Hi all. Wow, it's been about 10 years or so, and I'm back. Been playing around on a new account (since I have yet to be able to reactivate my old one, and besides it's good to re-familiarize with the game) and was finding less info on the web than I'd hoped to about UO. (But then there wasn't much of a web back when I was first playing UO!) I'm pretty self-sufficient in that I like to do all the skills and gather stuff, make stuff, fight solo (and thus die a lot, not that I like THAT part.) Anyway, playing a mage at the moment, and was wondering if it's PRACTICAL to try and get the fifth circle and higher magery spells in any way OTHER than saving up to buy a pre-filled spellbook from a player vendor. (Which does seem like a bit of a cop-out.) So far the only info I can find online, though, is that the spells drop as scrolls from certain types of (caster) mobs, but it seems that the odds of my taking down those (tough, caster) mobs is slim without well... the higher level spells. I'm not looking for anyone to "give" me anything; just suggestions as to whether there's any practicality to my pursuing trying to get spells myself, or just give in and buy a pre-made 64-spell spellbook and be done with it. (After going out and harvesting mobs for all that gold to buy it, of course.) It's good to be back in UO. (On 14-day trial at the moment, but pretty certain I'll be sub'bing for a bit.) I tell you though, as someone who's forgotten much about this game, it is NOT new-user friendly once you get out of New Haven. It's awesome that it's just a wild, dangerous, unknown (to a new player) world, but there is NO guidance whatsoever and it is far too easy to just take two steps in the wrong direction and die. (And lose all your stuff. Or get hit with a bill to keep it.) And die. And die. (Which I'm okay with since I know how to minimize the pain of that, but it would totally turn off many really new players.) Plus what's up with the disconnects?!? Is that something with the Enhanced Client itself, or does that happen with the old client too? Died an extra time or two from disconnects. Not good. Ah, I'm blabbing on. Anyway, as I said, good to be back. Have only GOOD memories of my prior time in UO. (Did not leave out of unhappiness with the game or anything like that.) Oh, and these smilies... ... are awesome!!!