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Shroud of the Avatar’s R46, free trial, community map, and $52K telethon haul

Shroud of the Avatar is full-speed ahead, looking on to R46 with R45 in the rear-view mirror. What’s in R46? Lots of stuff, starting with “building the mid-level and lower tier scenes near the cities along the paths of Truth and Courage.”

The game’s latest newsletter touches on the swampy South Longfall Wetland area, with its “a maze of poison gas, an abandoned village, a raft flotilla inhabited by pirates, and a secluded witch’s hut,” plus Crooked Shank, which honestly sounds much safer, and North Shattered Hills, which lie in ruin. Where is all that on the map? You should check out the massive community-created map on the official forums to find out (and also to just marvel at how detailed the game’s gotten).

Portalarium has further reiterated its ongoing free trial (live now and ending September 27th), recapped its attendance at DragonCon, and posted video of its most recent monthly mini-telethon, during which it raised $52,000.

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Shroud of the Avatar prepares for its final wipe and another telethon

The last data wipe for Shroud of the Avatar is coming very soon. On July 27th, the final wipe will take place, new player-owned towns will not be accepted, and several homes and basement pledges will be removed from pledges. The developers are quick to state that it’s not launch, but it’s still a major milestone for development. So what’s the best way to celebrate? A telethon, naturally!

The telethon will start at 1:00 p.m. EDT and will run for 12 hours to celebrate the final event. Developers will drink, dance, crack jokes, and award players with emotes and decorative items for reaching donation goals during the show. Another telethon is already being planned for August 22nd, after which time all remaining pledges will be disabled, so you might want to get in on that now if you’ve been holding off. There’s also plenty more to chew on in the dispatch to the community, including the process of making Spite prettier. (The location Spite, not the emotion.)

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Richard Garriott and Starr Long are literally selling their blood for Shroud of the Avatar

Remember last year back when Richard Garriott raffled off his rat tail to raise money for Shroud of the Avatar? Yeah, good times. Now the Portalarium boss is selling something even wackier: his own blood.

The studio announced the fundraiser during its livestream yesterday, where Garriott and longtime collaborator Starr Long joke about the call where they first discussed selling their blood. “You know, that’s what I like about working with you, Richard,” Long is said to have told Garriott. “I really never know exactly what to expect, but I always know that it’s gonna be crossing at least a few lines of good civil society.”

You can cross that line yourself to pick up one of the new bundles — including a “Lord British Blood Reliquary” or “Darkstarr Blood Reliquary” art piece by Steve Brudniak — on Ebay to the cool tune of somewhere north of $5000, thanks to a built-in reserve price. There’s a ton of digital items and a studio visit included as well.

Sorry, space fans; it’s unlikely any of the blood you’re buying has actually been to space, as the average lifespan of a red blood cell is only a couple of months.

It gets more awesome/weird: They actually do the blood drawing during the stream, around 19 minutes in.

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Shroud of the Avatar fans plan Baltimore SOTA con for November

Shroud of the Avatar players are attempting to put together a SOTA convention this fall. Spearheaded by player Violation Clauth, the first annual event is planned for November 4th through 6th in Baltimore, Maryland.

“The goal for this Con is to create a Shroud of the Avatar themed gathering, on the east coast so that players and developers can come together, grow together, and share ideas,” writes Violation, who’s said the event’s been in planning for five months. “What we don’t want is people to attend, thinking that there will be big sponsors and expensive swag bags. The goal is to simply come together, make friends, have a great time, and talk about Shroud of the Avatar.”

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Crowfund: Crowfall easily passes its fundrasing goal

Call it Crowfund. In only a few short days, Crowfall has passed its $800,000 crowdfunding goal — and there looks to be no end in sight for how far this scrappy PvP title could go.

After a couple of months of build-up to the campaign, Crowfall shot out of the gate in its first day of seeking player donations. Within 10 hours, it had already cleared the halfway mark and began to sell out of the early bird (read: discounted) tiers.

Presumably, stretch goals will be next as the team looks to rack up as much capital as possible. ArtCraft said that once the campaign concludes, it will continue to ask for donations on the official site.

Keep up to date on Crowfall with our game overview, player poll, and a glimpse into the art and video of the game.

[Source: Kickstarter]

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The Stomping Land creator apparently abandons project

Friends, it pains me to say this, especially when dinosaurs are involved, but it might be time to give up hope on The Stomping Land.

After far overshooting Kickstarter goals for his dinosaur survival sandbox, The Stomping Land creator Alex Fundora has seemingly abandoned the project. Freelance artist Vlad Konstantinov, who had been hired work on the project, said that he had attempted unsuccessfully to contact Fundora [link now dead] numerous times over the past month and hadn’t been paid for his recent work.

To make matters worse, early access to The Stomping Land is still being sold on Steam despite players warning others off in the comments. The title raised over $114,000 from a Kickstarter campaign in 2013.

[Source: The Stomping Land forums [link dead], Eurogamer, Steam]

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