Shroud of the Avatar kicks off another fundraising stream, this one for Lord British’s birthday

    
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Didn’t Shroud of the Avatar just have a telethon? It did! But this is a special one in honor of Portalarium founder and MMORPG genre stalwart Richard Garriott and his birthday. Technically, we already celebrated his birthday by blowing up some explosives and grilling burgers on July 4th (that was why we did that, right?), but July 6th works just as well for this event.

The fundraiser kicks off today at 4 p.m. EDT as this post is going live (you can watch it down below) and as usual offers special Lord British-themed stretch goals for donors as well as closes down some past rewards. Plus, “For every $2,500 donated, all developers on camera have to either dance, sing, or drink a shot of alcohol.” Devs will also be answering player questions submitted on the official site.

Fundraising efforts on the studio’s SeedInvest portal continue as well; yesterday, Portalarium added several dozen new screenshots and updated its 2016 financial statement (they’re down under “data room”). Of note, Garriott still maintains a 52% controlling interest in the company, which has spent $18M on the game and deferred $11M in revenue.

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Speedy

Seriously, this fundraising will never end? I bet they could find 365 valid reason in a year to make daily a fundraising campaign..
There is really people still giving them money?

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Melissa McDonald

Funny how all the musical gigs I’ve played in crappy smoky bars, I got paid doodly-squat for doing just that on stage. Singing, dancing, and taking shots. LOL.
Never knew I could do it under the guise of “game development.”

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squid

Is he selling fingers yet?

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deekay_plus

is anyone else watching this? jesus christ

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deekay_plus

the question is why am i watching this? this is sad.

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deekay_plus

oh god why do i keep watching this?

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deekay_plus

they are just cheating their way through their super clever puzzles. cmon guys.

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Francis Baud

lol

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deekay_plus

garriot and his leads clearly getting drunk off cam. i mean good for them but come on.

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deekay_plus

alright i’m out of here. this has been too much for even me. lol

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deekay_plus

(sorry man my comments gonna chain off yours from here on out)

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Hurbster

Oh well, if the game goes tits up he can always go back to space.

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Space Captain Zor

Doesn’t this game already have a set launch date? Why do they need to raise funds?

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MesaSage

This cow just keeps giving milk. Can you blame the farmer for squeezing?

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Kristofer

I really hope the kickstarter/fundraising trend for MMOs dies off soon. I realize some investors/publishers sucked when it came to putting pressure on devs but the complete lack of accountability and taking advantage of fans these days is so far in the other direction I’m afraid the industry is much worse off.

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Armsbend

The state of gaming right now is much worse than it was in 1983. Development is abysmal across all genres and hardware.

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Dima Wisotski

If you are referring to 1983 gaming crash, then that situation is not gonna repeat itself, simply because it was not just about quality of games. In fact, a stretch of bad games coming one after another was merely a trigger. The actual resons were economical and technological.

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Boom

Whats he hawking this time? His semen?
Gimme a break, this guy needs to toddle off into the sunset

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Matthew Allart

Is it me or is this just getting sad the way devs try to get money. I mean if you need to lower yourself to beg like this it might be time to rethink your plans.

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McSleaz

“Give us more money because it’s my Birthday” smh, lol :)

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Melissa McDonald

it’s cause people quit paying for games, and investors quit investing in things that people don’t pay for. I am not sure what the answer is, but Mobile and in-app purchases are making bank.

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people pay for games in spades. no one but whales pays for a game with 50 playrs concurrent.

don’t apologize for shitty marketting pls. and if people stopped investing in garriot maybe there’s good reason if he’s only got 50 conccurent players?

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i cam here to comment this is just sad this point.