News for Sunday, April 21st, 2019, 7:13 PM CDT
Early September, BY 559


Treasure Island -- April 1, 7:47 PM
Rising Tide – New Rewards for the Month of April! -- March 31, 7:29 PM
Want a Sneak Peek at New Rewards? Follow @UOHerald on Instagram! -- March 28, 8:17 PM
Upcoming House Display Options -- March 25, 12:51 PM
Rising Tide – Hotfixes -- March 21, 2:47 PM

Treasure Island

Submitted by UO_Herald on April 1, 2019 at 7:47 PM CDT
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Originally posted April 1, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

As the story of Rising Tide continues and we invite you to sit back and enjoy, Treasure Island.

By EM Malachi

Treasure Island

The damp air on the ship had brought out the mildewed smell of Rankin’s spellbooks. The mage struggled to cram the last tome into his pack. He eventually gave up and removed some clothes to make room. As he dragged the heavy bag to the rowboat, Rankin looked at the others who were preparing to go ashore. Two porters were doing inventory of cured meats and hardtack for the expedition. A bulky gargoyle named Forskis was staring up at the sky. Hook was giving some last minute orders to the crew of the Crown Jewel. The pirate lord was excited. If this expedition went well, the secret that the Guild’s leadership had kept for generations would soon be in his hands.

*****

The expedition had made good progress on the first day, but on the second, disaster struck. They had felt tremors all morning, but thought nothing of them. Hook heard the roar first. He shouted a warning as a river of lava flowed through the jungle around them. Rankin’s panic led to a hasty teleport spell, while Hook and Forskis scrambled out of the way. The two porters had nowhere to run. Only one of them managed to scream.

As the survivors caught their breath, they took stock of the situation. The lava flows cut off the most direct route to their destination. Studying the map, Rankin considered the alternatives.

“Not good. We’ll need to go days out of our way, and the safest route will take us at least a week. “

“That’s unacceptable. Even if we had the provisions, I cannot be off ship that long. An unwatched crew is a mutinous one.”

“This path is shorter, but it might be blocked as well. Can your gargoyle scout ahead?” Rankin made flapping wings with his hands.

Forskis shook his head and pointed to jagged scars along his wing patagium.

“Hook, you brought a winged gargoyle that can’t fly? Of all the things! A wingless would have been a stronger porter.”

Forskis snarled and took a step forward, but Hook put a hand out to stop him. “Don’t insult my friend. Like you, he has unconventional value.”

Forskis picked up what remained of the dead men’s supplies and trudged into the jungle.

*****

Rankin was complaining about wanting a clean shirt, when Forskis held up a fist. The path in front of them came close to a brackish stream. At the edge was a giant blue-green creature with the shape of a salamander. Forgetting his complaints for a moment, Rankin exclaimed, “A Triton!”

The triton’s eyes followed their movement, and opening its maw, the beast started to slither toward them. Hook and Rankin prepared for a fight, when Forskis stopped them. “Mine.”

The gargoyle drew a pair of curved knives and charged forward. His first stab took one of the eyes. The triton tried to close its jaw around Forskis to crush him, but the flurry of blades left jagged cuts along the creature’s flank. In agony, the triton gave up and tried to retreat, but Forskis wrapped an arm around its body and kept stabbing until long after it was dead.

Hook laughed. “See why I brought him?”

*****

Staring at the rock face, Hook scowled. “The map says it’s right here.”

Rankin closed his eyes and focused for a moment. “The mana in this location feels strange. There is an entry here, but a spell is concealing it.” Opening his eyes, Rankin sat on the ground and started removing the library in his bag.

“How long is this going to take?” asked Hook.

Rankin already had his nose in a book. “Let me work.”

Rankin had tried several standard counter-spells and poured water on the wall, but nothing at all had happened. Impatient, Hook had Forskis smashing large rocks against the wall. Consulting his books again, Rankin took a length of golden cord from his pack and started chanting.

