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Lord British returns to his fantasy RPG roots with Shroud of the Avatar, hearkening back to his innovative early work.
Lord British returns to his fantasy RPG roots with Shroud of the Avatar, hearkening back to his innovative early work.
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.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! (Did We Happen To Mention "Thank You?")

Wow! Words can't adequately express how overwhelmed we are with the incredible outpouring of support and dedication that all of you gave to the Shroud of the Avatar Kickstarter campaign, and to all of us on the SotA Team! Because of your incredible support, we raised a total of $2.03M, double our original goal!

We were totally amazed by how many stretch goals we blew past in our final 24 hours! We began Saturday morning at the $1.5M stretch goal, and were really, really hoping for some miracle to get us to the magical $1.8M stretch goal (yeah, along with all of you, we really want Tracy Hickman's prequel novel, plus all the other cool stuff in the $1.6M & $1.7M stretch goals)!

Quite honestly, with only 24 hours to raise almost $300,000 we felt the $1.8M stretch goal was out of reach. Boy, were we wrong! You guys showed us the incredible power of community! Reading through all of your comments going into the final stretch, the relentless cheering, challenging, shout-outs and sharing, it was apparent that all of you created the rocket fuel that caused the pledges to explode like nothing we could have imagined! You not only drove us to the unexpected $1.8M stretch goal, but your infectious enthusiasm propelled us past the $1.9M stretch goal, and with less than an hour before the end of our campaign...because of all of you...we pushed past the $2M stretch goal! 

We couldn't have gotten this far without you, and together we will continue this incredible journey! We have learned so much from you about what this game should become, and we very much look forward to continuing that interaction, so please continue to discuss your ideas with us on our official site at! We’ll have regular updates and information for friends old and new. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, or tweet us with #LBSOTA to keep the conversation alive!

Together, we will craft Shroud of the Avatar to be a truly unique, amazing, and FUN gaming experience!

For anyone who missed the final moments of our 24-hour, Kickstarter Live Dev Cam, here it is, forever archived for your enjoyment!

Grace Period & Kickstarter Integration

There were many people that were unable to get their pledges processed correctly when the Kickstarter campaign closed on Sunday morning. We are extending a one-week grace period allowing people to make pledges for the same Kickstarter tiers on our SotA website. This grace period ends at end-of-day on Sunday, April 14.

Kickstarter Backers can Purchase/Upgrade Pledges at Initial Prices for One Year!

We took a cue from our buds over at Star Citizen and decided that those who pledged during our initial campaign (at $25 First Responder tier and above) can purchase further tiers, or upgrade existing ones, at the same price they were available during the Kickstarter campaign, thru April 7, 2014 (pending availability of limited tiers)! WooHoo!

New Tiers, Add-Ons, and the Layaway Plan!

We are currently designing the new tiers for brand new backers, and should have those available by end-of-day Sunday, April 14th, at the conclusion of our current one-week grace period. It is our intention for all Kickstarter backers to be able to purchase/upgrade to both the previous tiers (pending availability of limited tiers), and the new tiers, whereas new backers after April 14th will only have access to the new tiers.

We are just about ready to go live with a new version of our web store that includes add-ons that all backers can add to their pledges. Keep an eye out for that sometime later this week, or early next week.

Also, we received many requests by people that wanted to purchase the more expensive tiers but couldn't afford to pay it all at once. We are working on a plan that will allow monthly payments towards tier purchases. The total cost of a tier paid for monthly may be higher than paying all at once, but we're still working out the details. You'll hear more about this in a future update.

Kickstarter Integration

We have begun work on getting all the information from your Kickstarter accounts integrated into our SotA website, allowing you to see your account information all in one place at Once that is completed, we'll send out a notice to all of you asking you to register at our website (if you haven't already done so) and include information about how to confirm your Kickstarter account information so we can link it to your SotA account. This process will take several weeks, so we appreciate your patience.

You don't have to wait for us to complete this integration before you upgrade your pledge. You can go to right now, create an account, and make a pledge. Once we integrate your Kickstarter account information, we'll combine your Kickstarter pledge with your SotA website pledge.

Are You Having Problems with Amazon Payments?

