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Alysianah aka Saylah
Mystic Worlds - it's all an illusion.
Interests: Geek by day and wizard by night. I'm a Senior Product Manager in the high tech section. For as long as I can remember, I've been an avid fan of all things fantasy and sci-fi, especially MMORPGs. My children, having been raised by a gamer, have grown up to be gamers and we've had such amazing memories over the years with family and friends in virtual worlds. We've corrupted nieces, nephews and cousins with our gaming fever and have had a blast. Being inspired to create content for Star Citizen has opened up new career opportunities doing freelance voice-over work and ghostwriting. SC the gift that keeps giving. :-)
Recent Activity
My newest article discussed the ups and downs of my second attempt at trading in Star Citizen's Alpha 3.0 Patch. My objective was to see how much I could earn doing trading for two hours using one of the smaller ships, the Cutlass Black. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Mystic Worlds
Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 has unveiled the first implementation of cargo hauling and trade. At first, I spent time doing a little of both. In the end, I decided to focus more on trading. It suits my preference for ad hoc free wielding gameplay scenarios versus checking off lists for NPCs Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
The first few days of playing only 1 door on the whole station opened. That really irked me at first. Like why put this to PTU with the doors not working!! If that continues to happen to you check pad 9. It seems to consistently open when others won't. *sigh* From there just use EVA to get to the right location of your ship.
Thanks for reading and commenting. I didn't always think it was as important to fix before implementing more but I think we're not at that juncture. Alpha or not the user experience is being evaluated. I get that CR is like "No shit, we know that..." however, it often does feel like they do. Station doors not working and you're pushing out to PTU Wave 1 seems neglectful and unnecessary. You want us there to stress test and catch the things you don't? The basics should be working. I'm not panicked either but I do hope they get much better at setting expectations and communication in general. Many tears and complaints would disappear if they did.
I sat out two patches due to CPU spikes and what seemed like rampant RAM consumption. It's testing of Alpha on the Private Test Universe, so it's not entirely unexpected to run into memory issues and unoptimized code. Both of which have been addressed EXCEPT my technical problems persisted, as it has for others Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
In Part 1 of my Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 PTU experience, I expressed my concerns about the game in general. Now for the rest of the story. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
I've been play-testing the newest patch for Star Citizen, Alpha 3.0, on the Private Test Universe. I'll admit up front, this is the first patch that's left me feeling concerned about Star Citizen as a whole. I'm a long time backer with a considerable amount pledged. I'm not worried that the game won't be completed. I'm not concerned about how backer money is being used. I believe that CIG is doing everything in their power to deliver what has been promised. However, the time it's taken to develop and test 3.0 leaves me with the impression, it's a much longer road to hoe than many of us think. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
It's been a while since I've posted about Star Citizen or produced one of my related shows. It's not because I've lost steam or interest in following the game. I've just been very busy with real life commitments, some of which, are the result of producing my SC content. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
An easy to use template that helps you formulate the essential elements for defining a cohesive story. This is something I've developed iteratively over the past year of writing short stories in the Star Citizen universe. It's helped to simplify the process and ensure the critical elements of storytelling are in place before I begin writing. You may find this useful for penning fan-fiction, short stories or creating the outline of a story for machinima scripts. This article on my blog explains how to use and access the template. Cheers, hope you find it useful. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
It's been several years since I've had an MMO to call home. I've played all the AAA MMOs that have come to the NA market. Unfortunately, out of the seemingly endless sea of MMOs, I've tried, the only ones that felt like home for any period of time since my WOW days were GW2, EVE, ROM, WAR and AA. With EVE being the only sci-fi title among them. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
I just released Star Citizen Nightbus Fiction Collective Volume 1. Whew, that's a mouthful. It's a compilation of the fan-fiction I've written thus far for Star Citizen. It contains the serialized stories that were previously released in NB episodes 1 to 6, plus the narration of Maggie's Origin Story. Star Citizen lore and the upcoming MMO have inspired me to start writing fiction again and I'm enjoying it. As ever, I wish there were more leisure hours in a day to explore all of my hobbies but, I try to make do as I can. Smile Somehow, I'm going to begin making time to resume writing my own fiction while I'm feeling excited and motivated. There's more to come for my NB fan-fiction too. The next two pieces of fiction that will appear alongside my OpEd pieces will be "An A.I.'s Story" and "Murder on the 890 Jump". A.I. will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
Story Synopsis: Maggie, a licensed paramour in Croshaw plans a new life in Stanton but a demanding and malevolent client has other ideas. Background: Maggie made her first appearance in The Exterminator. This is her origin story, describing how she ended up in Stanton. Excerpt Maggie rolled away from him, relieved his session was over. She sat up and swung her legs over the side of the bed. It was out of fashion but she wore her hair loose and natural. The auburn waves undulated down below her shoulder blades. She clutched the bed sheet to her chest, about to stand up and wrap them around herself. She stopped when she felt him reach out and rub his knuckles up and down the small of her back. She winced as he slowly traced his fingers along the bruises he’d left there. It took all her composure not to flinch away... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
