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Shroud of the Avatar Update details collector’s box shipments, player-made books, Release 57 livestream

This week's update from Shroud of the Avatar is all about collector's box shipments, player-made books, and the recent Release 57 livestream. The...

Richard Garriott rejects idea that Shroud of the Avatar is a ‘flop’, says the game will run ‘forever’

Shroud of the Avatar has long been an odd bird in the MMORPG crowdfunding space. Driven by the eccentric Richard Garriott, it raised...

The Game Archaeologist: Raph Koster on MUDs and Privateer Online

The release of Raph Koster's monster book of game essays, Postmortems, was of high interest to Bree and me for different reasons. For...

‘Magic through serendipity’: Raph Koster on the glorious mess that was Ultima Online

I was a wide-eyed, naive kid when I first stepped into Ultima Online in 1997, and as it turns out, the developers were...
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Destiny 2 community goes on a real-world hunt for a hidden spear

Are you familiar with Geocaching? It's a popular activity in which players hide and discover treasure caches all over the world (and is a...

Get a handle on Shroud of the Avatar with this incredible collection of guides

If you've found yourself struggling with Shroud of the Avatar's unique take on online gaming, you are definitely not alone. It's not the...

Global Chat: Shroud of the Avatar confounds

What to make of Shroud of the Avatar? The few MMO bloggers who have looked into this recently released but already long-running title...

Here’s what’s in Shroud of the Avatar’s R53, launching this Thursday

The dust may be settling after Shroud of the Avatar's final launch, but that doesn't mean the game is done. On the contrary,...

The Game Archaeologist: Harry Potter Online

If all goes well, later this year we will finally be treated to an actual Harry Potter MMORPG in the form of Harry...

The Game Archaeologist: Lineage

If we judged MMOs by their numbers alone -- and I'm not suggesting we do so -- then the original Lineage would be...

GDC 2018: Ultima Online post-mortem with Richard Garriott, Starr Long, Raph Koster, and Rich Vogel

Plenty of panels at GDC are recorded and uploaded to the internet weeks after the event, including this one. It's not quite...

Shroud of the Avatar: Partying with Portalarium, countering pay-to-win, and the state of the game

The day is finally arriving: Shroud of the AvatarĀ is formally launching next week. It's been a long journey. The path to this new...

Shroud of the Avatar claims higher concurrency heading into launch

Is the buzz starting to grow louder for Shroud of the Avatar as it rounds the corner to launch? There are a couple...

Shroud of the Avatar plans launch celebration while Reddit community debate sub’s existence

A rather unique shindig is being planned for Shroud of the Avatar's launch this March. Portalarium announced that it will be holding...

Shroud of the Avatar goes nuts for log cabins

With such a strong emphasis on player housing, Shroud of the Avatar has fans guessing as to what other interesting abodes the team...
I cannot adequately express how much cleaner these screenshots look than my actual play experience.

Richard Garriott on how players ‘destroyed’ Ultima Online’s ecology

With a couple of months to go before its official launch, Shroud of the Avatar has more than a few challenges to overcome...

The ultimate guide to The Game Archaeologist’s MMO archives

When we moved over here to Massively Overpowered, some of us transplanted our long-running columns to the new space. I perhaps felt most devastated...

The Game Archaeologist: Ultima Worlds Online Origin

While the heady days of Ultima Online's dominant position over the industry are long gone, the MMORPG continues to operate and expand, and...

Happy 20th birthday, Ultima Online! Here’s how to get caught up on the OG MMORPG

Just about 20 years ago, my boyfriend and I were wandering through Media Play (heh) when he picked up this box for some...

Ultima Online preps for 20th anniversary bash, updates players on enhanced client fixes

Ultima Online isn't considered the progenitor of the MMORPG genre for nothing: It's closing in on 20 years of operation next week, to...

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