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Update #14

Update 14: Paypal and a Question of Virtue

Happy Saturday!

We've got some great news for everyone who has requested a way to use PayPal to help support our Shroud of the Avatar Project!  You now have the ability to do so by visiting  http://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/

The tier rewards are identical both on Kickstarter and at our Shroud of the Avatar store. It is simply an alternative that will allow new backers to pledge using PayPal as a payment option.

   

We also have a short video where Richard "Lord British" takes one of our programmers through the same process he was inspired by to eventually evaluate player virtues in his Ultima games, using a set of questions. We want to know how you would answer those same questions!  If this video makes it past 25000 views we'll post Richard's answers in a future update.

Also, for those Reddit fans out there, Richard "Lord British" Garriott will be hosting a IamA session on March 25th at 4 pm CST.  Be sure to join him at http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/ with your questions about Shroud of the Avatar!

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      Creator k1DBLITZ on March 26, 2013

      Hi Richard, I've been on the fence about donating...the most time I spent with the Ultima series was back in the NES and SNES days and I do recall enjoying the games... fast forward to today, through a chain of events I was in Austin last weekend and working out at Richard Lord's Gym. Now I understand why you don't look like the "stereotypical" game developer. (physique wise). Anywho, RL says you're good people so that sealed the deal for me....I am now a backer. Looking forward to what you guys can deliver!

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      Creator Chris Crabtree on March 25, 2013

      1. Wimpy. A simple and charitable choice could have prevented all of this bloody mess, but he chooses to commit a sin of omission by choosing not to get involved. C'mon Wimpy, evil thrives when good men do nothing.
      2. Brutus. Purely selfish motives cause a chain of bad-choice reactions from Olive to Popeye to Chris.
      3. Popeye. His pride prevents him from seeing Olive's sacrifice for him, he loses, she loses.
      4. Olive. Makes the poor choice to sacrifice her virtue to a bully. Though her intentions were good, she should have exercised patience until another opportunity had arisen.
      5. Chris. Motivated to right-a-wrong-doing, probably didn't need to resort to violence, but his motives were pure.

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      Creator Carlos Jorge Mata Cruz Filho on March 25, 2013

      Popeye - his self-pride makes him a common man, fake love, ordinary behavior... True love has not touched him yet enough to make him different than the mainstream...
      Wimpy - Not caring about the other as he would like to be taken care of, even worse if it is a friend!
      Brutus - what to expect from him other than that? The guy always showed clearly how bad he was, and no one tried giving him a handful comprehensive point of view other than beating the hell out of him after eating spinach.
      Olive - What she gave to Brutus, was pure animal flesh/pleasure, this does not mean too much and her love for popeye was waaaaay greater than this. Nevertheless, she gave it to him and she would have known better that Popeye would hate that.
      Chris - Inflated with passion, he acts as the "ultimate owner of the world", "bastion of justice"! :-P Take it easy boy... You are not going to solve anything, you'll rather create true long lasting problem instead of solving anything.

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      I am no better than anyone or even less i am in a position to judge like just as i did, but i was only participating on this task and giving my sincere point of views on the story. I would be stating probably the same if i could replace each character @ each situation by myself...

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      Creator Michael Davis on March 25, 2013

      Most offensive to least offensive to my beliefs.
      1. Olive - The end does not justify the means. Especially when the cause is rendered moot by the deed. Not to mention, does she really have that little faith in Pop-eye or that little patience? Without her misdeeds this scenario would not exist.
      2. Wimpy - Even if Wimpy isn't friends with Olive, this is a complete lack of social responsibility. Whilst Wimpy is notorious for avoiding confrontation, there was none to be had in this scenario. Perhaps he took pleasure in Olive's misery/predicament?
      3. Brutus - Well in consideration of Brutus' misplaced affections for Olive, this may be the best he'll get. His crime is being opportunistic, but he did not force Olive to accept his terms. Still he is far from true to his assertions that he loves Olive by manipulating her.
      4. Popeye - In consideration he had no option in this scenario to act, merely re-act what else can one expect? He acted within his morality and personal beliefs. Of course forgiveness would have helped a long way, but alas his crime is not reacting to infidelity well... And who does?
      5. Chris - Well in consideration of Popeye being known to ruff-and-tumble quite regularly, perhaps Chris felt this would get the point across to Popeye. Perhaps Chris is the incarnation of Justice here, passing judgement on Popeye for a lifetime of violence. Or perhaps he is just wrathful? He is the biggest variable as there is no background.

