Play Release 117!

Greetings Fellow Avatars!

Release 117 goes live August 31st at 10:30 AM CDT.

Welcome! The Catnip Games development team marks this monthly release of Shroud of the Avatar with new content and improvements. For Release 117 (R117), we offer challenges and coins. En Garde!

For those wishing to participate in any community activities, upcoming one-time and recurring community events have been announced! Be sure to also review the Player Guide and Known Issues for additional information on recent changes and upcoming fixes.

News Announcements

Community Updates


Courage Club: New Arena, New Challengers, New Rewards

Courage Club has gotten a series of improvements! Note that some of these were suggested and encouraged by players, but things got a little out of hand and we added some extra bells and whistles.

Courage Club is a secret fight club where avatars can prove their mettle by fighting several enemies, one at a time, in a small, private arena. There are Courage Clubs in Aerie, Central Brittany, Mud, Resolute, Valhold, and Westend; talk to the local guards to get a Courage Club Key and find a hatch to enter, generally near the guard offices.

After some heavy excavation, the Club has expanded its small boxy fighting pit into a bigger, rounder arena. This improved space has attracted more and tougher participants:

Previously, players would fight five enemies of random capabilities and ever-increasing threat and the last enemy was a champion with a unique name. Now, that’s Bracket 1! (You only need to complete Bracket 1 to receive the Banner of Valor. Also, completing or slinking away from Bracket 1 will now modify your virtue once a day, rather than only the first time.)

The NEXT three enemies, Bracket 2, are tougher, with a named and possibly uniquely-styled champion as the third opponent. Then there’s Bracket 3: three of the toughest competitors, with the final being a champion with a unique name AND appearance.

Remember to ransack the fallen: the defeated of Bracket 1 drop Courage Club Bronze Coins, Bracket 2 drops Courage Club Silver Coins, and Bracket 3 drops Courage Club Gold Coins. Make sure you collect them for a bonus reward! The referee will trade ten Bronze Coins, seven Silver Coins, and/or seven Gold Coins for a reward.

You can choose to trade the coins in for gold and experience once a day, as three separate daily quests, OR trade them for decorative versions of the same coins as often as you have enough: a Commemorative Courage Club Bronze Coin, Silver Coin, and Gold Coin. These coins are always slowly spinning on their edges and have a visual effect glow (but are not a light source).

(Known issue: for now, you’ll need ten each of gold and silver coins to trigger the turn-in for these commemorative coins, even though you only need to hand in seven.)

There are four new leaderboards to track these underground feats: a main one for Courage Club fight totals but also ones tracking fights against the final champions of each bracket.

Perhaps this is why the Oracle knows about Courage Club! If you participate in Courage Club and then ask the Oracle about courage, she might have some feedback on your performance. Who doesn’t like to watch a good fight? I wonder who she roots for…


Release 117 Patch Notes

Below are a list of the updates that are live as of Release 117 in the game of Shroud of the Avatar! R117 is a polish month. Polish, additional improvements, and bug fixes are inbound for R118 next month. We hope you enjoy the changes that are live today as of Release 117!

Crafting, Decoration, Gear, & Inventory Item Changes:

  • Adjusted Founder Royal Elderberry Seed to prevent player from right-click destroying the seed and selling them to Merchants. SOTA-71668
  • Adjusted baits (excluding red worms and minnows) to prevent players from selling them to merchants. SOTA-71621
  • Increased container limits on chests of drawers and end tables that were too low for their size.
  • Enabled use of pattern removers on Heraldry Tables. SOTA-71622
  • Fixed faerie belts showing as enchantable when they are not. SOTA-70162
  • Removed the Wood and Plaster Three-Story Row Home from the in-game-gold merchant SOTA-71655
  • Made an icon for the Highvale bandits’ heads. SOTA-71626
  • Attached an existing elf icon for the Highvale Outskirts Obsidian Elf Camp Commander’s head.
  • Changed house names at the lotstones to match the names on deeds for the Red Barn Two-Story (Village Home), recently renamed, and for eleven other houses that had text not matching their deeds after previous changes.
  • Corrected spelling of eight Perennial Coast paintings. SOTA-71620
  • Fixed a typo in the text description of the mounted minotaur beetle.
  • Corrected Owlshead to Owl’s Head in dungeon piece, blueprint, and recipe names and a book pattern name.

