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The Game Archaeologist: Tabula Rasa

The story of Tabula Rasa begins, as so many others do, with 1997's Ultima Online. Raph Koster and Richard Garriott's online fantasy...
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Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO surprises of 2019

After 10 years of covering MMORPG news, I can assure you that I am still fired up to keep doing this. One of the...

Shroud of the Avatar claims move from Portalarium to Catnip will bring ‘positive change’

Honest-to-goodness hope or trying to put a brave face on things? We'll let you decide when you read Catnip Studios' letter following

Shroud of the Avatar finally admits the Kickstarter book is not happening, offers in-game items instead

Yesterday, we covered the bizarre but perhaps expected news that Portalarium has transferred Shroud of the Avatar and other assets to Catnip Games,...

Shroud of the Avatar changes hands as Portalarium transfers assets to Catnip Games

Hey you know when's a good time to drop potentially bad news? Underneath somebody else's even bigger bad news. Apparently, today it's going to...

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

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

Shroud of the Avatar addresses CEO confusion, playerbase ‘re-engagement campaign’

Remember back in the fall of 2018, when there was a flurry of speculation over Shroud of the Avatar as Portalarium's Richard...

Shroud of the Avatar developers address Kickstarter reward novel fulfillment, SEC filings

Over the last few days, we've had a rash of tipsters reaching out to us with concerns about Shroud of the Avatar, and...

Shroud of the Avatar’s R65 is live with upgrades for performance, pets, and item weight

And it's live: Shroud of the Avatar's 65th release rolled out to players yesterday, meaning you'll have all weekend to break play...

R64 springs into Shroud of the Avatar with city buffs, player dungeon changes, and killer bunnies

Developers of Shroud of the Avatar are still working hard on the Top-10 priorities they mentioned in the Q1 update schedule. Today,...

Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium temporarily closes office in favor of remote studio

It sounds as if Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium has uprooted its home office. "We are nomadic now," Portalarium's Starr Long told players...

Shroud of the Avatar expands fishing and teleporting with today’s release

Shroud of the Avatar's final update of the year is live later today as Release 61 hits the ground running and the...

Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium confirms it’s taken over European publishing from Travian

Back in October, we briefly covered the news that Travian Games, Shroud of the Avatar's European publisher since 2017, appeared to

Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott sheds CEO title for Creative Director role

It looks as if some corporate reorganization is going on over at Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium, as Richard Garriott's CEO title...

MMO Business Roundup: FIFA lockboxes, anti-swatting policy, Fortnite on SNL, Free Guy, UO postmortem

Whenever our newsroom gets overloaded with weird industry-related articles that nobody feels like writing, another edition of the MMO Business Roundup gets its...

One Shots: Supporting characters

When you look for famous characters in your MMO, you may be looking for someone complete different than the rest of the crowd. Lt. Commander Hikari...

New Ultima Online book gathers developer and player interviews to document oral history

Old-school MMORPG players, heads-up for you: If you're a fan of Ultima Online or wanted to hear more about the seminal MMORPG after...

Shroud of the Avatar suffers layoffs, saying ‘right-sizing’ is needed ahead of episode 2

It appears as if Portalarium is suffering some layoffs and downsizing in the wake of the launch of Shroud of the Avatar: The...

Shroud of the Avatar’s release 54 today brings new house recipe, nested containers, and companion buffs – but not brewing

Fifty-four! That's the number stamped on today's Shroud of the Avatar release, going live at 11:30 a.m. EDT this morning. The monthly update...

Shroud of the Avatar has swapped all store credits for gold crowns as of today

Update 52 is old news - Shroud of the Avatar is already looking ahead to release 53 and beyond. So sayeth the game's