The Collectible ULTIMA


A brief history of this site.

Gamesmania Gold Site Award
  • 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 guys!
  • 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 V.
  • 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 added.
  • 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 IV.
  • 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 section directly.
  • 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 also corrected.
  • 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 more information.
  • 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 know.

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