C-3PO lookalike joins Shroud of the Avatar in release 47

    
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OK, so C-3PO isn’t really being imported into Shroud of the Avatar, but the game’s new automaton sure looks a lot like him (minus his silver leg!). He’s one of the golden clockwork critters and automatoi included as an investor perk from the game’s recent SeedInvest campaign.

Portalarium’s latest newsletter also teases the remake and release for North Midmaer Way and North Quel Way, a cozy old forest and abandoned castle ruins with graveyard, respectively. Fall may not be here for a lot of us still experiencing ridiculous near-90-degree temps in the US, but it’s on the way in SOTA, as the team’s laid out an assortment of wreaths and turkeys, with “spooky-themed” items slated to go as prizes from the game’s upcoming fundraising-slash-postmortem stream. That’s coming up on Thursday. In the meantime, you can check out the new location and gear images down below.

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TotalCowage .

Bree Royce’s positive takes on spinning Portalarium’s press releases are becoming increasingly blatant and deceptive; Nowhere does the article link to the actual SeedInvest, or even state the amount of money you had to have spent to unlock the Golden Automaton.

You needed to have spent $20,000.

The Golden Castles were at $30,000. Virtually no one is going to get that “content” in game. By hiding this, you’re not just counter balancing the nasty mean critics and defending lovely little artists only trying to do their best as you might think, but engaging in a spectacular betrayal of your audience and the genuine good you should be doing; namely explaining honestly what the product actually being offered to your readership is…

The SeedInvest don’t forget originally had a “Risks” section, and indeed still has a now dead link to it within the pitch, because when honest media reported it revealed Portalarium were struggling as a going concern, they deleted the entire Risks section to hide it from potential backers again.

The SeedInvest also didn’t disclose they still owe hundreds of thousands of physical rewards, but have not only not begun to produce them, despite being on the verge of bankruptcy, but have already spent the $15 in International Postage they long ago took for those rewards.

But hey… the Golden Automaton looks like C-3PO! And criticism of Shroud is oh so unfair!

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Raimo Kangasniemi

The perks started at $500 – you too could have mentioned that ´- or that at the $20 000 level were five perks total plus all from the lovel levels.

Funding game development is messy and ugly. It’s not a case of people dancing through misty , flower-filled meadows on a spring morning, hand in hand – its more like working in a slaughterhouse when it comes to our sensibilities. It’s not for the faint-hearted or for the idealistic.

And of course every company a crusading gamer dislikes is always at the ‘verge of bankruptcy’ – and all the marketing, all press releases, all positive news just a terrible attempt to hide the horrible truth the indignant, crusading gamer knows!

A conspiracy where everyone – whether gaming journalist or a fellow gamer – who has anything positive or even neutral to say about the game or the company behind it, is involved in.

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Shibby523

Once again Portalarium ignores the KickStarter rewards and works on everything else.

Just a heads up to anyone interested in trying this game out, it is nothing but a money grab. The defenders will tell you that they do it to stay funded, but the truth is, Port is the only company out there doing the shady weird greedy stuff they do.

Not sure how every other developer can fund their products in legit ways and Port can’t.

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Jeff

I dunno..I think the SOTA community and devs pretty much deserve each other, I view it as kind of a public service keeping them out of other MMO’s.

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roo woods

Wasn’t C3P0 based on this ?

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Robot Maria. Yes.

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Ailsa Nordstrom

Once again, all of this new “content” is connected to fundraising.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

One way or another, that’s pretty much the case with all games. Some just make efforts to hide it better than others.

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Shibby523

Really? You are come to just about every SotA thread and defend everything they do. Where is the cut off for you?

There are several MMOs that have Halloween, Christmas, and other events that are absolutely free for the players. Granted many do in fact add extra items to their cash shops but they don’t ignore the game itself to make an extra buck.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

No ‘cut off’ – the constant hostile negativity just needs a response.

SotA is one of those games – like Star Citizen, for example, to name others – where criticism has gone beyond all reason and become obsessive hate.

Portalarium is milking ‘whales’ – but everyone else is doing the same.

Much of their crowdfunding is blatant, but compared to others, not that extreme either.

SotA has its share of free event-connected stuff beyond their funding-connected ones.

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Shibby523

Portalarium goes out of their way to milk the whales. Recent mail system is a perfect example. They created fancy mailboxes for the cash shop then supposedly ran out of time to create and place the crafted ones into the game. The only way to get a mailbox so that you could use the new system was to open your wallet or wait until a month or so until they could get the crafted ones in game. Yeah, someone can buy one with cash and sell it in game for gold, but ultimately Portalarium profited off it.

You can bring up other games about how they do it. I give two craps about them and if I want to discuss them then I will go into an article about that game and discuss that game.

It’s a very lame excuse to say “Well they do it.” If everyone is jumping off cliffs, does that make it fine to find the nearest cliff and jump off? Taking advantage of people is not an awesome new trend that should be rejoiced because everyone else is doing it.

Not everyone else is doing this and that’s the thing. Many games have been funded and do not employ the tactics of the “few” in order to gouge customers. Many do sell items in cash shops and state right up front that these items are for helping to fund the game and once the game is complete all these items will be available in game to buy/earn from in game “NPCs”. That’s the key “NPCs”, not having to rely on other players to flood the market with cash purchased items.

SotA has more problems than just the game itself and the cash shop though, but hey keep on defending it. The things you say to defend it are pretty entertaining.

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GanonslayerCP .

Sure?

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Din Djarin

Looks nothing like 3PO, other than the color.

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Tandor

Oh dear.