I just decided to make a crafter and try making some gunpowder and... Wait a minute, I'm supposed to WHAT??? Are you seriously telling me I have to make potash and buy saltpeter and then craft gunpowder with only a 30% chance of success? Are you crazy!? Not gonna happen... If you want me to sail a ship and go and kill a big beastie who can blow your ship and cost you 50k and 5 weeks of gathering and making gunpowder, you are out of your tiny mind. If you don't make combat in ships a whole lot easier NOBODY except the tiny 2% of super rich players are even going to bother. I have played UO for 13 years, yes that's right. And I have NO intention WHATSOEVER of making gunpowder. Not now, not when the High Seas goes live, and NOT IN ANOTHER 13 YEARS!!! Why make it so hard? Why can't we just buy gunpowder? Why the hell do we even need gunpowder at all? All you seem to want to add to UO now is GOLD SINKS. I was looking forward to going on my new ship into combat. But if I have to spend the next week making gunpowder just to lose it all when I get my boat sunk -- NO WAY. NO WAY!