Albion Online was a huge success and nearly every person remembers UO in a positive light. Why do you think so many have flocked to Albion in such huge numbers for a Beta? In my opinion, UO was amazing and some of the best skill based pvp in any game I have played. Lots and lots of options for builds and spells, timing was key, and the risk and rewards were definitely there. I vaguely remember being PK’ed right outside of town a few times in my early days, but once or twice and never again. Most of the real PvP went on deep in the dungeons of Fel and around the Champion Spawns(which were amazing), fighting over power scrolls and Horrowers for stat scrolls.
UO’s guild system was also great. I ran a guild that at one point was at war with every guild on the top 10 list. Our guild was not a zerg either, 20-30 active members facing many times that daily. Every city we went to there we flagged enemies for us to fight, some of these PvP videos I still have up on Youtube today. Order vs Chaos was amazing! Factions was amazing! House collapse(IDOC) battles were amazing! There was plenty of risk and huge rewards.
The murder count system was spot on as well. At one point, my PK had 800+ murder counts and a several million gold bounty on my head. I knew that I had no chance of ever AFK macroing off those counts. Most PKs then ran solo or in small groups. There we also rewards for people that only killed murderers, IE the Justice System and bonus once you killed 10 reds. If you killed someone 1v1, be it a miner or another pvper, it is not considered ganking. Ganking is 3 on 1, 4 on 1, 5 on 1. If you got roasted 1v1, it is your own fault. UO had many many many ways to escape(recalls, teleporting, gate travel, invisibility, hiding). Just like in Albion, if your a gatherer in the red zone you should be running a build designed for easy escape. Multiple sprints, frost shot, ambush, smoke bomb, fast mount, NO OX, and you will successfully escape 3 out of 4 times.
Albion is doing right what UO was doing wrong, gear wise. Having all gear crafted by players keep the economy going, not loot based Artifacts. I can remember many many occasions where I killed people in Felucca and got some amazing gear. In the old days there were Vanquishing weapons, later on it was Artifacts. The insurance system in UO was another horrible introduction, which removed much of the risk in pvp. The open world housing plots were a true Gem of UO, fights outside of my castle are some of my best memories of UO. Waiting for a house to collapse near a prized dungeon and fighting other guilds for that spot. Even finding a PKs home who killed you earlier on your crafter gathering materials and waiting at his house for him to return now on your PK.
For a game to last 10+ years with those 2d graphics, the PvP had to be anything but boring and non rewarding. Heck UO still has an active player base, especially on the free shards. Mind you, I haven’t played UO since about 2008 and the first time I ever logged in was 1997, if I’m remembering correctly.
If you’ve been looking for a game that reminds you of UO, Albion is definitely that. Keep in mind, it is in Beta(a rather too long beta) and numbers are not huge, but still has an active player base. It is certainly worth the $30 founders package, especially if you plan on playing once the game is actually released.
Feel free to give me a shout in game if you decide to give Albion a try. I’d be happy to help you get started.
NumChukaRukaNuka was my Factions Archer. Good times, this was 2v2 factions pvp.