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Broadsword Online Games | Official Site
MMORPG | Genre:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 09/30/97)  | Pub:Electronic Arts
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Retail | Retail Price:$09.99 | Pay Type:Subscription
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Ultima Online

Ultima Online is one of the defining games of the MMORPG genre. From designer Richard Garriott's vision for a multiplayer RPG world, it has been influential on many of the most successful and popular titles that came after it. Set in Medieval Brittania, the game is a 2D fantasy RPG that follows the single-player Ultima series.

UO allows you to choose a class, train skills, and upgrade player stats to advance. many gameplay mechanics and features that we now consider traditional in MMOs, such as living in a virtual world, building player cities, leveling, crafting, exploring, and more were either forged by or made classic by Ultima Online. There is an extensive crafting system and resources to gather for use in both skill training and crafting.

The close-knit community as well as the developers remain loyal to the game despite its now dated graphics and oft-imitated gameplay. There have been nine major expansions to UO (most recently in 2009, adding another class), keeping content fresh and introducing new elements.


  • Races | Choose from three races in Britannia, each with their own unique traits: Human (Strong Back, Tough, Workhorse, Jack of All Trades); Elf (Night Sight, Infused with Magic, Knowledge of Nature, Difficult to Track, Perception, Wisdom); and Gargoyle (Flying, Berserk, Master Artisan, Deadly Aim, Mystic Insight).
  • Professions | Character class is left open to the player, allowing you to build your own class from a selection of over 50 skills.
  • Custom Avatar | Set character Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence scores, as well as choose from hundreds of armor, weapons, clothes, and hairstyles, in a huge variety of colors and abilities.
  • Explore Britannia | UO hosts a vast world, with six main continents: Felucca, Trammel, Ilshenar, Malas, Tokuno, and the most recent addition, Ter Mur.
  • Expansions | UO now has a solid track record of 15 years of additional content: The Second Age (1998), Renaissance (2000), Third Dawn (2001), Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge (2002), Age of Shadows (2003), Samurai Empire (2004), Mondain’s Legacy (2005), Stygian Abyss (2009).
  • In Game Markets | NPC vendors abound in the towns and cities, but beyond that, players may purchase their own vendors and fill their inventory with items to have them sale when the player is in game, and out.
  • Player Housing | UO pioneered player housing in the MMORPG genre, and now has over 20 houses and castles to buy or build.

Latest Features

  • Lessons Learned from a Free Shard
  • Column created on 1/18/13
  • Ultima Online in its simplest and purest form is a sandboxer's dream. We've been spending some time playing on a 'free shard' and have a list of lessons we've learned about what a true sandbox is. See what we've got...
  • The Beginning
  • Column created on 7/2/12
  • Every gamer had a beginning, a place where this new hobby began. Today Pokket recalls one of her earlier adventures in Ultima Online. Check it out and then tell us your story in the comments.
  • Wayback Wednesday with UO Devs
  • Interviews created on 5/23/12
  • In this edition of Wayback Wednesday, we jump into the game for some quality time with Ultima Online developers Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong, Mike "Phoenix" Moore, Michael "Misk" Armstrong, Stephen "Bleak" Brown, Greg "Kyronix" Havlusch, and Kai Schober. T
  • The Making of a Classic Part 2
  • General Article created on 2/16/12
  • Yesterday our readers were treated to the first of a two part history of the grand old Lady of MMOs, Ultima Online. Today we continue our look at how this venerable title came to be in part 2. Read on...
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UO needs a Old school official UO server. 2/15/15 @ 11:49AM by Aethaeryn in Britannia Tavern (General)
How is Ultima Online now? 2/10/15 @ 12:03PM by Mavolence in Britannia Tavern (General)
I cant play 12/29/14 @ 12:24PM by Battlerock in Britannia Tavern (General)
Looking for the Original Cloth Map of Britannia 12/11/14 @ 9:25PM by Ciccero in Britannia Tavern (General)
The Original Cloth map 12/5/14 @ 2:45AM by ArctosNoctua in Britannia Tavern (General)
Shards Online New Kickstarter ! 11/14/14 @ 3:50PM by GungaDin in Britannia Tavern (General)
Return to Britannia for the month of October for all old accounts! 10/6/14 @ 10:14AM by Madragon in Britannia Tavern (General)
As much fun and still the only game like it... 9/10/14 @ 11:57AM by jeddak in Britannia Tavern (General)
Old but... 8/5/14 @ 10:18PM by Tokken in Britannia Tavern (General)
UO celebrating 15 years in September! 7/28/14 @ 10:36PM by Magua in Britannia Tavern (General)