Ok, here's an idea I cam up with while toiling at work. I am throwing it out here, since I am sure there are 100 reasons why it won't work, and another hundred why it could be improved. My thought was a group- probably not a guild per se, but a group of dedicated players. They might come from any faction or guild, be new or experienced, or even those many, many players that have left UO from lack of anything to do, yet have not closed their accounts. They would indeed, be "actors." Available for anyone, at any time that they could be available to attend. See, I was thinking about the orc thing with Gil. People think of events, and contests, but can't always get the available participation. What if there was a group of players that would try to be anything, anytime, anywhere? Available to whomever needed them. You want to raid an orc village? Well, say there were 10 people in this group. You contact them, and presto- you have at least 10 orcs. You want pirates to invade Moonglow? Presto- 10 bandana wearing, cutlass weilding pirates on ships sailing into Moonglow. One faction wishes a good fight- and challenges another faction for control of a town. Sooo...maybe they hire 10 thugs from an assasins fraternity, or something, to make things more interesting and fun. I am sure you are getting the picture. A group that could be brought to anywhere, as anything, simply for the fun of it. To incease the participation. Really, the only rule governing this group would be to fulfill the wishes and obligations of whomever was putting on the event. Need extra orcs, savages, infidels, zombies? The group would show up and rp whatever was requested. It would bolster any smaller guild that wanted to put on an event. It might increase the challenge of any event that a larger guild might want to host. I sure don't see how it could possibly hurt. The group would naturally abide by any rules the hosts put into place. Maybe a player doesn't want to pvp all of the time, but would like to try it. Perhaps he/she wouldn't mind being an orc for an evening, but wouldn't want to do it full time. It would certainly add dimension to anyone in the groups' game time. You would never know what you might be next week. Maybe it could make Siege "the place where events happen," rather than the shard that is dying. Instant enemies, or allies, on demand and willing to play. The trick would be getting a group together where no matter the time designated, at least a good number could show up. Flame away. If nothing else, maybe this could foster some other better idea, that could help us all.