You can try Shroud of the Avatar for free right now

Sing me a song of a free trial, sing me a song today!

Right this very hot moment, Shroud of the Avatar is testing out a free trial to see how its system works. What does this mean for you? If you haven’t purchased this early access title, you can jump into it for free right now to give it a whirl.

As you may expect, the trial does have some restrictions and stipulations. Players will be labeled as a visitor and denied the ability to buy, trade, own land, engage in open PvP, and play offline. The free trial period runs through March 9th, at which point any participants will need to purchase the game to retain their character data and progress.

The fact that this trial is a “test” suggests that it will return in the future, perhaps in a more persistent form.

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Alien Legion

Where the heck am I? Hm, oh well, let me open a map. Oh there are no maps!

Ok, I figured out where I am, I have no idea how to get anywhere else, or where anything is. Let me grab a ride to another town. Oh are no travel options!

Forget combat and looking. Forget characters. For me, the killer is not being able to tell where the hell I am or how to get anywhere else.

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thickenergy

I downloaded, installed, played for a couple hours with no technical issues at all. Didn’t have to do anything special to get the game to play. Just allow it through Windows firewall like you have to do with every online game.

There are a lot of aspects of this game I like, or at least think are interesting. But there are also some aspects where I just don’t understand why they are so unpolished still at this point in the game’s development.

There’s little to no feedback during combat, making it hard to tell what is happening. The physics of the game in general feel very insubstantial.

I love the sort of storybook visuals of the game. Using lighting and shadows to make everything look like a miniature set.

I’m going to spend some more time in the game before I come to any personal conclusions about it. But at this point I’m wondering what the devs have been spending their time and money on exactly.

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Sleepy

Setting the game to full screen windowed from the launcher (no option from within the game) sorted my graphics corruption issues.

Still hated it though, didn’t last much past an hour. I’m exactly the target audience too, I cut my teeth on Ultima 3 and played every sequel obsessively. I still think Tabula Rasa was one of the best sci-fi mmos ever. This just seems…messy. Unfocused, unpolished (I know, alpha or whatever), but without any real idea what it wants to be, besides aggressively nostalgic, even where incorporating modern ideas would have been a wiser idea.

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Celestia

I wish I could get past my initial negative responses to their pre-release real money housing costs, but I just can not do it.

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medflash

This is one of those purchases that I deeply regret.

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Boom

My steam account feels soiled by this purchase so im with you there

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Dug From The Earth

So glad i didnt spend money on this, even on sale…

The game is pretty darn awful for anything other than midevil roleplay.

– Performs like crap. Stuttering everywhere, low FPS when not stuttering. This is on an i7 gtx 1070
– Heavily instanced, and in those instances, you will encounter invisible walls and other annoying aspects like forests with 2d trees acting as a wall that you cant pass
– There is intricate and in depth, and then there is just foolishly overly complex, which is what this game is in many of its mechanics
– Combat is plain awful
– Controls and response feel very “floaty” and delayed, as well as very clunky.

This game does a horrible job at bringing old school rpg aspects to a modern day. It feels like an amateur game made in a 2008 engine, that is still 3 years from being released.

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agemyth 😩

Works fine for me (and its kinda fun) /shrug

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thickenergy

Yeah, I had no issues running the game whatsoever, and I’m not using some massive rig either.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

I’m a bit suspicious about some of the comments here. On my old computer it ran smoothly without crashes.

What I found annoying was how hard it was to interact with objects. Opening a door could take several minutes of clicking until finally reacted.

Beyond that Alpha is Alpha. The UI was clumsy and old, the music irritating. But Alpha…

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danh2os

Head over to Brittania and FPS drops into the mid twenties on my GTX 1070. However, they clearly state that the game is not optimized yet.

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Pedge Jameson

Outer space and Titanic trips a better dev does not make.

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Loopy

Heh tried changing the resolution, game crashed.. Based on the comments here, i don’t think it’s even worth trying to power through it. Luckily, no issues uninstalling the game, unlike what @Jeremy experienced.

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Jeremy

Ya it was very odd. Glad it didn’t happen to you.

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Jeremy

Public Service Announcement for those unintalling this POS. If you installed it into a directory containing other games, uninstalling SotA will wipe all games from that directory.

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wratts

Dang, I try not to be judgemental of the hard work these teams put in, but what the hell is that? I can get past the dialog system, but the overall game make Project Gorgon look modern

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danh2os

SOTA is miles ahead of PG graphically. I don’t know what you’re going on about here.

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Peter Reynolds

Based on the comments I can see no need for me to go back into the game. Back when I was playing it a few months ago the combat was still out of 1990 and the game needed a huge amount of work to be enjoyable. I can see not much has changed so I won’t waste my time checking it out again.

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Jeremy

Hopped in. It was nice to visit 2003 again. I missed those days. Serious question: WTF did they spend 10 million dollars on? Wow….

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Phubarrh

When the download page comes with a laundry list of firewall ports to open…kthxbye.

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Sashaa

Downloaded it. Launched it. Crashed 3 times before I could even reach character creation.
Thanks. Goodbye.

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Rick Mills

Holy cow – I really don’t like this one, and I like a lot of mmos.
Glad there was a free trial.

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J.T.

Can’t even PAY me to touch another “Lord British” product. Yuck!

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Shaun Shaungbr

Tried it had full screen graphics glitch, uninstalled. Graphics driver up to date.
i5
RX480 8GB
16gb Ram
Win 10

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threeknee

Was your screen a mess of black and white stuff? Cause mine was. I get that it’s an unfinished game but that’s pretty bad.

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Vagabond Sam

Seems to be linked to amd gfx.

Funnily enough I played before this and made a new account to see how the new player experience changed.

I get the graphic corruption on the new account but the scenes i checked on my main worked.

Very unfortunate they didn’t fully Polish the new player experience before a trial.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Tried it. Besides archaic interface, ugly graphics and facepalm tutorial saw 2 crashes in 15 minutes. Uninstalled right away. 11 millions went into garbage bin

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Paul

I stopped playing when they started treating PvE players as second class citizens – no movement on that front I’m afraid….

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Dan

Shroud of the Majortransaction.

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Sleepy

*jumps in*

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Sleepy

and…massive graphics corruption as soon as I finish character creation – everything’s black and pink and leaving trails everywhere. So much for SotA.

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Denice J. Cook

Wow, it sounds like they should have waited a year or two until they were ready to have a fully-functioning, stable open beta before opening the gates there. I’m glad I didn’t bother.

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Jeremy

Same thing happened to me, not that it really mattered. This thing is a steaming pile.

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Denice J. Cook

Okay, trial players are denied the ability to basically play the bulk of the game. Tell me why I would bother again?

A trial ends. That’s the lure to get you to buy in: You were able to play it and then suddenly you’re not able to anymore. I can be restricted from all of the game play by simply looking at screenshots of the game, too, and I don’t have to waste my time with a big download or clog up my hard drive to see it.

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Crow

I dunno, I’ve heard a lot of things I really like about the game that have been tempered by what are serious complaints if true. I’m happy to get a chance to actually experience some of the things that have been major complaints to see for myself if they’re as dealbreaking to me as they seem to be to others.

Case in point, people dislike the keyword, old-school style dialogue system. Me? I think it is pretty awesome. That’s just so far.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Aight, I’ll try this but I dont expect much

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Crow

Sometimes the universe is kind.

This is perfect. I’ve had so many questions about SotA and now I can stop bothering people and find out for myself.

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thickenergy

I was going to post pretty much the same thing. Been very curious about SotA for awhile now.

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