Combat & Skill Changes:

  • The buffs from the store/reward and the no-trade versions of Obsidian Potions won’t be stackable anymore. The Obsidian Potion of Precision had been fixed previously to prevent excessive meticulous collection, but we feel this limit should be consistent across all of them.

User Interface, Store Information, Inky, & Lua Changes:

  • Added the output from /translate to its own chat tab option: Translate. Don’t forget to check this option in the cogwheel if you want to see the output in whichever tab you’re translating in!
  • Added caching for the leaderboards for better local performance.
  • Added some colors to the leaderboard on the side menu, on alternate row backgrounds, and on your avatar’s row listing.

World and Quest Changes:

  • NPC Towns: Updated Justicars’ responses and appearances to help present them as a pan-community order. SOTA-71635
  • Sieges: Fixed typos in siege scouts’ responses about how many arcane catalysts are required for their quest. SOTA-71670
  • Random Encounters: The Altruist pilgrim that sometimes appears after the large battle will now include Port Harmony in their listings of cities relevant to the “Talk to an Altruist Monk” task. SOTA-71634
  • Random Encounters: Updated the data used to direct players to a turn-in NPC for when an avatar has a bounty slip, ecology survey ticket, or prayer card. SOTA-71650
  • Artifice, Malice, Midras, Valhold, and Vertas: Corrected spelling of Boreas in multiple NPCs’ responses. SOTA-71606
  • Ardoris: Shaaria Barista now refers properly to Sequanna Square and has had small typos in her responses fixed. Updated the position of the compass marker for the Peladjar Inn. Updated the signs hanging outside the Tavern of the South Wind to display that name. SOTA-71510
  • Ardoris: Updated the master shields and blades trainers’ responses about themselves and each other. SOTA-71653
  • Blood River Massacre: Moved a dead body so it’s not clipping through a building. SOTA-71647
  • Blood River Outskirts: Moved a floating mushroom to a nearby rock. Regenerated the path grid. SOTA-71623
  • Blood River Outskirts: Corrected the spelling of “Blood River” in multiple journal entries, NPC responses, and compass marker discoveries.
  • Blood River Outskirts: Fixed typos in responses from the Hermit in the tree at the elf camp and Gus the automaton. SOTA-71665
  • Blood River Outskirts: Fixed several typos in the various warrants and manifestos acquired in this scene. SOTA-71652
  • Broochash: Shrunk Umberjack’s wander radius to keep him from walking too far from his “home” on the dock. Added some crates and a lantern near Umberjack. Regenerated the path grid. SOTA-71627
  • Brookside: Fixed a typo in the compass marker for the cemetery. SOTA-71651
  • Brookside: Samael will no longer perform the “squat” emote.
  • Castle Atos: Fixed a typo in Oliver’s “job” response. SOTA-71664
  • Castle Atos: Added a dev switch for a crowd control barrier at the castle steps.
  • Despair: Removed loot meant to be exclusive to the Fall from all enemies in this scene. SOTA-71654
  • Estgard: Fixed several stuck spots at the cenote. A wayward Valhold guard outside the west gate has been replaced by a local guard. Added a blacksmithing station in the smithy. Added a compass marker discovery at the bank. Removed collision from some yellow banners that sometimes blocked player movement. SOTA-71637, SOTA-71638, SOTA-71636
  • Grusk: Reduced the range of thunder sound effects near the lighthouse to stop them from triggering each time a player took the boat to the lighthouse. SOTA-71624
  • Middle Downs: Improved the interaction collision used by a sturdy vine in a trap. SOTA-71663
  • Myrkur: Removed loot meant to be exclusive to the Fall from all enemies in this scene. SOTA-71654
  • Owl’s Head: Added a signpost teleporter by the west entrance. SOTA-71524
  • Port Harmony: Players should now be able to create guilds with Romina the guild registrar. SOTA-71642
  • Port Harmony: Fixed typos in Zouch’s “lie down” and Corbyn Sallow’s “job” responses. SOTA-71633, SOTA-71628
  • The Rise: The “Boss Lich Room” blueprints and recipes can now only be found in the Rise. Local lich Elrin Nayer is the primary source for these items, but avatars also have a much lower chance to loot them from several high-threat Obsidian Elves elsewhere in the scene. SOTA-71658
  • Ruined Keep: Increased the leash ranges for the patrolling trolls that sometimes spawn by the bridge. SOTA-71641
  • Shaminian Hills: Adjusted collision for some of the ruins sections.
  • Solania Catacombs: The exit volume to Spectral Mines once again works properly. SOTA-71649
  • South Boundless Forest: Changed two 1-way climbable roots to 2-way climbable roots. Regenerated the path grid. SOTA-71639
  • South Fetid Swamp: Slightly moved a book next to a skeleton so it can be grabbed. SOTA-71646
  • Upper Fortus: Added some rocks at the top of a waterfall so players don’t see the edge of the waterfall collider. SOTA-71640
  • Vikland: Fixed typos in rumors shared by residents and merchants. Liva will now share her name when asked. Added some props next to the groceries merchant. Fixed Erling’s “crystal” response so he doesn’t say he gave you a yellow crystal. SOTA-71630, SOTA-71632, SOTA-71631, SOTA-70987

