"..where the best gear is made by the players..." How can we make it if we don't have a decent supply of ORE?!?! Why have you (Portalarium) screwed this up so bad? Listen, I joined the SotA community and game because I especially loved crafting (particularly blacksmithing) and because I loved making things to sell and to help other players. YOU are messing it up! I work for a living (in my real life) and do not have WEEKS to spend in the mines. I use to spend DAYS (mainly weekends) and I thought that was ridiculous but NOW its ALL ridiculous. You have destroyed VERDANTIS and SERPENTS SPINE. Don't you want an economy in each area of the map that has good mining? They are beautiful artistic creations but not the slightest bit practical. I even tried to give you the benefit of the doubt and thought that the "mother load" was behind the Litch in Serpents Spine Mine, after figuring out how to flood the hole, and STILL there was nothing behind the Litch worth the difficulty. Now they are BORING instances where the nodes are fewer and spread out so far apart you spend a LONG time in them without much gain. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK, HELLO?!?!?! Oh and WHAT are you planning to do with the mine in Twins Foothills.. we (the community I know) are all cringing and hope dearly that you don't screw the mining up THERE.. it is the last spot where we "masterworkers" can get a descent amount of gold and silver. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK, HELLO?!?!?! I am a life time fan and supporter of Ultima and Richard Garriot. I stated playing his games in 1980 (I was 15 years old) on my fathers Apple II. Great times with my Dad. I now live in Fortus End. I moved up here because the location was great (near these mines). I am disappointed in the game right now. My dreams of becoming an awesome blacksmith have been pushed out SO FAR AWAY that I am beginning to think about moving again.. I MEAN moving out of the game ENTIRELY. PLEASE HELP. I cannot get enough ORE in a respectable amount of gaming time!!! If I stay here, I may die (real life) before obtaining my goal and dream! I don't mind the labor of mining in the game, but you have added a TIME vs. LOW YIELD of ore scenario I CANNOT CONTINUE with. Sincerely, Sebastian S.