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Shroud of the Avatar: Latest Update Showcases Male Avatar Animations

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,585MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

The latest update from the Shroud of the Avatar team allows players to check out the latest animations from the team with regard to the  male avatar. The post indicates that the animations have been redone and much, much more.


Project Updates Transitioning to SotA Website and Emails!

Since we completed our Kickstarter campaign on April 7, 2013, we have been double-posting our project updates to both Kickstarter and the SotA project website. To help consolidate our communications with our community of backers, we will start posting the updates only on the SotA website, but we will continue to send an email version of the updates to all of our Kickstarter backers using the email addresses provided to us by Kickstarter.  This way we can consolidate all of your replies and comments to our updates in one place.

We're currently using MailChimp as our email distribution platform, so keep an eye out for our future emailed updates. You should continue to receive these email updates even if you haven't yet registered on the SotA website. If you don't see them, then make sure your spam filters aren't blocking them from your inbox!


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  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member
    Lol sometimes I am just left speechless.
  • wangkomwangkom Leesburg, VAPosts: 119Member
    no comment
  • xAPOCxxAPOCx Vineland, NJPosts: 869Member
    Every time i see something about this game, i feel like im getting punked or something. Is Ashton Kutcher behind this game?

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  • Swedish_ChefSwedish_Chef of heroes, MSPosts: 213Member

    You... you did say animation(S), plural, right? While the short video of a basic 'axe attack' animation is all well and good (better than anything in Rift, not that such a thing is difficult), it hardly constitutes a proper update.

    Ah, there's another one on their website, I see. It's nice, but again hardly something for a programmer / modeler to give to their mom so it can be stuck on the fridge door with one of those annoying magnets which always falls down for no reason. It's a standard attack animation, the same type found in any game where axes & bows are wielded.

    While I respect Mr. Garriott's attempt to keep myself & other backers (as well as the general public) abreast of the game's development, I think it would perhaps be a bit wiser of him to wait until there's something worth showing. These videos are the equivalent of jingling your keys in front of a toddler's face.

    "Wooo, look at that animation! Look at it! Woooeeeeooooo!!!!" *insert random noises adults make to babies here*

  • AmjocoAmjoco Layton, UTPosts: 4,777Member Uncommon
    It kind of amazes me how spoiled we have gotten.  Not so long ago this would have been amazing and to me it still is, but the first comments make fun of the hard work someone put into it. I figure if I can't do any better than I shouldn't mock something. 

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  • RaquisRaquis hartenbosPosts: 536Member Common

    I bought all 5 games and I expect it to be good,its still early development and it is going to be real roleplaying where you can create and do anything you want maybe its to complicated for people that want to kill 5 rats the whole time just to level up.

    thank goodness for crowd funding I don't have to play stuped mindless grind fests with no interesting quests just to level up.

  • ElikalElikal ValhallaPosts: 8,063Member
    Originally posted by Amjoco
    It kind of amazes me how spoiled we have gotten.  Not so long ago this would have been amazing and to me it still is, but the first comments make fun of the hard work someone put into it. I figure if I can't do any better than I shouldn't mock something. 

    True and sad.

    People don't ask questions to get answers - they ask questions to show how smart they are. - Dogbert

  • DarkcrystalDarkcrystal st clair shores, MIPosts: 809Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Swedish_Chef

    You... you did say animation(S), plural, right? While the short video of a basic 'axe attack' animation is all well and good (better than anything in Rift, not that such a thing is difficult), it hardly constitutes a proper update.

    Ah, there's another one on their website, I see. It's nice, but again hardly something for a programmer / modeler to give to their mom so it can be stuck on the fridge door with one of those annoying magnets which always falls down for no reason. It's a standard attack animation, the same type found in any game where axes & bows are wielded.

    While I respect Mr. Garriott's attempt to keep myself & other backers (as well as the general public) abreast of the game's development, I think it would perhaps be a bit wiser of him to wait until there's something worth showing. These videos are the equivalent of jingling your keys in front of a toddler's face.

    "Wooo, look at that animation! Look at it! Woooeeeeooooo!!!!" *insert random noises adults make to babies here*

    Did you just say that was not hard to do, oh really, animating characters is the hardest thing to do, so some of you gamers are looking at something you may... think is easy, think again... I been in the gaming industry for 20 years, so I think I would know, I find it funny every time, I hear how someone who has never done something is so easy... I will be waiting for the next animation you make , please link it soon..

