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Avatar’s Update #309: Release 61 on QA & Dungeon Tour Livestream Today!

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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




    Release 61 on QA with more Testing Rewards!

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    An early version of R61 is on the QA server. “So soon after Release 60?” you ask. As noted in our Q4 2018 Schedule Update:PLEASE NOTE: The last two releases of the year (Nov/R60 and Dec/R61) will be very early in their respective months so that they are released well ahead of the US winter holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas).” R61 is full of new content and fixes, some of which is now on the QA server for early testing. We could really use everyone’s help to test all of this amazing content before it goes live!

    • Fishing Phase 2:
      • Lava Fishing[​IMG]
      • Lava Fish
      • Fishing Skills
    • Krampus
    • Teleport to Scene
    • Ornate Vile Longbow
    • More Player Dungeon Rooms
    • R58 Livestream Items​
    • More Bug Fixes
    • and more!​


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    Please join us in testing on the QA server (instructions are posted each release in the bug forums) so we can make each release the best it can be. By helping us test prior to the release we can insure there are less bugs, more stability, and more balance.

    Participating qualifies you for the Testing Incentives Program! We will reward you for your efforts because we do understand that time spent on QA is time lost on advancing your character on live. Each release we will randomly reward the following rewards (one prize per player):

    • 5 Gold Crowns (4 prizes)[​IMG]
    • Ant Farm (4 prizes)
    • Antennae (4 prizes)
    • Bug Cloak (4 prizes)
    • Set of Bug Paintings (4 prizes)
    • Bug Sprayer with emote (1 prize)
    • Insect Leg Table (1 prize)
    • Corpion Chair (1 prize)

    In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements:

    • Install the QA version of the game
    • Login and play on QA for at least 4 hours per release
    • Report at least 1 bug in the QA section of the forums
      • Note that players will only be submitted for the lottery once per QA cycle. Continued bug reporting will not count toward additional submissions into the lottery.

    Thanks Avatars!

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    Player Made Dungeon Tour Livestream Today

    [​IMG]Another content packed weekly Community Livestream is this Friday December 7 at 4 PM CT on Twitch!

    This week we are going to continue exploring Player Made Dungeons! We did not have time to visit all of the amazing creations assembled by our players this past Friday during the Release 60 Livestream so we are going to continue the tour this Friday. Join Chris “Atos” Spears and Travis “Vas Corp Por” Koleski as they journey through more Player Made Dungeons.

    This is the LAST Friday to earn the Release 60 Cornucopia stretch goals by making a purchase or by participating in the Rewards program! By popular demand we have resurrected a set of stretch goals we missed from previous releases (and added a few new roleplay ones) to make a Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay in honor of the harvest season! As a reminder we will be having massive sales (up to 50% off!) from noon to midnight on Friday to help us hit those stretch goals.

    • ACHIEVED $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX[​IMG]
    • ACHIEVED $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon
    • ACHIEVED $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc)
    • ACHIEVED $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack
    • ACHIEVED $65K: Traveler Wagon
    • $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm
    • $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot
    • $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes

    As usual we will be giving out prizes at 4:15 and 4:45! To be eligible all you need to do is either make any purchase in the store or log into the game and type “Horn of Plenty” in the chat window (no purchase necessary).

    Watch on Twitch this Friday at 4 PM CDT!



    In the News: Shroud as Parkinson’s Therapy

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    How to Use Computer Gaming as Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease by Dr. C

    The brain is a plastic organ continually reshaping itself in response to the stimuli it receives and the way those stimuli are processed. The old adage “use it or lose it” applies even in the face of a challenging disease like Parkinson’s.

    Computer gaming can help with brain training by exercising the brain to help moderate the effects of PD. For computer gaming to be efficacious as therapy, it must be implemented with careful attention to finding the right fit between the demands of the game and the therapeutic needs of the PD patient.

    Recent research on video gaming and treatment for PD shows it can help with physical issues such as gait and balance.

