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Illustrated KI Guide
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What is a KI?

What does a KI do?

Information displayed by Big KI

Talk to other people: Text chat

Chat commands

Talk to other people: Voice chat

Add names to a Buddies List

Placing pictures on an Imager

Read KI-mail

Send KI-mail

Add City locations to Nexus display

Send/Find Ages invitations in Nexus display


Change neighborhoods

Create a neighborhood

Ercana pellet score

Control columns/objects in Jalak Dador

Play/create marker games

KI Views

‘Send To’ KI View
Age/Journal KI View
Player KI View
Age Description/Settings KI View

Uru Emotes — How do I wave, sit, etc?


What is a KI and how does it work?

The KI is Uru's principle communications and recording device. It can perform all of the functions of a modern cell phone and more, and is a stunning fashion accessory suitable for casual or formal occasions. The only thing a KI lacks is an MP3 player and a video screen.

It is called a “KI” (pronounced “key”) because when they were found by the DRC (D’ni Restoration Council), the D’ni numeral for 3, “"3"”, was engraved on the back. No one knows why. DRC had to call it something. They chose “KI”, and the name has stuck.

To activate your KI, mouse over the bottom of the screen on the left side to reveal the small round icon of the Micro KI next to that of your Relto book. Click on it to place the Mini KI icon in the upper left corner of your screen. Pressing <F2> has the same effect. If only the “Chat>” icon appears at the lower left, you have not yet found and collected your KI. The Mini KI interface is the view you use most of the time. To reach the Big KI (the Main KI projection window), click on the upper right circle on the KI or press <F2> again. From this Main KI window you can access all the KI’s functions and set preferences.

KI Overview

Big KI (Main KI — Full KI Projection)

Click on the image above to view a larger image (PDF file)

 What can I do with my KI?

The many things that you can do with the KI are divided into primary and secondary functions.

Primary Functions

  • Chat with one (PM) or more people near you or in remote areas
  • Create and maintain player lists
  • Send, receive, read and compose in-game KI mail
  • Take pictures and transfer them to Imagers
  • Keep notes
  • Have your avatar perform a number of actions, such as sit and wave
  • Display information about you — your Uru name and player ID or KI number, the neighborhood to which you belong, the date and time (given in Cavern or Mountain Time)

Secondary Functions

  • Add locations to your Nexus display
  • Send and receive invitations to areas of the cavern and Ages
  • Change or create neighborhoods
  • Display your location in the cavern relative to the Great Zero
  • Register the locations of markers in marker missions
  • Create and play marker games
  • Display your Er'cana pellet score and upload it to an imager
  • Control columns and objects in Jalak Dador

Remind me, how do I turn it on?

Open the Mini KI by mousing over the lower left corner of your screen to display the Micro KI, and click on it, or press <F2>. The Mini KI opens in its default position in the upper left corner of your screen. You can move it around the screen by clicking on a non-button area and dragging it with your mouse. The cursor becomes a bulls-eye with arrow-heads when you are in an area of the KI that allows you to move it. On the left side of the screen, you may see the headings AGE PLAYERS, BUDDIES, and NEIGHBORS. These headings may not show until you or someone else types something or you open the Big KI. Then names of explorers in the same Age as you appear under the Age Player heading, and your Buddies and Neighbors who are online are listed under the appropriate heading. The lists may fade away after a period of time depending on the persistence setting in the KI Settings. You can change the persistence in the KI Settings view as described below.

Primary KI Functions — Communication

Location, Location, Location

GPSLet us begin our KI discussion by looking at the information that is displayed when the Big KI window is open: information about you, your location in the cavern or an Age, buttons to use to open other views of the KI, and a box on the right for displaying lists of names, a picture or text. We will begin with the information that is in the upper right corner of the Big KI display.  

In the Cavern near the city, the Big KI view shows your position in relation to the Great Zero, something like a GPS system. Supposedly your KI would also display coordinates in an Age if you could find a working Maintainer’s Mark in it. The display consists of three coordinates:

Toran SymbolThe angle (in Torans) in relation to a designated zero line. In the city, the zero line lies along the path from the Great Zero through the center of Kerath’s Arch. There are 62,500 Torans in a complete circle.

RangeThe distance from the vertical line passing through the center of the Great Zero or Maintainer’s Mark. This distance is measured in spans. One span is approximately 13.3' or 4.06 m.

Vertical SymbolThe vertical distance above or below the horizontal plane of the Great Zero or Maintainer’s Mark. This distance is measured in spans.

These numbers are zero until you have run the green and red marker mission, and the Great Zero Calibration missions.

