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Welcome to my lair, oh wanderer on the winding path between the pages of the intricate world-wide net. Thou shalt find here and on the following electronic scrolls a careful compilation of interesting information about Ultima. It's a pleasant reading for those, who will make efforts to learn more about Britannia's glorious history and his kind sovereign Lord British. I will bring you also tidings of the thrilling and often troubled adventures of the Avatar.

Sir Cabirus

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Willkommen in meinem Lager, oh Wanderer auf dem verschlungenen Pfad zwischen den Seiten des unüberschaubaren weltweiten Netzes. Ihr findet auf dieser und den folgenden elektronischen Schriftrollen eine sorgfältige Compilierung interessanter Informationen zum Thema Ultima zur ersprießlichen Lektüre für diejenigen, die sich befleißigen mehr über die glorreiche Historie Britannias und seines gütigen Souveräns Lord British in Erfahrung zu bringen. Auch über die spannenden und oft auch erschröcklichen Abenteuer des Avatars wird Euch hier Kunde getan.

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Major reworking of the Ultima Underworld Walkthrough

Written by Sir Cabirus on Sun, Nov 08 2017

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After the release of my Ultima Underworld 2 walkthrough I wasn't satisfied with my Ultima Underworld 1 walkthrough any longer. The Ultima Underworld 2 walkthrough has bigger pictures which one can invoke from the different maps. And these pictures are shown more centred. The Underworld 1 walkthrough had smaller pictures which appeared in the upper left corner of the browser.

Therefore I decided to make a major reworking of the Underworld 1 walkthrough. I resized 209 pictures and movies, changed 20 pages for the new resolution and corrected some errors. I also added some new screenshots and movies.

The reworking of my walkthrough is dedicated to Optician Dragon / Mark Morris who passed away in 2012. Optician was my main proofreader back in the days when I created this walkthrough the first time. Rest in peace my friend - see ya on the funway!

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Unknown Realm - The Siege Perilous

Written by Sir Cabirus on Sat, Dec 24 2016

Unknown Realm - The Siege Perilous

Actually, not an Ultima theme, nevertheless somehow Ultima related and in any case worth a look. I am talking about Unknown Realm - The Siege Perilous, the upcoming 8-bit (!) role playing game in the nostalgic style of the eighties. A kickstarter campaign is in progress by 19 January 2017. The Unknown Realm will be funded when they get 65.536 $. You see, this is a true 8-bit game - 65.536 is two to the power of sixteen, the amount of memory-bytes which an eight-bit CPU can address :-)

Here are some words of Stirring Dragon Games developers, Stirring Dragon Games is the husband-and-wife team of Bruce and Laura Gottlieb:

Why is it that anytime you ask an RPG fan what their favorite game is, they will almost inevitably name a game that was made 30 years ago? You know the games we're talking about, games like Ultima, Legacy of the Ancients, Wasteland, SSI “Gold Box” titles, or some other game from the “Golden Age” of RPGs. Despite the high-end graphics and advances of modern RPGs, they still somehow fail to live up to the enjoyment found in these fan favorites of the past.

Let’s face it: those low-fidelity RPGs had something special. They had the perfect mix of presentation and gameplay that allowed your imagination to run free. Sadly, f or some reason, game companies decided to stop making single player RPGs like this and thus abandoned a generation of RPG fans … until now.

Here are some cool pictures of the game. Look at them and you will know why I like and support this game. Please keep in mind the reward photos show working prototypes; the artwork and materials of the final versions may change a bit.

Unknown Realm - Manual
Old school style pen and ink bestiary

Unknown Realm - Sailing
Sail to distant lands but don't forget to use your map

Unknown Realm - In-game journal
In-game journal records just the essentials

If you want to learn more and if you like old style games like this, consider becoming a backer of this campaign.

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Denis Loubet

Written by Sir Cabirus on Wed, Dec 21 2016

Sir Cabirus
Sir Cabirus

Denis Loubet created a fantastic picture for my homepage. It is a portrait of me in my role as Sir Cabirus. I wanted the picture in the style of the Ultima game manuals in black and white. Here are some words from Denis about the picture he made for me.

I don't know if I've ever done an actual portrait of someone in this style before, but I think this picture of Sir Cabirus turned out okay despite the challenges it presented.

First I had to determine the likely size in which it would be presented, and do a version suitable to that scale, in a much higher resolution. (Meaning the lines are all multiple pixels thick.) If I had chosen a high resolution and drawn the picture to that resolution, the lines would have all blended together and looked horrible when reduced to their final size.

I also had to realize that photo reference has it's place, but not to depend upon it. When I tried to do the portrait to the proportions of the photo reference, it never looked like the image of Sir Cabirus I had in my head. So after many fruitless hours of arguing with the photos, I finally set them aside and drew the image I had of him in my mind's eye, and voila, I had this picture emerge that I instantly recognized.

So there you go, I'm STILL learning my craft.

--Denis

Dear Denis, it is far more than just okay - this picture is marvelous :-) I'm very satisfied with your excellent work. BTW - it was a big pleasure to met you this year in Austin on the property of Richard.

Now it was about time to create an article about this excellent artist, who gave the Ultima series an important facette. And here it is.

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