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[NEWS] Trial Account Changes in Publish 58

Discussion in 'UO Siege Perilous' started by Luka Melehan, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Luka Melehan

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    Tim “Draconi” Cotten
    16 Feb 2009 17:03:12 EST
    Hail and well met, loyal citizens of Britannia!

    Following the enormously positive and constructive feedback we’ve received, the Ultima Online team would like to announce our preliminary plans for changes to trial accounts in the next publish.

    These changes will restrict a certain set of advanced features to paying subscribers, and in turn, loosen unnecessary “character age” requirements. Until now, systems and content in UO have not been designed in a way that discourages exploitative use of trial accounts, the abuse of which severely impacts the enjoyment of our players.

    The fun of the trial experience will be preserved - trial players will be able to continue traveling our vast world, fight dangerous monsters, join guilds and parties, and even rest in a friend’s home. However, from now on, trial accounts will not be a vehicle of convenience for exploitative behavior.

    What is a Trial Account?

    A free trial account is a special offer to play UO for free, without activating a subscription, or purchasing a copy of the game.

    Therefore, trial accounts should not be confused with the first month of free gameplay associated with buying a release of the game. This first month of prepaid subscription entitles you to all the benefits of a regular subscriber.
    Trial Account Changes

    Player Housing

    * Cannot place, own, trade, or receive a house
    * Only the “Friend” and “Guild” levels of access permissions will be available

    Player Vendors

    * Cannot own or rent

    Travel

    * Cannot enter Felucca dungeons, or the Felucca Lost Lands

    Resources

    * Only receive basic resources (ex: iron instead of hued ore, regardless of skill)
    * No bonus resources (jewels, granite, sand, etc)


    Bulk Order Deeds

    * Cannot receive, use, or turn-in

    Quests

    * Cannot repeat normally repeatable quests

    Factions

    * Cannot join Factions

    Champ Spawns

    * Cannot participate in, or receive rewards from

    Community Collections

    * Cannot donate or receive rewards

    These items will no longer be usable by trial accounts:

    * Commodity deeds
    * Skill/stat advancement scrolls (Alacrity, Power, Transcendence, etc)
    * Holiday gifts, special rewards (ex: veteran rewards)
    * Bags of Sending
    * Bracelets of Binding
    * Pet Summoning Balls
    * Soulstones


    Character Age Requirements

    Character age requirements related to the above systems will be removed. For instance, the artificial character age requirement for house placement (15 days) is no longer necessary, and was only meant to be a temporary solution.

    Test Centers

    Because UO has such a vibrant community of testers, the above restrictions will not apply to the Test Centers. These servers will make all the benefits of regular subscription available even to free trial players, including housing.

    Events

    Events are an important part of the Live content cycle. We understand how frustrating it can be to brave harrowing crypts and solve intricate puzzles, only to watch a “young status” player walk by and collect the same reward with little to no risk. Changes will be made to the ongoing events to stop this sort of thing from happening.

    Misc

    We are currently discussing ways to reduce resource farming with trial accounts beyond the restrictions listed above. This may include diminishing the amount of iron ore mined or lumber harvested over time, to prevent flooding the market. This is tentative.

    Additionally, we’re slating a fix for “ghost cams” (unattended monitoring of Champ Spawns) for Publish 58 as well.

    Summary

    We’d like to take a moment and thank all the players who participated in our discussion on the Stratics’ forum, and everyone who sent in feedback.

    We believe this is a strong step forward for Ultima Online, and hope you look forward to the rest of Publish 58!

    Yours,

    Tim “Draconi” Cotten

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  2. N49ATV

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    There must be something put in there to allow siege on trial accounts. Sure some abuse it, but with the limits put on those accounts now, I have no issue with the little abuse that will come with them, in exchange for maybe someone trying seige.
     
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    Its nice to see them trying to fix things, May be a little too late but... Better late than never I guess? :sleep2:
     
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    :bdh:
     
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    Re: [UO Herald] Trial Account Changes in Publish 58

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    Originally Posted by kelmo
    Will free trial accounts be able to renounce young status, and will they be able to be used to access Siege?

    Yes, they can renounce young player status.

    No, they cannot access Siege/Mugen.
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    Tim "Draconi" Cotten - Lead Designer - Ultima Online - EA Mythic
     
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    I can live with this. *nods*
     
  7. Lord_Puffy

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    Yea least Im not riding a dead horse. :scholar:

    As I said before its good too see they are working on the game though.

    Just hope it isnt too late.


    DF opens to the public on the 25th, I wonder how much it will impact the player base on uo? We shall soon see!

    PS - Ive been playing beta and the games pvp is as good as old uo if not better. Its going to be a really nice pvp game, heres the map if anyone would like to see!

    www.darkfallmaps.com