@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

Avatar’s Update #349: Gustballs and Spooky Crown Shop Updates


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

News Announcements

Community Updates


9/13 Crown Shop Updates

Greetings Avatars,

This week we have Colored Gustballs and a Double Sized Ornate Gustball Field. The Vault has also been updated with a bunch of spooky items including the very first Jack-o-Lanterns and various livestream items!

  • Colored Gustballs: For the first time ever gustballs are available in a variety of eye-catching colors!
  • Double Sized Ornate Gustball Field: At the request of players we have provided a double sized Ornate Gustball field!
  • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 26 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc
    • Skull Cloak
    • Prisoner’s Mask
    • Torn & Tattered Wedding Dress
    • Torn & Tattered Wedding Tuxedo
    • Spooky Fountain
    • Dead Hedge Fence Set
    • 2015 Jack-o-Lantern Glowing Mask (digital)
    • 2015 Jack-o-Lantern 6-Pack (digital)
    • Obsidian Four-Story Row Home


September Login Reward: Dragon Statue with Flames

Next week is the first week to login and obtain the September login reward! To celebrate Dragon Con, and the imminent end of the heat of the summer, every player who logs in during the month of September will receive a unique foyer sized Dragon Statue with flame visual effects!

To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of September and check your rewards tab!

NOTE: You still have two days left to receive the August login rewards (Fire Potions)!


Release 69 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Heat Theme!

Record temperatures mean hot times so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 69 heat themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 69!

  • Lava Hot Tub
  • Flaming Top Hat
  • Mini Flame Elemental Pet

NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

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

  • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
  • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month)
  • 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
    • 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath
    • 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge
  • Pick any Dye 12 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


Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

Complete List of Rewards:

  • UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land!
  • Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle
  • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
  • UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store
  • Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice
  • Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot)
  • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
  • 1400 Crowns
  • 999 Bank Slots
  • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
  • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
  • Early Access to Episode 2
  • Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team
  • 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference)
  • One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8
  • In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version)
  • Tour of Portalarium Offices
  • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC.

NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


Release 69 & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

The Release 69 Livestream last week was very informative! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

Atos and others also sometimes livestream and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when they go live.


Upcoming Events Calendar

Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

Sept 14 – Release 69 Dance Party
Sept 26 –
Release 70
Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention
Oct 31 – Release 71
Nov 14 – Release 72
Dec 12 – Release 73
Jan 30 – Release 74
Feb 27 – Release 75
Mar 26 – Release 76


Community Event: Release 69 Dance Party

[Forum Post by Darkstarr]

Join us for the Release 69 Dance Party at the Legendary Nightclub Adultima in Ordinis Mortis, live on Avatars Radio with host DJ @DarkStarr!
Saturday September 14 2:00 – 4:00 Central!


Resources – Players Helping Players

SotA_NewPlayerWelcome_Forum

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.



Avatar’s Update #348: Release 69 Livestream Today, Obsidian Order Items in Crown Shop


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 69 Livestream Today!

The Release 69 Livestream is set for Friday September 6 at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be having a Crafting deep dive, touring some scenes, answering questions, and handing out prizes. For Release 69 the exclusive monthly rewards are heat themed!

LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone)

Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule:

  • 3 PM: Introductions
  • 3:30 PM: Crafting Deep Dive: Grandmaster Enchants/Masterworks, 2-handed Balance, New Categories in Recipe Book, etc.
  • 4:15 PM: Scenes Tour: Ulfheim (sneak peek), Despair, Aether Creature Locations
  • 5 PM: Ending Announcements

WIN THESE GREAT PRIZES!

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 “Too hot in the Lava Hot Tub” into chat OR by purchasing any item from our webstore during the livestream!

    • Crafting Sigil Tapestry (digital)
    • Crafting Sigil Fur Collared Cloak (digital)
    • Expert Crafting Stations (Pick 1)
    • Commission Free Vendor
    • Pale Blue Female Shopkeeper Pattern Pack (digital)
    • Ornate Three-Story Shogun Crafting Pavilion

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS

We will be answering questions throughout the livestream, so submit them in Twitch Chat during the event.

Watch on Twitch Friday September 6 at 3 PM CDT

Are You a Livestreamer?

Get this exclusive in-game Streamer Camera for being a veteran of our Livestreamer Program!

 


9/6 Crown Shop Updates

Greetings Avatars,

This week there are several new Obsidian Order themed decorations to choose from as well as a Bonfire. Also there is still one week left to get items from The Vault that are mostly from the expired Flexible Placement stretch goal store including the Knight’s Tents and the Large Stables! There are also some Obsidian Order themed items from the Obsidian themed livestream.

