Shroud of the Avatar readies for the Mistrendur land rush

    
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There’s a new parcel of land coming to Shroud of the Avatar and already players are itching to stake a claim and build on its stretches. The latest Avatar’s Update post has offered at least an initial glimpse of how this coming land rush is going to shake down for those who are ready to move.

Some time ago, reservations to add or move towns to Mistrendur were made and the time to begin selecting locations draws nigh. Site selections will be made in the order that reservation vouchers were purchased, with the first bracket of players getting to make their choices starting at 1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 29th, until Tuesday, March 3rd. There will be a total of seven brackets of selections, with timing and other salient details available in this forum post.

The rest of the update is your usual bundle of looks at things in Vaults and an alert regarding a livestream that premiered this past Friday, which offers, among other things, a look at the sixteen new Bard skills coming to the game. You can find that video embedded below.

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Narficus
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Narficus

I wonder if anyone had to pay VAT on these…

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Eric E

The awesome part is now Ep1 lands will be even less populated than it is. Ep1 will soon be a ghost town except for the one or two people who actually download and try the game for free. They’ll soon learn no one is around.

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sawthelightsota

I may be reading things wrong, but I think the SotA forum community manager is saying on the forum that everyone who placed a $500 deposit for a new Episode 2 POT (50 of these) will not have to pay the rest of the minimum POT price of $900 (it was expected that these folks would have to plunk down the other $400 as they placed their new POT for Episode 2).

I have called Port and Catnip out for a lot of shady stuff, but if this is true that is a very generous move to leave $20,000 on the table and just let folks get their towns for no additional payment.

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Songs for Children

Generous, or desperate.

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LiterallyForThisGif

Wow, really?

How would leaving 20k on the table be a good move if they were desperate?

You have an astounding ability to find bad in everything.

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Bree Royce

They’re only leaving it on the table if it’s actually still on the table. Are people who put down $500 ages ago actually going to put down another $400 now, given everything that’s happened along the way? Maybe a few of them, but not most.

Then again, these people pledged $900 for a video game town, so all bets are off on what they’ll get up to next.

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LiterallyForThisGif

Where are you seeing people not willing to finish paying for their town? I don’t see that at all.

From what I’m seeing everyone is pretty pumped, and the big request coming from the community is “Slow down and do it right, don’t rush it, we want to know exactly what is going to be there before we pick our town locations.”

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Tom Thumb

Considering only fractions of the people who have paid to move are left in the game I think it’s a start. Asking the handful of people left to pay hundreds more to move to an empty land would be greedy. A great number of POT owners who originally put up the money to move have not logged in in quite some time.

It’s a shame but once this move happens Ep1 lands will be dead. New players coming in and starting through the regular quest town will find the lands of novia barren. This game has always had issues with retention and it will only get worse the longer this game is out. It’s not capturing any new players. Those left are leaving month after month after bad nerfs or buggy releases.

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Songs for Children

I don’t see the bad in everything unless bad is there. Portalarium was a bad, scammy company. Catnip Games is a bad, scammy company. Shroud of the Avatar is a bad game. All bad.

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Deadly Habit

Remember when they said in the Kickstarter each episode would be a standalone game? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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Songs for Children

Remember when Episode 2 was supposed to be released in 2015? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Narficus
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Narficus

Remember when Lord British’s Shroud of the Avatar wasn’t supposed to be a MMO? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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Eric E

Remember when the value of items in SotA was supposed to be worth something? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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Mewmew

No offense but are there enough people still playing for there to be much of a land rush?

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Deadly Habit

This exactly, the new “episode” isn’t going to bring a slew of new players or interest into the game since it’s just an expansion at this point.

This is just a land rush for the remaining players/their alts and with the real life price tags they put on owning villages and larger housing deeds, it’s for the remaining whales not the general players at large.

The vast majority of changes and stuff added to this game isn’t QoL stuff, refining the half implemented and broken systems they have in game, or to bring in a larger audience or new players, but to satiate the remaining diehard players, primarily the whales, and keep the lights on as far as development goes.

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Songs for Children

It’s just another cash grab to get the existing whales to pay a little (i.e. a lot) more.

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Deadly Habit

Meanwhile…

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cambruin

So what’s the deal now? Is this new studioactually invested into this game? Or do they stay true to the Portularium MO? God, what a heinous company that was. Reminds me of standing Stone Games. Same predatory and pityfull abuse of whales, but at least they have a strong foundation laid by those who preceded them.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

It’s the same people, just minus Richard Garriot. It seems they likely made this conversion to void kickstarters promises as they were made by a different company (Portalium) and not the “new” owners (Catnip). Everything else is the same as before.

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Armsbend

The negativity surrounding this game is absolutely hilarious. If a budding scientist isn’t doing a social experiment on this right now – it is a crime against humanity. There is so much to learn!

I miss SongsForChildren and his SotA hatred!

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Loopy

We live in a society

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Songs for Children

I love you too.

Narficus
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Narficus

It certainly is an MMO study on how well you can beat down your audience until they feel like they need to get together and put it delicately that things have become unacceptable for even the remaining key players. The fear of imminent reprisal is evident.

What are Portnip going to do with them – bantagonize with lies, as is tradition?

Oh, wait. Then there would be nobody left playing Shroud. That is why THIS TIME got a handwave when in the past that would have been gone from the forums and the user banned until they had to beg and grovel to be allowed back.

Mark this day. This is the day Portnip have finally F’ed Off everyone.

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sawthelightsota

Wait, according to the powers the be at Catnip, MOP only posts negative, clickbait articles meant to destroy SotA. Surely this article is a mistake? :)

Good luck to those trying to claim a new spot, though the new continent so far is totally empty. So placing towns where nothing exists is, interesting, and surely won’t cause spicy feelings when/if actual content gets added (you placed a POI too far away from my town and too close to Bob’s town! Favoritism!!!).

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Songs for Children

This seems completely pointless when nothing’s being done to attract and keep new players.

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Relmharver

Awesome! More player houses and towns for people to hang out in solo, forever alone.

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shibby523

Nah, they just need to throw a naked dance party or create a sex dungeon and they’ll have people over in a jiffy.

Narficus
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Narficus

You’re not wrong. And yet some people wonder why that Team of Industry Veterans professionalism is so fascinating to study.