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Lord British's "Ultimate" Role Playing Game

Richard Garriott, better known by many as Lord British (or more properly Richard Garriott de Cayeux), has a post on Facebook titled "What is a Lord British 'Ultimate' Role Playing Game." This provides a lengthy retrospective on his work on RPGs, dating back to the pre-Ultima days and looking ahead to the work his new company, Portalarium, is doing in the realm of social and mobile gaming. Here's a bit on that:

There are staggeringly important new features unearthed by some of the early movers in this space. Powerful new asynchronous tools allow friends in the real world to aid each other and “play” together without being forced to play online at the same time every day or risk falling out of the leveling curve and ultimately losing the ability to play with friends. Instead of paying huge upfront costs, it is better to let players try before they buy, and for those who wish to play for free, it’s fair to ask them to help you bring others to the game in return for continued free play. Proper social tools are compatible with the Ultimate RPG.

So when traditional gamers look at all the “Ville” clones out there in the world, take heart! See not what is popular now, but rather what is happening in this new era that also would benefit them! A great game, like a great movie, need not be inaccessible to the masses. Great story and depth need not come at the cost of up front effort, pain and cost. Free to play does not mean the game has to be riddled with advertising and calls to spam your friends. But, for those unwilling or unable to pay fairly for what they now play, asking them to work for the developer and find us players is not unfair. Great games can and will be made in this new era, to the benefit of all, traditional and new players. We intend to be a leading maker of such games.

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8. Re: Lord British's "Ultimate" Role Playing Game Nov 11, 2011, 19:45 shihonage
 
The derp is strong in this one.  
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7. Re: Lord British's Nov 11, 2011, 07:35 Kajetan
 
verrul wrote on Nov 11, 2011, 06:34:
richard is a kook. After buying origin he built himself a castle in TEXAS complete with a moat and runs you better let me win LARPs and runs around in chainmail at home all day.
Whats so bad about this? I always want to build myself a castle to LARP in. Garriott can chainmail all day if he wants.
 
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6. Re: Lord British's Nov 11, 2011, 06:34 verrul
 
richard is a kook. After buying origin he built himself a castle in TEXAS complete with a moat and runs you better let me win LARPs and runs around in chainmail at home all day.  
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5. Re: Lord British's "Ultimate" Role Playing Game Nov 11, 2011, 05:38 CommunistHamster
 
Yeah, enabling players to trade XP is a good thing. Haven and Hearth gives players LP when they finish researching curiosities (you put the curio in one part of your inventory and it ticks down, at the end of the timer you get the LP. The timer runs whether or not you're online). Since players can trade curiosities, it offers a way to help new players up to speed. Unfortunately it also accomodates alternate character production.  
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4. Re: Lord British's "Ultimate" Role Playing Game Nov 11, 2011, 05:14 Veterator
 
Leveling curve is true though.....5 level spread in MMOs is horrible.

Some MMOs, like City of Heroes have it to where you can pair your guy up with a friend and if you play when they aren't online they still get a share of the XP you gain. And you get a share of the XP they gain if they play without you. So that's a decent system to stick with one friend..but kind of breaks down when it's a group of 10 people or so.
 
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3. Re: Lord British's "Ultimate" Role Playing Game Nov 11, 2011, 04:45 CommunistHamster
 
Powerful new asynchronous tools allow friends in the real world to aid each other and “play” together without being forced to play online at the same time every day or risk falling out of the leveling curve and ultimately losing the ability to play with friends

What a load of bollocks. Gaming is an interactive medium, which needs feedback, and if you're not playing at the same time, neither of you are getting feedback.
 
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2. Re: Lord British's "Ultimate" Role Playing Game Nov 11, 2011, 00:01 Cutter
 
Don't have the stones to make the good stuff anymore, eh Rick?
 
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1. Re: Lord British's Nov 10, 2011, 20:48 Creston
 
So, according to RG, the Ultimate RPG is free to play, social, tries to drag your friends into it, and is a lot like Farmville.

Sounds great, RG. Can't wait to play it on my Android...

We intend to be a leading maker of such games.

Well, seeing as how your company has made exactly one game, which was a Texas Hold'Em game on Facebook (which you proudly claimed was the 13th most played poker game on Facebook), I'd say you're perfectly positioned to do just that!

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