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Avatar’s Update #292: Player Made Dungeons

Discussion in 'Shroud of the Avatar Discussion Hall' started by SotA Stratics, Aug 10, 2018.

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    Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    News Announcements


    Community Updates






    Player Made Dungeon Update

    In the past week we have had design kickoff meetings for several game systems including Fishing (Phase 2) and Player Made Dungeons. We will be posting more about Fishing (Phase 2) soon! In exciting news we have been able to make faster progress on Player Made Dungeons than expected due to how much it uses underlying systems like our basements. While we had originally planned this for an Episode 2 feature we now believe we can have a version of the system up and running as soon as Q4 of this year without affecting our work on other systems like Fishing! To kick off the upcoming launch of this exciting player made content we are going make available five dungeon entrances, along with five static example dungeons in Release 57. One dungeon entrance and one example dungeon will be craftable, four will be purchasable from the Add On Store.

    The included static example dungeons, complete with creatures and loot, will vary in point size and difficulty level and can be used until the player built dungeon feature goes live. When the player built dungeons feature goes live in Q4 2018, the example dungeons will vanish and be replaced by an entry room but the player will receive the blueprints to all the pieces needed to rebuild the dungeon (some assembly required!). Player built dungeons will be expandable and customizable with in-game craftable rooms and/or Add On Store rooms. As a bonus the Add On Store Dungeons include a Unity asset pack of dungeon rooms and hallways that you can experiment with using Unity which is free for non-professionals to download!

    Tomb Entrance plus 50 Point Dungeon (craftable)

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    This sarcophagus can be crafted to use as the entrance to your dungeon. There will also be a craftable 50 point example static dungeon, complete with creatures and loot, for low level players that can be used until the player built dungeon feature goes live.

    Ancient Tome Dungeon Entrance plus 50 Point Dungeon

    [​IMG]This Ancient Tome Dungeon Entrance Eternal Pattern will allow you to modify your basic craftable dungeon entrance to look like a magical book, much like the one that leads to the Compendium of Pain and Suffering. While compact in size the striking visual effects emanating from the book will be sure to draw attention. The included dungeon is a 50 point example static dungeon, complete with creatures and loot, for low level players that can be used until the player built dungeon feature goes live.

    Magic Mirror Dungeon Entrance plus 75 Point Dungeon[​IMG]

    This Magic Mirror Entrance Eternal Pattern will allow you to modify your basic craftable dungeon entrance to look like a Magic Mirror much like what is found in the Isle of Storms and New You Shops. This compact entrance easily fits indoors or outdoors. The included dungeon is a 75 point example static dungeon, complete with creatures and loot, aimed at mid-level players. When the player built dungeon feature goes live in

    Ruined Stone Arch Dungeon Entrance plus 100 Point Dungeon[​IMG]

    This Ruined Stone Arch Dungeon Entrance Eternal Pattern will allow you to modify your basic craftable dungeon entrance to look like the stone arches that indicate the exits in many scenes. While placeable both indoors and outdoors this is a large entrance so be sure you have plenty of floorspace and high ceilings if you are planning on using this indoors! The included dungeon is a 100 point example static dungeon, complete with creatures and loot, aimed at high-level players.

    Circle of Stones Rift Dungeon Entrance plus 125 Point Dungeon[​IMG]

    This Circle of Stones Dungeon Entrance Eternal Pattern will allow you to modify your basic craftable dungeon entrance to look like a circle of stones with a magical portal in the center (much like the Lunar Rifts). While placeable both indoors and outdoors this is a large entrance so be sure you have plenty of floorspace and high ceilings if you are planning on using this indoors! The included dungeon is a 125 point example static dungeon, complete with creatures and loot, aimed at end-game players. Do not expect to conquer this place holder dungeon without help from some friends!



    Release 56 Livestream YouTube & Stretch Goal Tracking Change


    In case you missed our Release 56 Livestream last Friday it is now up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure! Also a reminder we have updated the way we track stretch goals so you have until midnight tonight for another chance to get us further along on the R56 stretch goals by purchasing something during our 12 hours of sales and stretch goal tracking which now happens every Friday of the month versus just once (or sometimes twice) as we have done in the past.

