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As we wrap up rebuilds of all the Tier 1 and 2 scenes we are now moving on to Tier 3 scenes like Sunless Barrens. This area is located west of the Hellfire Rift between the Jade River and the Blackblade Mountains in the South Paladis region.

Its sunless name comes from the smoke and steam coming from the lava of the Hellfire Rift as it cuts through the rock of Novia and pours into the Bay of Storms. Geysers, lava flows, Ebon Dawn Cultists, Fire Elementals, and Plunderers are among the dangers - and potential rewards - that await travelers in this perilous area. Even before the Cataclysm this area was rich in mineral deposits and efforts to extract those continue to this day despite the many obstacles.

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** IN THE NEWS
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** Making of South Drachvald Spur
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Drachvald

From Travis: "This is a Tier 2 scene, fashioned after steppe-land and inspired by Mongolia, as well as the fantasy ‘Wickan’ race of peoples (a nod to one of my favorite writers, Steven Erikson). Click the link below to see some of the screenshots I took of the scene!"

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** Making of Yew (cont.)
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Yew

The Elven city of Yew has been shielded from outsiders by a nearly constant shroud of fog that only clears during certain alignments of the heavenly bodies. The city itself is full of wonderful Elven architecture. Take a look at this week's new screenshots!

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** R48 Telethon Items (cont.)
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Items

We have begun creating the items from the Release 48 Postmortem Telethon. The theme was once again Icy and our very own Fletcher “Scathana” Kinnear and Reid Rollo are hard at work on these rewards! This week we finished the last two items with the Icicle Cloak and Ice Elemental Statue!

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** R49 Postmortem Telethon Results
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Telethon

Our Release 49 Postmortem Telethon was a huge success! A heartfelt thank you from the entire Dev Team to all of you, our backers, that have contributed to the development funding of Shroud of the Avatar. Friday’s Telethon was yet another example of your amazing support and contributions!

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** New Community Cloak Option for Events
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Cloaks

Any Shroud of the Avatar community event, of any size, is eligible to receive a cloak for each attendee. Large charity, wellness, or in-person real life events can also request a customized version of one of these cloaks with a unique color scheme (main color and trim color) and a custom name.

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** Markeedragon Interview: Something About Bob
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Bob

Want to know more about the team working on Shroud of the Avatar? Markeedragon came by Portalarium recently and sat down with our Senior Environmental Artist, Bob Cooksey, to chat about Bob’s work and his recent telethon appearances. Here’s what Bob had to say about his work at Portalarium!

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** Livestream: New Log Homes Revealed!
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Livestream

We kicked off 2018 with a big reveal on our first Community Livestream! Reid “ReidtheRollo” Rollo, Bob Cooksey, and Starr “Darkstarr” Long revealed the new log homes we’ve been working on. There was also a ton of news to catch up on from over the break, and as usual, we be gave away seasonal prizes.

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** Last Chance for Shroud Perks via BrightLocker!
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#BrightLocker

You only have a little time left in BrightLocker’s equity crowdfunding campaign to participate and get some exclusive Shroud content! BrightLocker is a revolutionary platform that enables gamers to connect with their favorite developers and gain exclusive access and interaction as they make upcoming games.

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** New Free Trial Continues
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Trial

Free Trial access allows you to play the entire game in any of the Online modes with a few key differences in game play. You will be able to explore hundreds of scenes, talk with thousands of players, adventure through the opening quests, and gain experience and skills as you get used to the world of New Britannia!

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** Job Opening: Executive Assistant
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Job

We have an opening in Austin, Texas for a full-time, Executive Assistant position. If you’d like to join the Portalarium Tribe, the team building the ground-breaking Shroud of the Avatar game, please submit your resume/cover letter today!

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** COMMUNITY
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** Events Calendar
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Calendar

Jan 25, 2018 – Release 50
Feb 2, 2018 – R50 Postmortem Telethon
Feb 22, 2018 – Release 51
Mar 9 – 18, 2018 – SXSW
Mar 21 – 23, 2018 – GDC
Mar 22, 2018 – Release 52: Launch Candidate

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** Video Walkthrough Contest Final Weekend
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81310#Contest

The ‘Avatar’s Guide to Knowledge and Virtue’ video contest ends Jan. 15, 2018, so you still have time to design a walkthrough video for all New Britannians to use! Click the link below for the winners of this week’s random drawing awards.

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** AERIE Fund and Meretz Virtue Marathon Team
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Marathon

Join the crew from Portalarium, AERIE Fund, and Meretz as we tackle multiple marathon stages to raise funds and awareness for the CMNH at the Austin Marathon.​ For your contribution you will receive a marathon community cloak. This event is open to all community members and their friends and families!

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** Richard & Starr at UO Forever 5th Anniversary
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#UOF

Richard Garriott and Starr Long will both be attending the 5th Anniversary of Ultima Online Forever on a live video conference! Mark your calendar for Jan. 21 from 7:30-11:30pm CT! Watch www.uoforever.com for details on connecting to the live event which will be streamed from within UO Forever.

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** Weihnachten Holiday Party – Jan. 14
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#Event

From HannahAlpenglow: "The first annual Weihnachten holiday party will be held in Rauchbier Platz player town on Thursday, December 14 from 8-9:30pm CT (New Britannia Time)! Rauchbier Platz is a nested town in Central Brittany and Brittany Alleys."

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** Did You Know: You Can Get Combat Trophies?
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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=81470#DYK

Did you know @ShroudofAvatar allows players to not only ransom player loot from victims but to also claim trophies? Collect the skulls, hands and jawbones of your enemies, and display them (or sell them) proudly! You can even craft with them!

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** OFFERS & RESOURCES
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** Project to Back
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