  • Obsidian Order Decorations: There are five new Obsidian Order themed items in the Crown Shop. Since many of these items were used in The Epitaph they are perfect for decorating your own Player Dungeon!
    • Obsidian Plinth
    • Obsidian Round Dais
    • Obsidian Megalith
    • Obsidian Dragon Sentinel Statue
    • Obsidian Ornate Round Dais
  • Bonfire: We added a new larger fire to decorate with! 
  • The Vault: Current round of Vault items are available until Thursday, September 12 at 10:30 AM Central Time. At that time, the next round of 9 items will be available for two weeks, and then the next, etc
    • Garden Shed
    • Small Knight’s Tent
    • Large Knight’s Tent
    • Greenhouse
    • Stables
    • Adobe 2-Story Village Home
    • /evileye
    • Obsidian Wizard Robes
    • Obsidian Plate Armor


September Login Reward: Dragon Statue with Flames

Next week is the first week to login and obtain the September login reward! To celebrate Dragon Con, and the imminent end of the heat of the summer, every player who logs in during the month of September will receive a unique foyer sized Dragon Statue with flame visual effects!

To receive the rewards simply login to the game before the end of September and check your rewards tab!

NOTE: You still have two days left to receive the August login rewards (Fire Potions)!


Release 69 Reward Program Exclusive Items: Heat Theme!

Record temperatures mean hot times so we decided to make the Rewards Program items for Release 69 heat themed! Reward Program members will receive these exclusive items immediately upon logging in during Release 69!

  • Lava Hot Tub
  • Flaming Top Hat
  • Mini Flame Elemental Pet

NOTE: You must login during the release to receive each release’s exclusive rewards.

The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive exclusive monthly reward items!

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

  • 900 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
  • Exclusive Monthly Reward Items (~ 3 per month)
  • 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
    • 15 Months: Keeper of the Oath
    • 18 Months: Keeper of the Pledge
  • Pick any Dye 12 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


Lord of the Isle Episode 2 Bundles

As one of the biggest and earliest supporters of Episode 2 you will be granted the largest lot deed in the land (Castle), the title Lord (or Lady) of the Isle, a tour of the Portalarium Offices, and dinner with the game leaders including Lord British himself! Only 24 of these unique bundles will be sold! 

Complete List of Rewards:

  • UPDATED: Lord of the Isle Place Anywhere Castle Lot Deed: Tax Free Forever (when placed in a POT) and Tax Free for 1 Year (when placed outside of a POT). Placeable on water as well as land!
  • Title: Lord of the Isle or Lady of the Isle
  • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Home (to be revealed later)
  • UPDATED: PLUS Choice of any 1 House currently available in the store
  • Castle Basement currently available in the store of your choice
  • Castle Wall Set currently available in the store of your choice (with enough for Castle Lot)
  • NEW: Unique Lord of the Isle Dungeon Room (to be revealed later)
  • 1400 Crowns
  • 999 Bank Slots
  • Pick 12 Prosperity Tools
  • 2 Unique in-game items (to be revealed later)
  • Early Access to Episode 2
  • Episode 1 Box and map signed by the team
  • 1 hour one on one with Chris for design discussion (via video-conference)
  • One real silver ring crafted personally by Lord British: Numbered 1 – 8
  • In-game version of the Lord British ring: Numbered 1 – 8 (including a place-able decoration version)
  • Tour of Portalarium Offices
  • Fine dinner and drinks with Lord British, Darkstarr, & Atos at a location TBD in Austin or NYC.

NOTE: Digital items that are currently available will begin delivery as soon as Release 62 (Jan 31). Other items will be delivered at a future date TBD.

NOTE: Travel costs NOT covered by Portalarium for Tour & Dinner.


Dragon Tour & Various Other Livestreams (YouTube)

The Dragon Tour Livestream last week was very informative! Here is the livestream from our YouTube channel in case you missed it:

Atos and others have also been livestreaming most days and you can check those out on our YouTube channel (complete with “Mojito the dog” cam).  Note that if you subscribe to the channel you will be notified when he goes live. Here are a few highlights:


Upcoming Events Calendar

Be sure to check out the Forums Recurring Events section for other events!

Sept 6 – Release 69 Livestream
Sept 14 – Release 69 Dance Party
Sept 26 –
Release 70
Oct 10 – 13 – SOTA International Convention
Oct 31 – Release 71
Nov 14 – Release 72
Dec 12 – Release 73
Jan 30 – Release 74
Feb 27 – Release 75
Mar 26 – Release 76

 


Community Event: Dragon Con Meetups featuring Nefas!

[Forum Post by Hemswal The Descended]

Players met up at Dragon Con this past weekend and Nefas, the Cabalist of Injustice, (aka Crazy Phil) made an appearance! Here are a few pictures, for more visit the forum thread.

 


Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 69

[Forum Post by Duke Gréagóir]

By Appointment to
His Majesty Lord British
Welcome Quest Makers​

You are invited to join the Welcome Quest in Release 69.

This is a Player ran event – Portalarium (makers of Shroud of the Avatar) is not represented.

This is NOT a PVP event. Please don’t plan on PVPing at this event.

It will be held on Sunday, September 8th, 2019 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book.

Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish.

We are traveling to the town of New Britannian Market, which is located to the east of Central Brittany.

