UO Goes Live!
As the beta ended, the final game started. Now, you could use your beta installed version in the final if you wanted but it didnt work 100%. You really needed to install from scratch. When the final began, they actually had different servers to pick. Syndicate members were in game among the very first people so we had to chose a Server. Atlantic shard was picked and we have stuck with it ever since. However, those first few days were hellish. A server limit was set on how many people could get in and you often couldnt get connected. When you did you were lagged up solid and often lost connection. In short, it stuck and the most common thing said was that the game should have stayed in beta long. None the less, OSI pushed onward and rapidly spit out patches (that continue to this day) to make the game better and to add features and to stabilize it.

You will notice, if you purchased an early copy of the UO Hint/Tip guide that is included a section on player guilds. In that section they listed some of the more well known guilds of the day. Although they got The Syndicates mission statement incorrect and didnt understand our structure (incorrectly thinking that our squads were in fact separate guilds) but still, it was an honor to be one of the few guilds listed there and recognized, from day 1, as a premier guild in the UO world. Here is a scan of our incorrect section but still we are the only guild listed still in existance.

At this time there was no such thing as guildstones and houses hadnt even been implemented. So most members named their chars XYZ LLTS in order to tell we were in the same guild. Syndicate blue and grey had been picked as our colors (over the second most popular choice of Brown and Green). Other things missing then: There was no circle trans. No one had high magery so gating was nearly unheard of. NPCs sold 10 of each reagent about once an hour. There were no bank boxes to store stuff. If you died, you lost it all. There were no monsters around except in very isolated spots. And items on the ground did not decay. They stayed until retrieved.

About 2 weeks into the final, for a period of 2-3 hours in the middle of one afternoon, a massive bug hit the game. Any time you used any skill, it rose several points and so did your stats. In 40min of play my char went from a newbie to GM in sword, tactics, magery and item ID. My stats all shot up to 100. So did everyone elses on the shard. OSI took the servers down then and worked on a fix. Rumors ran wild that they were going to have to wipe the shard. But they didnt. So for those lucky few on then, your chars were godlike compared to everyone else. And with no penalties for pkilling, fights errupted all over the place.

Around now, OSI started experimenting with some things. Items on the ground decayed now which was good. You could use wands without being equipped (which made heal wands very very valuable). And when you killed monsters like a liche, they often carried a statue on them that decayed onto the floor blocking your path.

One of the most interesting, and short lived things they did, was to make monsters hunt. Panthers would group up and kill deer for example. What ended up happening was that birds could kill the most seasoned players. Bunny rabbits could lay you low in no time. And packs of panthers would eat players left and right. This change didnt add long but would be a nice addition today. monsters working together in packs and hunting areas of the world.

About this time OSI introduced houses. Not houses as you know them today. Just a few types like tents and small houses (of 3 styles). There was no banning. No lockdowns. No secures. And if you lost your key, you were screwed because anyone could get into it now. The Syndicate pooled together and earned 10K very fast and placed a small house NE of Minoc out on the Pennisula on the first day you could get houses. It still stands today and is probably the oldest house in the game.

Living to the north of the house was Big Taco and Namalez. Both were "victims" of the bug on the early days of the game and had massively stacked chars compared to everyone else. We would have regular, large fights at the forge with them. They were more than a match for any new chars starting, but The Syndicate had its own team of super chars who were logged in when the bug hit the shard. Fights were frequent and bloody and in the end Namalez asked for peace and disappeared.

A second Syndicate base was placed a short time later. Another small house over by Cove. This one no longer stands. It was placed there in order to be closer to PoDW and The F*ckheads who were the leading pkiller guilds in the game at the time. There was alot of fighting around that house and many raids into the PoC/PoDW tower that was to the north. The end result there was that the FHeads moved over near Trinsic and eventually quit the shard, PoC fell apart and PoDW disappeared and later too fell apart.

None of these bases, however, was what we were looking for. We wanted something special. Something no other guild had. And something no one else could duplicate. We found it. After a few weeks of searching 3 members reported back on the same day with a siting!! An island has been found!! Its off the coast of trinsic! Its flat! Its barren! And 2 really cool OSI houses are there!! SUPER!! Let us go see!!

Previous History Page
Next History Page
Designed by Atomdesign