Due to pending bugs with the patch from yesterday we are going to be reverting the patch while we work on resolving the remaining bugs and hope to have it re-deployed by the next Daily Restart. We appreciate your patience while we work through the rough patches.

The Lord's Boon Quest giver has been temporarily disabled while we work on issues surrounding players not being able to complete the quest or completing it but not receiving the item. Thanks for your patience, sorry for the interruption

Balancing & Improvements

This patch is now LIVE

Young Player Status changes:

  • increased account-time-played-as-young threshold from 40hr to 72hr
  • increased per-character skill total threshold from 350 to 600
  • removed ending Young status when accomplishing 80 skill-points in any skill
  • unchanged: killing monsters of a high rating still has a chance to cause Young to end, with warnings occurring prior

Rotating Dungeons:

  • introducing a Weekly Protected Dungeon that will be randomly selected each week on Sundays at 9am UTC
  • criminal actions are prevented in the weekly dungeon (thieves can still Steal objects from the dungeon's structures though)
  • weekly dungeons have a 50% reduction in loot
  • boss/sequential spawns temporarily suspended in the weekly dungeon
  • the Daily Dungeon feature will remain active, and Daily Dungeon should never conflict with the Weekly Protected Dungeon, allowing players to choose between: more danger for more rewards (Daily Dungeon), normal danger for normal rewards (All Other Dungeons), or less danger for less rewards (Weekly Dungeon)

Lord's Boon (Hearthstone)

  • introducing Lord's Boon, a hearthstone that is blessed & soulbound to their owner
  • usable by innocent players, not in a faction, with positive karma (above 0)
  • can be obtained by completing a quest which will involve killing monsters at the Graveyard and possibly other tasks; see Lord Seymour in Castle Britannia (West Britain)
  • can be used to teleport to a town they have bound to, uninterrupted (except death), with a 1 hour cooldown
  • use this inside of a town's inn to bind your spirit to that location for use with this hearthstone

PVP Balancing & Improvements:

  • added temporary PVP Protection to innocent players as they Resurrect, allowing 5 minutes of invulnerability from other players (not monsters), and will be interrupted if engaging in combat, or looting a corpse that is not their own or their pet's; this protection will only apply to innocent players with NO murder counts
  • added an upper-limit for post-death murderer restrictions, now capped at 72hr, previously unlimited
  • increased aggro or threat generation against murderer or criminal characters by NPCs/monsters
  • added a warning to PKs if they go to attack a player that has (a) died recently, (b) been murdered in the past 24 hours, (c) if the murderer has killed any player in the last 24 hours
  • prevented murderers from using item insurance & prevented from equipping insured items, items will automatically be unequipped on login if they are insured
  • prevented being able to give murder counts to members of the same faction, similar to being in a guild or group
  • prevented AOE spells from damaging innocent players inside houses without line of sight (Earthquake, Chain Lightning, Meteor Swarm)
  • added craftable Camouflage potion for innocent players to use to prevent being tracked by players for a duration; this will be interrupted if becoming criminal; can be crafted by Alchemists
  • added "call for help" speech command for players to be able to warn other players in the vicinity of a nearby murderer
  • prevented the "Loot All" option on player corpses, except for the owner
  • changed Hireling NPCs to be able to be used in PVP only against PKs by Innocent players, but they cannot be hired by PKs
  • balanced skills/stats for Hireling NPCs to be tougher in PVE, in return their damage has been reduced in PVP in order to keep them balanced; they also now have a periodic self-bandage ability (subject to change)
  • reduced Tracking range for player & pet targets by 20%
  • fixed Tracking hunting mode to avoid party/friends

Reputation Improvements (preparation for upcoming additions to reputation):

  • we've aligned the ways in which one can gain & lose reputation from the Ultima codex
  • you can now gain Fame by: killing murderer characters you are not associated with, completing a Season challenge, completing a Quest objective, completing an Escort Quest
  • you can now gain Karma by: healing, curing or resurrecting players
  • prevented Fame/Karma losses from actions against players or pets you associate with (own, group, guild, faction)
  • you can now lose Fame when logging in if your character has been logged out for an extended period of time (7 days or more); this will only cause a small amount of Fame loss and is NOT scaled by the amount of time you were logged out

UPDATE: The patch has been deployed and the server is now back online, thanks for your patience! Check out the changes in the link below

Downtime has been scheduled today for approximately 30 minutes starting at or around 1AM Feb 20th UTC to deploy the following updates: https://shardsofbritannia.com/news/upcoming-balancing-improvements

If you encounter an issue in the game or something appears off or incorrect, please make sure to let the developers know by submitting a Bug Report or Suggestion from in-game using the /bug or /suggestion commands

Submitting feedback in-game ensures that the team sees it and also provides some helpful information automatically to the team to help identify and troubleshoot issues

If you run into an emergency and need help, we have a few ways to get into touch with us outlined here: https://shardsofbritannia.com/about/contact

Please do not direct message staff, we do not accept DMs and will not respond to them

  • Rare Royal Magic Sceptres with fireworks are now live in-game! Visit the Jester in Britain Castle to try out the fireworks! There are four different types: Lilac, Blue, Red, and Rainbow. Each one can be bought and/or found in different ways in the game, e.g., treasure chests, riddle tokens, fishing, and defeating bosses.

