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Posts tagged “Ultima-Online”

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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Feature: The MMOs that came back from the dead

The RPG Scrollbars: Second Chance Servers

It is a truth universally accepted as a buggerance that nothing good lasts forever. The server of your favourite online game will go down. History will move on. The Grim Reaper will move in to slash the network server connection, mumbling about what an obvious waste it is of his talents. Ah, but in the world of digital, things are only over when everyone agrees…

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Feature: And why developers should do more

The power of gaming communities

For three years, many of my evenings and weekends have been spent online with the Rock, Paper, Shotgun community – posting announcements, managing servers, and hosting events. By doing this I’ve met hundreds of people and have developed some great friendships. I've enhanced the experience of playing games for myself and others, and in the process I've gained skills to progress my career in ‘real…

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Feature: Heroes behind bars

The RPG Scrollbars: MMO Jails And Virtual Porridge

Backstage areas have always fascinated me. Behind the scenes in theatres, where all the glitz and glamour dies instantly the moment you step where the public isn't meant to see - down lethal staircases and in filthy preparation rooms. The tunnels in places like Walt Disney World, where cast members travel to avoid ruining the magic, and tough security guards probably not wearing mouse ears…

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Feature: Defending your home away from home

The RPG Scrollbars: Invasion – Azeroth (And Others)

As many hours as I've spent playing them over the years, MMORPGs always fill me with a touch of sadness for what they could have been. I'm thinking of the original optimistic dreams of people like Richard Garriott, talking of his world where players accidentally killing too many sheep would draw the wrath of a nearby, now hungry dragon, back in that innocent time before…

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MMO Shards Online Brings New Ideas to the Genre

Shards Online [official site] isn't quite an MMORPG, and I think that's great. While it'll still have that familiar structure, Shards focuses on letting players build their own, smaller worlds to exist in instead of giving them one giant one. A new trailer to announce Shards Online's Steam Greenlight campaign shows there's still the basics like combat and questing, but things quickly get much more…

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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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Feature: Even now, villains wait, checking their watches. "Where are the heroes?" they wonder.

The Quests That Got Cancelled

It's a great time for RPGs at the moment, with just about every name, flavour and celebrity from the old days finding a new lease of life through Kickstarter and a freshly hungry audience. Most series and creators though have had at least one game fall prey to development hell - sometimes with their ideas resurfacing in later titles, sometimes with everything simply lost to…

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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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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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The Complete Worst Ninja

Kieron's resurrection project for his splendid Liberal Crime Squad diaries brought to mind something I penned during RPS's salad days. At the time, our audience was just a small collective of PC Gamer readers: now we are old, fat and happy with the love of many. Thus, pray allow us to entertain you with whimsical tales from our childhood. In this case, my misadventures in…

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“Return To Britannia”: Ultima Access

Twelve years of Ultima Online (twelve years!) are being celebrated by EA by allowing old players to return and play for free until the 16th of October. You can download the client for your glorious return here, which is also where newbies can access the 14-day trial. The most recent expansion for Ultima came out back in August, with a load of new content including…

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The Worst Ninja, Chapter 4 – Power

Continuing (and probably concluding) my irregular misadventures in Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn. For the story so far, a sad tale of axeless lumberjacking, lost shoes, bullying healers and being rubbish at hiding, clicky here and scroll down. Things are looking up. I mean, I'm being diligently followed everywhere by a horse, a llama, a dog, a cat and a rabbit. They'll fight for me if…

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The Worst Ninja, Chapter 3: Logs

Readers who've been visiting RPS since the halcyon days of ooh, August may recall my irregular misadventures in Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn. For the story so far, a sad tale of lost shoes, bullying healers and being rubbish at hiding, clicky here and scroll down. The concept, if you can't be bothered to read the last two posts, is this: I'd never played Ultima Online…

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Ultima Online-ier

If you're as bearded as I am - and few, at the moment, are more bearded than I am - you probably had an Ultima Online account at some time or another. Good news - since their general renovations to the world, they've invited us all back for two weeks of play. Time for an RPS: Woop, methinks. Woop! Basically, if you've ever had an…

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The Worst Ninja, Chapter 2: Shoes

Continuing my abortive attempts to understand Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn, the remake of the venerable MMORPG. Today I killed a llama. No-one seemed to mind. I also killed a goat and a horse, but a frog beat the hell out of me. The fact it was called 'Bogling' rather than 'Frog' is, in retrospect, a reasonable clue. Later, when it got dark, I killed a…

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The Worst Ninja, Chapter 1: Hiding

This may be the first in a short series, or it may be a one-off post of disheartened misery. Either way, you'll soon be able to make pretty exact estimates about how much willpower I have. As mentioned yesterday, I've had a strange, some might say futile and insane, desire to take a poke around the Ultima Online overhaul, Kingdom Reborn, for a while now.…

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