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When You Started..?

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  1. Emil Ispep

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    When I started:
    -It took me 2 weeks of cooking and selling bread (at 6gp each) to save up enough for a small boat. (which got stolen 3 days later)
    -There was one land, and every house came with three tents surrounding the porch. (or the tower with a small house on the roof)
    -Trapped monsters in said houses.
    -A 56k modem, a 16G HD and ICQ were your best friends. (the answering machine was your worst enemy)
    -You had the option to insta-rez with statloss, and then get rez killed.
    -You couldn't lock down items in your house. If you lost your key... TS.
    -You could get PKed in the Minoc caves.
    -Every bank, in every city had more people in it than present day Luna Atlantic.

    What about when you started?
     
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    In no particular order...

    - I didn't know about healing (back then everyone was a halberd wielding mage-tank), so I would just run away and wait till I healed naturally over time.
    - Went to my first dungeon after about a month of playing, saw a gazer - thought it was a beholder and ran for my life never to step foot in a dungeon again for another month or so.
    - Everytime I met another player I would wonder and sometimes ask if they were an NPC (the game promised that NPCs would be so real you wouldn't be able to tell who was a player and who was an NPC).
    - Server crashes and reverts were so common I once spent about 4 hours over two days reliving the same moment (meaning everytime I logged in I was back in Despise and had to fight my way out again) - talk about ground hog day.
    - on some days the lag was so bad you would take one step every 20 seconds if you were lucky - and then it would crash and you would revert and start all over again
    - used to wait until there was a server announcement saying they were about to spawn monsters so be ready (back then people were killing things so fast that there weren't enough monsters to go around so they had to artificially force mass spawns of monsters and reagents).
    - only bank was in Britain...everytime I had to take something to the bank I would be a nervous wreck wondering if I would get robbed and/or PK'd before I got therer (remember there was only Felucca back then)
    - after three months of playing non-stop I finally had a warrior with adept swords skill and I was considered a strong character.
    - Moongates didn't have a menu so when you stepped through you never knew where you would end up (unless you were one of the few that actually understood the phases of the moons and how it affected the gates).

    I could go on forever but will leave some for the rest.
     
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  3. Tazar

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    I logged in and wondered why a "modern game" was in black and white... yep - I was already dead before the screen resolved into the game window.
     
  4. MalagAste

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    When I started:
    -There was Tram but houses never dropped and there was no room anywhere to place.
    -I had to trade things between my characters by putting them in a chest with a key, locking it and dropping the key in one place and the box in another, quickly switch characters run get the box then find the key and hope that on my dial up service I could do that all relatively quickly, before someone else found my stuff and took it. I always tried to be sure no one followed me around.
    -Remember having Power Hour and logging my characters in one by one down the list and not wanting to do anything with anyone for the first 5 hours or more after I got home.
    -Recall my first major event in Fel was Killing Blackthorn over by Yew Abbey and there being about 100 Reds killing everyone. I spent most my time just rezing everyone around me.
    -Remember back then I could have as many pets as I wanted but when they died they died.
    -I ran everywhere because I had no magery at all.
    -I remember back then the smallest houses costing upwards of 5 million... and I could hardly keep 10k in the bank.
    -I recall knowing to never eat anything anyone left on the ground because it was probably poisoned. Kinda like never opening a chest you found on the ground either.
    -I remember that knowing a good crafter was important. And it was always good to use the same one. I always liked Pork Chop Jesus.
    -I remember being super glad I was an archer because most the time I would go into a dungeon and then start hunting and joe blow down the street would log in to check his email and then I'd get booted offline for 5 very frustrating minutes. When I'd log back in I'd have a pile of dead monsters around me.

    My how things have changed.
     
  5. Frarc

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    - Started on 28 August 1998 , Not left a day.
    - First shard Great Lakes. First Guild AGB (Adventurers Guild of Britain)
    - Started to hate the game , being Pk'ed a few times a day in every possible crazy way. (Fake chests,Polymorph characters,when mining)
    -First Guild title Sir DiesALot . NOOOOOO idea why guildmaster gave me that! ;)
    -So proud to collected a complete set of bone armor in Deceit! And loose it 5 minutes later when killed by PK (again)
    -Had about every skill in the game on first character from camping to cooking From swords to Healing
    -Trained resist running trough a firefield with scrolls on roof of firefield. (One small lag or bad timing stepping out, OOo oOO OOO )
    -One day i stop running from PKs, then i saw 5 Red coming to me, took all courage i got and killed all 5 of them. Cut of their heads and ran to the guards for the bounty! Discovered that the 5 i killed where NPC brigands! :p
    -When accidently healing my friends pet i lost GM swords, took me hours to get that 0.1 swords back!
    -Lived in a small house with a chest.For "extra" storage we had a ship.

