Some time back, I was reading some posts at UO Stratics forums when I came across a thread discussing various aspects of Ultima Online. Within the thread was a post by Zosimus, the now Managing Editor of GW2 Stratics, and in it he mentioned to another poster that he had PM'd him some information about a yet-to-be-released game that he felt played a lot like UO. Intrigued, I PM'd Zosimus and asked about said game. I have been looking forward to Guild Wars 2 ever since AND I have not been disappointed. A big part of what has drawn me to Guild Wars 2 is that I get the same feel for it as I do when I play UO. So I find the following article by tr1age really interesting. Tr1age validates much of how I feel and think about the similarities between UO and GW2, how they both encourage exploring the world and getting to know how to play your character without a lot of hand-holding. How it's better to learn the inner workings of your skills than to become dependent upon items that do it for you (obviously this is before items became such a big part of UO). I like all that. But, as any UO veteran knows, there is so much more to it than just that. It's the whole "Package". And I truly believe you can only know what I mean if you are either a past or present UOer or have been participating in the GW2 beta. It is with much love and affection that I wish both Ultima Online and Guild Wars 2 ungodly amounts of future success and longevity Thank you, tr1age. You can find the original article here at ALTTABME.