Category Archives: Hangout of the Avatar

Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 34 Postmortem


Join us Tuesday, October 11th at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 UTC) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! The team will be chatting about Release 34 and looking ahead to Release 35.

As always, we will be giving out rare Lord British artifacts of immense power and glory, and answering your latest questions. For a chance to win an artifact, or to speak your voice on the latest game changes, be in Discord chat during the livestream. There will be multiple chances to win throughout the broadcast!

UPDATE! Livestream has concluded. You can now watch the archived recording on YouTube here:

Tweet with us @ShroudofAvatar to keep updated on the latest SotA livestreams and game news!


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 33 Postmortem


Join us Friday, September 9th at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 UTC) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! The team will be chatting about Release 33 and looking ahead to Release 34.

As always, we will be giving out rare Lord British artifacts of immense power and glory, and answering your latest questions. For a chance to win an artifact, be in Discord chat during the livestream. There will be multiple chances to win throughout the broadcast!

UPDATE! Livestream has concluded. You can now watch the archived recording on YouTube here:

You will also be able to watch directly on YouTube: www.youtube.com/portalarium! The final recording will be archived on YouTube after the event as well.

If you wish to win prizes, be in Discord or IRC chat during the livestream! Post your questions in the comments below. Only one post submission allowed, and keep questions to 3 or less. This will allow us to get to as many players as possible.

Questions and feedback related to this release’s specific topics 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. In brief… please keep your questions… brief.

Tweet with us @ShroudofAvatar during the Hangout!


The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Part 2


Summer Telethon Part 2Avatars! Are you ready to continue celebrating with us the biggest event to hit New Britannia since the great cataclysm?

At Midnight CDT (5:00 UTC) on August 22, 2016, we are expiring ALL remaining pledges, including: Adventurer, Founder, Royal Artisan, Explorer, Ancestor, Edelmann, Knight Marshal, Lord Marshal, Duke, and Lord of the Manor 2. To commemorate the final expiration of all remaining pledges, we are holding the 12-hour Summer Telethon Part 2, starting at 12:00 pm CDT (17:00 UTC) and running right up to the Final Pledge Expirations at Midnight CDT (5:00 UTC).

You can pre-post your questions right here in the article’s comments section, or post questions during the telethon in Discord chat.*

What exciting events can you expect throughout the day? An array of fun activities and engaging content, many of which you can directly participate in with us in-game! We will also be giving away a ton of fabulous prizes*, and if the following stretch goals are met, we will be adding amazing new content into the game.

Did you see what was unlocked during last month’s telethon? Let’s make it happen again in Part 2!

Help us to achieve the following goals during the telethon!QuestionMark_

As a special bonus, we are offering Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:Exclamation_Point

  • Achieved!  $10,000: /aeroplane emote
  • Achieved!  $25,000: ? and ! Hats
  • Achieved!  $35,000: Aeronaut Outfit
  • Achieved!  $50,000: Accordion musical instrument
  • Achieved!  $65,000: Mini Automaton Pet
  • Achieved!  $80,000: Baby Clockwork Dragon Pet
  • Achieved!  $100,000: /camera emote with Tin Type Camera (takes tin type black & white screenshots)
  • Achieved!  $130,000: Clockwork Armor (helmet has built in radio)
  • Achieved!  $150,000: Flaming Bagpipes (musical instrument) with Metal and Leather Kilt
  • Achieved!  $175,000: Weather Changing Clockwork Umbrella
  • Achieved! $200,000: /firedance emote with Leather Outfits

Aeronaut Outfit


Read more…


The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Part 1


news_summer-telethon-2016_part1bAvatars! Are you ready to participate in the biggest event to hit Novia since the great cataclysm?

Like no other world-ending event in the history of gaming, the first part of The Summer Telethon of the Avatar event is nearly upon us! For 12 hours, starting at Noon (12 PM CDT) until Midnight on July 27th, we will be celebrating the lead up to the Final Player Data Wipe; where persistence officially begins in our game and housing lot selection begins in earnest.

As always, we will be answering your questions during the telethon. You can pre-post your questions right here in the comments section or post them live in Discord during the Telethon.*

What exciting events can you expect throughout the day? An array of fun activities and engaging content, many of which you can directly participate in! We will also be giving away a ton of fabulous prizes*, and if the following stretch goals are met, we will be adding amazing new content into the game.