    I could go on for another page or 3 ;)
     
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  6. Sapphirediablo

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    When I first started...

    -My first house was a tent... on my friends keep. And you could have 4 tents on a keep! (mind you I think that was against the rules?)
    -I always wondered why the game would crash and set me back (Server ups? what's that)
    -Ever day a shard went down, and so did many hours...
    -GMs existed (ZING, kidding!~)
    -Smurfs and Companions and those who logged in to help you and teleported to you. (nuf. said)
    -There were those guys that would wait at spawn points and kill you as you logged in.
    -There were Real PKs
    -There were Real PKKs
    -There were People.
    - I had picked up horse dung, and my mum saw, and told me to put it back, and how disgusting the game was. (I was trying to get her to try this new MMO stuff)
    - Guilds had stones, purpose, meaning, respect
    - NPCs talked to you.
     
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  7. GalenKnighthawke

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    The box I bought was "The Second Age."

    When I started things were much worse, overall, but UO thrived because there was no competition.

    When I started, or not too long thereafter, a series of games came out that were supposed to kill UO; Everquest came closest, and basically walked away with the lion's share of the then-new MMO market (to the point of being the subject of an NPR story and to this day having more Facebook friends than does UO), but UO dodged the bullet by making UO:R.

    When I started, we made money for EA but EA barely knew we existed. (That much has not changed.)

    I could go on and on.

    -Galen's player
     
  8. Tamais

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    Lol I started a lot latter than all of you. But my first week was almost my last. My daughter introduced me by giving me the cd for my birthday. She told me what server to start on and left me alone. I didn't know about icq and there was no chat. I didn't know you could buy houses, how to use spells, or why the world kept going black. I was beginning to think color was a special event:) lol the first time the world went black, I found myself in a house with some strange guy asking if I wanted to be rezzed. I thought he was the most wonderful player (the only one I'd meet) until he wouldn't talk to me and tell where I was.
    Finally I call my daughter and told her what I thought of the game and why. After she stopped laughing, she came and rescued me. I'm so glad she did. I've enjoyed UO for 9 years and now even own three houses. :) guess she shouldn't have introduced me to decorating.
     
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  9. Duncan Drake

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    In those early days i started with a very good friend of mine called Zerwas. While my internet did not work (good old 56k modem days) zerwas heroically fought a battle against a jack rabbit and..... lost. That bunny was too heavy for him.

    After a while my inet worked and i shot about 100 arrows with a practice bow on a grizzly... I had him at the half of his hp!!!

    Weeks later i chased after a criminal called "the scoundrel nimrod" ... Tried to shoot him right between the eyes with my heavy xbow of power! Well i missed the shot and this foul criminal stole my xbow and ran away! I drew my sword and ran after him but suddenly there he stood with my fully loaded xbow... and well.... shot me between my eyes....

    Damn what noobs we were these times.... But t'was great!
     
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  10. old gypsy

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    Started in Trinsic shortly after the Lost Lands opened up. The relative who got me started whisked me off to Serpent's Hold and left me there for several weeks while I practiced tailoring. My first adventures were a real learning experience... I learned that I didn't care for combat or dungeons. My characters generally gravitate toward more peaceful activities even today.
     
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    Chopping wood was a great way to gain strength, to get to the godly 95 where one could wear a platemail chest. I chopped wood and carved bows for my first month to buy a small house, only to lose it to the exploiters next door in just a few days. That was on top of all the lag and crashes. I was ready to quit but kept going.

    GMs and even the UO team dismissed house break-in exploits as "clever uses of game mechanics." Seaside houses were particularly at risk with one disembark exploit.

    Some twit at WBB bragged that he had runes to all the cities, when they were already available for 100 gp each on vendors. Gold wasn't as plentiful as now, but it wasn't that hard to get. With 90 lumberjacking I could make 3K an hour from my bows!

    Every non-thief had to hide while banking at WBB. A thief would run as far as he could so that an accomplice could loot the stolen item. When guards started returning items much later (1999), there was a huge outcry from thieves that this would destroy their profession. Considering that only the most unskilled griefers were complaining, it was a good change.

