Κυριακή 15 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Myst Lore

Shorah I would like to ask for your understanding, for any errors I have done in this document. This is a short summary of Myst Universe history (lore) (made by me) with hope it will help you understand better the back-story of this place and also to answer questions that you have like (e.x why the Bahro stones are appearing and disappearing, or what is Uru Ages beyond Myst, the "To D 'ni, and the Path of the Shell, Uru Complete Chronicles, what is Mystonline ). Of course it will not be clever for me to believe that I will cover everything because neither I know everything nor I am a writer. The reason that I make this effort is because I was online between 2006-2008, I was the only lucky Greek explorer online and I learned a lot of things from other explorers that time (e.x bahroglyphs, lore etc). For any corrections please reply. Also if you can do a better English translation please pm me and I will update this message if I agree. This is the English translated post I made in Greek subforum. Dimitrios

Πέμπτη 17 Οκτωβρίου 2013

An all-new, immersive adventure game from the award-winning creators of Myst and Riven.
Ob`duc´tion, n.1. The act of drawing or laying over, as a covering.
Obduction is an all-new, real-time, first-person adventure that harkens back to the spirit of Cyan’s earlier games Myst and Riven. Obduction resurrects that incredible feeling of suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a new world to explore, discover, solve, and become part of.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Myst, one of the best-selling computer games in history. The Myst name is widely recognized as uniquely defining a new kind of gaming - amazingly immersive worlds where the point is to understand your environment rather than test your reflexes. The Obduction project will take what Cyan knows about creating deeply immersive worlds and apply it to an entirely new game with fantastic scenery, incredible architecture, compelling story, and exceptional challenges.
Obduction will be built with the same framework that made Cyan's earlier games such a wonderful experience: stunning landscapes, deep storyline, engaging characters, dramatic soundscapes, and challenging yet intuitive puzzles. Obduction is an entirely new property, delivered using one of the most powerful game development technologies available today. Obduction is an adventure game for the new millennium that stays true to the concepts that made the genre great.
At the base funding level, Obduction will be developed for both Windows and MacOS, with a targeted release of mid-to-late 2015.
The game is being designed with a flexible scope in mind, so that as the budget grows, the game grows. More places; more puzzles; more mystery; more complexity; more adventure!
With the generalities out of the way, it's time to dig a bit deeper into specifics. If you know anything about Cyan's worlds, you know that you don't want to know too much ahead of time. We'll try our best to whet your appetite, without giving away too many spoilers.


Obduction's experience supplies what every good storyteller does: a very personal window into a much larger world. Obduction begins with... well… an abduction - your abduction. On a crystal clear, moon-lit night, a curious, organic artifact drops from the sky and inexplicably whisks you away across the universes to who-knows-where (or when, or why).
And, as anyone who ever played Myst or Riven knows, exploring everything around you allows you to read between the lines and to begin to answer your questions. Why is there an old, abandoned farmhouse - complete with white picket fence - in the middle of an alien landscape? You'll find out. From this point on the story becomes your story.

Game Design

Obduction has a few game design elements in common with Myst and Riven, and it skews into new areas as well. Cyan's basic design philosophy is simple:
  • Build every element of the experience to make you, the player, feel like this virtual world has become your world.
  • The interface should be intuitive and transparent.
  • The story should be revealed through exploration and not necessarily shoveled out in cinematic form.
  • The puzzles should range from easy to difficult, but even the toughest puzzles should be designed so that you know that all the pieces to solve it are there in front of you.
  • The sound and music should be balanced; they should add emotion but not become distracting or annoying.

Environmental Immersion

Cyan has a proven history of delivering visually stunning environments that immerse players in our games. We plan to continue that tradition, leveraging Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4. Today's modern realtime engines have plenty of horse-power to produce zillions of bullets per second, but they can also be used to make remarkable landscapes and architecture that approach and even surpass the pre-rendered days of Riven. Unreal 4 is an amazing resource that enables us to build a world that you can lose yourself in.
Click here for more info regarding the Unreal Engine 4...
We'll be excited to reach our target goal and make an amazing experience. But we're also anticipating what it means to move beyond that goal. Kickstarter funding over the base level would be used to make Obduction bigger and better - adding such stretch goals as new places to explore, additional platforms, localization, technological bells and whistles, and more.
Very simple: It's what we love!
We love the wonder of having an entirely new world at our fingertips. We love the twisted unraveling of an unexpected storyline. We love the satisfying "Aha! moment" of solving a particularly perplexing puzzle. We love the rush of revelation when we find out what's around the next corner. We love the twinge of emotion entering a dimly lit room because we feel like this place has become our world.
And we hear from more and more people who love all of those things, too. We'd love to make it for you!
Cyan has done it all. We started with self-publishing, hand-stuffing 3.5-inch floppies into boxes. We've done full-blown publisher models, where they get 88%. And we've even done all kinds of hybrid publishing models between the two.
Currently, we are independent, and it feels right. It's not the Myst heyday - money has come and gone, but we've managed to stay alive as a small, independent studio through times when indie studios were falling by the wayside. And now it seems that times have changed, and indie studios are making a comeback thanks to some interesting new publishing platforms and models - including Kickstarter.

