If you’ve been playing MMOs for as long as I have, then Stratics.com was probably one of the first MMO websites you ever visited, just as it was mine. And though you may have moved on, its community is still rich, serving players from multiple MMOs, most notably Ultima Online, for which it’s been the players’ primary communication platform in the many long years since EA discontinued game forums.
Now that community is threatened. Early this week, the Stratics’ staff learned that the entire site has been placed up for auction by its owner. Being MMO players, they didn’t roll over; they’re forming a corporation and raising money on Indiegogo to bid for the site themselves — a move retweeted by no less than Richard Garriott and supported by the site’s owner himself. I freaking love this genre.
With sincere thanks to Captain Electric.