As mentioned Rustic Dragon is selling off his entire Ultima collection which consists of games, maps, coins, trinkets and everything associated with the series. It quite literally goes from Ultima I all the way through Ultima Online. Some of the boxes are limited editions, collector editions, foreign language versions, disk sets and even cartridges. It’s an amazing collection, but that’s not all. All the items are signed by Richard “Lord British” Garriott. When I went to the auction listing I see there is a video posted by Joseph to confirm the authenticity of the items and it’s a 3 hour video of himself and Lord British signing all the items and talking about trivia and history of the different items. I only intended to watch the first couple of minutes, but it’s a fascinating history of the game by the man himself. Richard talks about the box covers, the design, the maps, who was involved, how he approached the games and all sorts of things. It is brilliant!
Check out the video below and see Richard sign dozens of Ultima items (which you can buy) and hear all about his gaming and programming experiences. Riveting stuff!!
Update: I had a chance to listen to the whole Hearth of Britannia event which turned out to be an unscripted behind the scenes look of Joseph’s massive collection of Ultima games and memorabilia, how he acquired it, what made it unique and that look back at how so much of the RPG and D&D world was associated with the Occult and Dark Arts. That alone was worth a hearty chuckle.
But there was also the look back over the Ultima games from Richard himself. He discussed some of the history behind the games, the inside jokes, why some of the box covers look the way they do – including an amusing story about Ultima 8. Oh yes indeed, there’s a reason it’s called Pagan and has a pentagram. It was all clearly calculated.
This is a long video, coming in at 3 hours, but Richard Garriott is talking and narrating almost the entire time. It’s not just hours of listening to nothing, he’s got a ton to say and for those like me who were around when the original games came out, there is a lot of nostalgia and fond memories.
One thing that strikes me is that Richard is just a regular guy hanging out. Sure, he’s signing a bunch of games he wrote or designed, but he’s just hanging out for the night talking with some friends. If you have some time to spare definitely take a look.
More brilliant musings about my adventures in New Britannia
- Entire Ultima Collection – Ultima 1-9 on sale at Gog.com
- The Complete Ultima Series on sale for $8.94 at GOG.com
- Complete Ultima Chest–Ultima 1-9 + Ultima Underworld 1-2 for 75% off – $8.94
- The Ultima Complete Sage for 80% Off – $7.14
- Ultima Forever–Quest for the Avatar
- Ultima IV – Quest of the Avatar – For iPad
- Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar
- Ultima Online – On Steam? As part of Steam Greenlight?