New Gallery: The Donald Glinkie Letters


When the Ultima Codex interviewed Mike McShaffry, he mentioned someone by the name of Donald Glinkie, an individual who played just about every Ultima game. Of course, there are many of us who have done likewise; what distinguished Mr. Glinkie was the letters he penned to Origin Systems:

Before the days of forum posts and Twitter, you had mail…and we got mail! Of course, we would always post them up on a board and…some of our Ultima players were just…we got letters from them every time we released, and they became almost famous within the team.

I think this guy’s name was Donald Glinkie, and I think he lived in Florida, and we relished everything he wrote. And he always just ripped us a new one every single time we ever shipped anything.

So yes, of course, we expected…actually, I think we expected Donald Glinkie to set himself on fire when we shipped Pagan, but I don’t think that ever happened.

You can also see here for a bit more information about Mr. Glinkie’s letters, and do be sure to check out the character in Ultima 5 that he probably inspired.

Anyhow, Richard Garriott posted scans of a few of Donald Glinkie’s letters on his Twitter profile.

Check Out the Gallery!

The perpetually-irate Mr. Glinkie passed away in 1997, but it’s good to see his…unique and memorable contributions to the history of the Ultima series still exist. The Ultima Codex is, as always, grateful to Richard Garriott for sharing these pieces of history with us.

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  • #57644
    WtF Dragon
    WtF Dragon
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    New Gallery: The Donald Glinkie Letters

    Letters sent to Origin Systems and EA by Donald Glinkie, the most perpetually irate Ultima fan who ever lived.

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  • #57658

    Infinitron
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    “When we were with EA”? But Origin was’t with EA in the mid-80s. Does he mean that they found out about those letters after the buyout?

    • #57660

      Infinitron
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      Hmm, but the letter is CCed to Robert Garriott…

      The Standing Stones wasn’t even an Origin game, too.

    • #57684
      WtF Dragon
      WtF Dragon
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      It’s worth noting that one of the earlier Ultimas was published by EA. U4, maybe?

      • #57716

        Odkin

        Nope. Ultima I was published by California Pacific, Ultima II was published by Sierra, and all the others by Origin.

      • #58199
        WtF Dragon
        WtF Dragon
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        That’s weird…I was all but certain that EA and Origin had partnered on a release prior to the acquisition. But if not an Ultima, then what?

      • #58255

        Infinitron
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        Ask Richard Garriott!

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