The Santa Claws boss is now player triggerable. You must purchase Santa Claws' Candle from the gravedigging vendor, then place it under the Christmas Tree on the western side of the Yew area (where the spawn previously was). It takes 6 players nearby to activate. Once you've assembled, double click...

After the restart, the following items have been addressed:

  • A bug causing Faction Mages to persist beyond 24h has been resolved.
  • Several faction sigil system bugs have been squashed. As a result, you may encounter the following scenario: 1. You steal a town sigil and deposit it in your faction...

Pending a restart, a new Necromancer spell has been added. It requires GM Forensic Evaluation, Spirit Speak, and Magery to unlock.

The spell is called Death Ward, and may only be casted on yourself. For its duration, if you are killed/ brought below 0 health, you will instead be returned to 1 HP (...

Pending a restart:

  • A stolen town sigil will now show the town's name.
  • Faction mobs to kill for faction silver have been added. Drakes are associated with True Britannians, Daemons with Shadowlords, and Ogre Lords with Minax. Killing an opposing faction's mob grants you 30 silver. Faction mobs...

The Faction Pillar / King of the Hill is now in game. It activates once every 80 hours, and you will receive a server alert when it does. It can be found in Destard Level 2.

https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/factions

Hail citizens of Britannia!

I will be producing a 2 to 3 minute promotional video for SOB.

I would like to show player's in-game recorded video's showcasing everything we have to offer.

I would like to get a collection of videos showing people mining, lumberjacking, fighting, stealing, faction...

A new automated King Of The Hill style Faction event is coming soon to Britannia. The following details outline its basic ideas, but are subject to tweaks before release:

Every 80 hours, the Faction Pillar becomes active. This event is a King Of The Hill style event. Faction players must stay near...

Pending a restart:

  • Blood Siphon now heals much more health.
  • Elf clothing will now be blessable
  • Beginning at 80.1 Forensic Evaluation (with a min 30 Spirit Speak), necromancers now have more potent Curse/Mass Curse spells
  • A bug causing faction players to not flag in pvp combat has been resolved
  • Skeletons summoned by Necromancers will now appear green to differentiate from NPC skeletons
  • ...

Santa Claws has been successfully chased out of Yew and is now wandering the wilds in search of warriors whose Christmas he can ruin!

A cold wind came and quickly they figured out, that Santa Claws and his evil minions would soon be about!

'Twas a month before Christmas and all throughout Yew, not a creature was stirring - the guards had all gone too!

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Pending a restart, the following changes have been made:

  • Noxious Decay is now a 6th circle spell (instead of 7th)
  • A bug causing Earthquake to give Spirit Speak gains has been fixed
  • Bone Armor can only be used on yourself.
  • Necromancers can now cast Invisibility
  • Protection, Magic Reflection, Reactive Armor, and Arch Protect now harm Necromancers as intended.
  • A bug causing Mass Dispel to dispel summons too frequently has been fixed.
  • Blood Siphon's cooldown on a given target has been decreased.
  • The Gravedigging vendor now sells Grave Dust- at a very s...

'Twas a month before Christmas and all throughout Yew, not a creature was stirring- the guards had all gone too! A cold wind came and quickly they figured out, that Santa Claws and his evil minions would soon be about!

Launching sometime this evening, Yew will be invaded by Santa Claws and his evi...

  • Poison Elemental summons now poison more often.
  • A timing bug with wisp summon spellcasting has been addressed.

The Lithos necromancy event will end tomorrow. Its spawn rate has been increased until then.

  • Reds can now use the gravedigging vendor
  • You can no longer harm necromancers in town with beneficial spells
  • Gravedigging will check your character notoriety settings before turning you grey
  • Beneficial / Healing spells used to harm necromancers now behave properly and consume reagants.
  • A new item has been added to fill the Necronomicon with spells instead of the Grave Dust- it is called Heart of Earth Shard and it can be obtained from undead mobs.
  • Necromancers will now only be con...

Necromancy is now live in Britannia! A method of procuring the Necronomicon has been introduced and players are encouraged to discover it.

