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  1. Sakkarah_

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    Greetings everyone!

    I guess it’s my turn to make my introduction post.

    A couple weeks ago, I joined the ranks of the UO Live Team as Associate Game Designer. How did I get here? Well here goes…

    I was always a game junky. In fact, I started playing video games when I was barely old enough to hold a joystick. And my first game was Pong on a Coleco. From there, I developed a fondness for adventure games such as King Quests and Gabriel Knight, and RTS games like the Settlers and Civilization. At some point, I would buy so many computer games, the local computer store owners knew me by name. Two of them even had me writing game reviews for them.

    One day, my brother told me Ultima was going online and that I should check it out. I did, and OMG did I ever get hooked!!

    I have been playing UO since Beta, with my main shard being Atlantic, though I have ventured on a number of other shards, including spending an entire year on LA at server birth. I had always wanted to be a Seer and signed up for the Volunteer program. Unfortunately, the program was terminated while I was going through the interview process. So I proceeded to run events as a player. Through this endeavor, I had the pleasure of meeting Soar who was the GM of the now defunct QuestMasters, a guild devoted to running player events. During his one-year UO hiatus, I ran the guild for him and we opened a few chapters of QM on other shards.

    Over my 11 years of playing UO, I got to experiment the game in countless ways: I was a crafter/merchant and professional Treasure Hunter, which led me to start my own UO fansite; founded a champ spawn guild which became one of Atlantic’s main champ guild, was a DJ on UO Radio where I had the pleasure of interviewing many of the great guilds across every server, and had the honor of serving as EM to the wonderful people of Baja.

    I was working on a game for Lucas Art in a Montreal-based game company when I was offered to join the UO team. Relocating to a new country, away from family and friends, and stepping down as leader of my guild was not an easy choice, but working on UO was a life long dream for me. So I made the jump and so far, it has been an amazing experience. Everyone here is very passionate about the game and working hard. And I’m definitely excited to finally be able to make my humble contribution.

    Regine “Sakkarah” Abel
    Associate Game Designer
     
  2. Vaen Swiftar

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    Hey you. I look forward to seeing what you can bring to the table. Good to see new staff being added.



    Pancakes>Waffles. True story.
     
  3. Coldren

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    Congratulations, and welcome aboard!
     
  4. Otis Firefly

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    so let me get this straight...you were working in Canada..and a uo player..then you were brainwashed into working for the Man, the suits..the guys upstairs..the ones we call...them.
    lol.Congrats and Welcome!!
     
  5. Mama Faith

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    Oh my gosh!!! Welcome aboard dear lady. To any of you who do not know, this lady was an excellent EM on Baja. She had some mighty shoes to step into after Vincent left and she more than stepped up to the plate. Congratulations on the job and welcome to the USA. I am more confident than ever that UO is in good hands when I see they have the foresight to hire someone like you. I am soooooo psyched. *HUGE HUGS*
     
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    Nice to meet you! Welcome to Stratics, it's good to have you here and in Sosaria, indeed! :cool:
     
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    Welcome...back! :)

    This just gets better and better :D
     
  9. Kaj

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    Great to have such a dedicated person working on UO!
     
  10. Larisa

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    *Waves* HI!!

    Glad to see you here!!! The team just keeps gettin better and better!
     
  11. kentuckyjoe

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    Congrats Sak, I mean Regine. Atlantic sorely misses you.

    Thanks for all the fun spawn fights and stuff we had. Those of us that knew you on Atlantic can count on you to put forth your best effort in getting things done.
     
  12. Hail and wel'met !
    //// made the sky smile ...
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    Thanks ... [the code must flow]
     
  13. Pickaxe Pete

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    Welcome to the team! Your story sounds remarkably like mine. Congrats and always remember to have fun each day.
     
  14. Electrolyte

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    wow, it's so great to see a long time (and dedicated) player stepping into the dev realm! Congrats!! Now you know we're expexcting grreat things from you :)

    -=\E
     
  15. Lady_Rachel

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    *waves*

    How exciting for us!
    Welcome to the team
    and Thank you.
     
  16. Dermott of LS

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    ...

    Welcome!

    Now... amaze us.

    (just partially kidding... welcome to the insanity!)
     
  17. Lug

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    I've read a number of your posts on other UO message boards in the past and have always thought of you of a classy person. Even when the ******* on them other sites would be jerks, just to be jerks to taunt, you would remain cool and classy. I respect that.

    It's nice to know someone is on the dev team that understands the what the honest pvper's and spawner's have to deal with nowadays in the pvp universe (i'm referring to cheating - specifily all the speed hacking). I hope the other members of the dev team use you're knowledge of the game to make UO a better, and most importantly FUNNER UO universe for the non-cheating pvper's and spawner's.

    Congrats on the new job!

    Btw, I was wondering what happened to my rune library house that I adopted last summer on the atlantic shard, now I know.

    I guess you really did win UO!

    :)
     
  18. AirmidCecht

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    So glad you made the decision to join the UO team Sakkarah! We look forward to you putting your many talents to good use and stamping your own name in this world we love *hugs*
     
  19. Ahhh, Soar and the Questmasters, truly a unique, dedicated group of players that made life fun for everyone on Atlantic. *thinks of all the memories*

    A real player on the team! This can only be good news, for sure! Welcome aboard, even tho you're on the other side of the looking glass :) Hope to see you ingame, as a Dev even!
     
  20. DevilsOwn

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    "And my first game was Pong on a Coleco. From there, I developed a fondness for adventure games such as King Quests....."

    so it was you lookin' over my shoulder all those years :D

    good to have you here... welcome to (temporary) bedlam
     
  21. Ryna

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    *cheers* Good job, lady. Beware the traffic.
     