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      Creator Mike Bronner on March 24, 2013

      (Just realized I can't edit my post, want to clarify Brutus.)

      4. Brutus acted truthfully, but disloyal. He made his intentions clear from the start, and fulfilled his promises. He gave Olive every opportunity to say no. Both parties were in agreement to the transaction, and both to what they wanted. The act of sleeping with Olive was disloyal to his friend Popeye, as she had explained that they were in love. Brutus had other options at his disposal and could have chosen not to adversely affect those around him.

      5. Olive moves into 5th place.

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      Creator Mike Bronner on March 24, 2013

      Deeds listed Worse to better:

      1. Chris beating up Popeye: willfully harmed another person (violating their rights), inserting themselves into the conflict (extreme arrogance), and without hearing both sides of the story (extreme prejudice).
      2. Wimpy refusing to help: even when asked, he refuses to help Olive, knowing Falwell that he could prevent her from having to betray Popeye . Backing out of a situation where he could have actively and knowing both benefited those around him, instead of harming them through inaction, is probably the worst form of cowardice.
      3. Popeye rejecting Olive: because he gave in to his emotions too easily and fully, his outrage blinded him to the fact that Olive was sacrificing herself to be with him, and not Brutus. Pride and jealousy are the key emotions here.
      4. Olive sleeping with Brutus: her action was least offensive to anyone else. Brutus didn't coerce her into sleeping with him, she chose out of her free will in order to be with Popeye and didn't harm anyone else. Everyone else actively harmed someone else (Popeye harmed Olive emotionally by actively rejecting her, Chris physically harmed Brutus by beating him up, Wimpy harmed everyone around him through his inactions), but Olive was using the only options given to her at the time to achieve her goal (given that staying put wasn't an option).
      One might argue that Wimpy was at fault of the entire situation, but he did not force anyone to do anything, everyone's freedom of choice was left intact. However, since he knowingly could have avoided a bad situation, his inactions rank him only slightly less bad than those who harm others physically.

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      Creator Rocky Morda on March 24, 2013

      According to me:
      1. Olive - she could have found an alternative but took the easiest route. If she truly loved Popeye, why did she cheat on him?
      2. Brutus - took advantage, might be smart, but has no class.
      3. Chris - why beat up Popeye when he's not the one who did anything wrong?
      4. Wimpy - why help instead of do nothing?
      5. Popeye - the victim.

      Now, according to the virtues:
      1. Brutus - no virtues, perhaps Chaos (even though it isn't a virtue since he ruined Olive and Popeye's lives)
      2. Wimpy - Honesty, made sure he didn't stoop to extortion, or black mail. Also Order, but not a virtue.
      3. Olive - Sacrifice and Compassion - Sacrificed her own morals for the man she loves.
      4. Popeye - Humility and Spirituality - Kept true to his believes of morality
      5. Chris - Valor, Honor, and Justice - Blindly honored Olive's friendship, and exacted his own justice, and since Popeye is super strong, had enough Valor (pure courage) to stand up for himself and his friend.

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      Creator Geoff Rostant on March 24, 2013

      Worst -> Least Worst

      1 - Olive
      2 - Brutus
      3 - Chris
      4 - Popeye
      5 - Wimpy

      The issue with me is I can't look at this scenario and just see the tiny box that it's been presented in. Olive exhausted all options by talking with 2 people that had boats? There were other options, steal one herself, wait for the river to stop raging, build a bridge, swim, there are plenty of other options that she never bothered trying.

      In addition if Olive had come clean before she had decided to sleep with Brutus, if she had been honest from the start, Popeye may have been more understanding or perhaps he himself had a solution. Popeye may have swam to HER side to be with her.

      Olive made continuous mistakes from start to finish, that's why she is the worst culminating in the mistake of confiding in Chris that got her supposed 'love' beaten up. Everyone else made 1 bad decision, she made at least 6.

