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December 3, 2008

Yet MORE Delays

Recorded in: News Journal — Isyldar @ 10:33 am Cavern Time

I suppose that it was naive of me to think that I wouldn’t also be affected by the current economic troubles we’re all seeing in the US these days. Cyan recently released this update on MORE:

MORE Urulive status – Strange times

Sorry for the long silence, things have been quickly shifting in these strange times.

Even though the development of MORE Urulive has been progressing (the new account system is nearly done!), I’m sorry to say that outside events have caused us to put this project on indefinite hold.

The MORE project was not funded directly but was riding on the coat tails of other projects. Unfortunately and very suddenly, a major revenue stream to Cyan was disrupted. The current Wall Street problems have had a significant, although indirect, effect.

We have no alternative than to put this project on hold. The ultimate future of MORE UruLive will be determined over the coming months. If or when moneys become available we will reassess the roadmap at that time.

Currently, Cyan is redirecting its priorities to focus only on fully funded projects. Of which, Myst for the iPhone/iPod Touch is one of and that project is progressing very well.

From all of us at Cyan, thank you for all your support.

July 28, 2008

Not on the blacklist!

Recorded in: News Journal,Site News — Isyldar @ 5:20 pm Cavern Time

Since I think I covered pretty much everything I need to report on the UO forum, I’ll just copy that verbatim, and quote it here:

Shorah all,

First, I must apologize for all the “suspicious activity” over the past few days. The URU Exploration site did get hacked, and had a couple links uploaded to it that were doing some rather nasty things, and caused both Google and certain Internet Security apps (Norton on my box) to flag the site as trouble. The good news, is that I’ve removed the malicious links that were embedded on the site, and the back-end software has been updated, so as to hopefully prevent that from happening again.

I’ve just checked against Google today, and the suspicious flag has been removed from the site:

I’ll be posting about this on the Site News portion of the site as well, and making sure that I get an e-mail sent out to everyone who’s subscribed so that those of you who do stop by can rest assured that the problem is fixed, and that there really are real people behind the site, and not info thieves. smile.gif

I’d also like to add, that the request for a First and Last name entry on the site, doesn’t require your real, personal info. So long as the information is filled in, and looks legit, we’re happy. (For instance, I use, “Isyldar Saaren”). I don’t personally believe that someone who’s hacked the site is likely to go to the trouble of filling in the First / Last name as a part of a confirmation request. Perhaps they will, but if they’re even quasi-lazy, this will help to weed out the real subscribers from the chaff. smile.gif

(On a side note: For the off chance that someone does run into this again with our site, please let me know so I can get it fixed sooner. smile.gif An email to isyldar@uruexploration.net will work just fine.)



P.S. In addition to Nad’s links, http://www.uruexploration.net will also get you to the site.

July 5, 2008

A Letter

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 9:40 pm Cavern Time

It has been a long time it seems, since last I opened this journal. With life on the Surface as consuming as it always is this time of year, I haven’t spared any time for going over my notes of explorations into the Cavern. At least, not until yesterday.

It came in the morning, as all news does, be it good, or bad. A letter, from a friend I have not spoken to in at least a couple of months: Nadnerb.

I will dispense with any semblance of delay as the news I wish to report is good, and wholly exhilerating: The Cavern may be re-opening.  It is not to be as it was in the past: the DRC won’t seemingly be in complete control of what gets worked on down there any longer. I’m not even sure, for truth, if they will even be present in the Cavern. At the moment, I only know that Explorers, in conjunction with the Guild of Writers & Guild of Maintainers, are going to be able to Write Ages…

How this possibly came about, I cannot imagine. The sheer thought of being able to visit an Age that has not first been trampled a thousand times by the DRC, or even the D’ni, is mind boggling, shocking, and dumbfounding. It’s, amazing.

But, with this news, comes more waiting, which I suppose myself and other Explorers are much used to at this point, even if it always frustrates us.  However, this proves, I believe, that with The Cavern, The D’ni, The Art, and Exploration, the ending never truly will be written.

Shorah, everyone. I look forward to when we can again sit by a Heek table and discuss explorations of yet unknown and previously visited Ages.


