Ultima Online: News : GENNEWS Ultima Online/News/genNews http://www.uoherald.com/news/index.php?cat=genNews Last 25 news items posted from the genNews category http://uo.stratics.com/uoherald/images/news/genNews.gif Ultima Online: News : GENNEWS http://www.uoherald.com/news/index.php?cat=genNews © 2009 Electronic Arts Inc. All rights reserved. New Fiction - Rise of Scalis Pt. 2 2010-10-13 17:37:45 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1111 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1111             "...a mast."

            Abram was startled from his sleep as the words appeared in his mind. The old sailor, shielding the gaze of his one eye as he fixed it upon his younger shipmate, struggled
a moment to realize what was said.

            "A mast?" Adrenaline now coursed through Abram's veins. The two seaborne scavengers had left port in Nujel'm almost a week ago. Adrift in the Britannian sea onboard an unsuitable scow, the thought of ending this job was almost too much for him. They had managed to deal for the last known location of a derelict, the Cirein, the lone survivor of which having died just days before. Under Britannian maritime law, this makes the cargo of the lost ship very valuable to the first crew that claims her.

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Dan Youakim genNews
New Fiction - Rise of the Scalis Pt. 1 2010-10-12 18:36:31 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1110 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1110 A letter to the King of Akalabeth, recovered from the Lyceum archive, author unknown

Estimated date of writing: 30 years pre-Britannia

To my liege and King, Your Majesty, with my revered obedience,

It is with great ire and revulsion that I cogitate upon the actions of Fawn's merchant navy, and great fear toward what yet may come as consequence. This, of course, being of no fault of His Majesty the King, but of my own abhorrence for the grievous brutality exhibited by these maritime merchants several years ago. Witnessing the fate of Mr. Nelson shall forever haunt me.

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Dan Youakim genNews
Ultima Online: High Seas 2010-10-11 19:10:54 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1106 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1106

Yarrr!

Prepare yourself for adventure when Ultima Online: High Seas sets sail October 12, 2010

For $14.99 USD, players will enjoy:

  • Brand new NPC Ship Combat with enhanced ship-to-ship combat and damage states
  • Bank/Character Storage Increase, Sea Markets, new fish, fishing buffs, and recipes, paintable boats, Level 7 Treasure Chests and new boss encounters: the Scalis and Corgul the Soulbinder
  • All new ship combat! Features include new ship to ship combat,  ship weapons and ammunition, and NPC Ship Combat (Pirates and Merchants)
  • New ship types, Tokuno, Orc, and Gargoyle with customizable hues. New cannon types and ammunition!

Buy it today!

Ultima Online™: High Seas™ is now available 
via digital download* from the following sites:

* After purchasing High Seas, consumers will receive a retail registration code to be entered into the account center at: https://account.ea.com/myacct/uo/uo-hub.jsp?skin=uo

 

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The Ultima Online Team genNews
Ultima Online GDC Online Hall of Fame Video 2010-10-08 18:40:26 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1103 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1103 Ultima Online received the inaugural Hall of Fame Award at the Game Developer's Conference. Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we celebrate Ultima Online and it's rich heritage:

Voices of Ultima - GDC Online Hall of Fame Video

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James Nichols genNews
New Fiction! - Joy and Rain 2010-09-30 16:43:29 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1097 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1097                                                                         *   *   *

A cooling wind had settled over the courtyards and archery buttes.  The matriarch and steward of Britannia unrolled the freshly deliver parchment with unveiled adoration. Breaking the wax seal of farmer’s plowshares, Dawn was careful not to tear the edges.

 The sun dimmed behind darkening clouds, and her heart lifted with the contents of the correspondence as well as the promise of rain.

Dawn smiled reading the slow, deliberate hand of her husband’s handwriting.  The letter lifted her spirits as always. She had packed sparingly, knowing her visit back to the shared homestead would be a brief but welcome break.