    I was one of many goaded into attacking a certain thief who discovered bandage healing before anyone else. Originally bandages could be used while remaining hidden, and one could still hide within line of sight. With an exploit to snoop from across the screen, the thief could easily clean out any player, and kill any player who suddenly found himself without a weapon, arrows or regs.

    Uzi bows. A certain exploit program could rapidly arm/disarm, firing off an arrow with every equip, hence the introduction of the "You must wait to perform another action" delay.

    Scammers mislabeled items on their vendors, to fool those who didn't have item ID wands.

    The bottom of Shame was only for the elite. Blood elementals weren't too bad since you could stay behind stalagmites, and monster AI didn't yet include pathfinding. But you still needed 90 archery and tactics to hit one decently.

    Deceit's lich lord room was the reward for reliably casting EVs. A mage could safely stay on the ledge, then cast an EV on the pillars that wore down a lich lord.

    A GM once took control of a lich lord to give a friend a challenge. My friend won.

    There were stories of those who dared to venture into Hythloth 3, sometimes getting killed in one hit from a balron. Hythloth was a dangerous place. There was no help stuck option, no runebooks, no insured items, no LRC, so even if you exited as a ghost, you'd need a gate out even if you did find a wandering healer. Overland spawn was messed up for a long time, so it could be hard to find monsters and NPCs, especially a wandering healer.

    Those of us working magery could still do well against drakes, until this was declared illegal. Summon a blade spirit, cast Reactive Armor on it, and a drake would instant-kill itself with its own firebreath.
     
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  12. Cupid

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    Thats funny, I was also whisked away to Serpents Hold by my brother who introduced me, was a safe spot where his guild would gate air elementals to that southern point where we would all kill them.
    I was fascinated by my first gem, a tramoline.
    Lag and continuous server crashes were so common.
    Started April 1998 so I recognize a lot of whats written, lots of great memories :)

    And my first several months were spent listening to and then killing birds for arrows and I would have dreams hearing that sound and chasing birds.
     
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    When I started there was one facet.
    -I often couldn't differentiate between NPCs and PCs and found myself trying to talk to NPCs, lol.
    -I was scared to enter those mysterious portals (moongates) worrying that I might end up somewhere strange and scary.
    -I was proud when I made my first 1k and thought myself awesome when I achieved 70 archery because my title was "expert archer."
    -I was so confused why my bank was empty when I put a the maximum bounty onto someone for killing me. The councilor I got when I paged on this issue was very sympathetic on the issue. I think the total amount I put was only like 5k at the time, lol.
    -I was very confused why I turned red on my thief when I was only killing the NPC farmers on the mainland just off of Skara Brae.
    -It took forever for my friend and I to find Minoc. We confused an Orc Lord for a guard (he was wearing a helmet!).
    -We ran like hell when we saw "pk coming" show up on the screen. Thinking back later on, I realized that was simply someones name who was approaching our location. It was a blue name too.
    -I thought the Ogre was the strongest creature in the game. However, it was only the terrible lag spikes that made it seem that way. I fought one the first time, lag spike, dead.
    -I remember walking around houses trying to find a door that was open. Someone saw me and started yelling "Thief! Thief!"
    -I could go on...but will stop here.
     
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    1. My whole world was the area between minoc, covetous and vesper. Seemed like such a vast area...
    2. No guild system. When we formed a guild, we had to make new chars to put the guild initials in our names.
    3. Vigilantes were rampant. They would stage corpses and attack anyone who came by and looted it.
    4. When I was finally able to make a plate chest piece, it was bragging rights. To show off, I would stand at the forge in minoc and make plate for anyone.
    5. There was a bug that made you GM in a skill from using it one or two times. Got GM snooping that way, and deleted the char because I didn't like the title.
     
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    That reminds me of a rather embarrassing moment when I said "vendor buy" to another player. There were a number of PCs in the vicinity at the time, and the resulting chorus of lols... well, it's hard being a newbie! :p
     
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    I remember when you could ask an NPC directions to things like the bank and such.
     
