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Article #85 (145 is last):
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.library
From: aa399 (Len Stys)
Subject: GAME SOLUTION: Ultima I
Date: Sat Feb 24 13:31:23 1990



                       ULTIMA I             Strategy

Strategy suggestions for playing "Ultima I" are presented in this file, 
which is divided into five sections:  I) The Beginning, II) The Dungeons, 
III) Space Travel, IV) Saving the Princess, and V) Battling Mondain.  
Descriptions of the terrain of the four continents of Ultima are provided in 
the next file, entitled "Layout." 

I.  THE BEGINNING 

Once you create your character, and endow him or her with race, type, and 
attributes, you are ready to begin your adventure. Each race and type of 
character has its own advantages and disadvantages.  Obviously, a fighter is 
vicious in battles, wizards or clerics throw potent spells, and thieves are 
good at thievery.  Experiment with different characters.  Your first step, 
upon finding yourself in the middle of a grassy plain, is to ready your 
armor (leather) and a weapon (dagger).  Thus prepared, you may then begin to 
explore the world of Ultima.   

You will encounter a number of strange creatures during your travels.  On 
land, you will find Orcs, Evil Trents, Hoods, Knights, Bears, Wandering 
Warlocks, Necromancers, Hidden Archers, Thieves, Dark Knights, and Evil 
Rangers.  In the ocean, there are Giant Squid, Ness Creatures, Dragon 
Turtles, and Giant Octopi.  It is likely that you'll be killed quickly.  If 
so, you will be reincarnated. (If you're reincarnated in the middle of 
water, keep trying to move or attack.  These actions will use up your food 
and hit points, and you'll be reincarnated again -- hopefully on land the 
next time.) However, your resurrected self is lacking in food, gold, and 
weapons. Take heart!  Although the process of building up your points and 
possessions seems slow, if you persevere you will "ultimately" be 
victorious.  The following strategy hints should be helpful: 

1) It is often advisable to avoid combat.  Try to run away from an enemy 
until you can build up your hit points. 

2) Buy and steal as much armor as possible.  If you are killed, you will 
retain your armor, vehicles, and spells, but you will lose your weapons. 

3) To increase your gold supply, you can sell some of your armor. 

4) As soon as possible, descend into a dungeon.  By entering a dungeon and 
killing a number of creatures, you will gain hit points, experience points, 
and gold (and food, if you're killed in a dungeon).  You can do this again 
and again, building up your character. 

5) Always buy a drink from Varg the tavern keep in a pub.  He may give you 
some helpful clues. 

6) As you gain experience points, you will find that more advanced weapons 
and transportation become available in the cities.  Items such as pistols, 
blasters, and phazors are invaluable in battles (in fact, sea creatures will 
be "out of weapon range" until you get a hold of, at least, a set of bow and 
arrows).  By a strange quirk in the game, you may be able to steal 
technologically advanced weapons or armor even before they're available for 
purchase! Use of a vehicle will conserve your food supply during your 
travels.  Seagoing vessels and air cars allow you to visit islands and cross 
oceans.  Once you've obtained a frigate or an air car, you can use its 
cannons or lasers to fire on enemies.  A space shuttle will be required for 
space travel.   

7) When you enter a castle, be sure to transact with the King. If you have 
sufficient gold, he will sell you hit points.  If you offer service, he will 
send you on a quest for which you will be handsomely rewarded.   

8) Save the game frequently. You never know when 7 Hidden Archers or 4 Ness 
Creatures might attack and kill you. 

9) Beware of Wenches, Jesters, and Bards.  They like to steal your 
possessions. 

II.  THE DUNGEONS

Dungeon experience is vital in order to increase your hit points.  It can 
also be fatal. If your character is a novice, it's best to explore only the 
1st or 2nd level of a dungeon. Then you can retrace your steps, climb out of 
the dungeon alive, and repeat the process.  As you become stronger, you can 
descend deeper into a dungeon.  There you will do battle with increasingly 
powerful creatures, but you may also gain hundreds of hit points and gold 
pieces. You will encounter the following enemies in any dungeon: 

Levels 1 and 2:  Thieves, Rangers, Skeletons, Bats, Giant Rats  

Levels 3 and 4:  Giant Spiders, Cyclopes, Orcs, Gelatinous Cubes, Vipers 

Levels 5 and 6:  Ettins, Minotaurs, Mimics, Carrion Creepers, Lizard Men 

Levels 7 and 8:  Wraiths, Wandering Eyes, Liches, Tanglers, Gremlins 

Levels 9 and 10:  Daemons, Balrons, Mind Whippers, Zorns, Invisible Seekers 

Even if you have accumulated many thousands of hit points, some of the more 
powerful creatures can easily destroy you.  You will have to discover, 
through trial and error, which weapons or spells you should use against 
them.  (Note:  Only a wizard can use the Blink, Create, Destroy, and Kill 
spells.) The following strategy hints should help you in surviving dungeon 
travel: 

1) Use the Inform and Search command frequently.  This will disclose traps 
which you can then avoid (rope and spikes will save you from falling through 
a hidden trap, but you lose them). 

