GOALS UPDATED: Release 56 Livestream – August 3, 2018 (Cosmos Themed)

Another release livestream is upon us! The Release 56 Livestream is set for Friday August 3!

All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be doing deep dives, answering questions, having sales, handing out prizes, and tracking towards stretch goals. At the suggestion of one of our players (Redfish) the theme for this livestream is Cosmos in honor of the comet which is making its closest approach during Release 56! All of the items will prominently display our Sun Magic, Moon Magic, or some other celestial symbol like stars.


Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, world building tours, prize giveaways, sales on items, and more! Here is the schedule:

  • 3PM: Introductions
  • 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Player Owned Towns
  • 4:30PM: Q&A (+ more Ep 2 goodies)
  • 5:30PM: Deep Dive 2: Combat with Bosses (Aether Creatures, Unicorns, oh my!)
  • 6:30PM: Q&A
  • 7PM: Ending Announcements

STRETCH GOALS (Cosmic Themed!)

As a special bonus, we are offering funding rewards to any player that makes a minimum purchase of $5 during a twelve hour window during the day of the livestream, on August 3 from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Aug 3 17:00 to August 4 05:00 UTC). At the suggestion of one of our players (Redfish) the theme for this livestream is Cosmos in honor of the comet which is making its closest approach during Release 56! All of the items will prominently display our Sun Magic, Moon Magic, or some other celestial symbol like stars.

All purchases during the twelve hour window will count towards the stretch goals, not just the four hours of the livestream! Also participation in the Rewards Program counts towards our stretch goal totals!

UPDATE: Please note that the R56 Livestream Stretchgoals were changed this morning to an Aether theme. Plus we are extending availability to every Friday this month for 12 hours per the new Stretch Goal Tracking Changes.

  • ACHIEVED $10K: Aether Lich Statue (Foyer Size)
  • ACHIEVED $25K: Aether 1H Sword and Aether Shield
  • ACHIEVED $35K: Double XP Every Weekend in August
  • ACHIEVED $50K: Aether Bow & Aether Crossbow
  • ACHIEVED $65K: Box of Replenishing Aether Dye
  • ACHIEVED $80K: Aether Dragon Statue (Village size)
  • $90K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon
  • $100K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes

*Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 59 at the earliest. We will keep you updated!


StarrDancingFor every $2,500 contributed, all devs on camera have to dance, sing, or perform some other act of amazement.


We will be having twelve hours of sales around the livestream from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (August 3 17:00 to August 4 05:00 UTC)! Items in the following categories will be on sale at approx. 20% off. As noted above, all purchases during this time will count towards the stretch goals!


  • Signed Cloth Maps!
  • Observatory Village Home (digital)
  • Large Ornate Telescope
  • Ornate Hourglass & Ornate Tabletop Moondial
  • Ornate Moondial
  • Ornate Village Moondial
  • Ornate Keep Moondial
  • Ornate Clock Tower
  • Clock Complete Set (digital)
  • Wall Clock Set (digital)
  • Sun Magic Sign 9-Pack & Moon Magic Sign 9-Pack
  • Sparkle Dyes Mega Pack

We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. PRIZE UPDATE: Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “The sky is falling” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our store during the livestream!


We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in the comments section below or on Discord chat during the event.

Please do NOT post questions containing:

More than 3 questions in total (post all three in a single reply)

Bugs or other problems best posted in the bug forums

“When is this coming” or anything related to schedule (for those answers please refer to our quarterly updates or our post release plans)

Questions with more than a couple of sentences. Please keep them brief! We will likely understand the context of your interest, so just ask the question and we’ll be able to respond.

For bug reports and extra idea suggestions, please use the forums for this purpose.

A Final Thought: We see a LOT of repeat questions. Please consider reviewing one of the other missed question posts, previous monthly livestreams, livestream transcripts, and/or reading our Post Episode 1 plan post before posting a question. Your question might have already been answered.

Watch @ShroudofAvatar updates throughout the day of the livestream. See you on Twitch!


