To start off, it's an undying game like BW. However, people don't simply move on from this game, they just play other games until they get bored and come back. The creator, Richard Garriot, made billions off of this game by himself, not as a corporation. All of the beautiful details of the world it's in are his imagination alone. To say the least, he's a gifted man. I hadn't played the game since around 2006 when I started playing BW until I lost sleep, and well, god did I forget how much I loved it. Being good at 1v1s and 2v2s have the same correlation as BW, so I enjoy that lack of transition. To be a good 1v1er is highly respectable, and to be good at 2v2 just means you can almost 1v1 but you aren't good enough. The same format follows for other team matches. I currently play the shard UO Second Age (largest free server), which, as like my beliefs with BW are formed by a tradionalist. It's a perfectly patched "T2A" shard, which was in my opinion the best era of Ultima Online. See, the game still has new releases as EA tries to get their money back after buying Ultima Online 6 years after it's release because of the insane profit they were making. Fret not, EA wasn't the only gaming entity to take notice of Garriot's world of beauty, Blizzard cashed in too. World of Warcraft, heard of it? Think of BW and SC2. SC2 is the easier version of BW with more variations, less balance, and a largely different first person view. That's what WoW is to UO, except on a much larger level. WoW is like UO slowed down by 100, zoomed in by 10, and with a bunch of fluffy unicorns and bullshit nuances tossed in. However, Blizzard kept around 40% of Ultima Online and the basic premise and has since made it their most successful game ever. In fact, they copied the system of UO. To play OSI, Garriot's server, you had to pay a $10 monthly fee (this was back when AOL was a fast internet source), which is how WoW started their servers.
Enough of that though, it was simply a reference so people could understand. When you think of those lifeless tards who have played WoW for years, quit on life, and barely leave their room, the same goes for a lot of the UO players. Except, they are the adult versions with wives, kids, education, well paid jobs, and real life experiences. The majority of communication is done through IRC, which as we all know, is a great tool for fuckery. It's far more fun to speak to other trolly English speaking adults than some 15 year old Korean with poor English who thinks his life is somehow going to improve by developing early carpel tunnel. More importantly, there are far more aspects of the game to keep track of than BW. While I just run around killing people on several 7xGM characters (highest skill level - not that hard to achieve) and get Oprah rich, others run around and roleplay in many types of ways. Others get rich, some are crafters, etc. With a large server population, it's a lot of people to keep track of. You've got to know all of their roles since reputation and treatment of others are a large part of the social Darwinism that is constantly formed on servers. It's challenging since you can have multiple characters, but as long as you aren't a douchebag (which I am), you typically end up fine. However, being that with my l337 haxx0r PvP skills and friends with the same, I can be in the top twenty richest and the richest for how short of a period I've played and get away with it. You don't go up to an MMA fighter and punch them in the face, same principle, except with e-peen involved.
I'm writing this because it's 8am and I feel like I haven't been able to make semi-important posts for my TL purposes as well as trolling ones for far too long. So yeah, this is how I'll burn my 3k post. As expected, I hang around with other savage like personalities on UO and the griefers. Nothing impresses me more than someone who is genuinely more of an e-troll than I am. I have committments to ISL4, so I'll be doing that.. some time. Basically, most players on UOSA average around 1 million in assets. In 5 months I've acquired around 80 mill on a 5+ year old server (I've only ever played the privately hosted free servers). However, my end goal is around 25 more mill in rare items, 15 mill more in housing, and 35 more mill in cash in case I just let all of my stuff drop (housing decays after 2 weeks of no refreshment, and all of your items are up for loot). So, that should take a couple more months given that 2-a-days are coming soon and all of the hardest weight lifting for football. That's basically my timeline for re-enterting the BW community for one last hurrah. That is all.
P.S. If anyone plays UO or UOSA on TL, shoot me a PM.