For years Talshani (my wife) and I have thought about creating a site like this. But there has always been several out there doing similar things, and already swimming with population. Today however, it seems there is room for it. We have been involved in one way or another with Ultima Online since 1999. Most of my time in the first few years were spent over at the Ryandor.com website as both a map maker and administrator to the forums. I have been a member of RunUO since before they even released the first RunUO beta 1 and have been helping folks over at ServUO over the last couple years as well. I have accumulated just about everything imaginable related to the Ultima emulator. But enough about us for now. What will this place become? First of all, of course it will have much of the same venues as the others have or had, a script forum for help and submissions, as well as a world building area for both support and submissions. There is the strong idea of having our own server repository as well that will retain the core values that RunUO had always upheld.. strictly true to the real Ultima Online game mechanics. On top of that, we will offer an advertising method for shard owners where players can come to find a good place to PlayUO. For now this will be done by simple forum post description, but may lead into an actual shard listing and rating system of some sort. It is possible at some point, when things get settled in, that we may even offer some sort of website hosting for shard owners as well. Really, a lot of what becomes of this place is dependent on you all. Consider for example, www.PlayUO.org/YourShardName Over time, I will also begin to migrate much of the most relevant information from Ryandor.com over here, and even update some of the content as I am able. Having Ryandor as a good friend enables me to ensure to you all that anything posted map related will be valid unmodified versions, not questionable in any way. So that is where we are at right now. Obviously there is a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be, and much will be dependent on all of you. I hope we can all help each other create a great place to gather and share all things Ultima Online.