Greetings Fellow Avatars!
Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
- Shroud of the Avatar Opening Cinematic
- Only 6 Days Until Release 9!
- MMORPG.com Release 9 Weekend Access Sweepstakes!
- Lord’s Cloak
- Darkstarr Training Montage
- Galactic Inquiry: Starr Long Talks Persistant Worlds
- Call for Lore: Player Written Books
- Obsidian Cloak
- Alienware Sponsors $20 Pledge Upgrade Coupon
- World Builder/Level Designer Job Opening
- Upcoming Events
Shroud of the Avatar Opening Cinematic
The opening moments of Shroud of the Avatar where first you learn of the mysterious lands of Novia, and you feel the alluring pull of your destiny…
Only 6 Days Until Release 9!
Release 9 is less than a week away and we’re pretty excited about some of the new stuff we’ve added. Here’s a preview:
The Ice Elemental
To accompany the Fire Elemental we introduced in Release 8, the Ice Elemental is a new combat pet, summoned with a Water magic skill:
The Barrel Mimic
We’re sure many of you have fond recollections of the vicious Chest Mimic we introduced in an earlier release:
Well, get ready for the Chest Mimic’s equally vicious cousin, the Barrel Mimic:
The City of Ardoris
You’ll finally get to explore the city of Ardoris in Release 9:
And to help you with your explorations, Release 9 includes the first iteration of “mini-maps.” Here are all the maps included in R9:
Ravensmoor Dungeon (some maps you acquire, such as this one, may be damaged and incomplete)
Ravensmoor Dungeon (here is an intact version of the Ravensmoor Dungeon map)
MMORPG.com Pre-Alpha Release 9 Weekend Access Sweepstakes!
MMORPG.com is sponsoring an exclusive sweepstakes where they are giving away 1000 Release 9 Weekend Access keys to MMORPG.com members. The cut-off date for eligibility is tomorrow, August 16th, so hurry over to MMORPG.com and get signed up for the sweepstakes!
Included in the basic rewards for the Lord pledge level is this unique cloak sporting the Lord’s symbol, sewn with silver and gold thread suitable for carrying an enchantment. It is permanently enchanted to function as a light source.
Darkstarr Training Montage
Rustic Dragon recently dug out the raw footage for the Darkstarr Training Montage that was part of the $3.25M stretch goal, and is working on the final edit of the video. He should have that wrapped up in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for it in a future update. In the meantime, here are a few snapshots from the training:
Darstarr (aka Starr Long) dressed for training (looks like Starr’s left-over jogging outfit from the 80’s)!
Selecting his weapons…
Bolstering his resolve…
…and entering the training camp!
Galactic Inquiry: Starr Long Talks Persistant Worlds
Call for Lore: Player Written Books
We are looking for our first pieces of “fan fiction” to begin creating books and shelving the Libraries of Novia. In this first round, we are specifically looking for tales about your adventures in The Vale. Submitted works will be reviewed by the Council of Scribes, sent to Lord British for approval, and if accepted, will be published in game over the course of several upcoming releases.
Looking to intimidate your enemies with legends of the past? Well, there is nothing like the greatly feared Obsidian Order (as seen in Blade of the Avatar) to strike fear into your foe. For centuries, this symbol has been synonymous with power, destruction, and dark magic. The Obsidian Cloak, available now at 33% off in the Add-On Store, can be yours to wear proudly, if you dare the consequences…
Alienware Sponsors $20 Pledge Upgrade Coupon
Alienware’s powerful gaming rigs are a perfect match for Shroud of the Avatar! To show their support, Alienware is sponsoring $20 SotA Pledge Upgrade Coupons to members of their Alienware Arena community!
These coupons can be used to start a SotA pledge account (for new backers), or to add $20 to an existing pledge account. If, for example, you have a $90 Royal Artisan Pledge, you can use the Alienware coupon to bump you up to a $110 Virtual Collector Pledge.
Pretty sweet deal, right? So, hurry over to the Alienware Arena website and get your $20 Pledge Upgrade Coupon now!
[NOTE: Only one Alienware Pledge Upgrade Coupon can be used per account. Coupon does not apply to Add-On Store items]
World Builder/Level Designer Job Opening
We currently have an opening for a mid-level to senior-level World Builder/Level Designer for Shroud of the Avatar. Qualifications for the “ideal candidate” are:
- Minimum 3 years industry experience (preferably on a shipped game)
- Unity experience
- Scripting ability
- Experience building, texturing, and decorating natural, terrain based exterior environments
- An eye for detail, with strong scene compositional skills
If you’d like to join the Portalarium Tribe working on the ground-breaking Shroud of the Avatar, please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide links to your work (if possible), either as actual game play or in document form including images, maps, and event descriptions.
We have a very full schedule at Dragoncon in just two short weeks, including:
- August 29
- 10:00 AM: Videogames Keynote: Technology Trends for Videogames (Starr Long)
- 11:30 AM: World Design – Video Game vs Table Top Panel (Richard)
- 1:00 PM: Games People Play Panel (Starr)
- 7:00 PM: Benefits of Commercial Space – From Grade Schools to Asteroid Mining (Richard)
- August 30
- 11:30 AM: Crowdfunding Video Games Panel (Richard)
- 11:30 AM: “Why did they do THAT?” Panel (Starr)
- 1:00 PM: The Politics of Space (Richard)
- 8:30 PM: Profitable Commercial Space Exploration is Upon Us (Richard)
- August 31
- 11:30 AM: Shroud of the Avatar Presentation (Starr, Richard, Tracy)
- 4:00 PM: VIP Design Roundtable as part of the basic rewards for the Duke pledge tier and above (Starr, Richard, Tracy)
- September 1
- 10:00 AM: Q&A with Richard Garriott
- 1:00 PM: Linear & Interactive Narrative with Tracy Hickman & Richard Garriott (Starr Long moderates)
Other upcoming events include:
2014.08.21 – Release 9 Access
2014.08.27 – Monthly Video Hangout: R9 & R10 Discussion
2014.08.29 – SotA at PAX Prime Seattle
2014.08.29 – SotA at Dragoncon
2014.09.25 – Release 10 Access
2014.10.01 – Monthly Video Hangout: R10 & R11 Discussion
2014.10.23 – Release 11 Access
2014.10.24 – SotA at Captivate
2014.10.29 – Monthly Video Hangout: R11 & R12 Discussion
2014.11.14 – Duke & Lord of the Manor VIP Design Roundtable with Lord British and Portalarium Studio Tour
2014.11.15 – HoBLotH II: Legends of the Hearth
2014.11.20 – Release 12 Access
2014.11.26 – Monthly Video Hangout: R12 & R13 Discussion
2014.12.18 – Release 13 Access