PaxLair, Novia, New Britannia (PaxLair Times) – April 29, 2015 – by Winfield – Governor Winfield just gave a speech to PaxLair residents and friends in New Britannia (Shroud of the Avatar) . This is the eve of PaxLair being created in Novia as the first Player Owned Town. Here is what he said:
Tonight is the eve of a continuing journey that started long ago — the eve of a day when PaxLair becomes a new town in Novia. We continue our 17+ year journey into the [new] lands connected to our friends and new friends. We would not be here if it were not for our PaxLair veterans [in Old Britannia (Ultima Online)] and our new friends who understand what PaxLair means.
Our journey will last decades. We are patient. We enjoy helping others, humbly moving forward to help all with what we do and have. PaxLair is honored to be the first [player owned town launched]. Yet the “first” carries great responsibility and we do not take the responsibility lightly.
This realm is still being built — not just the mechanics, but the communities … and we are more about communities than the mechanics.
A Player Town is just that: a town. It is a place for people to live, work, thrive, and meet others. We are not a guild. We are a town and will be a town for all time here in Novia.
Boroughs [other Player Owned Towns (PoT) connected to PaxLair] will be joining PaxLair soon. And for this, we set a new idea and possibly a standard for many realms in how people can work together.
So the building of PaxLair is far from over. The cluster of boroughs and how that works is a next major step for us, while our most major step is to continue to work with all the PoT owners and the developers for the greater good.
I thank so many people every day, silently and in person. Mostly I thank two people who brought me here from 30 years ago: Richard Garriott and Tracy Hickman. I enjoyed what they both made long ago and I recently met them [personally] — I hope all of you meet them too.
That is why I have a smile on my face tonight, and a tear in my eye. I feel I have come home.
Thank you all!
Winfield, Governor of PaxLair