Player-Owned Town Changes:

  • Desert POT Templates: Corrected many floating palm trees.
  • Avallon: Added loading background image and loading message.
  • Dark Bayou: Moved island to Norgard area east of Norgard Fens.
  • Umbra: Replaced Umbra Regnum with a new Tropical Island near Soltown on Novia.


Latest News and Q&A September Livestream (the First)

The post-release Community Livestream is Friday, September 1st at 4PM CT on Twitch! Join Stephen “Ravalox” Reinen and other members of the development team for a 1-hour community livestream!

To enter the prize drawings, type “autumn relieves” into any in-game chat channel OR make a purchase on the website Add-On Store.

Please submit questions using in-game universal chat by typing “askadev” before your question. We’ll do our best to answer these questions live on the stream. Watch on Twitch, Friday at 4PM CT!

Members of the Shroud of the Avatar development team stream on — be sure to get the channel on follow for notifications so you can join us right as we go live! Also, if you’ve missed our latest streams, check out our archive of content at our YouTube Channel. Like! Follow! Subscribe! Prizes!!!

Don’t forget to also join the Shroud of the Avatar team and community over on
Facebook at and on Discord at


Sales and Bonus Events

To commemorate Labor Day, until end-of-day September 4th:

  • XP will be doubled.
  • Crown Store sales will be 30% off.
  • Deed Upgrades will be 20% off
  • Crowns of the Obsidians will be 20% off.

    Release 117 Subscriber Login Rewards

    I’m not evil. Why do all my houseguests think I’m evil? The Rewards Program login items for Release 117 are a Dark Gothic Chest of Drawers, Heavy Chair, and Footstool.

    Subscribers to the Rewards Program must log in during Release 117 to receive these special login items.

    The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Crowns, AND receive monthly reward items! For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:

    • 900 Crowns of the Obsidians every month
    • Monthly Login Reward Items (about 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
      • 21 Months: Keeper of the Bond
      • 24 Months: Keeper of the Promise
      • 27 Months: Keeper of the Covenant
      • 30 Months: Keeper of Countless Devotions
      • 33 Months: Keeper of Thirty-Three Corpions
      • 36 Months: Keeper of Thirty-Six Serpents
      • 39 Months: Keeper of Thirty-Nine Tulips
      • 42 Months: Keeper of Forty-Two Roses
      • 45 Months: Keeper of Forty-Five Lilies
      • 48 Months: Keeper of Forty-Eight Daisies
      • 51 Months: Keeper of Fifty-One Staves
      • 54 Months: Keeper of Fifty-Four Daggers
      • 57 Months: Keeper of Fifty-Seven Arrows
      • 60 Months: Keeper of Sixty Swords
      • 63 Months: Keeper of Sixty-Three Coins
      • 66 Months: Keeper of Sixty-Six Gems
      • 69 Months: Keeper of Sixty-Nine Jewels
      • 72 Months: Keeper of Seventy-Two Goblets
      • 75 Months: Keeper of Seventy-Five Rings
      • 78 Months: Keeper of Seventy-Eight Amulets
    • Pick any Dye 12-Pack every 6 months
    • Pick any three of these 7 Obsidian Potions every month:
      • 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
      • Potion of Stamina: Decreases focus use from sprinting
    • While subscribed to the rewards program, players also receive these special bonuses:
      • Obsidian Potions are significantly more powerful!
      • 24 Additional Deck Slots!


    September Login Reward

    Just the size for an un-poisoned cup of tea: each account that logs in during the month of September will receive a one-time gift of a Dark Gothic Side Table!


