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You Can Buy Richard Garriott's Blood For $5000

Would you like to own a “Lord British Blood Reliquary” containing Richard Garriott’s actual blood? Now is your chance! The Tabula Rasa developer is selling artwork containing his blood for the low-low price of $5000 (around £3852) via eBay alongside a selection of items from his new MMO, Shroud of the Avatar.

The item description says that, “The Lord British Blood Reliquary is a beautiful and unique piece of art made of bakelite, copper, nails, glass, and mirrored glass that can be hung on your wall.” I think I would worry that hanging this up would give Richard Garriott the ability to apparate into my house whenever he felt like it. I’d come downstairs at night and he’d be in my kitchen, fridge door open, drinking milk direct from the carton.

To prove this is real, the blood was drawn from Garriott during a livestream yesterday. “We are literally giving our blood to the playerbase,” he explained to the bemused looking nurse who had come to stick him with a needle. I hope this means that there will be sweat and tears containers for sale soon.

There are only (only!) six reliquaries available, though as yet it doesn’t look like anyone has bid on them. Perhaps that’s because they only ship within the United States.

For the money, you also get a large number of items for the game, at least some of which are already implemented. Plus, “as a limited time bonus” they are “also including a Studio Visit to the Portalarium offices!” Although travel expenses are not included.

Shroud of the Avatar was funded via Kickstarter and is currently available through Steam early access. Steam reviews suggest development is not going well.

Thanks, Eurogamer!

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