Current locationYour current location is displayed just below the Great Zero Coordinates. Some areas are known by more than one name, and this can be confusing. For example, the testing silo where you drop pellets is known as the Uran District, the Er’cana City Silo and D’ni Ashem’en — depending where in the KI the area name is displayed. 

Current locationThe KI displays the local time in the Cavern located somewhere under Eddy County, in the state of New Mexico, in the United States. Thus it is in the Mountain Time Zone. The time is displayed in 24-hour format. To convert 24-hour time to a 12-hour clock, subtract 12 from any time that is displayed as 13:00 or greater and add PM. In 2010 KI time became Mountain Daylight Time on the first Sunday in April, and we anticipate that the KI time will change back to Mountain Standard Time on the last Sunday in October.

Players who schedule events in the cavern typically give the time in Cavern Time. You can refer to your KI to help you with time zone translation or use one of several online utilities that perform this conversion.

Current location

Several pieces of information are displayed along the bottom of the Big KI: your player name, your player ID or KI number, your pellet score (more about that below) and, at the far right, the name of the neighborhood in which you are a member. 

Current locationThree icons below the Send-to box allow you to set up the window on the right to enter text, to manipulate lists, and to change preferences. These processes are described below.



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How do I talk to other people: text chat

You can talk with others using text or voice chat. With the default settings, texting to people in the same Age is simple: just start to type. You can edit chat text by clicking just to the right of the letter or word you need to change, backspacing and typing. Then press return to have it displayed. Once the text is sent to chat, it cannot be edited.

Optionally, if you redefine your movement keys to use letters like WASD, you must set a control key such as the letter “t” to initiate a text chat session. Using the <ESC> key to exit chat mode allows you to use those keys to move again.

Text Chat with Age Players, Buddies and Neighbors

Age Players: On the Age Players list are the names of all people in your specific location in the Cavern or in an Age. Chat with all of them by clicking on AGE PLAYERS and typing. The names of people who are close by appear in angled brackets > <. In Age Player chat, the names of the speakers are pale purple. When there are many people in your location you may have to type /shout before you type your message for everyone to see what you type. For extended conversations with large groups, the command /autoshout is available.

To chat with just one person on the Age Players list (send a Private Message or PM), click on the name of that person or click on that person’s avatar. Now when you type, only that one person sees it. In PM chat the names of the participants appear in yellow with the words To: and From:

Buddies: When you first enter the Cavern, no one is on your Buddies list. You will add names to it as you meet people and want to talk to them wherever they are located, and they will add your name to their Buddies list. Use the Big KI interface to add names to your Buddies list as described below under Lists, Pictures, Notes and Mail. When you type a message in Buddies chat you see To Buddies: in cyan. The names and locations of Buddies who send you messages are also displayed in cyan.

  • To text chat with all of your Buddies who are online, click on the word BUDDIES and type.
  • To talk to just one buddy click on that person’s name. You can chat with Buddies who are anywhere in the cavern or in another Age.
  • To send a one-time message to all your online buddies without switching from local Age chat, type /buddies (+text).

Neighbors: On the Neighbors list are the names of the people who are online who have been assigned to or joined the same neighborhood (Bevin) as you. You can see the names of all of your neighbors in the Big KI as illustrated below under Player View. When you type a message in Neighbors chat, you see To Neighbors: in pink. The names and locations of Buddies who send you messages are also displayed pink.

  • To text chat with all of your Neighbors who are online, click on the word NEIGHBORS and type.
  • To talk to just one Neighbor click on that person’s name. You can chat with Neighbors who are anywhere in the cavern or in another Age.
  • To send a one-time message to all your online neighbors without switching from local Age chat, type /neighbors (+text).

 Saving Text Chat Logs

By typing /startlog you can save a record of your text chat on your computer in your My Documents\Uru Live\log folder. The newest record is stored in a file named Chat.0.log. To stop the recording at any time, type /stoplog. Eventually older chat logs are overwritten by newer logs, so move them or rename them if you want to save them. Logging out or quitting the game also closes the log file. As each new Chat.0 file is created, the next three older logs are renamed to Chat.1, Chat.2 and Chat.3. Only 4 logs are retained on your system at any one time. The oldest log, Chat.3, is overwritten when you start a new log.