    Crown Store Updates

    New in the crown store for September 1st:

    • Dark Gothic Side Table

    …and for September 15th:

    • Dark Gothic Chest of Drawers
    • Dark Gothic Console
    • Dark Gothic Heavy Chair 6-Pack

    The Summer Seasonal store items will be available until Monday September 25th:

    List of Summer Seasonal items:
    • Firedancer Outfit
    • Fire Dance Emote
    • Fire Dance Cross Emote
    • Flame Scimitar
    • Flame Shield
    • Flame Stained Glass Table Lamp 3-Pack
    • Flaming Bagpipes
    • Hula Emote
    • Island Spear
    • Island Flower Crown
    • Island Dress


    Bug Brigade’s 3rd Anniversary Party

    Please join us for a party celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the new Bug Brigade, hosted by the Bug Moderators Ravalox, Alley Oop, Echondas, Flair Minamoto, and Justyn! The party will start Saturday the 23rd at 4PM NBT on the Bug Brigade’s Houseboat at its new location in Brekken Bay off Hunters’ Island, where there’s more open space for… guests of unusual size, indicated in the image on the right. Justyn will be spinning tunes on WRFB while the party-goers dance, play party games, and more! You never know what might happen!


    Bug Brigade & Testing Directives!

    The Bug Brigade was established to improve how the community and the development team work together to improve the game. Since the Brigade’s inception, the program has gone through a number of changes and was eventually placed on hold. The stability of the game is as important to the development team as it is to the players, therefore the program was revamped and was relaunched.

    The Brigade has been up and running and the volunteers (Alley Oop, Echondas, Flair Minamoto, and Justyn) are in a good rhythm for verifying and submitting bugs to the developers. If you have reported a bug that has not yet been addressed, please be patient while the backlog is being worked. The Brigade is working diligently to clean up the backlog of bug reports posted by players on the forums.

    Every month, a considerable amount of development time will be spent working many of the verified bugs which have been submitted to the team by the Bug Brigade. This focused effort on bug fixes would not be possible without the recent efforts of the Bug Brigade. Please take the time to thank these bug hunting aficionados when you encounter them in your travels!

    In turn, the development team would like to express a big thank you to the Bug Hunters! These community members are doing a fantastic job bringing so many bug reports to the team, and they’re doing it in a way which makes the process smooth and efficient. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Much improvement has been noticed by the development team and we’re so very excited to see the program’s continued success!

    The development team would also like to thank all of those who take time to participate in QA Testing Directives. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, many issues and bugs can be identified and fixed prior to content going to the Live Server! Keep up the great work! For those that wish to participate in future bug hunting endeavors, please check the forums regularly for upcoming QA Testing Directives.

    Don’t forget, the Bug Brigade is open to all players in good standing and bug rewards are SWEET! They will be awarded on a monthly progression basis with only minimal requirements to qualify. The available rewards to receive in progression via qualifying participation are as follows:

    • Antennae Head Gear and Forum Title 1: “Bug Hunter”
    • Single Ant Cloak
    • Lady Bug Backpack
    • Bug Painting A and In-Game Title 2: “Associate of Aphids”
    • Ant Farm
    • Insect Leg Table
    • Many Ants Cloak and In-Game Title 3: “Bachelor of Beetles”
    • Bug Painting B
    • Bug Sprayer and /bugspray Emote
    • Bug Painting C and In-Game Title 4: “Master of Moths”
    • Butterfly Chair
    • Corpion Chair (Pictured Below)
    • Yellow Fireflies VFX and In-Game Title 5: “Doctor of Dragonflies”
    • Hacked Oracle Flyer
    • Giant Butterfly Pet (Blue)
    • Butterfly Mask
    • Dragonfly pet
    • Fairy Wings
    • Monarch Butterfly Pet
    • Dragonfly Wings
    • Hacked Oracle Crawler
    • Blue Butterfly VFX
    • Orange Fireflies VFX
    • Orange Butterfly VFX
    • Autumn Fairy Wings
    • Green Fireflies VFX
    • Landing Flies 3-pack
    • Blue Fireflies
    • Mounted Ladybug Specimen
    • Mounted Rhinoceros Beetle Specimen
    • Mounted Firebug Specimen
    • Mounted Diving Bug Specimen
    • Mounted Asian Ladybug Specimen
    • Swallowtail Butterfly Pet
    • Mounted Potato Beetle
    • Silver Bug Sprayer
    • Mounted Dung Beetle Specimen
    • Mounted Hissing Cockroach Specimen
    • Mounted Maybug Specimen
    • Mounted Stag Beetle Specimen
    • Mounted Flower Beetle Specimen

    If you’ve come to think of Shroud of the Avatar as your home, sign up and help make New Britannia a better place to live! To learn more about joining the Bug Brigade, please read the announcement thread by Ravalox in the main Bug/Feedback forums.


