Greetings fellow UOers I've only gotten back to UO recently after 5-6 years away from it - to find myself feeling nostalgic upon encountering familiar sights in West Britain and the cities poignant musical theme. Unlike many in today's surviving UO community, I never got to play in OSI back in my day. You're wondering why, most definitely, and here's the reason(s). Firstly, I'm not exactly as 'old' (for lack of a better word) as the larger portion of the community is - when UO came out I was merely 7 years old, and it wasn't until my early teenage years that I actually got a computer and started gaming. UO was one of the first online games I was introduced to, via some friends in school. I first started playing in some random freeshard the old crew used to be in, and didn't really have a clue whether there was in fact an official server or not - and when I did discover, these so-called friends, also completely clueless themselves, professed the original servers to have been... 'bad'. The idea of a monthly fee most definitely also contributed to our thinking this at the time. I tried a good number of free shards, playing here and there during my UO gaming experience(many of the shards closed down for a number of reasons) but was never quite able to find anywhere worthwhile and feel truly at home, you know? Feeling like this, it was inevitable that, between playing a number of other games and travelling around for my studies, I was to take quite a long break from UO. I even believed at one stage that UO was dead and buried, that people just didn't care for it anymore. I recently started playing on another freeshard again for old times sakes, and I came to realise once more why I once loved this game so much. Having played a wide variety of games to the present game, when it comes to a pure MMO experience there hasn't been a single game that has been able to deliver what UO has in quite the same level. It's sad that the younger player generation today will most likely pick a game that is flashy and beautiful over UO, even though they are completely lacking in a number of aspects which I find needless to list here. Well, the purpose behind this post is very simple. What I want to know is this: how alive the UO community still is in the OSI servers? I know this is an extremely late start for someone like me, but would it be worthwhile for me to give it a try and see what happens? I know a large number of oldschool players complain about the way the game itself has changed over the passing years, especially after AoS came out. It'd be a pleasure to hear what other active players from the OSI servers would have to say in this regard. I'm really curious to hear more about this, I really am, so all I'm asking here is if you could spare a few minutes of your time to type a quick reply, I'd be very much debt. Thank you very much in advance!