Christmas in Britannia?

I wonder, do we suppose they celebrate a Christmas-like holiday in Britannia this time of year? Yes, there’s a long standing tradition of gifts and holiday themes in Ultima Online, but that’s us, Earthlings logging in and playing a game. I’m wondering about the fictional denizens of that world, the mythology of Britannia.

It’s plain from the theme of the games that Lord British didn’t spread Christianity in Sosaria when he crossed over; the system of Virtues makes that pretty clear to me. But most cultures on this planet, apart from and even pre-dating the Nativity, celebrate the winter solstice or the new year in some way. I should think that Lord British would introduce his own culture’s spin on the holiday to Sosaria, even though he didn’t espouse the religious underpinnings of European Christmas.

I can imagine a giant fir tree in the great hall of Castle Britannia, and the townes all decked out in garlands and magical lights. Giving thanks and gifts to those you love seem to be ideas congruous with the Virtues.

I like to think they do celebrate Christmas, or Yule (as they do in Middle Earth) or what have you in Britannia. What say you?

16 December 2012 Ultima5 Christmas


I have never figured out a way to get at the dragon treasure in these rooms in Deceit. This must be one of Lord British’s cruel jokes.

I have never figured out a way to get at the dragon treasure in these rooms in Deceit. This must be one of Lord British’s cruel jokes.

17 October 2012 Ultima5


Enormous thanks go to Jeff Skalski and the Mythic team for extending the opportunity to be a part of creating the next Ultima, and for sending this lovely gift of a U4E map and virtue cards! They will take a special place in my collection, made all the more special because they came from a shared love of Ultima.

And a shout out and thanks go to WTF Dragon, of Ultima Codex fame, for putting me on Mythic’s radar as somebody who cares deeply about this franchise!

Enormous thanks go to Jeff Skalski and the Mythic team for extending the opportunity to be a part of creating the next Ultima, and for sending this lovely gift of a U4E map and virtue cards! They will take a special place in my collection, made all the more special because they came from a shared love of Ultima.

And a shout out and thanks go to WTF Dragon, of Ultima Codex fame, for putting me on Mythic’s radar as somebody who cares deeply about this franchise!

16 October 2012 Ultima UltimaForever


ultimacodex:

Give the Ultima Codex a place on your mobile device’s desktop!
http://ultimacodex.com/2012/10/announcing-the-ultima-codex-mobile-web-app/

ultimacodex:

Give the Ultima Codex a place on your mobile device’s desktop!

http://ultimacodex.com/2012/10/announcing-the-ultima-codex-mobile-web-app/

15 October 2012 reblog: ultimacodex


The Shadowlord of Hatred… vanquished!

The Shadowlord of Hatred… vanquished!

13 October 2012 ultima5


ultimacodex:

This might be the most awesome piece of Ultima fan art ever…
http://ultimacodex.com/2012/08/awesome-ultima-fan-art/

I am speechless, and in total awe.

ultimacodex:

This might be the most awesome piece of Ultima fan art ever…

http://ultimacodex.com/2012/08/awesome-ultima-fan-art/

I am speechless, and in total awe.

22 August 2012 reblog: ultimacodex ultima5


The Return

Avatar, is that you?  It has been too long!

Well, er, yes, it has.  Life, you know?  Anyhow, things have come around, and I’ve circled back to the retro-computing, retro-gaming hobby.  With that, I have a new project to work on, a labor of love that I hope Ultima fans will enjoy, which is directly related to Ultima V for iPad.  I don’t want to say too much just yet, but it involves a lot of scanning.

For a little taste, here’s something I’ve really wanted for a long time: a nice, clean, high-resolution, unadulterated scan of the Ultima V box art.

Ultima V Box Art

22 August 2012 iPad Ultima5


ultimacodex:

Jeff Skalski responded to a question about how Ultima fans might get their hands on some U4E schwag.
http://forever.ultimacodex.com/2012/08/20/ultima-forever-schwag-or-swag-how-to-get-it/

ultimacodex:

Jeff Skalski responded to a question about how Ultima fans might get their hands on some U4E schwag.

http://forever.ultimacodex.com/2012/08/20/ultima-forever-schwag-or-swag-how-to-get-it/

22 August 2012 reblog: ultimacodex ultimaforever


ultimaaiera:

Portalarium’s upcoming game, Ultimate Collector: Garage Sale, sure seems to feature a lot of classic Ultima games amongst its virtual collectibles.
http://aiera.ultimacodex.com/2012/05/maybe-they-should-call-it-ultima-collector/

In which case, this is a game I’m already playing in real life.

ultimaaiera:

Portalarium’s upcoming game, Ultimate Collector: Garage Sale, sure seems to feature a lot of classic Ultima games amongst its virtual collectibles.

http://aiera.ultimacodex.com/2012/05/maybe-they-should-call-it-ultima-collector/

In which case, this is a game I’m already playing in real life.

9 May 2012 reblog: ultimacodex Ultima


3 May 2012 Ultima Fonts Moria