Faire Website: http://www.uo.com/faire
Systems Announces First Ever Ultima Online Fan Convention World
Faire 2000 to Feature Panel Discussions, Renaissance Village, Exclusive
Product Demos and More
Texas, August 4, 2000-ORIGIN Systems(tm), the creators of software and
Internet worlds, will be rolling out the red carpet this fall to the legions
of people who live and play in its virtual fantasy world, Ultima(tm) Online
(UO). On November 10-11, ORIGIN Systems will host the first ever UO player
convention, World Faire 2000, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin,
Texas. The event will be held in conjunction with the Port Austin: Plug
in to the Future of Broadband event, taking place at the same time in the
UO fan event will feature more than 50 panels, workshops and roundtable
discussions on all things UO including an array of
topics ranging from player towns and
political systems to fishing and treasure hunting, game balance,
weapons, guilds, blacksmithing and dungeons. Members of the Ultima Online
development team will lead many of the discussions. Players themselves
will host other panels.
highlight will be the main exhibit hall featuring a renaissance village
of vendors where attendees can purchase exclusive UO merchandise from
licensed UO vendors and participate in game tournaments and demos. UO players
will also be involved in peddling their own UO merchandise. Strolling
through the hall, fans will also find live medieval weaponry exhibitions,
a fantasy art show and a charity auction. UO players who participate
in their own musical bands will be invited to perform. "This
is really a celebration of Ultima Online players," says Gordon Walton,
ORIGIN Systems vice president of online services.
"In nearly three years, the world of
UO has grown to more than 200,000 active subscribers from all around
the globe. Now many of them will get a chance to interact directly with
the people who developed the virtual world they live in. Even better, they’ll
now be able to meet face to face with friends they’ve made in UO."
Attendees will be treated to special happy hour
event parties each night of the convention,
one of which will be a special unveiling of the exciting new plans
for Ultima Online.
can register for World Faire 2000 online at http://www.uo.com/faire
. There is limited registration. Discounts are available
for those who register early.
Online is a thriving, persistent, virtual world where more than 200,000
people live and play on the Internet. Players can enjoy true social interaction
with other participants in real-time, form adventure parties, engage
in battles, take on perilous quests or chat in a tavern over a goblet of
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To date, the company has released more than 60 titles, including the
award winning Ultima, Wing Commander(tm), Privateer(tm) and Crusader series
of games. ORIGIN is based in Austin, Texas and is a wholly owned subsidiary
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in 1982, Electronic Arts (EA) posted revenues of
more than $1.4 billion for fiscal 2000. The
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