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|UOHoC Dev Chat Thursday 8/2|
|UO House of Commons Chat |
We are glad to announce another UO House of Commons Chat here at Stratics IRC.
It will happen on Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm CST (5pm PST, 8pm EST) in #uohoc
You can access our network by using an IRC Client like mIRC (www.mirc.com) and selecting one of those servers:
The topic for this month will be General Discussion, so make sure to come with a couple of questions to ask the Dev Team. You can also find out more about how this all works at our UOHoC Website. Hope to see you on Thursday! Don´t miss it!
Daniel - Stonegate - Fischer
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 10:48 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Quest for the Blade Continues!|
|Last week during the Quest for the Blade, we learned that a spirit in Covetous might know where the Blade is. Bring silver weapons and plenty of reagents as a fight is sure to ensue! The quest will continue on Wednesday, August 1st at 8:00 PM PST at the Britian Race Track. See you all there!|
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 9:44 PM EDT by Newton III (Sonoma)|
|Arirang and Balhae Hardware Upgrade|
|This was posted on the FYI section of the official UO site.|
The Arirang and Balhae shards will be moved to new hardware during their normal maintenance window on Wednesday, August 1st (KST). Due to this upgrade, we estimate that Arirang and Balhae may experience up to two hours of extended downtime during their normal maintenance period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
ADDED - This was recently posted on FYI :
The Arirang and Balhae shards will undergo an additional hardware upgrade, to occur during their normal maintenance window on Thursday, August 2nd (KST). We estimate that Arirang and Balhae may experience up to one hour of extended downtime during their normal maintenance period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 9:04 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Lord Martin Reports on the Khaldun Expedition|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
Last Saturday, the much anticipated expedition to Khaldun took place with an august body of participants. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and felt somewhat bewildered in the company of such a famed group of explorers. I had the opportunity to renew some old acquaintances and see many familiar and trusted friends. Today, I received the official account of the expedition from Lord Martin. It's quite a story. Read on.
Greetings, all...I would like to thank Lord Martin for the tremendous amount of time and effort that went into staging such a grand adventure. Granted, our mission was sidetracked but many of the participants remain devoted to unlocking the mysteries of Khaldun. Furthermore, I appreciate Martin's efforts in recording the events of that day. As I was on the lunch menu for those overgrown lizards, I missed some of the events that he mentioned. To all who ventured forth into the depths of that most despicable place, I salute you!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 4:08 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Sannio About His Job|
|Sannio talked a bit about his job on the UO.com Boards: I want to post things of value to you; there's little point in me posting some information that's either too generic or has been said before in the exact same way. There will certainly be times when I post or explain something more that one way, and this kind of reiteration is a great way to help get a certain point or complicated idea across to people.|
Part of my job, right now and for the next, oh, one to two months or so, will be "catching up" on what all the exact details are regarding playing UO, and what might be changing about those details. I'll have been meeting, and continue to meet, everyone on the UO team, to find out what they do, and how they do it, and how all they do affects so many other aspects of the game. Learning who does what and what does which and which affects who is a critical part of my job, along with how, when and why to explain any or all of what I learn.
I don't want to post any wrong information, or anything valueless. Right now, everyone's got the basics of Publish 12, and that's great. I could keep posting the same information, but I would consider that useless. It's more important form me to find out the useful information, because that's not only what I hope to give you, it's what you need to play the game to what you feel is its fullest potential for you.
I'll be happy to give out new information when I have it available to give to you, but unfortunately that may mean my early posting practices are slow, and I thank everyone in advance for their patience.
Online Community Coordinator, UO
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 3:52 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|SOF Battles Denizens of Ice Dungeon|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
One of the foremost elements of our UO world is guild life. A strong, supportive guild, or faction can make a tremendous difference in one's shard experience. There are many fine guild's in the Land of Legends and one such example is Soldiers of Fortune. Last night I received a report of a recent dungeon adventure from Citan of SOF and thought I'd share the account with you.
Citan: In a moment of inspiration our Guildmaster, Lord Ivan, decided that we should venture into the depths of Ice Dungeon. We hastily prepared our weapons, armor and other supplies and set forth with about a dozen of our brothers.I enjoyed hearing of this adventure wish to thank Citan for the account. If your guild is planning an adventure or event, why not share that information with us? Just send me the details and I'll spread the word. Until next we meet, safe journeys to you, one and all.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 3:40 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|PvP Tournament this Saturday|
|This was sent to us from Jen Lightbringer:|
Dragon Family [DF] will sponsor a PvP Tournament this Saturday, August 4th, at 10:00 PST. The tourney will be held at the entrance of Dungeon Wrong in Felucca. The winner is expected to receive over 1 million gold pieces as prize. We welcome everyone who would like to see some actions and the display of the finest PvPers on the Pacific Shard. Admission is free!Cool... For those of you who may want to fight, it seems they already have a list of participants signed up. So, if there are any questions you may have, please visit their website www.dragonsfamily.com. Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 2:17 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|1st Annual Pet Sale and Show|
|This just in:|
G*B Mall Presents 1st Annual Pet Sale & Show, with the "Master Key" Raffle.Thanks for the announcement.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 1:59 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Tour Throws Party|
|Kyra from the Exotic and Illustrious Tour sent me this party invitation for all to read: |
|Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 1:52 AM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Volo Extends Invitation to Dark Ceremony|
|Hail and well met, pilgrims. |
As some of you may know, I recently encountered a "source" who provided me with information regarding acts that most would describe as treachery most foul. The incident involved an individual named Volo, a former ward of Empath Abby. The tale apparently revolves around an artifact known only as the Ring of the Heavens.
Tonight, I've received another message, this one from the mysterious Volo, himself. Read on.
Greetings, Cyn.Having heard the description of the massacre at Empath Abby, it is with no little concern that I accept this invitation. Volos, you have only to provide me with the time and place of the ceremony and I shall be there.
Should things proceed as I expect they might, I would appreciate a nice memorial service in the Cats Lair Tavern. Should I survive this "ceremony," I'll submit a report as soon as I return.
Cyn the Cynical
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 11:37 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Honor Among Us: Part One|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
Two weeks ago I received a lamentation from an individual regarding the lack of honor and respect demonstrated by some few people toward their fellow citizens. In response to that missive, I sent out a request for tales of honor and respect.
I promised that I would post any responses in a feature entitled, "Honor Among Us." Tonight, I post the first such letter. For the record, I hesitate to post this particular submission, for no other reason than it mentions my own meager contributions to the Land of Legends.
I say to you here and now that any acts of honor attributed to myself pale in comparison to the grand actions of many, many others in this land. I am as guilty as some, and more than most, in my laxity, regarding demonstrations of respect for my fellow citizens. The following letter has been a helpful reminder that even the simplest act of respect and kindness carries with it immeasurable benefits, not only to the receiver but to the giver, as well. Read on.
Greetings Old Friend,Malvader, I am humbled by your letter. On behalf of those who have helped countless others across our shard, I thank you. I would also recommend that anyone interested in this topic, read the post submitted by Rockem Sockem on the Legends Forum page. It was a powerful reminder that people are the most important resource in the UO world. Until next we meet, safe journeys to you, one and all.
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 11:16 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Hints from FieryIce and Calandryll|
|FieryIce (Programmer UO) posted on the official UO Boards these hints about UO Third Dawn titles |
Do I or someone have to have the 2nd tier title in order to summon the Champion?
Calandryll (Designer, Ongoing Content) posted this on possible new craftables in future scenarios :
All? I can't promise that all crafting skills with get new craftables in the scenarios, but we'll hit as many as we can.
And in response to a post about savage shamen using chain lightning and mass poison spells (?), Calandryll remarked :
Rather than just give the ability to lich lords, I prefer to keep the idea of group tactics for monsters. Future monsters in the scenarios will work together like the shamans as well.
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 9:01 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Publish 12 Update - July 30th|
|The following was just posted by Sannio on the official UO.com boards: |
Publish 12 Update
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 8:22 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Two Auctions At Impy's|
|That crazy dwarf out at Impy's is hosting two auctions this week, sounds like quite an interesting collection of wares they have up for bid as well... |
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 5:56 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Adam Ant's new Quest|
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 5:05 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Player Relations: Comments from Quixote|
|BJ "Quixote" Morton - the Team Lead from Player Relations took some time and made a new post in the Comments from the Team section: The not so distant days of my youth glow warmly in my memory with the camaraderie and adventure that came with the gathering of friends, a roll of the dice, and venturing forth into graph paper dungeons and cardboard tiled woods. And when the tales grew weary and the means grew worn, we carved out new quests seeking new ways to stretch our imaginations. The Commodore 64 sprang forth to further entice us with journeys into the Temple of Apshai and with my first IBM PC (jr.), Kings Quest, Wizardry, and the Ultima series followed. Though I continued playing these RPGs, as well as other paper and board games, they became just an occasional hobby as I treaded on into the midst of my career and family. Focusing on the technical side of the PC, I made a career that centered on the design, manufacturing, and improvement of these boxes that are, for most, the window of adventure and opportunity. By and by I found myself wearing many hats as a technician for this, liaison for that, customer contact here, and trainer there. Life was good, yet I wanted, in some regards, to return to my gaming and creative roots. Thus, when I found the name of Origin penned on the weekly parchment pronouncing an opportunity to not only revisit and rekindle the campaigns of valor and quest for truths, but to actually take part in maintaining a land I had long since forgotten and assisting in its evolution and longevity, I greeted the opportunity with wide-eyed enthusiasm.|
I have been among the ranks of Player Relations for almost a year now, and have seen many changes and many faces, both familiar and new. But through these changes and the challenges that the team here continues to face in supporting a multi-faceted game and community, I still see that spark of wide-eyed enthusiasm when discussions of improvements and new editions to the game are thrown around. I am in the company of hopeless romantics, and every day a tale is born that makes me glad to be a part of it.
Since joining the team, I have focused on working with the Game Masters to define their roles, managing customer call volumes, and establishing a consistent guideline for policies and procedures for in-game support. The last point is by no means an easy task considering the complexity of the community we support, but we have seen continued improvements and we are dedicated to helping this area evolve. You, the player, are on this team with us. By posting on our boards and sending us your concerns you help turn the focus of our efforts to those areas that impact you the most and, as a player, I can empathize with many of these same issues and concerns. As we pursue this quest together, perhaps we can remind each other why we are here and take our game and community to the next evolutionary stage. I look forward to seeing what we accomplish.
Later days will find me gray and perhaps even soft as the hard, youthful, edge surrenders to the satisfaction of fulfillment of a well rounded life. And as I listen to the wide-eyed excitement of my grandchildren as they conquer the newest level of the latest dungeon quest on whatever the media is at that time, I can smile and know that our efforts will live on.
Good gaming –
BJ "Quixote" Morton
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 5:03 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|A evil tournament report|
|A report from Naeloth: |
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 4:14 PM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|The L.O.S.E.R.S update!|
|This scroll was located inside a flaming barrel that was dropped upon the roof of my office.|
In regards to ImaNewbie.com -
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 4:09 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|New Arms and Armour Shop|
|News of a new Shop: |
Thanks, hope it becomes a new centre of commerce.
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 4:08 PM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Letter From Zaio Intercepted|
|Mishca of Kinship Village recently acquired a letter written by Lord Zaio to his sometime assistant and lover, the (apparently) late Yosh. On more than one occasion, Zaio and Yosh terrorized Kinship Village, though substantial doubt has been cast upon whether or not Yosh can be held fully responsible for her actions. Zaio himself has proved particularly difficult to kill, which is why the letter is of such interest. The details of the matter are quite involved, and can be found here. In the following account, Mishca describes her reaction to the letter. |
Mishca sat in the tavern holding the strange note that had been hurriedly thrust at her by Tinnile. It was addressed to Yosh, who everyone in the village knew was long dead. She still didn't understand why Tinnile had given it to her. As far as Mishca knew, Tinnile was on Zaio's side now.
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 3:34 PM EDT by Elisa Montclaire (Catskills)|
|A Generous Offer from the Wayists of Yew|
|This just in from Dale Armstrong of the Wayists of Yew. I must say these are very generous and caring people!! |
We all know how expensive houses are these days, and how nigh-on impossible it is for a new character to find a safe spot to practice their skills.
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 2:10 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Chicken Fights and Treasure Hunts|
|Alas, the Dragons Watch Summer Faire is now officially over. I hope there will be another one soon! A Fall Faire maybe? This is the report sent in from that fair Faire town. |
Sunday marked the final day of the Dragons Watch Summer Faire. After three days of fun and competition, the final day ended on a somewhat funnier note. The chicken fights were attended by many people and many chickens. At the end of the fight, ALL competitors were declared the winners. A mass chicken tie.
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 9:06 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Blow-Out Sale in Skara Brae|
|This just in from Robin Locksley of Shadow Lords: |
It is a wonderful time for the Shadow Lords! We have successfully captured all eight of the cities from Minax. It was a great, long-enduring battle and in celebration of the great event I, the Finance Minister of Skara Brae, have marked all prices down 300%. You will discover great prices on Reagents, Ingots and boards as well as other NPC and vendor priced goods. Please feel free to make your way over to Skara Brae in Felucca to take advantage of these great prices.If you have been working on becoming a GM shopper, here's your chance to get a lot of experience in bargain hunting!
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 8:44 AM EDT by Pluffina (Sonoma)|
|Final Report from the Moongate Faire|
|The final Skara Brae Moongate Faire report comes to us via Lady Sam:|
After two very fun days, the Moongate Faire ended at the Skara Brae Banquet Hall to a wonderful feast and the return of the Spoon of Skara Brae, more on that later.Until next year, thank you!
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 2:22 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|More on Hextor Prophecy|
|We received this letter recently. |
Hail all I bear the latest news about the prophecy! It seems the followers of Hextor have recruited or at least allied with The Hands. The Hands were seen asking around about Hextor and the prophecy... Most notably they were sighted making inquiries at the Byzantine Empire. Mayhaps they know something we do not? I am uncertain as to what course I must take but we need many of the forces of light to combat this evil... Also some savages have been seen attacking the Byzantines... If these attacks are related to the prophecy or not I do not know, but I will keep you updated and feel free to research on your own!
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 2:02 AM EDT by Elisa Montclaire (Catskills)|
|Aftermath of the Savage Emergence|
|OOC: With the termination of the first scenario, the savages seem to have become extremely popular with the players of Catskills. I've heard of a number of savage guilds forming, and it was some of these that contributed to this report. Further, I've heard quite a bit about the battles that terminated the scenario. Due to unexpected computer circumstances that took me away from Stratics, I was unable to post many of these, but I'd like to thank everyone who sent in their thoughts or information.|
Since the final battles between the orcs and "savages" set Britannian natives against each other across both facets, rumors have been frequent about these mysterious, painted people. Reports have made them anything from agents of Minax or some other power to refugees from Ilshenar to defenders of Britannia's natural environment. Similarly, rumors of Britannian natives joining the savages on a more than temporary basis have been hard to ignore. At this point, little is clear, except that the savages are skilled warriors, mages, and artificers. Their warriors are able to destroy dragons and nightmares with incredible speed and precision; Rikimaru, who fought the savages in Cove, calls them "human blade spirits". The deadly genius of their tinkers has become clear, as well; the bola, a savage invention, has been introduced into combat not only in skirmishes with the savages themselves, but also upon the battlefields of Felucca.
Though most savage activity has been isolated to the parts of Britannia and Ilshenar that they have claimed, some groups of savages have been sighted attacking the orc strongholds, meeting resistance from clans and shardies alike. The following letter was found in the swamps where the savages have been driven, on the Felucca facet. It appears to have been written by a mage or alchemist, but nothing more is known of the author.
As I sit here writing, its hard gather my thoughts. There is so much to say, and probably so little time. I will write this account of the events leading up to my capture, and pray that some noble citizen will find it and deliver it to the castle.Meanwhile, large numbers of shardie orcs, the savages' first targets, have fled to artificial caverns on both facets. These are well defended, full of orcish archers, bombers, and the deadly brutes. Brutes seem to be dominating their fellow shardies; in combat, it's not uncommon to see a brute throwing his fellow orcs into the brawl.
|Posted on Monday, July 30, 2001, 1:56 AM EDT by Elisa Montclaire (Catskills)|
|Betrayal and Murder at Empath Abby|
|Greetings, gentle readers. |
A few days ago, I received a most unusual story. The source, who must remain anonymous (for his/her own safety) told me the tale while keeping a watchful eye upon the rooftops and ran-soaked streets of Vesper. It was clear from his/her demeanor that my "source" felt fearful of life and limb.
While the tale is yet incomplete, it did give me some insight into certain dark aspects of the Priesthood and a bloody conspiracy within Empath Abby. While I have yet to substantiate this story, I can say that my "source" spoke with veracity and conviction. Read on and judge this tale for yourself.
It was a cold, dark and dreary day, the halls of the great Abby were silent. The sound of petitioners at the door nor the cries of hungry peasants was to be heard that day. It was a day that Volo would remember for the rest of his life.As for this Ring of the Heavens, one may only wonder if such an artifact truly exists, and if so, to what purpose? I not been able to verify that the Abby and it's inhabitants have been laid waste but shall begin my investigation at once and will inform you of my findings, post haste.
Until next we meet, safe journeys to you all.
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 11:18 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Casino Night Tonite in Caina|
Ladies, gents, and folk of all kinds! Come to the Casino this coming Sunday!Thankye, Shardak, for this news.
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 2:43 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|This faction news is from Amalacon |
A fair amount of faction battles occured today, typical items like gate camping and hiding behind faction guards both noto blue looters and faction warriors. But a few things rose above the blood and ashes of yet another long grueling day fighting the good fight. Its these things and people id like to draw attention to.Thankye Amalacon
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 1:23 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|The Wedding Planner|
Just when you think that all possible avenues for creating your own career have been explored, some innovative person comes up with a new way to make a living in UO. LdyHawke, the owner of the Magdalena Museum, has been recently working as a wedding planner.
LdyHawke assures me that she was not inspired by Jennifer Lopez. She says, "J. Lo had nothing to do with it. A fan of the house came to me and asked if he could have his wedding there. I said that was not a problem and asked him a few questions about it. As it turned out, he needed some help planning it...One thing led to another, and I became a full fledged wedding planner."
Those interested in this field should be warned that planning a wedding involves a lot of work. LdyHawke spent hours redecorating the entire roof of her tower into a wedding chapel with a lovely flowered bower. She planned seating and food, made the rings and then talked to the bride and groom about their outfits. They wanted to wear red and gold, and LdyHawke helped design and then created their ensembles. Then she performed the ceremony and made sure everyone signed the guestbook.
The groom also asked for a reception that would be fun for the guests, and Ldyhawke came up with a fun post-wedding game and even donated prizes to make the game more interesting.
I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of Cristina and Pyro Blast, and I have to say the entire event came off beautifully. The ceremony was short and incredibly sweet, and good fun was had by all at the post-wedding party.
Afterwards I sat down for a few minutes with the exhausted but pleased LdyHawke. Will she be planning more weddings in the future? Not any time soon-there is a LOT of work involved. LdyHawke says, "It is not something I would want to do every week, but it was a real blast. I had not met the couple before they asked me to do it, and now I have two new friends on the shard."
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 11:02 AM EDT by Pluffina (Sonoma)|
|The Opening of the Barking Trout|
|Tis with great pleasure to bring you this announcement from Jonny-Boy:|
After many long years of searching for the right barmaid to run The Barking Trout, we've finally found one!Thanks for the announcement! Always nice to hear of a new tavern :D
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 4:41 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Cynthe on Purple Sigil-Hued Items|
|In response to this query posted on the official UO Boards :|
I've heard from countless players about how purple spell books and sandles have something illegal about them.
Cynthe (UO Community Manger) replied
Actually, there will most likely be a strengthened stance on these items very soon - meaning that they WILL be considered illegal to own, and players will be punished for having purple sigil-hued items in their possession.
*****Added - Further to the above post, Cynthe posted these further comments on the official UO Boards :
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 3:10 AM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Dragons Watch: the Second Night|
|I am happy to report the Faire is going well...Here is the report, fresh off the scrolls. And remember, there is one more night left for all to enjoy this event! |
On the second day of the Dragons Watch Summer Faire, the guild of the Iron Brigade showed themselves as great competitors and a guild of great sportsmanship. The only event that an Iron Brigade member didn't win, was the event that the guild of the Iron Brigade ran.
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 2:54 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Terms of Alliance for the Nation of Stygia|
After careful consideration, the cities of Caina and Wintermoor have entered into alliance with each other to insure their mutual protection from the outside forces that wish to colonize or further endanger the lifestyles partaken of in our lands. It is the sacred right of a common people not to have their way of life interfered with by outside entities thusly the two cities now see a great peril to those rights which has caused us to band together under this joint agreement.Thankye, Treadeau, for this news.
|Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2001, 2:02 AM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Grimoire Fight Night Results|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via carrier pigeon:
There was a great turn out on Friday night's Grimoire Gladiator Bar Fight sponsored by Elwind Thorne! What made it even sweeter, was that Arch-Bishop donated an extra 50K gps to the prize pot for the event. The last man left standing and the winner of the fight was Pepsi!
Your humble servant,
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 10:29 PM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|FCB Sea Serpent Slaughter Sunday|
|While sunning on the shore of Magincia, a bottle washed ashore, and tucked inside, I found this tattered parchment: |
"Britannia needs some excitement," Commodore Flagg announced to the Fishing Council of Britannia crew, "It's time to pull those fishing nets you be saving in your holds, we're going to treat the citizenry to some real nautical fun. We'll be aholdin' a sea serpent slaughter this Sunday at 3 p.m. EST (2 p.m. CST). The new recruits raised their hands, "Please, sir. What's a Sea Serpent Slaughter?"Another must-see event from FCB, known for sponsoring excitement!
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 6:44 PM EDT by Amidala (GreatLakes)|
|Got Style? Enter The West Coast Innovations Contest|
|This was sent in by Pluffy, |
From the websites that brought you The Ugliest Home on Sonoma Contest, Plush by Pluffy http://people.atl.mediaone.net/pluffy/ and UO Realtor , comes a new home decor contest -- Innovations. If you have invented a new type of furniture or puppet or decoration, or come up with a new way to make an old favorite like a fireplace or fountain, then this contest is for you.Thankye Pluffy!
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 6:09 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Wintermoor Town Ice Festivities|
This reminder of the Wintermoor Festival just in from the Wintermoor Town Cryer.
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 4:33 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|The West Coast Innovations Contest --- Got Style?|
|I just received the following event announcement from our very own Pluffy: |
The West Coast Innovations Contest --- Got Style?I know there are a lot of good designers out there and I most definitely look forward to seeing the entries!
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 4:07 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|West Coast Innovations Contest --- Got Style?|
|This announcement comes to us all the way from the Sonoma shard:|
From the websites that brought you The Ugliest Home on Sonoma Contest, Plush by Pluffy and UO Realtor, comes a new home decor contest -- Innovations.Woohoo, sounds fun!
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 3:58 PM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Lost Soldiers of Darkness Tournament|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Attention citizens of Britannia, The Lost Soldiers of Darkness will be holding a tournament Thursday, August 9th.
Your humble servant,
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 2:44 PM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|Guardians of Truth and Knights of Chaos Settle Dispute by Duel|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
Alas, the "war" between the Guardians of Truth and the Knights of Chaos seems to be at an end. Representatives from G*T have graciosuly provided the following account of the war's climax. Read on.
To all Members, Friends, and Citizens of Legends:Thus, the conflict seems resolved and barring any comments to the contrary from the Knights of Chaos, the issue is closed. Well done to all parties involved. It was an honorable end. *Salute*
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 2:40 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|The West Coast Innovations Contest|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via the Universal Pigeon Service:
The West Coast Innovations Contest --- Got Style?
So put on those thinking caps and showem just what Napavalley can do!
Your humble servant,
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 2:27 PM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|Guild Symposium Response|
|Hip, Hip Huzzah!|
The response to the guild symposium has been absolutely GRAND! We have had over twenty (20) guilds respond to the first scroll regarding joining in. We are here at UOS are proud to announce the final date has been set for this unique chance to profile and interview with so many guilds in one place at one time. The symposium will be held on August 6th at 9pm by the Eastern Sky. We are expecting quite a turn out and don't plan on closing down till the last question is answered or the last guild has packed up and gone home.
The following guilds have signed up to be a part of this very special occasion:
Over the next few days we will be announcing the guest speakers for the evening, the room assignments at Lord British's Castle and several other special events we are planning. We here at UOS are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Symposium.
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 11:45 AM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|First Day Results from the Moongate Faire|
|Lady Sam writes us this report from the first night of the Moongate Faire:|
In what started out as a very quiet beginning, quickly turned into a very fast evening with many of the land either participating or watching the contests.Thanks for the update, I never knew chairs could be so wild :P
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 5:16 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Win a Free UO2 Novel!|
|Hear ye! Hear ye! Free Copies of the first novel in Austen Andrew's series, "ULTIMA: The Technocrat War", can now be won over at the official UO.com website. Make sure to check out their new UO.com Contest Page for more details on how to enter. |
One of the only ULTIMA novels ever written is finally available, based on the fiction surrounding Ultima, and specifically around the recently-cancelled Ultima Online 2. Austen Andrews, the same author that wrote the Prequel Fiction for UO2, spins a 344 page tale that takes us on a journey into The Technocrat War just after the Cataclysm caused by Lord British.
