Richard Garriott gives RPG game developer permission to use Lord British

    
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Richard Garriott gives RPG game developer permission to use Lord British

You may have never heard of a game called Corven, but one of the industry’s most famous developers is lending his fame to put this upcoming title on the map. Richard Garriott apparently gave permission for the team behind the single-player RPG Corven to use his alter-ego Lord British in the setting and story. Once you realize that this game is heavily inspired by the Ultima series, this starts to make sense.

“Lord British will not just be a gimmick in Corven, but will play an essential role in the main storyline,” the game’s developer said. “Richard Garriott agreed to have additional brainstorming sessions in the future, so you can be sure that Corven will have a storyline worthy of an Ultima. So all you classic CRPG fans out there, and especially all you dear Ultima fans, Corven is now the closest thing to a new single player Ultima game that you can get in the near future.”

Corven is still in development, with plans for both a demo and a Kickstarter campaign to roll out next spring. Lord British can currently be spotted in Shroud of the Avatar, although that incarnation may feel a little abandoned by Garriott at this point.

Source: Lycantic. Thanks Cotic!
Update
The devs did clarify that this game has nothing to do with SOTA:

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LycanticCorven

Thank you all so much for your interest in Corven!

I wanted to jump in here to assure you that Richard Garriott’s involvement in Corven does not mean that he has abandoned Shroud of the Avatar or that Lord British is in Corven instead of in SotA.

Corven plays in an alternative timeline and does not interfere with SotA.

Richard was gracious enough to help out with the Lord British storyline in Corven and will do some brainstorming about the storyline in the future. He also let’s use use his alter ego in our game.

If you are interested in a single player Ultima-like experience then please consider following our game at http://www.lycantic.com and/or https://twitter.com/LycanticCorven We also have a Discord channel (invite link on website)

Thank you!

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Connor

“I wanted to jump in here to assure you that Richard Garriott’s involvement in Corven does not mean that he has abandoned Shroud of the Avatar or that Lord British is in Corven instead of in SotA.”

No need to worry about that, most people are aware that Garriott abandoning Shroud of the Avatar has nothing to do with your game. He did that on his own time.

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Sleepy

Just the sight of arriving via moongate to a brand new world was enough to give me the heebie jeebies. Best of luck, take your time, do it right!

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LycanticCorven

Thank you! Glad you like it!

Narficus
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Narficus

That trailer is 3 years old and Corven looks like it hasn’t changed much except for this gimmick.

Is this for everyone who was disappointed in Shroud to re-live it all over again?

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LiterallyForThisGif

Dearest Community,
Somehow my recent agreement to allow Lord British to play a role in the upcoming fan game of Corven has produced (as often) some wild speculation! BTW – Lord British often visits other worlds in Board Games such as “The Visitor” another game made by a friend, where LB shows up as an “Unwanted Guest”, and LB has also be a visitor in numerous computer games as well.
Just as we often post words of encouragement and links to our community about other games being made by friends, family and fans, I have been in contact with Florian (the games creator) for years, as he has often posted me on their Ultima Homage creation. He asked if LB could play a role in the game, after discussing and refining what that role might be, I agreed to allow specific use of LB in Corven.
This will NOT interfere in any way with LB in Shroud of the Avatar. It should not be seen as me moving to another company or product.
However, I do believe they are working hard to make a very nice game, I look forward to seeing how it evolves!
– Lord British

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Narficus

I see LB’s monthly participation quota for Shroud went to good use. I loved how he skirted around the issue of how he has appeared in so much more than his own “Ultimate RPG” that was supposed to be the spiritual successor.

Tune in months from now when he remembers Shroud has his name on it and he does another thing.

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Eric E

LB’s only participation in Shroud has been on one or two livestreams a month. No one has seen him in game for over a year.

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Tom Thumb

“and LB has also be a visitor in numerous computer games as well.”

Looks like Starr wrote this with the way it reads. Sounds like LB is busier in other games than in Shroud. Makes more sense as to why he sold it off to Chris.

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PanagiotisLial1

Got to say I love the art style, the view angle and the fact you can also do side activities like craft. Its too early at the moment but I will be watching its progress

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Narficus

“Too early” – you are aware that trailer is, in about a week, THREE YEARS OLD?

And if that $65k figure is right, it looks like the KS might just be another case of making future promises for early cash. Given progress shown thus far they had better be fairly open on their production expenses and schedule.

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sawthelightsota

So, just for people’s awareness, a member of Corven’s team (the leader?) was apparently a fairly frequent poster on the SotA Reddit Raw Reddit, and was pretty critical of SotA and LB.

That’s not a problem for me, but what is a concern is the Corven team is going on SotA forums claiming the Reddit user (corv_ryan, who has posted for years) is not them and is just “another Reddit troll”.

The corv_ryan user has purged his Reddit comments over the past few days.

That is an amazing Reddit troll – create a fake corv user, use it for years, and then right when his KS game gets promoted, delete all negative comments.

