It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
so today i tried out a new indie MMO called linkrealms. Its essentially very similar to UO, although my expirience with UO is somewhat limited so some may disagree with me here. it also seems to have a feature where you can upload new pieces of the world to the servers and they become part of the map (it comes with a map editor). Overall i found i the game to be very well put together for an indie game, and really brought me back to my old way back runescape days. Its currently in beta, with registration open whenever they feel they need to up the playerbase a bit. Overall its definitely worth a look for anyone looking for more of a "world", sandbox, nonlinear style game.
BETA IS NOW INVITATION ONLY (maybe someone here would be nice enough to give you one? Though joining the official forums is more likely)
JOIN THE OFFICIAL FORUMS!! http://forums.linkrealms.com/ <-------Your best chance at getting a beta key!
Condensed Updates and thread info
-The graphics are much more like diablo than UO
-Beta registration is usually open in the evening around 6-9 PM EST
-they are currently working on a tutorial, and when that is finished they will let a lot more people into beta (possibly have a completely open beta)
-the developers regularly log on and chat with player
-you can download the game and play with the map editor if you would like
-No classes or levels, its all about raising skills (you are free to do all of them or any you would like, however there are skillcaps for different groups of skills (i.e. your agility + strength is capped at 150, i have 100str and 50 agil)
-there will be an item mall upon release, though their stance on item malls can be found here
-you choose whether your land will permit illegal actions (like PVP, lockpicking, snooping etc.)
-Dungeons are all non instanced and FFA PVP with looting (though not full apparently, items have a chance of dropping, not to much expirience with this aspect yet)
-you can craft just about anything
-you can plant and grow seeds in your garden
-many things do take several steps to make
-the game has an amazing community, and is very community oriented
-you must be 18+ to register (though i am aware that you cant really expect that to always be the case)
-lots of different and scripted bosses.
-the developers regularly log in and chats with players and listen to their suggestions.
-there currently is no guild system, however after chatting with the developers, they are adding guilds, guild chat, and private messages in a not-to-distant update.
-boss loot is different than just upgraded armor (tools/furniture for your realm, permenant stat increase potions, etc.)
-when uploaded, your realm is instantly added to the game world (if you own land)
-as of 2/10/09 they are still opening beta up for short periods
-gnomes (and possibly other things) may infest your gardens and property when growing crops (these things are tough and not to be taken litely)
-world map is here http://home.linkrealms.com/map.png and was updated (2/11/09)