December 10, 2012:
Since "smithysanvil.com" does not exist anymore, I have put these archived items up off of Infymus.com. May the smithysanvil rest in peace.
April 19, 2004:
The Smithys Anvil has moved to reporting on the Emulator World once every seven days now. Due to time constraints (family, work, life), I will be reporting on the emulator world every Monday morning. If I come across other information throughout the week I feel important enough to share with my viewers, I will post it.
Because of time constraints, I have not been able to keep up on as much digital rights, RIAA/MPAA, adware and spyware. I will continue to hold those links on the page and try to keep them up to date, however, I will seriously be slowing down on the reporting of such news unless I find it very important for my viewers.
In 1983 I bought and played Ultima II - "Revenge of the Enchantress" for the Atari 800. Enchanted by the scrolling map screens, armor, weapons, potions and scrolls - I set out to write my own Ultima. I wrote dozens of adventure games for the Atari 800 based on scrolling maps. In 1991 I sat down and programmed The Dungeons Of Morabis (Google Search: Morabis).
In 1997 I focused my attention on Beta of Ultima Online and bought my account 2 weeks after it went Gold. Still enchanted by this game, I stumbled across Cironian and Jagermeister's UOX (Ultima Offline Experiment) in December of 1997. By February 1998 I was running my own test shard with UOX, meanwhile playing UO full time.
In March 1998 to report to the players on my offline Shard, I created a website called The Smithys Anvil. The Shard was the first death-match shard and seriously rocked. The SA was one of the first UOX Shards to have 26 players on it at the same time.
Over the course of 1998, the Smithys Anvil went from reporting strictly on the Shard to reporting on the UOX emulator. As time progressed I began reporting on other Emulators that had appeared, namely WolfPack, FUSE, Spacedog's UOX, POL and Sphere.
The purpose of the Smithys Anvil is to benefit all of the Massive Multiplayer Online Gaming community by reporting on MMOG Emulators. This includes the emulators themselves and programs that benefit those emulators. MMOG's that the SA currently reports on are Ultima Online, EverQuest, Asheron's Call and Dark Age of Camelot. As new emulators appear for other MMOGs such as Star Wars Online, Anarchy Online, WW II Online and such, the SA will begin reporting on them as well.
As of June, 2003 the Smithys Anvil no longer reports on offline shards.