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Any other old new player Companions annoyed?..

Discussion in 'UHall' started by UODJ, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. UODJ

    UODJ Adventurer

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    ..That we were just fired for no reason? I know UO acted like all of the program volunteers were disabled years ago, but the original companions were still active all this time.

    Then a month or two ago I try to log in to assist a new player I saw run by and....nothing.


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  2. Black Sun

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    I haven't seen any companions around in ages. When was the last time you logged in as one before this last attempt?
     
  3. UODJ

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    2-3 months ago I spent the day with a new player.

    As far as seeing any Companions...you never could unless you were young. Then the (companion) tag could be seen next to their name.

    The only other way was the title. A Companion's title would show even with less than level 4 fame.
     
  4. Lexfixr

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    It has to have been a lot of years since you logged, the Companion program was unceremoniously dropped years and years ago (Im trying to remember how many years), I was one myself and what hurts more is that they didnt even leave the companion house as it was in old Luna and put a plaque to remember all of us. They have a nice monument by Councellors in Brit. But that still doesnt stop me from coaching new players
     
  5. Corpse

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    I was greeted by a companion not so many months ago ( noticed it was only on that on that one server that they were still active) i dont remember the server now..heh
     
  6. Black Sun

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    My second account had young status when I got it. I ran around for 40 hours on each character and never saw one. Last time I saw one was around 2000.
     
  7. AzSel

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    I had a companion character and his powers worked up until SA, after that they just dissapeared. Poof, nada:( And I actually enjoyed and helped a few youngs now and then..
     
  8. Harlequin

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    The volunteer programs for councilors and companions were both terminated years ago after the lawsuit.

    At least on most shards. The Japanese shards still have it, no minimum wage issues there I think.

    However, I still had my councilor character for years afterwards. Can't remember if I'd deleted it for xshard trading or if it was deleted automatically. I didn't try to login to the char though.

    Probably someone in account services decided to do some housekeeping (likely after the return to brit program), noticed your char's companion flag and decided to clean it up at the same time.
     
  9. i remember a guildmate telling me when he started, he was around a ton of orcs on haven island, which were ignoring him, and when a companion poofed next to him, the orcs all surrounded the companion and killed him in 5 seconds. the companion barely got to introduce himself before his humiliating death. :lol:
    a gm actually cleared the spawn for the companion to help assist the player, which i still find kinda funny.

    i think the companion feature would work well with the humility virtue. while using humility, all monsters ignore you, but you can only use beneficial magics and actions on a young player to help train, no other actions.
     
  10. UODJ

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    Sorry, as others have said regular Companions had their powers up until around the SA expansion (That's probably what mucked it up for us). Maybe they were dropped from some shards and not others, but all these years later my Companion on Napa Valley was still active up until very recently.

    I clearly remember when all the volunteer programs were axed, but the regular player Companions were never under any requirement to log in a set number of hours per week, so they were not part of the lawsuit. And as such, were not eliminated from their duties like the Senior Companions, Seers and Counselors were. The day it happened my Senior Companion popped up to tell me he was losing his job but I was not. It was kinda sad, but I continued to assist newbies for years later.

    Wish I still could.
     
  11. MalagAste

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    I think that the loss of the companions and the Seers was a horrible thing...

    Awful greedy people if you ask me... the whole lawsuit thing was ridiculous and ruined a good thing.

    I help new players all the time... I help returning players quite often as well...

    Infact I try to help people as often as I can... young or old. Every now and then I get burned but not too often.

    The way I see it is... the more people you help the more people find the game enjoyable the more people will play and the more folk will stay.

    The more people get scammed, and hacked and burned by the countless jerks there are ingame ..... the smaller and smaller the population becomes... and the closer we are to the day the shut down the servers and I don't know about anyone else... but I am not ready for that day yet, I'm still having fun...

    So if I can do something to make someone's gaming experience more enjoyable... and help them to "learn the ropes" so to speak... the more chance there is that they will stay... and the more chance there is that they will bring friends... and the more likely it is when they see me again they will respond in kind, perhaps when I need help.