Avatar’s Update #296: R57 Livestream Today, Commission Free Vendors & Expert Crafting Stations For Sale, & Spooky Items Return!

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

Game Development

News Announcements

Community Updates

Release 55 Livestream(s) Items (cont.)

The Release 55 Livestream(s) items were all Lord British themed in honor of his birthday which falls on July 4th. In honor of his birthday the items either have the silver serpent or the Lord British full crest on them. They are also themed around things that Lord British loves like fireworks, space, and magic! Almost all of the items went live in Release 57. This week we are revealing the The Silver Serpent Wand made by our very own Scott “Scottie” Jones! This final R55 item will go live in Release 58.

Lord British Silver Serpent Wand:

Shroud at Dragon Con

Richard “Lord British” Garriott attended Dragon Con once again this year. As some of you may know he has attended every Dragon Con since the very first! Richard gave a talk entitled “All Things Lord British” and also served on a panel about early programming on the Mac with Steve Wozniak! Lord British then attended a few player gatherings including Karaoke!

Commission Free Vendors, Expert Crafting Stations (+ more) in the Store!

At the request of players we are making several items, previously exclusive to Bundles, available for individual purchase in the Add On Store! These include Commission Free Vendors, Expert Crafting Stations, themed pets, themed weapons, and themed decorations! Please note that

purchasing the Bundles is still a very steep discount versus buying all of these items individually and currently Bundles are still the only way to purchase a tax free lot deed.

Here is a complete list of these items now available for purchase:

Weapons & Shields:

Vendors, Crafting Stations, & Decorations:


Water Lot Conversions

At the request of our players and to support the new “Full Water Lots” we added in Release 57 we have added the ability to upgrade land lots to Player Owned Town (taxed) Water Lots via a service token! Village, Town, and City lots can be converted and we will begin processing these requests as soon as Release 58! So if you have been wishing to live in a ship, lighthouse, watermill, etc. now is your chance!

Spooky Recurring Items Are Back!

It is that time of year again when spooky holidays like Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are celebrated! That means it is time for us to bring back recurring rare items to the Add On Store like Day of the Dead Masks, Spider Web Cloaks, and Zombie Pets! Get them while you can because they will expire until next year on November 30, 2018! As a bonus these items are part of the Dungeon Weekend sale! Here’s the complete list of Spooky Recurring items that went live this week:

PS Stay tuned for our annual exclusive 2018 Jack O Lanterns and masks in Release 58!

Community Livestream (Aug 31): Tier Markers

Last Friday we talked about Tier Markers. We explained how we label each scene with a Tier Marker to indicate the level of challenge of that scene. We used our existing scenes like Hallowed Plains to illustrate how the system works and highlighted some of our recent changes to the system including the addition of the “+” to indicate varying degrees of challenge and the addition of Tiers 6-10 (was previously only 1-5) to better indicate higher levels of challenge for our top level players. If you missed the livestream it is available for viewing on YouTube:

It was also the first Friday we started tracking the Release 57 stretch goals and we hit two of them already! See below for more details.

For more livestreams and gameplay videos, be sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/portalarium!

Release 57 Livestream: Dungeon Themed (current progress)

The Release 57 Livestream is today Friday September 7! 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. In honor of the upcoming Player Made Dungeons feature the theme for this livestream is Dungeons which are previewing in R57 and will go live as soon as Q4!


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 Made Dungeons
  • 4:30PM: Q&A
  • 5:30PM: Deep Dive 2: Fishing
  • 6:30PM: Q&A
  • 7PM: Ending Announcements

STRETCH GOALS (Dungeon 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 September 7 from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (September 7 17:00 to September 8 05:00 UTC). In honor of the upcoming Player Made Dungeons feature the theme for this livestream is Dungeons which are previewing in R57 and will go live as soon as Q4!

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! Please note that we have extended availability of the stretch goals to every Friday of the release for 12 hours per the new Stretch Goal Tracking ChangesLast Friday was the first day of tracking and we already hit two stretch goals!