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    • I created my first toon and started in Brit... Realized I should be in Minoc and got lost running there. Asked the guy with the Red name "Can you tell me how to get to Mi-OooOo OoOooooO."
    • I lived out of a bank box I never was able to fill
    • When UO:R released I placed a tower on placement day, only to log in the next morning and find there was a revert..... Bought my second house.
    • I looted my first Silver Vanq Katana off an Orc.... 3 times, I'd loot the server would crash and revert so I'd have to do it all again. The 4th time someone beat me to it.
    • I eventually decided to become a "Looter" (Thanks Galad!), and went the Stealth-Mage route. "Picked Up" and a stack of 60k boards in the back of Brit Bank, and sold them back to the original seller later 3 times before he realized where I was getting all the boards from.
    • Bards were the second most powerful PvE template in the game, at least in my opinion, when Third Dawn released I remember farming "Ore Elementals" and leap frogging the stacks of ore to the nearest bank.
     
  18. DJAd

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    When I started me and a good friend didn't really know what we were up to. We still don't to this very day.
     
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    Made me choke on my coffee! Thanks for the giggle.

    I love these threads. I started late, sometime in 2006. I was convinced skittering hoppers were going to kill me, they were just so... creepy looking lol.

    I still have daydreams about the ophidian invasion. Good times. Surely we're due for another one! :D
     
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    -... I was young:(
     
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    Awww. In UO, we're still young. :)
     
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    That sounds odd coming from someone named Old Gypsy.

    Almost forgot, one of the most annoying features in the old game were the NPC beggars that would follow you around town, can't remember what the bug was, but after you left town the dialog of the beggar asking for money would follow you wherever you went. Anyone else remember that? Or am I remembering that wrong? :coco:
     
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    In the real world, pushing "ancient". In UO, if not truly "young", at least younger. :)

    I remember the beggars well. It was so annoying at the time, but I almost miss them today!

    Hmmm... don't recall their dialog following me after leaving town, though.
     
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    I was just reminded today of this:

    Anyone else remember when you could "slap" someone across the room with Telekinesis? God I miss that!
     
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    First memory: I was really nervous but figured it was an Ultima and I was a vet of THOSE games so how different could it be? First or second day, I took a walk and from Trinsic which is where I started and ended up in what appeared to be a dungeon. Then I got REALLY nervous. I actually hid behind a rock and thought no one could see me.

    That's when this nice guy riding on a HORSE came into the dungeon and saw me. He asked me what a fair maiden was doing in such a dangerous place - in nothing more than a lovely skirt and blouse. I said I was just taking a walk. He insisted that I follow him. So I did. He took me back to Trinsic and gave me some leather armor (that I was too weak to wear yet), some gold. Then he took me to this thing called a "Moongate" and led me to a city called Moonglow. He told me that if I wanted to be a scribe, I needed to first earn a bunch of gold. Tailoring was a good way to do this. So I went to the tailoring shop and accidentally met a friend of the first guy. We became good friends while we made skull caps until our fingers were sore.

    Eventually I met their entire group of friends and we had many adventures together. I was the token girl and therefore to be protected. So I was the healer. I kept them alive and they split the loot with me equally. I'll never forget the day that the last of the 5 of us had 72 magery and could go visit Wind for the first time! Such a fantastic adventure that was!

    There was a lot of negative that happened in those first few months (Nov. '97 to spring '98) and that is why my friends left. But those first few adventures are what keep me coming back. And I always keep my eye open just in case one of them comes back for a visit.
     
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    They had the bounty system that was great but to easy to take advantage of ( a friend and myself ran up huge bounties and killed each other and turned in the heads for the gold)
    a million gold could sell on ebay for $20 bucks or more.
    having a one room house was considered to be a great thing, sometimes entire guilds would share one
    while a noob i used to hang out with other noobs at the graveyard between cove and vesper, we could be killed by the occasional lich if we werent careful
    pking fools with a poisoned chest, and not taking a count for it
    actually having to pack around regs to cast spell (as much as I say i yearn for the old days i do like LRC suits :p)
     
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    How was UO when I started?
    It's so long ago since I started. I have an old story about it, it is old and my English was not so good at that time. Think this old story may show my life in UO and why I become who I am today. Sorry it is long.

    I started my life in UO New Years evening 1997, I started as a smith char, got me a pickaxe and went outside town to dig some ore, and make some ingots.



