Ultima

The Complete Ultima Collection is one sale one more time and it’s an bottom basement price. For $7.14 you can pick up Ultima 1-9 as well as Ultima Underworld 1+2. That’s $1.19 a piece. If Shroud of the Avatar has got you itching to jump back into the world of Ultima now is the time. Pick up the entire collection now.

Since I’ve gotten a taste of the conversation system and quests from SotA, I have a want to get back into Ultima 4 and give that another try after all these years. I really miss that game. Smile

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Ultima Complete Saga 80% OFF

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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.

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imageWhat the hell is this? If you click the link below and go to the Steam Greenlight Workshop there is an offering for Ultima Online. Ok, what a minute now. Is this real? Is this some sort of split from Electronic Arts to keep Ultima Online alive? I’m sure you know that EA has their Origin digital delivery system which is used by Need for Speed, Battlefield and the Sims. What do we have here with Ultima Online? I’ve never played the game, but I hear the community is still pretty strong. Is this a way to keep the game running and roll out updates?

Bit of a head scratcher…

Ultima Online on Steam Greenlight

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Once again the entire Ultima Collection can be had for $14. Good Old Games – gog.com is running another sale of classic games and once again the entire Ultima collection is on sale. This includes Ultima 1-9 as well as Ultima Underworld 1-2. Also, as stated in the comments and I got the same thing, you also get the Worlds of Ultima as a bonus. I believe that’s the entire Ultima collection for less than $15. I’ve spent more on a burger and fries at Five Guys! And the burger didn’t last nearly as long as this will!

I bought this collection before, but if you missed it and just want to relive those moments, here’s another chance. Plus, there’s some other pretty sweet games in the collection like Wing Commander, Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate Wars and Populous. Each one comes in at just $2.39, which is the traditional price of an iPad game. You really can’t beat those prices. You also get a free copy of The Witcher Enhanced Edition with each purchase.

Anyway, just passing along the deal and it only lasts through the weekend. If you want the games don’t wait too long. What could be better than passing a night slaying monsters in the world of Ultima and Britannia?

Ultima and other classic games on sale at GOG.com – Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper Gold–now with Deeper Dungeons expansion, Ultima Series, Syndicate Plus–now with American Revolt mission pack, and many, 60% off

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For many of us Ultima IV may be the defining game in the Ultima series. It was that game that introduced the Virtues, gave us the ability to adventure with a party, introduced reagents, expanded the world we could explore and set the path all the other Ultimas would follow.

I distinctly remember playing this game, for hours, on both Apple and Commodore machines. To put it mildly, it was amazing! It was a bright and colorful full of animation, a huge area to explore, a slew of weapons, spells, runes, virtues, shrines, resting to heal your party and an almost endless series of creatures to battle against. There was no Internet, no multiplayer, no in-game purchases to make you powerful, you had to earn everything you got. And it was fantastic!

I mentioned before that Ultima was the game I wanted most to be ported over to the iPad. Well, the day is here. Using an emulator, the folks at Elite Systems have ported Ultima IV over and brought it to the smaller screen. If you recall, Ultima IV is actually a free download. Electronic Arts has made the game available for some time now and you can download it from Good Old Games (gog.com). But this is a portable version, you can take it anywhere and show off the classic Ultima goodness to your friends and co-workers.

I’ve just started the small download and can’t wait to give it a try. Considering the game is free with no in-app purchases or other ways to steal your gold, I can’t see a reason not to get this. Judging from the screen shots, it looks just the same as it did when it was new. Some say the graphics looks dated, I say they look just like they should!

Ultima IV – Quest of the Avatar

I had to include this picture simply because it brings back so many memories

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