Lord British's Shroud of the Avatar crowd funding campaign is down to its final twelve hours. The current tally between its dedicated website and Kickstarter page stands at $1.7 million. Over the past month, an interesting assortment of stretch goals have been steadily achieved, and even cooler bonus rewards have been added to each pledge tier.
Along the way, Roberts Space Industries produced a very exciting episode of Game Changers that dual-interviews Chris Roberts and Richard Garriott. It's a fascinating trip down memory lane! Anyone with even a passing interest in Origin, Ultima or Wing Commander history should watch this. It's pretty amusing how Richard Garriott, who's the son of an astronaut and fascinated by space, ended up building fantasy games while the WC series was led by Chris Roberts, who grew up in England. Learn more about how the two met and got started in the game industry below - and check out those fabulous posters on the walls of Portalarium HQ!Richard Garriott has been a friend of the Wing Commander community for years and it's worth helping him out on his own merits, but there's also a new cross-promotion with Chris Roberts' Star Citizen! Fans who back Shroud of the Avatar at the $40 level or higher will get a special crossbow weapon to use during boarding actions in space. Very cool! If you miss the last few hours on Kickstarter, you can pledge at the Shroud website.
Breaking news! You heard earlier today that Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar will feature an item designed by Chris Roberts useable in-game... and we've decided to return the favor! If you back both Star Citizen and Shroud of the Avatar at the $40 Adventurer level or higher, we'll give your pilot in Star Citizen a powerful crossbow straight out of Richard's new world... perfect for providing an extra-lethal punch during boarding actions. The Shroud of the Avatar Kickstarter campaign ends in just twelve hours, so make your pledge NOW!Last, but not least, no great crowd funding event would be complete without a 24-hour telethon to commemorate the last day of the campaign. Watch Richard live here!
Iolo Industries Armor-Piercing Crossbow
Some things never go out of style, and the Iolo Crossbow is proof: an elegant weapon that has proved itself capable of repelling boarders effectively time and again over the centuries. It stands well above laser sidearms in terms of armor penetration, the ideal weapon for anyone needing to blast through two inches of plasteel space armor. Designed and hanf-crafted by David Watson, these rare crossbows are prized by pilots for their reliability and their low level of required maintenance. This weapon is an exact replica of the one created for Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s Shroud of the Avatar so you can arm your character with it in both universes!
Damage: 2 cm / bolt (+3 against armor)
Reload: .5 seconds
Effective Range: 500 meters