To give you an idea of what you can expect from the book, here is the description from the back:
In addition to the contest, Book I of the trilogy can now be found in several locations, including at Amazon.com and at BN.com as well as most retail locations of Barnes & Noble. Word has it that Austen is currently hard at work to complete Book II as well.
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 1:32 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|First Night at the Faire|
|It seems that this Faire is just what people need, judging from the success of its first night! |
Summer Faire Day 1 of 3
|Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2001, 1:03 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Helios asks for Animal Lore Feedback|
|Helios (UO Designer) posted these comments (among others) on Animal Lore on the official UO Boards.|
while we're on the subject of animal lore - just a quick aside...and
great feedback everyone. i appreciate it. there are some really good ideas here, i think.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 11:20 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Harmony Merchant Day|
|We have received the following...|
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 11:04 PM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|Lake Superior Brought Down|
|This was posted on the UO.com discussion boards:|
Check the FYI page here, and the discussion forums here.
We'll keep you updated as information comes up.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 8:03 PM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|Sig contest underway in GL Forum|
Wrath of Satan, a Great Lakes forum participant, recently posted this announcement:
You may join the contest, already in progress, here. Please remember that the maximum size of signature graphics are not to exceed a height of 125, a width of 600 or a 35k file size.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 6:46 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Scoundrel's Cove - Find McPirate Event!|
This water stained scroll came in from the Pirates of Scoundrel's Cove.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 5:53 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|Live in fully-pixelated color...|
|Greetings and Salutations ~ |
Allow me to introduce myself as the newest addition to your Great Lakes News Team. *cue 2001 theme?* Smiling, but without further adieu, I'll bring you up to date on Amidala.
I set foot on this land nearly a year ago. The lush pine dripped its heavy scent into the breeze, and I lingered a moment before journeying on to the barren land I would call home. I had my start long before, in a land distant and unfamiliar to most--Lake Superior. I made my pilgrimage to seek new challenges, and in hopes of making new friends.
A compadre from my previous "life" extended me the kindness of his home as I settled, but before long I had set out in search of my own tract of land. I found a place to my liking in the heart of Yew, and the woods stayed quiet and peaceful throughout most of the day. Nights brought a flurry of violence, but I was safe and busy within my home.
I soon had a small shop running, and customers of all dispositions looking to me for their supplies. I found many honorable and lasting friends among the Lords, Ladies, murderers, thieves, and other folk who came knocking at my door. Never a dull moment in my shop, and the opening of Public Moongates and Factions worked well to my advantage.
I met a steady supply of new players, and began to devote a large portion of time to helping them get a start in life. If you've ever undertaken a similar project, you know that the reward is well worth the sacrifice. The continuing success and accomplishments of those I've helped out never ceases to bring a twinkle to my eye and smile to my face. They know me as Ami, French for "friend".
By trade I am an Archer, but my "alter egos" pursue a very broad variety of interests and activities. Ce'Nedra Willow recruited me to moderate the UO Archer Board earlier this year, and later I wrote the Professions Essay: the Archer. I greatly enjoy being part of the Stratics team, and was very pleased to find that a UOS guild existed on Great Lakes.
In "real life" I enjoy web-oriented programming and design. I am also a classicly trained musician, and appreciate nearly everything that reaks of artsy, from paintings to films, and from hip-hop to not hip at all.
It is very exciting to be working as part of your News Team--if you see me in-game, don't hesitate to stop me and say "hello"!
To contact me or any of your GL News Team, post an email to [email protected]
Fair Winds, and following seas,
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 4:40 PM EDT by Amidala (GreatLakes)|
|Meredith's Story Night at Ravenshire|
|For those of you who missed it Story Night this wednesday was great fun! Below is a picture of Meredith the Bard and the townsfolk of Ravenshire engaging in a friendly round of story roulette! |
If you missed Story Night be sure to attend in the future. It's definately a fun way to exercise your brain and get to meet some of the more literary citizens of our realm.
Meredith usually holds story night every other wednesday so I'll be posting as soon as I know where she plans on holding it next.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 3:50 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Dawn to Try Savage General|
|This news was sent in by Will Avengem of The Kingdom of Dawn |
Dawn's successful raid on Occlo culminated with the capture of the savages' principal leader, the savage general. As of yet, he awaits trial for "crimes against humanity" in the Kingdom of Dawn's Prison.Thankye Will Avengem!
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 3:35 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|New OoC Comic|
|This scroll just pinned to my door via an arrow. A drive by shooting me thinks!|
A new comic is up and on the site. This one's called "Thud."
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 1:56 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|THE FIRST ANNUAL SUMMER SNOWFEST!|
This tourny comes in three parts.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 1:50 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|An Interview with Lich Lord Vecna|
Last night while wandering through Trammel on a shopping expedition, I found myself near the shrine of Spirituality. Walking West, I found one of those unholy Temples of Vecna that have been springing up like dank mushrooms in Trammel and Felucca alike. Never had I seen one so close to one of the Shrines dedicated to the virtues we in Sosaria hold so dear. Disturbed, I headed over to Golgotha to beard The Chained God in his den, hoping Vecna might shed some light on this alarming development.
I found Lord Vecna meditating, wearing the virulent purple bone armor that bears his name. He was seated on a throne piled high with the bleached bones of unfortunates who have crossed =G= in the past. I can only assume his spy network had alerted him to my approach, or perhaps he sensed it in some nefarious way. At any rate, he seemed utterly unsurprised to see me and nodded me to a seat on a bench, his single eye appraising me from the shadows of his bone helm. The other socket was disquietingly empty.
Pluffy: Vecna, for a long time Golgotha was ruled by the Lich King, Soulstealer. Where is he?
Anyone interested in starting a Temple of Vecna or becoming a Follower should contact Vecna at ICQ #78245748.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 12:07 PM EDT by Pluffina (Sonoma)|
|Tarrots at Dragons Watch|
|If you want to find your true love or if you are just trying to locate your missing scimitar, don't miss this enticing event sent to us by the organizers of the Dragons Watch Faire! |
Madam Sherifa will hold Tarrot readings on the opening night of Dragons Watch's Summer Faire. These are real life true Tarrot readings, or as close as we can get to it. So come on out and participate in the Faire and get your most important questions answered by Madam Sherifa. No need to open your wallets for this one! Save your gold for the Faire and have fun!
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 11:50 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|A Tale of Two Savages- Part One|
|The ships captain finally announced we were headed towards the serpent pillar. I turned to look back upon the mist-clad city of Skara Brea. It was late afternoon and for some reason we had decided to sail overnight (something to do with a group of pirates). The treasure map we had discovered led to the Lost Lands. As night enfolded us, we decided to settle in our bunks for the night. We left the ships captain and his first mate to keep us afloat.|
That night, I didn’t feel like much sleep, so I crept back to the main deck of the ship. There I saw something I didn’t like. It was the ships’ captain and the first mate speaking:
“Arr, ye be right cap’n” said the first mate, “We could easily overtake these land-creatures and get all the loot for ourselves.”
“Yes, but ye need think about that magical lubber back yonder.” replied the captain.
“Mages be more talk than they be worth.”
I was about to creep back to my bunk when form the other side of the ship, there was a creak in the wood. Both of the men stopped talking and looked in that direction. All three of us were shocked to see one of those savages that were invading the towns of Britannia! The captain and first mate ran over to the savage, prepared for a fight.
I cried out “Halt! Do not hurt the poor savage. Let them speak to us if they will.”
This seemed to shock the two men even more as they suddenly thought that I may have heard them speaking.
The savage was equally shocked to see all three of us with him on the deck at the same time. He ran for the side of the ship, prepared to jump, when the captain grabbed him around the ankles and tripped him. The first mate grabbed a rope and tied his feet together and found another length of rope for his arms. We then took the savage below decks to a storage area and tied him to a few full kegs of ale. Satisfied, we turned to each other:
“Now, what ye be doin up this time of night?” asked the captain.
‘I was merely trying to gauge our progress by looking at the stars, gentlemen.” I replied.
“How long ye be doin that?”
“I only had reached this doorway when the savage made his noise.”
The captain looked at me strangely, looking for a hint of non-truth in my words. My hope was that he wouldn't find it...
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 11:21 AM EDT by Gregor Villous (GreatLakes)|
|A new player run town - Bree|
|News from a new town: |
Sounds really good, glad we have a new town that is being established.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 11:16 AM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|The Great Chicken Dungeon Death Race!|
|A rather, restless chicken ambled up my doorstep, carrying a piece of parchment. I was rather surprised by the chicken and the contents of this letter:|
Well, I have run into these poeple before and this event is going to be quite amusing....
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 11:12 AM EDT by Gregor Villous (GreatLakes)|
|Trinsic Council Meeting|
| Trinsic Report: |
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 11:07 AM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|And now the 4th Annual Skara Brae Moongate Faire|
|Tis Friday the 27th and this reminder was sent to us by Lady Sam:|
Moongate Faire - Friday and SaturdayAnd so it begins :D
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 6:34 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Cynthe's Views on Trammel vs Felucca Debates|
|Cynthe (UO Community Manager)has commented on the topic of Trammel vs Felucca debates which are sometimes posted on the official UO Boards :|
A common topic here on these boards lately has been the debate between players who prefer the Trammel facet and those who prefer Felucca. While it's perfectly understandable that players want to defend their preferred style of play, and their preferred facet, almost every one of those threads degenerates into a shouting match, replete with name-calling and personal attacks. These threads bring down the atmosphere of the boards, taking focus away from players who actually want to communicate their ideas and questions about Ultima Online.
|Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001, 3:26 AM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Britannian Society of Chefs to Celebrate Christmas in July!|
Everyone's invited to celebrate Christmas in July with the BSC on Tuesday, July 31st complete with a visit from Santa. The event will be held at the Good Eats bakery in Britain on the Trammel fact at 8:00pm EST. Tired of fishsteaks and ribs? Come sample the culinary delights of Britain's finest chefs. Bring your tribal berries and let us transform them into paint! At 9:00 EST, all of our guests will recieve tickets to match for great prizes.Thankye, Clotho, for this news.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 8:18 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Trinsic Council Bazaar Saturday|
Hail Adventures of Britannia!Thankye, Martin, for this news.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 8:16 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Mercenary Inn Grand Reopening!|
|I found the following post from TorAnn on the UO Boards: |
Mercenary Inn is having its grand reopening Aug. 10th. There will be events throughout the entire day starting at 12 noon EST and ending around 3 am EST (9am to 12 pm PST) head over to the web site for times and event descriptions: www.mercinn.f2s.comIt is good to hear that this fine establishment will be reopening to the public. It sounds like the event shall be very enjoyable!
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 7:11 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Update on the First Meeting of New Government|
|I received the following report from Lich Soulstealer regarding his new government for Sonoma: |
I am proud to announce that the first meeting to discuss the new government will be on SundayAlthough this event is being held in
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 7:01 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Comments from Cynthe, Sannio & Kerowyn|
|The following was just posted to the Comments From The Team Section: |
Comments from Cynthe
Well, after 2 weeks of soliciting and accepting resumes, 1 week of evaluating those resumes, two weeks of interviews, and then two weeks while the people I chose got settled here (one was already working in our office as a Game Master, and the other underwent an arduous 26 hour trek down to Austin), I am no longer alone in the Ultima Online Community Relations department!Comments from Sannio
Hi, everyone. I’m your new Online Community Coordinator, or “OCC,” and you can call me Sannio. Some of you may recall that name from my time as Seer Sannio on Chesapeake. I played for well over a year as Wixim the Mad, Lord Hughert, Korryn, Joye (Minax’ patsy in the Trinsic invasion), and even Dupre, plus a bunch of other characters and monsters and such. Before that, for a short time, I served Napa Valley for a few months as Counselor PapaMan.Comments from Kerowyn
It’s been three years since I first stepped into the world of Sosaria. I’ve gone through three years of building skills, changing character templates, meeting new people, adventuring and, of course, dying. Now, I’m here, sitting in Cynthe’s old office, and introducing myself to a community that has influenced me on so many different levels.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 4:07 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|APB: Fire Man, where are you?|
I spotted this in our Great Lakes Forum and thought I'd post it here so that Alane may have better luck locating this individual.
You can follow the link above or the Comment link below to contact Alane. In these times of ruffians and scammers, it is nice to see someone so determined to do the right thing. Thanks, Alane. You're helping to restore our faith in humanity.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 4:06 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|JTC Riddle Race this Sunday|
From the desk of Caprial of the Jhelom Town Council:
How well do you know Britannia? The Jhelom Town Council challenges you to find out as they sponsor a Riddle Race throughout the lands.
Load up those runebooks and reagents, folks. This sounds like a doozy.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 1:23 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Shiver me timbers!|
As I entered the room, Jheli stopped sharpening the blade on his cutlass long enough to toss a scroll case at me. "Heads up, lass," he said flatly. "There's dirty work afoot."
I unrolled the parchment and read:
I glanced over the pages Thalios had sent. From the look of it, the pirates had been busy. I studied Jheli's face for signs of alarm and saw only determination there. He'd done his time in high seas battles, but those days were long past. "You're not going after them, are you?" I asked as he tested the blade's edge.
"I'll not go lookin' for a fight, but never let it be said that I ran from one, neither." Satisfied his task was done, he sheathed the cutlass. "Pirates is bad news, missy. Once they get a toehold on a stretch of water, you'll need Davy Jones himself to purge 'em out."
Sail at your own risk, gentle reader.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 1:11 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Lammas festival at Krista's|
Desdemona requests the honour of your presence at this upcoming celebration:
You may also contact Desdemona through the Stratics IRC channel #glrpc. As always, bear in mind that the festivals can sometimes be interrupted by upstart thugs so dress and prepare accordingly.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 12:36 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre ((none))|
|Lammas festival at Krista's|
Desdemona requests the honour of your presence at this upcoming celebration:
You may also contact Desdemona through the Stratics IRC channel #glrpc. As always, bear in mind that the festivals can sometimes be interrupted by upstart thugs so dress and prepare accordingly.
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 12:25 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Strange Book Found!|
This evening while adventuring through the wilderness of Ilshenar, I came across a dark building Signed as "The Deuces Vinculum Inn" I regularly wander the lands but never carry a sextant, so unfortunately I can give no co ordinates to this eerie building.
I can tell you that I travelled a long way north from the honesty shrine through thick jungle. I guess you are wondering why the building is strange, well it wasn't the building it was it's inhabitants that grabbed my attention. As I entered the building I felt the familiar stench of magic in the air, it sickens me just the smell. I pushed through the stench to the top floor, as I peaked around the corner I saw 10 figures in black robes, so black that I nearly did not see them at first, they were sitting around a table chanting something, it sounded like "eckardus und cali".
It gets worse, on the table was a shadowy human shaped figure growing and getting darker by the second. One of the wretched mages noticed me and gave warning. The wraith of a man turned and screamed at me, this scream was like no other and froze me where I stood. As the beast screamed the people in black teleported from the roof and made their escape as the wasted figure dissolved before my eyes.
In the mere seconds I was frozen the black clad mages vanished. However, upon returning downstairs, I did find a book and have included some sketches with this message. Not only was part of the title missing but it also appears several pages are also missing. I will keep the book in my possession until I find someone who can understand it better then I. To be honest the book smells of magic and I am eager to be rid of it so I hope this pigeon finds someone who can shed some light on this mystery and take this blasted book from me.
Khan the Mad
One of the tattered pages from the book
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 4:05 AM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|Cancellation of the PCC Auction|
|This announcement just in:|
Alas! Even the best made plans sometimes fall prey to real life.... the Pacific Community Center regretfully must cancel the auction scheduled for Saturday the 28th of July. The Moongate Fair in Skara Brae must take precendence! Hope to see everyone there!
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 4:04 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Oceania Companions Meeting!|
The Oceania Player Seers cordially invite all companions, past and present to a meeting on the stratics IRC network next Tuesday 31st of July. If you are or were a companion or have a genuine interest in helping young and new players we urge you to attend. We are interested in feedback regarding programs to help new players settle into our fair land. The meeting shall be held in the #OPS room on the stratics network at 8pm AEST. For more information or any questions please visit our webpage and forums. The meeting is open to all members of the Oceania community.
The Oceania Player Seers
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 3:55 AM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|Grimoire Gladiator Fight Night|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Your humble servant,
|Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001, 2:50 AM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|Skara Brae under siege!|
|This news report was tacked up in the various towns of Britannia:|
The Goblins were first sighted on Friday, July 6th as they entered the town of Skara Brae. They were met with little or no resistance as they terrorized the villagers there and burned their buildings in the night.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 7:35 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Fashion and Nets (Saturday)|
|Raknar, of the Merchants on Tour, posted the following on the UOStratics Drachenfels Board : |
Hail citizens of Britannia.Thanks a lot for the invitation Raknar !
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 5:50 PM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Distributed Backup Update|
|News about the distributed backup on FYI:|
We will be publishing the new distributed backup system to all remaining shards, except for the Balhae and Arirang shards, on Thursday, July 26th to be active following their next scheduled maintenance period. For a list of the normal, scheduled maintenance periods for each shard, please visit http://support.uo.com/downtime.html.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 3:37 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Adrick About Changes To Energy Vortex and Blade Spirit|
|Adrick commented on the changes to Energy Vortex and Blades Spirit Spells here:|
Update: Adrick dropped in to give some more info here:
Im taking the feedback here seriously and I just concluded a test on the Lake Superior shard. I created a normal lich, I set its mana to 0. I then at 100 magery cast 1 energy vortex and it imeddiately attacked the lich - I timed it in 29 seconds the lich was dead and the energy vortex was the slightest sliver harmed.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 3:33 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|3D Client Art Patch 68|
|Now on FYI:We will be releasing a client patch on Wednesday, July 25th at approximately 11:00 am CDT. This patch contains several minor art improvements, including art updates for the following: |
The current versions should remain 3.0.2g (2D client) and 3.0.2j Build 67 (3D client).
Although this is effectively Patch 68, the build number will not change from 67 at this time. If you have any difficulty receiving this patch, please check the following:
If after trying the above, you are still experiencing difficulty patching the Ultima Online client, please contact Technical Support at [email protected]
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 3:26 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|La comico de la 'secret gimp'|
|Hola muchachos! |
Yo hablo español poco, pero yo quero aprendir mas! El comico 'Secret Gimp' pono en mi 'in-box'. El comico esta aqui: El 'lair' de la 'secret gimp'
Secret Gimp sayz:
"Have a good day! And may the fortunes of others fall at your feet!"
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 1:55 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Mythndale Flea Market|
|Crystal Rose sent this in. It will be held on Saturday, July 28th starting at 8:00 est at the Mythndale tavern. Here is the details:|
Mythndale village is hosting a large craft fair this Saturday night, lots of bargains, items made to order on site, free furniture and leather dying, free food and drink, and lots of good fun and company. Come to browse or come to shop, or just come to have a good fun!Here is a link to the Mythndale Village's webpage so you can get in touch with them: Mythndale
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 11:53 AM EDT by Dresden (Chesapeake)|
|Chesapeake Fishers Unite!|
|I always had a weakness for sailors. Maybe I should join! I wonder if they take alchemists. This is was sent in by Krasnog , the Fleet Captain himself -ICQ 85296336. |
Bjorn had just finished tying down the last rope to his small dragon ship at the Britain Docks. He was approaching the harbor master in front of The Oaken Oar when Azilea and Neale the fisher burst from the door. They were hurrying towards The Cat's Lair tavern with other fishers close in trail.*rummages through her chests looking for her fishing pole*
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 11:41 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Dragons Watch Summer Faire Opener!|
A mages challenge will be the first event of the Dragons Watch Summer
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 11:29 AM EDT by Dresden (Chesapeake)|
|Horse Races and Blade Quest -- Wed. Jul. 25th|
|I ran across the following event announcement from Drizzt on the UO Boards: |
Wednesday night, July 25th at 7pm PST will be week 7 of the Horse Racing Championship Series. Come on out and put your riding skill to the test! The weekly winner may claim a prize of 75,000 gold, plus a silver cutlass of vanquishing! There's no fee to enter, and anyone who hasn't won a previous weekly event may compete. A good time will be had by all, so even if you don't come to race, come to cheer on your favorite contestant.Sounds like an exciting evening full of adventure and danger! Best of luck in the recovery of the Blade, and good luck to all those who are competing in the races.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 1:07 AM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Impy's Auction Still Going Strong|
|The folks at Impy's left this little scroll on my door this evening... |
|Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 12:35 AM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Publish 12 Moved to Latest Updates|
|Several items were added to the Latest Updates section today, what has been getting termed Publish 12 for the last few weeks: |
Miscellaneous Updates and Bug Fixes
Changes to the Third Dawn Zoom-in FeatureVendor Changes
Vendor Fee/RentSkill Modification Changes
Skill modification has been corrected. An example before the correction:GM Rating Tool
Once every 10 days, players will be given the option to rate the service they receive from a Game Master. The rating choices that will be available are: "Excellent", "Good", "Average", "Poor", and "Bad". There will also be options to cancel the rating or to report that there was no response received from a Game Master.And finally, VETERAN REWARDS! A big big note about this is that Vet Rewards are a part of this publish, but HAVE NOT BEEN ACTIVATED YET. It should be soon, but no schedule has been announced yet. As we get more details about this we'll make sure to immediately let you know.
The Ultima Online Rewards program is designed to reward our long-term players for loyalty to the UO community. It is our way of thanking you and showing our appreciation for your long-term support of UO, and for your contribution to making UO the most popular virtual world in existence today. Screenshots for most of the rewards can be found at the end of this update.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 11:59 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Hanse on Player Vendors|
|Just a quick note from Hanse (Designer UO) on player vendors posted on the official UO Boards. In response to|
Can a red comment on this. It use to be that their was 12 UO days in one real Day. Since publish 12 vendors are saying theirs 3 uo days per Real day. Was this intended or a issue? One reason i ask is that if its just the display wrong and its still 12 uo days then this needs to be fixed quickly or alot of people will lose vendors.
The player vendors were not charging 12 times per realtime day. They charge 3 times per realtime day. The old report was wrong. It was misleading information. The new gump has the correct information.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 11:05 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|It's a BOB world|
|This interesting piece of writing was sent to me a couple of days ago. For those of you who have no idea what a 'Bob' or a 'Fred' is then I suggest you visit this page first.|
A Bob's take on the origins of the Brotherhood. Most likely the pompous Archer Bob.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 10:39 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Council of Honesty Dungeon Crawl to the Orc Haven Mines|
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 10:35 PM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|Housing Decay Reactivated|
|This was posted on the FYI section of the official UO site :|
Housing decay has now been reinstated on all shards, to become active following their next downtime. The schedule for these maintenance periods is as follows:
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 9:15 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Whispers of Wintermoor|
The town cryers have been active of late. This in from Wintermoor.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 8:31 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|Taken from FYI:|
As a reminder, no EA employee will ever ask for your UO password. If you are contacted in game or via email, IRC, or any other Internet messaging program by someone claiming to be an EA employee, do not give out your password. Furthermore, do not attempt to access or edit your account information through any third-party programs that may take you to a false representation of the Ultima Online website. The only valid URL for the Ultima Online account management website is http://www.ultima-registration.com
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 6:16 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Wayside Scavenger Hunt|
|Another exciting event coming up, courtesy of Lady Starla ! I will have to buy myself a calendar so that I don't miss anything... |
Come have a bit of fun with us on Saturday night!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 5:50 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Seeking Performers for a Bardic Event|
|I have received the following from Lady Clara Mon of the HC:|
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 5:01 PM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|The Princess Bride|
|Ursula of the Golden Brew sent in this poster! |
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 4:58 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Detailed Information On Shopkeeper Restocking|
|Finaly Krum gave away detailed info in this post about restock changes:|
Vendor restocking was changed as part of a publish 12 and 13 bug fixing effort. Since the release of UO, vendor restocking has never worked the way it was designed to. I discovered this while fixing the problem with mage vendors disconnecting players when they restock.Thanks to Krum for explaining it to the players!!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 4:00 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|1 million UO gold can be yours!|
|That's right people...1 million in gold on Napa Valley is up for the taking. It seems that the vampires over in Carafax have had a little trouble as of late...well, don't listen to me...what do I know? Let me have Scotia, the leader of Carafax fill you in:|
Particular artifacts have been taken from our fair city that we want returned immediately! They are pictured below:Okay, people...this quest will take place over the next few weeks with a new puzzle/event taking place each week. This will not be strictly PvP, but a combination of the two. The fighting portions will take place probably on Felucca while the other puzzles on Trammel.
To sign up you should go here and look for the thread that says: 'sign up'. Then read the thread titled: 'Vampire Quest back story. Read to know what's going on!'
Just leave your Players name, guild affiliations (if any) and availablity to play.
There is no fee for signing up!
The first night of the quest will be annouced soon, however, there will be clues related to this quest strung out in the Napa Valley News section and/or the Napa Valley Forum which you can find here.
To win the million in gold you are going to have to be the best player possible. Smart, fast & good at combat. There will be a point system involved that will be updated upon the completion of each quest.
The faster you finish (or defeat your enemy) the more points you can get. Those in the top ten to finish each night will recieve a special prize.
Points scored will be posted before the event (how many you can get per night) and afterwards (who got what).
