I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Saturday, August 10, 2013

We Have Been Called -- A Return to the Forums

I first joined discussion with fellow fans of the Myst series when I was...well how old was I?  It was not long after we were allowed to start using the internet at home and after my dad bought our second computer.  Maybe I was 13 years old.  Anyway, I can't quite remember how I came upon it, but I discovered Cyan Chat!  I had only begun to hear about the whole instant messaging concept.  One of my classmates was always talking about the tiffs she and her friend were having via AOL.  I had no idea what AOL was because I was new to the internet and didn't even have an email address.

When I came upon Cyan Chat I felt quite rebellious and I started chatting, very timidly at first, but then with more confidence.  Someone asked me where I lived (just the general state and city thing like we do in Uru) and I became very cautious and told them I did not want to divulge that information.  My mom always warned me against these sort of things, you see.  I felt rather foolish later on.  I'd forgotten that whole thing until five years ago (WOW!  I was trying to remember when this next event happened.  I thought it was two years ago, but after counting it came to FIVE years ago!!)...anyway, five years ago I was helping an explorer in Uru when I asked the same question I had been asked, "Where are you from?"  The explorer responded that he was not allowed to divulge this information because he was 11.  It was an immediate flashback to circa 2001 and I remembered my first steps into the Myst community.  I am currently smiling and shaking my head as I write this, bathing in the nostalgia.  It has been so long.  I can't believe it.  Truly, my eyes are tearing up.

With the revamp of the Cyan site, I saw there Cyan Chat.  Specifically titled "Cyan Chat Room".  Chat Room!  It's so retro!  Now I am not sure whether this had been there all this time; I hadn't been very attentive lately, but seeing it there again, big and bold as you please, I was flooded with emotion that I cannot express.  This is the Cyan Chat homepage here.  And the fact that the server is called Cho and that it is referred to as "he" (e.g. Cho had a loose cable for a few days but he's securely plugged back in) makes me giggle.

Cho in Riven checking out the Linking Book given by Atrus to the Stranger
Also, "CHO is still going through some recovery pains."

The new Cyan forums, which connects to accounts on the Myst Online forums, are still in Beta mode, which is pretty cool because I've never been able to participate in a Beta stage before.  This is very exciting for me!  Also, it has allowed for my account at Myst Online to be rebooted after a few years of not being able to log in and complaining to the people in charge to no effect.  (You are now forgiven).  Then again, it looks like Myst Online has gone through a revamp also.  Interesting, interesting.

Looking back over the years, I observe my obsession with the game.  I was even a member of the now deceased UruObsession forums which I liked very much!  I foresee a return to this state of being as we progress further along the surprise route of new Myst.  A lot of keeping up with the community, a lot of friends to make, a lot of many things, but mainly a lot of sharing our enthusiasm and ecstasy with one another (and also our friends who don't really care and will come to hate us in the months--maybe years--ahead).