  • ACHIEVED $10K: /rolldice
  • ACHIEVED $25K: Flame Trap Decorations (non-harmful)
  • $35K: Candle Helm
  • $50K: Spike Trap & Arrow Trap Decorations (non-harmful)
  • $65K: Unique Dungeon Entrance Eternal Pattern
  • $80K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack
  • $90K: Key Themed Weapon Set: Sword, Mace, Polearm
  • $100K: Unique Dungeon Room Blueprint

*Please keep in mind that stretch goal rewards take time to develop and will most likely not be available until Release 60 at the earliest. We will keep you updated!


We will be having twelve hours of sales around the livestream from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM CDT (Septermber 7 17:00 to September 8 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!


  • Ancient Tome Dungeon Entrance plus 50 Point Dungeon
  • Magic Mirror Dungeon Entrance plus 75 Point Dungeon
  • Ruined Stone Arch Dungeon Entrance plus 100 Point Dungeon
  • Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance plus 125 Point Dungeon
  • Shroud of the Avatar: Episode 2 Early Access + Ornate Brass Darklamp (digital)
  • Row Lot Property Deed (digital) + Row Prison 5-Story Basement (digital)
  • Skeleton Dungeon Prop Set: Skeletons & Dungeon Iron Cages
  • Spider Dungeon Prop Set: Spider Webs & Spiders

We will be giving prizes away on an hourly basis with many being given away multiple times. Enter for a chance to win a prize by either logging into the game and typing “Roll the dice” 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 of the original post 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!

Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program

The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks.

For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:

  • 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
  • Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase)
  • Exclusive Title every 3 months
    • 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith
    • 6 Months: Keeper of the Word
    • 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow
    • 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame
  • Pick any Dye Pack every 6 months
  • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
    • Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity
    • Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance
    • Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills
    • Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills
    • Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage
    • Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills

Weekend Flash Sale: Dungeons

In Release 57 we previewed the upcoming Player Made Dungeon feature with 5 example static dungeons that can be placed on your property. To celebrate we are putting the four dungeon entrance patterns (that come with example dungeons), dungeon related items, torture items, and spooky items are on sale this weekend!

Follow the links to learn more about each item. Also, you’ll want to explore the game in detail for there are many more craftable items available!

Upcoming Events Calendar

Sept 7, 2018 – Release 57 Livestream
Sept 27, 2018 – Release 58
Oct 5, 2018 – Release 58 Livestream
Oct 11-13, 2018 – SOTACON Austin 2018
Oct 25, 2018 – Release 59
Nov 2, 2018 – Release 59 Livestream
Nov 15, 2018 – Release 60
Nov 30 or Dec 7, 2018 – Release 60 Livestream
Dec 13, 2018 – Release 61
Dec 21 or Jan 4, 2018 – Release 61 Livestream

Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events.

Community Event: Wylde Safari presents “My Song of the Day”

[Forum post by Fionwyn Wyldemane]

Please join me (aka Sister Love) in celebration of the musical wonders
contributed by the SOTA community for over two years!

Once again I’ll be playing songs from this thread in the order they were submitted:


(I may get up to page 30…lol :p)

I will be announcing the song title, the name of the Avatar who submitted the song,
and the date it was submitted.

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 from 6PM to 8PM NBT (CST)
Tune in to avatarsradio.com or listen in-game on your Aether Vibration Amplifier.

I am proud to be a member of this awesome community!

PS – This is not a dance party, it is strictly a radio event you won’t want to miss!​

Community Event: Novia Market R57 Grandmastery Bundles

[Forum post by ldykllr]

NoMa Grandmastery Bundles (R57)

Every month we are offering four professional-grade bundles based on an Avatar’s roles in Novia:

  1. Adventurer’s Bundle – some of the highest grade gear available in the land, ready to take a novice adventurer to the journeyman level! This month we are featuring armor from Robyn Hood (@ldykllr)
  2. Crafter’s Bundle – Are you an aspiring Blacksmith? The Blacksmith’s Starter Kit comes complete with all the items you will need to get started!
  3. Taming Bundle – Have you thought about being a tamer? Since taming is getting some love (and tameable Wyvern’s coming R58), this bundle will help you get started!
  4. Consumeable Bundle – Have you heard the news? We can now start dying some furniture! Canvas furniture was first this release, so this bundle will give you all the craftable dyes and a set of furniture/banners to get you started!