    The first thing I meet outside town was a Ettin and I got killed. I was newbie, so I lost only my pickaxe. It took me so long to rez as I did not know how to show my ghost and did not know about wandering healers.
    A nice guy at the bank gave me a new pickaxe and a lumber axe and I got a hammer too

    I could now make wooden shields together with armor and weapon from my ingots.
    When I was mining near despise, a Dread Lord (red) came, I don’t remember his name. He looked at me and said, you are newbie, so you will stay alive, and he left me.
    I was like what?, are some players going to kill me, I did not know that.

    A few days later, when I was lumbering and was overloaded, there came an other red and asked what there was wrong. I was trying to move, I got so scared, I could not speak. I'm real female and my English was very bad, when I started, he also let me stay alive.

    The next dread I meet, came in the mining cave near Despise. NW for Britain, he kill me fast, and I insta rezzed, but he kill me again, I rezzed again, and of some reason, he could not take my stuff, but I did not see that yet, I don't know why. I walk after him and said, I want my stuff back, he say, that he took nothing, I walk back to my body, and I could not take my stuff, before the body turned into bones.

    I leaned not to auto rez, I had lost a lot of skill, that hurts and it took long time before I got them back, I got killed 2 time more in the mine the next week's and I panic when I saw a dread lord, but one day, where I was alone in the mine, there come a dread I never had seen before.
    I got scared, he told, that he need a hammer. I gave him my lumber hammer. A little after he came back, it was a smith hammer he need. I gave him my smith hammer. I had my tinker tools, so I was able to make a new one. I work a little more, then he came back, now he need ingots.

    Here goes my ingot's I thinking and I ask how much he need, 117 he said. That was what I have in my backpack, so he did snoop me :), I gave him 90, and said, I need some my self (if I lose my shovel).
    Then he ask how much he should pay for the ingot's. I was still afraid of him and I said 400 gp. He toll me, that was to little and I said that was special price for him. He told he would come back with the money and a moment after, he was back.
    He gave my some money, I did not look how much and I say thx. He said, I should look how much he gave me and said he don’t need special price. There was 550 gp. He started making some armour or weapon and I said, that was nice to meet a dread with out getting killed. He told me, that he never kill miners. His name was Zaigar or something like that. I never meet him again :-( . (Edited I did meet him again a few years later)

    Then I started hunting with an other miners and I got killed a few times in the forest, most times I ran from there fireball's.
    Then I started to learn magic and I leaned to recall. I started to go to covetous, and kill harpies and I got a bow and before I knew, I was Great Lady and GM archer.

    I also got a house with a guy, he told me, that he want to be a pk and he wanted me to be it too, but I would not kill players. We did get a house with 2 vendors and he went dread. I got to know some of his friends, my first pk friends. Also some PK stopped me to ask about him.
    I learn that PK's could be nice to me and good and loyal friends too like my red friends and I stopped fear the pk's so much. I could let them in the house and I could trust them

    Then I started to try to get the pk's I meet to become friends. I tamed a lot J
    That gave me a lot of fun, but it is not always easy, some of them did not want to speak with me, even when I went back to them 3 or 4 times. There was also some I did not like and did not want as friends, but most of them is nice, and when I meet 2-3 of my friend with 2-3 more, I learned to know them to.
    A lot of times, I got attack by 6 guy's, before they saw it was me and I or some of them yelled Stop.

    I die once, I was to close to some anti'es, and a good friend of mine got me, before I could stop him, I did not fight back, I drop my bow in my back, I would not give the anti's a chance to get him, but he got my stuff to me, with 7 anti'es around him, then he called me via ICQ, and told me to go to my house, then he gated me to the chaos shine to rez, I had never been there before and someone kill me when I rezzed and I lost the gate. Then I call him and told him to make a gate more and I rezzed and run in the gate and I was home with my house again. I took my key in my vendor and invited him in and I got most of my stuff back. One of the anties got 200 bolt, I never got them back and 2 of my guild members had a little of my stuff. They call me, one of my guild members was to scared to try to get some of my stuff, he knew the pk was my friend and was afraid he would kill him if he took anything but I sure, he would not do that. My pk friend told me, that my guild members had the rest of my stuff, so he knew some of the anti's was from my guild. He was alone, when he kill me, and he did not run, when there was 7 around him.

    He was a cool guy. He was one of the PK’s, who did not speak. I had to find him on ICQ to get contact to him. His name was Man O War he was very powerful in PvP . He scared most of the shard.

    The guy I had house with lost his dread char(stat lose) and started a new, he got strong and he was a noto PK for long time so I did not want to have much to do with him. Then he went dread again, that was better. He was strong now, GM archer and 8 circle mage, and a week before the new system, He was with 2 others, I had never seen before. There was dead body's all around the house.

