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Rand Miller Talks Myst Online: Uru Live
7:31 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

RPG Vault has posted an interview with Rand Miller about Myst Online: Uru Live, the online continuation of the popular Myst series. Miller discusses Uru Live's unique gameplay and the technology behind the game.

Jonric: How important are various types of items such as equipment and money? Is there an in-game economy?

Rand Miller: No currency, no transactions, no trading, no economy. When those elements are included in a game, they begin to take a central gameplay role. That's not what Myst Online is about.

Jonric: Can we expect to see encounter many NPCs in Myst Online, and what kinds of roles do they fulfill?

Rand Miller: We have a unique take on characters in the game. They are PCs instead of NPCs. Our characters are played by real people who can hold a conversation with you, answer questions, give their opinions and engage players as part of the story. Instead of being just "vending machines" for weapons or quests, our characters are real people with personalities and opinions, and when you meet them, it's an event, not just a side note.
Check out the rest of the interview at the link below.

RPG Vault: Myst Online: Uru Live Interview
Myst Online: Uru Live

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Redline 1.0.3 Released
2:53 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software today announced the release of Redline 1.0.3. The new update to the popular online racing game offers a number of bug fixes and enhancements. The update, which is free to all register users, can be downloaded from or the game can be updated using the game's auto updater feature found in the main menu.

Redline 1.0.3 features the following changes/enhancements:

- Added an optional "Strict Simulation" game mode, which stops
players crashing into walls, to discourage people from using the
walls as brakes
- Added an option to automatically reset players to the
correct direction if they go the wrong way, to keep people from
disrupting online games
- Improved reliability of multiplayer games over networks with
packet loss
- Cars and tracks are now ordered alphabetically, and can now
be selected by typing the initial character on the keyboard
- Various bug fixes and enhancements
- Note that older clients cannot join Redline 1.0.3 games, due
to the new multiplayer functionality, so Redline 1.0.3 is a highly
recommended update
Redline costs $25, requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later, and is a Universal Binary application. Head over to to download the latest version.

Macgamefiles: Redline 1.0.3
Ambrosia Software

SteamTRAIN 2 Rolls into Difficulty
7:36 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

NostWare sends word of an update to their steam locomotive simulator, SteamTRAIN 2. Version 2.1.1 adds multiple difficulty settings, giving players new challenges to overcome. Here's a breakdown:

This month's Fast Mail Train option makes driving your train more challenging and perilous. Difficulty ranges from easy to very hard. The toughest includes day/night driving, fuel consumption, changing grades, and avoiding nasty collisions with the Phantom Express. New RR clock keeps track of your schedule. Customer suggestions are regularly incorporated. Runs well on both PPC and Intel Macs.
For more information, check out the official SteamTRAIN site, or download the demo now from Macgamefiles.

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SteamTRAIN 2

Alien Swarm Updated to Support New Maps
7:31 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Unreal Tournament 2004 modification Alien Swarm has received another update recently, fixing some issues and adding support for a number of new maps in the unofficial expansion pack, The Telic Campaign.

Alien Swarm takes the FPS engine and moves the camera overhead, giving players a birds-eye view of the action as they act as commander over a squad of troops fighting hordes of alien creatures. Here's more of a description from the site:

Alien Swarm is an overhead view tactical squad-based shooter for UT2K4. Set in the the distant future, the players take the role of a Commander in the Interstellar Armed Forces. They must guide their squad of marines through Swarm infested colonies, overrun bases and outposts, to achieve a variety of objectives. Featuring Assault Rifles, Heat Tracking Guns, Sentry Guns, Flamethrowers and more. Supports co-operative multiplayer.
For more info on this latest Alien Swarm update, or to download maps from The Telic Campaign, use the links below.

Alien Swarm
The Telic Campaign Alien Swarm Expansion

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