UO Evolution – 6th Anniversary in January!
UO Evolution is excited to announce we are celebrating 6 glorious years Online!
As many of you know we are about to celebrate our 6th year online on the weekend of January 28th-29th. We will have a big reunion with all of our old players. Everyone is invited back to check out the progress and success of UO Evolution.
I want to thank all the players for supporting this UO project over the years and making this a great community.
We will be running special staff events and giving away many unique anniversary prizes and gifts over the weekend.
We are very excited to see a record of 689 players online last month and an avg of 500+ daily!
The shard has prospered and has added new content every Friday for the last 6 years, and the player base has at least doubled. The game continues to “evolve” and it is absolutely better than the original game. We have 99% uptime and almost zero crashes since Kane has taken over the scripting. Most of the major systems have been completely rewritten or improved.
Kane and the staff have made over 150+ new shard content updates in 12 months and we continue run several events daily
We just did another content update, if you would like to follow along with the development of UO Evolution, you can now view the 2017 Development Logs here http://uoevolution.com/wiki/index.php/UOE_Development_Logs_2017
We are the #1 custom era shard for 6 years straight, and we can all be proud of that accomplishment!
This is YOUR shard!
We are committed to running the best custom UO freeshard and are focused on customer service and player satisfaction! If you have had any issues with old staff, banned account or left for any reason, please contact Dante to resolve the issue.
We look forward to seeing you again!
Dante, Zoe, Kane, Expo, Domino, Zeus, and Joker
Also make sure you like us on facebook. We are going to start running more daily events and will post times on facebook andto the front page of the website to keep you up to date
Legend of the Evolution Dragon
“Tonight we dawn our armour, sharpen our blades, and dust of our spell books. This Dragon has been terrorizing this kingdom for long enough!” – screams the king on his throne. His audience of warriors cheered. “No longer will we live in fear, no longer will we starve. For you, the strongest and fiercest warriors, will take up arms and rid this land of the foul Guardian Dragon!”
“Quit writing boy! You heard the king, gather my things”
We marched up the mountain. The air was still, the night was quiet. The men knew most of them wouldn’t return. As we neared the top there was a massive explosion. A fireball rose from the path ahead of us, the sky itself seemed to be on fire. It has begun. I handed my father his sword and I hid.
Already there were bodies strewn about. All I could hear was the screams of men and the chanting of spells. They fought valiantly. It was a bloody battle, but in the end the mighty dragon fell. I raced out to find my father.
“Father! Where are you father?”
His voice was feint. He was struggling to call to me. Finally I found him behind the dragon, clinging to life.
“Son. You are safe. Take care of your mother.”
He passed soon after. He had delivered the deathblow to the beast. But his wounds were mortal. In His clutches he held an egg. It was a soft white glowing egg. It was warm, it began to shake. It was hatching! Out of the egg slithered a snake. I was afraid, but it clung to my leg, huddling for warmth.
“Yes Kill it, we will end this beast’s line once and for all.”
“No! Look at it, it’s harmless. I will raise it. I will keep it”
“But this will grow into a beast as foul as the one we have slain tonight.”
A voice speaks up from the back of the small crowd of survivors,
“But what if we could command such a beast! The boy will keep it.”
It began killing rodents on the farm for us. But as time went on it grew bigger. The more it killed, the bigger it grew. No beast ever threatened our kingdom again. We traveled the land in search of foes worthy of my might “Evolution Dragon.” We vanquished many evils, and found many treasures. But most of all, this friendship lasted a lifetime.
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 play.uoevolution.com 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!
YouTube Videos of UO Evolution
UO Evolution Wiki
UO Evolution Forums
UO Evolution Facebook
Pirate Month on UO Evolution!
We will be adding some new pirate content next month for “Talk Like A Pirate Day”! We have fun with this every year. Instead of just one day, we have extended the fun to all month!
We will be doing a pirate theme all of the month of September
“Talk Like A Pirate Day” be celebrated on September 19, ‘n would-be buccaneers who’d be tryin’ t’ natter like a corsair had best learn t’ speak th’ lingo. If ye reckon that jus’ sayin’ “arrrr” at th’ end o’ every utterance will fill yer sails ‘n float yer ship, reckon again, landlubber. It’ll jus’ get ye tossed o’erboard! So don’t settle fer bein’ an imitation pirate, learn how t’ be authentic n’ colorful, like a real swashbucklin’ scallywag o’ th’ sea!