    I told them, that I did not like, when they kill players so close to me. The players would think I was bad to and I could not fight my friends (the pk's), they accept that.
    When I meet my friends in the forest, they sometimes hunt monsters with me, and most time, they let me get the loot. When I was with a blue friend, one of them came and told me, that there was 2 troll's south, and he did not attack the guy I was with, I had just learn to know him.
    I never got some of my red friends loot, from there kill, only from monsters, and I did not spy for them, and I did not help them with there killing. The blue players there knew me, and accept I did have have pk- friends, and I had not got any blue enemy because of that

    Only once a guy attack me, because he was killed 4 times that day, but he ran, when my bow auto attack. Some day's later, I was helping him with some monsters, and asked him why he attacked me, when I told him my story, he want to be my friend. That my story about how I got so many pk friends.

    I was Great Lady, but I had never kill a player. If I see someone there need help, I try to help, even when it is a pk, there had try to kill me the day before. Only problem is, I cant heal them and attack blue players there try to kill red players, who is not evil, with out losing noto, I did not want to go red. The system was different at that time

    I don't see any reason to, why I cant heal a red guy, there is close to get kill of monsters, I can only helping with killing the monsters and give him some GH potions if I have some.
    I don't look at a players color to see, how he is, there is a lot of evil blue and a lot of nice red in the game.(this was before the new system I wroted that)

    That was my main char Freja's story, I have a char more, ArcherGirl, I hope her story will be different, it already is, she had never been a newbie, she knew the world, when she was born. She is born to be a bad girl, but for now, she had been nice too, and as long she is weak, she will stay nice.
    When she is ready to join her pk friends, I hope she will be a nice pk, with a lot of honor, but I will let her kill players, just not newbies and other weak players or players there fight with monsters.
    But how can I play a pk, who ask a player for his stuff or his life, if he just recall away, when he see a red?

    I only want to kill evil blue players or players there attack me just because I'm red, I hate that kind of players, I had seen a lot of none evil red players got kill without reason.
    But I know I must learn to kill, if I will play a pk :), that will not be easy for me, but I want to play the evil side of the game too, and I'm sure, I will get a lot of fun with this player too, and I know I have friends there will help me with my first kill. I think a looter or a npk will be my first victim, and I will like to see them die for my hand.

    Freja will always be a nice girl, and don't run or recall if you see Archergirl, even when she get the title Dread Lady ArcherGirl Master Archer, I hope she always will speak before she attack, and if you know her now, don’t fear her, she wont hurt you, if she remember you.
    ArcherGirl is first ready to join the evil side of the game now, but I wont let her get red, and ruin her char, I think she must learn to steal, so she can provoke a fight, or find some other way's to get a fight without get reported, I hate that.

    The nice Lady Freja, and her Dark sister ArcherGirl

    PS: Now it did not go that way, I lost ArcherGirl as she was on my sons account and it was Freja who went evil.
     
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  28. SpyderBite

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    So much fun back then. 20 of us waiting outside of Trinsic gates for new players to come running out. Lambs to the slaughter.

    Later it was attacking over weighted players on the way to their boats on fire isle.

    Good times


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    There were period of lag especially as you approached lots of people in town so events were totally lag fests
    there were lots of freezing and reverts and having to log off and back on to find out what is going on
    You would lose skill because there was no skill locking and you gained a skill even passively gaining a skill by standing next to someone gaining skills so people would run around lighting fires and making you gain camping when you had maxed out your skills forcing you to re learn whatever you just lost.
    You could try to out run arrows or ebolts and could run long distances before they finally hit you
    My main character was a mage who also had swords skills. He made money by tinkering. In those days you did not loose metal if you failed tinkering so he would make knives and sell them to the npc tinker. You could mine through the walls of a house.
    You could shoot arrows or magic spells through the windows of houses
    It took me six months to get him to where he could gate for money and then he shortly made enough money to buy a house deed
    I placed the house next to a mountain outside of Moonglow near a pk hangout. They would always be around so I learned to open the door real fast after recalling to the house. I would never carry the key and the recall rune for the house at the same time because if someone had your key and your recall room they owned your house.
    lots of players would go on a rampage doing various things like killing all the pack animals in town which used to be allowed or just pking as much as the possibly could prior to quitting
     
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  30. Aran

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    I can't remember yesterday let alone when I started playing UO.
     