For a short time, a boss event featuring Lithos, titan of Earth, is also active and is another possible way of obtaining the Necronomicon.

Please read the fo...

The cost of gravedigging tools has been reduced greatly and their charges have increased to 100 in preparation for Necromancy,

Relics of Lithos, titan of Earth, have been sighted in Britannia- a dark omen of evil events on the horizon.

Necromancy is coming to Britannia and is currently in testing! Shout out to Stimwalt who designed the ideas behind much of this system before he departed the team. The following wiki articl...

Some more decorations have been fixed in terms of an issue preventing placing them, included but not limited to:

  • Wooden Display Case
  • Small Three Shelf Market Rack
  • Large Two Row Market Rack
  • Arena Bleachers (these have been reduced in size to fit better)
  • Medium Display Rack
  • L-shaped &...

An issue has been solved preventing people from buying mounts like the Fire Ostard that can be ridden by anyone if their skill level is too low.

We've received multiple reports recently of players stating they were unable to report being murdered by another player. We're looking for more details about this, if you have had this happen please let us know the details surrounding the incident.

Things that are helpful to know are:

  • where y...

The following is a preview of the upcoming Bulk Orders and Crafting Changes. Testing is about to begin, but there is no expected release date at this time. Near the release, we will write some Wiki pages to further explain some of these changes, but for the most part a lot of the mechanics are borro...

We've updated the Short and Long Spear to working models that properly show the weapon in your hands when you are in warmode. Spears made before this change will not reflect the updated models though, so you may want to hold on to one or two as they are now relics. :)

  • A new endgame summon has arrived for the Summoner's Tome. It requires GM Spirit Speak, Magery, and Animal Lore to unlock.
  • A new resource has been added to gravedigging that will soon prove quite useful.
  • Corrected an issue with the Bear Ethereal Statue being listed under 3 years instead of 2 years
  • Corrected an issue with claiming the Resurrection Ankh actually giving a Hitching Post.

If you claimed a Resurrection Ankh and erroneously received the Hitching Post instead, and would like to swa...

  • Summons should no longer create corpses upon death.
  • A bug causing people with many long term murders but less than 5 short term murders to be blue has been fixed.

More house decorations have been fixed that previously gave users trouble when trying to place them:

  • Holiday Tree 1 & 2
  • Veteran Reward Banners 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Large Counter 1 & 2
  • Inn Bar
  • Large Display Shelf
  • Fixed an issue with Gothic Torch deeds being named just "Deed" or "Unknown Furn...
  • Fixed bug where bonded pets turned into laid down corpses upon dying
  • Faction Ranks will begin launching after restart. Every day when the leaderboard is compiled, each member of a given faction will be ranked based on their kill points relative to their fellow same faction members and given a ra...
  • The Strange Gazer summon has been tweaked. A bug preventing it from casting has been fixed and it is now a caster as intended. It has been beefed up a bit.
  • The War Horse mount will stop being a ridable human skeleton the next time it dies. New War Horses will not have this issue.
  • Pets will no...

QOL: When taming or unstabling a pet, OR when summoning a creature, targetable healthbars for them automatically show up underneath the reagant counter. These disappear when you stable pets or when a summon expires.

  • Nether Vortexes now take 2 control slots instead of 3
  • Faction guards mistakenly cost 3000 silver and have been corrected to 2000
  • Other random bugs with Factions and Summoning have been squashed
  • Faction players may have more than one character in a faction per IP- as long as it's the same faction (in preparation for faction crafting)
  • Wisp summon AIs have been improved more (they will buff/heal themselves too)

3 Year Veteran Rewards Added

  • Three new ethereal Ostard mounts have been added to the veteran rewards.
  • Six blessed death shrouds varying in color have been added (these can be dyed but you will not be able to get back the original color)
  • Hitching post (account bound) This can be placed in yo...
  • Fixed issue with single-use dyes like the Halloween Hair dyes not working
  • Fixed issues with some house decorations not being placeable like the Fishing Racks and Barrel Trophy Stand (if you run into other decorations that can't be placed please let us know, we'll try to get to all of them if th...

