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Lord British is in Space (And You're Not)

I assume he's there to test the effects of zero gravity on lengthy hair braids.

General British, seen here plotting his escape.
Richard Garriott of Ultima and, more recently, Tabula Rasa fame, was launched into space on Sunday morning via a Russian Soyuz TMA-13. According to a CNN story on the launch, Garriott paid $30 million to take the trip, a sum that was partially funded by sponsors. He'll be conducting experiments for some of those sponsors while on-board the international space station. Lord British will remain on the station for around 10 days before returning home to Earth.

In addition to developing games, Garriott also has an interest in a space tourism company called Space Adventures Ltd., which has organized flights for a handful of other supremely rich dudes.

I have no real joke here--I just think it's awesome that the guy who made Ultima, a man I met once or twice, is totally in space right now. Meanwhile, I'm here in Tokyo, which is sort of like space, only with more cats.


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Posted by Jeff
General British, seen here plotting his escape.
Richard Garriott of Ultima and, more recently, Tabula Rasa fame, was launched into space on Sunday morning via a Russian Soyuz TMA-13. According to a CNN story on the launch, Garriott paid $30 million to take the trip, a sum that was partially funded by sponsors. He'll be conducting experiments for some of those sponsors while on-board the international space station. Lord British will remain on the station for around 10 days before returning home to Earth.

In addition to developing games, Garriott also has an interest in a space tourism company called Space Adventures Ltd., which has organized flights for a handful of other supremely rich dudes.

I have no real joke here--I just think it's awesome that the guy who made Ultima, a man I met once or twice, is totally in space right now. Meanwhile, I'm here in Tokyo, which is sort of like space, only with more cats.


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Posted by ArbitraryWater

You guys are still in Tokyo? I thought you would have left by now.

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Posted by duxup

Well if you're going to spend $30 million . . . . I can't argue with spending it that way. 

Posted by GalvanizedNails

they are leaving on tuesday, im not sure if that is our time or tokyo time though. I hope we see another podcast before then

Posted by Superchris129

I could go for 30 million dollars right now.

Posted by Scooper

I'm in space.

Well I'm not but Space Adventures Ltd. is such an amazing name for a company. A ticket to space today costs $30 million but in 20 years it'll be like 4 bucks for a return trip. Which we'll all complain about being too expensive on our way to our jobs driving moon buggies.

Posted by jakob187

Cool.

Can we leave him up there?
Posted by Death_Burnout

Awesome! i remember him talking about this when you interviewed him Jeff. Good for him.

Posted by TomboDemon

i speak for all of us when i say that if i had 30 million dollars right now i would retire,
and no i wouldnt place my money in stocks,
id place it in video gameas

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

really, cats are the first thing that comes to mind when differentiating Tokyo and Space? I dont think that statement is very strong

Posted by NordicNinja

Is it just me, or does what he's wearing in that picture look really comfortable, as well as awesome?

Posted by John1912

Its too bad he hasnt done anything good since U8, or maybe even U7-2.  Wish he would get his game back!  Would love just an old style U7 type game!

Posted by dagas

He is wearing his Tabula Rasa uniform. I'm playing TR and it's a great game. I don't understand why it never became more popular, although there seems to be quite a lot of people at least on the EU server.

Posted by PapaLazarou

I hope something goes wrong on take off and BOOM!

Posted by Xymox

Wait, that wasn't a joke? 
I thought of it as nothing but advertisement. All of this promotion for tabula rasa "oh we will send your words into space" stuff. So that was real? Huh. 

Posted by Orakulum

Garriott is fucking king!
The ultima series is by far my favorite games ever created. Power to the crazy!

Posted by killawogg

thats amazing i wish i could go to space and be weightless and see the earth with my own two eyes,  guess i will stick with video games lol

Posted by TheWesman

Actually, that description of Tokyo is pretty accurate from what I've heard.  Also, lots of porn everywhere.

Seriously, it's just raining pornography in that country.

Posted by Lunarbunny

dagas: too bad you're on the EU server, I'm on the US West coast server (Orion). Level 34 Sniper, although CoD4 and World in Conflict have been holding more of my attention lately.

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Posted by Noremakk

"Meanwhile, I'm here in Tokyo, which is sort of like space, only with more cats." 


Priceless.
Posted by majnuker

all i got at 6:30 in the morning is this:

lol
cats