Tools for merchants, crafters, gardeners, tamers – Ultima Online
December 19th, 2013 at 2:34 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Holidays

As a teacher, winter break is usually a great time in UO for me. I’ve been taming my heart out this week! I hope everybody has a safe and happy holiday season celebrating in Britannia and beyond. And, Santa, if you’re reading this, I could really use a 4.5 or higher greater dragon and a blaze cu sidhe. Thank you! 🙂

June 28th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Decor & Architecture,UOCraft News

Happy summer, everybody!

I’ve been playing around with custom carpets in UO. They’re most awesome because they don’t use up any house lockdowns, and you can design them in any shape or size that you need. It’s tough, though, to visualize what you want when there are so many different pieces to consider. I found myself sketching out X’s and O’s and counting up the pieces so that I’d get it right when I went shopping. With those hassles in mind, I created the Custom Carpet Designer tool. You can lay out your carpet on a nice big grid (I hope 12×12 is enough for everybody!), and the tool will calculate how many of each piece you need. When you finish your design, you can hide the grid lines and take a screenshot of your masterpiece and then go shopping for the parts!

There are a few limitations that I may or may not get around to working on. The biggest one is that you can only use one style of center piece per rug design. On the bright side, once you get the layout you want, you can toggle between the different styles to see how that size of rug looks in each style. One trick to making sure the end piece count comes out right: once you pick up a piece, make sure you drop it in the “other” area – don’t drop it into the same area you grabbed it from. (So, if you grab it from the top selection of pieces, make sure you drop it in the bottom grid, or vice versa). If you accidentally grab the wrong piece and don’t want to use that piece, still continue to drop it in the opposite area, then pick it up again and put it in its original spot. Otherwise, if you drop it in the same spot from where it came, the counter will still count it and your end tally will be off. I plan to take a look at this and find a solution, but I’ve run out of time for now and wanted to let people use the tool in the meantime!

I hope this helps all of the deco maniacs of Britannia lay carpets in style!


March 2nd, 2013 at 8:01 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Taming

The one you’ve all been waiting for: the video tutorial on peace-taming greater dragons without honor or paralyze (complete with a “You are dead” blooper reel at the end). Enjoy!

Ultima Online: Peace Taming Greater Dragons from Shelly Hokanson on Vimeo.

March 1st, 2013 at 7:16 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Taming

Next up: a video tutorial on peace-taming rune beetles!

Ultima Online: Peace Taming Rune Beetles from Kitiara on Vimeo.

March 1st, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Taming

Ultima Online: Lead Taming Cu Sidhes without Paralyze or Peacemaking from Kitiara on Vimeo.

This video demonstrates lead taming cu sidhe elven dogs without the use of Paralyze spells or Peacemaking. I avoid using Paralyze because if the beast is paralyzed when it is tamed, it will suffer an additional 4% skill reduction as a penalty for paralysis. This doesn't matter much for pets that only train skills up to 100/GM (like cu sidhes), but for those that can have skills exceeding 100, that additional 4% penalty reduces the maximum that you can train those skills up to. So I avoid paralyze taming and stick with standard lead taming (as demonstrated here) or peace/lead taming for more aggressive beasts like greater dragons and rune beetles. Visit UOCraft.com for the Pet Power Calculator mentioned in the video.

March 1st, 2013 at 10:06 am
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Links,UOCraft News

I was having a “duh!” moment…

Please welcome Knuckleheads.dk to the Friends of UOCraft sidebar! Don’t ask why it took so long. Like I said…

They’ve got some fantastic crafting calculators (that I happen to use all the time) – particularly for suit building and imbuing… all the calculators I have dreamed of making. Alas, my loyalties (and free time) lie with the Pet Power Calculator! 🙂

So, do take advantage of the Knuckleheads.dk crafting calcs, and keep an eye out for Gilmour on the forums, who is a stand-up player as well.

February 20th, 2013 at 10:30 am
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Taming

Hi everybody,

The pet difficulty number for calculating control chance for the Dread Warhorse has been updated. (Early data when they first appeared was inaccurate). The Dread Warhorse’s control chance should now calculate properly in the Pet Control Chance calculator. Thanks to Brian for the heads-up!

January 3rd, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Taming

Hi everybody –

I’ve fixed a bug that was setting the max HP for cu sidhes too high in the Pet Power Calculator. If you’ve rated a cu sidhe recently, you might want to rate it again, as its score might go up a couple ticks.

My apologies for the inconvenience, and thanks to Llewen and Charlie for alerting me to the problem.

December 24th, 2012 at 11:15 am
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Holidays

Happy Merry Everything!

May you enjoy a festive, safe, and happy holiday season across Britannia and beyond!

November 24th, 2012 at 7:39 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Taming,UOCraft News

Hi everybody,

Big news! The first edition of UOCraft Mobile is up and running!

Just fire up a browser on your phone or tablet and go to: http://m.uocraft.com.

The Mobile version of UOCraft contains the Pet Power Calculator, the Stable Slot Calculator, the Control Chance Calculator, and the Best Battle Pet Tool.

Of course, you can still view the full version of the site on your mobile devices via the standard URL, http://www.uocraft.com. Pick your poison – the full interface or the mobile-customized version.

The mobile site is optimized for mobile browsers that support HTML5 (particularly, HTML5 form controls). Android Browser and Internet Explorer are a little behind on those features, but the experience should be as-intended in Safari on Apple devices, Google Chrome, Blackberry browser, Firefox, and Opera Mobile. (For example, if your browser doesn’t support HTML5 form controls, you will not be brought directly to the numeric keypad when you click into a numeric text field; you’ll have to switch from the alphabet keyboard to the number pad).

Being a new release, I do expect that there will be bugs – so, please, if you come across anything that doesn’t seem to be working properly, or you have suggestions for improvement, let me know. The core functionality of each tool is identical to the full web version, so you should expect the same results.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me here, or on the Stratics Tamer forum or UOForums, or on the UOCraft facebook page. Thanks!

** NOTE: There may be a brief outage this weekend as I update the domain name registrar, but I don’t expect anything extensive.