    This means that each Friday in August at noon we will turn on the big mega “everything” sale and start tracking the stretch goals where we last left off from the previous Friday (plus any additional Rewards Program participants). We will then track the totals until midnight of that Friday and then repeat for each Friday. This will give us an entire month to build up to the stretch goals! During the weekly one-hour Community Livestream we will remind everyone about the stretch goals but those livestreams will remain in the same format: 30 minutes of news and then 30 minutes on a topic (housing, new scene, new feature, etc.). [​IMG]

    Here are the Release 56 stretch goals we are tracking towards this month:

    • ACHIEVED $10K: Aether Lich Statue (Foyer Size)
    • ACHIEVED $25K: Aether 1H Sword and Aether Shield
    • ACHIEVED $35K: Double XP Every Weekend in August
    • ACHIEVED $50K: Aether Bow & Aether Crossbow
    • $65K: Box of Replenishing Aether Dye
    • $80K: Aether Dragon Statue (Village size)
    • $90K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon



    Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program

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    We are excited to announce the launch of our Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program! Earn the best rate on purchasing Gold Crowns, AND receive rare stretch-goal items from our monthly livestreams! This program automatically enrolls you in the monthly livestreams (counts as the $5 minimum purchase) along with other perks.

    For the low price of $9 USD per month you will receive the following:[​IMG]

    • 9 Gold Crowns of the Obsidians every month
    • Automatic Participation in the Monthly Livestream Stretchgoals (counts as the $5 minimum purchase)
    • Exclusive Title every 3 months
    • Pick any Dye Pack every 6 months
    • Pick any three of the 7 Obsidian Potions every month, including:
      • Potion of Capacity: Increases carrying capacity
      • Potion of Conservation: Reduces reagent use chance
      • Potion of Expedience: Swift gathering on all gathering skills
      • Potion of Precision: Increases Meticulous Collection to all gathering skills
      • Potion of Preservation: Reduces armor and weapon damage
      • Potion of Reclamation: Increases Salvage and Repair to all production skills



    Cosmos Double XP Weekends[​IMG]

    One of the successfully met Release 56 Livestream stretch goals was Double XP for the weekends in August to celebrate the closest approach of the comet!


    Weekend Flash Sale: Everything Elven

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    In Release 56 we added in-game craftable Elven furniture to the game that you can get by defeating Elven enemies. To honor the piles of Elven dead sacrificed for furniture we are putting everything Elven on sale this weekend, including Elven bundles!


    Follow the links to learn more about each item. Also, you’ll want to explore the game in detail for there are many more craftable items available!


    Upcoming Events Calendar

    Aug 10 – 11, 2018 –Syndcon
    Aug 21 – 25, 2018 – Gamescom
    [​IMG]Aug 30, 2018 – Release 57
    Aug 30 – Sept 3 –Dragon Con
    Sept 7, 2018 – Release 57 Livestream
    Sept 27, 2018 – Release 58
    Oct 5, 2018 – Release 58 Livestream
    Oct 11-13, 2018 – SOTACON Austin 2018
    Oct 25, 2018 – Release 59
    Nov 2, 2018 – Release 59 Livestream
    Nov 15, 2018 – Release 60
    Nov 30 or Dec 7, 2018 – Release 60 Livestream
    Dec 13, 2018 – Release 61
    Dec 21 or Jan 4, 2018 – Release 61 Livestream

    Visit the official Community Calendar to see the great lineup of activities our amazing community has planned for this weekend! And be sure to check out this month’s Release Events thread in the SotA forums for additional events.



    The Grand Duke Event & PVP Tournament

    [From a Forum Post by “Cerus”]

    The grand PvP tournament will take place Tomorrow (Saturday, August 11th) at 1PM Central (18:00 UTC) in the Beran’s Reach Arena.

