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Portalarium Kickstarter ends, over $2 million pledged in total

Yes, yes, people really are quite keen to see a new RPG from Ultima creator Richard 'Lord British' Garriott de Cayeux. Kickstarter crowdfunding for his new game, Shroud of the Avatar, wrapped up on Sunday just short of $2 million, and was pushed over that mark by direct pledges outside Kickstarter. As developer Portalarium originally sought only one million dollars, all sorts of futures have been bunged in through stretch goals.

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Yes, yes, people really are quite keen to see a new RPG from Ultima creator Richard 'Lord British' Garriott de Cayeux. Kickstarter crowdfunding for his new game, Shroud of the Avatar, wrapped up on Sunday just short of $2 million, and was pushed over that mark by direct pledges outside Kickstarter. As developer Portalarium originally sought only one million dollars, all sorts of futures have been bunged in through stretch goals.

The Kickstarter campaign ended on Sunday with $1,919,275. Pledging is still open on the official site though, bringing the total up to $2,060,204 as I write this.

Hitting that $2 million mark means the old-school RPG will boasts castles and keeps players and guilds can own, along with guild wars, guild housing, and other fancy features. Earlier stretch goals include boats, more quests, more areas to visit, more music, an underworld, a theater players can rent for performances, pets, playable instruments, and oh so much more.

If we're very lucky indeed, it may yet hit the $2.5 million goal to add mod tools.

Shroud of the Avatar is described as a "spiritual successor" to the Ultima series, with classless skills galore, player housing, and choices and consequences up the wazoo. You can play offline, online with friends, or a bit MMO-ish. Five full-length standalone episodes are planned, releasing yearly for PC, Mac and Linux, starting in October 2014.

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    April 8, 2013 1:00 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Portalarium Kickstarter ends, over $2 million pledged in total.

    Yes, yes, people really are quite keen to see a new RPG from Ultima creator Richard 'Lord British' Garriott de Cayeux. Kickstarter crowdfunding for his new game, Shroud of the Avatar, wrapped up on Sunday just short of $2 million, and was pushed over that mark by direct pledges outside Kickstarter. As developer Portalarium originally sought only one million dollars, all sorts of futures have been bunged in through stretch goals.

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      April 8, 2013 1:34 PM

      I wanted to back this just on LB's name alone. I really did. But, everything I saw and read about this just felt he's making a game for himself rather than something everyone will want to play. The videos just didn't sell me that this would be a fun game. And, I think seeing how Torment was able to garner $4m at about the exact same time as this suggests that the 'crowd' wasn't fully convinced either.

      I want this to be awesome. I like many of the concepts he's talking bout. But, the game just doesn't look like it'll be fun. The questing description feels like it's more old EQ style were it was tedious instead of immersive as highly interactive as he's aiming for.

      I hope I'm wrong. I really do. But, I just couldn't back it to find out. I'll have to wait for the release for that.

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        April 8, 2013 2:37 PM

        Yeah, an Ultima title with Richard Garriott behind it could and should be an incredibly exciting and amazing thing... but for some reason this campaign didn't excite me. Now if he was putting the team back together to do a single player Ultima with a 6 to 8 person party and turn-based combat? Sign me straight the fuck up for that. Here's the info for my bank account just take whatever you need!

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          April 8, 2013 9:32 PM

          Yep, I was disappointed at what his kickstarter ended up being too. Hope it turns out to be great though.

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      April 8, 2013 9:01 PM

      End of the day and there are still only 2 comments on this topic. Enough said.

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        April 8, 2013 9:46 PM

        Torment got my money. To be honest, I didn't even hear about Portalarium until now.

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      April 8, 2013 9:48 PM

      What an unfortunate title

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      April 8, 2013 10:12 PM

      I'm excited for it, and it raised more than enough to get it done. It's different enough that I look forward to playing it.

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      April 8, 2013 10:34 PM

      I dunno, it doesnt look that bad. He got my $30. If anything, I get a copy of Shroud of the Avatar and I didnt have to pay $60 for it.

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