Name: Marco Sederquist
Character Name: Sten Hunter/GM Spada
Shard: Lake Superior
Joining Ultima Online in 1997, Marco Sederquist found his purpose within the game once he got involved in the famed roleplaying group, the Lake Superior Council. Ultimately assuming the role of Chancellor of Virtue with his avatar, “Sten Hunter,” Sederquist found an appreciation for communication, organization, and management—a skill set which eventually landed him a role at Origin Systems.
Sederquist still remembers the first time he saw Ultima Online. It was November of 1997. His friend was piloting an avatar across screen. Things were not going so well.
“My friend was playing on a DX386 over a 24.4 baud modem,” Sederquist recalls. “He was getting his ass kicked by a deer and was nearly dead.”
Sederquist watched as the friend escaped the deer’s evil clutches, escaping to safety through the door of a nearby house. Suddenly, the world of MMOs clicked into place for Sederquist when he realized that the house actually belonged to his friend and that the other characters that ran by on the screen were real people.
“I was very much into the early First Person Shooters, sci-fi, and simulation games, but at the same time, I was an early internet adopter,” Sederquist said. “That day I went over to my friends’ house and he was playing UO, it was really the first time I had seen the internet doing what it should have been doing.”
Sederquist said he never considered himself a “fantasy guy,” rather, his gaming tastes steered toward flight sims and shooters such as Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, but that weekend, he broke with tradition and ventured to the local software store. It was there that Sederquist purchased his own copy of Ultima Online.
“For the next month I played every chance I could, and during the Christmas break I played every day until three or four o’clock in the morning,” Sederquist recalls. “I would sleep a few hours and repeat. That went on for four years.”
Read more of Marco Sederquist’s story in Braving Britannia: Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online.