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UO's Deadest Shard - Balhae

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Theo_GL, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Theo_GL

    Theo_GL Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    If you go by Luna, Balhae seems like UO's deadest shard. There are currently 5-6 spots where you can place a house in the Luna ring, one plot is under decay and 4-5 more are for sale.

    The spots are not small spots either - a couple can hold max storage houses.

    Pretty dead over there.
  2. Poo

    Poo Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran Staff Alumnus Stratics Legend


    when i get bored i make new toons.

    i recently made a couple guys on Balhae and i can confirm that it is the deadest shard in game.
    good luck buying anything on that server!
  3. syndael

    syndael Adventurer

    Wow, I just ran around Luna, that fact that I can place a 18by18 is mind blowing, I wonder what Ice island looks like LOL
  4. Theo_GL

    Theo_GL Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    On most of the overseas dead shards - everyone playing has a castle. There are open castle spots. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a handful or more of castle spots on Balhae.
  5. SlobberKnocker

    SlobberKnocker Slightly Crazed

    some of my guildies made some characters there to spawn. u can pretty much do w/e u want there. lately though i can also accomplish that on my own shard so whats the point. from the east coast i was pretty laggy as well.
  6. THP

    THP Stratics Legend Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    there are quite a few castle spots here empty on this shard ........then again with luna spots too....who the hell wants to play a shard with 50 players or less...this shard deffo need migrating/linking to another...
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  7. RuSini Neb

    RuSini Neb Journeyman

    I do.. Thanks for telling me about this awesome shard ( seriously..).
  8. THP

    THP Stratics Legend Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    WELL big fall day 3 is coming.........the shards are gonna get a lot emptier......and i mean.....A LOT!!!
  9. Warpig Inc

    Warpig Inc Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran

    Lets see. 50 players. 50 players on one shard with 3-5 accounts. Accounts that live on that one shard. 200 houses on average on each shard owned by a few. Few in the eyes of the money grubbers at EA? 200 accounts owned by 50 players or 200 players. Money earned the same just less characters to run into.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  10. DJAd

    DJAd Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran

    Just went for a wonder around Luna and a very sad state of affairs. Yep, as above, a few Luna inside wall spots available. Would it even be worth merging this shard? Just the residents all transfer tokens then delete it!
  11. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    I've never seen as much open space to place a house on Atlantic as I have recently it's amazing to me. I remember a time I was lucky to place a 7x7 home.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  12. Vor

    Vor Crazed Zealot Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    I remember a time on Europa when a 7*7 would cost you over 4m. Now Trammel keeps sell for little more than 3 times that. It's a real shame, but each day UO looks a little more dead as more homes drop than are placed.
  13. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    I do like that when I do log into Atlantic there are people there :) sometimes a lot of people :)
  14. Vor

    Vor Crazed Zealot Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    More people on Atlantic at stupidly off peak hours than on Europa at prime time :(
  15. MalagAste

    MalagAste Belaern d'Zhaunil Premium Governor Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Royal Knight

    I remember when I finally got my first house on GL it cost me 5 million for a tiny small tower. A year later it cost me about 14 million for a villa.... and back then if you actually thought to purchase gold the going rate was about 20 to 25 dollars per million. Now a keep might run you 20 bucks but gold is like 30 to 70 cents a million...

    Back then houses almost never fell.... now they don't stop falling, everywhere you look there is a house falling or a vacant spot that is HUGE.
  16. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    I do wonder if UO was advertised would it bring in players. I really do not see many ads for online games other then WoW.
  17. Sir Ophid of Yew

    Sir Ophid of Yew Babbling Loonie

    I agree completely. I have always wished UO would advertise in some way!

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  18. lucitus

    lucitus UOEC Modder Stratics Veteran

    What is Balhae's shard region? East Coast?
  19. lucitus

    lucitus UOEC Modder Stratics Veteran

    I cant confirm that Europa looks very well these days, i mean compared the last two years. It is very fluent, there are times more people playing, now there are playing more, there will be times especially in summer not so much people are playing.

    The devs have done great work with the Exodus, but it is neccessary that they are revamping the loot of peerless bosses, Doom and Champions!

    You should be able to get the best loot from the strongest bosses ingame.
  20. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

  21. Tazar

    Tazar Guest

  22. Aurelius

    Aurelius Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Bizarrely, when I went to see the hobbit in the local cinema mid-December, the adverts included ones for WoW and - more surprisingly - Runescape....
  23. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    I there could be an ad for Runescape then I see no reason why there could not be one for UO. I do not see UO going up against WoW (even if I feel UO is a better game). I do think that UO has to be at least as good as Runescape or much better. I never played it but I have seen it.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  24. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran

    Oh look, someone proposing a shard merger.

    Who'd have thought that there would be an attempt to promote this particular idea in a thread like this. Surely not I.

    The last time we heard something from someone who could actually know, as opposed to make reasonable inferences (reasonable inferences surely have their place but it's not the same thing as knowing), the least-populated shard was Mugen, followed by Siege as the 2nd least populated. What those have in common is not geography. This was a long-ago post by Draconi, now, sadly, deleted.