Chat Commands

 /autoshout Type this before your statement to broadcast what you say to everyone in the cavern for an extended period of time. This is a toggle command, so type it again to disable the feature. If you quit the game before disabling, it automatically turns off once you log in again.
 /shout Type this before your statement to broadcast your next statement to everyone in the cavern, regardless of distance from you. You don’t have to do this if there are fewer than about 10 people in the Age with you.
 /p <name>Type /p and someone’s name to send a PM (private message) to that person. It only works that one time, and the person must be in the same Age as you. If you want to hold a conversation, select their name from the KI display on the left hand side of the screen or from within the Main KI window.
 /reply Put this before your response to send the message to the last person to talk to you. This can be very handy when the person you are trying to talk is someone who is not on any list in your KI. However, it can be very easy to have their name knocked away from you when chat from someone else is added to the chat window. Thus you should ask immediately what their KI number is.
 /clearchat Does just that, it removes all chat text from your KI windows — very useful.
 /startlog(s) Creates a file recording your chat text. The file is located in your Log folder with the name Chat.0.log. Older logs are renamed Chat.x.log where x=[1|2|3], the number of previous logs being increased by one and the oldest log, Chat.3.log, being deleted. Note that only the last 4 recorded logs are saved. If you want to keep old logs, save them to another folder and rename them so you can easily recognize what was the log about.
 /stoplog(s) Stops the chat log. Logging out or quitting Uru also stops the chat log.
 /dumplog(s) (+directory name)

Saves all log files in a directory name of your choice. This is convenient when submitting a problem report, and it allows you to archive your logs so they are not overwritten.

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How Do I Talk To Other People: Voice Chat

Voice chat must be enabled in the game settings, and you need to set up and configure a microphone on your system. Using a headset is highly recommended to prevent feedback from your speakers. It is very easy to pick up background noise on the microphone when using Voice Chat, so be aware of that when turning it on.

Setting Up and Using Voice Chat

To use voice chat, you must enable it in Uru’s Audio Settings by checking the Enable Voice Chat checkbox. You must have a microphone properly connected to your system, and be sure the microphone is not muted. If you are unsure how to do this, refer to instructions for the version of Windows that you have installed.

Once everything is set up, all you need to do is press the <TAB> key to talk. It is best to have someone in-game listen to check if your microphone level is set properly. Too low and no one can hear or understand you, and too loud causes distortion and complaints from all within earshot.

The Age Player listing on the left side of your screen tells you who is close enough to hear you. Only the closest 8-10 people in range can hear voice chat from you. They can be identified by the angle brackets around their name, e.g. >player1<, >player2<, and >player10< can hear you but player11 cannot.

Voice Chat Etiquette

It is also good to know that some people dislike the use of Voice Chat in-game, and Uru provides very few ways for you to engage in voice chat with just one or a few people present in an area. Voice chat can be very distracting in a crowded environment, but it is quite useful for small groups solving an Age together. Before using voice chat in a public area you should ask those present if it is OK.

In the neighborhoods you can hold private voice conversations in the community room, in the classroom,  and in the small alcoves inside the Egg Room. Remember to close the alcove door, and remember to disable /autoshout in any of these locations if it is still on. The community room is designed to allow voice chat to groups larger than 10 people, a useful feature for meetings where text chat is cumbersome. You can use your Relto or another Age for private voice chat, or choose a non-game voice client such as Skype or Ventrilo.

Lists, Pictures, Notes and Mail

How Do I Add a Name to My Buddies List?

In Uru you do not need to obtain permission to add a player's avatar name to your Buddies list, and they do not need permission to add your name to theirs. This can lead to explorers receiving Buddies chat unexpectedly. Remember, Buddies chat text is cyan in color preceded by the player’s name and location. To add a name to your Buddies list:

  • Open the Big KI then click on the middle icon Player View (Player View).
  • Click on one of the KI’s player lists (Age Players, Neighbors, Buddies) to display the names.
  • Click the name of the player you want to add. An arrow appears pointing to one of the locations or list items to the left.
  • Click on the arrow pointing to Buddies to add the person to your Buddies list. If they are online their name appears under Buddies just below the Mini KI. The arrow disappearing indicates the addition was successful.

Alternatively you can add a player name by entering their KI ID number, if you know it, in the Big KI display. To do that click on <add buddy by ID or name if in Age> and enter their KI ID number in the boxes displayed.

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  • If the person is in the same Age as you, simply type /addbuddy <name>
  • If the person is not online or in another Age, type /addbuddy KI #

How Do I Remove a Name from My Buddies List?

  • Click on Buddies to display the names on your list.
  • Click on the name of the Buddy you want to remove to display information about the person.
  • Click on the dot in the box to remove the buddy from your list and confirm your action.

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  • If the person is in the same Age as you, simply type /removebuddy <name>
  • If the person is not online or in another Age, type /removebuddy KI #

How Do I Take a Picture?