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Calvin Crowner genNews
"Return of the Legends" Celebration Begins! 2010-09-28 10:26:22 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1095 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1095 Let the online pandemonium begin!

BioWare Mythic has summoned all former Ultima Online, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and Dark Age of Camelot players to join the Return of the Legends Re-Enlistment Celebration, beginning today, September 28. Returning legends will receive a hero’s welcome with free game time, bonuses, and events for the former players returning to the lands of Britannia, The Old World and Camelot.

Ultima Online’s 14-Day Return to Britannia re-enlistment campaign will be available from September 28 through October 12.

As part of the Return of the Legends celebration, the brand new booster pack, Ultima Online: High Seas is being launched on October 12.  All returning players will be able to play on the High Seas Beta Test Shard to get a taste of ship to ship combat and piracy on the Sosarian seas.

Watch "The Re-Enlisters" Video 

Ultima Online: High Seas can be purchased from the EA Store at: http://eastore.ea.com/ through the account registration page or UOGAMECODES.COM. All players will be able to benefit from enhanced boat movement system for free.

For $14.99 USD, players will enjoy:

  • Brand new NPC Ship Combat with enhanced ship-to-ship combat and damage states
  • Bank/Character Storage Increase, Sea Markets, new fish, fishing buffs, and recipes, paintable boats, Level 7 Treasure Chests and new boss encounters: the Scalis and Corgul the Soulbinder
  • All new ship combat! Features include new ship to ship combat,  ship weapons and ammunition, and NPC Ship Combat (Pirates and Merchants)
  • Three new ship types with customizable colors, weapons and ammunition

Returning players for UO can simply login using their closed account and return to Brittania. Need to download the game? Click Here to Download - welcome back!

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James Nichols genNews
High Seas Open Beta Has Begun! 2010-09-24 11:10:48 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1093 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1093 Greetings!

We are excited to present High Seas Beta to everyone on the High Seas Test Center.  For the duration of Open Beta TC1 will be closed down.  Stratics was nice enough to give us a dedicated forum and I have divided it up into different topics for everyone.  Please post your issues/comments in the appropriate thread.  The installers can be found here:

Enhanced Client

Classic Client

The Stratics forum can be located here:

http://vboards.stratics.com/uo-beta-test-forum/


Please note that these clients can not log into production shards.

For more information see the High Seas Beta FAQ (Updated 9/24):
http://mythicmktg.fileburst.net/uo/media/pdfs/HS_Guide.pdf

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Bonnie Armstrong genNews
Vote for the GDC Online Audience Award! 2010-09-23 17:08:27 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1091 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1091
Cast your vote for your favorite game from the team here at BioWare Mythic. Whether your heart belongs to Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot, or Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning share your passion for the MMO in your life by submitting your vote for the 2010 Game Developer Conference Online Audience Award before Friday, September 24th. The winner will be announced live at GDC Online in Austin, TX on October 7th.

Thanks for your support!
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James Nichols genNews
New Fiction! - Clarity 2010-09-17 15:42:02 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1089 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1089 It had been so many years since the former Captain of the Guard could enjoy the perfection of a calm sea. The absolute paradise and freedom that came with it. It was out here that he could truly feel at peace. Away from the politicians, the militants, the wanting people. Away from his jailors …

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Dan Youakim genNews
New Fiction - Lullaby 2010-09-03 14:26:34 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1085 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1085  

 

Lullaby
By Calvin Crowner 

Dawn tipped the iron pitcher over her cup, discovering it empty. One of the attendants looked over at her shrugging.   

“I’m sorry M’Lady. We sent someone off hours ago for more water, and she has yet to return.” 

Dawn sighed wondering if there was anything she could rely on these days. “Death and Taxes, “  she mused to herself, “Wait a moment, I control taxes now too.”  She found some comfort in her own private joke.   

