How to play

(This was originally a thread on the MOUL forum)

Make sure you have enough free space (about 3 GB per shard). These instructions are for Windows; macOS and Linux users will have to go through a few more steps.

Myst Online: Uru Live

  1. If you do not have one, create an account on the MOULa website; you will need to provide a cell phone number, for a confirmation SMS. WhatsApp will do, too.
  2. Install the legacy component of PhysX.
  3. Download and launch the MOULa installer (direct link). It is strongly advised to select a location other than C:\Program Files (x86)\ (C:\Games\, for example).
  4. Once you close the installer, Uru Live will launch; even if you do not have an account, let it run, so you will have the full game data. Once you see the login window, you are ready. UruLauncher.exe is the program to launch to start the game.
  5. If you get errors or the game crashes, check the Launcher problems page, or visit the Cyan Support website.
  6. A Windows 10 update from 2017 broke the way moving with the mouse works: the avatar keeps skipping back to center when trying to turn. The problem has been fixed on the Gehn shard, and is one of the bug fixes planned to end up on MOUL, but for now you can use Sirius’ fix.

Gehn

  1. If you do not have one, create an account on the Guild of Writers forum. This login is used for the forum, the Gehn shard and the Deep Island shard.
  2. (Optional) Copy and paste the Uru Live folder and rename the copy, e.g. Gehn shard.
  3. Download the Gehn shard installer (direct link) and launch it. If you made a copy of the Uru Live folder, select that as the destination and agree to the alert (you do want to modify that folder).
  4. It is strongly advised to select a location other than C:\Program Files (x86)\ (C:\Games\, for example).
  5. Once you close the installer, the Gehn shard will launch; let it run to have the full updates to the game data.
  6. If you get errors or the game crashes, check the Launcher problems page, or visit the Gehn forum.

The Open Cave

  1. If you do not have one, create an account on The Open Cave page.
  2. (Optional) Copy and paste the Uru Live folder and rename the copy, e.g. TOC-Moul.
  3. Download the TOC installer (direct link) and launch it. If you made a copy of the Uru Live folder, select that as the destination and agree to the alert (you do want to modify that folder).
  4. It is strongly advised to select a location other than C:\Program Files (x86)\ (C:\Games\, for example).
  5. Once you close the installer, the Open Cave shard will launch; let it run to have the full updates to the game data.
  6. If you get errors or the game crashes, check the Launcher problems page, or visit the TOC forum.

Minkata

  1. Be sure to understand what to expect from a testing shard, e.g. vault wipes can happen. Consider becoming an active tester for the shard.
  2. Visit the OpenUru.org Foundry and create an account.
  3. Copy and paste the Uru Live folder and rename the copy, e.g. Minkata. Delete the content except for the avi, dat and sfx folders.
  4. You will get an email to a download page; you will need to place the UruLauncher.exe file in the Minkata folder.
  5. Launch UruLauncher.exe to start regular Minkata, or UruLauncher-Alpha.bat to start Minkata-alpha.
  6. If you get errors or the game crashes, check the Launcher problems page, visit the Minkata forum, or visit the Help Desk.

Deep Island

  • Be aware that this shard is technically a (tolerated) violation of the EULA.
  • Be sure to have a legal copy of Uru: Complete Chronicles, or Uru: Ages beyond Myst + The Path of the Shell expansion (Uru:CC, for short). If you don’t, buy one, discounts are frequent on GOG or Steam.
  • The GOG edition is generally regarded as the easiest to modify, but the Steam one should work fine too (be sure to run the Launcher – without launching the game itself – once while in offline mode).
  • If you do not have one, create an account on the Guild of Writers forum. This login is used for the forum, the Gehn shard and the Deep Island shard.
  • Copy the Uru:CC folder, preferably a fresh install, somewhere (e.g. C:\\Games\) and rename it (e.g. “Deep Island”).
  • Download the DI patcher (direct link), extract it and copy the files into the Deep Island folder, replacing the files with the same names.
  • Always use Uru.exe to launch the shard. The first time, you will need to create a new avatar and download some additional files (about 400 MB).
  • In contrast to The Open Cave (TPotS), fan Ages are downloaded and installed automatically when linking to them the first time, so Drizzle should not be used (with a few exceptions, see Adding Myst V).
  • The shard can be launched in (limited) widescreen mode by creating a urustarter.ini file and setting the resolution to 800×600.
  • If you get errors or the game crashes, check the DI forum.