  1. XeeXee

    1. Will Air ships be able to fly when Ships are able to sail?
    2. Can we get new POT map option to flag adventure zone for ep2 vs a town for dungeon madness :)
    3. Can Pot owners perhaps get ability to use houses they own as NPC buildings?

  2. Shednil


    Are you going to add magic and elemental resistance skills beside those in the magic schools? (To avoid needing to learn magic schools you dont like because you want to be able to resist it)

    Could we have the ability to ban avatars and guilds (Trade embargos!) from buying from our vendors aswell as the ability to add discounts for others?

  3. Jefe

    1. Can there be a corpse carry mechanism for fallen avatars to move them to safety for resurrection during a rout? I.E. large battle goes awry and player picks up fallen party member to pull them into cover for regrouping.
    2. Will there be tools like powder kegs that can be placed and ignited for purposes of clearing rubble to new areas and also defense? See Tenebris for static example. Would be nice to get to deeper/new areas in mines via blasting.
    3. Will additional reagents like Ginseng, Bloodmoss and Worm’s Hearts be added as spells are added?

  4. kazeookamikazeookami

    What ever happened to the additional weapons skills that were promised to be part of the launch patch?

  5. gtessergtesser

    With the fishing update coming in the next few months, will it be possible to fish supply drops, with the more rare bags appearing the higher the player’s fishing skill is?

  6. SmokerKGBSmokerKGB

    May I suggest:

    -When you revise the quest system, Please have the journal show each quest line separately for: Love, Courage and Truth… also have a seperate sheet within each main quest for “side quests”, and have repeatable quests stand out with a different color highlight… Also let the journal remember the last page visited, similar to what you’re doing with the recipe book…

    -When you revisit the “Lunar Rifts”, please add “a Mirror” (craftable or purchased), so that a player can use “Q or E” to rotate mirror, so that the Energy can be redirected to a destination we select…

    -Please revisit agriculture, for drawing water from a well and sowing muliple seeds at once… Seems like most of the work has been done already…

    1. Jay NordJay Nord

      You can sow multiple seeds at once by dragging the seeds to an open slot in your utility bar, then using the seed in the bar. Agreed about the water issue.

  7. Paladin MichaelPaladin Michael

    1. Could you consider – if it would go hand in hand with the story of @Lord British – that the use of some skills must provide anti virtue / virtue points while using them?
    DEATH/LIFE for example … (maybe instead of other restrictions…)

    So story/virtue system would be more meaningful regarding to our decision for skills!
    If you learn and use it – take the consequence!

    2. Could you consider (anti)virtue crafting quest line, providing the great possibility for MASTER crafters to craft weapon and armory with special virtue power? This should only work depending on (anti)virtue stats AND forbidden use of some skills (like life/death only low tier max 40, NO high tier skills) regarding to (anti)virtue … The crafter must loose this ability when using that opposite skills or when loosing a special (anti) virtue status…

    3. Could you consider a few very special quests, ONLY given to followers of anti virtue and another few ONLY given to followers of the virtues – ;) Quest items should be very special/rare and only a(n) (anti) virtuous Avatar could use them! (A very powerful weapon and shield of their choice…)

    All above would give MORE CONSEQUENCES TO OUR (SKILL/QUEST) DECISIONS and the whole life of our Avatar, making each one more unique … :)

  8. MelfromHellMelfromHell

    Item counts are surprisingly low for POTs – would it possible to allow POT owners to increase the item count of their town by making available Item Count Upgrades to POT owners?

    1. Brass KnucklesBrass Knuckles

      Im interested in micro pot upgrades as well its hard to justify $1200 jumps but if there things I could buy other than deco you would get more of my money.

  9. Ghostshadow

    Could you get into more what PvP content will be like in Ep.2 and what improvements it will mean for future pvpers?
    Thanks! as I am still brand new to the game and enjoying my stay

  10. FruckFruck

    1) Can we get more one-hand spear patterns please?
    2) Can you make the teleporters in the Obsidian Trials be random placement for everyone so people cant group up right in the door?
    3) Can we get XP in the Obsidian Trials?