Here is some entertaining links to help you get in character and have some fun with this theme
Learn the pirate language:
Here is some pirate vocabulary:
Expo’s Epic Event Video:
The Blackrock Dungeon Reopens! New monsters, new items and the return of the Shadowlords!
New events and RP storylines will be added weekly to the adventures, so watch the forums and in-game announcements.
The Shadowlords were no Match for the brave citizens of UO Evolution! They were driven back, deep into the Blackrock Mines to recover from their defeat!
Beware, the Shadowlords always return!
New Jurassic Park Island Event in Termur, Scary new Dinosaurs and Monsters to run from! New area is on the moongate and events are announced daily!
Jurassic Park Island Event
Added new Jurassic Park Dinosaurs and Monsters
*Tyrannasaurus Rex Boss
*Indominus Rex Boss
YouTube Video Trailer Contest!
This month we are going to give prizes and evolution dollars to players that make video trailers about the shard and post them to YouTube
1st Place = 1000ED
2nd Place = 500ED
3rd Place = 250ED
Every submission that meets the criteria and is used will be given a prize for the effort!
The video must contain the following elements:
*Shard Name and logo – UO Evolution “The Game has Evolved”
*Shard website address – www.uoevolution.com
*key words tagged in the description and title
*Length must be between 1-3 minutes
Examples of what I would like to see:
*Show the highlights of the shard (see shard description on the website)
*Show the new graphics/buildings/monsters
*show a triple champ or epic event?
After you create the video post it here on the forums for review
We will run this contest until we get 10 submissions and then players will vote for the winner
UO Evolution – Haunted Hallows Event
UO Evolution – Weapon Training Video
Baracoon Champ on UO Evolution
UO Evolution First Official Player-Run Auction
NEW Champ Spawn UO Evolution Shard
UO Evolution GM Sponsored Champ Event
Expo’s Epic Pirate Quest!
Happy Armageddon Day!
I didn’t mean to scare you with the ominous title! This is actually a joyous announcement!
I was reminded today that is has been exactly 365 days since the “Evil Developer/Kia Car Salesman” was defeated! It is truly wonderful to see the land and it’s community continue to prosper since his demise!
I want to take a moment to thank our developer, Kane for all of his super tech skills and dedication to UO Evolution, not just in the recovery of the shard, but in his continued development of the content each week that is second to none! Take a moment to review all of the new content in Dev Logs and you will appreciate all the incredible changes he has made this year! http://uoevolution.com/wiki/index.php/UOE_Development_Logs
As stated by the wise player Loial, “This shard and staff really is better than the original!”
The staff really does take pride in being the #1 Custom Ultima Online Freeshard! We also realize much of the success of the shard comes from the community support of this project and we could not do it without you all!
Last month we hit 368 players online for the auction which was a new, all-time player online record! I expect we will see close to 400 online for the Memorial Day/Armageddon Weekend events and auction!
Join us for a fun-filled weekend with all your friends on UO Evolution!
Upcoming Events this weekend!
Friday: Armageddon Weekend Events
Saturday: Pet Wars at noon CST
Sunday: Grand Auction at noon CST
Monday: Memorial Day Events
If you would like to post something nice to Kane or any of the other staff, please take the time to write an appreciative comment on the forum, for all of the hard work they have done this year!
UO Evolution Ultima Online free shard has added an extensive amount of New Samurai Empire content to compliment the original SE:UO expansion.
The UOE team has been working on creating new buildings, monsters and systems to enhance the limited content from the original UO:SE expansion that was released by UO back in 2004.
The original reviews about the Samurai Empire expansion were not great, so it was always our intent, as developers, to make this new addition have engaging, relevant content that enhanced the Asian theme.
There are no other UO freeshards that have this expansion and this exclusive content is what sets UO Evolution apart from the other free shards
———-Original Samurai Empire Expansion Features———-
Samurai Empire is the sixth expansion of Ultima Online. It adds unique Japanese-themed content, such as the new Ninja and Samurai professions, as well as a new land mass, the Tokuno Islands
*Become a Samurai Master
Dedicate yourself to the art of Bushido, with powerful new skills and
deadly new weapons.
*Join an Elite Ninja Clan
Submit to the discipline of Ninjitsu, mastering stealth, deception, and the art of assassination.
