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Upcoming Annoucement - Taking Bets!

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Coldren, Aug 27, 2010.

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What will the big announcement be?

Poll closed Aug 29, 2010.
  1. Classic Shard Announcement

    10.0%
  2. Faction Changes

    12.0%
  3. New Expansion Pack

    27.0%
  4. UO Goes Free-to-Play

    20.0%
  5. UO2

    1.0%
  6. Richard Garriott is buying back UO with NCSoft's money.

    3.0%
  7. Other

    27.0%
  1. Coldren

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    So a big announcement is supposed to be coming today. Now taking bets! Polls close when the announcement is made. :)

    [Edit]

    Darn.. How can I edit polls?

    My vote is hoping against hope.. Really, anything but another expansion would be welcome in my mind.. But since I can't change the polls to allow more then one.. *Smacks forehead*
     
  2. Specialshoes

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    Re: (Hopefully) Today's Annoucement - Taking Bets!

    Think the announcement is supposed to happen at the town hall tomorrow.
     
  3. Coldren

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    Re: (Hopefully) Today's Annoucement - Taking Bets!

    Is it? Damn.. Thought someone said Friday somewhere..

    Oh well.. Question is still valid!
     
  4. Demonous

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    i dont think it will be any of those but i picked the one i want which is a classic shard :) although what i think they'll announce is the rebuilding of Magincia
     
  5. Specialshoes

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    I voted for new expansion but I think there will be a couple of things announced.
     
  6. Coldren

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    Gah! Forgot the "Other" option.. My bad..

    Should be SOME way to edit polls... BOO!
     
  7. Tazar

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    My guesses...

    Rebuild of Magincia and ongoing scenario.
    Increased House Storage.
    Enhanced client finally out of beta.
    PVP-Arena Competitions.
    13th year veteran rewards.
    13th anniversary party/event/content.


    Yep... we do need edited poll options. :p
     
  8. Petra Fyde

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    I can edit the spelling
    I can add in some options
    I can't turn it into multiple choice.
     
  9. Coldren

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    Awesome! Could you add an "Other" option for me, Petra?

    Thanks! :)
     
  10. Petra Fyde

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  11. I guess I'd most like to see them announce a new expansion. I've really enjoyed the new stuff from SA (yeah yeah, I know there's complaints about mysticism and imbuing and how throwing doesn't work, and personally I really hate flapping wings) and believe it or not, it's been out almost a year.

    I think the announcement will be something smaller though, maybe rebuilding Magincia or something like that. I'm eager to learn what 13th year rewards are, but I don't believe that could possibly be considered a major announcement.
     
  12. Coldren

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    Thanks, Petra! You're the best!

    My only objection to an expansion pack is, quite frankly, UO is too underpopulated for more land mass. There's just too much for too few players that spreads them out far too thinly. You can go days in the original lands without ever seeing a soul. We really don't need more of that.

    I personally spent about a week playing in Trinsic - Filling BoD's, running to the bank, selling stuff.. Literally never leaving the city. The only person I ever saw was a guy who was clearly recall mining or harvesting. Recalls the same spot, recalls out... 30 seconds later, he's back.. And I didn't even see THAT person for much more than a couple of hours.

    It's a bit depressing.
     
  13. kelmo

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    As long as we are speculating, how about a combination of choices one and five?

    *hopes for some Siege love but knows better*
     
  14. Crysta

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    My guess:

    "Netdragon" project detailed: retooling (again) of KR/SA client by a group used to working with fully 3D MMO engines; result is fully 3D KR/SA engine that runs much better, done in visual style of the classic UO.

    And the reason they so suddenly decided to hold the town hall is their work bore fruit much earlier than expected.


    Of course, this is all just my guess... but my guesses have been right on these "announcements" about 3/4 of the time.
     
  15. Lady Storm

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    I would hope the big news would be a hugh campagin to bring people back to UO..
    Followed by a Contest to rebuild Maginica.
    An anouncement giving the date for the dicision of the making of a classic shard.
    Open accounts back to 1 house per shard per account (due to shard closures/mergers).
    Vet rewards and the New Arena's round out the evenings anouncements.

