Hi, I played for about 1 1/2 years, right up until the time Samuri Empire was released. Frustration and boredom with the skill gain process was why I left. I was thinking about coming back to check out all the new stuff, but I've got some things I'd like to know first: 1.) Skill Gain: skill gaining was slow and SUCKED when I left, is it any less aggrivating to gain skills now? I remember trying to get to 110.0 Animal Taming, and GM Poisoning - it was horrible. Also, do I need to do the 8x8 thing to gain in Magery and other like skills still (God I hope not). If all the negative stuff I described is still here, are there any plans to revamp the skill gain system in the NEAR future to make it less aggrivating & time-consuming to train skills? 2.) My old account: it was in good standing when I left. Can I get it reactivated? How do I do that - call, write, email? 3.) How do I find out what shard would give me the lowest ping? I played on Great Lakes when I was here before & it was a bit laggy? 4.) Is UOAssist around/allowed still? What about UOAM? 5.) There seems to be an overwhelming amount of stuff with everything from Samuri Empire, Mondain's Legacy, and Stygian Abyss - this makes me a little nervous. I don't know if I'll be able to succeed (in both PvP and PvM). How is starting from scratch in this new UO that's in existance now? 6.) What is a good character to make to begin with for making money and establishing myself on a shard? Well, thanks for your time. I hope to hear from some of you on these questions.