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Rediscovering My Love of Taming

Discussion in 'UO Tamer' started by Llewen, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Llewen

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    Almost six months ago now I came back to UO after being away for a couple of years, and one of the main reasons I came back was that I missed taming. There's just nothing like taming in UO in any other game I've ever played.

    Well my first few months were spent upgrading my equipment, remembering how to play the game, and doing an awful lot of crafting. I was having fun, but I see now, something was missing. Then I made a fateful decision, I decided to join factions with my tamer.

    Now I have quite a lot of experience pvp'ing with my tamer, but the guard zone around Yew gate had become a real crutch and this was a whole new ball game. Couple that with the fact that I was not well liked by my enemies, and the first few days were pretty rough. I realized within a very short time, as in maybe minutes, that I needed to make some significant changes if I was going to become truly competitive.

    So I did. I made a very significant change to my suit, and to my template as a result, and one of the things I did was drop my Birds of Britannia talisman. I won't bore you with all the details but what this meant was that I needed to retrain five points in taming, and five points in animal lore.

    So there I was, taming rune beetles and dragons, and donating them to the zoo, and lead taming cu sidhe with all the little battles with changelings that happen in the Wealde. And having nothing short of a blast. I remembered that, yes, I do know how to play a tamer. And I learnt some new tricks that I didn't know before. I even was able to give a very nice rune beetle to a pretty lady, a rune beetle that I lead tamed, and that was exciting, let me tell you.

    That decision to join factions lead to the most fun I've had since I came back to the game, and for at least a year or two of UO game play before that. Quite simply, it was the best decision I've made in UO in a very long time. I now remember what it was that made me fall in love with taming in UO in the first place.

    The conclusion? Well, I'm going to leave factions with my tamer. It was a great experience, but I can't stand stat loss. I can handle it with my dexxer because I can still go out and play with him, even if I am in stat loss. With my tamer, I can't do anything at all while he is in stat loss, and it flat out sucks, but joining factions with him was still the best decision I've made in UO in a very long time.
     
  2. Shelleybean

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    Very nice story. :)
     
  3. [JD]

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    Statloss for a tamer can cause petloss, no bueno. They should fix that if they want tamers to be more active in factions.

    You shouldn't have to sacrafice Birds of Britannia talisman. I normally use Totem of the Void but I have a 1-keypress macro in the Enhanced Client which swaps to the BOBT. I use it only when I'm trying to tame something. The rest of the time I get to use totem of the void. Best of both worlds, and it saves ya 10 skill points on your template.
     
  4. Llewen

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    I'm not a big fan of switching items around situationally, it's just too easy for me to forget what I am wearing at the time. I do have some jewels though that I will switch out when I need the stable slots. I've switched from the Birds tally to the Treatise on Alchemy.

    I don't need the lmc but I do need the five points in magery now, and the ep is a nice bonus. Beyond that I have a pretty wholistic approach to my template and generally there aren't many situations where I am only using one part of my template. If I'm taming, I still need all my magery.

    So with that tally I'm really only losing five skill points off my template. Well actually I am losing 25 skill points because I switched from a staff of the magi to a one handed -20 mw weapon. But it has added so much to my template in other ways that it was well worth losing the skill points.
     
  5. [JD]

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    I leave my regular (Totem of the Void) talisman in 99% of the time and switch to the BOBT only when taming or stabling. Takes one second, and saves 10 skill points (5 taming, 5 lore).

    If you use the Enhanced client you can create a 1-keypress equipment change macro. Perhaps UO Assist has the same functionality.
     
  6. Llewen

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    Actually it isn't as bad as all that. Your pets just follow you around. As long as you don't try to command them they will be fine. For me it's just the fact that I can't do anything while I am in stat loss on my tamer that has anything to do with the game. As I said, with my dexxer there are lots of things I can still do, but with the tamer there is nothing.
     
  7. [JD]

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    That's not true......... you can combine power scrolls in binders :))))))))
     
  8. Llewen

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    Ya, that, deco and garden...
     
  9. Lady_Mina

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    WoW had taming...

    I did love my hunter and her cat...
    But it simply wasn't the same as having a big @ss dragon walking next to you.
    Having something 6-8x as strong as your own char...that is just worth it.