Help us to achieve the following goals during the telethon! As a special bonus, we are offering Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Summer Telethon of the Avatar Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:

  • Achieved!  $10,000: /fan emote (player fans themself with a small folding fan)
  • Achieved!  $25,000: Aeronaut Helmet
  • Achieved!  $35,000: Hacked Oracle Crawler Pet
  • Achieved!  $50,000: Clockwork Wings (goes in cloak slot, does not grant powers of flight)
  • Achieved!  $65,000: Hacked Oracle Flyer Pet
  • Achieved! $80,000: Tiny Airship Pet
  • Achieved! $100,000: One Man Band Steampunk Wearable: Works with our ABC music system
  • Achieved! $130,000: Organ Grinder Instrument (Works with our ABC music system) & Clockwork Monkey Pet
  • $150,000: Baby Clockwork Dragon Pet

** $145,000 **

Current Telethon Funds Raised

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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 & Doom! (we borrowed this idea from our friends over at Crowfall). The wheel will have 14 items at any given time, but dozens of total prizes ultimately will be given away! This includes developers that, if selected, have to either dance, sing, or drink a shot of alcohol.

As the wheel is spun, what is selected will be replaced by something in the list below. Items already selected will be permanently removed. Keep in mind that some of these may never come up, so cross your fingers for your preferred item!

Wheel of Doom Items (placement on wheel will be random):

Dev On Camera Flash Sales
Chris Spears Blood Reliquaries 10% off for 1 hour
Dallas Snell All Lot Deeds 25% off for 30 min
Finn Staber Viking Houses 20% off for 1 hour
Joaquin del Canto POTs 5% off for 30 min
Matt Schmitz Elven Elder Armor 10% off for 1 hour
Rhys Romero Pets 20% off for 1 hour
Richard Garriott Hot Air Balloon & Airship 25% off for 1 hour
Rick Holtrop Stone Statues (incl Dragons!) 15% off for 30 min
Sarah Dworken Obsidian Homes 20% off for 30 min
Scott Jennings Pipes 30% off for 1 hour
Starr Long Wearable Bundles 20% off for 1 hour (incl Kobold Masks, Sigil Cloaks, Satin Bodice, Viking)
Prosperity Tools 10% off for 1 hour

We also have these exciting prizes to give away throughout the telethon!*

  • Store Credits
  • Viking Bundles (Viking Row 2 Story and Viking Village)
  • Kobold Bundles (Kobold Row 2 Story and Kobold Village)
  • Pledges (Ancestor and Edelmann)
  • Lord British relics
  • Challenge Coins
  • Shroud of the Avatar t-shirts
  • Sword of Midras audiobook AND hardcover copies!
  • Razer Gear

Here is a peak at what to watch out for as the telethon progress:

Schedule (All times and content subject to change)

  • Noon: Welcome to the Summer Telethon!
  • 1:30 PM: Brittany Tour with Sorcerous Steve.
  • 2:30 PM: Tour of Portalarium.
  • 3:00 PM: New User Experience & Hospitallers.
  • 4:00 PM: Crafting, Enchanting, Masterworks Discussion.
  • 5:00 PM: Combat Discussion.
  • 6:00 PM: The Story and Characters of SotA.
  • 7:00 PM: Player Housing Discussion with Darkstarr.
  • 8:00 PM: Crowns of the Obsidian, smoking pipes, and Artifice with Scottie and Sir Frank.
  • 9:00 PM: AMA live chat question time with team.
  • 10 PM-Midnight: Royal Tour with Lord British and Darkstarr
    • Locations: Brittany Central, Aerie, Resolute, Ardoris, Owlshead, Desolis, Spite, and a selection of Player Owned Towns (final list soon).
  • Midnight: Final Player Data Wipe! Servers will be offline until 9:30am CDT on July 28th.

Watch The Telethon on YouTube!

New Twitch Channel Now Live!

You will also be able to watch the telethon on at Twitch.tv/Shroudoftheavatar! If you wish to win prizes during the Telethon event, be sure to still be in Discord chat!

Watch live video from shroudoftheavatar on www.twitch.tv
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Warning: Telethon is Rated PG-13 for Alcoholic Content
(might get upgraded to Rated-R depending on rate of pledges)

Expirations and Final Player Data Wipe

While Final Player Data Wipe is NOT “Launch” of our game, we are super happy to be at such an important milestone with our community of backers. We couldn’t have built the game nearly this far in its development without the support and feedback of everyone playing. There’s a lot more to go yet, but we’re about to cross a major hurdle this summer, and can’t wait to cross it with you!

At 11:59 PM CDT (5:00 UTC) on July 27th, we are expiring the homes and basements from the Ancestor, Edelmann, Knight Marshal, Lord Marshal, Duke, and Lord of the Manor 2 pledges. We are also expiring new Player Owned Towns (upgrades of existing POTs will continue to be available). All other rewards (including tax free property deeds) that are currently available in the remaining pledges will continue to be available.

