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October 4, 2009

How much longer?

Recorded in: Alex's Journal — Ah'lex @ 9:53 pm Cavern Time

Shorah fellow explorers! First a small update on my personal life:

Well, the summer has passed us by pretty quick. I myself am starting my sophomore year in High School already, and at a brand new school too. A couple of months ago, my dad and I moved down from California’s central coast back to California’s central valley. It wasn’t easy at all adjusting to a new school, there were new friends I had to try and make, and new classes to learn to get to. But I’ve gotten the hang of it so far.

These past couple of days have re-kindled interest in me for the Cavern. Since every day in school I get about a 15 minute break after my first period class, I have time to do whatever I want. Since there’s not much to do during this break period, I decided to read the Miller Brothers’ The Book of Ti’ana again. This time around when reading, I got a better visualization of everything (before the fall) in my head than before. This made me want to know much much more about D’ni than I knew already, including their diet, religion, laws, kings, etc.

This past weekend I began to do a tad bit more of research on some of those things, even though my experiences in the Cavern before its closing taught me a lot about it’s history. I’ve even done research on D’ni language recently, hoping to give myself a better title people can know me by instead of “Macintosh”. It doesn’t at all feel to me as a legitimate last name for use in the Cavern.

Hopefully by the time the DRC decides to re-open the Cavern, i’ll have decided on a new title for myself. Once I have I’ll be sure to let whoever reads this know. I really am looking into making something original sounding, with various words I like and see fit from the D’ni Dictionary combined.

Also I’ve begun looking into some of the guilds, more specifically the Guild of Maintainers. As I looked up their website, I was sad to be reminded that the Grand Masters had gone on hiatus.  Unfortunately since I have no way of getting to the Cavern at the time, there’s no way for me to even practice on how I’d go about making sure ages are stable, even if the Grand Masters were no longer on hiatus. Besides that, the Guild of Writers seems to be on Hiatus as well. I don’t know of any ages that guildsmen have been writing since the Cavern has closed.

However, I did become familiar with one Guildsman’s works. I periodically check the website спалниUrublogs.com and I read one explorer’s journal/blog entries since I find them so interesting.

I think most other explorers are familar with Tweek and his organization D’ni Jazz Club, but I’m not exactly sure how many are familar with him and his age creations. He currently writes frequently on a blog titled “Beneath“. This has actually inspired me to learn more and more about D’ni’s history, and it’s been making me more and more anxious to get back into the Cavern and explore the Ages he’s written. I’m hoping to get to learn more about Tweek and his explorations in the Cavern in the coming weeks.

Well, I think that just about does it for this entry. It may be a while until my next post, but I will never stop thinking about the exciting day I can set foot back into D’ni!

July 7, 2009

Wanderings

Recorded in: Hawksong's Journal — Hawksong @ 8:58 pm Cavern Time

Well, this is my first post. I suppose I should say hi and introduce myself.
So to that end – you can call me Hawk, or Sonja; I’ll answer to either of those :)
I came to know and love the D’ni worlds kind of late in the game, as it were – my first experience being Myst III: Exile (and on the PS2 version no less). However, that hooked me and from then on I hunted out the two older games, and got hold of new titles as soon as I could.
I have very much enjoyed following the stories of Atrus and his family (and wondered why Cyan didn’t create a “pre-quel” of some kind other than a couple of novels). But I admit, Uru was something I quite fell in love with.
Exploring so many different parts of it was fantastic, and the exhilaration of all these new Ages and the Great Cavern was matched only by the intense frustration of not being able to get into *everything* the way I would have had I been there physically. For me exploration isn’t just about finding the clues and Great Zero points, but also about just plain seeing anything and everything. I read for hours, while my husband wondered what in the world was so interesting. I ate, breathed, slept Uru for weeks.
It still fascinates me. I’ve had dreams where I walked the cracked and broken streets, run my fingers over the smooth marble pillars of K’veer, wandered the paths of Kadesh Tolesa. When the possibility of Uru Live was dangled before me, I resolved to be a part of it no matter what.
Of course, real life interfered with many things. And that went for Cyan as well as my own life troubles. I find myself in the fortunate position of having a stable Internet connection and the ability to keep up with websites of many kinds. So, here I am!

July 7, 2009

New Registration Process

Recorded in: Site News — Isyldar @ 8:12 pm Cavern Time

Shorah Everyone,

This is just an update for anyone who’s interested, or referring anyone to register for the site. I’ve added a few things to save getting registration-spam coming in on the site. (Currently I get about 5 of these fake account registrations a day.)