*Adventure on a New Continent
Explore a new Japanese-themed land filled with scenic housing areas,
mythical creatures, monsters, dungeons, and more.
*Lay Claim to Exotic New Treasures
New weapons, armor, clothing, house tiles, magic, and more will reward the adventurous.
*Powerful New Guild Systems
Create a guild, set up ranks, declare wars on other guilds, and set win conditions. Recruiting guildmates and increasing your power have never been easier.
———-New Samurai Empire Expansion Features———-
New Temples and Dojos
There are 8 new dojos/temples to locate and explore
Dojo 1 – Mount Sho
Dojo 2 – Fandancer
Dojo 3 – Undead
Dojo 4 – Bushido
Dojo 5 – Bridge
Dojo 6 – Garden
Dojo 7 – Forgotten Desert
Dojo 8 – Abandoned
There are also some unique defenses including fire traps, breakable doors, and hidden foes that you must strategically defeat!
There are 8 new warrior/monsters to defend each area, each with new special abilities and defenses.
*Sohie (Temple Guards)
*Yamabushi (Temple Guards)
The doors at each dojo are “breakable doors” and must be attacked and broken down to enter the area. The doors each have hit points and regenerate over time.
The Emperor palace was inspired by Qin Shi Huang and the
Belt of Tokuno – Blackbelt System
This unique Black Belt System is exclusive to UO Evolution. You start by hunting and collecting ancestral cloth, then craft the basic white belt. You then journey to each dojo and defeat the opponents to earn experience that will change the color of your belt from white all the way up to the black belt.
As your belt increases in power, the belt color will change at each stage as follows.
Stage 1 = White
Stage 2 = Yellow
Stage 3 = Orange
Stage 4 = Green
Stage 5 = Blue
Stage 6 = Red
Stage 7 = Purple
Stage 8 = Brown
Stage 9 = Black
It is a very powerful system and is designed to be an end-game item. The Belt IS intended to to take months of challenging game play to achieve!
Enjoy the journey, grasshopper!
UO:SE News and Articles
Ultima Online: Samurai Empire – Designer Diary #1
PC News | Sep 19, 2004
The world of Ultima Online continues to expand year after year, fueled by fan support and an ongoing sense of community. The latest expansion, Samurai Empire, adds more than just samurai and ninja professions. Indeed, it adds substantially to the Ultima mythos itself: a new virtue will be rolled out, “Honor.” How did it come about, and what’s the process this new game addition goes through from start to finish? Game Programmer EvilMantis tells us in his own words how it all went down.>>>Read More
Ultima Online: Samurai Empire – Designer Diary #2
PC News | Oct 14, 2004
In our last Ultima Online: Samurai Empire designer diary, we looked at how the new “honor” virtue was integrated into the game. This week, as the expansion is preparing to ship, we’ve invited art director Walter Ianneo to talk about the artistic decisions made with the new expansion. Unlike much of the Ultima universe, Samurai Empire is rooted in a specific history and culture. Does feudal Japan mix with Ultima Online as smoothly as peanut butter and jelly? We went straight to the source!>>>Read More
Ultima Online: Samurai Empire – Designer Diary #3
PC News | Nov 2, 2004
Ultima Online: Samurai Empire has at last gone gold, meaning that it’s on its way to store shelves as you read this. Over the last several weeks we’ve been tracing its progress from a gleam in a game designer’s eye to the finished product. In the first diary we looked at how the new “honor” virtue was created and implemented. From there we talked to Art Director Walter Ianneo about the artistic style of the game. And now, this week, Game Designer Jennifer Lane ties it all together by describing for us the (sometimes painful) process of rolling a game out. Read on to discover just what keeps the team going during the long hours>>>Read More
Ultima Online: Samurai Empire Q&A – Overview
Ultima Online, which was launched in 1997 and continues to draw in devoted adventurers night after night, even to this day. EA Games and the recently relocated Ultima team are now hard at work producing the next expansion pack for the game. Samurai Empire will add all-new character classes, housing options, and lands to explore.>>>Read More
Ultima Online: Samurai Empire – PC – Review
The Land of Feudal Lords, otherwise known as the Takuno Islands, serves as the new territory for this expansion to the Ultima universe. It was hinted at in the first Ultima title, and expanded upon with new classes, a new guild system, as well as the usual array of new territories to explore and new monsters to kill.>>>Read More