Is that more likely, or is it more likely that a game dev asking for $65,000 from largely LB fans now trying to remove past critical comments about him and SotA? Hmm…

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LiterallyForThisGif

Pot, meet reddit kettle. Pretty funny watching you guys tear each others throats out. I bet he never thought you’d turn on him so fast.

You should have prefaced this whole thing with “Full Disclosure, I’m a SotA Reddit troll and we take it VERY seriously when people break ranks”.

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sawthelightsota

For the record, yes, I am on Reddit and am critical of SotA, mainly because i dislike how deceptive and duplicitous they have been. And the only place you can talk about that is Reddit since SotA cleansed their boards.

I have nothing against this Corven game or even involving LB. What I do have a concern with is apparently deceiving – here it is about hiding one of the team’s past to get LB fan money without causing a stir. In both cases, I don’t live people using apparent deception to get money. That’s it.

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PanagiotisLial1

While I may agree Reddit behaviour is extreme(as in many subreddits) I would prefer you two stop attacking each other as the only thing coming out of it is toxicity and wastes both your time into wordfights instead doing something more productive and fun with your free time

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PanagiotisLial1

Having read all the subsequent comments I want to start by saying many of us who come are mmo(and gaming fans) not mmo/gaming haters. Focus on what makes you happy and not what makes you angry. I understand you are a part of a group that dislikes anything coming from Richard Garriot and even I dont agree I respect that but none makes you buy or play products he took part in creating. Its far better use of your time to search things you like and want to play or do. Furthermore it is a stretch to be making personal attacks to anyone whoever that is and making this place as toxic as a reddit sub.

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Solaris

I would totally play this if it had all of the classic Ultima towns like Skara Brae.
The skele dragon looks great. Good luck!

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MurderHobo

I think this might go over better if you implement Lord British as an assassination dummy.

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LycanticCorven

I have to admit, this is funny ;)

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Eric E

I think this line is untrue “Lord British can currently be spotted in Shroud of the Avatar” He has been seen in that game for a long long time. Richard shows up on streams and talks about things that don’t pertain to the game and he also retweets Catnip’s tweets. That’s about his extent of involvement in Shroud anymore.

I think the graphics and play style look just like a modern Ultima. While I’m not a fan of Richard since he scammed a lot of people with his last game. Knowing that he ‘s not making the game and doesn’t have any say in the business decisions makes me feel better about it.

I’ll be watching and waiting for the demo.

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rafael12104

Well, I met Richard G a long time ago. It was during the time that the Ultima series was hitting it’s stride.

Me and two friends opened up our own Software store, back when that was still possible. It was in a strip mall, and while we sold productivity SW we focused on games.

Man, those were fun times. I would open the store at 9:00 am and play Doom for hours before seeing a customer. Heh.

Garriott would wander in once or twice a week. At first it was to replenish his shareware. You could buy early versions of Ultima off of a shareware rack and he always made sure it was stocked. But later when Origin took off, he stopped by to chat and gauge the business. He cared a lot about what was going on. And always wanted to help young devs get their foot in the door too.

Sadly we had to go out of business for various reasons, and while I doubt Garriott would remember me or my friends, I think I got to know him at least from a developer perspective.

So I’m not surprised his letting Corven use Lord British. It’s a big deal for him and fans of Ulitma, but if Corven really is a spiritual successor to those early games, it makes sense.

I am surprised he stepped away from SOTA though lock stock and barrel. He was clearly not working on the game well before the sale of the game.

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Reginald Bottomsworth

He stepped away because SotA was only conceived to save his failing company, Portalarium. The game flopped and it didn’t work; the most recent SEC filings indicated that the company was millions of dollars in debt. He backed away and sold the game so that he wouldn’t be on the hook for Kickstarter rewards that were never delivered, and possibly also to weasel out of Portalarium’s debt.

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kelvar

Are you sure you were playing Doom? That came out in 93 just before Origin was bought out by EA (so we’re up to Ultima VII). I think the shareware days would have been really early – like early 80s. I bought Ultimate IV and it definitely wasn’t shareware (cloth map, ankh etc.).

Maybe it was Beyond Castle Wolfenstein?

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rafael12104

Nah, it was Doom Ultimate with the TnT pack and Doom II. It was the one game I could play on our point of sale system (we developed it in house).

We were well beyond Ultima IV. Serpent Isle was out and yeah, it was around the time EA was buying out Origin which is why it was taking off. Richard pulled up in what looked like a Lambo. So, I’m sure he had already cashed in.

We still had shareware on racks and he really liked that. Not sure if we were one of the few, but we had old Ultimas on the rack as well as Doom and Commander Keen, etc.

So, it was the early 90’s, but I’m not sure of the year.

Good times though. Really good times for PC gamers as everything was really taking off.

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LycanticCorven

Thanks for sharing that story!

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rafael12104

Nicely done. LOL!