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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.

FINAL DAY BONUS REWARDS: Waterfront Property, Island Castles, Custom Avatars, Collector’s Edition Story of Mondain, & More!

We're down to less than 20 hours to go for our Kickstarter campaign, and we need everyone's help for our last big push! We're adding even more bonus rewards that make for some juicy upgrades!

Waterfront! Waterfront! Waterfront! Houseboats, House Ships, Lighthouses, and Even Island Castles! Yeah Baby!!!

You asked for it, and here it is: we've added waterfront property options to villages, towns, and cities, allowing you to live on houseboats, ships, and islands! Oh yeah!

We received feedback that the Baron 2 tier is priced too high compared to the Baron 1 tier, so we're juicing up the rewards for the Baron 2's! Now you get a huge, double-decker Galleon to moor on your waterfront property, and you'll be the talk of the town when everyone sees the uniquely glorious crown perched proudly atop your avatar's head!

And we're way overdue to show the Dukes some love! Now Dukes and above can work directly with our team artists to model custom character features for your avatar's head, different from the avatars of all others! Build the avatar in your own likeness, if you so choose! How cool is that!

And without further ado, here are all of the new bonus rewards:

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

  • NEW: Digital download, high quality scanned images of Richard "Lord British" Garriott's, original typewritten, high school English class essay of "The Story of Mondain in the World of Sosaria". This is the original story that was the foundation of Richard's Ultima games.
  • NEW: Digital download, high quality scanned images of Richard "Lord British" Garriott's, original handwritten notes for the "Akallabeth!" (yes, the original spelling included two "L's" in the title) Dungeons & Dragons campaign he designed as a teenager, and that became the foundation of his first commercial RPG, "Akalabeth."
  • NEW: Special in-game item designed by Chris Roberts, available only to backers, uniquely identifiable as a Star Citizen artifact! (What could it be? A special weapon? A special crafting tool? Whatever it is, you can bet it's going to be useful!)
  • Added 4/4: 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)
  • Added 4/4: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.
  • Added 4/4: 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

$150 Tier (COLLECTOR) - Collector level now contains:

  • NEW: Physical reprint of Richard "Lord British" Garriott's, original typewritten, high school English class essay of "The Story of Mondain in the World of Sosaria." This is the original story that became the foundation of Richard's Ultima games.
  • NEW: Physical reprint of Richard "Lord British" Garriott's, original handwritten notes for the "Akallabeth!" (yes, the original spelling included two "L's" in the title) Dungeons & Dragons campaign he designed as a teenager, and that became the foundation of his first commercial RPG, "Akalabeth."
  • Added 3/18:Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Royal Curator" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Added 3/12:Mysterious physical artifact! (Is it an ankh? Is it a serpent necklace? What could it be?)
  • Added 3/12:Special Collector's Box
  • Added 3/12:Recorded media game (format of recorded media TBD)
  • Added 3/12:Recorded media game soundtrack (format of recorded media TBD)
  • Added 3/12:Old-school style, illustrated, printed manual
  • Full size cloth map of the new world
  • Physical copy of the Runic Language Translation Print
  • Official Collector's Coin
  • Also includes Virtual Collector Level Rewards

$200 (PATRON) - Patron and above now contains:

  • NEW: Hand signed, physical reprint of Richard "Lord British" Garriott's, original typewritten, high school English class essay of "The Story of Mondain in the World of Sosaria." This is the original story that became the foundation of Richard's Ultima games.
  • NEW: Hand signed, physical reprint of Richard "Lord British" Garriott's, original handwritten notes for the "Akallabeth!" (yes, the original spelling included two "L's" in the title) Dungeons & Dragons campaign he designed as a teenager, and that became the foundation of his first commercial RPG, "Akalabeth."
  • Added 4/1: Printed Novel by Tracy Hickman
  • Added 3/18:Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Patron" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • Added 3/18: You will receive a digital, framed certificate of your inclusion in the Domesday Book, as an in-game decoration for your house.
  • Your name permanently listed in the in-game Domesday Book
  • Also includes Collector Level Rewards

