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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 3:50PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) Ultima online is not really one of his baby's. More like a grandchild that has his nose but he doesn't really connect all that well with them so they just exchange small talk from time to time. Raph Koster is responsible for a lot of the design that made UO fun. He was the lead designer for Ultima Online and you can (could have) see an evolution of these ideas from UO in pre-NGE Star Wars. Its a shame that Ultima Online was an Ultima title at all, it might have been able to continue and been developed on its own merits instead of going through massive revision with little to no regard for what didn't need to be changed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raph_Koster#Games
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 11:53AM tooright said

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Tricky Dick Garriot is great as long as you realize that he is a compulsive liar and take the polar opposite of what he says for truth.

Don't get too worked about him. He is totally irrelevant to games. No serious studio will touch him with a ten foot pole , too much litigation and he has no money of his own to develop a title so he's done, end of story.

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 4:55PM (Unverified) said

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@tooright
No money of his own? After the settlement with NCSoft? Say what you will about his character, but his finances are just fine.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 12:01PM (Unverified) said

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Garriott is a moron.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 12:10PM Wilhelm2451 said

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Excuse me, that is "Dr. Richard A. Garriott de Cayeux." He changed his named and picked up an honorary doctorate... in the same week I think. Ask his wife, she is one of the investors in his company.

And I am sure he would like you to know that he is running his "visionary train of the future" via robotic interface from deep withing Britannia Manor IX. It isn't because he is afraid it will crash, but because it is a more efficient use of his time.

He's been in space, you know!

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 12:21PM Titan1 said

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@Wilhelm2451

Any chance we can send him back?
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 12:33PM fallwind said

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@Titan1

Lord British, even the void of space rejects him for being too full of himself.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 12:28PM Miffy said

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Does any one listen to what this guy says any more, when he creates a relevant game then I will have respect for him. However what has he done this century? lol.

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 4:57PM (Unverified) said

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@Miffy Executive producer for Lineage 2, City of Heroes, and Tabula Rasa. Two of those are still going strong. You don't have to like the guy, but don't try to sling mud without grabbing some actual mud first.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 12:29PM Aang said

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Any company would be gambling with their stock if they hired him. Guy has totally lost touch with gaming industry on all levels.

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 1:01PM Anatidae said

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Ultima Online had a good team of developers. I'll give more credit to the rest of the staff over Garriott.

If anything, Star Wars Galaxies had more of UO in it than any other major MMO produced so far. At least from the standpoint of creating a world that is more than a themepark to be raced through as fast as possible.

I can't think of a game since UO that Garriott has been involved in that makes me think it was built upon the lessons learned from UO and with a real next-generation try and creating a equally deep sandbox world.

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 7:47PM Kalex716 said

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@Anatidae

Yea but maybe thats the problem right. The MMO's of the mid 2000's and particularly WoW changed the conventions to go against the grain that original pioneers of the industry established like this guy.

His other attempts were all probably trying to get into that style of market share that WoW created, and only now maybe, are guys like G thinking back and able to actually retrospectively build on their previous work. People are ready for some new things in the industry, thats for sure.

I don't know if this is the guy thats going to do it, but i'm excited that he's trying.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 1:35PM mxt4347564czjv00q9w9qb1tppfr46hb said

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Vendor Buy me a Bank Box Guards!

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 2:59PM SnarlingWolf said

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I hear the Richard used to have a really high desk so that all of his employees had to look up when talking to him.

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 4:11PM syberghost said

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Richard Garriott used to be relevant in MMO development, until he took an arrow in the knee.

Posted: Dec 13th 2011 2:35AM tooright said

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yeah thats why he has to sell that house that sucks
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 4:56PM Celtar said

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Oh Jef, you didn't. You know you can't mention Richard Garriott without causing a flame of posts. lol

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 5:09PM Seffrid said

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A developer is only as good as his last game.

Garriott's last game was Tabula Rasa.

'Nuff said.

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 5:16PM spacentropy said

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RICHARD PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY!

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 7:15PM kevinrahl said

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I always liked the Ultima rpgs, Ultima Online and even Tabula Rasa to a lesser extent. But a mmorpg designed for an iphone or tablet.... no thanks. Social games are horrible.

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