I just want to start off and say that I am no computer expert so i could be wrong on this but UO is now a very item based game using an old graphics engine with not as much memory as it requires at this time. as you know we just had another event with tons of new items introduced to the game and now we have so much lag coincidence i don't think so but i don't know for sure. I do not play any of the games competing with Ultima Online but they are much newer with better graphic engines and are less item based i heard plus they have a much greater memory capacity with little to no lag. i am not saying this is the only reason for the lag i am sure there are other factors but what i think is that the Devs need to do is upgrade the servers and memory a lot even if they have to shut UO down for a week or two it would be worth it if it gets rid of the lag or reduces it greatly. Sure players would complain about a shut down for that long but in the long run there would be no lag to very little lag hence a lot less players complaining, a lot less players that will quit and maybe even a lot more new players that will join and stay it cant hurt. i am willing to lose a week or 2 of Ultima Online to have a lag free or close to lag free game if that is what it takes to fix the lag that is how i feel anyway what about you?