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December 19th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Posted to UO Herald by Joanne Laroche on 18 Dec 2008 17:34:26.

With the new year, Sosaria’s main bank is in high need of a serious makeover. We are looking for talented designers and decorators to submit their original ideas on a great new look for the West Britain Bank. This is a permanent new look so do not focus on just a winter theme!

Contest Rules:

* You must take a screenshot of Britain Bank and decorate it with existing UO art.
* You can copy/paste existing art from elsewhere in the game on top of the bank area. You may optionally use InsideUO to grab tileart directly from UO.
* Your submission screenshot must be a JPG no bigger than 800×600.
* There will be one winner per shard, you may only win once.
* To qualify, entries must include your name and shard.
* You must have an active Ultima Online account to participate.
* Enter as often as you wish, but only one submission per e-mail.
* Submission for banks other than West Britain Bank will be dismissed.
* All entries become the property of Mythic Entertainment.

Prizes:

One winner per shard.

The winners will have the bank on their respective shard redecorated on both facets according to their design. A plaque will also be placed by the bank identifying the winning designer.

All winning entries will be posted here on the UOHerald once the judging has been finalized.

How to Enter:

When you are ready to submit your entry, you must include the following:

Your Character Name:
Shard:
E-mail address:
Description of your renovation (optional)
Your screenshot:

Send all the above information to: uo-contests@mythic.ea.com

This is open to all active Ultima Online subscribers. Entries must be received by midnight Eastern Time on Sunday January 18th, 2009 to qualify.

Good luck and happy bank renovating!

Additional Notes:

We can accommodate designs that *add* to the structure, but not delete from it. In other words, if you want to add walls, stairs, etc, that’s fine.

Details:
* Cannot change terrain (dirt/grass/basically anything with a texture on the floor)
* Cannot change static objects (existing walls, existing items in the bank that are scenery only/can’t be interacted with)

The Terrain and Statics are global to all shards because they’re part of the map files.

However, in InsideUO, when viewing the tileart, you’ll see a section full of floor tiles. These are not terrain, and can be placed on top of it without problems. If you decide you want to redo the floor of the bank – that’s fine.

The same goes for walls – you can’t *change* the existing walls, but we can easily add walls to the existing bank. All your changes will be local to the shard, and nothing will change on the client.

Keep in mind we’d love to see what you do with the outside as well – that whole area could use some love.

P.S.

All we care about is seeing a final result screenshot and a good description for the design. Don’t get caught up in asking what tools you can use – we only suggest InsideUO for browsing the art because it’s so handy.
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Tim “Draconi” Cotten –
Lead Designer –
Ultima Online – EA Mythic



December 5th, 2008 at 8:35 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Gardening & Botany,Quests

If you’ve been looking for the Naturalist Quest walk-through that once was on UOGuide.com, it has been drastically edited by system operators there for being “too detailed” and for containing too many images. I wrote that guide, and I believe that detailed walk-throughs should be exactly that – detailed.

So, here – in its uncut form – is the original Naturalist Quest walk-through that I wrote. I will post any walk-throughs that I’m inspired to write here instead from now on. I have also posted my Human to Elf quest walk-through in its un-cut format, as it too will likely get butchered at UOGuide for being too detailed.

I have always supported and continue to support UOGuide, but I disagree with their recent editorial decisions and will continue to provide my walk-throughs to the UO community through UOCraft instead, for those who prefer more detail over less.

Naturalist Quest – Rare Colored Plant Seeds (uncut)

Human to Elf (Elven Heritage) Quest
(uncut)



September 20th, 2008 at 11:09 am
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Gardening & Botany

My favorite news about the new seeds and plants from Publish 55 came out today in the Five on Friday report:

Five on Friday
September 19, 2008
Jeremy Dalberg
19 Sep 2008 19:06:22

“You said the new plants would not come in different colors What gives?”

Um… surprise! It’s… it’s an easter egg! Yeah, that’s what it is! (Actually, we’re not at all sure why some of them are coming up colored, and it definitely wasn’t intended, but we’re not going to spoil the fun. Enjoy!)

If you’re enjoying hunting for the new seeds and/or growing them, stop by the new Botany forum at UOForums.com!