- February 21, 1998:
Today, Gamesmania has
honored The Collectible Ultima as their Gold Site of the week. The
"gold" sites are fairly exclusive company, so I'm honored. Thanks
- February 7, 1998:
The March issue of Next
Generation magazine has hit newsstands, and contains an
in-depth preview of Ultima IX: Ascension. It also contains a
several-page sidebar history of Ultima which bears a striking
resemblance to the information on this site - and not by
coincidence! Next Generation solicited my help in writing and
editing the chronology. I'm now a published author! Unfortunately
the attribution was omitted from the article, but a correction,
along with the URL from this site, will appear in the April issue.
Isn't that nice? :-)
- January 11, 1998:
I have posted an update on the Savage Empire for Super NES.
The English version of this game was reviewed in an American gaming
magazine in 1995, complete with screenshots. The game itself still
hasn't been found, though. Also, a kindly soul has sent me some
information I was missing on the Atari ST version of Ultima
- January 7, 1998:
A third Ultima manga, called The Fall of Magincia, has been
reported. It is now listed on the Comics page. Also, a picture of an
actual production run of Escape
from Mt. Drash has been added; the previous picture, though it
looked much the same, came from an old advertisement. The new
picture does have one important difference, and should convince
even the staunchest doubters that Mt. Drash was indeed released.
Also, a bit more information about the Ultimores has been
- January 5, 1998:
Origin has announced a new Ultima Collection
which should be released in February. Also, the link for the UO
Vault has been updated.
- December 21, 1997:
Pictures of both Ultima manga have been added to the comics page.
- December 10, 1997:
A picture has been added for the Japanese PlayStation Underworld
entry, and a link to a brief Quicktime movie of the game. Also, a
new page has been added under the
Books section for two Japanese manga books that were produced in
conjunction with the Nintendo versions of Ultimas III and
- November 29, 1997:
You may notice that the graphics at the bottom of each page have
changed. Those virtue stones you see are links to the other
sections of my full Ultima site, of which The Collectible Ultima is
just one part. Select the Underworld Dragon icon to see the full
list of sections, or select a particular stone to "recall" that
- November 28, 1997:
Big news! This week, I have located and spoken with the author of
Ultima: Escape from Mt.
Drash, and confirmed that it was indeed completed and released
by Sierra. The full story is included under the entry for Mt.
Drash. Also, someone has pointed out that some Ultima IV trinkets
have been found with the second Ultima trilogy, and some
links have been updated.
- November 24, 1997:
A brief entry has been added for the never-released Ultima: The RPG.
- November 21, 1997:
I've added some notes on the PC version of Ultima III, and added an entry for
the Ultima Online eXperiment to
the Ultima Online page. Also, it was Herman Miller, not John Miles,
who created the Gargoyle language. Several other minor details were
- November 16, 1997:
Well what do you know - there is a version of Savage Empire for the Super
NES after all. Thanks, Fortran, for pointing me to Samson Dragon's web site,
where there is a ROM image of the Japanese version of the game.
Going through the binary, I found the names of Origin's development
team for this game; I'm going to try tracking one of them down for
- November 13, 1997:
Thanks to Leon McNeill for sending me a nice picture for his
Mac Ultima III. And
thanks to everyone else for your encouraging letters. I'm glad you
like the new site!
- November 6, 1997:
As of today, The Collectible Ultima site is finally open. Everyone
that asked "When are you going to update the Collectibles List?",
well, here's the answer. I've been working on the web conversion
off and on for the better part of a year. If you find additions,
corrections, or the like, please let me