This was what Jeff Skalski said a few months ago: Jeff highlighted the only two ways to merge shards: Method A: Some people on some shards (the larger shards) get to keep their real estate while some people on other shards (smaller shards) lose it all. Method B: Nobody keeps their real estate and everybody has to start over on getting houses on new shards. For those who support shard mergers, which would you prefer? If you support Method A, what do you tell people who might lose houses that they've had for over 10 years and why they should lose their houses while people on another shard don't? Note: I'm not a supporter of shard mergers since I know too many people who would just walk away from UO if they lost their housing. Shard mergers are best in games like Warhammer or Camelot that require a large number of people to come together since the games are PvP/RvR-based, unlike UO where you don't need many people around you to be happy. I'm asking the question, because I see it brought up, but I never see the mechanisms discussed.