The third release of Shroud of the Avatar’s Pre-Alpha phase started at 10:30am CST and it is an exciting one as Multi-Player is ON! You get to meet up with other people in SotA – finally! Kirthag and Rhiannon decided to meet up in the new village of Braemar and interview players. Kirthag logged in as soon as the server opened up and found that her character made for the previous day’s Dev+ Happy Hour was still in Braemar! Rhiannon had to create a character and would appear in Owlshead – but with ┬áthe rush of so many others attempting to do the same, the lag was horrendous! Stress test indeed! So Kirthag gives everyone a brief peek at the Village of Braemar…

After about an hour, Rhiannon finally made her way into the game, but jumping the portals (switching maps) caused even more lag! It also doesn’t help that Rhiannon’s computer is well past its prime (it is 7 years old!). When the women finally got together, they went into Braemar and visited with players in the small tavern. Rhiannon interviewed Ghost Heretic for a bit and when attempting to leave, wound up stuck in the bar!

This Pre-Alpha release runs until Saturday, February 22 at 10pm CST. There has already been a couple of patches to fix things (like people getting stuck in buildings) and a dastardly memory-leak with map jumping. This is what the game needs – people to help find all the little issues so that Portalarium can produce a wonderfully awesome game for us all!

Talk about YOUR experiences during this release on the Stratics forum!