Shroud of the QAvatar - Project & Updates Thread

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  1. Violet Ronso

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    Welcome to the "Shroud of the QAvatar" Project!

    A little backstory, this project is an idea of mine, where I will be using an offline Character to test out different build ideas for combat, to find new cool ways for skills to interact together, and try out classes you would usually not spend in game resources to try out at the risk of it being bad. This Avatar will be helped from the tool "Companion of the Avatar" created by Barugon, so I will be able to "set" my skills to specific levels to try out as many options possible. I will also be able to port my Avatar over to the QA server to test out any specific change and provide quality feedback on them, as well as hunt for bugs in the process!

    So the first thing that has happened for now is a little contest, where I asked you, the Shroud community, to suggest any build idea you would like me to start with for this project. A poll is currently going on where you can vote for your favorite build idea, which will then be my very first official build I try out with this character. I will be fixing myself some goals to try to accomplish, such as "Complete all the waves of the Compendium of Pain and Suffering", and will be crafting gear of any combination possible to view the outcome as I find the recipes!

    I have started a newsletter for anyone who could be interested in receiving updates on this project through a private message chain, so if you want to receive updates, please let me know!

    I will be streaming most of my progress with this character, and I have started a discord community and a Twitter account for more frequent updates, the links are below :

    Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/thatoddfrenchguy
    Discord Community: https://discord.gg/hEdrbKDHyj
    Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/VioletRonso

    Oh and by the way, this is supposed to be some sort of "Community participation Project" so feel free to post your ideas, suggestions, tips and questions, basically any information or discussion on this project is appreciated, and will always be accepted. Here are a few guidelines for my project!

    1. Be nice towards everyone involved, this includes players, viewers, myself, and the Shroud of the Avatar Development team. Any unnecessary comment that could be perceived as negative, harmful or mean will not be tolerated and will be deleted (requests for post deletion will be made if these happen on any of my SotQA threads on the official forums). Any repeat offenders will see themselves banned from my community groups.

    2. Participate! This is obviously optional, I wont force you, but everything you could want to provide to this project (questions, suggestions, etc.) will help push this project further. You could even talk about a bug you've been experiencing and we could try to reproduce it for the bugs team! Everything is accepted if it helps the project grow somehow!

    Those are the two main ones! If any more really important ones come to mind, I will update as I go!

    So thank you for reading, and I hope to see you all join in!

    (Forum mods, if you think this is not the right section to post this feel free to move it, wasn't quite sure where to put it!)
     
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    For our first update on the SotQA Project, the polling for the 1st build suggestion contest is opening any moment now (11AM Eastern time, 2020-12-18 to be precise).

    Here are the build suggestions I have receive and that you will be able to vote for, with a few details and my initial thoughts on them!

    The Ranged Specialist, a generalist build designed to simply try out as many possible combinations related to Ranged.

    Main Specialization: Ranged
    Possible sub-specializations: Light Armor, Heavy Armor, Sun Magic, Earth magic, Life Magic, Chaos Magic, Air Magic, Moon Magic, Tactics, Subterfuge, Bard, Taming, Focus.
    Restrictions: None
    Initial Thoughts: This build can be very strong I am sure of it. I will be using Ranged Specialization to give this build a main direction, but will try as many sub-specializations as possible. Some specs have been left out because I feel like the specialization benefits would not be good for a Ranged Combat build, even though some skills or spells could still be used.

    Main Specialization: Not specified
    Possible sub-specializations: Heavy Armor, Blades, Shield, Tactics, Focus, Bard, Taming, Subterfuge.
    Restrictions: No passives or actives from any of the 9 magic tree, Must use Heavy armor and Dual wield Blades.
    Initial Thoughts: I already do this with my online Character Violet Ronso, but I do use magic skills for attunement and warding, the lack of levels in magic trees could prove to be a challenge at the later stages of the game, and gear will have a very important role to play in this build.

    Main Specialization: Not specified
    Possible sub-specializations: Heavy Armor, Shield, Tactics, Focus, Bard, Taming, All magic trees.
    Restrictions: Must wear Heavy armor, must use Magic as main source of damage.
    Initial Thoughts: Heavy armor is really strong, one of my favorite specializations, so this will be fun. Some magical schools might be tougher than others (air specifically), but I will try out as many combinations as possible, not going for the "easy way out" by only trying out Death Magic. Obsidian Armor or Chainmail might be the best options here, but I will still try full plate for the schools that permit it.

    Main Specialization: Subterfuge
    Possible sub-specializations: Light Armor, Shield, Tactics, Focus, Bard, Taming, Bludgeon, Polearms, Blades, Ranged.
    Restrictions: Must wear Light armor, No passives or actives from the 9 magic trees.
    Initial Thoughts: Light armor has never been an armor class I have used much, and I never played with Subterfuge enough to know what I will be doing. The lack of magic will prove to be a challenge that I am eager to try.

    Main Specialization: Chaos AND Subterfuge Specializations
    Possible sub-specializations: As I want to test as many options as possible, I will possibly try to replace Chaos Spec with other specs to give different outcomes a try : Light armor, Bludgeon, Ranged, Moon, Focus, Tactics, Bard)
    Restrictions: Must use Chaotic Clone to distract mobs into an easy Sneak Attack. Ranged or Bludgeon weapon.
    Initial Thoughts: This build looks like a real challenge. Chaos Spec for Chaotic Feedback and Chaos Clone means survivability could be low, so the initial Sneak attack has to work. Fighting endgame mobs will be harder, and looking into general combat after the first strike will be where I focus my attention for this build (already considering Ranged, by pairing with slows and Chaotic Step to teleport out of harms way, or Bludgeon's crowd control for tougher mobs). If Chaotic Feedback stops me too much, a smart use of Spellbinder's stance could prove to be a decent alternative if required.

    So there we go! Go on the event thread and cast your votes now!

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  3. FrostII

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    Great ideas, @Violet Ronso !
    Questions: Can you provide links to the contest and the poll please ?
    What "form" does the "private message chain" take ? Personal forum "Conversations" or what ?
     
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    Hey Frost, thank you! For the current on going poll (which is a poll for the contest), here is the thread : https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/shroud-of-the-qavatar.166535/

    Also, the different build descriptions are in the reply just above yours, in the spoiler tags!

    As for the private message chain, yes, I am using a Forum "Conversations" format, much like how the black sails updates were done in the past!
     
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    @Violet Ronso
    Please let me know if you find any bugs or skills missing in CotA.