July 30, 2000-7:20 P.M. PST-Jackal
"We will be publishing the changes listed in Testing
for Next Update to the Pacific shard on Monday, July 31st. The publish will
be active on the Pacific shard following its Monday, July 31st (local server
time) maintenance period.
We will monitor the Pacific shard on Monday, July 31st, and will then proceed to
publish all remaining shards. All remaining North American and European UO
shards will have the publish active following their Tuesday, August 1st (local
server time) maintenance period. All Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and
Australasian shards will have the publish active following their Wednesday,
August 2nd (local server time) maintenance period.
The changes will be added to Latest Game Updates once the publish is active on
July 30, 2000-7:20 P.M. PST-Jackal
Two new SB quicktime animations up:
Jumping & Swinging
Still no word on when we'll see the new movie that was
supposed to come out this month...
seen several news posts lately on other pages claiming OPP was either banned or
dead. Let me make a few things clear. OPP is very much alive and in force. The
problem is we are almost completely unopposed so we spend most of our time on
Chesapeake or on other games. Although the other night we got word that there
was oranges around so we logged on Pacific. In no more then a half-hours time we
were left without any living oranges to kill.
July 30, 2000-7:15 P.M. PST-Jackal
"We are at the end of July, but nobody has yet
received any beta-CDs. So what is happening? We still need more time to make
Anarchy Online ready for the beta test. I hope you will support this decision.
The faq will be updated next week. And let me remind you that some of the people
we would like to pick out for the beta has yet to fill in their address in the
beta form. All the activity in the community at the moment is a big boost to the
team while they are laboring over the keyboards. Thanks for your patience!"
July 23, 2000-2:15 A.M. PST-Jackal
This page will not be updated for a week. All news and changes
that take place over the next week will be recapped sometime after July 30. On a
good note the UO invite only tourney was yesterday and I managed to claim my 20k
prize for first place. Who says speed isn't important in PvP? It would be cool
if the PvP community could get some tourneys going again.
July 21, 2000-3:15 A.M. PST-Jackal
What Happened to VVV?
Anyone else wondered why the VVV
membership has dropped by more then half recently? BrahmaII has a few comments
on this subject:
Mass recruiting does wonders for guilds doesn't it?
Ever wondered what motivates these people have to talk
endless trash? They hop around guilds and message boards mouthing off all day
and avoiding fights with real PvPers. Here's a little story bout a boy named
Frick. This guy seems to always be on UO and although he never really wars
anyone he likes to attack them, then run away. I saw him yesterday mouthing off
and offered a 1vs 1 which he declined. So today I decided I would play the good
ol "LOOK! Jackals a grey incoged thief!" routine. Strapped with my
cape and fisherman's hat snooping Frick's pouches he attacked. Frick died... Not
long after I saw good ol'Frick again in Deceit this time I was under attack
already so he jumped in. Problem was the person attacking me was a guildmate.
Frick died... Later in Bucs Terak and I came across good ol'Fricks corpse and
well looted it. He came out talking all kinds of trash and well died again.
Which leads us to Yew where Terak and I went on a polar bear killing spree. Some
OoB (probably one of the ones who sings
songs at the RL UO
Yew IT" it is the new single I believe) had a line of white bears which
died to our amazing talent and umm...demons. Anyhow back to Frick: He attacked
Terak and fought for a short while only to end up attacking me because there was
2 useless townies on me. Again Frick died but before he got wacked he had a few
things to say:
Being the incredibly nice folks we are we decided to let Frick join OPP! Well
that's what he thought.
Anyhow Frick died again...At least one thing stayed constant: He talked trash
till the end! Go Frick!
Ever had a problem that needed to be fixed right away? Not
long ago a friend got caught in the ground somehow at 9:30PM PST. He re-logged
hoping that would fix it with no luck so he paged a GM to help. Well, 3.5 hours
later apparently the GMs just packed up and left him hanging. So not only did
they waste 3.5 hours of his time but NEVER even came to fix a problem that THEY
CREATED! Ain't UO grand?
