There is an Invincibility spell in the Nintendo port of Ultima 7. An Eighth Circle spell, it is not available in the PC version of the game.
Check Out Richard Garriott’s Photos of Earth (Taken From Space)
Windows on Earth compiles galleries of photographs of our planet, as taken by those who have had the unique privilege to look down upon it from space. So naturally, they have a collection of images taken by Richard Garriott.
The Chatty Community over at Shacknews has, over the last few weeks, been tallying votes for their Top 100 PC Games of All Time, and the list thereof was published just recently. Naturally, a few titles produced or published by Origin Systems are on the list, beginning with Ultima Underworld at #87:
The Ultima games stand as one of the best RPG series ever made. But there were also a few spinoffs of Richard Garriott’s great tale. This one combined the great talents of Bethesda and Id Software to create one of the first instances of first-person action on a 3D map. It may not be a main Ultima entry, but it’s still one of the greatest.
“To say this is the best dungeon game we’ve ever played is quite an understatement”
Meanwhile, Ultima 7: The Black Gate captures a respectable, if somewhat underwhelming, position at #29:
This is considered by many to be the peak of the Ultima series and the last of the truly great games before Ultima VIII began the series’ downward spiral. Little things like removing the visual tile grids was just the beginning. Ultima VII is beloved for its shift to real-time, its brilliant AI companions, and the game world’s interactivity. Britannia never felt more alive.
“Ultima 7 is the crowning achievement of Richard Garriott and Origin. The open world, character development, and sophisticated environment interaction set a bar that in some ways hasn’t been matched to this day.”
“Best RPG Ever Made”
“Deep, highly interactive world. It felt like I was transported to another place. I have never experienced this sense of exploration since.”
“Origin creates worlds, and the mystery of Britannia, starting with a grisly murder, launches into one of the most interesting story lines in RPG history. I remember how much of a quantum leap the graphics were in this game, and how you could bake bread (or use a bucket of blood to make “blood bread”). I think this game broke my 386 and my parents bought me a 486 to replace it (yay!!!). The Fellowship and the Guardian were great adversaries, and the Blackrock sword is pretty much the best weapon ever next to the Hoe of Destruction! RPG gaming at its finest!”
“After submitting my first top15 I rethought the order. Ultima 7 IS my favourite game but part 1 and 2 have to be judged seperately. This one deserves all the praise and probably will be the one ending up in the top 100. It’s one of the most important and maybe also influencial RPGs. This needs to be at the top, but I had to honor Serpent Isle here as well.”
Half Life and Half Life 2, confusingly, managed to capture the #2 and #1 spots, respectively, which…is what it is. It should also be mentioned, however, that Wing Commander: Privateer earned a nod at #74 on the list:
Wing Commander is one of the most highly-praised PC gaming franchises out there and 1993’s Privateer stands out as one of the best. Controller a privateer, players now had the option to choose their occupation, adding the potential to create their own unique adventures. Toss in the acclaimed Wing Commander gameplay style and Privateer proves to be one of the better games in the series.
“Playing in the Wing Commander universe gave this game a strong background to pull from. What is not to love about going from dogfights with space cats to smuggling slaves and drugs.”
“It’s goddamn Privateer!”
All in all, a reasonable showing by Origin Systems; it’s a testament to the longevity and excellence of their games that they are still routinely making appearances on lists of this nature, twenty (or more, in some cases!) years after their initial releases.Shacknews’ Chatty Community’s Top 100 Games List Includes Two #Ultima Games, One #WingCommander The Chatty Community over at Shacknews has, over the last few weeks, been tallying votes for their Top 100 PC Games of All Time, and the list thereof was published just recently.
Ultima 1: One of The Escapist’s “8 Sandbox Games That Will Leave You Wandering”
The Escapist has published a short, gallery-style article entitled 8 Sandbox Games That Will Leave You Wandering. And Ultima 1 is the very first game listed thereupon:
Richard Garriott’s now classic Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness is considered by many to be the first sandbox video game. What Ultima I allowed you to do was to experience the world on your own terms, you could go wherever you…
Slashing Dragon, in keeping with the incredible development pace he has been demonstrating for months now, has released yet another update for Ananias, his mobile roguelike.
