Sunday, October 12, 2008

For Ultima Online Fans: Lord British Blasted Into Space

Richard Garriott, son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, became the first father/son combo to make it into space, courtesy of the Russian space tourism program.

Garriott is known to gamers from his Ultima series of games, which found their end in Ultima Online, which is still an active game today, even though its subscriptions barely are enough to keep it alive. Garriott is no longer associated with Ultima Online but keeps exclusive use of the Lord British character and avatar from that game. His current game is called Tabula Rasa, which has only mediocre sales.

Garriott, who couldn't qualify for NASA astronaut duty because of his poor eyesight, has spent a large portion of his personal fortune in his quest to get into space.

And for you Ultima Online fans (and I was a UO player for 3 years), here is the famous scene in which Garriott, in his "Lord British" persona, is killed by a player after forgetting to turn on the "god mode" that normally protected him:

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