    The key to successfully using computer gaming is to find the right match of game for each person, as well as the appropriate difficulty level. The game must be challenging, but not so challenging that it becomes discouraging. It also must be rewarding and enjoyable. (There is that dopamine factor to consider.) Gaming has a “sweet spot,” like Goldilocks, in which you find just the right fit. I found this balance in the game “Shroud of the Avatar,” which I recommend for people with PD.

    It took me a while to find the right video game — years, actually. “Shroud of the Avatar,” or “SotA,” is that game! It can be played at various levels. Not only can you find the sweet spot for your own style of playing, but also you can move that spot around depending on whether it is a good day or a bad day.

    The game has a solid ethical foundation built on virtue and clean gameplay (no foul language). Playing SotA for 10 to 20 hours a week exercises the brain and the body — use it or lose it — while having a good time doing it.

    READ MORE


    Crown Migration for Release 61

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    Forum post by Chris “Atos” Spears]

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    Starting in Release 61, we will be simplifying the crowns to simply be crowns rather than a specific metal type. No action is required by players and we will migrate these all during our Release 61 update window when the servers are down.

    For example, if you now have 23 gold crown and 7 iron crowns, you will simply have 30 crowns after the migration. If you have crowns placed as decos, they will simply look like gold crown after the migration.

    Going forward, all Obsidian potions will simple cost a crown vs a specific crown metal type.


    50% Item Fridays & 20% Crown Weekends Holiday Sales

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    To celebrate our first holiday season since launching we are putting most items* in the store on sale for 50% off, our deepest discounts ever, every Friday noon to midnight, until December 21, 2018!

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    Additionally we are having our first sale on Gold Crowns of the Obsidians ever! Some packages are discounted as much as 20% every weekend through December 21, 2018!

    *Note that this sale does not include the already discounted and expiring Bundles and associated items.


    Winter 2018 Items Appear[​IMG]

    With winter almost upon us the Winter 2018 items have appeared! These winter holiday items are only available until February 1, 2019 and then they are gone forever so get them while they are ice cold! This year we added functionality to the Menorahs where they now light the correct number of candles per day during Hanukkah (note this is retroactive for all Menorahs).


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    Winter Recurring Items Return!

    [​IMG]Winter is coming and with it winter recurring items have returned for a limited time, including the Ice Nightmare mask and Ornate Sleigh! Get these rare items while they are cold because they will go away again until next winter on February 1, 2019.




    Automatic Redemption of Rewards Release 62

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    As part of our continuing improvements to Quality of Life in Shroud of the Avatar we are going to remove the extra step required when receiving purchased items inside the game. You will no longer have to click on a “Redeem Rewards” button. Instead we will automatically send the items to your rewards interface when you next login to the game. If you are currently logged in then they will appear as soon as the purchase transaction completes. We are also going to provide an onscreen notice for when rewards are delivered to your Rewards Interface. This improvement will go live with Release 62 on January 31, 2019.


    Upgrading Bundles with Crowns (ends 12/21)

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    As many of you know we are expiring all of our bundles before the end of the year. Viking and Kobold bundles expire today (November 30). Elven, Obsidian, and Shogun bundles expire on December 21. In Release 59 we added the contents of the bundles to crown vendors as single purchases, however they do not have any upgrade functionality. Based on numerous requests from those of you who have been saving up your crowns we are going to offer an alternative path for upgrading bundles using crowns. For a limited time (offer ends December 21, 2018) you can purchase a service voucher to use crowns to upgrade your bundle!

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    If you wish to upgrade your bundle with crowns please email us at [email protected] BEFORE purchasing the voucher. In the request please list the name of the bundle you wish to upgrade, and the bundle you wish to upgrade it to (e.g., Elven 2-Story Row Tax Free Bundle to Elven Village Tax Free Bundle). We will then determine how many crowns you need for the upgrade and notify you of that amount so you can decide before proceeding. Only then will you purchase the voucher and we will then remove the crowns from your inventory. Requests received after the expiration date (November 30 for Viking and Kobold, December 21 for Elven, Shogun, and Obsidian) will not be honored.

    Please note that we will be using the non-sale exchange rates that are currently on the store for this transaction.