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 3:02 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|How to choose the right guild for you|
|There are as many types of guilds as there are styles of play in UO. That is one aspect of the game that makes it unique and exciting for such a myriad of subscribers. Something for everyone. |
Over the next few weeks as we prepare for the upcoming guild symposium, we will be providing glimpses into these different guild types and offering advice and recommendations on how to build or locate a guild that suits your playstyle.
As you shop around for a guild, here are some things to consider.
All for one or one for all?
Some guilds may require that you do not affiliate yourself with any other guild. They feel that if you have one character on their stone, to put another character on a different stone is a kind of treason. To some, this may not present any problems. You love your guildmates, you have no desire to pal around with anyone else and life is good living exclusively for that guild. To others who are more sociable or enjoy a variety of interests, it will not work. Be sure to question prospective guild masters about this and consider if it is a stipulation you can abide by.
Size does count
Some folks are social butterflies. They can never have too many friends and enjoy traveling in large groups. Others prefer a more intimate relationship with guild members. Someone who is a bit of a loner, but occasionally yearns for a bit of companionship may want to stay with guilds that have a smaller membership base.
Large guilds have lots of benefits. If you get into a jam, there is usually someone available who can rescue you in no time. Chances are, too, that there is every type of craftsman associated with the guild who can help you equip and supply your character. Along with the sweet comes the sour, however. You can be sure that at any given time of the day or night, you will be receiving desperate “Help me!” messages or requests for goods and services, and you may fall through the cracks of getting your fair share of attention or recognition for great deeds. The larger the guild, the more you can expect this.
Investigate the size of a prospective guild before you join the roster. Determine if you feel more comfortable with a smaller group rather than a large one.
Occasionally, guilds will require that you pay a weekly fee, either in resources or gold. For more established players, these dues may seem like peanuts and will hardly be missed. For a newer player, it can mean extending the anguish of building a nest egg and developing skills. Other guilds have a fund and resources set aside specifically for newer members. Inquire about the guild’s financial status, if you will be expected to contribute to their coffers, what they might be saving up to purchase or accomplish. Are these goals you are willing to work toward yourself? Who’s in charge of the money? How reliable is this person? These are details you should know. If your questions are met with hedgy answers, this should sound an alarm that this may not be the best guild for you.
Sup, um, thou?
Are you a roleplayer or do roleplayers irritate you more than nails on a chalkboard? Does your prospective guild claim to be a group of roleplayers, but have no concept of the concept? If you are running about using your most proper Olde English amid a bunch of naked fellows screaming, “u suxxors,” this guild may not be the best choice for you. Someone who freezes up in pvp like Bambi staring down a Peterbilt on the highway may not fit in well with the local gank squad. Birds of a feather flock together, as they say. Flock with your own kind. You’ll enjoy it much more.
The best way to know if you will benefit from a particular guild, and if they will embrace you as a member, is to travel with them a bit. Go hunting with them. Observe their style, their teamwork abilities, how they interact with others outside the guild. With the large variety of guild types available, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 2:48 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Even so not as known as uo.com or other sites, EA Europe made an overhaul of the their website UO-Europe. Here is what they have to say about the site: |
Along with a new look for UO-Europe, we`re also added some much-requested new areas of content.In my opinion this site still needs a lot of work, but it's good to see that EA hasn't forgotten the european customer.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 1:52 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Register for the Summer Faire!|
|Come one, come all! This was sent in by the kind people of Dragons Watch to encourage your participation. |
A registration link has been added to the Dragons Watch Summer Faire events list. If you would like to participate in any of these exciting events please go to our Events page and register. The Faire will be held this weekend, July 27th, 28th and 29th.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 1:28 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Some Info About Changed Vendor Spawn|
|Krum was so kind to give us at least some small info about the new reg spawn on the uo.com-boards.|
The first info can be found here and is about the time rate and vendors restocking their supplies:
Who said it was supposed to be 10 minutes? Vendors now restock their inventory randomly.and the second post here:
In reply to:There are also reports that not only the reagent spawn has changed, but also the ressource spawn for logs, iron ingots and other things.
Update: Here are some more posts from Krum about this issue. The first one here about the question that the whole changes were made for the reason to make the spawns faster and better: :
No. People are making incorrect assumptions about what the vendor change is and why it was made, and for some reason have an expectation that any change will be justified in complete detail. I think it's important to understand that not everything is done for an obvious reason or for a reason that may or may not be perceived as acceptable by the players.The next interesting post is about the fear that vendors may run dry because the spawn is too random:
There are minimum and maximum time caps on the restock rates, so that this will not happen.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 1:01 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Trinsic Merchants' Fair set for Aug. 1|
This finely penned missive arrived, bearing the official seal of the Britannian Affairs Committee:
Hail to you Britannia!
Thank you, Marquis, for the announcement. Best of luck in organizing this event.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 12:37 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|UO New Player seeks volunteers|
|UO New Player is a multishard group of player volunteers who act as teachers for new citizens of Britannia. From LordX, comes this invitation: |
Hail and well met!
For more information, see the UO New Player website. Please note, as previously mentioned, that this is a group comprised entirely of player volunteers and is in no way affiliated with EA/Origin.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 12:19 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Veteran Rewards Update|
|The following was posted on FYI|
As a reminder, we will be monitoring all public shards once they have received Publish 12 to see that the publish is running optimally before we will activate veteran rewards. Please note that this means players will not be able to choose rewards immediately once the publish is received. The rewards system will be activated systematically on pre-determined shards, and we will post a schedule once it is determined. We are working to see that this delay will be as short as possible, and we appreciate your patience.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 11:12 AM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|A Snowball's Chance in...um...Oasis|
Sunday's Fight Night in the Pits of the Free City of Oasis got started a little late, but then progressed smoothly, save for a single incident that occurred when someone breached the Pit House and made it into a pit where a scheduled fight was readying to start. The judges and pit guards have a KOS policy on anyone who sneaks into a pit. Often the judges will give one warning, but they are not under any obligation to do so. The offender gave murder counts, and the judges responded by keeping the offender's belongings.
The competition was rough, despite the absence of two of Fight Night's notable regulars, Monk and Demon. Several proven, brilliant PvPers were knocked out early by fierce and determined newcomers. This week Cillyz took home the third place title and 10K. Celephias won second place and 30K. The first place winner, DD (shown above taking Celephias' Snowball in the face just after their bravura performance in the finals) took home 60K.
DD joins former winners KMSEMPERFI (with 2 victories under his belt) and Ke'aldren on the winners list. All first place winners are automatically entered into the Final Fight-Off, scheduled to take place on October 28. The winner of the final Fight Off will walk away with check for 1 Million GP. Only 13 weeks remain in the season, so PvP gods should be sure to head to Oasis next Sunday at 4PM PST. No pre-registration is needed, and the rules are reposted on the Stratics Sonoma Forum every Sunday before the fights.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 10:33 AM EDT by Pluffina (Sonoma)|
|The Halls of Havoc|
|UO Stratics Chesapeake reporter Idun Syn recently visited the Halls of Havoc tavern in Shadowcove. |
You can read her review of this establishment by clicking on the Halls of Havoc link under the Establishments section of the left side menu.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 8:41 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|The Journey into the Orc Cave|
|This submitted by Greybeard:|
Hail, I have sent this to announce an expedition that went into the Orc Cave to find out the truth. This is what was brought back to us!!Thanks for the report.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 5:23 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|The 4th Annual Skara Brae Moongate Faire|
|This announcement from Lady Sam, Chancellor of the Gentry:|
One of the oldest and best gatherings on the shard, I encourage everyone to sample the offerings there.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 4:51 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Samelthe's Day of Treasure|
|This announcement from the Keepers of Maddox:|
Samelthe's Day of TreasureThanks for the news!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 4:22 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Ravenshire to Host Story Night|
|Cantharis sent in this invitation, |
This week Ravenshire is happy to announce that we will host the story telling night with Meredith the Bard. Come tell your tale of bravery, tragedy, or any other story that strikes your fancy!Thankye Cantharis!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2001, 12:03 AM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Rangers of the Realm Elect Council|
|This news was just sent in by the Stone Keeper, |
It had been preordained. The Rangers of the Realm (RoR) would be led by a council of Mentors chosen in a free election from the members.Thankye Stonekeeper
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 11:51 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|The New Orc Lair, mayhaps?|
|I have come across something of great interest. It lies in the Yew area, embedded within the old ratman valley. Follow the left-side range downwards, and it is close to the bottom. It appears as a dungeon entrance, with wooden fencing and dungeon like rocks surrounding the pitch black hole. Around this area there are plenty of orcs guarding it. |
The new orc lair mayhaps?
Once inside you'll move up a small passage way, where a large orc fort lies. I dared not go further, as up ahead I could see orc scouts, orc choppers, dire wolves and plently of other monstrous creatures awaiting me. I quickly hurried back out.
- Roldo Swishap, Bardic Warrior.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 11:05 PM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|Hedge Maze Under Attack|
|* bandaging arm * |
Sitting here I am still shaken by the sight I have witnessed. The central complex of the property known as the "Hedge Maze" has been over run by daemons and imps. I personally have journeyed to the 'maze', only to find a war zone in the center of the shrubbery. Livestock and bards were laying every where. I will attempt to return again, in the very near future and update the readers if this will be an on-going battle.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 11:00 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Trammel Magincia Mourns Two Soldiers|
|In the city of Magincia, one of my fellow criers was heard reading this announcement to passers by. |
This evening, Magincia mourns the death of Lord Emerson Crowley, a nobleman of the city who has served in its Parliament for the last five months. Lord Crowley did perish in a battle in Yew this evening against a group of mercenaries known as the Black Rose Society. Also falling in the battle alongside Lord Crowley was Jack Bartgen, a member of a recently disbanded Jhelom based fighter's guild called the Library of Scars. Jack Bartgen did recently travel to Magincia with his fellow guild member, Lord Crowley, and had settled there with him. Magincia will greatly miss Lord Crowley and no announcements have been made of his replacement as of yet.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 10:42 PM EDT by Elisa Montclaire (Catskills)|
|Sonoma's First Trade Caravan!|
|The following announcement just arrived from Lich Soulstealer: |
Hear ye hear ye!Sounds like an opportunity to make a little extra gold. Let us hope that the caravan has an uneventful, safe journey to its destination.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 9:39 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Ice Festivities in Wintermoor!|
This in from the Mayor of Wintermoor.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 8:30 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|The Shrine of Shadows|
Grand news of this most foul event has recently came in from the Infernal Cult of Necromancy.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 8:22 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|Lost in UO is back up!|
|This interesting piece of news was just dropped on to my in-box:|
"Lost in UO" is running again.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 4:23 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Rockem Speaks Out... TBs Plans Event|
|Hail and well met, pilgrims! |
Yesterday, while walking the streets of Britain in Felucca, I had a chance meeting with Rockem Sockem. As most of you know, Rockem is the longtime leader of the True Britannians faction. We spoke of many things including strategies, the current State of Factions on Felucca and the TB "community." I asked him for a "direct quote" and Rockem replied, "The training time that we put into the newer TBs has paid off, resulting in wonderful people in our community."
It's clear to this reporter that a sense of "community" is very important to Rockem and the rest of the TBs. It's long been said by many observers that TB does not have the overall "warrior talent" of Minax, the Shadow Lords or CoM, but they have "heart." It remains to be seen if "having heart" is enough to prevail in the long run. Concluding our visit, Rockem vowed to send me a "press release" regarding an upcoming event. I received the release a moment ago. Read on.
Hail, Lord Cyn.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 4:20 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Knights of Chaos Oppose Guardians of Truth|
|Greetings, citizens. |
As most know, guild wars come and go, and as a rule, most aren't exactly "news worthy" events. Yet, I received this impassioned message from an unnamed member of the Knights of Chaos and thought perhaps it might be a bit different from most guild skirmishes. After all, it's not often that one hears of a dragon being loosed inside a guild house, anymore. In fact, I just can't remember the last time we had a good, old fashioned "guild war" on Legends. Read on for more details.
Greetings, Cyn.There you have it, folks. The challenge has been issued and answered. I'll keep you posted on the conflict as information arrives.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 3:47 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Grimoire Fight Night Results|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Greetings friends and enemies of Grimoire! Here are the 1 vs. 1 results from this week's Friday Fight Night event sponsored by Malkin:
Your humble servant,
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 3:19 PM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|New Napa Valley Quest Archive|
|The tail end of the Elle quest from last year (2000) was just added to the archives. This concerns the further adventures of Elle's sister, Sara, who is one evil wench!|
This time she takes Lord Tremain on a quest to defeat a daemon who has captured the souls of the paladin's family.
This awesome tale has all that you can ask for! Betrayal, sex, violence, daemon-fu, chainsaws, bridges being blown up, zombie-fu, more sex, some cool cursed armor, a trip to the drive-in theater, mechanical robot rampage, heroic deeds, a tsunami of raining frogs, more sex & some really great writing my moi.
Okay, I lied a little bit about the content, but if you read it you'll definitely see some awesome fight sequences like 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.
Napa Valley Quests
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 2:34 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (QuestandEventNews)|
|FYI- Lake Superior and Publish 12|
|Today at 2:00pm central time, LS will be taken down for an unscheduled maintenance to put publish 12 into effect. No word on for how long, so it may be a good idea to stay at home until the server has come back up and is stable.|
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 2:08 PM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|FierY iCe About Obtaining Third Tier Title|
|FierY iCe answered a question from a player how to obtain the third tier title in Ilshenar in this thread:|
You've almost got it. Killing more and more monsters will not get you the third tier of titles. Getting to the third tier will involve fighting the "Champions of Evil" I have mentioned before. In order to see these champions though you do have to fight back the spawn quite a bit. So while killing tons and tons of creatures will not get you the third tier, it is required to get the Champion to appear... And then you can fight the champion to try and get the third tier... :)You may also want to check out the titles that are known by now in our Hero Titles Section.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 2:06 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|New at ImAcat|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 1:57 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Scotish Meet Up Reminder|
| A note from the fair lands of Scotland: |
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 1:35 PM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Eternal Village Anniversary Celebrations Weekend|
| News from the Eternal Village: |
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 1:27 PM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Publish Update - All Remaining Shards|
|Also new on FYI:|
Publish 12 will be published to all remaining shards today, to be active following their next maintenance period. The schedule for these maintenance periods is as follows:
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 1:21 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Housing Decay Reactivated July 24th|
Tomorrow afternoon (July 24th) at 11:00 pm CDT, we will be reactivating house decay on all shards. Houses currently marked as condemned will be uncondemned before the decay is turned back on, and will not collapse when the system is reactivated. Please note that once the decay rate is turned back on, all players will need to refresh their homes as they normally would.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 1:17 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Scottish UO Meet Reminder - Sat July 28th|
|The following reminder was sent to us by Iain in regard to the Scottish UO Meet coming up this coming Saturday: |
Just a quick reminder to everyone...
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 11:38 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Renewal of the Honor Guard|
|This comes to us via Marshall Grey Wolfe of the OSS:|
For information on becoming a member of the Honor Guard, visit this link.
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 9:01 AM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|Prophecy and a Sighting in Trammel Yew|
|We received the following letter from Ashen-Shugar, detailing what appears to be a prophecy of some antiquity. |
I found a very interesting prophecy while searching through the ancient libraries of the land. It does not bode well with me for what it may mean if this comes true so I give you all the prophecy as a warning...
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2001, 12:37 AM EDT by Elisa Montclaire (Catskills)|
|An Amazing Tower|
|Oh me! Oh my! What an amazing sight to behold! Tonight I had the pleasure of visiting the Tower of 1000 Glacial Staves. It is a large tower located in the Trinsic Swamps (Trammel) (Coords:104'9"S 8'13"W). The building is kept by Jade and contains an astonishing 999 glacial staves (the 1000th is, of course, held by Jade herself). Every floor contains many curtain-like structures made from glacial staves; the sheer number gives this building a very chilly aura. |
The many glacial staves, while impressive, could not compare with the true treasures of this building, the artwork. The four vendors in the building are not used to sell goods, but instead display magical pieces of art. Displayed below, these scenes are very detailed and realsitic. This unique addition is sure to leave a lasting impression on the many visitors.
Overall, the sheer number of glacial staves was a bit overwhelming. I am sure that collecting these took a lot of time and energy, and they surely make this a unique building. However, it is the finely crafted pieces of art that make this building truly special. I invite you all to visit and give compliment to Jade's amazing achievement.
Note: Special Thanks to Maelwyn for his post on the Stratics Sonoma Board for providing the pictures of the amazing artwork.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 11:24 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Reporting Duping Bugs and Issues with House Decay|
|Just 2 short notes posted on the official UO Boards.|
On duping bugs, Cynthe (Community Manager, Origin Systems) posted this
Dupe bugs are a tricky subject for us. On one hand, we do want it to be known that we DO investigate and address any dupe bugs that we find. Players who are proven to have used duping exploits are most definitely punished.Krum (UO Senior Programmer) has confirmed that OSI/EA has received reports on issues relating to the disabling of house decay on certain shards.
Some players have reported that the disabling of house decay has inadvertantly condemned their houses. My review of the changes that were made to disable house decay show that it is extremely unlikely that this change specifically would cause houses to become condemned. However, I would like to point out that if it is the case that houses have been condemned that should not be, it is probably a different issue entirely, it was not intentional, and regardless of the actual cause we will be looking at the situation before we turn house decay back on.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 10:56 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Band together for Mythndale|
|This is a message sent to us by Cherokee Rose regarding an issue in their town:|
To whom it may concern.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 6:17 PM EDT by Reed (Chesapeake)|
|A Travisty in Mythndale|
|This disturbing news was quickly sent to us by a messenger:|
Last Eve many gathered together to witness the wedding of Lady Cherokee Rose and Lord Odin. It was a stunning evening. But the horrors of what happened when we return.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 6:13 PM EDT by Reed (Chesapeake)|
|Markets of Britannia : a Calendar|
|Sara Blackhand, of UBB, sent us the following announcement : |
On behalf of the Council of Trinsic, the Council of Yew and the United Blacksmiths of Britannia, it is hereby my pleasure to inform all that lives in our fair land about some of the ongoing markets on the Drachenfels Shard.Thanks a lot Sara ! I'm sure many will be interested by these events.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 5:30 PM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Grand Gala Event Today in Caina|
Be amongst many to enjoy the merry commodities the Asylum of Perdition has to offer thee and thine! Have a fine distilled Ale shipped directly from the finest taverns in Jhelom, or savor some of the best wine straight from Yew! Partake in a game or two and see to thine luck in making a bit of extra coin in thine pursuit for the eve. Such games for the Casino includ...Thankye, Shardak, for this news.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 4:49 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Mourning the Loss of Honor and a Request for Tales|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
Today, I received a carrier pigeon into my humble dwellings. Carefully, I extracted the message and with weary eyes, read the exquisite penmanship. The message was simple though thought-provoking, in the extreme. Another lamentation for "days of olde," when citizens of all philosophies and creeds treated others with a measure of respect. Read on.
My good Lord Cyn,I respect the views of this noted scholar, and sadly, I must concur. The prevailent ideal of Honor in our land is but a poor substitute for that exhalted Virtue that we knew in days of olde. However, our warrior class is not bereft of all Honor. Honor comes in many forms, some of which are near unrecognizable, unless subjected to more than casual scrutiny.
Like the cosmic principles of Yin/Yang, which by the way can be argued as the catalyst for the appearance of the Stranger, Honor is an intrinsic part of our world. Without Honor, there could be no "dishonor," just as there can be no light without darkness or "good" without "evil."
Every day, I hear tales of heroic and dastardly deeds. Such manifestations of those attributes seem to comprise the very foundation of our world. Yet, I seldom hear tales of Honor and Respect. In the ancient discipline of Bushido, or "Way of the Warrior," respect is considered as intrical to the Way as any "warrior skill." Mental attitude sets apart the "would-be great warrior" from the truly magnificent warrior. The old adage is as true today as it was all those centuries ago, "Without Respect, there IS no Warrior Way."
Thus, to support my claim that Virtue is indeed "alive and well" in the Lands of Legends, I humbly solicit tales of Honor and Respect. Have you met a citizen that embodies the attributes of either? If so, share your stories with us. I will present these submissions in an upcoming feature article entitled, "Honor Among Us."
For now, I bid you all a safe journey along Life's path.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 4:25 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|UP2Pid is back and...|
...We're back, we're bad, and we've got a bucket of cement and some gum.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 3:46 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Bloodrock Orcs' new home.|
|I just recieved some disturbing news from the infamous Bloodrock Orcs... I will let this slooppy parchment do the talking.|
Glunk: Nuw reed wut ee juzt sai, Pulga! en trenzlate fur dem umies!Who's to say what this will spell for the future? For more on the Bloodrock Orcs, visit their website.
Snake of Moonglow
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 3:36 PM EDT by Snake (NapaValley)|
|Kingdom of Dawn to Raid Occlo|
|This news was just sent in by Lord Will Avengem, |
News of the recent Savage advances and a brief encounter with the Savage General have prompted the great Kingdom of Dawn to raid Occlo and dispatch its captors. With hope, the savage general will present himself and brought to justice!Thankye Lord Will Avengem and good luck in your campaign to free Occlo.
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 1:07 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Faction News was written by Amalacon, |
Again CoM took the balance of the towns under direct control, applying thier force of will and taxing the citizens as the see fit. Britain and Minoc remain under Shadow Lord Control.Thankye Amalacon!
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 1:03 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Barret's Coffee House Grand Opening|
|The Knights of Sosaria & The Merchants of Elysium are please to announce the Grand Opening of Barret’s Coffee House on Saturday, July 28 at 3:00 PM est. |
Barret’s is located on Trammel, north of Trinsic at 74 42 S 34 6 E, just behind the Elysium Rune Library & Drunken Dragon Tavern.
You may ask, what purpose will a coffee house serve in these realms? Barret’s will be more than just a coffee house, it will be a place of trade. At different times at Barret’s you will find people wishing to sell, buy, or trade for various goods. Barret’s will be the home of many auctions and other merchant type events.
The Grand Opening will feature many give-aways, including gold, high quality magic items, fished up treasures, and much more. The first of many future auctions will take place at around 5:00 PM est. After the auction, we will be serving a free feast for all who come. At the end of the night, anyone willing is invited to join the Knights in a dungeon crawl. We will leave the dungeon choice open until we see how big and experienced of a group we have.
Travelers are encouraged to also visit the Elysium Rune Library & Drunken Dragon Tavern. In the Library you will find runes to suit all of your needs, including all cites and dungeons, a treasure map library, and ore books of every color. The Tavern is just above the Library and has ample seating and drinks for all. Visitors may also enjoy the Rose Garden of the Virtues upstairs in the Northwest corner of the Library/Tavern, and some of the other great décor. Directly in front of the Library & Tavern is the Elysium Archives & KOS Social Club. Here you can learn about some of the history of KOS and find many other tales of the realms. Also here is the much talked about Book of Destiny. Who knows perhaps the Book will end it’s silence during the event…Adventurous travelers may also wish to drop a facet stone and visit Elysium in Fel. This proud player-ran town has diminished in size, but still boasts many fine establishments, including the Wandering Wisp Tavern.
This invitation is open to anyone and everyone…come share in this expansion of a great town.
Barret's, eh? I smell a round of ale coming on, with plenty of coffee to help my hangover in the morn....
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 12:41 PM EDT by Garrett Granth (Atlantic)|
|The Village of Kurja: Grand Opening & Costume Contest!|
|We have received the following via a scroll:|
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2001, 5:50 AM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|Glitter Movies - UO Contest|
|The folks at Glitter Movies sent us some details about a contest they just began for Ultima Online: |
UO Movie Contest!!
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 4:03 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|InsideUO Updated for UO3D|
|The following news comes to us from Alazane, the creator of InsideUO: |
InsideUO should now support the Third Dawn map. Just right click on the map and it is the selection at the bottom. If you have any problems with it, let me know. InsideUO also now displays the contents of Skills.mul, allows you to create phrases with the fonts, and is sporting a new art viewer window that should make life a little easier.What is InsideUO? From his website - "InsideUO is a 32bit Windows application designed to reveal the innermost details of the client side of Ultima Online. Everything that is provided from InsideUO, from the static images to the sounds, come directly from UOs data files. Hence, InsideUO is of no use without said data files." To check it out for yourself head on over to Alazane's InsideUO.
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 3:49 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Fairhaven Village Scavenger Hunt|
|This news was sent in by Mayor Silkon, |
Come one come all to the Fairhaven Scavenger hunt on Saturday July 28 at 7:00 p.m. PST. Do ye think ye know the history of the lands better then anyone else if ye do grab 2 friends and come try and become the winner of the 500K in gold prize for being the first to complete the clues to each location.Thankye Silkon!
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 3:32 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Guild Management Tool|
|The following announcement about a free Guild Management Tool was sent to us by Harald: |
Hello all,If you are in a highly involved guild, this is something you may want to definitely check out.
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 3:29 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Fairhaven Village Seeks Necromantic Sword to Fell Lich Commander|
|Fairhaven Village has experienced many strange events over the past few months linked to a sinister lich lord. Now the villagers are very close to discovering a means to confront this mysterious evil. |
Last night the warriors of Fairhaven set out on a quest to find an artifact that would let them destroy the evil Lich that had been terrorizing the countryside. First, the party, led as always by Fizban, set off to the star room to meet a fabled oracle who was believe to have knowledge that could help them.Thankye Nether!