He whipped out the thin cord, and BOOM! Where the end had struck the wall, explosive magic was crumbling rock and burning away the spells there. When the smoke cleared, there was a cave mouth.

Lighting a makeshift torch on a dying ember, Rankin gave a sweeping bow. “Fire cultists are such passionate teachers.”

*****

They followed the narrow stone tunnel to a chamber which contained a large stone box. On its top was etched the inscription: “A Lawless Lord is the Crooked Key.” There was also an indentation in the shape of a keyhole. Forskis reached to pull off the stone top, but jumped back in extreme pain.

Rankin examined the reliquary. “A minor magical trap. Give me a minute to disrupt it.” He read a chant from a book and focused the spell toward the stone chest. The mana from the spell rebounded onto Rankin. The mage fell to the ground as the arcs of energy wracked his body with pain. Forskis grabbed a bedroll and smothered the mana sparks, thumping the mage against the hard stone floor.

Catching his breath, Rankin thanked him. Forskis tossed the singed bedroll away and shrugged. “Hook said you can’t die. Yet.”

Hook read the inscription again. “What does it mean?”

Rankin picked himself off the ground. “I think it’s a bloodline key. Budo the Second wanted only his line to be able to open it.”

“It mentions a lord. Rule of the Den is not passed by family, but by vote.” Hook took out a knife and made a cut. He smeared his blood against the lock. The stones of the reliquary opened, revealing what was inside: the Rune of Valor.



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Rising Tide – New Rewards for the Month of April!

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 31, 2019 at 7:29 PM CDT
UO Community News

Originally posted March 31, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Have you ever wanted to display a sinister looking cannon in your home? Does your ship look paltry compared to the foreboding cannons of the Plunderbeacon? Looking for your next Botswain? Now you can have all those things with the latest rewards available from the Pirate Merchant at Buc’s Den! Get your new Rising Tide rewards beginning April 1st!



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Want a Sneak Peek at New Rewards? Follow @UOHerald on Instagram!

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 28, 2019 at 8:17 PM CDT
UO Community News

Originally posted March 27, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Want to get an early look at the latest rewards coming to Rising Tide?

Follow @UOHerald on Instagram!

In addition to an early peek at new rewards and upcoming art additions, we’ll be sharing all manner of content related to Ultima Online!

Don’t miss out, follow today!



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Upcoming House Display Options

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 25, 2019 at 12:51 PM CDT
UO Development

Originally posted March 25, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings,

We would like to take a moment to address the recent change related to how items display in player housing. We appreciate the feedback that we have received from all stakeholders and would like to discuss some changes we are going to be implementing in our next publish, Forgotten Treasures
  • Auction safes will always load, just as mannequins and vendors do. 
  • A new client option will be available that will allow players the choice to load all public housing and see the contents.

Performance is always our priority, and this change was done to increase performance. We appreciate your feedback.

See you in Britannia,
UO Team



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Rising Tide – Hotfixes

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 21, 2019 at 2:47 PM CDT
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Originally posted March 21, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings,

Beginning March 21, 2019 with each shard’s normally scheduled maintenance the following hotfixes will be deployed, 

  • Resolved issue where some bamboo floor tiles would inadvertently display all contents of a house. 
  • Resolved issue that prevented linking house teleporter tiles.

See you in Britannia,
UO Team



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Ultima Online Newsletter (March 2019)

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 19, 2019 at 2:41 PM CDT

Update March, 2019 View in browser
The UO Team is happy to announce we will be sending out a newsletter periodically so you can stay up to date on the latest in Britannia!

Please encourage your friends to sign up on our web site


Producer Notes


Greetings,

We are happy to announce that our latest publish, Rising Tide, is now live on all shards!  This publish brings a number of exciting new features including, 
  • Rising Tide - a new event that takes advantage of re-designed ship combat for a harrowing High Seas adventure, with new rewards coming each month!  Visit the Town Cryers to learn more!
  • New Ultima Store Items - House Teleporter & Decorative Kitchen Set!
  • New Veteran Rewards!
  • Numerous bug fixes!
  • New Castles from the Castle Design Contest!
  • And much more!
Check out the full publish notes for all the details, and we'll see you on the High Seas!