2) Use the Destroy spell to dissolve force fields. 

3) Use the Blink spell to escape to another place on that level (useful when 
monsters are attacking from all sides or when you're surrounded by force 
fields and have no Destroy spells). 

4) Map each level so you don't get lost.  Or, purchase plenty of Ladder Up 
and Ladder Down spells to allow you to move easily between levels. 

5) Remember:  You cannot save the game from within a dungeon. Also, you 
cannot put on any new armor if it has been destroyed (by a Gelatinous Cube, 
for example). 

6) You may wish to use an Unlock spell to open chests, and an Open spell to 
open coffins.  You will find additional gold in these containers. 

7) If you are on a quest (to kill a Balron, Liche, Cube, or Creeper), do not 
dally on other levels.  Go straight down to the level where the creature you 
are seeking lives (using Ladder Down spells), kill it, then get out of the 
dungeon quickly (using Ladder Up spells).  It is very easy to be overwhelmed 
by enemies on the lower levels, and you could be killed.  Gremlins may steal 
all your food; Invisible Seekers may annihilate you before you can locate 
them; Mind Whippers may destroy your intelligence with their mental attacks. 

III.  SPACE TRAVEL

You have been exploring the four continents of Ultima, crossing plains and 
oceans, and increasing your attributes and possessions.  Suddenly, you find 
advanced weapons, armor, and vehicles in the cities. Purchase a space 
shuttle as soon as you have enough gold.  The shuttle will carry you out 
into space where you will strive to destroy 20 enemy vessels.  If you do 
this, you will be designated a "Space Ace."  You will want to be a Space Ace 
before rescuing the princess. If you destroy the enemy spacecraft, and 
return alive to Ultima, you will have gained thousands of experience points 
and will be ready to save the Princess.  Space movement can be tricky, and 
the following strategy hints should help: 

1) The first view you will see is your shuttle, motionless in space.  Nearby 
is a Base, a Star, and Ultima.  You can use your shuttle for continued 
travel, or you can dock at the base and purchase a different vehicle (500 
gold pieces each time you exchange ships).  The smaller vehicle has limited 
fuel, but a lot of shield power. The larger vehicle has plenty of fuel, but 
negligible shielding. Take the smaller ship since you won't want to go very 
far from base.   

2) Docking with the base in order to exchange ships takes a little practice.  
If you do not dock exactly at the entry point in the base, you will destroy 
your shields and be disintegrated.  Try this method: One forward thrust 
until you are near the base;  one retro to stop your vehicle;  one left turn 
or right turn to position your ship in the direction you want to go;  one 
forward thrust to get it moving again;  one retro to stop it;  etc.  In this 
way, you can slowly and carefully position your shuttle so that you can make 
a precision docking.  Exchange ships. 

3) Once you have a new ship, you must do a sector scan.  This is 
accomplished by the Inform and Search command.  Note:  You will always be in 
the center of the sector scan.  When you start out in space, you will be 
where the "B" is in the middle of the sector scan.  The blank lines indicate 
empty space, the stars indicate stars, and the carets indicate enemy 
spaceships.   

4) Since you don't want to get too far from your starting point, and you 
don't want to get lost and run out of fuel, always check the sector scan to 
make sure you know where you are.  If the scan shows enemy ships to the 
left, turn your ship to the left.  If the scan shows enemy ships below you, 
turn your ship downward.  Apply thrust, then go into View change.  Now 
you're in open space.  Hit the Hyperspace key.  At this point, you will be 
in a sector containing enemy ships.   

5) Once you've destroyed the enemy ships (usually three), go into View 
change mode again. Stop your ship with one retro. If you went left 
originally, you'll want to return right.  If you went down originally, you 
must turn your ship upward, and so on.  Turn your ship to the appropriate 
direction, and apply thrust.  Change the view again, hit hyperspace again, 
change the view again.  You should be near your origination point, by a 
base.  You can exchange ships again, or return to Ultima. This process can 
be repeated many times until you become a Space Ace.          The game 

IV.  SAVING THE PRINCESS

In each castle, there is a Princess imprisoned.  You will see her pacing in 
her cell in the lower right of the castle. The key to her cell may or may 
not be in the possession of the Jester (hopping around near the King).  You 
must kill the Jester in order to get the key.  Keep trying until you get the 
correct key that will unlock the Princess' cell.  The following strategy 
tips should assist you in freeing the Princess: 

1) You'll notice that the Jester sometimes comes near you as you enter the 
King's throneroom. Try to get him to stay near the entrance.  Then you can 
kill him, and run (quickly!) down and over to the Princess' cell.  Hit "U" 
to unlock the door.  The Princess will follow you out of the cell if the 
correct key has been used.  If you have not obtained the correct key, and 
the one you have does not unlock the door, follow the instructions below 
anyway in order to try to escape with your life.   

