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The Shard has officially opened! We are setup for auto-account creation. Please check out When do we role-play.
If you are new to our community please check out our Getting Started page for new player recommendations.

Getting Started

From Sanctuary Shard

Welcome to Sanctuary, this page should serve to help new players acclimate to the shard as easily as possible. A variety of important tips and suggestions have been included.

What the heck game is this ...

If you ever played any online games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Everquest, you will be familiar with the concept. We play in a game called Ultima Online, which is old, older then Everquest and has a graphic quality like Minecraft. UO was hacked about a million years ago, and people have been running private servers of the game for over 20 years. Some private servers are into gaming, some into player vs player, some into socializing ... all of ours have always been about the RP.

The game itself is pretty cool, its not as grindy as skyrim or WoW, its sort of half way between most MMORPGS and things Like Second Life and MVU. It's what they call a sandbox game. It is in fact the original sandbox game.

What platform can you play this game on? PC?
PC and Mac via cross over or wine, but not on tablet or phone.
Does it cost money?
No, it doesn't cost anything. The download is free and it will run on most crappy computers.

Getting Help

Unfortunately, one page doesn't explain it all, and we encourage you to use the search feature of this wiki to answer other questions that you have. If you can not find an answer to your question we have a #game-questions channel in our Discord Server.

Our shard is founded on the basic premise that you are our welcome guest and that we will strive to be good hosts. We have a friendly and helpful community that wants to get to know both you and your character. Please do come join us in discord as well as in the game.

Bug reports and game questions should be posted to the forums. Please make an account.

Jump Right In

Unless you want a shape change before you begin playing. there is no need to create an application before creating an account. You can head directly to our Downloads section and follow the instructions to download the client and our custom files. We are set up for auto-account creation so you may log in immediately.

All player characters are heroes coming from alternate worlds, they are not natives. Consequently, you do not need to know all of the lore of the shard to start playing. We encourage you to read the Origin Myth and the Upon your arrival ... page however.

Please note
  1. We require standard role-play naming conventions for both characters and pets.
  2. Do not choose elf during character creation; you will show up human, bald, and with a random skin hue.

Play Styles

There is plenty of room here for a variety of play styles. If you are a casual role-player or prefer light low-conflict role-play, Summer Isle/Underhill is ideal for you. If you like hard-core conflict driven role-play with mature experienced role-players the world map, Cuivienen, is designed for just for this. More information can be found on the Map & Facets page.

Role-play PvP is only possible on Cuivienen as part of the shard storyline, it is not possible on Summer Isle or Underhill.


We encourage you to take your time considering the wiki and the shard storyline before you submit an application. Here are some of the common issues that come up during the application process.

One, if you do not wish a shape change and do not intend to participate in the shard storyline on Cuivienen then you do not need to submit an application at all. You can play on both the Summer Isle and Underhill maps with out an application.

Two, the Shard Plot Line question on the application is carefully considered by staff. We are looking for characters that will be motivated to participate in the political and military conflict anticipated.

Three, the storyline will revolve around, and be driven by, the noble houses. You should likely have a good idea of which house, kingdom or god your character intends to support before you write your application.

Choosing Skills

We are in continual development of our game mechanics as we retro-fit a recent set of UO mechanics to a pre-AOS state. This means that skills may not work as you assume they work, or even that the manual may not yet have caught up to the storm of changes being done every week. See: User Manual

Our .spec system:

  • Is required for all characters
  • Immediately trains the chosen skills to 60
  • Can be changed and any time during the first six days


Gold is not easy to come by for new players in their first week of play.

  • Conserve your starting gold
  • Take a resource/harvest skill
  • Train expensive skills, like magery, last.
  • Don't assume you can sell everything to NPCs. Check what NPC vendors sell, because it is usually what they buy.
  • Look to join a guild/noble house, most of them help out new players.

Our player run economy is slowly developing. All player vendors are in the starter area, the town of Evervale, on Summer Isle.

See Also

New Player Guide

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