If you haven't been keeping up with the story so far, be sure to check out the Rising Tide fiction!

If you have been keeping up with the official fiction over the last several years you are no doubt familiar with EM Malachi.  EM Malachi has been a part of the EM program since its reincarnation in 2009 without taking a single break in service!  I would like your help in thanking EM Malachi not only for his dedication to the program, but for his creative fiction that he has been writing.  We are very lucky to have him on the team, thanks EM Malachi!

Looking ahead to our next publish, Forgotten Treasures, we are working on the Treasure Map & Message in a Bottle revamp.  We want to thank you all for participating in shaping our goals for this revamp by participating in the conversation on the forums.  We look forward to sharing with you the first implementation when it comes to Test Center in the coming weeks.  Keep an eye on UO.com for updates!

We will be having the Dev Meet and Greet on the following day/time:
March 25th Catskills 7pm ET
April 8th, Legends 7pm ET
April 22nd, Atlantic 7pm ET

Finally, the following are actions taken on accounts that were banned or suspended:

3  - Disruptive Behavior
34  - Macroing 

See you on the High Seas, 

Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong
Producer


Rising Tide Out Now!

Take to the High Seas and plunder Maritime Trade Cargo from Merchants and Pirates or if you are daring stand against the mighty Plunderbeacon!  Visit the Town Cryer in any city to learn more!  New rewards coming each month - keep an eye on UO.com for updates!



 


Question & Answer


1.   Will the Felucca Trade Ministers be turned back on? 

Yes, the Felucca Trade Ministers have been re-enabled in the latest publish.

2.  Can we please get more areas/mobs that drop the Red Daemon armor?

As we add new content we will keep this in mind for potential loot drops.

3.  Will we ever get a search feature on the Jewelry box?

Yes, we are aware and have heard this request several times, we do have it written up and in the system to add.  We plan to add this functionality in a future publish.

4.  Can we get a deposit only setting for wall safes?

Yes, we will be adding this feature to a future publish.

5.  The regs from the cat promo statue will not stack with normal regs that are either purchased or picked up off the ground, is there anything we can do about that?

We have confirmed this is happening and will be looking into a solution for a future publish.

5.  Will the auto open corpses feature be added to the EC?

We have a number of EC performance and utility improvements scheduled over the next several publishes, and can add this feature to the list we'd like to implement.

6.  Do you have any plans to address the discrepancies with books written in the EC vs the CC? 

Yes, this is something that will be addressed in our next publish.



 


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Rising Tide – World Wide Release

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 18, 2019 at 9:41 PM CDT
UO Publishes

Originally posted March 18, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings,

We are pleased to announce that as of each shard’s normal maintenance beginning March 19, 2019 Rising Tide will be deployed world wide. 

A few of the highlights in Rising Tide include – 

  • Rising Tide – a new event that takes advantage of re-designed ship combat for a harrowing High Seas adventure, with new rewards coming each month! Visit the Town Cryers to learn more! 
  • New Ultima Store Items – House Teleporter & Decorative Kitchen Set! 
  • New Veteran Rewards! 
  • Numerous bug fixes! 
  • New Castles from the Castle Design Contest! 
  • And much more!

You can read all about the latest changes in the Rising Tide publish notes.

See you on the High Seas,
UO Team



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No Quarter

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 18, 2019 at 9:36 PM CDT
BNN

Originally posted March 18, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

The story continues in the lead up to Rising Tide and we invite you to sit back and enjoy, No Quarter.

By EM Malachi

The mage had surrounded himself with the maps. Some were ancient parchment, their mistakes and ignorance covered with drawings of dragons and drakes. Others were current shipping routes, still bearing the wax seal of Vesper Customs. The rest were faded or moldy sketches done by pirate captains over the years. Rankin frowned. “What am I supposed to be seeing?”