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 3:25 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|New Baja IRC Channel|
|Are you interested in chatting with other Baja players? Perhaps making new friends, allies, and connections. Consider using the new Stratics IRC channel #baja |
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 3:14 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|House Placement and House Transfer|
|This was recently posted to FYI: |
The auto refresh that was implemented on all shards has affected the ability for current house owners to place or have new houses transferred to them. The development team has been notified and is working to resolve this. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to resolve this as quickly as possible
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 1:47 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Caina Militia Recruiting!|
|Hrm, this just in the the frozen tundra of Caina. If you've ever wanted to guard things in the freezing cold, this will be right up your alley. |
*As you are going about your normal business in town, browsing through a peddler's wares, talking to some friends over an ale or two, or trying to pawn the results of your last hunt, you notice a man garbed a black robe tacking a piece of parchment. Curiously, you go up to take a look*
Greetings. The Dark Jewel of the North, the City of Caina, is in need of experienced warriors and mages to help defend it's holdings against those who would dare break it's laws within it's borders. All those interested please contact Commander Al'rim Naz'ul of the Caina Militia for immediate training.
(Anyone who is interested please contact me at 74503058 or
[email protected] Please note that this not only requires good pvp skills, but also good roleplaying skills as well. Thank you.)
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 1:08 PM EDT by Garrett Granth (Atlantic)|
|Improperly Condemned Homes|
We would like to assure all players whose homes are currently marked as improperly condemned that they will not lose their homes at this time. The housing decay is not active currently, and the problem causing homes to appear as improperly condemned will be addressed as soon as possible.
|Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2001, 3:03 AM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Housing Decay Alert|
|This was posted recently on the FYI section of the official UO site.|
Due to an issue causing permanent buildings to decay, all shards with Publish 12 (Chesapeake, Baja, Sonoma, Napa Valley, and Pacific) were given an automatic housing refresh last night (July 19th), and the affected buildings will be refreshed manually until the issue is addressed.
Cynthe posted this remark on the official UO Boards :
It's just been announced on FYI - housing decay on all shards running Publish 11 (that's all shards except Chessie, Baja, Napa, Sonoma, and Pacific) have had their house decay turned off temporarily to make sure that we don't lose buildings we shouldn't while we fix the problem that caused us to refresh all houses on Chessie and the West Coast shards last night.
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 11:27 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|"Kill Sherry..." Contest Postponed until Sunday|
|Sherry just informed me that the "Kill Sherry and Win a Prize" contest has been postponed until Sunday Jul. 22nd, 7 pm PST because of out-of-game problems. For more information see the event posting below.|
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 10:51 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|test your knowledge on UO|
|An interesting memo found it's way to my desk from Caprial..|
How well do you know Britannia? The Jhelom Town Council challenges you to find out as they sponsor a Riddle Race throughout the lands.
hope to see you all there and good luck
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 8:02 PM EDT by Richard Cypher (GreatLakes)|
|This is the 5th episode so far in the Vampire Quest that will be taking place in the near future. If you want to see more about the quest then go here.|
If you want to read the previous four episodes then go here: Episode One , Episode Two , Episode three & Episode four.
Now on with the show:
When they shook me awake they were all smiles. Each with a row of sharp teeth that made them look feral.This concludes the backstory to the vampire quest. Details will be forthcoming in the event in which you can win 1 million in Napa Valley gold to recover these particular artifacts missing from Carafax. Tune in at the beginning of next week to find out how!
And remember...start looking for clues...they could be anywhere.
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 8:01 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|General Virus Warning|
|Just a quick heads up to everyone that we have received reports that a couple new viruses may be circulating throughout the UO community, especially through e-mail attachments. As a general rule, do not EVER open attachments in which you did not specifically ask for or from someone you do not know. If you are not sure if you have received a virus, delete the message and run a virus scan on your PC. Of course, if you are spending any amount of time on the internet or with e-mail, you should always have an Anti-Virus Program running no matter what. If you do not, do so immediately with your favorite program or for a free trial Antivirus Program you can head over to Symantec (Norton) now. |
In addition, were received the following details from our Network folks on a specific Virus making its around throughout the MMOG communities:
This has been an ongoing issue now for about 36 hours and I just wanted to send out a reminder for you all to be very careful of any emails that have attachments and have the following body of text:
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 5:05 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Gromm About The Last Scenario|
|Talking about the last scenario, Gromm also responded to some problems players had with the last quest:|
"My main problem with them is that they tell the story before the action (ex ante facto) instead of after the action (ex post facto) as regular 'news' does."
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 2:39 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|The Order of Tendai's New Player Help Night|
|I recently found the following event notice on the UO Event Calendar: |
This sounds like a great opportunity for newer players to learn to nuances of the game. Best of luck with this event!
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 1:32 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
Hail to thee!
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 1:19 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|A Wedding Invitation From Lord Merlinist and Lady Nightmare|
|From Lord Merlinist and Lady Nightmare, |
The Order of Leonine, One of the Oldest guilds on the Baja Shard would like to invite everyone to a wedding between Lady Nightmare and Lord Merlinist, Festivities and food will be present. Come See this glorious event and witness two long time players take their vows!Thankye Lord Merlinist and Lady Nightmare and congratulations!
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 12:59 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Chesapeake and West Coast House Refresh|
Due to an issue causing permanent buildings to decay, and in order to prevent players on the Chesapeake and West Coast shards from losing homes due to this issue, all houses on these shards have been automatically refreshed today (July 19th CDT). We appreciate your understanding, and apologize for any inconvenience.
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 5:32 AM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Dragons Watch Summer Faire Events|
|We just received this message from a wandering traveler:|
The Events schedual for the Dragons Watch Summer Faire is filling up fast. The Faire is to be held july 27th, 28th, and 29th at the Town of Dragons Watch. http://dragonswatch.chessienet.com/dragonswatch/
|Posted on Friday, July 20, 2001, 12:15 AM EDT by Reed (Chesapeake)|
|A Day at the Faire|
|Dougald McTaggart from the Knights of the Emerald Tartan (KET) sent us this wonderful pictorial view of last week's Faire held at the Joilet Faire Grounds. After looking threw the photo album I thought it would serve well to add a link to it here for all to see.|
Day at the Faire
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 7:48 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|The Rise of a New Government?|
|I found this interesting proposal/post from Lich Soulstealer over at the UO Boards, below is the outline of Lich's "new" government: |
Since the creation of Sonoma, we have gone rather leaderless by means of a figurehead "king" if you will. The same is true on all shards. I think we can change that and give sonoma an actual RP "dark age" where everyone from the newest newbie to the most vetran player can have an affect on what is happening in the realm at any given time. Some of you may have noticed my earlier post on the creation of Churches of Vecna in Fel and Tram....well the responce was good enough to get over 10 with 5 more on the way in fel and tram. The churches are the foundation of this grand undertaking. Once order and chaos have been replaced with a new form of "idealistic concept" then LB and Blackthorn. What is needed is an allience of guilds on both facets so that together we can actually rule our shard under one banner...As usual Lich Soulstealer has come up with another interesting and exciting idea. I encourage you all to participate since it sounds like there will be something for everyone. Best of Luck Lich Soulstealer!
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 7:23 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Report: First Mission to Recover the Blade of Legend|
|Many thanks to Senechal for posting a report from last night's quest on the Stratics Sonoma Board. I have included a copy of the message below: |
Many names of note started showing up at the Britainian Race Tracks early last night. There were over 20 people that showed up that had some interest in one result or the other or our planned endeavor (I know this because I tried to hand a rune to QLOS (Questor's Library of Sonoma) to everyone that showed up). Shaddow Knight finally arrived, and quickly ran out of copies of the book that he had recovered that gave us clues as to where to look next.Very well written, thank you for the report. To recap though, the next meeting to discover the Blade will take place next Wednesday at 8pm PST. However, this Sunday at 12 noon PST Senechal will sponsor a treasure hunt. I assume that all of the events will meet at the Britain Racetrack.
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 6:09 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Calandryll: Scenario Analysis|
|Calandryll made his promised synopsis for the orc quest here:|
A few weeks ago, based on some requests from players, I promised I'd write a synopsis of the scenario, describe the goals, and write my view of what we accomplished. Ask and ye shall recieve:
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 2:47 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|New OoC Comic|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
I just finished and posted the latest comic. This one's called "Vendor Buy."
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 1:59 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Kill Sherry and Win a Prize Contest!!|
|I received the following event announcement from Sherry: |
When-As usual, be careful as permanent theif flagging lasts only until the theif is killed -- after which all the normal aggressor rules apply. In other words, participate at your own risk.
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 1:45 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Super Fantastic Guild's Talk Show|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box. Move over Maury Povich, Oprah and the rest of the talk show gang!|
You can check this 'toon out here:
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 1:31 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Publish 12 on West Coast Shards|
|Taken from FYI:|
We have published the changes listed in Taken from Testing for Next Update to the West Coast shards (Baja, Napa Valley, Pacific, and Sonoma) during this morning’s normal maintenance period (July 19th). We will monitor these shards closely, and will be publishing to the remaining shards once we have determined the publish is operating optimally.
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 12:48 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Stormhaven Anniversary Festival|
|In a land of plenty, you would think festivals would happen more often, no? One of my servants found this posted on a tree near the Britain Faire-grounds. It promises to be rather entertaining.|
I may have to dust off the axe and participate in this. Should be a rousing time. *smiles darkly*
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 11:16 AM EDT by Dmitri Ne'Sveti (Atlantic)|
|Listening To The Players|
|In a discussion about the player's desires to have skills in UO fixed and/or updated, Cynthe wrote a response to everyone about the issue, and specifically about the uprise of players who want Archery changed. Here's what she had to say on the official UO.com boards: |
Anyone who's been on this board for a while has seen the archery protest threads, maintained by archers in UO who want to see changes made to the archery skill.
She also later added the following comments in regard to OSI/Player communication and their need sometimes to have a bit of secrecy:
LOL - if you're expecting a swift answer after 9:00 pm, Vrin, I hate to say it, but you may not always get it. I do tend to have fairly normal working hours. :)
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 10:15 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|An Oceania Cleric!|
|Yan Yan of Oceania has just taken up a position as a Cleric of Oceania, which is sort of like a priest.|
For more information visit the Cleric's site or icq Yan Yan on 118596603.
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 7:20 AM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|The Great Trinsic Horse Race|
|A message from Trinsic: |
Aah, sounds good, glad to have a horse race back.
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 7:09 AM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Trinsic Meeting Report|
|Trinsic Council Report: |
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 7:05 AM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Let the Gatekeeper be your guide.|
|The plot thickens as the people of Shadowcove are also searching for answers to the mystery of the Maid. Celeste Lunari, a high Priestess from that lovely village, sent this to us. |
Last Saturday evening I was summoned by her Royal Highness Queen Morgaine of Shadowcove. When I arrived, I was told that The Gatekeeper had visited the fair kingdom. He said he was very pleased with the prosperity of Shadowcove. He gave his blessing to the kingdom, and its queen, saying, "Your Destiny is going to be remarkable. Rule well. I shall observe."
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 2:02 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Your humble servant,
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 1:29 AM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|A Call to Arms|
|Uzell Cabal and the Iron Brigade are organizing an attack on the orcish forces! |
Uzell looked up at the clock as he tried to rub the cramp out of his ink stained hand. "Has it taken this long?" he thought to himself wondering if all this work would be in vain. Behind him, he heard the grumbles and murmurs of fifty other scribes busily inking the same letter he had been working on. Though he had it memorized and would never again in his life be able to forget its text, he picked up his two thousandth copy and decided to read it before putting on the seal.
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 1:22 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Grimoire Fight Night|
|Hail and well met,|
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Fight Night Event at Grimoire Arena,
Your humble servant
|Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2001, 1:20 AM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|Lord Martin Announces Expedition to Khaldun|
|Greetings, Pilgrims. |
Tonight, I bring you an exciting invitation from Lord Martin, one of the noted scholars of our land. Read on.
Addressed To The Following:This should be a grand adventure. Should you have any questions, please contact Lord Martin. You easily do so by using the link provided in the first paragraph of this article. Until next we meet, safe journeys to you, one and all.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 10:56 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|CG Online Interview with Raph Koster|
|CG Online put up an interview today with Raph Koster, the former Lead Designer of Ultima Online. Among other questions, he answered the following in regard to UO's greatest triumph: |
What was UO's biggest triumph?A great interview, discussing issues about MMORPG's in general and Ultima Online specifically. Make sure to check out the Entire Interview for much more.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 9:13 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Trade Federation Finds Trade in Trammel and Felucca|
|This was recently relayed to me by Artemus of the Trade Federation. |
Ah, mayhaps I can finally find enough recall scrolls to fit the needs of a busy, lazy traveller. Not me, of course. I never recall being busy.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 9:06 PM EDT by Garrett Granth (Atlantic)|
|A break from the violence and a glimpse of true kindness|
|From Sir Balhalaban comes this editorial view of friendship in our fair lands: |
Greetings, my fellow Britannians,
Thank you, Sir Balhalaban, for a lovely reminder of what community spirit is all about.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 8:35 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Blade Quest Begins Tonight! (Jul. 18th)|
|I found the following event notice at the UO Boards. The thread itself is here, but a copy can be found below: |
At the races last Wednesday, Shaddow Knight handed out books containing excerpts from legend and prophecy regarding the Blade. I have posted those excerpts here below for those who missed out. Tonight at 8pm PST we begin the search for the Blade. We'll meet at the Race Track west of Britain, Felucca. For a map to the track, check out http://www.sonomaraces.homestead.com.Once again this event is occuring tonight, Wed. July 18th at 8pm PST. Best of luck in finding this artifact, and may it fall in to the hands of good.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 7:59 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|Another Player Throws in the Towel|
|Hail and well met, pilgrims. |
A haggard pigeon just sailed through my window and upset a cold pitcher of mead. Ordinarily, this would be cause for me to fire up the old barbeque and roast the feathered offender, but the poor bird bore a tattered message of no little importance. Thus, the bird is again on his way, feathers intact, and I bring to you it's message.
AOL Legends Patrons Sink to a New Low, GM Blacksmith GONE!Let this serve as a warning to us all. Not every citizen of Sosaria is noble of thought and deed. Choose your friends and comrades carefully. Sexy, I wish you nothing but fair skies and warm winds in your next life. Fare thee well.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 3:04 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Trial by Fire aka The Moos the Merrier|
|My good friends at Marrach Faol just dropped this off at the home office. I thought you might get a giggle from it.|
As the sun set, the crackling of the ether could be heard as blue gates opened in the courtyard, warriors and mages streaming out and into the castle's great hall. The time for the hunt was near and the assembled hunters grew restless. Warriors sharpened their blades, while the magi checked their supplies one last time. In the corner, a ranger calmed her hellsteed, all awaiting the call to form up.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 2:39 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Star Traveler or Madman?|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
I've received some odd and mysterious messages over the years, but few can rival the missive I recently discovered shoved beneath the door of my humble cottage. Read on and judge for yourselves.
As the solitary figure somberly gazed out of the window of his lonely tower, he remembers how he got to this place in his life. It seems so long ago, yet he knows it has been less than a year. He had been on routine patrol when the stargate opened right on top of him and the Azurai fighter appeared. He knew his scoutship had little chance against the fighter and his only escape was through the gate. The fighter's first shot sent the scoutship spinning into the stargate.Scoutships? Stargates? Azurai fighter? The ramblings of a madman, or truly, the wondrous account of a traveler from beyond the stars?
My first thought was that perhaps my Druid Brethren were having a bit of fun at my expense. Then, I suspected that the author of this journal had simply indulged in "one pint too many" of that foul orcish swill. I have firsthand knowledge of the powers of Dwarven spirits and Orcish brews and know full well how either can distort a fellow's way of thinking.
But having read the tale a second and third time, it seems to me that the author's convictions are sincere. And since I can offer no empirical evidence to either support or debunk the author's claims, I shall simply keep a wary eye for further news of this man and his claims.
Cyn the Cynical
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 2:34 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|UO Wedding Service Starting Up|
|Darrel just sent us word about his brand new service called UO Wedding. Here is what he has to say about it: |
I am trying to start a web site with regards to weddings on all shards, We will offer FREE weddings on all shards but we also need people who want to become cleric type people to perform the weddings.So if you are planning to have a UO wedding in the near future, or would like to help put them on, please head to UO Wedding now and check it out.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 10:47 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|UK 2nd Annual Players Meeting|
|The following news comes to us from Ryan, who is helping to plan the 2nd Annual Players Meeting in the UK: |
We are having our 2nd meeting, after we had a great response from those who attended last July. We have planned another, this time we are celebrating the good work that members of the volunteer groups have done for us. I know a few will be turning up so why not buy a volunteer a drink.The event is planned to take place on Saturday 22nd September 2001 at 13:00 in Stevenage Retail Park. Of important note is that they have an entire site dedicated to the meeting at the UK Players Guild website.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 10:39 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|UO New Player Team Update - 7/18|
|Another update comes to us from the team working on the UO New Player Team, basically a group of people filling the gap since the official Volunteer Groups were downsized. This first one comes from Robert |
Greetings to all!!And this comes to us from Kaia of the East Coast Team:
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 10:28 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Impy's Artic Faire Adds Second Weekly Event|
|>The folks at Impy's Artic Faire got this scroll to me tonight. Sounds like they are planning two weekly events at the Faire now. |
|Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 2:54 AM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Stratics Needs Your Help!|
Citizens of Chesapeake, after a long abscence I have returned to serve you, the readers. We are in the process of updating the Chesapeake News Section and we need your help!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 9:44 PM EDT by Reed (Chesapeake)|
|Lotteries, Scavenger Hunts Invade Realms!|
|This just in from the Syndicate, the largest guild in all the realms.|
Lotteries & Scavenger Hunts!
The Syndicate is proud to annouce two major public events for the month of August!
Saturday August 4th, we will be hosting a Scavenger Hunt from our island
city of Arx Draconis. Teams of up to 4 players will compete to complete the scavenger hunt the
fastest. The contest will contain questions that need answers and items
that need to be found. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams and
will hopefully include a house, rare items, very powerful magical
weapons and more. This contest will be open to all players and will
leave from our castle on AD in Trammel.
Sunday August 18th, we will be hosting another Lottery event. Lotteries
are free and open to all players and take place in the large white
"temple" on Arx Draconis in Trammel. 25 prizes ranging from houses to
vanq weapons to potion kegs and beyond are given out. Attendance for
these events is always good but with so many prizes, your chances of
winning are high and the prizes are well worth your time.
All Syndicate events are free. We provide gates from major banks
starting 30min before the event start time. We provide gates back after
Exact start times and further event details will be on this news site in
the near future! Check back for details.
In the mean time you can get involved in some weekly AD events.
Every Thursday night at our castle in Trammel, we host a Craftsman
Night. GM smiths, tinkers, carpenters, poisoners, alchemists, cooks and
more will be on hand. Gates are provided from the major banks. We
offer Free item repairs to all who attend and also free item CREATES if
you supply the raw materials. Several dozen people take advantage of
this service each week. Watch your local Trammel bank at about 6:30pm
EST each Thursday.
Also we maintain a Treasure Map Rune Library in both Trammel and
Felucca. You can visit the AD webpage (linked above) and lookup your
decoded map. Find the rune number that corresponds to your map. Go to
either the Felucca or Trammel library and locate that rune and recall.
You will appear within 1 space of your chest. Simply dig it up and pick
There is nearly always something going on at Arx Draconis whether its
events, well stocked vendors of all types or treasure hunters using the
library. When bartender NPCs are added you will also find ongoing
quests you can complete and thus be entered for big prizes as well. The
Syndicate looks forward to seeing you on Arx Draconis soon.
And I know the question on everyone's mind - how many scavengers will we have to kill to win the scavenger hunt?
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 6:28 PM EDT by Garrett Granth (Atlantic)|
|Celebrity Chat Log with Cal & Team|
|We are currently having DNS issues with our UOHoC Site, but in the meantime, I wanted to make sure you were all able to read yesterday's Celebrity Chat with Calandryll, Gromm, Augur, and Vex from the Ongoing Content Team. Here is a snippet from it: |
For now, you can all read it at our Temp Location. I will let you all know ASAP once the main UOHoC site is working again.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 6:04 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Mythndale Murder Trials|
|Who would have thought that the lovely village of Mythndale harbored such dark souls? Thank you, Lady Starre Fyre, for bringing this to our attention. |
The citizens of Mythndale gathered last eve to witness the trial of the murderers Elven of [email protected] and Alistor, a ghoul of the Clan of Vampires.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 5:23 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Scenario Comments By Calandryll|
|Calandryll also replied to to some comments about the last scenario here. The text inverted are questions/suggestions from the players, so please don't get confused about it:|
--First, great feedback!!!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 5:00 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Faction Changes Planned For Patch 13|
|Adrick was so kind to make a post over on the uo.com-boards concerning planned faction changes for patch 13:|
1] Faction messaging will be re-enabled.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 3:28 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|More Tribal Mask Shades|
|Thanks to the efforts of Scin, it appears that there are more shades of Tribal Masks than originally reported below: |
I have a bit of info on those Tribal masks. I saw in your article that Talon Wardruid sent a pic of the Masks and he has 26 of them (26 shades that is) I have found there to be 29 shades. The way I found this out was by dropping them on each other in my pack, many are the same color but those that look the same can be dropped on the others and you will see a definet shade change I was amazed and delighted as you can imagine. I now have all 29 shades as you can see in this Pic, *grins* Please feel free to share this info.Thanks Scin!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 2:19 PM EDT by Sage Arthur (Sonoma)|
|A Meeting at the Orc Cave|
|Today, I was invited to witness a meeting between Lord Grey Wolfe of the OSS, and Grunk of EAI, who as of late had a warrant out for his arrest.|
I met with Grey Wolfe and another Silver Serpent, Woodsman at the Boars Head at Harmony. After a short chat, we took a gate to the Orc Cave near Yew, where Grunk has apparently been hiding from the authorities. He met us at the entrance of the caves, and we went inside.
After a short fight with Grunk's guard dogs, we went further into the cave, away from where he keeps his pets. There Grunk explained how the orcs want the strange savages out of their homes. He then took us on a short tour of the orcs temporary home, including a small garden they had built.
Here we have what could best be described as an orcs ritual room.
Grey Wolfe also removed the warrant from Grunk, but as of this writing the warrant for other EAI members still stands.
For more information, check out the High Council's website, or the website of the OSS.
Order of the Silver Serpents
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 2:43 AM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|Publish 12 Update - July 16th|
|The following was just posted to FYI: |
Since activating Publish 12 on the Chesapeake shard in late June, we have been monitoring the shard closely, and we are targeting to release the final week of the event scenario publish to the Chesapeake shard on Tuesday, July 17th. Once it is determined that there are no unforeseen issues involving the final week of the Savage Empire scenario and Publish 12, a schedule will be set for the release of Publish 12 to the other shards.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 2:02 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|A Subtle Warning From the Blood Eagles|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
Today, I recieved a message from my brother-in-arms, Amadeo Disante. When I asked him if I should address the missive to anyone in particular, he smiled and said that I should just address it to "Whom It May Concern." He added that "...and They know who they are." Thus, I present the message from Amadeo, Minister of War for the Blood Eagles.
To Whom It May Concern:There you have it, fellow citizens. The message seems clear. I shall report any and all responses, forthwith. Until next we meet, safe journeys to you, one and all.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 1:04 AM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|More on the Coming of the Maid|
|Who is the Maid? What is her role? More clues in this scroll, sent to us by Xaziel Cresgrave. |
A full two months have gone by since I last heard the strange sounds that followed me everywhere I went. At first I didn't know what any of it meant. What I did know was that my connection to the spirit world was growing stronger and stronger. Now I seem to be able to understand perfectly what any spirit in the realm has to say. Little did I know, on this night, how that would lead me into what would be the greatest adventure of my life, and perhaps the most dangerous.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 12:55 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Announcing the wedding of Lady Xena to Lord Ariete'|
|Love is in the air! This just in from Gonff and LdyHawk:|
It is our privilege to be able to announce the coming wedding of Lady Xena, Dreamweaver of the Guardians of Light, to Lord Ariete`, Unicorn Paladin.How lovely :)
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 9:31 PM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Hugs 4 Orcs|
|Can you imagine when I was sitting at my desk today going through the news articles when a posse of orcs busted down my door. I thought I'd have to teach them some manners when they apologized for being over zealous and pleaded with me to print this story.|
I looked it over. It was from Ambassador Orkie. I told them as soon as they fixed the door I would write it up. They quickly got to work.
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 7:28 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Rangers of the Realm Return|
|Rangers of the Realm Return to Baja! This is an eye witness account of the establishment of a new ranger outpost from an anonymous source. |
The day started like most others but something would happen and it would become a day to remember. The finishing touches on the log house had been completed the night before and if all went well this humble abode would become a hub for one of the most dynamic forces in the land.Thanks and good luck!
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 7:03 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|It's not everyday that you notice a Santa Claus "ho ho ho"ing and giving gifts to all the good girls and boys at your local bank. Especially in uhh.. *cough* July?! That's just what I found the other day. I took a few moments to find out more about the jolly fellow. Here's what he had to say:|
Me: So Santa, you're always "Santa"? In character that is.
