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Feature: Rule Britannia

Ultima Online was released twenty years ago today

I'll never forget where I was when I heard that Lord British had been killed. The character, Ultima creator Richard Garriott's alter-ego and in-game avatar, burned to a crisp during a beta test of Ultima Online on August 9th, 1997. The game officially launched a month and a half later, twenty years ago today, and I loved it in a way that has kept me…

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British Invasion: Shroud Of The Avatar Raises $2 Million

Shortly after Torment: Tides of Numenumenumenuma-BATMAN claimed its title as the most-funded Kickstarter game in the short history of Kickstarted games, Richard Garriott's definitely-not-an-Ultima sequel, Shroud of the Avatar has raised over two million dollars. The Kickstarter campaign, which had a one million dollar goal, finished just shy of doubling the target but direct pledges through the RPG's website pushed it to a current total…

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Feature: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Revealed: Richard Garriott’s Massive Ultima Successor

Rounding out the Kickstarteriest week in gaming history, Richard "Lord British" Garriott has emerged from his castle of silence to reveal his oft-hinted-at Ultima spiritual successor, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. It's chugging along quite nicely, too, already having charmed more than $300,000 (of a hopeful $1,000,000) out of wary wallets in a mere few hours. But how will it actually work? Sure, Garriott's…

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Richard Garriott Wants To Rebuild Ultima

Lord British, aka Richard Garriott, aka the creator of clasic RPG series Ultima: he's been to space, which makes me instantly worry about him being some sort of replicant. It seems that since he's been back on Earth he's been pondering his next game. In a lenghty post on Facebook, he's announced his intention to make the "Ultimate RPG", distilling everything he's learned in 36…

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Ultima’s Lord British Returns, Without Ultima

You can take the Lord British out of Ultima, but you can't take the Ultima out of Lord British. Does that make sense? Probably not, but it sounded good, which is essentially the story of my career. EA still jealously guards the Ultima license, despite not doing a whole lot with it outside of an only tangentially related free to play strategy game. However, it…

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The Many Deaths Of Lord British

I notice that PCG have reprinted a flirty little featurette which I wrote for them a couple of months back. Inspired by the Kill General British Tabula Rasa event, they asked me to run through a history of the popular sport of Killing Richard Garriott (in games). In it I say things like... Ultima V: Time Kills An easy one. The game is all about…

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