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Explore & Create: From the Beginnings of Computer Games to Private Space Flight

March 16, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


We have reached our seating and parking capacities for this event. E-tickets are no longer available.

We will live stream the event at http://livestream.com/lindahall/explore.

The speaker

Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a founding father of the videogame industry. He is credited with the creation of the now ubiquitous term “avatar” for one’s virtual self, and the entire category of massively multiplayer games, where players connect together in a vast virtual world, often referred to as MMORPG’s. He authored the famed and very successful Ultima Series and has built three leading gaming companies: Origin Systems (sold to Electronic Arts), Destination Games (sold to NCsoft) and most recently Portalarium, where he is building “Shroud of the Avatar,” the successor to his previous works. He has been inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards.

As a principal shaper of commercial human spaceflight, Richard co-founded Space Adventures which remains the only company to arrange space flights for private citizens. He is the sixth private astronaut to have lived aboard the International Space Station, and as the son of a NASA astronaut he became the first second-generation astronaut. He remains a key leader in civilian and commercial space as an investor and Board member of institutions such as the X-Prize Foundation, Space Adventures, Planetary Power, Planetary Resources and Escape Dynamics.

Richard is a longtime supporter of numerous non-profit organizations and philanthropic causes including the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy. He is a founder of The Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a global network of over 50 learning centers that use space-themed simulated learning to offer students a hands on experience at running a space mission.  Richard also serves on the board of The Explorers Club.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. E-tickets are limited to four per person.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.


March 16, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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