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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 scifi, 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. The image used as my blog's logo is one of my favorite digital creations. It combines two photographs of a model a friend was shooting, a waterfall in the Rocky Mountains from his own portfolio and a stock image of a dove.
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Check out my latest article on Redacted.TV that explores the Banu race, considered the culture hounds of the Star Citizen universe. Continue reading
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It’s been a hectic few weeks in my real life. I was blessed with a contract from a publisher to do another audiobook. Certainly can’t complain about it. It’s also busy at work so I’m rather worn out by the end of the day. Continue reading
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I love me some data. Probably why I feel into Business Intelligence end of technology. If you're planning to do exploration in Star Citizen, it's time for you to become one with the ARK Starmap. Here's a quick look into some of the interesting exploration opportunities already revealed within its depths. Check out my latest article on REDACTED.TV to learn more. Continue reading
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Not like posts have been fast and furious lately but they're going to slow down for a couple of weeks. I received an offer from a publisher to narrate another audiobook which I excitedly accepted. I've already done which went well. This whole excursion into voice over is a result of the positive feedback on Casual Citizen. So thanks for that! The first audiobook was contracted by an author who was self-publishing. Getting a foot in the door of a publisher is a whole other level of exciting - and stressful to some extent. Smile My house isn't setup properly to do this on a regular basis. Squeezing in recording when the house is empty is a juggling act. By the end of the year however, that should have resolved itself. Recording this next book is on a very tight timeline. All my free time will be occupied with recording... Continue reading
Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An on-going series about the upcoming first person MMO Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games. I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog. This week’s episode takes us back to the outer reaches of the Star Citizen universe, to explore another Star System. It’s Cathcart, one of the systems in my top 10 must see list. Please sit back, relax and enjoy. Continue reading
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Wishful thinking and the ship's progression have visions of the Drake Herald being hangar ready in Alpha 2.5 dancing in my head! Of my small ships, this is the one I'm most excited to have flight ready. I'm ecstatic about the game play options Star Citizen is building into small ships. Continue reading
Interactive Fiction (IF) is something I've been interested in for several years. It's part of the Text Adventure genre but is just as often used to simply tell a story versus being a game. The latter is what interests me about the methodology. The idea of telling a story with multiple paths, where the user has an impact on how the events progress, intrigues me. I was recently asked to be the Roleplay Manager for a large Star Citizen organization. When it came time to write a short bio for my primary character in Star Citizen, I decided to do it as an IF story. Seemed like a perfect opportunity to try interactive fiction. I could write my bio as a small self contained story using one of the free IF tools available. My character in Star Citizen will be named Bryony Noire. Her bio is an introduction to the... Continue reading
Back with another episode of Casual Citizen. This week’s show explores using the new features introduced in Alpha 2.4. It’s about getting back to playing Star Citizen. I hope you enjoy. Full show transcript is available after the break. Continue reading
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The more I've immersed myself in the Star Citizen Community, more opportunities for new experiences have surfaced. Although it's a bit of work and I can't always produce new video or audio content every week, I am thoroughly enjoying myself! It's surprising that with constrained set of features in this iteration of the Star Citizen Alpha, there's so much to do, review and experience. And last night was a new first for me. Continue reading
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More and more people are talking about Voice Attack software and Voice Packs. Want to know what it's all about? Check out my newest article on [REDACTED]. For me, using a voice attack program is an essential ingredient in flying effectively with a HOTAS/Joystick in Star Citizen. There simply aren't enough buttons on the average joystick for the basics, let alone using advanced combat mechanics. This article will help you understand what's involved and outline the basics if you're interested in giving it a try. Continue reading
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Saturday evening was my first opportunity to play Star Citizen since the 2.4 patch was pushed to the Live server. For me at least, having persistence is a huge element that brings Star Citizen closer to being an MMORPG. Having all of my efforts lost upon exiting the game, provided ZERO incentive for me to have goals other than trying the new mechanics. Now that my progress is being saved, I have a few goals in mind. Continue reading
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Much to my surprise, the Alpha 2.4 release of Star Citizen remains exclusively on the Private Test Universe. The development team is facing a few critical blockers such as ships floating above the landing pads when summoned, player invisibility which often results in death leaving Port Olisar as your spacesuit is missing, client crashes and unstable frame rates. We're up to patch P, which isn't much better than O in regards to the aforementioned blockers. Continue reading
Back for another fact and lore filled episode of Casual Citizen. I'm late again - apologies. This week is another MISC Ship, the Reliant. You may have noticed that my ship coverage focuses on those designed for player careers. This is no exception. Please enjoy. Continue reading
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Real life and Star Citizen are still chugging along, as is doing some paid work as a voice over artist. For that reason Casual Citizen is a bit late again but will be released tomorrow. In the meantime, I have what I consider very exciting news!! I've been invited to be a member of the [REDACTED] Content Team. Continue reading
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Over the weekend, CIG opened up release 2.4 to general testing on the Private Test Universe (PTU). First wave in were 5K of the most frequent participants in bug reporting and/or active in playing. The next wave in, likely to help with stress testing, were subscribers - players who contribute a monthly subscription to support community content creation, such as all the weekly shows produced. I used to make it into PTU wave 1 but it's been many months since I played regularly, preferring to focus on creating content for followers and avoid burn out. Continue reading
Back with another episode of Casual Citizen. Looking at one of the smaller career ships, Drake Herald. We had expected to see it in the hangar a few months ago but priorities shifted and it was put on the back burner for a bit. A recent ATV episode revealed that it's back in the active pipeline. YES!! Continue reading
That sounds cool. I've never tried assembling a PC but I might on my next one. Or at the very least, buy the parts and take it to the local PC guys I use to fix things. No hurry to play. It's just testing / messing around. I write and read more about SC than I actually play which has be fun. I want to ensure I'm not burned out on it before it even launches. Good luck with the PC build!
