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The DRC is now putting on short tours (30 min) from 5PM-11PM (cavarn time) in the Beginner's Hood. Tonight ResEng B.Drechsel, an engineer with the DRC, was conducting the tours. Here is the Chat log of the tour around 6PM cavarn time.
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(12/23 20:00:23) Chat.log started...
(12/23 20:00:34) djlumberjack thanks you very much!
(12/23 20:01:31) Nobilis waves
(12/23 20:01:47) ResEng B.Drechsel: Shorah everyone! ResEng B.Drechsel here, I'll be starting the next tour upstairs near the linking room.
(12/23 20:03:31) ResEng B.Drechsel waves
(12/23 20:04:04) Nobilis waves
(12/23 20:04:09) UUMickey waves
(12/23 20:04:21) Renfield waves
(12/23 20:04:29) Marck sneezes
(12/23 20:04:47) Nihvash: How do I wave?
(12/23 20:04:54) Claies waves
(12/23 20:05:04) borg1985: type /wave
(12/23 20:05:11) mag claps his hands
(12/23 20:05:11) Nihvash waves
(12/23 20:05:16) Nihvash: Thanks ^ ^
(12/23 20:05:19) Amrita waves
(12/23 20:05:29) borg1985: you're welcome
(12/23 20:05:31) Renfield yawns
(12/23 20:05:32) ResEng B.Drechsel: Shorah all!
(12/23 20:05:37) mag does a dance
(12/23 20:05:45) Nobilis laughs
(12/23 20:05:48) Renfield: Back at ya
(12/23 20:05:49) ResEng B.Drechsel: How many of you would say your are new explorers?
(12/23 20:05:56) Nobilis waves
(12/23 20:06:00) Ducky waves
(12/23 20:06:05) Bodom: Hi - I have been getting locked up when using the Nexis Linking Book in the Linking ROOM. It has happened about 5 times.
(12/23 20:06:06) mag: I am brand new here.
(12/23 20:06:09) Renfield: Relatively new
(12/23 20:06:14) Nihvash: I'm new, my brother just showed me this and now I'm really excited!
(12/23 20:06:44) Denise: fairly new
(12/23 20:06:52) Marck: not new ;)
(12/23 20:06:59) Nobilis: second day here
(12/23 20:07:00) ResEng B.Drechsel: Just so everyone knows... if you experience a technical problem, the best way to get help is use the contact link in the menue.
(12/23 20:07:01) UUMickey: I played the original URU, but haven't got far in the beta.
(12/23 20:07:30) ResEng B.Drechsel: Great! Lots of new explorers!
(12/23 20:07:37) Renfield cheers
(12/23 20:07:48) ResEng B.Drechsel: I'm going to get started then...
(12/23 20:07:53) mag: What's on the agenda for today?
(12/23 20:08:39) UUMickey does a dance
(12/23 20:08:47) Ducky does a dance
(12/23 20:08:55) ResEng B.Drechsel: I'm a DRC Restoration Engineer, and I'm going to cover a few things quickly, and I'll leave time for everyone to ask questions afterwards.
(12/23 20:08:58) ResEng B.Drechsel: good?
(12/23 20:09:10) mag: Sounds fine.
(12/23 20:09:10) djlumberjack nods his head
(12/23 20:09:12) Renfield: affirmative
(12/23 20:09:12) Natak: This tour takes how much time ?
(12/23 20:09:17) Nihvash: Sounds good
(12/23 20:09:19) Nobilis nods his head
(12/23 20:09:25) ResEng B.Drechsel: A lot of new explorers might be wonder what to do or see first?
(12/23 20:09:35) ResEng B.Drechsel: Around 30 min
(12/23 20:09:37) mag nods his head
(12/23 20:09:54) ResEng B.Drechsel: Here are our suggestions:
(12/23 20:09:57) ResEng B.Drechsel: Explore!
(12/23 20:10:28) ResEng B.Drechsel: Explore this cavern, the city, the neighborhoods, and the books.
(12/23 20:10:48) ResEng B.Drechsel: ...take a look around, you will often find something new!
(12/23 20:11:16) ResEng B.Drechsel: Some of the things you will find will be modern, but most will be ancient.
(12/23 20:11:32) ResEng B.Drechsel: Don't be afraid to interact with the things you find!
(12/23 20:12:14) ResEng B.Drechsel: In case you were wondering, the place you all started; the island in the clouds...
(12/23 20:12:31) ResEng B.Drechsel: ..is called Relto. This is your personal Age.
(12/23 20:13:09) ResEng B.Drechsel: No one else can come there, unless you invite them.
(12/23 20:13:33) ResEng B.Drechsel: ...either by using your KI or by sharing your book with another player.
(12/23 20:14:27) ResEng B.Drechsel: But there are plebnty of people in the City and neighborhoods.
(12/23 20:14:56) ResEng B.Drechsel: Hopefully by meeting them, you can relp with the restoration effort!
(12/23 20:15:16) ResEng B.Drechsel: The DRC will try to communicate with you sometimes...
(12/23 20:15:40) ResEng B.Drechsel: ...via your KI, their public website (drcsite.org), and here in person.
(12/23 20:16:02) ResEng B.Drechsel: There will be a lot going on in this massive space...
(12/23 20:16:14) ResEng B.Drechsel: ...sometime you just have to find it.
(12/23 20:16:26) ResEng B.Drechsel: Whew.. any questions?