You can also search for the town in the SOTA Map web site – https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/

Are you with us?

Purpose:

The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments. We do the Welcome Quest 4 items a year, one in each season.

We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. :)

More information is located at:  http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases

Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout

With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest.

With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table.

Map:


Community Event: Release 69 Dance Party

[Forum Post by Darkstarr]

Join us for the Release 69 Dance Party at the Legendary Nightclub Adultima in Ordinis Mortis, live on Avatars Radio with host DJ @DarkStarr!
Saturday September 14 2:00 – 4:00 Central!


Resources – Players Helping Players

SotA_NewPlayerWelcome_Forum

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.


Avatar’s Update #347: Play R69 Now, Labor Day Sale, Dragon Tour Livestream Today


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

News Announcements

Community Updates

 


Play Release 69 Now!

Release 69 successfully launched yesterday, August 29, with thousands of backers downloading, patching, and logging in to check out the changes! There’s lots of new content to explore, including:

  • Comet Return
  • Aether Creatures Return: Aether Dragon, Aether Lich, Aether Corpion
  • Despair (New High Tier Dungeon)
  • Polar Mutilator Bear
  • Ferocious Warp Spider
  • Grandmaster Item Enchantments & Masterworks
  • No-Trade Items as Decorations
  • Release 65 Livestream Items: Heroes
  • R69 Rewards Program Items: Heat Theme!
  • Combat Balance
  • Performance Improvements
  • More Bug Fixes
  • and more!

Read more…


Release 69 Livestream – Sept 6, 2019


The Release 69 Livestream is set for Friday September 6 at 3 PM Central Time! All Avatars from around the world are welcome to join us in the livestream activities. We will be having a Crafting deep dive, touring scenes, answering questions, and handing out prizes. For Release 69 the exclusive monthly rewards are heat themed!

LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone)

Monthly livestreams are on Twitch and include answers to your gameplay questions, deep dives, prize giveaways, and more! Here is the schedule:

  • 3 PM: Introductions
  • 3:30 PM: Crafting Deep Dive: Grandmaster Enchants/Masterworks, 2-handed Balance, New Categories in Recipe Book, etc.
  • 4:15 PM: Scenes Tour: Ulfheim (sneak peek), Despair, Aether Creature Locations
  • 5 PM: Ending Announcements

 

Read more…


Release 69 Instructions (UPDATED)


[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 69 of Shroud of the Avatar goes live this Thursday, August 29, at 10:30 AM US Central Time (15:30 UTC). Release 69 includes lots of exciting updates including the return of the Comet (as well as the associated Aether Creatures), a new dungeon: Despair, Grandmaster Item Enchantments / Masterworks, Performance Improvements, Maps Stored Locally (for stability and performance), No-Trade Items placeable on Player Lots, and more!

Read more…



Avatar’s Update #346: Labor Day Sale, R69 on QA, Dungeon Tour Livestream Today


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

News Announcements

Community Updates

 


Labor Day Crown and Dragon Sale

In honor of Syndcon (the Syndicate guild’s annual conference) and Dragon Con we are having a Labor Day sale starting today! All Crown Packages on the Web Store are on sale for 20% off the regular prices though Monday September 2! Dragon themed items are also more likely to be on sale in the Crown Shop (in-game) through Labor Day so be sure to login each day and check the sale section of the crown shop!

  • Stone Dragon Statues
  • Topiary Dragon Statues
  • Dragon Mask
  • Wyvern Mask
  • Dragon Pipe
  • Dragon Cane
  • Silver Baby Clockwork Dragon Pet

Read more…


Community Livestream – Despair Dungeon Tour (Aug 23 at 5 PM)


Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday August 23, at 5 PM CT on Twitch! Please note the later starting time!

This week we are going to give a tour our newest dungeon which is going live as soon as Release 69: Despair! It is rumored to be the most challenging area in the game! It is full of the highest tier Spiders, Polar Bears, Dragons, and Obsidians! You have been warned!

Read more…


Avatar’s Update #345: Fetid Water Fishing Contest Livestream Today, Vault Updates


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

News Announcements

Community Updates

 


Fetid Water Fishing Contest Livestream Today!


Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is today, Friday August 16, at 4 PM CT on Twitch! This week we are going to have a Fetid Water Fishing Contest in South Fetid Swamp!

To participate in the contest go to South Fetid Swamp and start fishing at 4:15 PM (you can also try whispering one of the devs for a teleport). The best trophy fish (longest) caught by 5 PM will win a prize! NOTE: We will be verifying location and time!

FISHING CONTEST PRIZES:

  • Runners Up (2): Ornate Fish Throne + Desktop Fish Trophy
  • 3rd Prize: Ornate Fish Pavers + Bronze Fish Trophy
  • 2nd Prize: Shogun Lighthouse Village Water Home (digital) + Silver Fish Trophy
  • 1st Prize: Player Owned Town Village Water Lot Property Deed (digital) + Gold Fish Trophy

Read more…