The heat and stale air of the castle moved with the grace of an old wrestler, out of condition and wheezing, shambling through the halls.  The walls, designed to offer shade and coolness provided neither, making Dawn more claustrophobic each day.  She heard footsteps approach as she muddled and brooded over the state of her … Queendom?  This is only temporary she told herself hourly. There will be someone proper to come along soon and deal with all this diplomacy nonsense.   

Her sleeplessness didn’t help. The dreams persisted, and there was no answer insight to the terrors that kept her unsettled and anxious. 

Something, she thought to herself. Anything, she almost pleaded in her heart, to break the boredom. 

As if an answer, the footsteps halted in the doorway. “Your Grace, we think we have a solution to your problem.”  The steward harbored a rather significant and impressive tome under his arm.  He was sweating. Dawn was not sure if it was from the weight of the book or the news he had to share. 

Dawn worked her lips into a crooked smile, “"You've invented a golem that can do paperwork and arbitrate petty disputes?" 

Her advisor grimaced, not finding humor in her response. “No, Your Grace. There may be a solution to your sleeplessness.” 

Dawn’s shoulder fell again. “Oh I can find warmth and drowsiness awaiting in any tavern, sir. I don’t need pints of ale to soothe me to bed.” 

The advisor smiled, “Oh no. This solution involves a bit of adventure …” 

Dawn’s eyes lit with promise and hope. She grit her teeth, and her lips pressed into a rare smile. “Continue … and don’t leave out any details …” 

He greeted her smile with one of his own, “What we search for is found in the rarest of virtues. Compassion.” 

He hefted the book open, a pale crooked finger opening to an unworn page. The spine cracked as he rested the book on his forearm, he began: 

“Compassion sage: a rare root found in the region of Ilshenar. Known for its pungent aroma and delicate leaf.  Once incorrectly labeled as “Lover’s Leaf,” in the hands of a capable alchemist has the capacity to induce a sense of well being.  Also used as a cure for night terrors.” 

Dawn quickly wrapped her hair into her signature braid, her fingers twisting with familiarity and fierce urgency. “Well then. Let’s be on our way.” 

She rose from her chair, allowing him to guide her through the corridors, which somehow had lost their sense of confinement.

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Calvin Crowner genNews
Announcing the 2010 UO Town Hall! 2010-08-06 13:46:39 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1078 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1078 For some time we have mentioned that we would have a major announcement this Summer about the future of Ultima Online. While we have been busy with hardware updates and publishes, we have also been working on our first community event in almost two years.

With that … on August 28th, Mythic Entertainment will host a community event at our building in Fairfax.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED (Updated 8/11/10)

During the event we will discuss the course of Live Events and share information about several major game updates we plan for the year. Finally, we will have an exclusive announcement about an upcoming release targeted for the end of this summer.

We will be raffling off cloth maps, Ultima Online gear:  Ankh’s made specifically for the Stygian Abyss Expansion, and one T-Shirt signed by Todd McFarland and various other goodies.

Hope to see you there!

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Andy Belford genNews
New Fiction - A Good Use for an Old Sword 2010-08-06 10:05:05 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1077 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1077 Dawn loved rain.

Unfortunately there had not been any for several weeks. Nothing to be concerned about, she kept telling herself.  There had been no natural or political fires during this time either.  For that she was truly thankful.

So she decided to make some time to play.

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Calvin Crowner genNews
New Fiction - Sosaria Sleeps 2010-07-16 17:45:54 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1068 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1068 Sosaria slept, and the long lashes of the night sky covered the landscape beneath the light of a waxing moon.

For many, shadows are a place for the sinister. Shadows are a place to hide. Shadows imply a coldness, a detachment.

For others shadows are a place for opportunity. 