The final player data wipe will also occur at 11:59 PM CDT (5:00 UTC) on July 27th. To celebrate this momentous milestone, we are holding a 12-hour Summer Telethon Part 1, starting at 12:00 PM (Noon) CDT (17:00 UTC) and running right up to the final player data wipe start.

Servers will be brought offline after 11:59 PM CDT on July 27th until 10:30 AM CDT the next morning on July 28th. This gives us enough time to ensure servers are properly cleared and ready for the beginning of Release 32 and the exciting opportunity to make your mark in Novia!

See you on the livestream chat at Noon this coming July 27th!

Had fun attending our telethon event? Stay tuned…

After July’s telethon, we will also be holding a second event on August 22nd. At 11:59 PM CDT (5:00 UTC) on August 22, 2016, we are expiring ALL remaining pledges, including: Adventurer, Founder, Royal Artisan, Explorer, Ancestor, Edelmann, Knight Marshal, Lord Marshal, Duke, and Lord of the Manor 2.


* There will be some really awesome prizes awarded during the telethon, but you have to be present in the Discord chatroom to qualify for each drawing. Please keep in mind that 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. In brief… please keep your questions… brief. Only 3 Questions per person.

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Update of the Avatar #184 – 2016.07.08: R31 Postmortem, Lord British & Darkstarr Blood Reliquaries, Spite, Pipes, and More!


Greetings Fellow Avatars!

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


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 31 Postmortem

Berek certainly had his hands full with his second Hangout of the Avatar this week. We had warned everyone that things might get bloody, but no one was prepared for what happened. While we did do the usual answering of questions and handing out of prizes, we also created art with the blood of Darkstarr and Lord British live on camera! Lord British seemed to handle the blood-letting much better than Darkstarr however…

Read more…


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 31 Postmortem


ReliquaryJoin us Thursday, July 7th at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 UTC) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! The team will be chatting about Release 31 and looking ahead to Release 32 (important updates coming this week on R32!).

And of note, let it be known that Lord British and Lord Darkstarr will play host to a special reliquary event… and blood will be spilled! Consider the squeamish among you forewarned.

As always, we will be giving out awesome swag, and answering your questions. For a chance to win a prize, join Discord chat during the broadcast. Be sure to stick around throughout the Hangout for multiple chances to win!

Tweet with us @ShroudofAvatar during the Hangout to know when a winner has been announced!

Watch here at 3pm CDT on Thursday, July 7th:

Post your questions in the comments below! Only one post submission allowed, and keep questions to 3 or less! This will allow us to get to as many players as possible.

Please keep in mind that questions and feedback related to this release’s specific topics 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. In brief… please keep your questions… brief.

Thank you!


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 30 Postmortem


Screenshot by SabeSr

Join us Wednesday, June 1st at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 GMT) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! Richard, Starr, and Chris will be chatting about Release 30 and looking ahead to Release 31, as well as starting to talk about the impeding R32!

In an exciting twist to the normal flow of the livestream, the new community manager, Mathew “Berek” Anderson, is set to spice things up by not only taking your questions and feedback live in the chat-room and also in advance right here in the comments section, but will be on the livestream in the office with Starr and Chris!*

We will be giving out some really awesome prizes during the livestream. All you have to do to qualify for one is to come hang out with us in the IRC chatroom during the broadcast. Be sure to join us throughout the livestream for multiple chances to win cool Shroud of the Avatar swag!

Watch here at 3pm CST on Wednesday, June 1st:

*Please keep in mind that questions and feedback related to this release’s specific topics 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. In brief… please keep your questions… brief.

Only one post submission allowed! If you have multiple questions (please keep it to 5 or less), place them into that one post. This will allow us to get to as many players as possible. Thank you!


The Spring Festival of the Avatar Telethon!


A heartfelt thank you, from the entire Dev Team, to all of you, our backers, that have contributed to the development funding of Shroud of the Avatar! Today’s Telethon was yet another example of your amazing support and contributions! We sign off for the night and will update this page tomorrow with the final numbers as of Midnight, May 2nd!

