Shroud Of The Avatar Prepares For Final Wipe

Shroud of the Avatar

It’s been some time since Richard “Lord British” Garriott successfully crowdfunded the highly anticipated Early Access MMO, Shroud of the Avatar, but today the developers have confirmed that they will soon be taking the game offline for a server wipe for the final time. The highly anticipated sandbox MMORPG game will be taken offline at … Read more

Latest Shroud Of The Avatar Newsletter Highlights Halloween Events

Shroud of the Avatar

Developers Portalarium recently sent out a new newsletter to the Shroud of the Avatar community, introducing players to upcoming celebratory plans for Halloween alongside details regarding a work in progress dragon and new fishing trophies. As Halloween draws near the team will release a brand new witch hat and spider wall decoration, both of which … Read more

Shroud Of The Avatar Release 21 Now Available

Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar backers have a lot to get excited about today as developers Portalarium announced the availability of the next highly anticipated update, Release 21, which includes a variety of new content that is now available to all previous backers. The release of Shroud of the Avatar Release 21 introduces players to the … Read more

Road to Greatness Tour, Column of the Prophet, SotA Combat and more! | The Daily XP April 24th

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Dragon’s Prophet Column of the Prophet Released | [timer]28[/timer]
Shroud of the Avatar Release 5 Update | [timer]62[/timer]
Sony’s Playstation 4 Road to Greatness Tour Details | [timer]93[/timer]

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Top 10 Sandbox MMORPGs for 2014

For many years the term sandbox brought the feelings of old, dated, and empty to gamers minds.  But a resurgence is currently in the works as more and more players are harkening back to the times when incessant hand-holding wasn’t the norm, and a pre-destined path towards level cap with predictable dungeons and kill ten rat quests didn’t litter the face of many of the MMOs we may otherwise enjoy.

With the return of the mighty sandboxer eminent, we wanted to take a look at some of the newest games either recently announced, in alpha, or just about ready to let you enjoy them.  So here are ten sandbox MMORPGs to look out for this year.

[heading]TUG[/heading]We start out this list with a lesser known title, that finished its Kickstarter campaign early last year, TUG.  TUG is a multiplayer open world sandbox RPG, that uses new technology and social sciences to directly involve players in the game’s design.  What the hell does that mean?  Other than what TUG PR guy came up with the game promises to integrate modding support, to give players tools to help shape their game, offer total freedom to whether you want to play alone, or with friends on a private server.  Everything you need will be created in-game, from name plates above players heads to a mini-map on your UI or seeing detailed info about your friends, enemies and gear.  TUG is currently in Alpha for backers

[heading]Terrayn[/heading]Terrayn is a brand new project that was just released on Kickstarter this month, February 2014.  Terrayn is a sandbox MMORPG, but we might as well start up a new genre called desert, because the plans that CodeMushroom has for Terrayn are some of the most ambitious we’ve seen.   Of course it will have a persistent and constantly evolving world, a story-line that is all your own, the ability to create farm and dig anything you can imagine, but what makes it really stand out is the API, application programming interface, which allows players to create simple scripts that can be put on living objects that you won.  Oh what?  Sounds crazy right?  You not only create how the world looks, but how the world DOES.  Well, that sounded better in my head.

[heading]Albion Online[/heading]Albion Online is another game in its Alpha stages, with still a long ways to go before completion.  The developers, which have taken the lovely name, Sandbox Interactive, are hoping to make Albion Online the first true cross-platform MMO.  But that’s not what we’re here to talk about.  Albion Online is a stylized medieval territorial warfare game with an emphasis on player freedom.  The game has a no-level-up character system, that relies on your 6-8 pieces of gear, the freedom to establish your cities economy as a trader, craftsman or mercenary, the ability to build everything from saw mills, to forges and academies and the freedom to play any way you desire.

[heading]The Repopulation[/heading]The Repopulation is another highly ambitious title from a small indie developer, Above and Beyond Technologies.  This Sci-Fi sandbox title, which recently completed their Kickstarter campaign, takes place on the planet Rhyldan, with the last known remaining human population, fighting for their very existence.  The game places a heavy emphasis on innovation, which gives players the ability to walk down paths that they enjoy the most, whether they want to focus on combat, crafting, designing cities, forming independent rogue nations, or working together with groups.  With intense lore, pets, PvE, PvP, player-housing, siege systems and more, The Repopulation is definitely one to look out for.

[heading]Black Desert[/heading]Black Desert is a sandbox-oriented MMO from a Korean developer Pearl Abyss.  The game has been in development since 2010 and has recently gone through closed beta testing in Korea, while releasing a few screenshots of an English version recently, although no announcement of a publisher.  Anyways, Black Desert will feature an open world with a diverse set of biomes, unpredictable weather which will affect players, massive sieges, a detailed resource gathering system, non-instanced player housing and an action oriented combated system.

