Stephen started the concept art during the Pen of the Avatar on 7/9/2013. He had several different models and the ideas were pretty varied. At the end of the hour it was clear Stephen had a direction, but needed more time to solidify his design. Well, listed below is more work, his thought process and how both Richard and Starr had input into the final design. Have a look below and check out the discussion forum post for more comments and information.
And don’t forget, this is a limited item only available to backers. You need to pledge at the Citizen level or above to get one. Or if you’re already a backer this will be added to the ever increasing amount of loot. It’s good to get in early!
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 Citizen level backers will receive the Darkstarr Moondial, a special in-game, yard decoration which will track the heavens both day and night! A very useful invention when planning strategies in-game, as this device lets you explore the mists of Revelations and Prophesy, unveiling astronomical events and revealing bits of lore to astute adventurers.
Starr approached me yesterday with the concept of the Darkstarr Moondial that he, Richard, Dallas and Chris came up with. They were discussing ideas for unique furnishings in the homes and/or gardens of property owners. Starr collects time pieces and Richard collects all sorts of interesting mechanical contraptions. As they were discussing possibilities Richard hit upon the idea of a moondial. Cosmology plays a big part in SotA.
Starr provided me with the reference they had gathered and shared their discussion. I started the concept live on PotA Tuesday the 9th. After the show I continued to flesh out the concept wrapping my mind around what would be visually important and how best incorporate the communities input. The moondial will be metal, brass or bronze and about the size of a table. The planets with slowly revolve in their orbits and there will be something special about the shattered moon. Emits light? Then I sent my Work In Progress (WIP) to Richard for review that evening. Richards feedback was to make sure the shattered moon, Daedalus (created from the collision of 2 moons some 400 years prior) was clearly visible. 8 planets one for each Virtue, moons if I so desired and put the sun on the outer horizontal ring. Bring the snake off the planet so it can be the moondial/pointer.
More brilliant musings about my adventures in New Britannia
- Pen of the Avatar – DarkStarr Moon Dial in Tribute to Starr Long
- Starr Long joins Shroud of the Avatar and Live Demo of SotA on July 6th, 4:30PM CDT
- Pen of the Avatar – Darkstarr Metronome – Tuesday, July 16th at 3 pm CST
- Exclusive Darkstarr Metronome: Final Concept
- The Darkstarr Moondial
- Pen of the Avatar – Darkstarr Metronome
- MMORPG.Com talks with Starr Long about his return to Shroud of the Avatar
- Darkstarr Metronome–Taking Shape
- Stephen Daniele – Pen of the Avatar – Darkstarr
- 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