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Keep Design Contest Final Round of Voting Reminder

11/12/2018

Greetings,

This is a reminder the the final round of voting has started for the  Keep Design Contest.  Check out the top 20 picks from the first round of voting and make your selections today!  Here are the important dates to remember,

Final Round Voting
Monday, November 12, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

Vote Tally
Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

See you in Britannia,

UO Team


UO Herald - Contest

Keep Design Contest Voting Reminder

Greetings,

This is a reminder the voting has started for the  Keep Design Contest.  Here are the important dates to remember,

Monday, October 22, 2018 9:40:45 AM ET

First Round Voting
Monday, November 5, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

Final Round Voting
Monday, November 12, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

Vote Tally
Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

See you in Britannia,

UO Team


Publish 103 TC Release 1 & Ultima Swag Store

10/30/2018

Greetings,

We are pleased to announce that Publish 103 TC Release 1 will be available for testing on Test Center as of 10/31/2018.  This is the first TC1 release of Publish 103 that brings the new Krampus Encounter, new weapons & clothes, new Ultima Store items, PvP Combat changes, Classic Client macro updates & more!  Head on over to the Publish 103 wiki page to check out the notes!  We will be hosting a public testing event all day so stop on TC1 and say hello!

In addition to the Publish 103 content being released to TC 1, the following is being released with the latest client patch and will be live on all servers beginning with Japan this evening,

Dress Macro Update

  • The action timer after the use of the Dress macro has been increase from 1 second to 1 second per item equipped.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of the Ultima Swag store where you can purchase a variety of merchandise to show off your love of Ultima Online, complete with international shipping!  You can visit the swag store by visiting the link on the UO.com homepage!

There is a mandatory client patch associated with this release so please patch up your client before accessing any shard.

See you in Britannia,

UO Team


UO Herald - Contest

Publish 103 Keep Contest Important Dates

10/22/2018

Greetings,

Please take note of the following important dates as they relate to the Publish 103 Keep contest.  As of today, TC1 has been wiped.

Contest Start
Monday, October 22, 2018 9:40:45 AM ET

First Round Voting
Monday, November 5, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

Final Round Voting
Monday, November 12, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

Vote Tally
Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:47:25 AM ET

We look forward to seeing many great designs this time around!

See you in Britannia,

UO Team


UO Herald - Contest

Publish 103 Keep Design Contest

October 19, 2018

Greetings everyone,

We would like to announce we are wiping TC1 Monday October 22nd so we can begin the next house design contest which will feature keeps only.  This period we are not accepting castle designs.  Please know we have updated the contest and will be going through two voting periods, see the changes below:

  • Players will have two weeks to design a keep and submit it  for voting
  • Players have one week to vote on their favorite keep design
  • From the results of player votes we will  advance  the top 20 keep designs to a second voting period where players will have three days to vote for their favorite design
  • From the final voting we will pick from among the top keeps from player votes and the developers will pick their favorites from the remaining 17 entries

We  look forward to seeing how creative everyone is!

UO Team

 


Publish 102 Comes to Origin, Baja, and Izumo

10/16/2018

Greetings,

With regularly scheduled maintenance beginning October 17, 2018 Publish 102 will be deployed to Origin, Baja, and Izumo.  You can read about the new Huntmaster’s Challenge and other Publish 102 features in the notes.

There is a mandatory client patch associated with this release, so please make sure you update your client before accessing any shard.

See you in Britannia,

UO Team


UO Herald - Lore

Whispers in the Dark

10/15/2018

To shepherd in the Treasures of Khaldun we have a series of short pieces of fiction to supplement the events in-game.  We present the final installment,

Whispers in the Dark

By EM Malachi

There was the rattling caw of a crow in the distance, and an open window carried an acrid wind from the part of town that had been put to the torch. Even as exhaustion and grief pulled at him, the old sage couldn’t sleep. He could not forget the faces of the murdered innocents he had prepared for burial the next day. He forced his eyes shut and tried to ease his mind.

