Name: Amber Nellis
Character Name: Snow Shine
Ultima Online allowed Amber Nellis to overcome her insecurities and be accepted by strangers in a way she’d never experienced amongst her peers. However, Nellis never would have entered Britannia if it hadn’t been at the urging of one of the most important and influential people in her life—her Uncle Steve.
When an 8-year-old Amber Nellis was first introduced to Ultima Online in 1998, she wasn’t impressed. In fact, when it came to PC gaming, Nellis’ needs were simple. The Microsoft Windows staples Minesweeper and JezzBall offered her the only escape she needed.
As a youngster, Nellis had two loves: technology and nature. However, these interests didn’t exactly make her the most popular kid at school, especially when she regularly stopped other kids from hurting innocent insects. Further hurting her popularity was the fact that Nellis was short, which often made her a target for the schoolyard’s most vicious bullies.
Rather than open herself to verbal abuse from her peers, Nellis found solace in the internet where she could be whomever—and however tall—she wanted to be.
“Computers let me be someone else and meet other people,” she said. “I was able to enter a world of people with faults of their own, only they didn’t hide them. The physical fault people saw in me no longer mattered to anyone.”
There was, however, one person in Nellis’ life that did make her feel cool and accepted: her Uncle Steve, the same person who first introduced her to Ultima Online.
Read more of Amber Nellis’ story in Braving Britannia: Tales of Melancholy, Malice, and Peril in Ultima Online!