Ten years ago, no one could have guessed that the MMOG genre would explode like a star going nova. There was little in the way of choices at the time, and in the early days, Ultima Online and EverQuest were the big dogs of the yard. Before his involvement in Tabula Rasa garnered such hard feelings from the online community, Richard "Lord British" Garriott was hailed as a visionary for creating the original Ultima series of games, an incredibly detailed world that would unfold over the course of nineteen years.
He was also deeply involved in the early creation and evolution of Ultima Online, so much so that he would often be present for live events within the game. In the end, Ultima Online may not have won the MMOG war, but no one can argue that it was fundamental to the genre's beginnings.