This new process includes a more comprehensive registration form, which requires the usual username, email address, and a first and last name for the registrant. (These can be the first and last name of your avatar instead of your own name if you like.) It’s also got one of those captcha widgets to prevent the automated scripts, or help prevent the automated scripts from filling up my inbox with registrations. :)

Once the user registers, they’ll get a welcome email, requiring them to confirm their registration, and send myself, or Nadnerb an email. After that’s done, we can get the new member’s Journal set up and account activated, and we’re off to the races!

On the registration form, I’ve also added an invitation code field, that if you’re inviting people to the site, can be used. (Just send me an email to get an invitation code that your invitee can use.)

If anyone has questions, comments, or concerns, just let me know as usual.

Cheers,

Izy

June 22, 2009

Awaiting…

Recorded in: Alex's Journal — Ah'lex @ 9:08 pm Cavern Time

I’m still patiently awaiting the re-opening of The Cavern. No one seems to have heard a word from any of the remaining DRC members, they’ve been gone for a while. As the wait continues, I’m simply relaxing in my home in California. I frequently check out websites to see if there’s any news regarding the Cavern’s opening, yet I just see mostly old news. I also have no way of going to the cavern alone, no linking books, no transportation to New Mexico, nothing. I lost my Relto book I believe the last few weeks of the Cavern’s public opening. There’s of course, plenty of others with access to the Cavern still via Relto, I must find a way to go back though.

But I know we’ll be back soon, it’s just a matter of when exactly.

I’m still waiting.

January 25, 2009

Upgrade to WP_2.7

Recorded in: Site News — Isyldar @ 11:21 am Cavern Time

Hey folks!

This is just a “head’s up” to let you know that another back-end upgrade has taken place. With the release of WordPress 2.7, it seemed time again to do a little maintenance on the site. So, if any of you ran into the maintenance-mode screen this morning, my apologies.

However, the good news is that we have a fancy new Dashboard to work with, along with several upgraded plug-ins that should make everything run just that much smoother.

Cheers,

Izy

January 18, 2009

OOC: New URU Site

Recorded in: Alex's Journal — Ah'lex @ 8:54 pm Cavern Time

So I’m extremely excited that URU is going back up and especially excited that Cyan is basically giving us, the fans, the keys to its precious MMORPG. I don’t think anything to rowdy or insane will happen when the fans take control and write more code to the open-source Cyan is giving us. URU Live has a great fanbase of respectable and fun players, so as far as i’m concerned, I don’t see any jerks any time in the future trying to completely ruin the experience. Now with that outta the way, I recently noticed today that Cyan has updated their URU site largely and added a “Play” tab to the top of the site. Of course it only leads to a page with a release date on it, but still, I can’t wait until Spring of this year!

December 14, 2008

Cyan plans to Open-Source Uru

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 1:21 am Cavern Time

The mysterious something in the works has been revealed. According to the spokesman review, Cyan Worlds will be putting the future of Uru further into the hands of it’s fans than previously intended, by releasing the source to the game servers, client, and tools, (Weren’t they going to do that to some extent under the MORE plan?) as well as run a dataserver serving the Myst Online content. The difference appears to be that they will not be actually hosting the game servers themselves, but will be allowing the fans to take control of the indvidual servers much as they did during Until Uru, except this time possibly with the ability to further develop the system and fix bugs. 

Discussion of this recent development has begun to accumulate in the various forums, and the news has appeared in a few other places as well. 

Personally, I remain somewhat skeptical, as I don’t see exactly how this would require less work on Cyan’s part than MORE did. However, this is certainly a hopeful development.

December 4, 2008

Still Possible

Recorded in: Izy's Journal — Isyldar @ 6:33 pm Cavern Time

Courtesy of Nadnerb, who was able to help me set up the Link, I was able to return to The Cavern today with him to poke around. It’s so quiet down there without everyone else from the Surface. More like an echo of URU than the Cavern we all spent over a year exploring.

Still, it is nice to be able to go back. Perhaps there will come a time when more of us can return, and more Ages will be open for exploration.

Izy

December 3, 2008

It is troubling

Recorded in: Izy's Journal — Isyldar @ 10:38 am Cavern Time

I find troubling the sheer number of setbacks that the MORE project has seen throughout its history; not entirely in its current incarnation, but throughout the entire URU legacy. At first, the project got scrapped before it ever hit the light of day, and then it was pulled because the DRC wouldn’t give Explorers the ability to help with the restoration, resulting in stagnant growth, and another funding pull. Now, with that last key piece of the puzzle for the success of exploring The Cavern, to have funding disappear again…

I am sad.

Isyldar

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.