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How True

I came across this quote on Uru Obsession, and the original poster found it on eBay, I think. The first few lines are so true:

I used to think of myself as immune to addiction. I’ve never been ensnared by alcohol or drugs, never run up huge credit-card balances with compulsive shopping, never smoked — I don’t even gamble. Watching various friends battle their own habits, I’ve occasionally envied them the drama of it all, but mostly I’ve felt a little (well, maybe more than a little) superior.

That was before I found Myst…

I’ve recently realized just how obsessed I am with the Myst series. I really am obsessed. I spend most of my free time on Uru Obsession, I have a massive collection of Myst games and collectible items, I even have two original concept sketches from Myst.

In a discussion I was having with a friend of mine two days ago, I mentioned how much more obsessed with the series I was than him (however, we met on UO, so we both must be pretty obsessed) and he said “yeah, I’m not as obsessed as you are. I get bored the third time through the games”. This made me stop and realize the extent of my obsession.

Am I sorry? Do I wish I wasn’t obsessed/addicted?

Hell no.

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Myst V on Intel Part Deux

Well I tried reinstalling Myst V on my Macbook Pro again, just for the hell of it. To my surprise, it actually worked. No patches, nothing, it just installed using Rosetta. This means, of course, that it is as slow as hell, and practically not worth playing. But still, it did install. Maybe it’s the 10.4.8 upgrade that did it. Who knows?

So yeah, if you haven’t tried to install Myst V since the jump to 10.4.8 from 4.7, try it now because I’m pretty sure it will work.

DRC Liasons, Part Deux

The DRC Liasons are the members of the Myst community who act as a link between the DRC and the community. Well, I’ve been nominated to be a candidate to become one of the 5 DRC Liasons. Pretty sweet. Vote for me! :) I’m working on my campaign material at the moment… :)

Mwahahahantis Parable

The Mantis Parable, the short film created by Josh Staub of Cyan Worlds, has finally been released through iTunes. It’s a charming story about a caterpillar and a praying mantis, the caterpillar being trapped in a jar and the mantis laughing at him. Quickly, their places are traded and the Mantis realizes his mistake. It has the amazing quality you can expect from Cyan Worlds, and a good story to go with it (too bad you can only get it in iPod size…).

Josh Staub, the Art Director at Cyan, alerted us to the release via the Uru Obsession forums, and when I responded the following was posted:
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Kind words, Mr. Staub…but your job will be mine….

Galamay 2

Today I’m releasing Galamay Area 2/Version 2. It’s a custom-made age for Uru Complete Chronicles that I’ve been working on for more than 7 months, and I’m finally releasing it. To download it, get the Uru Age Manager and download it from there. For more information about Galamay, visit the Galamay Log (It’s In Character, so might not provide much information). Happy exploring!

RAWA and the Town Hall Delay

All you Uru fans out there know about the Town Hall meetings. They are meetings between the Myst/Uru fan community and members of Cyan Worlds or the DRC (D’ni Restoration Council, which is Cyan’s In-Character group and the focal point of the Uru Live storyline). There is currently a Town Hall meeting taking place on the D’mala shard in the Town Hall Neighborhood, with Rand Miller (one of the founders of Cyan Worlds and the current CEO, I think). This meeting was originally planned for yesterday, but RAWA (Richard A. Watson, another very influential and senior member of Cyan Worlds) posted the following on the official forums two or three days ago:

I’m very sorry to have to announce this, but something has come up and the Town Hall with Rand needs to be postponed by 24 hours. It will now be held on Tuesday, July 18, at 9am Cavern Time.

It’s postponed for a nice reason, and hopefully you’ll agree that it was worth the extra 24 hour wait.

:)

RAWA

This of course got everyone very excited, because we (being the community we are) automatically jump to conclusions and assume the best. Uru Live Beta is starting! However, now the meeting is going on and RAWA has posted this:

The “surprise” for tomorrow’s town hall is not going to happen tomorrow after all. Due to circumstances beyond Cyan’s control, the earliest it can happen will be late next week. The C.O. Meter will be knocked down a few notches to commiserate the delay.

Argh! Ok so we have to wait another week until we get out surprise. Oh well. Oh and the C.O. Meter is the Cautious Optimism Meter, which is what we Uru fans are supposed to have. Cautious optimism. Screw that, says I. I predicted the return of live, and even got the date for the announcment right. I’ve known that it would come back from the moment Cyan got back on their feet. I don’t have an ounce of Cautious Optimism in my blood, just full blown optimism. : D AND I’M PROUD OF IT!

Myst V on Intel

I have an intel-based mac, and I am trying to install Myst V on it. Even though the game is Mac compatible, it was never made to run on mac Intel chips, and thus the problems. Ubisoft released a patch, but it really does not work. I have tried almost every method suggested to me so far, and the most useful have been the new patcher, and the following hack. The patcher does basically all this for you, but this is an explaination of it.
(Note- I did not figure this out. It is taken from Luis Carlson’s Technoblog. The specific post can be found here. I have modified it a bit to work better, but other than that it’s all his)

The following information is not to be used by anyone because the EULA might prevent you from doing so. It is for informational purposes only and mainly takes place on the command line within the Terminal.

cd ~
mkdir myst5 && cd myst5
jar xfv /Volumes/Myst\ V\ EOA/setup.jar
cp -r /Volumes/Myst\ V\ EOA/support .

at this point, type ls and look for a long string of letters and numbers. copy this.

cp -r /Volumes/Myst\ V\ EOA/setup/INSERT LONG STRING HERE/md5 INSERT LONG STRING HERE, TOO
curl -O http://www.kpdus.com/jad/macosx/jadap158.zip
unzip jadap158.zip
./jad com/installshield/wizard/service/file/PureJavaFileServiceImpl.class
open -t PureJavaFileServiceImpl.jad

Look for public String[] getPartitionNames(). This is the place that caused the pesky error. What happened is that Intel Macs currently are missing a Java library that will provide the installer with a list of partitions for the computer. All we have to do is hard code that list and we are home free. Change it to look as follows.

public String[] getPartitionNames()
throws ServiceException
{
String as[] = new String[2];
as[0] = “/”;
as[1] = “/Volumes/Myst V EOA”;
return as;
}

Save and close the file. Back to the command line.

mv PureJavaFileServiceImpl.ja{d,va}
javac PureJavaFileServiceImpl.java
cp PureJavaFileServiceImpl.class com/installshield/wizard/service/file/
java run

Now, in the event that it creates a binary which doesn’t work, uninstall myst v (leave the /myst5 directory you made), and just run the installer from the disc. Because we changed something in Java, it should now work correctly. :) Happy Myst’ing!

Eh, screw that. Nevermind, as the above obviously does not work.


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