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The 2016-17 Cavern Tours

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Each year, Zeke365 organizes a series of in-game tours of Myst Online: Uru Live. This year's tour season began on Friday, November 11, 2016 and Saturday, November 12, 2016.

What are the tours?

The Cavern Tours are a series of walking tours that cover every location in Myst Online: Uru Live. The tour guides speak in-character about D'ni and D'ni Restoration Council history, the functions and purposes of the buildings and machinery of D'ni, and the flora and fauna to be found in each area. Because the tours are held in private instances of the game, we take you to locations that you cannot reach in the game proper, such as outside the museum pods, down to the bottom of the great shaft, and inside the DRC conference room in Tokotah I.

When are the tours?

The Friday tours begin at 22:00 KI time. The tours are repeated on Saturdays at 13:00 KI time. This year, they will be held on the second and fourth weekends of each month, except when that weekend includes a major US holiday such as Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

This KI Time conversion chart shows what KI time converts to in time zones that are fairly common among explorers.

The tours last roughly two hours. After each tour ends, we usually have one hour of "playtime" activities, where we let the gray hats show off and the group can run around exploring off the normal paths. For the first time, the playtime period will also feature a music program hosted by Joker, who plans to tailor the music to fit the Age we are in as much as he can.

The tour season does not have a concrete end date. The tours will continue until we have covered all of the game locations, and may be split or postponed as needed.

Where do the tours meet:

All tour groups meet in Tokotah Courtyard before the tour start time. When the tours begin, we transfer to the appropriate locations.

Who runs the tours?

The Tuesday crew is Zeke, r'Tayrtahn, Stone, and Larry with Joker providing music after the tour. Stone provides tech services using a bot named Stone5 in the Hood of Illusions.

On Saturdays, the tours are lead by Larry, and Mirphak provides tech services using Mir-o-bot in that bot's private Ages. Mir-o-Bot's KI number is 32319. Joker will provide music after the tour.

Warnings:

New players: we do our best not to give away puzzle solutions or spoilers, but sometimes it's unavoidable because we explain how everything in the Ages was intended to work. If we are about to talk about a spoiler, we try to warn you ahead of time so you can mute your sound. However, it's always best if you finish up the puzzles before the tours if you can. This is especially true in Eder Kemo and Ahnonay. We define a spoiler as instructions on how to solve a puzzle, or information that would give away a secret you'd probably prefer to learn yourself. However, we do slip up from time to time.

Don't wander off on your own, or run ahead of the group. A lot of time is wasted in each tour waiting for people to catch up so the guides can resume speaking. When we get to choke points in the various Ages, we warp the entire group past them instead of wasting time trying to get every avatar through individually. Running ahead may cause your avatar to become stuck and force you to reset. This is especially true on ladders; any ladder can be a place where game bugs will trap your avatar.

Additional notes:

Everyone is welcome to join us at any time during the tours.

To hear us clearly, open your game settings, click on the audio settings icon, and lower your ambient sounds, music, and sound effects sliders. Don't forget to adjust these settings back to your desired level after the tour ends. If you cannot hear the voice chat at all, open your game audio settings and click on the 'voice chat' box.

This is very important. Please do not voice chat during the tour. If you have any questions, either use text chat or wait until the guide asks for questions. Voice chat outside the question and answer periods will interfere with the guide, delay the tour, and spoil the enjoyment of the other tour guests.

What do I do if I'm late, if I fall and link out, get stuck, or my game crashes?

On Tuesday, we have to wait until Stone logs on and opens the Hood of Illusions before we can begin. Once the hood has been opened, you can link there directly from the Nexus or send the command "link" to Stone as a private message if he is on your buddy list. Once you are in the hood, you can try PMing "w" to Stone to link to the group. The hood meditation chambers (a.k.a. the "egg room") are set up to link you to the tour locations, but they will only take you to the normal link-in areas of the Age.

On Saturday you cannot use the Nexus because Mir-o-Bot's neighborhood does not appear in the menu. Instead, add Mir-o-Bot to your buddies and then send the "link" command directly to him.

Once you are in the tour location, the "w" command will take you to the bot. This procedure is also used to rejoin the tour if your game or connection crashes, or you fall and panic link back to your Relto. Another method for rejoining the tour on Saturdays is to PM "find larry" to Mir-o-Bot, which will take you to my location. While falling, it's sometimes possible to select the bot and use the "w" command to return to a solid surface before you panic link.

If you get stuck, which happens a lot since the Ages were not designed to handle large groups, try to log out of the game session and then log back in. Then rejoin the group by the methods mentioned above. If that doesn't work, exit the game, restart it, and then rejoin the group.

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