If your not familiar with Dan Span and his work, get that way! He has serious talent and your going to want to be able to say someday “I was listening to him before he was as big as Snoop Dogg!”. As not only a friend, but official number 1 fan, I know what im talking about here!
As someone who is both an Ultima collector and that follows the creators, it was eventual that at some point in my life I’d take a look at Helen Garriott’s work. For those not in the know, this would be Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s, mother.
I LOVE her ceramics! So much so that I spent years watching for them until I was able to get a piece for my own collection at a bargain.
I still watch for them as I would love to own many of them. This one is definitely outside of my budget but it absolutely beautiful!
What really caught my attention about this item on eBay today, was not that it’s all that rare. I just haven’t seen one in quite a while.
I have seen them posted regularly in the past. Pricing if I remember right tends to run between $75.00 – and $125.00 so this one while not an amazing deal, IS reasonable and fair.
I would love to get one of these for my collection! I have a framed Nasa Postal Cover that has been signed both by Richard and his father, Owen Garriott. Richard signed it for me himself, and while it’s worth a relatively minor dollar amount, especially compared to other items in my collection, it is one of my most treasured possessions as well as his commemorative space travel coins.
Why? Simple, I am a major fan of the space programs as I believe our ability to travel, explore, and populate the stars, is dependent upon our long-term ability to survive as a species. I believe that could lead to us being one nation someday, as one planet, without borders.
Commercial Spacelight bringing the countries of the planet together to pioneer the stars due to common interest and passion. I also believe that Richard Garriott will be historically seen as one of the greatest visionaries of his century as a godfather and pioneer not only in his work in the space industry but also for his ability to inspire others.
So I personally love items that tie those things together, as they represent something I believe strongly in and have a passion for. Dollar value is irrelevant :).
Whatever your reason for collecting such item’s though, this one is a cool piece to own!
Wow, that is a long title! Let’s take another look at that. Today we are going to talk about the book written by Richard Garriott and David Fisher titled “Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark.”
Getting the necessaries out of the way. This article will contain some minor spoilers, but I will be hiding them in spoiler boxes.
This book has not been published yet and is being released 1/10/2017 on Amazon. My references are in regards to an Advanced Read Copy (ARC) I won in a random giveaway on Goodreads, and ready this week.
The legendary entrepreneur and online gaming pioneer—creator of the Ultima series and the forthcoming Shroud of Avatar—and private space travel advocate examines the importance of adventure and curiosity in his life in this inspiring memoir, complete with interactive tie-ins, puzzles, tricks, and secret codes
An inventor, adventurer, entrepreneur, collector, and entertainer, and son of legendary scientist-astronaut Owen Garriott, Richard Garriott de Cayeux has been behind some of the most exciting undertakings of our time. A video game industry leader known by his handle “Lord British”—and a member of every gaming Hall of Fame—Richard pioneered the massively multiplayer, online role-playing game (MMORPG), and coined the term “Avatar” to describe an individual’s online character.
and coined the term “Avatar” to describe an individual’s online character.
A lifelong adventurer and member of the Explorers Club, Richard has used his extensive gaming fortune to finance thrilling expeditions. He has plumbed the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to see the remains of the Titanic, hunted for meteorites in Antarctica, and in 2008 became one of the first private citizens to be launched into space. On the leading edge of the private space industry—the man who arranged a zero-G flight for Stephen Hawking—Richard has invested his time and energy into making space travel more accessible.
in 2008 became one of the first private citizens to be launched into space.
Combining the two guiding tenets of his life, exploration and creation, Richard now invites us on the great adventure that is his life and introduces us to the wondrous and magical in the world around us, including our own backyards. Yet Explore/Create is no ordinary memoir; throughout, Richard engages readers with interactive activities and challenges them with “secret codes” for his games. An audacious genius with an insatiable curiosity and an irrepressible playfulness, Explore/Create is enlightening, thrilling, and fun.
I am going to talk about this book first from an overall perspective as a sort of quick review piece. Following that, I will do a quick chapter by chapter commentary which will be hidden by a spoiler box to make it easier on the eyes.
Some of my comments will be of a personal nature while others may be about the content. Anything goes!
Please understand that I am not an objective reader. I have had contact with Richard on numerous occasions in various formats, including in person. From that association and common interests I share with him, this has led into us sharing several common friends, a couple of which are even mentioned in his book!
Thereby my review, while I will try to make it object where it should be, may be colored by biases I do not even realize I have. You have been told!
As someone who had already been patiently waiting for the release of this book, I was rather excited when I won it in a Goodreads giveaway. This was followed by a slight bit of disappointment at the 30-day timeline only to turn once again into excitement when the book arrived a few days later, which for me was two days ago.
While I was very interested in receiving it, I also was worried that I would find it somewhat boring. Not due to lack of being well written or good content but rather as someone who has been following Richard Garriott at some level or another most of my life, I was worried it would all be old news to me.
