Lately the posts on this forum have been so full of doom and gloom I was getting so uptight I wanted to do something to cheer you up and possibly answer your questions about UO. Shard news: On origin have seen and talked to 3 new players! Add to this a populated luna bank (more then 6 players). Baja just got a new resident player returning from hiatus and saw 1 new player running around with a newbie tag. Napa this week had 2 new players add that with the 4 from last month seems like the population on this shard is getting new blood. We also have a few returning players from the past who have started blend in nicely! Atlantic as usual a hot house of players and not without its new arivals. A very busy place. Chessy has a few returning players from duty this week, please welcome them back with a smile. Was in New Haven and saw 5 newbies! excelent news.... Catskills had a few old salts return to the game from a few years hiatus and were back to complaining about the spawn rate in new dungeons..... welcome back and good luck. Siege P. has been a quiet place for a bit but with the addition of a few returning players it might spice it back up... we shall keep our eyes and ears open. Oceania with the return of playablilty for most the shard is back up and running. Some are still having lag issues, but its much better. Saw 1 new player on shard. Hope all our friends in Queensland are ok and safe. Keep dry mate! Heard it was 108 in Sydney! Hokuto was as usual a hustle and bustle. I am still looking for room for a bigger house, the shard is stuffed! Many shards are finding a few new players and returning vets. We also have to remember many of our fellow players suffered job loss and had to curb spending. UO is a luxury, but as new jobs are gotten many will return. Just give them time. We also have service men and women who play UO. When deployed to Iraq or Afganistan UO is not the first thing on their minds. They cant play the game. We hope all come home safe and healthy. If I missed your shard and you have good news tell us here on the forum! The stratics forum is not just for your complaints. You see something fantastic tell us all.... EM's are doing wonders for shard moral! Now I know many of you feel like UO is at its last straw but your very much wrong. We just got new servers which should show you they are not going to shelf UO anytime soon. As was pointed out Bio/Mythic just merged. Those of you who have had your company do the same will understand the procedure and time needed to complete this. We got new servers! Yipeee!! Why update us if they were going to pull the plug?? And on the subject of the servers and the down time the game has had of late... its normal. It happened the last time we got new servers, so its nothing new. Lag and servers going down happens every time when have gotten new servers for those of you who didnt know it. As for the State of the Game you all are waiting for that you penned for mid January..... Heard Cal had a mis step filming it... hope he gets better soon. But Come on guys wake up from your dream world, Its been snowing like in the artic! .... Think, I mean did you think they lived at Mythic studios?? WHO has been home from school alot lately? Not to mention some Parents! Snow has for the most part been hampering people getting to work, you think the Dev team is any more powerfull then the rest of you?? I got news for you they are human and live just as you do. I wont make excuses up but think with logic. With new servers that take babysitting, down to the weather being a putz and then illness to boot and you expect a timetable to be kept?? Like Us they work a 8 hour day give or take overtime for breakdowns and deadline's in productions. Familys get ill, it is flu season. Progress reports, paperwork, are part and parcel in Mythic too.. you cant escape it. EA is a normal company so there is tons of normal office things that need doing, meetings etc. Being late for a progress report can and does happen in the real corporate world. Yes I know they have had this issue of a "classic shard" beating down apon them from you for ages. You have brow beat it into their head so much you feel they owe you. And you want that YES or NO answer NOW......... well jr temper tantrums will get you the same as it did when you were 3. Emotions aside, the making of this shard from scratch is not something you can do on a weekend and serve it up to you on a silver platter. Draconi saw the original workbook and beleave you me it was not a tiny work of art. Cal and the dev could modify a shard but the time and money to do so might not be in the budget. All things can and do need time to add up to get a reasonable answer if it can be done. God did you forget MURPHY??? Whats his law?? WHAT CAN GO WRONG WILL GO WRONG Its the first rule of the universe! The Dev are not imune to this law. Also I for one would love to see more mini publishes like High Seas... (remember the idea of Farming) This takes alot of real life people hours to do. As for the Ghost houses issue.. Many of you have turned in locations of these houses and expected them to automaticly drop days later... it dont work that way. Mesanna would need to explain this time needed but I have strong suspicions its a gathering of information and double checking and then one mass deletion coming. I for one would want them to do a conformation check before they drop the houses. Now I do know some of you have openly admitted you have placed some of these homes. This is cheating UO of funds for these houses you have up still. You knew it was a bug and exploited it. Many of you know its wrong to keep them. Fix it. Do the right thing. P.S. EA hasnt supported UO for years now, It was handed over to Mythic. Bio-Mythic supports UO. EA is only UO's parent company. The CSR 's for EA are in Austin Tx. it would be hard for one to go tell a GM you need help outside a internal e mail. Just remember honey gets you places that sour grapes dont when you talk to one. They are people too. Have a good day guys n gals!