Shroud of the Avatar acquires fan-made map software for zone mapping

    
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Oh, wow, maps. What an amazingly new concept.

The original plan for Shroud of the Avatar was to have all maps be hand-drawn, found by players, and generally hard to find. This was at least somewhat understandable, but it ran into several problems, as there were more zones in need of maps than hours in the day to draw new ones. It also frequently resulted in players getting lost and failed to account for any sort of changes to the zones, including in player-run towns. So the developers have wisely gone a much simpler route by acquiring the SotAMap project started by fan Jakub White for official development.

This map has been lightly integrated in the game for a few releases, but the acquisition means that the maps will now be hosted on more reliable servers for the game, have improved functionality, and give players direct control over the map display. It should be a happy addition for anyone fed up with being lost in the game, albeit a bit of bad news for those with a deep attachment to the hand-drawn maps.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Common Sense – Immersion 1-0.

I still have my Ultima VI cloth map that came with the game in 1990. This kind of hard-to-find map was never something that ‘a spiritual successor’ to Ultimas should have dabbled with – the Ultimas were user-friendly games, that was part of their success.

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Dividion

Having used SotaMap before its integration, I thought it was really handy. It was a nice surprise to see it pop up in game that last time I hopped on. It’ll definitely help in the long run and was a good decision. The hand drawn maps just weren’t cutting it, but maybe they’ll help influence the maps used by the new tool.

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Solaris

Awesome tool. Hope they support it well. I wonder how much they paid for it?

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Open_Mind66

How much did they pay for it? Knowing Garriott he probably gave in exchange a pint of blood and a hank of hair . Thing is somebody told him about Bitcoin one day, so he decided to go one better of-course and turn himself into a form of currency, so naturally we should all just call him BitGarriott at this point.

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Bryan Correll

Look everyone! I got some of Lord British’s toenail clippings!

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Dividion

I think Lord Bitcoin has a better ring to it. :) But I’m not a fan of name-calling either. Golden rule and all that. :P