    Streaming Program

    Streamers of Shroud of the Avatar can participate in a program to showcase the game and be rewarded for their efforts. Any Streamer who wishes to be included in the Streaming Program can contact Laney via in-game mail with their Character Name and Twitch Channel information. If you have already signed up for the program in the past, fear not: you’re on the list and you don’t need to reapply.

    Streaming Rewards Program participants must adhere to our Terms of Service (TOS) and Community Rules while Streaming Shroud of the Avatar.

    Streaming Rewards Program participants must stream at least 10 hours of Shroud of the Avatar ACTIVE game play to remain in the program with reward accrual.

    Streamers will receive a one-time digital reward of in-game items after meeting the program’s requirements: Streamer’s Cloak, Streamer’s Camera, and the LIVESTREAMING title.


    • To qualify for Streaming Rewards, each streamer must continue to meet the minimum requirements for 60 days after application.
    • To accrue additional rewards, Streamers must stream SotA a minimum of 10 hours per month, tallied on the 1st day of each month, to remain in the program.

    Monthly Streaming Bundles:

    On the 1st of each month, qualifying streamers will be eligible to receive 50 Streaming Bundles. Bundles will be sent out to Streamers via in-game mail.

    A few things you need to know:

    • Streaming Bundles are intended to be given away to stream viewers, not consumed by the streamer.
    • Streamers are not allowed to put paywalls in place for the Streaming Bundles. (For example, giving away Streaming Bundles once the stream reaches a certain number of bits, subscriptions, or donations).

    Other Items of Note:

    • Streamers in the program will be included in the SotAbot StreamPop function, appearing in the player-streaming channel in Discord.
    • An optional fan graphics kit is available to the participating streamers as well as all players of Shroud of the Avatar, which includes graphics, overlays and other material.
    • Streamers must be actively playing the game during their streams. Being away from the keyboard (AFK) for short periods is acceptable. If Twitch indicates the streamer is playing SotA but they are streaming other content or a timeout/login screen, they risk being removed from the program.


    Upcoming Release Dates

    Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page for spotlighted events plus links to various areas to post or find events on our forums. The upcoming 2023 Release Schedule is as follows:

    • This Release 117 – August 31 (Polish)
    • Release 118 – September 28 (Polish)
    • Release 119 – October 26 (Content)
    • Release 120 – November 16 (Polish)
    • Release 121 – December 14 (Polish)


    Community Events & Resources

    Greetings event holders and event attendees! So many fun and exciting events are available in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to get out there and participate, make some new friends, perhaps make some great emote, recipe, or gear trades, or get some adventuring and role-playing into your mix! Here are spotlighted events or updated community resources that we’ve noticed popping up lately on the official forums.

    Recurring Events:

    • Lightbringer Isle Auction: This newly-resumed auction will be held by Hemnu Lightbringer every Wednesday at 2000 EST / 1900 CST / 0100 BST / 2400 UTC.
    • The Nebula Time Trials are intended as a fun competition amongst players, but also a way for players to compare builds, playstyles, learn from one another and just generally have fun together. Each trial will consist of a challenge along the lines of “kill this mob” or “complete this quest” and while prizes will be awarded based on completion time, everyone who enters will receive something. Check this main post for links to the individual trials as they occur.
    • Monthly Release Fishing Contests: This will be a rotating, multi-location contest sponsored and organised by Rajazel, The Town Museum and its Governor Diablotine.
    • Trash to Treasure Dropped Items Turn-In: Introducing Trash to Treasure 2.0! Some unscrupulous fella has been flooding all of New Britannia with junk: Headdresses, Wings, Backpacks, assorted miscellany of every sort. It’s time to clean this trash up and so a bounty has been placed on all gear crafted by Coswald Dirthmire that is turned in each contest period!
    • 500 Crown Leisurely Fishing: Sonja Solar and friends are running a continuous fishing contest in Brittany Fort “Now and Forever for All Eternity” which has wonderful prizes and objectives. You can now win 500 Crowns for record fishies caught in Brittany Fort by anybody at any time in history for display in Sonja Solar’s fishy aquarium museum. Be sure to watch the video indicated in the “Brittany Fort” link provided in the first post to see the full explanation of the contest rules.

