About Legends of Ultima
Legends of Ultima is an independently-developed Legends of Aria community server heavily inspired by Ultima Online.
Geography[edit | edit source]
We do not have the Britannia/Sosaria map yet, however we plan to use it in the future. Legends of Ultima uses the world map of Celador, using Britannian cities, moongates, and similarly themed dungeons.
Staff Members[edit | edit source]
|Gorgan||Founder, Development Lead, Creative Director|
|Stimwalt||Development Lead, Creative Director, Promotion|
|Triskil||Development, Backend, Design|
|Turtle||Team Lead, Development|
|Sentinel||Development, World Building & Design Lead|
|Silk||Development, World Building & Design|
|Alys||Server Lead, Development, World Building & Design|
|Quenton||Development, World Building & Design, Player Support|
|R-41||Unity Development Lead, Map Design|
|Sir Drake||Unity Development|
|Tempest||Art & Design|
|Hoax||Art & Design|
|Arawn||Art & Design|
|Aniceset (Ani)||Community Manager, Social Media, PR|
Staff Bio: Gorgan[edit | edit source]
I grew up taking apart computers and other various pieces of tech to see what it looks like, how it works, and to fix things. I have a wide range of personal technology experience in managing computers, networks, servers, and much more.
My personal passion has always been with programming, and using code or programming languages to create and modify things. It started when I bought my first HTML book before I was a teenager. I’ve moved on to have many technology related careers with some major technology companies like Apple, AT&T and DirecTV (separate companies back then).
I have also spent time with UO emulators like SphereServer and RunUO. I must have spent hundreds of hours in both platforms customizing the game and just having a blast with it. At that time there were huge communities of people contributing to the open-source projects and you could find almost anything you wanted already created, unlike our current project.
This combined experience helps me manage this project with proficiency and efficiency. I can say that I have learned new skills and honed old skills from working on this project; I learn something new every day. It’s a blast to be able to do what we do here.
Some of the things that I am responsible for include:
- managing the server/host machine
- developing new features for the game
- managing/assigning/responding to and fixing of issues/bug reports/feedback
- communications with the public
Staff Bio: Stimwalt[edit | edit source]
Hey guys, I’m Stimwalt. Many of you probably "e-met" me first from one of my YouTube videos on either Legends of Aria and/or Legends of Ultima, but I am also an experienced developer at my day job (C#), and help create new systems and features on the LoU server. Most people refer to me as "the Wizard" as I'm most known for my UO magic systems, but we all work on multiple systems to help recreate that UO feeling and setting.
So I grew up as a nerd, wearing glasses, and playing a lot of Nintendo games (before it was cool => hipster). As I got older I started building computers to run the cutting edge games on PC, like Diablo 1 and Warcraft 1! In 1998 I discovered Ultima Online, when my brother was running around with his miner "online" and I saw him get killed by an online player? It totally blew my mind. My UO experience is fairly old school, as I quit the game before Trammel was introduced, and I mainly played a Red character, and was fairly successful at it on Chesapeake server until around 2000. UO essentially ignited my hacking/programming career, as UO had so many exploits and bugs that I learned a lot about poor software design and reverse engineering. After that I was writing utilities on Windows, and the rest is history. Today I'm a Software Development Manager at a major company, and I still code everyday at work, and for LoU. I'm also a new dad, and spend a lot of time with my little one, and contribute to the server when I have time to kill.
On the Legends of Ultima team I help by creating new systems, adding new particle effect and animation designs, creating game lore, brainstorming ideas, public relations, promotion on YouTube/Twitch, and engaging the community on Discord and worldwide. I'm not afraid to get on the microphone to talk about our amazing project, or dive deep into some code. Cheers!
Staff Bio: Turtle[edit | edit source]
Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to read my bio! I'm a developer here at LoU.
MMORPGS: I stumbled upon Ultima Online at a young age and quickly took a liking to it. When I stumbled upon some poor coding and realized that I could PK multiple people in quick succession, I was banned. (To be clear, I wasn't abusing an exploit, just a VERY poorly coded game mechanic).
Suffice to say, I moved on to other games. I ended up falling in love with Star Wars Galaxies and spent a TON of time playing it from Alpha on. I ran multiple player events on a weekly basis and actively helped GM the game until SOE killed it with the NGE. (I had a chef on StarSider as well and actively PvPed on a regular basis with an Imperial TK/Rifleman/Doctor.) After that, I spent plenty of time bouncing from MMORPGs trying to find the next thing that caught my eye and gave me that "this is special" feeling. I came across Stimwalt's intro video to LoU and I was hooked. I had to check it out.
About Me: I've been DM/GMing Paper and Pencil RPG games for almost 18 years, some campaigns which spanned several years. I'm passionate about providing a fantastic gaming experience in this fantasy world of ours. If I'm not busy trying to put something in game for our players, I'm interacting with them in discord, or working with the rest of the team to brainstorm new ideas. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, I love to cook, and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Staff Bio: Sentinel[edit | edit source]
Hail and well met! I'm Sentinel. That was the name I chose when I logged into the Ultima Online beta test in 1997 and I thought it was fitting to use for our community server. At the risk of dating myself, my history with Ultima goes back to the 80's when I played all the original Ultima games (1-9) as they were being released! And for anyone who might remember, I was the owner/manager of the UO fansite "The Lost Lands" for several years.
