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'What Is a Lord British Ultimate RPG?'

Posted Nov 15, 2011 by Suzie Ford

'What Is a Lord British Ultimate RPG?'

In a new post on Facebook, Richard Garriott discusses his 20+ year quest to create the Ultimate Lord British Role Playing Game. In fact, he says, "Ultimate RPG" was what he was aiming for before there was an Ultima.

In the blog post, Garriott traces his game development life through several stages leading up to his most current one:

  • The First Grand Era of Games: Solo Player Games
  • Ultimas I, II, & III: Learning to Craft a Game & a World
  • Ultimas IV, V & VI: The Hero's Journey
  • Ultimas VII-IX: Unique & Internal Consistent Fiction
  • The Second Grand Era of Games: Massive Multiplayer
  • The Third Grand Era of Games: Social & Mobile Gaming
It's a fascinating history that truly leads up to what Garriott's team at Portalarium is working on: A Facebook MMO that will truly be an MMO. Here's what Garriott has to say:
For example, let’s look at two hypothetical versions of Ultima Online. Version A is the version that was shipped. You drive to the store to buy it, pay $50, drive home, go through a lengthy install, subscribe for $10+ / month, create a character, get dropped into the virtual world, and about 4 hours later, you have explored the game far enough to know it’s amazing. Now imagine version B of the same game. You receive a link from a friend and click on it. You start to play immediately for free. The install and intro to the game has been written in a way that you understand the game within minutes…not hours. After you have played long enough to know it’s worth the money, you are asked to pay by whatever method you find acceptable. I would argue that with these otherwise identical games, version B would totally dominate, because it was in fact a better game and better game experience.

Head over to Richard Garriott's Facebook page to read the full post. Let us know what you think!

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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