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    Elven, Obsidian, & Shogun Expirations

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    To celebrate our first holiday season since launching the Elven, Obsidian and Shogun Bundles are expiring at 11:59 PM CT on December 21, 2018! As a limited time bonus we have added Episode 2 access to these bundles! We will also be expiring several of the items that are included in those bundles including pets, weapons, decorations and homes. We are also discounting these items, some as much as 30%! For City level bundles this means a $1000 discount!

    NOTE: This is a final expiration. Upgrades will not be allowed after these bundles expire.


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    Shroud of the Avatar Boxed Editions $40 off Holiday Sale!

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    For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase the Collector’s Boxed Edition of Shroud of the Avatar during the Kickstarter (expired on January 4, 2016) can now purchase the retail Boxed Edition from Amazon. Additionally for a limited time we are also offering a signed version of the retail Boxed Edition (see above) for purchase directly from our website! To celebrate the holidays these two versions are on sale for $40 off their regular price until December 21, 2018 ($49 on Amazon, $99 for signed)!

    NEW! Each signed box will also be numbered, making them even more unique, with only 200 of these special numbered boxes available!

    These editions include:

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    • Game Box signed by Lord British* (signed edition only)
    • Game Manual
    • DVD in case
    • Runic Translation Card
    • Ankh Trinket
    • Cloth Map
    • Our Epic Origins

    Digital Items:

    • Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 1 (Full Game Access)[​IMG]
    • 30 Bank Slots to store your gear
    • 1 Gold Crown
    • Pick 1 Obsidian Potion
    • Digital Download of Shroud of the Avatar, Episode 2 (Full Game Access when released)
    • Exclusive Title: Visionary
    • Exclusive Emote (exact emote to be created at a future date)
    • NEW: Unique Item (to be created at a a future date)



    Release 60 Livestream (YouTube)

    The Release 60 Livestream last week was incredible! We had Deep Dives on Combat, Player Made Dungeons, and Story! We gave out tons of prizes and we hit more of the Cornucopia of Dragons, Dungeons and Roleplay stretchgoals!

    • ACHIEVED $10K: Dragon Mask Set (multiple color variants) with smoke VFX[​IMG]
    • ACHIEVED $25K: Aether Axe, Aether 1H Spear, Aether 2H Bludgeon
    • ACHIEVED $35K: Construction Decorations (Crane, Pulley, etc)
    • ACHIEVED $50K: Torture Set: Torture Chair, Torture Table, Rack
    • ACHIEVED $65K: Traveller Wagon
    • $75K: Dragon Sword & Dragon Polearm
    • $85K: Unique Dungeon Encounter Room with Fishing Spot
    • $95K: Celestial Themed Wizard Robes

    In case you missed the fun times here is the stream on YouTube:



    Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program

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    The Shroud of the Avatar Rewards Program lets you 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
      • 3 Months: Keeper of the Faith
      • 6 Months: Keeper of the Word
      • 9 Months: Keeper of the Vow
      • 12 Months: Keeper of the Flame
    • Pick any Dye 12 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



    Weekend Sale: Winter

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    In Release 60 we added a whole range of 2018 Winter Items and we brought back the Winter recurring items. This is also the first week of December. To celebrate all Winter and Winter related items are on sale this weekend!




    Upcoming Events Calendar

    [​IMG][​IMG]Dec 7, 2018 – Community Livestream – Player Made Dungeon Tour
    Dec 13, 2018 – Release 61
    Dec 14, 2018 – Community Livestream – Caroling
    Dec 17, 2018 – Release 61 Dance Party
    Dec 21, 2018 –
    Release 61 Livestream
    Jan 31, 2019 – Release 62
    Feb 1, 2019 – Release 62 Livestream
    Feb 28, 2019 – Release 63
    Mar 8 – 17, 2019 – SXSW
    Mar 18 – 22, 2019 – GDC
    Mar 28, 2019 – Release 64
    Apr 25, 2019 – Release 65
    May 30, 2019 – Release 66
    June 27, 2019 – Release 67
    July 25, 2019 – Release 68
    Aug 29, 2019 – Release 69

    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.