  11. ElrondElrond

    Can we increase empty flasks on NPC vendors.. ? Max amount we can buy is 100 …Buying 10k flasks means like hundreds of clicks ..

    Can we get a reshape cask feature ? So we can change a whisky cask to wine or beer ?

  12. TailzTailz

    Does the rewards program count towards the total for the telethon stretch goal? Since our 9$ counts towards the 5$ minimum required for the telethon rewards.

    “Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase)”

    1. SerafinaSerafina

      Yes, Tailz! That’s correct! We’ve fixed the post to include that information. Thanks for pointing it out!

  13. RowellRowell

    Are there still plans to have the SOTA API include items/prices sold by Player Vendors / Public Vendors? (not report items placed onto player/public vendors…only items that are sold by player/public vendors).

    1. RowellRowell

      Question #2) Are there plans (if not, could there be plans made) to include great cats (cougars, lions, tigers, panthers) as a new animal/creature type? Because….everyone loves cats.

  14. Browncoat JaysonBrowncoat Jayson

    Since this livestream is Cosmos themed, please talk a little about Astronomy.

    We know that the position of the satellites and the constellations determines when sieges occur, that every NB month the entrance to Lost Vale opens, and some reagents are only gatherable (en masse) at night, but what else do you plan on having linked to the sky? Bonuses to crafting (enchanting, at least)? Attunement?

    Will Daedalus ever reflect the moon phase visually? I know it might be technically challenging to come up with a good method that still shows off the shattered moon, but having visible phases would be excellent. The other satellites are close enough that they should also be on phases.

    Are there still plans for other scenes based on floating shards? Originally, there was a request to have a POT that looked like the Isle of Storms, with the edges leading into the void and the skybox showing New Britannia below. It’d be fun to see a kobold Sky Navy “easter egg” town in such a scene.

  15. 2112Starman2112Starman

    1) ETA on more advanced options in LFG system that allows a group to target audience (or make sure people like alts literally off the boat cant join)?

    2) ETA on Epic chain?

    3) Any plans on more options to deal with our inns and players who may have left the game. Best option being a “last logged in” option when hovering over there name in the lot permissions. Make it easier for me to just boot them out of the inn after 3 months of not logging in and freeing that spot up for another.

    1. LaceLace

      For your option 1 folks already are getting elitist in the tears groups I have seen by saying 80+ or 90+ in the description. Those pretty much are the groups I will not join because, I want to help all and not be a snob, but they exist for those of you that want to attenuate a bit faster. I understand you dont want to carry some one along, but I choose to do the opposite cause its likely they will carry me in a month or so !

      For Number 3 if you have friended your inn resident you can go to your friends list and see their last log in date and make you decision to evict. Their items will go to the bank in your npc/pot and they will lose nothing but may be a bit butt chapped over the eviction.

  16. SvahnSvahn

    1. Any chance we can get a “mount slot” for the character sheet and a bound key for mounting/dismounting? It would make using the coconuts smoother and be a step in the mount direction.

    2. Do you want to share anything about future changes to quest and npc dialogue systems?

    1. LaceLace

      Having to unequip coconuts to talk to an npc or click on things is one of my biggest pet peeves with this game. It was told to me that talking to a peasant while on horseback albeit fake coconuts was rude and that is why we have to dismount.

      I have asked for years for a mount or dismount hot key to be introduced one that we could place a ‘mount’ into.

  17. tolgator

    Can you please implement an option that delays the display of the info box when hovering the mouse over items/skills?

    1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

      Or an option to kill the tooltip and/or item compare… Sometimes I scream at my screen wishing I could turn it off.

    2. XeeXee

      Or perhaps using Ctr or alt when on a item to display the stats for compare rather then auto compare with your gear. nothing worst then GM enchanted items with so many stats it fills the screen lol.

