Richard Garriott is many things: the creator of one of the first ever MMORPG video games ever, Ultima Online, a space-traveler, an explorer–the list goes on! We’re super excited for the release of his upcoming book, EXPLORE/CREATE: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark (on-sale 1/10/2017). In the meantime, though, we thought you might want to get to know Richard better, so here are just a few of his very notable accomplishments:
- Richard is the creator of one of the 1st major massively multiplayer online roleplaying video games: Ultima Online
- He’s also an avid explorer: He has travelled to outer space, the Titanic, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea, Antarctica, and the Amazon, to name a few.
- Richard was an instrumental founder of two industries: Computer Games and Commercial Civilian Spaceflight
- Richard was also the inspiration for one of the main characters in Ernest Cline’s blockbuster hit, Ready Player One (soon to be a Steven Spielberg film).
- He’s the first American-born second-generation space traveler; his father flew twice in space for NASA aboard Skylab 3
- Richard is in the Computer Gaming Hall of Fame, and he has received a wide array of awards, including the Game Developer’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Richard was instrumental in developing MMORPGs—and as an 8 billion dollar industry, the biggest MMORPGs have far out-earned even the most successful movies and television shows!
- The Kickstarter for Richard’s new game “Shroud of the Avatar” raised more than $1.9 million from more than 20,000 of Richard’s loyal fans. The game will have a wide release in early 2017.
- Richard helped open the new commercial and civilian spaceflight era. He was involved with the $10M X-Prize, and has invested heavily in numerous new space companies.
- Richard’s luxurious homes in New York City and Austin, TX (known as Britannia Manor) are filled with secret passages and amazing artifacts. They are regular features on shows like MTV Cribs, Secret Passages, Oddities, and MotherBoard.
- Richard’s performance of magic in space earned him membership in the Academy of Magical Arts, and he has been in and on the cover of magic magazines such as MUM the magazine of the Society of American Magicians.
- Richard is member of the elite Explorer’s Club, and has traveled to virtually every place of note on earth.
- Richard was at the forefront of the Geocaching craze—worldwide, there are nearly 10 million Geocachers and counting! He brought the first Geocaches to Antarctica and outer space.
We were not kidding about him being the real-life Most Interesting Man in the world! Keep your eyes peeled for Explore/Create on 1/10/2017!