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Ultima Online designer Raph Koster working on new sandbox MMO

Raph Koster, the lead designer of Ultima Online and creative director of Star Wars Galaxies, is back with a new studio making a new MMO. His new gang, Playable Worlds, today announced their existence and their big plans for a sandbox MMO catering for playstyles from hanging out to plain ol' murdering. It's still early days, with the company having just secured some seed funding…

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Feature: Revisiting The Ancient MMO

18 Years Later, Why Are People Still Playing Ultima Online?

Later this year, Ultima Online [official site] will turn 18 years old. In the genre of MMOs, that makes the game positively ancient - and it's even more remarkable when you consider that it's still funded via a subscription model. I’ve never played an Ultima game, much less one that’s nearly my age. I wanted to find out what the game is like to play…

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Dave Perry’s Luminary Lunch

One of the more interesting sessions at this year's GDC was entirely off-campus. Dave Perry invited a load of chums to lunch, with a select press audience. Present were people like Raph Koster, Peter Molyneux, EA's Neil Young, Chris Taylor, Dave Perry and some bloke from Sony. And then they all had a good chin-wag. Annoyingly, Rossignol was present - as he's never going to…

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RPS Exclusive: Raph Koster on The MMO

In this interview we talk to Raph Koster, the founder and president of Areae, about why MMOs must be free to play, how he wanted to make an Ultima Online expansion where the players made their own shards, and whether games have reached the end of graphics. Areae is the company with an unusual vision for PC gaming: the DIY MMO. They're calling the project…

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Raph Shows Off Metaplace

Here's Raph Koster talking about his proposed wikification of MMO's, Metaplace. The more I look at this stuff, the more I fear for how much random pseudo-gaming material I'm going to have to look at in the next couple of decades. "Jim, can you give us a round up of the best twenty spaces on Metaplace?" Cut to me scrolling through 73,000 incrementally different fantasy…

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Metaplace: MMOs By Everyone

We at RPS like the PC because it gives us a big mess of stuff. There's more things to play out there than you can fit into a lifetime, and it's growing, non-stop, like a formidable fungus. We must therefore applaud those people who want us to make even more stuff. Well done you. Some fun, yesterday. One such gentleman is bearded theorist (and occasional…

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