Santa: Yes, I deliver presents to the good little boys and girls.
Me: Any plans for Christmas this year?
Santa: Yes, actually I'm planning on prebuilding bags of goodies to distribute.
Me: And how long have you been spreading cheer?
Santa: Until a week ago, I've stayed in seclusion here [his workshop] building skills. Since, I've completed my training in carpentry, tailoring, and a bit of magery...
Me: And what of your elves?
Santa: The elves are on vacation. They have a pretty strong Union.
Santa then told me of some of his visits. He furnished his neighbor with a house of furniture and bag of clothes along with his random goodie drops at the bank.
Me: Any conditions attached to your gifts?
Santa: It upsets Santa when people sell what he's made.
I then made a comment on his tribal mask collection..
Santa: The savages are simply misunderstood. They love Christmas too!
As a closing comment Santa added...
Santa: I do think its a crime that people cant display their Christmas trees all year round. Santa's house is empty without a tree. And Santa wishes for more do gooders on Sonoma.
Well there you have it folks.. Merry.. umm.. July to you all :)
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 4:36 PM EDT by Ashley (Sonoma)|
|Castle Battle Royal at Silvervale!|
|Once I wandered into the orc camp near Skara Brae, and a greenish brew was cooking in the cauldron. Something came over me and before I knew it, I had eaten their stew. I still wonder to this day what was in it. Hummies? Some questions are best left unanswered. I do believe, however, that it brought out the inner orc in me.|
This event, sent in by Ilina le Kyteler, sounds like just the thing for my Orcish-like days! Or if being a Barbarian is more your thing, there is a chance for you as well to show off your fighting skills.
Castle Battle Royal - Orcs vs. Barbarians!
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 4:00 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Lady Joann Witch & Lord Suikoden to Wed|
|This announcement just in:|
It is my privilege to be able to announce the upcoming nuptials of Lady Joann Witch of the Shadow Wolf Guard to Lord Suikoden of the Shadow Wolf Guard.And we at Stratics humbly ask that if you have any questions to go visit their respective sites: SWG and PCC
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 3:42 PM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|New Adventures of Sepon & Aydin Xie|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 2:07 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Blackcomb fight results|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
First I want to thank all the staff for your help Hector, Devio, Isabella, Richard, and Kamsheema thx guys. I would like to thank the fighters for not for them we wouldent have had a tournament, and also a thx to the spectators for helping us keep this
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 1:45 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|The Grey Witch|
|As I was sailing, I found a satchel with this scroll contained inside:|
As I finished reading, I bade the tiller man to set sail for Cove, hopefully to see some of these men in action.
|Posted on Monday, July 16, 2001, 11:01 AM EDT by Gregor Villous (GreatLakes)|
|More From Cynthe About Harassment Policy|
|Regarding the new Harrasment Policy Cynthe made a follow-up posting to her comment yesterday on the uo.com-boards: |
Okay, the driving example was an attempt to illustrate a point - I have never worked for the transportation department, and I'm not trying to get into the subject of speed limit laws. :)
|Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2001, 5:41 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Stratics needs your Help!|
Citizens of Europa, I am in the process of updating the Europa Lore section. And I could use your help! I'm looking for two things, firstly I want to hear from any of you if you know of or have a quest item. You can find the current items in the Europa lore section. You can see we need more! Please submit your information to [email protected] and title your information "For Marshall Drakan"
I am also looking for articles in quest characters that have appeared in game. I am looking for proper characters not just a seer played lich or evil tree.
Please submit your information to [email protected] and title your information "For Marshall Drakan"
|Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2001, 1:46 PM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Calling All Guilds!|
|The UOSS staff will be hosting a shard wide guild recruitment event. The general idea is for players (young and veteran) to have a chance to browse the various guilds on the shard that are currently in a recruitment process. From true role-playing guilds to RoX'rs, new guilds and old, every guild on the shard is welcome to submit their name to be included in this event.|
We are planning on using Lord British's castle in Trammel to host the event. Each guild will be assigned a room that they can use any way they wish. Maps will be provided directing the guest to the various guild rooms.
What we need from the guilds that are interested:
|Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2001, 11:52 AM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Goblin Knights arise...|
|This seems to be a small spark in what will hopefully be a blaze of player interactions and quests.|
The Goblin Knights of the Guardian are born!I know that Rip Talin himself has assured me that his guild would also be willing to assist in the carrying out and/or acting out of the current Vampire Quest with the Vampires of Carafax. Go here for more info. Thank you and good day.
Snake of Moonglow
|Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2001, 3:27 AM EDT by Snake (NapaValley)|
|OrB and SoE games report|
|he SoE and OrB guilds event of military training and fun went well last sunday. Both allied guilds participated and war'd honourably. OrB quickly dominated the fight with Knights and Mages. Although admitedly our friends SoE put up quite a fight inside the Abbey and picking a few of my OrB bretheran off one by one from the entrance and firing from the roof!! Which was impressive. Meanwhile the first wave or OrB Knights go on a killing spree within.|
OrB and SoE are holding excercises together for the fun of it and the sharpening of our waring skills for future enemies of Darkness ie: ORC.
As perceived good alignment guilds its the only thing we should do fight darkness and hold a few events to support the orders and the shard of Oceania.
I also recommend other guilds to do the same as we had much fun!
We have sceduled more events for our guilds and one day soon hope to include other alike guilds that follow Terms of War.
GM's of both guilds meet and exchange best wishes of victory!
OrB the Second wave of Knights to attack!
OrB Knights rush the Empath Abbey deafeating some defenders.
Both allies SoE and OrB Dead await outcome fo Battle while fought inside to the last man or woman standing.
Well this gives some insight into how the event went.. they are only small snaps of what went on and does'nt realy show the real rush you have when stroming a heavily defended Abbey! ..and on a brighter note the the courtesy's shown between both guilds.
OrB and SoE don't realy care about who wins, as we are allied guilds, but in that we have fun and have future events and good training for war for some of our members.
|Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2001, 12:50 AM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|Peace Treaty Signed in Britain|
|Blessed by wonderful weather and a starry night, the first Parade of the Towns of Britannia was a vision to behold, as it wound its way through the streets of Britain. |
The Parade took off on schedule, led by the ladies Minsk and Winmere of Paxlair, and Sabrina Nor of Corwyn. It crossed into the west side of the city over the Northern Bridge, regaling the viewers lining the streets with the sight of the wonderful uniforms worn by the various guilds. In rows as neat as their feisty white horses would allow, the Guild of the Saints marched in a spectacle of glacial staffs and red capes. Leading the Guild of the Night Watch and representing the town of Casandreal, Lord Rhuarc and his black clad friends were much more somber, and yet handsome, in black and grey.
There was more to this night, however, than just revelry and pageantry, as exciting as those may be. The last stop on the parade was the Castle of Lord British, whom we thank for allowing its usage. As the revelers piled up in the Throne Room, a momentous event occured: the signing of the Treaty of Peace between the towns of Nidaros, Mythndale, Casandreal, Shadowcove, Paxlair and Corwyn. It stipulates in simple terms that all towns shall be at peace with each other. It also marks the beginning of a new era of cooperation towards a common goal: the promotion of more events like this one! I just love parades.
An auction and a party with a bounty of food and drinks followed the signing, and although it is probably still going on as I write, I have been assured that the Castle will be left spotless and neat.
The Treaty will be available for public viewing as soon as copies of it are distributed to the different towns.
|Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Ravenshire to Cleanse the Dungeon Wrong|
|Cantharis sent in this announcement, |
After braving the depths of Hythloth, the warzone of Terrathan Keep, and the freezing cave of Ice, we now set out on another adventure.....Thankye Cantharis!
|Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001, 3:21 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Found a Wonderfully Done Novel|
|While on my wanderings this past afternoon I happened up on a library of sorts. I found a rather impressive collection of novels and short stories. Here is just a short bit from what I was informed was the latest. |
|Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001, 3:07 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|New OoC toon!|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
Just put up a new comic this one's called Do it and Die:
|Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001, 2:43 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Festival today near Skara Brae|
|Dusty sends out this reminder about the festival being held today by the Great Lakes Player Seer Organization: |
The faire will be held today starting at 3:00. There will be many contests including a magery contest, a maze race, a play, an archery contest, and much much more. And for those who do not want to participate in the competitions, there will be a bar open, an enchanted item sale, and a midway open throughout the day. I hope to see you there.
The event will be held at the Skara Brae fairgrounds, east of Skara Brae docks on the mainland. Questions about the festival can be answered in the IRC channel #glrpc.
|Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001, 1:16 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Patch 12: Murder Counts And Reg Spawn|
|Seems like patch 12 has more in it than we thought:|
First: According to our own boards you can now see how much and especially what type of murder counts you have.
Try "I must consider my sins" and see how much Short, Long and Ping-Pong counts you have.
Second: Believing some posts at the uo.com-boards now we have brand new reg spawn with 400 to 999 regs every 10 to 15 minutes on the reg vendors.
Since this should be active on the Chesapeake Shard, I guess we will hear much more from it. Hopefully the reg spawn won't be taken away!
Addition: We now got confirmation from CrazyJoe (UOSS) that both things are true and activ on the Chesa-Shard. Lets hope it's not a bug, and we will see these changes coming to other shards ASAP.
|Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001, 12:07 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Cynthe On The New Harassment Policy|
|Adressing a lot of player concerns of missusing the new harassment policy, here is a post from Cynthe about that.|
I put in the original questions, so you won't get confused again:
Cynthe, I'm sure that consolidating the various methods of reporting problems is a step in the right direction and the fact that the GM's have been a part of this move is encouraging. With that said though, I don't think that this addresses what the real problem in UO is (as far as harassment in general goes).
Answer from Cynthe:
I do see your point, and it's one that was discussed at length. But in every case of policy, there are two major things to consider.
|Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001, 11:09 AM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Remember houseplacing last year? It looks like there is a small bug in the code used for this event, since someone over at the uo.com boards mentioned this is now exactly one year after it. People on all the european and asian shards got telestormed since the servers came up this morning. But good to hear that the people at OSI reacted very fast about this issue, and FierYiCe just dropped a small note on the uo.com-boards:|
This should be fixed now. :)
|Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001, 7:05 AM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|OSI Harassment Policy Update|
|The harrassment policy of OSI on the official UO website has been updated.Cynthe posted this on the official UO Boards :|
Ever since I came into the UO community, harassment has been a major issue - especially on this board (remembers the never ending harassment thread). Part of it was the fact that there were so many instances of it, and part of it was the fact that our stance was not as cut-and-dry as it should have been.
This is the latest updated version of OSI's harassment policy
HARASSMENT POLICY AND REPORTING
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 11:01 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Quest Sculpture Design Contest!|
|Hail and well met!|
While lounging around Britain's West Bank the other day, I watched the horde of fellow citizens hocking their newly acquired "tribal spears", "tribal masks", as well as a few other things that may have held some value to a select few. While I listened to these rantings about the magnificence of these new items, an idea sparked in my mind. I quickly rushed home and tried this idea out a few times myself (with poor results due to my artistically challenged hands). But I had still found a new way for citizens to use their minds and imaginations to create great works of art! By using a few orcish kin masks, a nose helm, and a spear, I had created what I dubbed an "Orcish Guard"! *snicker*
Anyway, with that aside, I would like to let it be known that I am hosting a contest not driven by how high your taming or magery is or how much money you can waste, but a contest that tests the ability of your mind. In this contest, you will be using new quest items to create sculptures of your own. Then, we ask that you take a screenshot of the sculpture, crop the picture please (leave out unimportant parts of the picture in other words), and send it to us here at the Napa Valley Sculpture Contest.
Now there are, of course, some rules. Here they are.
I draw this message to a close with these words: Let's get sculpting!
Snake of Moonglow
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 9:11 PM EDT by Snake (NapaValley)|
|Trinsic Meeting Report|
|Trinsic Council Report: |
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 3:50 PM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Scenario FAQ By Calandryll|
|Here is little Scenario FAQ by Calandryll:|
Q: Will the items, monsters, and points-of-interest remain in the game once the scenario is over?
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 1:56 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Ultima Remakes - Monthly Update|
|As promised a good month ago, I will keep you updated about the Ultima remakes currently out there:|
Ultima II/III - Exodus:
Great news from the Exodus-Project:
Finally, the U2 Upgrade is complete. Release 1.0 is available on the download page. You can read all about it here. If you don't want all the details, then let me say just this - you can now disable autosave, save on galaxy maps, and save on your vehicle. Oh, and most of the text is lowercase now, too!Ultima V - Lazarus
For those who feared that the team from Lazarus-team ran into some legal issues because they were down last night, here is an email from Tiberius Moongazer answering my deepest fears:
Teich,The best news is they site is one again up and available!
Ultima VII - Exult
The folks over at Exult are active as always:
29 June 2001 - Alpha 4 has been released! Highlights include:Ultima IX – Eriadain:
I received a long letter from Moa talking about their current situation:
Don't we look like in a fine mess ? :p
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 1:50 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Invitation: Wedding of Melkor and Rose|
|Ug Hummies! |
Let me take a minute from fighting these savages to tell you about a message we received from Lord Melkor:
Lord Melkor of Freeport And Lady Rose of Freeport request the pleasure of your company at their marriage on Saturday July 22, 2001, At 2 o'clock in the afternoon at the Royal Palace of Nujel'm, followed by a reception at the Nujel'm Palace and Royal Gardens.I guess "Bones," my new pet dragon, will have to stay home. Too bad, he so loves a party!
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 6:59 AM EDT by Ithunk (LegendsAOL)|
|The purpose for this gathering is to discuss the price of each potions or potion kegs so we can standardized the price in Oceania shard, also to meet experience alchemist to exchange idea in potions sellings and trading among the alchemist. |
The meeting will be held at SUNDAY 15th of JULY 1.30pm Sdyney Time at MOONGLOW LYCEAEUM.
For any other information please contact
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 3:22 AM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|Savage Special Attack|
|Confirmation from Calandryll (UO Desiginer, Ongoing Content) that savages have a special attack when mounted on ridgebacks on the official UO Boards :|
Regarding the ridgebacks... Actually, when mounted, the savage riders perform a special stomp attack that damages everyone near them and knocks them down. Once they got knocked off, they can't do the special attack.
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 3:14 AM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|This missive arrived, obviously penned in great haste and with some urgency. Though the message is a bit cryptic, we can deduce that there must be some dirty work afoot: |
Whilst checking out the docks in Britain, a dark and sinister man approached me and passed me this message:
We appreciate the warning, Thalios, and are keeping our eyes to the shores in anticipation of what may come.
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 12:10 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Balhalaban reports on current orc/savage situation|
|This finely detailed account of the current events is brought to us by our friend Sir Balhalaban: |
Recently, I'm sure you've all heard of this new orc cave that is within the Orc Valley. It is real I can assure you all of that, and it is also quite dangerous. Last eve, I took my first trip into the cave accompanied by no one as I was unsure of the danger factor, but I did take along a few orcish kin masks to assure that I would be safe from the orcs whom I side with on this scenario. This new cave was filled with many and interesting things, including those new orc brutes who, as I found out, hit extremely hard. I was on my mage and in one hit I was dropped from 100 hit points to 25 and when I attempted to teach the scoundrel a lesson I was soon to realize it's spell resistance was quite high, for several of my best flamestrike's did but mere damage to him. He even laughed at me. It was quite embarassing. A few new things I found in the cave were "an orcish drilling device," obviously what these orcs used to dig their new home to stay away from those dreadful savages who won't leave them alone. Also I found some sort of a shrine to what I'm guessing are the orcish gods, there were "orcish idols" about the place and trees tall and short surrounding this sacred place. For those of you who, like me, side with the orcs, I suggest that upon entrance to this cave you bring supplies because I found dire wolves, corpsers, and I've heard from others that there are earth elementals in the cave as well. I took the liberty of exploring the shard on both facets and their was not much difference, side the fact that Felluca's was littered with greys and overspawned. I suggest that all who read this immediatly go and see this new marvel of ours. It's quite an interesting thing indeed and I must applaud the orcs on their survival tactics for they have eluded the savages for quite some time. Now there are several new savages as well. I went to the city of Cove once again on both facets and discovered a new savage shaman. This mighty savage casts up to 7th circle spells and wears a deer mask, it's not quite worth the time of day to kill them in my opinion as they had little more than a bag of minimal regs and around 100gp each. Their are also new savages riding what looked like bright yellow ostards. These are ridgebacks. Quite an interesting creature and the tactics for taming them are interesting, too. I had to use a bola on the savage to dismount him and then I proceeded to tame the ridgeback. It takes about the same level of skill required to tame a frenzied ostard and yet it is available to all to ride regardless of skill levels in animal taming and animal lore. The ridgebacks are quite weak, however, and they're not really worth having unless you want to have this "cool yellow ostard," so to speak. To end my report, I wish you all good luck on your adventures and I must suggest that everyone explore these new marvels. Who knows what you can find of interest in "The Orc Cave" and perhaps the savage shamans will carry yet another new goodie for all of us to toy with. Farewell, my fellow Britannians and to all a good day! -Sir Balhalaban- I have not ventured to the cave myself, but I did have the wits frightened out of me by Jheli Beene. Somehow, he managed to get his mitts on some of those berries and concocted body paint. I came into the Stratics Centre rather late and he jumped out at me from the patio, shaking a spear. He was lucky I'd left my bow in the bank or he'd have been a goner. Thank you so much, Sir Balhalaban, for this in-depth report.
Recently, I'm sure you've all heard of this new orc cave that is within the Orc Valley. It is real I can assure you all of that, and it is also quite dangerous. Last eve, I took my first trip into the cave accompanied by no one as I was unsure of the danger factor, but I did take along a few orcish kin masks to assure that I would be safe from the orcs whom I side with on this scenario.
This new cave was filled with many and interesting things, including those new orc brutes who, as I found out, hit extremely hard. I was on my mage and in one hit I was dropped from 100 hit points to 25 and when I attempted to teach the scoundrel a lesson I was soon to realize it's spell resistance was quite high, for several of my best flamestrike's did but mere damage to him. He even laughed at me. It was quite embarassing.
A few new things I found in the cave were "an orcish drilling device," obviously what these orcs used to dig their new home to stay away from those dreadful savages who won't leave them alone. Also I found some sort of a shrine to what I'm guessing are the orcish gods, there were "orcish idols" about the place and trees tall and short surrounding this sacred place.
For those of you who, like me, side with the orcs, I suggest that upon entrance to this cave you bring supplies because I found dire wolves, corpsers, and I've heard from others that there are earth elementals in the cave as well.
I took the liberty of exploring the shard on both facets and their was not much difference, side the fact that Felluca's was littered with greys and overspawned. I suggest that all who read this immediatly go and see this new marvel of ours. It's quite an interesting thing indeed and I must applaud the orcs on their survival tactics for they have eluded the savages for quite some time.
Now there are several new savages as well. I went to the city of Cove once again on both facets and discovered a new savage shaman. This mighty savage casts up to 7th circle spells and wears a deer mask, it's not quite worth the time of day to kill them in my opinion as they had little more than a bag of minimal regs and around 100gp each. Their are also new savages riding what looked like bright yellow ostards. These are ridgebacks. Quite an interesting creature and the tactics for taming them are interesting, too. I had to use a bola on the savage to dismount him and then I proceeded to tame the ridgeback. It takes about the same level of skill required to tame a frenzied ostard and yet it is available to all to ride regardless of skill levels in animal taming and animal lore. The ridgebacks are quite weak, however, and they're not really worth having unless you want to have this "cool yellow ostard," so to speak.
To end my report, I wish you all good luck on your adventures and I must suggest that everyone explore these new marvels. Who knows what you can find of interest in "The Orc Cave" and perhaps the savage shamans will carry yet another new goodie for all of us to toy with.
Farewell, my fellow Britannians and to all a good day!
I have not ventured to the cave myself, but I did have the wits frightened out of me by Jheli Beene. Somehow, he managed to get his mitts on some of those berries and concocted body paint. I came into the Stratics Centre rather late and he jumped out at me from the patio, shaking a spear. He was lucky I'd left my bow in the bank or he'd have been a goner.
Thank you so much, Sir Balhalaban, for this in-depth report.
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 12:04 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|UONewbie.com Back In Business|
|The following news came into us today from Swissie of UONewbie.com: |
UONewbie.com - you may remember the name from the website that was present on the internet about a year ago. Good news, I've restarted it and it's better than ever!In addition, some of the things Swissie posted on their site that they plan on updating in the near future include:
|Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001, 12:04 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Thanks to Chris for sending us in some info on a great new fansite, www.badgamers.com: |
ATTENTION MMPORG PLAYERS:
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 11:56 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|#Ultima-Online Celebrity Chat|
|#Ultima-Online Celebrity Chat |
Join us Monday, July 16th at 7:00PM CDT in #Ultima-Online for another Ultima Online Celebrity Chat. Our guests this week will be Calandryll, Gromm, and Augur from the UO Event Design Team. Stop in and ask them your questions about their current and upcoming scenarios and projects.
Never been on Stratics IRC before? Download an IRC client, such as mIRC and connect to one of the following servers:
We hope to see you there!
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 11:51 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|The next installment of "The Assassin" by Mystery|
|Mystery's tale continues... |
A Knight's Journey part II
To be continued....
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 11:46 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|FBC hosting auction this weekend|
|An announcement scribed by Gem: |
Avast me hearties, 'tis time once again!
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 8:50 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Troubles in ShadowCove|
|My friend the Town Cryer delivered this to me today. It seems something sinister is looming over the kingdom of Shadowcove! |
Urgent Bulletin from Kale about the Kingdom!
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 8:08 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|This is the 4th episode so far in the Vampire Quest that will be taking place in the near future. If you want to see more about the quest then go here.|
If you want to read the previous three episodes then go here: Episode One , Episode Two & Episode three.
Now on with the show:
I was bone dry. Barely a drop of blood left.
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 7:53 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Guildmaster Breakfast at the PCC|
|Shaymus, Community Leader of PCC, sent us the following: |
On Sunday 15, at 9:00 am PST at the Trammel Community Center, Shaymus, Community Leader of PCC, will be hosting a Breakfast / Get Togeter for Guildmasters and/or thier assistants. The purpose is to discuss various issues that Pacific Guildmasters may have. We will have guest speakers as well .There is no charge. Just come on out for the information and some fun as well.
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 6:56 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Pacific)|
|More on the Great Booty Hunt|
More information concerning the Great Booty Hunt has come to light recently.
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 3:39 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|New Board At UO.Com|
|For those who have waited a long time for it - finally here is the new board Scenarios and Ongoing Content over at uo.com. I guess a lot of players will take the option to talk about scenarios right now, so take your chance to disuss the last and further events there.|
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 3:07 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|New Orc Cave Proves Dangerous|
|Hail and well met, Citizens of Sosaria. |
It's common knowledge by now, that a new and mysterious orc cave as suddenly appeared in the old Rat Valley. The cave is easily found and within quick walking distance from the Cross Roads, west of Britain.
For those who've not yet had an opportunity to visit the cave, it may be a good idea to go with a small party of trusted comrades. I made several trips into the area last night, and was met each time by dozens of orcs, ettins, ogres and a dire wolf, or two. Now, while that may not sound daunting to the more experienced explorer, I can only say that on 2 occasions, I had over 25 hostile critters on my screen. And all of them were intent on relieving me of one body part or another.
Upon entering the cave, I was met by another hostile collection of Orc Choppers, Mages and Lords. A bit further into the cave, I came "face-to-pug ugly face" with the Orc Brute. The Brute hits like a Titan and has a very high level of magic resist. I'll not bore you with my "other" experiences in the cave. I wouldn't want to spoil any surprises. *grins*
Now, having issued a timely warning of caution, I'll give you some very simple directions to the cave. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the area known as Rat Valley, the following route will take you straight to the cave, with little chance of becoming lost.
As you come through the mountain pass, west of Britain, turn right into the forest (northwest) and just follow the mountain. The area is heavily wooded and the route seems longer than it really is, due to the twisting and turning through the trees. In actuality, it's about a brisk 5-7 minute walk from the Britain West Bank. The mountainside continues on and curves back to the North, then east. Just follow the contour of that mountain range and it'll take you directly to the new cave.
Of course, you can always buy a rune to the cave from any number of explorers. I saw several runes sold at prices ranging from 300-600 gold. If anyone has the coordinates to the cave, please send it to me and I'll pass it along.
**Note to Marco Polo** I noticed that you were heading into the cave as I was leaving. I hope you'll soon grace us with a full report of your adventures in this newest addition to Sosaria
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 2:47 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Copperpot Reports on New Orcs and Savages|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
That wandering bard, Copperpot, has sent another message regarding the recent appearances of new savages and orcs, and his encounters with both. Read on.
Hail my good friend, Cyn.
I call upon you again in these dire times to inform the good people of our fair land of new and disturbing developments, the foremost of which are the sudden appearance of the new class of savages. The Savage Shaman perform up to level 7 magery and can be pick out of the masses the Deer mask they wear, which like with the rest of the masked savages, is part of there loot along with a lil' bag of regs, 1 to 4 of each reg, the best I can tell, and an empty backpack. Perhaps the backpack contains some item that disappears should the Shaman not be dispatched, quickly enough. The Shaman also carries roughly 100 gold, give or take a lil.'I thank you for this report, friend Copperpot. And I appreciate all the information pouring in from across the land. I'll not print anything that could possibly spoil future surprises but will release the info as soon as the first wave of brave explorers have had an opportunity to experience the new developments, firsthand. And to be sure, more "stuff" looms on the horizon.
