Been away from UO for a few years. I quit right around the time Publish 16 came out. It's been a long time, I know. I go away for a few and I see LRC, LMC, MR, FC, FCR, resists, soul stones... They made this game so complicated! Ah well... Due to some really unpleasent experiences in Yew way, way back, I'm not really into PvP. I've decided to make a mage mostly for PvM (and to defend myself from PvP'ers). I've not really tried to train one since just before the Juka Invasion. My first question is: these days, how long does it take to get a mage to be strong enough to be able to defend himself? I already have other characters that are semi-established, but I'm not looking to spend the millions of gold it takes to make an uber-suit. Currently my template looks similar to one I've seen here: 110 Magery 110 Eval 110 Med 100 Resist 100 Wrestling/Spirit Speak 100 Inscription/Necro? 90 Spellweaving I've found out that Resist is rediculous to train now. As for the rest of the skills, though, I'm not sure how long it will take to finish the template. Heck, I'm not even sure if the skills blend well! Either way, I'd like to know how much time I need to set aside to train to a decent level. A little bit of advice would be greatly appreciated!