Shroud of the Avatar PvP Player Kickstarts A Player Owned Town

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This one slipped under my radar also, and it is a shame because if I had known about this before hand I would have been pretty interested in at least backing the project even if not interested in joining the POT. The basic premise here is a POT of PvPers. But this is fought with danger for quite a few reasons.

The KS page for the project is here:


The SotA forum post for it is here:



I think the biggest dangers are around how POTs are going to be handled. There is very little authoritative information about POTs, and in fact Portalarium seems quite intent on rolling back a lot of the initial expectations because they went from a theoretical numbers of 60 Р80 POTs or some shit right up into the hundreds of POTs now. They obviously felt it necessary to keep collecting the dollars and to start managing, or culling, expectations that they were not going to be quite as robust as they said they were to begin with.

Open PvP of the “full loot” variety which the POT owner & Kickstarter Abydos is largely an advocate of I would consider in question also. It will be very good for the game, as well as PvP players, that this idea succeed. The game is already filled to the top with carebear players who want to get experience points for typing emotes, something needs to bring the community to the centre and find a decent balance of players before this becomes Second life of the Avatar. If Abydos can manage to centralise some of that on the side of PvP and bring one strong collective of voices to the fold, we may see some progress in PvP.

He will need a lot of luck.





Polygon BANs InsaneMembrane – Deletes All Posts

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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! ūüôā


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:


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…

Polygon Warns InsaneMembrane – Deletes Post

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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?

Polygon Article – SotA Housing

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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+).

  1. developer+ community member: Fireangel.
  2. 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







SotA Chick Loot – What Do You Think?

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Hello Gamers,

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:

  1. She is a woman.
  2. 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.