Avatar’s Update #352: Player Made Quests Livestream Today! Shroud Convention Next Weekend!

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

News Announcements

Community Updates

Player Made Quests Livestream Today

Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday October 4, at 4 PM CT on Twitch!  This week we are going to look at player made quests, highlighting Lilybird’s latest quest: “The Stone Dragon” in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley.

Release 70 Rewards Program Exclusive Items (Spooky Theme!)

Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70!

    • Obsidian Order Altar 
    • Executioner’s Mask 
    • Baby Black and Orange Spider 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 “Nightmares do come true” 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!

10/5 Crown Shop Updates

Greetings Avatars,

The Crown Shop is packed with new items this week including an Ornate Shogun Crossbow, Fire Breathing Dragon Statues in a range of sizes, and Remote Dungeon Entrances! Also don’t forget that Spooky Seasonal Recurring items are back for a limited time until November 8! We are continuing the spooky theme for the Vault with another round of expired spooky items and livestream spooky items!

  • Ornate Shogun Crossbow: The Ornate Shogun Crossbow is our latest addition to our Crown Shop ranged weapons arsenal and is a beautiful example of Shogun design.
  • Fire Breathing Dragon Statues: The popular September login reward of the Foyer sized Fire Breathing Dragon Statue is now available in a wide variety of other sizes in the Crown Shop, ranging from Desktop all the way up to Keep sized!
  • Remote Dungeon Entrances: Player Owned Town owners and Lot Owners now have the option to place a Remote Dungeon Entrance on their property! This entrance allows direct access to the designated Dungeon area from the property it is placed on. Please note that these items are quite large so you will need a large amount of space for placement. The first three entrances in the Crown Shop are The Rise, Tartarus, and Ravensmoor.
  • Spooky Seasonal Recurring Items: With Halloween coming up we have brought back all of the Spooky Seasonal Recurring items to the Crown Shop for a limited time! Get them before they expire again until next year on November 8!
    • Undead Specimen Vats 
    • Giant Lich Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance 
    • Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance 
    • Ornate Giant Grim Reaper Statue with Magic Portal Dungeon Entrance 
    • Ornate Scythe & Pattern Pack 
    • Dead Tree with Spider Webs 6-Pack 
    • Day of the Dead Masks
    • Spooky Emotes: Breathe Spiders, Rain Spiders, Puke Blood, etc.
    • Woven Spider Web Cloak 
    • Spider Web Cloak 
    • Ornate Spider Legs 
    • Zombie Pets
  • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 26 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
    • 2016 Spooky Soundtrack – Wax Cylinders 
    • Obsidian Throne
    • Headless Mask
    • 2016 Grim Reaper Statue
    • 2016 Grim Reaper Mask
    • Nightmare Statue with flaming mane and glowing eyes
    • 2016 Jack-o-Lantern 6-Pack
    • 2016 Jack-o-Lantern Glowing Mask
    • Obsidian Village Home

October Login Reward: Skull Mask

Next week is the first week to login and obtain the October login reward! To celebrate Halloween, every player who logs in during the month of October will receive a unique Skull Mask!

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

NOTE: You still have three days left to receive the September login reward (Dragon Statue with Flames)!

Release 70 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Spooky Theme!

Halloween is right around the corner so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 70 spooky themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 70!

    • Obsidian Order Altar 
    • Executioner’s Mask 
    • Baby Black and Orange Spider 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.

Release 70& Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

The Release 70 Livestream last week was a blast! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

Atos and others also sometimes livestream 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 they go live.

Upcoming Events Calendar

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

Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention
Oct 19 – Release 70 Dance Party
Oct 31 – Release 71
Nov 14 – Release 72
Dec 12 – Release 73
Jan 30 – Release 74
Feb 27 – Release 75
Mar 26 – Release 76

Community Event: Shroud International Convention Next Weekend!

SOTA International Convention

SotACon events are a wondrous time for players to meet players of Shroud of the Avatar.

This is an event run completely by the Shroud of the Avatar community and all expenses are paid for by the community, not by Portalarium.

Every SotACon is jam packed with events with a robust schedule of deep-dives and discussions about all things Shroud of the Avatar!

Players will meet directly with the Portalarium developers hearing first-hand what amazing game features are coming our way!

All are welcome, cosplay and LARP’ing is welcome, and expect a fantastical time!

Day 1 Friday

  • 10:00 am Keynote Panel (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Chris Spears “Atos”)
  • 11:00 am Group Photo (All Attendees photo and Special VIP attendees photo)
  • 11:30 am Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Panel: Crafting, Services, and the Economy (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Joaquin del Canto “wizardsmoke”, Brandon Cotton “Bzus”, Chris Spears “Atos”)
  • 2:30 pm Panel: Player Housing, Player Towns, Player Dungeons (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Keith Quinn “Sannio”, Chris Spears “Atos”, Damon Waldrip)
  • 4:00 pm Weekly Livestream Live!  (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Keith Quinn “Sannio”, Chris Spears “Atos”)

Day 2 Saturday

  • 10:00 am Panel/Discussion: World Building: Towns, Adventuring Areas, Dungeons (Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Keith Quinn “Sannio”, Chris Spears “Atos”)
  • 11:30 am Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Panel: Combat – PVE and PVP (Travis Koleski “List Rostov”, Brandon Cotton “Bzus”, Chris Spears “Atos”)
  • 2:30 pm Break
  • 3:00 pm Panel/Discussion: The Future of SOTA (Starr Long “Darkstarr”, Chris Spears “Atos”)
  • 4:30 pm Closing Remarks (Ezekiel Cooper)
  • 4:45 pm Closing Ceremonies
  • 5:00 End of day for panels


Community Event: Release 70 Dance Party


Project to Support – Through the Moongate Part II Kickstarter

Through the Moongate is the ambitious two-volume comprehensive history of the Ultima series, Lord British, and Origin Systems at-large. Part I was successfully Kickstarted on October 16th, 2018 and covered Richard Garriott’s humble beginnings up through Ultima VI. Part II covers Ultima VII to Portalarium and includes Wing Commander and other important Origin titles.

Part II, which is already finished in Italian, is currently on Kickstarter to raise funds for translation and printing. If you’re interested in the history of Lord British and Origin Systems, definitely check out this project! Also, if you missed Part I, copies are conveniently available with certain pledges in the Kickstarter.

Join the Kickstarter now!

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.