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!

Please join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance.

Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player):

  • 500 Gold Crowns (4 prizes)
  • Ant Farm (4 prizes)
  • Antennae (4 prizes)
  • Bug Cloak (4 prizes)
  • Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes)
  • Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize)
  • Insect Leg Table (1 prize)
  • Corpion Chair (1 prize)

In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements:

  • Install the QA version of the game
  • Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release
  • Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums
  • Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery.

Thanks Avatars!

LUA Livestream Today!

Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday Nov 15, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to talk about the multiple phases of LUA integration, Phase 1 of which is happening in Release 72!

Release 71 Rewards 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

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 “Leaves are falling all around” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

Watch on Twitch today, Friday at 4 PM CDT!

Are You a Livestreamer?

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

11/15 Crown Shop Updates

Greetings Avatars,

You have another week to get Autumn and Thanksgiving themed items from the Vault!

  • 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, etcAutumn 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.

Release 71 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

The Release 71 Livestream with the Lava Fishing Contest 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!

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.

Community Event: 

[Forum Post by Ragnarr Lodbrok]


I look forward to this event and want to thank the King for his kind request for viking music!​

To be clear, the schedule is as follows:​

3PM – 4PM CST – an ice fishing contest! There will be prizes for smallest trophy fish and largest trophy fish pulled from the icy waters!

4PM – 5PM CST – King Ragnarr will host a special ceremony to christen the new Pax et Virtutem heraldry, then all are encouraged to grovel before his might!

5PM – 6PM CST – Viking PvP to make you tremble in awe!

6PM – 8PM CST – Feasting and dancing with viking music provided by Fionwyn of the Wylde Ones on WRFB.Rocks!

Skalabrekka is nested in a number of towns including Pax Lair and Serenity Isle. Serenity Isle is east of Pax Lair and the balloon to Skalabrekka is right at the main dock:

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.