Release 45 Postmortem Mini-Telethon

** $52,000 **

Telethon Funds Raised

Watch live video from shroudoftheavatar on www.twitch.tv

Telethon Stretch Goal Rewards:

  • ACHIEVED! $10K: Virtue Bierkrug (aka Beer Stein) (NOTE: image is placeholder)
  • ACHIEVED! $25K: Virtue Oktoberfest Beer/Pretzel/Sausage Banner
  • ACHIEVED! $35K: Virtue Oktoberfest Tent with Garland Decoration hanging from ceiling
  • ACHIEVED! $50K: Virtue Dirndl: traditional female Bavarian outfit
  • $65K: Virtue Lederhosen: traditional male Bavarian outfit
  • $80K: Virtue Flaming Tuba

Greetings Avatars,

Release 45’s Postmortem Mini-Telethon is going to be Oktoberfest themed in honor of our new Munich, Germany based publishing partners – Travian Games! They will be helping us kick off the livestream. As we announced last month, they are partnering with us to bring Shroud of the Avatar to other regions around the world. Travian Games is lucky enough to be headquartered where THE Oktoberfest happens every year in September, hence our choice of the theme.

This latest telethon continues our new monthly Postmortem Mini-Telethon format, as announced for Release 44 last month. See below for the details!

LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone)

Telethons are livestreamed on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! See what we have planned below beginning at 3:00 PM CT on September 6:

  • 3:00 PM: Introductions and Travian Games Visitors
  • 3:30 PM: R45 Postmortem Q&A
  • 4:30 PM: World Building Tour
  • 5:30 PM: Postmortem Q&A Continues
  • 7:00 PM: End of Mini-Telethon!
Schedule is subject to change. Check back here before the livestream begins!

 

STRETCH GOALS (Oktoberfest Themed!)

As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 for twelve hours during the day of the telethon, from 12:00 PM CT on September 6 (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply) to 11:59 PM CT.

NOTE: While the livestream ends at 7pm CT, everyone will have until 11:59 PM CT to spend $5 to get the stretch goals. We will announce the final total on the following day.

  • $10K: Virtue Bierkrug (aka Beer Stein) (NOTE: image is placeholder)
  • $25K: Virtue Oktoberfest Beer/Pretzel/Sausage Banner
  • $35K: Virtue Oktoberfest Tent with Garland Decoration hanging from ceiling
  • $50K: Virtue Dirndl: traditional female Bavarian outfit
  • $65K: Virtue Lederhosen: traditional male Bavarian outfit
  • $80K: Virtue Flaming Tuba

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 12 different categories of sales plus the Lord British and Darkstarr wildcards where they get to choose any category! Each time a category comes up it will go on sale at approx. 20% off for 1 hour.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE FLASH SALES:

WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES!

  • Bank Upgrades
  • COTOs
  • Store Credit
  • RelicsbyRild.com merchandise
  • and a bunch of items we will announce on the livestream!

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 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.

EXPIRING ITEMS

This telethon we will have no expiring items.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS!

We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or on Discord chat during the event. 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. Please keep it to 3 total questions in the comments section below.

Keep an eye on @ShroudofAvatar for updates before, during, and after the livestream. See you on Twitch at 3:00 PM CT on September 6!


SotA_PG13

Warning: Telethon is Rated PG-13 for Alcoholic Content
(might get upgraded to Rated-R depending on rate of pledges)



161 Comments



  1. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Question 1: Black Pearl was originally only supposed to be harvested during a full moon. If this is still planned it would make black pearl more rare than it currently is. With this in mind, shouldn’t NPC’s sell it for a much higher price, and shouldn’t the supply (even for NPC’s) be limited?

    Question 2: Could we get an Obsidian style basement in the mold of Desolis? A large domed keep sized basement with the Obsidian Septa-gram on the floor?

    Question 3: Bzus said during the last full telethon that he would take a look at the balance between staves and wands. Has he been able to do that yet? If so, what can we expect to see in the future to ensure staves are as powerful as having two wands?

    1. PeaboPeabo

      Black pearl is already the worst reagent to collect, why would anyone want this is be harder to collect?
      and limiting the most used reagent on a vendor? what are you trying to do, make it so people cant play the game?


        1. redfishredfish

          Its a German sing-along with rhyming versus where the person leading points to a chart with the words to use. :D There’s a traditional version and then there are satirical versions. Animaniacs did a spoof, the “International Friendship Song.”


  2. amaasingamaasing

    First, thanks for getting the pronunciation of my account name correct last telethon. It is indeed pronounced as ‘amazing’. Now let’s work on the Gender (Female – so ‘she’ not ‘he’). :)

    Question 1 – Regarding sieges: Are there plans to change how / when these occur. Seems like all the towns are under siege at the same time (and under siege a lot!) which I would guess causes performance issues on the main world with all those fires everywhere.

    Question 2 – I know the answer to this is probably No, but I will ask anyways. Can we get a little help with where all the recipes are now that they are divided up among all the merchants across the world? And before someone starts screaming ‘hand holding’ – some of us have limited time to play and would really like to play rather than spend our playing time making stops in every single NPC town trying to find that one recipe to craft. We don’t mind making the trek to where they are – we just need a little input during the scavenger hunt. Maybe something like Merchants A, B, and C in towns X, Y, and Z sell the exact same inventory. Or even better, have something similar to the Trainers who will help you locate a Master Trainer of a specific type. Example dialog: Don’t see what you want? Tell me what it is and I can direct you to a merchant who might have it.

