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Tabula Rasa starts Operation Infinity

Tabula Rasa starts Operation Infinity

Richard is the first 2nd-generation American astronaut, as well as the designer of Tabula Rasa.

Richard Garriott, one of the leading video game designers and project lead on MMO Tabula Rasa, is going to the International Space Station in October 2008 as the first 2nd-generation American astronaut.

To celebrate this event, NCsoft is launching ‘Operation Infinity’ - a Tabula Rasa promotion in which Richard will take with him, and store in outer space, the history of humanity’s greatest achievements including human genome data and personal messages from people all over the world.

To mark this unique event NCsoft is giving away 2,000 trial keys to the popular MMO Tabula Rasa. All you have to do to get hold of a code is go here and then download the game client from here.

Until the 31st August gamers with an active trial or retail account can visit the Operation Infinity website and upload their character data into the infinity drive, which Richard will then take into space. People can also post personal messages, vote for their favourite songs, films, composers - whatever, really.

More information on the event can be found on the official site, but don't be afraid to let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Gunsmith 30th July 2008, 16:47 Quote
does he REALLY have to come back?
liratheal 30th July 2008, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
does he REALLY have to come back?

Only if we don't pray to our chose God hard enough.
Xir 30th July 2008, 17:16 Quote
Just for the non-Americans: What's a 2nd-generation American astronaut?


Also:
Richard who?
Tabula Rasa Game???
Timmy_the_tortoise 30th July 2008, 17:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Just for the non-Americans: What's a 2nd-generation American astronaut?


Also:
Richard who?
Tabula Rasa Game???

Yeah.. I don't get any of this either..
Bob1234 30th July 2008, 17:41 Quote
It means one of his parents was an astronaut too, in this case his father, who, according to Wikipedia, spent 60 days in space.
ParaHelix.org 30th July 2008, 17:59 Quote
I can honestly say that I dont know what in hell anything on this entire news board is talking about, I never even heard of the guy...or the game...or...anything.
Yemerich 30th July 2008, 18:07 Quote
You gotta be kidding me.. You don't know lord british?
The man that gave us the ultima series and Ultima online?

Since he left Origin, RPGs where never the same. For those who don't know his work, Ultima underworld (a first person RPG) came out BEFORE even castle wolfenstein. The guy was ahead of his time pushin everyone to the edge of technology. Hes the "Gary Gygax" of computer games...
Malketh 30th July 2008, 18:58 Quote
Actually Castle Wolfenstein came out first, but Ultima Underworld was one of the very first (if not the first, it's been a long time) to give you full 3 dimensions of movement/looking in an first person game. Him and his company (Origin Systems Inc.) fathered Wing Commander, System Shock, all the Ultima branded games and god only knows what else (can't remember them all).
Jordan Wise 30th July 2008, 19:03 Quote
yahtzee said a bit on him in his tabula rasa video which summed him up pretty good
CowBlazed 30th July 2008, 20:16 Quote
Maybe try googling his name next time instead of just "who the **** is this dude and his game" comments lol.

Tabula Rasa is a shooter MMO its pretty good for an mmo, and ultima games where awesome.
Bungle 30th July 2008, 20:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by CowBlazed
Maybe try googling his name next time instead of just "who the **** is this dude and his game" comments lol.
You don't increase your post count when you google.:D

now who's Gary Gygax?;)
Timmy_the_tortoise 30th July 2008, 21:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
yahtzee said a bit on him in his tabula rasa video which summed him up pretty good

Actually.. I remember watching that...

I guess it was one of his more forgettable reviews.
Yemerich 30th July 2008, 22:09 Quote
Well, actually i meant "Wolfenstein 3D". And Ultima Underworld came in MARCH '92 and Wolf 3D came in MAY '92. So it came first.. 2 months but still first :D And UU I was WAY more complex than Wolf 3D was. After all it was a RPG :D

With ultima series, he created the first game with "party". The first game with "Alignment" system (in ultima was called "karma"). By the time ultima VII came out, i never saw such a HUGE world as in there.

How could I forget System Shock? Wing comander: Privateer, Crusader, space hulk, Shadow Caster....

so if u ever played a computer RPG, you played some of his ideas.

@Bungle: I am not sure if you're being sarcastic, but if not, Gary Gygax is simply the guy that along with another guy (can't remember who) created "Dungeons & Dragons", the very first RPG book :D

ooo god... i am feeling sooooooo nerd.... :/
pendragon 30th July 2008, 22:53 Quote
I heard Tabula Rasa was pretty decent for an MMO. Not like I'm going to bother playing... just saying, that's all :) Nice marketing gimmick for the game, certainly.
Tulatin 30th July 2008, 23:21 Quote
2,000 TRIAL keys? Whoopty, ****ing, doo!

You'd think for the event, they could be a little more generous.
Faulk_Wulf 31st July 2008, 02:08 Quote
I think this idea is being sold short. I think the IDEA is solid and that it ties in conveniently with the nature of the game. Also the fact that there exists second generation astronauts now is kinda kick ass. The guy I hadn't heard of, but now I can tell he's been the part of some really big things. I believe this to be more then just a marketing gimmick.
FR34K 31st July 2008, 04:05 Quote
Operation Infinity?
don't you mean Operation Immortality?
Xir 31st July 2008, 13:52 Quote
...he's going int space with the Russians...
So he's going to be a kosmonaut who's father was an astronaut, which makes him....uhhh

Definitely a child of the space age ;-)
Darkedge 31st July 2008, 15:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tulatin
2,000 TRIAL keys? Whoopty, ****ing, doo!

You'd think for the event, they could be a little more generous.

I suspect they have given bit-tech 2000 codes to give away and they didn't say thats exclusive so other sites will have codes too. TR is actually great fun and really innovative for an MMO - more planetside crossed with WoW in some ways
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