Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

Divinity Original Sin 1 and 2 are perhaps the best examples of crowdfunding working well for the genre, which I’m sure you just forgot in your post.

Indeed, but they aren’t fronted by famous 90s game developers.

Ah - sorry, I didn’t see that in the question initially. I should have trusted you to nail the question, brother!

Yeah, I certainly was not clear. But I definitely was more referring to the Kickstarter Golden age where many celeb devs were making their pitches…and many were very warmly received.

So for me, a Friday night.

It is all a sad state of affairs, for sure. To give a sense of how bad it is getting, Portalarium is required to file annual financial statements with the SEC because it raised money via a crowdfunding offering (I am sad to say I took a very small part in this as well. ugh).

The company needed to file its 2018 financials by April 30, but has not done so. So if the company doesn’t even care about the SEC, what chance is there that they respond to support emails or even legal matters?

Games fail, it happens, and at least this one launched. What is pretty questionable is that they are neglecting to send out the boxes to people who paid a lot of money years ago, while also trying to hold on and milk the last few hundred people playing, and still trying to get thousands of dollars from them to keep the lights on. Some people are still lured by the past prestige of the people on the byline of this game, and give huge amounts (see the $7,000 item bundle referenced above). I hope, but doubt, that all of the remaining players can afford that type of giving.

I learned a great lesson with this one as I grew up on the Ultimas; don’t blindly believe in past glories.

My space quest kickstarter is still in limbo.

Really sorry to hear it, but if it’s any consolation, you aren’t alone.

This game has had the makings of a cluster-f since the early playable downloads were made available and it was clear the game world looked weird and clunky.

The way they have wrung money out of people over many years - and still try to do so, promising the world in the process when the game is now pretty much run by one guy out of his garage - is appalling.

Thanks guys. I appreciate all the info you’re providing, and I hope that you got some benefit out of your contributions and efforts.

I recently unsubscribed to their newsletter because it was too many and too frequently. Who has time to write all these updates if the company is down to a handful of staff and has no time at all. Or, are these outsourced contractors meant to squeeze (read: scam) a few more gamers? It’s sad how this has turned out.

The email updates are “written” by the executive producer of the game. But if you look closely at those frequent updates, it is almost entirely cut and paste from week to week. So it is not taking a lot of work to make those and spam them out via email.

The company used to do “stand up notes” on its forum that showed the team and what they were working on, but those have stopped, so it is hard to know exactly how many people are left working on the game. But it is thought that the executive producer, much like Richard Garriott, is largely gone and now just cranks out a few email updates, does a twitch stream once a month, and provides updates on the cash shop. He and Richard are key to the nostalgia factor, so they probably cannot ever officially leave or the remaining funds coming in would crater. But it is pretty obvious they have stopped doing material work for the game.

Latest update is that apparently the remaining team had a “shipping party” today to pull together all remaining physical packages in order to finally get them all out (including mine, according to a message I just got from support).

Hope it arrives, as I’d at least like the physical goods for old time’s sake, as the continent on the cloth map is similar to Sosaria in Ultima 1 and 3. I’ll probably at least try the game a little if I get the package.

Glad to hear that you’re finally getting your stuff. If you do try playing it, please let us know if it’s worth going back to.

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Yeah, yeah. I just want a new Desslock game review.

That’s awesome! So glad you are getting the physical package, it really is nice. Darn shame the game in it didn’t live up to the package, but ehhhh…

Very cool to hear you are likely to get your items now.

If you ever get in game and have any questions, give me a shout and I could probably still log on and give you some feedback. I also could make some fairly decent starter weapons and armor, if you go for metal weapons/armor, and could either make a few or hand down my backups to you if you could use an upgrade to get off your feet and see enough that you like that you want to fight stuff for a while.

To close the loop: Got’em.

Actually got 2 copies of the cloth map, for some reason. One signed by LB, and the other in the box. I also got an extra copy of the book “our epic origin”, which has a bunch of notes and maps, etc. from Garriott’s scrapbook from when he was in high school and working on Akallabeth.

I’ll probably give the game a shot on the weekend, and least to check it out. Probably offline at least initially, to play it like an old Ultima game.

That’s good news! I’m glad you eventually got what you paid for. Even though the state of the game is pretty clear, I will still be interested in hearing your impressions.

Woohoo, Congrats! I’m glad they finally made good on their agreements with you and everyone else who still had physical goods coming to them. I expect the announcement any minute now that the servers will go dark this coming weekend. “We spent the last of our operating capital on shipping collector’s boxes.”

Looking forward to reading your impressions of the game.