Announcing the Summer Telethon 2017 Part 1!

Avatars! Get ready to soak up the summer sun with us. Today, we’re announcing the Summer Telethon 2017 Part 1! Telethons are livestreamed on Twitch and include a complete schedule of developer Deep Dives, answers to your gameplay questions, community activities, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! See what’s all included below…

Summer “Hot Air” Expirations Sale Begins!

In honor of the waves of hot air that will be blowing over us this summer we are expiring all of our hot air Aeronaut items. At Midnight CDT, May 31, 2017 (5:00 UTC, June 1, 2017), we are expiring the following content from the Add On Store (and the in-game Crown Merchants). This means that these items will no longer be available at all after this date.

Before the following items expire for good, we have put them on sale at approx. 20% off*. Check out what’s now on sale:

Help us to achieve the following goals during this next event!

As a special bonus, we are offering Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Summer Telethon 2017 Part 1 Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:

  • $10,000: /smokevirtue: blow the virtue symbol in smoke from a pipe
  • $25,000: Balloons: a small cluster of balloons held in your hand. These particular balloons are black with a silver virtue symbol.
  • $35,000: Miner’s Helmet with flame on top (generates light)
  • $50,000: Flame Pattern Stained Glass Oil Table Lamp (3 Pack)
  • $65,000: Fire Elemental Statue with flame effects
  • $80,000: Flame Shaped Shield and Scimitar
  • and more to be revealed if we hit these goals…

Did you see what was unlocked in the last telethon? This one might be even bigger!

Cheer on the Devs!

StarrDancingFor every $2,500 donated, all developers on camera have to either dance, sing, or drink a shot of alcohol.

Additionally, we will be spinning the Wheel of Fortune! The wheel will have 14 items at any given time, but dozens of sales will happen! Each time an item comes up it will go on sale for 20% off for 1 hour.

As the wheel is spun, what is selected will be replaced by something else. Items already selected will be removed for a time (some may not come back onto the wheel for the rest of the telethon). Keep in mind that some of these may never come up, so cross your fingers for your preferred item!

Wheel of Fortune Flash Sales:

  • Pattern Packs
  • Make A Difference incl Blood Reliquaries
  • Kobold Bundles
  • Viking Bundles
  • Shogun Bundles
  • Elven Bundles
  • Obsidian Bundles
  • All Lot Deeds
  • Water Homes & Decorations
  • Pattern Packs
  • Greenhouses (incl Ornate Glass Roof Rowhouse)
  • Music
  • Emotes
  • Fireplaces and Lamps
  • Pavers, Fences, and Walls
  • Trees & Statues
  • Signs
  • Row Homes
  • Village Homes
  • Town Homes
  • City Homes
  • Clothing and Wings
  • Pipes, Fans, Umbrella & Cane
  • Hats & Masks
  • Pets
  • Games & Gustball Court
  • Dyes
  • Basements

Telethon Schedule**

  • 12:00 PM: Welcome to the Summer Telethon!
  • 12:30 PM: R42 Postmortem (Chris, Richard, Starr)
  • 2:00 PM: Player Housing & Player Owned Towns Deep Dive (Starr, Hutch, Bob Cooksey)
  • 3:00 PM: World Building Tours (Esteben, C-Wolf, Keith, Dan)
  • 4:30 PM: Story Deep Dive (Lum, Richard)
  • 5:30 PM: ONBE Awards & Community Hour
  • 7:00 PM: Crafting & Economy Deep Dive (Chris, Starr, Richard, Brandon)
  • 8:00 PM: Boss Fight! (Chris, Richard, Starr)
  • 8:30 PM: Combat & PVP Deep Dive (Chris, Starr, B, Richard)
  • 10:00 PM: Artifice Tour and Lore discussion (Scottie, Lum, Richard)
  • 11:00 PM: Q&A / Wrap-up (Chris, Starr, Richard)

** Schedule subject to change, check back here before the telethon to for final schedule

Win These Great Prizes!

  • Seasonal Rare: 2017 Lepus Mask (last day to get!)
  • Ornate Chainsword
  • Wood Duck pet
  • Wings and other wearables
  • Several wearables pattern packs
  • Large and Tabletop Statues
  • Trees and Tree Packs
  • Ancient Wall Sculptures
  • Baby Clockwork Dragons
  • Water Decorations
  • Lord British vs Darkstarr Battle Banner
  • Bank Upgrades
  • Remote Bank Access Device
  • COTOs and Store Credit
  • Several items that are expiring tonight
  • Plus more prizes from the Add On Store
  • And several items courtesy of RelicsbyRild.com

We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. If you wish to win prizes during the Telethon event, be in Discord chat! We will be active on Twitch and YouTube chats as well, but they will not be our portal for prize giveaways.