Simply put, Kickstarter is a way for us to deliver a stunning experience that doesn't empty your pocketbook, while keeping us independent enough to make choices that a publisher might not understand. (Like we did with Myst 20 years ago.)

Instead of a detached, corporate marketing department guaranteeing to upper management how many units they will sell to justify a budget, we'll be relying on excited fans, family, friends, and even strangers who love what we're doing and want to be part of it. The funding and the budget become part of the development process instead of being coldly handed down from an accounting officer who doesn't even know the name of the product - let alone the names of any of the real people who will be making it.
In addition to regular Kickstarter updates, we will be making our development process transparent and accessible to our supporters in the form of exclusive backer forums. You'll be able to interact directly with the creators, read behind-the-scenes blog posts about the ins and outs of the game's development, and stay current with our overall progress. Don't worry, we'll do our best to keep the information spoiler-free, so that you still have a rich and surprising game to explore, even if you are an avid process junkie!
The funding will be spent solely on Obduction. It's very straightforward: we'll spend the funds that you invest on making Obduction the best possible experience.
We already have a team here - a few who've been here since the Myst days, and some who are more recent. We'll be adding to the team after we get funding, so we can flesh out our design and then get started on all the new art, modeling, texturing, sounds, music, lighting, characters, interface, technology, and more.
We don't want that team to be too large. One thing we've learned over the years is that it can be much more efficient and satisfying to have a smaller team that works closely together. We want everyone on the team to have ownership as we design and build this experience together. And we'll make sure you know who is on the team and how things are going.
Cyan was started in 1987 by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller. They released a new kind of children’s software they called The Manhole. It was a simple, whimsical, black & white world to explore with very little to get in the way of the journey. It was well received by children of all ages. The brothers followed up with Cosmic Osmo and Spelunx - two more rich, non-threatening worlds for children to explore.

In 1991, Cyan began work on Myst, a project that would take everything they had learned about making worlds and use it to create a truly unique experience for an older, more sophisticated audience. Myst was about finding yourself lost in a world and simply exploring, understanding and becoming part of the story - and the public response was nothing short of phenomenal. Sales for Myst and its sequel Riven have exceeded 12 million units worldwide - which made them the best-selling computer games of the 20th century.
After five products in the Myst series, Cyan turned its attention to making an ambitious, new kind of Myst game, a never-ending world that would allow players to explore together. Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (Myst Online). It spawned a thriving, dedicated community and is still available to explore for free.
Cyan continues to draw on our past as we dream into the future. We are looking forward to creating more exciting worlds that move yet again away from the standard fare - to something unexpected.

Cyan is located on the northern outskirts of Spokane, Washington, about 119 trillion miles from the nearest habitable planet.
 ...And a team of other amazing and talented individuals.

Δευτέρα 15 Απριλίου 2013

The International Hood Project!

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Tην Κυριακή 21 Απριλίου γιορτάζουμε τα εγκαίνια της γειτονιάς για τους φίλους από όλο τον κόσμο, της International Hood. Χρειαζόμαστε τη βοήθεια όλων σε αυτό το εγχείρημα.
Για περισσότερα διαβάστε εδώ και εδώ

Θα θέλαμε να έρθουμε σε επαφή με μέλη από της μη-αγγλόφωνες γειτονιές (σαν και μας, καλή ώρα!!!) που μιλούν μια ή και περισσότερες από τις γλώσσες που παρατίθενται εδώ. Περάστε όποια ώρα σας βολεύει την Κυριακή, να μιλήσουμε για τη γειτονιά σας και τις εκδηλώσεις που ίσως διοργανώνετε, όπως επίσης για την ιστορία της, για τη χώρα και τη γλώσσα που εκπροσωπεί.

Θα θέλαμε να συμπεριλάβουμε όσες περισσότερες γειτονιές μπορούμε και σχεδιάζουμε να τις ομαδοποιήσουμε σε 2 παρουσιάσεις των 2 ή 3 και διάρκειας 30 έως 60 λεπτών. Ανάλογα φυσικά με την ανταπόκριση και τον αριθμό τους.
Το πρόγραμμα θα ανακοινωθεί εδώ στο Forum του MYST Online, σε ξεχωριστή ενότητα στο τμήμα των Events.

Η γειτονιά μας θα φιλοξενεί πληροφορίες σε διαφορετικές γλώσσες. Αρχικά σε γαλλικά, ολλανδικά, γερμανικά, ισπανικά και ιταλικά και δευτερευόντως σε πορτογαλικά και ρώσικα, και ίσως σουηδικά και ιαπωνικά. Επίσης θα παρέχεται σύνδεσμος σε αυτή την ανάρτηση καθώς και λίστα με τις αντίστοιχες μη-αγγλόφωνες γειτονιές.
Η λίστα αυτή θα βρίσκεται αναρτημένη και στα ξενόγλωσσα τμήματα του Forum και θα ανανεώνεται συχνά, ειδικά όταν πρόκειται για τη διοργάνωση ειδικών εκδηλώσεων.

