Greetings Avatars! For those of you who've already pledged and secured content/ad space or are planning to pledge, check it out! If you're planning to secure a pledge and obtain content/ad space, you have until the 27th of September! The Kickstarter for Shroud of the Avatar: New Beginnings #2 comic book is WELL underway, but we have an important announcement to make! For all those folks pledging at levels which garner content/ad space within the pages of the comic, we'd like to share the details for a contest! Our goal is to make the supporter contributed content just as entertaining as the comic by encouraging creativity amongst the content/ad designers. Here is our main post about the comic if you'd like additional information about this campaign before visiting the Kickstarter page. Please keep in mind, the comic is ALREADY created--the art, the coloring, the lettering, the story. That's all done. @Indi2 a.k.a. Indi Martin has done a fantastic job with the art. @Elgarion is the writer, and @rild from RelicsbyRild.com is the publisher! All that awaits us is publication, which is JUST around the corner! Good luck to all those participating, and thank you SO much for all the support thus far that you're provided! Content/Ad Contest: Indi, Rild, and Elgarion will work together to select which ad is the Best Row Ad, Most Role-Play Immersive, Most Artistic, and Most Virtuous. Also, a grand prize winner will be selected amongst all ads for overall Best in Show. Best Row Ad: this award is specifically designed for the most creative "Row Lot" advertisement since it is by far the smallest amount of ad space. Row Lot ads will have difficulty competing with the larger ads, so we've added a prize JUST for the Row Lots to ensure one of those little guys can win something for their creativity! The "Row Lot" advertisement that is the most creative, immersive, artistic, or virtuous (whichever one stands out the most) will win an in-game POT Row Lot Deed! Most Role-Play Immersive: the advertisement that ties into the comic, game or novel lore most effectively will win a rare virtual item, the Cabinet of Virtue, that was a prize for attending the first Hearth of Britannia: Lords of the Hearth (HoBLotH) LARP'ing event! ALSO, the winner will be awarded an actual wooden box featuring Indi's Art on the lid (displayed art is a sample only) with 5 real-life Crown of the Obsidian Order (COTO) Collector Coins inside AND a cache of various other Rild loot items, ALL provided by Rild from RelicsbyRild! Most Artistic: the advertisement that is most beautifully artistic will win a custom color 5x7 character portrait of the winner's in-game character (or a character of their choosing), drawn by Indi Martin! Most Virtuous: the advertisement that is the most helpful or informative to players of Shroud of the Avatar will win 50 in-game Crowns of the Obsidian Order (COTO's), provided by Elgarion AND 50 in-game Crowns of the Obsidian Order (COTO's) provided by Rild from RelicsbyRild! Best in Show: the advertisement deemed the best considering any and all aspects of the content/ad will be awarded a special Character Spotlight in the yet-to-be-created Shroud of the Avatar: New Beginnings #3! This will be a multi-panel character depiction of your character in which they can have momentary interaction with either Arianna or Christopher. Albeit their cameo will be brief, they can have some impact on the story, such as providing someone directions, helping to defeat a monster, or perhaps cause a more nefarious effect within the upcoming comic. This will be considered a mere cameo and additional appearances of this character will not occur in later comics. Character depiction concept must be approved. Additional Content/Ad Promotion: all of the supporter submitted content/advertisements in SotA New Beginnings #2 will be promoted outside of the comic to offer additional reach. All supporter submitted content/ads will be duplicated on a sponsor page at RelicsbyRild.com for a period of 1 year or until the next comic, issue #3, is published (whichever comes first) in addition to being published in issue #2. All supporter submitted content/ads will be duplicated on a sponsor page at RPOTA.com for a period of 1 year or until the next comic, issue #3, is published (whichever comes first) in addition to being published in issue #2. All supporter submitted content/ads will be routinely mentioned during Elgarion's Legion of Myth livestreams for 3 months following the publication of the comic, spotlighting especially the ad contest winners. Each ad will be mentioned via livestream at least once per week, but likely far more often. Content/Ad Specifications: below are the specifications for the content submissions/advertisements in SotA New Beginnings #2. Please submit ad files in psd or tiff formats. A vector file are also acceptable. LZW compression or uncompressed is preferred. Please do not use jpg compression. Specifications are also clarified in the FAQ section of the Kickstarter campaign as well. Image backgrounds are recommended, but if you'd like to make use of transparency, of if you have any additional questions, please contact email@example.com or reply to this thread with your question. All content/ad submissions must be submitted and approved by 31 October 2018. Informational Content/Ads: these are ideas for advertisements that are simply explanation of game mechanics, game lore or guides to things like Runic, etc. Anyone is welcome to suggest other informational content/ads we might include to further enrich the comic. Also, please offer your technical expertise in reviewing all suggested informational content/ads. Example informational content/ads are listed below. Not all submitted informational content will be included in the comic. Selection will be based upon quality, relevance, and available/remaining space. "The Cataclysm, The Birth of Daedalus" - Timeline Entry by Elgarion Learn of the history of The Fall in this epic description of the world's end. As shards from the broken moons rained down upon New Britannia, what became of its peoples and cities? "The Age of Survivial" - Timeline Entry by Elgarion Elgarion brings us a description of the age following The Fall. During the Age of Survival, the peoples of New Britannia took to the underworld for decades until the dust settled and the world could once again be inhabited by man. "The Age of Warring Cities" - Timeline Entry by Elgarion After man's return to the surface, new cities formed, new civilizations were born, and with them? New disagreements, disputes and ultimately, war once again returned to the world. But what could bring order in such a time of utter chaos? "The Age of the Obsidian War" - Timeline Entry by Elgarion With the warring factions of New Britannia wreaking havoc upon the world, it was the Obsidians who seized opportunity amongst the chaos. It was with their cruel hand that Order was restored, but at what cost? Was the darkness they spread, the foul magics they employed a means justified by the end? "The Age of Oracular Enlightenment" - Timeline Entry by Elgarion This age, an age when the people's of New Britannia would heal from the dark centuries of rule under the strict hand of the Obsidian Empire, was the dawning of The Oracle's presence upon the world. Her guiding hand was accepted by many yet secretly and sometimes openly scorned by others. Does this beloved seer have an agenda unknown to the world? Certainly one must engage in the quest lines of Shroud of the Avatar to learn this answer. Runic Translator: an ad that shows what each letter of the Runic Alphabet is in actual lettering/English. Housing System Primer: an ad explaining how the housing system works in the game. Thank you Shroud of the Avatar Community for making this happen! We couldn't do it without you!