(12/23 20:16:34) Marck raises hand
(12/23 20:16:56) Marck: Is it really possible to ibnvite someone to your Relto by using the KI?
(12/23 20:17:48) the Monk raises hand
(12/23 20:17:56) Marck: I thought it would only possible by sharing your Relto book
(12/23 20:18:47) ResEng B.Drechsel: you are correct, Marck
(12/23 20:18:54) Marck: Okay, thank you
(12/23 20:18:58) Nihvash: I have a question about a game setting if this is the right place to ask it?
(12/23 20:19:51) ResEng B.Drechsel: sorry, a better place for these questions is the "contact support" button in your menu.
(12/23 20:19:52) the Monk: What is the DRC's current position on those explorers we've seen venturing past the barricades -- such as near the tent?
(12/23 20:20:23) Marck: We're just good students...
(12/23 20:20:24) Nihvash: Oh ok thank you :)
(12/23 20:20:30) ResEng B.Drechsel: Well, the DRC puts these barriers up for your safety...
(12/23 20:20:50) Dominic White: Aha! People! And festively adorned at that!
(12/23 20:20:54) ResEng B.Drechsel: It could be dangerous to venture past them.
(12/23 20:21:06) the Monk: so its not recommended, but if we do, its at our own risk basically?
(12/23 20:21:11) Natak: even with our safety net...the relto book ?
(12/23 20:21:18) ResEng B.Drechsel: Yes.
(12/23 20:21:22) the Monk: thank you
(12/23 20:21:24) mag: What is your offical position?
(12/23 20:21:46) Natak: do you have any idear when some of the cavern will be reopened ?
(12/23 20:21:48) Dominic White: Let's face it. If we were afraid of danger, we wouldn't have gone climbing around in the ruins of an ancient super-civilization.
(12/23 20:22:49) Marck: Even if you're not afraid of danger, you can nevertheless get hurt... ;-)
(12/23 20:23:19) Marck: It's christmas time --.
(12/23 20:23:21) Dominic White: Rome wasn't built in a day - or without a few scuffed knees.
(12/23 20:23:57) ResEng B.Drechsel: I can't make any official statements... right now I'm basically just your tour guide :)
(12/23 20:24:12) Dominic White: And I don't know about you, but when I see a pile of rubble with a high ledge above it, my instinct is to climb. Guess we're not so far above monkeys, eh?
(12/23 20:24:16) ResEng B.Drechsel: Speaking of which, I should keep going on said tour...
(12/23 20:24:37) Natak: does the tour stay here ? in this hood
(12/23 20:24:45) ResEng B.Drechsel: Yes, it does.
(12/23 20:24:50) Natak: ok
(12/23 20:25:30) ResEng B.Drechsel: The next part of the tour covers a little of the history of this place... feel free to being exploring now if you wish.
(12/23 20:25:42) Dominic White: (Oops - easily to accidentally message the wrong person)
(12/23 20:26:04) ResEng B.Drechsel: Most everything you see here is a result of a civilization called the D'ni
(12/23 20:26:41) ResEng B.Drechsel: The D'ni lived in this cavern for over ten-thousand years...
(12/23 20:27:35) ResEng B.Drechsel: About two-hundered years ago, a disgruntled citizen tragically destroyed his people using a lethal gas.
(12/23 20:28:15) ResEng B.Drechsel: since the gassing, the cavern, the Ages, and the rest of the D'ni's creations have been practically empty...
(12/23 20:28:25) ResEng B.Drechsel: ...save for a few lonely explorers.

