The Official Book of Ultima

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First edition (1990)
Second edition (1992)

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 first edition of The Official Book of Ultima (ISBN 0-87455-228-1) is 244 pages long and carried a list price of $12.95 at release. It includes guides for Ultima I, II, III, IV, V, and VI only.

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.[1][2]


  1. Addams, Shay. "Say the Magic Words of Power". The Official Book of Ultima - First Edition. COMPUTE! Publications: 1990. Page 221.
  2. Addams, Shay. "Say the Magic Words of Power". The Official Book of Ultima - Second Edition. COMPUTE Publications International: 1992. Page 217.

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