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Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual successor

Postby pyre » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:42 pm

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Official site: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com

From the FAQ: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?page_id=19
What is the game about?
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is a computer role playing game created by Lord British (aka Richard Garriott), creator of the genre defining Ultima series of computer games, and Starr Long, director of Ultima Online. It combines the rich story of the single player Ultimas with the deep multiplayer experiences of Ultima Online.


When will it be available?
Episode 1: Forsaken Virtues is currently scheduled to launch at the end of 2014. Backers will get early access to public tests starting in December 2013.


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Will this be an MMO?
Shroud of the Avatar is a new form of multiplayer online role playing game we are calling a Selective Multiplayer Game. This will allow players to choose how they want to play. Play options will include solo offline, solo online, friends only online, or open multiplayer online. For players who play in the default open multiplayer, Shroud of the Avatar will feel very much like a traditional MMO.


Are offline characters and online characters separate?
For Episode 1 offline characters are completely separate from online characters. Offline characters can never migrate to the online space. Offline and online characters on the same account cannot share any content.


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What is the story?
?Few know the tales of the dark times, much less what happened before them. Since the great Cataclysm 400 years ago the world has slowly recovered but much was lost. Now the Dire Prophecies are beginning to come true as the world is flooded with Otherworlders.? ? Arabella

Shroud of the Avatar is infused with rich storylines deeply integrated into gameplay, developed by best selling author Tracy Hickman and RPG legend Richard Garriott. The main quest line will provide greater than 40 hours of focused, story driven content.


Will there be moral dilemmas like previous titles by Richard Garriott?
Players will adventure in an interactive world where their choices have consequences, ethical paradoxes give them pause, and they play a vital part in weaving their own story into the immersive world and lore surrounding them.


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What can I do in the game?
Players can progress through a rich guided story as well as play in a sandbox-like environment. Players can specialize in a wide range of combat and non-combat skills provided by a robust, classless skill system and utilize full-featured crafting and housing mechanics.


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Is Crafting one of the non-combat skills?
Players will be able to make almost anything in the game including furniture, consumables, and equipment. The results of all crafting elements have value as consumables and components in the combat system, as well as maintenance and upgrade elements for housing and cities.


Will there be more than one episode?
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is the first of a 5 game series of full-length games (each using the same game system), referred to as Episodes 1 through 5. Estimated availability of Episode 1, Forsaken Virtues, is end of 2014, with Episodes 2 through 5 estimated for subsequent yearly releases.


What does it cost to play?
Shroud of the Avatar is a ?buy-to-play? game that, once purchased, does not require a subscription to play.



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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:44 pm

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm ... ar-Citizen

cross-promotion between Star Citizen & Shroud of the Avatar.
do note it is just a unique skin. cross-bows are part of the SC 'verse.

Weapon Description:

Iolo Industries Armor-Piercing Crossbow
Some things never go out of style, and the Iolo Crossbow is proof: an elegant weapon that has proved itself capable of repelling boarders effectively time and again over the centuries. It stands well above laser sidearms in terms of armor penetration, the ideal weapon for anyone needing to blast through two inches of plasteel space armor. Designed and hanf-crafted by David Watson, these rare crossbows are prized by pilots for their reliability and their low level of required maintenance. This weapon is an exact replica of the one created for Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s Shroud of the Avatar so you can arm your character with it in both universes!
Damage: 2 cm / bolt (+3 against armor)
Reload: .5 seconds
Effective Range: 50 meters
UEE Restriction: RED
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:45 pm

reserved for crafting tables
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:53 pm

If you're a Star Citizen pledger and planning to pledge to SotA, do let me know I can help abit.
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby Swordsman » Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:40 pm

sorry to say the graphics looks dated.
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:27 am

if anyone is interested in getting this game, do ask here first because you need to understand the tiers and i'm looking for some referrals to benefit the entire guild.

Some updates:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MYG1Bm4U20

the merch sale is going to end soon, we bought a few T-shirts and collector coins to take advantage of the flat shipping fee

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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:36 pm

after reviewing the proposed combat system - i am now very intrigued and very interested in it.

from what i'm reading in the dev forums, it sounds like combat - while has it's traditional combat & skills, uses a deck/card like system to select /choose skills & combos. pretty interesting stuff. there maybe other RPGs that use this system in the past, but i'm not aware of it.
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:47 pm

some screenshots from the latest alpha build.