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

  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable Founder's, waterfront Cabana! Yep, you heard it right, a waterfront Cabana, sitting on stilts, in the water, attached to your Village property by a bridge (**Village waterfront lots available to Village, Town, or City property deed holders; higher value pledges have lot selection priority over lower value pledges**)
  • Added 4/4:Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Citizen's home, uniquely identifiable as a Founders Citizen house!
  • Added 4/4: 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: A uniquely identifiable Founder's, waterfront Knightly Lighthouse, sitting on an island, attached to your Village property by a bridge (**Village waterfront lots available to Village, Town, or City property deed holders; higher value pledges have lot selection priority over lower value pledges**)
  • Added 4/4: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Knight's home!
  • Added 4/4: Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Knight! (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • Added 4/4: One Expert level crafting station for your home, uniquely identifiable as a Founder's crafting station. 
  • Added 4/4: 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: Many of you asked for it, so here it is: a uniquely identifiable Founder's, waterfront Houseboat! Yep, you heard it right, a waterfront Lordly Houseboat, floating on the water, attached to your Town property by a bridge (**Town waterfront lots available to Town or City property deed holders; higher value pledges have lot selection priority over lower value pledges**)
  • Added 4/4: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Lord's home!
  • Added 4/4: Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Lord! (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • Added 4/4: Two Expert level crafting stations for your home, uniquely identifiable as Founder's crafting stations.
  • Added 4/4: 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?)
  • Added 4/4: 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 Tier (BARON) - Baron and above now contains:

  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable Founder's, waterfront Frigate, fit for a Baron, floating on the water, attached to your City property by a bridge (**City waterfront lots available to City property deed holders; higher value pledges have lot selection priority over lower value pledges**)
  • Added 4/4: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Baron's home!
  • Added 4/4: Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Baron! (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • Added 4/4: Two Expert level crafting stations for your home, uniquely identifiable as Founder's crafting stations.
  • Added 4/4: A unique piece of furniture, fit for a Baron, identifiable as a Founder's piece, as a digital, in-game decoration for your house.
  • Added 4/4: 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

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

  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable Founder's, waterfront, double-decker Galleon, as befits your status as a Baron of the Highest Order, floating on the water, attached to your City property by a bridge (**City waterfront lots available to City property deed holders; higher value pledges have lot selection priority over lower value pledges**)
  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable, Founder's High Baron crown!
  • Added 4/4: Available only to backers, be the envy of the neighborhood with your upscale Baron's home!
  • Added 4/4: Your very own, unique, Founder's house servant, appropriate to your stature as a Baron! (dependent upon reaching $1.8 M stretch goal)
  • Added 4/4: Two Expert level crafting stations for your home, uniquely identifiable as Founder's crafting stations.
  • Added 4/4: A unique piece of furniture, fit for a Baron, identifiable as a Founder's piece, as a digital, in-game decoration for your house.
  • Added 4/4: 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

$5,000 Tier (DUKE) - Duke level now contains:

  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable Founder's, waterfront, island Castle, as befits your status as a Duke, sitting on an island, attached to your City property by a bridge (**City waterfront lots available to City property deed holders; higher value pledges have lot selection priority over lower value pledges**)
  • NEW: Direct interaction with our team artists to model custom character features for your avatar's head, different from the avatars of all others (can be based on your own likeness; all avatar images must be approved by the development team).
  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable, Founder's Duke crown!
  • Added 3/18:Your in-game avatar will receive the honorific title of "Duke" to be proudly displayed for all to see (title visibility controlled by player).
  • VIP access to special round-table design discussions hosted by Lord British
  • Full tour of the Portalarium studios in Austin, Texas for a behind the scenes look and personal design discussion with the game team.
  • Also includes Baron Level Rewards

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

  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable Founder's, waterfront, grand, island Castle with Keeps, as befits your status as a Lord of the Manor, sitting on a large island, attached to your City property by a bridge (**City waterfront lots available to City property deed holders; higher value pledges have lot selection priority over lower value pledges**)
  • NEW: Direct interaction with our team artists to model custom character features for your avatar's head, different from the avatars of all others (can be based on your own likeness; all avatar images must be approved by the development team).
  • NEW: A uniquely identifiable, Founder's Lord of the Manor crown!
  • Added 4/4: 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

Comments

    1. Creator Jeremiah Nolte on April 7, 2013

      Ok, well, so with all these last minute boosts that happened to the tiers, can we still upgrade our existing KS pledge with a PayPal one?

