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 23, 2014

One Down, Many to Go!

I am pleased to announce that iota has returned to Uru!

Last Saturday was one of glorious success!  She returned to Eders Gira/Kemo to try to complete the Ages and finally get the better of the fireflies.

The usual bugginess hindered us again.  Or rather it hindered me because after she would link back to Gira from Kemo I would see the fireflies and the baskets move when she walked on them but I couldn't see her avatar.  This is really frustrating!  However. it seems that it only does this in these Ages.  It reminded me, sort of, of Ahnonay where
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As soon as she learned how to keep the fireflies while moving past the first waterfall everything moved quickly from there.  I gave only a few hints, such as "continue walking through the waterfall" and also I directed her to the reward clothing -- her first!

Unfortunately, I was struck down with fatigue and a sore throat and I decided not to finish with her that night.  All she had left to do was go through the Journey Door.  I asked her later what took place and she had this to say:
When I opened the door it was dark so I thought I needed more fireflies, but they went away as soon as I entered :)  So I kept walking and was transported to a purple light room and told to collect the pillars so I thought I had to jump to each platform and touch the hand, but fell into a very pretty "sky". I was placed back at my homebase and the first pillar is now on my island. :D 
I am so excited that she was able to complete the Age!  And all by herself, too!  I told her that I needed a lot of help with this Age, as I tend to with most Ages haha!

She hasn't collected the Relto page from Eder Kemo, but I am hesitant to tell her about it at the moment because that's one of the most annoying ones to access in the whole game!  Oh I should also have told her that she can take some fireflies with her to Relto!

Looking forward to more! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mysterium 2014

I did not go to Mysterium, but I have collected information from those who had!  Although I am sure everyone already knows everything I am about to post.

For recordings of the live streams: Draaloff very kindly supplied these.  View here: Mysterium 2014

I wasn't there for the live stream from Cyan headquarters because I was wandering around the New York Renaissance Faire, losing my voice due to cheering for my knight haha!  But I did watch the first recording (almost all of it) and it has some very, very cool information.

Before we get to that, however, there are some pictures here courtesy of Visian_Thistle.  There were some pretty amazing cosplays going on.  Gehn costume, Esher, Catherine, Atrus from Exile, I believe I saw a Saavedro, Yeesha.  There are some pictures of original artifacts at the Cyan headquarters (which freakin' ROCKS!).

Here is a blog of updates and details from the convention.

Amid all of this, the really WOW OMG stuff is:

  • Cyan released some images from Obduction with the promise more is coming.  Check on their Facebook page, or Google+
  • MOULa updates: more content is coming!!  Cyan has been working with ~11 fans on content additions, including Myst V Ages, and a few other goodies.  Read for yeself from Chloe Rhodes' post on the MO:UL forums:

The Ages that are in the trailer, for those curious are:

Maintairner’s Nexus
Descent/Great Shaft
Fehnir’s House
Direbo
An updated version of Bob Lishman’s Sonavio for MOULa

In addition we’re working on the overall Nexus project to get fane Ages into MOULa

While some of the stuff we are working on is related to Myst V, it should be pointed out that this isn’t a “conversion” of Myst V files but a literal remake of them from the very bottom, so the look may stay the same in some of the Ages and may change in others depending on how the Age was supposed to look for Uru, not Myst V.

Check out more about this on the DIRT site.  See the trailer here.
  • And finally, for some REALLY FANTASTIC news, Cyan just released to the fans all the hitherto unreleased Uru concept art, available for download from their Dropbox link here: Myst Online Unreleased Concept Art.
I've been dealing with a long bout of insomnia so I put it to good use and compiled all the images into a PDF art book for myself which, like my Kings Chronology booklet I made, I intend to print and bind.  Ha!  It's so beautiful!  On Facebook there was a brief and very exciting exchange where one fan voiced his despair that we will never see these Ages to which a Cyan employee responded: "an announcement about that coming soon."  Well ain't that the bees knees!  So many delectable treats are coming toward us full speed.

A couple other things:
  • Those who ordered their Mysterium t-shirts from Square Market will be receiving confirmation emails soon whereupon these fab shirts will be mailed to us (I hope I get mine for my birthday coming up!).
  • AND, Heather Larkin who has been illustrating a stunning graphic novel version of the Book of Atrus (and publishing it here) has printed copies which she was selling at Mysterium and which you can also order here for $15.  I'm so happy about this and as soon as I get some monies I will be ordering!  If you haven't looked into it yet, you really ought because it's really well done.
Next year Mysterium will be in Boston, MA.  Perhaps I will go...if I'm not too freaked out about the idea of conventions.  I don't like group activities haha!!  And I'm pretty shy also, so I'd probably be a sourpuss lurking in the corner and trying to hide à la Harpo Marx.  (Awww I love Harpo!  He's so sweet, adorable, and hilarious :D)