Fri. Feb 3rd, 2023

Yes, that picture actually says
Enlarge / Yes, that plaque says “Blood of Lord British.”

With so many major news stories vying for our attention these days, it can be hard to get people to care about a simple gaming crowdfunding effort. But sometimes a crowdfunding publicity stunt breaks through the noise and turns into something you have to gawk at.

Richard Garriott selling vials of his blood for thousands of dollars is one of those stunts.

Yes, Lord British himself, the 55-year-old creator of the Ultimate series and well-known space tourist, is auctioning samples of his real blood to raise money for his new fantasy RPG, Shroud of the Avatar. The six reliquaries – which we will notice again filled with The real blood of Richard Garriott— are marketed as limited edition works of art, “made of Bakelite, copper, nails, glass, and plate glass that can be hung on your wall.”

Just in case you think Garriott and company are just kidding and marketing colored cornstarch as real blood, the team at developer Portalarium took the trouble to live stream Garriott’s bloodletting on YouTube last night (go to about 7:00 p.m. hour). The footage is worth watching just to see the registered nurse trying to pretend publicity stunts are a normal part of her job.

Bidding on the bottles starts at $5,000. At the time of writing, the auction has only yielded one bid after a few hours of waiting, even though each vial contains a boatload of digital Shroud of the Avatar items and a chance to visit the Portalarium offices in Austin, Texas (travel expenses not included).

Frankly, we’re not sure why Garriott added those extras. An opportunity to own the vital fluids of a legendary game designer doesn’t come along every day, folks. If you don’t take advantage of this rare opportunity, you’re probably wasting those thousands of dollars on trivialities like food and shelter anyway. Don’t let life pass you by! Bid today!

Update: Over the weekend, eBay removed the Garriott Blood auction from its listing, possibly because it violates eBay’s policy against the sale of human remains and body parts. The ads have been moved to Shroud of the Avatar‘s own Make a Difference store, where two reliquaries have already sold for $6,000 and $8,000 each, and another is still available for $11,000.

By akfire1

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