    2. Creator D. Blake on April 7, 2013

      Just 1 home per pledger from citizen tier (500$) and higher.

    3. Creator Motik on April 6, 2013

      That's the most amount of whoring I've ever seen on kickstarter. Extremely Annoying!!!

    4. Creator ParanoidJack on April 6, 2013

      So a few of the higher tiers include the next lower level tier which also grant deeds, does that mean those tiers are getting deeds to two homes?

    5. Creator Christopher James on April 6, 2013

      I am very sad that we cannot get TH to sign our copy of his book (pending the 1.8 million goal) at lower pledges. Personally, personal signatures mean more to me than any in-game swag and TH/MW helped me strive toward studying writing so either of their sigs would mean the world to me.

    6. Creator Ron Fitzpatrick on April 6, 2013

      So as a Knight with "Also includes Citizen Level Rewards" (or duke or baron or whatever) do we get the cabana AND the lighthouse (and up if applicable) or is this the first tier specific reward?

    7. Creator MrFester on April 6, 2013

      So how do you get water front property or any property?

    8. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 6, 2013

      There are dozens of rewards, weapons, clothes, items, physical things, houses, special skills, credits, access to developer forums and helping create things and free unity assets. Lots of stuff for single player!

    9. Creator LordCrash - OD | OOoE | WoOS on April 6, 2013

      @ Michael Cripps
      Depends. Who cares about having a title above the head or your last name in ghe gam in SP modus for example? Same is true imo for specially colored clothes........ ;)

    10. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 6, 2013

      New chart was uploaded! I hope its right, I rushed it out!
      http://forsakenvirtues.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/REWARDS3.jpg

    11. Creator Michel Cripps on April 6, 2013

      Hi LC... what multiplayer rewards are you referring to? All multiplayer rewards to my knowledge are also available in offline single player mode

    12. Creator LordCrash - OD | OOoE | WoOS on April 6, 2013

      There are way too less singleplayer rewards (compared to the multiplayer ones). That doesn't really appeal to me, sorry. I still consider upping my pledge but that update didn't make my decision easier...

    13. Creator Michel Cripps on April 6, 2013

      Great work Lori... Been using that chart as my SotA roadmap to help newbies decide to join the fun

    14. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 6, 2013

      forsaken virtues is my site, ive been helping them out with the rewards chart... ill get to it soon... just got in fro 8 hours of yard work!

    15. Creator Stefan on April 6, 2013

      Good updates. Nice to see that Baron 2 and Duke gets some more love too! Lets hope we can get some push! :)

    16. Creator Michel Cripps on April 6, 2013

      Also, just checked... The pledge levels need updated on the kickstarter homepage to avoid confusion and here http://forsakenvirtues.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/REWARDS3.jpg

    17. Creator Michel Cripps on April 6, 2013

      Nice update... Was going to downgrade from $150 tier to $120 on account of being in the UK, but am staying put at $150. Quick question... What was decided about the in game gold discussed in earlier RG chat?

    18. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 6, 2013

      "attached to your Village property by a bridge" - does this mean that the sole building is the cabana/lighthouse, but, say, you still get land to farm on? Or does it mean there is a water structure in addition to a regular building on land?

    19. Creator Jason Watts on April 6, 2013

      You should rename the Baron 2 level to "Count", including a Count title.

    20. Creator Allan Chong on April 6, 2013

      Great updates, guys!