I just came from a public Scalis spawn in Buc's Den Trammel on Atlantic. As this is the first time I've bothered with such a thing, I just wanted to make my thanks known. Thanks for reminding me that as a melee combatant, my job is to stand under someone's dragon and instantly die. If I had been allowed to inflict damage and receive it at a survivable rate, I might have gotten away without thinking I rolled the wrong template. Thanks especially for putting the anti-leech effect on Scalis. Sure pure paladins, pure samurai, plain vanilla warriors, any fighting necromancer without bushido, and every other melee template in Ultima Online have all long since been dumped on the "for newbies and roleplayers" garbage heap of history, but those darned sampires were singlehandedly keeping melee alive until now. For that they definitely deserve to take a bunch of extra damage, even though they're the only ones who ever take any PVM damage in the first place anymore. When you see 30 or 40 players at an event, and zero of them are standing within the damage radius of the boss, that's how you know melee combat has been properly crushed balanced. Good show!