So I have my doubts about a retro shard ever happening, therefore I began thinking about what might be possible. So many of those in favor of a retro shard seem to have the "my way or the highway" type of attitude and this added on to the fact that there really isn't one definition of "classic shard" is just one of the reasons I see the creation of such a shard problematic. So, let's suppose I'm correct. What IS possible then? What type of shard could be created to at the very least would fulfill some of our wants as customers longing for a different gaming experience from our beloved UO? As I see it, a new shard with a lot of changes could be created with little work on the dev teams part. Now sadly I admit it would have to be based off of the system released with AOS, but this doesn't mean the game cannot be improved. Any number of changes are possible, everything from the removal of powerscrolls to tougher skill gain and a much improved economic situation. The list is almost endless of what can be done with little labor and a small amount of testing. Now one does need to understand that this for the most part what can be removed to improve the gaming experience as adding and bringing back systems requires a lot of labor and is the reason I believe in the first place a retro shard is not possible. We're not going to get resist changed back to what it once was but removing malas is easy enough! I also believe this could be a compromise with those who rally against our attempts to push for a classic shard as one of the more common arguements is time spent in development, this proposal would cut that back to next to nothing when compared with what is needed for the other. And who knows, maybe with this being a less labor intensive proposal we could get a couple retro systems developed for such a shard! To all of you people out there like myself who dream of a throw-back, think before you knock my idea. isn't something better than nothing? Face reality, the chances of us getting a retro shard are bleak, slim at best. The same goes for the anti-retro population, give a little! Geez! Thanks for reading, and I hope this thread can stay focused on the concept presented. If it seems accepted than another thread can be created to discuss how such a shard should be. More important is the need to leave your thoughts on a retro shard (for or against) out of this. I don't give a damn about it anymore, it's all been said, and nothing has been done. The horse is dead in case you didn't notice. Let's focus on the possible, not pipe dreams.