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Do you think UO needs a PROPER new player guide?

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Was thinking the other day, after reading some new players posting questions here, that the game is confusing for new players
They don't know much about how the game works, what to do, or how to do it
Do you guys think there needs to be a proper (offline) new player guide?

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Adam your site was my new player guide when I started. There is so much information on this site. And yes I think there should a a PROPER new player guide.

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Yes,

but I doubt you will ever see one again.

Plus there is the fact that you would need basically 2 guides, one for 2D and one for the KR client. Since the commands are different for each.

Its really not worth the time/effort to go through. Like it or not, believe it or not, UO is a niche game, has been for a few years. EAMythic dropped the ball, decided to not even try to market the game. Everything Online wise for EAMythic now rests with Warhammer.
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I agree Warsong. :(

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I think so. I barely remember flipping through my manual when I bought my very first copy of the game, but I always wanted an interactive online guide that would "hold your hand" through the whole process of doing multiple tasks. Not just on the web, but also in-game.

After all, isn't the whole point of a "tutorial" to show you how to do the most basic of things until you're squirming in your seat, eager to do it yourself?

Look at Runescape. Now there's a game that won't even LET you off Tutorial Island without accomplishing something with about 4 or 5 skills. Wait, isn't that what the quest system in New Haven is for?

As far as a player guide, the official one that's there could use a major GUI change. Japan's UO site could be the template...

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I would SO love a proper new players' guide. My very first is so ratty and torn and bent up and highlighted and scribbled in that I keep it for sentimental value. I also have the subsequent guides for Second Age and LBR. Actually referred to the LBR guide the other day for a map of a town.

The best part of having the guides was the ability to read and study them away from the computer - at work on breaks or laying in bed...

Dorky, yes, but I absolutely loved having them.

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"Do you think UO needs a PROPER new player guide?"

Yes.
  • As a web based knowledge base (aka lore book) integrated into a newly designed web site.
  • Also available as an Adobe .pdf file as a free download from the web site, and included on all release media.
  • And as a deluxe bound print version. Available free as part of an expansion pack purchase; and as standalone purchase for those consumers not wanting the entire expansion pack just to get the book.

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I agree with Warsong also.You only have to see the EA Warhammer page from a Google search

'EA Mythic - Warhammer Online
Official game website. Includes news, art, videos, frequently asked questions, and a members forum.'

and compare the same with the Google search for UO

'Ultima Onlineā„¢
Publishes, chats, bunnies, and explosions - just another week in UO! This week's Five on Friday covers ... 2008 Electronic Arts Inc.'

which takes you to this EA UO page

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The best part of having the guides was the ability to read and study them away from the computer - at work on breaks or laying in bed...


I thought I was the only person in the world who did this. =)

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I thought I was the only person in the world who did this. =)


No, :P and it shows how nerdily addicted some of us truly are.

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Uo is known for being very hard for new players. A new updated guide would help keep the younger players playing longer!

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To be honest, how many new players are there? Does UO even come as a boxed set or is it all just downloadable now. I can't say I've seen Uo on store shelves since ML. I would guess most "new" players are just those who have reactivated old accounts or opened new accounts...la

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I meet totally new players, daily. I'd say 2 at least and the same for my guildmates. Add to that those we can't catch and the fact it's only one shard. Not that bad :)
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To be honest, how many new players are there?


I have no idea re NEW new players, but in the past few months 2 people I played with years ago came back to the game, and so much has changed that they might as well be newbies :)

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Paidric also has an awesome new player website - Haven Helpers
I completely forgot about it.

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I have no idea re NEW new players, but in the past few months 2 people I played with years ago came back to the game, and so much has changed that they might as well be newbies :)


That's a good point. I'm back after a year or two lay off, and things have changed quite a bit (other than insurance is still in the game :( )...la

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When I first started I thought ... I've played other games ... I can do this.

After flailing for an embarrassing amount of time. I went out and bought primagames guide (around the AOS ish launch).

It has some stuff that is still relavent, and some information that is made irrelavent by pulishes. But after going through it again ... even this book falls short of the potential and complete scope of the game.

It's a daunting project since there are SO many systems and things to do as compared to other games.

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Paidric also has an awesome new player website - Haven Helpers
I completely forgot about it.


Added to the UO Toolbar.

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Added to the UO Toolbar.


Thanks for that :) I hope it will help players outside europa.
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Anytime Paidric! It's a great site, especially for new players... no matter where they are from. :)

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