*Watch The Telethon on Twitch and the final recording will be archived on YouTube! after the event as well. Please be aware that if we have any connection problems, YouTube will be the first service to be dropped from the stream.

*There will be some really awesome prizes awarded during the telethon, but you have to be present in the Discord chatroom to qualify for each drawing.

Submit your questions! We will be answering questions throughout the telethon so submit them in the comments section below or through Discord during the Telethon. Please keep in mind that questions and feedback related to each segment will be given priority and really verbose questions may be skipped, as they can be a challenge to shorten and summarize live on the air. In brief… please keep your questions… brief. When you submit your questions in the Comments section below, please keep it to 3 total questions max!

Keep an eye on @ShroudofAvatar for updates before, during, and after the telethon. See you on the livestream chat at Noon this coming May 31st!


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44 Comments


    1. DarkStarrDarkStarr

      We discussed changing the name to something else however since fundraising is still what will happen during this event we felt keeping the name was more honest than changing it.





  1. BrightstarBrightstar

    Question 1: Lighting: Can you fix it so some items are not counted as “lighting” items such as the blacksmith table, smelting table, phonograph and other items that give off very minor amounts of light. It takes away from putting up very luminous lighting specially on the outside where we have minimal light slots.

    Question 2: Containers: Can you create a “storage” container that can hold other containers other than the bank. Before, I had all my decorative containers (stockings, gift box, etc.) in a chest stored away for next year but I can’t do that anymore. It takes away space and clutters our banks which is not really fair to us. I know it only costs 100 gold to buy more slots but that’s not the point.

    Question 3: Deco – Walls: Why can’t we place items on wooden walls like lights, pictures, shelves, etc. Also, what about making some thin light stone or clay walls for indoors, just to change it up a bit.

    Thanks



  2. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

    RE: Wheel of Fortune Flash Sales

    Something I noticed in this list, and it happened in the Spring telethon as well, is that most Furniture is not included in the sales. Could these be added to the Fireplaces & Lamps option, so we can pick up beds, shelves and bookcases?

    Also, are you keeping the Chaos and Virtue sales of double spin or all items?



  3. ZaderZader

    Questions:

    I understand these are a ways in the future…but when you build the Pirate bundles, would you please considering having a slightly smaller Pirate Ship that fits on a town sized water lot? (and land if you do the dry docked version)


  4. EmperorBorgEmperorBorg

    If we hit 250k…..Darkstarr and Berek do Darkstarr dance (see exisitng gif above) in a real Coconut Bra, straw hat, sunglasses and grass skirt………ingame sunglasses that when adorn also puts our character in a beach swimsuit that has its color linked to characters virtue level (ie way Virtue Cloak glows in color….red range to blue range)


  5. BomBom

    I would like to suggest an improvement to the store and claiming in-game items. I have bought several store items now as gifts during sales and then accidentally claimed them in game when claiming my other game rewards. This is especially troublesome when the purchased store items are character specific and cannot be traded in-game, like emotes.

    Would it be possible to implement a check-box system either in-game or on the website where purchased items that customers do not wish to claim yet can be ticked off or locked to prevent them from being claimed along with other rewards?





  6. Doctorface

    Question 1: Any chance of getting some new clothes to wear around for summer i.e. Grass skirts, hawaiian shirts, and some equippable Pina coladas,perhaps ones that can be worn in either/each hand?

    Question 2:What about hats for our pets? Maybe add a pattern for whistles that will make the little guys a little more customizable?

    Question 3: A little self serving here but,have you thought about in game rewards for streamers I.e. capes, titles or, a special deco pet?

    (Thanks for the shout out,drake, Much love!)


  7. Gunmetal

    Sorry for the Newbie question but this is the first Telethon am attending,
    I just wanted to clarify some information, the Telethon will be on May 31st starting at 12:00 on Twitch and I need to also be present in the Chat room for any giveaway prices or questions.

    I want to donate towards this (I believe this means a purchase on the store with a minimum of $5 for the rewards of whatever goals are met) does this purchase need to be done on May 31st, or is it any time between now and then?

    I believe those are all the questions and clarifications I wanted to ask about. thank you all for your help.


