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Producer Notes

Greetings everyone,

It's that time of year where families get together and enjoy each other's company and some really good food.  From our family to yours we hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

We are putting the finishing touches on Publish 103 after some great public testing events and anticipate the next update to be on TC1 by Friday November 16, 2018.  Following our return from the Thanksgiving Holiday we will continue with our Origin release schedule with an anticipated worldwide release of December 4, 2018.

Publish 103 is full of exciting new features including new rewards for the Artisan Festival, Holiday Gifts, new Classic Client functionality and the new Krampus encounter!  Be sure to check out the full publish notes for all the details and head over to TC1 if you haven't already checked it out!

We are also pleased to announce the UO Swag store that allows you to purchase many items to show off your love of Ultima Online.  If there is any new art you would like to see available for that favorite shirt or mug, or even a nice canvas picture please send me your suggestions at my regular email.

The votes are in and we are happy to announce the winners of the Keep Design Contest for Publish 103 are as follows, 

Robin's Nest by Robin
Traditional Keep by Newcastle Arms
Villa Crowley by Mr. Crowley
Darkthorn Keep by Violet Darkthorn
The Sandalwood Keep by Holly 
Casa Maya by Mandrake

Visit TC1 to check out these great designs and look for them in the house placement tool with Publish 103 goes WW!

The following are the accounts that were banned or suspended:

1 - Disruptive Behavior
2 - Solicitations
24 - Macroing 
19 - Multiboxing
3 - Abuse of Game Mechanics

See you in Britannia, 

Bonnie "Mesanna" Armstrong


Publish 103 Highlight - Krampus

With all the gifts moving on trade routes between cities during the Holiday Season there have been sightings of strange creatures ambushing those routes - including the vile Krampus!  The true nature of this beast is unknown and reports vary wildly, yet great treasures can be had by those who are brave enough to best him!

New weapon type - whips!
New craftables wearables - hats, boots, talons, and earrings!
New titles!
Krampus' Coin Purse - with a chance for one of Krampus' trinkets inside!

We are also pleased to include one of the many stories on the origins of Krampus - this one from Jaana of Yew,

The Winter Satyr

By EM Malachi

The face on the cottage wall was a snarling beast. The mask had the curling horns of a ram and the teeth of a feral wolf. Its fur was mangy, but pale like snow. The small child hid behind the druid when she saw it. 

Jaana patted Karelia on the head. “Don't be afraid. It’s just a mask.” She took it down from the wall to help the little girl see it better.

Fear turning to fascination. Karelia patted the fur and poked at the teeth. “What’s it a mask of?”

“People call him the Winter Satyr or Krampus, but not even the druids know what he calls himself. He comes from the deepest forest, a place where no hunter or druid goes.” 

“Have you ever seen the Krampus?”

“When I was a little older than you, lumberjacks from Britain came to cut trees for their city. They went deep into the old-growth, hoping to find timber that was rare and valuable. Only one of them managed to make it back, and his story was troubling.

The lumberjacks had ignored our warnings, wastefully slaughtering more animals than they could eat and cutting down young trees to rot. They had even burned down an ancient Birch grove that was in their way. They had angered the forest and the forest’s protector.

A storm had come in the night, and with it, the screams. A horned beast that stood tall on two legs rampaged through the camp. Those who tried to fight him were torn apart. The lone survivor had buried himself in the snow to hide. In the morning, finding no one else alive, he had fled back to Yew.  

All of Yew stood watch that night with torches and bows. We caught glimpses of Krampus in the darkness, his winter fur still matted with dried blood. Warning arrows kept him from attacking the settlement, but no hunter could wander alone the rest of that winter.”

Karelia thought for a moment before asking, “Is the Krampus still out there? 

“I don't know. It was many years ago. The old woods hold many dangers, and there will always be conflict when human encroach on places so wild. But do not worry. Yew will always be safe. Now, let’s talk about happier things. I have a Yule present for you.” 

Jaana handed the little girl a brightly wrapped package, which was promptly torn open. The child clapped in glee at the pixie mask carved from silverleaf. Jaana helped her put it on, and Karelia danced around the cottage, singing:
“Wassaile the trees, that they may bear
You many a Plum and many a Pear.
For more or less fruit they will bring,
As you do give them Wassailing.”

Jaana smiled. “A perfect Wassaile princess! Shall we head over to the orchard?”

As Karelia put on her cloak, Jaana put the Satyr mask back on the wall, next to a bow and quiver. “Krampus, I hope you stay away from Yew this winter.”

Question & Answer

1.  Would it be possible to have hair added to Mannequins?

We have requests for enhanced mannequin functionality for a future publish, we've added the ability to change hair with that request.

2.  I want to be able to ride an ethereal for free since gargoyles can fly for free without sacrificing a pet slot.

We are sorry but this is not going to be changed.  Each race has a benefit and we have no plans to change racial abilities at this time.

3.  I want to train detect on a pet, is that possible?

This is not something a pet can gain in so we are not going to be adding this to the list available for pet training.

4.  Britain presents some issues with guard zones for Grimms  & trade ambushes because of how massive the guard zone is - can this be fixed?

This issue should be resolved for trade ambushes in Publish 103.

5.  Since the lever in Khaldun is broken on many shards can you fix this?

It would be easier to do away with the levers to get into the secret areas and just open the door for everyone.  We have already removed the door from several shards and will be doing it on the rest.

6.  Is it possible to add door stops to keep doors open?

We have added this to the backlog we can do for a future publish.

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