Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness is the first official game
in the Ultima series, and is a successor to Richard Garriott's earlier game
Akalabeth: World of
Doom. Ultima 1 was originally released in 1981, but there was a PC remake in
1986 which this Guide is based on.
The setting is somewhat bizarre, featuring a mixture of medieval and futuristic
elements including space travel. Although this might put off people expecting a
serious plot, this game is in itself a glimpse into the history of Origin's successful
franchises in role-playing games (Ultima) as well as space simulation (Wing Commander).
And even in its simplicity, Ultima 1 provides a somewhat mature gameplay experience
involving an open world, character development, dozens of towns and castles, primitive
3D dungeons infested with monsters, and space combat.
The realm of Sosaria is under attack by a horde of creatures unleashed by the evil
wizard Mondain. The kings of the various lands are divided and in their struggles
against each other are unable to drive off the forces of their common foe. Your role
is to perform services for these kings in order to find a way to destroy Mondain and
free the land from his tightening grip.