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Postby pyre » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:02 pm



anyone interested, do contact us as we can help you earn the special emote that is not teachable.
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:57 pm

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Richard Garriott de Cayeux
Attention Avatars! Shroud of the Avatar has crossed the $3M milestone thanks to your generous support! The team and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of our Backers for your belief in both our team and our vision for New Britannia!

Your Humbled Servant
~Lord British

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anyone interested in Shroud, do contact us before pledging so we can teach you how to get the special emote.
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:53 pm

latest update:

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Chapter 5 of the serialized SotA novel written by Tracy Hickman & Richard Garriott.

Reveal of the Founder Edelmann Waterfront Cabana

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New weapons & equipment:
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=34088#more-34088
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:30 am



and patch notes for latest Alpha 2.0 v57 build.
https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?page_id=32989
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:08 am

http://forsakenvirtues.com/2014/01/30/d ... ud-avatar/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGowcsskbjk


New Stretch Goal:

If they hit $3.25M, Richard and Starr with fence in puffy shirts. :D

Bonuses:

1) If they get to $3.25 by R3 (Feb. 20) – there will be a cheesy training montage video with Rustic (Joseph) showing Starr how to fence.

2) If they make it to $3.3M by R3, the loser of the fencing match will jump in the cold lake next to Richard’s property.



Q&A- Matchmaking

1) Will I be able to filter out one individual?

You can block someone’s text, but not block them from view.

2) How does friending work?

Similar to Google+.. You can add someone to your friends list. They will get a notice that you did so. Then they can add you if they wish.

This style may result in people you don’t like tracking you, so they need to experiment with this.

3) Can we change the criteria for sorting the matchmaking?

They will be building algorithms over time as they get players feedback and test results. It is not planned to allow players to adjust parameters.

4) Can I whitelist/blacklist players, guilds, factions, etc. from purchasing from my vendor?

They like the idea of allowing you to only sell to certain groups. They may add this after E1.

5) Can I set a strangers-only mode?

They like this idea, and Chris gives a “why would you want to do that?” example of acting out your cross dress fantasies over by the docks… LOL

6) How can we locate other players in multiplayer mode?

They plan to allow seeing locations of people on your social list. If they are in a non-adventuring area like a town, they would consider allowing you the option to go into their instance.

7) What factors go into matching in OPO?

They are working through this. Factors can be: How long has the instance been open or what is the party’s distance into the dungeon? (they wont let more people in at some point.) Other factors include friends, guildmates, kindred, have you traded before, have you completed a quest together, etc.

8) What is the planned handing of Friends Mode when you don’t share friends?

You will see friends of friends if your shared friend is there. Statistically it should be uncommon for a long string of “friends of friends” to show up.



Q&A- Parties, Guilds, More

1) How will joining your friends in a scenario in progress work?

You will join at entrance – you can’t appear where they are. In some cases the map will have respawned and you will have to fight your way through to your party. There might be a summon player spell.

2) How will your party chat with NPCs? Will we overhear other player NPC conversations?

They are still discussing and they will be taking feedback from players. There is a problem with players overhearing spoilers, so they may whisper back spoiler/quest stuff.

3) How will multiplayer mode prevent/permit other players from joining your private scenarios?

Some plot relevant scenes will be private, and some adventuring spaces will be public. This is scene dependent.

4) How will loot be split in multiplayer?

“As fairly as they can make it happen.”

They are considering all ways of this from free-for-all, to tagging, to most damage… probably not entitlement (everyone gets loot.) It’s easy for them to change tech-wise, so they will test it out.

5) Multiplayer aspects of house ownership?

Multiple levels of house permissions:

- Closed – only you can get on property
- Kindred – can do what you can do on the property except sell/switch house structure. They can decorate, place vendor, craft.
- Guildmates – set permission so guildmates can come to property but they can’t necessarily change things.
- Friends – friends can come to property, use crafting but can’t decorate.
- Open, public – players can come to property and use crafting station but can not modify your home/possessions.
- Guild property – property of guild, the guild become like kindred – not the same as specific guild structures, which will be discussed after R4.

6) When will we get to hear more about guild housing?

After R4.

7) Will guildmates have priority sorting in multiplayer?

Yes and they may sort ahead of friends.

8) What about the population limit in a hex when it comes to guild wars?