  • Position your avatar so you see the picture you want to take.
  • If you want to be in the picture use third person view; if not, use first person view. Change views by pressing the <F1> key.
  • From either view, click the picture button, the white button at the top of the KI or press the <F5> key.
  • Following a brief wait (the screen freezes for a moment) the Big KI interface opens to display your picture and allow you to enter a caption.
  • Replace <enter caption> with your own caption by clicking to the right of the > symbol and backspacing. Captions can be up to about 127 characters long.

When you have finished, click on the large blue button at the upper right in the KI to return to the Mini KI view. Your picture is stored under the name of the location where you take it. That is, if you take a picture in Teledahn you will have to click on Teledahn in the Age list to see it. If you take a picture on your Relto island it will be stored under Relto, and so on. You can move them if you want to.

The KI can hold about 15 pictures, so eventually it will be filled. Fortunately pictures are also stored in a directory on your hard drive, so you can delete them when you no longer need to have them in your KI.
You cannot copy pictures from your hard drive (or any other source) back to your KI, so be sure you no longer need them in your KI before deleting them.

Pictures are stored as .jpg files in the directory: KIimages. There are 4 additional bytes of information in each stored image that results in not being able to open these files in the normal Mac OS or Windows utilities. You can download a utility for both operating systems that make copies of these files you can open properly in Preview, iPhoto or in Windows.

You can read an explanation of this problem at this website, and you can download the utilities from this one.

How Do I Place a Picture on an Imager?

There are three imagers to which you may have access: your Neighborhood imager, a Personal Imager on Relto, and a Guild Pub Imager. To use them you must meet certain requirements:

  • Neighborhood Imager: You must be a member of that neighborhood.
  • Personal Imager: You must locate the Relto page during your explorations and collect it.
  • Guild Pub Imager: You must gain access to a Pub by selecting a Guild support shirt in Kirel.

The Neighborhood and Personal Imagers hold 5 images each; a Guild Pub Imager holds 10 images. If the imager is full, adding a new image deletes the oldest displayed image.

To add an image to an imager:

  • Approach and stand close to the Imager. The Neighborhood and Personal Imagers will flash a blue light.
  • Open your Big KI window and select the picture you wish to add.
  • When you open the Big KI, the Imager should appear under a new Category named Devices at the left below Neighbors, and identified as D’ni Imager Left, PersonalImager, or <guild name>’ s Imager.
  • Select the Imager to put its name in the Send To: box, and press the triangle that appears next to it. The picture will appear on the Imager.

To remove ALL images from an Imager to which you have access:

  • Approach the Imager until its name appears under DEVICES on the left portion of your screen
  • Press <F6> to open the Big KI to the Journal Entry/KI-mail screen
  •  Enter cleardaImager in place of <enter message>. NOTE that case and spacing are important, that you should not enter a <CR>, and that you do not have to enter a title.
  • Send this image to the Imager by clicking on the pale green arrow that points to its name in the Send-To box. Click on the name of the Imager under DEVICES if its name is not in the box or if an arrow pointing to the name is absent.
  • The Imager will cycle through its entries until it reaches this message, and then ALL images on the Imager will be erased.

Use this procedure with care if you are near a public Imager such as the ones in your Neighborhood and the Guild Pubs.

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How Do I Read KI-mail?

If someone sends you KI-mail while you are online your Micro KI (lower left) will flash several times. To read KI-mail:

  • Open the Big KI interface.
  • Select the first icon Journal View (Journal View).
  • Click on Incoming to see the titles of your KI-mail.
  • Click on a title to open the message.
  • To delete mail that you have read, click on the dot in the box at the right, "0" (it is the D’ni numeral 0). You cannot delete or move mail that you receive from the DRC.
  • To save a mail message in a location other than Incoming, click on Incoming to display mail subject headers and then click on the arrow that points to the location in which you want to save it. You may have to scroll the list of locations, using the downward pointing arrow, to see the name of  your chosen location.
  • If the font is large, the message may be more than one screen long. In that case you can scroll through the message or make the font smaller.

To scroll through a message:

  • Click in the body of the message.
  • Use the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll. This is a bit clumsy, but it works.
  • To change the font size type <CTRL> + Num Pad “+” to increase it or <CTRL> + Num Pad “-” to decrease it.

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  • Click on the Gear Symbol KI settings (Settings View).
  • Drag the font slider to the right to increase the font size or to the left to decrease it.
  • Click on the first icon Journal View (Journal View), and click on Incoming to list mail messages.

