June 2012


Connection to UO and Support Response Times

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM CDT
UO Customer Service

Originally posted 30 Jun 2012 19:50:31 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

The Live Authentification service and the connection to the Ultima Online shards have been restored after a long power outage.

Please note, that during the outage our Customer Support was unable to address any appeals and ticket response may be delayed for a while.

Thank you for your support.



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Call to Arms on Video

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM CDT
UO Community News

Originally posted 28 Jun 2012 15:15:43 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Did you witness the downfall of Exodus during the weekend? UO in action has collected some impressions of the action on Catskill, Atlantic and Pacific and is looking forward to bringing you more videos from other shards to.

See if you can find yourself in the crowd.



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Publish 77.0 Comes to Origin

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM CDT
UO Publishes

Originally posted 27 Jun 2012 16:15:42 EST by Tim Chappell on the UO Herald:

Publish 77.0 comes to Origin with tonights maintenance. These are the changes to the Publish 77.0 Notes:

Faction Silver Changes

  • Containers of Sending will no longer accept silver.
  • Silver rewarded for capturing a town sigil has been increased to 750 from 100.
  • Silver rewarded for faction kills has been increased to 100 per victim faction rank from 40.
  • Silver rewarded for faction trap kills has been increased to 100 from 40.



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Hot Fix Notes - 6/27

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM CDT
UO Publishes

Originally posted 27 Jun 2012 10:33:21 EST by Tim Chappell on the UO Herald:

We have corrected the following issues for publish 77 on TC1.

Faction Silver Changes:

  • Containers of Sending will no longer accept silver.
  • Silver rewarded for capturing a town sigil has been increased to 750 from 100.
  • Silver rewarded for faction kills has been increased to 100 per victim faction rank from 40.
  • Silver rewarded for faction trap kills has been increased to 100 from 40.

Prisoners will be deleted after they leave Wrong Dungeon

The issue with placing 1 tile house addons on the Brit ship has been fixed.



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Letter from the Producer

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM CDT
UO Development

Originally posted 26 Jun 2012 11:53:40 EST by Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong on the UO Herald:

Hello everyone,

First off I would like to thank everyone for their kind words to me regarding my promotion. I am writing this because some of you wanted an official Producer Letter so here goes. First I would like to address the Exodus Event reward. The +5 stat scroll will be put in the game as a permanent drop. This is something that was discussed as a team from the very beginning, so if you did not get one at Exodus or were not able to be at the event, you will be able to get it later.

The second part is the future of UO. After we finish the holidays, which does take up a lot of time for creation for Halloween, anniversary, vet rewards etc, we are going to step back and do a major bug fixing publish. Currently we have documented 1173 known bugs in our system, I want to cut that number in half. This bug sprint will not happen till the first of the year so that will give me plenty of time to go over all the bugs in the thread on stratics to make sure we have those documented in our system.

After the major bug sprint we will continue to put in updates to the dungeons, armor and monsters. Of course we will be throwing in other tidbits but it wouldn’t be any fun to tell you what they are now. =P

I hope everyone enjoyed Exodus and with that being said here is a fitting screenshot for the downfall of Exodus!

Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong
Producer Ultima Online



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The Awakening - Act V, Part 2

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM CDT
BNN

Originally posted 25 Jun 2012 13:45:42 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Written by the EM Team

Dupre’s gleaming platemail was scarred and battered as he approached the walled sandstone city, great strips of it ripped away by the attacks of the vicious mechanical beasts. He’d left too many men, elves, and gargoyles dead in the final struggle to rid them of the foul beast Exodus…and despite Sacrifice being a virtue, he wondered if it hadn’t taken more than its share this time. And why did it seem that those younger, faster, and stronger than he were so oft chosen while Sacrifice had merely passed him by all these years? Or maybe these others in some way had acted as a shield for him, preserving his existence by purchasing it with their own. Or perhaps his vow of Honor to defeat Minax was all that held Sacrifice at bay. He shook his head as he passed through the gates of the city of Honor, but he couldn’t shake off his uncertainty. The events at the moongate had only served to reinforce his unsteadiness; He’d intended to immediately return to Felucca and his hunt for Minax, but if the moongates were corrupted in such a way, could it possibly be an infection like the gargoyles were even now still facing in Ter Mur? And if so, would it spread to the rest of Gilforn’s gates, or even to those temporary ones conjured by so many mages of the realm? Give me a beast, a monster, a man who I can fight with a sword and shield, and I’ll cause them to quake, he thought…but I have no recourse against an enemy I can’t face. Turning these thoughts aside, he strode into the armorsmiths and handed over his large, heavy shield, to which the smith could only shake his head. It was yet another shield that had given its life to prolong his. He looked over the copy of the journal he’d found…and he wondered if he hadn’t been wrong about the man who had once so often held court with his Lord.