    Community Event: Advent Calendar 2018

    [Forum post by Sindariya]

    Soon it is christmas but we still have to be a little bit patient. It is a little tradition to count the days till christmas with a surprise every day. And since christmas is the feast of love I thought “companion” would be a good theme. Those who knew me know my companion Leeroy. He is an obsidian bear who stays by side since they were found in this world. He is a character on its own.

    I want to share with you all each day a new side of him. Sure I want to boast a little bit with him, but I also want to open your hearts to your companions. They are not just mere tools to fight. They are funny, shy, scary, cute and stupid. Especially Leeroy. So take a second look at them and observe them just for a few minutes. You will see what I mean.

    I will post each day a pic with a little story. I will collect them in the two following posts so you don’t have to search them. But I also want to hear your stories. I bet everyone of you has one of those, where your companion made you laugh or facepalm. You can also comment on the pics and I’m sorry that not all pics are perfect but Leeroy is a terrible model. He never listens to any command of me.

    So enjoy this advent calendar 2018.

    Dec 1st

    This story happend during the first fishing contest. Leeroy was extremly bored because I fished the whole day and did not pay any attention towards him. It was already afternoon when he decided to sneak up to me and give me a push into the lake. He normally avoids water as much as possible so I never thought he would do something like that. He must have been really bored.

    So pay attention to your companions or the will stab/kick you in the back.[​IMG]Dec 2nd
    You think I lied when I said he detest water. I always let Leeroy run around at his own will and he starts chasing something. That gets him mostly in strange situations like this. I was standing at the shore shaking my head.
    [​IMG]Dec 3rd
    Since it is my birthday today we just relaxed at the beach.[​IMG]Dec 4th
    Okay time to show you guys expressions on your pet you might never seen before. Have you ever felt relaxed and satisfied when getting your blessing? I’m not sure what Leeroy experienced in this moment but I was totally jealous. Look at his face. I want to feel like that too.[​IMG]


    Community Event: Boogie Nights Christmas Style

    [Forum post by Fionwyn Wyldemane]

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    It’s time for another Boogie Nights, this time Christmas style!
    Come join me for some dance magic as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.​

    When: Saturday, Dec 8, 2018
    Time: 6pm-8pm CST (12-2AM UTC)
    Where: Serenity Isle Party Tree Garden​

    Wear your holiday finest or just come as you are!​

    The request line WILL be open for you to add in your favorite Christmas/Holiday tunes. Do you want to dedicate a song to someone? Do you want to give someone a shout out? Let me know when you put in your song request (although a song request is not required). :)

    Tune in on avatarsradio.info or your in-game aether device.​

    Directions are simple: From the dock, head straight to the gate. Enter the gate and turn right. The Party Tree Garden is opposite the Oracle, easy peasy :p

    (I will be away for two weeks to spend time with grand-kids. That is why I am having a dance party so early in the month)​



    Community Event: Daily Yule-Market at Dracheninsel

    [Forum post by Flientje Vantmeeden]

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    Dear Avatars,​

    2018 is getting old and older,​

    and outside it’s getting cold and colder!​

    So let be undead, monster, critter –​

    it’s time for friends and Yule-Glitter!​

    Adventurer, put your weapons down,​

    be peaceful like a little faun!​

    We all are awaiting you,​

    at the Yule-market​

    in our cozy town!​

    Every day from Dec. 1 rst to Dec. 23rd we will meet at 20:00 h CET at our Yulemarket on the beautiful island “Dracheninsel”

    Our Yule-Fairy Hospitia is going to open the daily package from the Advent Calendar, so be there and roll the dice for little shiny things!

    Edit: Original link: https://www.newbritannia.info/Forum…ägliches-winterspektakulum-ab-20-00-uhr.1586/




    Community Event: Grinch’s December Pacu Fishing Adventure

    [Forum post by Weins201]

    Grumpie Weinie’s Pacu December Pacu Fishing Challenge;

    For all those fishers out there is a Pacu that changes its location to random POTs each day at Midnight Server Time (CST) Today it was Formosa and Blackstone Gate. Blackstone gate was Nested and the Name I had to look up in SOTA Wiki [​IMG] Ohh and Blackstone Gate was PvP [​IMG]

    In celebration of this new type of fish and mechanic I am holding a Pacu fishing Tournament.

