Myst-Uru or Myst Online:Uru Live again (MOULa) has been open source since about 2010. In the following 4-½ years we have seen little change as we wait for new fan made content to appear in-game. A lot of work has been done, but little of it is stuff fans can play with. Here I take a quick look at What is Taking So Long and compare that to what Myst-Uru fans are building in Second Life™.
Myst Island – 13 by: Shigeko Tachikawa – Date: 2011
Recently it seems more people are coming by the MOULa forum asking where the new ages are and what’s taking so long. One of the people working on building new ages (ages = new game areas or game mods), Tweek, wrote a reply. See: WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG? Continue reading
You may know I am a Myst fan, the most popular game of the 1990’s. Recently news came that Hulu will be creating a TV series based on the game. That has been picked up by and is rippling through the gaming blogs. A list of the articles is here: Myst-Hulu Series.
Taken in Myst-Uru 2004
A good article touching on the history of Myst, outlining Hulu’s acquisition of story rights, and some of the people involved can be found at Deadline.com: Hulu Lands ‘Myst’ Drama From Legendary TV & Matt Tolmach Based On Video Game.
I am a Myst fan and a fan of worlds like the Myst worlds created by Cyan Worlds, inc.
Today I am excited to see that Svarga is back!!! I loved the place. It is like a beautiful painting. It has high graphics qualities. It should be amazing in KirstenLee’s Shadow viewer. The ecosystem in Svarga is beyond anything we had/have in Myst’s Uru Live. But that is apples and oranges. See the article at New World Notes (NWN) for the story: Svarga, Artificial Ecosystem Island, Is Back in Second Life! (Updated: It Was Purchased From Creator By Linden Lab)
Also a new region opens today. NWN wrote about it too. See: Nemo Rises: Awe-Inspiring Underwater Steampunk City Inspired By Jules Verne Opens Today! This looks fun. The steampunk style looks a bit like Myst. Continue reading
For several of my friends that know Thend, here is a link to his blog.
Most of the Myst related builds in Second Life are related to Uru Live. A new exception is Varda Darkwatch’s new build dedicated to
Myst’s Riven in Lasting Love. While debatable whether Riven is the best game in the series many think it is.
Varda has imitated parts of Riven in his quarter of the sim. When visiting try not to disturb the other residents. This Riven is a unique SL build with only similarities to the real games. As Varda says, ‘…a place inspired by the Myst PC games.’ Still any Myst series player will recognize the places on this island. The thing swimming in the lake under the pods is a Wahrk. They are said to be mam-eaters… So, swimming is NOT advised.
Sunset in Riven
Take a walk through the area. There is a path of sorts and it is more interesting to walk it than fly over. This build is new, just recently transferred here from a smaller parcel. This is still a work in progress. Several items in the previous build have not been added. I suspect they will be placed as time permits.
Varda was talking about making the pods living spaces, in which case he might rent or lease them to Myst fans.
More images of Riven: Nalates Myst Riven Flickr
Myst-Uru Style Build/Replication
The Guild of Messengers (GoMe) runs a monthly photo contest for Uru fans. You can read about it in several places. There is a thread on GoMa here: Maintainers’ Myst-Uru Photos Thread. The ‘How To’ for participating can be found on the GoMe forum in PhotoQuest Remembered. The rules of the contest are here: PhotoQuest Remembered Rules.
This contest is a continuation of the contest that ran in-game, thus the ‘remembered’. Without a live online game the CD/DVD based Myst games are being used.
The Eder D’Uru blog is updating regularly now. For goings on in the Myst-Uru style SL build check it out.
For a discussion of the economics of two Myst-Uru style builds in SL check out the MOUL thread TheTale of Two Myst-Uru Ways
To get the back story of another Myst-Uru style build in SL check out the GoMa forum threads in the Devokan Section.
Eder D'Uru Guild Hall Replica
Being an international game Myst-Uru has players from the world over. There is a mix of players from different countries with different philosphies about money. With the coming of Myst Online open source (MO:OS – acronym from an inside Uru joke) the fan community is looking at hosing the game in commercial servers and finding ways to pay for the bandwidth needed for game play. Many fans want the game for free or to cost just enough to cover expenses. How that funding saga plays out is likely to be a reflection of real world financial philosophies played out in a virtual world. Whichever philosophy is yours, the choices will likely decide the fate of Myst-Uru. Consider and take your stand.