New Ultima Online book gathers developer and player interviews to document oral history


Old-school MMORPG players, heads-up for you: If you’re a fan of Ultima Online or wanted to hear more about the seminal MMORPG after reading our take on Raph Koster’s book, there’s another book out there you’re bound to love. We’re talking, of course, about Braving Britannia: Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online by Wes Locher, whose marketing blurb describes it as

“the first nonfiction book to collect interviews with 35 of the game’s players, volunteers, and developers over more than 300 pages, revealing what they did, where they adventured, and how their lives were shaped, changed, and altered through experiences in Ultima Online’s shared persistent world. […] In a fantasy world of limitless potential, the only thing players seem to enjoy more than playing the game is talking about it, and yet, the true stories behind the avatars have largely gone unpublished for the past twenty years.”

Among the devs interviewed? Bonnie Armstrong, Raph Koster, Starr Long, Rich Vogel, Gordon Walton, and plenty more. The book is due out later this week; you can sign up on its official site to be notified when it releases.

Source: Braving Britannia via Raph Koster. We amended our original piece to properly spell Gordon Walton’s name. He is not, in fact, a gorgon.
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Lots of interesting material coming out about MMOs in those days, thanks Bree.

Ironically I saw this post while I’m playing Legends of Aria on the Legends of Ultima server. I keep wanting to find that magic from UO back in the 98 – 20xx range.