Spam Spam Spam Humbug: Episode 90 – Ultima Online Turns 20 (With Raph Koster)
So it has been far, far too long since we last held a recording session, but what a way to return to form this episode was! We set out to discuss Ultima Online’s 20th anniversary, and on a whim I sent a last-minute invite to Raph Koster (Designer Dragon, the original systems designer for UO) to join us on Discord for the discussion. And happily, he accepted the invitation and turned up for what turned into a three hour discussion about the early history of the game.
Albeit this is just the first half thereof.
Some of what is discussed has been discussed before, in other places and sometimes by other people. However, Koster peppers the discussion with more than a few never-before-told stories from the development of the game. Multiple references are also made to this article at Koster’s blog.