The Open Cave (TPotS)

  • Be aware that this shard is technically a (tolerated) violation of the EULA.
  • Be sure to have a legal copy of Uru: Complete Chronicles, or Uru: Ages beyond Myst + The Path of the Shell expansion (Uru:CC, for short). If you don’t, buy one, discounts are frequent on GOG or Steam.
  • The GOG edition is generally regarded as the easiest to modify, but the Steam one should work fine too (be sure to run the Launcher – without launching the game itself – once while in offline mode).
  • If you do not have one, create an account on The Open Cave page (not the same login as the MOUL version).
  • Copy the Uru:CC folder, preferably a fresh install, somewhere (e.g. C:\\Games\) and rename it (e.g. “TOC-TPotS”).
  • Download the OC patcher (direct link), extract it and run it, selecting the TOC-TPotS folder.
  • Use Uru.exe or UruSetup.exe to launch the shard. The first time, you will need to create a new avatar and download some additional files.
  • In contrast to Deep Island, fan Ages are not installed automatically, you will need Drizzle (see Playing fan Ages offline).

Playing fan Ages offline (Drizzled Uru)

  • Be aware that this procedure is technically a (tolerated) violation of the EULA.
  • You will need Drizzle and a legal copy of Uru: Complete Chronicles, or Uru: Ages beyond Myst + The Path of the Shell expansion (Uru:CC, for short). If you don’t, buy one, discounts are frequent on GOG or Steam.
  • The GOG edition is generally regarded as the easiest to modify, but the Steam one should work fine too (be sure to run the Launcher – without launching the game itself – once while in offline mode).
  • Copy the Uru:CC folder, preferably a fresh install, somewhere (e.g. C:\\Games\) and rename it (e.g. “Uru CC Drizzle”).
  • On Drizzle, on the UruAgeManAger(UAM) tab, check that you have the correct fan Age server.
  • Select the Uru CC Drizzle folder on the Pots folder line, then click on Get Latest List.
  • To install fan Ages, click an item on the list, then on Download – but first download the Offline KI and Age Information.
  • Every once in a while, launch Drizzle again and click on Get Latest List to check for new Ages or updates to existing ones.
  • There’s an official beta patch that fixes the Windows 10 mouse bug, and allows (some limited) widescreen mode.

Adding Myst V

  • Be aware that this procedure is technically a (tolerated) violation of the EULA.
  • The following procedure is also (and only) valid for MOULa, Crowthistle, MagiQuest Online, Cosmic Osmo’s Hex Isle.
  • You will need Drizzle and a legal copy of Myst V: End of Ages (Myst V, for short). If you don’t, buy one, discounts are frequent on GOG or Steam.
  • If you are using a DVD version, note that only the White or (European) Collector editions are known to work, the Gold one does not.
  • If you are using a digital version (GOG or Steam), you will need to use the patcher (click on Скачать to download it) – use it on a copy, the game will not be playable afterwards!
  • On Drizzle, on the Conversion(Simplicity) tab, select the Deep Island/Open Cave/offline Uru folder on the Pots folder line, the (patched) Myst V folder on the Myst 5 folder line, then click Start... on the Myst V line.
  • Once the conversion is done, barring errors, click the SoundDecompress button.
  • Close Drizzle and launch Uru. If you do not have a blue book on the last slot to the right on the opper bookshelf in Relto, link to the Nexus and select Andy’s Nexus on the Restoration Links tab.
  • On one of the tables you will find the linking book to Direbo, using it will add the blue book to your shelf.
  • If the game crashes repeatedly when trying to open the Direbo book, open the avi folder, remove the direbo.bik and direboWithAlpha.bik files, and try again.
  • An experimental version of Drizzle by Sirius has additional modifications to make the Myst V Ages playable – the caveat is that the modified data will be rejected by the Deep Island (and probably the Open Cave) server, so it will only work offline.