    I know its not any of this but its what people are talking about.
    Yes some are talking of classic shard, some are worried their shard is so low in population that they will soon be on the chopping block. Alot here hope they talk of the ways the scripters will meet their ends.
    Its my wish they put UO back in stores on a cd... expantions... no the work it would take for them to do something along that avenue would pull from what is now working which is fixing the past mistakes which we need desperately. The freedom of placing a house and not worring about muffing up what you have in my book would help to ease up things as well for Siege as well as other shards who have people wanting a dual base to play from but cant aford more accounts.

    You watch the BIG news wont have anything to do with any thing we think of...
     
  16. puni666

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    Hopefully they're just straight forward for once instead of wording everything all weird leaving us with 100 ?'s. Other wise I can sum it up right now. We're uhh ... doing stuff and you may or may not like it. Here's your new fiction for the week! WOO HOO!
     
  17. Obsidian

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    I think it will be the next content expansion. I'm hoping for Ambrosia and Pirates arg!

    But honestly, anything that indicates EA's committment to the long-term future for UO is good in my book.
     
  18. NuSair

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    My gut tells me it will be a classic server, though I am really hoping against it.

    I would love for RG to buy it back, but I can't see EA giving up the cash cow that UO is.
     
  19. puni666

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    Isn't there a whole section of the SA lands that hasn't been opened up yet? I figure they'll do something with that before they add another expansion.
     
  20. G.v.P

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    Of those options, I'm sure Factions will be talked about
     
  21. R Traveler

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    All of above options plus a token (for $99.99) from uogamecodes to get cheaters listing
     
  22. Mapper

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    The Devs have been far too busy on other content for it to be an expansion imo, They usually go quiet for months.

    I believe it and hope it's free to play.
     
  23. Aragon100

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    Classic shard, please!!:)
     
  24. Merion

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    I hoping that it's a pirate expansion.

    A big Ad campaign would be great too.

    I'd be fine with a F2P model, if it's well done, it could actually help UO survive a few years longer.

    But if I had to be realistic, I think it's just gonna be the classic server to cater to the UO Hall whiners.
    I'm not very exiceted about the classic server. It's going to be somewhere in the US, so my ping's going to suck, also I'm too pampered by the artis and imbuing goodness to go through all the grind again. I'd probably play there a few days and then go happily back to my home shard.
     
  25. Xalan Dementia

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    This Town Hall-
    *Announcing a Classic Server!*


    Next Town hall -
    *Announcing the closing of the game due to money lost on a Classic Server!*


    other than attracting new players, what would F2P benefit the current players? I mean most players would want to keep full access so we'd keep payin to play.


    Maybe theyd reveal some way to get your account vet status faster? or make all full accounts have the 720 skill cap at least. perhaps shorten the length of time between vet reward choices? as in, get 1 pick each 6 months instead of 1 a year.
     
  26. Prime.

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    I think it's going to be UO going F2P (Although I'd rather it wouldn't for multiple reasons)!

    I'd rather it be a "Yes" To Classic Shard! :)
     
  27. Babble

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    Lots of promises with no real news is my bet.
    :p
     
  28. Viper09

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    Ugh, hope that's not their "big" announcement.
     
  29. You can pretty much bet it will not be a Classic Shard...not yet.
     
  30. Insider info: shard mergings will be talked about, trust me on this one.
     
  31. DevilsOwn

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    'free' is just about my favorite four-letter word, but some part of me does a definite head-shake when 'free' and 'UO' are mentioned together

    I'm guessing expansion (likely involving the unused portion of Ter Mur, but not exclusively that) but the expansion is going to be accompanied by visible evidence that there actually is a marketing team in that office.... boxes on the shelves again


     
  32. Zodia

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    They would not have a major Town Hall like this to announce something like rebuilding Magincia or faction changes. Please.

    It's gotta be something bigger... and most all of the signs point to a Free to Play UO combined with a new "arena" system.

    I would bet money on it.
     
  33. Lady Michelle

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    the big announcement will be we will be able to have 2 houses per account for $1.00 more a month.
     
  34. Uriah Heep

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    LOL
    I mean, yeah that would be cool. But I doubt it.
    An expansion? We just got one, so I doubt it.