  18. infernal

    since your going to allow us to build are own dungeon, could you consider unlinking basement size from lot size?

    instead of dropping so many recall and teleport scrolls how about adding a chaos scroll that will teleport you to a random town.

    suggestion add a one time use device to the add on store that alters the size of deco, for example use one device on darkstarr clocktower get a grandfather clock size version use 2 devices get a table top version.
    the list of deco this works on could start out small and grow over time.

  19. Brighton RockBrighton Rock

    can you win prizes when you have subscribed to the rewards program or do you have to buy an extra item from the shop during the livestream ?

    1. SerafinaSerafina

      If you’re subscribed, you should get the stretch goal rewards, but prizes are only if you say the magic phrase in game or make a purchase on the store during a certain time period while we’re livestreaming.

      1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

        Does simply being in chat during the Livestream no longer make you eligible for prizes?

  20. Proteus TempestProteus Tempest

    Player made content like in game objects was allowed many many releases ago.

    In the future will this be allowed again or is it still possible to do so now?

  21. Drake AedusDrake Aedus

    Theme appropriate question:

    When can we expect the new Sun and Moon offensive spells that Chris said were in the pipeline?
    And if “when” questions are inappropriate, are new Sun and Moon offensive spells still in the pipeline?

  22. EchondasEchondas

    – Any thoughts on making Dark Unicorns hostile, or otherwise less adorable than the Light Unicorns? Killing a dark unicorn while they’re chewing a sugar cube seems mean..

    – Since performance optimizations we have seen an increase in deco items in player housing – how about an increase in NPCs in player housing and/or player basements? Basements might be more feasible if performance is a concern?

    – May we pretty please with sugar on top get an LOD and/or Draw Distance setting in the Video Options so those with more performant systems can get a better visual experience?

  23. Moon Wyrdclaw

    1) Can exp. attunement math be adjusted to consider death decay exp loss, and also be adjusted for double exp event so parties don’t have to take breaks for 20-30 minutes?

    2) Thoughts on taking/causing damage to certain body parts and causing conditions, like an injured arm and not being able to swing a weapon briefly – or getting odd/fun temporary conditions (you got an infection and there’s a mushroom growing out of your arm with some kind of effect on you/party members/monsters, etc)

    1. Brass KnucklesBrass Knuckles

      Ohh ill use one of his….

      When inspecting a Item could we see what rare components are salvageable on the item info page? It would be nice when looking at a elven bow to see what might be salvaged from it.

      1. EchondasEchondas

        If you hold in the left CTRL key while hovering over an item with a + on it — you will see the salvageable components (if any) listed. Some items don’t include the + when there are salvageable components, such as Torc Dawl’s weapons.

  24. RatRat

    Will people who have purchase a subscription a Rewards Program membership be automatically enrolled in the prize drawing?

    1. SerafinaSerafina

      If you’re subscribed, you should get the stretch goal rewards, but prizes are only if you say the magic phrase in game or make a purchase on the store during a certain time period while we’re livestreaming.

  25. Talimar

    1. When are we getting Pugilism items in game? Not for pugilism weapon damage but for other benefits derived from weapons like bronzecomponents – which could affect critical chance- that you can mastercraft and enchant for additional benefits?

    As it is, mid-range shield/weapon is a large loss in potential damage in regards to variability of the enchants that you can apply to weapons. (I loose 20 strength with my gear, for instance if I want to smash things.)

    2. Rings and necklaces, could they become material attributed? Like the warlocks chain would show bonuses from the copper and iron chain used… :)

  26. GrimboneGrimbone

    Just a few easy question.

    1. Can we get an Ornate Shepard’s Crook and some Hay and Hay Bail deco for the Ep. 2 Mount Stretch Goals Store?
    2. Will we see any more Barn homes? The new Red Barn just isn’t for me and I would like to see other barns and/or Stable homes similar to the expired ones.
    3. Will we ever see traveling wagons along routes or flying dragons on overland map?

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    1. Pon OraponPon Orapon

      re: “3. Will we ever see traveling wagons along routes…”
      I don’t really want to zone twice when using a wagon to move from one map to another.

