Hi, I'm Dynat. I have never played Ultima Online before ever. I once played the first 20 minutes of Ultima VIII: Pagan with a DOS emulator but I'm sure you will all agree that hardly counts. I've come here to flirt with the idea of finally trying the legendary mother of MMOs and I have to admit, I am worried. My first ever MMO experience was with Runescape back in 2003 when it still had its wonderful bright (blinding) classic colours. I was about 10-11 years old at the time and although I was a complete newb, I was hooked. After spending 2-3 years there I migrated over to the World of Warcraft which is perhaps a little more unlike UO than Runescape is? Regardless, I can safely say I am a slow learner when it comes to MMOs as I don't believe I understood either game well enough for the first year that I played them. I also toyed with various other MMOs but none really stuck and I found myself returning to either Runescape or WoW private servers that attempted to emulate the game during the era I enjoyed them at, something I'm sure you can all relate to. Then in 2014/2015 a friend from uni told me about the glory days he spent playing UO back in '98. He told me about things that I didn't realise ever existed in MMOs such as stealing from other players. I was very excited and gave it a good old google but as I expected, there existed the same old story of a big bad games company (EA) getting their hands on an amazing game (UO) and systematically destroying it over time, or so I read. As a result, I instead decided to watch, and even make a pledge toward a game in development called Legends of Aria (formerly Shards Online) as it aimed to revive the UO experience with a modern games engine and modern graphics while also reminding everyone that some of them were lead developers for UO. I've played LoA in both alpha and beta and am curious to see if the developers can actually pull it off. I would love to see it succeed but find myself mixed with some hope, and some doubt. I've come here in order to build somewhat of a comparison between the two and I can see some similarities but my god... I said I was worried at the start of my post and the reason behind that is because, as I have also mentioned, I am slow to learn MMOs. MMOs are big, but Ultima Online is ridiculous. The skills list alone manages to both excite and frighten me, the in-game menu's are endlessly nested with content and although I am yet to properly walk around and determine the scale of the map, I'm pretty sure its about as insane as I imagine. SO! with that all said, it is a pleasure to meet and discover this community, I look forward to meeting you in-game, if I can find my bearings enough to stick it out, and if you don't mind, may I ask? Do I even stand a chance?