** Upcoming NextGen Crowdfunding Pitch **
Portalarium will be presenting their SeedInvest crowdfunding campaign at NextGen Crowdfunding’s Los Angeles Studio on Wednesday, July 19th, at 4:00 pm ET. Join Richard Garriott, CEO and Creative Director of Portalarium, for a live-streamed pitch and Q&A session. Register here: https://www.nextgencrowdfunding.com/companies/nextgen-crowdfunding-personalized-dashboard-launch-event-1012/
Videogame development company Portalarium is preparing to release Shroud of the Avatar, the spiritual successor to Richard Garriott’s Ultima series. Players that seek to unravel the mysteries of Shroud of the Avatar will find themselves immersed in a deep narrative, co-written by Richard Garriott and New York Times bestselling fantasy author Tracy Hickman, replete with ethical dilemmas and moral consequences that will follow players’ characters throughout the game. Whether as the ruler of a player-owned town with hundreds of real players as residents, a dragon-slaying adventurer, or a master craftsman sought by fellow players across the world of New Britannia, the Shroud of the Avatar sandbox provides players with the next leap in the evolution of massively multiplayer games, a key segment of the games market pioneered by Portalarium founder Richard Garriott in the 1990s. The MMO market has since grown to over $20 billion in annual revenues.
Shroud of the Avatar is a detailed sandbox-style MMORPG in a third-person view played with a mouse and keyboard. The player-first mindset gives Avatars the freedom to explore the world as they choose: slay a dragon, establish trade routes, craft weapons and armor, or conquer a town. Shroud of the Avatar provides players with a real world where they can do real exploration, and are faced with choices that have real consequences.
Shroud of the Avatar builds a real world by giving real people (the players) a far larger role in the land of New Britannia than other games. Homes, shops, and entire towns can be owned and customized by players giving each location a truly “human” touch, and like real world real estate, the number of available properties is finite. The economy is entirely player-driven with the most valuable items only available from fellow Avatars who have mastered their crafting skills. A dynamic skill-based combat system also engages players by breaking away from the “min-max spreadsheets” of traditional MMO combat.
Unlike traditional MMOs, which often direct players with exclamation marks and arrows on the map, Shroud of the Avatar lets players actually explore. Instead of rigid branching conversations, players may engage NPCs in parsed, multi-sentence interactions. Only by asking the right questions will players unlock the secrets of the world. As players explore the rich sandbox world, they will find that they can open each door, read each book, and interact with each of the thousands of NPCs and creatures spread across hundreds of towns and dungeons.
No game by Lord British is complete without a deep narrative and difficult ethical dilemmas, and Shroud of the Avatar is no exception. Each choice made by a player (as minor as giving a beggar a coin or as significant as assassinating a lord) will change the response of the game-world to that player. Should players choose to pursue the main narrative, they will find their virtues tested in the 100+ hours of gameplay of Episode I of Shroud of the Avatar.
Shroud of the Avatar’s “Selective Mulitplayer” also gives players the freedom to experience an RPG as they like – open MMO with all players, friends only, or single player online (or offline) play. Those that choose to explore with other players will also find that Portalarium’s brand new server structure allows all players to exist in one reality – no more segregating friends arbitrarily into separate servers (aka “Shards”).
Portalarium is the third instantiation of one of the most successful PC gaming development teams in history. The leadership team of Portalarium participated in the founding, growth, and monetization of two previous efforts. The first was Origin Systems Inc, which published numerous top selling and award winning PC games through the 1980’s and 1990’s, including Ultima, Wing Commander, Crusader, and others. The team also includes producers, directors, and staff from the team that pioneered the MMO genre with Ultima Online in 1997 after it was acquired by Electronic Arts.
The core of Portalarium team then created Destination Games in 2000 and was acquired that same year by Korean MMO giant, NCSoft. The Portalarium founders were essential in rapidly growing the U.S. business of NCSoft from its nascent beginnings to hundreds of millions in revenue each year with products like Guild Wars, City of Heroes & Villains, and Tabula Rasa.
The current Portalarium team is a winning combination of the leading minds from the aforementioned history, top experienced talent brought in from other studios, and young talent that we’ll grow into the next generation of industry leaders.
We believe this team is uniquely qualified and can demonstrate the ability to yet again redefine online gaming for the ever-growing population of players seeking compelling virtual realities in which to live, work, and play.
Investors who invest at the levels below or more will have the option to receive in-game benefits that they can use themselves in game.
