Minkata shard news

The Minkata test shard run by OpenUru.org has been updated with some bug fixes that need testing. Here’s rarified’s announcement:

Changes in this update

Game script updates from H’uru team

  • D’Lanor:
    xChatChannelRegion v3.3 – Remove players from private chat channel if they link out
    xKI – Unknown senders of buddy messages are added to the Recents lists
    philBookshelf v1.1 – Hut camera no longer affects others when a player disengages the bookshelf
  • Adam Johnson:
    Fixed Jalak column saving/loading[/list]

Server updates

  • CJkelly1:
    Changed VaultSendNode handling to make the sending player the owner of the noderef.  Also changed the order of the SQL function parameters to match the order in the code.
  • A’moaca’:
    Fix SDL filename comparison to be case independent

New or fixed features that need testing

  • With multiple players in Phil’s Relto, have someone open and close books from the bookshelf.  Other players should not have their “camera”view affected by that player’s actions.
  • Have other players add you as a “buddy”, then send a message to all buddies.  That player should appear in the “recent” KI list.
  • If you have established a private chat channel with others, have one or more of those players link out of the current age.  They should disappear from the chat list and not see any further chat messages to that private channel.
  • Confirm you can save and restore Jalak game states
  • Make sure that the sender of a KI message is properly identified in the recipient’s received message header.
  • See if the DRC vest is available in Phil’s Relto.

As usual, send in bug reports to http://support.openuru.org!

In case you’re wondering, “private chat channels” involve the hood egg rooms.

Quite a few of these will need several players to test. So — consider yourself invited!

Devokan-Tao news (OSgrid)

One of the things I’ve noticed about building in 3D worlds is that it can be difficult to let go of virtual space. So it is in this case.  😉

Shenn contacted me about a week ago, saying that he would like to experiment more with mesh in OSgrid. Now, other projects in real life are an issue for most of us on the Devokan-Tao team, so a reduction in virtual space makes sense. However, with OSgrid’s flexible set-up, we are able to downsize very easily.

The result is that Shenn and I will be sharing the costs of a smaller, less powerful server that will run a subset of the current Devokan-Tao regions.

One region, Inspiration, will be a sandbox for experiments in mesh — and everyone is welcome to come and try their hand here.

Other key regions will remain for exploration, enjoyment, relaxation:

  • Devokan Tao, complete with updated linking books to other Myst/Uru-style regions on OSgrid, such as Anarta and Colorado’s K’veer regions, Filbert’s Nuevo Relto and other areas, Mat’s wonderfully diverse environments, Nal’s guild hall;
  • Rivages du ciel, expanded with some new inspirational sky builds; and
  • Illusion, which will be the culmination on OSgrid of the current Devokan story.

At a later stage, as we see how well the server performs, further regions may be added.

But what about the current regions? What are the plans for those? Well, the current server will remain online until 25 January 2012. So, if you haven’t yet been able to take in all the sights and sounds of the Devokan-Tao regions, now’s your chance. And do, please, post screenshots of any areas that strike you as particularly photogenic — it would be great to build up a photographic record.

Having said that, all will not be lost: I’ll be saving back-up OAR files of all the regions so that they can be recreated at will at a later stage — one of the advantages of OpenSim!

Uru fan ages, new and updated

While many D’ni Refugees were finding new homes in other 3D worlds such as Second Life, There, etc., others were learning to create and build their own within Uru itself, including developing the tools to do so.

Their work and progress over the years is remarkable, and I hope to include monthly reports of new ages and updates in this part of the newsletter.

So what has been released over the past month?

R'Oshanhnin Korvahkhn

R’Oshanhnin Korvahkhn, a new age by Calena, Wamduskasapa, Tachzusamm and Dustin. It includes puzzles, story, exploration, surprises — very much in the Myst tradition…

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Mapping the regions

Devokan-Tao-Windring regions 9 Nov 2011

No, this isn’t a map of an area in Second Life. Rather, it’s showing just a few of the Myst/Uru-style regions in OSgrid.

The easiest way of finding this set of islands (and others) is to search for “Devokan Tao” on the OSgrid map. Devokan Tao operates as a hub or nexus for these and other Myst/Uru-style regions across OSgrid.

In the map above, Paislee and Dot are working on the area to the north-west. The three Pathways regions are the latest additions.

Filbert’s regions are in the south-west. Nuevo Relto has a spectacular elevator to take visitors from ground level to the islands in the clouds. Gehnna (a work-in-progress) in the far west may be strangely familiar to fans of Riven…

The Tao regions are to the east (of course!). Leah’s Eoliah estate is to the north and east, extending as far as the five new regions of Jorasco.

Shenn’s regions are to the south. Despite appearances on this map they are not empty sea, as can be seen from this photo of Yugen by rocapc:

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