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A Guide to Instancing
Written by John Lynch   

In Myst Online: Uru Live instances are different versions of the same area. An example of an instanced area is Gahreesen. In one instance you can only access a very small area, while in another instance you can access most of this Age. There are certain rules (with some exceptions) on how instancing works in Myst Online: Uru Live which this page explains.

Types of Instances

There are three types of instances in Myst Online: Uru Live that determins who can visit them and how they can visit them. They are: 

  • Global Instances — These are instances that everyone can access even though they’ll link to the location from different areas.

  • Hood Instances — These are instances that everyone in your neighborhood can access even though they’ll link to the location from different areas.

  • Private Instances — These are instances that belong to you and that people can only visit if you invite them.

Rules of Instancing

Keep in mind that Myst Online: Uru Live is currently in beta, as such some of these rules may be the result of bugs and so might be changed in the future.

    • The City book in your Relto leads to a hood instance and can only be accessed by you. Other people who attempt to use the book will instead see a black panel.

  • Deleting your Neighbourhood book and creating a new hood will cause any pre-existing links in your Relto City book to go to the global instance. Using the bahro stones themselves will correct the Relto City book.

  • Joining a new hood will cause the City book in your Relto to link to an instance that isn’t shared with your new neighbours and isn’t a global instance. It is unknown which instance they lead to.

  • The other linking books in Relto lead to private instances of the various Ages. Visitors can be invited to them by lifting up the tab, using the sharing icon or inviting them with the KI through the Nexus. When a visitor is invited through any of these methods they’ll link to the inviters private instance of the Age. The exception to the above is the Cleft. Anyone who uses someone else’s Cleft book (and it isn’t always possible) will link to their own private instance.

  • Linking books to D’ni in the Nexus will link the person to a global instance.

  • Linking books in the Nexus under Personal Links will lead to your private instance.

  • Linking books in the Nexus under Private Links will lead to someone else’s private instance (they need to invite you for it to appear here).

  • Bahro stones to locations in D’ni lead to a hood instance. People who use them, regardless of whose Age they’re in, whether its their own private Age or someone else’s private Age, will link to their own hood instance.

  • Bahro stones to a neighbourhood will link you to your own neighbourhood. The exception to this is the Gahreesen bahro stone to a neighbourhood balcony which links people to a random hood which is most likely a bug. (Note: The action of the Gahreesan Bahro stone was changed and the stone now links you to your own neighborhood's balcony.)

  • Sharing bahro stones with the share icon will make the person you’re sharing with link to a global instance if it is a link to somewhere in Ae’gura. If you try to use the bahro stone yourself you’ll end up in your hood instance.

  • Linking books in public areas, such as Ae’gura, link to a private instance of the Age. An exception to this is the Gahreesen book in the hoods which will always lead to a global instance.

  • Linking books in private Ages that lead to Ages other then D’ni will always link to the user’s private instance. Sharing these books will take you to the private instance of the person who initiated the share.

  • Linking books to D’ni always lead to the person’s hood instance. An exception is when the linking book to the Baron’s Office is shared as it will cause the person who you’re sharing with to link to your personal instance of the area. Using the linking book afterwards will send you to your hood instance. You can never access your personal instance of the Baron’s Office yourself.

Reproduced with the kind permission of John Lynch. 2007
Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 February 2010 )
 
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