This massive online role-playing game--backed by $2 million in development funds from Electronic Arts--is like nothing ever experienced before. As PC Games magazine put it, Ultima Online "could well be the future of computer gaming." In a virtual world so huge it takes ten hours just to walk across, tens of thousands of players will experience a new form of shared adventure. Veteran role-playing gamer and best-selling author Rusel Demaria takes on the daunting task of guiding players through the ins and outs of success and survival in the extraordinary world of Ultima Online. The front-end software for the game will be sold on CD-ROM at retail stores and will come in a box with a cloth map of the world of Britannia.
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Less concerned with facts and figures and more concerned with narrative guidance, Sybex's unofficial guide to Ultima Online is a would-be adventurer's best friend. Beginning with a solid introduction to the game, its history, and its many nuances, the book proceeds with a thorough explanation of the game's character creation process. The often confusing notoriety system is covered in detail, as are the game's many skills. You'll also find a section on online etiquette as well as a thorough discussion of combat and magic.
The book offers plenty of tips for staying alive and becoming prosperous in the world of Ultima Online. You'll find basic information on guilds, interaction with non-player characters, and making money. You'll also learn a bit about owning a horse or a boat--two exceedingly valuable modes of transportation in this game. Featuring a number of first-hand accounts from Ultima Online players, the book offers solutions to sticky situations and advice for dealing with other players, be they good or evil.
The well-rendered town maps will help get you where you need to go. The dungeon maps are also useful, though the detailed descriptions of each, their location, and their contents are far more valuable. Additionally, the book provides a wealth of suggestions and strategies for surviving your adventures in the subterranean dungeons.
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