(12/23 20:28:41) Marck cheers
(12/23 20:28:47) ResEng B.Drechsel: The room to your right is the linking room...
(12/23 20:29:02) ResEng B.Drechsel: let's head in there for the next part of the tour...

(12/23 20:29:43) Dominic White: Civilization.. so fleeting - the actions of so few can destroy the lives of so many
(12/23 20:30:00) ResEng B.Drechsel: If there's one thing that sets the D'ni apart from all other civilizations, it is linking.
(12/23 20:30:08) HEVYNN: What happen
(12/23 20:30:21) HEVYNN: 10 seconds ago i qwas alone
(12/23 20:30:35) Liandra: i think it's lag
(12/23 20:30:35) Dominic White: Oh.. now this is where someone tries to explain dimension-crafting without causing the laymans head to explode.
(12/23 20:30:43) Hanon: wow, time just folded
(12/23 20:31:04) HEVYNN: Lag? it was at least for 15 min
(12/23 20:31:06) ResEng B.Drechsel: The D'ni called linking "the Art".
(12/23 20:32:00) ResEng B.Drechsel: The art enabled them to connect with new worlds, new Ages written in special books.
(12/23 20:32:36) ResEng B.Drechsel: The D'ni didn't believe that they were actually creating there worlds, but actually linking to an aldready-existing place.

(12/23 20:33:01) Dominic White: There's a Shroedingers Cat question to be asked there.
(12/23 20:33:55) ResEng B.Drechsel: Because of this, many times unexpected things were discovered in
(12/23 20:34:29) ResEng B.Drechsel: ...an age that were not specifically written into them.
(12/23 20:35:26) ResEng B.Drechsel: As you might expect, much of the D'ni's culture was centered around linking:
(12/23 20:36:06) ResEng B.Drechsel: The Guild of Writers, Guild of Ink-Makers, Book-Makers, and the Guild of Maintainers.
(12/23 20:36:30) ResEng B.Drechsel: The Maintainers tested every Age the was written.
(12/23 20:37:02) ResEng B.Drechsel: Linking was the pride of the D'ni, and ironically, might have also been their downfall.
(12/23 20:37:48) ResEng B.Drechsel: The DRC was formed in 1997 by Mr. Elias Zandi, ten years after the discovery of the D'ni.
(12/23 20:38:32) ResEng B.Drechsel: Mr. Zandi contacted a number of archaeolgists...
(12/23 20:38:54) ResEng B.Drechsel: ...he hoped they would help him with the restoration effort.
(12/23 20:39:31) ResEng B.Drechsel: Eventually, there were five leadres:
(12/23 20:40:41) ResEng B.Drechsel: Dr. Watson led the council, and Dr. Marie Sutherland, Dr. Ikuro kodama, Victor Laxman, and Michael Engberg were under him.
(12/23 20:41:40) ResEng B.Drechsel: In 2004, Dr. Watson left the DRC after the caverns restoration was shut down due to lack of funding.

