I'm currently at 25 strength (started at 10/10/60, brought it to 25 by cutting/punching training dummy).
However, it seems training dummy is not effective anymore to increase strength (maybe because I capped at 28 sword/wrestling? not sure because I'm new to UO).
What other ways are there for a beginner to raise strength? I'm going for mage in the end but starting off warrior-ish in the beginning, as many have told me that will make my life much easier.
Also, does stat increase only happen when a skill increases?