Oh my goodness, what a week it’s been. I don’t know about you, but I had one hell of a time playing Shroud of the Avatar all week. It was quite a thrill to jump into the world to search for quests and find new characters to talk to. And I made quite a bit of progress too – as you can tell by the whimsical little narrative of my adventures. I managed to get several quests and walked away with a ton of loot. Or at least a ton of loot for me. I have no idea what’s considered a lot of money in this game. But it was enough to put up my house and buy plenty of decorations. Rugs, fountains, chairs, stools, lanterns and paintings were all easy to find, but where the devil  are the tables? How can I create a table setting for 12 when I can’t find the bloody table? I can have a Lord Throne, but no table? Come on!

Anyway, the game ran damn near perfectly this past week. I barely had a crash or disconnect. I think I played for several hours in a row before shutting down the game myself to take care of chores and get ready for work the next day.

I did manage to find the sewers, explore several caves, loot plenty of gold and die plenty of times. Holy hell, that Lich is a bitch! Is it even possible to defeat that guy without being in a group? That guy is hard to target as well. I kept clicking the wrong area and losing my selection.

One thing I have seen written time and time again is how the graphics aren’t up to par. What are they talking about? Sure, there are a few glitches and perhaps a bit dark at times, but I’m quite pleased with how the game looks. It’s what I would expect an adventure game to look like. Did I not turn up the detail enough or are my standards just really low? I’d be perfectly happy to play the completed game if it looked like this.

I did find some glitches in the quests, but I guess that’s to be expected – I don’t think everything is hooked up yet. Even in it’s current state I found it all extremely enjoyable. The hours ticked by without me even noticing as I loaded up on ectoplasm or found healing herbs for Norman or talked with Kelly of the Red Sash Bandits. Is it wrong I took great pleasure in dispatching Nestor? And seriously, what kind of name is Nestor for a sinister character in your game?

I sort of had my doubts as to whether or not this game would really be the type of thing I would sit down and play on a regular basis. Remember, MMOs ain’t my thing. But I’m totally hooked on SotA. I can’t wait to get deeper into the story and work on more quests. This is the Ultima I remember and it’s coming together nicely. I said housing isn’t my thing, but I admit to getting into the spirit of it. I won’t call myself a crafter like the fine folks of PaxLair, but hanging out at my house to place some decorations was pretty cool. I really think we’re heading in the right direction and can’t wait to see Release 7.

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