    Question 3 – Any possibility of putting COTOs on the Wheel of Fortune during a Telethon?


  3. DAKelam1

    Question 1: When will sword and board plate play style be balanced so that it can tank enemies properly and not be a joke in a group due to massively reduced (as it should be) damage?

    Question 2: When will a melee damage build such as using bludgeons or blade with berserker’s stance be balanced to be on par with archers and mages damage wise?

    Question 3: Can you please stop adding things like supply bundles and calling them improved loot and actually improve the loot, currently supply bundles are worth less than reagents i can pick off the ground in the same amount of time.


      1. Bodhbh DeargBodhbh Dearg

        Jakub is a single person running a 3rd party service next to his normal job… At least with the SotA Navigator he could pop-up a please donate once in a while, now that it is integrated in the SotA client, that opportunity is gone as well!
        (So if you want to support and entice him to spend more time on these, donate from the website…)


  4. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

    Question 1: Are supply bundles regional? If not, should they be, to help with locating things like recipes and patterns with a regional theme?

    Question 2: While supply bundles are conceptually great as rare rewards, they don’t seem to have done anything to help with the general problems of loot being poor. When will we see loot that actually has value, like crafted items that have been destroyed/sold to vendors?

    Question 3: Winfield had a great post in the forums about fishing, and how supply bundles could help there. Since CotOs can be found on any node, can supply bundles have the same chance? Folks stash things in secret places all the time, so finding them while out gathering makes a lot of sense. Also, we really need to have hiding places like in Ultima VII, hollow trees, stumps, fake rocks, etc, where these can be found also.


  5. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

    I totally love almost all of these stretch goals! The only questionable one is the Tuba. We already have Flaming Bagpipes, so another flaming instrument seems redundant, and doesn’t fit well with the theme. What about a water tuba, that sprays out water and bubbles when playing?

      1. Paladin MichaelPaladin Michael

        I have to confess: I am not a fan of the German Oktoberfest (because of too much alcohol flooding the mind of too many people and brainwashing them with – ehm – Beer? ;)),
        but I am a great fan of autumn leaves :) Great Idea Wintermute of CoF !!! :)

        Working in and around Munich it’s an awful time because of the trafffic.
        In the Oktoberfest time I wish I could teleport from a to b ;)



  6. Raven SwiftbowRaven Swiftbow

    Question: Will the POT bundles “go away” (expire) when the game officially launches near the end of this year?

    [My hope is ‘no’ because I want to buy another bundle, but won’t have the $$ to do it until December 20th.]


  7. Dereck VisaardDereck Visaard

    Looks like an excellent telethon following another excellent release!

    Question 1: Now that rentals are taking off and we have more inns and the number signs, can the tech for practice dummies be updated such that tenants can use them when the owner is not around? Most of my tenants ask for practice dummy on the property.

    Question 2: There is demand for lot rentals in addition to room rentals. Room rentals don’t need to worry about home or basement placement because the owner already does that. However, lot rentals are a different story. Currently, a co-owner cannot place/remove a home or basement and if the co-owner is marked as a tenant, then they cannot move/remove/place NPCs (e.g. vendors and pets) either. That creates challenges for lot rentals because the deed owner has to place those items and when the tenant wants changes, the deed owner has to come back and change things. For example, vendors are frequently renamed to indicate specials or stock dates. At this time, that means the tenant has to request the deed owner to come back and make those updates every time. Same thing with guild charter house too…if the lot tenant wants to make the home a guild charter house (which the landlord may have no objections to), they can’t. Only the deed owner can make the lot a charter house, and the system would use the owner’s guild, not the tenant’s guild.

    Question 3: Starr acknowledged that new basements are needed at the last telethon. Can we please get an ETA on when we’ll have those? Most of the current basements are not tenant/rental friendly (lack of doors and rooms, disproportional room size to common area size, etc).

    Thanks!
    Dereck

    1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

      On your first item… This was asked of both Pet and POT Type NPCs in the last telethon… Both received the same answer, suggesting that DarkStarr didn’t acknowledge the difference… but basically it’s tech they don’t yet have to separate the NPC from the Avatar/Account.

      This answer didn’t acknowledge that POT NPC are already separate from the Governor’s account and function while the Governor is not online… This difference was not addressed, nor was any other limitation preventing the creation of POT NPC that could function as a Practice Dummy despite asking for clarification in the post telethon Question Answers thread.


  8. AnimoshAnimosh

    Now that Portalarium is crowd funded on 2 different fronts how are you going to be held accountable for poor decisions? Will it be too bad so sad and investors will not get to chime in or will it be only investors get to input a say?



  9. SkyoSkyo

    Q: please, will there be any more high-level difficult zones added, or additional pockets of high-level mobs added before the end of episode 1? Please. Please.

    Q: last telethon it was talked about that we would address defensive stance and how it was currently applied for each armor type, can we have some general Insight on what the future looks like for this skill?

    Q: will there be another opportunity for 100% XP refund on all skills again?



