Watching the boards of late is a rollercoster of emotions for alot of readers and its getting out of hand. Many try to over think the Dev and put out their forcasts of doom and gloom or roses and champagine. Cal and the Dev have tried their best to keep us informed. Not always as quick as most would like or as detailed. Try to remember some things are not easy to pin down. Like the buzz of this "State of the Game" geesh give them some breathing space!! Unless you live under a rock and play UO in the dark, we all know the population is low. So it is unnessasaray to rehash it in 20 posts worded differently. Once is enough thank you. Downsizing .... where in the name of jupiter did you get the idea we need to consolidate the shards?? Did a Dev say so?? NO infact if I remember a few months back this very question was asked of Cal and the team. The answer at that time was they have no intention to do so. They are doing their best to make our gameplay fun and less a hanstle from bugs. Bugs .... no matter what game you play there is always going to be bugs... its a fact of life nothing is perfect.... I for one know full well many of you have this half empty glass syndrome. We pay for UO and it makes a profet... EA right now can use every spare penny it gets. This is how business runs, even with new equipment and server repairs UO is still viable. Just for once I'd love to see the posts here full of happy ideas and thoughts. Yea I know I am day dreaming..... this place is full of cats and rocking chairs ...sooner or later someone tail is gunna be twisted!