In the last week I have started playing on Great Lakes. I didn't transfer anything and more or less started out like most new players would all for the exception of my knowledge of the game. One thing that really struck me was that character generation as far as starting equipment has hardly changed since I started playing back in 99. The big difference though is there is a different armor system. Some characters back then would start off in studded armor, and for back then it wasn't to shabby. To get better armor on a new character you could goto the graveyard, bash a few skeletons and get a bone set which at the time was good except for its low durability. After a few runs you had enough to buy GM made armor off a vendor. However today though new characters hardly have a stitch of armor, but the major difference is that it is all junk when you start, and it is all junk more or less when you loot a low to medium monster. Surely nothing to brag to your buddies about that is for sure. Overall I think new character generation items should be updated a bit. Half decent armor for the skills in question. Nothing fancy, nothing handed on a silver platter but enough to get going.