From the ROC (emphasized for clarification): G. Advertising of player-run shards is prohibited. Additionally our forums are not designed to provide technical support for shard emulators and as such all discussions related to the building, maintaining, production and upkeep of them are prohibited. Obviously discussion of what is available on free shards compared to Broadsword UO is integral to maintaining the dwindling numbers that pay to play UO has left. If free shards arent discussed, how will Broadsword know how to make their game better or why people are seeking these alternatives? I respect the tos, and would never suggest a specific free shard by name or advertise it, or discuss the actual code of or process of setting one up, however i think we need more clarification of the "limits" of what is allowed to be discussed. Another option since according to Kirthag, "Stratics does not have any official status with Broadsword. That went away." is to actually promote free shards in order to unite the overall UO community, possibly having sub-forums for the most popular ones. This of course would destroy any of the last feeble relationship with the devs, but i dont see this as much of a loss considering their response time has been very low and aren't addressing player concerns on these forums anyway. A huge portion, possibly even a majority of UO players use freeshards as can be seen on the Ultima Online facebook group, where members are encouraged to post links to their shard. Allowing those thousands of players access to stratics might be worth considering at this point in the games life.