(12/23 20:42:06) Dominic White: I remember that.. A dark time for all.
(12/23 20:42:11) ResEng B.Drechsel: In 2006, a new source of funding was found.
(12/23 20:42:28) ResEng B.Drechsel: The DRC is very happy to be back at the restoration effort!
(12/23 20:42:57) ResEng B.Drechsel: Thanks for listening to the DRC's tour...
(12/23 20:43:03) ResEng B.Drechsel: Any questions?

(12/23 20:43:29) To Dominic White: indeed dominic
(12/23 20:43:33) GAThrawn: Do you know why the imager in the Bevins doesn't work, even though they are activated and KI-ready?
(12/23 20:43:49) Dominic White: Not much.. any top-super-secret linking books you guys have been hoarding away from us curious little chimps?
(12/23 20:44:03) Dominic White: Hey, a guy can hope.
(12/23 20:44:05) Amrita: Can you tell us what some of the other buildings in this neighborhood were for?
(12/23 20:44:37) ResEng B.Drechsel: I know they are being worked on, keep your eyes open.
(12/23 20:45:05) Dominic White: Good to know.
(12/23 20:45:14) ResEng B.Drechsel: We havn't uncovered enough information on this specific 'hood to say for sure...
(12/23 20:45:20) the Monk: An idea where Dr Watson has been since 2004?
(12/23 20:45:32) ResEng B.Drechsel: ... and a few doors are still locked tight
(12/23 20:45:46) ResEng B.Drechsel: I havn't spoken with Dr. Watson since he left...

(12/23 20:46:03) Dominic White: Aah, a GOOD question this time - will major events - gatherings, disturbances and the like be announced via our Ki's or other in-cave method?
(12/23 20:46:13) Dominic White: I'd hate to miss out on interesting things.
(12/23 20:46:53) ResEng B.Drechsel: Probably... like the "scream" incident and KI message that followed, the DRC will keep explorers updated.
(12/23 20:47:23) Marck: On the surface, do you always get an announcment before earthquakes or traffic accidents happen?
(12/23 20:47:23) the Monk: Speaking of which, any word on the "downloading" message in our KIs?
(12/23 20:47:38) Dominic White: 'Scream' incident? Okay, I'm behind the curve on that one.
(12/23 20:48:01) Marten: The event on December 19, Dominic.
(12/23 20:48:04) ResEng B.Drechsel: For those of you who would like a hand getting your exploration started, head over to the guild of greeters neighborhood...
(12/23 20:48:07) Dominic White: Oh, I don't hope to get notification of things BEFORE they happen - but at least a chance to see the aftermath.
(12/23 20:48:26) Marck: Ah, I see :)
(12/23 20:49:02) ResEng B.Drechsel: The "downloading" message seems to be a malfunction with the KI system at this point
(12/23 20:49:16) the Monk: thank you
(12/23 20:49:23) GAThrawn: Are there any special plans for Christmas Eve or Christmas? A special present, perhaps?
(12/23 20:49:26) GAThrawn: ;)
(12/23 20:49:41) Dominic White: Bet that has the engineers wishing that the ancient D'ni used C++. Or at least commented their code.
(12/23 20:49:42) To Marten: dont believe it for a minute
(12/23 20:49:45) ResEng B.Drechsel: Most of the DRC will be home for Christmas :)
(12/23 20:50:24) ResEng B.Drechsel: Well, I need to take care of some things before the next tour...
(12/23 20:50:33) From Marten: Don't believe what....? :)
(12/23 20:50:35) mag: We should head there now mr. drechsel?
(12/23 20:50:36) the Monk: Thank you for the tour
(12/23 20:50:39) Nobilis: Patriot playoffs?
(12/23 20:50:39) Liandra: So does that mean the DRC won't start working full swing until after the new year?
(12/23 20:50:39) the Monk claps his hands
(12/23 20:50:47) Grogyan: How come some of the hoods look different, eg imager or no imager
(12/23 20:50:47) mag: Yes, thanks you.
(12/23 20:50:48) GAThrawn waves
(12/23 20:50:48) Renfield: Thank you, RegEng B!
(12/23 20:50:50) The Psion: it sounds like you are in the two versions of the vault. There should be a linking book inside to take you back and forth between the two
(12/23 20:50:53) The Psion: whoops, sorry all
(12/23 20:50:58) Nihvash: Thank you very much Drechsel! Looks like I have a lot to learn
(12/23 20:51:01) Amrita: thank you Merry Christmas
(12/23 20:51:08) Amrita waves
(12/23 20:51:09) Nobilis thanks you very much!
(12/23 20:51:13) Dominic White: So, on to the Guild of Greeters to bug them, eh?
(12/23 20:51:13) Renfield waves
(12/23 20:51:17) ResEng B.Drechsel: Thanks for listening everyone, Shorah!
(12/23 20:51:18) Marten: Good luck, ResEng B.Dreschsel. I am glad to see the concerted effort to help introduce explorers this time around. :)
(12/23 20:51:20) ResEng B.Drechsel waves


