Shroud of the Avatar raised $142,000 in crowdfunds yesterday

If you’ve been following Shroud of the Avatar a while, you know that Portalarium periodically puts on wild telethons for its Twitch viewers, streaming deep-dives into game content, Q&As, and dev antics while attempting to raise money for development. Yesterday’s “Spring Telethon” event raised a cool $142,000 from gamers, unlocking in the process a ton of “stretch goal” style in-game rewards for folks who pledged as little as five bucks, from masks and lanterns to fountains and thorn-themed gear.

Alas, the $150K “Mini-Mushroom Psilocybin Monster Pet,” which “sends out cloud of spores that makes avatars drunk,” didn’t make the cut.

The whole telethon is available for viewing on Twitch and below, but we would be remiss not to include the requisite picture of Starr Long dancing too. If you catch only one part of it, hit the part about an hour in when Richard Garriott is discussing critical feedback — and how not to give it.

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Eboni

I played about an hour on the free trial. I had to play through a few broken quests and I didn’t even get to test out crafting/gathering. The site says that there’s tons to buy/craft in-game, but I don’t know. There’s a ton of stuff for sale. It makes me wonder if the in-game things are super plain or not.

Also, I thought you couldn’t drink live on Twitch. Maybe the rule is just against being drunk, not just drinking. /shrug.

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Dividion

The best items in the game are crafted.

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Paul

Even more than that really – the store bought stuff is basically cosmetic gear with no significant stats. There’s also no quest gear and only trash loot (some mobs drop recipes) – its crafted all the way.

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Oleg Chebeneev

More money down the drain

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Ailsa Nordstrom

“…unlocking in the process a ton of “stretch goal” style in-game rewards for folks who pledged as little as five bucks, from masks and lanterns to fountains and thorn-themed gear.”

Once again, the stretch goals are cosmetics

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Francis Baud

What the fuck

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Dug From The Earth

Thats one, financially well off player…

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Armsbend

Hooray another 3 months of salary for the lower development crew!

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camelotcrusade

It’s pretty neat that they have such a supportive fanbase. On the other hand, the vibe I get is more like a gated community to me than an MMO. What’s your take, players who’ve actually tried it?

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Paul

As a newcomer I found the playerbase to be pretty open and helpful (if a little intolerant of criticism of aspects of the game sometimes). On the whole one of the best communities I’ve played in. Its very much an older demographic, which suits me but might not everyone… As with any MMO you’re best to involve yourself in the community – as there are no global chat channels it can feel very empty unless you have an active guild chat running and the learning curve is very steep with no-one to ask.

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camelotcrusade

That’s nice to hear! I was a little worried I’d feel like a rube in Beverly Hills, with all the exclusive and paid content in the game. Does it fit in pretty seamlessly?

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Paul

The only paid content is housing plots etc really. Its not ideal but its how they’ve funded the game development – and tbh once engaged with the game and a good guild its not that hard to make enough in game gold to get property in the medium term (I made enough in one week once I’d been playing a couple of months to buy a smaller plot deed – and got a lot of help from guildies as well). In actual gameplay terms there’s little to be gained by spending RL cash.

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Jeff

How???? Please explain to me how? The last four times I tried this game you could barely use the interface. Maybe I should do a Kickstarter…seems like the quickest way to a get a winfall for basically nothing.

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Dividion

This is not an easy-mode MMO. If you want to enjoy it, you have to be willing to dedicate a bit of time to figuring out how the various systems work. I think for me it was around 3-4 hrs and then it “clicked”. According to steam, I’ve got 165 hrs invested now, and I frequently fight in the highest difficulty areas. (each area has a difficulty rating of 1-5 skulls, indicated by a stake outside the area on the overworld map)

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Robert Mann

Not alas on a pet that affects others like that, Never ever regret that! They are used for things other than trolling so infrequently that only those occasions hang out with Bigfoot.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

What?

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