  8. ChateleChatele

    Question: Will it be possible to actually climb an object, like ladders, ropes, walls etc and not just click on them and then poof you are there. I actually would love to see my Char climb the ladder or rope or scale a wall etc….


  9. Uncle SvenUncle Sven

    Question: We have heard about the long list of combos that will eventually be in game, when the heat style locked decks come in to play will we be able to create a combo as we build our decks. IE; I have 5 discharge and 5 aimed shot cards to use I make a combo and place it in my static deck and now only have four of each left to use?

    Question: Concerning those combos we have heard about, when will we be using them? and what is the reasoning behind them not being in game yet?

    Comment: Thank you all so very much for your dedication to this project. It is obvious you are working very hard, and putting up with too much negativity (maybe even some from me). Truly I am enjoying the process, the experience, and the game.


  10. Mugly WumpleMugly Wumple

    Question: Could you outline the process of getting something into the game? What is the path from idea to implementation? For instances, a new skill, and a larger item, like mannequins? How many people are involved before we see it?



  11. Warrior B'PatrickWarrior B'Patrick

    Question: for POT
    1. In NPC towns that are under construction you get the Attention: message when you enter. Why not allow POT owners access to that to act as a bill board or notice for all player entering the town?

    2. I need a way to number the lots that does not cost me deco units. Some thing in the Manage Lot Claim cog or the Change lot Reservation that would allow you to add a name or lot number. This way a Governor could place lots restricted and players could request lots by number instead of description.

    3. TOOLS. Need a way to clean up the town other than placing lots on areas to down trees and cut grass. And ability to place/move/grow trees in POT that does not cost Deco points.


  12. John MarkusJohn Markus

    Question: Do you have plans on tieing mail/package system with the world map situations ?
    By placing obstacles on the hex map network (Towns under siege, control point blocked, additional items (like lamps with oil depleted) placed in map) you can change pricing of shipping items in large number. If a merchant wants to transport large amount of goods (or improve shipping reliability), they will have to rally other players to conquer the obstacles. This creates healthy inter-player interactions, as well as player made quests.


  13. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Q1. Since robes have no armor resistance, could we allow robes to have greater durability (similar to Bone Armor), thus allowing more enchantments to be applied to them? This seems like it would be a fun way to balance the lack of physical protection that is consistent with traditoinal medieval fantasy magic users.

    Q2. Staves are currently less effective than holding two wands. This is because two wands are capable of having slightly more enchantments than a single staff. To help balance this out, staves would either have to be increased in enchantment effectiveness or wands would have to be decreased.

    In addition, wands also have more flexibility as you can have one wand and carry a shield or a weapon, so it seems to me that staves need some love. Will this be addressed soon?

    Q3. From my perspective Shardfalls remain low traffic areas. I believe this is because the risks still outweigh the rewards. I would like to see Shardfalls have something of value (for PVP) that can not be found anywhere else in the game. Are you ready to explore a change like this to make Shardfalls more visited?

    For example, suppose you allowed players to mine Obsidian from Shardfalls, but no where else. You then made a few recipes that could be used to create useful gear/enchantments for PVP. (i.e. Enchantments from the Chaos magic school, like physical attacks have a chance of casting confusion) Please consider.


    1. liz_the_wizliz_the_wiz

      I have 3 questions:

      1. As a RL crafter, and karate ka, I cant help but feel the term GM at 100 is the wrong label, plus it also means there is no future label to attain, if you “mastered” your skill at 100, like gaining a black belt in karate you have finished your elementary training, now you train to perfect, Would it not make sense to have master 100, and GM at 200.. a) to recognise the insane who have gone further, but also anyone who was a GM at masterworking for example would not get “random” items, they would be more than capable of deciding on a rune or whatever to place on their work and get the exact result they wanted.. not just have an improvement.

      2. In the crafting recipe book/crafting tables can we please get how many any given of something it makes so I dunno, bear carcass produces 2 bear meats .. Meaning you can work out without relying on fading braincells how many timbers you need to make x boards for your whatever..

      3. Can we please get a /played timer in game for those of us who hate steam but are still interested in just how long we have wasted, I mean dedicated our lives into sota for?

      PS for those of us who got an elderberry seed for the right reason and initially had a pattern to make the dye, and now cant .. what can we do? can we please get the option to buy the pattern, because I paid a lot of my seed because I could use it, to find out I got stuffed over..


