Re: The Ultima series (4-9, at least) all take place in the same world
I'm a fan of the Exile/Avernum series and I've seen it compared to Ultima. It's made two trilogies, the first of which was remade twice (Exile is the original trilogy, then two versions of Avernum). I never played the second version, but some of the super immersive details were eliminated from the first to the third version, like having to type in all the words you wanted to ask people about when talking to NPC's rather than just choosing from a few options the game gave you. As a teenager I would have thought these changes were a betrayal, but as an adult I'm not sure I would have had the patience to get into the original versions, although there were some changes that I hated and thought were excessive hand-holding.
Overall I do think that the later version was objectively more well designed (i.e. they got rid of some game mechanics that can be cheaply exploited in ways that were clearly unintended, and you can no longer spend XP on skills that go up to 20 when it is literally useless to level them up past 5 or so), regardless of which elements I did or did not prefer.
> Notably, you can make bread from scratch (gathering some wheat, grinding it to flour, doing whatever shit comes between that and baking a finished loaf of bread) and sell it for money (or eat it for food).
made me think of the alchemy skill in Exile, which was supposed to be a big part of the game but which I always thought was more trouble than it was worth.