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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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Today I published a new article up on Aly's World. Essentially taking stock of where the website is today, progress against my more immediate plans and a quick look at the site's Google Analytics that were implemented last month. Continue reading
Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An ongoing series about the upcoming first person MMO, Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games. I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog. In preparation for the Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 release, we’re going to take a closer look at the Stanton system... Continue reading
CitizenCon 2016 has come and gone, and I have mixed emotions. While I was entertained by the information and the content shown, I could sense the restlessness of others. I could foresee the drama that was going to unfold as the slide presentation continued. We now know why it was rather slide-heavy. They’d planned for part of the presentation to showcase a full mission sequence from Squadron 42. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to complete it to their level of satisfaction in time. Let’s get real here, they’re too busy to have been working on high quality fallback content in parallel. Hindsight being 20/20, they might have been better served to have created some amalgamation of video content just in case. But who goes in planning to fail? I've long felt that risk management isn't a strong suit in CIG but they're not alone in that regard. Unfortunately for them, all of their setbacks play out live and in full color because of their open development process. Continue reading
Check out my newest article on Redacted. It's been a little touch-n-go getting content out. I have a guest staying with me for the next few months so my gaming and content creation time are more limited. Continue reading
This episode returns to narrating lore from the Discovered series. I hope you enjoy. Show Notes Audio Only Version: Discovered Article: Loremaker’s Guide to Elysium: Elysium Composition from Alysianah’s World: Elysium on the ARK Starmap:,-32.8,0.0043,-0.000377,-0.000665 Full Transcript 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 We’re returning to lore from the Discovered Series posted on It's the story of Dr. Kellar Lench. Sit back, relax and enjoy. BEGIN TRANSMISSION Today Discovered presents the personal correspondence of Dr. Kellar Lench, on loan to us from the Gemma Museum of Interspecies Tolerance. Lench was a young scientist when he first discovered the Elysium System and the existence of the Tevarin in 2541. 2541.11.06_20:34 SET LOCATION: Yar I can’t take this... Continue reading
It feels pretty damn fabulous winning MVP from Cloud Imperium Games. The recognition was for the work I've done on Alysianah's World of Star Citizen. Primarily, automating the extraction of data from the game's ARK Starmap and transforming it into pages that can be used to scan the lore and perform logistics planning. #feelsgoodman. This is especially rewarding because it's only a baby step toward my full vision. The bare minimum I wanted to release, since things were taking much longer than I thought they would. Not an uncommon occurrence when you're developing something for the first time. That's a hint for people complaining about Star Citizen delays. I'm currently out of town due to a death in the family. This brought a much needed smile to my face. I wouldn't have seen it myself for a while yet if not for the Reddit message from Noobifier1337 who first made... Continue reading
What a load off releasing the first version of Alysianah Noire's World of Star Citizen. It was a tremendous amount of work turning the ARK Starmap data into my vision of an easier to consume format. I spend a considerable amount of time with the Starmap and the lore, preparing for Casual Citizen and for writing articles. Most of the time, my research is done late evenings while I'm relaxing and surging the internet with my iPad. Using a mobile device for the amazing ARK Starmap is simply not possible. I wanted low footprint web access and attempted to design just that. Continue reading
Back with a special episode of Casual Citizen. I'm excited to reveal the first release of a website that combines my interest in Star Citizen lore and the planned physical universe, to inform logistics for player professions. It will also serve as a portal to all of my Star Citizen related content. This is definitely a labor of love that will be enhanced over time as I'm able. 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. It's been awhile since the last Casual Citizen BUT rest assured that I haven't abandoned the series. Real life obligations and other voice over work had my schedule slammed pretty tight recently but the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing. since the last time I recorded a show, exploration has been on my mind. It’s one of the few Star Citizen careers I hadn’t made explicit plans to do. However, the more I delve into the lore and the Star Citizen universe, the more I’ve become interested in exploration as a career choice and the ships suited for that activity. With that in mind, this week’s show is about the Anvil Carrack. Continue reading
Check out my newest article on Redacted.TV about Proactive Shield Management. It can make all the difference! Continue reading
If you're into roleplaying or writing fan-fiction, I have a new article up on the IGAIR Roleplay blog. A few tips learned from various writing courses I've taken over the years. IGAIR is 8 days into its first formalized RP event, an eight hop adventure aboard the 890 Jump. Lots of fun being had. You can check out the RP character writing article here and the synopsis of our RP event here. Sorry there haven't been any Casual Citizens in a few weeks. It will be another 2 to 3 weeks before they return. I'm working on contracted voice over project which doesn't leave me time for recording on the side. I'm still trying to do articles here and there over lunch and whatnot. Ta-ta for now. Continue reading
Check out my latest article on Redacted.TV that explores the Banu race, considered the culture hounds of the Star Citizen universe. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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