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Dude, BennyD's working for the DRC now? Cool.

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Yep, I heard he was in talks with cyan not long back.


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Who's Benny D? :?:

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B. Drechsel, I suppose.

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TomahnaGuy wrote:
Who's Benny D? :?:

He's an old friend of mine from Cyan Chat back in 2000. We were working on building our own 3D interpretation of D'ni based on the Myst novels before we realized Cyan had already beaten us to the punch. He even sent me a Mysterium 2000 shirt because I wasn't allowed to go. Glad he's still around.

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Ahh - how did he become a ResEng then?

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Yep, I heard he was in talks with cyan not long back.
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Must've missed that :P ;)

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Hey all! I'm just catching up on things up on the surface, and find out I'm the topic of a thread... that's a first for me :)

Alahmnat! Great to see I'm not the only one who remembers those good old days. I couldn't find any of my archives from that old site, and was starting to doubt my sanity.

And hello Tweek; another familiar face.

It's good to be back :)

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Yay! *pounce*

(Unfortunately, HD crashes and forced re-installations of Windows have eroded my pre-2003 archives as well... I don't think I have anything from the 3D D'ni Restoration Project anymore either... not even the trueSpace 3 files of my BoA-interpreted Kerath's Arch [by the Maker that thing was bad... ;)])

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ben.drexl wrote:
Hey all! I'm just catching up on things up on the surface, and find out I'm the topic of a thread... that's a first for me :)

Alahmnat! Great to see I'm not the only one who remembers those good old days. I couldn't find any of my archives from that old site, and was starting to doubt my sanity.

And hello Tweek; another familiar face.

It's good to be back :)

-ResEng B.Drechsel / bennyd / ben.drexl


If you work for Cyan (and unless I'm mistaken, all the ResEngs are members of MOUL's support staff) you should talk to GreyDragon about getting your text colored blue.

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Maratanos wrote:
ben.drexl wrote:
Hey all! I'm just catching up on things up on the surface, and find out I'm the topic of a thread... that's a first for me :)

Alahmnat! Great to see I'm not the only one who remembers those good old days. I couldn't find any of my archives from that old site, and was starting to doubt my sanity.

And hello Tweek; another familiar face.

It's good to be back :)

-ResEng B.Drechsel / bennyd / ben.drexl


If you work for Cyan (and unless I'm mistaken, all the ResEngs are members of MOUL's support staff) you should talk to GreyDragon about getting your text colored blue.

But then everything he said would be "Official" and overanalyzed. :wink:


Nice to see you again. It's not often I see people in the Myst community from earlier than 2003. Of course, I've only been posting since '04, but that's not the point...

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Nah, blue draws too much attention. And as pointed out above, I don't really want to be over-analyzed either. I have no experience with being in any kind of spotlight. :) Brown text is good :)

(and Alahmnat, if you think your arch was so bad, you obviously don't remember my Great Well rendition ;)


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