I think its worth free. a lot of things about UO look "bad" by todays standards, but its not about that. its about the ultimate freedom to do what you want. Ive played on and off since its early days, and its tough to kick. Again, if anyone is interested in rel por, all combat skills raise very quickly. Crafting skills are very slow, but you can have a playable warrior in a couple of days (even less if youre good with razor.) so there isnt much to lose in checking it out.