Rand posted this note through Grey Dragon today at Cyan's forums:
Quick update on the state of the Uru, and a request for your help.
The new D'mala shard is up and running - feels like the cavern has a smidgen of life again. At last count there were well over a thousand invitees and growing. It's been a pleasure to meet and chat with many of you in the cavern. Thanks so much for supporting Uru as we move forward.
We're still moving forward with (all together now) "cautious optimism". The third party that is providing the limited funding for Until Uru is still evaluating the possibility of renewing full blown Until Uru, and the process involves seeing how many people respond to the D'mala shard invitation.
With that in mind I'd like to ask for your help. Until Uru is an unpublicized, grass-roots effort, and as such, the only way that many of the thousands of people who purchased Uru will even know about Until Uru is through word-of-mouth. Now is the time to spread the word. If you know people who have Uru but haven't tried the online aspect of it, please send them an invitation and encourage them to get a taste of it through Until Uru. And if you know Myst fans who haven't tried Uru at all, encourage them to pick up a copy of Complete Chronicles (at Amazon for as little as $4USD) and join the gathering. We do want new people to realize that they're not playing Uru Live, but this would be a great time for them to get a glimpse of what Uru Live will look like.
Anybody who is currently in Until Uru can send invitations. Please take advantage of this free invitation system to get as many people as you can to join the gathering in the cavern. You're the ones who can bring life back to Uru, and the more people you bring back to Uru, the greater chance we can bring Uru back to life. Thanks for your help.
See you in D'ni,
To that end, last night I whipped up a promo video that can be played on a video iPod, as well as just shown around in general. You can find it here
. Please note that you'll need Quicktime 7 and/or iTunes 6 to play it.