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

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 “Leaves are falling all around” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream!

  • Puzzle Tree Cloak
  • Ornate Elven Longbow
  • Reaper Sapling Pet
  • Ornate Elven Planting Beds Set
  • Epic Common Aspen Tree
  • Elven Tree Town Home

Submit Your Questions

We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the during the livestream and put !Question at the beginning of your text.

Watch on Twitch Friday November 8 at 3 PM CDT


The Spooky recurring items will be expiring today, until around this time again next year!

  • 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

11/8 Crown Shop Updates

Greetings Avatars,

The Crown Shop is packed with new items this week including Blackbird decorations (like the butterflies),  new Town Teleporters, and Player Owned Town Animals! In addition we have added a set of Autumn and Thanksgiving themed items to the Vault!

  • Blackbird Decoration: This Crown Shop decoration will be sure to add that menacing harvest ambiance to your farm. Sadly, even though this is full of blackbirds you cannot bake 4 and 20 of them into a pie!
  • Town Teleporters: We have a new teleporter type available in the Crown Shop that allows direct connections between Player Owned Towns and various Towns around the world. The first three towns to be added are Ardoris, Owl’s Head, and Central Brittany!
  • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, November 21 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
    • Autumn Fairy Leaf Dress
    • Autumn Leaf Wings
    • Autumn Leaf Crown
    • Brown Pilgrim Bonnet
    • Brown Pilgrim Hat
    • Cornucopia
    • Elven Town Home
    • Red Tufted Squirrel Pet
    • Taming Turkey Call

November Login Reward: Turkey Statue

Today is the first day to login and obtain the November login reward! To celebrate Autumn (and the traditional feasts of Thanksgiving here in the United States), every player who logs in during the month of November will receive a unique Turkey Statue!

Fun Trivia: Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States but the Bald Eagle ended up being chosen.

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

Release 71 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Fall Theme!

Autumn is finally here so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 71 fall themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 71!

  • Scarecrow Mask 
  • Giant Gray Squirrel Pet 
  • Giant Scarecrow Statue

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.

Q&A & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

The Q&A livestream was very informative! 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!

Nov 8 – Release 71 Livestream
Nov 17 – Release 71 Dance Party
Nov 21 – Release 72
Nov 22 – Release 72 Livestream
Dec 12 – Release 73
Jan 30 – Release 74
Feb 27 – Release 75
Mar 26 – Release 76

Community Event: Release 71 Dance Party

[Forum Post by Alleine Dragonfyre]

DJ @DarkStarr – VIRTUE RADIO (formerly Avatars Radio)
RIFTS END 11/17/19 2-4PM

Community Event: Mad Splatter Tea Party 

[Forum Post by Lily Byrd]

NOTE: November’s Tea Party will be on November 17 at 4 PM NBT.

Every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the Month I hold a tea party in my back garden at my home in Jade Valley. There are drinks and eats, there is sometimes music, there are often party games with prizes, and sometimes we just sit and talk about life in Novia. Not only are you welcome to join us but I would like to find out how to have this added to the community calendar here in the forums.

Mad Splatter Tea Party


  • Lily Byrd’s Cottage and tea garden is south of the Hall of Inquiry and Learning.
  • 3ish pm NBT (CENTRAL Usa Time zone)
  • Every 3rd or 4th sunday of the month
  • We play games
  • We eat cake and drink…various teas and drinks…
  • There are goofy prizes for winning games if we play them

See you there, Lily Byrd
PS This is a role playing event tea party come as your avatar


Community Event: What happened at River’s Cross in Jade Valley?

[Forum Post by Lily Byrd]

Have you found this temple? Do you know what it’s for? What’s in the basement that no one wants to talk about? And where have all the residents gone?

Come on down to the Dragon’s Breath Inn in the hamlet of River’s Cross near Town Boundary 2 (or 3) in the Player Owned Town of Jade Valley.

Project to Support – Crowfall

Be part of shaping the next great MMO by becoming a Crowfall Backer! Crowfall is the first and only online Throne War game. You can win. Join intense PvP battles that demand strategy, survival and a fierce competitive spirit. Reap the spoils of war as an Eternal Champion!

Claim virtual territory on behalf of your guild or faction. Capture mines, mills, and quarries to secure resources, build castles, and besiege your neighbors. Scavenge artifacts and relics from the Dying Worlds and install them in your temples to grant blessings to your vassals. Capture lost spirits to do your bidding — or bind them into your weapons to infuse them with sorcerous power!

Project to Support – Avatar Express

[Forum post by Vladamir Begemot]

The Avatar Express is a Shroud of the Avatar fan news site!

I’m pleased to report that The Avatar Express is clacking away furiously. News is being delivered and we have established systems to deliver it directly to your brain.

You can use one of those systems by following us on Twitter at @avatar_express.

Even more reliable due to its fully automated nature is joining us on the Discord server. News items are posted there via RSS.

Or you can subscribe to RSS directly on the site.


If you run an event, quests, etc, please consider helping out by self reporting. The Shroud community is big, and many things are happening that are never seen by others. With 10k monthly users, we would need a full time staff to track down everything that is happening.

You can fill out the contributor form, message @that_shawn_guy here or post in the Discord server that you would like to help. There is no committment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like.

Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immidiate exposure. It serves as a record for others to see the history of New Britannia as we create it, in an attractive format. Publishing in the Express also has a higher chance than the forums of being seen by search engines and random readers, thus bringing more eyeballs and new players to the game.

It will even make posting in the forums easier! You can upload images to your news item, and then link to those images in your forum post. No more need for 3rd party image hosts!

So if you have something going on in your guild or town, or want to be a Reporter, Cartographer or Historian, please join us!

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.


  1. Raven SwiftbowRaven Swiftbow

    I have a question if you get a chance to answer any questions – Is there some reason why we cannot craft the Atavist Robe out of anything other than regular cotton? Thanks!

    1. Raven SwiftbowRaven Swiftbow

      Doh! I figured it out – I see that they’ve changed it and now you *can* craft the Atavist robe out of Carapacian or Fustian cloth. *bangs head against wall* Thanks! Moderator, please delete my comments. Thx.

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