You are a Royal Founder Kickstart backer of Shroud of the Avatar. You are fucking proud, you are elite, you’re an Avatar, you helped bring Richard Garriott’s name back into… well at least the fringe of the RPG world. You love Ultima, you breathe it, eat it, bloody shit out little Ankhs, and you can’t wait to get into SotA Day 1. One of your biggest buying points into the game was a very limited number of houses being offered, you’ll have your own unique home to show off, it will be one of a kind, it will be grand it will be as special as you are for helping make this game possible by allowing the Kickstart goal to be met. To you, Portalarium has a message for you: Thanks for the cash suckers, now why don’t you go outside and play hide and go fuck yourselves!
I’m not really even kidding. We have to take a little trip up Bullshit Mountain again boys and girls, hope you’ve got your high heals ready. I’m going to keep this simple though and intentionally not going into the middle of this pile to die all at once. That being the case, we’re going to leave the Royal Founder Parting of the Account Sea miracle out of the picture. We will only talk about the process itself and taking a look at the inner money tiers, we’ll call them “Backer sub-worth” slots.
Click HERE(or image for full size) to get a simple idea of how this is all going to play out in terms of power structure:
The above graphic simply lays out what we know so far, and really, it ain’t much! We need to discuss the “Backer sub-worth” values though. Portalarium firstly classifies you in the main Backer Tier which was from the Shroud of the Avatar Kickstart. This is what you would expect and how you should really be assigned a value to SotA, from your direct contribution before the Kickstart was completed. But that isn’t all.
Next up comes the beautiful mess of what they call “Eras” – I suppose the term is technically accurate as they have tried to classify people into Kickstarts(Royal Founders) and then the fucking mess of the “Founder” and “Benefactor” Era classifications. Best left for another post.
Lastly we then have the formula applied to each and every one of our accounts, the “Backer sub-worth” formula. Lets take a closer look at this in my Citizen pledge:
I am a Citizen Royal Founder backer, that means I pledged $500 before the Kickstart ended, at least. You can see that attached to the Citizen Royal Founder tree are three further tiers, the “Backer sub-worth”, somewhere in there is where I would be. But we don’t really know where, according to Starr long those further sub-worth tiers they label us with are To Be Determined.
“There will be 3 groups, exact dollar amount will be determined closer to launch.”
Well that is just fucking great, and seems like it is very well planned out. Just to show you how well it is planned out, someone asked Starr if after the Backer sub-worth tiers are specified, could we then still put money against our accounts to jump up the tiers to jump in front of people. His response:
This is not new information my peoples. The reason we are covering this today is that we are very near to the 1 year anniversary of this information, and what more do we know? Fuck all. I’m really digging this Crowd-funding Ecosystem they’ve got here, how about you all?
In any case, not only are they assigning a value tag to your account on top of your KS Tier and their Era tier, they are going to create a mad bloody rush of donations as soon as they announce these further Backer sub-worth tiers. I can just see it now, 1 week or 2 prior to release date:
“We’ve announced Lot Process! Here it is! Hurry and donate now to make sure you get the best spot!”
For fucks sake, it has taken some time for anyone to come to the table on this stuff at all. Prince Guni has at least got the ball moving on some of this and had it raised for discussion. Naturally that discussion was locked up and we again were pretty much told, don’t call us we’ll call you.
It really burns my balls that someone can go into the add-on store right now, buy a useless fucking pet, and then get priority over me for their lot selection. They are making this as convoluted as they possibly can, and we’ve barely just scratched the surface on lot selections. All I have left to say on the matter is that this does not surprise me one bit, though frequently I ask myself a question. Do Portalarium feel shame?
Again, if you bought a house, I am sorry, feel free to cry.
INSTRUCTIONS UNCLEAR – GOT DICK STUCK IN SOTA R16
One more time! One more time! Sixteen! Sixteen! Sixteen!
Shroud of the Avatar or sometimes abbreviated SotA has some instructions which were released and are available for Shroud of the Avatar Release 16, or sometimes written as sixteen and possibly R16. These instructions are probably the best SotA instructions available for any Shroud of the Avatar release involving instructions.
There are more than 16 instructions in this release of the Shroud of the Avatar instructions for R16. In fact, they may even add more instructions every release, so you can expect them to grow over time. New in the next SotA release instructions: HATS. Fucking so many fucking hats. Instructions on how to get hats. Instructions on how to wear hats. Instructions on who else needs hats. Way more than 16 hats are required in any carebear’s Shroud of the Avatar house.
