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Ultima: Exodus to Akalabeth

July 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 142 - Ultima: Exodus to Akalabeth


In this episode we look at the legendary series of Ultima!  We look at the lead up inspiration, and influences that led to the creation of Ultima.  This episode ties in heavily with our look at Origin Systems.  In this we use the creation of Ultima as a microcosm of the development of the PC industry.  The plight of the bedroom coder.  Wanting to make cool games, finding themselves thrust into a wider PC game world, and the eventual whirlwind of having publishers involved.  We mainly focus on how the creation of the games mirrors Richard's growth as a game designer and eventually perfecting the base formula with Ultima III.


TCW 038 - Origin Story:

TCW 117 - Wing Commander:

Introduction to the Society of Creative Anachronism :


Download Akalabeth:

Apple II - Akalabeth:

Apple II - Ultima I:

Apple II - Lemonade Stand:

Trailer for Time Bandits:

Apple II - Ultima II:

TCW 039 - On-Line Systems:

TCW 040 - Sierra On-Line:

TCW 114 - The Wizards of Sir-Tech:

TCW 115 - The Return of the Sdraziw of Sir-Tech:

Apple II - Ultima III:


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