    I guess that could've changed. (And really admitting I can be wrong about stuff is the worst mistake I ever made about Stratics, Stratics is not kind to those who admit they can be wrong, but it's too late to change personas.)

    As small as any shard is there's going to be people who like it being that small. Somehow I doubt the cost of server space is so extreme as to make it economically worth it to piss those people off to merge their shards.

    How do I know that? Because if it were any other way EA would have deleted the small shards already.

    -Galen's player
  25. Lythos-

    Lythos- Sage Stratics Veteran

    This is the age of social media. Word of mouth on Facebook and Twitter by players would help. Other than that a pre video add on youtube would work absolute miracles, for a short time at least.
  26. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran

    Whenever I see people talking about advertising UO I can't help but think of someone who see as ad, thinks "wow, they're still around?! I was always curious," signing up, running around, liking it, finishing the New Haven quests, and the popping on Stratics to ask advice about how to proceed.

    Then, he meets us.

    And this is assuming he makes it past Global Chat.

    -Galen's player
  27. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    I think for me if I did not play UO it would have been a missed opportunity for me.
  28. Goodmann

    Goodmann Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran

    welcome to UO 2013
  29. Madrid

    Madrid Slightly Crazed Stratics Veteran

    The fact the Balhae is dead is exactly why I have characters there and it's one of the shards I scouted prior to making a full roster of characters on multiple accounts. If I want busy I'll go to Atlantic or some other Medium to High population shard.

    Balhae is also where I tamed my Blaze Cu Sidhe. I walked into the Weald and there wasn't a soul in sight. No way that would have happened on other shards and I'd be without my Blaze!

    There are many benefits of a low population shard and even more so for those that have Shard Shield tokens.

    You can farm powerscrolls without worrying about being raided and you can farm whatever peerless Boss you want without having to worry about others interfering.

    I love Balhae and it's an awesome place for those who just want some peace and quiet.
  30. Zosimus

    Zosimus Grand Inquisitor Stratics Veteran Staff Alumnus Stratics Legend

    Great place to farm scrolls just for fun. I used to play on some of those shards back in the day. I always found some good items extra cheap on those shards and xffer them back to my home shard. Had some great unique items.
  31. Goodmann

    Goodmann Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran

    merger time
  32. Poo

    Poo Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran Staff Alumnus Stratics Legend


    but if you merged all the korean shards together there would be no trees or mining places left for everyone, what with all the 'fully attended resource gatherers' that are there.

    just saying.
  33. Madrid

    Madrid Slightly Crazed Stratics Veteran

    With transfer tokens and Shard Shields there absolutely no need for a merger of any shard.

    If people aren't happy on the shard they're on and want to play on a populated shard they can migrate to one. Same goes for people who wish to play on a low populated shard.

    The fact that Balhae has a low population is the exact reason I built characters there.

    I have no desire to see a merger of Balhae or any other shard.

    You gonna merge my Castle?
  34. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    I would think housing would be the single hardest thing about doing any type of merger in UO. On other games it's not as bad, maybe have to change your name but in UO the way housing is done I think would make it impossible.
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  35. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran

    There's really no good argument for shard mergers. If they could actually save more money than they would lose by doing it, they would have done it already. All of the arguments for shard mergers are bad ones, put forth by people who think Atlantic (regardless of its lag and stability issues) is too small and/or do not wish to spend any money to transfer.

    -Galen's player
  36. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    Atlantic has always been my home shard. I ♥ it very, very much. Every time I log on there are people there and it just feels like a living breathing world, more so then other games I've played. I would like to know maybe the top 5 or 10 most populated shards.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  37. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran

    The top 2 US shards are unambiguously Atlantic and Great Lakes, in that order. After that it gets hazy.

    Hope you didn't think I meant to insult Atlantic, just saying there are those who want shard mergers because they feel even Atlantic isn't populated enough for their needs, but then I have to wonder how they would handle the greater lag if even Altantic is too small for them.

    -Galen's player
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  38. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    No, I did not feel you insulted Atlantic. I like it a lot and it's the only shard I've ever really played on. As for the population of Atlantic personally I feel it's just fine. If lag was not an issue I think hunting/mining/farming might be an issue if there are too many people on one shard.
  39. DerekL

    DerekL Certifiable

    If LS is third... I shudder to think how depopulated those further down the list must me.
  40. Gameboy

    Gameboy Journeyman Stratics Veteran

    Tina said "in no particular order" :)
  41. DerekL

    DerekL Certifiable

    Be that as it may - But Atlantic is very, very noticeably more active than Lake Superior.
  42. SunWolf

    SunWolf Seasoned Veteran Stratics Veteran

    Just so you all know, don't judge a shard by just Luna. Other countries don't use luna as we do in the states. It is just another place to place a house and not a mall. Balhae is problay the empties shard though but I still see active players on it which is 8am eastern. Don't understand then, but I see them. I spent a few hours runing around and see tons of clearings empty aswell. But there is houses all pushed up against moongates. Small ones
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013
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  43. Lorddog

    Lorddog Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    thought you said deadlist and not deadest

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