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    --I spent hours picking reagents off the ground
    --My first home was a tent (wish they would bring them back)
    --I was often killed by mongbats!
     
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    On my first trip to Britain, I had tried to have a conversation with the trash can but it only wanted to talk about salt!!! I am sure the person feeding the trash was amused *laughs* I didn't find out until later that it was the trash can talking. *laughs*
     
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    I started originally in LBR playing on a friends account, but I will start my recollections from AoS when I got my own account.

    -Embarrassingly I used my personal bless deed on my perfectly normal Bone Harvester.
    -I didn't leave the island of Haven or other major cities frequently for a very long time. This is what I miss about modern MMOs, there is no sense of adventure. I could explore all of WoW in a month even if I was new; in contrast it took me years to explore all of UO. Some people would see that as a downside, not me.
    -I clicked all my spells. When a friend finally introduced me to UO-Assist and macros I was gobsmacked.

    I can't think of any more interesting ones really. Starting so late makes it not so interesting for the real veterans :wink:
     
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  34. Ashlynn_L

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    I started playing back when EA still did promotions. In this case it was spend so much at a local store and get a free copy of Third Dawn. So I got my copy with the Way of the Phoenix (an L5R book) if I remember right.

    Things I remember:

    There was a Trammel. But stepping through to felucca was an... experience.
    Traveling from Britain to Trinsic was dangerous! (or seemed it)
    You could buy oddly coloured metal armour from NPC smiths.
    Magic items had evocative names and weren't just a list of numbers.
    Kegs were in demand so I pursued alchemy. I started by collecting spider silk to make night potions. Turned a profit and eventually progressed to poison. Alchemy was my first GM skill.
    Power hour!
    Training melee skills on rotting corpses that a bard had kindly lured two of and provoked at humility shrine in ilshenar. They were almost invincible back then! There was usually always someone to talk to as well so you didn't need to do it unattended.
    Those puzzles where you got electric shocked.
    Wisps being deadly.
    Reapers being deadly (and me thinking they were just regular trees at first).
    Housing being totally out of reach - it wasn't until AoS when I finally got a small tower sized plot. This I definitely don't miss.

    *edit* People sold ostards at the bank. There would always be a couple of people with four or five different coloured ostards in tow. So you could pick your colour. I loved that. I preferred blue or red ones myself.
     
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  35. Aran

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    The part that should really embarrass you, actually... is that you can remove and reuse personal bless deeds.
     
  36. Ludes

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    I love posts like this... I've also been around since the beginning... These stories bring up too many good memories to list them all.
    Lot of them would be repeats anyway!
     
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    NPCs use to actually talk and respond :( I think I miss that the most.
     
  38. Irulia Darkaith

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    I just remembered when NPCs would bow to you when you walked through town if you had high enough fame, or if you had very negative karma they would accuse you of eating babies or some such taunt. I do miss that now though at the time it was getting a bit tiresome...I used to try and walk clear of them to avoid the comments.
     
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    Wisps used to respond. NPCs sometimes still bow to my toons with level 5 fame.
     
  40. Natalya

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    I was in the beta. There were no bank boxes, you started with nothing but newbie clothes on your back. It was very hard to get started. People got killed by things like flocks of birds. PKs waited at every city gate and exit. A guy gave me a fancy dress, and people in town bowed to me saying "A queen, a queen". Nobody had seen clothes yet. Later on Atlantic I remember fighting an orc, and a bear came to help me. My first building was a blue tent with one chest. My second one was a one room house that cost 7.5 K which was a fortune back then. 100,000 sold for $50, money was so hard to make. People were really helpful, and would teach newbies and spar to get their skills up.
     
  41. smip

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    When I started I had my dagger, my clothes and can't remember what else. An eagle killed me, got pk'd and lost what I had. I had thought REALLY hard weather I was going to continue on playing this "dastardly" game. There were no banks, no houses an no place to hide from those horrible pk's. That was in September of 97. Got the game for an early birthday present from my kids as my birthday in in October. At that time Balders gate, I think it was, was the huge thing going in on line games. I put the game down after that first day and picked it up again in November of 97 when I heard there were going to be houses soon.

    Well here I am 16 years later.... not so afraid of those horrid pk's any more. Even though they can still whoop me silly. I still own a house in Felucca, and have several accounts in which my houses are pretty much all over the map my latest in Magencia. One of my favorate cities. I was so heartbroke when that city was in transaction. Now I think it's fantastic.

