Since he was still trying to win Ultima V, I borrowed another game from him; it was called Space Rogue (ever hear of it?). It was kinda like U5, with respect to graphics and interface--and well, it's also made by Origin. The idea was you got this derelict space craft and you had to go around the galaxy making a living, either by trading goods, hunting pirates, or fighting off these bad aliens who were invading (sounds A LOT like Privateer, if you know it). On a lonely base in the middle of nowhere, was an NPC named Kale. He was kinda like a father figure, always helping you out and giving you tips. He was a really cool guy. :-)
The summer following (this is like 88-90 period) my best friend and I went to Ocean City, Maryland. They had a Photon arena there (a laser tag like game in case you don't know it). We payed our $$$ and waited to enter the game. While we waited a chap came by and asked us what our psuedo-names were; you see, they had a big monitor in the lobby that showed how the players were doing, and listed them by name. People had dumb stuff like Iceman, Superdude, ya know. I thought for a minute and decided on Kale. I liked it (I did well in the game) and decided to use it for various gaming names.
Not long afterward, I borrowed Ultima V from my friend when he got stuck in one of the Dungeons. It was the first Ultima I played, and I was totally absorbed (1989). I beat it (1990) . Then I helped another friend beat it (1991).
I continued to use the name 'Kale' up until about 1995. A friend of mine and I were getting set to play PGA golf on Sega Genesis. He asked me what name I wanted and I told him Kale. Well, he kinda screwed up putting it in and it came out Kaleb. I decided I liked it even more.
In the spring of 1997 I joined the UDIC and chose Kaleb Dragon as my name. I pronounce it Kay-leb.
That's it. I guess that's not so long a story, it just probably feels that way to me cause I have to go back almost 10 years in my mind.
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I searched around, but alas I could not afford an auctioned copy. Then finally I ran into Fortran Dragon's Hidalgo Trading Company site. He resold Ultima stuff at reasonable prices.. I purchased another original PC version of U5 from him a while back.. The only thing that wasn't included was the Cloth Map (ooooh). Fortunately, I hadn't given that up, and I still had my original, original one. And a month before that, I picked up one of the Holy U1-6 CDs that are so rare, for only $30 at a commerical website. YES!
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