Over the years, I've chronicled the up and downs of my personal life, as well as my gaming adventures. So it feels fitting to journal here, the passing of my father and a poem that came to mind after speaking to him for the last time. My Dad Heartstrings and memories. Whispers of your love Always here with me. Things I like Who I am, God designed With your helping hand. Ponytail to curls. Today a woman, Once a girl. Loved you then. Love you now. Your loving daughter, Lauri Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
I've been working a short story that will serve as a collaborative narration piece. It's something I've wanted to try for a while and depending on the responses, I might do again. For this first attempt, I wanted to keep the technical aspects of combining the audio to a minimum. For that reason, I employed an approach that tells the story from very distinct character points of view. Each of those points of view will be narrated by a different person, representing that character, preceded by a short introductory paragraph read by me for continuity. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
Star Citizen NightBus Episode 6, discusses how the upcoming Alpha Patch 3.0 finally awakens the Explorer playstyle. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
This week's show is Star Citizen Nightbus. The show topics tackle the referral program kerfuffle and CIG's response. My thoughts on node harvesting now that planetside landing is on the horizon. A series of fun facts being curated by another SC backer. And lastly, new fanfiction. I have to say, that I'm having fun penning fanfic set in the SC universe. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
For those who might want to revisit in their entirety, the fan fiction released serially in Star Citizen Nightbus, I've created a Fan Fiction page on Aly's World. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
This week we're taking a closer look at the Star Citizen alien race I'm most excited to see in the game, the Banu. I like the idea of their unorthodox societal structure and the fact that they're welcoming to all races. I'll to put my thoughts about their participation in the slave market aside. In many cases, it's being referred to as indentured servants. We'll have to see just how far down the rabbit whole their practice goes. For now, their lore and star systems sound exciting and hospitable to humans. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
Casual Citizen EP 27 featuring the Origin 890 Jump luxury touring ship. A ship that's been on my radar for two years and it took a year before I was able to pledge for it. I'm super excited about the RP aspects it will provide to my future gaming adventures in Star Citizen. Show Content Overview of Origin Jumpworks: 1:06 Abbreviated profile of Terra Star System: 3:47 Discussion of 890 Jump: 5:16 Show Notes, Show Transcripts, and other Star Citizen related information are available in the InfoHub section of Register on the site to receive exclusive updates and narrated fiction, including a monthly newsletter. HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW AND WEBSITE You can donate using Patreon: Use my referral code and earn 5K UEC when creating an account on Referral Code: STAR-QSVR-JFTR Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
Back from beyond with another episode of the Star Citizen Nightbus, a show that focuses on opinion, community news, lore and my original fiction set in the Star Citizen universe. Show Notes, Show Transcripts, and other Star Citizen related information are available in the InfoHub section of Register on the site to receive exclusive updates and narrated fiction, including a monthly newsletter. HOW TO SUPPORT THE SHOW AND WEBSITE You can donate using Patreon: Use my referral code and earn 5K UEC when creating an account on Referral Code: STAR-QSVR-JFTR CONTENT TIMESTAMPS Funny how things work out. The show’s audio was recorded a few weeks ago but I was too busy to edit and produce. Two of the topics were recently covered by CIG. - Bar Citizen, Where it all Began: - Davien Star System: - Bryony’s Dilemma - Serialized Fiction: - Part 1: Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
I'm back from a 3-month hiatus owed to work demands and major home renovation project I've been planning for the past year. OMG it was hectic making huge changes all at once but I'm totally in love with the outcome. A primary reason was to create a private living space upstairs that included a dedicated recording room for myself. Now that I'm almost an empty-nester, I can finally change things around to suit myself and my needs. Trying to record reliable from the ground floor just didn't work. Outside noises, appliances, etc., were always an issue but no more. :-) I'm back with another episode of Casual Citizen, covering the luxury touring ship from Origin, the 890 Jump. You can find the show here on my YouTube channel. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
A couple of months ago, I was asked to collaborate on producing lore narrations with SCLoreCast. SCLC is a group dedicated to bringing SC lore to life by narrating the official dispatches and fiction from Cloud Imperium Games. I'm looking forward on-going relationship with this very talented group, all of whom are members of the SC community. You can listen to the episode here and help them out by subscribing to their YouTube channel, where they're also running a contest. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
This episode discusses my thoughts on reactions to delays and missteps, PVP rulesets, an overview of the Tanga star system and Chop Shop, new fanfiction set aboard a Freelancer turned medical unit. Star Citizen Nightbus Episode 3 CONTENT TIMESTAMPS So Much Angst 1:09 Lore from Zerah 4:47 PVP - you in or out? 6:12 Chop Shop 11:32 SHOW NOTES Alysianah’s Starmap Matrix Tanga Star System Bremen Star System Charon Star System Top 10 Things to Learn from EVE Online on Redacted.TV I hope you enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
In my on-going quest to simplify keeping up with Star Citizen for casual followers, I've done a bird's-eye view of the roadmap revealed during CitizenCon 2016. Makes a great reference for seeing when a mechanic, player career or ship is currently scheduled to be released to the Alpha. For more details, check out my article on Redacted.TV. Happy New Year!! Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Mystic Worlds
EVE Online recently revealed a long term option for free-to-play characters that doesn't severely limit the potential for fun and meaningful experiences. And while there's not much similar as far as mechanics go between Star Citizen and EVE Online, I think there are some valuable lessons to be learned. EVE is a no-holds barred sandbox MMO and Star Citizen will have free-for-all PVP zones with a gradual permadeath mechanic. If there's any MMO out there that can help players prepare their outlook and attitudes for such possibilities, it's EVE Online! For a look at my Top 10 list of what I think EVE has to offer Star Citizen players check out my article on Redacted.TV. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Mystic Worlds