Note: Occasionally in-cavern organizations, such as the Cavern Criers, distribute KI-mail containing announcements and a rolling list of events. Should you ask to be placed on a KI-mailing list, and you receive KI-mail, please do not change your copy of it because those changes will be seen by all others who receive the same message. This includes content as well as font size. Sending KI-mail to a large group of people is time-consuming because messages can be sent to only one person at a time. It will help the senders if the message remains in the format they have created.

How Do I Send KI-mail?

KI-mail is a note, an image, a journal, or a marker game entry that you send to someone else.

  • Open the Big KI interface. Pressing the <F6> key or clicking on the book icon at the center of the Mini KI is the fastest way to open it to the correct state.
  • Give your message a subject header, and enter the text.
  • When you have finished, click on a list that contains the name of the person to whom you want to send the message. You can only send it to one person at a time.
  • When the name of the recipient appears on a list, click on it to make it appear in the Send-To box just above the set of three icons.
  • Go back to your message and click on it. An arrow appears pointing to the name in the box.
  • Click on the arrow to send the message. A copy of it is retained on your KI where you can store it or delete it. To delete your copy of outgoing KI-mail, click on the dot in the box at the right. KI-mail messages are saved on the Uru game servers, not on your computer.
  • To save an outgoing message to another location, click on its current location to display subject headers, and then click on the arrow that points to the location in which you want to save it. You may have to scroll the list of locations, using the downward pointing arrow, to see your chosen location.

How Do I Take Notes?

  • Click on the Book icon in the center of the Mini KI or press <F6> to open the Big KI interface.
  • Enter a title for your note, then type it.
  • The note is stored in the container for the location where you created it. If you write a note in Teledahn, it will be stored under Teledahn.
  • To move a note in a different location, click on the name of its current location to display subject headers and then click on the arrow that points to the location to which you want to move it. You may have to scroll the list of locations, using the downward pointing arrow, to see your chosen location.

Secondary KI Functions

Using the KI to Add City Locations to Your Nexus Display

Register KI

There are a number of links that you can to your Personal Links and City Locations lists in the Nexus display. By default, the Ferry Landing nexus station is always available. There are 5 other known Nexus stations located in the city and surrounding islands. To add these stations to City Locations, approach the Nexus station and click on the hand hole to insert your KI into the station to record its location. The blue light on the Nexus station should light up if you successfully register the location, and you will be told that a new location has been added to your Nexus. If the linking book opens instead, close it and try again. On some stations, it is quite difficult to find the exact spot to click.

You need to use your KI to add a link for the Great Zero Courtyard to your Personal Link list. In order to activate this link, you must collect your first 15 Great Zero Markers (green lights on the KI) and upload them into the Great Zero upload machine in the Great Zero Observation chamber.

Sending Invitations to Ages and Finding Them in the Nexus

To share an Age with another player, you can either:

  • Unlock the book for that Age on your Relto bookshelf by clicking the tab right above the book, and then share your Relto book with the other player to allow them to travel to your Relto to use the book.
  • Use your KI to send them an invitation that also creates a link to your Age in their Nexus display of Private Links.

To send a KI invitation to one of your Ages:

  • Open the Big KI and click on the middle icon Player View (Player View).
  • Select one of the player lists: Age Player, Buddies, Neighbors, or Recent List.
  • Find the name of the person to whom you want to send an invitation, and click on it.
  • Once the name appears in the Send-To Box, arrows appear pointing to the destinations in the Age Visitors Lists below.
  • Scroll down through the list until you find the name of the Age you wish to share.
  • Click on the green arrow pointing to the Age to send the invitation.

The invitee receives KI-mail informing them of the invitation, and a link appears in the Private Link section of their Nexus display. Using the link will send them to the default (by picture) link-in spot. Once the other player uses the link to your Age, their name will appear in that Age's Visitors List. You may cancel the invitation by clicking on the player's name in the Age Visitors List and then clicking on the dot in a box symbol to the right, "0", the D’ni number for zero.

How Can I Change Neighborhoods?

When you start in Uru your avatar is assigned to a Neighborhood that is named DRC (###) Bevin — DRC (357) Bevin, for example. The underlying program assigns 20 avatars to a DRC Neighborhood, then creates a new one for the next twenty and so on. You may decide to move to another Neighborhood with friends, a group of people with whom you play often or that is the home of a social group or guild to which you belong. To do that you will need the help of someone who is already a member of the Neighborhood you want to be your home, and then, when you are both online, do the following:

  • Be sure that you have both the Neighborhood and Nexus books on your Relto bookshelf.
  • Delete your existing Neighborhood book by clicking the reset tab below the book. It is the one with the symbol of a dot in a box. Confirm that you want to delete the book, and it will slide inward.
  • Use the Nexus book to go through the Nexus to the location where helper is waiting for you.
  • Accompany your helper to his Relto, by sharing his Relto book, and use his Neighborhood book that he has previously unlocked.  Books are unlocked by flipping upward the locking tab above it. This makes you a member of the new Neighborhood, and your old Neighborhood book, the one on your own bookshelf, is replaced by a new one that links to your new home.

