Autumn returns to Shroud of the Avatar, plus a look at a player-run town


Autumn has returned to Shroud of the Avatar in the form of Harvest, a Novia region being rebuilt with a more “agrarian theme” for release 35.

“Harvest is located across the channel from Estgard,” write’s Portalarium’s Esteben “SorcerousSteve” Zaldivar. “It is an area primarily focused on agriculture nestled along a red/yellow countryside that has recently come under occupation from Norgard forces. As an occupied town it has taken on some of the symbolism behind the color yellow and Norse influence of its Norgard conquerors. Inspiration for Harvest was obtained from the Autumn Season and Upstate New York (Letchworth).”

Got a housing lot in the area? Don’t worry. Lots aren’t changing; the studio assures player it’s making only “cosmetic changes of building styles, terrain, and foliage.”

The latest newsletter likewise covers the do-over for Graff Island, a rework of the Darkstar Moondial, and a featurette on the player-owned town of Silverhold.

The SOTA bosses are also hyping a soon-to-be-successfully-Kickstarted effort on the part of 25-year-old online community Ultima Dragons. The 16000-member group has put together an anniversary party in no less than Disneyland, with both Richard Garriott and Starr Long attending. There’s even a cross-promo granting an in-game cloak to people who’ve backed both.

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