|The Great Lakes Roleplaying Community
by Elder Klaitu
So, despite the odds, you've gotten yourself a copy of Ultima Online. Chances are a friend recommended it to you, or maybe you saw it in the store and thought "That looks different". Maybe you've got a 10 year old computer and Ultima Online is the only game that will run on it. Maybe you're a fan of the Ultima series. Heck, maybe you just tried it on a whim. Whatever the reason, you're probably itchin to meet some friends, slay some dragons, and throw back an ale or two.. maybe get in an adventure or two.
First off, I'm going to spell it out to you. UO is not meant to be a game for gameplay's sake. That's why it's not as popular as other MMO's on the market. UO is a system of tools designed to help players create their own stories and advsntures.
When you get "to the top" in other MMO's, there's really nothing to do but do it all over again. In Ultima Online, gameplay is just a step in building your character. In other words, UO gives you the opportunity to play a role.
Playing a role is all well and good, but it's even better if you have someone to play alongside with. You create an audience for them, and they you. That's how roleplay works.
First off, check out some of the RP-centric websites for Great Lakes. There you'll find information on participating in events, quests, and adventures with other roleplayers. There are many great GL sites out there, but here are a few of the major ones:
Tools of the Trade
Connecting in-game is great, but sometimes it's easier to organize logistics when you have an out-of-game mode of contact. There are 3 primary modes that Great Lakes roleplayers use for communication:
Just who are you anyway?
So, now that you know how to get in touch.. what kind of character are you going to be? Are you dastardly evil? Are you a goodie two-shoes? You'll want to give some thought as to who you're going to be. You might want to check out our Character Design section for brainstorming ideas to help your character develop.
I hope these links, sites, and programs help you to get into the community that we long-time UO players know and love. Here's to seeing you in the community soon, so don't be a stranger!
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