Frequently Asked Questions

What and Who is a Liaison?

What Is a GoMe Liaison?

This important job carries some responsibilities; an ideal liaison has good people skills, is reliable, and has a good working relationship with the Messengers and the sponsored Guild/Group. To aid in the dissemination of information, he or she should have a good knowledge of the workings of both groups, and ensure that news is brought to the attention of the correct people.

In addition to the above qualifications, a GoMe Liaison must be proactive in the community, and keep up to date with current affairs. There might even be occasions where the GoMe Liaison could be asked look out for inter-guild projects, or come up with some ideas him or herself, if both guilds/groups are in agreement about the project.

A GoMe Liaison is someone who would:

Have contact with the sponsored Guild’s own appointed Liaison(s) or contact(s), and sustain a good relationship with them. (Information need not always come from these contacts, but it is best practice to discuss news with these persons).

Post updates on the respective forums about Guild of Messengers activities, such as meetings, newsletter mailings. The types of postings may be selective for the sponsored Guild’s interests.

Keep an eye on the forums for feedback regarding the Messengers. This could include looking for postings from people who did not receive our newsletter mailings, for example. It could also include running polls about what the Messengers could do to better meet the needs of the community, and presenting the findings to our Guild.

Deliver any news or announcements from the sponsored Guild to our various messaging services.

(Most of all) just be there if or when a Messenger is needed.

Who are the Liaisons?

Cyan

Nev’yn (GoMe)

OpenUru.org

Tai’lahr (GoMe)

Guild of Writers

Doobes (GoMe)

The Open Cave

Mystler

MagicWorlds

Mister Magic

The Starry Expanse Project

Doobes (GoMe)

Guild of Linguists

Korov’ev (GoMe)

Mysterium

Doobes (GoMe)

 

The MYST Gallery

 

Kefrith

Guild of Greeters

Nev’yn (GoMe) – Guild on hiatus

Guild of Cartographers

Nalates (GM), Nev’yn (GoMe) – Guild on hiatus

Guild of Maintainers

Leonardo (GoMe) – Guild on hiatus

 

Who should I contact? I want to talk about some matter.

That depends on the issue you need to discuss.

General questions or comments can be sent to our GoMe Mailbox by clicking Contact at the bottom of any page. This will bring your question directly to our Guild Council. You can also contact the GoMe Council Members by PMing or emailing them directly, you'll need to be registered on our website for that.

If you have a story to submit to the Guild of Messengers, need to have a story edited, or if you would like to request that the GoMe delay the publication of a story, please also see the FAQ entry on "How do I submit news?"

For information about publications by the GoMe or its affiliates, a simple post to the forum will likely attract the attention of someone who can answer your question. You may also direct questions to one of the project heads or affiliate contacts.

GoMe Coordinator

Group Liaisons

Who Contributes To The Guild?

The best way to know who is currently contributing to the Guild of Messengers is to visit:

Users List

or

The GoMe Coordinator

*****

The history of people is valuable to the population at large, but it is invaluable to those whom it inherently belongs.
In hearing their stories, we begin to understand the experience, strength, and hope
That have distinguished a people's shape, depth, and direction.
These stories, if told truthfully, also hold answers and knowledge, that can serve as guideposts for the future.
-David Drake

 As I look towards the future of the Guild of Messengers, I find that I must also pause for a moment and reflect upon the past. To take a step back, look upon those who came before, along with those who are with us now. Since joining the Uru community, I have met so many of them. When I look over my thoughts of these myriad individuals, I see the true scope of the variety and complexity of these people.

 While trying to arrive at a starting point for a manuscript such as this one, I came to realize the enormity of the task I have set for myself. Which tales should I include? What words of mine could do justice to the contributions of my fellow Messengers? After much thought and deliberation over the last several weeks, I made my decision. Like with so many other stories, I find I must start first at the beginning, and not the end.

