Braving Britannia: Tales of Melancholy, Malice, and Peril in Ultima Online

YOU CAN’T GO HOME
AGAIN … OR CAN YOU? 

ISBN: 979-8686243811
Available in Paperback & Kindle eBook formats
374 pages

Journalism/Video Games

For more than 20 years, millions of players have lived, loved, and lost in the medieval fantasy world of Britannia within the PC video game Ultima Online. Originally released in 1997 by developer Origin Systems and publisher Electronic Arts, Ultima Online is widely considered to be the grandfather of Massively Multiplayer Online games.

This second volume of the Braving Britannia series collects interviews with 30 more of the game’s players as they share treasured memories of slaughtering the weak, protecting the innocent, founding successful roleplaying communities, meeting future spouses, bonding with family and friends, decorating expansive castles, or just causing trouble for everyone around them. 

Meanwhile, the author returns to Ultima Online for the first time in more than 15 years, hoping to discover whether the game is as special as he remembers it, or if his feelings are merely rooted in nostalgia.

It’s time to brave Britannia. Again.

The Braving Britannia series has been featured on:

PRESS

“WE NEED MORE VIDEOGAME FOLKLORISTS,” BRAVING BRITANNIA & THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING VIDEO GAME ORAL HISTORIES @ Wired.com

THE HISTORY OF ULTIMA ONLINE: AN AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY PODCAST @ The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

REVIEW: BRAVING BRITANNIA TELLS THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF ULTIMA ONLINE @ Sidequest

WES LOCHER BRAVES BRITANNIA: AN AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH THE SPAM SPAM SPAM HUMBUG PODCAST @ The Ultima Codex

“ANYTHING BUT ULTIMA ONLINE”: KEEPING THE ROLE-PLAYING CLASSIC RUNNING (abbreviated excerpt with producer Rick Hall) @ VentureBeat

BOOK EXCERPT: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT BUILDING ULTIMA ONLINE (abbreviated excerpts with Raph Koster & Chris Mayer) @ Gamasutra

INTERVIEW AND EXCERPT: THE ‘BRAVING BRITANNIA’ BOOK PRESERVES ULTIMA ONLINE’S ORAL HISTORY @ MassivelyOverpowered

NEW BOOK: BRAVING BRITANNIA – TALES OF LIFE, LOVE, AND ADVENTURE IN ULTIMA ONLINE (featuring book excerpt) @ The Ultima Codex 

NEW BOOKS EXPLORE THE ROOTS OF STAR WARS: GALAXIES & ULTIMA ONLINE @ MMORPG.com


PODCASTS

Braving Britannia is featured on the following podcasts:

The Sandbox Podcast: Episode 159 – Ultima Shenanigans!

The Geekbox Podcast: Episode 475

Spam Spam Spam Humbug Podcast: Episode 109 – Wes Locher Braves Britannia (Interview)

The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast: Episode 353 – The History of Ultima Online (Interview)


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