Spam Spam Spam Humbug: Episode 32 – Ranking the Ultima Games


Slashing Dragon recently posted, on his blog, his ranking of the Ultima games. And while he lists the games in chronological order of their release, he appends his ranking to the end of his discussion of each entry in the series. He also makes the interesting move of grouping Akalabeth, Ultima Underworld, and Ultima Underworld 2 into a separate category, apart from the main series games; his reasoning for this is that these games feature a different world scale than the others, and as such merit consideration separately.

And he also mentions, but doesn’t rank, several spin-offs of the Ultima series, including Savage Empire and Martian Dreams, Escape from Mt. Drash, and the Runes of Virtue games. Really, it’s well worth taking the time to read through Slash’s list; he spells out his reasons for ranking each game as he has, and does so concisely and with brevity.

Anyhow, as this is the last Spam Spam Spam Humbug episode of 2015 (yes!) other than one or two more Byte-Sized Virtue shorts, we thought that it might be fun to sit down as a group and offer up our own rankings of the Ultima games, from our least favourite ones to our most favourite ones.

Listen to the Episode

Always remember: If you like Spam Spam Spam Humbug, please leave us a review on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbean, or anywhere else you listen to us. More important than that, however, is to make sure you subscribe to the podcast. This is especially true for iTunes; the more subscriptions a podcast has, the more visible it will be in iTunes. So, even if you subscribe to us using some other, better technology (Pocket Casts, for example), consider subscribing in iTunes (or in the Podcasts app) as well.

There’s also the Ultima Codex Patreon. A $1 pledge will get you access to Spam Spam Spam Humbug episodes the day before they go live here on the Ultima Codex, and you’ll be helping me both maintain and — with sufficient funding — expand the server infrastructure of the Codex to better deliver all the things you come looking for thereat. You can also support the site by buying computer games through GOG; the Codex is a GOG affiliate. This one is really easy; all you have to do is visit the Codex and click on the GOG banner in the sidebar before you go and buy a game at GOG. You won’t pay any more for the game, but we’ll get a bit of a commission on the sale.

Also, if you haven’t already, you should totally sign on with the Ultima Dragons group on Facebook, or with the Ultima Dragons community on Google+ . The Facebook group is easily the larger and more lively, but that just means that the Google+ one needs a few more members posting content there on a more regular basis. Also, don’t forget to contribute to the #udic hashtag if you’re on Twitter.

As well, please consider Liking the Facebook page for The Ultima Series, following the Ultima Codex on Twitter, or encircling the Ultima Codex on Google+. And whatever social network you favour, please also consider sharing any content posted to those social media profiles with your own followers and friends; spread the word, spread the Ultima.

Finally, if you’d like to recommend anyone for a shout-out, send us an email…which you can also use to suggest podcast topics, offer commentary or criticism about podcast episodes, and/or to volunteer your time as either an occasional or regular contributor to podcast sessions.

1 Response

  1. January 4, 2016

    […] year seems like an appropriate time for drawing up lists so inspired by the Ultima Codex’s recent podcast ranking all the Ultima games, I thought I’d go one further and rank all of Origin’s games in order of preference. […]