Posts Tagged ‘portalarium’

Steaming: Shroud Of The Avatar Arrives On Early Access

By Alice O'Connor on November 25th, 2014.

Eat it, goat boy.

Has it really been ten months since we last posted about Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues? Gosh. A new RPG from Ultima creator Richard Garriott seems like something we’d pay a lot more attention to. Why is this? Personally, I was burnt out on opulent Kickstater dreams manifesting as unexciting pre-alpha builds. But of course they’d look ropey. Anyway, what I think matters a whole lot less, as you can form your own opinions by playing Shroud of the Avatar. Yesterday it reached a done-enough state to launch on Steam Early Access.

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Peeling Back The Shroud Of The Avatar

By Adam Smith on November 4th, 2013.

I’m watching a twenty five minute video of Shroud of the Avatar, with commentary from bearded spacefarer Lord British. I was going to take in the whole thing, making the occasional note when something caught my interest, but I’m four minutes in and I’ve become rather distressed. So far, Garriott has shown a couple of settlements and the player housing within them. There’s a pokey wizard’s tower, with a teleporter instead of a staircase, and Viking and Germanic themed dwellings. The problem is, they’re all crammed full of blatant fire hazards. Wooden houses containing enormous braziers, flames hungrily dancing and spilling from within. The druid is slightly more careful, possibly because he lives in a tree, but he’s still plonked an open flame next to a case of precious books. Very concerning. Oh, there’s conversation, combat and crafting as well but it’s mostly Rightmove Britannia.

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Castle Mania: Decorating Homes In Shroud Of The Avatar

By Nathan Grayson on September 24th, 2013.

If anyone knows how to decorate a medieval-style home, it’s Richard Garriott. He does, after all, have a reputation for taking up residence in actual, factual castles. And so it seems all-too-right that the man, the myth, the (tarnished, due to a perhaps not entirely needed Kickstarter) legend is now walking us through the Hoarders-worthy halls of his Shroud of the Avatar abode. Like snowflakes, however, every nigh-impregnable war fortress is different – an expression of its owner’s most delicate soul. Ponder your own plans as Garriott indiscriminately stacks everything with masterful finesse after the break.

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Shroud Of The Avatar Solicits Players For Game Assets

By Nathan Grayson on July 31st, 2013.

Real talk: SOTA's, um, not exactly a looker. Maybe you can do better!

Where there are fans, there is also fan art. This is one of nature’s most time-unsullied processes, painting our planet in mighty strokes since it first sang itself into existence. For example, what are alligators if not fan art of the dinosaurs? And ancient Rome? Just a fan recreation of ancient Greece. I rest my case. Richard Garriott and his merry band of Garriettes are clearly aware of this, which is why they’ve decided to directly ask fans to make art for Ultima spiritual successor Shroud of the Avatar. They’ve even provided custom tools with which to do it and the promise of a rather hefty payday – if fans’ completed submissions get accepted, that is.

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Die Shard: First Footage Of Shroud Of The Avatar

By Craig Pearson on July 10th, 2013.


The resolution of this first video of Richard Garriott’s Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is so bad that I thought I’d time-traveled back to the 90s. However deductive reasoning on my part eliminated that notion quickly enough: I wasn’t wearing an X-Files t-shirt, and I wasn’t pining over [name redacted], [name redacted], [really, Craig?], nor Gillian Anderson (a message to lank-haired teenage me: you’ll eventually live your lifelong ambition of traveling, working in the games industry, and squeezing a bit of any girl. Please, get a haircut). No, it’s just low-res. It’s part of an hour-long presentation Garriott and his team gave at RTX 13, talking about his adventure in crowd-funding, the many eras of multiplayer games, before finally showing off early footage. Video is below.
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Richard Garriott Plans “Ultima-Esque” Games

By John Walker on February 23rd, 2010.

All in, by any chance, ROBERT?

It seems worth noting what Mr Richard Garriott has been up to since his trip to outsidespace. Back in January Alec noted that the deposed Lord British would still very much like to work within the Ultima license. Since then he’s announced his involvement with Portalarium – an online gaming doodah that intends to create social media type stuff. (Hard-hitting analysis.) Which is to say, he’s planning on making more games, this time for social networking sites like Facebook, mobile phones, browser-based affairs, and they say for the PC. So far Portalarium has launched the bizarrely named Sweet @$! Poker for Facebook. But yesterday, speaking to Kotaku, Garriott revealed his ambitions to create an “Ultima-esque” game for the service.

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