This morning as I was getting ready, I experienced a moment of deep sadness and nostalgia. I began day-dreaming of the golden years…the years of Ultima Online. I’d like to keep some of my most cherished memories alive through this forum. Bear with me… (all of these pre-Trammel era, on Atlantic server).
· As a thief, I remember running through the woods of Yew… looking for prospective victims. One day I came upon a Grandmaster Archer, who was killing birds for their feathers. I ran passed him and snooped his bag, then hid. There was a magic bow contained therein. I then stealthed to the unsuspecting victim, and stole his bow! He tried to fight back, but when he reached for his weapon, it was not to be found. It turned out it was an indestructible short bow of Vanq. One of my best catches ever.
· At a time when reds (murderers) were allowed in town, myself and 3 of my comrades were at the Moonglow bank. A red was trying to sell his magic mallet to another player. The 4 people in my party were all mages. We went off-screen, cast Energy Bolt (Corp Por FTW!), and sync-dumped that red into oblivion, right next to the bank. Needless to say, the prospective buyer received his magical mallet for free that day.
· There is a bridge halfway between Trinsic and Britain. My partner and I used to hide beside this bridge. I was a thief, and my friend a mage. As someone would enter the bridge, my partner would cast a magic wall on the opposite side of the bridge. I would then enter the other side, blocking the victim from escaping. I would then commence looting the victim where he stood, at least until the magic wall disappeared. This was so much fun! People used to adventure on foot from time-to-time back in the day, and not gate/recall to every destination.
· Of course, I save the best for last.
On the West Entrance to Trinsic, there was a young player looking for guidance. Generally, I would lead this type out of town, to possibly steal and/or kill him. But this one stuck with me…he was so sincere. A softy at heart, I began to assist the young man. After conspiring with my friend, my partner led the young man down the street, as I set up a “magic arrow of gold” on the ground. I created a make-believe arrow of gold coins at the entrance of West Trinsic.
We then told the young man that Lord British himself sent us to hire him, and to come meet the king himself immediately. The young player began dancing in circles, excited to meet the king! We wished him farewell on his travels. We told him at the site of a gate, and with a step of faith…he would appear at the king’s castle. At the end of the golden arrow, my friend opened a gate to Lord British’s castle, where the young player excitedly, but hesitantly, went through, thanking us all the way for his upcoming adventures.
This last story changed my outlook on Ultima Online forever. It wasn’t all about the PvP, and the stealing… this experience struck a chord with me so deep. From this point forward, my friend and I dedicated our virtual lives to Role Playing. We built a house at the north-most top of the main continent, and lived out the rest of our days in UO fishing, cooking, and role-playing in our home. Chess, checkers…it didn’t matter. No more magic… only the occasional treasure hunt and boat trip to Skara Brae for supplies.
Please share your UO experiences on this thread! May the best MMORPG of all time (pre-Trammel) continue to live on in our memories!