These bundles will be raffled on September 28th (the day after R58 release). Tickets are on sale now and priced especially for beginners at 500gp each bundle. No matter how many tickets a character purchases, they will only get a single chance at winning that bundle – so purchase only one ticket per bundle!

We are hosting the ticket vendors and a display table of what each bundle entails at Market Square, at the south end of NoMa (if you check in with the town crier, it is the only City lot in town and under Governor Robyn Hood’s name). As you wander past all of our merchants, please do some window shopping and take a look at what all of our residents have to offer! The team putting together the inaugural Bundles are the same team who do our Weekend Promos, so please patronize our promos as well! [1], [2]

(Screenshots below to help you find your way).


Ben & Robyn

[1] https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/f…ta-stone-to-aid-international-players.127516/

[2] https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/f…ovia-market-this-weekend.120594/#post-1008462


Location of the Market Square in Novia MarketR57 Raffle Tickets

Community Event Recap: R57 Dance Party

This Monday was our monthly dance party that traditionally follows each release. These are organized by Amber Raine of Avatars Radio, our community run radio station. Each month a governor of one of our Player Owned Towns hosts the party in a different location and our very own DJ Darkstarr spins tunes. He is just one of many community DJ’s and the radio station is completely funded by the community so please consider supporting their Patreon!

After each dance party DJ Darkstarr posts his playlist in the Avatar’s Radio thread in the Fire Lotus Tavern section of the Forums. That same thread contains the latest dance party schedule and updates about other DJ’s parties and sets.

[Forum Post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long]

Here is the set list for the Release 57 Dance party. Thank you so much to Grumpy Krabnevir for hosting! Thank you to Amber Raine of Avatars Radio for having me DJ!

This set includes a song I discovered during the Alamo Drafthouse preshow (birthmoviesdeath.com) for Mission Impossible Fallout. They played this amazing video for a song called Soul Train that had amazing animation and such a groovy sound that I knew I had to use it in my next gig. Plus Debbie Harry does some vocals in it!

Here’s a link to the playlist on Spotify, minus the mashups (in italics). If you want the mashups go to http://bootiemashup.com/best-of-bootie/

  • David Byrne: Dance On Vaseline
  • Thievery Corporation Feat. Seu Jorge: Hare Krishna
  • YACHT: Tripped and Fell In Love
  • M83: Laser Gun (feat. Mai Lan)
  • MSTRKRFT: She’s Good for Business
  • LCD Soundsystem: Home
  • Brazilian Girls: Balla Balla
  • Ibibio Sound Machine: Give Me a Reason
  • David Bowie: Modern Love
  • A Certain Ratio: Dirty Boy (feat. Barry Adamson) [Single Edit]
  • Jungle: Heavy, California
  • Scissor Sisters: Comfortably Numb
  • Earth Wind & Fire: Boogie Wonderland
  • Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams: Lose Yourself to Dance
  • Bee Gees: You Should Be Dancing
  • Michael Jackson: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
  • The Dramatics: Get Up And Get Down
  • K.C. & The Sunshine Band: Get Down Tonight
  • Rick James: Super Freak
  • Prince: Kiss
  • Mark Ronson: Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
  • Just Loud: Soul Train (Feat. Debbie Harry of Blondie)
  • The Heavy: How You Like Me Now
  • M.I.A.: Bad Girls
  • The Ting Tings: That’s Not My Name
  • Emily: Blue Microscope
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Sacrilege
  • Ghostland Observatory: Freeheart Lover
  • LCD Soundsystem: Tribulations
  • Digitalism: Pogo
  • BONES (UK): I’m Afraid of Americans
  • My Brightest Diamond: Champagne FR
  • Ghostland Observatory: Sad Sad City
  • Lobsterdust: It’s Fun To Smoke Dust (Queen vs. Pastor Gary Greenwald vs. Midfield General)
  • BilljDJ: Adventure Of Me A 1999 Let’s Alive (Coldplay vs. Roxette vs. Muse vs. Katy Perry vs. Eiffel 65 vs. Usher vs. Prince vs. MØ vs. Bee Gees vs. David Bowie)
  • DJ Axel: Real Back Poppin’ (Cheryl Lynn vs. Fat Joe & Nelly)
  • Earworm: Funky Goes To Hollywood (Wild Cherry vs. Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
  • DJ Riko: P-Funk Is Playing At My House (LCD Soundsystem vs. Gerald A. vs. Katie Enlow)
  • Rhythm Scholar: Any Way You Want It (Syntax Error Remix) (Journey vs. Rhythm Scholar)
  • DJs From Mars: Show Me In The Deep (Adele vs. Robin S.)
  • Titus Jones: We Love Hustlin’ Drugs (Weezer vs. Rick Ross vs. Ke$ha vs. Katy Perry vs. Afroman)
  • DJ Schmolli: Only Imagine This City (Starship vs. David Guetta)
  • Robin Skouteris: Rhythm Is A Mashup (Snap! vs. Spice Girls vs. David Bowie vs. C&C Music Factory & more)
  • MashMike: Pump Up The Party Rock (LMFAO vs. Pink vs. Kraze vs. Danzel vs. C&C Music Factory vs. Salt-N-Pepa vs. Diddy Dirty Money)