    This will be a Winner / Loser (smallest) take all for each day. Fishers will have to send me 1 COTO and the fish caught from either the daily POTs. I will compile all the entries and reward the Largest and Smallest fish for each day. Prizes are 75% / 25% Soo if 4 people enter – 3 cotos to Largest and 1 to smallest. 12 = 8 / 4. I will deliver cotos as soon as winner is determined, on the third day after.

    (( if you have a trust issue msg me we can work something out, but I really am not worried about the COTOs just the Community Participation))

    Now you have to ask a Town Crier “fish” or “fishing” and they will tell you where the fish are being caught for that day. It changes each night at Midnight CST. Travel to one (or both) of those locations and when you catch a Pacu and wish to enter it all you have to do is Mail me in game. Send 1 Coto and the fish(s) you wish to enter. Today I had to say “catch” – White Heart and Diamond Fields (28 Nov)

    Mail is required as the Time stamp will be used to break a Tie, Earliest entry will win. Sooooo if you Catch a Large or Small I would go as fast as you can and mail me your entry. It appears that Pacu have a range of normal from .7 – .8 Length. The large is .9 and 1 (( from Titanforges Tourney) and Small .6 (( At the moment .7 is the smallest found and it is Normal, so assuming a small is .6 [​IMG] ))

    Now if you catch a Fish early in the Day say a Large .9 length send it in as soon as possible and if you catch any more you wish to enter later on just mail the fish in you already sent me a Coto Earlier on. 1 Coto to enter each day you want to participate as all paid in make the reward possible [​IMG]

    I know this timing could benefit those in Time zones that leave this “Daytime” for them an advantage but I do not have a way to offset this.

    Now I will take entries on the day of thru the day after. so on the 1st starting day (1 Dec) you can enter fish caught that day (sent 1 dec) or sent on the day after, ((the 2nd )) (any more days out will be ignored / returned) (Please use Subject for which day you are entering for) ( I will be able to figure it out but just makes it a little easier)

    You can also come just hand them to me if you find me online. I will start a group each day while I am playing you can Teleport to deliver to me directly. Deliveries will get time stamped from Logs from the time of trade.

    On the 3rd I will place the Winner/Loser fish (trophy if it is mounted or want it mounted) in the Fishing Hall I have thrown up near the entrance to my Island. I will also place a chest for each day and place all other fish in there until returned)

    I have already created a Excel Spread sheet which I will update here
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YiAeynrjswQtVZ2YJIWh1-itOxrhybnctGKanALlwyI/edit?usp=sharing

    Now these “Hot” Pacu POTs rotate each day so I will entertain additions from the POT owner for that day. I.E. if this ends up in my town I will open it up to Largest Fish from Each Fresh Water Category with Winner / Loser winning Cotos 8 / 2 If this does drop into GHH you will not need to spend more to enter other than the 1 Coto for Pacu, all other fish can just be dropped off I will place a chest if this happens. I wll of course place this chest on that day. If POT owners want to also add I can work and place a hest for that POT and we can work out prizes throughout the day. If the POT owner does initiate his own daily contest please add it to this post and let me know ASAP you can also as a POT owner just drop a box in a location at your town to have fish dropped off [​IMG]

    Path from Brittany Area to Grumpie Hermits Hide-a-Way

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    From Main Entrance to Hall and there is a Mailbox near behind the banker.

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    I will place a Fishing Vendor in the Town Enterance area also.

    Summary Daily 1 Coto entry Winner / Loser take all for catching a Pacu from one (both) of the “Hot” fishing POTs each day.

    Entries must be mailed (hand delivered) to me on the day or Day after only for Time stamp to break ties.

    I will pay out 75%/ 25% to the Winner / Loser (smallest) each day on the 3rd days after. 1st rewarded on the 3rd . . . . .

    All Pacu will be returned after the tournament.