To read the full story on the forums, click HERE.

Call to Arms

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 22 Jun 2012 10:50:05 EST by Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong on the UO Herald:

As I am sure most of you have noticed there is an uneasy feeling in our world. This is an official notice for a Call to Arms…please check the times below for your shard and support Lord Dupre!

Shard

Date

Time EDT

Legends

6/25/2012

9 EDT

Atlantic

6/22/2012

9 EDT

Lake Superior

6/25/2012

8EDT

Great Lakes

6/23/2012

9 EDT

Chesapeake

6/23/2012

9 EDT

Catskills

6/22/2012

7 EDT

Siege

6/23/2012

3 EDT

Origin

6/22/2012

6:30 PDT

Pacific

6/22/2012

8 PDT

Sonoma

6/25/2012

9 EDT

Lake Austin

6/23/2012

9:30 CDT

Baja

6/24/2012

10 EDT

Napa Valley

6/23/2012

10 EDT

Drachenfells

6/24/2012

20:30 CEST

Europa

6/25/2012

3 pm EDT

Mugen

6/22/2012

9 JST

Wakoku

6/24/2012

8 JST

Hokuto

6/23/2012

10 JST

Formosa

6/22/2012

9 pm JST

Izumo

6/23/2012

8 JST

Mizuho

6/22/2012

9 JST

Yamato

6/23/2012

9 JST

Asuka

6/24/2012

10 JST

Arirang

6/24/2012

8 TW

Balhae

6/25/2012

8 TW

Sakura

6/24/2012

9 JST



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Publish 77.0 Comes to TC1

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM CDT
UO Publishes

Originally posted 21 Jun 2012 12:39:02 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Greetings all,

In this publish we are having an issue with our patcher which increases the size of the patch. Please do not be alarmed. You are going to see a 411 MB classic client patch and a 112 MB patch for the Enhanced client. We are working on a fix for the patcher so it will reduce the size of the patches you will be receiving in the future. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Publish 77.0.0



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A Token for the Patient Ones

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 19 Jun 2012 18:17:54 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Monday night, a long and unexpected issue prevented Ultima Online players worldwide to spend their time in Sosaria. In appreciation of your patience during that time, you will be able to claim a small token tomorrow, June 20 afternoon EDT. Keep an eye open for a chest appearing near the Moongate in Luna. It will be around from Wednesday to Friday.

Make sure to get your gift – but keep it safe, it’s too easy to exhaust.

See you in the game!



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All Shards back on line

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM CDT
UO Customer Service

Originally posted 19 Jun 2012 07:43:35 EST by Rowland Cox on the UO Herald:

Connectivity is restored to all shards. Thanks for your patience.



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Connectivity Issues to all Shards

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 18, 2012 at 8:58 PM CDT
UO Customer Service

Originally posted 18 Jun 2012 21:43:53 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

We are investigating the connectivity issues to our servers and will make them available again as soon as possible.



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Login Server Maintenance - 06/19

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM CDT
UO Customer Service

Originally posted 18 Jun 2012 14:38:01 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

We will be bringing the login server offline tomorrow, Tuesday June 19, at 7:30 am EDT (11:30am GMT) for maintenance. At this time we anticipate that the login will be back online no later than 8:30 am EDT (12:30pm GMT).

During this maintenance you will not be able to login to Ultima Online, however you will be able to continue to play if you log in before the maintenance.

Please be sure to check the Herald for updates regarding this downtime.



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Sudiva Contest - The Winners

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM CDT
BNN

Originally posted 15 Jun 2012 17:43:59 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

The Jury has spoken and the winners of the Sudiva Contest have been chosen. Thank you and congratulations to all participants. It was great to read all the different stories, but there can be only ... three. And here they are:

THIRD PLACE - 'Sudiva Enshrined' by Jhym

SECOND PLACE - 'Sudiva's Last Tear' by Martyna Z'muir

FIRST PLACE - 'Treasure' by Alouenikah

Read the full stories on the forums by clicking HERE.

