I was asked recently by a friend to suggest a game to spend time on. I thought about introducing this friend to Ultima Online but the problem is, short time to play... This friend explained to me that the time available for a game would be, after work, family, social relationships and all that, perhaps a few hours a week, like 3, maybe 4. The question was whether I could see Ultima Online a game possible to be played competitively, with not much time at hand. Honestly, I do not know. I mean, once one reaches top level, has all of the right gear, a stock of weapons for all occasions and all skills on soulstones, then it is easy to get a Sampire and do a quick 10-15 minutes top spawn here and a quick 10-15 minutes top spawn there for some fun or get some quick PvP done with a stealth archer or whatever. The problem is, even with imbuing, trying to convince this friend that it is possible to get there reasonably fast and not in a year of playing.... Unfortunately, trying to help with either items or gold is not an option, and neither wants to spend real money to buy a developed account. The argument being that it is a game, and therefore there is no point to buy one's own way to the top or get it given on a silver platter by someone else. Any good suggestions to what arguments I could use to convince this friend to get into UO? I am afraid to suggest to try it out for a while and see how it goes because without good advice, if the experience is done not right, then the feeling from the game could be a bad one and it would be a wasted chance. I would like to be able to offer good hints on how to become competitive reasonably fast on one's own, without external help, with the time at hand. Any good advice ? Thanks.