      Brutus took second because he took advantage of Olive. However while that in and of itself is bad, at least he's an honest person. He told Olive straight up the conditions and kept his word. It was up to Olive to make the call, she didn't need to sleep with him.

      Chris is third because all he did was pointless violence.

      Popeye is fourth because he had every justification to be as upset as he was, perhaps he was a little extreme but he was justified.

      Wimpy is last because quite frankly, it wasn't his problem. Wimpy wasn't her friend, just someone she knew that had a boat. He had no obligation to help her and would only suffer if he did. It was his choice to say yes or no.

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      Creator Robbe on March 24, 2013

      Seems like this all revolves around motivation.
      Olive: Love
      Brutus: Lust
      Wimpy: Fear
      Popeye: Wrath
      Chris: Vengeance

      So Id go with Brutus > Chris > Wimpy > Popeye > Olive from worst to best.
      Bare in mind, I still think a forgivenes part from popeye should be next and brutus should get his come-up-ance somehow!

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      Creator Mikhail Aristov on March 24, 2013

      For worst to less bad:

      1. Olive Oil: Consciously betrayed Popeye's trust AND failed to communicate her troubles to him before making a bad decision on her own. I may be biased here, though, as a very similar thing was done to me in the past.
      2. Wimpy: He could have made everything right again but chickened out.
      3. Brutus: Is a very bad person for offering Olive a choice of right vs. easy BUT he didn't force himself on Olive and followed through on his promise.
      4. Chris: His anger against Popeye was misplaced and fueled largely by inability to actually make things right.
      5. Popeye: Had every right to be angry and reacted adequately to the entirely avoidable breach of his trust. Again, I might be biased here.

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      Creator Kirby Johnson on March 24, 2013

      Doh mine is from worst to least worst.

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      Creator Kirby Johnson on March 24, 2013

      1: ) Wimpy~there was no reason for him not to help his friend.
      2:) Chris~Popeye had every right to be angry
      3:) Olive~could have picked up a darn phone and called popeye.
      4:) Popeye~Forgiveness was warrented
      5:) Brutus~He stated his price nothing wrong with that, no one put a gun to Olive's head and said you have to visit popeye today so you must sleep with Brutus to do it.

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      Creator Tweeg on March 24, 2013

      Worst to Least Worse:

      1. Chris - The only one of the bunch that actually committed a crime. Violence is never the answer and to assault a friend, thats crazy.

      2. Olive Oil - After breaking Popeye's heart she crys to her violent friend who then goes to break Popeye. Its possible she was ignorant regarding what Chris would do but she still committed infidelity for a lift. If you can't go see Popeye then wait for him to come see you. Impatient much, but I guess she is wise to the "rules of the road".

      3. Brutus - sleeping with someone in a relationship is cold. Not as much in the wrong as Olive Oil because hey hes not in a relationship. Kinda scummy to trade a lift for a "ride" But hey it worked so least now Popeye knows his women be cray cray. Brutus must have some nice boat for that to have worked.

      4. Wimpy - Not helping out a friend in need is being kind of a bad friend. Look what your inaction helped cause Wimpy.

      5. Popeye reacted pretty much how anyone would if they found out their significant other boned someone for a ride to see them. (But baby, I did it all just so I could see you). DRAMA. Good that Popeye got away from that. Too bad it resulted in him getting beat up.

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      Creator twincast: Eternally Tormented Mangy WoOS on March 23, 2013

      Addendum: Looking at the video again, I notice they asked for from best to worst after all. My list below is from worst to best since most seemed to do it that way.

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      Creator twincast: Eternally Tormented Mangy WoOS on March 23, 2013

      Assuming the confines of the story are true. (For the story to make any sense Olive Oil's only other choice must have been a week(s)-long journey on foot.)