There came a child’s giggle from the hallway outside his room, and then a voice spoke from the darkness, “Humbolt…”

“Humbolt…” spoke another voice from the other side of the room. This one was from another child.

When Sage Humbolt sat up in fear, the first voice spoke again, “Humbolt, aren’t you going to find us?”

Out of the shadows stepped two small forms, a little boy and girl. Humbolt recognized them. He had seen them earlier that day in shrouds. “You’re alive?”

The boy turned his head slightly to show a cruel wound. “Oh, the optimism of the living! Isn’t it amusing, sister?”

The little girl giggled, and her bloodless eyes rotated oddly. “We could end him tonight, but where is the fun in that? Let’s play the game of questions.” She traced a terrible glyph in the air, and Humbolt felt an icy spell paralyze his limbs.

“Just like the old days? An excellent idea.” The small corpse moved itself closer to Humbolt, staring at him with its unblinking eyes. “The game is simple. We ask each other questions until one of us doesn’t. There will also be consequences if you lie. I’ll even let you go first.”

Humbolt asked, “How are you so powerful?”

Kyrnia giggled, until the small form she wore started to bleed at the mouth. “He still thinks he will stop us, brother. Even now…” A small pale hand picked up a dagger from the bureau.

Lathiari shook his head. “Now, now. We can’t end the game after a single question.” The lich in the stolen body walked over to the bed. “We are so powerful because of patience and study. We always did love the books mother gave us. There were so many secrets there: the Dark Unknown, Mordin Grimswind, even Khal Ankur. Humanity has chosen to forget so much darkness, in the name of civility. We didn’t let the past stay buried.”

Kyrnia tapped on the wall. “It’s our turn to ask now! Can we ask him the person he cares about most? What he is most afraid of?”

Her brother thought for a moment. “I think I have a question, if you’ll let me.” When Kyrnia didn’t object, Lathiari asked, “What will you give to stop us?”

Humbolt didn’t hesitate in answering, “Everything.”

Lathiari learned down, and Humbolt could smell the corpse’s incipient rot. “We may have to hold you to that.”

Kyrnia giggled and started playing with the sharp knife. “That was wonderful, brother! You got him to suggest a new game. I’ll begin ‘everything’ with the little toesies…” She was interrupted by heavy knocking on the door, and armed guards sounding the alarm. “This town is so dull now. So vigilant and suspecting! Let’s move on to the next one.”

Lathiari nodded, and the two wraiths departed the forms they were animating, leaving behind small still corpses.

*****

The potion had been bitter to drink, but the taste of lich heart was worse. The necromancy that had kept the liches alive stuck to the tongue like mold, and it burned all the way to the stomach. It was a cruel task, one Humbolt could not have given to any other. The shadows seemed to taunt him as delirium gripped his mind.

Two shapes appeared before him, the wraiths of Kyrnia and Lathiari. Already, their magic was fraying, sending pieces of their twisted spirits off to whatever darkness was waiting. Kyrnia glared at him as the memory of her face crumbled to dust. The skull of Lathiari grinned as oblivion claimed it, tendrils of corrupted magic reaching out toward Humbolt. When there was almost nothing left, Lathiari whispered:

“Sage, we keep you to your promise. You gave your life, but there is one last thing left to take. You will find no rest, even in death.”


Publish 102 TC Release 1

10/11/2018

Greetings,

We are pleased to announce Publish 102 will be available on TC on October 12, 2018.  Publish 102 introduces new content for the Huntmaster’s Challenge along with some other updates you can read about in the publish notes.

We will be hosting a public play session all day on October 12th, so hop on and say hello and give some feedback.  Let’s see who can hunt the largest of the new trophies!

Due to the accelerated publish schedule of Publish 102, we will not be wiping Publish 102 for a new castle & keep design contest, as a result look forward to a new contest in Publish 103!

There is a mandatory client patch associated with this release.  Please make sure you patch up your client to the latest version before logging into any shard.

See you in Britannia,

UO Team