Again, thank you, and good night…

** $67,500 **

Current Telethon Funds Raised
(Dev Team shots/songs/dance every $2500 increment)

As a special bonus, we are offering Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards to any backer that pledges a minimum of $5 from the start of the telethon, until Midnight May 2 (Spending Store Credit to make $5 minimum purchase does not apply). The Spring Festival Telethon Funding Stretch Goal Rewards are:

  • Achieved!  $10,000 – /Flowers Emote (rains flower petals)
  • Achieved!  $25,000 – Flower Crown (increases length of /flowers emote)
  • Achieved!  $50,000 – Giant Butterfly Pet
  • Achieved!  $60,000 – Giant Dragonfly Pet
  • $70,000 – Giant Ladybug Pet

We have decided to hold a 10 hour Spring Festival of the Avatar Telethon from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM Central Time (5:00 PM UTC to 03:00 AM UTC) on May 2nd, and to extend our Spring 2016 Bonus and Pledge Expirations from 10:30 AM until the end of the telethon at 10:00 PM CT. As we march toward the Final Wipe and Lot Selection milestone in July, we are permanently expiring almost half of all 15PercentPledgeBonus_left_smallpledges during the Spring 2016 Pledge Expiration Event, at 10:30 AM 10:00 PM Central Time (5:00 PM UTC to 03:00 AM UTC), May 2, 2016.

If you were thinking of purchasing (or upgrading) a pledge before they expire, or purchasing an add-on item, player owned town, service voucher, or Make A Difference item, then now’s a great time to do it! Thru 10:30 AM 10:00 PM CT, May 2, 2016 we’ll add an additional 15% bonus to your Store Credit! (Read more…)

The Spring Festival of the Avatar Telethon will include deep dives, lots of prize giveaways* (like coins, t-shirts, store credits, even pledges!), and even some surprises, so you don’t want to miss a moment of it!

 

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

StarrDancingDrinking / Dancing / Singing Rules:

  • For every $2500 spent (new money only) Chris, Richard, and Starr (and other Devs that choose to participate) have a choice of 1 of the following:
    • 1 Shot/Sip
    • 1 dance (audience suggestions considered)
    • 1 verse of a song (audience suggestions considered)

 

And as always we will be answering your questions during the telethon. You can pre-post your questions right here in the comments section or post them live in IRC during the Telethon

Here is the current schedule of events (times and content subject to change):

  • 12:00 pm CDT: R29 Post Mortem
  • 2:00 pm CDT: Story, NPCs, & Companions
  • 3:30 pm CDT: Player Housing and Player Owned Towns
  • 4:30 pm CDT: Crafting, Food, Agriculture & Economy
  • 6:00 pm CDT: Combat, Resistances, Targeting
  • 7:30 pm CDT: PVP
  • 8:30 pm CDT: Players vs. Devs PVP Deathmatch Brawl in Chaos Caverns
    • Every Virtue is Lasting is proud to present the Spring Telethon Duel With The Devs PVP Tournament. Have you ever wanted to do battle with Darkstarr, show Lord British who’s the boss or teach Atos a thing or two? Well now is your chance in this not to be missed team PVP challenge where anything goes! Upon arrival at the Chaos Caverns, Avatars will be assisted in the creation of a team to do battle with Lord British, Atos and Darkstarr. Be the talk of the town and receive developer crafted equipment stamped with their very own unique makers mark. Defeat more Devs to receive more loot! So don’t delay, make your way to the Chaos Caverns situated underneath Virtue Oasis on the Hidden Vale and become a legend! Transportation Avatars are Jar Laxle and EVL.
  • 10:00 pm CDT: Goodbyes and Thank Yous with everyone still standing!

* There will be some really awesome prizes awarded during the telethon, but you have to be present in the IRC chatroom to qualify for each drawing.

** This post will be opened for questions as soon as it is updated to include the segment schedules. Please keep in mind that 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. In brief… please keep your questions… brief.


Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 28 Postmortem


Screenshot by BalandarPlease join us Wednesday, April 13th at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 GMT) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! Richard, Starr, and Chris will be chatting about Release 28 and looking ahead to Release 29! And as usual, FireLotus will be taking your questions and feedback live in the chat-room and also in advance right here in the comments section.*

We will be giving out some really awesome prizes during the 90 minute extended Hangout, and all you have to do to qualify for one is to come hang out with us in the IRC chatroom during the broadcast. Be sure to join us!

*Please keep in mind that questions and feedback related to Release 28 specific topics 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. In brief… please keep your questions… brief. ;)

Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 27 Postmortem


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Grab your purple llama and join us Thursday, March 3rd at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 GMT) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! Richard, Starr, and Chris will be chatting about Release 27 and looking ahead to Release 28!  And as usual, FireLotus will be taking your questions and feedback live in the chat-room and also in advance right here in the comments section.*

We will be giving out some really awesome prizes during the 2 hour extended Hangout, and all you have to do to qualify for one is to come hang out with us in the IRC chatroom during the broadcast.  As always, the link to the hangout will be posted here directly before the hangout begins.

*Please keep in mind that questions and feedback related to Release 27 specific topics 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. In brief… please keep your questions… brief. ;)