July 20, 2000-9:45 A.M. PST-Jackal
Planned Changes to Looting in Trammel (guild warring):
Several new rules will be added making it "fair"
to those who participated in and/or killed the enemy. These new changes seem
like a good idea but I only have one thing to say:
WHY THE FUCK AREN'T FACTIONS ON THIS LIST OR ON TEST CENTER YET!
Several other fixes are also listed.
Cibay Kontol Bangsat [WAR WAR WAR]
The ConClave of Vindication
Inspired By Hate
killing for culture
Rip the System
Sorcerers Of The Black Dragon
July 18, 2000-9:40 P.M. PST-Jackal
"Recently, we completed a search to expose a number of
players in the game who have been using an exploit commonly referred to as
“duping” on the North America Shards. This exploit allows players to abuse
systems in UO to gain an unfair advantage against honest players, greatly
hindering UO’s economy. Currently, all accounts flagged by this system have
been suspended pending further investigation. Each account will be thoroughly
investigated individually before a determination is made whether to ban the
account permanently or reinstate it. Every effort is being made (such as
checking each account individually) to ensure that we do not erroneously ban
accounts, while at the same time removing those accounts that are truly guilty.
At this time, e-mails are being sent out to the holders of the suspended
We expect to have all investigations completed by the end of this week. The
total number of accounts affected by this action is less than 250. We estimate
that after the duped items attached to these accounts are removed from the game,
over 50% of the gold on these shards will be removed from the economy.
We are committed to removing from the game those who chose to exploit Ultima
Online and will continue to do so in the future. We thank all of you for your
patience during this matter and assure you that we will conduct these final
investigations in a thorough and fair manner for each individual account
July 18, 2000-1:40 A.M. PST-Jackal
OPP is What?
TSL No Mercy Site:
TSL has a new page
up for the red faction of their guild. Go check
I was out on a boat the other day and I saw these two
creatures which suprizingly I had never seen before in all my time on UO. Looks
like OSI actually put some work into these creatures animations, to bad the best
looking creatures are the ones no one ever sees because there is no point to
being on a boat!
July 18, 2000-12:55 A.M. PST-Jackal
GA-RPG has a first look at Anarchy Online with two exclusive
"He couldn't confirm that the Beta was maximum 12 days
has a News Update up saying it has been confirmed that Beta will start in no
more then 12 days!
July 15, 2000-2:05 P.M. PST-Jackal
Customize Your Very Own Vendor!
This has to be the most exciting change OSI has come up with
yet! Considering the recent failure of UO: R it's good to finally see them
tackling a project they can handle! The fact that UO: R really did nothing other
then crash the servers about 50 times and people actually dished out money for
this product shouldn't have anything to do with trying to get all the things
"offered" in UO: R in the game. I guess since factions don't actually
exist and housing (as complicated as it was considering people have been placing
houses since umm alpha testing) is done we can all rejoice now because our
vendors (that no one bothers visiting because it's easier to go to trammel and
make a million gold an hour killing mongbats) can look nifty! Isn't it
reassuring to know that your 10 dollars a month are going to keep the vendors of
Britannia looking stylish?
July 15, 2000-2:00 P.M. PST-Jackal
Official Anarchy Online Site Updated:
Bunch of New Interviews and a new preview, plus another
reminder to fix your beta
July 15, 2000-1:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
"It was announced today that Origin Systems Inc. based
in Austin, TX has recently acquired Blizzard Entertainment for an undisclosed
This was posted on WTF Man
earlier this week. I can't tell you if this is true or not because neither Blizzard
nor EA have anything on their websites. So I
guess we just have to count on Greybeard bringing us the whole truth and nothing
but the truth like always!