Meretz: Win a Gothic Village Inn

Win a Gothic Village Inn & earn free SotA in-game items daily!

Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs).
The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy!
Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more.

With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month.
This month, we’re giving away a Gothic Village Inn – valued at $100!
You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card, SOTACON Austin 2018 tickets, and other cool prizes.
AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!

Meretz: Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!

SOTACON Austin 2018 is giving away a pair of tickets and t-shirts to SOTACON Austin 2018!

Enter daily to win! To enter, get the Meretz App: https://www.meretz.com/promo/sotaconaustin

Or watch Lunch with Laz & Jack Daily for additional entries, as well a chance to win a weekly prize of a Custom SOTACON t-shirt!

Project to Support –  SotA: New Beginnings Comic No. 2

Relics by Rild is producing Issue #2 of the official Shroud of the Avatar comic. Kickstarter is being used to fund printing & help pay the artist & writer.

SotA: New Beginnings is a graphic adventure set in New Britannia, the world of Lord British’s revolutionary new game, Shroud of the Avatar™. It tells the story of Arianna and Christopher, a young couple who have fled their own cruel world through a magic portal. Separated on their arrival, we follow their journey as they attempt to make sense of this new world and find each other once more.

This issue is again illustrated by Indi Martin(Tortoise & Hare Creations), and written in collaboration with Rick Hart aka Elgarion. It will be produced and distributed by Relics by Rild, under official license by Portalarium, Inc. This issue has 32 pages of adventure! (prior to backer-generated content).

Our goal is very simple – to bring you this beautiful new issue of New Beginnings, and to continue producing issues going forward.

As the publisher of this comic, my aim is to create a viable model to keep releasing issues. Countless hours have been put in by Indi and Rick, and I want to pay them to keep telling the story. To further this end, we sold ad space in Issue #1. A special thank-you to all our previous patrons!

The thing is, we want to use this space for more than just ads, and we want it to be relevant. So we’re calling it Content Space, and inviting the entire SotA community to make an impact in this print analog to the game. In the spirit of CrowdSharing, we want to allow our backers to enhance and develop the space just as they have done online in New Britannia.

Join the Kickstarter now!

Project to Support: King’s Dinner at SOTACON

[Forum Post by Winfield]

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Announcing a Spectacular Event to
Dine with Lord British and Darkstarr
King’s Dinner 2018 Web Page

October 12, 2018 at 5-8 PM CDT
Tickets on sale through October 8, 2018

Purchase Cloaks, Tickets, and Sponsorships Here

Anyone may attend!
Anyone may buy exclusive cloaks or be a sponsor!

Developers, past developers, family,
players, new players, and guests are all welcome!

Friends of Ultima, Ultima Online, Shroud of the Avatar and more!

