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    Admittedly it's been a while since I've cared, but what happened to the website?

    I crated my blazon (as you can see from my avatar pic) and registered it properly on the last thread and on the website and it's not there anymore.

    Did you guys wipe them for some reason?
     
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    Greetings Avatars! Welcome to the College of Arms forum. I am posting this in behalf of the College of Arms at their request. :)

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    What is the College of Arms you ask? A group of players who have an interest in fulfilling one of the Founder Pledge rewards for Shroud of the Avatar. The Virtual Collector pledge level for Founders includes a Custom Crest in Game. "Get your own Family Crest for display on your shield, tabard and house flag, made from a customized image uploaded by YOU! (Submitted Art subject to Developer Approval)." The College of Arms by order of Lord British (with Royal Warrent awarded) has been tasked with establishing the process to make this happen. Here is a quote from Starr Long:

    We are very excited to announce that we have a great tool in development from the College of Arms for all of you to create your Crest. As some of you are aware Lord British recently awarded the College of Arms a Royal Warrant and therefore they are our chosen curator of crests. Please treat them with the respect due their office.​

    Using this tool is an extremely positive way for us to accomplish this goal. Here are just a few of the benefits:​
    • Performance: Adding 4,000+ more textures to the game would exacerbate our texture memory size issues because we’re already fighting memory overheads. Those of you playing on 32-bit systems have already experienced memory issues. With the College of Arms solution, we can composite the image on the fly from a single image, no matter how many variations there are.
    • Support: As you all know we are trying to keep our budget focused on game content development so we are keeping cost like marketing and support very tight right now. If we were to support a completely open image submission process, we would have to hire staff to review each and every image to make sure it is appropriate.
    • Thematic & Cohesive: The College of Arms generator is loosely based on historically accurate models of heraldry and, in the end, we feel will create a much more cohesive world than if we left this completely open. From a fiction/lore standpoint the Avatars are from a different world, but in-universe these arms are being built for those outsiders by people who are native to New Britannia, meaning that a 'New Britannian style' will be common to them, again resulting in a cohesive look.
    • Community: As with other examples like the Bards of Poet’s Circle, doing works like this with the community makes the work we are creating a work created by all of us, not just the professional developers. In the end we feel this makes a better product.
    Please note that the tool is still very much in development but as soon as it is ready for official crest creation we will let you know. In the meantime, the members of the College of Arms will be happy to answer any questions you may have and can assist you with creating your arms here on the College of Arms sub forum. Please also note we will not accept any submissions that potentially infringe on copyrighted material.

    -Darkstarr​
    Now this sounds really cool but; there are limits that really must be understood. First off a "Crest" is not the term used for the display on a shield, house flag or tabard, that is the term "arms". A crest has a bunch of superflerious additions that are really unimportant in determining who it represents. So what the pledge really means is custom "arms" to be displayed.

    Historically there are rules. Yes, rules! Well, this is a game, so we can break rules, after all, we are creating this thing as we go. BUT there are several rules that must carry over into the game.

    First and foremost: Arms must be clearly distinct and visible from a distance. This is especially so in a game environment where the shield would only be about 3/4 of an inch.

    There is the rule of color. Traditional and modern heraldry (thats the science of arms) rules are very strict. The College of Arms has relaxed those rules a bit, dealing with contrast, we have added a few colors but there are limits to how they are used. There are metals, light colors, and dark colors. You cannot place a metal on top of a metal, a light color on top of a light color, or a dark color on top of a dark color. There are exceptions, but they are rare.

    There are items which cannot be placed on arms for various reasons. The arms of Lord British elements (cross moline and silver snake) cannot be used. All forms of crowns except the palasade crown cannot be used. Arms of existing persons or entities cannot be used (Manchester City Football Club comes to mind).
    There is the rule of distinctly different than someone else in the game. Hard to explain, but think of two major differences on the arms so as not to be confused with someone else.

    So with that little bit of info thrown out there, we hope you have a better understanding of the pledge reward.

    We have created a website, www.sotacoa.com, which has a basic form of the generator we are working on (Please note: Just because you are physically able to make the generator do something, doesn't mean it is within the rules of heraldry. It's a good starting point, but it ain't perfect.) There was another site we were using, http://soacoa.org/blazon/builder.php, but we have moved on and that is for historical purposes only.

    We request that you register on the sotacoa site with the email address you used when you created your Portalarium account. This "may" help us out in transferring arms to the game. At this point in time we are still unsure of the process to make this happen, so expect changes along the way. We will try our best to keep your design as close as we can to the one we said would be OK.

    Basic process:
    1. Are you a Founder (or Royal Founder) Virtual Collector or above (noted on your account page)? If not, you aren't entitled to a Coat of Arms. Guilds aren't entitled to a coat of arms either.
    2. If you are a Founder (or Royal Founder) the way to get started is to start a thread in this sub-forum giving us an idea of what you have in mind. A herald or artist should see the thread and respond.
    3. Once you've settled on a design, you tell us that's what you want. At this point, you're done.
    4. Your submission will go into our review process, and be voted on by the Sovereigns of Arms. If approved, it will go into the Roll of Arms (our Gallery). If not approved, we'll get in touch and do some rework.
    To those who have had arms approved in the past, don't worry, we do have them stashed. As charges are added to the generator and we can produce yours from ther generator, we will post your arms.

    If you have a question, want clarification, or to suggest a question to be included on this list, please message a member of the College or start another thread, to keep this as neat as possible so others can find the information easily.

    ***Please Note: All information and rules we have presented here are how things stand at the current time. Technical details may, and probably will, change before the game launches, as the actual in-game system is built. We are doing the best we can with the current information we have. As DarkStarr would say: "Don't lawyer me, bro." We apologize if any future changes inconvenience you; trust us, they inconvenience us, too.
     
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    Registered on sotacoa.com.

    Thanks for the info Frank.
     
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    All previously approved blazons are still approved and stored.
    There's nothing you need to do.

    It would not hurt to go register on sotacoa.com, so we can attach your arms when we are able to generate them with the builder.
     
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    Cool stuff, I'm going to use that tool and remake mine.

    EDIT: Remade!
     
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    Thanks a ton Ronan.
     
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