July 14, 2000-3:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
Warring News/Green Horde:
Well, well...I can honestly say these guys are the worst
opponents we've faced. Laughable at best! I find myself saying this every new
war which scares me and tells me one thing: all the vet players are gone. Most
guilds like GH are little rabbles of unorganized, untrained, newbies (for lack
of a better word). They rarely equip, they rarely even try to fight, and they
talk enough trash to make some of the biggest trash talkers of old (KGB, TDP,
etc) cringe. I feel like a jackass because all I find myself doing is laughing
at them as groups of 5 just turn and run as soon as I begin to cast on them.
They've taken the whole HH thing to a new level. HH knew they were going to die
so they equipped minimally (but still fought). These guys equip minimally but
for some reason don't even want to fight. So why do they war!? As far as I can
tell it's just to support their trash talking habits (or as one GH said after I
killed him: "I just mess around a lot"). These guys are a perfect
example of what UO has become...simply said it's just a huge mess. Which reminds
me of something I heard yesterday about the Purple Horde: I guess there are
several members of PH that are millionaires (Suprize! Suprize!). It's a
well-known fact that no one in PH fully equips (with the exception of Eder). So
what causes these people that obviously can afford to loose (and in the process
get better) to fear loosing so badly that they end up killing themselves (by not
equiping). I guess in their minds they're not loosing because the "war
declaration" stands. Here is a news flash for you: If you can't afford to
equip or are afraid to just give up and take on less skilled guilds until you
are prepared for the top guilds. The average OPP war probably lasts less then a
week. At any given time we have roughly 3 guilds that have more then 10 people
in them warring us. No one is organized, no one is leading, and no one has any
respect. In the end I guess it all comes back to stat loss and the removal of
the veteran player. It's funny how one mistake can totally destroy a whole
system and what makes it even worse that the people who implemented that mistake
think it worked! Ohh well, before I go off on a 5 page rant about stat loss I'll
end this update with this pic of the amazing GH tactical planning:
See they hide inside until the unsuspecting victim opens the door and then they
all attack! Therefore saving them the risk of loosing equipment, the public
embarrassment of loosing 4 Vs 1s, all while tricking each other into believing
"theres 2 idiot!" (Even though there wasn't we both know 4 GH isn't
enough to kill 2 enemies!). Hrm, maybe one day they'll actually kill someone
July 13, 2000-3:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
Official AO Website Updated.
July 11, 2000-2:35 A.M. PST-Jackal
Final Word on HH:
"oh yeah you guys better watch out jackal might do
this guild banning thingy where he put his accounts with dupped item in your
guild and email or call OSI to banned the guild. That is what he did. REmember
all the blessed weapons and free give away DR$ does? DR$ is just part of OPP,
only different is that they put all the accounts that dupped before in that
guild. anyways let me know if you guys want some help from me, not all my
accounts is blocked =P and for those who got banned for unreasonable reason let
me know we putting something together to suit osi"
I'm going to just clear everything up here for everyone one
last time. OPP obviously has/had no one on the HH stone (we would have been
banned). We did however have friends on and off the stone/on ICQ list/etc for
general warring reasons. The only direct action OPP took against HH was a huge
list of accounts and users put together against the known duping of blessed
items by HH members. OSI did an investigation (which I commented on several
times below) and banned people that they thought should be banned. For the
record OPP does have members on the DRS stone which (as shocking as it may seem)
have OPP in their name (which I require). These people are on that stone for
warring purposes and many of them are friends with DRS leadership. ALL OPP
accounts were searched for duped items at the request of several guilds. No one
was banned, yet HH was searched and all were banned (you see the trend here?).
They duped and we didn't! Hell, why would anyone in OPP have any reason to dupe?
About half of OPP membership is still living off investments made in the Dread
Lord days and the rest are independently wealthy from OPP warring (the majority
of us maybe have 200k in the bank because we never have and probably never will
use it). Anyhow I'm done ranting about HH in UO although I might cover Avatars
lawsuit as a joke if he actually goes through with it (what is he going to sue
July 10, 2000-6:25 P.M. PST-Jackal
I'm trying to put together some of the best Links
Sections for OPP supported games. If i'm missing any good links let
July 9, 2000-1:25 P.M. PST-Jackal
Order Guilds Galore!
