I am not here to start a debate on what the definition of a true 'classic' shard is. I was watching a Q&A video on youtube where the issue was addressed. Since it seem's the main issue appears to be the definition of what classic entitles, I just wanted to suggest a starting point so the player's can prove that it is a worthwhile endeavour. What I suggest is just a pure Age of Shadows server, none of the SE / ML / Stygian Abyss / High Sea's expansion. I thought about this in detail and decided that going any further past AoS would require a lot of effort and commitment then what maybe is currently available. While in many minds it's not a perfect road to the past, allow us the players to step up and show that classic server's of any variation will have sustained success for this game. Releasing a new server on the 15th anniversary will show players looking in from the outside, that UO is still willing to expand and grow it's franchise. I do understand that alot of people believe that a graphics overhaul is necessary for growth, that is a topic for other discussions as simply it could not be ready to go by the anniversary. In order for EA to maximize profits on this though I believe they would need to add items to the UOstore. I am sure with more player imput we could make this list great and hopefully micro-transactions like this would allow EA to invest in UO's future. Soulstones - everyone loves soulstones and while at first might be a slower seller they will pick up. Ethereals - Due to lack of available veteran rewards these will be a hot commodity, I suggest that new models be added and on these the account age requirement be removed so all players can enjoy them. Some idea's I have (Lava Lizard / Spider / Giant Toad / Scorpion / Magic Carpet / Bake-Kitsune) An Additional House per account - This is a feature I am sure many players want to see ingame, My thoughts is that with a new server a landrush will occur and all players including established veterans might want in on the action. Not wanting to give up their primary housing this feature would allow them to have an additional house and keep this existing ones. I believe the 1 house per shard rule should still apply, and that this would just allow a player to have 2 houses/account but still 1 house/server. I cannot think of a better time to implement such a feature. The main sales of the UOstore would come in the form of Advanced Character tokens and the token that allows Ancient Sam Helm / Royal LEggings of Embers and the Holy Sword to be claimed. I am probably forgetting some key features this would give to players but here are some highlights that would attract people to coming back. A dupe free economy Relevance is brought back to more roles in the game, instead of trying to solo everything you need to rely on the community. Whether its a group to do the gauntlet, a group of friends to do a champion spawn or just the local merchant who spends his days BoD trading to supply you with improved gear. The Land Rush - Not to force people to buy an additional housing spaceoff the store, I do believe however that the first 3 months of this server house placement should not affect your current situation but after that time these houses placed should start to decay if they are not the primary home on a non entitled account. Fresh Start - Just the thought of being everyone's equal is appealing. No players having 100's of million of duped gold. You get the satisfaction of knowing that your hard-earned money is going towards legitimate purchases, and not making those who are selling duped items even richer. After the players prove that this shard will have sustained success, we can re-open the discussion the of a true classic server, and try to reel back in those players that loved the game in it's purest form. Possibly in the form of a Booster Pack since it may not appeal to everyone. But for now lets start small with just a basic AoS server.