UONostalgia.com is a website for Ultima Online nostalgic content and includes a customized server (a free to play shard called UONostalgia). The introduction video below will briefly explain the beginnings of Ultima Online and the creation of the shards.
What is Ultima Online?
Ultima Online (UO) is a fantasy role-playing game set in the Ultima universe. It is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). It’s a world where your character can craft their own weapons, armor, equipment, as well as build a house and furniture to fill it with. You can explore the darkest of dungeons or sail across the world on a heavy warship. It is a sandbox world for your character to live and exist in.
What is a customized server / free shard?
Fans of Ultima Online reverse-engineered the game to produce emulators of the original servers. With emulation server software it is possible to customize most aspects of the game and support large numbers of concurrent players on a single server. Customization and player activities on each server make them all different from one another. The resulting play environments are called free shards and are independent from the official subscription servers.