Order guilds are popping out of the woodwork lately. There
is a definite lack of chaos as OPP ends up going into battle almost always
outnumbered 2 or 3 to 1. VVV, ROB, OOB, and
the remains of TDP (in the guild MG) all went order and have been attacking
non-stop. We've had some fun battles with us being outnumbered most of the time.
Recently the cowards
known as the Order of Balance
attempted to go Order on their warring stone (ESF). The results were rather
1, 2, 3 blue healers and 1, 2, 3, 4 oranges vs Veracho and I? Hmm...As one of
the OoB said "That didn't go well".
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 blue healers...?
Guess that is still not enough...
After handing every order group their asses in MG tonight we
ran into none other then DoH trying to blue heal the remaining Orders. They had
some interesting things to say about OPP (Keep in mind no OPP was banned and DoH
undeclared on OPP):
Who are these loud mouthes?
July 7, 2000-5:05 P.M. PST-Jackal
July 6, 2000-11:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
OSI Responds to Recent Bannings:
"Greetings, We have reviewed the account in question
per your request. It is clear that the actions on this account violated the
rules and regulations of Ultima Online, justifying immediate termination. We are
never happy when we have to close an account due to exploitation with the game
as we value the members of our community. Records indicate that the account/s
were in possession of exploited items, thus providing an unfair advantage within
our service. and items gained from these exploits have altered the game balance
of the Ultima Online service and necessitated your accounts closure. As Ultima
Online contains numerous players, our decisions are based on the benefits of the
community as a whole. After our investigation of this matter we believe that the
closing of this account is in the best interest of our community. As of this
time this account is permanently closed."
UO Account Administrator
Origin Systems Inc.
"Please do not call our Account Support Department, as they will not be
able to help you or discuss this matter. Our decision is final and further email
or other contact concerning this account will not be answered."
To the best of my knowledge the above message was sent to
everyone whose accounts had been blocked do to the duping bans of July third.
The problem here of course is we all know that OSI "reviewed" nothing.
They just sent these out, basically saying screw you this is how we solve our
problems. Was there a massive duping problem in UO? Hell yes, but problem
solving skills and common sense seems to be something pretty much everyone at
OSI is massively lacking. It's ridiculously clear that ALL the people initially
blocked were not duping items. Situations like these should be dealt with
quickly and carefully to stop the spread of any cheats and to preserve the
atmosphere of the game (OSI is trying to "build worlds" right?). In
this case it took OSI damn near 4 months to solve this. By the time the problem
was actually looked at it had encompassed the whole shard. At this point I think
the best solution would have been to just delete all duped items. I bet every
account on Pacific has duped items on it because of OSI, so how can they turn
around and say: Because we can't control this problem we'll ban you for playing
our game? Seems to me that EA Online/OSI have proven time and time again that
they can not nor do they want to have a successful online game. Clearly their
employees aren't qualified enough and management isn't motivating them. The
funny thing is this same company is building a new online game. One that was
once supposed to carry on the legacy of UO but now the entire staff is trying to
distance Origin Worlds (UO2) from UO as much as possible. They know they have
problems and rather then fixing them they turn around and cover them up. It's
bad enough our whole governing body acts like complete cowards with thumbs up
their asses but that's now spreading to free enterprise? I got several ICQs
today from banned folks asking me if I was planning on playing UO2? WAKE UP
PEOPLE! Look around at UO, do you really thing UO2 will be any different? Newer
game, same people, and same problems! On top of that the same people who
complain on a daily basis are the ones looking forward to UO2? Maybe it's
stupidity or just laziness. Either way I hope this short rant makes just a few
people think about it. Don't go out and buy UO2, there is going to be at least 2
online game out before next summer that will blow UO or UO2's socks off. The
whole EA Online staff is incompetent and clueless. The only way to wake them up
is to stop being lazy ignorant dumbfucks and look into other games. They're out
there and they're twice as good as UO!
