Lord British’s Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium, Inc.)

Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium, Inc.)

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, alte Computerspieldesignhelden entdecken Kickstarter. Nach Brian Fargo (Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numera) und einigen anderen schickt sich nun auch Richard Garriott de Cayeux, Lord British, an, die Computer-Spielreihe Ultima fortzusetzen. Die Firma Portalarium, Inc. will auf diesem Weg 1.000.000 $ bis 07.04.2013 sammeln. Das Spiel soll für Windows, Mac und Linux erscheinen.

„Lord British returns to his fantasy RPG roots with Shroud of the Avatar, hearkening back to his innovative early work.


Shroud of the Avatar general features:


From Lord British’s Treatise on „What is an Ultimate RPG?“:

  • Fully interactive virtual world – If it looks usable, it should do something
  • Deep original fiction – Ethical parables, cultural histories, fully developed alternate language text
  • Physical game components will be available: Cloth map, fictional manuals, trinkets
  • Multiplayer Online Game – which can also be played solo player / offline

Classless character system:
Unlike most RPGs, players will not be limited to the class they select at the beginning of the game. We will be discussing this feature in more detail during an upcoming Developer Blog.


Player housing:
Player housing will live in the persistent shared world, so real estate will have location value.

The least expensive housing can be found in Villages, which offer the highest density of low-cost housing.  The core of a village will include basic services that will encourage players to both visit and settle in the area.  Villages are a great place for an ambitious adventurer to hang their hat. (Only a few thousand Village homes will be available to players in-game.)

Towns on the other hand, offer more protection and amenities than Villages. The larger amount of available services will further increase traffic flow to your home or business. Plots of land will be larger as well, allowing players to build bigger houses. Towns are an excellent place to start a business while affording moderate levels of safety. (Only a few hundred Town homes will be available to players in-game.)


A City provides substantial protection for players, with large, vital services to draw players to visit and spend their coin. Cities can be protected by large defensive structures like Tesla towers, and offer luxuries not found in Towns or Villages. Cities also have the largest and most valuable homesteads. Be aware though, that the most valuable properties are available to very limited number of players and will likely be in high demand! (Only a few dozen City homes will be available to players in-game.)

Once a house is purchased, players will need to pay regular taxes on it of course. But as a special thank you to select Kickstarter supporters, all housing obtained by making a Kickstarter pledge of Citizen, Lord, Baron, Duke or Lord of the Manor will be tax free for life!


Crafting system that avoids busy work:
Craft as a hobby or as a career! The results of all crafting elements have value as consumables and components in the combat system, as well as maintenance and upgrade elements for housing and cities. The crafting system will be a topic of discussion in one of our upcoming Developer Blogs.


Meaningful PVP that also minimizes griefing:
An incentive-driven system will draw players into the challenge and intrigue of the PVP experience, whether they become the hunter or the hunted!


Scene based encounters:
In a nod to Garriott’s early RPG works, Shroud of the Avatar is split up into a high-level overland map and adventure scenes. Scenes are generally re-playable and can be experienced solo or with others.“
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues product decription

Kickstarter das Allheilmittel der unabhängigen analogen und digitalen Spieleindustrie? Hoffen wir, dass dieses Phänomen nicht wie eine Blase platzt. Ich gehe davon aus, dass Crowdfunding zunächst weiter wächst. Gleichzeitig erwarte ich in der nächsten Zeit „einen Skandal“, der diese Zeiterscheinung wieder etwas mehr erdet.

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues -- Kicktraq Mini

Images: Portalarium, Inc., Kicktraq

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