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Richard Garriott‘s avatar during and after the Ultima series, including Ultima Online.

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...

Shroud of the Avatar stuffs in more dragons, preps for Halloween

Shroud of the Avatar's Release 46 is right around the corner, and when it arrives, so do the dragons. For the patch, the...
It's clear now.

Relive the final moments of Tabula Rasa

February 28th, 2009, was a dark day for MMO players, as crowds flocked to Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa in the hopes of...
Well, this is definitely a place.

Choose My Adventure: Starting completely fresh in Shroud of the Avatar

I really know pretty much nothing about Ultima. This is only partly my fault. Way back when the Ultima games were a big deal on...
Ladies, please.

Choose My Adventure: Get out of here, DC Universe Online

So this is an unusual situation for me: I've never actually played a game for Choose My Adventure that I've disliked this much. Those...

Shroud of the Avatar: Equity crowdfunding passes $500K, studio plans monthly telethons

Shroud of the Avatar's equity crowdfunding venture has gone rather well: Portalarium declared last night that it has "exceeded SeedInvest target and...
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MMO dev and astronaut Richard Garriott hosts a Reddit AMA on /r/space today

Curious about astrophysics? The Massively OP Podcast brought on a special guest for a fun holiday bonus 'cast back in 2015 to answer a...

Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott backs Neverdie’s ‘etherium blockchain gaming’ venture

I often joke with our readers that Massively OP is not an MMO uptime monitor, but darn if we don't feel like a

MMORPG veteran Richard Garriott decries ‘space tourist’ label

If you haven't figured it out, Shroud of the Avatar and Ultima Online's Richard Garriott is on a press tour lately for...

Shroud of the Avatar hopes to up its profile at San Diego Comic-Con this week

Watch out, Comic-Con: Shroud of the Avatar's masterminds are on their way to rock your geeky world. Richard Garriott and

Shroud of the Avatar’s Portalarium transitions into publishing, may consider partnerships

Barreling toward this month's Release 44, Shroud of the Avatar is (ahem) fleshing out its Elven population with better models and even...

Shroud of the Avatar kicks off another fundraising stream, this one for Lord British’s birthday

Didn't Shroud of the Avatar just have a telethon? It did! But this is a special one in honor of Portalarium founder...

MMORPG founding father Richard Bartle establishes new unplayer matrix

Dr Richard Bartle, best known to MMORPG players for establishing the research that ultimately led to the admittedly flawed but widely quoted "Bartle...

Ultima Online adjusts animal training, gets ready to test Publish 98

Following Ultima Online's most recent update, animal training is at the forefront of many adventurer's minds. The overhaul to the system has received a...

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