Remembering the Vibrant Virtual World of Myst Online: Uru Live

This evening I was going through some old images I had saved to an external hard drive, when I came across some screenshots from the virtual world created by Cyan called Myst Online: Uru Live (or MO:UL for short). Actually, I would probably classify MO:UL as an MMO/MMORPG, instead of a virtual world.

Cyan, of course, is famous for their line of cerebral puzzle games starting with Mystwhere you tried to piece together where you were and what you were supposed to do to solve fiendishly clever puzzles. By 2003, the Myst franchise had sold over 12 million copies of its games worldwide, with Myst representing more than 6 million copies in the figure. The game was the best-selling PC game until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002.

MO:UL is still probably one of the most beautiful virtual worlds that you can visit and explore. Here are some screenshots I took in 2011 (please click on each of these pictures to see it in a larger size):

I couldn’t remember my old username and password, and I figured that they probably weren’t saved when Cyan shut down the MO:UL servers sometime after 2011. But according to their website, Cyan has made Myst Online: Uru Live available again, and for free! So I tried to see if I could resurrect my old account. And I could!

But when I logged in again after seven years, all my previous setups, the house I had built after solving all of the puzzles that MO:UL had to offer, was gone. And I just didn’t feel like starting it all over again. Also, the software has not aged terribly well and it wouldn’t play nicely with my Windows 10 computer. So in the end, I uninstalled it.

But for a time there was a real sense of community in Myst Online: Uru Live, as players helped each other to solve the various puzzles and achieve their goals.

Bay City Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary in Second Life with a Parade and Concert

Bay City, one of Linden Lab’s first planned neighbourhoods, with a mid-century (circa 1950s) theme, is celebrating its tenth anniversary today with a parade and a concert.


I was among the first people to buy land in Bay City. Here is what my avatar looked like when I first bought my land and set up my house in Bay City back in 2008:


And here is what the same avatar looks like today, as he is getting ready for the Bay City 10th Anniversary Parade:

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We’ve come a long way in ten years! My avatar today is wearing:

Meah Head: Daniel head by Catwa

Mesh Body: Jake by Belleza

Skin Appliers: Sean by Stray Dog (Tone 4) — Stray Dog makes the best skins for male mesh avatars, in my opinion!

Hair: Boy Next Door by Exile

Clothing: Shea shirt, jacket and jeans outfit by Belleza

And here are some pictures of the festivities today. Here is faithful Bay City booster and parade organizer, Marianne McCann:

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And here is Miss Bay City herself, GoSpeed Rasere (who is also performing at the concert after the parade):

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Please click on the following pictures taken during the Bay City parade and concert to see them in a larger size:

What a wonderful event! Happy birthday, Bay City!

Game of Thrones Roleplay in Second Life: Realm of Ice and Fire

Realm of Ice and Fire (ROIAF) is one of the more popular Game of Thrones roleplay sims in Second Life. Today I decided to load up my medieval roleplay avatar, Scarborough Fair, and pay a visit to see what’s going on. (Yes, I got lucky with that avatar name. “Fair” was only available as a last name for a two week period in spring of 2008!)

The level of care and energy which players have invested in their ROIAF avatars’ appearance is evident even from the lobby at the entry point of the sim:

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That’s Scarborough Fair in the middle in the bottom picture. She is wearing:

Mesh Head: Lulu Bento mesh head by Akeruka (Over the past year, Akeruka has had four different dollarbie Bento mesh heads—two female, and two male—as group gifts for members of the [AK] Heads, News & Support group; the group join fee was L$150, so that works out to 38.5 Linden dollars per head, an amazing deal! So you might want to join this group, in case they decide to offer other dollarbie deals on Bento mesh heads.)

Mesh Body: Maitreya Lara

Costume and Necklace: a gift from the Les Encantades booth at the current We Love Role-Play event

Hair: dark blonde Khaleesy [sic] hair by Monso

Shoes (not seen): Sonnet suede pumps by Hilly Haalan (free group gift; group is free to join)

Here are a few more pictures of the roleplay sim:

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