Hangouts of the Avatar ~ 7.27.13

This week, we are bringing the Hangouts to YOU, our community! Instead of hosting our own Hangout of the Avatar, this Saturday, our some of our Devs made special guest appearances on two different Community Hangouts.

Markee Dragon chatted with Shroud of the Avatar’s executive producer Starr Long during his Shroud of the Avatar Roundtable.  If you missed the broadcast, you can catch it right here:

And later that evening, Scott Jennings, Lum the Mad, made an appearance on Rustic Dragon’s popular Dragonsmeet. You can catch the replay right here as well.

Dev+ Dungeon Kit is now available for download!

We have some exciting news for Dev+ backers! Our first Downloadable Asset Kit is up and ready for you to download! Log into the Dev+ Forums for more information and to get your Dungeon Kit Assets today! *Note* ~ The Dungeon Kit and Dev+ Forums are available only to backers who pledged at Developer level and above.

If you are a Dev+ Backer, you can visit the Developer Depot to download your assets kit. And if you are curious about what kinds of stuff is IN the Dungeon Kit, you can check out this short video intro that our very own Tech Director Chris Spears put together.

Remember, there is still time to upgrade your pledge to Developer and receive these FREE Asset kits which can be used in your own personal or professional Unity projects. There will be more kits coming, so it’s a great way to get your hands on some GREAT assets!

Update of the Avatar ~ 7/23/13: The Making of a Moondial and Keeping the Beat!

As reported in Update #32, in celebration of Starr Long joining the SotA Dev Team, we are memorializing his Darkstarr online persona with some cool, in-game stuff! This special update showcases some of those items!

The Darkstarr Moondial!

The Darkstarr Moondial is an in-game, home and yard decoration that will track the heavens both day and night! A very useful invention when planning strategies in-game, as this device lets you explore the mists of Revelations and Prophesy, unveiling astronomical events and revealing bits of lore to astute adventurers. The Darkstarr Moondial is included as a reward at the Citizen level pledge.

Our concept artist, Stephen Daniele (aka caravaggiosWolf on the forums), started a thread in the Community Announcements area of the Forums, tracking the work-in-progress of the moondial. It is a popular thread, already at 6 pages long and growing!

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Shroud of the Avatar 3 Month Demo

Note: For the sake of brevity in the Demo, travel shortcuts were used to expedite our movement from area to area. Also, combat, lighting and SFX are still in a prototype stage and not fully implemented in this demonstration.

Hangout of the Avatar ~ 7.8.13

The SotA team have a SPECIAL Hangout of the Avatar planned! Richard and team will be taking your questions LIVE from the SotA chat room as we do a LIVE Demo of the game so far, so mark your calenders and join us on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6 pm CST. And as always, we will also be taking questions via Google Hangout at ‎#LBSotA_Hangout. I’ll have the link where you can watch 15 minutes before the broadcast.



Richard Garriott and SotA Demo at RoosterTeeth eXpo!

Roosteteeth_lgbb Richard “Lord British” Garriott talks about the next generation of Game Development, The power of Crowd-sourcing, and play though a Demo of our latest progress on Shroud of the Avatar at RTX 2013.  If you missed the presentation, you can catch up right here!

Update of the Avatar ~ Starr Long Joins Shroud of the Avatar Team, SotA Demo at RTX 2013 & Limited DarkStarr Rewards!

We are extremely excited to announce that Starr Long (known to some of you by his online personas of Lord Blackthorn or Darkstarr) is joining the Shroud of the Avatar team! Here is the full press release that was issued today:

Starr Long Joins Shroud of the Avatar Development Team at Portalarium

Starr to team with Richard Garriott on crowd sourced game; Duo collaborating for the first time on fantasy RPG genre since Ultima Online

AUSTIN, Texas, July 5, 2013 — The last time Starr Long and Richard Garriott teamed up to create a fantasy role playing game (RPG) was 1997. That game, Ultima Online, quickly became the first commercially successful massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) and many credit the duo with reinventing the RPG with that ground breaking product. Now Garriott and Long are preparing for yet another collaboration to reinvent the genre, this time on Portalarium’s™ Shroud of the Avatar™ PC based game. Starr Long was announced today as the project’s executive producer.

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