The major additions in this version are scrolls (such as can be used for weapon and armour enchantment) and potions (such as can be used to buff or otherwise augment abilities and stats). However, there have also been numerous other, more subtle changes. Columns can now be seen in temple rooms, and rooms can now be circular in shape. The UI has (of course!) been tweaked and adjusted still yet more, and pet combat AI has been tweaked to adjust for the case where pets become cornered by a foe. Oh, and shepherds can now no longer equip non-staff weapons.#Ananias (Mobile #Roguelike): Version 1.34 Released Slashing Dragon, in keeping with the incredible development pace he has been demonstrating for months now, has released…
Forgotten World: Back At It!
Those of you who have been following the comments on the Ultima 9 in Widescreen Resolutions article may have noticed Iceblade, from the Forgotten World team, contributing to the very fruitful discussion taking place there. Indeed, he and Kirinn made some very interesting discoveries about how Ultima 9 handles field-of-view, and about how it displays the in-game journal and other books to screen.
Well, it certainly looks like the 17th anniversary celebration for Ultima Online was a smashing success. Richard Garriott turned up in the persona of Lord British, marking the first time in many, many years that Lord British has officially been seen in Britannia.
Of course, Exodus appeared partway through the celebrations, turning the celebration in the throne room at Blackthorn’s Castle into something more like a massacre. Things weren’t helped with Minax — decked out in a bikini and pink sunglasses, for some reason — also turned in an appearance. And it would even seem that Lord British’s old nemesis, Rainz, was present for the festivities…although I don’t think Lord British forgot to activate his invulnerability this time (nor, I suspect, did Rainz throw out a fire field).
There’s also a new chapter of the story surrounding Lord British’s return to the game available on the Ultima Online website, for those of you who take an interest in such things. Minax is also mentioned briefly within it; perhaps the tale being woven by EM Drosselmeyer will soon explain just what transpired to result in the massacre aforementioned.
On a more mundane front, Broadsword Online Games have posted a lengthy set of patch notes for Publish 86, detailing all the various changes and updates made thereto in recent days. They also had to pull the Legends shard offline recently for emergency maintenance, although I would assume it is back up by now.#UltimaOnline: Remembering the Past, Lord British’s Return, and Publish 86 Notes Well, it certainly looks like the 17th anniversary celebration for Ultima Online was a smashing success. Richard Garriott turned up in the persona of Lord British, marking the first time in many, many years that Lord British has officially been seen in Britannia.
Nuvie: Cold and Hypoxia, Berries, Tends, and More Martian Dreams Goodness
The Nuvie team have been hard at work on their cross-platform engine for Ultima 6, Savage Empire, and (most relevant to this news) Martian Dreams. It has been a little over a month since we last checked in with the project, and in that time they’ve accomplished quite a bit:
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* Added search logic to MD when looking at containers.
* Added player_is_in_solo_mode() script…
The Dark Unknown: Now Being Produced by Tapestry of Ages Games
Goldenflame Dragon made a very big announcement a couple of days ago, concerning The Dark Unknown and the future of its development:
I have a big announcement to make! I am no longer just some dude making a game- I have filled out some paperwork, paid some money, did some chores, and am now:
TAPESTRY OF AGES GAMES
I’m working on a logo and a website, but I decided not to wait on this…
Shroud of the Avatar - Update of the Avatar #92
Greetings Friends and Avatars!
Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
- Play Release 10 Now and Get Your Cavalier’s Hat
- Release 10 In-game Community Events
- Chris Spears’ Video Guide to Release 10
- SotA Quick Reference Card by Stile Teckel
- SotA Greenlit for Steam in Record Time
- Navigator Pledge Reward: Novia Map Atlas
- Citizen Pledge Reward: Windmill Power Generator