Until next we meet, safe journeys to ye, one and all. And watch for those Orc Brutes. They're nasty, indeed.
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 2:15 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Fierce Gladiator Fights in Caina Casino|
|This just in from the wonderfully cheerful necromantic cabal, the Order of the Ebon Skull.|
Come one, come all!
This coming Sunday at 9:30 PM EST another night of drinking, gambling, and now fighting at the Cainan Casino! Aye, ye heard me right! This coming Sunday twill be gladiator battles within the Casino itself for the viewing pleasure of the audience. Bets of amounts not to exceed 200 gold crowns may be placed on any two of the combatants. Have a drink, watch the gladiators as they battle for thine amusement, and enjoy!
Aside from that, the usual Casino games twill be open, including Order vs. Chaos, One Two Three, Dare Devil Dice, Darts, as well as the brand new Cainan Roulette! A new game that last now to be implemented… tis where three boxes are presented… one of which tis trapped to such a lethal degree as to guarantee death! Challenge a hated foe, or play for gold! Tis up to thee to take thine chances with such!
The gladiator event tis open to any that dare enter, but is restricted to those using the three major weapon classes. Entrée fee amounts to 2,000 gold crowns, the winner taking home half of the total entry fees. What do you have to loose ifin ye are the best, eh? No armor or healing of any kind is allowed. Magic of any kind is not allowed.
Information regarding Casino games can be found at www.ebonskull.org/caina
The Asylum of Peridition is a subsidiary of the Tal’mahe’Ra
Order of the Ebon Skull
Yes, there's nothing like a night of death, destruction, and gambling to cheer one's soul. Now I wonder if I might be able to get a free drink out this....
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 1:35 PM EDT by Garrett Granth (Atlantic)|
|Calandryll About The Orc-Scenario|
|Calandryll made two interresting postings about the current scenario over at the uo.com-boards, here is the first one:|
1) The town defense in Trinsic lasted several days and the finale was many hours long, thus insuring massive numbers of players participated. (I understand massive numbers means lag, but I think you wanted massive numbers, right?)The second posting is contains some information about the length of the scenario and the final battle:
The scenario ended too soon, (although many of the towns were still being attacked last night during prime-time) but we already hard at work on the next one and will take the learning from this one with us. The dynamic ending was probably hyped too much by me, something I am usually better at managing. That said, there was far more to this than that ending, which was only one part of the scenario as a whole.
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 1:34 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Baroness Alina's Farewell Party|
|Baroness Alina sent us the following message : |
On Thursday the 12th July (tonight), Conner of Minoc (aka Baroness Alina, aka Gruumsh) will host a Farewell party. It will take place on the docks of Buccaneer's Den, where the PoD Black Market also takes place.Alina was a long time reporter for UOBibliothek and a figure of the german roleplaying scene on our shard. Thanks for everything... You'll be missed.
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 4:33 AM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Grimoire Fight Night|
|Hail and well met,|
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Fight Night Event at Grimoire Arena,
Your humble servant
|Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2001, 1:06 AM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|Meet the Savages|
That's right, we finally know what all those Orcs have been frightened of. Here's the preliminary report that our own FatherGanja made on the discovery of Savages:
I started in Cove, to see how the town closest to the fort was fairing. It was a battlefield. Dead orcs and humans everywhere, with a pile of 20 bodies around the healers(there was a scout camped outside picking off the newly resurrected). The first thing I noticed was the red named Savage Npc'sAnd here's some more information from our own Feenicks:
They have a spear, bone arm and leg armour, and in the bag, a few bandages and around 30-40 gold.When Calandryll was complimented by a player on how good the savages look, he had this to say:
Thanks, although I have to give credit to our artists for that one as I can barely draw a box. :PAnd something else worth noting from Calandryll:
The majority of savage names are named after OSI staff, mostly Dev and QA. I changed the names to make them sound more in keeping with what a savage might be called. There is one called Kahl too. :)You can noticed this in one of the images above. Sinthe remind you of anyone? Or perhaps this one here; Ogger?
Our tamer forum moderator, Mordanna, had this warning to add:
If you value your pets, do not take them to fight the new savage NPCs!Calandryll commented on how this ability of the savages to take on such large beasts fits into their planned lore:
Well, the fiction for it is that savages are adept at taking on large (think things like wooly mammoths - or in UO terms, dragons) and/or deamonic creatures (deamons, nightmares, etc.). They understand where the weak spots are and are able to do more damage. I don't consider this a nerf though, but it does represent some challenges for tamers. You can't simply bring in two dragons and let them run into the fort...they'll die. Now you have to keep track of your pets, heal them, and make sure they don't take on more than they can handle.And this:
Well, let me put it this way. Savages are tough against a dragon, no doubt about that. But dragons can eat a lone savage alive virtually every time, especially if the dragon is being healed. Savages do lots of damage when they hit a dragon, but they don't hit all the time. Their weapon skill is less than that of a dragon, so the dragon (along with it's breath and spells) hit a LOT more often. But yes, people need to change their tactics with their pets. They can't just meander into a spawn and let their dragons loose against savages.Our Items and Artifacts Archivist, Courage, put together this great collection of the 29 different new colors of Savage Masks.
The 30th color is the original unhued tribal mask that we already had in game.
Calandryll confirmed it with this comment:
Correct. The savages have 29 colors, plus the regular ones. Some of the colors are very similar, but there are 29 different hue numbers in the range.Now that you have your new hued tribal mask, you may be wondering where you can get that fabulous body tatoo from. Well wonder no more. The body tatoo comes from tribal paint. Tribal paint is made by those with the cooking skill out of berries carried by female savages. The tribal paint either wears off after death or can be cleaned off with the use of an oil cloth.
Here's what our own Phil of Europa had to report on his first findings:
Berries are spawning on female savages, it seems to be about 1 in 3 carry them, a similar proportion to the masks.Doc Brown of the Britannia Society of Chefs(BSC) gave us some more details on the savage body paint:
80 cooking is the required skill.I'd like to thank all the Stratics researchers that have helped so much in gathering all this information as well as the readers that report to us.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 10:13 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Savage and Orc News (Spoilers)|
|Just a quick post to let everyone know that we have been receiving many reports of changes in the world of Britannia this morning. Of note are that several cities are being invaded by all new Savages, including magical ones (so-called Shamans) and some even riding on new beasts called Ridgebacks. On the other side of the battle we've also received reports of the Orcs building a new cave south of Yew. We are working on a full detailed report on both occurances and should have it out to you soon. Make sure to keep an eye out on our Quest and Events News as we put it all together for you.|
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 4:21 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Ambassador Orkie Visits Orc Cave|
|Pelle from the Napa Valley news team passed on this excellent report to us of Ambassador Orkie's visit to the newly found Orc Cave in Orc Valley. |
Hi friends! I hope you remember me. Yes, I warned you many weeks ago to stop this silly invasion stuff and just get along, but you didn't listen to me did you? Now we have a bunch of Casper the friendly Ghosts running around too. *Sigh*Thankye Pelle and Ambassador Orkie!
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 4:19 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Ambassador Orkie's new digs|
|This was just sent in. I wonder how Orkie gets his information so fast? (I'm thinking he's at least half orc on his mother's side)|
Hi friends! I hope you remember me. Yes, I warned you many weeks ago to stop this silly invasion stuff and just get along, but you didn't listen to me did you? Now we have a bunch of Casper the friendly Ghosts running around too. *Sigh*
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 3:29 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Chesapeake Shard Reverted|
|This was just posted to FYI:|
The Chesapeake shard, which has been a week behind the other shards in the event scenario, was updated with the current week of the event scenario publish this morning, which has reverted it from its state of Publish 12 back to Publish 11 along with the other shards.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 2:24 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Great News About Ridgebacks|
|Great news from the uo.com-boards about the ridgebacks and for players who would like to ride one, but don't have a tamer:|
Yes, they require high taming to tame, but no taming to own/ride.
In another posting Calandryll talks about some things that players may have misinterpreted about the scenarios:
Most GM's are tired of it because of the volume of calls it generates.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 12:18 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Love in the Kingdom|
|Submitted to me by the town cryer of the great Shadowcove Kingdom. |
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 8:38 AM EDT by Delirium (Chesapeake)|
|In Memory of the Late, Great Chaos/Order Wars|
| Greetings, pilgrims. |
A few weeks ago, I chanced upon a conversation between Melinko, Welper and several others regarding UO trivia and points of minor interest that have all but faded to dust. Among the issues discussed was that of Order and Chaos.
One only has to sit near the Britain Bank and observe in order to realize that the Order/Chaos wars are a mere shadow of their former, glorious selves. It was this fact that prompted a discussion of the whole Order/Chaos issue.
Now, being that I am both an editorial writer as well as an event reporter, (a duality of nature that drives my poor editor, Ith'unk, up the orc fort wall) I thought of writing an article, lamenting the demise of the Order/Chaos struggle.
Then it occurred to me that perhaps only the "old timers" would understand or appreciate such a perspective as I might have. And I mean that only in the sense that Order and Chaos do not represent the same ideal today as they did, in the early days of UO. Originally, Ultima was a "plot-driven" world in which the events and environment were created around a supremely constructed storyline. The thing that made UO unique was that the "storyline" never dominated the gameplay, but rather enhanced it. It gave Sosaria a certain "flavor," yet allowed citizens the opportunity to forge their own niche in the Ultima world. And in those days, Order vs. Chaos was a critical element of the environment.
The original "storyline" of Ultima was a fascinating piece of work, both in scope and social relevance. It contained elements of issues that went far beyond the timeworn conflict between "good and evil." I'll give you a brief example.
In the original story, Lord British was a champion of Order. Now, that's not to say that Order was "good." It wasn't intended to represent either "good" nor "evil." Lord British saw "Order" as sequential growth, using well constructed plans and purpose. Blackthorn on the other hand, who also happened at one time to be Lord British's best friend, was the champion of Chaos. It was his belief that Chaos represented new and dynamic growth. He further believed that "order" was stagnant and that without a "chaotic influence" the land would shrivel and die. Thus, from these two opposing philosophies came the Order/Chaos wars.
And the wars were magnificent affairs, with dozens upon dozens of warriors battling in the myriad streets of Sosaria. In those days, the great heater and Roman style shields of Order and Chaos were far more than "extra armor" or decoration. They represented grand philosophies. Of course, they DID look sharp and there's no denying the appeal of equipping a parry warrior with one of those nearly indestructible pieces of hardware.
But somewhere along the way, the ideals of philosophy gave way to a simpler, though errant mindset. The error of this idea was that "order was the cause championed by Lord British, therefore it must be good." Likewise, "British opposed the ideals of dynamic, unfettered growth...i.e. Chaos, therefore Chaos must be evil."
And it seemed that many citizens were inclined to gravitate toward that "bad guy" image and Chaos guilds started to spring up like weeds in a cotton field. And as Chaos grew, Order shrank. Many days, Chaos warriors rode tired circles around the streets of Britain, with nary an Order warrior to be found. And few things will frustrate a pvper like the absence of an opponent. The end result was that without adversaries to fight, Chaos guilds grew bored and quit the field. And today, the historic Chaos/Order conflict represents little more than fond memories.
I've heard that in some parts of the multifaceted Ultima Universe, the Chaos/Order wars still continue, as hotly contested as in earlier times. I can't verify or deny these rumors, I can only speculate. But some small part of me hopes that the wars still continue on, in another place, in another time. The ideals that drove the proud Chaos and Order warriors are both as valid today as they were in days of yore.
To those who ever bore the Shields of British or Blackthorn and to those who still carry forth the fight, I salute you.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 3:33 AM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Report from the Trumpets of Britannia|
|This report comes to us from JuffaArchui and can be found on The Gathered Spirits' website.|
The Gathered Spirits' Trumpets of Britannia event, held in our new Trammel tower last Saturday 7th July, saw 40 participants from across five different shards come to one venue to share their experiences of life in Britannia.Thanks for the report.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 2:07 AM EDT by Ash Kaitlyn (Pacific)|
|Great Booty Hunt!|
This news in from the pirates of Scoundrel's Cove.
Evil luck to all the participants.. and watch your pouches. *grins*
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 10:34 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|FYI - Orc Masks and Savage Paint|
|Posted on the FYI Section of the official UO Site :|
Many players have been asking about the new masks of orcish kin and the savage tribal paint and how they work. While most players have figured out the mask will explode if you attack an orc and the paint will burn if you attack a savage, there are many other interactions that are designed into these masks. In order to clear up some confusion, the list below should clarify some of these interactions. Note the examples are all in reference to the mask of orcish kin and orcs, but they all hold true for tribal paint and savages as well.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 9:03 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Casino and Kazoos in Shadowcove|
|Written on the back of a sheet of kazoo tunes, I found this on my doorstep the following morning, signed by Morgaine. |
Win your fortune at our gaming tables or sit back, relax and share stories with other patrons at the tavern. Open every Wednesday from 9pm-12pm est, we are located at the Halls of Havoc Keep in Shadowcove. Coordinates are 61°N, 61°E and runes can be provided by the staff on request.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 7:56 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|A Drunken Town Cryer|
|I rubbed my eyes in the darkness and lit a candle, awakened by a man playing a strange instrument and singing on my doorstep. He seemed to be a Town Cryer, and his clothes identified him as a Shadowcove citizen. Was he maybe a bit lost? |
*Plays his kazoo*The man staggered away from my doorstep, as I just stood there, puzzled, holding the candle in my hand. I thought I should tell him this was not Shadowcove but Fire Isle. I doubt, however, that he would have listened to me.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 7:48 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Storytelling With Meredith|
|This announcement was sent in by Ursula |
Please join us this Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30pm PST at The Golden Globe Theater to share stories with old friends and new. Share your tales of bravery fighting savages, orcs or both! Or perhaps a touching story of true love.Thankye Ursula!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 7:25 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|This Week At Impy's|
|The good folks at Impy's left me this scroll earlier today. Sounds like a full week at the Arctic Faire with the Leather Working Night and the Auction. |
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 5:46 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Publish 12 Update - July 10th|
|Another Update about Publish 12 comes to us this morning from Cynthe: |
Publish 12 Update
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 4:44 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|More News From The Community Front|
|Cynthe just posted the following update about the Online Community Relations Team in her latest Comments from the Team: |
It's time for an update on the Community Relations Department hiring process!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 4:27 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|The Assassin: The story continues|
Mystery's pen has moved once more to produce the next installment of her tale, "The Assassin":
A Knight’s Journey
The End? Doubtful. We await the next chapter from Mystery to see what happens.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 2:53 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|GLV hosts auction at Red Devil's|
Rattler sends out the following announcement:
For those of you who have missed the Red Devil Auctions in the past, fear not as The RD Auction Tower and Hall is cranking up once again.
Thanks, Rattler. Good luck with the auction.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 2:39 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|A Young Reporter Leaves Home|
|Idun whispers soothingly to her nervous horse. She loads its back with a small backpack, containing a sleeping bag, an axe to chop wood, an old sword and a book containing the few words of power she has learned from her mother. This trip will not take her far, but as she is only a young woman who is far from being skilled, or strong, or learned in any craft, her defenses are meager. |
Would the scroll identifying her as a reporter get her through the rough spots? She can only hope. To enemies other than human though, her piece of parchment would not sway the creatures from their murderous instincts. She ponders staring them down, but from what she has been able to tell in her short life, this does not seem to work well. Fear is far from her mind however, and it does not touch her on this beautiful evening. She enjoys the Fire Isle scenery around her with a smile on her lips.
In her heart, she feels nothing but joy and gratitude for all the friends she has met, who helped her and guided her, who came running to her rescue when she needed them, and for whom she would do the same without hesitation. Her hope is that one day she will be able to repay them, but until then she will write, bringing people knowledge of far off places and events.
At the shore, with furious waves crashing violently on the rocks and the setting sun colouring the waters a bloodlike red, Idun pauses. Time to speak those words. She grins broadly. Wherever she goes, new friends and new adventures will find her! What a privilege to be able to write about them! Slowly, her mouth forms the words, "Kal Ort Por".
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 1:59 PM EDT by Idun Syn (Chesapeake)|
|Ultima VI Project Interview|
|I had the chance to make a little interview with the guys from the U6 Project . For those who don't know what it is, these fans of Ultima are working on a remake of Ultima VI using the Dungeon Siege engine. My advice is to read the homepage of them first, and then start reading here.|
I hope you enjoy it:
Teich Dragon: Please explain a bit how you started the redo, and what has happened so far! It seems you got a lot of help, when I look at the crew right now.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 1:18 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Life After the Orc Quest?|
|Calandryll made a very interresting post about the things the folks at OSI planned for the upcoming weeks after the current Orc-scenario:|
Will they continue the weekly updates in the form of another ongoing 'quest' (I use the term loosley)?
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 12:48 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Identity of Heaven's Forge Ghost Revealed!|
|This tale was taken from The Darkmor Tavern Forum |
A small but hardy band gathered at the Hospital today to track down the secrets of the restless spirit plaguing Heaven's Forge. I had hired the grandmaster Cartographer Pabo to lead our search, and the group was prepared for whatever might stand between us and learning the truth.Thankye Mirabel!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 12:34 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|And the Winner Is.....|
Sunday's Fight Night was a fight on more than one level, as griefers tried (and on some levels succeeded) in spoiling the fights. There was some interference with fighters by spectators standing outside the walls. After some discussion, smitten w love decided to let the results of those fights that were interfered with stand. The interference impacted many fighters and many matches, and there was no way to go back and rework every fight. smitten w love has stated that fighters should view spectator interference from outside the pits as yet another challenge to overcome as they attempt to prove they are the best PvPer on the shard.
Outside the pits, Notos worked the crowd, circling repeatedly hoping to find a gray name. Spectators are urged to avoid any act that might brand them a criminal, as the many players who stayed blue seemed to have little trouble. This week, Cap'n Howdy took home the prize (a set of one of every possible piece of armor in gold ore, donated by Bob McForge) for "Most Original PvP move." His opponent summoned an EV, and Howdy used Peacemake and dispel to get rid of the threat. A PvP bard? The crowd gawked. Howdy went on to win his match! A GOOD PvP bard???? The crowd went wild! Well done, Howdy!
Snoop (pictured at the top deftly poisoning an opponent) took home 10K for winning third place. Second Place (and 30K) went to Demon, who took third place last week. Having placed both times, Demon is hungry for the big win next week. Beware!
This week's winner was KMSEMPERFI, who won 60K and the chance to compete in for a Million GP in the Final Fight-Off.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 10:59 AM EDT by Pluffina (Sonoma)|
|Faction News from Amalacon of uojournal.com |
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 2:56 AM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|UO Matcher Dating Service|
|The folks over at UO Matcher just sent us this short blurb about their fun new dating service for UO Characters: |
I have just opened a new UO Service named UO Matcher. It Matches people on EVERY SHARD!!! This site is to Match people from UO for the Characters only. I am not trying to match up people in Real Life. Just the Characters. If you Want to Be Matched up with someone then come visit our website at http://www.geocities.com/uomatcher. Good Day!!They also updated their site this evening with the following request:
We need more females from the shards of Altantic, Baja, Catskills, and Seige. I have a lot of men from those shards but not alot of women. :)To everyone who plans to participate, have fun!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 2:40 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Fixes on Orc Mask and War Paint and UO3D Titles|
|It appears that at least some (if not all) of the fixes for issues with orcs masks and war paint will be in on Wednesday. In response to |
I'm just wondering when that healing patch is going in. Since it's a real pain to run around as a savage when you can't heal while fighting Orcs or for 2 minutes after that.
Calandryll replied on the UO Boards :
The fix for healing with regards to orc kin masks and savage paint will be in on each shard's Wednesday maintenance, with the exception of Chessie since it will be getting the publish previous to this one. All other shards will have the fix.
And in response to
we found a side effect to (war) paint thats rather amusing :)
That's fixed too. Will be active this Wednesday.
In response to a query on the UO Boards about UO3D titles :
Secondly, with publish 12 is the whole system (relating to UO3D titles) now in, and if theres a 3rd tier, will it stick longer (presumably for the amount of effort it would take to get it)?
FieryIce (Programmer UO) replied
Yes, the system is completed in Publish 12. As far as making your titles last longer you just need to kill the more difficult monsters. I can't give you specific numbers but killing harder monsters essentially gives you more time to keep your title. I can tell you that getting the 3rd tier of titles does involve a little bit more than just killing lots and lots of monsters though... .
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 9:59 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|New Poll: Orcs and Savages|
|Draconias came up with the idea for a poll about the current Orc vs. Savages scenario.|
You can see the results of this ongoing poll by following the "Periodic Poll" link in the main menu.
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 8:05 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|The Super Fantastic Guild is back...|
|...and with brand new adventures. |
This time they travel into the depths of Khaldun before deciding to go elsewhere. Anyway, you check it out and see what I mean.
Super Fantastic Guild
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 4:15 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Orc Scenario Guide by RP Corner|
|Heather was so kind to mail us the following information:|
RP Corner, Orc Scenario Guide is Up
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 3:10 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|A Tale of Youth, Music and Amour|
|Hail and well met, pilgrims. |
Today, I thought I'd share with you an amusing conversation that I chanced to overhear in the fair city of Britain. I was standing near the front door of the Conservatory of Music when I heard the Headmaster assigning rooms to new students.
"The ladies shall room in the west wing and all men shall be assigned rooms in the east wing," stated the Headmaster. "Furthermore, for the duration of your studies, male students are not allowed to enter the ladies quarters for any reason."I hope that you, each and everyone, enjoy a wonderful day in the land of Sosaria.
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 1:53 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|New at ImAcat|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
OYE! OYE! WE ARE BACK :)
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 1:32 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Copperpot Warns of Bardic Woes|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
Today I received a most interesting tale from an old and trusted comrade, Copperpot. He tells of an unusual encounter with the mysterious savages in the besieged city of Cove. Read on.
Cyn, my old friend, I have something to share with you that concerns the Bards of the land. Today while trying out my pretty savage makeup, I decided to go to Cove Orc Fort and see what Orc lords I could pick off in the crowd of the hungry savages. As you all know by now, savages and orcs attack each other on sight. Upon entering the city, I quickly spotted a couple of likely orcs and began weaving my spell of music.Mersakes! This could well be tragic for the unsuspecting bard! I would be interested in knowing if any of our other fine bards have had similar experiences. Until next we meet, I bid thee safe journeys, one and all.
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 1:23 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Words of Power|
| The following is from Zog the Fishmonger: |
Savages. Orcs. Most times I be wonderin' if it be even worth me time to come ashore, instead o' stayin' out at sea. But the spirits call, and sometimes a secret ken be discovered in a deep other than the rollin' blue ocean, and that be why I am writin' these words to all of ye.
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 10:01 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|The Bargain is Struck|
| More from Stormchaser: |
Inside the Abbey, we found Winfield, the former Mayor of PaxLair. After exchanging greetings, Winfield asked,"What are you all doing out in this part of the Realm?"
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 9:59 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|There's Always a Price|
| Stormchaser sent us the following: |
One lone warrior and a young lady searching for the witches of Cove. "Will you gate us to Shadowcove?" asked Luigi, standing protectively next to the young Lady JeTamme. I suggested we go to Mythndale and use their rune library to gate to Shadowcove Castle.>
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 9:56 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|New Player Teachers needed|
|Kaia, Lead Teacher, Chesapeake, of the New Player Teachers, sent us the following info: |
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 9:54 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|Lord Tyberious sent us the following: |
The Renshi Clan is sponsoring a Scavenger Hunt. It is to be held on July 14th at 8pm Eastern Sky.
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 9:49 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|The Assassin: The First Installment|
From the quill of Mystery comes this first installment of a series:
What plan has the assassin devised? Only Mystery can tell... Watch for the next installment to arrive.
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 9:35 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|VKR mall festival|
Hail fellow citizens of Brittania
The Virtuous Knights of the Realms are having a festival to help re launch the VKR mall. For those who don't know the mall is a marble house east of Britain comprising of 27 vendors selling anything from rare's to weapons and anything and everything in between.
The festival will have food, ale, PvP demonstrations by VKR and VKT members, a scavenger hunt and other games. Plus its a great chance to have a social gathering of people. Providing all goes well we will also have a treasure hunt afterwards so if ye have any level 1, 2,3 or 4 maps ye have wanted to do for a while bring them along and our resident cartographer will read the maps and take a group of people there to fight the monsters while you get the stuff out of the chest. There will be a limit on how many we can do so it is first in first serve.
You are probably wondering when this will occur or at least i hope you are *grins*. It will be this Sunday the 15th at 6pm EST. There will be gates opening at west Britain bank and the Britain moon gate ( trammel ) from 5:45 till 6:15. Just look for the people in the Blue and White uniforms. If ye cant make it for those times the co ordinates are 36o 28'N 43o 1'E or if that makes no sense leave Britain by the east road and head though the forest. When the forest ends the mall is the first marble house on the right hand side.