  27. Brass KnucklesBrass Knuckles

    1. Could you please do a better job explaining your ideas and features? When I heard about Castle Sieges I was ehh what ever but when I found out they were gonna be like “Arathi Basin” I was floored and super excited.

    2. Can you please come up with a better name than Castle Sieges?

    3. Can Governors have a two way internal pot teleporter or two? help us make better player owned towns thanks.

    Special Thanks to Chris taking time to clarify things better in discord.

  28. BarugonBarugon

    Q: why does Silverthorn only hit one target when all other longswords hit two targets?

    Q: why is the range on FitzOwen’s crossbow so short? All other crossbows have nearly twice the range.

    Q: why do the companion quest armors lose maximum durability? We already had the Cloth Armor of Truth, Leather Armor of Love and Plate Armor of Courage that are tradable, have exactly the same stats and look nicer. What’s the point of the companion armors, simply to clog our inventories?

  29. LaceLace

    Q1: why oh why do you keep going to fireworks rewards with non explicit replenishing schedules you do not make public and rely on the gamers to post. This seems counter-intuitive to fund raising or fishy. (yes I know you have no more artists for other things right now being a bit facetious) and know you wont read it, but I am expressing my displeasure by creating a question..

    Q2 Given the lack of enthusiasm over the very same telethon rewards with different colors why do you keep putting up fireworks and pavers. We only have so much time and land. (IF it took 2 tel2thons to reach a goal with meh type rewards and 1 to reach the same monetary value with very unique rewards .. why do you present us with meh?.. I really dont get it.) Voting with wallet.

  30. Jay NordJay Nord

    1. Bees, hives, beekeeping, honey… MEAD BREWING! Side benefit – crafting our own wax and candles from the beeswax.
    2. Are there plans to allow gemstones and jewelry as house deco?

  31. Armeleon VesazArmeleon Vesaz

    1. Can playing an instrument not remove you from combat? With the new timer it makes using instrument loose your stacks 99% of time. (repeat question but this was never actually answered)
    2. Can we have a way to set the order of decks in our decks tab?
    3. Can we have more deck slots?

  32. Cora Cuz'avichCora Cuz'avich

    (Uh… the bit about “Of course, that did in fact happen?” shouldn’t have a question mark at the end, that’s a typo.

  33. Synergy BlaizeSynergy Blaize

    1. LFG in conjunction with Upper Tears Cave – were my favorite additions to Shroud.
    The World finally became Social which was awesome!

    However, with the recent patch which adjusted the stats of the Lich, players have stopped forming PUG’s as it is vital that the group be balanced now, with a skilled Tank, DPS AND dedicated healer as a foundation. This is almost impossible during non-peak times.
    It has become a nightmare to form a survivable group & LFG is mostly empty now.

    Could you please consider a way to balance the scene, to promote more LFG’s again?
    Provide more scenes where PUG – LFG would be possible?

  34. UscoUsco

    Offline Mode: It was said, that all online-shop buyable-items would be available on vendors in offline mode. Is this already implemeted?

  35. Sven Broadaxe

    1. Can I use a Castle Basement beneath a Row Lot now that basements are a seperate zone.

    2. Do existing basements get the building block upgrade. Can I sell the blocks.

    3. Is Windows 7 still “Best Windows”

  36. Ian Deatheye

    1. Are there plans to provide an optional locking mechanism for the hot bar to prevent mis-clicks during combat from dismissing glyphs or dragging glyph positions? This could be a keystroke or an option on the option settings. It too easy to mis-click when the mouse pointer cannot be seen during heavy combat.

    2. Remember window positions is done by most programs. Can we get an option to remember window positions so I don’t have to reposition things like the loot window on my screen whenever I logon?

    3. Are there any plans to revisit bladed combat? The base damage seems very weak compared to equivalent levels in the other combat trees.

