Returning, gathering, waiting…

IngisKahn, Deledrius, Marack, G’ildor, The.Modificator, Maztec…

All of these people that were part of the original H’uru Team just after Uru Prologue had ended, that are returning for Uru Live.

Oh wait. It’s called “Myst Online: Uru Live”. I keep forgetting that. It sounds too bulky.

Uru is not Myst, and never will be Myst. Uru is its own story, seperate from the Myst storyline.

Finally with some more people returning, PRPExplorer and Plasma production has increased dramatically in the past few days. Just waiting for Tahgtahv to get back from vacation.

Anger, confusion, and attempted understanding

Starfyre does not, did not, and never has existed.

Garrett created an avatar for Uru Prologue named Naraya Starfyre. He wanted to use this character on the fora as well. He said that eventually, it became too much, he was actually becoming the character; Starfyre had a RL name, RL job, RL family. He said that he had to break away from her, and that killing her was his only option.

I think that Garrett had great courage to do something like that, and break away from Starfyre; But he did it in the wrong way. He didn’t have to draw out a story of how she died, he could have just made his confession to the community.

The only reason that he did make a confession is because people started donating money to Garrett to help care for the twins and to ease him through the times just after Starfyre’s death. He couldn’t accept that money knowing that Starfyre never existed, and has since returned it all and confessed to the community that he was Starfyre.

I know that a lot of the community thinks that Garrett is mentally ill, that he should be locked up; But mostly people are angry about being led to believe that their friend had died. That is hard to take, the death of someone that you knew well, then to have the whole thing turn around and explain that the person you are mourning never existed.

Well Garrett, whether Starfyre as a person existed or not, you were Starfyre, you created AgeBuilder, you started DRS, you gave great gifts to the community. You will not be forgotten.

We will still wait here for you…

Okay, I got an interesting e-mail today from Brice Tebbs, one of the main developers of the Plasma Engine used by Uru and Myst V. He was wondering how he could access the blog.

Originally, I just gave him private access, but I thought that that might not be fair, he might be only one of the people who are trying to read this and find a protected page. Therefore I have made some invisiable posts that are password protected and will continue to do so.

In Memory of Kirsten Birch

Starfyre memorial banner

Yesterday, a horrible thing happened to the AgeBuilding community. We lost our leader, a strong and remarkable woman, to a horrible accident.

This morning Kirsten and Tara left to goto the store. About an hour later a police officer came knocking at the door and told me that they had been in a hit and run accident. When I got to the hospital the doctors told me it was pretty bad and that their chances for recovery were iffy at best. Right now both of them are in a coma. I ask everyone to pray for them.

Kirsten’s Husband

Tara is/was Kirsten’s younger sister. She was an important part of the AgeBuilding community as well.

I have some bad news. Tara passed an hour ago. I just came home to check on the twins and thought I would pass on the news while I’m here.

The doctor’s say even when someone is in a coma they might be able to hear you. I will be sure to tell Kirsten that your all thinking of her and waiting for her to return soon.

Kirsten’s hudband

The worst news possible came later.

It is with my deepest regret that I come here to inform you all that around 2am that Kirsten was rushed into emergency surgery. They did all they could but it was just not meant to be and at 2:45am Kirsten passed on.

There will be a memorial service later this week. It will be closed to the public per her wishes as she only wanted family in attendance. Again we appreciate the though of some of you wanting to send flowers but by request of the entire family, not just myself, we would like you to make donations to a worthy cause in Kirsten’s name instead.

I went ahead and made a couple changes to the forum. The first being the promotion of Aloys to this Guild of Admin to take over Kirsten’s spot. Then also I seperated the admin’s. I left this account, Tara’s – that right now I don’t have the heart to delete, and DarK in the Root Admin. I will not be participating in this group as much as she would have which is why I put Aloys in. I had read in one of the threads that if someone had stepped down that she wanted him to take over. I think its only fitting he should take over for her.


P.S. Something I would like to ask if its at all possible. Since she started this group and all would it be possible to see a plaque on a wall someplace. I think that would be a nice gesture. Something for future gamers to look at and remember her by.

I’m truly amazed at how something like this could happen. They left in the morning, mostly likely joking, laughing; and less than 24 hours later, they are no longer there.

I’m sorry for Kirsten’s two children, who will never remember the remarkable woman who was their mother. I’m sorry for Garrett, who has lost someone closer to him than we can imagine. I’m sorry for Kirsten and Tara’s parents, who have lost both of their daughters so the same horribly cruel fate in one day. I’m sorry for Age Building and Uru, who have lost a great leader.

We can only hope that they are in peace, hope that these horrible accidents will never happen again, hope that one day we may se them again.

We won’t forget them. They had stories, every moment of their life was part of their story. To the driver, there are two less human; To us, there are two less people, two less stories. We will never know what made Kirsten and Tara happy, or sad, what their favorite flowers were, or their deepest fears. Their stories have been ended without completion.

My thoughts go out to you and your family Garrett, we all share your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through; and I don’t want to think of the pain you are feeling. We will be here Garrett.

We will remember her.

Starfyre Candle

Endings & DirectX: Part IX

Today we finished the game! I’ve got the source code, and I plan on improving it. We’ve come so far, starting with a blank screen, to having planets rotating around the sun and asteroids. I’ll put it on my SVN repository when I’ve got it ready to release.

This blog is going private. I’m going through some stuff in RL and I want to be able to use this as a thinking pad for getting my thoughts down. I might reopen it to the public later, but for now, it’s private. You will not see this post, or any of the other ones until I make it public again. The whole domain will theoretically cease to exist.

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DirectX: Part VIII

Today we finished all of the tutorials, loading a planet, creating stars, adding music, and many other things. Tomorrow we will add all ten planets and make it possible to fly around them.

I probably won’t be continuing this trend of “post every day”. Something has happened and my free time is going to be severely cut back.

Hope to continue, but if not; I will be back eventually…