Mesanna's Sneak Peek III

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 15 Jun 2012 16:35:50 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Here is another picture we found:

Do you want to know more?



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Hot Fix Notes - 06/15

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM CDT
UO Publishes

Originally posted 15 Jun 2012 12:06:36 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

We have published a few fixes to the following issues.

  • We put in a fix for losing the Quiver of Infinity when altering the quiver to Gargoyle Wing Armor, this will be active tomorrow after maintenance.
  • Resolved the issue which was causing equipped items, mounts and even backpacks from disappearing in dungeons
  • Fixed the issue involving healers getting looting rights properly



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THE YEW TIMES - A Newspaper for Sosaria

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM CDT
BNN

Originally posted 15 Jun 2012 11:00:49 EST by YEW TIMES Editoral Office on the UO Herald:

Written by members of the community

Issue 5


WORLD NEWS

Homeowners On Alert

Yew homeowners are up in arms following a scam where several families were hustled from their homes while colleagues with picks and shovels tore up kitchens and living rooms, leaving all in disarray before departing. The Yew Times has been asked by authorities to keep the public informed of parties posing as officials associated with a non-existing agency calling itself the Bureau of Building Foundation Structural Integrity. According to accounts, a number of disheveled characters bullied themselves into the households of several Yew citizens insistent upon checking the buildings' supports. The culprits are believed to be treasure hunters with a poor sense of direction and questionable map reading skills. Should you be confronted by such persons pitching a story of corpser roots digging into your home's foundation, you are advised to report the incident to local law enforcement, so that proper action may be taken.

To read the full article on the forums, click HERE.

Judging the Sudiva Fiction Writing Contest

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 14 Jun 2012 10:30:26 EST by Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong on the UO Herald:

Hello Everyone,

I was asked to judge the Sudiva fiction writing contest and recruit more judges to join in. The first person I asked to read the entries was Mike “Phoenix” Moore. But there are other people even outside of the UO team who have a lot of knowledge and love for the UO history - one of them is Kate Flack, one of our Lead Designers who also has a great collection of the old UO games. I respect her opinion and love her creativity, so Kate was a logical choice to be a judge. With that said she has written a note to you guys.

When Ultima Online producer Bonnie Armstrong asked me to help judge a fiction competition, little did I know just how creative and inspired the entries would be! As a Lead Designer for BioWare Mythic, I deal with writing every day. Whether it’s technical precision or emotive dialogue, I’m constantly assessing my team’s writing and pushing them to deliver at ever higher grades of quality.

I fully expected to be the ‘bad cop’ judge. I’ve made a career of IP interpolation (that’s industry jargon for ‘coming up with new stuff that fits the game world’) and I’ve lost count of the times I’ve had to explain ‘that’s a good idea, but it doesn’t quite fit because of x, y or z’ to an eager designer with a new idea. I was worried how I’d give you feedback that was kind, but accurate. You know the sort of thing- should I choose Justice or Compassion?

Imagine my happy astonishment at the depth and more importantly, subtlety of the entries we received. Ultima isn’t an easy Intellectual Property to grok. The heritage of the game is long and winding. The systems of the various games are intricate. It’s high fantasy with even higher ideals behind it. It was a pleasure to read stories dealing deftly, even effortlessly, with the world. From despair in the darkness to the glittering heights of dragonflight, these tales do Ultima proud. Whether it’s Paladins with Mice, cunning peasants or spiritual insight, you’ve found inventive and entertaining ways to free Sudiva from the shackles of the Dungeon Covetous.

It’s been hard to choose a few winners from amongst this crop. I was particularly charmed by the use of ‘dragonsmirk’ and even the idea of Sudiva settling in Moonglow Zoo. Still, this is a competition, so I’ve tried to pick stories that speak to the Virtues and the history of Ultima, whilst also being a damn good read.

Well done to everyone who took part. Let’s do this again sometime!

Kate Flack
Lead Designer, BioWare Mythic.

We are currently compiling the results of the different judges and will announce the winners soon.

Thank you for all the great stories!