      1. Brutus: "Friend"? Extorting anything out of a person in need when helping them would cost him absolutely nothing but a bit of time is bad enough, but a deed from a "friend" that he knew Olive Oil would find degrading and Popeye inexcusable? Scum.
      2. Wimpy: Again, "Friend"? He knew fully well how it would end and did absolutely nothing to prevent it when, again, it would have cost him absolutely nothing but a bit of time. Looking away is simply wrong.
      3. Chris: Talking some sense into him? Great. Beating some sense into him? Foul.
      4. Olive Oil: Now that's a hard one. Attention, bad ad-hoc metaphor: If they had an open relationship, what she did would be akin to selling a beloved family heirloom of hers for a plane ticket to Popeye, but since they haven't, it's more akin to her selling one of his. Anyway, it fully depends on the background of the situation: If it actually isn't nearly as dire as I described above, she ranks third. If however it was the only way for her to ever see Popeye again, she ranks fifth.
      5. Popeye: While I don't agree with what he said, his reaction is totally understandable.

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      Creator Death-Knell on March 23, 2013

      actually for the moral answers theres a thread

      https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/…

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      Creator RetroDeviant on March 23, 2013

      Olive oil - 4
      Popeye - 5
      Brutus - 2
      Wimpy - 1
      Chris - 3

      Worst to Least

      Wimpy - could have helped a friend but turned his back. He had nothing to lose and could have selflessly given to someone in need. Karma's a bitch Wimpy!

      Brutus - for taking advantage of someones misfortune

      Chris - for using violence against a friend without even attempting to find out why. With friends like this who needs enemas!

      Olive Oil - should have made an attempt to figure out another solution with Popeye. Or built your own damn boat!

      Popeye - what kind of sailor man doesn't have an f'in boat!!!?

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      Creator Adam McClure on March 23, 2013

      Worst first.
      Wimpy - Refusing to do something just because he didn't feel like it, causing the whole mess.
      Olive - giving up - obviously didn't love popeye enough to wait for him to come to her.
      Brutus - blackmailing a woman to get his own way.
      Chris - Getting involved with something that doesn't concern him and using violence on an already hurt victim.
      Popeye - Through choices of others he's been hurt several times for something he didn't do.

      All that being said I also agree with what Mark Westhoff said - I play a game to NOT be me and do things I wouldn't do in real life :}

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      Creator Sheila Payne on March 23, 2013

      Worst to Least bad:
      Brutus-What a horrid dishonorable person to take advantage of this situation.
      Popeye-You get no good marks from me for your unforgiving selfish attitude...in fact I almost put you as worst :)
      Wimpy-Your name says it all....when an opportunity to do something wonderful presented itself...*sigh* you wimped out.
      Olive Oyl-You let your desire take over your brain! Think woman! When is it ever right to lower your moral standard??
      Chris-When confronted with a wrong he put himself in danger(remember those huge arms of Popeye)to right that wrong....a bit misplaced though...he should have gone after Brutus and sunk his boat.

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      Creator Mark Westhoff on March 23, 2013

      Popeye was not playing his character so I kill him first he's a courage less coward who knows how to swim...he is a sailor for #*%$ sake.

      Next I kill Chris because he don't belong and is trespassing in cartoon land.

      Then I kill Olive, she shows sacrifice but at Popeye's expense.

      Now I give Brutus a pat on the butt for playing his character fairly evil; however he should have toyed with Olive and leveraged more sex until she figured out she was never getting in that boat.

      Wimpy gets a cheese burger deluxe for showing restraint and playing his character as a true wimp.

      I don't shoot sparks from my fingers or wield a sword or tame dragons in real life so please don't force me to play your idea of what myself should be. I'm a teacher, I spend all day being virtuous. When I settle down at the end of the day to relax and game I enjoy playing a different role. I would rather not see 100,000 Lord British clones running around unless I can kill them.

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      Creator ☆Citizen Steve☆ MGT470 Virtuous Balron on March 23, 2013

      ugh... and .01 for PP.. I really should read my comments before hitting post!

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      Creator ☆Citizen Steve☆ MGT470 Virtuous Balron on March 23, 2013

      follow-on question to pay pal pledging.... will KS+PP = stretch goal? meaning if KS = 1.9m and PP = .1 mil does 1.2 stretch goal become active?

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      Creator Michael Quinn on March 23, 2013

      (Worst to best):
      1. Brutus: Took advantage of a friend for utterly selfish and sleazy reason. (this is by far worse than anything any of the others did.)
      2. Chris: Violence just makes things worse in these kind of situations.
      3. Olive Oil Should have stayed faithful and tried harder to find another way across.
      4. Popeye: Shouldn't have been so jealous but it's pretty understandable.
      5. Wimpy: Did he even do anything wrong? Why is he obligated to help her?

