Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 7, 2013.

Update #15

Update 15: Tuesday 3-for-1!

We have a great deal of information to share with you as our Kickstarter enters it’s final weeks. So in today’s update, you get 3 for 1!

How Design and Story Influence Art

This piece of concept art, by Stephen Daniele, was a truly collaborative piece and has gone through multiple revisions. It started with the ideas that the statues could have been part of a large promenade that led to the citadel at the base of the volcano. That is where a closer look at the lore introduced the idea that they were part of an ancient culture that had harnessed the power of the volcano using it as an energy resource.

That idea led us to contemplate; if this ancient race of monument builders were able to harness the power of the volcano, what were they like? What imagery and symbols would appeal to that society? Perhaps Dragons and Succubi!

But these powerful, ancient society flourished during a time long past. Now, the statues are in a semi-ruined state, cracked and somewhat broken up with rock caked around their bases. They are standing in the lava because they have been there since before the lava flowed freely from the volcano. So what would compel adventurers to traverse the dangerous landscape?

Riches beyond imagine.

What if this area was the only source for rare resources? Obsidian, diamonds, rare metals not found elsewhere in the land! What if some, very rare resources could only be gathered in extremely dangerous areas, like a lava field? One thing we are confident of, is that resourceful players will find a way.

- Richard “Lord British” Garriott

(The full size image can be downloaded from the Shroud of the Avatar Media Page)

Richard Garriott on Reddit IAmA

Did you miss Richard Garriott’s live Reddit IAmA chat? If you did, we have the entire transcript posted on the Shroud of the Avatar forums. Here is just a sample of what he talked about!

Q: Looking forward to helping alpha and beta out the bugs come December!  My questions is: How long is the story supposed to last? I know this is but one episode of five, so will it be forty hours? Eighty hours? Will there be some mechanism to continue the game ad infinitum, or until the second episode at the very least?

A: Each “game” will have a story which will last at least 40 hours (for most mortals) even if plowed through. Thus I hope it is the same scale as most Ultima’s. With each new game, the world will more than double, and you will be able to continue into the new story. Each of the planned 5 stories will have a logical beginning to end, and also a longer “meta story”.

Q: You’ve stated that SotA will be tracking out behavior, and the title “Forsaken Virtues” seems to indicate the return of a prominent virtue system. Will they be the virtues we recognize from the Ultima series, or will they be something new? If new, can you tell us what to expect?

A: Yes, SotA will include a strong aspect of Virtue observation (akin to Ultima IV) and yes, you will recognize them well.

Q: Will you be updating the pledge rewards again at any point during the remaining Kickstarter campaign? That seems to have had a significant boost effect the first time the new rewards were added.

A: YES! Look for a new batch of rewards in the next couple days! If you have any votes send them in to the SotA site. Post on the KS question forum of the SotA site!

You can read the entire transcript on the SotA forums or on Reditt.

As Promised! Exclusive Video Interview with Richard Garriott!

We promised that when our Difficult Questions! video hit 2500 views, we would post an exclusive Video Interview with Richard answering the very questions that inspired him to create the renowned Gypsy questions. Here is Portalarium's Development Director, Dallas Snell, exploring those Difficult Questions with Richard!

And as a reward for reading all the way to the bottom of this post, a sneak peak at our next stretch goal! 

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      Creator Gilbert L Brahms on March 27, 2013

      Why pianos instead of harpsichords?

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      Creator Avarchillion on March 27, 2013

      I want a pet fish. Eric the fish!

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      Creator ☜☆RSF☆☞ on March 27, 2013

      Need taming. ;-)

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      Creator Kahuna Kevin on March 27, 2013

      I want pets that explode. Preferably a vicious duck.

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      Creator Octopus_Pancake on March 26, 2013

      Dear me, I want pet taming Tell your friends get random people on the street to back this!!!! GIVE ME MY TAMING SYSTEM O_O!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Creator Icycle on March 26, 2013

      Breeding!!!, Cross Breeding, (same type so we can get spotted colored etc)

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      Creator Icycle on March 26, 2013

      So it costs 100k to flag a monster to tamable, even with the Pet System already in place. I think you guys can do better than that!

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      Creator Mark Westhoff on March 26, 2013

      I want fishing!

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      Creator Godewijn on March 26, 2013

      Taming taming taming taming! It's AWESOME :D (at least it was in UO, with breeding!)

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      Creator BoMbY on March 26, 2013

      Animal/monster taming ... all that fun:

      http://www.askcorran.com/belan/polar.html

      No, sadly this isn't me, but it brings back good old times ...

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      Creator nicolas berloquin on March 26, 2013

      I wish we could have taming before the musical instruments. I don't care about instruments... :)
      Even before weather !

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      Creator ND3G on March 26, 2013

      Love the art, Loooooooooooooove the inclusion of taming, and think GB made mostly the right choices with the Popeye test.

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      Creator Liberda Petr on March 26, 2013

      Music system - anything like in lotro would be great :) But i too prefer taming before music :)

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      Creator Dave blanchard on March 26, 2013

      Please don't just stick with just UO, think of all the great things the older ultima games did.

      That picture is cool and the story ideas of that area could be great.

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      Creator Anthony Rey on March 26, 2013

      I just hope we won't be forced to have one if we don't want to, there's nothing less enjoyable than a pet fest in my opinion..

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      Creator Anthony Rey on March 26, 2013

      hell, i don't care about "pets"...

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      Creator Matthew on March 26, 2013

      Please prioritise Taming over any other stretch goal, a pixel that follows me is useless, I want it to do something like in UO, please please just stick to what made UO such a legendary game back in the day! Cya on the Dev forums :D

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      Creator Andy Turner on March 26, 2013

      *Looks on map for nearest town to the lava*. - If that's where the precious mining materials are at, then that's where I'll want to be living! :)

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      Creator Cesar on March 26, 2013

      @Andrey Krasnov I agree! Taming is more important then playing an instrument. I also thought it would be ingame already. What is a pet system without taming anyway? I'm a bit disappointed.

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      Creator Pablo Soares on March 26, 2013

      By interactive instruments, I really hope you mean I could play the piano/flute/whatever on my PC and have each note played back to everyone watching me. Maybe I could make it as my profession and earn money by traveling and playing for people.

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      Creator Richard Amable on March 26, 2013

      World be cool to get a group together and play Stones on the instruments.

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      Creator Anthony Coleman on March 26, 2013

      I am in favor of musical instruments and taming, as my preferred professions in UO (and none since as it hasn't been a viable option since).. an animal handling Bard.

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      Creator Stefan on March 26, 2013

      @Andrey Krasnov: I agree since taming is a bit more useful then playing instruments. I thought it would be in-game already.

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      Creator Andrey Krasnov on March 26, 2013

      Taming should be moved up instead of music instruments...

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      Creator Corpselocker on March 26, 2013

      Hrmm, it must be at 1.5 Million the 'porches' add-on to housing will come...

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      Creator Stefan on March 26, 2013

      Taming is a stretch goal? :-P So... combat pets will be vendor items for now?

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