@DouglasHalden – “Y’all have done an amazing job on the last couple of releases. It really is a blast to play and the community is special. Looking forward to years of adventure!”

@PaPaZaph – “The latest release for Shroud of the Avatar is really great! More content is obviously still coming out, more zones to release, and more polish here and there.”

Mateusz Pachnik – “Bought the game this week, and it is exactly what I was looking for.”



Updates

Community Livestream – Beach Party & Fishing Contest (Nov 16)


Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday November 16 at 4 PM CDT on Twitch!

This week we are going to talk have a beach party and fishing contest in the new Fishing Expedition scene! To participate in the contest start fishing at 4 PM and the best trophy fish caught by 4:45 PM will win a prize! While the fishing contestants vie against each other a party will be happening on the beach so don your best beach wear and lounge on the sand or shimmy to the tunes on Avatars Radio!

This is the first Friday to earn the Release 60 Cornucopia stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretchoals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals.

  • $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX
  • $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon
  • $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc)
  • $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack
  • $65K: Traveller Wagon
  • $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm
  • $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot
  • $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes

As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Horn of Plenty” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT!

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Avatar’s Update #305: Sandbox Livestream Today & R60 on QA


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


Release 60 on QA Server

An early version of R60 is on the QA server. “So soon after Release 59?” you ask. As noted in our Q4 2018 Schedule Update:PLEASE NOTE: The last two releases of the year (Nov/R60 and Dec/R61) will be very early in their respective months so that they are released well ahead of the US winter holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas).” R60 is full of new content and fixes, some of which is now on the QA server for early testing. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live!

  • Fishing Phase 2:
    • New Fishing Expedition Scene
    • Fishing Holes in Alpine POT Templates
    • Rotating POT Fishing Bonus
    • Fishing while Sitting
    • More Fish Recipes
  • Increased Salvage Rates for Grandmasters
  • Bludgeon Balance
  • More Player Made Items in Loot
  • Ornate Viking Longbow
  • Select Crown Items Anywhere
  • 2018 Winter Holiday Items (rares)
  • R57 & R58 Livestream Items
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

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Community Livestream – Sandbox Roleplay (Nov 9)


Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday November 9 at 4 PM CDT on Twitch!

This week we are going to talk about how Shroud of the Avatar facilitates Sandbox Roleplay with our housing system, emotes, conversations, clothing, and more. Our very own Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski is having the grand opening of his Mexican restaurant, “Dos Gardenias” and we will use that as our example of just one of the many possibilities our game makes possible. Various other Portalaroons will be staffing the restaurant and if you have ever watched a reality show about the restaurant business I am sure you know everything will go off smoothly opening night! :)

Also this is the LAST Friday to earn the Release 59 Fish themed stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals. Over the last two weeks we managed to achieve the first four stretch goals which means we can now role-play Fish people with the Fish Masks! This is the first step to Fish people versus Horse people wars but for these to be visually effective we need to get the Fish Shield and Swordfish Sword and if you really want to terrify the Horse people we need to get the Shark mask!

  • ACHIEVED $10K: Fish Pavers 
  • ACHIEVED $25K: Fish Throne
  • ACHIEVED $35K: Fish Mask Set
  • ACHIEVED $50K: Big Trophy Fish Stone Statue Set
  • $65K: Fish Shield & Swordfish Sword
  • $75K: Big Fish Mask Set (Shark & Lava!)
  • $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot
  • $95K: Fish Scale Armor

As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Reel it in” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT!

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Avatar’s Update #304: R59 Livestream Today, Moustache of the Avatar, Fishing Expedition


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


Fishing Expedition & Alpine POT Fishing Hole

Fishing Phase 2 continues to deliver more expansions to the fishing system. Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 will see more fishing skills, Lava fishing, more fish recipes, and rotating POT bonuses. Meanwhile in Release 60 we are introducing a new Fishing Expedition scene and adding a fishing hole to the Alpine Player Owned Town template.

Fishing Expedition: The Fishing Expedition is a tropical island area of the game completely focused on fishing.

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Movember: Moustache of the Avatar!


Every year we form a Movember team called Moustache of the Avatar to raise funds for Movember. To date we have raised over $3300 through fundraising for Movember. We have also created dedicated items for our Movember Make a Difference store including a Moustache Helm, Shield, and Cloak. Last year we even created Darkstarr and Lord British Follicular Reliquaries with Darkstarr and Lord British versions of the Movember items. Those items and other Movember tagged items have raised over $7,000 for Movember to date!