    If I lived close enough, I would definitely go, just to see and meet the Devs, the staff, and the other players. But I wouldn't spend the time and money to hear the announcement. I remember the last town hall, Jeremey was hyping it up big talking about a huge announcement they were making. Turns out it was that they were working on KR, LOL, which had been announced a year earlier??/ *shakes head*

    Be interesting to hear anyway, hope WRR has a good spot and good sound feeds =)

    The dream townhall would be a reunion effort, the old and new devs all there and reminiscing and talking about remember when and what if. Has to include Leurocian, Wilki, Draconi, and Darkscribe!!

    Good luck and fun to those going, yall keep us posted here on da Hall. :)
     
  35. Xalan Dementia

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    where are people gettin the UO goin to F2P idea from anyways? i havent heard anythin from anyone on the Mythic end say anything about it.
     
  36. Obsidian

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    I don't think they have to necessarily add land to have a content expansion. There are lots of ways they could go about it. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I think key is Cal's recent statement about whatever they do it has to make sense within UO's business model. I know he was referring to the classic shard, but this translates to anything Mythic undertakes. F2P, classic shard, expansion, shard mergers, boxed games at Walmart, gates between shards, whatever... it's got to draw increased (or at least sustain) UO's revenue stream for it to be viable.

    -OBSIDIAN-
     
  37. Uriah Heep

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    I don't see gates between shards ever happening. They make too much $$ off of transfer tokens. :p
     
  38. Sargon

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    I voted with my heart, not my head, and chose the classic shard. I don't think that will be it though, since it sounded like the idea was still up in the air as of a couple weeks ago.
     
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    It will be F2P + expansion.

    Siege is the Classic shard. No one is forcing anyone to use AOS items there. Just like no one forced anyone to use vanq/invul items during the Classic era.

    The Classic shard is just a permanent carrot dangled on a stick. They will never make a Classic shard, just as they will never also say they will never make a Classic shard.
     
  40. Tazar

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    I am sure they want to - and have plenty of marketing people - but you'll never get the merchants to give up valuable shelf-space for a 13 year old game when they could be stocking the latest WoW expansion, Star Craft II, or Civ 5.
     
  41. Green Mouser

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    My Money is on the Magincia Roll out.

    2 cents is on Throwing becomes a Viable Skill
     
  42. Sargon

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    Wow. You do realize that every item is now an "AOS" item?
     
  43. a slave girl

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    Pet dyes are finally ready! would be a big announcement to me.

    Just when I am seriously working on breaking my UO habit.

    :)
     
  44. I keep hearing about UO going F2P... just rumors or what? also, what would happen to those of us who have been paying for our accounts??

    Well, whatever the annoucement is, i hope someone posts the info to stratics since i still pop in from time to time to read it.
     
  45. Petra Fyde

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    Wishful thinking by those who would like it to happen.

    I'm not one of them.

    I could see a logic behind F2P for the classic server, if it ever goes ahead. I don't like the idea of the main game going F2P - I consider the whole term to be deceitful tbh, since you still have to pay cash to get anywhere substantial in most of the existing 'F2P' games.
     
  46. Arcus

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    Another new client?
     
  47. Babble

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    Before Mythic took over EA considered making UO f2p.
    And f2p only really makes sense with AOS+ shards as with f2p you try to sell items and classic shards are not really that good for that.
     
  48. Lord Chaos

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    As you do in UO already if you join today. You have to pay for money, rewards, etc.

    If nothing else, things wouldn't change for existing subscribers, but would at least entice more people to try out the game. Though of course one could say that the game doesn't really have much to offer a new player at all.
     
  49. G.v.P

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    Ha.

    Or how about they're reverting Ultima back to single player :( ... but actually, it would be cool if they released a new single player game, might get people into UO.
     
  50. The_Traveler

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    The "program that shall not be named" has been purchased by Mythic and will be incorporated into the new 3D client. The scripts/macros for it will have to be purchased from UOGameCodes and cannot be modified.

    or

    Thank you all for coming. Business here at Mythic is doing well and we are looking at new avenues of revenue. We brought pizza for everybody to enjoy after the meeting. To begin exploring these avenues we are shutting down the UO division so we can direct those funds to exploration and expansion.

    or

    Wait! The second one is what my company did to the local call center. Now I'm depressed again. Never mind.