    The only thing I really miss is my original forum sign up date. They had 2 forums then but stratics got hacked them so many years ago and could not recover everyones (or anyones can't remember) sign up date. Then they had one more burp, lost the date again. The third burp my date stuck thank goodness. I think that was about 12 or 13 years ago. Hmm... I'll need to go see what that date is because I forgot. It was a while ago, that's for sure.

    Game sure has changed since then. I think for the better on most of the expansions.
     
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  42. The Zog historian

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    I was recently reminded of the old, old bug where a single magic arrow killed anyone at any hp. It was unpredictable and wasn't useful for PKing, but every so often I'd see someone who exited the dungeon as a ghost, dead after a monster low on mana got just enough to fire a magic arrow. It was quite a while before it was fixed.
     
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  43. Viquire

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    I died to a rabbit after casting a fireball on it on Europa. Thought I could only have one character per shard, so I started a second character, but this time on GL. I was much more cautious with that one.
     
  44. Viper09

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    Reminds me of having very long duels with very small animals...and either nearly dieing or dieing to them.
     
  45. Skunk

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    I joined when lbr released or shortly before. I can remember spending hours at brit graveyard, brit smithy always had someone crafting there, stashing bags of goodies in the woods and hoping I got to them before they were discovered. After that spending hours at the artic orge lords and,ww spawns...my first house was a small tower. I'm sure I have more memories but they escape me.

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  46. Aran

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    I used to transfer items between characters all the time in the inn in Moonglow. Never lost an item.
     
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    Yes! Haha. I remember doing that!

    I also remember hiding in the inns, stealthing around, looking in the hidden corners and chests for people doing the same :p
     
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    -There was no Sonoma.
    -There was no decimal point in your skills and figuring out if what you were doing was working meant gaining a full point.
    -There was no macroing. A clever friend in the syndicate mentioned something to hold down a key...GENIOUS!
    -Tailoring skullcaps was our secrret money maker.
    -Started the "bone wall" for training in deceit on bone knights at least on Sonoma.
    -Secure courtyards via 3 small houses.
    -Brit graveyard server down battles...
    -7x GM made you in the top 1% on a server.
    -Lumberjacks / tribal spears / war hammers & breaking order sheilds oh my!
    -No criminal flag preventing recall.. Stealing silver vanqs in deceit all day and recalling lol.
    -Good PvPers could mouse drag to arm weapons like lightning.
    -Loosing your nightsight on a dexxer in a dungeon fight was a death sentence.
    -Haberd mage ftw!. THWACK... Flamestrike.
    -Parry and magic resist were my arch nemesis.. like 100 hours each if you did it right LoL.

    -Sleeping 8 hrs a night... HaH no way..... not a chance... I was a college freshman with a new comp.. new T1 and no one to tell me to stop killing cats! Hey sure the death yowl was annoying but DAM i was gaining parry fast!
     
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  49. startle

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    I hear ya, old gypsy... Mine don't gravitate in that direction either....

    I remember the choice that my Lumberjack/Miner was constantly given during most days back then - adapt or leave... So, in an attempt to survive and without Soulstones, he had to drop other skills to use Archery and Hiding in his what was to become a futile attempt to keep his armor and boards/ingots. His successes at defending himself against that single Pk, succeded only in that Pk becoming 2 then 3 at a time.

    So, now I had to choose between becoming one of them - running around in packs killing defenseless resource gatherer's - then hanging out at the bank or moongate tellin' folks how bad they were.
    Or, I could just enjoy the chopping and listening to the birds and animals until the Pk's came by for their visit... I'd even throw in the occasional "Wondered where you guys were. Thought maybe you took the day off?" as my of sayin' up yours - just before speaking only in oooOOOOooo's...

    So, it ended with the addition of the promise of peace and justice that was to become a new land called Trammel - where you get to pick and choose your fights -and I sacrificed all 5 of my houses and never looked back... The boys of Felucca just weren't my style..

    So now I'm in Trammel (never left of course) enjoying the peace whenever I want, and fighting mobs whose skills you know in advance - and both we and they follow rules in place... Boring? Well it does take some dedication to solo the big guys....

    We're not pansies, we just like a fair fight - always... True hero's never take part in slaughter with overwhelming numbers...
     
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