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Returning player - Help picking a shard

Discussion in 'UO Players Corner' started by Oscar the Grouch, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Oscar the Grouch

    Oscar the Grouch Site Support
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    Feb 25, 2004
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    Hello greater Ultima community.

    I am looking to make a return to the wonderful world of Ultima. I need a little help picking a community oriented shard. I love all aspects of the game, the player versus environment arena, the player versus player aspect, the role play portion and just generally interacting with others. I would probably fit better into a tight-nit community versus a huge community where you don't necessarily know everyone. I have varying degrees of times I can play, usually later in the evening by the eastern skies.

    I haven't remade a character yet so I am looking for a little input before I get started.

    Please note: I am not looking for handouts of any sort. I value people more than pixels and I enjoy starting from scratch and seeing how I can do.

    Disclaimer: Yes, I am grouchy, it is what happens when you get old.
  2. Tazar

    Tazar Guest

    The choice of shard depends somewhat on what you are looking for.

    For a large player-base with lots of interaction (some good - some bad) you'll probably want to try Atlantic.
    For a smaller player-base with a more old-school feel to it, I'd recommend Siege Perilous.
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  3. Petra Fyde

    Petra Fyde Peerless Chatterbox
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    Jan 5, 2001
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    hi Oscar, welcome back. east coast shards are
    Atlantic, Catskills, Chesapeake, Great Lakes, Lake Superior, Legends, Siege Perilous
    Though Siege is pretty much international.
    All but Atlantic are relatively quiet, though I believe all have active communities.
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  4. Demon Wind

    Demon Wind Sage
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    Feb 11, 2010
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    OOOoooooOOOOO Hello Oscar the Grouch Welcoem back! Guess I better start a new deathrobe collection :) Atlantic is great if you like pvp but its more Player verses Players now but still fun! Every shard has its small pvp group to keep the shard spawners busy tho :) Welcome back tho Good Luck !
  5. Captn Norrington

    Captn Norrington Stratics Forum Moderator
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    Welcome back! Although I live on Atlantic, I'd say Chesapeake and Siege Perilous have the most tight knit communities.
    Atlantic is good to, as long as you don't mind tons of pvp'ers, just not as close knit.
  6. Dodger

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    Jun 25, 2008
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    Just choose whichever one is currently up.
  7. Tamais

    Tamais Reporting for Lake Austin since April 2014
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    Sorry I didn't respond sooner. Welcome back. One consideration for choosing a shard is lag. You might make a alt on the shards that interest you. Run around to check to see how bad or good it is. Saying hi in chat could will help find people, but if chat is quiet, that doesn't mean the shard is empty. On lake Austin it usually means people are hunting, crafting, working on skills. Most people will be popping in and out in Luna. If you see some one, wave and most of use will stop and chat. We always love new friends. Lake Austin has been growing. We have had a number of people returning, transfering, and just beginning. We have players from all time zones, so it is easier to join activities. We seem to be busiest in the middle of the week and weekend. There is a weekly hunt every Friday, either an EM event or hunt on Saturdays.