New Player Guide - Setting Up
This guide is intended for players who are relatively new to Ultima Online. If you're an experienced UO player, you may prefer to skim over this section and read the shard features page.
The first thing you need to do is install the game. Go to the downloads page and find a place to download the game from. You shouldn't have to pay for anything - both the client software and the ABC Ultima Online service are completely free of charge. Some sites will tell you that you need to register an account to play, but you can ignore them.
Once you've downloaded, installed, and patched the Ultima Online client, connect to our server (uo.abcuo.com) and start the Ultima Online program. Enter a new account name and password. Note that the account name you create is not your character's name, and for security purposes it's best to have an account name that's different from your character name.
Now you'll see the shard selection screen. You should have one choice: ABC UO as shown in the image. If that's not what you see, there's something wrong with your setup; please go back and review the connection setup page.
After clicking on ABC UO, you'll go to the first part of character creation. I would recommend choosing Paladin, Mage, or Necromancer here. However there's no need to agonize over this choice, as you'll see later.
Now for the important decisions: Choose a name, race, gender, and appearance details. Your name, race, and gender are very difficult and/or expensive to change later, and your skin color is pretty much impossible to change. Choose wisely! Your hairstyle, hair color, and clothing on the other hand can easily be changed later in life.
Click on the green arrow and you'll be transported to the town square in the new player town of New Haven. There are some books to read and people to talk to - feel free to indulge yourself.
Oops, one final security measure. You'll see a window pop up asking about account information. Take the time to fill out your name, email address, etc. This is important because if for some reason you lose your password, this is the only way to authenticate you. Without this information, ABC staff cannot be sure of your identity, and will not be able to restore lost passwords.
Congratulations! All the bureaucratic details are taken care of, and you're now ready to begin your adventure!