Παρακαλώ απαντήστε το συντομότερο δυνατό, είτε εδώ είτε με προσωπικό μήνυμα στον m.a.x.2.0.

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Σ.τ.μ.: Δεν μας έχουν συμπεριλάβει στη λίστα γιατί δεν είμαστε τόσοι ώστε να χρειάζεται. Φυσικά αυτό δε σημαίνει ότι δε μπορούμε να γίνουμε τόσοι!

Να έρθετε στο πάρτυ για να σας δω και γω. Άντε, ξεκουνηθείτε!!! Very Happy

Θα έχει και μουσική. Πρόγραμμα, όπως είπαμε, εδώ.
Αν κανείς ενδιαφέρεται να παίξει ελάτε, έχει χώρο για όλους!!

Σάββατο 15 Οκτωβρίου 2011

CAVCON and Guilds Awareness Party

Όπως ίσως να προσέξατε στο πινακάκι εδώ δεξιά, ο μετρητής έπεσε ξαφνικά από το 4 στο 2. Φαίνεται να υπήρξε "κάποιο πρόβλημα στην επικοινωνία ανάμεσα στα οικονομικά και την καταγραφή των στατιστικών". Ακούγεται κάπως αόριστο όλο αυτό και δε φταίει η μετάφραση. Στην ερώτηση, λέει , "αν οι δωρεές  καλύπτουν τα έξοδα λειτουργίας" η απάντηση ήταν πάντα "ναι, υπάρχουν αρκετά χρήματα ώστε να καλύπτονται τα έξοδα" αλλά, έλειπε ένα κομματάκι, ότι "το ποσό των μηνιαίων εσόδων δεν αρκεί για να καλύψει τα μηνιαία έξοδα και σιγά σιγά χρησιμοποιείται τμήμα από το απόθεμα". Δυστυχώς δε μπορούμε να γνωρίζουμε περισσότερα και δεν έχουμε πρόσβαση στα χρηματικά μεγέθη αλλά μόνο στα στατιστικά που αφορούν το παιχνίδι και αυτά είναι ανησυχητικά.
Γι' αυτό το λόγο η Cyan αναγκάζεται να εφαρμόσει μερικά έκτακτα μέτρα προκειμένου να εξοικονομήσει χρήματα για τα μελλοντικά έξοδα, έναν συνδυασμό των υπαρχόντων server που ήδη πραγματοποιήθηκε πριν λίγες μέρες, σε πρώτη φάση. Αν τα πράγματα χειροτερέψουν, σε δεύτερη ίσως χρειαστεί να ζητηθεί η δική μας βοήθεια για hosting και σε τρίτη, θα επηρεαστούν οι παρεχόμενες υπηρεσίες, δηλαδή το παιχνίδι.

Είναι φανερό ότι πρέπει να πάρουμε την κατάσταση στα χέρια μας!
Γι' αυτό και την ερχόμενη Παρασκευή 21 Οκτωβρίου διοργανώνουμε το λεγόμενο CAVCON and Guilds Awareness Party. Να μαζευτούμε, να ενημερωθούμε για την κατάσταση, να βάλουμε το χέρι στην τσέπη με την ευκαιρία, και να περάσουμε ωραία.
Προς το παρόν μόνο η ημερομηνία έχει οριστικοποιηθεί και όχι το σύνολο των εκδηλώσεων ή ο χώρος στον οποίο θα πραγματοποιηθούν. Λεπτομέρειες στο forum του MOULa καθώς και το forum του Guild of Messengers , stay tuned!

Στα εισερχόμενά σας θα βρείτε ένα KImail με ό,τι χρειάζεται να γνωρίζετε για την εκδήλωση.
Ελπίζω να βρεθούμε εκεί! Για να μην γραφτεί το τέλος ακόμα. ~

Παρασκευή 3 Ιουνίου 2011

The DMR goes to Greece!!!

Πότε; Αυτό το Σάββατο 4 Ιουνίου και ώρα 18:00 ΚΙ (για μας δηλαδή ξημερώματα Κυριακής, κατά τις 3).
Πού; Στο D'ni Musicological Research Bevin (με ανοιχτή μια μικρή πιθανότητα για Fun House και έξτρα διασκέδαση). Θα το βρείτε στα Public Link του Nexus.
Τι θ' ακούσουμε;  Ένα δείγμα της ελληνικής μουσικής για τους φίλους εξερευνητές του εξωτερικού, λίγο Zorbas, λίγο Vangelis, και ό,τι κρίνουμε ως "εξαγώγιμο" προιόν, τύπου έντεχνου κυρίως (τα πιο βαριά και indie, την επόμενη φορά, αν και όταν με το καλό).
Πώς θ' ακούσουμε; Κλικ εδώ .

Παραγγελιές της τελευταίας στιγμής, καθώς και κέρματα, ντομάτες και λοιπά αντικείμενα και ζαρζαβατικά προς την υποφαινόμενη και συν-οικοδέσποινα, όλα ευπρόσδεκτα. 

Σας περιμένουμε!
'Ωπα.  :-P