September 26 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers in the News

Just some various things I have had come across my desk over the last month or so, that you may want to check out if you missed them.

Legendary game celebrates 20 year anniversary –

Shroud Of The Avatar Brings New Update – MMOExaminer

Great Gaming Minds: Harvey Smith (Dishonored, Deus Ex)

In the money: Richard Garriott's Portalarium, other companies raise nearly $4M – Austin Business Journal

How Richard Garriott Got Players to Start Thinking About the Choices They Make in Ultima IV | USgamer

Gamasutra – Richard Garriott remembers calling his

Break Out: Ultima III and the familial origins of Origin Systems | VentureBeat

How Richard Garriott got started in games – Polygon

Gamasutra – Press Releases- Travian: Legends launches

Choose My Adventure: Many kinds of lost in Shroud of the Avatar – Massively Overpowered

Attendance success for gamescom and inagural devcom | Latest news from the game development industry | Develop

In the wake of the Game of Thrones finale, indulge in the nostalgia of Dragonlance – Vox

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April 18 2015

More Leaks from the Caves

So this is an important message!

Richard Garriott Wants YOU To Subscribe To The Mad Hermit Gaming

Richard Garriott Wants YOU To Subscribe To The Mad Hermit Gaming – YouTube.

Don’t miss out on the R16 Hangout video! And for the record, Chris was already sick when I arrived so I only assume 50% responsibility for bringing the plague! *winks*

Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 16 Postmortem – YouTube.

Now im not sure if you saw it or not, but Relics from Rild added some new merchandise to it’s line-up! Specifically that of pint glasses and shot glasses. Promises of more are on the way (which by the way Rild, don’t judge current response as a measureing stick.. I almost waited to combine on shipping knowing you have more coming but decided not to wait.. not everyone will rush it!).

I happen to be wanting some new glassware though, so this worked out for me. Perfect for my use.. so, score for Rild on timing! I plan on ordering at least 4 more as soon as he has the others in stock *taps foot and stares at Rild*. No really.. I NEED 4 more glasses as quickly as possible please. Seriously.. im not kidding.. I mean it. I really need them. Don’t forget to sample to the press for reviews also! *wink wink, nudge nudge*

I did see, pick up, touch, and put down some of these at Portalarium. I still ordered some, right? So that tells you what I thought of them. Nuff Said, review written!

Now go buy em so you own the shirt: Shop Now — Relics by Rild.

Hey, Im in this!!! Way to video it Mad!

Shroud Of The Avatar Design Roundtable And Portalarium Studio Tour (Recap) – YouTube.

The NBNN News has a Google+ page over here if you are interested:
NBNN News – Google+.

Additionally you can find them on Twitter:
NBNN (@NBNNNews) | Twitter.

One of their videos, this should certainly be an Easter favorite!
Shroud of the Avatar: The Adventures of Lazarus Long – YouTube.

This is a fun but short read:
The Origin of the MMORPG & More – Profiling Richard Garriott’s Innovations

Want to learn how to use the deck system a bit better? New gave some lessons on that and it was recorded to share with you!

Combat Lessons – From Novice To Master – Lesson 2 – YouTube.

Here’s a great write up and a few photos of the Explorers Club dinner. Richard and family attended as normal!
a href=’’>Who's Coming to Dinner? Explorers, Astronauts and Spelunkers –

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January 9 2015

Hello, would you be interested in playing Ultima Online Epidemic?

Need something to do when not testing SotA? This just came in hot off the press with permissions to share with you, so if your looking for a little Ultima Online check it out.

Hello Everyone,

I would like to inform you of a brand new, free, online MMO RPG which has recently launched, called Ultima Online Epidemic. Every new player that joins can page in to receive a 7x skillball to get started.

Some custom features of UO Epidemic include new custom tameables(new ancient dragon, hiryu, bake kitsune, rare hue mounts like wolves, llamas, steeds and bears), new custom rares, new wood types with different properties, new custom craftables(slayer bows, +ar doublets +ar jewelry) and player created cities which can be destroyed using cannons, rams and catapults. Skill scrolls, slayer spellbooks and rare items will drop as special loot on monsters. Rare world spawnables which decay, fillable container rares, gauntlet rares and champion spawn rares all obtainable

All PvP templates are balanced UOR style, poisoning does not suck, and there are no bolas or wands. There is a PvP pentacle “king of the hill” style event every 4 hours which will give the winner a prize. There is a Hunter with Hunter BODs which will give a player Hunter Coins. Hunter BODs are completed by killing a monster and then collecting its corpse.

