UO - Anti-new player?
I've been spending some time lately thinking about how to best bring new players to UO, and the biggest problem (read: hurdle of insurmountable heights) that is brought up is the fact that UO is anti-new player. I'll gloss over the inability to find guides that are current, that's the community's fault for not providing them. What makes this an issue are the following items:
1) Legacy pets. Based on uo-cah, the highest intensity a training pet will get is somewhere around 8750, assuming it spawned at max intensity in everything. Pipe dream alone right there, but statistically, it can happen.
Let's look at what legacy pets can do.
Legacy Nightmare, Trained intensity rating: 9192 - 9541, 4-800 more points. For comparison, that's around 150-260 health. Or 800-1600 more mana.
Legacy White Wyrm: Trained intensity rating: 9185 - 9592. Roughly the same 4-800 points.
Let's also look at pets that can no longer be tamed:
Bane Dragon: Trained intensity range: 8585 - 9355
Dread Warhorse: Trained Intensity Range: 8585 - 9355
Basically, no new player can EVER have a pet tamed by themselves that comes even close to this. This is NOT RIGHT.
2) Items no longer obtainable. See this thread. Not much more to say there.
3) Vet rewards: Does anyone really think a new player who starts his account will see a 20 year vet reward? At this point, we're pandering to the people who can't move on. My account is 9 years of active service. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll ever be able to use even the 15 year rewards. The new rewards on test center as being less than 10 years are a step, but perhaps its time to consider removing vet rewards and making them obtainable through other means, or allowing players to purchase time.
I know there's several other items that we've ignored. Perhaps its time we started focusing on making this game that we all (supposedly) love to be more open to new players, rather than creating limited time events, items, and pets that were only available to those who played during that time. I'm looking at you Halloween events, Christmas events, and 20th anniversary story line.
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