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How to Play Ultima Online – UO Evolution

The Begining of Ultima online

As far as online games go, Ultima Online is considered the granddaddy of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs). Back in 1997, before the days of voice chat, in the dark age of dial up, Ultima Online (UO) was paving the way for a whole new genre of entertainment, bringing together people from around the world into one (actually several but I’ll talk about that later) persistent world and letting them engage in conversation, trade and even player vs player combat…many for the first time ever!

A Very Brief History

Based on the epic role-playing game series of Ultima, created by Richard Garriott and Origin Systems, UO brought to life the world of Sosaria, along with much of its lore and legendary characters such as Lord British, Lord Blackthorn, Exodus, Dupre, Iolo, Minax, and more.

Players could take part in storyline events or completely ignore them and live in a virtual world of endless possibilities. UO was designed as a “sandbox” style game with no real set of rules or objectives. This has made the game extremely unique, even compared to modern-day MMORPGs, where there is typically a “final level” or “end” to the game. There is no such thing as “the end” in Ultima Online, as many people STILL play to this day, 18 years later, on the official servers or on free shards.

What are Official Servers and Free Shards?

The official servers of Ultima Online, run by Origin Systems, Electronic Arts, and now by Mythic Broadsword are a subscription based model, which means you must pay a monthly fee to play, and support both the Classic and Kingdom Reborn client. The KR client completely changed how UO looks and feels, which I will let you research on your own, as this guide shows only the Classic client.

As the number of subscribers has dwindled on the official pay servers, UO hobbyists continued to support the development of the game and created free servers that emulated their favorite era of gameplay.

The freeshards are run independently of the official servers. They were created to emulate specific eras and rule sets of UO. Some custom shards are under constant development, adding new content often, while others stay true to the original game mechanics, tailoring to the “old school” days of PvP in the Renaissance(UOR) and The Second Age(T2A). There are now hundreds of shards to choose from, Take a look at this list of the top free Ultima Online shards and start playing!

Let’s Connect to Ultima Online!

To play on the freeshards you can follow this easy guide or go to the specific shard website for detailed information. I will provide a walk through on how to connect to the Ultima Online, UO Evolution free shard I have been playing on for almost 5 years.

Step 1 – Download the UO Evolution Client With all the unique features available, downloading the custom client is essential to viewing the new custom graphics, mounts, monsters, hues/colors, landscapes and more. Download and unzip the files somewhere you’ll remember for later.

Step 2 – Download Microsoft .Net Framework. Most new computers already have this software installed. This software is required to run properly.

Step 3 – Download Razor or UOSteam or AssistUO
These programs are “assistants” for Ultima Online, allowing you to automate certain tasks and enter server information to play on free shards.

Step 4 – Connect the Client to the Shard
Open Razor/UO Steam/AssistUO (as administrator) and set the Client Options to the directory you installed to earlier and then the Server/Shard to and the port to 2593

Step 5 – Log In and Play!
Create a new account by entering your preferred Account Name and Password. Select the server UO Evolution. Customize your character’s appearance and clothing. Selecting a Human or Elf to play is suggested as Gargoyle’s are not fully implemented and have restrictions. Select the type of character you would like to play. This will set your skills according to what you pick. If you want to be really adventurous, click Advanced and pick your own.

There is no skill cap on UO Evolution so you can pick whatever you like. Regardless of where you select, you will begin in Britain on UO Evolution. Your character has now been created and you are playing Ultima Online!

Congratulations! You have a vast new world in front of you where you can do and be anything. This can be a little daunting, but with the help of our friendly community of players and online guides, you will be on your feet in no time!

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UOE Father’s Day – Grand Auction is today at noon cst!

We just added UO Evolution content update 240 to the shard! See the dev logs on the wiki for details:

Greetings Citizens of UO Evolution!

We sent out an email to all of our old players from the past 8 years and invited everyone to return for the grand auction and Father’s Day events.

If you want to return to the shard this weekend, we are setting up new accts and giving max stats for new/returning players to skip the grind and preview the shard.

I ask the community to welcome all of the new players as well as the returning players. Make sure we help them all get started again with some gear and friendship!

UO Evolution has been growing again and I would like to keep the momentum going.

We hit 978+ players online last month, which very few freeshards have ever achieved.

Our next goal would be to break 1000 players online! We will need a community effort to attract new players and to continue growing our playerbase. Please log in often and keep voting daily, to keep us #1 on all the top shard lists!

House Drops/IDOC Events

We are going to do house drops in July. This is a great time to get a bunch of old rares and gear. It’s also going to free up a ton of prime housing locations, so get ready for the land rush!

Even if you are not participating in the events, make sure you log in and refresh your accounts. Inactive accounts with no log ins for over 6 months are subject to deletion! LOG IN NOW!

Special Events this Week

Jun 14 – Hunger Games every Thursday at 6pm
Jun 15 – Champ Spawn Marathon every Friday 7pm
Jun 16 – Pet Wars at 6pm
Jun 17 – Father’s Day – Grand Auction!

We are committed to running the best custom freeshard and are focused on customer service and player satisfaction. If you have had any issues with old staff, banned acct or left for any reason, please contact Dante to resolve the issue

We look forward to seeing you again!

Dante, Zoe, Kane, Zeus, Domino, Grim, Morsax and Kronis