    Community Calendars:

    • Avatars-Virtue Radio Calendar: Just when are all those talented DJ’s and streamers broadcasting? Don’t just guess, check out there very helpful calendar! Never again will you wonder when’s the best time to tune in!
    • NBNN Calendar: This calendar provides a great schedule for NBNN and WRFB programing as well as many other community events. If you’re a fan of the Laz & Jack show or even if you’re hoping to catch them in action for the first time, this is the calendar for you!

    Community Event Resources: Here are some fantastic resources for tracking down community events or posting your own events. Become involved! Create! Explore! Make friends! But most of all, have fun!

    • One-Time Community Events Forum: Sometimes events happen only a single time, so you’ll not want to miss out on these events as they occur. Check out the forums routinely to spot these!
    • Recurring Community Events Forum: Some events occur on weekly or monthly schedules which are a great way to routinely meet up with friends and to make new ones. Be sure to check this forum frequently for new events or time changes to existing ones.
    • Player Event Trophies and Special Item Requests: Would you like to request a special trophy or renamed item for a player event you’ve created? Head on over to this thread to see what’s available and to obtain more information about request procedures.
    • Player Radio Station Forum: If you want to check out the latest and greatest from our in-game radio stations, go to the radio stations forum! If you’re a DJ, be sure to advertise your time slot and venue in this forum.
    • Player Livestreams & Videos Forum: If you’re searching for a Shroud Streamer to watch, head on over to the streamer forum! If you are a live streamer for Shroud of the Avatar, be sure to advertise your Shroud stream by posting in this forum.
    • Town Directory Forum: Want to find a town to live in or get your town listed in the directory, head over to the forums and check it out!
    • Guild Directory Forum: Looking for a guild or want to get yours posted in the guild directory? Head on over to the forums and check it out!
    • Fire Lotus Tavern: This wondrous role-playing and story writing forum is the spot to be if you love fan fiction and role-play.
    • Community Resources: Looking for links to community and official resources for Shroud of the Avatar? Well look no further. On this page you’ll find links to a plethora of helpful resources created by the dev team or the community.

    So many options to stay tuned-in with fellow community members. Please take advantage of all these wonderful options. Happy adventures, Avatars!


    Project to Support: Avatar Relics

    Community member Shawn Butts has opened a Shroud of the Avatar merchandise store with Catnip Games’ approval. Visit for pins, mugs, shirts, posters, and more here.


    Project to Support: Shard RPG

    Shard Studios invites you to enter the fantastic world Dárdünah, the vast shard of a shattered realm, as presented in the colorful pages of the SHARD RPG! Many years in the making, this system allows players to choose from a wide variety of animal people who are the main cast of the many adventures this otherworldly setting offers. Skyships glide through shimmering clouds past majestic crystal peaks. Giant insects prowl alien jungles or lurk in the sparkling emerald seas. Warriors with blades of diamond and amber duel across crimson sands. And mystics chant in shadowy chambers as their spirits wander abroad.

    • Intro Sheet: For a quick glimpse into the world of Dárdünah, be sure to download the intro pdf! It’s packed with great information and features beautiful artwork, not unlike the artwork found throughout the many pages of this gaming system’s gorgeously designed manuals.
    • Core System Manuals: It’s easier than ever to delve into Dárdünah, World of the False Dawn, with the Basic Compendium and the Magic and Martial Arts books! They contain everything you need to begin your adventures, and include instructions for the ritual magic and martial arts combat systems. These manuals also include 90 new Animal Templates upon which to base your character!
    • Other Shard RPG Products: So many more manuals and gaming materials are available! Everything an avid tabletop role-player and game master needs to delve into the world of Dárdünah!

    So if you’re ready to experience a gaming world like no other, check out what Shard Studios has created for tabletop role-players on the Shard RPG official website! You’ll most certainly be immersed and amazed by the offerings of the Shard RPG!


    Project to Support: Embers Adrift!

    Help support one of our team members’ other projects, Embers Adrift! Check out their official trailer here.


    Project to Support: Avatar Express


    [Forum post by Vladamir Begemot]

    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 commitment once signed up, you can post as much or little as you like.

    Writing up your own events has several benefits beyond the immediate 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.