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      Creator ND3G on March 23, 2013

      Worst
      Brutus - He took advantage of Olive Oil.
      Whimpy - He ensured Olive Oil would be taken advantage of by refusing to help her and simply looking the other way.
      Olive Oil - Though her desire to reach Popeye was powerful, it was not a matter of life or death. She made a choice.
      Popeye - Though he would understandably be upset by the situation he put his own pride before Olive's well being and gave no thought to the sacrifice she had to make to reach him.
      Chris - While physical violence is rarely the answer, at least he fought for an ideal he believed in, and for Olive Oil's honor.

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      Creator Verbal Kint on March 23, 2013

      1. Olive Oil, should have remained faithful.
      2. Brutus,for taking advantage of her.
      3. Wimpy, for being a coward and not helping.
      4. Chris, for getting involved in someone else's affairs.
      5. Popeye could be more forgiving.

      This scenario reminds me of the movie Indecent Proposal. Things didn't turn out so well for Demi and Woody there either.

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      Creator Akimotos on March 23, 2013

      worst to best
      olive - did wrong twice, knowing it. (done brutus, not stopping chris)
      chris - did wrong knowing it (fighting popeye)
      brutus - makes a deal olive should not take. (not a nice guy though)
      wimpy - well. did'nt do anything, but did not help either.
      popeye - responded to the bad thing olive did.

      why this order?
      Olive - should have been patient and show chastity.
      Chris - temperance - show constraint don't fight
      brutus - showed patience... waited for olive... but missed kindness/charity
      wimpy - didn't show humility.
      Popeye - showed chastity

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      Creator Guran - St Christopher's Alumni on March 23, 2013

      1st(Worst): Brutus, using the situation for his own advantage is low.
      2nd: Olive oil, she really could've waited to meet Popeye some other time.
      3rd: Popeye, unforgiving bastard!
      4th: Chris, excessive violence but he just defended olive oil
      5th: Wimpy, maybe he was just busy.

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      Creator Siegfried Bruner on March 23, 2013

      Worst to least:

      1. Popeye: spurned the woman he loved because she wanted to be with him badly enough to sacrifice her self.
      2. Chris ( other friend) for resorting to violence with insufficient reason.
      3. Brutus: abused someone in need and took advantage of his position of power
      4. Wimpy, for being an isolationist coward
      5. Olive Oyl did nothing wrong other than to sacrifice herself for someone she loves.

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      Creator Jonathon Doran on March 23, 2013

      From worst to best:
      * Brutus hurt others for his own gain
      * Wimpy did nothing in the face of evil, when it would have been easy to help
      * Chris got involved in others' business, didn't help anyone, resorted to violence
      * Popeye an honest reaction, but did not recognize Olive Oyl's sacrifice. Did not help her in her time of need.
      * Olive Oyl victim of others. Did what she thought was right in the long term.

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      Creator Bruce Touve on March 23, 2013

      Worst to best
      Chris - beat up his friend for questionable behavior without finding out the reasons behind Popeye's behavior
      Wimpy - did not want to get involved with friend's problem, or even discuss it - not really a supportive friend
      Popeye- did not want to find out reasons from Olive about what she had done and why - if you do not know the constraints, how can you judge someone else?
      BLUTO - very upfront about what he wanted and stuck to it. Low morals but high marks for self esteem - he behaved as you would expect.