 The “current” Guild of Messengers, as it is known today, can trace its linage back to original 18 “major” Guilds of the D'ni. Although we have only vague stories of the lives of such personages as the Grand Masters Taeri, Hamil, or the Guild Master Tejara, other information is on much better footing. Thanks to the work of the Guild of Archivists1, “The Guild of Messengers was responsible for delivering letters, messages, parcels, and supplies throughout the whole of the D'ni empire.” They go to quote the DRC stating, “Messengers managed all communication, both government and civilian, specific to the city and to other Ages. All evidence points to the task as being a huge responsibility and one not easily accomplished.” In this spirit, the mandate of the “restored” Guild of Messengers from the DRC was as follows:

[I]n the future, we hope that the new Guild of Messengers will be able to organize communications for explorers and the DRC. We hope to create a system whereby the Guild can carry out announcements, news events, important messages, and the like for all of those who visit the cavern.

Eventually, through time, this mandate transformed into the guild's various catch phrases such as “Delivering Uru news to the community” and “See a need, fill a need”, to the ultimate mission statement of the guild as it operates today, “To support a corps of volunteer journalists disseminating information within the Uru/Myst community.”

But, who precisely are these people called “Messengers”? Who are these often unseen individuals who report, translate, and distribute the news to community? What were their hopes, and what are their dreams? What job does each one do, and what special “touch” does each one bring to contribute for both the guild, and the community as whole?

The intial founders of this “restored” Guild of Messengers were a brave trio of people: Andros, Lynnutte, and Shimmerillion. May others also contributed to the guild during it's formative stages. In one forum post, it listed the GoMe roster at an astounding 35 “active” Messengers, Affiliates, and Liaisons. Although I will attempt to mention as many as possible, I may well miss a few. This is due to the passage of time, various website transitions, and certain documents no longer being available within the guild's archives. Still, I will do my utmost to mention all those who contributed in one form or another during the various "eras" of the guild, and add additional members as my research time permits. I hope that current Messengers will contribute quotations of personal stories with the various individuals into their respective entries, and also about themselves.

 1 http://www.dpwr.net/

GoMe Contributors: Founding & Early Years

During this early period in GoMe's history, you must recall to mind a very important fact, there was only one "active" guild in existence. This was the Guild of Greeters which had received official endorsement from Cyan Worlds to assist new players within Uru. The other guilds as we know them today, simply did not exist. Further, If one looks over the chat logs within the various links below, you will notice many things we take for granted today, had yet to come into existence. The Rel.to directory had so far not been created, the GoMe website & forums were mere ideas, and even something as simple as an in-cavern "Recurring Events" ki-mail listing was unavailable to the average explorer. If one wished to discover "what was going on" in the cavern community, the only answer was to "search around" the various websites. The process was tedious and initial founders of the guild sought to remedy this fact. Several issues hampered the founding of this new "restored" Guild of Messengers, however.

A major fear of players whom considered bonding together to create a Guild, is that Cyan would at some later point decide to go in a separate direction. Cyan announced the IC Guilds Project before they had created a storyline or any InGame tool, so the Explorers were left alone creating support groups for the various Guilds. Therefore, there was much hesitancy during this era as to the merits of taking the "risk" of working such a huge undertaking as to create a guild. There were, however, several "mock" guilds for lack of a better term. These were such groups as the Relayers/Moderators. Also, another point one should be reminded of, is that during this time, there were regular "Episodes" of activity in the cavern. This would include storyline development, an Age release, content development, or a new bit of lore added to Myst/Uru cannon. Things such as these are quite rare within the present day.

Depending on your point of view, it could be said some individuals attempted to create an overly complex structure in too soon a time. At the very least, such attempts seemed to breed needless hostility from the larger pre-existing "news" groups, and a sense of exclusion from the individual explorer. Much of this stemmed from a misperceived belief that those attempting to found the Guild of Messengers were out to "take over" the existing news organizations, or grab power over a section of Uru community. In reality, this was not the case. The initial earlier hopes for GoMe were much more benign, which I feel can be best "summed up" in three primary goals: 1) To create a group to provide information to explorers within the cavern. 2) To create a "centralized" location online for posting of news for  the Uru/Myst community. & 3) Provide a "safe haven" for communication between the various future guilds, news affiliates, and other groups. Surprisingly enough, this is very close to how GoMe now operates.

