EA have stated their intention to add the anti-scripter tool called Punkbuster to Ultima Online. EA have also stated that they intend to have at least one shard that will not have Punkbuster functionality on it - in other words, 'The Cheat Shard'. EA have indicated that this will NOT be a new shard. There are strong indications that this intended dumping ground for cheats, hackers, and scripters will be either Siege Perilous or Mugen. One example can be found here.. It is very likely that this course of action would cause major changes to our experience of the game. This is the 'hard shard'. The shard that people come to for the challenge. This proposal would utterly destroy Siege as we know it. There is nothing remotely 'hard' about running scripts, or tools designed to make gameplay easier. So far, we, the customers who make use of the Siege Perilous shard, have not been consulted. We might be at a later date, but so far, we have not. So, in the interests of helping our friends at EA, I propose we gather some information. I do realise that this is not a foolproof method. I am aware of things like board alts, and that not every Siege player posts or reads here. However, since I don't have the ability to create an in-game poll, or email every player who has logged onto Siege in the last few months, I have to make do with what I've got. So, here's a poll. With some luck, Wilki will be kind enough to pass the figures on to those who make the decisions, at least, until a more official survey of our opinions is taken. This one will run until the end of August - by which time I'm sure we'll have a clearer picture of EA's intentions. This poll assumes that Punkbuster is a fact of life, that it will appear on nearly all shards, and that EA will indeed leave it off at least one existing shard. I do ask that you keep this thread within the terms of the RoC. If it is locked or deleted, then so are our chances of being heard. Mods, assuming this poll doesn't violate the RoC in some way, please would you sticky it? After all, Punkbuster will affect every single one of us, one way or another. Thank you.