  10. RentierRentier

    QUESTION: Forum: posts only count toward your forum profile amount of messages if not in Bug report – is this intended that bug report posts don’t count toward your forums-messages?

    QUESTION: Will the recipes ever be sortable in recipebook? not like having gotten the recipe but e.g. alphabetical order insside the chapters?

    QUESTION: Will Recipes be searchable in recipebook e.g. for teaching others?

    QUESTION: Will the Backpacks which lost all Durability (to 0/0) in one of the last Releases get back their full Durability or do we need to repair all with COTOs?

    QUESTION: Renting SYSTEM with Tenant: At the moment only the tenant can access her/his containers, but they have no posiblity to allow other tenants in the same room to share it – will this be possible in the future?

    QUESTION: Renting SYSTEM with Tenant: At the moment tenants can use e.g. the bank device but not the vendor. Will they be able to do so in a future release? atm I need to make them kindred to place items in there

    QUESTION: Renting SYSTEM with Village Inns: 15 rooms and lots of common space – if i want to do a decent deco in the common spacings the tenants are reduced to minimal amounts of items:
    15 rooms + common spaces
    Lights 75 => 3 lights per room and 30 for the common spaces or 4 lights and 15 for common spaces
    Containers 50: => 3 per room and 5 for all common spaces
    Objects 400 => I did do the ground floor aas bar with lots of tables with deco on them so I used already about 200 for the big room alone that leaces the rooms itself with a maximum 13 objects
    that is enough for a new player but not advanced players with more items to place….
    will there be an increase in placeable tenant-items in the rentable rooms itself to exceed thivillage lot maxmimum?

    QUESTION: What are reasons for advancing Refining skills? they don’t give bonus items while crafting and are only needed to use recipes. But i never got any recipes who needed a Proficiency with more than 60 in refining?

    QUESTION: atm I can only rename container items in my backpack. Will it be possible to rename container items outside the backpack e.g. chests, furniture etc. placed on lots?


  11. StymieLLTSStymieLLTS

    I would like to know if we can have a Deed to purchase in the Store to allow Plot Owners to add an extra Non-Combat NPC slot to their property. Many of us are early settlers to Novia and were given many of these NPC’s like Hacked Seekers and Various Pets. It would be nice to be able to add an extra pet or Vendor to our property, especially when you have a smaller plot.


  12. Cage StormCage Storm

    Great game set to get even better by the looks of things.

    Question #1 I enjoy a spot of busking and travel across Novia visiting many towns and pots, most of which are looking very impressive. Any chance I could get a pet who would double up as a bag for people to drop money into ? Maybe a monkey holding a buskers hat.

    Question #2 I fancy being a travelling salesman some of the time, any chance of getting a pet that doubles up as a container that players can look through and buy from ? Maybe a donkey laden down with swords, shields and armor for blacksmiths, bows and furniture for carpenters and bolts of clot for tailors.

    Question #3 Can Berek get a payrise cos he does an awesome job for our great community :) hehe



  13. amariousamarious

    My the time has flown! As always, love the changes.

    Question 1: When I get a notification that an item is low on durability in the top right corner of my screen I open my paper-doll and have to guess which item it could be. Would it be possible if we can get the low durability items hued a certain color in our paper-doll? Example..yellow for low durability and red for nearly broken. Just a quick indicator on what items need to be repaired.

    Question 2: When I press F the Social window comes up. In that window are player names and locations that they are in. We can sort players by alphabetical order by clicking on the large white Player Name text. I was wondering if we could get large white text next to it that says Locations and when clicked on it it would put locations into alphabetical order just like when clicking on the Player Name text.

    Question 3. The great minds of the Kobold kind have made a device where… if you step in it and pull a lever.. after 30 seconds every item you wear that has taken durability loss is now repaired. It would act as a coin operated device costing much more than it would to use repair kits, the price of convince is a good one.. How likely is it that the Kobolds could create such a device and could we put it in our homes? (if you haven’t noticed from my questions I, for some reason, really find repairing my items very tedious.) : )

    Thank you for your time and hope that you are all having a great day.


  14. DoctorfaceDoctorface

    Question 1: In Tenebris Harbor the enemy known as a swashbuckler wields a Flamberge, a two handed sword. Historically speaking Swashbucklers would have wielded a curved sword, a cutlass or scimitar, and a small shield, the sword being their swash and the shield being the buckle. Is this just a massive oversight or are you just using ‘swashbuckler’ as a general term for ‘pirate’?

    Question 2: Now that the Norgard peoples are being more developed will you be going back to re-adjust the Viking bundles? The early levels feel very spartan when compared to the other bundles and when more shogun items came out you updated the shogun bundles.

    Question 3: Assuming alcohol brewing is still on the docket for next release will the double food buff be replaced with one food and one drink or will the alcohol be more akin to a buff in drink form that lasts ten minutes as with potions? Personally I think replacing the second food with long standing drink buffs makes more sense, as you said on a stream that you would be using the cooking station to make booze when it first comes out.


  15. Trevour

    [1] Plate armor is limited visual options. Any plans for more options in the near future?
    [2] if I understand it correctly… Skill decay scales… 100 is 200%. Can we get another tier 60 points that is 25%?
    [3] Another question on how skill decay scales, if 80 skill points is 50% decay and 81 skill points is 100% decay…. Does that mean that all the experience from 0 to 81 decays at 100%? Does that unfairly punish a player with 81 skill points?