Quite the contrary, there were only a couple sections of the book that feel this way to me. Areas that I had heard stories about from Richard or seen on Youtube had new insights and revelations. To my astonishment, I even learned about a few of Richard’s adventures in life I had not known of. I attribute this to the fact that as a public personality, time alone in private with him is rare. So topics tend to be the ones that the majority of the public pull from him.
This book allows for a format in which Richard gets to share adventures that may not be as popular, but I find none the less intriguing.
While he certainly offers some advice here and there, it is more narrative and story driven. Recounting major stories, turning points, and adventures in his life with some commentary. I personally, was then able to draw some corollary’s in my own life and learn from his experience.
Being done this way led to a fun story that at many times completely engaged me, drew me in, and made me feel like I was living it a bit. Not in the way a good Fiction Novel would, but well enough to help me feel the experiences he describes.
David Fisher did a fantastic job overall in capturing the nuances of Richards personality in person, in print. I have had the honor to engage with Richard face to face on occasion and many times as I read this book I could easily hear him telling me the story!
There can be a lot of reasons someone may be interested in this book. Hoping to gain some insight or wisdom from a creative individual perhaps. You may be a fan or follow of one area of his life such as video game or space travel and are looking for things specific to that. Maybe you just find him and his stories fun or exciting.
For me, it is a combination of all these things and many others, which put this book was on my wish list. Whichever reason you are considering purchasing it for, do yourself a favor and get on the preorder list. It’s not lengthy which for some will be positive. For myself, that was the only negative.
If you want to hear some of my fun commentaries about the book, the following is a chapter by chapter commentary that overall I keep short. Spoilers will exist but will be mostly minor. I will try to avoid sharing anything that might ruin reading it for yourself!
I am jealous of Richard’s experience in school with computers. I signed up for a class in which it was clear I knew more than the teacher. That may have been ok, except the content was a joke as well. I learned more at home from other people on the local BBS.
My mom programmed in Fortran!
If you want to PLAY D&D1, Richard’s first game on tape, you can! Get yourself a Shroud of the Avatar account, Richard’s new game he is working on. Then make your way to Central Brittany and go to the docks, say hi to the Town Crier. Set your compass on “Oddjob” from the list the crier gives you and go inside! You will find a teletype that has D&D1 imported in the game that is fully playable!
One of the reasons I have always enjoyed Richard Garriott is because he is a very humble human being. He is a joy to spend time with whether it is a quick conversation or if it’s dinner. He may pick up your tab on a social dinner occasion at a restaurant, but he never lords what he has over you. I have personally seen him put people with little in life at ease being around him and making them feel he was approachable to them.
What I never realized was how close he had come to becoming “that type” of a person at one point in his life. My sincere appreciation to his friends who stepped up and helped him not stray from his path. For a Richard that was a dick, would not be one that I would be proud to know or that would be creating the value to this world that he is creating for all of the human race in his many projects; from space exploration to back down here on earth with things such as Rapid Transport Systems (not in his book).
I never heard this story, absolutely awesome! I wonder how often treasure is found when doing that sort of the first dive on that sort of trip? I also wonder if the take was over the costs and by how much?
Chapter 12 – The End of the Beginning of the World
I wanted to visit Richards Geocache when I was in Austin, but I was on limited time with a busy schedule. Richard doesn’t mention this in his book, but you can do his Geocache in about 30 minutes if you know the shortcut. I decided I didn’t want to rush it and am hoping to go back and spend a day of it sometime.
Do You Ever does not have a big reveal from me. From what I have been able to discern on my own on this one, we have the honor nod to a typical love/girl song on an album. Going through the stages of finding and loosing love, only to be hopeful to find it again.
Part of life that is needed by most, and so definitely should have a place on any album that talks about life. Something I think we can all relate too, though, without me getting all wordsy about it.
So for this one I give you the lyrics and my intro summary, only.
Do you ever think about me
‘Cause I do think of you
Do you ever dream about me
‘Cause I do dream of you
I can still remember the moment I first saw ya
I ain’t one to gawk but think I felt my jaw drop
Hotter than august eyes like emeralds
If love is a battlefield then you must be the general
But what am I thinking you don’t know the things I been through
Plus I got a chica I’m already pretty into
But damn baby girl you got me caught up in ya undertow
I can’t even move but still I really gotta wonder though
‘Cause ya smoke more trees than a wildfire
Talkin’ ‘bout the universe and I ain’t even kinda tired
So much energy you got me feelin’ out of practice
The complete package you are what the fuck a catch is
But the sad fact is girl you the one that got away
Never found the time but trust me I did have a lot to say
But now it’s gotten way too late and I feel my brain
Do the loop like a fuckin’ hula hoop
Ever since you flew the coop and you moved
Things just ain’t been right homie
Oh that other girl she left I was happy to say bye only
That’s the bitch of it ‘cause now I’m all alone and I’m lonely
All these years later and you still the one on my mind homie
I never had a chick come along and rattle this
Cage that I’m in and you showed me the way out of it
But when you left my life sunk like battleships
Time to pick myself back up and I guess you were the catalyst
(Chorus) (Bridge 2x)
Oooh well life’s a surprise
No matter what we do
And in the darkness of night
I pray that the dawn brings you