CYAN WILL NOT RELEASE AGE BUILDING TOOLS! The sooner that people figure that out, the easier it will be.
(Re: User-created ages on UO)

People seem to have this idea that Cyan is suddenly going to hand out tools on a silver-platter. They think that anyone will be able to create an Age without any experience.


All of the current tools (PyPRP) are developed by fans. In general, developed by: myself, Hoikas, and a handful of others (Almlys, Tahgtahv, IngisKahn, Robert, Trylon, ycikamookow, etc.) We had NO help designing these tools. All of the information was hacked out of the PRP objects.

If you aren’t willing to take the time to learn how to use the software (in this case Blender), then you shouldn’t be creating Ages in the first place.

Cyan said that they want fan-Ages in MOUL; they have contacted us about it, they want us, the fans, to be the tool developers. They don’t have time to develop new Ages, storyline, and tools.

HOW, in all honesty, do they think that Cyan is just going to hand over plugins?! They actually believe that Cyan will just say “Here are the specifications” and that they will be able to double click in Rhino, or Max, or Maya, or Blender and have it write out an Age for them.

The tools aren’t perfect, they never will be; but to ignore all of the current work and think that Cyan has the time to release a toolkit is stupidity to the extreme.

Will someone please hand me a flame-thrower?!

7 thoughts on “Idiots

  1. Aloys says:

    According to your (and Adam’s) philosophy on this what
    should happen now?
    Should we all just forget the official tools solution altogether and start going full steam ahead again?.. In which case should we try to motivate everyone again ‘for good’?
    With Live now launched it looks like everyone is waiting for ‘something’; but if more people start thinking this ‘something’ will never happen, we might as well use it as an excuse to shake our collective butt and bring back the productive spirit there was a couple months ago..

    Beside, with Live launched, I fear that for many people the idea of doing Ages ‘only’ for UU of CC/ABM may not be appealing enough… :/

    And just to be clear: *I* am still interested in working for UU/ABM..

  2. Paradox says:

    Honestly, I don’t know what should happen now.

    The current tools need to be rewritten to add support and better handling for different objects and different Plasma versions (including PotS, Myst V, and MOUL). In doing this rewrite, I want to consider some of the things that people are complaining about; but I also want to keep the tools working with Blender.

    I think as soon as we get the tools rewritten, working better, and fully functional; it would be a good time to raise interest. Right now everything is in the same sad state that it was 10 months ago :\

    If you don’t take the time to learn, the tools are still useless.

  3. Amanda says:

    -hands you a flame thrower-

  4. Huzzah!

    Now I want to know why this post’s feed somehow linked 18 people to my blog…?

  5. Adam says:

    Hi Paradox! Can you tell me where to find the latest info on the (hopefully latest) Plasma engine?

  6. Paradox says:

    Latest Plasma engine is used by Myst Online: Uru Live.

    However, it is not the engine with the highest version number. Myst V: End of Ages has the highest version number.

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