Remember that one time, at SotA camp, Portalarium got caught changing the text of their Kickstarter pledge tiers after the fact to help them walk back certain things? You can read about that HERE if you do not. That event was what turned me from calling out people in the community for being less than reputable to expanding my horizons and looking at everything including the company and Devs. If you walk through a pile of dog crap, there is sure to be dog around there somewhere who put it there.
I went on to declare NPC Companions “dead” on November 9th, 2014. Now that you are all caught up, you are aware that even if you have pledged as Developer tier or above, you know that Portalarium have no intention of giving you access to information, tools, or opportunities required to fulfil this kick start promise. In fact, even if you took it upon yourself to create your NPC and sent it to them, it would imply fall onto deaf ears.
Unless. Unless your name is enderandrew.
So, have you ever been to Ardoris? Ever talk to an NPC there? If you have, then you’ve actually been reading enderandrew’s work. Astonishingly the Portalarium Devs, for the most part Lum, have ignored everyone else’s pleas for action on this matter while at the same time accepting and implementing a very large body of work from enderandrew. 95,000 words just for Ardoris NPCs alone by enderandrew’s own admissions.
How did enderandrew leverage his work to be put into the game? There was no announcement on this, there was no community competition or interview process for this. How did Portalarium take that body of work, review it, edit it, and input it into Shroud of the Avatar? Is enderandrew’s writing flawless and perfectly formatted always? No. The answers are, it doesn’t matter! It was done, it is in the game, and purely from a crazy place in my head I can simply come to one conclusion: enderandrew did it, that means I can too. But wait… Can I? Because Lum is not accepting writing from anyone else, and nobody really knows why.
There are other writers out there. No, not me. Go have a look at the Writer Round Table. There is more than one person there, they have some convincingly skilled people doing certain tasks, and the work is good. So again, why only enderandrew? As usual the answers from Portalarium here have been non-existent, transparency is not something Portalarium have been very good at in the past and it just continues to get worse. Their only course of action seems to be to ignore problems and when poked hard enough the answer is? Yes: “We’re too busy.”
The phrase Situation Normal needs to be changed to Situation Portalarium.
We are all familiar what has happened to NPC Companions from previous articles here, or if you follow SotA on the forum closely enough then you already know yourself. If you are new, in a nutshell Portalarium have taken this essential part of their Single Player game and have delayed work on it for the release of Episode 1.
To compound the issue the communication between the Devs and the Community is so bloody poor, I wager close to 95% of the Community has no idea how to respond back to the Devs at times. On the subject of Companions for example we already know that the Devs have tried to limit expectations so badly when it comes to fulfilling their Kickstarter Pledge promises, all that we can hope for is to E-Mail the Devs a name for a NPC and on a first come first serve basis they will randomly allocate those names to an NPC in a random area. This is documented in another previous article HERE.
I’m not just bringing up history to make a point. The reason I talk about this gain now is the following topic on the Shroud of the Avatar Forum:
The high pledge level poster had this to ask:
“I submitted an NPC for the role of alchemist in Ardoris, and received a confirmation e-mail that said NPC had been accepted. But the only alchemist I can find in Ardoris is NOT the character I submitted. Am I missing something? Is there another alchemist?”
– Artair Geal
My question is since I have not recieved the PDF promised by Portalarium in the Kickstarter pledge tier which corresponds to the severly cut down “Name your NPC Only” reward, how can he name an Alchemist? Did he just hope there would be an Alchemist in the city of Ardoris? Did I miss an E-Mail or forum post with the PDF, an E-Mail with information detailing how many NPCs of which type were up for naming? No. I don’t think I did.
I believe the standing order is to just E-Mail names to them directly and that is that. Though, that isn’t what bugs me. Check out the following comment in the same thread.
“I didn’t even know they were taking in NPC’s yet…”
Rune’s ass is all over the forums, and he didn’t see it either let alone even knew about the standing order to randomly E-Mail Portalarium names. Excellent. There are many more comments in the Dev+ area in a thread a few months back about NPC naming also. Rune isn’t alone, most of Dev+ have no idea what is happening either.
So how about it Shroudies, did you know that you can send in your name choice to the Devs already? Are you happy they cut down the stretch goal to create an NPC to just naming the NPC only? Well, apparently Lum is taking forum conversations about this topic. Start one with him today about it.