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Classic Game Postmortem: 'Ultima Online'


Raph Koster (Designer, Independent)

Starr Long (Executive Producer, Portalarium)

Richard Garriott de Cayeux (CEO / Creative Director, Portalarium)

Rich Vogel (VP of Technology and Shared Services, Certain Affinity)

Location: Room 2001, West Hall

Date: Friday, March 23

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design, Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Kal Ort Por! The death of Lord British. Simulated ecologies. Playerkillers. The Bank of Britain. City sieges. Weddings. Sports events. Players who were orcs. Living the Virtues.

September 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch on Origin's '
Ultima Online', the pioneering massively multiplayer RPG that changed online gaming forever. Join three key members of the team as they talk about the things that went wrong and right: Richard Garriott de Cayeux, the legendary Lord British and producer on the game; Starr Long, the original director; and Raph Koster, the creative lead.


Attendees will learn about the complicated history of a groundbreaking game, and see how many contemporary challenges have very old roots.

Intended Audience

The talk is intended to cover an even split of design lessons, production lessons, and fun anecdotes, and will be broadly accessible.