“A new kingdom,” replied Hook, as he sharpened a knife.

Rankin traced a circle around Buccaneer’s Den on a sea chart with a finger. “I guess I can see that, if you claim another major island or two. Nujel’m, maybe ?”

“You miss the point. Landlubbers look at the world as kingdoms bounded by coasts. The high seas themselves are much larger. The very ocean will be my kingdom.”

“How could you hope to hold that much territory?”

“Does Blackthorn control every mountain or cavern in Britannia? No, he governs the cities and roads. Those roads are dotted with outposts, and the threat of his armies is enough to hold the rest. The Guild’s fleet is the army to claim the shipping routes, but my plan also requires outposts along these ocean roads.”

Rankin thought for a moment and picked up a list of numbers. “These were stolen from the Lycaeum. They are the coordinates of every seamount and vanishing island in recorded history. With some of the spells I learned from a hiding Lithos cultist, I could raise the earth and stone at some of them. Would that help?”

Hook smiled.

*****

The sea serpent had made its home in the waters around the seamount. The waters were warm, and the shallows teemed with schools of fish. The monster had filled its belly for years here.

That changed when the underwater mountain rumbled and cracked. The chaos set off a panic among the fish, which fled for safer waters. Great stones stacked themselves up to the surface.

Something up there had destroyed its home, and the serpent was now very angry and very hungry.

*****

Rankin jotted down the coordinates he needed. “I gather the new cannons being cast are for these outposts of yours? The metal workers did mention that the bores were larger than normally used on a ship.”

Hook polished the steel of his cutlass. “My plunderbeacons needed appropriately impressive artillery. Such weapons also send a message.”

“I can only raise so much stone. You still need to get enough lumber out there for docks and cannon mounts. I guess you could repurpose a ship if need be.”

Hook smiled. “Let me worry about that.”

*****

The sailors lowered the sails on the captain’s order. Everyone knew the crew of the Golden Kraken was honorable and would only steal valuable cargo. It was safer to surrender than risk damage to the ship.

As the Golden Kraken closed for a boarding action, another sailor saw the black flag and drew his sword. The pirate ship slammed into the merchant sloop, and several orcs jumped aboard, all armed with cutlasses. The largest orc grabbed the quartermaster and tossed him overboard. Then the rest of the orcs began the slaughter.

*****

Hook admired the gleam of the polished cutlass. “I do enjoy the finer things in life. Reminds me that I need to go kill a man. Is there anything else we should talk about before I do?”

Rankin nodded. “There was another thing in an old Guildmaster’s notes. He mentioned finding a lost rune…”



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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Submitted by DaKaren on March 17, 2019 at 3:52 PM CDT

Happy St. Patrick's Day from everyone at UORPC.net

Rising Tide Release to Origin, Izumo, & Baja

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 12, 2019 at 5:13 PM CDT
UO Publishes

Originally posted March 12, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings,

Rising Tide will be deployed manually to Origin, Izumo, & Baja today. Check out the latest publish notes for the full list of updates.

Please note, until Rising Tide has been deployed world wide character transfers to/from other shards to/from Origin, Izumo, or Baja will be disabled.

We are currently planning to deploy Rising Tide world wide on March 19, 2019. We want to make a very special thank you to everyone who visited TC1 and provided feedback.

See you on the High Seas,
UO Team



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Rising Tide Release 4

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 5, 2019 at 5:09 PM CST
UO Publishes

Originally posted March 5, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings,

We are pleased to announce the next final update to Test Center of Rising Tide will be available after 4pm ET! This update focuses on a variety of bug fixes, as well as some tweaks to the Rising Tide event! Check out the publish notes for full details!

We are planning to release Rising Tide to Origin, Izumo & Baja next week, and barring any issues, World Wide the following week.

We would also like to invite you to our next Dev Meet & Greets,
Monday, March 11th at 8pm on Oceania
Monday, March 25th at 7pm on Catskills

Please also note – this release includes a mandatory client patch. You will need to patch your client before logging into all shards.