I got to know Gorgan and Andi very shortly after they created the LoU community server and after helping with some in-game testing took on the role of moderating the Discord. As there was very little staff to speak of, I began to help wherever I could which lead primarily to world building duties. While I have little technical expertise, I have a keen eye for details and truly love creating environments that look and feel accurate. I believe most players appreciate details such as a display of the items a vendor sells, shops complete with rugs, paintings, plants, light sources, work stations, etc. These things make the world feel complete. I also recreated the 30 odd books from Ultima Online that you will find scattered throughout the shops, libraries, and loot of our world. I'm a fan of nostalgia.
While building out the current map has been enjoyable, my most important contribution will be fleshing out the real Britannia as soon as our new map is available. I hope to make something that will please new players and UO veterans alike. Thanks to Citadel Studios for making this all possible, thanks to the LoU team for keeping it on track, and thanks to the LoU Community for carrying us into the future!
Staff Bio: Alys[edit | edit source]
Hey there, I'm Alys and I do a bunch of different stuff around here. I joined the team as a moderator in the second half of 2018, and then in 2019 I "upgraded" to my current role. I do a bit of coding and bug fixing, love to set up and run events and also keep an eye on pages from players and help them out where they need it. I’m also heavily involved in the day to day management of the server infrastructure behind the game itself.
My background as an online gamer started in the mid 90's with something called The Realm. That was shortly followed by Meridian 59, and then of course Ultima Online came along. I've been a huge fan and supporter of the MMO genre over the years, and have been involved in player support roles in a couple of different games along the way.
My only challenge is I don't get enough time to spend in the world of Legends of Ultima. I work for a global software company, and my job involves a lot of travel, which unfortunately digs into my free time (LoU time!). That being said, I'm really enjoying the time I'm able to spend with this team and the game, not to mention the playerbase of course! I'm truly excited about the direction we're heading in, especially once we have the Britannia map up and running. The nostalgia is strong in this one!
Staff Bio: Quenton[edit | edit source]
They call me Quenton the mage! To understand magic is to study beyond what most people see on the surface, as it is one thing to cast a spell and another to fully grasp it. UO's Britannia was the first place I learned how players use the world around them and I use this knowledge to sculpt it, to mould it, design it. I learned long ago that testing and feedback were ever invaluable, not just the words people say but the words people do not say, and the reasons for both. Some people think it is enough to toss a few reagents in the air and kerblammo! Magic! They think casting a spell over and over again will make them a grandmaster mage! Hah! It's never that simple!
So for me, while I work on several projects to turn Celador into our beloved Britannia that we remember, I do not specialise in one area but generalise a small part of many. I work the wiki, I temper the world's spawns, I try to determine the best way to help people communicate - and to communicate in the best way to get their messages across - and I try to help the rest of the team stay within our scope and reach their goals at the same time to maximise their contributions for our players. It's the quality of the magic that matters.
History of the Project[edit | edit source]
Where we came from[edit | edit source]
Legends of Ultima, the community server, was created by two players, Andi and myself (Gorgan). We met while playing Shards Online, later known as Legends of Aria. It started out as an experiment to see what we could do with the LOA platform and if we could make it emulate UO more than we had ever seen before.
After playing Ultima Online for many years and having a strong passion for it, and the memories that were created from it, we formed a guild called UO Veterans, on the official server, which was a big hit. People that saw the UO guild-tag knew exactly what it meant, and wanted to join fellow UO fans in their adventures. It was then that we realized the power and the following that UO has.
As with any early access games, we suffered through many wipes and updates, eventually a total rebranding, and a huge new world to explore and enjoy. While sitting around waiting for the next world-wipe to occur, we found ourselves wondering what it would be like to have our own server to play on and make it how we wanted it to be.
Where we were headed[edit | edit source]
The first problem we had to solve was that we needed to have a Community Server pledge, which was priced $200.00 USD at the time, and we also needed to have a dedicated server to host it from. Having just gone through a relocation and other life events, I was hesitant to spend that kind of money on something just to toy with it, at the time.
Andi stepped up and said “I will buy the Admin Account if we want to give this a go.” I couldn’t say no, as I had been dying to play the next installment of UO for over a decade of my life and while LoA does fulfill that desire, somehow we wanted more.
At this time we decided to try the server on a less-than-perfect PC for these conditions and see how it ran. In the beginning we could only run one of the many regions at a time without overloading the system. While this works okay for small-time development and testing, we just weren't getting the full experience of the game with just one region running.
In that one region, we had to consider all of the missing content from the rest of the regions, and re-create it in this one region. It was a bit like taking all of Britannia and packing it into Ocllo Island. It just wasn’t going to work over time.
We had to make a choice... did we continue on this path with only part of the world accessible, or do we call it quits and play on the Official or other Community servers? Andi once again stepped up and said “I’ll commit to paying monthly for a dedicated server rental.”
There was no turning back at this point. We knew that this was something we enjoyed and wanted to continue doing, so we decided on our name and purchased our domain name. This was it! We were official, and ready to start taking in play-testers.
Where we are today[edit | edit source]
Andi has since left the project. Gorg has taken over as Owner, and Stimwalt has taken Gorg's old post. After the change in leadership we saw a wave of players return to the server. Before we knew it we had hundreds of visitors stopping by to see what we were up to, and our Discord community grew into what it is today.
We’re very fortunate and blessed by the presence of our passionate players and truly appreciate each and every one of you for your time and effort with testing, reporting issues, and providing feedback to help shape our world into what it is today and what we hope it to be for tomorrow.
As we’ve grown, we’ve had to bring on new staff to help with the growing list of demands and duties that were becoming necessary to continue this project. Today we have some great highly-skilled web designers, developers, programmers and specialists in other areas that will help us become and stay a successful gaming community.
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Video[edit | edit source]