  22. Oriana

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    I about jump out of my seat with joy when I saw your name!! You'll forever be Sameerah to me even though I know Sakkarah is what fits you best and what we communicate with on the boards. I am so happy for you.

    Look out boys and girls, this one is a keeper and a trouble maker, in the best possible ways!!!

    Mama Faith you beat me to it!! :p
     
  23. Vallend

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    Welcome to the team Regine lets hope your skills are as strong as your passion for the game.
     
  24. Flutter

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    Greetings Citizen.
    Please don't forget about other fansites ;)
    www.thelostlands.com for instance ;)
    /shameless plug
     
  25. lucitus

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    Wonderfull to see joining such a wonderfull person joining the dev team! I hope you will bring new ideas to it and make sun shining on uo again, also in KR (weather effects ;)) joking hihi.
     
  26. Loqucious

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    Welcome aboard, nice to see an avid UO player among the ranks. Do us proud.
     
  27. Littleblue

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    Welcome! *smiles*

    Congratulations on joining the Dev Team! I can't wait to see what great ideas you bring! I hope you have fun discovering the US and finding a new place that feels like home. :)
     
  28. JC the Builder

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    Great, another Trammy on the dev team :mad:

    I mean...........congratulations. Really. :)
     
  29. kelmo

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    Hey JC. Did you miss this?
     
  30. Hunter Moon

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    Hey Sak,

    Wondered what happened to you! It is awesome that your on the team now and I am giddy about a real UO player in all the senses of the word working on UO. I know you were deep into PvP, but you also ran vendors, had a Luna house, did peerless, crafted, had some very nicely designed and decoed houses and participated in the events so we are blessed to have someone who understands so many facets of UO working for us now! While we miss you and your guild (no one has mentioned their name so don't know if that is a no no or not and I will refrain), the rest of UO benefits from our loss. Cheers and Welcome!!

    Hunter Moon [HOT] Atlantic
     
  31. JC the Builder

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    I am well aware. We spent a lot of nights on absurd alliance meetings discussing joint guild recruitment and who PKed who at the bank that day.
     
  32. kelmo

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    *nods* I stand corrected then.
     
  33. Halister Marner

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    Congratulations Sakkarah, now we've got you and Draconi as former Atlantic players.

    The Atlantians are taking over. :D
     
  34. DuHast

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    no , see i need her more than you all do .....

    MooooM sniffsniff ..........

    long live DEI hehe ...
     
  35. Heartseeker

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    Welcome and Hiya.

    I kinda like this new forum.
     
  36. Experimental

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  37. Snakeman

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    Welcome aboard the ship :eek:. Glad to see someone on the team thats played the game from Beta, nice when the team knows the bugs 1st hand.:rolleyes:
     
  38. DuHast

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    just joking congrads Regine ... You will be missed dearly

    and u all be nice to her im only like 45mins away Drac


    Love ya Sakk...
     
  39. Tazar

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    Welcome to the Hall. Flameproof suits available in the coat closet at the entry.

    btw... we do expect you to post just as regularly as before... even if it is just a silly cat picture... :p
     
  40. Jahira-Tor

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    Well as this is no dout the last we'll ever hear from you, like the rest of the devs. Hi!

    Bring back the EM system!!!
     
  41. AesSedai

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    - hip hip hoo-yay! :)

    (Please consider reposting your howdy when we leave temporary land. The only reason I created an account here was to say congrats to ya', again.)
     
  42. Sakkarah_

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    Thanks everyone :D

    Otis...

    There are a few things that helped me make the decision to move south. One of them definitely was the 12-15 inches of snow we've been getting at least once a week (sometimes twice a week) every single week this winter. It was ridiculous. So when I heard that 1-2 inches of snow is pretty much the top you get in VA, I tunneled my way out of the pile of snow I was burried under and said Fairfax, here I come :p

    Oriana...

    You weren't supposed to tell them I was a trouble maker. Let me fool them for a while longer. I'm counting on Mama Faith to give you a proper talking to!

    DevilsOwn...

    Actually, I would delete your saved games everytime you got ahead of me :eek:

    Lug...

    Since many people used that library, I left the books to the new owner who agreed to set them up pretty much as they were when I owned the shop. If you go inside the house, you will find them all there :)
     
  43. Otis Firefly

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    LOL well i guess i can understand that, being that im in Canada myself! lmao..i know what your saying all to well
     
  44. Tomas_Bryce

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    Very happy to have a such an experienced player join as a developer.
     
  45. FrejaSP

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    Welcome, always good to see a UO vet join the team.:)
    I hope Siege is on the list of shards you had played on.
     
  46. Mama Faith

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    I'll spank her pixels the next time we're in Fel. :D

    We also had a VERY harsh winter here. I've never seen snowdrifts that reached the top of our 6 ft. privacy fence in all the years we've lived here. I think I'll move to Fairfax too. *grin* Won't it be nice to throw that long underwear away? ;)
     
  47. Hunters Moon

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    Welcome to UTO~Ultima Tamers Online,Sakk.

    *ducks and runs*
     
  48. DarkChronus

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    Welcome to the team Regine/Sakkarah. :) Good luck with the vultures that sometimes ... who am I kidding... frequently complain about things ;)
     
  49. Redxpanda

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    Well, as a former treasure hunter i am sure you are feeling our pain. I have lockpicking and cartography on a soulstone. Fishing would be there too if they didn't make the seas so darn peaceful.

    I Welcome You!!

    Its awesome to see great players willing to jump into this mess head first.
     
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