  16. RedPhoenix

    Q1: Can you create a POT decoration Called “Target” and have it function like the training dummy in Solace Bridge? It would be a big seller in the add on store and a great addition to POT low level residents to train on.

    Q2: When is the Sota Map editing feature going to be re-implemented?

    Q3: When will Gold rewards be rolled out and will there be craft-able versions of some of them?

    1. LaceLace

      Q1 There are training dummies that can be placed on lots in npc/prt and pot lots. I believe one issues is that if you are not on the lot with permissions you can only access that training dummy when the owner is online/in zone (I suspect they don’t want you to do unmentionables to their training dummy).

      Q2 I believe the guy that maintains sota map is out of kingdom right now due to IRL stuff, or so I heard. So I don’t think you can get the permissions to edit your pot at this time.

    2. Bodhbh DeargBodhbh Dearg

      Q2: Jakub is the single master and owner of SotAmaps and has to manually assign POT access rights to accounts. When he is unavailable due to IRL (as he is right now), you’ll have to wait…


          1. Alleine DragonfyreAlleine Dragonfyre

            Yeah, that’s not really acceptable. There is a tailor crafting skill that is part of the game. I would like to make clothes without having to pay more money.

          2. Tiina OnirTiina Onir

            Getting one item dyeable is the first step to getting many items dyeable. Each item has to be have its materials adjusted to make dying work. That takes time.

            As a full leather user, I want leather dyeing as much as anyone, but this should be nowhere near a high priority.


  17. that_shawn_guythat_shawn_guy

    Q1: In the past the possibility of POT deco/lot limits be increased has been mentioned. Will these increase come by the end of the year?

    Q2: Will decay come to craft by the end of the year?

    Q3: Will all vendor’s buy and sell event be availably from the API by the end of the year?



  18. RentierRentier

    QUESTION: In March 2017 I could claim all rewards in Single-Player Offline and Multiplayer Online, now it states in Offline that all items are already claimed (Yeah they are in Online Mode). Will I in the future be able to claim all rewards in Single-Player Offline like the ones already claimed in Multiplayer Online?

    1. GodraGodra

      Right now there is a fix for an issue with the recent Lord British Birthday rewards being blocked. My question is, since it’s offline, can we claim rewards again that were already claimed but lost from a character being deleted?


  19. onepunch

    Question 1: Thanks for pugelism, but it still isn’t viable. at lvl 1 i was doing 1-2 dam and crit for around 3, now im at lvl70 and its at 4-9 dam and crit at around 17, So im thinking some fist weapons might make this much better. How about some fist weapons to go with it?

    1. redfishredfish

      Question 1: If there are fist weapons, how about letting them be set on fire with the Ignite Weapon spell for hitting people with fire damage?

      Question 2: Couldn’t bucklers technically be used as fist weapons? And when can we have more shield skills like Shield Punch and Shield Bind, and things like spiked shields that add damage to Shield Bash?

      Question 3: How about some sort of kick attack? Possibly a free glyph in our list rather than creating a new skill for it. We could use it to kick around gustballs…


  20. takataka

    Why don’t you use Zanata platform to translate official documents? (ex. Release Instructions, Player Guides, , Patchnotes and Known Issues)
    It’s very useful for players aren’t good at speaking English.


  21. Warrior B'PatrickWarrior B'Patrick

    Q1: I have not seen any talk about helmet hiding lately. I understand hiding is not good for PVP and would like to suggest that when a helmet is removed the character must carry it. The graphics for all angles is already created and this is a normal real world way of dealing with a helmet removal.The tech is also already there for things like instruments and flowers.

    Q2: In the painting “Desert Lion” There is a lion head with a door in the mouth. Can we have buildings like this that are small on the surface and we can attack large basements to them? This could free up lot space to use and make it “Larger on the inside than it appears”

    Q3: In relation to the above question can we get buildings that the front door functions as the entrance to a basement? So small shack/cave/building that goes right into basement instead of the flat hatch access?

    1. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

      I know the hide helmet thing has been brought up a lot. I still like the idea of a “/holdhat” emote so you can toggle it off and on as wanted, carrying it in your hand/under your arm until you get into combat or toggle it back on.


  22. Tetsu NevaraTetsu Nevara

    Q1: Since we have Decay for PvE, when will it hit the Crafting part? (Equality)

    Q2: Decay is a soft cap for skills beyond 100, what are the plans to soft cap the amount of skills people use to slow down the skill spread?

    Q3: We are close to release and Combat balancing, Combos and broken mechanics like CC-Resistance or enemys still turn around after knock down hasnt got much love. When will Porta start working on that?


  23. Thorgred

    Q1: Will we get n Option in the Settings to switch on/off the Heat system, so everyone can select his playstyle?

    Q2: When will we get the Option to Switch on/off your Helmet?

    Q3: Do we still get the Chatgroup Option for people who dont want to register on Discord or are people still forced to do it for IG communication?


