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Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

1 month ago

Shroud Of The Avatar virtuously goes free-to-play today

Blimey - Richard Garriot's Ultima successor MMO Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues only launched back in March. Despite leaving early access just seven months ago (to tepid critical response), Portalarium's dragon-bothering epic has now gone free-to-play. This second debut (third, if you count its 2014 early access launch) comes with an overhaul to the game's criticised earlier areas, hopefully making for a smoother ride for…

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9 months ago

Garriott’s Shroud Of The Avatar leaves early access

Another game has completed the long and treacherous journey from an industry elder having a nostalgic idea, fighting through the dark forest of crowdfunding, then brawling in the tavern of early access, to finally reach the glimmering Palace of Being Properly Out Now. The elder is Richard "Lord British" Garriott, the nostalgic idea is a return to his player-driven MMO days of Ultima Online, and…

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10 months ago

Shroud of the Avatar leaves early access March 27th

The past few years have been dense with reboots, remakes and Kickstarter-funded drives to return old franchises to life. When it was first announced, Shroud of The Avatar seemed like a relatively safe bet; the original mind behind the Ultima series, returning to not only dust off the singleplayer and story-driven side of the franchise, but blend it with the fondly remembered gameplay mechanics of Ultima…

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2 years ago

Feature: What to look forward to next year

The RPGs of 2017

So... 2016. (FX: 'Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh....') It's not been the greatest of years, from just about every celebrity you might have loved deciding to peg it, to America electing the Curious Orange. As far as RPGs go, it's also been fairly quiet, thanks to lots of stuff deciding to stay in the oven for a few more months. That's not to say we've had nothing, not least…

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Feature: Welcome to the big time, pal!

The RPG Scrollbars: Size Matters

Even by Blizzard's standards, The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is taking the piss. In case you missed it, which I know you didn't, but work with me here, it's the newest Hearthstone expansion. The trailer is wonderful. The setting is a corrupt crime-town full of gangsters, hoodlums and mugs, all fighting for cash and control in a tongue-in-cheek mix of Lord of the Rings and…

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Feature: RPG Scrollbars examines the year ahead

2016’s Most Promising RPGs

We're almost half-way through the year, and it's not been a bad one. The finale of The Witcher 3. Dark Souls III, for those players who consider it an RPG. A couple of late-arrivals, like Dragon's Dogma. But as the nights again start to draw darker, what's up next? Here's some of the big quests still promised for 2016. As ever, don't be too surprised…

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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.

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3 years ago

Feature: Will the prophecies come true?

The RPG Scrollbars: The RPGs Of 2016

The holidays are now over, and it's time to get back to what matters - saving a million accident-prone fantasy realms from their own past mistakes, evil gods on the rampage, and all that pesky loot that they clearly don't have anything better to do with than stick it in barrels at the bottom of dungeons. This is why so many of them have no…

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4 years ago

Steaming: Shroud Of The Avatar Arrives On Early Access

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…

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5 years ago

Shroud Of The Avatar’s Raised Over $3 Million

There's an awful lot of money floating around out there. Richard Garriott's determined return to the world of RPGs with Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues has now raised over $3m, with an epic $1.1m having been tacked on after the successful Kickstartering of $1.9m. (Spotted by Massively.) Would anyone like to crowdfund a holiday for me?

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Peeling Back The Shroud Of The Avatar

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…

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Castle Mania: Decorating Homes In Shroud Of The Avatar

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,…

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Shroud Of The Avatar Solicits Players For Game Assets

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…

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Die Shard: First Footage Of Shroud Of The Avatar

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…

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6 years ago

British Invasion: Shroud Of The Avatar Raises $2 Million

Shortly after Torment: Tides of Numenumenumenuma-BATMAN claimed its title as the most-funded Kickstarter game in the short history of Kickstarted games, Richard Garriott's definitely-not-an-Ultima sequel, Shroud of the Avatar has raised over two million dollars. The Kickstarter campaign, which had a one million dollar goal, finished just shy of doubling the target but direct pledges through the RPG's website pushed it to a current total…

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Feature: "But Can We Kill Lord British This Time?"

Garriott On Shroud Of The Avatar, Why He Needs KS

Like so many role-playing pioneers before him, Richard Garriott has joined the boom-or-bust gold rush that is Kickstarter. However, unlike literally all of those same pioneers, Garriott's kinda, you know, been to space. He also owned an actual, factual castle at one point. The fates, in other words, haven't been unkind to his rather formidable fortune, and it stands to reason that he's not in…

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Feature: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Revealed: Richard Garriott’s Massive Ultima Successor

Rounding out the Kickstarteriest week in gaming history, Richard "Lord British" Garriott has emerged from his castle of silence to reveal his oft-hinted-at Ultima spiritual successor, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. It's chugging along quite nicely, too, already having charmed more than $300,000 (of a hopeful $1,000,000) out of wary wallets in a mere few hours. But how will it actually work? Sure, Garriott's…

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