Avatar’s Update #334: Play R66 Now, Rewards Program Update, New Houses 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 66 Now!

Release 66 successfully launched yesterday, May 30, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

  • 9 New Warding Skills
  • 5 New Taming Skills
  • New Top Tier Tameable Creatures
  • Tameable Baby Dragons
  • Artifact Combining
  • Luminous Atavist Returns
  • Clockwork Dragon Trophy Recipe
  • Heraldry Polearm
  • Leaderboards
  • New User Experience Polish
  • New Emotes
  • Lord British Recurring Items
  • R60R62 , and R63 Livestream Items
  • Release 66 Reward Program Items
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

Check out the Release 66 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 66 Player Instructions

Release 66 Known Issues


Rewards Program Update (and Release 66 Rewards)

We have some exciting news about the rewards program! The items previously known as stretch goal items are now exclusive only to the rewards program (versus also available through $5 purchase on the website). These items will now also be delivered immediately upon login during the release each month. Note that logging in during a given month is required in order to claim that month’s login rewards. To make this change happen we have to set the number of rewards to a fixed number of items per release  (approximately 3) versus a variable number. This change will go into effect with Release 66.

For Release 66 the Rewards are Disco themed and Reward Program members will receive them immediately upon logging in during Release 66

  • Hustler Hat
  • Hustle Dance Emote
  • Colorful Mallard Duck Pet

Here is the updated wording for the Rewards Program:

The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:

  • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
  • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month)
  • Exclusive Title every 3 months
    • 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith
    • 6 Months: Keeper of the Word
    • 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow
    • 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame
    • 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath
    • 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge
  • Pick any Dye 12 Pack every 6 months
  • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
    • Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity
    • Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance
    • Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills
    • Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills
    • Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage
    • Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills


New Houses Livestream Today

Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday May 31 at 4 PM CT on Twitch!

This week we will be showing off some of the new houses going live soon including the massive Pirate Frigate Castle Homes and the Lord of the Isles Castle Home! We will also show off some of the Vault edition homes that have been appearing recently.

Release 66 Rewards (Dance)

This month’s exclusive rewards for Release 66 are dance themed! Just be part of the Rewards Program during Release 66 to receive these exclusive rewards.

NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each month’s exclusive rewards.

  • Hustler Hat
  • Hustle Dance Emote
  • Colorful Mallard Duck Pet

As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Dance til your dead” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT

Are You a Livestreamer?

Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!


5/31 Crown Shop Updates

Greetings Avatars,

The Crown Shop has some great updates this week including the following:

  • Discoball Decoration: This spinning light is sure to liven up any party!
  • The Vault: A new set of Vault items are now available until Thursday, June 6 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, etc.
    • Virtue Dirndl Outfit
    • Aeronaut Wearable Pack
    • Pallas’s Cat
    • Flame Stained Glass Table Lamp 3 Pack
    • Hot Air Balloon
    • Wood & Plaster 2-Story with Balcony Village Home
    • Druid Town Home
    • Wood & Plaster 2-Story with Front Porch Town Home
    • Shogun Five-Story City Home


Release 66 Livestream – June 7, 2019 (Dance)

The Release 66 Livestream is set for Friday June 7! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, and handing out prizes. For Release 66 the exclusive monthly rewards are dance themed!

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: Taming Updates: New Skills, Top Tier Tameables
  • 4:15 PM: Housing Tour: New Houses, Vault Editions
  • 5 PM: Ending Announcements

Release 66 Rewards (Dance)

This month’s exclusive rewards for Release 66 are dance themed! Just be part of the Rewards Program during Release 66 to receive these exclusive rewards.

NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each month’s exclusive rewards.

  • Hustler Hat
  • Hustle Dance Emote
  • Colorful Mallard Duck Pet

WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES!

We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Dance til your dead” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream!

    • Fire Dance Wheel Emote (digital)
    • Unlock Pet Dances (digital)
    • Ballet Outfit with Ballet Emotes (digital)
    • Ornate Dual Wax Cylinder Phonograph with Emotes (digital)
    • Countach Package – Breast Cancer Charity (digital)
    • Aether Vibration Amplifier Console (digital)

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS

We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or in Twitch Chat during the event.

Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT

Are You a Livestreamer?

Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!


Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

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 the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

Complete List of Rewards:

  • UPDATED: 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
  • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
  • UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 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)
  • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
  • 1400 Crowns
  • 999 Bank Slots
  • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
  • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
  • 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 Portalarium Offices
  • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & 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). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


New Skills & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

The New Skills Livestream last week was super informative! We  showed off a bunch of the new Top Tier Tameable creatures that will start going live in Release 66 as well as the new Taming and Warding skills!

Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

Atos and others have also been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when he goes live. Here are a few highlights:


Upcoming Events Calendar

Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

June 1, 2019 – Release 66 Dance Party
June 7, 2019 – Release 66 Livestream
June 27, 2019 – Release 67
July 25, 2019 – Release 68
Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69
Sept 26 – Release 70
Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention
Oct 31 – Release 71
Nov 14 – Release 72
Dec 12 – Release 73


Meretz: Win a Stone Dragon Statue

Win a Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size & earn free SotA in-game items daily!

Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy!

Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more. With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Stone Dragon Statue – Town Size! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


Community Event: Release 66 Dance Party

[Forum Post by Amber Raine]

Avatars Radio and Elementum
Present
Release 66 Dance Party
with DJ Amber Raine

June 1st 2019
3pm – 5pm NBT

Elementum is in south paladis – south of vertas pass and west of Jaanaford​



Community Event: Midsommarblot (heavy RP)

[Forum Post by Helvig Ingvildsdottir]

Jay Nord, the Gothi of Norstead and Helvig Ingvildsdottir, Völva in Helboer, cordially invite you to their second annual Midsommarblot. The Blot is a ritual where we celebrate the seasons, sacrifice to the gods of our original homeland, and experience community. This is a heavy RP event. Everyone is welcome as long as they are not disruptive to others’ roleplay.

Event date: Saturday, June 29, 4pm NBT
Event locations: Norstead (Hammaburg) and Helboer (Kahli)

We will first do the more ritualized part of the celebration in Norstead. After blessing Norstead’s homes and acres we will then move to Helboer for a feast, music, dance, and games.

Details are going to follow. Questions are welcome.


Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 66

[Forum Post by Duke Gréagóir]

By Appointment to
His Majesty Lord British
Welcome Quest Makers​

You are invited to join the Welcome Quest in Release 66.

This is a Player ran event – Portalarium (makers of Shroud of the Avatar) is not represented.

This is NOT a PVP event. Please don’t plan on PVPing at this event.
It will be held on Saturday , June 15th, 2019 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book.

Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish.

We are traveling to the town of Fallin’ Green. Travel to Ardoris, and take the wagon inside of the entrance to Fallin’ Green.

You can also search for the town in the SOTA Map web site – https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/

Are you with us?

Purpose:

The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We do the Welcome Quest 4 items a year, one in each season.

We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. :)

More information is located at
http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases

Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout

With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest.

With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table.



Community Event: NBTT Presents — Daggers In The Dark – The Video!

[Forum Post by Asclepius]

Yes, we do have a video! This is the recording of our maiden performance, in the Sabra Rose Theater, in Rift’s End.

Hope you enjoy it!

Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!


Project to Support – Avatars Radio

Avatars Radio is a community run and community funded radio station founded by community member Amber Okhan (formerly Amber Raine). They air plays, music, sermons, speeches, and they organize the monthly release dance parties. You can listen to Avatars Radio on their website or through one of the Aether Amplifiers inside Shroud of the Avatar. Consider helping this community endeavor by supporting their Patreon!

“This station was created with the love of our community and fellow citizens in Lord British – Richard Garriott’s new world of Shroud of the Avatar. Our dream desire is to serve and share (simply by airing) communities work through the moon towers. We have an open welcoming of all submissions from our community. Talented musicians (be it instrumental, vocal, or mixer), poets, designers of station identifications and other sound bytes, or perhaps you have the face and voice for radio and would like to try your turn behind the desk as a DJ? This station shall always welcome the creative works of the community weighed over that of earthly!”


Resources – Players Helping Players

SotA_NewPlayerWelcome_Forum

The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website.

Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community.

 



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