Pirates plunder Shroud of the Avatar

Way back when websites were a new and marvelous thing, creators often slapped a yellow “under construction” icon on them to indicate what should have been blindingly obvious — that what you see wasn’t the final, finished result.

Despite launching last month, Shroud of the Avatar remains “under construction,” as are all online games in development. As work continues apace on Release 53 for later this month, the team is crafting several new and improved zones, including the player village of Eastmarch, the pirate-infested Penmawr Island, and the recently plundered Tenebris Harbor.

The team is also throwing a launch screenshot contest “to highlight all the moments of beauty, virtue, danger, and wondrous discoveries that inhabit the land.” Prizes include titles, pets, and in-game currency.

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Victor Didra

Jump is getting a makeover! No more charged jump (unless you want to turn it on in options) now pushing space will cause you to jump immediately!

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xpsync

Thanks for the info, i thought charge was so cool, a unique feature, but tbh, never used it.

I’d like them to make mouse cursor lock default, i checked the option but then you can’t toggle, so unchecked it and made tilde ~ the toggle, i would have loved to been able to map to the left “alt” key as i’m so used to using that key for swapping modes but oh well, ~ works.

Another thing they should do is if you are not using mouse cursor lock and have lock mapped by using right mouse,
FFS and all things good and holy…

Start the cursor over the reticle when released OMFG that is frustration beyond. You see the reticle but say you started right clicking to movve while your cursor is way over somewhere else on the screen, ugggg so jarring, just center the fucking thing with the reticle on release.

~ as the toggle is best anyway, it’s just they start everyone with above and yea…

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Mikka Hansen

trash game about to meet its demise, earned in earnest

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zoward

I read the title and assumed it meant someone hacked Portalarium’s servers and absconded with the game’s source code. The times we live in, I guess.

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Solaris

My only problem with SotA is the constant zone instancing. Terrible terrible design decision. Otherwise I love it.

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xpsync

What is interesting is the approach; or design?

Most mmo’s; (that arn’t a Saturday morning cartoon)

zone, (load screen (no option)), zone, (load screen (no option)), zone, (load screen , (no option)) ,zone, (load screen (no option)) …

Shroud of the Avatar.
Zone, load -> go the f*ck wherever you want.

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CasualSlacks

The minute I start hearing people report, “Wow! They really turned this thing around. What a compelling game!” I’ll buy a collectors edition. There’s foundation here, but no house.

Based on times that I’ve tried out the game, what I think it’s really missing is vision for what it’s supposed to be and what players are supposed to get out of it.

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xpsync

I struggled, but i could not fight away the lure of this game. This is an mmorpg, it’s the type of game that brought me into the genre is the first place and here it is. Why fight it?

Sure at first it’s (to me anyway) literally overwhelming, the world is huge, you are so lost, there is so much to learn, but if you persevere, are you ever in for one hell of a treat, a real mmorpg to call home again.

Several times i logged out and said not for me, why am i wasting my time on this, i’m not really having fun but… i came back, and back again, and now it’s clicked so hard, it’s what i’ve been waiting for since EQ2 was destroyed back in 2008/9 due to fisher price mmo’s.

Don’t even get me started on the community, to just say they are awesome is not nearly enough. I’m pretty sure my SWL days are on hold for the foreseeable future, this is an mmorpg, a world to be a part of, to grow with.

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Roger Melly

Hmm I might give it a try then . I am so fed up with antisocial communities in mmo that a game with a friendly community is a big bonus . Even if it were a mediocre game with a great community I would prefer it over an good game with a bad community .

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hamblepants

After reading so much dislike for the game (seemingly from people who don’t like this type of game), it’s pretty great to see someone who likes this type of game and is enjoying the heck out of it.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Very well said. I had planned on trying it out when I had some time, but I may just have to move it up my priority list.

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Good to hear, i’ll admit it’s not for everyone but If you can let yourself escape into the world a little, then yea.

A few starter tips, i learned the hard way, I don’t want to over say anything as exploring and discovering are to me much of the fun.

Just to note you go to the forum and people (players) go way above and beyond to help new players with guides, videos, q and a, never seen anything like it tbh, goes to show how much people love this game world.

