Richard Garriott cuts off (some of) his rat tail to raise money for Shroud of the Avatar

Richard “Lord British” Garriott is well-known for several things: his creation of the Ultima series, his lavish geeky parties, his trip to space, and of course, his ever-present rat tail. This week that rat tail has lost a little of its majestic length as Garriott cut off a fifth of it to promote Shroud of the Avatar’s winter telethon.

Yesterday’s all-day telethon raised an additional $20,600 for the game, which had already passed $8M in crowdfunding. Fans who contributed at least $5 to the telethon will receive a few in-game gifts, including a snow emote, a cloak, and an ice nightmare mount. The devs did their part with deep dives into various game topics while taking shots for every $2,000 raised. No word yet as to how many of the team suffered from alcohol poisoning.

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Anatidae
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Anatidae

uh…….

shawklive
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shawklive

shits becoming a joke.

Higgens
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Higgens

Vagrant Zero Higgens Damonvile I’d settle for a good game from him. It has been ~20 some odd year.

Vagrant Zero
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Vagrant Zero

Higgens Damonvile  Impact on gaming? Who gives a gods damned shit? Give me a good game, I couldn’t care less if you “impact” gaming with a crater that’s balls deep.

Besides impact on gaming these days is just code for everyone is gonna copy you until we’re all sick of it.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

schlag sweetleaf 
/John McCain combover.

kgptzac
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kgptzac

This is ridiculous

karmamule
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karmamule

Sorenthaz Siphaed Hahaha, I was with friends on New Years and one of them and myself were drinking more than our share of whiskey.  When she got up to go get a snack she was like a pinball bumping into every possible piece of furniture on the way out of the room…..

Ald
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Ald

I had one of those back in ’89 when i was in junior high!

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

I’m not just the creator of Hair Club for Men Online, I’m also a client..

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Edit/Erratum: Will *you ever…proper
Madda Also thanks! I’ll keep that in mind. <3

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Gross.

Higgens
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Higgens

Damonvile Ok, but that isnt MADE, its in the making. And By “matter” I mean has an impact on gaming. Was it 20 years ago?

Zenethian
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Zenethian

Creepy.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Siphaed One of my friends on New Years apparently drank 10 shots which was more than what she could usually handle.  Was still playing on FFXIV and chatting but her ability to type proper sentences/words definitely took a hit.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

breetoplay Sorenthaz I was more talking from a game industry standpoint I guess.  But yeah the space thing was quite significant.

playerxx
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playerxx

Who wants a piece of hair that was in space? He should sell it on e-bay

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Ironweakness Hah yeah, the whole thing was pretty tongue-in-cheek. :D

Valhalla Awaits
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Valhalla Awaits

Nyphur *slow clap* Well played sir.

Tamanous
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Tamanous

Auctioning off body parts to keep development going is certainly an interesting twist.

Ghostmourn
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Ghostmourn

hmm some donor wearing it as an extension… ewww lol

Nyphur
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Nyphur

One rat tail down, just nine to go before we can hand in the quest :D

Satyros
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Satyros

Well, we might as well face it.
His game-making skills are as up-to-date as his rat-tail..
If he has a pleased crowd, though, who am I to judge..

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Ummm..i bet the game he’s making right now matters to the people that gave him 8 million to make it?

Ironweakness
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Ironweakness

Everyone’s commenting on the rat tail and I’m thinking “Who does a telethon anymore? That’s just crazy.”
Or is it? Maybe it’s brilliant. Maybe he’s just ahead of the hipster curve and in five years Lord British will be smugly saying “I did rat tails and telethons before they were cool.”
Hmm.
You win, this round Lord British. You win.

Madda
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Madda

Who dares make Uta chop off a pigtail?
Nobody shall harm a single hair on Uta’s head while Madda’s around.

Higgens
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Higgens

He should cut off that whole nasty thing. 

Why is he even relevant now’a days? When was the last time he made something that mattered?

Union Jack
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Union Jack

He can cut off his dick for all I care he’s not getting a penny from me. Time this dude put his feet up and stopped conning gamer’s out of their money! I feel sorry for all the people supporting him as in my opinion he will fail again just like his last venture. When games were mediocre he shone but he will not in this quality market no matter how much talent he has around him he lack vision now days. 

The only reason he still has the tail is because he can no longer keep it up top…He thinks it looks cool too, might of in 1970.

BuchiBuci
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BuchiBuci

Suddenly, a facebook like makes more sense :|

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Siphaed For #2 – raises hand. I would probably die lol.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Just move those scissors up another 4/5ths and do the world a favor, mkay. I don’t even like actual rat tails!

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Sorenthaz I’d say at this point his involvement in the space race is probably his bigger achievement, but maybe not to gamers. :D

Siphaed
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Siphaed

1)  Crazy does crazy.

2) That only equates to 10 shots.  Who can’t hold their own on just 10 measly shots?

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

Also helpful:

BryanCo
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BryanCo

He’s still sporting a rat tail?  Does he intend to release to release SotA for MS-DOS as well?

PBurnout
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PBurnout

Ew. Keep your hairs dude.

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

If I showed this to my wife, she would immediately have all her biases about gaming nerds confirmed.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

I find it funny how the only memorable thing he’s known for is a 15+ year-old game series and then the rest of the time period between then and now has been how he’s thrown about his money and is trying to get another game going after Tabula Rasa blew up.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

LOL such a terrible hair style! He’s got the perfect head to just shave it bald and go on about his business. Silly hippy!

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

*Will ever lop off you pigtails for charity, Uta? Even if its some…”
Look, I am all for doing things for a good cause, but sacrificing my pigtails ain’t one of them. :(

heliaxb
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heliaxb

wut

John Wise
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John Wise

Next he will shave his chest hair and use it to raise money.

Sorry space guy, make game better if you want to see more money raised.

Saiga
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Saiga

NPC: I just need you to bring me 10 rat tails and you can have this bauble!

natecanbefound
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natecanbefound

that is nasty

Snky
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Snky

Male pattern baldness + ponytail = Lord Sexeh!!!!!!

Zycor
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Zycor

So that’s why he was growing it.

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