2) The moment you kill the Jester, the guards will be upon you.  They are 
virtually impossible to kill, so your best course is to outrun them.  First 
of all, try to position the Princess between yourself and the guards.  This 
will take a little practice, but eventually you should learn how to line the 
guards up behind you as you run for the castle exit. 

3) Move quickly, being careful not to run into walls, trees, or ponds.  One 
false move, and you'll be trapped between guards.  In the far left room, try 
exiting to the north of the pond, and out left.  It's tricky, but possible.  
As you leave the castle, the Princess will reward you handsomely and will 
tell you where to find the Time Machine.          

V.  BATTLING MONDAIN

Once you rescue the Princess and locate the Time Machine, you are ready to 
do battle with the evil wizard Mondain.  Board the craft and launch.  
Although you are now an expert fighter (you've done away with Balrons and 
Liches, right?), Mondain will nevertheless engage you in the battle of your 
life.  The following tactics should help you destroy the Evil Gem, kill 
Mondain, save the universe and, not incidentally, win the game: 

1) You must first destroy the Evil Gem.  Immediately approach the gem and 
hit "G" to get it. This action will destroy the gem.  It will also drain 
away most of your hit points.   

2) If you do not destroy the gem immediately, you will not be able to 
permanently kill Mondain.  The Evil Gem that he created makes him immortal, 
so you must destroy the gem before turning to Mondain. 

3) Now, begin to attack Mondain. Kill spells will not work against him;  
they only make him stronger.  Just keep firing away until he weakens.  
Persist in your attack even though he unleashes an onslaught against you.   

4) If your character is a wizard, you can use the Create spell to place a 
force field in front of you, however, it's best to continuing attacking 
Mondain. Hopefully, he will be weakening. You can tell that this is 
happening because he changes into a bird and ceases attacking you.  Continue 
firing until you receive the message that Mondain is dead and that you're 
victorious.   


                        ULTIMA I              Layout

The game of "Ultima I" involves travel on land and sea and through space and 
time.  This file is to help you map a dangerous world.  The planet consists 
of four continents separated by oceans.  These continents contain many 
cities, castles, dungeons, and landmarks which the traveler must explore. 
Once the adventurer has purchased a seagoing craft or an air car, he or she 
may traverse the oceans with ease.  When sufficient gold and experience 
points are accumulated, a space shuttle may be obtained for extraterrestrial 
journeys. 

I.  CONTINENT ONE 

1) Overview 

Continent One contains two castles (Lost King and Lord British);  eight 
cities (Yew, Fawn, Britain, Montor, Grey, Paws, Moon, and Tune);  nine 
dungeons (Perinia, Lost Caverns, Mondain's Gate to Hell, Unholy Hole, Mines 
of Mt.  Drash (1 and 2), Death's Awakening, Montor, and Doubt);  and two 
landmarks (Pillars of Protection and Tower of Knowledge). 

2) Quests 

Quest for King of the Castle of the Lost King:  The King will ask you to 
destroy a Gelatinous Cube.  To do so, you must climb down to level 3 or 4 of 
any dungeon and kill a Gelatinous Cube.  Having done so, return to the King 
who will give you a red gem.  He will also tell you that you will need four 
gems to launch the Time Machine.   

Quest for the King of the Castle of Lord British:  His Majesty will send you 
to find the Tower of Knowledge.  The landmark is located on an island to the 
northeast of the continent.  You will receive additional strength from the 
King when you complete your quest and return to him. 

3) Landmarks 

Pillars of Protection:  This landmark is located on an island to the 
northwest of the continent.  Enter the landmark, and your agility will be 
increased. 

Tower of Knowledge:  The Tower of Knowledge is on an island to the northeast 
of the continent. Your intelligence will be increased when you enter this 
landmark. 

4) Bartenders' Clues 

Pubs:  In the cities, there are pubs.  Be sure to transact with Varg the 
tavern keep, since he may give you clues such as: "Destroy the Evil Gem," or 
"Best watch out for the wench." 