Stay tuned for Release 60 when the 2018 Winter items will start appearing including the 2018 Snow Family and 2018 Snowman Masks which this year feature moustaches in honor of Movember!

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[RESOLVED] Browser Lockups


We are experiencing lockups when loading certain parts of our website like the Add On Store. If you encounter this problem we recommend trying an alternate browser to see if that resolves the issue for you, we are currently experiencing the least issues with Firefox.

Update: The issue happened only on Chrome, as far as we can tell, and it is due to Chrome not being able to handle more than just a few CSS animations (in this case spinning a .png file) without sometimes deadlocking. We removed those for now to work around this Chrome bug.


Avatar’s Update #303: Play Release 59 Now, Deck Building Livestream Today


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

 


Play Release 59 Now! 

Release 59 successfully launched yesterday, October 26, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

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Release 59 Livestream – Nov 2, 2018 (Fish Themed)


The Release 59 Livestream is set for Friday November 2! 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 Fishing Phase 2 going live in Release 59 the theme for this livestream is Fish!

LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone)

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:

UPDATED:

  • 3PM: Introductions
  • 3:30PM: Deep Dive 1: Fishing
  • 4:30PM: Q&A
  • 5:15PM: Deep Dive 2: Boss Behaviors
  • NEW! 6:00PM: Deep Dive 3: Deck Building
  • 7PM: Ending Announcements

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Release 59 Instructions


[From a forum post by Starr “Darkstarr” Long]

Avatars,

Please read this entire message, as well as the linked Player Guide and Known Issues.

Release 59 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, October 25, at 10:30 AM US Central Daylight Time (15:30 UTC).

Release 59 is the first release in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities (from Q4 2018 post). We made fantastic progress on every single one of these priorities including various quality of life fixes (decay removed, universal chat, etc.), systems polish, tons of bug fixes, performance improvements, user interface polish (deck selector), seasonal content (Pumpkin Head!), a revamped New User Experience, Fishing Phase 2 (water types, more fish, more skills, etc.), more content & features for Player-Made Dungeons (more rooms as loot, more entrance patterns, etc.), and boxes are now available through our website and Amazon!

Going forward we are going to slightly modify how we do our release notes. In the past we have transcribed a lot of the details from our internal tracking tool, JIRA, into this post to make these 10–20 page informational dispersal about what was done for the release. Instead of doing that, we are now going to make this post a “highlights” post with a link to a google spreadsheet that lists all the tasks and bugs that were completed for the release. This will both save time in production that we can devote to other tasks and it will also allow you the players to connect issues you reported to the actual JIRA numbers we posted in response in the forums! We hope you enjoy this new format.

New User Experience Revamp: For Release 59, we have revamped and improved the New User Experience by separating the tutorials from the story spaces in the three starting areas (Battle of Solace Bridge, Battle of Highvale, and Blood River Massacre). We have also built a new focused tutorial space in the Isle of Storms that walks you through the game basics in a gated fashion (i.e. you cannot advance to the next room until you prove you can swing a sword). Another change is that choosing your story path is now independent of your starting decks! Read more…


Community Livestream – Deck Building (Oct 26)


Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday October 26 at 4 PM CDT on Twitch!

This week we are going to talk about Deck Building! In our classless skills system the deck building mechanic allows you to build a set of skills around a theme and equip them along with associated gear. Decks can be built to be a “class” (fighter, ranger, mage, etc.) as well as for certain situations (PVP, boss fight, etc.). In Release 59 as part of the New User experience revamp we now start you with three different decks instead of just one per path and we polished the visuals for the deck selection UI so we thought it would be a good time to have Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski, Joaquin “Wizardsmoke” Del Canto, and Chris “Atos” Spears walk you through the fine points of our deck building mechanics.

Also this is the first Friday to earn the Release 59 Fish themed stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals.

  • $10K: Fish Pavers 
  • $25K: Fish Throne
  • $35K: Fish Mask Set
  • $50K: Big Trophy Fish Stone Statue Set
  • $65K: Fish Shield & Swordfish Sword
  • $75K: Big Fish Mask Set (Shark & Lava!)
  • $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot
  • $95K: Fish Scale Armor

As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Reel it in” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT!

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