Well, today is the final day. In fact, it’s the final 12 hours of Tracy & Laura Hickman’s Sojourner Tales Board Game. The project has been more than funded and now it’s a race to see just how many stretch goals can be checked off. Personally, I want to see the Richard Garriott tie in for the Shroud of the Avatar. Not only would we get the back story for SotA, but three additional stories set in the new world of the Avatar. That would be quite awesome. That goal is a little ways off, but you never know how these things are going to play out. The team for Forsaken Virtues pushed the goal several hundreds thousand dollars in those final few hours. More SotA fans like me might come over just to get some more story content.

But if you haven’t pledged, today is going to be the last day. And this game and technology sounds very interesting. I’m very anxious to see how Tracy and Laura bring this all together. They’ve been writing stories for 30 years and Tracy is no stranger to technology so they definitely have the background on both fronts.

It’s projects like these that make for exciting times and Kickstater is a great vehicle to launch this kind of creativity. Who knows, this might be the next “Monopoly”.

So, who’s on board with me?

Oh, check out this little gem. I guess I didn’t scroll down far enough


Shroud of the Avatar and Sojourner Tales are excited to announce a very special offer to celebrate the final 24 hours of Tracy and Laura Hickman’s Sojourner Tales Kickstarter (and to show how determined we are to get to the $55,00 Stretch goal)! We are going to award each and every Shroud of the Avatar Adventurer* who pledges to Sojourner Tales at the $20 and above level a UNIQUE Sojourner themed in-game item. And, for our Sojourners who have already pledged here, you can qualify for this same offer by pledging your support at Adventurer level or above to Shroud of the Avatar.

*Adventure Teir is $40 for Founders, $45 for Benefactors.

Tracy & Laura Hickman’s Sojourner Tales Board Game

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As you know I’m an avid cyclist and I think we all need to get out there and do more to keep ourselves healthy and active. I’m also a fan and supporter of Shroud of the Avatar. When you combine these two things together I have no choice but to be a part of it.

And thus we have the Shroud of the Mustache!

Movember is a way to bring awareness for Men’s Health during the month of November and is commemorated with some epic mustaches! Starr Long of the Shroud of the Avatar will captain his dev team to raise awareness and funds to help this cause.

I’m totally for this endeavor. There are wonderful causes out there and through my cycling efforts I’ve supported dozens of them, but there is always room for one more and we sometimes forget that cancer knows nothing of gender. We’ve heard too many stories about prostate cancer so this is a wonderful and relevant cause.

So, if you are so inclined you can make donations to the Mustache of the Avatar team and help raise a little awareness. If have no doubt we will see some spectacular and some not so spectacular efforts by Starr, Chris, Stephen and the rest of the gang. Even Gina is showing her support as part of the team. I’m sure she can wear a handlebar mustache with the best of them.

So check it out and offer some support.

Shroud of the Mustache Movember Challenge
Shroud of the Mustache Team Page

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As you’ve already guessed, I’m a big fan of board games. I love games like Risk, Monopoly, Game of Life, Yahtzee and so many others. To me, sitting around the table as you snack and talk is the real social gaming. And, I love books. I don’t get to read as much as I would like, but I love books. I love the worlds they create, the adventures, the mysteries. And I love books you can read on a tablet. The ePub and Mobi formats are fantastic things, especially when you can go back and live those fantastic “Choose Your Own Adventure” books in digital format.

But what would happen if you combined board games with books you can read on a tablet? Is such a thing even possible? What would it look like?

Well, Tracy and Laura Hickman have the same question and it looks like their going to find out. They’ve kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to make a board game that integrates with and loads a story from your tablet.

High tech gadgets and old school gaming? Oh yes, this does indeed sound fun! The concept sounds fascinating of reading stories and collecting board pieces. It sound like a wonderful way to read and game at the same time.

For those that don’t know, the Hickmans are the creators of the DragonLance series (as well as others) and Tracy is writing the back story for Shroud of the Avatar with Richard Garriott. Sounds like Tracy is a busy man these days, but this project sounds absolutely fascinating. The cost of entry is quite reasonable and you get a copy of the game when it’s done. Since Tracy is working with Shroud of the Avatar, I have no doubt he’ll follow in their footsteps and keep people up to date on everything he’s doing, accept feedback at every opportunity he can and keep crafting this game until it’s brilliant. Like SotA, this sounds like a whole lot of fun.

I’m throwing in my support and look forward to getting my copy.

Tracy & Laura Hickman’s Sojourner Tales Board Game

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I just noticed this. If you go to Good Old Games – all the Ultima games are on sale for 60% off – $2.39. This includes all the bundles such as Ultima 1-2-3, Ultima 4-5-6, Ultima Underworlds 1+2, Ultima 7 The Complete Edition, Ultima 8 Gold Edition and Ultima 9: Ascension.

You could walk away with the entire Ultima Collection for less than $15! That is pretty spectacular. I’ve been meaning to get this just to relive some memories and now the entire collection is on sale! Huzzah!!

Ultima Collection on

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Richard, who was visiting the German capital Berlin to speak about Game Industry on the Quo Vadis, had some interesting toughts about Ultima Online, World of Warcraft, Tabula Rasa, Shroud of the Avatar, Free2Play and – surprise! – Plants vs. Zombies

Richard talks about his favorite Ultima game and what they’ve taught him, he discusses his relationship with EA and how there is a small window of time when small companies (like Blizzard, Zynga) can get a jump on larger companies and carve out a niche, he goes over the Kickstarter campaign and what he’s learned, they discuss Free2Play and physical goods for games, they go over his dislike for “freemium” style games, they talk about the Unity tools and why he likes them, crowd-sourced content and the possibility of making Shroud of the Avatar available for mobile devices especially the iPad and iOS.

A fair bit of this information has come up before from the many interviews Richard has done, but it still has some nice insights to listen to.–richard-garriot_5225/

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