The server will remain offline for extended maintenance during the next restart window @ 9am UTC on the 12th November. We expect this maintenance to take approximately 1 hour.

Thank you for your patience.

When a faction owns a town, they may now spend town stone silver to purchase a faction guard, which will protect the stone against opposing factions.

  • Wisp Summon AIs have once again been improved (they will not override an already existing bless and will attempt to affect targets most in need of their services)
  • Faction stones will begin accurately displaying which faction controls a town- the effect will not be immediate, but will fix itself...
  • Faction Stones now show time until capture once depositing a sigil
  • You can now transfer Faction Silver to another faction member by saying "/transfersilver XXX" where XXX is the amount you wish to transfer
  • Forest Ostard has been added to the Faction Store
  • Crystal Wisp Summon's healing AI has been improved
  • Stone Gargoyle Summon now generates more threat

If you have a Halloween Mask that still equips to the "Head" slot preventing you from wearing armor on your head simultaneously, you may now talk to the Candy Vendor to get it fixed.

The following bugs have been fixed, some potentially pending restart:

  • Remaining halloween masks not using the mask slot should be masks on a relog
  • Faction War Horses now correctly take 1 pet slot and are transferrable
  • Clothing being accidentally undyed after stealing the faction town sigil s...

The evil mages summoning Arcadion are growing increasingly desperate and frenzied as their power appears to be waning!

The Arcadion miniboss event for procuring a Summoner's Tome will be ending after this weekend. The Arcadion spawn rate has been greatly increased until then.

Fixed an issue causing the invasion spawn to over-spawn after a server crash

The Headless Horseman Boss from town invasions:

  • is now exempt from Group Loot (automatic loot sharing between groupmates)
  • will now have a chance to give loot directly to participants that have done at least 1% damage to the boss, including damage from pets or summons (items will go directly to...

Recently some people have reported the long-standing issue of items getting stuck to your cursor. This client issue has been around since the beginning of time sadly. We've reported the issue to Citadel Studios for resolution and are at their mercy to have the root cause fixed.

As a workaround, w...

We have a new addition to the team! Please help us welcome Transcendence to their new role. They will be starting out helping to triage GM Pages and also helping with events and general gameplay design. Welcome, @Transcendence#6283!

Thanks to everyone participating in the Halloween events and activities, we hope you've enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. We look forward to doing more in the near future.

  • The Halloween Invasion ends after this weekend, on Monday, Nov 8th
  • Trick-or-Treating (smashin...
  • More sources for Veil Shard drops have been added
  • Cost to unlock a Summoner's Tome spell as a result has been increased to 6 (from 4)
  • Summon spells can no longer be cast in town
  • When a Summoner's Tome spell is unlocked, the spell detail page will show the minimum skill required (update the w...

More evil mages have appeared in Britannia, summoning creatures from beyond the veil between worlds. Their conjuring ways seem to be learned from an ancient tome whose origins are unknown....

[A new method of unlocking the Summoner's Tome has entered Britannia]

  • Players can only utilize faction rewards from capturing a town if they've been in their faction for at least 7 days
  • Leaderboard rankings will begin fixing themselves - you will enter the leaderboard upon your next faction kill
  • Any player holding a sigil will be shown on the minimap

All Town/Faction Stones have had their states reset again. We believe we have fixed the root cause of the ongoing sigil issues, but ask once more for you all to give it a go! Timers are all once again set at one hour so it will be easy to test. You may still recall with the stone for the moment.

G...

An item called the Skull of Hallows Eve has been added to the Halloween Candy vendor. This item will allow you to activate the Cove invasion spawn at the Black Gate in North Cove. The spawn requires 6 players total to start it, so you will need 5 other players to be near the spawn with you when tryi...

We're still working out some kinks with the town sigil capture system and appreciate your continued patience. As a quality of life and to enable quicker discovery of issues, the following temporary rules are in effect:

  • All capture timers have been set to 1 hour. Town recapture starts after 3 hou...

A Faction store has been added to town stones- usable when your faction controls a town. This store is used to spend your personal silver on items for yourself. Currently two items are for sale, and more will be added soon:

  • War Horse - a new mount that can be transferred/sold to any player, incl...

