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Old players returning, what's new? tips etc

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Greetings!

We are two people that just downloaded the trial version of UO and decided to have another go at it. Last time we played UO was like 8 years back. I suspect much has changed since then.

Some questions:

How is the housing atm, is every spot taken. Or is there a lot of space for houses?

To make some money in the beginning, what do you recommend doing? Does mining make good profit perhaps? Or is there something completely different? :)
Any stuff people pay good to get their hands on that they don't fancy doing themselves?

A lot of different and new skills now I see, is there any of them that mostly everyone train in, that is a must have?

Are all servers populated? Looking for one that has quite a lot of people on it.


Or just anything new that is a must to know or very essential, please feel free to post whatever you might think of :)


Would appreciate any info, thanks in advance.
(Might add some more questions as they pop up in my head =) )

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I think Atlantic is the most populated.

Needed skills are based on your build. Bush and Chiv seem to be popular with weapon skill based users.

Tailoring is probably your best bet for making money if you want to make large sums. It takes a while, and you'll have to do BoDs for runic sewing kits, and then get lucky, but I think as far as trade skills, its the most profitable. Smithing possibly too, or fletching. Once again, you have to harvest rare wood and also get runic kits to make the decent bows.

Houses are hit and miss and depend on the size you want. On more populated servers, I wouldn't expect to find huge plots for larger houses.

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I played UO from day 1 to about 8 months after Trammel went live.

My opinion, this is the OLD Uo on the surface only (graphics).

Underneath it is a totally different game.

What I did, I went to TC1 (Test Center 1).
You get the set command (set str 125, set magery 1200, etc).
You get the give command (do a help give).
You get 2 1 Million Gold Checks.

There is no problem in placing a house other than you need to wait 15 days (The account needs to be 15 days old) but you can also do everything you want living out of your bank, more or less. Luna is a very compact town/center with the bank mostly in the middle and most things either in range of the bank command or extremly close to it.

What I am not clear on is this, The 15 days is based on account age, but account age may be based from the first actual payment (meaning an exclude of any initial free play time).

I took time off from learning this UO on TC1 and simply ran around the various shards to check the availability of housing. I concluded that Lake Austin was the best for me.

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The old UO is long since gone. There are very few skills which work the way they did a few years ago, and the money making schemes are almost totally different.

That being said, the only way I wouldn't recommend making money in the beginning is through crafting. It isn't easy to build a smith, tailor, fletcher, carpenter or anything like that without having a lot of gold to support yourself ahead of time. (In other words, people pay well for crafting materials.)

Mining or lumberjacking can make pretty good gold, if you're into that sort of thing. I'm not, so I'll leave the details of that work to other people. Except to say that with lumberjacking and fletching, you can make a lot of gold VERY quickly simply through making arrows. People pay out the nose for arrows.

Hunting will make you rich quickly. And once you think you're rich, you look at the list of things you want to buy and realize that you aren't rich after all. But it's still the way I suggest to make gold when you're getting started.

Housing is available, no matter which shard you're on. You may not be able to get the largest of all houses, but you can certainly find something.

When you log on, be sure to sort the shards by population. This will at least give you an idea about where the more populated shards are.

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Do some escort quests in new haven (this is where you start out). They are worth 500gp each and you can do one every five minutes. While waiting for the timer, work your skills in the power-skill area to the east side of the island. I recommend magery, evaluate intelligence, meditation, anatomy and inscription for your first character. When you have a small pile of gold, head to the moongate -- malas -- luna, and search for pieces of leather lower reagent cost (lrc) armor for under 1000gp each. Find a total of 100 LRC between 1 tunic, 1 leggings, 1 sleeves, 1 gloves, 1 cap, 1 gorget, 1 ring & 1 bracelet -- you can wear all of this at once. Buy some blank runes at the mage npc too. Next, head back to the moongate, go to the trammel menu and go to every town in that list. Find the bank (the building with the bankers inside) for each town and use your mark spell (save up to buy this from another player's vendor -- usually 10 of them -- put one in your spellbook) to mark a rune. Repeat for every town and then make a runebook to place them in with your inscription skill which should be making you some gold too, as you train it and sell the scrolls back to the trainer.

You are well on your way. Finally, explore killing various monsters, trying to find harder ones when something is too easy for you. Walk the lands and find the dungeons when things in the forests are too easy. Be cautious and learn how to insure your items: http://www.uoguide.com/Item_Insurance

Uoguide:
"Most trainers offer quests for newbies that require that you gain 50% in the skill they train. As long as you have this type of quest, you can go to Old Haven and hunt undead there. You will have an increased skill gain there. Please note that as long as you have these quests, you cannot buy training from a trainer. You have to abandon the quest and then retake it again after the training. You still get the reward at the end, which is mostly a very useful item. For example, for the necromancy quest you get a fully-filled necromancer spellbook.
Another type of quests are the escort quests. They are given by various NPCs in the wilderness and on the streets of New Haven. They usually announce them when you pass by. You just need to escort them to a specific shop inside the town. They give you 500 gp as a reward (just wait a few seconds after the arrival, then the quest resolves). There is a five minute timer on this type of quests, but it's still a good way to make money."

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One of the very best aspects of UO is huge number of available play styles. I say pick the ones that interest you and make gold training those characters. You'll have more fun than just building and grinding a gold farming character.

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Now this is what resembles the core UO community. Thank you so much for all the help in these posts. You wouldn't see this kind of response on a WoW message board, or even Age of Conan.

So I see there are a lot of new places to put down your house, but where would it be the biggest chance for me finding a spot for one, not a very big plot to start with I think.


Again, a sincere thank you all for the posts.

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Welcome to UOForums velkator.

