Can't say that I'm too impressed with Ultima online. There's some good stuff and, of course, some bad stuff.
I have to start with the bad stuff, however. What is a blog without the obligatory rant?
I was bored and ran across this game. I really enjoy roleplaying games and from what I read, this game has it. It does look a bit dated, but I guess that adds to its charm. Also, I'm obsessed with player made content. In this game, I can buy a house and plop it right inside the game world some where. Sweet!
So, I log in ready to take the newbie tutorials, mine up a bunch of ore to sell to lazy vets or maybe learn up some magery so I can light up some bunnies and orcs for gold. Then, get a house by the end of the week. But, no! New characters have to wait 15 days before housing can be bought. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. I uninstalled and went to cancel.
Opps, I'm getting a head of myself. The fully customizable housing system was the reason I logged on and the only reason I stuck through the first 2 fustrating things on my list. I took up a blacksmith template. This game is completely skill-based, but you can start as one of the usual tempates: Blacksmith, Necromancer (tempting!), Warrior, whatever. Naturally, as a virtual crafter, I chose blacksmith. I got on the newbie quests that supposedly allowed you to get from level .01 to level 50 quickly. Mining was no problem for some reason. I made about 200 ignots and I was done. Blacksmithing, however, took forever! I inched up by .01% incraments from 30 to 49.01 on those 200 ignots. Then, I completely stopped leveling. I gave up mining and just bought ignots from gold made from newbie escort missions. I used about 200 more and still haven't gotten anywhere toward 50.
I just quit the quest. And the game. I uninstalled the game quickly. But, then I was bored again and happened upon the UOGuide and forums. Poked around abit and found some stuff that I should have read before starting the newbie missions. I shrugged it off, since I just happened to be in a better mood. I also browsed around and found some cool houses. I'm not sure why, but I wanted one.
Luckily, I uninstalled the game, but didn't deleted the setup. So, I tried again. This time going with Warrior/Tailor. Which was easy: hunt, skin, make stuff, sell. It was easy enough. Bought a housing thingie then found out that I can't even play with the housing. I had $15 to burn, why not subscribe and waste some time there for a month. Then I found out, late again, that even if I subscribe I still have to wait. On top of that, all of the cool furniture and stuff has to be bought with RL money.
I uninstalled and deleted the setup, yet again.
To ad insult to injury, EA charged me 1.00 to try their "free trial." I don't remember reading anything about that. Also, as of 5 mins ago, I just happened to check my online bank account and EA charged me 14.99 for freaking POGO. WTF?? Customer service is convientantly closed, too.
Well, I was going to say some positives. But I've riled myself up again. So positives for you today Ulitma Onine.
Whew, it does feel good to rant.