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      Creator johnathan butler on March 23, 2013

      olive oil - Slut
      Wimpy - why would you not help your friend
      Brutus - Took advantage
      Chris - why get involved now?
      Popeye - cant accept some things

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      Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ MGT470 - Virtuous Vamp on March 23, 2013

      From worst to best

      brutus - took outrageous advantage of the needy, probably knowing it would hurt their relationship
      popeye - unable to recognize what she did for him and rejected her after she went through hell..and why the hell didn't he swim the river or build a damn boat already?
      wimpy - indifference and unwillingness to help is almost as bad as taking advantage
      chris - defended olive oyl
      olive oyl - just wanted to see popeye, exhausted all options and sacrificed herself to do so

      Nice vid! :)

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      Creator Perma Frost on March 23, 2013

      Popeye - did nothing for love
      Brutus - Exorbitant price
      Olvie Oil - No faith in Popeye to figure something out, one wonders if they love each other
      Chris - Should have proposed to Olive Oil on the spot, but let rage comsume him
      Wimpy - Could have assisted, but chose not to

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      Creator John F. Meehan on March 23, 2013

      Use http://www.shroudoftheavatar.com to get to the website, instead of https.

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      Creator Portalarium, Inc. on March 23, 2013

      @Paradiso, so much hate for Chris! Don't make me come rough you up too! -Chris

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      Creator Julianna Holden Mohler on March 23, 2013

      I put this on the Youtube response: So it's really a "best of the worst" kind of a question. My order, best to worst: Wimpy, Olive Oil, Chris, Popeye, Brutus. Wimpy because he didn't help but he didn't really hurt either. Olive Oil, because she did all she could to be with Popeye, but let down her own morals to do so. Chris because he saw the effort Olive Oil had to go in order to be with Popeye (while Popeye sat on his ass & was mean) but was mean to someone, Brutus, for being scum for such a demand (rape) even though he helped.

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      Creator Paradiso Shlee on March 23, 2013

      1. Brutus (Worst)
      2. Chris
      3. Olive Oil
      4. Popeye
      5. Wimpy

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      Creator SprayPaint on March 23, 2013

      Worst -

      Popeye - For not seeing that Olive Oil did everything she could to bring their love together....

      Brutus - For making the indecent proposal

      Olive Oil - for not trying to find any other options

      Whimpy - for not suggesting he do it for a hamburger today

      Chris - well honestly I rank all of them at the same level :(

      Least Worst

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      Creator Angry Ogre on March 23, 2013

      Your link goes to webmail.

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      Creator Death-Knell on March 23, 2013

      Please include gift pledges in the near future. Or at least before the KS campaign ends.

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    ROYAL ARTISAN ============================= NOTE: Please use this tier instead of the previous Royal Artisan tier which mistakenly required $15 non-US shipping. ============================= In addition to Episode 1, you will receive the full content of the future episodes 2 & 3 (including Beta access to Episodes 2 & 3)! You will also receive 1 starter-level, indestructible, artisan's tool for the skill of your choice! Also includes 2 starter-level ranged weapons, uniquely identifiable as Founder weapons. One of the range weapons will be a crossbow based on a unique design by David "Iolo" Watson! Unique ability to tame an elusive monster that an ordinary player could never tame! (dependent upon reaching $1.4 M Taming! stretch goal). Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Royal Artisan" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Founder Level Rewards

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    ROYAL ARTISAN ============================= In addition to Episode 1, you will receive the full content of the future episodes 2 & 3 (including Beta access to Episodes 2 & 3)! You will also receive 1 starter-level, indestructible, artisan's tool for the skill of your choice! Also includes 2 starter-level ranged weapons, uniquely identifiable as Founder weapons. One of the range weapons will be a crossbow based on a unique design by David "Iolo" Watson! Unique ability to tame an elusive monster that an ordinary player could never tame! (dependent upon reaching $1.4 M Taming! stretch goal). Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Royal Artisan" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Founder Level Rewards

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    VIRTUAL COLLECTOR ============================= Get the full virtual experience with the Shroud of the Avatar Digital Collector’s Edition! Includes digital download copies of the Runic Language Translation Print, PDF Art Book, and Digital Game Soundtrack. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Founder Level Rewards

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    EXPLORER - ALL DIGITAL ============================= In addition to Episodes 1, 2, and 3, you will receive DRM-free, digital download versions of the final TWO, full-length, standalone games, Shroud of the Avatar Episode 4 and Episode 5 (including Beta access to Episodes 4 & 5)! You will also receive the new world map as a digital, uniquely framed, in-game decoration for your house. Plus, your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Explorer" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Virtual Collector Level Rewards

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    EXPLORER ============================= Digital is awesome but you can't hang your digital on the wall! Get a full size cloth map of the new world in its original state (estimated map availability in December 2013)! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Virtual Collector Level Rewards

