Shroud of the Avatar rolls out Release 73 with its first iteration of GM tools for players

    
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The latest release for Shroud of the Avatar is giving players the power to serve as GMs. Before you get too excited about this fact, you should be aware that it comes with notable restrictions; you can’t just kill things with a keystroke, the effects are temporary and meant for roleplaying events, and while you can summon a variety of monsters said monsters will not drop items or provide other rewards. Still, being able to run an event as a game master for four hours lets you change weather, resurrect players, and turn invisible as needed, and that’s just the start of your fun event-based powers!

Players who won’t be running events still get more updates, of course. The next phase of Lua integration has been rolled out, for example, and players can also look forward to polish being applied to story scenes. There are also new decorations, if you want to erect a statue to the krampus in your front lawn. Check out the full set of patch notes on the official site if you want to dive into the fine details of what’s been changed.

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Narficus

Lipstick on a Pig: The Video Game

The situation is as others have pointed out. Of all the problems Shroud has to work on, these are not the ones that are going to help the problem of attracting and keeping new players to a niche game. (A niche game bleeding numbers because of what the devs have been doing to the point fewer and fewer can excuse any of it any longer.) Sure, these distractions might help where the company’s own events have dried up until they’re just Starr’s second-rate Second Life BSDM dance parties, but not solutions for the massive technical debt the development has raised over the years.

Development under “Catnip Games” has only become more questionable, particularly where we’re expected to believe a puppet show of a dev team can do anywhere close to the full team and office the game once had. In other words, projected delivery dates are complete arsepull. Again. Then given several different excuses why they can’t be met/delivered. Along with existential doubt of Episode 2 being anything more than glorified player-created content and facelift of a building with shaky foundations that have been excused by years of hope and even nonsense like “just take your time to do it right”. It’s been years of cut corners to pad other numbers, to the point of how the SeedInvestors were screwed over.

Shroud will continue to decline as updates are just more catering to Chris’ whalesong echo chamber, replacing the seasonal/update begathons with a daily dog and pony show of conducting this trainwreck into further derailments.

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LiterallyForThisGif

Well, at least you kept your mega posts short this time.

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Bree Royce

Even if we set aside everything else, the SeedInvest fiasco is extremely concerning. If that’s how they treat their actual investors, I dunno why donors or players, who are owed nothing legally, would have any faith left.

Reginald Bottomsworth
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Reginald Bottomsworth

Right? Not a peep from Catnip/Portalarium about that in months and months.

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Tom Thumb

It will probably follow the same conclusion as the other issues such as the Duke Head and Signed Book. No one will hear anything for years and the outcome will only include an in-game pixel item.

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Eric E

Considering the player numbers on Steam and the API that players track show there has been a steady decline over the past year.

Both show that old and new players are not showing up to play naked in the sandbox. The game had no direction prior to Catnip take over and after it.

It’s just business as usual, keep pumping out pixel crap that people will pay for.

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Tom Thumb

It seems like another feature for those players who give a lot of money and throw tons of bits to Chris on his stream.

This doesn’t cater to bringing in new players or those who can’t afford to shell out money each release to keep Portnip afloat.

6+ years and the basic mechanics are still garbage, yet GM Powers! Great!

Reginald Bottomsworth
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Reginald Bottomsworth

It seems like they’ve pretty much given up on trying to retain new players. Just recently in the forums, someone rightfully pointed out that charging players money to speak in universal chat is a barrier to entry for new players. Of course that player was shouted down by the whales.

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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/universal-orb-needs-to-be-removed.160894/

I invite people to read that themselves. The above person is willfully misleading you. Judging by his next message, calling the game company Catshit, he’s clearly not the most trustworthy of individuals to get your news from. Please go to the source.

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Narficus

I definitely felt a “not in MY pond” feel from some there in regards to “commoners”. You should see what really sets them off: new players who aren’t having a great experience and dare criticize the game.

We have to remember that there’s a portion of this audience who have developed PTSD over matters like “barrens chat”, spam, and gold sellers that they want to make sure It. Cannot. Possibly. Happen. In. Shroud.

At least spam will not be a problem as the player numbers keep dwindling down because of crippled basic features, right? /silverlining

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Eric E

There is an issue when a game company that has a very very small player base charges people to talk in game. While telling the players it’s for their protection from scammers and bots. The only problem is players have already been scammed by some in the RMT community on the game’s own forums and botter would never come to a game with such low player numbers. It would be a waste of effort.

Yet there are tons of reviews that show people simply delete the game when they find they have to pay for simple things like universal chat. Plenty of reviews talk about how the game is awash in microtransactions and cash grab items that are turning potential new players away.

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He’s right, though. The orb is just another cash grab.

Reginald Bottomsworth
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Reginald Bottomsworth

I also encourage people to read it! Thanks for linking it!

Not only can people click on the thread you linked and read the parochial perspectives of some of the players, they can also read accounts confirming things that certain dishonest players (not mentioning any names, of course) have been denying all along, such as the frustrating experience for new players, obvious money grabs, and fundamentally bad design.

Of course, what I’m saying is current as of right now. Who knows how the thread will look once the mods on the SotA forums delete the things they don’t like?

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LiterallyForThisGif

They can also see that you mosty type misleading stuff here. Should be very enlightening to them long term.

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Tom Thumb

SotA has been bleeding players since persistence and has never recovered nor will it under the management of the same person who has chased out quite a few of them.

This game will never gain any more support except from those still wearing their blinders as they dish out bits on streams.

Narficus
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Narficus

When comparing news comments to Pornip’s years of deceit and scamming investors, your “long term” seems like complaining someone farted in middle of the field full of mustard gas.

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Reginald Bottomsworth

They can also see your transparent attempt to change the subject, a common tactic of those with an emotional basis for their opinions and who have no cogent arguments. So much seeing going on today!

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

For crying out loud, knock it off folks.

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ObstreperousBear

Of course, not everyone can become a GM. Good luck if you have a history of criticizing the game. That’ll make you untrustworthy.

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Pepperzine

Oh no! /s

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ObstreperousBear

I’m not sure whether this sarcasm is pointed towards me or them. I think my point is, this has been repeatedly touted as a game feature, from the appearances of it.

Oh look! You can do camera stuff, change the weather, or summon dragons!

… when what we’re really talking about is management tools for managers. It’s an internal affair, not a public one. In order to even be considered, a person has to be a long-term die-hard loyalist.

So it seems odd that this is broadcast as a game feature instead of “Heads up! We’re going to have a lot more GM-ran events! Look forward to that!”

Like most of the game, it’s just… off.