Shroud of the Avatar’s R59 newbie experience, Travian Games, and Reddit’s pay-to-chat complaints

    
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Shroud of the Avatar’s latest newsletter homes in on the game’s 59th release, due out at the end of the month and currently on the test server – specifically, its new user experience upgrades.

“Part of our Q4 efforts to improve the New User Experience is separating the tutorials from the story spaces in the three starting areas (Solace Bridge, Highvale, and Blood River),” Portalarium says. “We are building a new focused tutorial space in the Isle of Storms that walks you through the game basics in a gated fashion (i.e. you cannot advance to the next room until you prove you can swing a sword). Once you complete all the tutorials you will then journey through the Lunar Rift to one of the three starting areas. Those areas are being polished to be more focused and tighter in their direction. We are also removing the tutorial elements and having them be almost entirely focused on story. In the case of Solace Bridge this means rebuilding it completely for Release 59.”

Reddit also noticed that buried in the doc for the patch is a note abut plans to tie universal chat to some sort of object that Portalarium can sell. Apparently, there’s already an item – Noble’s Magical Discourse Orb – that allows some pledge tiers to speak in a special chat channel for nobility and game devs. A future one would presumably be tied to the new universal chat feature. While some players are looking to this as pure pay-to-chat functionality, pointing out it’s unheard of in most modern MMOs, it’s worth noting that non-local chat was once bound to special items in SOTA’s spiritual predecessor, Ultima Online, as well (this is no longer the case, however).

Potentially adding to the concern, Ultima Codex noticed that Travian Games, which has been the game’s European publisher for over a year, is no longer listing the game as one of its featured products.

Source: Newsletter, Reddit, Travian via Ultima Codex. With thanks to Mikka and Nobody.
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Robert

Not endorsing this chat feature, but for those of you making comments about Shroud’s crowdfunding, Star Citizen appreciates your saying these types of things across the internet while you repeatedly chant “Nothing to see here…” – which is both quite literally and figuratively true. :)

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Armsbend

I scrolled down to the bottom hoping for a sunset date. Not yet, but soon.

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Songs for Children

Not before Lord British bails entirely.

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Songs for Children

It’s almost as if Portalarium wants their failing game to fail.

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Leiloni

It seems at first like something to combat bots but for a game that’s supposedly released, they are still acting like a crowdfunding MMO. They’re asking absurd amounts of money for various packages and addon items in their store, some of which are crowdfunding for their “Episode 2” content update. Lol how long will this go on before players can just play the game like a normal MMO without forking over tons of cash? I can’t blame the players for being upset at this chat thing, because apparently everything is for sale.

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Songs for Children

Everything is for sale, except for a solid gaming experience or graphics that look newer than 2004.

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shibby523

Vlad, Vlad, Vlad…You’re not helping your cause.

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Songs for Children

Victor, was that screenshot supposed to suggest that the graphics don’t look like they’re from 14 years ago? Because it doesn’t.

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Robert

COUGH..Star Citizen…COUGH

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Songs for Children

Both SotA sub-reddits that I could find were filled with posts from unhappy current and former players. What does that tell you?