The Official Book of Ultima
The Official Book of Ultima is a book about the Ultima series written by Shay Addams, with assistance from creator Richard Garriott and illustrations by Denis Loubet. It was first published in 1990 by COMPUTE! Publications, with a second edition following in 1992. The Official Book of Ultima comprises three parts, opening with a biographical account of Garriott's early experiences with fantasy settings and computer programming, his subsequent creation of the Ultima games, and his co-founding of Origin Systems. The second part of the book expands upon the development process behind Ultima VI, while the third provides solutions for each installment (coverage varies by edition; see below), presented as semi-satirical narratives from the perspective of Addams' player character, Alfred.
The second edition (ISBN 0-87455-264-8) is 308 pages, with an original list price of $18.95. It features largely the same content as the first publication (with some revisions), however with solutions added for The Savage Empire; Martian Dreams; Ultima Underworld; Ultima VII; the Nintendo ports of Ultima III, IV, and V; and Runes of Virtue.
- The first edition contains a rare mention of Origin's cancelled Mythos project, which is absent in the later revision (although erroneously still referenced in its index).
- In both editions, the Words of Power for Deceit and Wrong are misspelled in the walkthrough for Ultima V, respectively as fallaw and malul instead of fallax and malum.
- Addams, Shay. "Say the Magic Words of Power". The Official Book of Ultima - First Edition. COMPUTE! Publications: 1990. Page 221.
- Addams, Shay. "Say the Magic Words of Power". The Official Book of Ultima - Second Edition. COMPUTE Publications International: 1992. Page 217.