I am very pleased to invite you to enter the world of WarCry: Britannia – a free Ultima Online game server (with Second Age and Renaissance Expansion), a great chain – one of the precursors of the MMORPG genre. A position that has won over millions of loyal fans around the world.
When in 2017 we decided to reactivate our first Ultima server (Sosaria) in the era of Time of Legends (now Endless Journey), we were aware of the fact that for many lovers of the great game that Ultima Online was and remains – its golden times were located during the so-called Origin Era, i.e. in the years 1997-2004, when the game was developed and published by its original studio – Origin (until 2000, under the watchful eye of Richard Garriot). Servers going back to such distant times, however, were not – three years ago – so popular, but the next two years and the abundance of MMORPG games with a shallow, and often deviating from the canons of cooperation, content meant that more and more representatives of the community of various online games , began to remember the times of their classic releases with nostalgia. In some cases – such as World of Warcraft – it even resulted in the launch (by the game developers) of separate servers for fans of the first installments of the world of Azeroth. It was certain, then, that a similar trend could soon touch other games that would function longer in the minds of MMORPG fans.
This assessment turned out to be correct, because as the following months passed, and in particular in the second half of 2019 and 2020, more and more voices on our Discord channel appeared about the superiority of the classic Ultima rules over their later modifications. It was raised above all that this game in the classic version and in the period of the first additions – Second Age and Renaissance, put a lot of emphasis on community development and cooperation between players, while its subsequent extensions made the game more shallow and focused on achieving many aspects alone. Mutual relations between players, cooperation and complementing their needs went into oblivion in favor of independent achievement of everything, except just a few aspects of the game. The negative consequences of the changes introduced in subsequent additions to the game killed a number of professions and reduced many areas of competition in the game world, which resulted in the loss of over 60% of players on the official servers (out of the number of active Renaissance subscriptions) – just two years after the release of the next expansion pack . Anyway, I played on the official server in the years 1999 – 2002 and I fully shared such opinions.
Therefore, after consulting with representatives of the UO community of our website, in November 2020 I decided to create a second Ultima server, the mechanics of which will be based on the rules of the Second Age and Renaissance add-ons. This decision was related to the transfer from the world of the current Endless Journey (Sosaria) shard, a number of our custom additions extending the game content in a way that does not conflict with its classic assumptions.
On our server – called Britannia – you will see the new players zone, but not all of Trammel. You will encounter a very complex and extensive crafting system introducing a number of aspects never seen in Ultima. You will be able to run your own ranch and raise animals on it. Grow hundreds of different kinds of plants. Produce beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages or, for example, honey. Produce beeswax stuff. Create, using dead – on official servers – abilities, hundreds of different types of drinks and meals that bring you periodic, real bonuses to your characters’ statistics and abilities/skills. You will be able to learn even aspects of witchcraft and, with the help of cooking and alchemy, create a series of potions and products twisted by black magic.
You will be able to breed bees that will collect valuable honeydew and honey for you, but also deal with various diseases of bees with the possibility of treating them – with the use of a number of potions. Obtain various types of cows, sheep, goats, chickens, bulls and other farm animals with the possibility of crossing their individual varieties in order to achieve the expected results in the collection of meat, milk or eggs. You will be able to make butter, cheese, cookies, various types of bread and even vegan dishes. You will see how your animals are born, grow up to reproductive age and then age. The possibilities that the new server gives in terms of craftsmanship, alchemy, cooking and even poisoning are unimaginable – including the chance to encounter, for example, rare varieties of horses of various colors, with the possibility of crossing them.
Britannia is also a place where your character will be able to suffer from various diseases and their scale will be able to cover even a larger part of the player population. Diseases can of course be treated, although some of them, especially rare ones – such as vampirism and lycanthropy with the progress of development, will become your destiny for good, taking you to completely different spheres of existence (even with the effect of burning exposed body parts by the sun).
Our new server is also – unknown on the official servers – the Bounty Hunters system that allows you to earn gold as a consequence of prosecuting – outlaws – players. They are corrupt guards who – for heavier bags of gold – will be able to obliterate some sins. It’s a rich system of Rarity Hunters who, for the right purse, may reveal real rumors about the location of the rarity for your collection. It is also an Achievement System that allows you to overcome the next stages of character development in connection with the reward in the form of Sovereigns, exchangeable for various unique rewards.
Britannia is also a place where the ability to camp will give you real bonuses in the form of the possibility of temporary expansion of the camps and outposts existing in the game world with the possibility of rest, regeneration and even use of some services. Where there is a very extensive system of PvP Tournaments, taking into account various variants of competition and the league of winners. It is also a place where you will experience an extensive, additional PvP ranking along with appropriate titles and the possibility of obtaining rewards for earned PvP points. It is a world in which there is an extensive mechanism of invading cities, during which you will face extremely strong opponents – who can leave behind a unique reward, such as an act of blessing the items.
In Britannia, there will also be such desirable mechanisms as casinos where you will be able to win a unique prize or lose your entire fortune, or an enriched housing system that provides a number of new types of buildings, not found in the classic version of UO. There will also be galleons known from the High Seas expansion, pirates and merchants floating on the seas where you can hunt for reward, fame or pure profit, and an extended fishing mechanism. And that’s all, it’s just the beginning.
I invite you to – without wasting any time – delve into this wonderful world. The world of classic Ultima Online rules enriched with numerous attractions on a rare scale. We also invite fans of Ultima in the Enhanced version, because despite the fact that our world is located in the Second Age and Renaissance era, our server also supports this version of the game.
Go back to the times when your position was determined by the relationships you built and the actions you were doing. Times when the world of Ultima Online reigned supreme in online gameplay.
I cordially invite all of you here!