As you'll already know, from reading the announcement, the Stratics Forums are destined for a 48 hour downtime, on the 11th of July. During this time, to state the blindingly obvious, there will be no forums. So, why not take the opportunity to give Stratics IRC a try? Discuss the current events with other players, in real-time. Keep up to date with the upcoming publish. Or, just lurk. There are an absolute ton of ways to connect, so you can pick the method that best suits you. You can download a client (here is a list of recommended clients), and use it to connect to Server: irc.stratics.com Channel: #Ultima-Online (Alternatively, click this URL: irc://irc.stratics.com/Ultima-Online) Otherwise, there are several methods to connect from your browser: The Stratics Java IRC client, for one. Or Mibbit, to name another.