase 1)
  • Paid Ads (Phase 1)

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