Beginning in Patch 73/74 the Renaissance staff will begin to roll out our new Shard Support system which includes the Clean up Britannia and the Moat/House Decor systems. Operating as a free server has posed many challenges over the last 5 years and one of our greatest challenges was finding a way to properly reward our players for supporting the server. This new system aims to resolve that, while avoiding the blatant cash for items methods that other servers employ. Even on servers that claim to not allow financial influence you still always end up finding a situation in which a player is able to purchase assistance. In most cases these are good people just desperately in need of income to justify their time investment on the server. For years Renaissance has operated with a skeleton crew of extremely trusted staff to avoid any such situations like that. However the server needs to be self sufficient. The health and stability of the server will always be unstable if we have no operating surplus and are losing money each month. This impacts our ability to purchase needed services, switch servers if the need arises or purchase advertising if there is a lul in new player activity. Rather than wait for some disaster to befall the server, or my personal ability to make up the shortfall each month, or lead to the rise of situations where we have to compromise our integrity to simply keep the server going we have come up with the system you see here. A completely fair and transparent system that allows players to support the server in whichever way that suits them and earn nice rewards for their effort. Some players can trash thousands of items, others can focus their time on writing helpful guides, others can record their pvp sessions and upload them to youtube and for players with the means they can support the server financially. Each one of these methods is essential to the health of the server and we have struggled for years to find a fair way to reward the hard work our players have volunteers to make UO Renaissance the best server. While we understand there is always a negative perception about anything donation related on a UO server. I encourage players to read this guide, talk to the staff and experience the system for themselves before jumping to conclusions. The staff will be extra focused on addressing false statements made to scare players into thinking that Renaissance is going to be, or will ever be a pay to play server. We are simply striving towards, as we have always done, for the server to be self sufficient financially. We welcome open and honest discussion about keeping the server healthy long into the future. Table of Contents 1. Reward List 2. Earning Copper Coins via the Clean Up Britannia System 3. Earning Copper Coins by helping with Advertising 4. Earning Copper Coins by helping with Creative Writing 5. Earning Copper Coins by Donating to cover hosting costs 6. Transfering Copper Coins between your accounts. 7. Rules and Regulations Other useful Links UO Renaissance Shard Support Patch 73 Cleanup up Britannia Guide (Work In Progress) House Customization / Moat Guide (Work In Progress) Common Questions about the Copper Coin / Shard Support System Q. OMG They said the server would never sell items! I've been betrayed! A. The Renaissance server will never allow players to purchase items or have the standard donation shop you see on so many servers. This always leads to an economy based on how much you donate rather than an economy based on earned currency. No transferable items will be able to be purchased for coins players earn by Advertising, Creative Writing or Donations. When a player uses those same coins to improve their house, a transfer limitation is placed on the house to prevent multi step processes that could result in donations being turned into ingame commodities. This system is a reward for all of the hard work that our players have given freely to the server over the years. Q. Can I use coins I earn from Advertising, Creative Writing or Donations to purchase items from the Clean Up Britannia Reward store? A.No. Only copper coins earned ingame via the CuB system can be used to purchase items from this store. Q. What is the purpose of the Support Tab/Copper Wallet in the player profile menu? A. This is where copper coins will be stored that are earned from all of the various sources. These coins are only transferable between your own accounts and can be used to purchase staff services or decorative additions to your house. Q. Do I have to donate to get any specific reward/staff service or house addition at any time in the future? A. No. There will never be anything added that requires donations. Players can earn every reward available by any of the methods listed in this guide or using a combination of the various methods. The only restriction is that the CuB reward store items can only be purchased with coins earned from the CuB system. Q. Why would I want to deposit copper coins to my account wallet? A. This wallet is used to purchase all of the rewards not available via the Cub Reward store. In order to purchase these items you will need to have the correct amount of coins in your wallet. Q. Can I remove copper coins from my account wallet once I deposit them? A. No. Once copper coins are deposited to your account wallet they cannot be removed. They can be transferred to your other account, but never removed or returned to transferable ingame copper coins. Q. How do copper coin transfers work between accounts? A. If you have two characters online, from the same computer, you can select to transfer copper coins from your wallet, to that accounts wallet. This feature will only work if both accounts are logged in from the same computer at the time of the transfer. This function will have a limitation on how often it can be used. Q. I can not afford to donate now but I really want <System Reward> as soon as possible. A. There are no timed exclusives with this system. Some players will want to donate to obtain as much decoration options as possible rather than earning coins by any other listed method. However you should never donate if you cannot afford it. You have plenty of time to earn your desired reward as this system will not be going away.