See you in Britannia,
UO Team

The Guild

Submitted by UO_Herald on March 2, 2019 at 11:01 PM CST
BNN

Originally posted March 2, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

The story continues in the lead up to Rising Tide and we invite you to sit back and enjoy, The Guild.

By EM Malachi

“Do you think Young Budo is dead?”

Lord Dalgrin looked down his nose at the balding man wearing only worn breeches who had asked the question. The gentleman pirate normally wouldn’t waste his time speaking to such riffraff, but these were interesting times. He reached into a silk coin purse bearing the heraldry of his disgraced house and pulled out a few gold coins. He bought another round of drinks for those at the Pirate’s Plunder and handed an ale to Mole, who was still waiting on an answer. “Does it really matter? If Budo’s alive, he won’t be soon enough. A gathering has been called. The Guild will choose the new lord of this freehold.”

Mole raised his mug, “To better days then! Has your lordship considered putting his name into the pot?”

Dalgrin sipped his whiskey, “Yes, I will put my name forward.”

“You have my support. I still owe you for saving my sloop from the HMS Dauntless. If your broadside hadn’t hit their mast, I’d never have escaped.”

Dalgrin had forgotten Mole was present when he’d scuttled the Dauntless to settle an old rivalry. He smiled graciously. “I appreciate that, but I thought you would stand behind that friend of yours?”

Mole shook his head. “Blacktooth wants no part of this. He says too much blood in the water attracts the wrong sort of company.”

Dalgrin nodded and thought for a moment. “Do you know who else wishes to lead Buccaneer’s Den? Who has the most support?”

“Minor smugglers and thieves — Scirlock, Daem, and the like. Someone claiming to be the son of Edrick Gravs is demanding votes. I wouldn’t choose most of them to be ship’s powder monkey, but right now, Glenno’s a good bet.”

“What sort of leader would the master of the bathhouse make for the Guild?”

“We all like him. I don’t think he’s serious though. He’s just waiting for someone to meet his price, if you know what I mean.” Mole rubbed his thumb across his stubby fingers a few times.

“That is good to know. I should perhaps have a bath then and speak with the earl of soapsuds.”

“Your lordship. Every thief, smuggler, and bilge rat in the world is coming. There’s an opportunity to buy favor, if you have the gold to spare.”

“A gentleman does not buy friends, but your point is taken.” Dalgrin slid his coin purse down the bar to Mole. “Why don’t you find some like-minded individuals to parley with on this matter?”

Mole grabbed the silk bag with his grubby fingers and gave a small bow. The balding man drained the last gulp from his flagon before scurrying off. Dalgrin finished his whiskey in silence.

*****

Dalgrin headed back to the ship he owned and captained: the Golden Kraken. Bribing Glenno would take more than drinking money, so Dalgrin would need gold from his captain’s chest. Walking down the docks, he noticed the deck of his ship appeared almost empty, save for a man with a parrot on his shoulder. The man handed something to the bird and whistled. The parrot flew toward Dalgrin and dropped what it was carrying. The shadow iron doubloon landed at Dalgrin’s feet.

Drawing his sword, Dalgrin ran the rest of the way up the gangplank to confront this threat. He saw a man wearing a blood-red skullcap and missing the eye Dalgrin’s sword had taken. “Hook? I left you for dead!”

“You were always too honorable to actually kill your rivals. I will show you how this should end.”

“This isn’t the first black spot I’ve received. I learned to duel from the finest trainers in Jhelom.” Dalgrin charged Hook, the first slash of his cutlass coming within an inch of the other man’s face.

Hook grinned as he parried the blow. “I never could beat you in a fair fight. Fortunately, I’m a scoundrel and a cheat.”

Dalgrin felt the cold of the paralysis spell before he saw the mage step out of invisibility. His sword hand stopped responding to his will. Helpless, he watched as Hook stepped up to him.

