It seems all the UO newsletters this year include an interesting paragraph near the bottom. It reads:
If you have an account that was terminated by CS over a year ago and would like to have it back please contact support (http://uo.com/support-welcome/) and give them the details and identify the account as yours, depending on the termination we will remove the restriction from your account so you may open it again.
If you know someone who was banned for a relatively minor infraction, it would be a good idea to let them know they could have their account restored.
The event focus group was a big success! I hope this will give the developers ideas on how they can collect feedback from UO players in the future. Here is a rundown of the big questions and responses:
How many years have you been playing UO?
Most players answered they started before the Age of Shadows, at least 80%. This shows that the current player base is very old and been around a long time. It also shows that newer people have not been staying around.
Typically, how many days of the week do you play UO?
Lots of people said 7 days. Probably 80% are playing 4 days or more a week which when combined with the length of how long people have played UO shows a very dedicated player base.
Where do you get your event news?
The big surprise here was how many answered UO.com. It is apparently very important that the calendar on the official website is updated and accurate. It would also be nice if there was a way for players to get their events posted on their. The format could also use improvement with some kind of filter by shard.
How many EM events have you attended this year?
For such a dedicated player base, it was surprising to me that most people only attended half the events. Very few people answered they attended them all. When you combine this question and the next one it points to people not being very into the existing story line.
Do you come to EM events only to get the item drops?
A solid 70% or more said no, which was very surprising. You always hear “people only go to events for the drops”. Well just look at the number of people who said no. Perhaps a lot of the players who only come for drops did not come to this focus group (which does not make sense since a drop was given away here). In any case, a sizable number of players care about the story that goes on.
Which UO city do you identify with or call home?
The standouts were Britain, Skara Brae, and Trinsic. This was not real surprise that some cities are favored a lot more than others.
Did you vote in the last city governor election? Do you know the name of your city governor?
Voting was about 50/50 and naming your governor was more in the no category. As has been established in earlier questions, these numbers point to a lack of interest in the governor system in general. You could already tell by how poor attendance is at the monthly governor meeting. This needs to be worked on.
Should something be done about Greater Dragons?
The very few that answered no were probably joking. This is an ongoing issue that is reducing the overall event experience. Something should be done about it.
For each of the following story titles, rate your interest from 1 to 10 [worst to best]:
The Revival of the Shadowlords – 7 or 8
The Calamity of the Lost Lands – 5
The Gargoyle Invasion – 7 or 8
The Burning of Luna – 10
The Overthrow of King Blackthorn – 9 or 10
Besides Overthrown Blackthorn, the other four titles I came up with real quick. This is definitely a question that could have been thought out better. The “Burning of Luna” poisoned the responses because everyone would love to see that. When asked which story people wanted the most out of all those about 50% said Luna, 20% said Gargoyle Invasion and 20% said Blackthorn Overthrow. If you took out the Luna question, Blackthorn Overthrow would probably be the most selected.
Video of the entire focus group with all the questions:
Keep checking back for more event information and articles!
If you don’t have the time to listen to me ramble on for 30 minutes about what I’ve done and trying to do in regards to roleplaying, this is the article for you! Unless you are a slow reader, here is the two minute version on what has happened and what I hope will happen over the coming months.
Timeline of Events Before Today
I (JC the Builder) am elected governor of Moonglow on the promise of making Britannia great again.
At the June governor’s meeting I give a grand speech about the sorry state of Britannia (which will be detailed in a future news post, sorry!). At the end of the meeting King Blackthorn threatens my life for overstepping my authority.
I don’t attend the July governor’s meeting directly. Instead I have a representative hand King Blackthorn a communication crystal which he promptly smashes as soon as he hears me on the other end. He is attempting to silence me! Several governors are openly hostile towards Blackthorn. Zynia, governor of Vesper, even walks out mid-meeting in disgust.
I (purposefully) don’t attend the August governor meeting at all. The other governor’s ask where I am but no one has any answers. King Blackthorn is very indecisive on what to do and keeps asking the governors. He ends up hijacking the entire meeting and leaves no time for anyone else to speak. He leaves abruptly with all the governors scratching their heads on what just happened.
That leads up to today and the governor’s meeting happening tomorrow for September. At that meeting I had planned on attending and practically declaring my intentions to usurp Blackthorn. However, with the recent real life death of Tiffany Moon, governor of Cove, I think it is more appropriate to hold off a bit. Instead I will be in attendance for very low key.
When I became governor months ago this was not at all what I had in mind. It has occurred organically over the last few months. Who better to blame for all our troubles than the current king? It is not my intention to become the next king, only to de-throne the current one.
I hope you all will join with me for what could be the greatest storyline Atlantic has ever seen. During the month of October I want to hold different events, such as a clandestine meeting of the city governors, to further this idea. It will all lead up to the October governors meeting where the fireworks will truly begin.
Please check back here regularly for more information. Have a Nice day.
I am going to pay people for articles to be posted here, on this website, about Atlantic shard! Write about EM events, player events, player profiles, your own guild advertisement, or anything else UO related.
A long time ago people wrote all kinds of stuff about UO and every day there was new articles to read on UO.com and Stratics. But that does not happen at all anymore. People are always asking, “does anyone play UO anymore?” because they have no idea what is happening. The world of Britannia turn every day, actually 12 times a day, but it could be weeks without anyone saying what is going on! If you ever wondered how you could help make a big impact and draw people into the game, this is your chance.
I will pay out between 20 and 100 million gold an article. A quick article could net you 20-40 million. An in-depth piece could bank you a lot more. Each article should have at least 2 screenshots to accompany it. You need to get in touch with me to talk about what you will write before you wet your quill.
If you want to write regularly, I can set you up with an account on this site so you can post without waiting on me all the time. Otherwise you can just email me your story and screenshots (email in the left menu).
Check back regularly for more articles about Atlantic in UO!
If there was one single thing which I have to point to as to bringing back people to the game recently it has to be ICQ chat. When I was working to bring back the HOT Guild over the winter, one of the big hurdles was communication. People were logging in very haphazardly and not checking our website much at all anymore. People were around, but getting people together was a big hurdle.
I know there are other programs out there that people chat on, such as WhatsApp and Discord. But Ultima Online players are stubborn and will only use ICQ. Luckily it seems ICQ has developed a pretty decent chat interface to compete with other programs and so far it has served our guild very well. There are hundreds of messages every day and any questions can be answered promptly.
If you haven’t loaded up the ICQ app on your smartphone then I strongly encourage you do so! Now you don’t need to be at your computer and have the ICQ application open to be connected to what is happening in UO. It could be 4:30 at work and you get a ping that something will be happening tonight, so you know exactly when to login. Personally, I turn off notifications for chat rooms so I don’t get notifications. But if someone needs to reach me all they need to do is send me a message.
There was a recent update to ICQ chat which allows basic permissions. Now you can set it so people have to request permission before they can join (before anyone could invite anyone else). So problem users can be removed. With this I decided to create public chats for the Atlantic shard, a general and a PVP focused one. If you want to join one or both chats (and you should, you don’t have to talk to anyone) then message me at 59523359.
I would encourage every shard to start their own ICQ chat room(s). It will help connect players for all kinds of reasons, whether it be trade, PVP, looking for hunting partners, answering a simple question, etc. The more people communicate the more they will have fun in Ultima Online.