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announced the third release of Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar
fantasy role-playing game. For the first time, players will now be able to interact with other players in Shroud's virtual world via several social systems including chat and emotes.
Among the other new features in this early release is the addition of an "add friend" menu that appears when players touch the "F" key. Also there will be a new village to explore, Braemar, which in addition to the previously unveiled Owls Head and Kingsport, provides a virtual world that is growing and will continue to expand with each successive release in 2014. There is also improved crafting functionality in Release 3 as well as access to merchants which should give players who like to create their own items a chance to craft and sell to their heart's content.
Release 3 also includes several songs created by the community via The Bards of Poets' Circle, a player run guild.