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21st Dec 2021 announcement

On Christmas Eve, the gravedigging vendor will cease to sell Santa's Candle, the item used to trigger the Santa Claws boss event. After Christmas Day, he will be gone for good, along with his Ethereal Reindeer.


13th Dec 2021 announcement

The Halloween Candy vendors will be available until January 1st, so be sure to spend your candy as soon as possible!


13th Dec 2021 announcement

Soon you will begin seeing server alerts for ongoing miniboss events that will occur in various areas of the overland on a regular basis. At this time, there will be four different miniboss events available. You should see one happening every day or two once they've been implemented. These events will require a decently sized group to complete.

These bosses potentially drop several brand new rare items created by team member Transcendence. Some are decorative, others are useful.


9th Dec 2021 announcement

Britannians: prepare to win it big! Buck E. Bees has opened a franchise of his famous casinos in Minoc! Located just south of the Minoc tinker shop, several games are available to play:

  • A weekly lottery: 1,000gp per ticket. The winner takes home 50% of all collected gold.
  • Slot machines - A possible payout of 100,000gp!
  • Casino dice - A cheaper game with better odds and a chance to win 2,500gp!


8th Dec 2021 announcement

We are excited to share that housing is going to be enabled in all online regions at the end of the month/beginning of the new year. This means you will be able to place houses around Britain, Minoc, and Cove regions.

Leading up to or at that time we will be enabling the Large Patio house option. We're still working out some kinks with another house model, the Small Workshop, and hope to have that ready by then as well. There's currently no news on any other house models becoming available.

To aid with moving we are also working on some tools to help with packing up house contents and making moves easier for players that don't have another house to use for storage and wish to relocate.

You may be asking yourself, "when is the rest of the map going to open?" We don't have any news at this time in terms of opening up the rest of the map, but we would love to expand the world as quickly as possible.

We will continue to keep you informed of any news that becomes available and we appreciate your support and patience.


7th Dec 2021 announcement

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 the candle.


6th Dec 2021 announcement

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 (at which point Death Ward will be expended and you will once again be vulnerable).


4th Dec 2021 announcement

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


4th Dec 2021 announcement

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 wars, etc, etc

If you could upload it and post in stream-and-media I would be very thankful

I will try to get a dropbox or something similar sorted ASAP

-Transcendence


4th Dec 2021 announcement

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 the pillar and ward off other faction players nearby. This event lasts 30 minutes.

Every 30 seconds, the pillar ticks and determines what Faction players are nearby. If only one faction is nearby (controlling), that faction and each individual player receives 2 points. If two factions are nearby (contested), each faction and player receives 1 point. If 3 factions are nearby, nobody receives points.

At the end of the 30 minutes, the points are tallied up, both total faction points and individual player points. Every player in the winning faction who participated receives 750 Faction Silver. The top 5 players with regard to points, regardless of faction, receive 250 Silver (which may be in addition to winning faction silver). You must be online at the end of the event to receive your reward.


2nd Dec 2021 announcement

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


28th Nov 2021 announcement

'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 evil minions. Santa Claws will spawn once every 24h, while his minions will spawn very often. Of course rares will be out there for the taking!

Yew will thus be a war zone until Christmas. Yew've been warned!


27th Nov 2021 announcement

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


25th Nov 2021 announcement

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 following articles which outline Necromancy- some changes have been made.

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

https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/skills/forensic_evaluation


23rd Nov 2021 announcement

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 articles will give you a good idea of what to expect. It is a more hardcore lifestyle than your average blue build.

https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/skills/forensic_evaluation

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


11th Nov 2021 announcement

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.


7th Nov 2021 announcement

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.


6th Nov 2021 announcement

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!


6th Nov 2021 announcement

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 (smashing pumpkins, random camp spawns & Halloween Paragons) will remain active until the following week, Monday, Nov 15th
  • The Candy Vendor will remain indefinitely allowing people time to trade and shop


30th Oct 2021 announcement

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


27th Oct 2021 announcement

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!


23rd Oct 2021 announcement

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


22nd Oct 2021 announcement

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 your patience.


22nd Oct 2021 announcement

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 spawn only in the overland.

The Candy Vendor has not yet finished setting up their shop but we will let you know when they have, very soon. See you in-game and happy Halloween hunting!


22nd Oct 2021 announcement

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.


21st Oct 2021 announcement

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 updates. Thanks for your patience! 🎃


20th Oct 2021 announcement

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 candy from smashing pumpkins and killing Halloween mobs to buy Halloween goodies
  • Pumpkins & Halloween Gravesites will be randomly scattered across the overworld; smash the pumpkins and kill the monsters for a chance to get a reward or candy that can be spent at the Candy Vendor
  • Halloween Paragons: 5% chance for compatible monsters to spawn as a Halloween Paragon that will have a chance to drop a reward or candy that can be spent at the Candy Vendor

Soon to follow:

  • Gravedigging: Miners with Forensic Eval will be able to dig gravesites for chances to obtain more goodies & a chance to spawn the Headless Horseman (even more goodies?)
  • Halloween day-of handouts & pop-up/invasion events if we have time


15th Oct 2021 announcement

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 testing, except the sigil reset timer which is now set to 10 minutes to allow you to run between towns. Only Minoc and Brit are available, which is where you will find faction and town stones. This system is a direct copy of the old UO system, including stealing and IP restriction mechanics. https://uo.com/wiki/ultima-online-wiki/technical/previous-publishes/2000-2/2000-publish-08-5th-december/ We would love some robust testing of the general mechanics of combat and town capture in particular. As the fundamental mechanics of the system are a direct UO copy, these are unlikely to change too much. Wiki article: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/factions

Summoning: This system, however, is NOT from old UO, it is our own special homebrew. Think of it sort of like a "Magical Tamer." We'd really love some feedback on how the balance of these mechanics feel in PVE and PVP, and any ideas you have for improvements that would make it better (keeping in mind that the Summoner's Tome full of a bunch of new summons is on the not too distant horizon) Wiki Article: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/skills/spirit_speak

Vendors with full spellbooks and regs will be out at the banks shortly. Thanks for helping test!

Please report any bugs with /bug, feel free to ask questions.


15th Oct 2021 announcement

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 passes as quickly as it arrived and you return to your senses, wondering whether you've gone mad or tapped into an energy pulsing beneath the surface of Britannia.

(These changes are in testing and are NOT live- see more below)

Spirit Speak has been completely overhauled to allow for benefits for players wishing to focus on summoning! Currently these changes apply to existing summons associated with Magery, but in the future a Summoner's Tome will allow players with the Spirit Speak ability to summon even more creatures from another plane! Details can be found here: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/skills/spirit_speak

We need testers! Test Center will be publicly opened soon for testing of this new feature.


13th Oct 2021 announcement

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