Avatar’s Update #347: Play R69 Now, Labor Day Sale, Dragon Tour 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 69 Now!

Release 69 successfully launched yesterday, August 29, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

  • Comet Return
  • Aether Creatures Return: Aether Dragon, Aether Lich, Aether Corpion
  • Despair (New High Tier Dungeon)
  • Polar Mutilator Bear
  • Ferocious Warp Spider
  • Grandmaster Item Enchantments & Masterworks
  • No-Trade Items as Decorations
  • Release 65 Livestream Items: Heroes
  • R69 Rewards Program Items: Heat Theme!
  • Combat Balance
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

Check out the Release 69 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 69 Player Instructions

Release 69 Known Issues

Labor Day Crown and Dragon Sale

In honor of Syndcon (the Syndicate guild’s annual conference) and Dragon Con we are having a Labor Day sale starting today! All Crown Packages on the Web Store are on sale for 20% off the regular prices though Monday September 2! Dragon themed items are also more likely to be on sale in the Crown Shop (in-game) through Labor Day so be sure to login each day and check the sale section of the crown shop!

  • Stone Dragon Statues
  • Topiary Dragon Statues
  • Dragon Mask
  • Wyvern Mask
  • Dragon Pipe
  • Dragon Cane
  • Silver Baby Clockwork Dragon Pet
  • Ornate Dragon Bow
  • Ornate Dragon Helm

Dragon Tour Livestream Today!

Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday August 30, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to give a tour of some of our best dragon encounters including the return of the Aether Dragon in Release 69!

Release 69 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Heat Theme!)

Record temperatures mean hot times so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 69 heat themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 69!

  • Lava Hot Tub
  • Flaming Top Hat
  • Mini Flame Elemental Pet

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

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 “Too hot in the Lava Hot Tub” 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!

8/30 Crown Shop Updates

Greetings Avatars,

The Vault has a new round of items this week that are mostly from the expired Flexible Placement stretch goal store including the Knight’s Tents and the Large Stables! There are also some Obsidian items from the Obsidian themed livestream.

  • Guard and Combat Mannequin 8-Packs: The guard and combat themed mannequins are now available in convenient 8-packs!
  • Small Campfire: A small campfire is now available for warming yourself on cold nights. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
  • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 12 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
    • Garden Shed
    • Small Knight’s Tent
    • Large Knight’s Tent
    • Greenhouse
    • Stables
    • Adobe 2-Story Village Home
    • /evileye
    • Obsidian Wizard Robes
    • Obsidian Plate Armor

Release 69 Livestream

The Release 69 Livestream is set for Friday September 6 at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be having a Crafting deep dive, touring some scenes, answering questions, and handing out prizes. For Release 69 the exclusive monthly rewards are heat themed!


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: Crafting Deep Dive: Grandmaster Enchants/Masterworks, 2-handed Balance, New Categories in Recipe Book, etc.
  • 4:15 PM: Scenes Tour: Ulfheim (sneak peek), Despair, Aether Creature Locations
  • 5 PM: Ending Announcements


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 “Too hot in the Lava Hot Tub” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream!

    • Crafting Sigil Tapestry (digital)
    • Crafting Sigil Fur Collared Cloak (digital)
    • Expert Crafting Stations (Pick 1)
    • Commission Free Vendor
    • Pale Blue Female Shopkeeper Pattern Pack (digital)
    • Ornate Three-Story Shogun Crafting Pavilion


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

Watch on Twitch Friday September 6 at 3 PM CDT

Are You a Livestreamer?

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

Make a Difference and Stretch Goal Stores Closed

We are very proud of the contributions by our community to our Make a Difference stores over the last four years. Over that four year period we have collected over $50,000 for various charities including Water.orgAutism Awareness, Breast Cancer, Movember, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Doctors Without Borders.

Earlier this year for the convenience of our players we moved all of the game commerce inside the game. The only big outstanding groups of items were Make a Difference and Stretch Goals. To keep as much as possible focused inside the game we are closing the Make a Difference Store at this time.

At the same time, and for the same reasons, we are discontinuing the Stretch Goal Store and the tracking of stretch goals via item purchase.

September Login Reward: Dragon Statue with Flames

Next week is the first week to login and obtain the September login reward! To celebrate Dragon Con, and the imminent end of the heat of the summer, every player who logs in during the month of September will receive a unique foyer sized Dragon Statue with flame visual effects!

To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of September and check your rewards tab!

NOTE: You still have two days left to receive the August login rewards (Fire Potions)!

Release 69 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Heat Theme!

Record temperatures mean hot times so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 69 heat themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 69!

  • Lava Hot Tub
  • Flaming Top Hat
  • Mini Flame Elemental Pet

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

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

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.

Despair Dungeon Tour & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

The Despair Dungeon Tour Livestream last week was quite the sneak peek! 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!

Sept 6 – Release 69 Livestream
Sept 14 – Release 69 Dance Party
Sept 26 –
Release 70
Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention
Oct 31 – Release 71
Nov 14 – Release 72
Dec 12 – Release 73
Jan 30 – Release 74
Feb 27 – Release 75
Mar 26 – Release 76

Meretz: Win a Shogun City Water Home 

Win a Shogun City Water Home & 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 Shogun City Water Home ! 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: Beran’s Reach Market Day

[Forum Post by Duke Vallas [BEAR]]

To all!

The Bear Tavern and the Municipality of Beran’s Reach are pleased to announce our first-ever market day, scheduled to begin this Sunday at 1400 NBT. We will be running our market in our brand new castle plot-sized central market, purpose built to host a series of markets. With 32 stalls, there is plenty of space for everyone. That’s why we are offering these stalls FREE for use to anyone who fancies coming along to sell their wares, with the ability to decorate their stalls and show off what they have on offer!

As this is our first such event, we expecting a few hiccups along the way, so we beg your patience and understanding while we make a few adjustments as we go. All are welcome, so
If you fancy hunting down a potential bargain please come along.

*** If you’re looking to set up a stall and want to let people know you’ll be there, feel free to advertise in this thread. ***

Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 69

[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 69.

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 Sunday, September 8th, 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 New Britannian Market, which is located to the east of Central Brittany.

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

Are you with us?


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.


Resources – Players Helping Players


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.