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[UO Herald] Memorable Moments from Richard Garriot

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    In line with the writing contest amd the Memorable Moments Bonnie gave us at the beginning of this week, we asked Richard Garriot to shared some of his memories with us. He was kind enough to come up with two stories:
    The Thief
    One day, early in the life of UO, I was participating as a GM and going to the aid of people who requested it. A note flashed across my screen from a woman, who said something like “Today is my first day trying to play UO, and every time I try to leave town a thief steals all my stuff, so I have to restart, and he does the same. If this continues I will quit and never come back to this game.” So I arrived in her presence as Lord British, not that she cared, she did not know or care who I was, and only wanted her problem fixed. I felt I was up to the seemingly simple task. I told her to come with me, and I would escort her out of town. As we left town, suddenly *ZIP* a thief flew across the screen at speeds I could hardly understand, and stole her gear and disappeared! I told her to wait here, as I teleported to try and get in advance of the speedy ruffian. When I finally froze him with a GM command, I revealed myself as Lord British, and told him to leave this poor woman alone, that this would drive away potential new players which we could not allow. Stop or else I would ban him from the game! He begged for forgiveness, and pledged to never do it to her again.
    Satisfied, I returned the stolen items to the woman and told her, she should be safe now for at least a while, when *ZIP* the same thief came by again and stole all her items and disappeared. So, I chased him down a second time, and told him, hey, you had been warned, now I am going to ban you. He pleaded and pleaded and exclaimed how exuberance had overtaken him, and that he swore this time he would never do it again! Reluctantly, I believed him, and took the belongings back to the woman, again.
    But then, for a third time, the same thief *ZIPPED* by… I froze him to the ground and told him, I was about to ban him! Then for the first time… he broke character, and refered to me out of character as well… “Look Richard Garriott”, he said, “You guys made the rules to this game, the rules include the role of thief, I am playing just as the role would be intended to be played. If the King tells a thief not to steal, of course he will beg for mercy and swear he won’t again. But what do you expect of me… I am a thief!”
    After some thought… I agreed with him. So instead of banning him, I teleported him to the far side of the world. Then I gave the items back to the woman who could finally go about her business. After that, I began to think more carefully about the rules we ourselves put in the game, and the inevitable play styles that would come of it.

    The Fisherman
    One day, I was walking along the banks of a small river. I was doing so *invisible* so that I would just wander and observe the world we had created. Along the bank, I saw a man dressed clearly as a fisherman, repeatedly casting into the water and setting his catch in tidy rows along the bank. I was struck by how much fun he was having in spite of the thin fishing simulation, which was merely 50% catch a fish each cast.
    After a few minutes a warrior walked by wearing plate armor and caring large weapons. When he saw the poor fisherman, he strutted over, and said something like: “Poor fisherman, I see you are without weapons and armor. I am a great warrior and have just returned from the dungeons with great bounty, I would gladly share it with you to help you up from your station.” With that he began to lay out valuables along the bank, as gifts for the poor fisherman.
    The fisherman replied: “Warrior, take back your implements of violence! I am a fisherman! What need have I of swords and armor. You call me poor, but every day I sit by a beautiful riverbank, watching the world and catching my fish. Every evening I take my catch to town and sell it, then retire into the pub to share drinks and stories with my friends. I live a rich life! Be gone ruffian!” And with that the warrior huffed and went on his way.
    This was the day, where I knew we were creating something of more transcendent power than I had expected before.
    - Richard​

    Richard also mentioned the death of Lord British but he was sure that everyone has heard that story. We have and we made it part of the art work. In honor of that moment we give you another puzzle piece - to complete the burning Lord.
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    Very Nice! :)
     
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    I recall once I was talking to a RPer playing a smithy whom was a master of the trade and I was but a simple soul who could not talk the talk. I was complaining that the lag of the day was making the game hard to play to which he replied that "indeed the air is thick with soot and it was making it hard to breath". I never forgot that reply, it was epic and far beyond anything I could muster.
     
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    Those are very nice stories indeed. :) Loved them.
     
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    Me too... Even though some stories make me miss the old days too much.
     
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    I firmly believe that was the soul of UO the fact we were self governed and was a true good vs. evil. When Trammel was put in the soul of the game was removed. And yes I've been the sheep and the wolf. With Siege and talk about a retro shard you only have the wolves.... it's not the same.
     
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    And this is exactly why the thief has always remained my favorite and most-played template in Ultima Online -- almost 15 years later. Even with the vast amount of changes that most assume have killed the class (i.e - item insurance) --- this template is incredibly powerful if you know how to play it.
     
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    One of my favorite Lord British moments was the night on Great Lakes that KaZola and her pub were honored by a visit and presentation of wall plaques. A player, who had done so much for so many could actually be recognized for doing good works was a moment I'll never forget.
     
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    Indeed.... I can come home from a typically frustrating RL day, sit down in front of my monitor, pull up UO and it's like a gentle peace just settles over me.... Hard to explain, but impossible to leave...

    Just sayin..... :cool:
     
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    agreed
     
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    I see so many familiar people in that pic and so many I forgot as well.
    Rand and kaylin near the stairs I think.
    Dor near the fire place
    DC of SAS near the checkboard
    Grunk on the horse maybe?
    Loryn and keys? near the bar.
    I think I see Sigel and Damien Vryce there as well and maybe Kadrian N'farre
    and a few others Im not 100% sure on.
    Grand were the old days.
     
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    and all the Gold and Green of the WGW (warriors and guardians of the woods!)

    that is one thing you don't see today, guilds all flying colours like that.
    everyone wearing the same colours.
    you could tell who someone was just by running on the screen and seeing what colours they where sporting.
     
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    Lord British, thank you for your wonderful work! When I was a young boy, I played U5, U6, U7 (wich for me was the greatest game ever!) and all that came afterwards... It might sound silly to say that computer-games influence lives - but they can do. And yours enriched my life very much!
     
  15. I remember Garriott explaining that thief story during a UO Radio Pod Cast a few years ago. Actually quite entertaining to hear him speaking about it. You can tell the guy really enjoys role playing within his own game worlds. I wish I still had a copy of the file. I think it was "Whisper Rose Radio" or something? It was shortly before the release of Tabula Rasa. :)
     
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    Pretty sure that interview was given at the 2007 Townhall In Austin.
     
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    I still have my old Red and White newbie clothes from those good old days.
     
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    Players never beleave me when I say I knew Lord British. He is a great person and created a great game. For this he will always be King of UO. Put on the throne who you like Dev... but there will only be one Lord British.
     
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    As well as being an awesome picture, the thing that catches my eye the most? As odd as it may seem, it's how many people are wearing plate. I don't know why, but it does.
     
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    Youll probably notice its Plate helms and arms and chain tunics.
    The classic "archer" suit best Ar value for dex loss.
    Plate helms looked the coolest (imo) and gave the best Ar too.
     
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    However, nothing ever remains the same. Not us. Certainly not an ever changing game world. Some of the changes we will enjoy and embrace, others not so much. But it has been and always will be the people that make or break the experience. There's nothing keeping anyone from role playing. A few months ago, my guild had a cheritable event of feeding the hungry at the Yew Inn/Bank. Tables were setup with tons of foods that people had cooked. Bags were given out with bandages and food. It was a blast!

    12, 13 years ago, I used to think that hearing "dooood" would pull me out of my role playing experience. Then I realized I could turn that around and use it. I would reply with something like "such strange words you speak."

    The world is what we make of it.