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Coming back for a trial - which server?

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Quinas, May 10, 2009.

  1. Quinas

    Quinas Guest

    Hey guys,

    I played UO at release, and then again after EQ came out. Havent played in a good 6 years or more, so a lot has changed and I cant be bothered trying to remember my account details given my stuff will be largely worthless. So I'm going on a 14 day trial but I want to know which server to play on? I live in Australia so I played on Pacific and then Oceania when it went live, but I'm more keen on getting a decent server population than a good ping all the time. I'm used to playing on US servers anyway.

    So what do you think? Does Oceania have a decent pop? Or would it be better playing on Pacific/Atlantic/Catskills or some such?

    Cheers,
    q
     
  2. Petra Fyde

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    don't waste time with a new account. you want to buy a used account that has vet years on it.

    and if you live in Austrialiaand you probably want to play Oceania even though it is dead because it will be the only shard you ping good to.=
     
  4. Arch Magus

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    He has a good point.
    But with Chargers readily available, it doesn't matter as much.
     
  5. Bomb Bloke

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    The Oceania bank usually has five to ten people sitting around the bank (though these days it's the Luna one, not the Britain one). It's certainly not dead, anyway, though the PvPers might disagree.
     
  6. Arch Magus

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    Oceania's all about RP and community and junk..
    that might be a lot of fun for a change. hehe. :D
     
  7. Bomb Bloke

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    We have RPers?

    (I know we had one, but he got lonely and moved shards recently).
     
  8. Arch Magus

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    I dunno...but that makes me kinda sad. T-T

    maybe it's catskills and europa with the big RP commune.
     
  9. Bomb Bloke

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    Whoops, spoke too soon, just saw him sitting at the bank...
     
  10. sablestorm

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    If you return to Pacific, let me know. We'll help out however we can. Also, which ever shard you choose, Luna city in Malas has become the central location for player activity.
     
  11. Quinas

    Quinas Guest

    Whats the benefit of Vet Accounts?

    I'm really grabbing the trial so I can see if I can get into playing UO again. Thats a bit of an unknown quantity at the moment so I don't want to lay down much cash for it right now.

    If it's just vet rewards I need I do have a ten or eleven year old account. Would be a bit of a pain to try and get access to it again, given I dont have the same email address, credit card etc

    Hmm Oceania is sounding a bit too quiet for me, and I got used to playing US shards back when dialup was the norm.. so maybe I'll play Catskills or Europa? I do like RP a lot actually ;)

    ps. Thanks sablestorm :)
     
  12. Europa has a big RPG Community. If you live in the states you should have a good ping to Europa. I used to live in the states and have always played on Europa since 99.
    Its a busy shard as well although not as packed as Atlantic. You can place a 18x18 or tower if you go look for it but you wont find keep or castle spots.
    If you decide to check out Europa let me know. I dont know about Cats but I know Chessy is pretty busy as well. I have a char there from way way back and I pop in at luna sometimes just to look around.
     
  13. siyeng0

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    A quick goodbye before a private out-of-the-way IC suicide*, funnily enough. I like to at least be able to say "He DIED" as explanation for disappearing.

    Whoever told you this (the RP bit, I mean) is either a deluded liar, they haven't played for six years, or they count chatting with NPCs as "roleplaying." However, to the OP, if you don't like roleplaying, Oceania is a nice shard. We have a big (relatively speaking) PvP community and a collection of large (relatively speaking) guilds who do the Trammy things; EOB and DP spring to mind. I'm not leaving because the shard sucks, so don't let people saying "The last roleplayer** just left us!" put you off.

    It's a cool shard and I recommend it.


    *And there was much rejoicing.
    ** I was not the last roleplayer, either. I was just the last really pushy one.

    Edit: Oh dear, sorry, you posted while I was posting. I didn't realise that you liked RP. My apologies!
     