July 5, 2000-6:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
Official AO Website Updated.
July 4, 2000-6:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
It seems OSI finally got off their asses and got to work on
this issue. Although many innocents were banned this week we all know that OSI
isn't trying to take down just the founders of these bugs but everyone and
anyone associated with them. They wanted to get rid of all cheating/duping
without actually having to put time into a massive investigation. So basically
they did a few things that pointed out those that were blatantly duping items.
So in the end I would say OSI achieved their goal of eradicating people that
were massively exploiting bugs.
-The guild known as Hounds
from Hell (HH)
-The guild known as Hong Kong Union (HKU)
-Various members of TBH,
DF, OPP, DRS, and just about
every other guild on the shard
Although we won't know the true extent of these banning for
a few months when the banned accounts are finally deleted I think I can safely
say that OSI did nail almost every duper on the shard. Although I think the long
term affect of these bannings will be negative for Pacific (because of the
massive amount of innocent people banned) it should clean up warring for the
time being (which is basically what everyone wants since I doubt many of us are
planning on staying in UO past this Fall).
Disgruntled HH in Denial:
"There is no reason why we get banned. just watch this
is will be a sue against OSI, they not very good with their law. Just
-Avatar of HH
"now i am banned for fucking affiliating my self with your guild. can
someone give me a damn clue that this would happen? can someone tell me HH mass
dupe like a mofo? I am the one totally screwed by this. Never gotten shit, but
are being thrown on the band wagon."
-Achilles of HH
"i did nothing wrong getting an item from another player through trade of
money is perfictly legit in my book"
-Miner Slayer of HH
"keep checking your account.
Just chill for a bit, I have been speaking with a couple GM's on another shard
in mIRC that i have known a good year and 1/2, some things happened that should
It did not go through the right channels, your chars are still there. Account is
only in suspend, there are a few pending issues."
-Azmodian of HH
"OPP have bunch of blessed weapons as well, it just too big to get banned
all at once (40+ people). On other hand according to Bob HHs are grief players
(they dupers but not greif in any way, they don't PK they PvPed) and I
considered them way better then OPP. On pacific OPP most hated guild - they do
most gangbang, they do most ress kill and ress kill healer camping."
-Mr Sinja of HH
So basically Avatar is going to sue OSI for doing what they
said they would do in the terms of service. Achilles is mad because he
bandwagoned onto a guild he knew nothing about then got caught up in it and is
paying for his lack of preparation. Miner Slayer thinks it's ok to buy legit
hammers with duped gold. Az thinks he's going to get his account back because he
is a good friend with several Game Masters. Lastly Sinja is just pointlessly
lying in a pathetic attempt to slander OPP. I just find this all funny. How many
of these guys were all over our message board calling me a lamer/liar when I
told them they would be banned after May 19 OPP News. Now look at them
complaining, threatening to sue, and slandering. If you were in HH you had
PLENTY of warning to get out and those who just joined SHOULD have done at least
a little research before joining. All I have left to say is good riddance to HH.
Fitting that this all goes through on Independence Day!
Friend told me to drop by the HH Houses and look what I
July 3, 2000-4:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
HH Guild House?
July 3, 2000-4:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
Rumors are buzzing around that several 100 UO accounts were
banned this morning pending a 3+ month duping investigation. More info to come
as it makes itself available.
July 3, 2000-1:45 P.M. PST-Jackal
"In order to encourage players to test house placement
on the Catskills Test shard, we will be offering a reward to 50 random players
who log onto the shard and successfully place a house during the Thursday, July
6th, test period."
I guess OSI is having some trouble getting their player base
to test there system for them.