Lord British abdicates from NCSoft

It appears that Richard Garriott aka "Lord British" according to a Gamespy article is leaving NCSoft to pursue "some new interests that [he] would like to devote [his] time and resources to." Considering he's just recently achieved his life-long ambition of going into space, it is believed he maybe temporarily (or maybe permanently) taking a break from his game development career for more space-based pursuits.