For the first goal Lynnutte, one of the founders of the Guild, was the leader of an earlier group called the Relayers. These individuals would pass information to the various hoods from locations where events were being held due to high explorer traffic. This was particularly important during the various "Episodes", such as periodic visits by the DRC or other storyline-related activities. A sub groups of the Relayers were called Moderators, who would help "Q" questions from various explorers to make interaction between the "story actors" and everyday explorer. A similar service provided by GoMe in the current era would be the hosting and moderating of the monthly All Guilds Meeting in Kirel the first Saturday of each month.

From such beginnings then sprang a new group into the cavern, called the "Cavern Criers". Comprised of various Relayers, the guild's founders, plus a handful of other interest explorers, this group was based upon the "town crier" concept. They would regularly call out news in one central location within Ae'gura, reminiscent of the "duty shifts" performed by the Greeters within the GoG hood. They would also pass out ki-mails, such as special "news reports" and a "recurring events" listing, which is still in circulation to this day. During this era, the Criers were primarily "affiliates" of the guild, with many members also being full Messengers. The group has now been almost entirely integrated into the guild membership, with little to no difference between the term Messenger and Crier.

As for the second and third of the guild's early goals, Shimmerillion began developing a "test" website for providing information to the community. Several community members stepped forward and provided associated domain names, which allowed the integration of redirects to one central site. From this seed, a news feed was ultimately assimilated into the website, while individual Messengers began collecting news postings from the various Uru/Myst-related websites and forums.

The Guild initially was intended to be an umbrella under which existing News organizations (the Cavern Communications Network, The Cavern Today, Uru Radio, Relayer Corps, Cavern Criers) could join and work together, so when the GoMe was founded these organizations were added as Affiliates. The Affiliates idea never really worked well in actually practice, for two main reasons: GoMe initially was too small to be able to form an effective alliance with them, plus the existing Affiliate groups still feared they could lose their identity to this fledgling guild. Therefore, they never really collaborated with the central management of GoMe to a great extent. In recent years, the Affiliates structure has became only a distant memory of older times as the various Affiliates have become inactive within the activities of the cavern and in the daily lives of the modern explorer of Ae'gura.

A good breaking point between this era and next with GoMe's history would be the "slow down" of Andros from the guild with the following quote:

Unfortunately, this is not a happy thread. In the last few weeks I've been wondering what to do regarding my involvement in MOUL, the GoMe and the CC. I still love what I'm doing for the Guild every single day...I'm sorry to do that but I know that is the right thing for me to do. I wish you good luck regarding the future of the GoMe and your projects.I'm looking forward to the day i'll come back into the GoMe fold when the good news will come.

Although still somewhat active after this point until mid-late 2010, this symbolic change portended many new developments not only within the guild, it structure and projects, but also MOUL itself. These will be highlighted in more detail within the next section.

Primary Source Materials:

  1. http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12715
  2. http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12859
  3. http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12664&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
  4. http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12909
  5. http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13059&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

*****

Messengers of Note:

  • Shimmerillion/(Guild Founder): She was the guilds first webmistress, and for a while, was the guild's “man in Japan”, to coin a phrase.
    Quote:
    The whole point of the GoM, as I see it, is to facilitate the process of getting news to the everyday explorer.
    Shimmerillion also wrote:
    Let's create our own news! If Explorer Sue Ann is appointed leader of the Guild of Writers, isn't that just as important as Nick White getting a girlfriend? It's time to take hold of our world and help our users learn to value their input just as much as the tidbits of DRC updates. This will also help generate explorer interest between episodes. Yes, the official DRC news is always going to be on the front page, but we should have reporters hitting the beat every day.


