Hello All, I would like to begin with a quick introduction of myself in relation to this world of Ultima Online. I was a young lad whenever this game first released, and the only real experience I ever had with gaming up until that point was mostly the original Diablo (still love it), and various retro console games. My oldest brother was about 14 years older than me, and he was actually going to college and living at home for a period during those years. I remember watching him and being fascinated with this game, and one day while he was at school I found out how to log onto his account because "what's the worst that could happen?" It took all of about 15 minutes for some horrible person on a horse to gut his character and I somehow managed to lose everything he was wearing lol... I was petrified for him to find out. Anyway, a much older me has always wondered what this game was all about, and my curiosity led me to this shard which I have already become a part of. I am a brand new player, under the new player program, and I am absolutely LOST. It's nothing like any other MMO I've dabbled in (mostly Wow and ESO), which is a great thing--i just need to figure out my way. I seriously want to try everything to get into this game and world, but it's so overwhelming at this point. For reference, my interests in my character are to be a warrior who mines and blacksmiths his own gear... I figure that is a sound plan in most RPG's and I find a lot of enjoyment in gathering ores and blacksmiths gear. Is this a good plan? How does one begin on their journey? I tried out the combat system on a random bull out side of town and it didn't go very well for team sackcrete... I'm looking forward to meeting you all! I apologize for any typos--my wife recently purchased me a new keyboard for Valentines Day haha!