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Lord British returns to his fantasy RPG roots with Shroud of the Avatar, hearkening back to his innovative early work.
22,322 backers pledged $1,919,275 to help bring this project to life.

Only 2 Days Left to Get Your New BONUS REWARDS: New Knight Tier, Early Skill Access, Crystal Swords, Homeowner's Bounty, Unity Art Packs & More!

We're entering the final lap with only 2 days left in our Kickstarter campaign! Help us push through as many stretch goals as possible in the short time remaining! We've added some juicy new rewards that make for some great upgrades!

We added an all digital version of the Explorer Tier for all of you that wanted Episodes 4 & 5 included in the Explorer tier, but didn't want the hassle of shipping physical goods! We even dropped the price to $120!

Many of you may get all glassy eyed and nostalgic when you hear we added a special Crystal Sword to the $60 tier that has the ability to kill almost any enemy you encounter (single use)! And with Early Skill Access available at the $50 tier (and above), you'll be the envy of all the players when they see you wielding new skills they don't yet have access to!

Not only are we crowdsourcing content from users but we're also crowd sharing! At least once a month we will release Unity content packs for download by those at the Developer tier (and above)! These Unity content packs contain a large number of game assets which can be used, free of charge in your own creations. Now that's a sweet deal!

Many of you suggested we add a tier to bridge the gap between the $500 Village house and $1500 Town house tier, so we added the $750 KNIGHT tier, which comes with a high-end, unique Village level Founder's home, appropriate to their stature as a Knight, complete with their very own house servant!

We also added a bunch of new rewards for all the SotA Homeowners, including unique high-end houses, house pets, house servants, unique furniture, and special Founder's Expert-level Crafting Stations!

So, without wasting another second, check out all our exciting new bonus rewards and pick your upgrades! And remind all your friends that haven't already pledged to come on out and get in on these Kickstarter-Only pledges before our campaign ends on Sunday morning!

$50 Tier (IMMORTAL ADVENTURER) - Immortal Adventurer level now contains:

  • NEW: Special cloak for your in-game avatar to wear, proudly displaying unique symbology identifying you as an early Founder of the game. (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • NEW: Available only to backers, you will receive one Royal Elderberry seed. Planting the Royal Elderberry seed will yield a Royal Elderberry which is necessary for crafting the unique, Royal Purple Founder's Dye. There will be no other source, ever, for creating the Royal Purple Founder's Dye. Utilizing the Royal Elderberry to craft the dye will also bear a single seed which can be planted and harvested, over and over, for all eternity. The Royal Elderberry seed can be transferred between players.
  • NEW: Be the envy of all the other players when they see you wielding new skills they don't have access to! You will have 2-weeks, Early Skill Access to some new skills as they are added to the game.
  • Added 3/27: Available only to backers, you will receive one Immortality Fruit seed. With the Farming Craft you can plant the Immortality Fruit seed, which will bear a single fruit. When eaten, this fruit will fully heal you, and leave you with a single seed which can be planted and harvested, over and over, for all eternity. The Immortality Fruit seed can be transferred between players.
  • Added 3/27: Get your last name early! Ordinary adventurers must reach higher levels to display a last name for their character, but not you! Immortal Adventurers will have the right to select and display both a first and last name right from the get-go!
  • Added 3/27: Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Immortal Adventurer" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Also includes Adventurer Level Rewards

$60 Tier (FOUNDER)- Founder level now contains:

  • NEW: Kill almost any enemy you encounter with a single blow using your Crystal Sword! The Crystal Sword, uniquely identifiable as a Founder's sword, shatters after a single use. (Let it be known that Lord British is impervious to the Crystal Sword) 
  • Added 3/18: Special tunic for your in-game avatar to wear, proudly displaying unique symbology identifying you as an early Founder of the game.
  • Added 3/18: 2 starter melee weapons, uniquely identifiable as Founder weapons
  • Added 3/18: 1 non-combat pet (out of 3 to choose from; dependent upon reaching $1.1 M Pet System stretch goal)
  • Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Founder" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Access to the private Developer's Blog
  • Also includes Immortal Adventurer Level Rewards

$120 (EXPLORER-ALL DIGITAL)- Explorer-All Digital level is a brand new tier!

