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  • We have ways of making them talk.



    Armchair Empire has posted a Tabula
    Rasa
    interview featuring Richard "Lord British" Garriott and
    focusing on comparisons between Ultima
    Online
    and the new title.

    "It's not often that one has the opportunity to pick the
    brain of a person responsible for helping to shape an entire of genre
    of games, but the Armchair Empire recently had that chance with Richard
    Garriott. In this interview we discuss Mr. Garriott's upcoming MMOG,
    Tabula Rasa, while also touching upon getting Ultima Online off the
    ground, as well as the MMORPG genre in general. The Armchair Empire
    would like to thank Mr. Garriott for taking the time to answer our
    questions, and Valerie "Pann" Massey for making this interview happen".

    Still yearning for more?

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Nov 21, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The hall of fame gets a lord.
    Richard "Lord British" Garriott has been inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

    " CALABASAS, CA - November 8, 2005 - The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced that computer games pioneer Richard Garriott will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Annually voted on by the Academy's Board of Directors, this honor is awarded to individuals whose efforts and contributions have expanded the scope and success of the computer games industry. As the ninth member of the Hall, Garriott joins an already impressive fraternity of gaming icons, including Trip Hawkins, Peter Molyneux, Yu Suzuki, Will Wright, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto. "

    You can read a bit more about Lord British being Honored at Blues News.
     

    News
    Wed, Nov 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lord British takes the purse away from Tabula Rasa.
    MMORPG.com has posted a Tabula Rasa preview featuring insight from Richard "Lord British" Garriott.

    " Originally announced some time ago, the game underwent a marked shift just before E3 2005. Richard explained how it began with a rather trivial observation: everyone on the development team exclusively played female characters.
    Why was this? Well, they discovered that as the game’s extremely far-fetched high fantasy style evolved, it became harder for male gamers to connect with their male avatars. Thus began a period where they tried to put a little more grit into the game; a process that would eventually completely redefine its setting."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Screenshots for the sake of having screenshots.
    Gamers' Hell has posted some fancy new Tabula Rasa Screenshots. From the We-Got-Them-And-Have-No-Bloody-Idea-What-They-Are-Department:

    "This is a test of the emergency description system. Had Gamer's Hell taken 30 seconds and posted descriptions of the screenshots you would be reading it here. Remember, this is only a test. In the event of a real emergency we would be running in circles screaming like a mage with aggro. "

    You can view the Tabula Rasa Screenshots at Gamers' Hell.
     

    Images, Media
    Mon, Sep 05, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If the name means "blank slate," you know it has to have a good backstory!Actually, we know it has an immersive storyline because Richard "the father of MMOGs" Garriott is involved! Since TR is still a long ways out, this preview focuses on what Destination Games / NC Soft developers are concentrating on: namely a pure PvE, soloer-friendly, story-stuffed sci-fi high-octane MMOG with an accent on open-ended, class role-defying gameplay (whoa, there's a lot of adjectives there!).

    "With Tabula Rasa, Destination Games is trying to do something a little bit different with the genre, taking certain elements from the first person shooter, and fusing them with role-playing. This isn’t to say that the game is going to be highly twitch-oriented, where dexterity rules the roost, as this simply isn’t the case. The game will still be focused on stats and character advancement like one would expect to find in an RPG, but the developers want to find a way to include some of the visceral, psychological elements of the FPS to include in the game. By doing this, they hope to provide a more intense, fast-paced experience for players."

    Sit back and enjoy Armchair Empire's Tabula Rasa preview!

    Features, Previews
    Sat, Aug 27, 2005
    Ethec
  • Fancy pictures of a game you can't play yet.
    The official Tabula Rasa site has posted some new screenshots of the upcoming Richard Garriott title. Fanbois of Lord British have begun tatooing the following on their buttocks:

    "This is a test of the emergency description system. Had the folks responsible for posting the Tabula Rasa screenshots actually posted descriptions you would have been able to read them here. Remember, this is only a test. Had there been a real emergency we would be watching Stargate SG-1 and missing it anyway. "

    You can view the Tabula Rasa screenshots at The Official Site.
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    Images, Media
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lord British - King of Saturn.
    The Space Review has posted an interview with Richard "Lord British" Garriot discussing his involvement with space tourism. Marvin the Martian created an earth shattering kaboom before uttering these immortal words:

    "Richard Garriott lives in Austin, Texas, and is a producer at computer gaming company NCSoft. He has had many hit computer gaming titles going back to the dawn of the personal computer age in 1979, including his famed Ultima series. Less well known has been his quiet role as vice chairman of Space Adventures, which includes some notable firsts. The Space Review conducted an email interview with him after his first space PowerPoint presentation at the Metropolitan Breakfast Club in Austin."

    You can read the entire Richard Garriott Interview at The Space Review.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lord British Speaks! You Listen!
    MMORPG.com has posted a Tabula Rasa Interview featuring Richard Garriott. Verily and forsooth, we say unto you that his holiness, Lord British, hath spoken and ye peasants hath listened:

    "Many know the name Richard Garriott well. Now, deep into his second incarnation of Tabula Rasa, we try to get to know his game as well. Tabula Rasa mixes RPG growth with FPS action into a very unique setting. We came away from E3 with a lot of questions, and this interview answers them."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Interview at MMORPG.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • TVG talks to RG on the QT.
    TVG has posted an interview with Starr Long, the producer of Tabula Rasa. All hailed Lord British and then wrote something almost like this:

    "Richard Garriott and I (Starr Long) started this project together with other key team members so he has been involved since the beginning. For the first couple of years we took the project down a path that was more fantasy oriented, with a very unique combat system and focused entirely on instanced adventure spaces for small groups. After bringing it to E3 in 2004 we realised that the setting and visuals were getting in the way of the game we wanted to make so we decided to make some major changes. We moved the game towards a more science fiction direction for the visuals and setting. We also changed the design towards a focus on large persistent battlefields where player’s actions can impact the state of the battle. We also changed combat to feel much more like a shooter-style game while retaining RPG systems underneath everything. This means while you are shooting your weapon via a mouse click and cycling through weapons like a shooter, the outcome of each shot is being determined mainly by your character’s skills that you have built up over time."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Interview at TVG.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Jul 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard is your friend.
    GamesIndustry.biz chatted with Richard Garriott about the success of World of Warcraft and how it affects the industry. We are unreliably informed that Tom Cruise pumped his fists in the air, and
    declared his undying love for the following quote from the story:

    "World of Warcraft has been very good for my business," Garriott told the ELSPA International Games Summit in London this morning. "It's brought in a whole new segment of people who played Blizzard games, but never played an MMOG before."

    You can read the entire Richard Garriott Article at GamesIndustry.biz.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 23, 2005
    Boomjack
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