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Bonnie Armstrong Promoted to Producer

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 13 Jun 2012 12:20:46 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Bonnie ‘Mesanna’ Armstrong has become the Producer for Ultima Online. Together with Jeff Skalski, who continues his role as Ultima Franchise Producer, she will now take an even more active lead of all topics around our longest running MMO. Bonnie’s drive, dedication and knowledge of UO, together with her motivation to kill players (in-game) are well known in the office and among players.

Of course this raises some questions about the directions Bonnie is going to take, questions you might ask on the boards. Apart from a “Yeah yeah yeah” song we weren’t able to get an initial statement yet – but we shall have one in the near future.

Congratulations, Bonnie. Let’s lead UO through an exciting 15th anniversary and into the future.



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The Awakening - Act V

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM CDT
BNN

Originally posted 11 Jun 2012 11:58:23 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

Written by the EM Team

“Now, charge its left flank, and aim for the seams! Mages, lightning and energy bolts, but focus on keeping up our knights!” Dupre shouted out the orders from behind his plated helm, even as his cadre of knights swarmed one of the monstrosities that laired within Exodus dungeon. With the backup of the mages keeping them healed, they weren’t in any threat at the moment from the beast in front of them. Lord Dupre had heard the noises and gotten glimpses of things from inside what was left of Ver Lor Reg and it caused him quite a bit of worry. He’d been trying to devise tactics so that they could retake the city, but the creatures resisted quite a bit of force, and seemed to give up little in areas of weakness save for how well lightning worked against them. As he observed the knights, a noise from behind caught his attention, and he whirled while he drew the longsword at his side and lunged. His blade bit harshly into the seam of the floating menace, and he smashed it in harder by hammering the hilt with his plated gauntlet. With a squealing shriek of metal, the creature’s internal mechanisms chewed themselves to pieces on his sword before he drew it out and turned away, the creature exploding and peppering his armor with light shrapnel. He slashed the grease and oil clinging to his blade onto the floor of the dungeon as his knights finished slaying the much larger creature, and they retreated from the dungeon once more.

To read the full story on the forums, click HERE.

Mesanna's Sneak Peek II

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 8 Jun 2012 11:43:30 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

We found this picture:

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UO Herald Restoration

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM CDT
UO Customer Service

Originally posted 6 Jun 2012 12:02:56 EST by Kai Schober on the UO Herald:

All the latest news and the archives have been restored on the website after yesterday's issues. Due to limitations in our publishing tool, some news articles bear two time stamps - one of today when they were restored and one of the original publishing date.

We continue to work on the other pages like the UO Guide or the Account Center information to bring them back up to date as fast as possible. Please let us know if you miss content.

Thank you for your support.



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UO Herald Data Loss

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM CDT
UO Customer Service

Originally posted 6 Jun 2012 01:56:23 EST by Rowland Cox on the UO Herald:

On June 5th, the Ultima Online website has encountered a critical failure and lost it's database. We were able to restore its content up to February 2011 and we'll continue to update the rest of the content as soon as possible, prioritizing publish notes first.

Thank you for bearing with us.



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Publish 76 Fixes

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM CDT
UO Publishes

Originally posted 5 Jun 2012 11:01:13 EST by Tim Chappell on the UO Herald:

The following fixes were staged for the maintenance that was completed last night.

  • Covetous level 3 will spawn correctly now.
  • Fixed point decay for city loyalty and virtue.



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Discussion of UO Changes

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 4 Jun 2012 12:14:43 EST by Tim Chappell on the UO Herald:

Associate Producer Bonnie “Mesanna” Armstrong is discussing plans for the near future of UO on UOStratics:

In approx 2 weeks we will be putting the following on TC1, I hope you guys have time to go check out the changes and give us your feedback.

  • Faction armor distribution - Faction Armor will now cost silver and we removed faction rank restrictions for wearing faction artifacts
  • Faction point system distribution – Points will now be distributed to multiple faction members when participating in killing faction enemies via healing and direct damage.
  • Three (3) new ways to gain City loyalty.
  • A new craftable improved version of the communication crystals.

To find out what other players think of the changes and join in on the discussion, check out the thread here.



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Good Old Games Weekend Sale

Submitted by UO_Herald on June 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM CDT
UO News

Originally posted 1 Jun 2012 18:37:11 EST by Tim Chappell on the UO Herald:

Good Old Games is having a huge 50% off sale for those of you who love the old Ultima series! In fact, for all you old school gamers, they have the Wing Commander series on sale as well.

Get yours before time runs out! GOG Weekend Sale



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