Shroud of the Avatar

The Macallan 12 from the Shroud of the Avatar Kickstarter Project. A signed bottle to commemorate the fun!

Ah, the finale 24 hours of the Shroud of the Avatar Kickstarter Project, it seems so long ago in many ways. But a little reminder of the event just showed up at my door. For those who tuned in your may remember a wee little bottle of Scotch that Stephen Daniele brought in to help celebrate the community and the success of the project.

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You may also remember as the night wore on, the contents of that bottle slowly disappeared, mainly because the team was doing shots as they reach milestone after milestone. In the wee hours of the morning, there was only a tiny bit left.

Why do I bring this up? Well, as we reached the final hours I managed to get the attention of Richard "Lord British" Garriott and made a little deal. He was a little inebriated so I thought my chances were pretty good of pulling this off. If I did something for him, would he do something for me? He readily agreed and the deal was done. In the final of the drive he agreed to let me have that bottle.

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In the days to come Gina – "FireLotus" did a tremendously cool thing and got the Devs to sign that very bottle. They passed it around and said that as soon as the last bit was gone they would send it along. Considering the little bender they’d all just been on, I figured it would be a awhile.

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And then, for one of the Dev Hangouts, Chris showcases a new bottle of Macallan, but this time a 25 year. He also makes mention that the original bottle was finished off and sent on it’s way.

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And here it is!

I want to thank Stephen, Chris, Gina, Dallas, Richard, Loren, B and everyone else on the Shroud of the Avatar to playing along with my silly idea and sending me this fantastic souvenir of the Kickstarter event. I really can’t thank you enough! It has been a wonderful experience and I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in the game process!

The bottle has taken a very prominent place in my office, right next to an another empty bottle of Macallan 12 that made it’s way into my hands for my birthday not too long ago.

Again, thank you all!!

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The Pledge Drive is over and $2 million has been crushed!

Here to Richard Garriott and the whole Portalarium team!! It’s been fantastic so far!!

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The final hour is at hand, Shroud of the Avatar Live Stream

It’s been one hell of a night full of great stories, memorabilia, wild drinking and tons of money has been raised – $1.9 has been reached and we are a hair breadth away from $2 million. This truly has been the most amusing 24 hours I’ve had in a long time, even if I wasn’t there and was sober the entire time. If you haven’t already there quite literally are mere moments left to pledge your support. This is an awesome team and I have no doubt this will be an awesome game. And what a truly amazing group of fans Ultima and Lord British has!

This has been one hell of a fundraiser and I’ll be sad to see it come to and end. But wow, looking ahead, this will be a fantastic journey! I can’t wait to get into the forums and the chats and hear more about what they have planned.

Let the adventure begin!

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Shroud of the Avatar passed $1.9 million

In a Herculean effort of pledging and upping the ante, Shroud of the Avatar passes the $1.9 million mark.I have upped my pledge yet again to help the cause. Damn, what a group of dedicated fans!

And these guys and gals are seriously hung over and sleep deprived. It’s awesome!

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The 24 hour lockin continues and Shroud of the Avatar passes the $1.8M pledge mark!

It has been one heck of a night so far. I give Garriott and the whole Portalarium team credit for their work and dedication to this project. They’ve been up all night giving demos, giving tech talks, explaining the game, playing other games, doing shots and answering questions that scroll across the screen so fast you barely get to see them.

There has also been a flurry of activity with new pledges and changing levels. Low and behold we’ve passed the $1.8 million mark. I truly thought that level was so far out of reach, but as the night progressed it got closer and closer. After a couple of hours sleep (work waits for no man) I see we’re halfway to the $1.9 million mark. Holy hell! There are some seriously dedicated and passionate people out there. This means the Tracy Hickman novel is forthcoming and so is waterfront property, ships and even the original story documents that Richard Garriott typed in high school that tell the story that became Ultima. That will be damn cool to see and read. Everything but the kitchen sink is in this game! If you can’t find something to pledge for you just ain’t trying!

Portalarium must be an awesome company to work for. You spend the night in the studio with your boss doing shots and playing game trying to raise money for your new game. I want to work there!

It’s 5:30am for the dev team with 4:30 hours left to go in the drive. Some of the gang have gone home while others have simply passed out in the other room. Give Garriott credit, he’s still at the helm and looking pretty good.

Damn, this reminds me of my college days, except we couldn’t afford anything decent to drink back in those days these guys have top shelf liquor.

There’s less than 5 hours left so let’s see what the team gets up to.

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