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KickStarter Shroud of the Avatar - Lord British's Not-Ultima Online 2

Discussion in 'MMO(RP)G / Online Discussion' started by Infinitron, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. you know what time it is Arcane

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    I can't hate on the guy that had a hand in Ultima games and was the first space tourist, but then I read shit like this:

    And it reminds me of Tabula Rasa and that Gariott haven't done anything worthy of note since 1999. It's sad that this trainwreck has long crossed the line that makes it rather depressing instead of being mildly entertaining (akin to Scam Citizen and the like).
     
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  2. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    RPG Wokedex Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    taxalot was doing this before it was cool: http://ultimacodex.com/2018/10/shroud-of-the-avatar-update-of-the-avatar-303/

     
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  3. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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    Sergorn's list of towns is the most brilliant demonstration of how incomplete the game is despite Portalarium telling otherwise.
     
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  4. Eggs is eggs Learned

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    I read the comments section of Golem Dragon's article on the Codex and saw multiple people mention that Richard Garriott is not involved with development or management anymore and is just a figurehead of the game at this point. Devs and staff reportedly ignore any suggestions he makes. Makes sense that they removed his CEO title and he is just "Creative Director/Founder." It wouldn't surprise me if RG's parting of ways with Portalarium was one of the cost cutting measures the company took when they laid off half of the staff recently.
     
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  5. grimace Erudite

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    This is now a Chris Spears game featuring Starr Long's character Darkstarr.

    Lord British may return for Episode 2 to role play in his castle.
     
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  6. MadMaxHellfire Arcane

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    i just tried this and it is amazing! awesome! this is the best thing the year 2003 has to offer.
     
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  7. Bumvelcrow Bellator Sempervirens Patron Dumbfuck

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, but what the fuck happened to Garriott? Was the original turned into slurry and fed to Gargoyles and what we have is a badly programmed simulacrum? Is this the same guy who wrote the narrative to my childhood? It's just very sad - I can't even bring myself to be angry any more.
     
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  8. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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    Garriott went behind the times. That is all. He woke up to a world where everybody had already expanded on his ideas and simply couldn't outdo them in anyway.
     
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  9. Eggs is eggs Learned

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    It reminds me of what happened to George Lucas. When they were young, hungry, talented and working with an amazing group of people, they created groundbreaking pieces of art. Then they got older, bought into their own hype, got surrounded by yes men and fans, stopped working with great talent and lost their magic.

    Garriott always seems to neglect to mention all the talented people he worked with at Origin for the classic Ultimas. Not coincidentally, around the time EA bought Origin and the company expanded most of the original staff left and they stopped making good games.
     
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  10. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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  11. MadMaxHellfire Arcane

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    nope, not even close. if you heard what truly happened behind the curtains you knew every day was lucas "hey guys, what if [the most retarded crap you've ever heard]" and people around him "yes, sure, clever boy, but we'll do that later". once you got full control for lucas you got jar jar and midichlorian.
     
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  12. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    He’s got a doctorate? Ultimate ULTIMA...
     
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  13. Zep Zepo Titties and Beer Dumbfuck Repressed Homosexual

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    "Honorary" doctorate most likely.

    Zep--
     
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  14. Eggs is eggs Learned

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    According to wikipedia: Garriott received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Queen Mary University London in 2011.

    It is generally frowned upon in the academic community for people with honorary doctorates to address themselves as Dr.
     
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  15. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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  16. Delterius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    So.

    Is it technically cheaper to play the game than it is to post on their forums.

    Oh wow.

    They lure you in with false promise of fun that pisses you off only to charge for the privilege of complaining about it.
     
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  17. grimace Erudite

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    https://www.youtube com/watch?v=XUihkeipgWA

    Here's a fairly fair and mostly balanced review from a player who didn't spend money for any "cosmetic" items.
     
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  18. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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    You know what to do.
     
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  19. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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    https://massivelyop.com/2018/11/28/...-taken-over-european-publishing-from-travian/

    Uh oh.
     
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  20. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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    I like how they say they have taken over when we all know Travian just gave up on them.
     
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  21. grimace Erudite

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    Curious about the Russian publisher Black Sun.

    The Russian website:
    https://sota-game.com/shop


    Partnership with Black Sun Game Publishing
    May 10, 2017

    https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=72007

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    Press Release AUSTIN, Texas, May 10, 2017:

    Portalarium®, an Austin-based game developer, today announced the completion of a deal with Black Sun Game Publishing in Moscow, to publish and operate Shroud of the Avatar™: Forsaken Virtues in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Baltic States. Shroud of the Avatar is the spiritual successor to the hugely successful Ultima series of fantasy role-playing games created by legendary game designer Richard Garriott. The game is one of the largest crowd funded games ever, with more than $11.3 million raised since early 2013.

    Shroud combines a single-player narrative story with a sandbox massively multiplayer online (MMO) experience. The production team includes Executive Producer Starr Long, who along with Garriott helped produce the groundbreaking Ultima Online MMO and New York Times bestselling author Tracy Hickman, who wrote the popular Dragonlance fantasy novels.

    “We are extremely pleased to announce this deal with Black Sun Game Publishing,” said Portalarium CEO Richard Garriott. “We have a large and growing fan base in Russia and the surrounding countries. The Black Sun team is experienced and enthusiastic. They know their regional gaming community well and are ideally suited to bring Shroud of the Avatar to a very eager fan base.”

    “It is a great honor for us to work with Richard Garriott, a legend of the games industry, and his team,” exclaimed Black Sun CEO Alex Yarovit. “There are many fans of his games, especially the Ultima series in Russia, the CIS, and the Baltic States. Shroud of the Avatar takes a lot of Richard’s hallmark RPG design principals and brings them up to date in a modern MMO and single player experience. We are looking forward to working further with Lord British and providing his newest creation to all Russian-speaking players. New Britannia beckons!”

    Shroud of the Avatar’s crowdfunded campaign began in 2013. It remains in early access but it continues to generate monthly content updates to its backers. The game has now reached 41 straight months of continuous play without a single server crash. Currently with more than $11.3 million in crowd funding, Shroud is the second highest fully crowd funded game ever.

    About Portalarium

    Portalarium headquarters is in Austin, Texas. The company was co-founded by legendary game developer Richard Garriott, who created Ultima, one of the longest running and most successful fantasy role playing game series ever. The company is currently developing its next game, the crowd funded Shroud of the Avatar. In addition to backers with financial contributions, the SotA community may also participate with art, sound, music and even design participation in the main game. This a game created for the community and with the community.

    About Black Sun Game Publishing

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    Black Sun Game Publishing (BSGP) is a Russian video game publisher that was established in 2014. The company develops and publishes only high-quality and interesting projects in Russia, the CIS countries, and China. BSGP’s top priority is to work with games that are unique to the industry and that can be called works of art on PCs and mobile platforms. BSGP also plans to tap into the console market.

    Company website: http://bs-gp.com/

    Russian game website: http://sota-game.com/

    Press release can also be found on Gamasutra.


     
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  22. Makabb Arcane Shitposter Bethestard

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    SOTA runs on unity, that's all I need to know
     
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  23. Junmarko Arcane Patron

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    taxalot - What is Spoony waiting for I wonder. Surprised he hasn't dropped a bomb at this point with it going F2P.
     
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  24. Bocian Arcane

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    racist!!!!!!
     
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  25. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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    If he values his mental health, he should stay clear of everything SOTA. I hear he has bigger issues to deal with.
     
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