Sadly no. And it's not likely to every happen again.
It's more of the nature of players. Back in Ultima Online, most players were still getting used to the idea of an MMO.
Now, most of the 'Hardcore' (which aren't at all, they're just people who've either played long enough to understand the legal exploits, or copycats who've read it somewhere on the internet) have realized how to get the 'best stuff', and most of that's End Game level. Which is almost always through grinding, via Raids.
And everyone just wants the 'best' stuff. After all, if you can just craft it, then why bother playing the game after you have it?