Furcadia is an MMOSG (Massively Multiplayer Online Social Game), set in a fantasy world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. The game is based on user-created content, socializing and free-form roleplaying. Furcadia is not entirely In Character; however, a background world and rule system exist for those who wish to participate. First opened to the public on December 16, 1996, it is the longest continuously running MMO. It was originally designed and programmed by Dr. Cat and Talzhemir.
The character avatar on Furcadia is generally called a "furre", which is usually pronounced "fur", but occasionally "furry". The in-game avatar can be set to one of several species of anthropomorphic animal, including Feline, Canine, Lapine, Equine, Musteline, Sciurine, Rodent, Bovine, and Ursine. Although Furcadia's anthropomorphic animal characters are related to those of the furry fandom, and the game was inspired in part by FurryMUCK, Furcadia has never been intended as an exclusively 'furry' game. A significant portion of Furcadia's playerbase do not identify as 'furries' or have any interest in the furry aspect of the game.
The primary focus of Furcadia is user-created content. To this end, the Furcadia game download includes an art editor and a map creating program. Users are encouraged to create their own virtual worlds, called Dreams, using these tools. These worlds can be uploaded to the Furcadia server and used for a variety of purposes. Downloading and playing Furcadia is free of charge, but several game-enhancing products are available, known in the game as Digos. The game is supported by a unique structured volunteer program called the Beekins, who assist players and enforce Furcadia's rules of conduct.
Samuel C. Conway (born June 4, 1965 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) is an American researcher in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and agrochemical fields of organic chemistry. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. In furry fandom, Conway is better known as Uncle Kage , chairman and chief organizer of Anthrocon, the largest furry convention in the world. He is also a volunteer entertainer and auctioneer, and the author of several anthropomorphic short stories.
A graduate of Ursinus College, Pennsylvania in 1986, Conway subsequently studied at the Burke Chemical Laboratories of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1991. His thesis concerned the attempted generation of indolyne (an aromatic compound related to indole). Conway took a postdoctoral appointment in Chicago, subsequently working for the Food and Drug Administration and several pharmaceutical and life science corporations. He claims authorship of eleven papers and three patents, including one for recyclable packaging material.
Conway has been involved in fan activities since the early 1990s. He became the chairman of Anthrocon in 1999, incorporating and moving the convention to Philadelphia where it grew from 842 to 2,489 by 2006, and then to Pittsburgh, where 3,390 attended in 2008. He commonly leads charity auctions at Anthrocon and other conventions.
Conway styles himself "Furrydom's Storyteller", making annual appearances at Anthrocon in what has come to be known as Uncle Kage's Story Hour, which typically consists of four or five extended personal anecdotes. His stage name resulted from his first storytelling experience ConFurence in 1994, and derives from his fandom name Kagemushi Goro - itself a reference to Kagemusha. He is regularly invited to tell his stories at other conventions, including I-CON, Eurofurence, ConClave, and Camp Feral.