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

$400 Tier (Developer)- The Developer level now contains:

  • NEW: SotA will not only be crowdsourcing content from users but also crowd sharing!  At least once a month SotA will release Unity content packs for download by those at the Developer tier (and above)! These Unity content packs contain a large number of game assets which can be used, free of charge in your own creations.  This includes using the assets in games you intend to sell with the only requirement is that we are named in the credits!
  • Added 3/27:Your name will be proudly displayed in the in-game credits, along with Richard Garriott and the rest of the development team!
  • Added 3/27: Printed "Tinkerer" Certificate, hand signed by Richard "Lord British" Garriott
  • Added 3/27: A digital, framed "Tinkerer" Certificate as an in-game decoration for your house.
  • Added 3/18:Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Tinkerer" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Access to private Developer's Chat/Forums
  • Help create and name a character in the game
  • PDF version of Developer Design documents
  • Also includes Navigator Level Rewards

$500 Tier (CITIZEN)- Citizen and above now contains:

  • NEW: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Citizen's home, uniquely identifiable as a Founders Citizen house!
  • NEW: Get your very own, unique Founder's house pet, to lavish you with adoration every time you return home!
  • Added 4/1: Printed novel signed by Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott!
  • Added 4/1: A unique, in-game, musical piano for your home!
  • Added 3/27: A special, commission free Vendor!
  • Added 3/18: Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Citizen" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Added 3/18: Printed Village Property Deed, hand signed by Richard "Lord British" Garriott
  • Rent free, Village Level House Deed, transferable between players.
  • Special Founder Level plaque as a digital, in-game decoration for your house
  • Also includes Developer Level Rewards

$750 Tier (KNIGHT)- Knight level is a brand new tier!

  • NEW: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Knight's home!
  • NEW: Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Knight! (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • NEW: One Expert level crafting station for your home, uniquely identifiable as a Founder's crafting station. 
  • NEW: 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?)
  • Also includes Citizen Level Rewards

$1,500 Tier (LORD)- The Lord level now contains:

  • NEW: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Lord's home!
  • NEW: Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Lord! (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • NEW: Two Expert level crafting stations for your home, uniquely identifiable as Founder's crafting stations.
  • NEW: A unique piece of furniture, fit for a Lord, identifiable as a Founder's piece, as a digital, in-game decoration for your house (What could it be? A Lord's Throne to go with your Knight's Round Table?)
  • NEW: Get your very own, unique Founder's house pet, to lavish you with adoration every time you return home!
  • Added 3/27: A special, commission free Vendor!
  • Added 3/18:Printed Town Property Deed, hand signed by Richard "Lord British" Garriott
  • Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Lord" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Rent free, Town Level House Deed, transferable between players.
  • Special Founder Level plaque as a digital, in-game decoration for your house
  • Also includes Developer Level Rewards

$3,000/$3,500 (BARON/BARON 2)- Baron/Baron 2 and above now contains:

  • NEW: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Baron's home!
  • NEW: Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Baron! (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • NEW: Two Expert level crafting stations for your home, uniquely identifiable as Founder's crafting stations.
  • NEW: A unique piece of furniture, fit for a Baron, identifiable as a Founder's piece, as a digital, in-game decoration for your house.
  • NEW: Get your very own, unique Founder's house pet, to lavish you with adoration every time you return home!
  • Added 4/1: Town Hall group video conference with Richard "Lord British" Garriott! (one video conference per group; groups up to 10)
  • Added 3/27: A special, commission free Vendor!
  • Added 3/18: Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Baron" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Added 3/18: Printed City Property Deed, hand signed by Richard "Lord British" Garriott
  • Rent free, City Level House Deed, transferable between players.
  • Special Founder Level plaque as a digital, in-game decoration for your house
  • Also includes Developer Level Rewards