  14. GarfieldGarfield

    Question: I want to know whether our Avatar from “Episode I” will be created new again in “Episode II” and then “Episode III”, “Episode IV”, “Episode V”. That is whether we have a brand new Avatar for each Episode or we only have one consistent Avatar throughout all the five Episodes?


  15. Grave DragonGrave Dragon

    Question1 : When are we going to see more love for Plate Armor customizations? More Plate armor patterns, different colored armor enamels and Plate Armor Artifacts?

    Question 2: Will sieges ever take place inside a war torn version of the cities or just in the pseudo Forest/Hill siege scenes we have today?

    Question 3: Can we please get a detailed explanation on how the Taunt Skill works? It does not seem very effective for a plate wearing tank when you have archers in your party. Also, Can we get a plate artifact with a bonus to threat generation?

    Question 4: Will you please allow us to go one container deep inside another container so we can store items like dressers and cabinets?


  16. MrBlightMrBlight

    Question 1- Will you give a timeframe or elaborate on Guild Wars / Keep capturing that you said you would have, and how you intend the wars to look between guilds.

    Question 2- Are there any plans to offset some of the massive amount of hours needed to reach a point a new player will be able to PVP relatively successfully against established / our current average player?

    Question 3- What kind of success rates have you had with the free trials up to date, and are they progressively attracting more and more players each time? ( Are you seeing the work done on the starting zones paying off yet, using trial numbers as your example, or not yet? )

    Question 4- Do you feel the game is going in the same direction as it was originally pictured by the developers upon kickstarter?


  17. Frederick GlasgowFrederick Glasgow

    Question 1: For some time POT owners have commented that placing water lots on docks is broken. Are there any immediate plans to get this fixed or has this been pushed further down the pipeline?

    Question 2: Given the fact you all have been making performance upgrades to the game, are POT’s going to have the deco limit upgraded anytime? Or are we at the max that you foresee them being at long term?


  18. Mugly WumpleMugly Wumple

    Question: What are the plans for dyes? Will the dyeing system get a revamp? Should I start bugging dyeing anomalies? There are a lot of them.


  19. Magnus Zarwaddim

    Player-driven content mechanics/tools?

    1) Can we have a chest/container that can hand out one or more rewards (and not be like the public cache chest)?

    2) Can we get an NPC for which we can set branching dialogue to act as quest givers (there are already NPC rewards in games, they just don’t do much)? Alternatively, instead of a chest mentioned above, have the NPC dole out a reward?

    3) Can we get an NPC to act as a mini-boss to have people “fight” against?

    Maybe put limits on them to avoid exploiting or to prevent people from doing “inappropriate” things?

    I would be willing to pay for items like this in the Shop, and I am sure it would sell well for in-game gold.

    Thank you for this past year of fun! I look forward to many more years, especially if players get cool tools to make content.


  20. Zosaria

    Will the Telethon at some point be held for other time zones? Since people from places like Europe need to stay up all night just to see if they get a good deal on that wheel.

    1. BerekBerek Post author

      That’s a great consideration Zosaria! We struggle to include everyone because of basic timezone issues :(. I will propose it for them! What times are best for Europe?


  21. that_shawn_guythat_shawn_guy

    Q1: Why was the NPC crafting building replaced with a book crafting building in POTs?
    Many POT owns spend a lot of time laying out their town and abrupt unannounced (this was not in the release instructions) changes like this seem unfortunate.

    Q2: POT Signpost Teleporter Networks are a good start. When can we expect a system that is controllable by POT owners?

    Q3: Can we get mannequins for mounting armor/clothing sets?



  22. craftymethodcraftymethod

    ————–
    Question:

    In game events notification? Maybe there could be a local child who is in official assistance to the town crier offering an opt in service of “ringing a church bell for audible cues for commencing in game events?

    Maybe a church bell is heard, some event text displayed on screen. Are audio cue’s an interesting concept? quirky feature for a cuu cuu clock?


  23. Arlin

    Question: What is the current timeline for filling out the refining skill trees?

    Question: Are there any plans to revamp how producer experience is gained?


  24. Fister MageeFister Magee

    1. Are Lord British and Tracy Hickman actively working on the other two SOTA novels? Or are they no longer being written?

    2. For Deco’s, how about games of skill that can be ‘played’, like darts (maybe similar to a ranged hit chance on a high level mob), or pool, or even bowling? Card games maybe? Or should I just get some friends IRL?? LOL! :D

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