After next restart, the Lone Wolf Cloak, Cloak of the Dragon Slayer, and Citizen Cloak should no longer fail constantly upon crafting.

Halloween Mask rares should now (potentially pending a restart) utilize the Mask equip slot instead of Head slot- thus they will be wearable over armor.

  • A bug that caused people who have held the sigil to have grey skin after losing it has been fixed
  • Barber visits are temporarily free for faction members in case of Purple Emergency

Arcadion, an evil and powerful daemon, has crossed the veil between worlds and is plotting terrible endeavors that may endanger the citizens of Britannia. Brave warriors: take up arms and defeat this most evil foe!

The Summoner's Tome is now live and in game! It may be acquired by defeating Arcadi...

  • Sigils will now be properly deleted on logout, etc- even if carrying multiple (even though there's no reason to steal multiple :) )
  • Minor bugs have been addressed
  • Faction Stones stuck in invalid states have been fixed
  • Tools for monitoring any additional issues with the sigil capture system h...

Faction ranks are available on Discord for the new factions- simply run /rank rankname to add your faction role.

Available ranknames are:

  • Minax
  • Shadowlords
  • True Britannians

The Black Gate Model will be returning to the transition token vendor shortly! Check after next restart.

The new Factions system is now live! Faction Stones and Town Stones have been placed in the world. Players wishing to join a Faction should visit that faction's Faction Stone.

Details about the Factions system are outlined here: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/factions

Faction Stone and T...

  • Fixed an issue with Gravedigging not working at all
  • Increased candy drops on pumpkins & mobs once again
  • Halloween Gravedigging camps have had an additional 2 pumpkins added
  • Increased stock level for Gravedigging vendor
  • Fixed an issue with some overworld spawns preventing some areas from...

Several players have reported receiving excessive amounts of murder counts they didn't actually deserve. We're monitoring the issue. We may have fixed the issue this evening, but as it is a particularly difficult issue to debug, we ask that if you experience it, please submit a /bug report with as m...

Gravedigging is now live! Check out the details here https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/gravedigging Throughout the duration of the Halloween Event, Gravedigging will offer chances to yield more candy and items!

In other news, there have been numerous reports of Halloween forces assembling in...

The new Factions system is about to launch- in preparation, we have removed existing factions from all characters and removed the faction leaders as well. Hold tight while we get everything prepped!

The bravest warriors have fought valiantly in our server-wide PVP tournament, and only four remain: Vega Pepega, Theko, Carmen Sandiego and Havagrim.

On Saturday, November 13th at 16:00 UTC (That's noon American East Coast), the final four will duke it out at the Colosseum, one on one, until a cha...

  • Fixed issue with Werewolf & Dire Wolf mobs not having any loot
  • Slightly increased candy rate from pumpkin smashing

The wiki has a new page for Halloween: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/halloween-2021 here you can see information about the Trick or Treating and the kinds of treats you can get! ^_^ Happy Hunting

Candy Vendors have been spotted at multiple Graveyards around Britannia!

There is a known issue with Steam users trying to log in to the LOA game, specifically error 105. Citadel Studios, the makers of LOA has been made aware and have stated they are looking into the issue. We hope the issue is resolved shortly so you can begin your Halloween hunting soon! Thanks for you...

The server is coming back online with the Halloween festivities activated as described in the previous article here: https://shardsofbritannia.com/news/halloween-event-progress-report

Halloween Paragon mobs will spawn in both dungeons and in overland & smashing pumpkins and graveyard camps will...

Fixed several house decorations that were previously not able to be placed:

  • Glowing Cauldron
  • Black Gate Model
  • Low Display Shelf
  • Medium Display Rack
  • Small Two Shelf Market Rack
  • Ornate Trophy Stand
  • Wooden Curved Display Case
  • No Refund Sign
  • Hearth Fireplaces (all plain, forest,...

The server is now offline for Halloween updates and will remain offline for approximately an hour! 🎃We'll post again when the server is coming back up, thanks for your patience.