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    COLLECTOR ============================= Get the full experience with the Shroud of the Avatar Collector’s Edition! In addition to the cloth map, you also receive a physical copy of the Runic Language Translation Print and an official Collector’s Coin. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Explorer Level Rewards

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    PATRON ============================= Get your name permanently listed in a Domesday Book in game as a Patron, visible to all who play the game for all eternity! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Collector level rewards

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    ANCESTOR ============================= Get your name or your character’s name permanently displayed on a tombstone in the game as an ancestor of the old world, visible to all who play the game for all eternity! Lord British would love to include your avatar’s name from your past adventures! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Patron Level Rewards

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    NAVIGATOR ============================= Includes all the Collector Level rewards, but your cloth map will be hand signed by Richard “Lord British” Garriott himself. (If you choose this level, you can take satisfaction in the agony signing tons of maps will cause Richard. Also, look forward to a time lapse video of Richard signing all the maps!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Ancestor Level Rewards

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    DEVELOPER ============================= Want to be a part of the Development process? This is the level for you! Gain access to the private Developer Chat/Forums and help participate in guiding the game (estimated Developer Chat/Forums access in April 2013). You also get to help create a character in the game as well as name them. When everything’s said and done, we’ll put together a PDF document of various concepts and design documents. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Navigator Level Rewards

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    CITIZEN ============================= Stake your claim! Gain a Rent Free Village Level House Deed that you can pick up and place on any open Village lot in the game. This Village House proudly displays a special Founder Level plaque for all to see. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Developer Level Rewards

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    KNIGHT ============================= As a Knight you will receive an upscale Knight's home (to place on a Citizen level Village property) + Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Knight (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal) + One Expert level crafting station for your home, uniquely identifiable as a Founder's crafting station + A unique piece of furniture, fit for a Knight, identifiable as a Founder's piece, as a digital, in-game decoration for your house (What could it be? A Knight's Round Table, perchance?) Your Knight House proudly displays a special Founder Level plaque that can be seen by all. In addition, your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Knight" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Citizen Level Rewards (note: only 1 Village House Deed per Knight pledge)

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    LORD ============================= Stake your claim! Gain a Rent Free Town Level House Deed that you can pick up and place on any Town lot in the game. This Town House proudly displays a special Founder Level plaque that can be seen by all. In addition, your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Lord" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Developer Level Rewards

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    BARON ============================= Stake your claim! Gain a Rent Free City Level House Deed that you can pick up and place on any City lot in the game. This City House proudly displays a special Founder Level plaque that can be seen by all. In addition, your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Lord" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Developer Level Rewards

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    BARON 2 ============================= Stake your claim! Gain a Rent Free City Level House Deed that you can pick up and place on any City lot in the game. This City House proudly displays a special Founder Level plaque that can be seen by all. In addition, your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Lord" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Developer Level Rewards

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    DUKE ============================= Being involved in developer discussions is great, but joining the team and Lord British is even better! Gain VIP access to special round-table design discussions hosted by Lord British during gaming conventions and events where the game is being showcased. Plus, a full tour of the Portalarium studios in Austin, Texas for a behind the scenes look and personal design discussion with the game team. (Event entry fees and travel expenses not covered; includes at least two round-table discussions to be held at those events occurring no later than twelve months following the delivery of the game). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Baron Level Rewards

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    LORD OF THE MANOR ============================= Want to be the Lord of the Manor? Join Richard “Lord British” Garriott in a personal tour of the actual Britannia Manor and its collections. (Choose 1 of 4 offered dates; travel expenses not covered). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As a bonus, Richard Garriott will give each Lord of the Manor one of the rarest Ultima collector items imaginable, the game that started it all, Akalabeth. This rare game is in the original packaging that Richard made himself and sold only a dozen copies before it was picked up by a publisher. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Duke Level Rewards

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    LORDS OF THE MANOR ============================= Want to be the Lord of the Manor? Join Richard “Lord British” Garriott in a personal tour of the actual Britannia Manor and its collections. (Choose 1 of 4 offered dates; travel expenses not covered). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Includes Duke Level Rewards

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