      1. RentierRentier

        I do apply my pattern after enchantment and masterworking, but the questions stays, because raising skill in enchantment/masterwork more enchantments/masterworks (and better) are possible, I don’t want to craft my equipment to be scrapped and to rebuild it every time from scratch if i can enchant more steps


  24. RentierRentier

    QUESTION: When will the revisit of the armor buffs be done ? waiting for it before crafting more cloth or leather armor (e.g. 0,3% Damage Resistence buffs for leather or cloth armor are more than underwhelming atm =0,3% from 1 or 2 = 0,003 to 0,006 increase absolut …yeah….)



  25. PherreTzu

    QUestion 1: Can we be get a Rain Catcher or Water Barrel that collects water and spawns so many per day for us who grow things since we dont even have a skill tree yet?

    Question 2: Can we be able to place house Deco items on our windowsills?

    \Thanks!


  26. KalnothKalnoth

    Question: Can you state what your policy is in regards to limiting offensive content? I ask this because there seems to be a disconnect between game offensive material and content such as crushing little children, and player name selection where names such as ‘moldi dook’ and ‘flowin juices’ are deemed too offensive and are forced to change their names?


  27. Vladamir BegemotVladamir Begemot

    Q1: The player driven economy is a key component of Shroud. Why not let Trial Players participate? There are buy orders set up for new players in tiny quantities, but Trial Players are stuck selling their stuff to NPC’s, and thinking those low prices are normal. Is there some horrible exploit that is being avoided by doing this?

    Q2: Death summons have to be done ever couple minutes, and don’t do much damage. Elementals get summoned once and only take 10 focus from the caster. How about switching Death summons to take health instead, so we don’t have to cast it 20 times during one adventure scene. Or if that’s impossible, make up for the pain somehow, like more damage. (Also, fireballs from skeleton mage summons don’t light anything on fire.)

    Q3: It would be great if we could remotely search our Orders in the same way we can search our Vendor Inventory via the bank.


  28. scrodascroda

    Would you remove the clothing override on the one man band pieces for the shirt and hat so that we may wear our own costume instead of being forced to wear someone else’s?

    Also, please consider reducing the brightness of the torch relative to the light spell. As in my mind, the light spell is akin to something magical like burning magnesium, while the torch is simply cloth doused in oil. Therefore the cloth/oil should be less bright than the magic. Torches are cheap. I like my immersions.

    1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

      I believe they intend for the Torch to be brighter than the Light spell by design, as a torch is a crafted object that needs to be equipped while the Light spell does not, and requires no reagents. The torch, therefore, has disadvantages over the Light spell, and should be more effective.
      This is a common design pattern throughout the game.


  29. KabalyeroKabalyero

    Question: When will Tenants be able to place their own objects on an object owned by the owner? For example, renting a room with a bed and table. Right now, the Tenant can’t even place a candle or a box on the table.

    1. LaceLace

      If your landlord did it right and rented you a room via a door and didn’t furnish it you would have the permissions on the items. If you are sharing a space with the landlord well its their stuff lol.


  30. ResoluteResolute

    Q1 Why don’t you guys use a countdown on your website for major events like telethons etc?

    Q2 As an organisation catering to an international audience why don’t you list times in UTC?


    1. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

      The in-game maps, like the Map of Solace Bridge you get early on, were put on hold until the scenes are all complete. It makes sense to create the artwork for those once, rather than having to update them as changes are made.

      The SotAMap integration is a stopgap measure, however it is a 3rd party website which has its own process to update things. Since Portalarium has no direct control over that website, they can’t make any content changes there. Hopefully Jakub will be back soon and able to make the updates that folks have been requesting.


  31. DancingShadeDancingShade

    Q1. Ultima has been an inspiration for many. What inspires the creative minds behind Ultima?

    Q2. While we already have siege scenes are towns ever going to get bandits, hostile animals or monsters roaming the back alleys or outskirts away from the town centre? Perhaps as randomly spawning NPCs at certain times of the day or night?

    Q3. How far do you think the average player could make it in terms of content if they stuck exclusively to newbie gear? (but still trained up all their skills)

    1. LaceLace

      Q3 As you level and ‘figure’ a build you can most certainly do this. I have commented on this in several videos to avoid equipment decay. When mining or harvesting stuff I use no stat gear an weapons — BUT that was after wearing alot of ‘good’ gear to level up in. WIth food and devotional buffs some of the higher tiered stuff I can still do with no stat gear but it of course takes longer (less crits, less overall damage, more incoming damage, more healing required etc) .. BUt using no stat gear for mundane hunting is very possible.



  32. Stryker SparhawkStryker Sparhawk

    Thanks for keeping the releases rolling along, team!

    Q1) There was mention on an option of having houses/items on lot to move to the Property Manager instead of all items to Bank when tax on the property expires or eviction. Are we back on track with that or sometime in Q4?

    Q2) What is the status on the plan for diverse weather across the regions? Still seems the weather is the same everywhere you go.

    Q3) When do we get a random Queen of Chaos encounter on the Overworld map?

      1. Bodhbh DeargBodhbh Dearg

        In one Age, called the third age by some, an Age yet to come, an age long pass, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

        But seriously: Yes, changing wind and other weather patterns +100


  33. TamsenTamsen

    1. When using /whisper, can we please see different people’s names in different colors?

    2. If we can resize the font in the chat window, why can’t we do the same in other windows, like Friends and Nearby Players? The new font is too small for some people to read comfortably.

    3. Let’s say you a have full bag or backpack in inventory. Any chance of making it possible to close inventory yet keep the bag open to take up less screen space?