The server will go offline around 11pm UTC/6pm Central (approx 2 hours from the time of this post) or a little later depending on our schedules. An hour prior to that we will schedule an automatic shutdown and begin announcing. The downtime is expected to last about an hour to deploy the Halloween u...

The Halloween event will start soon! Gravedigging needs a little more time and will come as quickly as possible after the event goes live.

When: The goal is for Today or Tomorrow 10/21 or 10/22 and will last 3-4 weeks, to end before US Thanksgiving

What to expect:

  • Candy Vendor: collect c...

The Summoner update is now live in game! For details about this new playstyle, check out this wiki article: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/skills/spirit_speak

Many thanks to everyone who helped test!

Test Center has been opened to the public for testing of Factions and Summoner content. To connect to test center, open your client and in the address bar at the bottom, connect to test.uo4.life:5002

For Factions: NOTE: All timers (capture, etc) have been set to 5 minutes temporarily to ease testi...

A cold wind blows from the East and as it breezes past your cheeks you hear the faint cries of an otherworldly being. Its tongue is both unintelligible but strangely familiar, beckoning you, filling your mind with patterns you struggle to fully understand. What felt like an eternity of thought passe...

Discordance can now be "refreshed" on a target (as with Peacemaking and Provocation currently)- thus resetting the timer of the effect on a mob that already has the effect on them.

Sorry for the short interruption! Service has been restored. The server will come back online at it's normally schedule time in about 10 minutes after the posting of this

Factions have been completely overhauled from the ground up and include new content- including capturing towns and rewards! This content is currently in testing, but you can see what's coming soon (pending tweaks) at this article: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/factions

(After next restart) Lumberjacking has been slightly tweaked to give more chance to gain per attempt.

We want to share with you that Stimwalt has decided to step away from the project indefinitely and retire as a player. To Stimwalt: thank you for all of your contributions over the years and we wish you the best in your endeavors! While you cannot be replaced, you will remain with us in spirit. We h...

Hotfix: Resolved an issue preventing organizer from working since a recent patch. Known Issue: Occasionally a visual client bug occurs when using Organize Backpack option where it organizes the items but they continue to appear in the old position inside your backpack. If that happens to you, you ca...

Dev Blog/State of the Game:

  • Staff Activity

    Some staff is on break right now for one reason or another, but not everyone is playing other games. Life always comes first and if things come up in life, it is always advised for staff to focus on real life, which may warrant some time away from...

  • Fixed issue with containers losing their original hue when being locked down and/or when choosing Container Type: None option
  • Cost of fishing nets reduced slightly
  • Chance to catch fishing nets with general fishing increased slightly
  • Fixed an issue with some SOS maps not working that was created prior to the latest fishing patch
  • Fixed an issue with some potion kegs not working that were filled or created prior to the Potion Keg patch last month; the tooltip may still show 0/200 even though it is filled, but drawing a potion...

Two new tames have arrived in Britannia!

  • The Fire Beetle is a new mount available for taming that anyone can control. This mount also acts as a mobile forge and can be used to smelt ore on the go!

  • Bake Kitsunes have made their return to Britannia. These foxes are noted for their ability...

Signup for the PVP event closes tomorrow! Head over to https://event-signup.uo4.life/ if you'd like to participate!

After next restart:

  • Lockpicks obtained from mobs will be smeltable
  • Players added as a friend of a guild house will be able to enter the house
  • Fishing SOS treasure maps have been refreshed to work with Britannia, any existing maps should now be decipherable
  • SOS treasure maps require the use of Fishing Nets to attempt fishing them up
  • Fishing Nets have been added to Fishing Vendors while also being able to obtain them from general fis...

The upcoming Fishing SOS changes are delayed slightly while we continue work on it, however, the container organization changes will go out tonight during the daily restart.

Fishing

  • Fishing SOS treasure maps have been updated to work with Britannia
  • Fishing Nets are now required to attempt to fish up SOS treasures
  • Sunken ship will now appear in the water near the SOS location, which should normally be visible from shore

Organization

  • Added new Move Cont...

Go play!