Lord British promises that Shroud of the Avatar will be in player hands by the end of the year.
One of the panels I was most excited to attend at New York Comic Con was hosted by none other than the legendary game developer Richard Garriott (AKA Lord British), who was discussing his quest for the ultimate RPG. In addition to useful insights on the art of game design, Garriott revealed several interesting new facts about Shroud of the Avatar, including a preview of player basements, and the promise that SotA would be in the hands of players by the end of 2013.
Player basements are a brand new addition to the Shroud of the Avatar player housing project. In the SotA update on their website, the developers explain how the project initially began with trying to make extra space for crafting stations. After some creative exploration, however, it quickly became clear that this tool could be used for all kinds of exciting ideas. During his presentation, Lord British showed us a few images of potential uses, including a huge player-made arena, or a multi-level dungeon. Because Shroud of the Avatar's housing system allows players to place items wherever they like in the house, the extent of what players can do with their basement space is limited only by their ambition.
Garriott also revealed the startling news that Shroud of the Avatar will be available to backers by the end of 2013, less than a year since the Kickstarter began back in March. This lightning quick development period shows the skill and dedication of the SotA developers, and the transparency that Portalarium has with their fans. To the dedicated fans who were ready for the long, slow haul to release, Christmas came early this year.