II.  CONTINENT TWO

1) Overview

This continent is located across the ocean to the east of Continent One.  
Continent Two contains two castles (Rondorlin and Barataria);  eight cities 
(Snake, Owen, Gerry, Arnold, Linda, Helen, John, and Wolf); eight dungeons 
(Scorpion Hole,

The Labyrinth, Where Hercules Died, Advari's Hole, The Savage Place, Horror 
of the Harpies, Gorgon's Hole, and Dead Warrior's Fight);  and two landmarks 
(Pillars of the Argonauts and Pillar of Ozymandias). 

2) Quests 

Quest for the King of Rondorlin: The King orders you to kill a Carrion 
Creeper.  This dread creature may be found on the 5th or 6th level of any 
dungeon. When you accomplish your task and return to the King, he will give 
you a green gem and tell you that you must use the Time Machine. 

Quest for the King of Barataria: This quest involves locating the Pillar of 
Ozymandias (on an island to the southwest of the continent).  The King will 
grant you increased strength upon completion of the quest. 

3) Landmarks 

Pillars of the Argonauts:  The pillars are located on an island to the west 
of the continent. You are rewarded with various weapons whenever you visit 
this landmark. 

Pillar of Ozymandias:  Increased wisdom is your reward for entering the 
pillar (southwest of the continent). 

4) Bartenders' Clues 

Pubs:  If you buy a drink from a tavern keep, he may give you a hint such 
as, "Best you should know about space travel, and that you must destroy at 
least 20 enemy vessels to become an Ace!"  or "The Princess will reward you 
if you save her, and will give an additional gift to a player of 8th level 
or higher."          

III.  CONTINENT THREE

1) Overview

Continent Three is located across the ocean to the east of Continent Two.  
This land mass contains two castles (Black Dragon and Olympus);  eight 
cities (Poor, Ponder, Clear Lagoon, Gauntlet, Nassau, Wealth, Imagination, 
and Stout); nine dungeons (The End, The Metal Twister, The Long Death, 
Viper's Pit (1 and 2), Guild of Death, Troll's Hole, Tramp of Doom, and Slow 
Death);  and two landmarks (Sign Post and Southern Sign Post).   

2) Quests 

Quest for the King of Black Dragon's Castle:  The King orders you to kill a 
Liche (which may be found on the 7th or 8th level of any dungeon). If you 
complete this quest, His Majesty will give you a blue gem and tell you that 
the Princess helps the Space Ace. 

Quest for the King of the Castle of Olympus:  On this quest, you must find 
the Sign Post.  It is located on an island to the northwest of the 
continent.  The King will reward you with additional strength for completing 
this task. 

3) Landmarks 

Sign Post:  This landmark is located on an island to the northwest of the 
continent. Upon entering the Sign Post, you will receive additional stamina. 
Southern Sign Post:  Additional charisma is your reward for finding this 
landmark.  It is located on an island to the southwest of the continent. 

4) Bartenders' Clues 

Pubs:  The tavern keep may let you in on the following information:  "One 
thousand years ago, Mondain the Wizard created an Evil Gem which makes him 
immortal.  You must traverse the lands until you find a Time Machine.  Go 
back in time to destroy the Evil Gem and save the universe."  Or, the 
bartender may tell you that "Most, if not all, of the lakes and ponds have 
magical powers."          

IV.  CONTINENT FOUR

1) Overview

Going east across the ocean from Continent Three, you will arrive at 
Continent Four.  This land mass contains two castles (Shamino's Castle and 
White Dragon's Castle);  eight cities (Lost Friends, Dextron, Turtle, 
Wheeler, Bulldozer, Gorlab, Brother, and Magic);  nine dungeons (Skull 
Smasher, Doom, Dead Cat's Life (1 and 2), Dead Man's Walk, Hole to Hades, 
Spine Breaker, The Morbid Adventure, and Free Death Hole);  and two 
landmarks (Grave of the Lost Soul and the Eastern Sign Post). If you wish to 
revisit Continent One, simply continue east across the ocean from Continent 
Four. 

2) Quests 

Quest for the King of Shamino Castle:  You must descend to the 9th or 10th 
level of any dungeon and kill a Balron.  After you do this, return to the 
King.  He will give you a white gem and allow you to take nine items from 
the holds of his castle. 

Quest for the King of White Dragon's Castle:  You must find the Grave of the 
Lost Soul (which is on an island to the northwest of the continent). His 
Majesty will reward you with added strength when you return to him. 

3) Landmarks 

Grave of the Lost Soul:  Upon reaching this landmark, enter it.  You will 
receive additional stamina. 

Eastern Sign Post:  This landmark merely has a sign saying, "Go east to go 
east." 

4) Bartenders' Clues 

Pubs:  Varg may tell you to "Have a strong one, bub," or "Go back in time."  
Or, he may simply say that this is a great game (as indeed it is!).   

 

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