$500: Golden Armor and Golden Cloak
- Game Access
Exclusive Golden Cloak (See Gallery)
Exclusive Suit of Golden Clockwork Armor (See Gallery)
Exclusive Golden Lord British Helmet
Exclusive Golden Lord British Throne
Exclusive Golden Trimmed Tuxedo
Exclusive Golden Lord British Moondial
Exclusive Replenishing Box of Assorted Golden Fireworks
/goldenflowerwandtrick: Exclusive Magic Trick Animation
/goldenbirdtrick: Exclusive Magic Trick Animation
/goldenendlessclothtrick: Exclusive Magic Trick Animation
$1000: Golden Row Home
- All of the above
- Exclusive Golden Lord British Shield (See Gallery)
- Tax Free Player Owned Town Row Lot Deed
- Exclusive Golden Ornate Greenhouse 4-Story Row House (See Gallery)
- Exclusive Golden Clockwork Raven Pet (See Gallery)
$2500: Golden Village Home
- All of the above
- Tax Free Village POT Lot Deed
- Exclusive Golden Viking Village Home
- Exclusive Golden Clockwork Cat Pet
- Exclusive Ornate Gold Plated Iron Fence
$5000: Golden Town Home
- All of the Above
- Tax Free Town POT Lot Deed
- Exclusive Golden Pristine Gothic Mansion
- Exclusive Golden Clockwork Dog Pet
- Exclusive Golden Streetlamps (6 Pack)
$10,000: Golden City Home
- All of the above
- Tax Free Player Owned Town City Lot Deed
- Exclusive Golden Kobold 4-Story Great Hall (See Gallery)
- Exclusive Golden Sword (See Gallery)
- Tour of Portalarium Studios in Austin, TX (travel expenses not included)
$20,000: Golden Keep
- All of the above
- Tax Free Keep POT Lot Deed
- Exclusive Golden Osidian 4-Tower Keep City Home
- Exclusive Golden Remote Bank Access Device
- Exclusive Golden Automaton Pet
- Exclusive Golden Viking Palisade Walls
$30,000: Golden Castle
- All of the above
- Tax Free Player Owned Town Castle Lot Deed
- Exclusive Golden Airship (See Gallery)
- Exclusive Golden Castle Walls (See Gallery)
- Exclusive Golden Clockwork Pet Dragon (See Gallery)
- Dinner with Lord and Lady British and other Golden Castle owners at their home Britannia Manor in New York City (travel expenses not included)
It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. This Side by Side offering is raising under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D.
The Form C is a document the company must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) which includes basic information about the company and its offering and is a condition to making a Reg CF offering available to investors. It is important to note that the SEC does not review the Form C, and therefore is not recommending and/or approving any of the securities being offered.
Before making any investment decision, it is highly recommended that prospective investors review the Form C filed with the SEC (included in the company's profile) before making any investment decision.
Rule 506(c) under Regulation D is a type of offering with no limits on how much a company may raise. The company may generally solicit their offering, but the company must verify each investor’s status as an accredited investor prior to closing and accepting funds. To learn more about Rule 506(c) under Regulation D and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
Title III of the JOBS Act outlines Reg CF, a type of offering allowing private companies to raise up to $1 million from all Americans. Prior capital raising options limited private companies to raising money only from accredited investors, historically the wealthiest ~2% of Americans. Like a Kickstarter campaign, Reg CF allows companies to raise funds online from their early adopters and the crowd. However, instead of providing investors a reward such as a t-shirt or a card, investors receive shares, typically equity, in the startups they back. To learn more about Reg CF and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by Portalarium. Once Portalarium accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Portalarium in exchange for your shares. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Portalarium.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or government-issued identification
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
If you are investing under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.
An investor is limited in the amount that he or she may invest in a Reg CF offering during any 12-month period:
- If either the annual income or the net worth of the investor is less than $100,000, the investor is limited to the greater of $2,000 or 5% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth.
- If the annual income and net worth of the investor are both greater than $100,000, the investor is limited to 10% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth, to a maximum of $100,000.
Separately, Portalarium has set a minimum investment amount of US $0.
Accredited investors investing $20,000 or over do not have investment limits.
You are a partial owner of the company, you do own shares after all! But more importantly, companies which have raised money via Regulation CF must file information with the SEC and post it on their websites on an annual basis. Receiving regular company updates is important to keep shareholders educated and informed about the progress of the company and their investment. This annual report includes information similar to a company’s initial Reg CF filing and key information that a company will want to share with its investors to foster a dynamic and healthy relationship.
In certain circumstances a company may terminate its ongoing reporting requirement if:
- The company becomes a fully-reporting registrant with the SEC
- The company has filed at least one annual report, but has no more than 300 shareholders of record
- The company has filed at least three annual reports, and has no more than $10 million in assets
- The company or another party purchases or repurchases all the securities sold in reliance on Section 4(a)(6)
- The company ceases to do business
However, regardless of whether a company has terminated its ongoing reporting requirement per SEC rules, SeedInvest works with all companies on its platform to ensure that investors are provided quarterly updates. These quarterly reports will include information such as: (i) quarterly net sales, (ii) quarterly change in cash and cash on hand, (iii) material updates on the business, (iv) fundraising updates (any plans for next round, current round status, etc.), and (v) any notable press and news.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares. Right now Portalarium does not plan to list these shares on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Portalarium may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when Portalarium either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement. If invested under Regulation CF you may also receive periodic updates from the company about their business, in addition to monthly account statements.
This is Portalarium's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. If the company runs a side by side offering that includes an offering under Regulation CF, you may also find a copy of the Portalarium's Form C. The Form C includes important details about Portalarium's fundraise that you should review before investing.
For offerings made under Regulation CF, you may cancel your investment at any time up to 48 hours before a closing occurs or an earlier date set by the company. You will be sent a reminder notification approximately five days before the closing or set date giving you an opportunity to cancel your investment if you had not already done so. Once a closing occurs, and if you have not canceled your investment, you will receive an email notifying you that your shares have been issued. If you have already funded your investment, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, you may go to your portfolio page
If you invest under any other offering type, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason until a closing occurs. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your shares have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your portfolio page.