  34. Roxanne

    1. Some of us use bags/backpacks within inventory, for organization. Is it possible to make an item, when you unequip it, go back to the bag it came from, rather than go to general inventory?

    2. Will we ever be able to craft blank paper?

    3. I think POT owners should get free deco slots specifically for customizable signposts for use as street signs, like the street signs in Owl’s Head. All POTs have streets; we should be able to name them for ease of navigation and giving directions to people. “Turn right at Main st. and it’s the third house on the right.”

    1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

      On Number 3, it was mentioned in the last telethon that Street Signs were a thing that needed doing… I have little doubt they will be done… However, I think the probability low of having a separate deco allotment specifically for street signs.
      Street Signs have actually been requested since the very early days of Player Owned Towns, but have yet to be implemented.


  35. Randbo

    1. will you fix the true bronze crafting tools. without them i get 29% exceptional chance with blessing and table. with them it drops to 27%. used to be the other way around.


  36. Viper_PoisonViper_Poison

    Q1: Can we get prosperity tools for ingot molds and other molds or recipe to craft our own which have more durability?

    Q2: Can you make the default for ingot molds and other molds to use the mold with the least amount of durability first? Often I have half used molds all over in my inventory and it doesn’t make sense someone would actually do that.

    Q3: Can you add a filter for vendor items when viewing via the bank?

    1. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

      I’d love molds and secondary tools with either unbreakable or extremely high durability. Please!

      For molds, etc, is there a reason for them to have max durability (instead of just be 100 uses and break)? It costs more to repair them than to buy a new one.

    2. Viper_PoisonViper_Poison

      They weren’t sure what I meant.

      Repro:
      Click cogwheel, then select “Locate Player Vendor Items”.
      A “Vendor Items” box appears.
      I want a search filter for “Vendor Items”.
      *It can be sorted by Name or Vendor Location currently, but that’s it. I’d like to search by typing in a text box like the search filter for the bank works.


  37. pleasedrivefastpleasedrivefast

    Q1: With the delay in the quest reset, will this be prioritized for R46, and may other planned features be pushed out into Q4 because of this prioritization?

    Q2: With the expansion to an open QA environment for all backers/purchasers, would it be possible to have producers or community management team provide a punch list of highest priority features to test to ensure the most amount of QA is provided to those features?

    Q3: With the increase in region-specific clothing, will you be adding in region-specific overworld encounters (Vertas Elves in the Longfall region), Kobolds in Norgord, etc.)?


  38. EchondasEchondas

    Q1: Can recipes automatically be sorted alphabetically in the recipe book, and a ‘search’ function be added directly to the recipe book?

    Q2: Can we get the online mode option back on the man menu, so we can pick multi or FO when starting a fresh game (not asking to bypass the wait timer for in-game switching, but when starting fresh)

    Q3: Can we get some VFX added to swimming to improve realism, such as splashes around the character as they move, etc?

    1. LaceLace

      Q1- REcipe trading as it currently stands is so difficult with the book interface, drag and drop one at a time and you have no idea if recipient has it or not. The person being nice spends 1/2 hour trading recipes and ends up with carpal tunnel. Same with emotes— You have to do one at a time even though these are in a list box. Multi select on emotes and option to have recipes in a list box with multi select would be a nice bone to throw to crafters that have been getting the stick far too much lately with no carrots.

      Q2 yes please one of my characters is anti-social and always wants to be in SPO, but is a the mercy of Lace and constantly has to log in then swap.


  39. MalakieMalakie

    What is CT time? I know CST which is central standard in USA but have no idea what CT time is.

    Can the devs please list times using UTC so we can easily understand how to figure out local time zones?

    I am assuming CT is some time zone elsewhere but have no idea where thus kinda hard to figure out what time it happens where I live.

    1. MalakieMalakie

      hmm apparently CT is central standard time USA.. I live in CST, ie, Wisconsin. But have never heard it called CT time before… CST is what I know it as.

      Even so, I am sure there are others elsewhere that don’t know that.. Perhaps times for events could be given in local time AND UTC for those outside of the USA.

    2. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

      CT is Central Time zone, regardless of time of year. CST is Central Standard Time and CDT is Central Daylight Time, so which you are in depends on what time of year it is.

      The new in-game clocks will always the time in Central Time (i.e., New Britannian Time), so that should help. However, posting the UTC for all events would be extremely helpful.


  40. PeaboPeabo

    Q1: Would it be possible to add symbols to crafted backpacks and bags, like the patterns that are added to wooden chest?

    Q2: Would it be possible to add dye colours to crafted backpacks and bags?

    Q3: We have a lot of raw foods as home deco and I’ve seen some npc houses with cooked food deco, can we have some cooked food for our home deco?


  41. Cypher BlackCypher Black

    Q1: Is the Chaos tree still going to get some love, or has that been pushed out past R46?

    Q2: When will the seed invest rewards start to appear in-game?

    Q3: When will we see more bundles? Will there be a pirate one? Will it come with tax-free POT water deeds?