    1. Pon OraponPon Orapon

      re: “3. Are there any plans to revisit bladed combat? The base damage seems very weak…”

  37. Cora Cuz'avichCora Cuz'avich

    The R54 Instructions included a note about the obsidian cultists getting new obsidian order gear (different from the store/telethon versions) in R55. Of course, that did in fact happen. (Hooray!) It also mentions that they will drop cultist gear as well.

    1. Is it still planned that they will drop cultist gear?

    2. If so, will it be salvageable for patterns? (And dyeable- at least maybe a trim color?)

    3. The way it’s worded in the instructions, it seems to imply that they may only drop the cloth armor. Was that the intent, or will they drop fighter/archer gear as well? I really like the archer gear. (And though they probably won’t drop, even if archer gear does- dat quiver!!)

  38. ElrondElrond

    Can we have some rankings presented during today stream ? Top 5 Adenturer lvl ..Top 5 producer lvl… No names required (if its an issue) just how high people are in levels .

  39. Dereck VisaardDereck Visaard

    Thanks for another great release folks. Here are a few questions:

    1) Can you provide an update on your Q3/Q4 2018 strategy to increase the total number of active players, including your marketing and advertising plan?

    2) Can you provide an update on the game’s economy in terms of what results you see with Q1/Q2 balance adjustments and how that benefits players, and what is planned for the near future?

    3) POT owner tool enhancements and Vendor enhancements are two popular feature areas that were planned in late 2017 and shifted to early 2018, and now have been pushed again and do not show up at all in the Q3 plan. Can you comment on the reasoning for the perpetual delay? Do you believe they are not important, or just less important than other features like brewing and fishing? I’d be interested to see a voting mechanism that allows the community to weigh in on those priority decisions.

  40. Matt Harris

    1. Circlets and tiaras are head-slot light armor. However, they don’t get material bonuses and are not masterworkable or enchantable. Can we get that changed? I am pretty sure it wouldn’t break the game if they worked like any other crafted head armor.

    2. Could we get an option on the vendor to export the contents to a textfile or to the clipboard as text? Given what has been done with discarded mail files and the chat log, I am sure people will be able to do lots of crazy and useful things with it.

    3. I find it almost impossible to hit things with fireball. Could you have it center on a targeted mob as opposed to have to aim via the mouse?

    Thanks – Alaric Mondragon

  41. Synergy BlaizeSynergy Blaize

    2. Could please, please, please get an option to “hide cloak” or “hide Headgear”?

    3. Minor regular annoyance…. Could you please change the coding on our backpacks, so when opened, it defaults to the top of the backpack, rather than the bottom. After exploring & I want to go home, my recall scrolls are in a sack at the top of the backpack, so I have to scroll up to the top.

  42. Phoenix007

    1) What is the rule for the shrine in POT to give maximum Bonus ?
    2) What is the value to Have the maximum Bonus ?

  43. MoussakaMoussaka

    Can you please make (expiring) one-time payment options for a 6- and/or 12-month subscription for the Rewards Program?
    (I have PayPal but no credit card. Recurring payments requires registering a credit card with PayPal.)

  44. Ulskanine


    Can it be made possible for people with Multiple accounts to use the same E-mail Address on each? Would make keeping track of Accounts easier on players.

  45. Brielle McFersonBrielle McFerson

    Q: in the Feedback forms is anyone monitoring request for new items coming into the game? Or is there another place those types of requests should go?

    1. Brielle McFersonBrielle McFerson

      Q: Would it be possible to get a buy back option from the vendors? I recently heard of someone accidentally selling a weapon after they unlocked it to repair it while fighting, and forgot to re lock it.

  46. Amber RaineAmber Raine

    Question for Player Owned Town section: Will the Caldera map be available to POTs ? Radio City is still wondering if we can get our map to be a Caldera :wink: Request been asked for 4 years :stuck_out_tongue:

  47. Gregg247Gregg247

    How can we tell if one of our accounts already has access to Episode 2? Please put an indicator on our Account tab that lets us know what that particular account has access to.

    1. tphilipptphilipp

      This is on the agenda – sorry we haven’t gotten around to it, yet. Busy times… :-/

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