    ((( if you wish to add me as a friend for this please send me a message with request while I am in game )))

    If there are any questions or concerns please post them here I will work on any issues as fast as I can.

    Port if you can add Time to the trophy Data that would be AWSOME [​IMG]

    Ok good luck to all – [​IMG]

    The Hall is set up – after each days winning is determined I will Display the winner / loser and place all other entrants in the box for viewing.




    Community Event: 3rd Annual Holiday Party for All!

    [Forum post by Datendrache]

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    Every year we (a group of fun-loving, Holiday Merriment seeking, multi-guild, jolly Avatars) come together to throw a Holiday event filled with gift giving, music, dancing and excitement! This year, we’re planning to put together the most incredible Holiday Party we can!

    Avatar’s Radio Beat of Novia, Secret Santa Gift Exchange and Door Prizes:

    Who: Hosted by DJ Alliene Dragonfyre
    When: December 21st, 8:00pm NBT/Central
    Where: Player Owned Town of Festival at the Festival Keep

    Friday Fight Night

    Who: Hosted by Alphaine Nine
    When: December 21st: 5:00pm NBT/Central (subject to change)
    Where: Festival PvP Arena
    Note: Special “Holiday Prizes” will be given out to winners, including a 125-Point Dungeon Entrance and a Commission-Free Vendor. More prizes will be announced, and this is in addition to the FFN prize pool.

    Secret Santa Gift Exchange

    If you wish you participate, here are the rules:

    1) Either deliver in person or mail your gift to in-game character ‘Engineer‘ with a note or titleindicating its for Secret Santa.
    2) All people who give a gift will receive a random gift that another player contributed.
    3) If you are at the Party, it will be delivered to you directly. If you are unable to attend, it will be mailed to you.
    4) If you provide more than one gift, the gifts will be distributed to attendees, people standing on the streets, new players, or other lucky avatars. You won’t receive more than one gift, but you are certainly generous!
    5) Please keep the value of the gifts below 10K gp if at all possible.

    Door Prizes

    Door prizes will be given out to players in attendance!

    Fireworks Bags

    Bags of Fireworks will be given out to players throughout the night! Let’s Light it Up!!!!

    And more!

    Please check back in on this page for new announcements, we have more things being planned while we work out the details. :)


    Community Event: Novia Market R60 Grandmaster Bundles

    [Forum post by ldykllr]

    NoMa Grandmastery Bundles (R60)

    Every month we are offering four professional-grade bundles:

    1. Adventurer’s Bundle – some of the highest grade gear available in the land, ready to take a novice adventurer to the journeyman level! This month we are featuring armor from Robyn Hood (@ldykllr )!
    2. Crafter’s Bundle – Are you an aspiring crafter? This month we are offering a MEGA Bundle with all the mats to get you started in all 5 crafting skills (Cooking, Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Alchemy)!
    3. Music Bundle – For all our music lovers out there! This bundle has all the instruments you could ever want, courtesy of @Kron Caledon with a special selection of music selected by @Lace !
    4. Consumable Bundle – A great selection of food and potions to help you on your adventures throughout Novia, courtesy of @Zeetocht !

    These bundles will be raffled on December 28th (2 weeks after R61 release – extended due to short release schedule). Tickets are on sale now and priced especially for beginners at 500gp each bundle.

    No matter how many tickets a character purchases, they will only get a single chance at winning that bundleso purchase only one ticket per bundle!

    We are hosting the ticket vendors and a display table of what each bundle entails at Market Square, at the south end of NoMa (if you check in with the town crier, it is the only City lot in town and under Governor Robyn Hood’s name). As you wander past all of our merchants, please do some window shopping and take a look at what all of our residents have to offer!

    (Screenshots below to help you find your way).

    Cheers,
    Ben & Robyn

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    Community Event: Novia Market 1st Annual Yuletide Giveaway

    [Forum post by ldykllr]

    Announcing the 1st Annual Novia Market Yuletide Giveaway!