Here is the way to share a Relto book.

  • Inviter and invitee move so they are close together and facing one another.
  • Inviter opens his book and clicks on the left page - share book.
  • Inviter then clicks — once — on invitee. Be sure the cursor is active and not hollow.
  • if successful, the invitee sees an open Relto book, and clicks on the linking panel to travel to inviter’s Relto. The inviter will also see the invitee use the book and link away.

There is a bug in Uru code that causes this process to fail at times. Inviters notice this bug when their cursor has a big “X” on it while trying to click on the invitee standing in front of them. This problem can sometimes be solved by moving to another location and trying again. At other times one or both players need to quit Uru and return to try again.

How Can I Create a Neighborhood?

Creating a Neighborhood takes a few steps. Since Neighborhoods cannot be renamed, you will have to create an avatar bearing the name of the Neighborhood you want to create. Go to Gahreesen to collect a KI, and go somewhere using the Nexus station that is next to the KI dispensing machine. When you return to your Relto you will have a blue Neighborhood book and a yellow Nexus book on your bookshelf. It is important that you have both books on the shelf before you proceed. Next you will:

  • Delete your existing Neighborhood book by clicking the reset tab below the book. It is the one with the symbol of a dot in a box. Confirm that you want to delete the book, and it will slide inward.
  • Use the Nexus book to go to the Nexus, and activate the terminal. You will see a flashing symbol of a person reading a book. Press it and, when asked, confirm that you want to create a new Neighborhood and make it your home. A Neighborhood is created bearing the name of your avatar.

You can still travel to your old Neighborhood as its name appears under “Private Links” in the terminal interface.

How Can I Delete a Neighborhood?

A Neighborhood cannot be deleted but can be abandoned if it has no members or visitors. Every member of the Neighborhood must move to other Neighborhoods, and the Neighborhood's owner must remove the names of all visitors from the Neighborhood's Visitor list. After this is done, the Neighborhood will become inaccessible. Recreating a new neighborhood with the same name will show the name with a numerical suffix appended such as Same_Neighborhood (1).

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What Is that Strange Picture at the Bottom of the Big KI Display?

Pellet CountOne of the functions of the KI is data collection. One project in which players participate is the making of nutrient pellets to feed the algae in the lake around Ae’gura in order to bring it back to health and reestablish a day/night cycle of illumination. As you drop pellets into the lake system, your KI keeps a running score of the relative value of the pellets. A single pellet score of 1,000 is the best theoretical score you can obtain. In the screenshot at the left, you can see that a total of 369,890 points have been collected by dropping several pellets. These points are related to, but not exactly the same as, the nutrient value score (lake points) that is determined and added to the database each time you scan a pellet and drop it in the Silo in D’ni Ashem’en (also known as the ErcanaCitySilo or the Uran District).

Upload Pellet ScoreYou can upload your KI pellet score into the right hand imager in any neighborhood by approaching the Imager until the blue light glows and the pellet button appears in the Mini KI. Press the pellet button on the Mini KI to transfer your accumulated score to the Imager database. If you have one of the highest 16 totals, your name and score will be displayed. The score in your KI will be reset to 0 when the transfer succeeds, and each total you upload is added to the database and credited to you. KI points are approximately 5 times the value of the nutrient point score (lake points).

Controlling Columns and Objects in Jalak Dador

In August 2007 the DRC opened a portion of Jalak Dador for exploration.  The part they opened is a game arena, though we don’t know anything about the games played because to date no D’ni notes about it have been found. A limited view of the world beyond shows a mountainous lush, tropical environment that would be fun to explore.

The arena has what appears to be banked seating surrounding a play area consisting of 25 columns that can be raised and lowered singly or as a set. A column is raised by clicking on its top; lowered by clicking on a side.

Jalak View

Interestingly your KI changes when you enter Jalak Dador to display controls for the columns and some objects, and to turn on and off a barrier that keeps objects from falling off the table of columns.

Jalak Remote Control

Clicking on the columns in the KI opens a full set of controls. Buttons on the left control the columns and the confining grid; those on the right call forth objects with shapes represented on the button.  Objects can be moved and stacked. The button at bottom right removes objects whether they are on the column table or have fallen to the ground or onto a seating area.

