And its time for a little Christian charity I feel. The Newbie or Noob - Often the most scornfully referred to characters in UO. A term used by people in an attempt to put others down. A term of contempt and ridicule. And yet, said newbies are the lifeblood of UO, without a steady influx of them, UO CANNOT survive in its present form for long. The slow and steady drain of long time players will bleed the life from it. So my plea is for a little more tolerance for the newbie and a recognition of their very real importance. I cannot speak for other shards, I assume they have the same, but on Europa we have long had Guilds dedicated to the new player, too many actually to list, and been fortunate enough to have players who made their role in UO to do just that. Help the newbie. Lord Tyrghen did it for years but unfortunately appears to have joined the steady number of players leaving. Currently we have Minerva Foxglove and a wonderful job she does. We also have a group of crafters who meet each day at Brit bank for an hour every day for repairs, help and assistance generally. A fairly recent innovation but a very welcome one. I intend to actively look for new players over the next week and assist as I can. I have helped occasionally in the past when asked so a little more effort is required on my part. This will be limited by the time I can actually play and a few things I do regularly but I will make the effort. Based on past events I suspect I will need the patience of a saint in the short term but hey! that is what Xmas is all about. In conclusion let me say, Help the newbie, we need them.