  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Darkcrystal
    Originally posted by Swedish_Chef

    You... you did say animation(S), plural, right? While the short video of a basic 'axe attack' animation is all well and good (better than anything in Rift, not that such a thing is difficult), it hardly constitutes a proper update.

    Ah, there's another one on their website, I see. It's nice, but again hardly something for a programmer / modeler to give to their mom so it can be stuck on the fridge door with one of those annoying magnets which always falls down for no reason. It's a standard attack animation, the same type found in any game where axes & bows are wielded.

    While I respect Mr. Garriott's attempt to keep myself & other backers (as well as the general public) abreast of the game's development, I think it would perhaps be a bit wiser of him to wait until there's something worth showing. These videos are the equivalent of jingling your keys in front of a toddler's face.

    "Wooo, look at that animation! Look at it! Woooeeeeooooo!!!!" *insert random noises adults make to babies here*

    Did you just say that was not hard to do, oh really, animating characters is the hardest thing to do, so some of you gamers are looking at something you may... think is easy, think again... I been in the gaming industry for 20 years, so I think I would know, I find it funny every time, I hear how someone who has never done something is so easy... I will be waiting for the next animation you make , please link it soon..

     The thing is, that today there are various companies out there that are specialized in Motion Capture and Animation and sell Complete animation suites/packages on the net!

    These vary from the most basic (cheap) to the more complex (expensive) or even customized on order.

    As long as you use industry standard Tools in Your Game Studio, you can directly import and incorporate these Animation suits. Saving studios a lot of time and Money.

    Sure, if you have a large Budget and/or work in a very large studio(s), like EA, etc they have their own Motion Capture & Animation facility to facilitates all their studios.

     
  • Swedish_ChefSwedish_Chef of heroes, MSPosts: 213Member
    Originally posted by Darkcrystal
    Originally posted by Swedish_Chef

    You... you did say animation(S), plural, right? While the short video of a basic 'axe attack' animation is all well and good (better than anything in Rift, not that such a thing is difficult), it hardly constitutes a proper update.

    Ah, there's another one on their website, I see. It's nice, but again hardly something for a programmer / modeler to give to their mom so it can be stuck on the fridge door with one of those annoying magnets which always falls down for no reason. It's a standard attack animation, the same type found in any game where axes & bows are wielded.

    While I respect Mr. Garriott's attempt to keep myself & other backers (as well as the general public) abreast of the game's development, I think it would perhaps be a bit wiser of him to wait until there's something worth showing. These videos are the equivalent of jingling your keys in front of a toddler's face.

    "Wooo, look at that animation! Look at it! Woooeeeeooooo!!!!" *insert random noises adults make to babies here*

    Did you just say that was not hard to do, oh really, animating characters is the hardest thing to do, so some of you gamers are looking at something you may... think is easy, think again... I been in the gaming industry for 20 years, so I think I would know, I find it funny every time, I hear how someone who has never done something is so easy... I will be waiting for the next animation you make , please link it soon..

    I never said animations as a whole are easy. I said that it isn't hard to do animations better than those in Rift, and I stand by that statement. Rift's animations are absolutely atrocious, and attacks which are supposed to represent smashing / cutting / burning / crushing your foes into a fine paste or powder have all the apparent forcefulness of lightly smacking somebody with a dry water noodle.

  • LitestepLitestep RigaPosts: 32Member Uncommon

    the key here is 'not so long ago'   ...   first webpages where very simple, and yet - amazing back then.  Times change - games and webpages evolve - so do our expectations.

    And yes - I remember myself being amazed while looking at mob/char animations  .. but that was for Asherons Call in around 2001.

  • tom_goretom_gore TamperePosts: 1,796Member Uncommon

    While the animations are nice, it seems at this pace this game will be irrelevant when it eventually launches in what... 2017 if we're lucky?

