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Starr Long Confirms Player Owned Town Delays Shroud of the Avatar

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delaySimple illustration on effects of delays to a project.

Let me just say one thing, because I don’t think enough people know this. I want Shroud of the Avatar to succeed.  You read that correctly, I do. What I really wanted from Shroud of the Avatar was an awesome single player game from the days of old. That ship has sailed however and we will not get that. The MMO driver was too great, too attractive for Portalarium to ignore as a business. Do I still want something good to play from them? Yes.

More delays though. This release has included a new batch of 133 Player Owned Towns. That is correct, one hundred and thirty-three. 100+33. That is a large number of Player Towns, and certainly a lot of work went into them, right? According to a lot of the people on the Shroud of the Avatar forums, no!

“Again, it’s complete speculation on your part that PoT design and development has been at the expense of the majority of players.”

duchess pls giv me ur drugs gurl

“My point remains – PoT implementation is NOT the*main* *single* or *major* culprit when it comes to a delay of game release. End. Of. Story.”

duchess pls giv me ur drugs gurl

Duchess Wyldemane, Multiple Player Town Owner.

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Duchess there seems pretty certain about all this, I wonder if she is defending Player Towns because she owns a couple of them? Her first quotable was a bit different, where she said that PoT implementation is not the culprit at all when it comes to game release. “End. Of. Story.” Clearly she saw the error of her ways and edited the post..

Forget about the community members defending their investments, what do the actual Developers and Project Managers of Shroud of the Avatar have to say about the matter though? We have a pretty good indication now thanks to this recent write up byRed Thomas, CEO of Texas company RedKnight marketing. Red here is no stranger to Shroud of the Avatar:

“During my recent trip to Austin, Starr Long and I had a chance to have one of those bigger picture conversations about the state of Shroud of the Avatar.”

lulz pots are fucked – end of story duchess wyldfart!

“Up to this point, developers have been working with town owners to customize each instance, and that’s taking up a lot more time than anyone really expected or desired.”

lulz pots are fucked – end of story duchess wyldfart!

– Red Thomas, CEO RedKnight marketing

lulz pots are fucked – end of story duchess wyldfart!

Right, Starr has disclosed what most of the critical thinking minds already knew and wished everyone would just accept and understand: Player Towns are sucking down Development resources. Not only have they been working with the owners to customize their instances, we have to assume around 100 of them now, in conjunction with that they created and deployed the Player Town tools on top of that work. This came out of Starr’s mouth, in person no misunderstanding to an interviewer(maybe?) who visited him on premise.  The SotA Forum-norm may now accept it, acknowledge it, and live it.

One final thought here, and I’m not sure this ever clicked with me before I suppose because I could give a flying frack about housing. It appears that the reason we have this small and ill-conceived dual scale map system with the Overland map was simply to cater for house lot investment by high level backers.

“Probably the biggest lesson learned from Ultima Online was that people want to have their own housing. The second biggest lesson was that players would rapidly turn intended wilderness into trans-Britannia suburbia in rapid order…”

lulz pots are fucked – end of story duchess wyldfart!

“They solved the issue by creating instanced communities, with some of them being NPC controlled and central to game plots.”

lulz pots are fucked – end of story duchess wyldfart!

– Red Thomas, CEO RedKnight marketing

lulz pots are fucked – end of story duchess wyldfart!

Damn. Our gorgeous monoscale map was killed by housing. /sadface

 

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Starr Goes Beserk? – Shroud of the Avatar Dev Alt Accounts

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I’ve long suspected a few accounts out there to be fake Dev shells. But never one I’ve written about, until now. Katrina Bekers(Beserk). Funny too, as Katrina the symbol of all things Humility was selected for the name of this fake account. A few things over the past few days and a few key words have really flared up and made this a little too obvious.

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Shit, I’m not even surprised! Only in the fact that it was a bit easy to uncover this due to some pretty silly shit. Everyone has forum Alt accounts. Moderators aren’t allowed to post as their mod accounts, they have Alts. Carebears who wish to strengthen their agreement with how things are going have Alts. Those of us who have been banned for speaking the truth have Alts. Those who don’t see eye to eye and are afraid of being banned have Alts. I am myself an Alt, and I have Alts of Alts ffs. Alts are a thing.

Well, they were a thing. They are about to be severely cut back due to Starr’s policy of locking everyone out of the forum until they pay $5 to gain access. The people who run the show however like Startrina there, will still be free to speak as one of us, a wolf amongst the sheep, until the end. However it comes. And, we all fucking deserve it too. Who has stood up for everyone who hasn’t already backed the game? Not many.

Back to the good old Portalarium mission statement.

“Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

SotA Executive Producer Authorises Gold To High Level Backers – Pleb Chaos Ensues

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19940qlkikiekjpgStarr Long’s (aka Darkstarr) Vault

R12 Dev+ testing opened earlier this week and it was having some issues. You would expect that serious bugs in gameplay took prevented players from playing properly right? No fuckwit, haven’t you been paying attention to what I say here? Could it have been greedy fucking asshole players like Duke Violation? Yes, of course so! It turns out that the Dev+ players got so upset about not having their pledge rewards, they figured out that if you log in, give cash to a friend, log out re-create a character and log back in, you have a fresh $500 gold pile to play with. This in turn created such an unexpected load on the Shroud of the Avatar login servers, it prompted the Devs to take the game offline.
This is kind of comical what follows next. To try and stem the influx of login attempts from players smashing the exploit new characters for gold, some of the Devs logged in and started handing out massive wads of cash, lawl! That too went down about as good as a balloon filled with shit as you can imagine. Oh Insane, you’re over reacting, you are being a spoilt little bitch because you didn’t get any money too! Well, no not really. Duke Volation received 500,000 in gold coins. Yes boys and girls, I got the number of zeros right on that figure. But it is ok! It is fair because it is pre-alpha according to Duke Violation, and since none of this is permanent it doesn’t even really matter.
That is wrong Violation, you handing out fucking cash like welfare was popular, you are pulling people into your guild with that cash. Winning friends and influencing nubs. Don’t be a pathetic little bitch Violation, you know what you are getting out of this. Again, Duke Violation’s main reason for requesting the money is simply that in this pre-alpha, he is warrioring for people who are fucking pissed off because in the pre-alpha they don’t have access to their pledge rewards, mainly lot deeds and shit. Seriously, we have some Lord Marshals hating on Lords of the Manners and everyone who didn’t get cash hating on Darkstarr right now!

FUCK YOU YOU GREEDY FUCKING TWATS!!!

You can all hate on me as much as you want due to how I go about some things, but you know what, I was on the bandwagon against this long before it ever came to this. I was riding shotgun up there trying different methods of exposing these types of attitudes and individuals in different ways, hoping that it would matter and things would get changed. Instead I got perma-banned, twice 😛
Let us go all the way back to May, 2013! Read this forum post on the SotA forum HERE:
https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/sota-civil-rights-and-lone-wolves-act-of-2013.1431/
Also I would like you all to know, that someone in the SotA staff keep a pretty close eye on this blog. There seems to be a trend of them locking threads I reference from here, LOLZ! They locked the above thread I think sometime after I posted around 28th of August 2014 😛  Glad to have influential readers!
In any case, here are some quotes from my thread!

“Personally I do think that the classification of any person or persons into any category at all for any reason is shameful. Let alone based on the contribution in which they could afford during a KS campaign, or whatever other idiotic thing is going to pop-up in the future.”

– InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

fuck you violation

“It sounds like we are going to have a bit of a segregation issue. Kickstarters, non-KS backers, and non-bakers it has started already to boil down into. This is quite a bit of a shame, and the reason is that just as I am being excited for the first time about a game like this, the community(people in this forum) are making the continued excitement difficult. I can imagine that if I feel this strife, others can also and that is only going to spread if not checked.”

– InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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“It is a difficult subject, but I feel that everyone should feel like they should be included. Not only now but for the duration of SotA in the future. The direction we are currently headed however, looks like it is off the edge of a cliff!”

– InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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“In conclusion to the above, sharing experiences with other players in a guild setting is perfectly fine. However, I think that every player should be treated as an equal individual in the game weather in a guild or not, or having donated via KS / donated at all.”

– InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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“Basically I think what I am trying to say is this: I seem to now be willing to try and play a different play style with SotA. What have you done to me Richard Garriott!!! However, I wouldn?t go anywhere near SotA with THAT play style if it turns into a combination of an Oligarchical Lord of the Flies. Not at all. If it turns out that SotA is Lord of the Flies with Houses, then what needs to happen is the ability or me to PK everyone and create my own balance!”

– InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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Guys, this was well over a year ago I posted these comments. Not only has the attitude continued unchecked by the people responsible for the community and development of the game, it has gotten way worse. In this case, I actually do feel a bit sorry for the Devs again. They should be trying to manage the game issues and project timelines, instead now they have to worry about all the raging greedy fat choads out there like Duke Violation who might just turn into large community areas of dissent if they don’t get what they feel they should be getting when they feel they should have it. What can they do when it has come so far down this road really?
That being said, I feel a bit worried and uneasy about how close some of these inbreed groups are to the Devs. Friendships are fine, but when friendships start turning into in-game advantage that is very not fine mofos. Taking and taking and taking at the same time you are benefiting from it, denying it has any effect at all, is just plain Privilege. Something you shouldn’t have ever had a taste of Violation, but something tells me that you are use to it.
The thread was locked up later on when some very high level backers started to voice their discomfort about what was going on. I respect them so much for this, and thank them for their voice. At this point that voice has not been deleted from the Dev+ forum and Dev+ members are still able to read it. But I will warn Portalarium, if you delete those posts, I’ll be their faithful proxy as always.
There is more to the story, especially since the discussion was picked up in non-dev forum by Bubonic. It too was locked up. Shame, seems as if Suppression of the Avatar continues at full pace.
Where is my fucking joint.