Hey thanks for letting me know about iTunes. Thats still rather blackbox mystery to me about managing it other than pushing content that way, which also felt like mystery soup figuring it out. :-) Birds of a feather, will certainly have fun together. LOL Im so excited for this game. Even though Im thrilled by trying to run a player hospital with the Endeavor and play The Sims Airlines using the Starliner, the BMM is my super special baby and mirrors the kind of lifestyle Id choose for myself, if living in deep space was a reality. :-) To: laurenmichele63@msn.com
I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted more than releasing Casual Citizen. I’m no less excited for the game to release than I was when writing more. I still enjoy Black Desert Online too. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time to play these days, let alone blog about the little I might get to do. Continue reading
This week we explore the most popular series of cargo hauling ships in the UEE, the MISC Hull series. I hope you enjoy. Audio only version on SoundCloud Casual Citizen on iTunes Show transcript is after the break Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An on-going series about the upcoming first person MMO Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games. I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog. This week’s episode takes us back to a favorite topic among Star Citizen backers and followers - ships. Specifically, a series designed for cargo hauling, the MISC Hull series. In a future episode, I’d like to discuss cargo hauling and transportation in general and explore some of the more notable aspects mentioned in the various Galactic Guides and Lore. But today we’ll stick to the ship specific conversation, which is what people seem to enjoy. For all you Hull owners... Continue reading
Thank you for subscribing. Its the audio version of my YouTube vidcast. I put the audio on iTunes and SoundCloud so people can choose whichever medium suits them best. :-) I follow Redacted too and am subbed to two of the members Twitch streams. Good bunch. To: laurenmichele63@msn.com
This week’s episode returns to Star Citizen lore. I know people enjoy shows about ships, which is understandable. But I don’t always have enough time to compile the content necessary to do a those the way I prefer. I’m working on doing the Hull Series for next week. For this week, I hope you enjoy this narrated look at our fictional universe timeline. Audio-only version on SoundCloud Timeline as embedded in the Official Star Citizen Writer’s Guide 2B Continue reading
I haven't abandoned Black Desert Online but I haven't had time to play - anything. I didn't even have time to record fresh footage for the most recent Casual Citizen (Nyx). Luckily, I had some decent unused footage from a few weeks ago. Producing Casual Citizen + class and classwork, is consuming the vast majority of my free time. We're at the point of needing to create weekly samples and I keep trying to find creative ways to doing things I actually want to use in the future. I don't like the idea of creating throw-away content that takes a couple of evenings to produce. :-( The Masters has arrived in Augusta, GA. I'm hiding out from the madness. My subdivision exits on one of the two main thoroughfares to the course parking. UGH!!! Freaking disaster every year. They opened it up to 4 lanes last year so why are... Continue reading
The Starfarer became hangar ready in alpha release 2.3 which came a few days after my original show. The narration is the same but I've updated the episode with video from CIG and footage of me walking around my Starfarer in my hangar. Original show notes and text can be found here. Continue reading
This week's episode discusses the Nyx star system its history and relevance to the persistent universe alpha. An audio only version is available on SoundCloud Full series is on iTunes Show Notes: Nyx Galactic Guide Nyx on ARK Starmap Nyx Landing Zone Preview Pupil to Planet Demo Continue reading