“Did you really think you would be master of the Den? The pompous lord turned pirate? You are more hated than I am.” Hook plunged a long kryss into Dalgrin’s chest and twisted. Dalgrin slumped to the deck.

The mage, Rankin, knocked on the hatch down to the hold. A group of orcs swarmed from below. They were all covered in blood.

Hook kicked the corpse to confirm Dalgrin was dead. He motioned to the orcs. “Bring me the chest from the captain’s quarters. Then you can begin dumping the bodies, starting with this one.”

A couple of orcs brought out a large captain’s chest and followed behind Hook and Rankin as they walked down the gangplank. The mage asked, “What now?”

Hook smiled. “Let’s go visit the bathhouse. Glenno is going to find he doesn’t wish to run after all.”



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Ultima Online Newsletter (February 2019)

Submitted by UO_Herald on February 22, 2019 at 5:50 PM CST

Update February, 2019 View in browser
The UO Team is happy to announce we will be sending out a newsletter periodically so you can stay up to date on the latest in Britannia!

Please encourage your friends to sign up on our web site


Producer Notes


Greetings,

We are putting the final touches on Rising Tide so please make sure you check out the latest updates to TC1!  So far we have gotten great feedback on everything from the new cannon firing mechanics to the new vet rewards. We are planning to release Rising Tide in March, so if you haven't gotten to TC1 to check out the changes and provide feedback you still have time - but time is running out!  We are planning another update to TC1 this afternoon, so keep an eye on UO.com for updates!

With Rising Tide almost out the door we have already started planning on Forgotten Treasures.  At the onset we will be taking a look at Treasure Maps and MIB's - be sure to get involved in the conversation and give us your feedback during this planning phase by visiting the forums.  We are also working on new items for the Ultima Store.  In the near term you can look for an update to the house teleporter tiles to include more options for teleporter types (ever wanted a trapdoor?  Now's your chance!) We are also adding specialty room sets designed to fit different room themes.  We've completed a Decorative Kitchen Set which will be up on the store in the coming months and are are currently working on a Decorative Farming Set.  If you guys have any requests for specific rooms we look forward to your feedback!

We will be having the Dev Meet and Greets on the following days/times:

February 25th Europa 4 pm ET
March 11th Oceania 8 pm ET
March 25th Catskills 7 pm ET

Finally, the following are actions taken on accounts that were banned or suspended:

5 - Disruptive Behavior
59 - Macroing 
1 - Harassment
5- Naming Violation 
3 - Multiboxing
2 - Solicitations
 
See you on the High Seas, 

Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong
Producer


Rising Tide


The seas call to us once more!  We are excited for the first release of 2019 - Rising Tide!

EM Malachi has been busy with his quill penning the opening chapters to this exciting tale!  If you haven't already you can catch up on The Rune Carver and Lost Hope.

We have made a number of quality of life changes, as well as bug fixes related to the cannon firing process and ship combat in general.  Some of the highlights include streamlining the crafting process for cannon munitions as well as simplifying the firing process for cannons.  All of these changes are currently in testing on TC1 and we encourage you to check out the latest publish notes and invite you to participate in the conversation!  Rising Tide will give ample opportunity to put those new mechanics to work with plenty of loot to plunder from the High Seas!
 


Question & Answer


1.  Can we get new fey type costumes?

We added a number of new costumes to the costume tool in last year's Treasures of Khaldun event - look for more costumes in future content!  We certainly have plenty of creatures to work through!

2.  Can NPC restock timers be looked at so it doesn't take as long to buy up commodities to workable amounts?

We would have to investigate the far reaching consequences of changing the restock timers, but at face value there shouldn't be an issue with shortening this time.