    • When: December 1st, midnight NBT – December 31st, midnight NBT
    • Where: Novia Market, located just south of Britanny along the road
    • What it is: For the ENTIRE month of December, ANY purchase made at an eligible vendor (see map below) will enter you into a prize drawing! 1 entry per purchase at an eligible vendor PER day (example: 15 participating vendors, if you purchase an item from each = 15 entries for the day).

    The PRIZES include:

    • 1 MILLION in GOLD prizes (and not just small amounts – 2 x 250k is up for grabs!)
    • Furniture (including sets!)!!!!!
    • Gold COTO’s
    • Artifacts
    • Rares — (Dragon Eggs, Aether Weapons, Bunny prints, Homes, etc)
    • Resources and rare crafting mats!
    • Pets!
    • GM crafted items!
    • …and much, much more! (I would list everything, but there is so much!)

    Prizes will be drawn LIVE on New Years Day at 1900 NBT at Market Square on the South End of Novia Market (the same place where we have our Grandmastery Bundle Raffle tickets every month – look for the City lot under “Robyn Hood”)

    Additional vendors may be added to the map, so check back before shopping!

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    Community Event: Welcome Quest Release 60

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    [​IMG]By Appointment to
    His Majesty Lord British
    Welcome Quest Makers​

    You are invited to join the Welcome Quest in Release 60.

    It will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 starting at 12pm (noon) central time/New Britannian time and lasting an hour. It is in your in-game Events book.

    Greagoir Pendragon will be active 30 minutes before the event and during the event. So you can teleport to Greagoir Pendragon if you wish.

    We are traveling to the town of Ordinis Mortis , south east along the river from Central Brittany.

    Are you with us?

    Purpose:

    The Welcome Quest is a quest for all people to see many towns and establishments. It is created as a way for people to visit many player-ran locations. It involves each town and establishment to give the quest person some information and then instructions to go to the next location (a town or establishment) to do something. The path may be sequential from place to place or in parallel to multiple places at the same time. The goal is for towns and establishments to showcase their places, educate the people, and work with other player-ran towns/establishments.

    We are proud to be the first player-ran quest in SotA! We do it for all of you. :)

    More information is located at
    http://sotawiki.net/sota/Community:Quests/Welcome_Quest#Welcome_Quests_in_Releases

    Welcome Torch changes – testing and answers due to burnout

    With Release 38, all torches changed physically. The durability started to decrease when the torch is held onto. This change also affected the Welcome Torch you receive from the Welcome Quest.

    With Release 41 you now can repair your own Welcome Torches with a carpentry repair kit and a carpentry table.
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    Meretz: Win a Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set

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    Win the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set & earn free SotA in-game items daily!

    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 the Replenishing Fireworks Mega Set – valued at $119! You can also enter to win a Relics By Rild $50 Gift Card and other cool prizes. AND, use your MPs every day for in-game items like potions and emotes.

    What’re you waiting for? Download Meretz TODAY!



    Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant

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    Looking for different dungeons to explore?

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    Our friends at OtherSide Entertainment just launched Underworld Ascendant on Steam! The team includes people who created games like Thief, System Shock and the Underworld series. It’s a first-person dungeon Action-RPG where there’s no one right way to play. Mix and match a variety of different skills to sneak, fight or use magic to survive this large and highly-interactive dungeon full of traps, monsters and challenges. Play now to receive bonus items and a 15% discount: Purchase on Steam!

    And as a reminder our worlds are tied together with similar world origins and portals between! You can even purchase cross promotional items but you must be quick as they are expiring soon!






    Project to Support: Lore Finder

    [​IMG]Discover forbidden lore which warps your body and reality itself. The more you know, the worse it gets.

    Become K.C. Morgan, paranormal investigator, and search a New England mansion for your missing father. Battle the forces of corruption infesting the mansion armed only with your wits and an old .38 revolver, and gather scrolls of forbidden lore. But the more you discover, the more warped and twisted the world – and you – become.

    Uncover the story of Lore Finder, a 2D metroidvania and a modern queer reimagining of the cosmic horror genre. Coming to a PC near you on Steam.

    Try the demo right now in your browser, or download the PC Windows version. Support the Kickstarter from Enniko who helped develop the musical instrument system for Shroud of the Avatar!


    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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