If Amazon Payments is having trouble processing your payment, please feel free to go to our website at and make your pledge there using Paypal or Credit Card. If you continue to have problems, please contact us at:

How to Contact us for Support or Questions  

If you are having any problems with your pledge or have any questions, please contact us at:

Life After Kickstarter!

Our immediate tasks are to get everyone's Kickstarter accounts integrated with our system, allowing for upgrades and new pledges. And to get the new tiers defined for new backers after the grace period ends April 14. Plus we need to help everyone that had difficulties with their pledges getting processed correctly through Kickstarter or Amazon.

We are also working to expand the functionality of our Chat and Forums, plus the addition of the Developer's blog/chat/forums. And the Dev team is formalizing the backlog of project features/tasks/milestones based on how much money we've raised and the stretch goals we reached. Expect another update from us later this week outlining more information about future tiers, add-ons, and project development plans!

From all of us on the SotA Team, a Heartfelt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!


    1. Creator Adam Zacharias on April 11, 2013

      I am so glad to see this project so successfully funded! No one deserves it more than Lord British.

    2. Creator Nathan on April 10, 2013

      Very excited for the whole group! I cannot wait to have the chance to see a legend be born again.

    3. Creator Dirk Schlobinski on April 10, 2013

      The live stream was fun!
      I think that being able to upgrade tiers during the next year and a possible monthly payment financiation option is very innovative. Hadn't expected that. Cool idea, would have been even better if it had been announced before the end of the campaign, although it might have lowered the final total, which would have been bad.

    4. Creator The Baragoon on April 10, 2013

      Thank you for going back to the roots of gaming! It the 80s again!

    5. Creator "Filkertom" Tom Smith on April 10, 2013

      Holy frijoles. You can damn well bet I'll upgrade when I've got the cash. I still have my Ultima 9 collector's edition around here somewhere. Thanks, gents!

    6. Creator Avarchillion on April 10, 2013

      Yay! Quality will always come through.

    7. Creator B.J. Baye on April 10, 2013

      Congratulations! And sorry, I was one of those whose payment initially bounced. This was my first kickstarter and I'd thought that the money went out when I made my pledge, so hadn't saved money on my card. But, the issue is fixed now and my payment has gone through. :)

    8. Creator Bradford Hull on April 10, 2013

      Curse you for allowing us to upgrade! I know I will lust after the higher tiers as time goes on. I know I will be saving cash and one night after a few too many vodka and cokes, I'll pull the trigger on an upgrade.


      Seriously, congratz on the spectacularly successful kickstarter! I and I am sure many others will be upgrading our pledges. Along with looking forward to playing, I am looking forward to watching the game evolve as it marches forward to the release date.

    9. Creator LessZoa on April 9, 2013

      I was watching everything jump - and got on the horn with some of my old-skool UO friends and "strongly encouraged" them to pitch in as well. Am so happy to be a part of all this... and SO LOOKING FORWARD TO BETA!!!

    10. Creator ☆Sir Asguard☆ MGT470 Honest Ghost Knight on April 9, 2013

      As the others have said Thank You too, 100 times especially for allowing us to upgrade and for the layby. I cant wait for the dev forum to open and for the game to be even in alpha. So excited. 6 months:D

    11. Creator Jason Powell on April 9, 2013

      Layaway plan FTW! I was wanting to increase my pledge amount before but finances didn't permit. This way I can pay monthly like I'm already playing an MMO and reap the great rewards when it all becomes finalized. Wonderful idea guys! Can't wait!

    12. Creator ☜☆RSF☆☞ "The Dwarves" & "Battletech" on April 9, 2013

      Very cool update. I'm sure I'm at least as excited about this game as you guys.... so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! ;-) Also, thanks for giving backers an opportunity to increase their backing levels over an extended period - here's to everyone doing just that. :D Oh and yes, looking forward to coming across that Star Citizen artifact & firing off a crossbow in the SC universe. :D

    13. Creator ☆Dame Lori☆ on April 9, 2013

      Thank you to the entire SotA team and all the backers for a fun 30 day campaign. Last weekend was pretty epic... can't say I ever had so much fun drinking in front of my PC.. LOL. (even my avatar pic seems to have gotten caught up in the craziness :P) It really felt like we were part of the action over at your office. :) You guys are a great team.