There is a custom infected elf quest, which has secret unlocked areas and the scenario includes a beastly group of savages in Bucs Den. Bucs Den is a permanently criminal zone where anyone can be attacked. All cities other than Britain do not have any guards anymore due to the infected have spread panic across the world.

Davey Jones, pirates and white pearls can be fished up now. Lobster traps have been added which can summon Osiredon the Scalis Enforcer. Destroyable High Seas Galleons with smooth movement have been added, along with a floating docks area with Corgul the Soulbinder and his minions. UO Epidemic also even has its very own Private Access Lake!

Tough PvM Bosses, great PvP scenarios, all 6 champion spawns with harrower, custom craftables, custom tameables, custom player ran cities, smooth boat movement, high seas galleons, quick setup with 7x skillball to get started. What more could you ask for?

cave with people and name

May 11 2014

The Death of Lord British cited as famous by MMORPG

MMORPG recently did an article titled “Twelve Famous Player-Driven MMORPG Moments”

Included in this is the famous death of Lord British in UO by Fire field. As #1 no less!

Lord British was killed during an in-game appearance on Ultima Online’s beta test. A royal visit was conducted as a part of server population stress test. A player character known as Rainz cast a spell called “fire field” on Lord British that, surprisingly, killed him. Lord British’s character, like others, had been made invulnerable, but by design the invulnerability did not persist over several game sessions. Shortly before the incident, the server had crashed, and Richard Garriott had forgotten to set his invulnerability flag on when logging on again.

Here’s the map location!

Twelve Famous Player-Driven MMORPG Moments – Genese Davis at

Death of Lord British - Apr30-1

February 9 2014

UO gets some new management

EA partnered up with Broadsword online Games to help with the Ultima Online future. I understand that this is a partnership and not a take over or sale. my take on it is I really even didn’t feel it was news worthy. As long as EA has a finger in it, I am not interested. They are a horrible company and as far as games go if its not Sports related I don’t think they should be involved. That’s me though and some people may be interested in this though, so here you go SotA – UO fans!

Producer Letter | Ultima Online.

Greetings Everyone!

I come to you with some exciting news! Since its humble beginnings at Origin Systems Incorporated in 1997, through development at EA Redwood Shores and for the last 7+ years at Mythic, Ultima Online™ has been enjoyed by millions of devoted players around the world.

Beginning February 1st, 2014, Mythic Entertainment Co-Founder Rob Denton’s new studio: Broadsword Online Games ( will partner with EA’s Mythic Entertainment to operate, support and develop Ultima Online on EA’s behalf. Electronic Arts will continue to provide billing and account services through its Origin™ portal. Broadsword and Electronic Arts will work closely together to ensure a bright future for Ultima Online. For future inquiries and support, you can contact

The UO team will continue to work as hard as ever under our new banner. In the immediate future, we will be putting out a publish for Valentine’s Day and a few bug fixes, along with polishing a final release of Vendor Search. I will be putting out a list very soon of all the features we will be working on this year to get everyone’s feedback as well as some updates regarding our ongoing projects.

I know this has left everyone with a lot of questions, so I will try to answer a few right off the bat. As always we will collect any additional questions and try to answer them as they come in.

Talk to everyone soon!

Bonnie “Mesanna” Armstrong
UO Producer
Ultima Online

Lord British hang's out with people

Lord British hang’s out with people

February 7 2014

Lord British is travelling the Universe

I saw this ahead of time, but am feeling like a fairly lousy news guy right now as I didn’t have a chance to tell you about this until AFTER it. Lord British as you know if you’ve followed some of my news has been making some appearances on various Ultima Servers. This time he made a visit on 2/6/14 to Ultima Forever Online.

If anyone has any good follow up information on this appearance (chat logs, videos, or even your own write up!), pass me a note and Ill see to it that the community hears about it.

Ultima Forever also did a really awesome logo for the visit.

You can join in on the conversation at the SotA forums

UO Forever? | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

For something more official, over here at the Ultima Online Forever Forums
p>COMING SOON – Lord British Himself (Richard Garriott de Cayeux) | Ultima Online Forever – Ultima Online Renaissance – Ultima Forever.

LB Visits Ultima Forever Flyer