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The Celestine Ascendancy

Just added a page on the Celestine Ascendancy – the 3rd and final of the player civilizations we’ll have for release! They’re kind of the twin of the Song Dominion, and the two of them have long been at each other’s throats.

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The Bushraki, Wetwiring, and Mindsims

I just published some fairly extensive history on the Bushraki, from whom we get wetwiring and mindsims both. Once tools of the Sa’hak-ren Hierarchy, and later unwittingly duped by the Ishvana, they’re a tragic, broken race of unstable, cybernetically-enhanced, drug-addicted humanoids whose genes indicate that they’re an incredibly old race, though they only reached spaceflight…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda

Seen the new trailer? I love Mass Effect! I love the lore, the setting, the tone, the storytelling, and the gameplay. It hits all the right buttons in sci-fi for me.

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The Y'saari – an Elder Race – and an update on hacking

I just added an entry on the Y’saari, whose currency – the Covenant Mark – underlies the economy of Starmourn, to the NPC Races page. Enjoy!   As you can see from the final, he pretty much nailed what I wanted right away.   Also, I talked about hacking in my last post and I’m pleased to…

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Hacking in Starmourn

Having some kind of hacking in Starmourn is important to us, mainly because a lot of people have mentioned wanting something involving it. It is, however, much tougher than it may sound like to pull off well in an open-world multiplayer game. There are a few problems, from my perspective: We need a hacking system…

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The Song Dominion

Just finished setting up a page on the Song Dominion, the second of the player-inhabited civilizations we’ve announced! You’re probably wondering what a player-inhabited civilization means in practical terms. If you’ve played our existing MUDs, they all have some version of player civilizations, usually expressed as cities or city-states. These are initially admin-created areas with…

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Race graphics for backgrounds

Here’s a composite of our various player races for use as desktop/laptop backgrounds. Enjoy! Just right-click (Windows) or click-and-hold (Mac) then save the image. If you’re not sure which one to use, just try the first one.    

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Meet the Jin

Today we announced the Jin, our 12th and final player race in Starmourn. You can read all about them on the Jin page. I think you’re going to enjoy them! I thought I’d share the initial concept art sketches that our artist did for the Jin too. In this case I ended up liking #3…

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Independence Day: Resurgence

I was stuck on a plane for awhile yesterday, so watched the new Independence Day. It’s the kind of movie I’d probably only choose to watch when I’m a prisoner in a metal tube. I mean, it wasn’t just bad, like the first one – it was terrible. I’m not sure there was a single…

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Westworld is a MUD

Are you guys watching Westworld on HBO? If not, go do it. Find a way to watch it! It’s fantastic, and one of my favorite things about it is how unbelievably similar to designing and running a MUD or MMO the show is. For those unfamiliar, the tl;dr is that customers come to this fake…

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Welcome the Krona!

We revealed the Krona player race today – a somewhat strange-looking race of belligerent show-offs. A little behind-the-scenes fun fact about them: This isn’t what they originally looked like, at all, and we redid them to be more interesting. Here’s how the player race process typically works, though this process gets broken or things get…

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