July 3, 2008

There will be MORE

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal,Site News — Nadnerb @ 8:26 pm Cavern Time

Cyan has finally reached an agreement with Gametap and they are lining up to restart Uru as “MORE”, or Myst Online Restoration Expiriment, which appears to be based around the idea of user created content (which has become quite advanced on it’s own already) becoming core to the game. Additionally, they (still :P)  intend to release the content creation tools that they used during the development of MOUL along with some source code so that PyPRP and other fan tools can use them for their continued development. They intend to retain central control of the game and keep a single cavern instance, unlike the “shard” model that was used during Until Uru, while still allowing individual game servers to be hosted by more resourceful fans. Today was the day of the “Press Conference” hosted in #CyanChat with Chogon/MarkD (Cyan’s current CTO, former client lead, creator of CyanChat) answering questions about the future of MORE. A condensed version of the proceedings can be found here, and a more complete log here. Guidelines for future conent can be found on the Guild of Messengers site and older guildlines on Cyan’s own legal page.

April 10, 2008

There will be cake.

Recorded in: News Journal — Nadnerb @ 1:27 am Cavern Time

It’s over. Uru is no longer online. Once again, there will be only solitary avatars exploring the cavern. I’ll probably have more to say later, and when I do, I’ll add to this post. At least we know that Customer Service has a sense of humor.

March 28, 2008

The Last Week

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 8:28 pm Cavern Time

Hey everyone!

Well, the final countdown is beginning to the night that the Cavern closes for this chapter. It’s not going to be a happy day for any of us, I believe. However, I would love to get everyone from Nadnerb’s Bevin at the least down into the Cavern this week for one last visit!

I will be down there myself a few nights this week (and will be around for some time this Sunday as well), to get in my last explorations and KI shots.

Comment to this post, or email me @ isyldar@urulive.guildaxis.net if you’d like to meet up in the Cavern, or arrange a time for the group to make it.

Cheers, all, and Shorah!


February 17, 2008

Much too Quiet

Recorded in: News Journal — Isyldar @ 3:04 pm Cavern Time

Well, I realize that we’re all kinda depressed about the Cavern closing, however I was hoping that we could, a few of us, get together down in the Cavern.

Anyone have any ideas for times / activities?


February 4, 2008

A couple pictures

Recorded in: News Journal — Isyldar @ 9:08 pm Cavern Time

The largest gathering in months seems to be taking place in the Guild of Greeters’ Bevin. I am not particularly surprised. :) At any rate, I’m going to be continuing to take snapshots when I’m down in the Cavern so that I have a nice photo album when it is all said and done.


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February 4, 2008

Empty Foundations

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,Nah'dneb's Journal,News Journal,Site News — Nadnerb @ 3:18 pm Cavern Time

Uru Live has been canceled again, yes, sigh, read that again, Uru Live has been cancelled again, and I think it’s really gone this time. I don’t exactly have warm fuzzy feelings for gametap, especially after having them keep posting about how we should stay around for the hundreds of other games they have to offer. :P However, while I won’t be returning to them, they gave Uru a chance it didn’t get before. Almost a full year of service. Still, it was all foundation, and no building. It left one sitting out in the cold in between, while the workers had left for the night.

I don’t expect Uru to continue like it did last time, as it won’t be “Until” Uru anymore, even though the hacking community has much more of a head start than it did at the time of the last cancellation. Two cancellations is not something a game can survive, one would think. There is still another problem though.

This time, the game has left behind more empty foundations than before. The push for guilds in the future has left in it’s wake a number of separate explorer organizations, in various stages of development. What they are, and whether they will continue in some form is a big question. Will they dissolve, or continue to work towards different goals? The Guild of Writers is, at this point, entirely self-sufficient, the only question is whether the motivation to create will remain. Other groups such as the messengers and greeters were entirely dependent on the game, and their future is much more uncertain

On the same note, this site has recently acquired it’s own domain, just days before the announcement of the end. There are a lot of people who put a lot of work and some of their life into this world.

Finally, there is the community as a whole. I have my doubts about how cohesive it will remain without a central meeting place like Uru, but it we will see. For now… I don’t know. The aftermath will now begin.


I may yet show up in the cavern for the last goodbyes. :(

January 11, 2008

A New Address

Recorded in: News Journal,Site News — Isyldar @ 12:00 pm Cavern Time

With recent decisions on the Guild Axis project, I’ve decided that I”m not likely going to be pursuing that line of development, and thus, I am reorganizing a few things in regards to the Guild Axis websites.

In our case, with the semi-success of this site, I’ve purchased a new domain name just for it! :D

In about a week or so, http://www.uruexploration.net  will be the new home of URU Exploration. Don’t worry, though, the old addresses are still going to work.

I own the guildaxis.net domain name for at least another year, so making sure that everyone who’s used to using the old address still can, isn’t going to be a problem. (And I’m a bit of a packrat, so the likelihood of me getting rid of guildaxis.net, is slim.)

Anybody for @uruexploration.net email addresses?