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Crosmando: I would still take Wizardry and Might & Magic over them any day of the week.
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Darvond: I wouldn't take Wizardry over most depraved acts done to my body, but that's because I think it's a game that's just meant to be punishing for the sake of it, rather than actually fun.
As someone currently playing Elminage Gothic, I've learned to love punishing RPGs. It makes the victories all the more rewarding. Also it forces you to learn the game's mechanics in-and-out and powergame accordingly. In most RPGs, the combat is so easy that there's no incentive at all to really learning the game's mechanics, you just cast whatever spells and cruise through the game on autopilot.
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Enebias: RPG means "role playing game", not "game based on a party of characters you create from scratch with plenty of stats you use in combat".
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BreOl72: And yet, that's pretty exactly what every group of tabletop RPG (!) players and their GM do prior to starting their game/campaign.

Edit: typo
Yes and no. No because some RPGs don't necessarily require combat, yes because it's true but it's a part of the whole, not the point of it all.
Post edited May 09, 2022 by Enebias
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GOG.com: ... First released way back in 1989...
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BreOl72: And yet, that's pretty exactly what every group of tabletop RPG (!) players and their GM do prior to starting their game/campaign.

Edit: typo
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Enebias: Yes and no. No because some RPGs don't necessarily require combat, yes because it's true but it's a part of the whole, not the point of it all.
Like 99.99% of RPGs are based around killing monsters, levelling up, getting loot, and killing more powerful monsters. The story and exploration and so on is mostly just window dressing on what is the basic gameplay loop.

You can say WELL ACKTUALLY and point to games like Disco Elysium but come on, exception that proves the rule.
Post edited May 09, 2022 by Crosmando
If anyone care you can still play Ultima Online using free shards. It was deemed as not piracy because of the use of third party software merely acting as a go-between and no actual tampering with official software. Thus free shards. In case anyone cares.
No mention of what the recent story of Lord British is (2000 - present days)?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Garriott#Games
Tabula Rasa (2007)
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues (2018)
Unnamed NFT MMO (TBD) -- (NFT switch largedly considered controversial)
Nice article GOG.
Still waiting 'til someone buys EA and re-does U9 as that was an insult to every ultima fan out there!

That, or some enterprising indie releases a spiritual successor!
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xEnd3r: ...and if you are interested in this subject, you could check Through the Moongate: the story of Richard Garriott, Origin Systems inc and Ultima.

you can get it on amazon or on its official website

I worked on it for 4 years ;)
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nightcraw1er.488: Interesting read. I picked the pair up. It’s quite a bittersweet read, happier days, I was later than those guys, but similar start doing circuit board programming and spectrum. Fondly remember ultima 7, I scanned my maps and guides and still have them. Anyways, good reads, could do with more screenshots - particularly in the first part, but informative.
TY :)