Getting a house however in SotA is difficult. Instructions to get a house, or 16, aren’t available in Shroud of the Avatar Release 16 instructions, nor any other release instructions. You will likely have to just give all your money to Portalarium. That is the only instruction you need. It is over 16 dollars though. It is over 16 times 16 dollars. BUT DONT LOOSE FAITH! 16 dollars times 16, and then times another 16 will get you a decent house!! Not the best, but decent.
So I hope this helps you with R16 SotA release 16. I know a lot of people out there are googling for help on various Shroud of the Avatar releases, especially 16, and would hate for someone to totally not be able to find all their release 16 hats or something. Shroud of the Avatar hats are the whole game man, really, without a SotA hat in release 16, you are still somebody… A fucking loser.
This concludes the R16 Shroud SotA of the Release 16 Avatar Instructions.
INSTRUCTIONS UNCLEAR – GOT DICK STUCK IN SOTA R15
Shroud of the Avatar or sometimes abbreviated SotA has some instructions which were released and are available for Shroud of the Avatar Release 15, or sometimes written as fifteen and possibly R15. These instructions are probably the best SotA instructions available for any Shroud of the Avatar release involving instructions.
There are more than 15 instructions in this release of the Shroud of the Avatar instructions for R15. In fact, they may even add more instructions every release, so you can expect them to grow over time. New in the next SotA release instructions: HATS. Fucking so many fucking hats. Instructions on how to get hats. Instructions on how to wear hats. Instructions on who else needs hats. Way more than 15 hats are required in any carebear’s Shroud of the Avatar house.
Getting a house however in SotA is difficult. Instructions to get a house, or 15, aren’t available in Shroud of the Avatar Release 15 instructions, nor any other release instructions. You will likely have to just give all your money to Portalarium. That is the only instruction you need. It is over 15 dollars though. It is over 15 times 15 dollars. BUT DONT LOOSE FAITH! 15 dollars times 15, and then times another 15 will get you a decent house!! Not the best, but decent.
So I hope this helps you with R15 SotA release 15. I know a lot of people out there are googling for help on various Shroud of the Avatar releases, especially 15, and would hate for someone to totally not be able to find all their release 15 hats or something. Shroud of the Avatar hats are the whole game man, really, without a SotA hat in release 15, you are still somebody… A fucking loser.
This concludes the R15 Shroud SotA of the Release 15 Avatar Instructions.
What can you expect? It seems that Shroud of the Avatar only release information to sources which are very very cosy with them!
Here are my comments, in which I was banned for. I even said it was a great article and didn’t blame the author! 🙂
Fair enough I did get one thing wrong according to Andy Cortez a SotA Dev who has corrected me on Art sourced from Unity. I made a correction post on that which was also deleted here is what Andy had to say:
@aInsaneMembrane we actually do not buy assets and give them to people
I made a few more comments on the article which were also removed I didn’t back any of them up I didn’t figure it would be required. I should have learned my lessons on that by now!
To be continued, Polygon…
Wow, so these foos over at Polygon have read the post I put against the SotA housing article, deemed it warn-worthy and have provided me with a warning. For more background see my article in response to the Polygon/SotA ‘interview’ here: https://insanemembrain.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/polygon-article-sota-housing/
They obviously didn’t do their homework and have no idea what they are talking about, but what can you expect from people these days in any case? I don’t have issues with the dev team, lawl. I’ve got issues with nubs who post articles about bullshit which comes from sources whom are either indifferent or just provide an opinion which doesn’t represent the rest of the SotA community. Which wasn’t even consulted or given a chance to participate by the way.
I think what pisses me off the most, I wasn’t even trolling them. Didn’t spew out a bunch of curse words either. Under their own guidelines the only thing they could have removed my post for was trolling, and that would have been a long stretch, but for some moderators as you know just having a disagreement with them equals trolling.
Now that I think about it, maybe I should get them the real information and get that post corrected. As they have stated this:
Polygon makes every effort for stories to be completely accurate upon publication. Inaccurate stories will be corrected but not removed.
Well in any case, I have re-posted and kept it a bit more generic… Lets see how they like this one:
Great article. I support SotA currently at the Citizen level KickStart pledge level and am looking forward to it.
I am wondering though about the sources of your article? I have a Dev+ Forum account, but there was no mention or discussion on this prior to release. I have also not seen Tina Swafford (aka Fireangel) or Lori Treleaven (aka Dame Lori) pop up in any of the developer profiles on the SotA form. They are also not listed as staff.