  • Recharge crystals for these sceptres can also be found within the world. We have also added a personal jester vanity pet to the Jester vendor in Britain Castle, which can be bought with riddle tokens.

  • Chuckles the Jester has hidden special riddles in all the towns of Britannia! Double-click on inanimate objects to try to find them for riddle tokens.

  • New rare loot has been added to dungeon and deep water fishing.

This is a reminder of the upcoming annual dye sale of Azurite Dyetubs available from February 11th to February 26th as scheduled and written about earlier: https://shardsofbritannia.com/news/annual-pigment-enamels-donation-dyetubs

Thanks for supporting the project!

Our lottery official is now back at Britain Bank, ready to sell lottery tickets! Collect 10 raffle tokens from paragons throughout Britannia to purchase a ticket. The 1st prize will be a surprise one-of-a-kind mount, while the 2nd and 3rd prizes will remain a mystery.

Chuckles the jester has hidden special riddles in all the towns of Britannia! Double-click on inanimate objects to try to find them for riddle tokens. These tokens can be used to purchase items from the jester at Britain Castle. This event is ongoing, and new riddles will continue to be added until further notice.

  • The chance to catch dungeon fishing rares has been slightly increased.

  • You now have a chance to fish up a killer king crab while dungeon fishing, which can be killed for rare loot.

  • New items can now be bought from Billy Bob, the pig farmer.

  • The spider queen has undergone its final tweaks and is now fully operational! Gather your friends to try and take down this monster for fantastic treasures!

We'd like to welcome the newest member of the team, Kelsier! He has extensive experience with infrastructure & development and has a passion for Shards of Britannia! Kelsier will be focusing primarily on Development for the moment. Please give him a warm welcome!

  • We have slightly increased the chance for some of the fishing loot in the moat and added some new items.

Occasionally, you might sail into a spot that is invalid or off-limits and cause your character and any other beings aboard the vessel to be ejected and possibly moved to land. Due to which, it may require you to use the Shipwright NPC to retrieve your boat out of the invalid position. If that happens, please try to send us the coordinates of the boat in it's invalid position if you can, so we know where to look. We apologize for the inconvenience when this happens, and will work to improve it and avoid these interruptions.

  • You can now attempt to destroy the Spider Queen's torture cages by double-clicking on them when you are trapped.

  • An issue with the protection scrolls for the Spider Queen's torture cage that was preventing players from reapplying them has been fixed.

  • The health and damage of the Summoner's dark guardians and strange gazers have been slightly reduced. This adjustment is part of our ongoing game balancing efforts.

  • A new mount has been added as a 5-year veteran reward.

House Decoration Contest - Winter 2023/24

Make sure to check out of all of the amazing player-submitted decorations in the following Discord channel: https://discord.com/channels/369023244038045697/1186715359647113287

The contest was evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic Creativity
  • Playfulness and Whimsy
  • Coziness and Warmth
  • Use of Unconventional Materials
  • Miniature World Creation
  • Narrative Strength
  • Depiction of Snowy Scenes
  • Outdoor Decorations

Top 3 Winners (ranked by the team):

  1. Fenris: Home for The Holidays for Most Cozy & Inviting
  2. Taria: Gingerbread Celebrates Christmas for Most Creative/Artistic
  3. Guybrush: Honey, I Shrunk Christmas! for Best Miniature World

All other entries (also winners!):

Prizes:

  • Tiered prize packages are being put together, and all participants will receive a prize due to their time & effort spent on the contest. Thank you for participating!
  • Prizes will include:
    • Elf Food to buy stuff from Santa
    • Personalized item
    • Winter House Decorations
    • an unopened Christmas Gift box
    • more!
  • Please allow a few days for the team to build the prize packages for everyone. We will send them to your account in-game and write you when it is has been sent.

Thanks again to everyone who participated, the team enjoyed every minute of looking around at your creations, fantastic work!

We would like to inform you that GM Shroud and CM Milamber have recently stepped away from our team. As is the nature of dynamic volunteer teams, changes like these are part of our evolving journey. We are extremely grateful to both of them for their time & contributions and wish them nothing but the best. Our team remains dedicated to the project and we look forward to continuing this adventure with your support. Thank you for being here with us!

We apologize for the delays with judging the winter house decoration contest. The team is currently backed up but we would like to complete this as quickly as possible thank you for your patience and thanks again for participating amazing work everyone!

  • Congratulations to the winners of the Christmas lottery! 1st: Lord God, 2nd: Loro Wenn, and 3rd: Sharky. We will be in contact soon with your prizes!

We're aware that some newly placed crafting stations are not receiving their Container attributes as expected and working on a resolution