Update of the Avatar #221
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Q2 2017 Schedule Update

Our priority continues to be to deliver new content to our backers each and every month, so that you can provide feedback that will help us iteratively improve Shroud of the Avatar. In addition to the focus on the first few hours of gameplay, Q2 will include a lot of work on polishing the overall experience.

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Free Trial Test #2: April 6-10!

We are excited to announce our second test of our Free Trial system April 6 – 10! If you know anyone who would like to try the game for free, then please send them to the download page. These tests are invaluable for us in order to improve the New User Experience and the Free Trial System itself.

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The Making of Verdantis Mines (update)

Verdantis Mines is in the northern tip of the Mariah Mountains. The elves of the region have been mining the mountains for many years. Unfortunately the area is also full of undead and elementals. Verdantis Mines started as a clone of Graff Gem Mines, but is being completely rebuilt and will hopefully go live in Release 41 or 42.

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Novia Renamed to TRAMMUCCA

For many years now, players have been debating having PVP and non PVP areas be mixed together on the map. Many players on both sides want to play fully undisturbed by the other kind of players. After much consideration, we have taken all of that feedback and have decided to rename Novia to TRAMMUCCA!

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R39 Lot Deed Raffle Winners

The latest Lot Deed Raffle was drawn with deeds awarded to 30 lucky winners. There were two raffles, one for each lot type. Raffle tickets grant the holder a chance to win deeds of any size (Row, Village, Town, or City). Release 40 Lot Deed Raffle has begun! Details in the forums.

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Tech Talk Tuesday

Community member Violation Clauth reached out to our Technology Director, Chris “Atos” Spears, about doing a regular video hangout where they dig into the details of the “numbers”. Chris of course agreed and the first video was recently recorded! They hope to make it a semi-regular occurrence as their schedules allow.

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MMORPG.com & IGN Unfiltered

Red Thomas got a sneak peek at our Q2 schedule update last week and wrote a preview article for MMORPG.com, entitled "Shooting Solo". Ryan McCaffrey, the host of IGN Unfiltered, did a long interview with Richard “Lord British” Garriott and they posted it in three parts, as well as a few excerpts like “What It’s Like to Poop in Space”.

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Events Calendar

Apr 6 – 10, 2017 – R40 Free Trial
Apr 11, 2017 – R40 Postmortem
Apr 27, 2017 – Release 41
May 25, 2017 – Release 42
June 29, 2017 – Release 43

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Featured Event: R40 Welcome Quest

You are invited to join the Welcome Quest in Release 40. It will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 starting at 12pm (noon) Central Time/New Britannian Time and lasting an hour. It is added on the Avatar’s Circle community calendar for easy time zone conversion.

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Featured Event: Grand Opening Dara Brae Bookstores

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! You are invited to the grand opening of the Dara Brae Bookstores. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:30pm New Britannian Time / Central US – after the Welcome Quest. Travel to the island of Dara Brae (SW of Xenos in Elysium) to attend the first bookstore.

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Community Livestream: Kas Ruins - First Look

Get a first look at an upcoming scene with us from last week’s community livestream! More design updates on Kas Ruins in last week's Update #220. Watch other videos and livestreams at: youtube.com/portalarium

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