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February 4, 2008

Empty Foundations

Filed under: 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. :(


  1. Well, I agree, it is a sad thing to see this go. There really were a lot of little communities involved.

    My personal opinions of the game design, were that it really had potential, but wasn’t built quite right from the start. Or perhaps I should say that there were a lot of things that could have been done differently. (Such as a mini-map, or maybe in-game forums? :) ) Useless points now, I know.

    As for the future of /this/ site… It’s not going anywhere. :) I’ll move the new domain name over here soon, and it will remain up. Everyone will be more than welcome to post away on it.

    Nad, Robert, should you make a trip back down to the Cavern for a last game of Heek, perhaps, E-mail me! :) I’d like to be there.

    Lastly, deb and family: hopefully you’ll all be able to make it on in the next month or so. If everyone can nail out a time to go down, perhaps we can all have a last gathering in the hood.

    Well, so long for now. I’ll be heading down to the Cavern shortly myself.

    Comment by Isyldar — February 4, 2008 @ 7:18 pm Cavern Time

  2. I was so looking forward to what was going to happen with the Guilds and Uru… looks like that won’t have much chance now, at least for online Uru, unless Cyan does something similar to last time.

    My subscription to GameTap ends on the 15th (Nice timing, GT) but I’ll still be around on the forums and other Uru-related sites. It will be interesting to see what happens now…

    Comment by Herohtar — February 4, 2008 @ 9:15 pm Cavern Time

  3. Well, I did indeed come back to the cavern yesterday. Nice seeing you again Izy. At this point, I will be around until the end. (plus an extra half-month, but meh)

    Comment by Nadnerb — February 5, 2008 @ 12:07 pm Cavern Time

  4. WOW, am I bummed. Isy it was nice to see you again this week! I am sure I will see some of you before the end….How sad :(

    Comment by caalma — February 7, 2008 @ 8:42 am Cavern Time

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