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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Starting Over: Myst Online Relaunch!

UPDATE:  I guess what had happened was mega system failure and they had to move to a new server to reboot.  Thus, this has brought many dormant players back to life so that they can get back their finished journey.  Be prepared to see more people in the cavern.  This is great, actually, because I never did my door runs in Tsogal and Delin...

I logged on to Myst Online this evening when what to my wondering eyes should appear a screen indicating I had to create a new explorer.  Wait, what?  I logged off, thinking it was a mistake, and then back on again.  Nope, not a mistake.

Cue me swearing up, down, and sideways.

What has happened to my avatar?!  What about all that progress I had made?  All those Ages solved, clothes, Relto Pages, and calendar sparks collected.  Dear God, if I have to go through Minkata again...

Immediately, as I awaited iota's imminent "WTF" email, I zipped over to the MOULa forums and found that Chogon had posted an announcement yesterday about this very issue: READ.

Good news: Myst Online has been relaunched.

Bad news: You have to do everything all over again.  But more good news, there will be some new content coming our way!  (I keep chanting that to cover up my irritation.)

iota at least had not gotten very far in the game, so luckily she will still get to experience most everything afresh.  

I just keep thinking of the stuff I have to do over, like the marker hunts, Eders Gira/Kemo, and finding my Minkata boots.

One thing that was pretty cool was since iota and I recreated ourselves at the same time we ended up in the same Hood.  Small things...

My new KI is 00212408 if anyone wants to add me.  Crap.  I have to update my banner now.  I hope I still have the files for it...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Iota Tackles Teledahn

It's been a while since I last posted and it will likely be a while between posts more often.  School has resumed!  So I am spending my time toiling away with hieroglyphs (and failing haha!!) and doing research and prepping for the class I will be teaching in the spring!  Plus, iota has her own real life stuff, so we can't always get together on Saturdays at 8pm her time and 10pm my time.  Anyway...

Happiness filled me when iota nmblebottom said that we would venture to Teledahn, my favorite Age from Uru: Ages Beyond Myst.  It was one of the few Ages I didn't need help for, and also it is so beautiful there.  Back when I first played it I was really into fairies and the mushrooms had that whole fairy-esque theme: toadstools and all.  So it was pretty magical.  Well, most of the time.  For those who already have completed the Age probably know what that means.

iota finds the first Journey Cloth in Teledahn
So, with iota having donned her reward pith hat from Eder Gira, she and I linked,  First she walked around, quickly noticing the first Journey Cloth, which, of course, isn't exactly hiding.  Naturally, she spent a lot of time at the power nexus pulling levers that did nothing and checking out all the avenues leading away from there.  She fiddled about and fiddled about before she finally indicated she needed a clue.  I told her to go back to the power center and I said her Riven experience would help, by which I meant the D'ni numeral 3 -- 3  -- that is printed on the big yellow button.  As she said, she hadn't played Riven in a good long while, so she didn't know immediately, like I had, that the button had the number 3 which meant you had to press it 3 times.  Though I didn't tell her the number bit, she did return to the button and up shot the sun catcher thingy.

Next, it was time to get that thing working!  It didn't take her long to figure it out, and once she had she was hesitant in thinking that was the solution.  I confirmed that it was and hooray!  The power was on and the drill bits were rotating.

Onward and upward!  Literally, ha!  The next stage was the basket ride, which she left for our next meeting, this past Saturday.  That was an eventful and progress-filled session, which also included gabbing for hours.  It was close to 2am my time when we finally parted ways to go to bed!  Or at least I went to bed...

Anyway, the week before she had been working hard trying to get the baskets to stop at the point where she could jump in.  It was quite the struggle.  At first, and to my surprise, she hadn't realized before that she could climb inside.  After many, many stops and starts she finally got it into position long enough for her to jump in to ride it to the upper levels of the main mushroom, and she celebrated her victory with many exclamation marks!  I followed after.

Once inside, I watched as she tried everything possible (well, apart from THE thing) to get that blasted elevator to work.  It was driving me crazy each time she passed the foot pedal to unlock it, but finally she got it and we traveled up to the very top level.

The Linking Book to get to the Baron's Office did not have the "share book" option.  When the book is inside the fish tank you can see the option is there, but when you pick up the book that option disappears.  Is this normal?  I'm not sure.

Finally, after all this was complete we went back to the main hut and just about when she was going to call it quits she merrily noticed that there is a still lower level!  However, it was quite late at this point, so she decided to save that till next time.  I'm very excited about this next part!  I'll explain why after she manages to get there.

I hope you enjoy the videos, that is if you are bored enough to watch them.  And if this post needs edits I'll look it over later.  Baladia is sleepy!