     

  • BigdaddyxBigdaddyx California, WAPosts: 1,985Member Uncommon
    Another indie kick starter MMO coming up along nicely i see...  (yes i was being sarcastic)
  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member
    Spoiled or not what tom_gore just said is the truth. Some of you may have seen the day where animations like that were golden, but todays expectations are higher, this is no longer new terrain. So you can call us spoiled all you want, but we are not alone. Sometimes feedback is pretty rotten but at least your getting feedback and realize a need to do something. I wouldn't take any of it personally, I would just use it to your advantage any way you can. I am sure these devs wilk
  • KilrainKilrain Prineville, ORPosts: 684Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by JeroKane
    Originally posted by Darkcrystal
    Originally posted by Swedish_Chef

    You... you did say animation(S), plural, right? While the short video of a basic 'axe attack' animation is all well and good (better than anything in Rift, not that such a thing is difficult), it hardly constitutes a proper update.

    Ah, there's another one on their website, I see. It's nice, but again hardly something for a programmer / modeler to give to their mom so it can be stuck on the fridge door with one of those annoying magnets which always falls down for no reason. It's a standard attack animation, the same type found in any game where axes & bows are wielded.

    While I respect Mr. Garriott's attempt to keep myself & other backers (as well as the general public) abreast of the game's development, I think it would perhaps be a bit wiser of him to wait until there's something worth showing. These videos are the equivalent of jingling your keys in front of a toddler's face.

    "Wooo, look at that animation! Look at it! Woooeeeeooooo!!!!" *insert random noises adults make to babies here*

    Did you just say that was not hard to do, oh really, animating characters is the hardest thing to do, so some of you gamers are looking at something you may... think is easy, think again... I been in the gaming industry for 20 years, so I think I would know, I find it funny every time, I hear how someone who has never done something is so easy... I will be waiting for the next animation you make , please link it soon..

     The thing is, that today there are various companies out there that are specialized in Motion Capture and Animation and sell Complete animation suites/packages on the net!

    These vary from the most basic (cheap) to the more complex (expensive) or even customized on order.

    As long as you use industry standard Tools in Your Game Studio, you can directly import and incorporate these Animation suits. Saving studios a lot of time and Money.

    Sure, if you have a large Budget and/or work in a very large studio(s), like EA, etc they have their own Motion Capture & Animation facility to facilitates all their studios.

     

    Or if you don't have a large budget you skip the motion capture studio and purchasing other peoples stuff and make your own. These guys probably don't want to purchase other peoples crap (neither would I) and would rather sell a product THEY made. Someone made and sold a game using the base models,etc that come with Poser and what did people do? Give them shit for not making their own.

    professional web programming and design.

  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,969Member Uncommon
    I don't care about graphics. They just need to be serviceable or better. What the game needs is a world, story and depth. Been playing Avadon lately and although the graphics are pretty bad it's an engrossing game (if you are ok with reading a lot).
  • Stile_TeckelStile_Teckel mishawaka, INPosts: 8Member

    Vannor: Tracy Hickman is the lead story guy, and writing a book to go with the game.

    If you want story, this is the game for you. Don't put to much into the graphics yet, ignore the nay-sayers. The games only about 120 days into development.. and its slated for a 2014 release (not something like 2017). Made possible so quickly only because of Unity and crowd sourcing activities. Most of the negative comments floating around are really from people not having a clue to what they are talking about (some people have negative opinos that are educated about what they are talking about, which is ok.. its the ones that dont have a clue i find annoying). Show me a game company that had the guts to put out game animations at 90 and 120 days? if there are others, there sure arent many.

    Anyway, if you do check Shroud of the Avatar out and decide its for you, please do me the return favor of using me as a referal. Stile@the caverns.net (or id#147).  But this game is all about story and depth!  

  • BigmamajamaBigmamajama Houston, TXPosts: 198Member
    Originally posted by Amjoco
    It kind of amazes me how spoiled we have gotten.  Not so long ago this would have been amazing and to me it still is, but the first comments make fun of the hard work someone put into it. I figure if I can't do any better than I shouldn't mock something. 

    Your being too nice.   It seems like people aren't interested in anything anymore unless its never been done.  As if every bit of progress needs to be earth shattering or the first thing out of people's mouths is "insert some snide remark here."

    The only time I poke fun at developers is when they claim one thing in writing or verbally then do something completely average.  I will use the EQNext hype train as an example.  Claiming they have reinvented the MMO then showing us nothing that hasn't been done somewhere else.

    Garriott has never claimed anything more than wanting to make a fun game.  But apparently that's just not good enough these days now is it guys?

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