    Quote:
     in my experience, the only way to retain volunteers is to keep them excited about what you're doing. And for that, you need a vision.
  • Andros/(Guild Founder): Known to some as Kalypso, but I am sorry to report, I can speak very little of with any direct firsthand knowledge. We have never met, but what I can tell of him/her, s/he was a very active recruiter for the guild, and also coordinated many of its operations as the fledgling organization developed.
    Andros wrote:
    In my mind the GoMe would only publish information that have been asked to be spread in the cavern. Nobody would steal stuff from the organisations. The same system would work for the explorers who want to annonce a public party. The GoMe would make sure the information reaches the largest number of people possible. However the GoMe would have no right to announce a party or a meeting that was not asked to be public. I really consider GoMe as a postal service right now. If you want to give us your letter the GoM, it will be in the system. But the GoMe will not force you to give them your letter.
    Andros on GoMe's "brand image" and recruiting wrote:
      I love branding and the Guild of Messengers brand was always my top priority when developping things. It improves our status in the community while it has to potential to attract people to become Messengers themselves. After all, if people don't know what Gome does (as it was obscure a couple of years ago), why would they want to join?
  • Lynnutte/(Guild Founder): During her tenure, she held several important positions from Guild Master, forum admin, liaison, and also founded the Cavern Criers1.
    Lynnutte wrote:
    I personally like the yellow shirt, yellow hat, yellow pants, and yellow shoes combination. But then I guess I like dressing like a giant banana.
    Lynnutte also wrote:
    Lack of man power definately seems to be a common theme with most groups right now. I thinki if explorers see that we (the news groups) can work together under the GOM umbrella while still keeping our individuality, that might be the wow factor we are looking. As far as I know, that hasn't been done in the cavern before. I know there have been concerns about groups loosing themselves in GOM as well as some groups having more power than others and excluded still other groups all together. With the way we are discussing ideas and options right now, I don't see that happening. I hope it stays that way.
  • Marten: Please see the next section, "Moments of Transition"
  • Narym:
    Narym on the topic of what an average explorer can do to help wrote:
    You don't have to be in cavern to help with the news. Depending on what medium you're working with, you need people to write articles or scripts, assemble audio or work with a layout, help with advertising, maintaining websites....There are plenty of things you can do that don't require you to be 'at the scene'!
  • Blutec: Initially a CavernCrier, she was the first assembler of the "Where R U Uru?" Newsletter and Newspaper.
  • BladeLakem:
    BladeLakem wrote:
    The Guild of Messengers could be an incredibly useful umbrella organization. Ultimately, it'll take several motivated people to do the legwork, organize and cat-herd. It'll be a thankless job for a while, but that is how this sort of thing works.
  • Veralun: Now a forum mod at the MOULa forums, was active in creating ideas with Shimmer in setting up the GoMe website.
    Veralun, regarding the GoMe website wrote:
    I could, yes, be persuaded to share it. In fact, I am happy to let people start to build something with it. I would like best if it were a collaborative effort with many hands contributing to the design and functioning of it. So that's why when you go to that link there isn't yet anything there. It is an empty slate, ready to be written on. Although I could do it myself, I would prefer we all join in so everyone feels they are a part of the building of what could become the Guild of Messengers site.

 1This last followed in the footsteps of work done in earlier times by non-Messengers, such as Lord Chaos.

I have a website, can I import your News to it?

Sure!!

Our News here are done exactly for that! Importing to other websites or to your favourite RSS Feed reader.

To import our news to your website you will need to write a script that reads our Feed and shows it on your website. But there is some good news, we wrote that piece of code for you!

This is a simple RSS Feed Importer wrote in PHP. It doesn't need any database, just write access to a folder to keep a cache of the news. All the other instructions are found inside the Zip archive. We hope this little tool will help you use our Feed and spread our services in all the Uru Websites.

BijlageGrootte
gome_rss_importer.zip18.21 KB

Can I have that awesome font too?

So you like the font used on the Guild of Messengers banner and (if you are browsing with Internet Explorer) the page titles? It is a free font called Argos and can be downloaded here. Instructions:

  1. Save the attached Argos.zip to your documents folder
  2. Unzip the file
  3. Copy the file "Argos Regular.tff" to c:\windows\fonts
  4. It should install automatically
  5. or repeat Step 1 & 2, right click on "Argos Regular.tff" and click install.
BijlageGrootte
Argos.zip22.08 KB