Jalak Shapes

The lack of specific information about Jalak Dador games has led explorers to create games of their own for one or more people.  You can find a collection of them at The Jalak Registry. Explorers are invited to create their own games and submit them to the Registry.

The Jalak Registry and  DRC notebook on Jalak

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How Do I Play and Create Marker Games?       

After you have completed the red and green marker missions you can play and create quest marker games that can be quite elaborate. A game can consist of up to 100 markers that can span areas of the city as well as be located in one or more of the Ages.

Playing a Marker Game Created by Another Player

Players can send marker games to one another in KI-mail, where they appear on the list of incoming mail. Start the game by clicking on the title of a marker game in KI-mail. Your Big KI opens to the marker game view where you can begin the game.

Start Marker Game

Click on Play Game to begin, then run through markers to record their locations. If you wish to stop a game to continue later, open your Big KI and click on Stop Playing; to start the game over from the beginning, click on Reset Game. You have completed the game when you see the message in the Big KI that all markers have been found.

Creating a Marker Game

To start creating a marker game, open the Big KI and enter the KI command /createmarkerfolder, press <F8> or click on the white icon at the left side of your Mini KI, then click on Edit Game to open it for editing.

Create/Edit Marker Game

Give your game a name by clicking on the name to edit it.  It is a good idea to identify the file as a marker game. Go to the location at which you want to place a marker, open your Big KI and click on Add Marker or close the KI and press <F7>. You can edit markers to give them names. For example, names can be used to identify goodies given out in Easter Egg Hunt marker games. When you have finished editing a marker, click on Done Editing to continue.

After you have placed all of your markers, click on Done Editing, then open your Big KI, select the game, and play it to see that it is as you want it to be.  If it is not, go back and edit one or more of the markers. Note: Players creating marker games for the first time may get the following message: Your KI cannot store any more markers in your journal, it's full. If you have not made and stored any marker games, do not worry about it. Simply follow the directions above until you see your new markers appear. Sometimes a little persistence pays off in allowing the Uru server database to cfatch up with what you are doing.

Send your game to other players in the same way as you send a KI picture:

  • Open your Big KI.
  • Select a player from one of the player lists (Age Players, Buddies, Neighbors).
  • Select a game to send them. It is listed under the Age in which it was created.
  • Click on the arrow to send it.

KI Views

‘Send-to’ View
Send-to View

In this view, the Expansion panel contains the details of a single item or a single player. In this example, a picture of the player’s Neighborhood that was taken from its balcony. The arrows to the right of the Age journals and the player in the Send-To box indicate that you can send the picture to any of these. Once you have sent the picture to an Age, the arrow next to it goes away.

When the Expansion panel contains a player’s details, the only option for sending is to your Buddy list. 

Age/Journal View

Journal View

Clicking one of your Age journals expands its contents in the Expansion panel, as seen in this example of the Bevin Neighborhood journal. This particular journal contains one journal entry and three pictures.

Clicking on any of these journal items expands that single item to the Expansion panel, as shown in the second graphic where the journal entry is expanded.
Clicking the Journal button icon in the center of the Mini KI, a blank journal entry is opened where you can type the title and message over the default text labels.

You can send any journal entry to another journal or a player by first viewing the item (click anywhere on its list line) in the Expansion panel.

In the sample below, notice the arrows to the right of the Send-To box and the other Age journals.
KhyronJinn is in the Send-To box with an arrow to its right. By clicking the arrow, you would send the journal entry to KhyronJinn’s Incoming journal.

Send Journal Entry

Player View

Age Players

Uru players are listed in five views: Age Players, Buddies, Neighbors, Recent, and the Ignore List. Under the Mini KI in the graphic above are listed the player’s neighbors and buddies who are online as well as the players in the same Age. The same would be true for the other views — the names of those who are online are listed beneath the Mini KI. In the Expansion panel, all of the players who belong to the selected list are shown. The Expansion panels, shown below, list ALL the Age Players, Buddies, and Neighbors, whether online or offline.

KI Views

Not shown is the Recent list. As with the other lists, it shows the last 50 players you came in contact with and their current online/offline status. It is recommended that you clean out the Recent list regularly to improve play performance by selecting and deleting each name by clicking on the dot-in-a-box icon. The KI keeps track of where everyone on the Recent list is in-game and can degrade your experience by introducing lag while the KI is updating.

 Age Players
 Buddies Neighbors Recent Ignore List
Players who are currently online in the same Age as you.


Players whom you have placed in your Buddies List.


Players who are members of the same neighborhood as you.Players with whom you have interacted with in some way. Only the last 50 players are listed.


Players with whom you do not wish to communicate by text or voice chat.


