Shroud of the Avatar’s 53rd release is here with improved loot and LFG

If you don’t count the day-one patch at launch a month ago, today marks the first major update for Shroud of the Avatar since it fully shed all its beta and early access trappings. Release 53 – yes, they’re still monthly, like clockwork – includes new zone rebuilds, virtue effects, heraldry, plus the loot overhaul.

“We made massive improvements to loot. Player crafted gear sold to merchants will now appear in supply bundles, decorations have been added in multiple places including toadstools on mushroom enemies (how ironic is that?), worn armor can now be found on humanoids, lot deeds and homes now appear in rare supply bundles, and drop rates have been increased for all items in Offline Mode!”

Maybe the most pressing new addition is the looking-for-group code. “A party leader can add their party (aka ‘group’) to a public listing of open groups for others to join,” Portalarium’s patch notes say. “Players who are looking for a group to play with can use this listing to find an open group.”

Do note the Linux support planned for this patch didn’t make it in. Keep your eyes on the horizon; Portalarium says it will be “spending more time on enemy behaviors and repeatable content in the next two releases.” SOTA also has an ongoing free trial for those who want to check it out without shelling out just yet.

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Super happy to report that the patch fixed all, i repeat all my broken quests!!!

I was actually playing on the 560 last night and either she was having a really good night or they did slightly improve frames and loads.

I can’t believe how much better it feels to not be stuck with broken tasks in the quest log. Upon logging in i noticed the hidden quest count dropped, and the only 1 left in the journal which was broke was make 2 thread for Edwin.

I played all night and figured i’ll attempt Edwin when i’m about to log, should be able to pick up a teleport to soltown, then recall back to town i live in. Sure enough i make the 2 and click OMFG it worked. PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Portalarium.

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Victor Didra

That’s great news, it’s been a sticking point for a while, so I’m glad to see it’s finally getting taken care of.

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What a great time to join this gem!

So much coming and early enough to really appreciate these new changes and additions as they are implemented.

Welcome to the Shroud!

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I’ve seen repeated comments under articles about SotA that lag/latency is really bad. How has your experiences been with it Xpsync? I’ve not installed the game myself as of yet, but I’m always curious. :)

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Victor Didra

If FPS ever dipping below 30 drives you insane, then you’re not going to be happy. If you can deal with that you’ll probably enjoy.

The good news from this release is a major AoE bug was fixed that was causing everyone in the vicinity to basically crash to 1 FPS. With that gone, it will hopefully take care of a lot of the complaints.

Lag is not something I’ve had problems with, I think the FPS is what has been causing people problems.

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I’ve not logged in with this patch yet, but that’s what i hear,same as SandboxQuint mentioned, every patch gets better.

On a newer box (970) it’s actually pretty good, outside the loads, they are tolerable. On a older box (570) though it’s too long tbh, you kinda lose focus as ok why was i going here again. On the 970 everything is cranked and completely playable, 570 set it at lowest and completely playable. I have other boxes but that should narrow down what it’s like, all have EVO’s 850’s, 860’s. M2 was still too pricey at latest build time.

When i first started playing i was going all over the place, getting to know the game, get a feel for prices, now i seem to spend much more time in places so the loads aren’t as much of pita to me anymore.

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Good deal. Once I get the new system up and running I’ll have to download and give the free trial a go. :)

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On a new system, it’ll be fine.

Again i’ve not logged into this patch, but one area they could certainly improve is map loading. Every time it’s loaded from their site, that’s nuts, and oh so bad for response time and performance.

Unsure why they just can’t keep a copy local on your machine, and when you load have quick flag check if there are changes download them, if not SNAP instant map, super fast response time.

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SandboxQuint

Heya, I love the game but I will admit this is an area that still needs work, though its not so much lag/latency as it is more graphical frame rate issues. That being said it seems to improve with every patch. Right now the game performs about the same as Everquest 2 on my pc. It is very playable, but it is far from a WoW level of smoothness. Still it is a great game and I look forward to all of the improvements to come.

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So basically is in need of an optimization of the graphical engine? How is it in comparison to say Lord of the Rings Online? Which can get pretty graphically laggy and server laggy to boot. Even if you’re running a five thousand dollar system with a great internet connection and Titan gpu. :/

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No clue as I don’t have a titan, and havenot played lotro in years. Luckily for you, Shroud has a free trial. Give it a run and report back with your findings. I’m actually pretty curious how it would run on a titan, I recently came pretty close to upgrading from my gtx980.

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It was the Titan Black Edition and it died couple weeks ago. I threw in a standby GTX 760 I had laying around. Realizing that the system was now about five years old, I decided to order a new system which just came in.

This one has a new GTX 1080 TI. I never felt like mmorpg gaming ever pushed the Titan gpu really from watching the stats so I decided to go with the 1080 this time around. I’m just procrastinating right now. I’ve long grown tired of the whole process of building, troubleshooting, updating systems. lol.

Though I’m gonna finish my reading, make some more coffee and get to it in a bit. I think I’ll download and give Shroud a try though. The new system has a 1Tb ssd and I was going to toss my 1Tb Velociraptor hd in as secondary drive. It’s been a solid drive, fast drive with 10,000rpm spin on it. See how many years I can get out of that. lol