[heading]ArcheAge[/heading]So ArcheAge is being billed as a sort of hybrid between sandbox games and themepark games, but the sandbox elements are the ones that most are excited about, so hence its conclusion on this list. ArcheAge will feature a zoneless world with a third-person view, a huge housing system, the ability to create your own class, based on three basic skill types from a selection of ten.  Large scale PvP with a player run court system and a jail concept also sound like they could be quite fun.  The extensive crafting system will allow people to create equipment, food, vehicles, building, furniture and more.

[heading]Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues[/heading]Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues comes from the infamous Richard Garriott, or Lord British as he’s known in-game.  If you don’t know who he is, don’t worry, it’s not important for this video, but he did create Ultimate Online, so yeah..  Shroud of the Avatar will allow players to pursue any skills of their choice, with no set classes, you’ll be able to partake in five crafting categories, gathering and converting resources into items, and selling or trading those items.  Communication with NPCs is through typed responses interpreted by the game, there is no quest log, and players will explore storylines that interest them.

[heading]Star Citizen[/heading]Star Citizen has been making the rounds as one of the most successful crowd-funding campaigns ever, reaching over $38 million as of this video.  Star Citizen is an audacious project where the creators, Roberts Space Industries will create a whole new universe to explore and live in.  The game will let you be whatever the hell it is that you want.  Want to be a trader, or a military combat pilot?  Maybe a scavenger or a criminal? Do it.  The world will be constantly expanding and evolving, will allow user generated combat, will focus on the interactions between yourself and others, and have a fully dynamic player driven economy.  Put me down for another million.

[heading]Pathfinder Online[/heading]Pathfinder Online is a fantasy sandbox MMO by Goblinworks.  The game is based on the Pathfinder tabletop game, which is based on Dungeons and Dragons.  OK, business time.  The highlight reel for Pathfinder Online reads like this: No grinding, no classes, player created homes
, taverns, farms and cities, the end to the meaningless gankfest in PvP, a meaningful trading system, a focus on exploration, adventure, development and domination, a game that’s about maximizing human interaction.

[heading]EverQuest Next[/heading]EverQuest Next is being heralded as the largest sandbox MMO ever designed, and the folks at SOE are taking their next title very, very seriously.  EverQuest Next developers have stated an intention to return to a style of gameplay more like the original EverQuest, while retaining the advancements that MMORPG design has made in the years since the original launched.  Among the features of EQN will be full destructibility, the concept of permanent change, your choices changing the consequences in the game and a revolutionary class system.  EverQuest Next is a game that will not be released in 2014, but it’s one that we’ll be hearing a lot about this year, and thus belongs on our list.

So there’s our list of the top 10 Sandbox MMOs to be looking forward to in 2014.  Tell us what you think with the comments below.  Also let us know if there’s a game more deserving of the list, and use a convincing argument, because we’re stubborn!  Leave this video a like, and subscribe, and we’ll see you on the next video.  Cheers!

Shroud of the Avatar Release 3, TESO Blacksmith, DC2 and more! | The Daily XP February 20th

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On today’s show we have new details for Shroud of the Avatar, The Elder
Scrolls Online’s Blacksmith and a new server for Dragon’s Call II. Your daily
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Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Details Release 3 to Public | [timer]29[/timer]
The Elder Scrolls Online Highlights Blacksmith’s in Video | [timer]68[/timer]
Dragon’s Call II Launches Fifth Server, Bleeding Dragon | [timer]100[/timer]

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Portalarium today released details
for the Release 3 build of Lord British a.k.a Richard Garriot, a.k.a. the
inventor of the MMORPG as we know it’s upcoming game, Shroud of the Avatar:
Forsaken Virtues.  It was a little over
10 months ago that the game appeared on Kickstarter, and the response thus far
has been overwhelming.  Release 3 brings
a slew of new features including Open Multiplayer, which is HUGE, people have
been waiting on this forever.  Also
you’ll find a skeleton of the crafting features, not really a skeleton mind
you, a third municipality and the ability to sell and purchase items from
in-game stores.  There’s much more, but I
don’t have the time!

Hot on the heels of the biggest Elder
Scrolls Online beta event so far is another video release, this time showcasing
crafting, and more specifically, the journey of a Blacksmith.  The video goes into the great depths of
crafting in TESO, answering questions about gathering mechanics, crafting
tables, and creating set pieces.  Of
note, the world is littered with hidden crafting tables that offer potential
set bonuses and perks.  So there’s yet
another reason to climb to the top of every mountain, and peak inside every
cave that’s off the beaten path, much like you already do in Skyrim.

And lastly a new server has been
launched for Dragon’s Call II.  The
end.  OK so, outro now right?  No, you need to say at least another few
sentences.  UGGHHH.  OK umm .. The fifth server, called Bleeding
Dragon launches later today, it will be accompanied by several events in game,
so go check it out!  better?

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Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, Shroud of the Avatar, WoW and more! | The Weekly Loot Ep 84

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Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Announced | [timer]19[/timer]
Shroud of the Avatar’s First Update of the New Year | [timer]38[/timer]
World of Warcraft Account Security Concerns | [timer]57[/timer]

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