Lord British’s Ultimate Role Playing Game, which may be called “Akalabeth” or may be called “New Britannia” or may be called “a name I cannot yet say as it describes the setting I am considering and think I should keep secret at least until I know if it’s likely true,” will be an Ultimate RPG.
Dr. Richard A. Garriott de Cayeux on The Ultimate RPG
I don’t think we’re out of the woods quite yet when it comes to the Madness of Lord British, but at least we have some more details.
In an interview over at EuroGamer, Garriott de Cayeux gushes about Portalarium’s first non-casino related game, Ultimate Collector: Garage Sale, a Facebook game expected to be available some time in 2012 and which seems to be somewhat inspired by Garriott de Cayeux’s own collecting mania. The game boasts the following bullet points:
- A collecting and shopping social media game
- From hall of fame designer Richard Garriott
- Decorate your own house and show off your collections
- Shop and collect from garage sales, markets and auctions
- Go shopping in-game at nationally known retailers
- Playable on a PC and available on Facebook in first quarter of 2012
This, as with the previous casino games, is Portalarium’s way of financing the development of the technology they will need to create the Ultimate RPG. We will have to wait to see how it fares.
This all comes with a serious, professional upgrade to the Portalarium web site, including a new logo and motto.
And, thankfully, they removed that 20+ year old picture of Garriott de Cayeux. That was influencing how seriously anybody could take this venture.
The Ultimate RPG is still out in the distant future, but Garriott de Cayeux offers these inspirational words.
So when traditional gamers look at all the “Ville” clones out there in the world, take heart! See not what is popular now, but rather what is happening in this new era that also would benefit them! A great game, like a great movie, need not be inaccessible to the masses. Great story and depth need not come at the cost of up front effort, pain and cost. Free to play does not mean the game has to be riddled with advertising and calls to spam your friends.
But, for those unwilling or unable to pay fairly for what they now play, asking them to work for the developer and find us players is not unfair. Great games can and will be made in this new era, to the benefit of all, traditional and new players. We intend to be a leading maker of such games.
Dr. Richard A. Garriott de Cayeux, again on The Ultimate RPG
There, does that make everybody feel better?