It has been some time since I wrote about Myst or Uru. These were the first virtual worlds in which I played. Myst Online: Uru Live was my first Massive Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG). When it closed in early 2008 I became one of the D’ni Refugees living in Second Life®.
From time to time one hears of the Myst community in Second Life or OpenSim worlds and their affect on and contributions to these worlds. Hamlet at NWN wrote: Myst & Uru Roleplay Regions Leave Second Life to Be Beautifully Reborn on OpenSim Grid. That is a bit of an overstatement. It is probably more accurate to say some regions closed and moved to other grids, but the people are still in SL. Now they are also playing in other grids too.
Another recent bit of coverage for the Myst Community came from the article: Hypergrid Adventurers Club visits a Myst and Uru inspired world: Devokan Trust on OSGrid. There is a nice collection of pictures with this article.
A more recent piece by Virtual Christine just appeared: HYLEE BEKKER`S OS GRID!! TOP OPENSIM ARTIST GIVES US HER MUST SEE LIST!!!TODAY WE DE-MYST-IFY DEVOKAN TAO!!!! This is a surprising piece of writing. The virtual worlds of Myst are extremely detailed and have a huge back story. There is a language, technology, guilds, kings, and thousands of years of history. The Myst community has built one of the most extensive fan created support systems around. There are language sites and a number of historical archives, like the D’niPedia Information Archive. Myst Lore is another popular archive.
Few people find these sites muck less take the time to read them and learn about the D’ni people (the story’s race of people that built the civilization). Virtual Christine did and it makes the article an interesting read. For those unfamiliar with the Myst worlds it is an intriguing introduction.
The stories I mention above are about the Myst inspired creations fans have made in OpenSim grids and SL. I think all of it is in OSGrid. Several of the articles have information on how to get to the areas.
Oh… and Myst Online: Uru Live, the original inspiration, is back online and free to play.