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Calvin Crowner genNews
New Fiction! - In the Shadow of Virtue: Good Neighbors 2010-06-22 16:21:27 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1059 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1059 In the Shadow of Virtue: Good Neighbors

Today was the first Ter Mur/Britannia summit since the completion of the Stygian Abyss outposts and Queen Zhah was saddened that she already had bad news to share.  She studied the soft, non-distinct face of her guest trying to decide how to proceed.  Humans are very hard to read, she thought.  Queen Dawn was sitting across from her and staring into the reflection pool, watching the fish swim.  The beauty of this indoor palace garden was blurred in Zhah’s mind by her melancholy.  It was at once a meticulously preserved artifact of the once-great Gargoyle Empire and a constant reminder of everything they had lost.  My people have lost so much, have paid such a high price. I wonder if we will ever have good news again. 

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James Nichols genNews
Mythic is Hiring! 2010-05-13 17:25:12 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1041 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1041 Parlez-vous français? Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

We're looking for some talented bi-lingual Customer Support Representatives to join the team here at Mythic. If you or someone you know have a passion for MMO's and are fluent in English and French or German then we look forward to hearing from you!

Position Information:

EA is dedicated in ensuring ultimate customer support & satisfaction. Customer Support representatives are the first point of contact for online players, with one common goal: To provide the best customer service possible, while still maintaining a fun, playable environment for everyone. We achieve our goals each month by dividing and prioritizing our workload, seeking feedback from our customers, and communicating with other departments within the company. Customer Support is made up of two main divisions, In-Game Support, which handles all appeals entered in game, and our Call Center, which handles technical and billing support via email and telephone.

Role Overview

***CANDIDATE MUST SPEAK GERMAN and/or FRENCH***
***LOCAL VA CANDIDATES ONLY***

Customer Service Representatives are responsible for front line contact of players in-game. They assist players with character, inventory and quest issues, as well as gathering information for the QA department. Teamwork, professional attitude and strong communication skills are key in this role. A flexible schedule (openness to night, weekend & holiday shift schedules) is a must. Key responsibilities include: contacting players in a friendly, professional manner; gathering in-game data for player, quest and monster issues; provide accurate information for both the CS Lead and the QA department

What skills does EA look for?

An EA Customer Service Representative normally can demonstrate: experience in the field of Customer Service; general knowledge of MMO Gameplay; excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills; good organizational skills, ability to remain focused. NB Customer Service is a 24/7 operation, so a flexible schedule with openness to night, weekend & holiday shift schedules is a must. Candidate must be able to read, write and speak fluent German and/or French.


German Job Listing: https://jobs.ea.com/jobs/jobposting.aspx?postid=a0z50000000IeHUAA0

French Job Listing: https://jobs.ea.com/jobs/jobposting.aspx?postid=a0z50000000IdfCAAS

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James Nichols genNews
Explorers of the Stygian Abyss Event 2010-04-06 12:23:29 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1033 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1033 Hail Adventurers!

The kingdoms of Britannia and Ter-Mur are attempting to build outposts in the Stygian Abyss where they can get early warning of any new dangers that might spring from its depths.  There is much work to be done and they need your help!  Will you become the new Ranger of the Abyss for Britannia or Warden of the Abyss for Ter-Mur?

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James Nichols genNews
Reminder - Holiday Gift Tickets and Costume Trader 2010-01-14 17:25:43 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1011 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1011 Holiday Gift Tickets

You must log in with each eligible character before January 25th to get your holiday ticket. You do not have to use the ticket to claim the gift itself (there is no deadline for that). But 2009 tickets will not longer be available as of that date!

Costume Trader

Sarah will be leaving us at the end of the month. Make sure you've concluded all your trades with her by before February 2nd.

Friendly advice: avoid waiting for the last day to do it. Real life has a way of interfering at the most inopportune time and if your memory is anything like mine, you'll only remember you were supposed to do it the day after it's too late. Better safe than sorry!

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James Nichols genNews
UO named one of the "Most Revolutionary Videogames of All Time" 2009-12-08 16:41:04 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1000 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=1000 Ultima Online had the honor today of being named one of "The Most Revolutionary Videogames of All Time" by Forbes.com.