3.  Why are there negative properties on loot / Can we enhance gargish jewelry?

One of the major hurdles in building desirable loot in a game world that spans more than two decades is balancing the power of loot intensity increases versus the difficulty of encounters you find in the world.  As the loot power increases, players become more powerful.  To balance against that encounters, in turn, become more challenging.  This often leaves less-equipped or new players by the wayside.  You'll often hear us refer to power creep - this is what we are referring to.  Negative properties allow us to tame the power creep somewhat, but there is more that needs to be done to keep the gaming experience vibrant.  To that end, adding the ability to enhance gargish jewelry pushes that creep even further and we are apprehensive to do that at this time while we consider possible ways to curtail and balance power creep.  We look forward to continuing the conversation on possible solutions!

4.  Can we have additional sailing themed titles?

Never know what the Rising Tide will bring!

5.  Can there be an option to auction safes to auto-renew the auction?

Yes, we have added this item to our backlog and hope to add it in a future publish.


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Rising Tide TC Release 3

Submitted by UO_Herald on February 22, 2019 at 5:42 PM CST
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Originally posted February 22, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings,

We are pleased to announce the next update to Test Center of Rising Tide will be available after 4pm ET! This update focuses on a variety of bug fixes, as well as some tweaks to the Rising Tide event! Check out the publish notes for full details!

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in testing the Rising Tide event so far! The turnin data has been reset based on recent tweaks and encourage everyone to participate in testing the event during our public test event this weekend – the time for feedback is running out!

Please also note – if you plan to test anything on TC1, especially any cannon related changes and the event, you will need to patch up to get the latest client. When you head back to production, you will see this updated client text – do not be alarmed, this is normal and expected behavior.

See you in Britannia,
UO Team



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Rising Tide TC Release 2

Submitted by UO_Herald on February 15, 2019 at 3:37 PM CST
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Originally posted February 15, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings

We are pleased to announce the next update to Test Center of Rising Tide will be available after 4pm ET! This update focuses on a new event that will offer a chance to put those shiny new cannon mechanics to use! Check out the publish notes for full details!

We would also like to invite everyone to participate in a public test event spanning the entirety of the weekend! Visit the Britain Commons and look for Forksis the Gargish Pirate to learn more and participate!

Please also note – if you plan to test anything on TC1, especially any cannon related changes and the event, you will need to patch up to get the latest client. When you head back to production, you will see this updated client text – do not be alarmed, this is normal and expected behavior.

See you in Britannia,
UO Team



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Lost Hope

Submitted by UO_Herald on February 15, 2019 at 3:33 PM CST
BNN

Originally posted February 15, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

The story continues in the lead up to Rising Tide and we invite you to sit back and enjoy, Lost Hope.

By EM Malachi

Many years ago…

The rowboat leaked. With soggy boots, Lassorn spent each trip out to the anchored HMS Cape bailing water. They had drawn straws to see who would have to make the slog, and Lassorn now had to make eight trips across Lost Hope Bay to Minoc and back to the ship.

If the sailor’s orders hadn’t been specific, Lassorn might have been able to deliver the cargo in fewer circuits, but the contents of the crates were too valuable to risk. Lassorn had asked his captain what was in the crates, and he’d been told they were the final work of a famed artisan, a set of masterworks meant for the King himself.

A pair of guards, Madellene and Averill, escorted him from the Minoc coast to a small workshop. The door had been replaced recently, and the workshop inside was cluttered with tools, springs, gears, and other bits of metal. Piled in one corner were eight identical crates. Picking up the first one, Lassorn felt warmth and a sense of calm radiating from the container.

As Lassorn walked back to the rowboat, the locals nodded to him and shook their heads sadly. It seemed everyone in Minoc was wearing an orange-and-black ribbon. After each trip out to the Cape, the guards would meet him and take turns escorting him to the workshop and back. After a long day, the task was done.

As Lassorn went to his hammock, the evening watch weighed anchor and started the journey out of Lost Hope Bay. It was almost midnight when the HMS Cape reached the mouth of the bay, and the northern mountains blocked the moon. The ship had been moving at a good clip, when the winds suddenly stopped. The ship slowed, as if caught in a great net.

A crewman clanged the brass alarm bell, waking the captain and crew, while those on deck shined lanterns into the dark sea. The waters were filled with dozens of graceful shadows flitting back and forth. They had the elegant features of elves, but with gills and long fishtails.

