UO: Nat’s Thoughts

As I mentioned before, we downloaded the free, 14 day trial for Ultima Online this weekend.

Folks, let me just say a few things before I get started actually talking about the game play and stuff…

I know it sounds stupid. I know it sounds dumb, but as I walked into Brit and heard the music…my eyes watered up a bit.

When I fizzled my first spell I literally got CHILLS. Rotsam and I are playing the classic version of the game right now– and I have to say that I missed it. I missed UO terribly, and didn’t even know it. I’m sure I SHOULD have known it, because we still freaking talk about how great it was constantly. We’ve been gone for 5 whole years and I bet we talk about UO every day.

I only played for a couple of hours last night, but it was hard for me to log off.

For now, we (we being our family and 1/2 of the Ray family) are going to play Ultima. We’ve committed to the decision to at least play for awhile.

Maybe some of our old schoolers will return. Maybe some of our new BiC’ers would be willing to try a ‘classic’ MMO. I know many won’t even give it a chance– but I hope some will.

6 comments

  • Chy

    May have to try this. *Starts Download*

  • Nat

    I’m not sure what you expect. Understand this is a 2d graphics engine. It’s definitely old school… However, we are already planning our first Champion spawn. Lisa’s a smidge overwhelmed. What we consider simplicity is confusing for her a little, but…

    I just don’t even know what to say. LIterally my eyes watered. Our old guild is still in place (Benevolent Insurgency of Chesapeake). We are trying to track down where our old guildhouse stood…

    I missed it. I missed the fun pvp, the challenge of a pve spawn that has to be protected by pvp’ers. I missed the ganks, the laughter, the shit talk. I missed it.

  • gamergirl

    I wish I had pushed to do this sooner and mentioned as much to Jay last night. As Nat said, UO is constantly talked about or referenced and I have wanted to see it for a long time especially given that it is widely considered one of the standards for a great MMO.

    The UI is definitely something to get used to if you were weaned on modern online MMO games. Once I went out in the wilderness and just started setting mobs on fire I really got into the game. Also, seeing Layna’s house lot plunked down on Nat’s screen made me five kinds of excited (I LOVE having an ingame house to decorate and putz around with!) so I am really stoked about spending time in UO.

    Plus, now I get to participate in a little bit of BiC history since this is where it all started! 🙂

  • Nat

    BiC History. So true…

  • Gamergirl, you’re going to be so amazed when you see just how MUCH there is to do. Yea, granted the graphics are not WoW. That aside, it’s not just the whole running around, taming a horse to ride, setting stuff on fire and tinkering with your house. There’s a treasure map system where you can make a character that goes out and digs up treasure chests. There’s a fishing system where you can use special nets to fish up monsters that drop chests of loot. The crafting system, don’t even get me started. Then there are the champ spawns that combine PvE and PvP. You can even take a mage (if you want) and completely change all of your skills so that you’re a warrior or a stealther or a tamer. You’re not locked into anything. All of your skills and stats are completely adjustable.

    I’m not sure if I adequately expressed my feelings, but I’m DAMNED excited to play again.

  • Jay

    What’s really weird is that the game feels refreshing. I haven’t played in 5 years, the game is 12 years old, and yet logging in brought back all that was right with MMO’s. UO is a community game, a ecosystem of collaboration and competition that is less about selfishness and more about the team. I’m not sure if its the mechanics or the tenure that have given this game the edge over high-budget, visually stunning products like WoW, Warhammer and Conan, but there is something undeniably attractive about a game that isn’t about YOU.

    I’ve only been back for a few days, and I have a lot to learn about the new content, but so far this feels just like coming home. I can’t wait to set up my house and get some duels under my belt. If you’re looking for something different, I cordially invite you along for the ride.

    Cheers!

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