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Posts tagged “Richard Garriott”

Shroud Of The Avatar virtuously goes free-to-play today

Blimey - Richard Garriot's Ultima successor MMO Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues only launched back in March. Despite leaving early access just seven months ago (to tepid critical response), Portalarium's dragon-bothering epic has now gone free-to-play. This second debut (third, if you count its 2014 early access launch) comes with an overhaul to the game's criticised earlier areas, hopefully making for a smoother ride for…

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Feature: How do you become a videogame archivist?

Meet the man who runs the Origin Museum, collecting the history of Wing Commander and Ultima

In the basement of an unassuming suburban home just outside Washington, D.C., you'll find one of the largest collections of documents, data, images and props from Origin Systems, the company behind the Ultima and Wing Commander game series of the 80s and 90s.The Origin Museum is owned and curated by Joe Garrity, and has been running since 1999, when Garrity lived in Virginia. Over the…

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Feature: Otherwise known as Adventure/Games

The RPG Scrollbars: Richard Garriott’s autobiography

Explore/Create isn't your average autobiography. Certainly, not your average developer one. There aren't many that jump from 1980s corporate wranglings to literally being in space, nor which start not with the subject in the middle of a D&D game, but about to be crushed by the actual, literal Titanic. But that's Richard Garriott for you - a man who has always stood for what I…

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You Can Buy Richard Garriott’s Blood For $5000

Would you like to own a "Lord British Blood Reliquary" containing Richard Garriott's actual blood? Now is your chance! The Tabula Rasa developer is selling artwork containing his blood for the low-low price of $5000 (around £3852) via eBay alongside a selection of items from his new MMO, Shroud of the Avatar.

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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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Original Origin: EA Giving Away Ultima VIII For Free

Though rarely doing much with the rights to the old PC games which once made EA's name, they do at least have this pleasant habit of occasionally making some retro delight free for a week or two. This time, it's Ultima VIII Gold Edition, the Richard Garriot-designed roleplaying game from towards the twilight of the Origin years.

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Shroud Of The Avatar’s Raised Over $3 Million

There's an awful lot of money floating around out there. Richard Garriott's determined return to the world of RPGs with Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues has now raised over $3m, with an epic $1.1m having been tacked on after the successful Kickstartering of $1.9m. (Spotted by Massively.) Would anyone like to crowdfund a holiday for me?

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Peeling Back The Shroud Of The Avatar

I'm watching a twenty five minute video of Shroud of the Avatar, with commentary from bearded spacefarer Lord British. I was going to take in the whole thing, making the occasional note when something caught my interest, but I'm four minutes in and I've become rather distressed. So far, Garriott has shown a couple of settlements and the player housing within them. There's a pokey…

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Castle Mania: Decorating Homes In Shroud Of The Avatar

If anyone knows how to decorate a medieval-style home, it's Richard Garriott. He does, after all, have a reputation for taking up residence in actual, factual castles. And so it seems all-too-right that the man, the myth, the (tarnished, due to a perhaps not entirely needed Kickstarter) legend is now walking us through the Hoarders-worthy halls of his Shroud of the Avatar abode. Like snowflakes,…

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Shroud Of The Avatar Solicits Players For Game Assets

Where there are fans, there is also fan art. This is one of nature's most time-unsullied processes, painting our planet in mighty strokes since it first sang itself into existence. For example, what are alligators if not fan art of the dinosaurs? And ancient Rome? Just a fan recreation of ancient Greece. I rest my case. Richard Garriott and his merry band of Garriettes are clearly…

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Die Shard: First Footage Of Shroud Of The Avatar

The resolution of this first video of Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is so bad that I thought I'd time-traveled back to the 90s. However deductive reasoning on my part eliminated that notion quickly enough: I wasn't wearing an X-Files t-shirt, and I wasn't pining over [name redacted], [name redacted], [really, Craig?], nor Gillian Anderson (a message to lank-haired teenage me: you'll…

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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: "But Can We Kill Lord British This Time?"

Garriott On Shroud Of The Avatar, Why He Needs KS

Like so many role-playing pioneers before him, Richard Garriott has joined the boom-or-bust gold rush that is Kickstarter. However, unlike literally all of those same pioneers, Garriott's kinda, you know, been to space. He also owned an actual, factual castle at one point. The fates, in other words, haven't been unkind to his rather formidable fortune, and it stands to reason that he's not in…

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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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“Theoretically”: Garriott On Ultima Comeback

It's no secret that Richard 'King English' Garriott is working on a spiritual sequel to Ultima, having left the series' rights locked in an EA basement somewhere. It's no secret because he's said so, repeatedly. But what's more surprising is that he apparently isn't resigned to never getting them back - and he's even talking about working with EA again. The lion and the lamb!…

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Feature: Intrinsic Virtues

Gaming Made Me: Ultima VII

I was only young when I played Ultima VII but I had already ventured to the depths of dungeons that dripped with dread, partaken in interstellar war and defended my home planet from invaders. Like Roy Batty and all people who grew up with games, I had seen and done so much. Between adventures in space, I’d rezone my commercial districts or build a new…

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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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How I Nearly Starred In Ultima Online 2

This is by far the most egomaniacal RPS post I've ever written (and that's even though I've found plenty of vague excuses to run pictures of my cat and my girlfriend here previously). But I can't pass this one up. I can't. Massively's investigation into what the long-cancelled (OR IS IT?) (It is. That version of it, anyway). Ultima Online 2 would have been like…

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