Posted at 17:12 GMT on Wednesday 13th October 2004
As we come up to just one hour until the ticks start, the admins are furiously preparing. Everything is currently on time and the ticker is standing by to begin moving this Universe through time.
Small galaxies with just 1, 2 or 3 planets have been merged to give them a fair chance. And we've checked all systems, they're ready for action.
We'll be starting in just over an hour now. That's 18:00 GMT, 19:00 BST (UK), 20:00 (Norway, France, Germany, etc), 21:00 in Finland and 11:00 PST.