• Jedi Proving GroundsIs the Force strong with you?
  • GomzulAncient Gargoyle city, discovered underneath Luna.
  • Sith Training FacilityThe Dark side is powerful!
  • angular sliderThe resting place of the Nurhaci idol.
  • Temple of Doom - Jonesy FordCan you help Jonesy survive the Temple of Doom?
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Welcome to The Expanse®-

At this time The Expanse freeshard is temporarily offline until a new hosting solution is found. We apologize for the downtime, and appreciate your patience. Development of The Expanse is continuing in the interim, including The Expanse desktop. Please keep an eye on The Expanse forums, Facebook, and Twitter for any updates. - Raist(5-1-2017)

There are tons of free UO shards out there, The Expanse will be the last shard you go to. The Expanse offers a more realistic "base" UO experience, as close to OSI as you can get without paying subscription fees every month. What does this mean? Simply put, the basic OSI-style shard is there and available, but the extra content added on top of it is what makes it stand apart from an actual OSI shard. We've taken the best aspects of OSI, added in more content for flavor and come out on top. There will always be plenty of things to do by yourself or with friends or your guild. New content is constantly being created and added! Our forums are full of great support information from players and staff alike. We offer things through our website and forums that other shards do not, like; an online and in-game bestiary, an online store, and a zoomable treasure hunter map! Please go to the Connecting Info page from the menu above to get more information on how to connect and play.



We do accept donations here. Players are not obligated to do so and we will never force players to donate. Donations can help cover costs like; web hosting, shard hosting, and shard maintenance. With that in mind, if you would like to donate, please click the donation button below. Donations are given to the parent company, A+ Web Designs® for handling the above mentioned costs. Players may also choose to "purchase" items from the online store and receive items in-game for their donation.

The Expanse is an English-based shard that is currently operating with Stygian Abyss, with a lot of custom content and more being added at least once every 6 months.

CURRENT CUSTOM PATCH: v2.0 (Beta Live, official release date is January 1st, 2017)

Check out our YouTube Channel for user submitted videos!

While we try to keep things as close to OSI-style as possible, we do have some interesting features added to make things more enjoyable.

  • Evolution Weapons
  • Vampires and Werewolves (NOTE: You cannot create these when selecting a new character, but rather you can contract the disease by being bitten in-game.)
  • 24/7 Staff support (automated in-game support and actual real staff members, combined with forums)
  • Reward Scrolls system used for purchasing hundreds of different reward items.
  • In-depth Gardening, Herbing, and Cooking.
  • Numerous custom deco items, with an improved deco tool and yard wand as well
  • Firerock Crafting, Aquarium Crafting, Mystic Bowcrafting, Pillow Crafting, Weaving, Medical Crafting, Artist Crafting, Necromancy Crafting, Firework Crafting
  • Casino Games, Battle Chess, Yahtzee, Lottery System, and Bomberman
  • In-game Instant Messaging....and more!
  • Burial System, Goldpanning, and Graverobbing
  • Rainbow Mounts
  • Postal System
  • New Player Dungeon (specifically geared towards new characters on The Expanse for FAST SKILL GAINS!)
  • Hundreds of custom monsters
  • Advanced Pet System complete with breeding, pet leveling and increased elemental damage after level 35.
  • Bio-Engineered Pets
  • Tons of custom dungeons (Token dungeons, instanced dungeons, regular dungeons, custom champ spawn challenge)
  • Custom Holiday Content (Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)
  • Bless Bags and Crafting Bags
  • Skill Ball and Stat Ball for new characters
  • Stat Window for checking all your character's stats
  • Online Store-100% of all "donations" go to support the server and you get things you want/need!
  • PvP Point System (Rewards can be purchased with Points received from honorable combat)
  • Quest Points System (Rewards are given every 30 days to the player with the most points per month)
  • Faction Points System (Reward can be purchases with Points received from doing faction related quests and more.
  • Tons of custom quests
  • Custom quests from 3 Indiana Jones™ movies, complete with dungeons!
  • Book Publisher (Write your own material and allow other players to purchase your books)
  • Hundreds of custom artifacts
  • Custom Tour Guide
  • Custom Artwork
  • Custom House Deco (Walls, Doors, etc)
  • Custom Maps
  • Star Wars™ expansion offers 3 new playable classes: Jedi, Jedi Exile and Sith! Complete with Lightsaber crafting!
  • Atlantis custom expansion introduced 3 new monster animations and Ultimate Animal Fighting.
  • Sailboat Transportation system for Trammel.
  • Townhouses (Rentals, Rent-To-Own and Buy Outright)
  • and lots more! You have to play to believe!

Use the menu towards the top of the page to get more information about this shard. Our forums are up and running, so if you're a new visitor, or a returning player, make sure you register on the forums to get a complete list of current additions to The Expanse and details about upcoming content!