What was it like when you first started to play UO.
I'm a pre-alpha, beta (closed and both phases of public), and Charter Edition player. I still have my Charter Edition CD with the original box and everything that came with it on my games shelf. Every once in a while I'll install the Charter Edition on my storage partition just so I can hear the original Stones (none of that Ascension music we've got now) and see the opening chest and the old school login again.
It's hard to believe just how many changes this world has seen in all that time. It's mostly the little things that we take for granted now that are the most interesting, yet important. For instance, when the game was first released, there were no bank boxes. You could only bank gold. Another example; during the first phase of the public beta, there was no secure trade window. If you wanted to give or sell something to someone, you had to drop it on the ground and have them pick it up. Or even farther back, in the pre-alpha, progression was a combination level/skill system similar to Ultima VII with experience and everything.
Or how about the moongates destination being based on the phases of the Sosarian moon? Look up moongates on uo.stratics.com, the old article is still up there. Due to issues with reagent vendors, there was a shortage of reagents during the beta, which led to a shortage of mages in general. That meant little recalling and no player moongates. This caused a boost in the market for scribed scrolls and boats, since sailing was in many cases much more preferable (and fun) than bouncing through the moongate system over and over until you finally got where you were going. Pirate ships were common at this point and sailing the seas, while dangerous, was a hell of a fun time.
Scribes outside the mage tower in Brit, smiths doing repairs at the west britain blacksmith, vendors of various types at the outdoor market in Trinsic, ships sailing the seas for travel, for fun, or for profit, rather than for skill gain, more active player towns, a dangerous wilderness, bone helmets and bright colored robes meaning you were about to be ganked, PKs that roleplayed, Fluffy the PK Chicken, Imanewbie Does Britannia, Bonedewd and Platedood, The Galads and Looters Lair, Paxlair and Oasiss Tavern, Elawyn of Yew and the Carebears, Crossroads of Britannia forum and PKs at the Britain Crossroads. So many memories in and out of game, all orbiting around this world that we love so much, it hurts my brain to think of them all. And it makes me sad that I didn't appreciate it all more as it was happening... that I didn't take the time to document more of it.
...whoa whoa, I'll stop the nostalgia train right there before it plunges right off the edge of I Remember When ravine and falls to the bottom of Damn Kids, Get Off My Lawn canyon.
Here's to UO!