They recommend doing large scale guild battles in multiple areas. They will know more about the number limits around R3/R4.

[insert comment from Lord British about the UO drunken naked vomiting mobs of UO]

9) How many players can use crafting table at once?

Concerns are visual (standing on top of each other, etc) but they don’t plan on having limits on public stations because of griefing potential.

10) Will characters have trading ability?

There will be secure person to person trading.

11) How will offensive players be dealt with in game?

You can ignore another player (remove their speech). There will be a support staff handling reports. They are discussing a karma system.

12) The results of moving from peer to peer to Portalarium hosted servers?

Too many problems with peer to peer. Port hosted = more security, privacy, tracking suspicious activity. It does introduce a little more lag and they are working on this.

13) In game voice chat? Will there filters, tabs for text chat?

Standard chat channels, filters, such as chat from friends, guild, local, crafting results, catch-all.

For E1 they are not planning integrated voice chat.

14) How will harvesting resources be handled in multiplayer? Is it personal, competitive, go in your own instance? Will there be more resources in OPO?

Instance is randomly seeded with resources. Once you are harvesting a node, you won’t be competing for that node. You may be competing with other people on the same map to get to each node.

If there are more players, more nodes may show up on map, or may have more resources. If theres a PVP flag there may be some competition. There will likely be an increase in the chance of rare resources in challenging areas (be it challenging PVE or PVP)

15) Will there be more mob spawns in OPO to account for extra people?

Depends on the zone. Some spaces will have a pre-defined number/difficulty. Others may change dynamically.

16) Can we drop items on the ground? Can people use them? What permissions to use/pick up?

Richard thinks there are roleplay reasons to work through the problems associated with allowing item placement in public areas.

Starr’s thoughts- Currently, if it’s your house property, you can place items anywhere on the property. In public spaces, there are issues like bypassing secure trade (scamming). Creating black holes by putting too many objects in one spot. People trapping you with furniture.

They can solve these issues, but it takes work and time.

Chris’ thoughts – allows for emergent behavior so they will likely compromise. They want to retain emergent behavior but limit griefing.

17) How can complex story be built into a multiplayer game?

Richard acknowledges the difficulty of this, and is striving for a mix of your own individual accomplishments, and other times when it is not necessary to feel like you are the one sole hero.


Q&A- Submitted during the $3M Celebration



1) Any more scene jams planned?

They want to, but they have been busy with releases. After R4.

LB is expecting to take contributions for music and art. Will provide guidance soon.

2) How will death be handled, loot on death, blessed items?

Anything that is part of your pledge rewards or any add-on store item would be immune to loot in a pvp situation.

The rules about looting are still being worked out. They have an idea about taking some items from body, but victim can pay ransom to get items back.

3) How will guild properties be obtained?

- declaring your own house open to the guild
- an actual guild hall that have requirements to obtain (details post R4)

4) Will guild houses be of unique types?

Yes there will be guild exclusive buildings.

5) Does game client make use of hyperthreading?

Yes

6) Will any responsibilites be required of players with titles? eg. if you are a knight, are you required to defend the town?

They like these ideas, not for E1.

7) Rogue skills?

Nothing to share yet, working on it.

8) Death penalty?

No details yet. Goal: death has consequence- be it a course run, cost, experience hit… without being overly brutal.

9) How do you balance the economy when some players take risks in OPO PVP and others don’t?

One way is to put the rare resources in the challenging areas, but they emphasized that the reward of PVP is the PVP play and challenge itself.

10) Where is the line drawn between RPing evil or being bannable?

Judgment call by support staff. Are you within the TOS? No harassment, no racial slurs, etc.

11) Can you combine spells and combat skills?

There is nothing that limits them technically from making these combos. So, yes.

12) Can you elaborate on how I can help with assets?

Busy through R4, they will get to this after R4.

There is a spreadsheet with Unity assets they are looking for in the Dev Depot.

13) Can you strategically hide behind objects to avoid ranged attacks?

Yes, they can do that (it’s not in the schedule though)

Instant direct spells will not be avoidable once cast. You may be able to avoid some damage from fireballs and such by movement.
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Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Lord British's UO spiritual succes

Postby pyre » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:17 pm

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so MP testing will be in the next Alpha release 3 :)

and combat systems should be in by Release 4. so anyone interested in pledging still have their chance before Founder rewards are removed on April 7, 2014.
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