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#1 Albert OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:53 PM

Look what I received today:

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I have a decent collection of US Ultima releases (games, clue books, novels) as well as various Japanese releases, but dear lord this book frightens me. It is over 800 pages and covers nearly 2,000 items...

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:07 PM

Yup... looks like trouble. ;)

That must include a lot of stuff about the newer Ultimas.

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:10 PM

Yup... looks like trouble. ;)

That must include a lot of stuff about the newer Ultimas.


If by "newer Ultimas" you mean Ultima Online, there's actually a SEPARATE book about that:

Ultima Online: The Ultimate Collector's Guide: 2013 Edition

I haven't dared purchase that one yet.

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:34 PM

Ultima was awesome :) too bad it was never put on Atari consoles.

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:35 PM

The old Ultima games (I - IV) were released on Atari 8-bit computers. :)

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:38 PM

I only have atari consoles and a poor neglected 800XL

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:45 PM

I only have atari consoles and a poor neglected 800XL


You could play Ultimas 1 - 4 on the XL, although you'd need some way to load the games into them. It's easier to play on emulation. I'd like to go through all the games again, starting with Akalabeth, especially as I never played and/or finished Ultima V, VIII and IX. I did start Ultima VIII, but got so frustrated with random death and the jumping puzzles (new "features" in Ultima VIII) that I just gave up on the game. A patch was later released that dealt with these issues, but I never went back. Ultima VII (Parts 1 and 2) were absolutely fantastic and the pinnacle of the Ultima games in my opinion. So the sequel was a disaster.

Origin was too ambitious with Ultima IX: Ascension, and quite a bit of story was cut from the game. I have an early design document somewhere (it's printed and massive, I got it from one of the team members) and it's really a shame that the game was gutted so much. When Ultima IX came out, I didn't have a computer powerful enough to play it. It's possible nobody had a computer powerful enough to play it at the time--Origin went from a 2D isometric engine to a full-blown 3D game. Ultima IX, like VIII, was later patched to fix various problems, but I never went back and played that one either. So I have some holes I need to fill in my Ultima play-a-thology.

The funny thing is I just finished building a bad-ass gaming PC (something I haven't done in a long time), and now I want to play the Ultima games on it. LOL.

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:46 PM

Wow, that's a lot of Ultimate stuff!

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:49 PM

OH! Here's a bookshelf quickly being dominated by Ultima items (click for a larger view): :)

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This isn't everything--I'll have a fourth shelf full soon..

..Al

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:51 PM

I have all the ultimas on pc. Just perfer consoles :)

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:55 PM

System Shock is not Ultima O_o

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:05 PM

System Shock is not Ultima O_o


True, but it and System Shock 2 are fantastic games. :)

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:08 PM

System Shock is not Ultima O_o


builit by the same dudes that built Ultima Underworld 2 no?

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:09 PM

OH! Here's a bookshelf quickly being dominated by Ultima items (click for a larger view): :)

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This isn't everything--I'll have a fourth shelf full soon..

..Al


I want...I need... :D

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:19 PM

builit by the same dudes that built Ultima Underworld 2 no?


Yes..

..And I just learned that Arx Fatalis is the spiritual successor to Ultima Underworld III. Apparently it was intended to be a sequel, but the team was unable to get the license from Electronic Arts. I will definitely need to play this!

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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:45 PM

And Arx Fatalis has a spiritual successor called Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.

I watched a friend play that (DMoMM), and I said "This reminds me a lot of Ultima Underworld." Little did I know... ¬_¬

Edited by Asaki, Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:51 PM.


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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:58 AM

OH! Here's a bookshelf quickly being dominated by Ultima items (click for a larger view): :)

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This isn't everything--I'll have a fourth shelf full soon..

..Al


Very cool. Definitely one of the greatest series of games ever and a beautiful collection.

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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:05 AM

If by "newer Ultimas" you mean Ultima Online, there's actually a SEPARATE book about that:

Ultima Online: The Ultimate Collector's Guide: 2013 Edition

I haven't dared purchase that one yet.

..Al

I was referring to IBM PC only games.

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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:34 AM

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Awesome! I think I am convinced to get this...

I think all you are missing now is the Sams Ultima book:

http://ultima.wikia....i/Master_Ultima

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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:37 AM

I think all you are missing now is the Sams Ultima book:

http://ultima.wikia....i/Master_Ultima


You're right! Need to hunt that down, thanks!

Edit: Just bought a "Very Good" copy from an Amazon seller. :)

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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:55 AM

I think all you are missing now is the Sams Ultima book:

http://ultima.wikia....i/Master_Ultima


I'm also missing three of the four Manga books, and several of the clue books.

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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:49 AM

I probably have the clue book for Serpent Isle.

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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:07 AM

I probably have the clue book for Serpent Isle.


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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:11 PM

And Arx Fatalis has a spiritual successor called Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.

I watched a friend play that (DMoMM), and I said "This reminds me a lot of Ultima Underworld." Little did I know... ¬_¬


Thanks for the tip! That's a newer game, looks like it came out in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PC, so it's pretty inexpensive. Original boxed copies (not the later DVD case) of Arx Fatalis are pretty expensive, but there's also an Xbox version that's less. Of course I want the PC version.. :ponder: Interesting that Dark Messiah is a Might and Magic game. I played a few of those, as well as the original Heroes of Might and Magic game, which was a lot of fun. Haven't played anything more recent than that.

..Al

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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:29 PM

Escape from Mt Drash?
Ultima Mars (something....)?




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