  42. LaceLace

    Q1: When dealing with deco that has right angles (for example the right corner tavern counter, or weapons that have right angles like axes, or ornate vile halberd) There is no option to mirror image this. Books for example can be rotated with R to lay flat or stand up, but items as mentioned above with right angles only rotate not flip as mirror image to allow better wall decoration and creative borders with weapons, as well as for bar building with the angled counters—(cannot use the straight ones because with the flip up counter cannot put items on it) Please can we have an option to mirror image items.


  43. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

    Question 1: Could we get Toggles in the Bank and Friends interfaces that would hide items that are Not at the current location, and Friends that are Not online much as Equipped Crafting Tools can be removed from the Inventory interface?

    Question 2: Could it be possible to double-click a character name in the chat window and ‘whisper’ to that character?

    Question 3: Is it in the plan someplace to give the NPC POT ‘Building’ decorations such as the Moon Tower, Titan Statues, and Dragon Bones an in-game function other than simply decoration, and when will the Public Gardens functionality be implemented?


  44. Moon Wyrdclaw

    Q1: Any plans for expansion of sieges to include more biomes relative to where they take place, such as on beaches, snow, etc?

    Q2: Any plans on having the moon phases affect crafting/enchanting success rates, and things such as agriculture/fishing? For example, benefit of a full moon when initially planting a crop or harvesting one, fish biting more often, etc?

    Q3: Any plans with the new dragon colors to make them a bit more unique such as breathing ice or lightning, instead of just fire? Perhaps add an undead skeleton dragon that’s all bones, or a zombie dragon?


  45. majoria70majoria70

    Q1: can you please say fishing and agriculture updates will happen soon? They were scheduled for September but I have heard nothing. If you need ideas. The community has some great ideas.

    Q2: Can we please get an achievement system before we release. It would provide so much more reason to play, reason to explore, and would give an immediate source of things to do and accomplish.

    Q3:. Also regarding fishing update, can we expect animations such as hitting the space bar to give a chance to reel in fish and a nice array of fish such as, cave fish, flame fish, Brook trout and water life with some aggressive creatures and sea monsters, different types of bait, fish lore, ice fishing, message in a bottle with clues,map pieces, Quests etc. Please, please.


  46. Viola Vidason

    1 Can we have the can-can please? Costumes and emotes and linked dancing emote when you can link.

    2 Please come to our circus on Sunday at 4 p.m. NBT. It is at the castle straight ahead when entering Brittany Alleys. Bring your best pets.


  47. HornpipeHornpipe

    One can’t use death spells on undead efficiently (0 damage). Undeads are not living things. They are animated bodies. Ok

    Q1 :
    Why metal animated bodies (mechanical targets like shock monkeys) can be killed with death spells ? They don’t have blood. Maybe they have a soul but undeads can have some too at this rate…

    Q2
    Undeads are immune to corpse explosions while it doesn’t suck life. Corpse explosion is about physical damages caused by the explosion of a corpse. Why undeads don’t take any damage from it ?

    @DarkStarr @Chris This one is for you




  48. Phil ScottPhil Scott

    Q1: Would it be possible to get an entry in the Stats API every day (or even week) that shows
    the total amount of Gold (total money supply) at that time along with the ID of the last API entry
    that is included in the total, with this it would be possible to track the total money supply
    within the game in real (or near) time? This would allow a bit more data on the state of the game market.

    Q2: Is the heat system working as intended (as of build 656) where you can build up as many
    cards as you have (i.e. if you have 81 on a skill you get to hold for up to 5 steps)?

    Q3: Are the new fonts (that many people have commented on) only on Windows (I don’t see
    the difference on OS-X)?


  49. twofoldsilencetwofoldsilence

    Q1: Would it be possible to somehow show on the world map whether or not a town has at least an Oracle and Public Bank Mailbox, so I don’t have to enter every town and walk around them until I find an Oracle and/or Public Bank Mailbox?

    Q2: Are any of the towns/adventure maps in and around the Perennial Coast being re-done with new layouts/quests like is being done along the Path of Courage/Truth starting areas, or are they already seen as being done, even though they lack many quests?

    Q3: Is SotA really being commercially released within the next few months, and if it is will my actions along the various main quests finally make a difference in the world? E.g. I would like to see NPCs that die along the various paths to actually stay dead next time I visit maps that they were originally found on instead of magically remaining there with the same conversation tree, and I would like to see cold blooded killers that I report to the local authorities to be imprisoned for their crimes, so I don’t have to see the unvirtuous scum any longer.


  50. chrisjwhitechrisjwhite

    Q1. Will we ever see a cave with giant bees and a naked couple in it? Good to collect honey for cooking.
    Q2. Will quest items ever become useful as decorations? Elven wine bottles, paintings, necklaces, etc.?
    Q3. We have electricity, radios, headphones. How about an electric guitar/lute. Maybe with a backpack amp.
    Q4. Voice recognition for talking to NPC’S?
    Q5. Light spell kinda sucks with the ball of light right above the head. Can it be raised up higher or auto adjust the height to the environment? Maybe like 10 ft above the head when outdoors.



  51. Falcon Rainfeather

    Question 1: Can we get flashing or color changing chat tabs? This way we don’t miss a potential conversation or guild announcement/ question.

    Question 2: Can items in the ornate backpacks drop from a pvp lost or even be pickpocketed?

    Question 3: When will chain mail and plate users be able to dye their armor?

