Winning Super Mario Galaxy

Well, I have managed to do something that not many people have done. I beat Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii! I forgot to mention I was a Mario fan, didn’t I? It was tricky, requiring all of the Grand Stars and sixty Power Stars just to access the last level. Now, getting to Bowser is harder than actually beating him. The battle is much different than the other fights with Bowser. The first phase involves Bowser turning into a boulder (like the Rock Mushroom from Super Mario Galaxy 2). If you can spin next to the opening, you stun him. Do that again (he get’s faster the second try), and you go to the second phase. This time you have to whack him by spinning a bulb toward him-as he rockets at you in his shell! If you stun him, like the first phase and all other Bowser fights before this one, he twirls around the planet. You have to spin into him again to hurt him. The second time around, like the first phase, you have to spin into him while he’s stunned twice. After that, you go to phase three, the last phase. It plays out like all of the previous Bowser fights, but on a slightly different looking planet. Bowser is crazy this time, using all of his old attacks, plus the shell spin from phase two. He gives you even less time to lure him into one of the lava reactors, favoring his shock wave attacks. Which, by the way, generate four shock waves now. Plus he makes a shock wave after every jump that doesn’t end him up in a blue reactor. Once he’s hurt, he runs away with a burnt tail. Spin into the tail to stun him. Then spin into him again. Keep this up about two or three more times to win. The ending sequence is awesome. I’ll let you see it for yourself…

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Cube Age

As I said in my earlier post, PyPRP2, a plugin used to make URU Ages, is now available.  I have began work on a very basic Age, currently known as Cube Age:

A screenshot of my Age.The small Age will feature a platform with four cones. I might add something more, I’m not sure. Once I find a way to host (maybe github), I’ll try and make the Age available. Until then, you can try and make your own Age using PyPRP2.

Guild of Writers – PyPRP2 Beta 1 released

After much hemming, hawing and delaying, we are finally ready to announce the first beta of PyPRP2: PyPRP2_0.8.1.

via Guild of Writers • View topic – PyPRP2 Beta 1 released.

Guess what? The Guild of Writers (you know, the people who make URU Ages) has come out with the PyPRP2 plugin for Blender! This means people can build their own URU Ages in Blender and save them to an URU install. While this is the first beta, no bugs have been found yet! If you want to use it, first download the latest version of Blender here, then click here to download PyPRP2, and follow the instructions in the readme! Although Blender is kind of tricky, the update makes it a lot easier! And fun! Oh, and there is a video that explains it:

URU – A short history

Here is a little bit more on the history of URU:

There was an attempt by the creator, Cyan Worlds,  to make the game multi-player, however, due to system problems, it was cancelled. A fan-based version, known as Until URU, was created, which ran for a while until Cyan released their own version of the game, known as MYST Online: URU Live, or MO:UL for short. This was the first version to release new worlds, known in the game as Ages. However, eventually, it was cancelled. At the same time, the fan based organization Guild of Writers received authorization from Cyan to create servers known as shards running on an update of URU, known as Alcugs. The Guild also discovered how to hack URU installs and add fan content, which eventually led to a software program being made to add new Ages, which was known as URU Library Manager, or ULM for short. The shards adopted this, and began adding fan content as well. A plugin known as the Offline KI was created, named after the in-game device allowing you to do multiple game functions, which caused ULM to become outdated. So, a developer created UAM, or URU Age Manager. The same programmer worked on more URU hacking tools, and UAM was combined with an all-in-one toolkit called Drizzle, which is used even today. Eventually, in early 2010, Cyan released a new server, running MO:UL just as it was when the original shard was closed. One of the most recent developments is URU (and it’s engine) going open source just a few weeks back. This allows new system to be built that will be available for free. But, it might be a few months before new clients start appearing.

A good place to learn the basics of URU is the Guild of Greeters “A Beginners Guide to URU”, which you can find here. Ignore the bit about Visitors & Explorers, everyone is an Explorer on the new server.

If you bought URU using the instructions on my last URU post (over here), and you want to play URU offline, you can easily do that. Recover a new copy of your install from your backup, then simply follow the instructions on the Drizzle homepage to download Drizzle, set it up, add the Offline KI plugin to your install, and, finally, download Fan Ages. In game, Fan Ages you download will be copied to the “Restoration Links” section in your Nexus Age.

Well, I hope that shows you a little more about URU. If you want to know more, please comment, and I’ll answer those questions in my next post on URU.

What is URU?

URU is a great game released in 2003 with two expansion packs released the following year. The great thing about URU is there is NO fighting, killing, or war. Instead, you explore multiple worlds (known in game as Ages) to find different items. No, this is not I Spy on steroids. It is basically a RPG, adventure, and exploration game combined. If you are familiar with the MYST series of PC games, you might be interested to know that URU is actually a spin-off of MYST! Really! So how do you play? At the moment, every major Age is available to play online, for free, at UruLive.com! Some players have even began to build their own Age content and publishing it. Unfortunately, this requires purchasing the offline version of URU at present (although with URU becoming open source this might change eventually). Luckily, URU with all of the offline Ages is available for $10.00 at Good Old Games! It’s a bit confusing to set up, but this guide should help you. Oh, and you will need a free Guild of Writers account to play Fan Ages on the Deep Island Shard.

That’s URU in a nutshell! I’ll talk some more about URU in a later post.