$10,000 Tier (LORD OF THE MANOR)- Lord of the Manor level now contains:

  • NEW: While digging through his collection, Richard Garriott found another twelve original copies of the rare collectible, Akalabeth game in the original, hand-made packaging! So we're increasing the limit on Lord of the Manor from 10 to 20! (Lord's of the Manor will also receive one of these original Akalabeth's)
  • Added 3/18:Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Lord of the Manor" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Join Richard “Lord British” Garriott in a personal tour of the actual Britannia Manor and its collections.
  • Rare collectible, Akalabeth game in Richard Garriott's original, hand-made packaging
  • Also includes Duke Level Rewards

$10,000 Tier (LORDS OF THE MANOR)- Lords of the Manor level now contains:

  • NEW: While digging through his collection, Richard Garriott found another twelve original copies of the rare collectible, Akalabeth game in the original, hand-made packaging! So now we're able to include it as a reward for the Lord's of the Manor tier!
  • Added 3/18:Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Lord of the Manor" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Join Richard “Lord British” Garriott in a personal tour of the actual Britannia Manor and its collections.
  • Also includes Duke Level Rewards

Comments

    1. Creator Qthemuse on April 5, 2013

      For your 24 hours live stream you might want to consider using twitch TV, many users would enjoy chatting to eachother while they watch your stream in the sidebar.

    2. Creator Mark Indiveri on April 5, 2013

      I'm in at the Citizen level, but I am deeply concerned about how myself, a casual 1 or 2 hour per night gamer, will experience this game in the midst of many 12 to 24 hour power gamers. Will they overwhelm my experience and crush the life out of it?

    3. Creator ☜☆RSF☆☞ Hero-U AGL589 member on April 5, 2013

      Pretty cool update, got me to jump another tier! :D
      @S.D. haha and greetings! ;)

    4. Creator Michel Cripps on April 5, 2013

      @chaos ignore sidebar. Kickstarter do not allow updates to sidebar once someone has pledged to an item. Full list on homepage and link I posted a few mins ago.

    5. Creator Michel Cripps on April 5, 2013

      @Marc... Give me one of them

    6. Creator Michel Cripps on April 5, 2013

      @Bradley... I'm sure you'll be able to upgrade after Kickstarter. However, I would check the availability of the rent free village house with the team. I seem to recall somewhere that the rent free part was only offered during kickstarter. I could be wrong and it may have changed since I saw it

    7. Creator Warder Dragon on April 5, 2013

      Can we please have a comprehensive chart of what is included in the various tiers now, seeing as how the right-hand column hasn't been updated? I don't know what's included in the tier I have anymore.

    8. Creator BradleyUffner on April 5, 2013

      Will we be able to increase our donation level after the Kickstarter campaign ends? I would really like to get up to the Citizen level, but won't be able to afford it until after the 15th.

    9. Creator Jottt on April 5, 2013

      What I wonder about the "Immortality Fruit":

      According to description, it's "only" a one use (until planted again at home) full healing potion (so not really immortality). Sooo. What happens if:

      I take it too late and die.
      I take it, but still die later on because my enemy is much too strong.
      Someone steals the seeds from me, (stored away it would be rather useless).

      Would that mean it's gone forever?

    10. Creator Marc Riepen on April 5, 2013

      What are we supposed to do with TWO expert level crafting stations? Sounds like they just ran out of ideas for the Baron level and thought "hey, why not give them TWO crafting stations, yay that is a great idea!" :D

      How about changing that second crafting station to something else?

    11. Creator S.D. on April 4, 2013

      "Let it be known that Lord British is impervious to the Crystal Sword"

      Except, perhaps, after a well-timed server reset... }:->

    12. Creator chaosprime on April 4, 2013

      Update identifies Founder level as including Immortal Adventurer level rewards, but Kickstarter sidebar identifies Founder level as including Adventurer level rewards. Should probably resolve this contradiction. :)

    13. Creator Joe Hahn on April 4, 2013

      How big is the cloth map?