For more information please ICQ Brannon on 92344436 or email me at this address [email protected]
Hope to see you all there
Brannon - Knight Errant of VKR
|Posted on Monday, July 9, 2001, 2:38 AM EDT by Whisper (Oceania)|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Your humble servant,
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 3:48 PM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|New Rules Govern Tonight's Fight Night|
| There have been a few rule changes since last week's Grand Opening of Fight Night Season at the Oasis Fighting Pits. smitten w love has provided me with an updated rules list. |
No Magic Armor
The fights start at 4 PM PST at the Oasis Fighting Pits (Co-ordinates 67o 14' N - 47o 31' E in Felucca's Compassion Desert). The first place winner will take home 60K, second place will win 30K, and third place gets 10K.
This week, Bob McForge has donated a full set of every possible piece of armor a GM smith can make, including shields and helms, all crafted of gold ore. This prize will go to the fighter with the most creative PvP move, so get your thinking caps on! There is also a door prize that will be given out in a random drawing to a spectator. Participants are not eligible to win this prize.
The first place winner will also get a slot in the Final Fight Night for the season, battling other weekly winners to take home a cool mil. Yum!
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 1:03 PM EDT by Pluffina (Sonoma)|
|GLPSO plans faire|
This scroll arrived from Dusty:
Before I begin, I'd like to introduce myself. I am part of the Great Lakes Player Seer Organization with Nero and others. When the seers were derobed, Pacrat thought of the idea of having a cross-shard player seer organization. I do not know what is going on on other shards, but on GL we're planning our first event.
For further information, you may contact Dusty.
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 12:23 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|New reference guide available from FCB|
From Fishing Council of Britannia comes this news:
Do the sea's mysteries call you, but you know little of her ways? The Fishing Council of Britannia is most pleased to announce we have the answer to a would-be sailors prayers. Thanks to the generosity of Moff Tarkin, we have a new reference guide in our ever-growing library. Just visit The FCB website and you'll leave your dreary land-bound life forever.
Thanks to Moff for this excellent resource and to Gem for bringing it to our attention.
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 11:31 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
Redlow penned the following announcement:
A UO novel
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 11:04 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Stratics Centre holds grand opening|
The Stratics Center opened its doors last Monday with a celebration attended by over three dozen well-wishers.
Scavenger hunt winner Astrid Nightwind won 50k for her efforts. The original prize of 25k was generously matched by Ian Flemming. The list contained 50 items, with a net worth of about 850 gp's. None were rares, but some were not readily available, such as an arm. Barth VanDorn put the list together in a way that anyone who wished to participate would stand a good chance of winning, no matter their status in Britannia.
Winners of the Art in a Box competition were: Dax Shaddon, first; Rinoa Heartily, second; and Redlance, third. Dax’s earnings were: 25k, a Message in a Bottle, and a pair of black sandals. Rinoa took home 15k and a Message in a bottle. Redlance won 10k. The winning creations are pictured here.
Thunders took top honors in the storytelling competition for his prose entitled “The Ring,” with Indigo and Azrael respectively winning second and third. Prizes awarded were 25k, 15k, and 10k. Thunders declined his winnings, asking that the check be returned to the till for future events. He also donated an additional 100k to sweeten the prizes for the grand opening.
Special guests of the evening were Xena Dragon and Ce’Nedra Willow whose surprise appearances delighted everyone. Lady Ce’Nedra was one of the judges in the Art in a Box contest.
The Stratics crew would like to thank everyone who participated and especially these folks who assisted with the opening: Eaglefellow, along with his brethren from the Order of the Crimson Wolves (OCW) Guild, Sylph, Superfly (+n+) Guild, Magellan and Noleeens.
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 10:29 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|Starr Long Speaks About UO, UWO:O and Tabula Rasa|
|The folks over at GameSpot did a nice job reviewing the cancelation of UWO:O including a look back when UO was merely alone on the game market. In their long review of the events finally leading to the death of UO2 they included a 7 page long interview with Starr Long, who speaks about UO, the making of Ultima Worlds Online: Origin and the things they are planning to do with Tabula Rasa, the game currently developed by Destination Games, the company he co-founded with Richard and Robert Garriot. Here is a little piece from the review:|
While UWO: Origin was canceled, many of the innovations that were to be introduced by the game will likely appear in some form in the future. Earlier this year, Origin released the Third Dawn expansion, another significant enhancement to Ultima Online. While the update retains the game's previous look and feel, it notably introduces 3D characters and monsters and a substantial amount of new territory to explore. Rick Hall, the senior producer of Ultima Online's ongoing development, has indicated that we can continue to expect new content to be produced for the game. There are currently about 20 employees at Origin working on content development, and the game is still gaining popularity. There are now approximately 240,000 ongoing subscribers to the game, and last year, that subscriber base grew by almost 50 percent. Ultima Online has been extremely successful worldwide, particularly in Japan, where the game has a devoted following. So while its sequel was cancelled, Ultima Online is going to continue to be around for a long time.
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 10:23 AM EDT by Teich Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Weekly Moonglow Beergarden - Change of Date|
|An announcement from Yoldran, Mayor of Moonglow:|
The weekly Beergarden in Moonglow which formerly happened every thursday will now happen every monday.Thank ye, Yoldran!
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 6:50 AM EDT by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Imperial Library Council|
|Factions News from Durham Stargazer of uojournal.com |
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001, 3:06 AM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|UO New Player Team Update - 7/7|
|Another update comes to us from Robert to let us know how the New Player Classes from UO New Player are doing: |
Hail to all!!We also received an introduction from one of the new teachers from Chesapeake, Kaia:
Greetings Everyone! I just wanted to inform everyone that the Chesapeake shard is now active in the New Player Classes Program! It is my hope that we will now be able to get things fired up for the young players here on Chesapeake and guide them into a great "young-player friendly" role-playing atmosphere!
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 11:57 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Sonoma Reacts to the Orc Scenario|
| Its Been weeks since we first heard Dudagog's Tale, since we first saw an orcish mask of kin... We had no idea what we were getting into. Now that the story has unfolded a bit, there are two obvious sides, the savages and the orcs. I decided that it was about time to find out what our shard thought of this quest. Are people rooting for the savages or the orcs? The following is a collection of interviews I collected to get an idea of how we as a shard are reacting to all this, enjoy :)|
The first interview (Lord tamer)
Me: Do you think that scenarios such as the current orc/savage happenings enhance your UO experience?
Lord tamer (Lt): yes
Me: What was your favorite item introduced during this scenario so far?
Lt: Well I have to 2, I like the tribal berries and the orcish kin mask. You can put them on and spy on them [orcs and savages]and makes them think your one of them.
Me: If you dont mind me asking, which side do you favor? The orcs or savages and why?
Lt: Well I have to say the orcs side. There seems to be more of them in some towns like were I go in cove there orcs all over and I like to be safe and the savages are not to hard to kill and the orcs bombers hurt soo I like to be on their side :)
Me: So if there were a peak battle between the savages and orcs, you'd side with the orcs?
Lt: I will go with the orcs. If you think about it they have more power with the orc bombers and the orc mages ect.
Me: Ok.. If you were making this scenario, what changes if any, would you make?
Lt: Well not as many monsters. I think there are too many of the savages and orcs and that making too much lag.
Thank you Lord tamer for taking the time to share your opinions with me.
The second interview (Thantos)
Me: Do you think that scenarios such as the current orc/savage happenings enhance your UO experience?
Thantos: No. It's something fun and exciting to do with new items but it gets old after awhile. I mean.. with orcs attacking a city for months, there of plenty of people to fight them off. They should be dead by now. It's not very realistic.
Me: What was your favorite item introduced during this scenario so far?
Thantos: I'd have to say bola balls that allow you to make bolas.I have used them on guildmembers, terrible fun... They make it easier as a warrior for me to take on those pesky mages.
Me: If you dont mind me asking, which side do you favor? The orcs or savages and why?
Thantos: I perfer the savages. They have common ground with us and dont seem to like the orcs very much...
Me: If you were making this scenario, what changes if any, would you make?
Thantos: Well, first, the orc fort has been overrun by savages so the savages should mainly be inside. They should have parameters they dont leave to kep the fort intact. They should have more orcs trying to retake the fort... and all these items should spawn less.. I mean what good is it.. More realism would be nice.
Thank you Thantos for taking the time to share your opinions with me.
The third interview (Talon Wardruid)
Me: Do you think scenarios such as the current orc/savage happenings enhance your UO experience?
Talon Wardruid (Tw): In some cases yes, in some no, take this as an example. It is nice and has a storyline (for those who read it) but the storyline does not fit the quest...
Me: What was your favorite item introduced during this scenario so far?
Tw: The Bola is the only realistic item made though in itself is incorrect as well, though it could be used to knock a man off a horse, the original Bolas were used to trip a man up to stop him from running If they were used correctly they would make PvP more realistic and fun for those with slower connections but instead they made them for dismounters which was a dissappointment to me.
Me: If you dont mind me asking, which side do you favor? The orcs or savages and why?
Tw: Neither to be honest, The Savages are a rampaging flood coming into our land killing both natives(Orcs) and humans as well, The Orcs on the other hand are maruaders and looters, Not much to like in either, though for now I hope the orcs get their homes back and get out of ours, thus the orcs are in my favor for now, The Savages are a strange breed and if peace could be reached I would be willing to see them take over the Orcs homes, but the Orcs have been here and now are fighting on two fronts, and have shown that they are not all dumb as we thought, the Bombers and Scouts are well trained, Perhaps the Orcs have more to show us but for now I think I will fight with the Orcs when I see fit and agaisnt both if possible.
Me: If you were making this scenario, what changes if any, would you make?
Tw: Ahh, well for one I would make the Quest fit the story they are giving us, I want to see a large size Orc and a Savage on a Beast or Savages with bows, and The Bombers throwing Bombs that chase you, get real, I want to see them throw what they carry, a G Explode pot. Other then that it is going well but they need to speed up the transactions faster, Move the plot, it is like a stagnat book, no point in following it.
Thank you Talon Wardruid for taking the time to share your opinions with me.
Well well... I found quite a wide range of perspectives. Everyone had interesting points to share. Thank you to everyone who participated in this.. Especially Raziel who gave his life at the orc fort for our picture :)
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 11:31 PM EDT by Ashley (Sonoma)|
|Asylum of Pardition, Caina Open Again this Sunday Eve|
Hear ye, hear ye!Thankye, Shardak, for this news.
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 1:07 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|BNN - Fighting Back|
|The most recent article has appeared in BNN at the UO.com site. |
Jogug kicked a stone and watched as it skittered across the floor and hit the cave wall. He hated this place. No humies to bash, never enough food, and the cave reeked, even by orc standards. He mumbled some irate complaints to the other orcs in the room, although most of them were too busy with complaints of their own to listen.At this point you all have a choice. Which side will you choose? Do you help the Orcs and protect them from the Savages? Or do you take the opportunity and aid from the Savages to rid the lands of the Orcs? Let us know what you've decided on the thread below.
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 11:53 AM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|2nd UK UO Player Meet - August 4th|
|Thanks to Jonathan Bond for letting us know about the 2nd Annual UK Player Meeting coming up on August 4th in Leicester. Here is their official announcement about it: |
Leicester, August Europa Big Meet 2You can also follow what is going on with this Meet and other European Gatherings at the Europa UO Conventions Website.
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 11:44 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Precasting on Test Center 6|
|Adrick stopped by at Battle Vortex and made the following announcement in a thread over at BV:|
The next update to TX6 will have some changes to *precasting*
If you want to discuss this with Adrick, go ahead and tell him your opinion in the original thread.
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 11:35 AM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Trinsic Meeting Report|
|Trinsic Council Report: |
Sounds like your coming along well.
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 10:18 AM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Leicester Player Meet|
|Thanks for this report: |
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 10:16 AM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|Help Us Help You!|
|Hail citizens of Britannia|
Oceania Player Seers was formed to provide events, competitions and quests open to all on the Shard.
We are a small band, trying to achieve great things.
We run a small event every Sunday, usually starting at 7pm Aust EST and we have several major events coming up in the near future.
I wish to extend an invitation to you all to visit us.
We can be found at this address or at our keep in Trammel 132o23’S 7o27’W
We also hold a public meeting every Tuesday night at 8pm in mIRC #ops
Please feel free to drop by with suggestions or feedback, or just to say hello.
Hope to see you soon!
Oceania Player Seers
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001, 7:34 AM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|I've Been Hacked, Now What?|
|Thanks to Vix over at UO Tradespot for sharing an e-mail she received from William Leverett in regard to procedures you need to take in the unlikely event that your account has been hacked: |
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 8:11 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Precasting - Feedback Wanted|
|Adrick made a post over at the uo-boards regarding the idea of precasting and was also asking for feedback on this issue. |
So if you want to participate in this discussion, go to the boards and tell Adrick what you think….
The argument could be made back at the time precasting was removed that it could be used to pk and was a mystery to those who did not understand how to do it.
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 6:15 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|This is the 3rd episode so far in the Vampire Quest that will be taking place in the near future. If you want to see more about the quest then go here.|
If you want to read the previous two episodes then go here: Episode One & Episode Two. Now on with the show:
If someone had given me a dagger at that moment I would have slit my wrists.
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 5:38 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Three New Secret Gimp Episodes|
|That dastardly looter and foe to miners everywhere has some more adventures for you to check out:|
I have updated my site with three new episodes!
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 4:08 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|Updates on Savage Paint and Orc Masks|
|Calandryll made a followup posting about some minor issues regarding the last patch:|
Healing problems with paint and masks.
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 12:38 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Town of Heaven's Forge Under Attack By Bandit Princess|
|Recently, the Town of Heaven's Forge was visited by a strange ghost. Since then a bandit princess has been threatening the town! Read more about this exciting quest on the Drakmor Tavern Message Board. |
Twas a motley crew gathered at the Virtue Tower to sally forth into Wrong's depths in search of the self-styled Princess of Thieves. We hadn't gotten far when we came upon our first test.Thankye Mirabel
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 2:47 AM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|Zaneti Issues Quest and Challenge to All Treasonous Lords and Ladies|
|Hail and well met. Hail and well met. |
I recently received this note from an unknown author. The report is interesting and thus, I pass it along for your consideration.
While traveling throughout the land, many people have reported seeing posters tacked to trees along major trails and roads. The posters read as follows:It should be interesting to see if any of the Sosarian Royalty respond to this challenge. We'll be following this issue for further developments.
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 12:33 AM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|July 5th UOHoC Log Posted|
|The complete log of the sixty-sixth UOHoC Open House chat from July 5th, 2001 has been posted and is available from the UO House of Commons web site.|
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 12:23 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Lady Kirsten Invites Concerned Citizens to Second Sosarian Summit|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
I just received this missive from the Lady Kirsten, regarding a proposed summit, to be held in the fair City State of Jhelom. This will the second meeting of its kind, designed to address various issues that face the growing population of our beloved Sosaria. Read on for further details.
Lord Cyn,I gratefully accept the kind invitation and look forward to seeing other concerned members of the realm in Jhelom. Until next we meet, safe journeys to you, one and all.
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 12:18 AM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Stratics Centre marred by smoke damage|
|Billowing smoke sent a small wave of panic through the Fens of the Dead today until Stratics reporter/birthday boy Richard Cypher blew out the candles on his cake. |
Please join us in wishing Richard a very happy birthday. Many happy returns of the day, Rich!!
|Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001, 12:06 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|An Orcish Marriage|
We received this scroll from the scribe of Qog of the Stormreavers.
It would seem that love is indeed blind, yes? *chuckles* Congratulations, Qog.
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 11:45 PM EDT by Azalin (Atlantic)|
|A New Stratics Reporter|
|Hail, and (somewhat) well met! Recently the fine organization known as Stratics began searching far and wide for the finest individuals in the realm to become reporters and authors of the lore of the land. Since they did not find those people, however, they did not want to go home empty handed, and recruited me. I am Garrett Granth, author, adventurer, and Guardian of Lore. Many of you have no doubt read some of my news in this fine place before, and I beg of you to forget that dreadful past and read my news anyway. I hope to be distributing any news you may have for me in the near future, and I will no doubt see you in person in the lands of Britannia. Look for a tallish man, about the same height as most, with a black robe and cape, carrying a black staff. That shall not be me, but I suggest you look for that man anyway. You shall know me by my brown feather cap and a bottomless bottle of ale. |
Thank ye all;
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 9:34 PM EDT by Garrett Granth (Atlantic)|
|UO Ex-Volunteer / Player Luncheon|
|UO Ex-Volunteer / Player Luncheon |
August 3-5th Northern Virginia
Time is running out! To date we have 106 attendees signed up for the Luncheon. If you plan on attending or know of someone that is planning on attending please have them fill out the sign-up page at the luncheon web site and get their payments in. Due to space limitations we will stop accepting participants at the first 100 paid attendees. To be sure you are guaranteed a space please pay as soon as possible.
Confirmation has been received !!!!!!
The Luncheon dates are: August 3 - 5th @ Centerville and Leesburg Virginia.Events: rain or shine!
Payments: The cost for the BBQ is: $20.00 per person if payment is received before July 5th. $25.00 per person if payment is received after July 5th. ******* No payments will be accepted the day of the BBQ, Payments must be received in advance!! *************
Payments can be made through PayPal or by check, money order, cashiers check. Information on where to send payments is on the webpage.
The luncheon webpage located at: http://www.dreamwater.net/game/uofriends/ has a few new areas added to it.
Ride Share / Room Share Information: Message boards for anyone that would like to share a room to cut down on costs, share their home with others coming to the luncheon, anyone that can drive someone in (locally to their area), for people that may need rides from the airports to their hotels. Please take a look at these boards and offer assistance if you can =)
Accommodations: Discounted Hotel accommodations have been set up with Homestead Dulles. A room with Double beds is $69.00 per night and Queen size is $79.00 plus Tax. Before you make reservations for a room please email [email protected] for a confirmation number. Once you receive your confirmation number you can call the hotel and set up your reservations. Rooms are running out quickly and with the area having many different events going on that weekend rates are going to be higher at other hotels. So be sure to email as soon as possible for your confirmation number if you plan on using Homestead Dulles.
Airlines: Southwest Airlines offers low rate flights from all over the US. Many people attending were able to get round trip flights for under $100.00.
Camping is also available at the following rates: Electric site: $23.77 per night for 7 people (2 tents) Non electric site: $20.12 per night for 7 people (2 tents)
If you can not afford full accommodations try posting on the Ride Share/Room Share boards =)
Luncheon Gear: With the help of CafePress we are able to offer shirts, mouse pads and other items for the luncheon. Shirts will not be sold at the luncheon so make sure to order yours now.
Some people have suggested doing a scavenger hunt or capture the flag event at the BBQ. If anyone is interested in taking care of these events or would like to run another type of event please let us know =)
See you in August!
SRC DreamOn and Training Lead Tigger
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 3:05 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Ascension Quest: The Quest to Heal the Sword|
|This excellent story was just sent to me by Aedilwulf of Clann Marrach Faol. If there was ever an explosion of quests on Napa Valley it's right now. Check out the Quests & Events forum to find out more.|
...We boarded ship and sailed towards Britain. I was glad for the long voyage. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the good Brother. We fought more water elementals and a sea serpent during the voyage. I doubt if Soltan or I will soon forget Brother Caspius shouting "I will save you Soltan!" when the monsters attacked. Brother Caspius seemed more alive than anyone I had ever seen. He fought the creatures valiantly. He marveled at the dolphins. He stood at the bow of the ship, wind whipping his robe about, not wanting to miss a single thing. I pointed out Vesper as we sailed close to the city. Brother Caspius peered across the waters at the city. He said he had heard that Trolls lived under the bridges in that town. I smiled as once again I was struck by the thought that the goodly Brother was like a child in many ways...
You can find the full story here.
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 2:40 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Pirates in Magincia|
|As the Minister of Internal Security for the Magincian Senate, I make it a point to have eyes and ears everywhere. One of my loyalist citizens passed me this information on the condition of remaining anonymous.|
In your travels around the land, I must give you an advanced warning, be wary of visiting the northern section of Magincia Island in Felucca. Thieves and Pirates have bought up most of the real estate there, and have established their own town, "Scoundrels' Cove", which hasn't been recognized by any government. Crazy Joe (http://lbsc.game-master.net ) owns the two-story house there, and calls it the Scoundrels' Cove Town Hall, where many thieves and pirates gather in the evenings. A few pirates sit on the edge of the waters as well, and don't dare come into town since they are branded murderers by the king!
Magincia itself was a quiet city, but as of late factions have been fighting over ownership of the town. However, the presence of the thieves seems to go unnoticed, which is why I hope you get this advance warning. Visit them if you like, just don't provoke them, and keep a tight hand in your pockets
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 10:54 AM EDT by Dmitri Ne'Sveti (Atlantic)|
|Happenings on Ice Isle|
|One of my Vistani spies intercepted this missive by Rune Artisem of the Order of the Ebon Skull to his superiors. Knowlege is power, nyet ?|
I stood on the top of the Temple of Oblivion and looked over the onlookers. They had all come to see a grand event that would benefit Caina and the will of The Master. The onlookers were that of many, members of the Order (I would note, I assume he means the Order of the Ebon Skull. D.N.), Cultists of the Pendragon, vampires, and even the Mayor of Caina himself. A small bookstand stood before me and on it rested the Codex of Oblivion, the most important text within the history of Caina. I opened my voice and demanded their silence. For now was the time to begin the ritual and to restore a great power of Oblivion.
As I began my chants and readings that made up the ritual, I noticed a fixation that appeared on all of the onlookers' faces. An almost zombie type look as their gaze was upon me. Halfway through the ritual, a spirit appeared that began chanting and wailing dark words that even I had not heard. It was beautiful. As we neared the end of the ritual, the one named Strider was sacrificed to make certain that Oblivion would be pleased. His scream was quick and joyful. It was at this very moment that the sky suddenly fell to the Darkness and lights could be seen emitting from the eastern side of Caina. The spirit that had been summoned vanished and appeared directly in front of the Temple. Myself and the group of onlookers hurried to follow this spirit as it slowly began its march to the east.
There it stood, in all its greatness. Morn Cirith. An ancient power that had long be sealed away in the Abyss before the coming of The Master it was whispered that its power could even rival that of our Golgotha. We quickly went inside the structure and found many wondrous things. Ancient tomes, forgotten arcane experiments, creatures of untold power, the missing runebook library of Caina, and Death... For many of the fools who had came and witnessed the ritual did not ever leave Morn Cirith. For the curiosity killed the cat, so to speak... Then we came across a being of untold power.
I had only heard rumors that he existed but he stood before me. The Unnamed One... Ezerak... For it was his punishment to serve the entity known as Morn Cirith forever...
All are welcomed to come and explore the tower that is Morn Cirith. For it contains many things that are surely to interest the strong-minded... It certainly has many things to destroy the weak...
In Eternal Darkness,
Minister of Race Relations to Caina
Order of the Ebon Skull
A place of power, a rune library, and a necromancers playground. The City of Caina is not for the weak of heart, but still worth investigation.
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 10:28 AM EDT by Dmitri Ne'Sveti (Atlantic)|
|Order / Chaos Weekly Rumble!|
|Hail and well met, |
This just in via carrier pigeon:
Order / Chaos Rumble!Your humble servant,
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 9:26 AM EDT by Raeven Aurora (NapaValley)|
|The OrB/SoE Millitary Games!!!|
|A 3 events series of battles of might and fun with an ally guild Salt of the Earth. These are events held strictly for fun and battle experience.|
All members of OrB and SoE participating in these games are to report to their respective Guild Headquarters
The 3 events are as follows:-
1) Attack/Defend - July 8th, Sunday, 6:30PM AEST.
OrB are the attackers and will assult a building which SoE will be defending. The building will not be a player house.
2) Attack/Defend - July 15th, Sunday, 6:30PM AEST.
SoE will be the attackers and will assult the Trinsic Gates which OrB will be defending.
3) Hunt and Destroy - TO BE DETERMAINED!.
A designated battlefield made up of a large forest are. SoE will be set up someplace, OrB somewhere else. When the flag is dropped both teams head out and search for the enemy however they like, and when enemies are found they must be destroyed.
The teams will be awarded points for different things like achieving objectives and presentation. The team with the most points at the end will be awarded Games Winner.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
As always this is a friendly event with an ally. Friendship must be expressed at all times along with fair play.
The standard ToW will be aplied with the following changes and emphasis:
- No Looting!!! These are our allies, looting will result in point loss and penelties to the looter and the looting team. Bring along your finest armour if you like, it will not be stolen.
- No Res Killing!!!
- No Stealing!!
- Poison is only allowed if you yourself poisoned the weapon.
- No Area effect spells like Fire Field or Poison Field are allowed.
- PETS - No dragons or nightmares allowed or similar creatures. Only animals tamed at the location of the battles are allowed. Horses are fine.
- Summoned Creatures are not allowed.
- Killing of Horses is not allowed. We are not orks.
- No Magic Weapons or Armour are allowed.
- DEATH - When you die you must leave the battlefield. You can return when healed to retrieve your belongings but you must wear the death robe when you return and only take it off once you have left again. No returning to battle.
Extra rules may be added at later dates.
