Bit o' background; played UO since 2000 odd. Spent last 3 years off due to EA bad billing and loss from decay because of it. Decided to give UO another go! But; as a new/returning vet I can speak with *some authority about what I perceive in the game. Folks can agree or not, but from my perspective here are where we all are: The game is filthy rich. The imbalance is weighty on players like me, both returning and new players. Gear that remained on my characters is now utter crap; All right, it gives me something to aim higher for. Sweet. Only, it's not. It's neigh impossible to earn gold here now unless you already have gold here. I'd like to farm critters and pay for myself...my insurance (as without even the lesser gear I have I'd be dead fighting even easiest spawn), my reagents, you know, the very basic stuff. I'm not talking housing, not talking uber gear with DCI/LMC and whatnot, just reasonable resists even. As it stands now, on a standard prodo shard, a new player, or a returning player who was never filthy rich, will have some darned serious trouble. And I've not even written about crafting expense, yikes. (I used to be able to hold my own but with imbuing and other skills required of crafters, not to mention the costs of commodities to craft things it is no longer viable.) I still love the game in theory, but in practicality? It's become a real grind. I may not be the best player out there but I'm not the worst either. Call me average. Average player, not so average downside. I'm not sure what the answer is, but it's worth thinking on. Cheers!