    14. Creator Tet Yoon Lee on April 4, 2013

      Joshua Johnson: I agree $5 isn't much for the physical stuff although some people who already have enough clutter may simply not want any physical stuff even if it's free. But $20, the minimum extra for people outside the US, and possibly more due to taxes or customs duties is a bit more....

    15. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 4, 2013

      Thanks Rick!

    16. Creator Al Romero on April 4, 2013

      So... how will players be able to get a house once the game is launched?

    17. Creator Portalarium, Inc. on April 4, 2013

      The squire would be an extension of the house pet, an additional and more powerful version for the home. I saw someone roleplaying in the comments or forums the other day a housecarl - I think that's an awesome description of what we see that squire to be right now.

      -- Rick Holtrop, "Taskmaster Chaox"

    18. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 4, 2013

      Thanks for the replies - what does this squire do?

    19. Creator Portalarium, Inc. on April 4, 2013

      @CitizenLori The only thing to drop from the Knight's tier if that stretch goal isn't met would be the Squire... I had asked the team to put this "butler system" up for possible deferment, worried about the extra time to extend our other systems to make this happen. It *seems* to be pretty easy to get done, but I'd rather err on the side of caution here (in regards to future scheduling).

      Richard has talked about how we will re-evaluate our stretches once the Kickstarter is done, to find the things we can still do - I imagine this one is very close to the top of that list, once we spend a few days nailing down its details.

      May we not have to even worry about that; I do so want to see that 1.8 barrier smashed!!!

      -- Rick Holtrop, "Taskmaster Chaox"

    20. Creator Tet Yoon Lee on April 4, 2013

      Yeah digital explorer!

    21. Creator Joshua Johnson on April 4, 2013

      gonna stick with my regular explorer tier, an extra 5 bucks for a cloth map is a pretty good deal

    22. Creator Christopher M. Carter on April 4, 2013

      Will the crystal sword be available to the tiers above $60? Thank you!

    23. Creator Portalarium, Inc. on April 4, 2013

      EXPLORER - ALL DIGITAL was created to give players that do not want physical items shipped top them an option to get the digital downloads of Episode 2-5. It does not include the cloth map, so EXPLORER has one additional item.

    24. Creator Brian on April 4, 2013

      Would I be correct in my assumption that the explorer level gets all the content that the digital explorer gets, or did something go over my head?

    25. Creator Portalarium, Inc. on April 4, 2013

      @ Lori ~ You also get an upgraded village home and an exclusive piece of furniture in addition to new titles and One Expert level crafting station even if we don't hit 1.8! And when we do reach it, even if it's not at launch, you would get your squire then!

    26. Creator Wes Johnson on April 4, 2013

      I went to explorer. I truly want this to succeed, even if I have to eat ramen for lunch for a while.

    27. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 4, 2013

      I'd like more details about the knight level. A little concerned it seems to depend on $1.8m stretch goal. Might want to save the $250 and buy swag from the store later unless you can sell Knight to me.. :)

    28. Creator Tyler Britt on April 4, 2013

      I don't know if this has been answered, can we upgrade our pledge after the KS campaign, and still get some of the rewards for those tier levels?

    29. Creator Brian Lee on April 4, 2013

      Is the Immortality Fruit available to the higher pledges as well? Or all the previous rewards too?

    30. Creator Charity Becker on April 4, 2013

      Good evening! I just upgraded to the $750 Knight level, but there is no "Knight" selection for my reward; it still only shows the Citizen (which I had already) and then the $1500 level. Will I be getting my $750 Knight reward even though there is no selection for that one? Thanks! Super excited for this project!

    31. Creator Allan Hill on April 4, 2013

      Can fruit be transferred between players, or only seeds?