I am sure there are many questions you will have in the coming days/weeks,so please visit this FAQ link,which may also be a help.

Nothing can beat asking a question though and seeing the response members here are willing to give.

Have lots of fun,and be sure to post back and give us your thoughts/opinions on how you find the game now :)

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You can find a house spot pretty much anywhere you want, even on the more populated shards, if you're not bothered about the size. Trammel and Felucca probably still have the best spots, the other two housing facets just feel like they were created for the overspill.

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Exactly, Risso.

It's also important to note that max size and max storage do not go hand in hand....

I know of some spots to place on Cats Trammel side.

Lake Austin is pretty low population from what I've heard, which is why housing spots are easier to find.

Personally, I'll take player interaction over a huge house any day.

 


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The Magik Academy on CATSKILLS...

... helps everyone and it is non-guild based.
You can either do it IC or OOC. We are tutors, teachers and helping hands. You will find it easy to interact... at least while you are respectful.


Goals:
- explain to everyone what is the fastest way to gain magik related skills,
- help char. development by pointing to templates, suggesting stats and gear,
- create a circle of guilds that work together to help the newcomers,
- 24/7 backup, either using uo chat or other options,
- please add your own goals...

Procedure:
- post possible templates,
- gather all med-able LRC 13 or better low resist pieces,
- gather all med-able mana regen 2 low resist pieces,
- gather all mana wasting skills 110s power scrolls and mage related (magery, eval, resist, meditation, bushido, chivalry, ninjitsu, focus...),
- add your own ideas here...

Stack the items, sort them and make special welcoming packs with:
- 1 spellbook with at least all spells till circle 5,
- 1 runebook with a rune to Haven, another to the EyE,
- 4k gold to buy the starting skills,

- a wand,
- lrc 100 suit,
- mana regen 12 suit,
- 10k for insurance.

After the young ones reach 80+ skill, supply them with the powerscrolls they need for further development and show them possible housing spots.

This should provide the newcomers their independence, a way to train almost all mage related skills, allows them to hunt and find a path towards their future.

If this is done right we'll keep our thriving, respectful community...

ONE CIRCLE! ONE SOUL!


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Still big thanks to you all! Love ya!


I have another question I couldn't really find a concrete answer to, or really just want to make sure I understood correctly.

My old account, I have barely any expansion registered. Maybe only "The Second Age" and/or "UO Renaissance".
What do I need to buy now to get EVERYTHING in between? :)
Does going to www.uogamecodes.com and order the Ultima Online: Mondain's Legacy upgrade get me everything I need? I thought maybe there was something named UO: 9'th Age, UO:KR or something.




Oh, also;
My other friend is trying to find his old account as well. He doesn't remember password, and the emails he used with the accounts are long gone. Does anyone have any tips as to how to get this back? He emailed the support but got a mail back that he had to list all the digits in the credit card used by the first monthly fee payment, reg codes on box etc. Which he doesn't have after 10 years of course! Makes it kinda hard to retrieve his old account.

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If you get a ninth anniversary box I believe that it comes with all the expansion. I found it at amazon and buying it there would be cheaper than getting all the expansions.
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I'm pretty sure you have to buy the works if you wish to reopen your old account. I'm not sure what I was forced into buying last year, but I know it was more than one expansion.

Also, I had to reopen my old email account in order to get my account back. Luckily it was a yahoo account, so the name was still reserved for me. But I still had to reopen the account. If it isn't something that is restartable, then you may be able to get in touch with EA tech support BY PHONE in order to confirm your information.

Then again, they seem really adamant that they don't want people to come back and every tech support question I sent them about opening a new account or reopening my old account came back with either no response or a canned response that had absolutely nothing at all to do with my question.

Best of luck to you and your friend.

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Velk, I had the same issue. I've got an account floating around somewhere that I can't recover because I don't have the original email or the original codes/cc. I tried everything, but no go.

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Still big thanks to you all! Love ya!


I have another question I couldn't really find a concrete answer to, or really just want to make sure I understood correctly.

My old account, I have barely any expansion registered. Maybe only "The Second Age" and/or "UO Renaissance".
What do I need to buy now to get EVERYTHING in between? :)
Does going to www.uogamecodes.com and order the Ultima Online: Mondain's Legacy upgrade get me everything I need? I thought maybe there was something named UO: 9'th Age, UO:KR or something.




Oh, also;
My other friend is trying to find his old account as well. He doesn't remember password, and the emails he used with the accounts are long gone. Does anyone have any tips as to how to get this back? He emailed the support but got a mail back that he had to list all the digits in the credit card used by the first monthly fee payment, reg codes on box etc. Which he doesn't have after 10 years of course! Makes it kinda hard to retrieve his old account.


I went through this with OSI/EA and I think they make it really confusing.

Here is what I found out after making some mistakes.

The upgrade code you could buy has two codes, an upgrade code and a new account code.

The 9th Anniversary boxed edition is what I did get because, in OSI's/EA's infinte wisdom you can not upgrade an account untill it is 30 days old or more and the 30 days old is from the first real billing date. I had 45 free days and was just sitting at 0 days old and the SE expansion (I mistakenly bought that expansion thinking it was the most current expansion) vs the ML expansion.

I went with the 9Th Anniversary because I could immediately upgrade and it also includes a NEW account code.

Both ways brings you current with no other purchase required.

The Kingdom Reborn is a FREE Client download, it is not an expansion per se, it is simply an alternate Client to the Old/Familure 2D Client. I found it to be nice for some things, but I would not PLAY the game in it due to performance issues. BUT it is free and updates itself when you do the patch.

So either get the 9TH Anniversary Edition or get the uogamescode ML upgrade code(s). Either will bring you up to date expansion wise.

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