Use this map; it’s a huge world you will get lost. https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/map/

Be ready to research a little here and there, https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/new-player-rift.52725/

Don’t use this option right away but there is an option to reset your entire quest log and was I ever thankful for it, I explain why below.

Deeds and houses, there is a difference, bottom line you’ll need a deed to stake out your little piece of the world. Yes you can earn a deed through in game gold, which yea for most players will be an instant turn off, like could you imagine actually having to earn something in game, the audacity of these developers. Yes I’m jk’in. Alternate option you can buy a deed for real cash. The price of a deed may seem unobtainable but… once you get into the game the gold flows.

Probably the biggest tip I have, I have allot but yea this will be an epic read, speaking of reading, READ all the quest dialog and let yourself escape into the story and the lore, but mainly because it’s telling you what to do, and you NEED to know this. For example I had to deliver a letter, when I got to the npc I could not give him the letter, I ran back to read what he said and he said d to TELL HIM YOU HAVE A “LETTER” I run back and type letter, he’s like thanks bro! Just things like that

Another example I picked up a hammer on the bridge called Raymond’s hammer WTF? No quest for it, hey talking to Raymond in town I type hammer he’s like rock on dude thanks. Get gold and xp. OMFG this game is so awesome. Wasn’t even a quest for that?

Anyway speaking of quests, some, most likely will semi break on you, for example I’m done the quest but I’m stuck with got talk to Martin about the red cloth, well fuck me grrr, the quest is long done, and the tailor in town still want me to make 2 spools of thread, fuck me I made 10, then he tells me I have to go get 12 cotton again, ok hide these from quest short list. Nest update is supposed to fix much of this.

OK, so yea I used my reset already and it’s because I made a massive mess of my entry into the game, had a mass amount of quests from all over the world I barely had any idea where they were, so many items, which just made chit too confusing and messy feeling for me. So I didn’t have to delete my toon which I nearly did to start over.

So more advice, go slow as in take a few quests and just do them, and TALK to EVREYONE, there are no huge floating ! or ?, there are no neon signs, no sparkly over here dum dum, no great big fucking beams of light shooting out of the ground into the sky screaming over here idiot.

EXPLORE like you’ve never explored before, the hammer for example.

To me this is big, but having a home in this game is amazing as when you are out adventuring if something catches your fancy say like an ornament or something, you can pick that up and place it in your home

The nicest thing of owning place in game, outside more storage, is quest rewards usually turn into things you can use or decorate your home with, so as you adventure your memories build up in your little abode, I loved this back in EQ2.

If you go to the welcome center just outside Soltown, just to the right of the stairs at the inn, go into the basement there, the love players have for this game. I’m just so glad I tried this MMORPG. I seriously can’t stress that enough, MMORPG!

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Solaris

Fantastic advice and explanation of why SotA offers a different experience.

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xpsync

Thank You!

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rafael12104

Cool! Thanks!!

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xpsync

Hey, No problem! Guess i’m a fan now, never wrote up any help like that before, ever actually, haha.

Plus it’s for you Raf, i learned allot about Blade and Soul from all your help.

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rafael12104

I see the beginnings of a Community Manager in you. lol. Thanks!

I will be jumping in soon, and may come back with more questions.

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xpsync

Haha dunno about that, can’t even manage my own inventory, lol

…speaking of inventory

Yep another tip, lol, buy bags like 100 each 3 or 4 should do, then relabel them House Items, Crafting Items… or however you want to categorize your loot in the bank. Helps allot.

and sure I’ll bookmark the thread and check in every so often.

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Oh and for 5 bucks you can increase your bank capacity with 100 more slots.

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Loopy

Honestly, SotA is the type of game that i will play once i finally say “ok i’m done with modern MMOs”. It has all the elements of a true-to-word MMO, yet i just can’t get over the conveniences of a modern MMO. But i don’t think that feeling will last forever, and i know what the alternative is at least.

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BalsBigBrother

I really conflicted with this game and trying really hard to like it but I can’t help feel like the devs forgot that its supposed to be fun to play mmos. There is so much to explore and look at but everything just feels wrong to me and not quite hitting the mark.

Perhaps I am not the target audience for this game but its really not hitting the spot right at the moment. I am going to keep poking it and see if I can find the fun it must be buried in here somewhere, hopefully.

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“I am going to keep poking it” oh no? lol, walk away now before she clicks.