    Question4: Is there a bug fix in the works to have patrolling pets not get stuck or glitch into the boundary walls of player lots?


  52. Mischievous DragonMischievous Dragon

    Q1: When will you implement surface-dependent footstep sounds? For example, wooden floor, stone, snow, sand, walking through water, tall grass?

    Q2: Will you fully implement all three Companions for the Offline Mode before the Launch?

    Q3: Would you add NPC Child Pickpockets to NPC towns to steal from unwary Avatars?



  53. MalimnMalimn

    When will the Enchant “Weapons / Armor” skill be looked at? Currently the success rate on the third attempt fails in the 85 to 87% range. Please do not use the standard RNG excuse because I can MW items and have the standard breakage at 45-47% success rate on those attempts. HOWEVER when you go to enchant the third time, having the same success rate as Masterwork, it breaks more like you have a 15% chance to enchant item. I have spent the last 2-3 months testing this and YES it is broken, Lace has mentioned this as well and nothing has been done to fix this issue.


  54. Zosaria

    I guess SOTA just don’t care about Players from Europe, with all these Telethons late at night and on a week day…. The people from Europe that are playing must be so few, that you don’t give a shit about us?


  55. Tiina OnirTiina Onir

    1) As I’ve noted elsewhere, In completing the main questline it seems less “story complete” then “outline complete.” Will these be getting dialogue improvements, real choices, divergent paths, etc? (see https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/spoilers-observations-on-truth.97952/#post-863486 )

    2) Can we go back to the quarterly telethons (even if that means multiple releases per telethon)? I feel like doing them at this rate is just contrived and we don’t get to see the items from one before the next. I’ve heard at least a little grumbling in the community about it as well.


  56. Dartan ObscuroDartan Obscuro

    Q1: Frequently around a town at night I’ll enter a shop or pub and the NPCs will be sitting in there in complete darkness. Is this a schedule bug that should be reported or is it a known issue on the road map to being addressed?

    Q2: Why were supply bundles introduced rather than just randomly adding the items to the corpse? Was this a tech issue or does it solve some other game mechanic problem?

    Q3: Would you consider changing key NPC supply merchants (e.g. crafting, weapons) in major cities to 24/7 automatons? (a small perk for being in big cities and making them seem more civilized)




  57. GodraGodra

    Offline Mode:

    If we cannot currently claim previously claimed rewards, can we get an offline mode claim reward reset to claim again if we lost our previously claimed rewards? This may be a chargeable fee using a Customer Service Token?


  58. FrostIIFrostII

    Q1: Why has it been left in OUR hands to come up with an alternative to our current system of making death “meaningful” by skill decay ?

    Q2: Does death really need to have “meaning” beyond having to leave the battle and find an ankh, plus losing all buff’s ?


  59. Sara DreygonSara Dreygon

    Q1) Any chance of adding a crit damage modifier (an additional 25% damage when they do crit) for polearms to balance out with swords higher crit chance?

    Q2) Any chance of updating Absord Impacts to last longer like other combat buffs?

    Q3) Any chance of updating Knight’s Grace to… be useful (if you look at metrics it’s never used and for good reason)?


  60. Paladin MichaelPaladin Michael

    1. QUEST INFORMATIONS
    Is there a plan to prepare important informations, like
    is there a quest at this place I am?
    Is it neccesary for the mainpath, I am on?
    by
    a) the Oracle (maybe about mainquests)
    b) the Towncrier (maybe about sidequests)
    so we don’t have to run around each Release searching for new quests on places we were before?

    2. TOWN/CITY-NEWS
    Have you thought about Bulletin Boards in Towns/Citys
    to read about
    – which Citizen is in need for help?
    – what happened around last time?
    (Rise of undead, more thefts, fire at the camp, Vernon is missing by his wife, Guard vanished, Children killed ..)
    – if there are special meetings (guild, danceparty, newbie tour, POT-news …)
    – WANTED! (vice PvP’s and other dangerous persons …)

    3. Special NEWS
    Could we find a newspaper in the taverns with OUTLANDER news each Release/Month? :)

    4. STATISTICS:
    Are there plans for statistics
    (maybe at the startscene while entering a town)
    providing things like
    – amount of evidents
    – mayor ot the town
    – little history (founder)
    – criminal rate
    – Siege: amount of enemies …


  61. faceman

    Why is the first floor of the Elven Tree town sized house considered outdoor deco? That seriously limits lighting, container count and decorations able to be placed for a large portion of the property.


  62. TorulopsisTorulopsis

    I have asked this question in two prior telethons, as well as Starr and Berek in person at Portalarium Studios.

    1) Can we please have a setting that can toggle a readout of our current EXP totals on the main UI? The text could be the size of the Pending Quests to Complete, for example:

    2) If for some reason this is impossible to do, can we have a smaller window than the current skill tree view, that gives us these totals?

    This is a very small thing that would immensely improve my experience!

    Thanks!




  63. Mandalar

    When will the R-45 post mortem mini-telethon reward status reflect in the account page? I missed the actual telethon, but have a received a confirmation email at 6:55 PM Pacific time zone = to 8:55 PM Austin time. I believe I should be eligible.

    1. BerekBerek Post author

      Hi Mandalar! Apologies about the delay here. Usually this is reflected within 24 hours, but this week was a bit crazy for us. It should be up later today!

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