As Mysterium gets closer and the schedule of events starts to fill...one panel in particular is quite noteworthy! Similar to the interview with Rand Miller at Mysterium 2011, the other co-creator of Myst and younger Miller brother, Robyn Miller, will join the proceedings at Mysterium 2013 via a Skype Q&A!
If you'd like to submit some questions for Robyn, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Eastern time on July 28th (or 22:00 KI time if that's easier to remember).
The interview is scheduled to take place during Mysterium on Saturday, August 3rd. Mysterium itself runs from Thursday, August 1st through Sunday, August 4th. We will keep the community posted on the time of the interview and other events at the fan convention as the schedule is finalized.
The CAVCON meter, which measures the donation level for MO:ULa, has dipped below 2 for the first time since its inception way back in February of 2010: as of the 8th of July 2013, the meter is currently at CAVCON 1.2. This means that the reserve fund built up during the early CAVCON 4 months is now completely empty. In other words, if there aren't enough donations by the end of the month to cover operating costs, MO:ULa will not be able to pay for the month.
This does not necessarily mean it would go down immediately, as Cyan now rents MO:ULa on a yearly basis. However, if the situation continues over the following months, MO:ULa will go down, perhaps permanently. The others shards could keep operating, but unless a redistribution license is provided by Cyan to the various shard operators, new explorers wouldn't be able to play the game because there would be no way to get the game files through legal means.
If you have something to throw Cyan's way to keep MOULa running, head over to the donation page. Let's keep the game and the community running!
Like many conventions, Mysterium is known for its informative and inventive panels...and the committee would like to see what you've got!
If you're headed to Mysterium this year in Rochester, NY, now is your chance to present (or show off, if you prefer) anything you have that's Myst and/or URU related, whether it be a lecture, a demonstration, or whatever you can come up with to wow the audience.
Interested? Then be sure to fill out this form with as many details as possible to give the committee a good idea of what you'll need. Submissions are due by July 26th, so don't delay!
Mysterium will be held August 1st through the 4th. We'll have coverage of the event at that time, so keep checking in!
Guild of Writers
Hoikas presented for the GoW. The bulk of fixes the Guild has been working on for Gehn.17 have dealt with lag in the game. The changes they're going to implement will increase speed about 20% and, strangely enough, improves with more avatars present in an Age. They're planning on another event to push the server to its limit and gather more information. We'll have details on that when they develop.
Guild of Messengers
Doobes, along with GoMeMusica, Samoth and GoMe Photographer, came up next for the GoMe. He reiterated that the release of URU2U, Episode 2 is imminent. He also mentioned a "remodeling" of the Guild of Messengers' Pub, similar to what is being discussed for the GoW's Pub here, into something more original. Screenshots of the development can be seen here. The Guild, as always, offered any interested parties to either join the Guild itself and/or any of the various projects that are in progress.
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The always-busy programmers at the Guild of Writers have released the latest version of their own shard...Gehn.16! While no new content with this release (however, stay tuned for more later!), there are a few nice behind-the-scenes changes that fix a couple of functions and modify things to speed the game up even further, even for older computers!
Here's a list of fixes for this release:
- Ensure there is always a progress indicator while linking.
- Fix /savecolumns.
- Fix Age invite display.
- Fix collision issue in Fehnir's House.
- Improve skinning. (Less lag on old CPUs!)
- Update game data (PRPs) to MOULa 1.918.
- Integrate non-deterministic fractal surfaces.
IMPORTANT: Due to Cyan's latest update, you will need to take a few extra steps to update Gehn BEFORE you run the client.
- Delete the "TOS.txt" file from your MOULa installation.
- Update MOULa to 1.918 by running their client.
- Copy the "dat" folder from your MOULa installation to Gehn shard's installation.
- Run Gehn shard's client to update that as well.
Note that if you do not do this, Gehn will NOT run properly!
Keep checking back for news on Gehn.17 and any other updates on the various shards!