As many of you know UO was the one to unveil the joy, excitement, and adventure of MMO's to the world and we're proud that it continues to carry on this tradition with a vibrant and active community today over a decade later.

From Forbes.com:

"Fans of role-playing games remember fondly the Ultima series, which dates back to the original "Ultima I" from 1980. But when Electronic Arts took Lord British's empire online in 1997, it changed gaming forever."

So join us in celebrating and thank you to those of you who continue to make UO what it is today whether you've been with us from the start or just getting started. We look forward to many more years with you!

Source: http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/07/video-games-wii-technology-revolutionaries-09-games_slide_11.html

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James Nichols genNews
Calvin Crowner - UO Producer's Letter 2009-11-12 20:14:08 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=989 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=989
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Calvin Crowner genNews
Jeff Hickman - Executive Producer's Letter 2009-11-10 16:47:23 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=987 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=987  
With all that is going on within Mythic Entertainment and EA, I would like to take a moment to reinforce the studio’s dedication to both our games and our players.  At Mythic, we remain committed to our games and the passionate people who play them – we’re going to continue to deliver the content and service that keeps you playing. We want to assure our community that we will maintain the same high level of customer support you’ve come to expect and continue to improve our games with an exciting schedule of patches, live events and new content. 

At Mythic, we are the torchbearer of three great gaming franchises that we love and nurture:
  • Ultima Online is the granddaddy of MMORPG’s and it’s still going strong after 12 years. Thanks to the release of our 8th expansion, there are now more players exploring Britannia than we’ve seen in quite some time. We have a passionate and committed team working on UO, and they have some really interesting plans for the future. Stay tuned!
  • Dark Age of Camelot is over 8 years old and the Realm vs. Realm action keeps getting better. The development team loves what they do and never forget that DAoC was the first true MMO love for many of you (and for many of us!).  They are dedicated to providing continued updates and support for this great game so the fighting in the Frontiers will never end.
  • Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has had a solid first year despite some issues that we’re working to address every day.  We’ve seen a great response to 1.3.2, which introduced tremendous performance improvements. A flood of new players are discovering the game every day thanks to the recently released Endless Trial and New User Journey. Moving forward, we remain committed to releasing more great patches, continued performance improvements, and changes based upon your valuable feedback.  
We want to thank you again for your continued commitment to our games.  In return, we remain committed to providing you with the best possible gaming experiences and customer support both now and in the future. Be sure to keep an eye open for more information about upcoming patches and the exciting plans we have in store for your favorite MMORPGs.
 
See you on the battlefield,
 
Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer, Mythic Entertainment
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Jeff Hickman genNews
Interview with Gamasutra 2009-10-27 15:40:14 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=980 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=980 HERE! ]]> Jess Folsom genNews Return to Britannia 2009-10-17 13:41:18 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=972 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=972 HERE. If you reactivate your account it will include all of the expansions up to Mondain’s Legacy regardless of what your account was initially registered for. If the Gargoyles of the Stygian Abyss are calling your name, click HERE to purchase the latest expansion.   ]]> Chrissay Zeeman genNews New Small Rugs at UO Gamecodes 2009-10-16 10:51:21 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=969 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=969

We have added four additional small rugs to our collection. These rugs come in plain red, golden, cinnamon, and blue decorative. You can get them at www.uogamecodes.com. They come as a five piece set for $5.00. 

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Chrissay Zeeman genNews
Soulforges 2009-10-14 11:05:27 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=968 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=968 These smaller forges are obtained by going to the Primeval Lich champ spawn. They are for decoration only and have NO functionality. There are some merchants that have these for sale at a very high gold value. The item will say “Soulforge” and the seller’s description may say “Portable Soulforge”. We would like to put a buyer beware on this particular item. Below, is an example of this particular issue.

 

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Chrissay Zeeman genNews
Welcome to the UO Archive 2009-10-13 17:33:15 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=966 http://www.uoherald.com/news/news.php?newsid=966 HERE.  ]]> Chrissay Zeeman genNews