It's Nearly A Miracle That The New Ultima Exists

The back-story behind a new Ultima game should be a horror show: Ultima—beloved role-playing game series designed by the great Richard Garriott who sold his company to cold, corporate EA and down the tubes Ultima would go, returning in 2013 only for money-grubbing reasons. Nope. That's not it. » 8/14/13 11:10am 8/14/13 11:10am

11 Minutes of Lord British's New RPG, Narrated by the Man Himself

Shroud of the Avatar, Richard Garriott's recently Kickstarted spiritual sequel to his Ultima RPG series, looks pretty damn good considering it's currently just an early prototype. Here, Garriott narrates a short 11-minute walkthrough of some of the game's features they've been working on in the past few months. » 7/12/13 5:40am 7/12/13 5:40am

These Games Made You: Classics That Inspired A New Video Game Novel

Like many of us, Austin Grossman has lived with video games his whole life. But, like a lot fewer of us, he went on make them, working as a writer and a designer on beloved titles like Deus Ex and Dishonored. Yesterday, his literary love letter to the medium—a novel called You—hit screens and bookstore shelves all… » 4/17/13 2:30pm 4/17/13 2:30pm

Ultima Creator Richard Garriott Says 'Most Game Designers Really Just…

The man who revolutionized computer role-playing games with the Ultima series doesn't think much of the talent currently working in the medium when it comes to game design. Who's good at it? He is. Maybe a few others. » 3/20/13 1:00pm 3/20/13 1:00pm

Ultima Creator Richard Garriott Revolutionized Video Game RPGs. Now He …

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The man known as Lord British has been gone from video games a long time. Yeah, he's had the whole space travel thing going on. And there was a messy bit of business where he got half a million dollars stolen from him to buy fancy magician paraphernalia. But it seemed really weird that Richard Garriott—an iconic… » 3/08/13 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am

Ultima Is Going Free-To-Play. And It Just Might Work.

The last new Ultima game to see daylight was Lord of Ultima, a browser strategy game more or less totally unrelated to the venerable Ultima series that so many PC gamers have loved for thirty years. Fans were disappointed, hoping instead for an actual new Ultima adventure that would take advantage of modern technology … » 7/12/12 9:00am 7/12/12 9:00am

Rich Game Developer Didn’t Notice That Magician Robbed Him of Half a…

Richard Garriott, shown above brushing his teeth in zero gravity, helped birth the world-conquering MMO genre. The success of his early Ultima games make him enough money to essentially rent a rocket to go into outer space. But, smart and rich as he is, the man known as Lord British can still get oodles of cash… » 4/02/12 8:30pm 4/02/12 8:30pm

Next Year, You'll Be Able to Watch A Movie About Ultima Creator Richard …

What does one do after inventing one of the first virtual worlds ever to exist online? If you're Richard Garriott, you try to leave Earth behind altogether, for a little while anyway. Lots of gamers know about Garriott's quest to escape the bounds of Earth's gravity via private space travel. What some may not know is… » 11/21/11 3:40pm 11/21/11 3:40pm

Ultima Creator May Already Own Some Of The Moon

Richard Garriott, space tourist, rat tail enthusiast, and creator of Ultima and Tabula Rasa (RIP), may also be the first private citizen to have a legitimate claim to ownership of a good portion of the moon. » 3/22/10 3:40pm 3/22/10 3:40pm