Players held a steamy Release 69 ‘dance party’ in Shroud of the Avatar

    
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We assume most MMO players are at least aware of the more “adult” roleplaying that goes on in the quiet corners of our genre – it’s just a thing, humans are humans. So the fact that there appears to be a more adult-oriented celebratory slant on Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 69 launch is not too surprising. What may lift an eyebrow or two, however, is that the event was promoted in the game’s forums by executive producer Starr Long.

The event in question was held at the in-game nightclub Adultima this past weekend in-game in Ordinis Mortis and was hosted by Long on Avatars Radio in celebration of the thematically appropriate 69th release of SOTA. Replies to the promoting thread had gotten to two pages in length as people expressed surprise (and worse) before staff moderated the responses and locked the thread down.

This, of course, isn’t to insinuate that there was anything untoward happening at this dance party; several players pointed out the events themselves are usually tasteful and fun (and probably not nearly as “adult” as the advertising made it seem). We’ve been unable to hunt down any video from the event, but if you know of one, drop it in the comments!

Update
ObstreperousBear let us know that since this article went live, video of the event was indeed uploaded to the official YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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sawthelightsota

That this event was advertised, blessed, hosted and DJ’ed by the Executive Producer of SotA should really hammer home the reality that Portalarium’s sole focus is only to the very few existing players of the game, and to hold on for as long as possible to extract funds from them.

No sane developer with any real intent to grow the game or its player base would officially sanction, let alone attend as the main “star” (pun very much intended) of a naked dance party. I would say this is a stone cold lock to show remaining players the developers have totally given up on trying to expand this game, but they probably wouldn’t believe it.

Players – “Release 69. hehe – 69! Starr, can we have the dance party in a known sex dungeon club, advertise it with photos of almost naked avatars, put strippers in the ad copy, and have you DJ and host it?”

Starr – “Sounds great. 69, hehe! I will advertise this one for you on the forums too!”

Give Starr credit – he knows how to cater to the few existing customers left. No need to get Episode 2 out (remember, it’s supposed be released by end of 2019) if the players left will keep spending so long as you support their special dance parties.

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Tom Thumb

I’m sure they’ll throw something together and call it episode 2 just for the free advertising. If it is anything like the current monthly releases it will be bugged and cause all kinds of issues.

Remember the official release of the game? All this build up for only one new pvp zone and no big event. Just like their first anniversary of release came and went without a word from the company. It was a huge let down and one that drove many to leave.

shibby523
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shibby523

Complete with hot tubs and stripper poles. Sex of the Avatar at its best.

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Tom Thumb

((Deleted by mod. Dude, how many times do you need to get deleted before you take a hint? Stop with the personal attacks.))

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Reginald Bottomsworth

Neither Garriott nor Portalarium owns the rights to Ultima, so isn’t “Adultima” arguably a trademark infringement?

Mewmew
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Mewmew

“We assume most MMO players are at least aware of the more “adult” roleplaying that goes on in the quiet corners of our genre”

Yeah, sadly I’ve been asked to take part in it far more times than I can count. The worst part is that these propositions happened mostly when I was 8-13, on games full of other kids, from adults that knew the games were full of kids.

Now that I’m not on kids games much, the propositions don’t happen nearly as often. Which is disturbing in so many ways.

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Utakata

“…is that the event was promoted in the game’s forums by executive producer Starr Long.”

…with a name like that, makes me wonder if he worked as an actor for the porn industry before this gig. o.O

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Koshelkin

That’s… what I’ve always been thinking when reading his name… lol

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GamerLadyJules

Eeewww…..

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Caleb Cranson

Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse with this game, they prove that yes, they actually do host naked dance parties. How absolutely sophmoric, incredible…simply incredible.

ObstreperousBear
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ObstreperousBear

Incidentally, I think this is it?

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Toy Clown

On a side note, the level of housing detail is amazing. Also, that event has as many people at it as a Balmung RP event, which is surprising for hearing that the game is dead.

ObstreperousBear
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ObstreperousBear

It’s relative. It’s “dead” in the sense of lifeless. If you zoom in on the nervous system of a dead animal, you’ll likely observe spontaneous nervous impulses.

Looking at the video, this is one of those twitches, that represents a substantial chunk of the remaining concurrent game population.

This is the same game that was incredibly stingy about controlling how many housing deeds were in circulation up through launch, because they were afraid all the housing lots would be used up.

Instead, they’re handing them out like candy now, and several player run towns have been entirely removed from dis-use. Most other POTs and towns are ghost towns. They were expecting tens of thousands of concurrent players.

So yes. Relatively speaking. Dead.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Yep, thank you – this wasn’t on their channel when this piece was written. We’ll add it in.

ObstreperousBear
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ObstreperousBear

“(and probably not nearly as “adult” as the advertising made it seem)”

So, basically as accurate as their marketing usually is.

bubonichubris
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bubonichubris

nothing says “spiritual successor to Ultima” more than a dance party at a virtual strip club.

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Eric E

It’s sad to see what this game has become. It had potential.

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Bannex

Is that a picture of the active player base?