AUSTIN, Texas, July 5, 2013 — The last time Starr Long and Richard Garriott teamed up to create a fantasy role playing game (RPG) was 1997. That game, Ultima Online, quickly became the first commercially successful massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) and many credit the duo with reinventing the RPG with that ground breaking product. Now Garriott and Long are preparing for yet another collaboration to reinvent the genre, this time on Portalarium’s™ Shroud of the Avatar™ PC based game. Starr Long was announced today as the project’s executive producer.
Richard Gariott is showing a demo of Shroud of the Avatar during a special presentation at 4:30 pm CDT, Saturday, July 6, in room 19 of the convention center. The entire presentation will be live streamed on RTX Live. Additionally, Garriott will be formally introducing Starr during his talk.
In celebration of Starr Long joining the SotA Dev Team, we are memorializing his Darkstarr online persona with several new pledge rewards available to all backers that pledge prior to July 31, 2013:
- All Tiers ($25 and higher) – The Darkstarr Salute! A special emote that only backers can master and teach to others.
- Founder Tier ($65 and higher) – The Darkstarr Cloak! A special cloak for your in-game avatar to wear, proudly displaying the unique Darkstarr symbol, identifying you as a backer of the game.
- Virtual Collector Tier ($110 and higher) – The Darkstarr Metronome! For those of you planning to play virtual instruments this mechanical metronome could be very useful! Set this in-game decoration next to your instrument and turn it on!
- Citizen Tier ($550 and higher) – The Darkstarr Moondial! A special in-game, yard decoration which will track the heavens day and night! Very useful when planning strategies in-game, as astronomical events which drive some story aspects will be easily determined with this device.
More brilliant musings about my adventures in New Britannia
- Exclusive Darkstarr Moondial–Concept and Completed Image
- A quick note from Dallas Snell – All tiers above the new Edelmann tier (Knights, Barons, etc.) will inherit the rewards from both the Edelmann tier and the Citizen tier
- New Tier Names, New Tier Prices
- MMORPG.Com talks with Starr Long about his return to Shroud of the Avatar
- Exclusive Darkstarr Metronome: Final Concept
- Pen of the Avatar – Darkstarr Metronome – Tuesday, July 16th at 3 pm CST
- Pen of the Avatar – DarkStarr Moon Dial in Tribute to Starr Long
- Gaming Trend talks to Richard Garriott and Starr Long about Shroud of the Avatar
- Trinkets! Trinkets! Trinkets! Available in the SotA add-on store!
- New Tiers, New Levels, Stretch Goals and Release 6 Re-Opens