Well people these events should prove alot of fun. I've been working with the SoE GM to work out these events and we both think they will prove alot of fun for both guilds :)
Sir Ram, GM of OrB
|Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001, 7:36 AM EDT by Chainsaw Knight (Oceania)|
|A Change of the Seasons|
Hail and well met fellow Britannians alas, but one last time... Due to the daily struggles of real life, the fact that the real world has been tugging quite hard on my tunic sleeve for quite some time, that is...
Its with this last post that I make that I must tell all of ye that Im retiring for good from the realm of UO... Please hold thy cheers till Im finished...
Ive tried to put this off for as long as possible, hell, Ive even tried to ignore this day coming, but *wham* here it is...
Id like to thank all of ye with Stratics for putting up with bloke a like myself for so long, and for the opportunity to be a part of the team... Ive learned a alot in my stint with ye, especially from Xena, whom I continually "harrassed" with my emails and dry humored comments...
Id like to thank my team of reporters and say good luck in the reporting efforts... The news is still out there, ye just have to keep looking for it...
And, Id like to thank the players of Sonoma for the rapport and kindness ye have shown this ole reporter... My cap is off to ye for without ye, there'd be no Sonoma...
Also, my sincerest apologies to those who's things I didnt quite get the chance to wrap up, finish or simply do...
Now for a few confessions... *smirks*
How many of ye remember Migon the Stranger...? Well, in case ye havent heard or figured out, he was a character played by McCoy and myself from his humble beginnings when he was suppose to be a temporary character who was suppose to slow down General Gaunt's armies by "borrowing" his second in command, Raistlia...
McCoy would play Migon in game most of the time and I would write up what he posted on the boards... It was quite a bit of fun playing both sides of the coin, nothing new from any of the other players who would do the same, but Bones and I figured you should know since he too is retiring as well... It seems that the game would no longer be fun for him in my absence... *smirks at McCoy*
Bones and I have a lot of good memories of the game and they will always be remembed... As for the people who didnt like us... And in Migon's flair: May you go to the Theological place of Eternal Damnation and fester. *smirks* Seriously though, thanks for hating Migon, because he didnt care...
Now, as for our three accounts... We havent quite figured out what to do with them yet...
We're not going to sell them... Thats just silly...
So, with that... McCoy and I would like to say farewell and may the Great I Am smile upon thee one last time in this forum...
Safe Journeys to all, and to all a safe plight...
PS: I dont think Ive left anything out... Oh, yeah... For those of you who were tracking the old Sonoma Notepads when it was still up, may it rest in peace, we were also the Paparazi Press...
|Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 4:45 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Calandryll Comments on Savage Paints|
|Some of you may already know this, but here are some of Calandryll's comments (when responding to a post on UO Discussion) on the newly introduced savage paints :|
2. Savages *WILL* attack the pets of a paint wearer, this includes horses, nightmare, dragons, whatever *BUG*
***After I posted the above, Calandryll made a more comprehensive summary on UO Discussions***
Since there have been quite a few posts about the savage paint and the orc masks, I figured it would be a good idea to post some more information about them to explain why they are doing some of the things they do.
Rather then start a seperate news post, I thought it may be better to add some further updates to the comments on the Savage War Paints and Orc Masks here. Many thanks to Calandryll for alerting Stratics (and also on the official UO Boards) to the following.
Can't make them (ie war paints) stackable because of the fact that they use existing art. If we made them stackable, stacking them would turn them into apples (berry) and honey pots (savage paint).
Healing problems with paint and masks.
Further on the official UO Boards, in response to
well i am have my masks of orc kin exploding on me when i am not flagged as an aggressor. in fact it usually happens after i have been fighting with it on for 15 to 20 minutes. then i attack a savage and i get dismounted, when i check my paperdoll i see my mask is gone. i am also have lots of difficulty healing when fighting savages and i am not wearing paint but am wearing a mask of orcish kin
If you got dismounted, more than likely an orc targetting your horse. The system sees the horse as being your responsibility and hence, the mask explodes when the orc attacks it.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 2:57 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Cynthe Speaks on Intentional Luring in Trammel|
|Following Bodak's comments on Grief Tactics in Trammel (see below), I found interesting Cynthe's remarks on intentional luring in Trammel. Among other things, Cynthe remarked :|
(I)t's been the purpose of Trammel from the beginning to be a place where players do not have to worry about being killed by other players.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 2:47 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Homes of the Exotic & Illustrious July News|
|Krya left this scroll for me last eve at my home... |
|Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 2:41 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|UOHoC Dev Chat Thursday 7/5|
|Stratics is happy to announce its monthly Ultima Online House of Commons Chat with the UO Development Team. The Topic this month will be General Discussion. |
It will be held on this Thursday, 7/5. The usual time at 7pm CST (8pm EST,5pm PST).
The Room will be #uohoc as usual
To connect to Stratics IRC, first boot up your favorite IRC client. Two of the most popular clients are mIRC and pIRCH.
Once your client has been started, access one of the follow Stratics servers by typing /server *.stratics.com:
This java client connects directly to our servers and even allows you to select which channel you wish to access upon startup.
Thanks and have a good time
Daniel - Stonegate - Fischer
|Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 11:55 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Treason?: Empress Makayla Responds|
Empress Makayla of Trinsic sent us the following reply to the accusations of treason:
I, Empress Makayla of Trinsic would like to clarify some things that have happened in our great land of Sosaria of late.This, of course, begs the question: "When, if ever, will Lord British return?" In this orc's opinion, better to have rulers in the cities then let the land fall into anarchy. Well, at least until we get rid of these nasty tribesmen.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 6:18 AM EDT by Ithunk (LegendsAOL)|
|Distributed Backups on Chesapeake|
|This was posted on the FYI Section of the official UO Site :|
The distributed backup system was activated on the Chesapeake shard on Monday, July 2nd following an unscheduled downtime. The system has been actively running on the AOL Legends, Atlantic, Lake Superior, Great Lakes and Hokuto shards, and has reduced backup times considerably. We estimate that this change on Chesapeake will bring the shard backup time down to between 5-15 minutes. As a result, the amount of time required for shard maintenance, restarts, or ‘time warps’ will be narrowed to between 5-15 minutes in most cases.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 9:27 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Grief Tactics in Trammel|
|Many players know this. But for the benefit of the newer players of UO, Bodak (UO eSupport Administrator) posted this on UO Discussions :|
Luring monsters to other players on the Trammel facet (or in Ilshenar) in order to kill and/or loot them can be considered a grief tactic and an exploit of game mechanics. While on Trammel, if you cannot attack and kill another player by any “normal” means of aggression, and you find a way around the mechanics of Trammel to harm or kill other players, you are exploiting the game. Normal means of aggression are:
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 9:23 PM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|Player Meet Report from Indianapolis|
|Thanks to Teresa for giving us a heads up about the followup report she did with the Indianapolis Player Meet. Here is her announcement about it: |
First of all, I'd like to say "Thank you" to everyone who came to the player meet held in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 23rd. I really had a great time and enjoyed meeting all of you. I hope you'll all keep your eyes open for the next one and join us again!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 7:48 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|UO Server Status Lists added|
|For your viewing pleasure, UO Server Status lists have been added to the news pages. Just scroll down a little bit to see it on the right hand side of the news pages. Enjoy!|
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 7:26 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Centaurs Found On Test Center|
|Centaurs have appeared on Test Center. You can find them in the Serpentine Passage there. As far as I found out they are wearing bows and know how to handle them, and they also seem to be using magic. |
As soon as more information is available about them, we will let you know on our Centaur Page. Thanks to Patricia for that heads up.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 6:02 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (TestCenter)|
|We received the following announcement: |
Come one come all to the Grand Opening of the 'S+S Dead Orc Saloon'. The festivities start at 8 PM PST on Friday, July 6th.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 5:46 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Pacific)|
|PCC Staff Auction|
|Armageddon sent us the following announcement: |
The Pacific Community Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Public Auction of its Staff Members on Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 7:00PM pst. The auction will be at PCC Felucca center. Please see our web site for a map and directions to the center.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 5:37 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Pacific)|
| Stella Maris sent us the following: |
To mark the arrival of the 4th Skara Brae Moongate Faire, to be held on July 27th and 28th, the Skara Brae Chimera proudly announces that it will host the "Reflection of Time Past" Contest.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 5:29 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Pacific)|
|"Here comes da Judge"|
| A BNN reporter sent us this report: |
BRITAIN GATE, FELUCCA: Agriculture and the trades are becoming increasingly popular as pickpockets are forced into retirement by those claiming to be "Judges."
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 5:26 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|Galahad Announces Legends Lottery|
|Greetings, fellow pilgrims. |
Joy of joys, but Ith'unk's day will now be complete. Ever the orc to try his hand...(paw??)... at games of chance, this recent message from Galahad will no doubt make his day. Read on, for details on the new lottery!
Hail People of Britania, How would you like to win huge amounts of cash and many other great prizes? Well heres how. From now on I will be conducting weekly lotterys! A ticket costs 1000 gold. Every Sunday there will be a drawing to determine who gets the gold. In each ticket is the ticket number and a unique/seceret code. I'll post the number on the book next to my vendor, on the Stratics AOL legends forum, and on Tradespot AOL board. The more tickets sold the large the prize!Now, if that vendor would only stock mead and barbequed pigeon, Ith'unk and I would would no doubt camp out the site.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 4:45 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Zaneti Accuses Sosarian Royalty of Treason|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
Today, I received this stinging missive and was asked if I thought it may be newsworthy. In my humble opinion, anytime an esteemd citizen levels accussations of base treachery at the combined Royalty of Sosaria, it is indeed, worthy of note. I share with you, gentle reader, that message in it's entireity.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!Another gauntlet flung into the face of Sosarian Nobility. Does this latest fiery retort portend future conflict? To quote a famous scribe and scholar, "The Wheel turns as the Wheel will." Stay tuned.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 4:34 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Mike Sellers Joining UO Dev Team|
|A big thanks goes out to Ce'Nedra Willow from our own News Staff for finding something that could possibly mean big news for all UO fans. From the depths of the rumor mill, we bring you the latest news on a possible new upgrade for UO in the coming months (this would be above and beyond Third Dawn). Mike Sellers, currently working on The Sims Online, recently posted the following to a public e-mail group after a comment was made about visiting Austin: |
...I'll be coming out there to work starting in just a few weeks. I'm leaving Maxis and The Sims to lead the design for the next evolutionary incarnations of UO (aka the-project-that-is-not-UO2 :) ).Details as to exactly what "the next evolutionary incarnations of UO" means are still up in the air, but as we find out more we'll make sure to let you know.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 4:30 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|New UO rap|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box. Took me a while to post thanks to that Hello Kitty link they have. Curses on Hello Kitty Tetris! :)|
I made a new UO Rap, number four so far. It's up on my site, The Britannian's Guide to KewL DooDery at http://www.bobplex.org/kd2001
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 2:14 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|BNN - Conflicts of Conscience|
|Here's the newest article from BNN at UO.com: |
Guilhem marveled privately at the craftsmanship of the city, though his contempt for its creators prevented his showing it. Instead, he affected a sneer of disdain as he strode its streets, being careful to make no eye contact with anyone, and ignoring the stares that followed in his wake.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 1:54 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Comment on Third Dawn|
|Taken from the uo.com boards:|
I've seen a few posts here that have gone into detail as to some of the issues people are still having with the Third Dawn client. I'd like to hear more of these - especially from those of you have have tried the newest build, and have gotten a chance to see the new improvements that we've made. Of course, if we did something you really like, feel free to let us know that too.If you want to participate in this discussion, head on to this thread.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 12:07 PM EDT by Teich Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Spiritwood University Courses|
|The July information from the University of Spiritwood: |
Cheers for that. Good to keep everyone educated in this world. (From request i am varying what i say at the end of posts..some people find just 'Thanks' Boaring,dont know why..)
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 7:29 AM EDT by Marshall Drakan (Europa)|
|A Bardic Performance|
|We've received the following....|
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 3:05 AM EDT by FatherGanja (LakeSuperior)|
|Japanese Housing Decay|
|Posted on the FYI section of the official UO site.|
We have worked to resolve the problem with housing decay on the Japanese shards, and the decay rate for housing will be re-activated on the Japanese shards following their Tuesday morning daily maintenance (local server time).
|Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 12:30 AM EDT by citizenKane2 (GeneralNews)|
|KRONOS and Eve Announce Wedding Plans|
|Hear ye, hear ye! |
It gives me great pleasure to announce the forthcoming wedding of KRONOS and the Lady Eve. The ceremony is scheduled for July 16, at 12 am, eastern time. The event shall take place at the tower of Madd Dogg, in Minoc, on the Felucca facet. For further information, you may contact KRONOS by the magical link provided.
On behalf of the Stratics Legends News Team, congratulations to the happy couple.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 8:04 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Orcs, Dwarves and Werewolves...Oh My!|
|Greetings, pilgrims. |
A few weeks ago, I heard strange rumors of new and unusual "races" of folk, in the Land of Legends. No, I'm not talking about the orcs or savages. I'm speaking of citizens, who walk the very streets of Britannia and who claim to be other than human.
So I set about in search of these folk. In the ensuing days, I did indeed come across "citizens" who claimed to be of the "old races." Among the races of characters, I discovered the High Elves of Yew, the Gnomes who ply their trades while in the employment of Thunderlips, and even a small but growing number of Undead.
Alas, I was fortunate enough to meet several citizens who claimed non-human heritage. I even heard rumors of that oldest of races, the Dwarves, yet was unable to locate any of their reclusive number. In a chance meeting with some longtime associates, I remarked that I had thus been unable to verify the existence of any Dwarven clans in the Land of Lands. A few days later, I received this missive from Cyco Lee who informed me that he has indeed met members of a new Dwarven scept. I thanked Cyco for this information, and in the interest of academia, I requested that he notify me, should he encounter any other non-human races. This is Cyco's latest letter. Read on.
Hail Lord Cyn.I thank thee for the report, Cyco. This issue is still being investigated and explored. Stay tuned for further developments.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 7:54 PM EDT by Cyn (LegendsAOL)|
|Bring Out Your Ore!|
|This interesting scroll was left on my front steps today... |
Sounds like a fun time out there at the Faire.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 3:15 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|Neverwinter Nights HoC|
|Neverwinter Nights Stratics will host the next House of Commons chat with BioWare on July 5th at 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST. (If you are in other time zones, check out World Time Zones to find out what time that is where you are). |
The chat will hosted in the moderated channel #nwnhoc on the Stratics IRC servers. For more information about House of Commons chats and connecting to our IRC servers or our Java IRC interface, please go to chat.stratics.com. If you wish to join us before the chat, you may join us in the #neverwinter channel.
As the BioWare staff has limited time to respond to questions, we ask that you take the time to read the Frequently Asked Questions documents so that we can focus on questions that have not been answered in other media. You can find the official Neverwinter Nights FAQ at Neverwinter Facts Page or Official Neverwinter Nights FAQ . The official Neverwinter Nights forums and the Neverwin ter Nights Stratics forums offer other sources of information about the game.
Check Neverwinter Nights Stratics for more information about the chat and how the question/answer process will be managed.
We look forward to seeing you there.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 2:45 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Return of the Black One|
|Late last eve I decided to go for a walk. As I wandered I began to hear rumors on the lips of the people I passed that the Black One had in fact returned. This puzzled me; I had thought it to be only a rumor, possibly just a joke - and not a funny one at that. But with this information in my mind I crossed over to the dead lands of Felucca. I had decided I would visit my friend Noleeens, the owner of the recently relocated Sandlewood Box Inn located in Caelum Mortuus, figuring that either she or a patron of her's might have some information about this development.|
As I arrived I noted several members of the Cult of the Black Dragon sitting in the Inn. I recognized their leader Kandalor, one of the "knights" El Gringo and the "dark paladin" William. Seeing Noleeens, I greeted her and we spoke briefly of the night's events. It was then Kandalor's turn to talk.
He began by explaining the importance of the Black One's return, and that the Urks and the Cult had joined together to welcome home their "god". He explained that a peace had been declared between the Bloodrock Clan and the Cult, ending a long time war between the two groups. This peace only came as a direct response to the wishes of the Black One.
Kandalor went on to explain that there were two new Chaos Knights named to the fold, Boromir and Eli Drachen. Who would serve as direct warriors against the Virtues and the followers of the Gold One. It was also explained that the Urks were to select two amoungst them who would serve as Chaos Knights, they would be confirmed into the order on the next visit from the Dark One.
The Dark One also reportedly gave the Cult a new Hymn. Some passages and prophecies that were intended to amend the Hymn of Discord and to clarify the order and rules of the Cult. Although not everything was clear to the entire Cult, Kandalor was certain it would be made so very soon.
It was related to me that with that closed the visit from the Black One. The Cult of the Black Dragon and the Bloodrock Clan orcs returned to their villages to discuss the futures of both groups and the new found peace between them. As Kandalor finished the story, and the bottle he was drinking, he excused himself for a "rest".
I stayed for a bit at the Inn, watching the visitors come and go. Making note of those who passed the doors and came in for a drink before retiring home for bed. The mood seemed to be that of somewhat "joy" in this dark foreboding town. That "joy" could only mean heartbreak and doom for the rest of the land though.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 2:43 PM EDT by Barth VanDorn (GreatLakes)|
|New OoC Comic|
|This was just dropped on to my in-box:|
I've just released my 15th comic, titled "The Reagents," dealing with an often overlooked aspect of casting in UO. I'm real happy with the turnout, hopefully everyone will agree. Enjoy :)
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 1:25 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (CandidCoverage)|
|The Scenerio Publish and Chessie Issues|
|Calandryll posted the following news in a couple different areas of the UO Community: |
Because of the recent publish and the holiday (July 4, Wednesday) we will be publishing the next scenario publish today, active tomorrow morning on all shards except for Chessie. Chessie will get the publish sometime later this week. My apologies to those on Chessie for the delay, but given publish 12 and the holiday, we feel this is the best course.Bottom line - Start looking for something new either today (Oceania) or first thing tomorrow. And this also serves as confirmation that Chesey either has already or will very soon be receiving Publish 12.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 12:44 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Stratics Centre Grand Opening tonight, July 2, 8 pm CST|
Tonight, July 2, at 8 pm CST, the GL Stratics Centre will celebrate its grand opening.
The festivities begin at with The Swamp Swap, a swap meet where people can buy/sell/trade goods and services. Tailoring and smithing equipment is available at the Centre for those who wish to fill orders on the spot. If you are the proprietor of a shop, tavern or rune library, bring us a rune to add to the collection in our mini-rune library at the centre.
The Scavenger Hunt will kick off around 8:30. Barth has created a list of 50 reasonably common items for participants to find. Teams are welcome, and encouraged. Winners will split the 25k prize money among their team. The teams have one hour to find as many items on the list as they can and report back to the centre. The first team to either find all the items or find the most times wins.
Art in a Box begins at 9:30. Each contestant is given a small wooden chest containing a number of items. (All boxes have the same contents.) Three additional items of the contestants selection may be added. (Three total, not three other item types in multiple numbers.) Artists have 30 minutes to create a dynorama of sorts in their box. Winners will be chosen based on creativity and presentation by a panel of three judges. Prizes include MIB’s and gold.
Finally, at 10, there will be a Storytelling Competition. Original work, any style (including poetry or songs), 3 minutes or less. The winner will take home a check for 10k, 5k for second and 2.5k for third. The winning stories will also be featured in the GL Stratics news section.
The GL Stratics Centre is located on the swamp’s edge north of Trinsic, Trammel, and may be found at these coordinates: 65'S 48'E. The sandstone was generously donated by Brooks and the Good Guys (GG) guild and furnished with help from GG and the townsfolk of River’s End. The ground floor collection was donated in memory of Tristam and features items from his personal collection as well as other gifts to the centre. The mini-rune library, still under construction, was contributed by Richard Cypher.
This will be the beginning of a series of events hosted by the GL Stratics team and even before it’s begun, the new ones are already on the drawing board. We’re excited about tonight’s event and look forward to meeting you there.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 12:42 PM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|
|A New Face for the Atlantic Reporting Team|
I would just like to introduce myself to the good people of Atlantic. It is my honor to serve you as a member of this august body, and I look forward to seeing you as I travel the land in search of news and the truth.
As one of my first priorities, I hope to visit the taverns and establishments of the land, enjoy the cuisine and perhaps taste a few house wines. *smiles* Remember, atmosphere is as important as the meal. An excellent meal served in the midst of balvan is no better than serving rat stew on a silver plate.
Good travels, and may your road always be free.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 12:37 PM EDT by Dmitri Ne'Sveti (Atlantic)|
|Ravenshire Hosts Ice Dungeon Adventure|
|Cantharsis sent in this invitation |
Yet again we are going to venture into a world full of peril. Bring your winter clothes because it will be cold. Ravenshire is hosting another adventure this time into the freezing depths of the Ice Dungeon.Thankye Cantharsis
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 12:24 PM EDT by Cymidei Fier (Baja)|
|White skinned Savages, Strange masks and the meaning of Mine.....|
|Taken from the Stratics Europa Forum|
From the cover of the shadows surrounding the wooden hut Calador watched the strange beings constructing their camp. Seeing how they moved with purpose and how everything had a place he knew that these creatures were a force to be reckoned with. Ever since recieving the pigeon from Anita, a fellow Mage of GYE, he had hidden close to this new village, watching and learning, trying to fathom out what this race of creatures wanted, needed and why were they here now?
Some he noticed wore strange masks, these he had decided where the leaders of the communities as they seemed to be giving out orders about the guards around the village and where each new building should be placed. This was a precise operation, nothing was left to risk and this made Calador worried. Any move against these beings before their purpose could be ascertained could be disasterous and the implications of a war against these beings foreign to Brittania could lead to troubled times what with the Orcs already attacking cities. Calador prayed to Laraya that no-one would be stupid enough to attack these individuals without first trying to parley with them.
A blood curdling scream rent the night air and as one the creatures all rushed to the north, carrying finely made spears and moving in silence. Stalking forward, Calador followed them from cover, hoping his invisibility spell would not fade and leave him in the bright moonlight for all to see. Ahead he heard the sound of fighting and saw a group of black cloaked figures chanting words of power and unleashing spell after spell into the group of whiteskins that were attacking them. Standing at the back of the group the masked whiteskins urged their warriors on to defeat these invaders.
Looking around Calador saw what had caused the scream, a whiteskin some 20 yards away had been blown apart by spellfire. Cursing to himself Calador realised that this was the start of a new crusade, just because something was new it meant it had to be attacked in some peoples minds, there was no room for the unknown to leave peacefully alongside the other citizens and beings of Brittania, it had to be exterminated before it became too powerfull and caused a threat, No matter that it might be peaceful, extermination was the deciding factor.
The whiteskins were losing, wishing he could help but knowing on this facet he was powerless to intervene, Calador moved away when he heard the scream of the last whiteskin dying, a solitary tear of remorse flowing down his cheek. A new sound split the night air, a human voice, simply shouting "MINE". Looking back because he was curious, Calador saw the group in question arguing and trying to grab the strange masks from each others grasps. It seemed that this was not a war party come to exterminate but a number of groups of people who wanted the masks but why?
Then the penny dropped, the masks of these new beings would fetch a good price in gold at the market by Britain Main Bank. To some who knew not of the whiteskins, they could be touted as a 'rare' item and much money could be made in this was. It would seem the groups of hunters were arguing over the masks, greed overcoming common sense and verbal taunts and insults being thrown at each other as if they could make reasoning easier. Turning away in disgust from this scene Calador moved cautiously back to the huts.
A solitary whiteskin in a golden mask stepped from the nearest hut and smiled, his golden mask showing a distorted grin, moving towards Calador he dropped a small chest at his feet and then quite clearly deliberately winked. The beings voice whispered in a strange dialect, "You no attack, you have gifts, no fight between us, now take and begone." With that the whiteskin vanished into the darkness.
Picking up the box, Calador looked around and realised his spell was still intact, how had this being sensed him? Thinking no further although pondering over the use of the word 'Mine', he uttered the words of power that would take him back to the Vale and vanished from sight.
Not until he was safely back in the Town Hall did Calador carefully open the box, inside were 19 different masks, all shimmering in the candlelight, their colours refracting and making them a joy to behold. Realising this was a priceless gift, Calador decided that against that village no offensive action would be taken by GYE for this was a gift of peace, a present given to ensure at least some understanding of these new beings.
At least one Guild would not attack this new settlement, Calador just hoped it would be likewise for the Allies and other Guilds that kept in touch with GYE. Deep down inside he knew however that it would not be enough and this made him sigh sadly............
[dedicated to a friend who showed me this weekend that not everything you see is what is actually is, thankyou *bows*]
As usual Dain gave us a great tale and something to ponder over. I hope many will see the light as did Calador.
|Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001, 10:36 AM EDT by Kofu (Europa)|
|Publish 12 On Ches Again July 2nd|
|Looks like Chesapeake will be getting the famed Publish 12 again tomorrow, July 2nd. The following announcement was posted to the official site: |
Chesapeake Shard Maintenance ScheduleCheck out our news over the last few days for more details on Publish 12.
|Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2001, 5:25 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Stratics reporter survives flaming cake incident|
|Please join us as we send birthday greetings to our own Gregor Villous who's celebrating his special day today. |
Happy birthday, Greg!
Wishing you all the best,
|Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2001, 9:11 AM EDT by Noel LeFevre (GreatLakes)|