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I just tried Ultima Online again and it's full of cheaters running their characters with software scripts and not even playing themselves. The main program they are using is <Mod edit>. Ultima Online is apparently mostly played by AFK macroed characters running 24 hours per day with this free 3rd party program and hundreds of free scripts. It's not fun playing a game with robot programs that don't speak or interact, not fun at all. EA lets players get away with running scripts by simply answering a game master when he shows up. The very scripts themselves can sound an alarm for a player to let him know a GM is there so he can respond and then go right back to running his scripted character and cheating.
At the same time, these scripted accounts are utterly destroying the game's economy. And, Electronic Arts (EA) appears to be doing very little if anything about it, except ignoring it. I went to great effort to collect and organize information on some major multi-server cheating accounts and reported them to EA and all I got back from EA was generic responses. The cheaters continue to run to this day, non-stop, all day, generating and flooding the game with millions and millions of gold and items.
So I tried to help make the players aware on the forums at Stratics, but I found that Stratics is doing Ultima Online more harm than good and it is very likely that some of their moderators are involved in these large cheating operations to make and sell gold. The UO forums hosted by Stratics (Ultima Online does not even have it's own forums), which advertise other MMOs at the top of every page, are doing everything they can to hide, lock or delete any post by players organizing efforts to locate, report, and expose these major multi-server cheaters. What would be their motivation in keeping the cheaters a secret?
Anyway, Stratics is not useful and a waste of time. Obviously, any posts which conflict with some of their moderator's cheating gold selling operations will be swiftly removed. I just posted some screenshots without even writing some text to go with them and Stratics deleted them. So, I'm going to start posting these major cheating operations here so that players can be made aware of them, identify them, and hopefully report them when they see them.
As for Stratics itself, its a worthless forum for posting anything important, it's full of garbage posts and imbeciles being led by the well established Stratics cheaters themselves who make a living off it.
Ultima Online is not worth playing right now. Especially for a new account. The game is flooded with gold and items that have been scripted by robots. EA does not seem to care and the Stratics forums actually make the problem worse by hiding it all. You will absolutely not be able to compete in UO unless you run scripts yourself, and what's the fun in that?