Who exactly are they, and how do they have accurate information from inside the Shroud of the Avatar team?
So something has my panties in a bunch, and holy shit it isn’t Air Marshal Owain this time!
It is this article on Polygon. It features “information” on Shroud of the Avatar Housing from two sources, what they have in common is that they are both women and both dev+ backers(even though one of them was given free dev+).
- developer+ community member: Fireangel.
- developer+ community member: DameLori(or some shit like that)
I have recently touched a little bit on Fireangle in this article about Chick Loot. Not going to waste much time on Damn Lori because all she does is re-blog shit, doesn’t have any thoughts of her own.
Why does this suck? Well, some guy is putting information out there about SotA using only two community members who don’t really care about the housing and haven’t been given any additional information about housing from the Portalarium. Why even write the article?
So, why did two women who were dev+ backers get a chance to do this? Well I suspect FireLotus, Community Manager at SotA, selected her girlfriends Fireangel and Damn Lori to do it for us. This wasn’t a competition which was won by those users, it wasn’t earned, it was simply given. I do know plenty of people on the forum(both dev and non-dev) who have better ideas, opinions, and experience with housing than the two people selected. Those points could have been presented to the interviewer to enrich that article in any number of ways.
I know I am not the only one whom is also a Dev+ backer who is a little bit jaded by this. We have all been contributing and have been active with some very visible, but they were not given this opportunity, because we were skipped over for a brainless re-blogger and a charity case.
You don’t have to take my word for it. I take screen shots of everything(click to zoom) I do, I knew one day I’d eventually piss enough people off to get banned. Here are some of the things Fireangel and Lori had to say:
“…I’m no more ‘privy’ to facts than anyone else.” – Fireangel
“Starr did not screen anything and didn’t even have any idea what my opinion on housing is…” – Damn Lori
I’ve played just about every MMO under the sun at one time or another and aside from them becoming progressively worse over time, there is one other constant; Chick Loot.
What the hell is Chick Loot you ask? Well it is quite simple! Chick Loot are things/items that female, or male pretending to be female, gamers are given in-game. There is a large imbalance in the attention that Girl Gamers experience online in this area when compared to men. Come on guys, you know it is true. I will give you a pretty recent example from an upcoming game called Shroud of the Avatar and a woman who got Chick Loot long long before the game was even playable! Say hello to Fireangel:
Fireangel’s SotA forum avatar
If you don’t know, Shroud of the Avatar is a “comeback” title for the series of Ultima from Richard Garriott. It was KickStarted, and people who made donations of $400 or better have been rewarded with slightly more access to dev information and feedback than normal users, although that has not yet started to any signifigant degree. So recently two women were featured in an online interview about housing in the game, one of them being Fireangle. Why? Two reasons specifically for Fireangel:
- She is a woman.
- She has a special KickStarter backer pledge assosciated with her account.
You probably have a few questions, what do either of those have to do with anything? 1) She is a woman, and so is the Shroud of the Avatar Community Manager: FireLotus. Ok fine, so girls stick together and that is to be expected. Also if she donated to the game, then who cares, she spent over $400 to have a chance to be selected! Well that brings us to 2) Fireangel was actually given a Dev+ backer status for free, she didn’t pay for it. I am not actually clear on this, but I suspect that this was very very good Chick Loot; some guy, gave her at least $400 before the game was even in Alpha stage, before a demo was released! Ultimate Chick Loot lawl.
At least I suspect it was Chick Loot and not FireLotus just giving her a Dev+ account so the girls can stick together… You decide.
My own experience; when I was out at the Britain Crossroads playing Ultima Online, it was actually pretty amazing to behold all of the nubs walking around pretending they were girls or were actually women playing the game but expecting different treatment. I would get comments like “oh hai, you wouldn’t hurt a girl” – wrong, PK’d. “hi hunny, could you help me with–” no, PK’d. They always had awesome shizzle on them also, rares that were given to them by guys, they had gotten use to carrying it around because for the most part being a woman got them out of a lot of sticky situations.
You can pick these women/men out pretty easily. They always make a huge effort to dress overly feminine in game, act very submissively, use obvious names on forums with ridiculous Avatars, and talk with words only women would use from the 1960’s like hun, hunny, or sweets.
In any case, if anyone out there reads this and wants to give me their input I’d like to know why you give girls in games free crap, or why if you are a girl you solicit or encourage that.