 What can you do? What can you do? What can you do? What can you do? What can you do?
  • Add to Buddies List
  • Send journal item Chat
  • Invite to your neighborhood or an Age
  • Add to Ignore List
  • Send journal item
  • Inter-age chat
  • Invite to your neighborhood or an Age
  • Remove from Buddies List
  • Add to Ignore List
  • Add to Buddies List
  • Send journal item
  • Chat
  • Invite to your Ages
  • Add to Ignore List
  • Add to Buddies List
  • Send journal item
  • Invite to  your Ages
  • Add to Ignore List
  • Remove a name from Ignore List


Age Description View

The Age Description View is an information only screen that shows you the name of the neighborhood of which you are a member, a default description of the neighborhood, and the number of members belonging to the neighborhood. It also shows the current number of visitors.

Age Players

This screen appears to allow you to edit the name and description, however any changes you make are not saved and the original name and description are preserved.

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Settings View

KI Settings View

Move these sliders to adjust the size of the font displayed in the text chat window and the Journal entries. The Chat Fade time adjustment increases or decreases the amount of time the text chat window and player lists under the Mini KI is displayed before fading away.

By clicking on the Only accept private messages and KI-mail from Buddies icon, you can prevent unwanted PMs and KI-mail from players not on your Buddies List. When active, the icon is brightly colored. When off, this icon is dimmed.

How Do I Wave, Sit, etc.?

It is easy! One way to do it is to type a forward slash “/” and the action you want to perform.

Here is a list of actions available at this time:

  Emote CommandsSpecial Commands
/afk1/groan/stop/savecolumns (+filename) [used in Jalak]
/amazed/kneel/talkhand/loadcolumns (+filename) [used in Jalak]
/askquestion/laugh/tapfoot/addbuddy (+name) or (+KI #)2
/beckonbig/leanleft/taunt/removebuddy (+name) or (+KI #)2
/beckonsmall/leanright/thanks/me (+text) [creates custom emote message]
/bow/lookaround/thumbsdown2/look in pocket
/callme/no/thumbsup/get (+text)
/cheer/okay/thumbsup2/get feather3
/wavebye/shout (+text)
/p <name> (+text)
/crossarms/scratchhead/yawn/reply (+text)
/dumplog(s) (+directory name)
/neighbors (+text)
/buddies (+text)

Most emote commands allow the addition of text after the command, e.g. /wave Hello everyone!

1/afk will have your Avatar sit down and bow his/her head. (“AFK” being the popular abbreviation for “Away From Keyboard.”)

2 If the buddy you are adding or removing is in the same Age as you, you may use their name. If they are not in the same Age or offline, you must use their KI #.

3 /get feather allows you to collect differently colored bird feathers in some Ages. You will keep these feathers in your pocket and can /look in pocket to see which ones you have. They must be collected in a specific order.

You can press the <CTRL> key and a number, and get an emotive animation as well. This has the side benefit of not broadcasting your action to the entire Cavern.

<CTRL>+5Chat Gesture1

1 Chat gesture — (Looks like you’re holding down <TAB> and using Voice Chat when you’re really not! Wow!)

OK, that's cool! What else can I do?

Quite a few other features! In addition to moving your avatar about, there are many, many functions available to you.

<F1>Switches between 1st and 3rd person views
<F2>Press it once to open the Mini KI; twice to open the Big KI. Press it a third time to close the KI.
<F3>Opens your Relto Book
<F4>Opens the Uru preferences settings screen. This is the same as clicking the pop-up wrench (spanner) icon at the bottom right of your screen.
<F5>Take a picture of whatever you are looking at, and opens the Big KI so you can enter a caption. By default images are stored under the Age you are currently in. That is images taken on Relto are stored in “Relto”; images taken in Teledahn are stored in “Teledahn,” etc. See How Do I take a Picture?
<F6>Opens the Big KI to create a Journal Entry or compose KI-mail
<F7>After completing the red and green marker missions, pressing <F7> places a marker for a marker game at the location of your avatar. See Creating a Marker Game.
<F8>After completing the red and green marker missions, pressing <F8> opens a screen from which you can create a marker game. See Creating a Marker Game.
<Home>Goes to the beginning of the chat buffer
<End>Goes to the end of the chat buffer
<Page Up>
Scrolls the chat text up one page
<Page Down>
Scrolls the chat text down one page
<CTRL  & Num Pad “+”>
Increases the size of the text in the chat area
<CTRL & Num Pad “-”>
Decreases the size of the font in the chat area

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Written by J’iim, Lial. Photographs by J’iim, Ayli. Design by Ayli.



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 May 2010 )
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