Come dine with us!​

This event is in conjunction with SOTACON – Austin 2018
SOTACON tickets are not required to attend this dinner.
See SOTACON Schedule

This dinner is not included in the SOTACON – Austin 2018 Ticket
except for SOTACON VIPs

Buy your tickets early before the seats fill up!​

Richard Garriott “Lord British” and Starr Long “Darkstarr”
at a medieval-themed all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner

Special Guests
David Watson “Iolo”
Scottie Jones “Lord Nimrond Ionescu”
Stephen Daniele

King’s Dinner Web Page
Guest List | Sponsor List

County Line on the Lake Restaurant
5204 FM 2222, Austin, Texas

Can’t attend? See Sponsorship ideas farther down

Purchase Cloaks, Tickets, and Sponsorships Here

All Attendees and Sponsors get Exclusive Coins and Cloaks
Cloaks also sold separately!

All funds help reduce dinner ticket prices & add SWAG, gifts, and entertainment​



Sponsor at the Baron level to get your name in the Program, we mail the Coin to you anywhere in the world, and deliver the Cloak in game. Your contribution goes to shipping costs and supporting the event.​


Sponsor at the Baron level for your Dinner ticket, Coin, Cloak, plus your name, guild, player town, or company in the Program (Guest List and Sponsor List). Increase your level of Sponsorship and get more!​



Sponsor at the Viscount level to get your name, promotional paragraph, and web link in the Program (Guest List and Sponsor List). Also get Dinner, Coin and Cloak. You don’t have to physically attend to Sponsor.​



SPECIAL NOTICE: After Dinner on October 12, many of us (including Lord British) will drive 8 minutes to Richard Garriott’s Curtain Theater to see the Baron’s Men Theatrical Production of Shakespearean “Henry IV Part 1”. Ticket box office opens at 7:00 PM, Theater opens at 7:30 PM, Play starts at 8:00 PM. Get tickets ahead of time or at the box office there. Continue a Grand Evening with us!

Scene from “Dead of Winter” (October 13, 2017)
Featuring our friend Scottie Jones (audience left in the chair)

Project to Support: AERIE Fund – Cult of Bob – Direct Relief Fundraiser

[Forum Post by Thexedor Markhamm]

Cult of Bob – Direct Relief Fundraiser​

Hail Avatars!

As many of you know, the AERIE Fund provides members of our community relief for catastrophic medical, financial, and natural disaster events. Thanks to your support we’ve raised funds for emergency chemotherapy, Hurricane Harvey disaster relocation, and even helped a fellow Avatar’s family get through the winter months when their heating system went out. You never know when bad things are gonna happen, and we try to be there to help when they do.

Now, we have a new call to action:

Bob Cooksey (a.k.a Bob the Builder) who was part of the Portalarium team for many years recently had a horrible fall. This fall led to Bob breaking nine of his ribs. This incident sent Bob the Builder to the emergency room.

The good news is Bob is going to make a full recovery.

The bad news: being between medical insurance plans turned a nasty fall into a swallowing hole of debt owed to the ambulance company, emergency room, and additional clinics.

The bright side: AERIE Fund intervened and paid off a significant amount of Bob’s medical bills related to the fall. Again, thanks to all of your support, we were able to help Bob worry less about finances and focus on what matters: healing and moving onto the next phase of his life. But there’s still more to do!

Here’s how you can help:

We’d like to make Bob whole again (and 100% wipe away the financial burden of the fall), so we’re going to help Bob do a little bit of community fundraising. We encourage all of our supporters to chip in (what you can) and support the Cult of Bob initiative all September-long. Any (and all) financial assistance will go directly to Bob Cooksey to help him get back on his feet again.

1: visit Bob’s GoFundMe page and pledge some support. Don’t forget to leave your avatar’s name in the comments (unless you prefer anonymous) so we can say thanks!

2: we invite you to share this initiative with your friends, guilds, and community orgs in-game. Help spread the word and good works!

3: Feel free to host in-game events to spread awareness, celebrate Bob’s work (its everywhere), and help drive some fundraising. Together, we can play for a cause and help a great guy recover from an unfortunate circumstance.

About Bob the Builder:​

The man in the infamous bunny suit, Bob joined Portalarium in 2011. He was responsible for building most of the in-game homes (we live in) and designing the decorations (especially the furniture) that make our homes unique and beautiful across New Britannia! Bob is a very humble and helpful person, and we’re super-thrilled to lend him a hand. To quote Bob directly: “I’m humbled and speechless. This is the best community in the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Thank YOU, Avatars!

Resources – Players Helping Players


The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website.

Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community.


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