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Coming back after 9 years

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Hey all,

i played UO religiously back in the day, starting from 2000 for a couple of years. I'm pretty bored with the whole selection of mmo's as it stands now and I'm wanting to return to my roots. Just reactivated my subscription and bought Modain's Legacy to patch me to full. From what I could tell Atlantic seems to be one of the highest populated shards which is what I want for the best/highest player interaction. Is this true or no? I really would hate to get started on a shard and then just end up alone all the time without ever seeing another person

Now, I just feel completely lost when it comes to gameplay, player development....I know there's the whole trammel thing...can I get some suggestions, maybe a starter guide of some sort?

Thanks for the help


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I came back about 6 months ago after being gone for 7ish years, so I know the feeling.

http://www.uoguide.com is a pretty crucial resource now, although it's definitely not exhaustive. Stratics (uo.stratics.com) is still around, and still has a lot of good information, but unfortunately, it also has a lot of out-of-date info too. If you're not sure which is which, ask on here.

West Brit bank sitting is a thing of the past on most shards. Most folks do their bank sitting in Luna (on the newer Malas shard) now -- it's ugly as hell, but it's super-convenient, and the moongate & bank are surrounded by player vendors on pretty much every shard. All of the vendors in Luna (as well as those in Zento, a much nicer city on the Samurai Empire shard of Tokuno) are indexed on http://finduo.com. You'll find prices there to be pretty ridiculous, but sooner or later you'll figure out how to make millions too, so don't be too intimidated.

Atlantic is the most populated shard...I don't know the rankings of all shards, but I play on Chesapeake now, which is probably in the top 5 in terms of population -- it's a fairly friendly place (although much less so in Felucca, of course), and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. There are lots of Chessy folks on this forum as well. You'll still spend a lot of time alone in-game if you solo it...I'd say the population is probably about 1/4 of what it was last time I played, but it's not a ghost town either...it just feels uncrowded to me. The plus side is that houses are stupidlly easy to place now. Remember those large towers that used to be a serious status symbol back in the old days? Last time I surveyed the countryside for house spots, I found *6* open large tower-sized spots. You can build small houses almost anywhere. Atlantic will be a bit different...I've actually heard of 18x18s being (gasp) sold on there, but with a little perseverence, you can probably even find a tower-sized spot there.

If you come to Chessy, be sure to look me up -- I'm Inamba Guum, Oyster Bob, and Sweet Clyde. I'll be glad to give you a bit of help and some starting gear (unless you want to work from scratch, which I also understand).

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Welcome back first of all. Always nice to see returning players.

For character development, I recommend buying training at New Haven and taking up the skill quests. They don't have quests for all skills, but most of the adventuring skills like magery and combat have these quests which improve your skill gain up to 50. To pay for training, I recommend doing escort quests around New Haven.

On Pacific, New Haven is one of the busier towns. On most shards, however, the busiest town is Luna in Malas, so if you wish to find other players to interact with, I suggest going there. Another thing to keep an eye on these days are events. Right now, the event are run by the Event Moderators of each shard and so they are responsible for advertising their own events. I'm not sure how it is done on Atlantic, but on Pacific, they'll often leave lanterns around which notify players when events will be held. These events draw quite a crowd on Pacific as I'm sure they do on Atlantic as well.

What type of character will you make?

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welcome back

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I'll probably start out with a mage as that's what I ended with 6 or so years ago

Thanks for all the info guys..wow uo.stratics is still around? used to be a great place for info

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If you dont find what you are looking for on Atlantic try coming to Chessy. Our guild is made up of 80% returning vets. Some have been gone 10 years and others only a year or so and trying to relearn the game.
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Thanks Phoenix...I just may do that, was thinking of doing it anyway

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yes, stratics still exists - unfortunately it's forums are more like WoW when it comes to the post content.

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yes, stratics still exists - unfortunately it's forums are more like WoW when it comes to the post content.



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Hi Poken,

Welcome back!

Yup Atlantic is the most populated shard, but other shard do pretty well too (depends on that shard's prime time). A lot of things have changed or been added to UO, so you'll have a little bit of a learning curve... it's still UO though and it'll be easy to figure out.

UOGuide will have a lot of answers for you about newer things you may not know about yet. UO Stratics is updating too lately. And here on UOF there is a ton of knowledge!

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Now, I just feel completely lost when it comes to gameplay, player development....I know there's the whole trammel thing...can I get some suggestions, maybe a starter guide of some sort?

Thanks for the help


You can find a lot of info here too.

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some info I was putting together for myself.. take with a grain of salt since I am a returning player learning what to do.

Returning Player to Ultima Online – 2009 edition

*note* this is a “returning” guide and assumes you have basic knowledge of Ultima Online*

After loging into Ultima Online and looking at all my characters and their banks I headed into some old familiar stomping grounds. After getting familiar with old skills and tactics I thought, neat – but there has to be more to the game now then when I left.

– You need a Moongate recall rune. Doesn’t matter which moongate -
Moongates now work great and can take you anywhere.

Read up on uoforums.com, uostratics.com, uoguide.com about the new skills like Chivalry, Bushido, Spellweaving. Understand which skills now complement and improve the others.

I would make a new character and play around in New Haven with some new skills – or at least bring a character with points available to New haven and check out some of the new skills.

- Use the new skills in places you are familiar with –

You must have some familiar dungeon runes in your bag/bank. Go work out those new skills for some fun.

- Head to LUNA and get familiar with that Area of Vendors -
Don’t buy anything yet – that’s coming next.

After you decide the character you want to play and level him up or you want to continue on an existing character you had – it’s time to regear and skill up.

Read the forums about your new Template / skills.

Searchuo and finduo are your new best friends

Not having an auction house has always sucked about UO – these websites will help you find the best deals in LUNA. Of course Talking to people, making friends, guilds ect are always excellent tools as well.

Skill Scrolls (5,10,15,20)
If your rich go crazy and buy whatever you want. I bought the +15 skill scrolls for reasonable prices. Remember the more popular the skill the more the scrolls cost. Watch prices, I bought all my 115 scrolls for under 15k. Most under 5k.

Stat Scrolls (5,10,15,20)
Very pricey. Buy or don’t depending on your cash supply. I won a scroll from a community event.

Weapons
Many changes. You need to know about them. Read up and buy based on the best for your template / money available.

Armor
Many changes. You need to understand what new stats do. Read up and buy based on your template / money available.

Jewelry
See Above.

Now go on out there and Raise those new skills! I had no problem raising skills above 100 in Shame on Earth Ele’s and in Cove(Fel) Stone Harpys and made some decent money. Then I moved onto Fan dancers at the Dojo in Tokuno Islands.

Feeling comfortable and ready for something new?

Painted Caves
I think this a good place to start to see how strong you are. The Trogs should not be much of a problem for you if you are GM skilled. The Boss Lurg can easily kill someone not paying attention or undergeared/skilled.

I’d say this Is a good starting test. Grind / Learn as needed.

It took me a few weeks of grinding, tweaking, gearing up until I could beat Lurg solo. For me I found the best way to gear up was grind gold and buy things very low priced. Or to barter on good deals I found.



Things to figure out
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Champion Spawns - MALAS
Peerless Dungeons – need guide
Virtue Artifacts – need guide
I shall vest my flashing sword and flow a river forth to Thee, teeming with souls shall it ever be.





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