One of the beauties and strengths of Ultima Online, to my opinion, has been the ability of players across the world from different cultures and countries, languages, be able to meet up in a virtual world and get in touch with each other. For many, perhaps, games like UO are the best chance to get in touch with people across the world. Anyways, with 24/7 Events run by the game engine, players playing a shard in a different time zone than theirs have no disadvantage from their playing it. For example, europeans playing north american shards or north americans playing european shards or asian shard. When they can play, they attend the Event at their best convenience. Unfortunately, with the recent focus in EM run Events, most Events are held at the shard's prime time and usually for a limited time like an hour or two. Since north American prime time can mean like 3-4 AM for an european or Europe prime time can mean lunch time for a north american, it goes without saying that putting too much focus on EM Events can break the multi-culture mix of Ultima Online on servers because eventually players, missing the most EM Events of that server because of the timing, will just transfer to a shard in their time zone. And personally, I think the game would loose by losing this multi cultural diversity and have shards only host players from the same time zones. I hope that the Developers will give some thought to this concern and make plans for Ultima Online that actually help maintaining multi cultural and diverse participation on servers of players from different countries, not have the game have barriers and deterrants to it. At least, that is my view.