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Lord British Turns To Kickstarter To Fund New RPG

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News Posted: Sat, Mar 9 2013 12:00 PM
Need some cash to get your video game production off the ground? Why not turn to Kickstarter? Lord British (aka Richard Garriott de Cayeux), longtime D&D devotee and maker of the Ultima series of RPGs, is back with a new game called “Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues”, and he’s looking to raise a cool million with a Kickstarter campaign.

So far, it’s going pretty well; at press time, he’s already raised $492,642 and counting. The campaign is only 2 days old.

Shroud of the Avatar

“Shroud of the Avatar” sounds like a labor of love for Lord British, who has clearly put all his ideals of what an RPG should be into this project. The game is being built with his treatise on what makes a good RPG in mind:

-Fully interactive virtual world - If it looks usable, it should do something
-Deep original fiction - Ethical parables, cultural histories, fully developed alternate language text
-Physical game components will be available: Cloth map, fictional manuals, trinkets
-Multiplayer Online Game - which can also be played solo player / offline
Shroud of the Avatar

Players can opt to be adventurers, explorers, or settlers, and within those lifestyles they’ll of course have to make choices and perform actions that will affect themselves and others. The game will be available as a download for PC, Mac, and Linux.

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If you want in on the ground floor, Lord British and the team need another half a million bucks to get this thing rolling.
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The last Richard Garriott title I spent any length of time with was Ultima VI. I'm actually quite excited about this.

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Dorkstar replied on Sat, Mar 9 2013 12:35 PM

I've already made my $25 pledge to get in Alpha and Beta. Ultima Online is what got me into PC gaming, and technically was my first job. I made around $2000 playing that game when I was 12-13. So my roots are deep with this series, I'd love to have another UO.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Mar 10 2013 10:43 AM

I played quite a bit of UO back in the day too. I can't wait to check this out.

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Dorkstar replied on Sun, Mar 10 2013 2:12 PM

3vi1:

I played quite a bit of UO back in the day too. I can't wait to check this out.

 

I'm just excited about player housing and the rare item economy.  I made most of my money in UO buying and selling items on my vendors.  Had a large tower just north of the Britain grave yard, used to make a killing off newbie miners buying supplies off my vendors.  Then I knew a guy with the biggest castle mall on the server who gave me free spots for my vendors in his mall, made a killing sell silver weapons to LL farmers.  Ahhh the fun days...

 

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