  14. Arch Magus

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    Orrr...I just sorta made it up for conversation's sake...:blushing:
     
  15. siyeng0

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    In which case, we have had a conversation and I therefore commend you! *commends*
     
  16. Arch Magus

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    *receives commendation*
    well thank you, thank you very much :D
     
  17. siyeng0

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    My pleasure. And you are welcome to come and join the bustling Oceania RP community whenever you wish. We would be thrilled to have you.
     
  18. Arch Magus

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    What, and talk to some NPC's? no thanks. lol. :D
    jk it would be fun.:thumbsup:

    Have a great day folks, time to leave work and sleep. :sleep2:

    *bows out*
     
  19. siyeng0

    siyeng0 Guest

    ...actually, confession time - I have roleplayed with NPCs before. Like, by myself. When there was nobody else around. In the wilds of Ilshenar. (And of course somebody came along and caught me monologuing at a paragon hind. I think I told them that I was practicing a Shakespearean soliloquy or something.)

    ...

    ...yes, um, goodnight.
     
  20. If your account was inactive then it would not have aged, so if it was say a 12 month old account when you quit, chances are it still will be a 12 month old account when you re-activate it.
     
  21. I'll add my own offer to sablestorm's. Let us know what you decide and between the 2 of us I'm sure you'll have a nice headstart.
     
  22. Katlene

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    Oceania is not dead *frowns*
    99.9% great :D
     
  23. Quinas

    Quinas Guest

    Thanks for all the replies. I guess I'll just start a character on a few different shards and check out the population/scene at the times I log on.

    Definitely wanting to do some RP after a long hiatus from doing any.. EQ, WoW, LOTRO etc dont have anywhere near as much room as UO does for that. Havent seen anything like it since.

    q
     
  24. I played wow and lotro. I know they have rpg shards ect but as I am not a rpger I had no idea it wasnt that great. I think they say Europa is the biggest for rpg but then it depends on your hours you play since you are in the states and anywhere from 5 to 8 hours diff in time.
     
  25. Zodia

    Zodia Guest

    As for the advantages of a "vet" account, you get like +5 to the skill cap for each year played (with a max of +20)... so a 4 year vet gets 720 skill points instead of 700. This can be a big difference.
    At 6 months, you get +5 to your stat cap.

    And of course vet rewards like etheral mounts... though you can buy a Charger from EA for 9.99$.
     
  26. a lot of stuff from the early days is worth a lot of money. Might be worth checking out
     
  27. Quinas

    Quinas Guest

    Hmm yeah true. But I wouldnt have had much rare stuff from then. I think my account was between two and three years old (as an active account). I'm actually in Australia not the States, which makes the Euro primetime even further away from me :p So maybe I'll check out both, and try to wrack my brain for my old account details while Im at it.

    Cheers,
    q
     
  28. Orthus

    Orthus Guest

    Stuff that wasn't rare then is rare now. Practice weapons, moonstones, crystal balls, etc. were common, but they are now collectibles. Take a look at the collectibles forums here at Stratics and you'll find all kinds of things that became rares.
     
  29. Arch Magus

    Arch Magus Guest

    ROFL :D
     
  30. siyeng0

    siyeng0 Guest

    Gah, what a fool I am, I was so busy talking about myself that I forgot to talk about the shard! I get like that sometimes.

    Because I'd like to see Oceania's population swell dramatically and new players, whether they be you or somebody else, come in - here, in no particular order, are some good points.


    1) It doesn't have me on it anymore.

    2) Our playerbase is hilariously small, but it's close-knit. It's like a little Australian country town; everybody knows everybody else. Whether this is a good or a bad thing is up to you.

    3) There is far less competition, PvE-wise. I've only ever had a kill stolen from me on the first day of an invasion when everybody is crammed into one spot, they're all overexcited, and they haven't yet realised that the loot is worthless. And in Felucca, you'll only see another player once out of every twenty or so visits unless you actively seek them out, which is good for resource-gathering.

    4) Less players = less griefers.

    5) Our EMs are awesome. The events are regular, imaginative, and fun.

    6) Ping.