I have played UO since 1999 when my friend introduced the popular Ultima Online game to me. I started off in Pacific and later went on the Hokuto. Back then, the Japanese shards just came on and quite many of us went over and formed guilds there. I was in this guild called the Red Riders of Britannia. There were good times and bad times in the game, but they are all fond memories. I recalled waking up early on Sunday morning just to "chop" wood to sell for gold and buying that smallest house in the game. Many years have passed and I have left UO twice and returned, most of the time due to work. For the first departure, it was planned so I packed my stuff into the bank. Nothing was lost. In the second departure, I was in a new shard and lost two 18x18 houses at favourite spots near a moongate in the city. It was lost because I was overwhelmed with tight work schedules and traveling around. I took the courage to return and started from scratch after losing quite a number of stuff including yearly rewards. Due to the low About 18 months ago, I was sent overseas to work and was unable to play the game for a long time due to tight project schedules again. This time round I lost a Castle. That is nothing because anyway someone lost the castle to me. What matters are all the stuff that I have packed inside, my rewards, soulstones, gold, resources, etc. They are all gone now, all that is left is my fond memories of UO and probably I might just drop by one day whenever the account is opened for old players to return. But I will never pay for this game again. I know housing decay keeps players active. But it has also kept players like me from returning. Sorry for the rant.