Latest update - pretty disheartened by this experience, but it seems like the company has just decided not to send out the kickstarted Collector’s Editions to at least some portion of the crowd funders (I’m by no means alone, judging by the forums). I wonder if anyone non-American has received one?
Garriott’s clearly aware, as he clicked on a related twitter thread - I presume the company is in dire shape and out of money, and either can’t afford to mail or (more likely) to even produce the physical goods. I paid more than Cdn. $700 for a game that I suspected would never be good and I’d be unlikely to play - just to give the guy a damn shot and reward him for trying to produce another Ultima-ish game and for the great memories I have of playing Ultima II through 7.
The Ultima series was incredibly important to me - I saved up my paper route money to buy my first computer, a C-64, to play Ultima II - a game I played for an entire year, as even though it’s a relatively simple game by today’s standards, having to figure out everything by yourself as a kid, with no internet resources, etc., was a real challenge. I have great memories of finding Ultima IV and V in stores. I was bummed when Ultima VI (and then VII) came out and I couldn’t afford a PC so I couldn’t play them - first paycheck I had as a lawyer I remedied that. Ultima VII is still in the running for #1 game of all time for me, and I’m happy that its baton has been picked up by the Divinity/Gothic/Risen/Elder Scrolls (and now Fallout) series. I started writing for gaming magazines and my own site that became part of GameSpot because of Ultima. The series was always so much more important to me than other games - so I had to wholeheartedly support Garriott’s kickstarter.