Item only shard transfer mail box - might improve economy and population
Would it be possible to add a shard transfer mail box for specifically items? This would help fix a lot of problems.
Retain newer/returning players by allowing them to tackle champ spawns with lower risk of being raided. We want them to be able to earn PS which are essential to progressing in this game if they can’t afford it due to the high cost and high demand for them. Before animal taming, PS scrolls were more affordable. Now, it could take a new player months of farming to pay for a set on vendor search.
This would increase population in other shards
It would help balance out the economy by spreading out the population in each shard. It will also balance the wealth among old with shard shields and newer players.
Allows players to purchase items in any shard and have it sent to their home shard. Players can now sell items on their quiet shard knowing full well other players from populated shards can easily buy them. This essentially transforms the economy to a “global economy” rather than majority of the economy based in one or two shards.
Players can pick a server closer to home and meet other players who live in a similar time zone. Players won’t have to work as hard to find others who can play on their same time/schedule. It will be easier for guild members to host guild events without having to exclude players from different time zones.
Reduces players from getting scammed by having to trust UO veterans who own shard transfer shields to move their items across shards. It is also inconvenient to have to schedule a transfer with someone.
Increase the amount of mythic tokens sold in store since players will start making characters on other shards
You can even add a fee to transfer each item and limit one item per day? 100k or 200k per item will provide a gold sink to help with the ever growing inflation.
If the original idea isn’t possible, how about:
Make shard transfer shields account bound but tradable. Vet’s still get a reward worth 200+ millions, but now new players can eventually earn this reward by buying it off other veterans. Other veteran rewards are tradable, so why not? Might be hard to implement though…
Reduce the cost of transfer tokens to $3-5 dollars. I’m ok with spending that amount just to transfer items across shard without having to get someone else to do it. Anything more than that, probably not.
Make shard transfer shields a UOstore sellable item at a higher price. People can still buy character transfer tokens if they only plan to do it once. If they want to jump between shards, they will need to buy two premium shields or wait until their account reaches 15 year vet reward status.
Make power scrolls shard bound the same way masteries are. (This will probably create a lot of chaos initially though...might not be a great idea)