“Mermaids!” shouted the botswain.

One of the creatures jumped aboard and pinned the sailor to the deck with a trident. “We are the Nixies! You disrespect us at your peril!” More armed Nixies clambered up the hull, as a large wave deposited a gangling sea witch covered in slime onto the deck. The other nixies formed a phalanx around their leader, Sycorax.

The captain stepped forward with open hands, “This doesn’t have to lead to violence. Our King has made peace with the remaining fae folk.”

Sycorax sneered. “Did your king’s peace protect my sister, Noxum, when a net dragged her from the shoals off Skull Island? I claim your lives for hers.”

The captain gave Lassorn a look, and the young sailor dashed to protect the cargo in the hold. “Surely you know that wasn’t us. We can resolve this peacefully.”

The sea witch drew a blade made from broken shells and stabbed the captain in the throat. “There is your peace. A pact of blood for blood.”

Before the captain hit the deck, his crew had drawn their swords, and the two sides clashed. The sailors managed to force the other nixies back into the water, but Sycorax held her place. “I’d hoped to take some of you captive.”

With her gills luminescing with strange magic, the sea witch started to sing. Every barnacle on the hull burst forth from their shells in agony. This frantic wiggling tore apart the very timbers of the ship. The chant sounded over the waters, making the dark sea churn. A maelstrom began pulling the broken ship and its crew beneath the waves.

As the ship filled with water, Lassorn desperately cut the cargo net. The crates smashed open. The carved stones inside tumbled out eight different holes in the hull. The sailor took a deep breath as the dark ocean covered him.

When the mayhem ended and the waters calmed, Sycorax smiled and sank back into the waves.



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Happy Valentine’s Day! A Special Gift For You!

Submitted by UO_Herald on February 14, 2019 at 9:09 PM CST
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Originally posted February 14, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Have you ever wanted to share a romantic candlelit dinner with your special someone while also enjoying the serene company of a pond? Now you can! Whether you are a human, elf, gargoyle or a frog now you too can enjoy the warming glow of a candlelit lily pad!

Visit the Britain Commons and double click the Cupid Statue to redeem your lily pad today!

Thes Cupids are being built manually and we appreciate your patience as we place the dispenser on each shard.

See you in Britannia,
UO Team



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Congratulations Castle Design Contest Winners!

Submitted by UO_Herald on February 14, 2019 at 8:33 PM CST
UO Community News

Originally posted February 14, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

We know you are going to LOVE these designs! We are continually amazed at the creativity of Britannia’s architects and we are excited to announce the following castle plots will be available when Rising Tide is released worldwide,

Robin’s Roost by Robin
Camelot by CaMeLoT
Lacrimae in Caelo by Tears in Heaven
Okinawa Castle by Taka
Grimswind Sisters by Sir Draper
Sandstone Castle by Lex Anteris

Congratulations again to all the winners!

See you in Britannia,
UO Team



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Happy Valentine's Day!

Submitted by DaKaren on February 14, 2019 at 5:32 AM CST

Happy Valentine's Day!

Rising Tide TC Release 1

Submitted by UO_Herald on February 6, 2019 at 7:33 PM CST
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Originally posted February 6, 2019 by UO Dev Team on the UO Herald:

Greetings,

We are pleased to announce the first Test Center release of Rising Tide will be available after 3pm ET! Rising Tide is the first of our High Seas themed content updates for the year and we are excited to bring new Veteran Rewards, Cannon Crafting & Firing Updates, and a host of bug fixes! Check out the publish notes for full details!

We would also like to invite everyone to participate in a public test event beginning this Friday and continuing throughout the weekend. Hop on TC1 and say hello!

Please also note – if you plan to test anything on TC1, especially any cannon related changes, you will need to patch up to get the latest client text. When you head back to production, you will see this updated client text – do not be alarmed, this is normal and expected behavior.

See you in Britannia,UO Team



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