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    TOURNAMENT SETTING:

    • The matches will take place in a 5 vs 5 setting.
    • A warrior is considered defeated upon death. No resurrection allowed
    • The matches will be played in the order indicated in the graphic above.
    • A team is considered defeated once all 5 warriors are killed.
    • A defeated team will be moved to the corresponding Loser Bracket and still has the chance to fight its way until the big final.

    FAIRNESS AND ORDER:

    • Spectators are welcome but may not intervene in the battles.
    • No fighting in the Spectator area.
    • Ransom: Since this is a friendly PvP tournament, do not touch the gravestones of defeated players.
    • Players can turn PvP protection on/off in the Oracle Confirmatory next to the Arena.

    PRIZES

    Winning Team

    • 1 x Tax-Free Player Owned Town City Lot Deed
    • Heraldry Cloak Eternal Pattern for each team member
    • 45 COTOs for each team member

    Second Place

    • 1 x Player Owned Town Town Lot Deed
    • Heraldry Cloak Eternal Pattern for each team member
    • 19 COTOs for each team member

    Third Place

    • 1 x Player Owned Town Village Lot Deed
    • Heraldry Cloak Eternal Pattern for each team member
    • 9 COTOs for each team member

    RULES AND REGULATIONS:

    • Each match will be overseen by at least one SotA staff member.
    • Portalarium and Travian Games may disqualify any member or team for fraud attempts, bug exploits, use of third-party-software and/or breach of Community Rules.
    • Every team and warrior may use any gear or item during the battle EXCEPT the Founder’s/Royal Founder’s Crystal Sword and the Immortality Fruit.
    • If multiple team members are unable to attend a match at the given time, the team may still proceed with a reduced number of warriors.
    The search for the strongest Avatars of Novia has started. May the best Team win!

    Good Luck, Avatars





    The Grand Duke Event Sale Final Day!

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    In support of the Grand Duke Tournament all Dyes and Heraldry Wearable items are on sale so that your team can show their colors and possibly a team sigil! Today is the final day of the sale!






    Meretz: Win a Topiary Town Dragon Statue

    [​IMG]Whether you move a little or a lot, as a Meretz user you rack up valuable Meretz Points (MPs). The more MPs you have, the more stuff you can buy!
    Think: in-game SotA goodies, Sweepstakes entries, Relics by Rild giveaways, and tons more.

    With Meretz, we launch several sweepstakes every month. This month, we’re giving away a Topiary Town Dragon Statue – valued at $134!
    You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card, SOTACon t-shirt, and SOTACon tickets. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes. What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!


    Meretz: Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!

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    SOTACON Austin 2018 is giving away a pair of tickets and t-shirts to SOTACON Austin 2018!

    Enter daily to win! To enter, get the Meretz App: https://www.meretz.com/promo/sotaconaustin

    Or watch Lunch with Laz & Jack Daily for additional entries, as well a chance to win a weekly prize of a Custom SOTACON t-shirt!



    Project to SupportUnderworld Ascendant

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    We’ve been following the development of Underworld Ascendant for a while now, ever since it appeared on Kickstarter. New updates have been posted as the game approaches a launch in the second half of 2018:

    Underworld Ascendant is the next-generation follow-up to Ultima Underworld, the critically acclaimed series credited with creating the ‘Immersive Sim’ genre and influencing such game series as Bioshock, Deus Ex, Dishonored, Elder Scrolls, and even Minecraft. OtherSide Entertainment, which includes original creators of the Ultima Underworld series, is innovating upon the series’ signature player-authored gameplay in bold new ways.

    Underworld Ascendant will be published on Steam for PC. Players can Wishlist the game now at: http://store.steampowered.com/app/692840.



    Resources – Players Helping Players

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    The official SotA New Player Welcome Forum and the Player Created Resources Forum have the best player created resources for Shroud of the Avatar, whether it’s a Player Written Guide, a Video Walk-through, or a Wiki-type Website.

    Visit the official Community Resources page for a complete listing of all things community.

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