Joined: 09 May 2006
Location: Everywhere, all at once
More and more people become disheartened and leave.
It's awful to see anyone have to go, but...
This and your ultimatum fairly well suggest the guilds and active members of a few select forums, such as this one, will determine the fate of Open Uru. And, just by the way, you should know as well as any savvy forum leader that all ultimatums are suspect and not very credible by their very nature. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of people who employ them don't stay away very long because they like it too much. You (the collective you for the remainder of this post) suggest that if you leave - even if Cyan ultimately releases the sources - Uru is gone - forever. That's a pretty big presumption of power and scope over a private company with ownership of the franchise, millions of customers beyond the forums and guilds, and their own authority and resources.
There is no question you have the corner on outside knowledge and skills with Plasma, the Uru engine, and producing and placing your own worlds into it. For now. But I'll remind everyone, yet again, that worldwide release of MMO open source code from a world-class game company will be news. And it will attract others, even if everyone who is here now or ever has been here - leaves. How long could you resist that? Would you really walk away from a skillset years in the making when it could become relevant (and legal) for the first time?
It would be nice to have the guilds and others around who have worked so hard to accumulate knowledge and skills with the Uru engine over the years to help the influx when it happens. You could be a significant player, handled correctly, with Uru and other projects that want to use Plasma. But the release of the sources would instantly place the world on a level playing field with everything you've worked hard to accumulate over the years. Will you still be as enthusiastic when you're not quite as special and not fighting the good fight from an "underground" movement? The answer to your motives lies in whether you self-destruct or remain available in a positive way for what comes.
I think the message here is that you need to live your life independently of what you want here but Cyan's work will survive you, spawn new things, and those who are here when it happens will have a part in keeping Uru alive - among other things. Don't put so much pressure and responsibility on yourself and others in an attempt to make it happen. Make your feelings known, persist, create, support, learn - but relax. Have fun with what you have. It will come. Call it the Zen of Uru Maintenance.