      The game is looking amazing so far and I am super excited to continue the journey! Looking forward to the store goodies. Shot glasses, bobbleheads, shirts, and STEPHEN'S DRAWINGS PLS! ;)

      Thanks all!

    14. Creator Kevin Felker on April 9, 2013

      So where's my Star Citizen Iolo's Crossbow!
      Been an Ultima fan since my twin brother and I saw Ultima VI on a table in Sam's Club...and told our parents we absolutely had to have, those were some amazing graphics (for my Tandy 1000 286 processor).
      Shame all I get to see of the original crew (Iolo, Shamino, Dupre) is a crossbow in a different game.
      I hope to see a crashed Vanduul fighter in your the old days...except without worrying about paying copyrights. :P

    15. Creator Polaris Penguin on April 9, 2013

      First port of call with any credit card issues absolutely should be your credit card company, the number to call is listed on the back of the card. Kickstarter can cause the credit company to freeze the funds as it tricks the system into believing the purchase maybe fraudulent, I had this issue with the Elite kickstater which took 5 minutes to fix.

    16. Creator greaseDonkey on April 9, 2013

      Thanks for doing this game. You were not the only one exited on Sunday, I was refreshing the page every 5 minutes.

    17. Creator Echoboom Apps on April 9, 2013

      congrats guys!!!!
      I've just began my kickstarter Dogfight Elite:
      If you have any words of advice on how to make it successful, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message!

      I look forward to getting SOTA:FV !

    18. Creator ☆Sir Asguard☆ MGT470 Honest Ghost Knight on April 9, 2013

      terrisus you keep what you have plus you get the rewards for the level you chose, for kickstarter levels that means that you get everything from every level below the one you chose EXCEPT you only get one deed per pledge. I'm ASSUMING that means you still could chose the knights house as a lord with a town deed but I'm not 100% sure.

      Don't know what they are planning for the post kickstarter levels but you wont lose what you have already bought

    19. Creator Kelly K. Smith on April 9, 2013

      "Kickstarter Backers can Purchase/Upgrade Pledges at Initial Prices for One Year!" Amazing, thank you, what a great kudos for us Kickstarters, and the layaway deal...Very cool! :) This game and the entire adventure getting there is going to be one exciting ride!!

    20. Creator terrisus on April 9, 2013

      Lord British, just to check if I understand right, so for the limited availability tiers (just to use the $250 tier for an example), if it's limited to 500, and 133 people chose that during the Kickstarter, it will continue to be available as a post-Kickstarter option until another 367 people choose it?

      Also, continuing to use that as an example, if we chose to upgrade to that in the post-Kickstarter period, we would get the stuff from that, but then later if, say, we chose to upgrade again to the $350 tier, we would then get the stuff that was extra in that tier as well?

      (As you can probably gather, I'm planning to do a bunch more as time goes along as I'm able to).

    21. Creator Jeffrey James Boyle on April 9, 2013… help me win the SOTA contest by liking my video.

    22. Creator Balmung on April 9, 2013

      @Pif de Mestre: good question, Star Citizen sum the pledges of kickstart and website together for the stretch goals. But it sounds not that its here the same.

    23. Creator British on April 9, 2013

      Richard and the team, whatever your do, don't get Harebrained:

    24. Creator Pif de Mestre on April 9, 2013

      Congratulation for your sucess!

      What will happen to the two last stretch goals? The total of pledge is already $2,083,699
      It might reach the next stretch goals, will it be implemented?

    25. Creator Martin Nicolas on April 9, 2013

      *casts An Ort on second always to"

    26. Creator Stefan on April 9, 2013

      So in short terms: if we made a pledge during the campaign and want to upgrade to another tier: we can get all the goodies from the kickstarter campaign? (so no different lighthouses and such?)

    27. Creator Martin Nicolas on April 9, 2013

      Does that mean that the "Kickstarter Backers can Purchase/Upgrade Pledges at Initial Prices for One Year!" -offer includes the "Grace Period & Kickstarter Integration"? Will Kickstarter Backers always be able to always to purchase/upgrade to original kickstarter tiers?
      I love that "Layaway Plan!", thanks for the update!

      "I, Nystul must perforce, though with humility and with no small amount of embarrassment, include my own name in the account, as Court Magician to Lord British."
      - from A Safe Passage Through Britannia (Ultima Underworld II)