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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Myst TV Series

By now most of you will have heard/read the most amazing news ever: Legendary has signed a deal with Myst for a TV series!

OH MY GOD!

Interestingly, over the past few days, people have been discussing Robyn Miller's tweet dating to September 24 concerning a TV show he tried to get off the ground with the SyFy (SciFi) channel twelve years ago which included a couple images of concept art.  And of course, let us not forget the threat on the Cyan Forums about it being a possibly good idea to let HBO have it.  To imagine that all this time Cyan has been giggling, knowing that soon the cat would be out of the bag.  Usually we get some kind of heads up in the form of puzzles or someone popping in to say something cryptic about something coming soon.  Maybe that's what Robyn's tweet was.  Nothing made it to their news section on their website.  I first saw the link with the story on Facebook.

You know, I now vaguely remember something Ryan or someone else said about not being finished with Myst.  (Click to expand)


So let's talk about this!  Some fans meet this with extreme enthusiasm, whereas others are cautious or skeptical.  Perhaps there is room for all these thoughts.

First of all, we can't be too hasty with our judgments since we don't even know what the subject matter will be.  According to the article, there will be a game that goes along with it, tied into whatever the storyline will be.  I'm not sure how that works, but I'm willing to go along with it.  I guess we can be sure, in that case, that the show would not cover the games already released.  And in order to make a TV show I am thinking that perhaps they wouldn't want to be restricted to the books.  Although, I really do want a movie or some-such about the Book of Ti'ana!!  So perhaps, as Ryan states above in a potentially unrelated comment, there are other Myst stories to tell.  I think it most definitely would involve the D'ni because, well, that's what Myst consists of.  We must keep in mind that they want to reach a huge audience so we can't expect anything to be so strictly tied to what we know.

I'm really excited to see what they come up with.  I hope whatever channel it will air on will have the episodes available online so that I can watch them (no tv here).

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Revisiting Minkata

As I continue getting back everything I had accomplished years ago, having at last successfully calibrated my KI and completing Er'cana, today I did Minkata.  I have only to grab my Tetsonot donut quarter and to do Ahnonay.  I think I will wait on Ahnonay until iota gets there.  Sadly I will be lacking in a number of things, 
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Minkata is starkly beautiful with its constant sandstorm sweeping over the flat desert peppered with small flat-topped mounds which I have been calling mini mesas.  The contrast between sand and desert is absolutely striking.  Now, knowing how the Age puzzle goes, one could potentially say this is as annoying as Eders Gira/Kemo, but shockingly I do not find it thus.  In fact, I very much adore Minkata.

My biggest problem with Minkata is me.  My navigational skills are nil, zip, zilch, non-existent.  In real life I am grateful that Manhattan is mostly laid out in a grid pattern.  Until you get to Houston St. and everything goes to shit.  A friend of mine and I were trying to locate the Brooklyn Bridge so we could walk across it back to Manhattan.  Alas, we got completely lost.  How do you get lost trying to find a huge suspension bridge?  In our defense, the guy from whom we received our directions pointed us in the opposite direction.  Thanks dude!  When we found that the neighborhoods we were penetrating were becoming more and more shady we finally asked some guys sitting outside an apartment building and we had them laughing.

So yes, me, Minkata, and three suns making three shadows is quite confusing.  I'm not going to lie to you and tell you I figured the Age out on my own.  Nope, I am not a genius like others who play the game.  I definitely cheat when it comes to Minkata.  However, I did photograph the pages from the Minkata journal to make myself feel better, making it seem like I would solve it myself.  *snort laugh*  I can figure out the means by which to find each destination, but I just don't do it.  I go the easy route using this beauty right here:

Minkata cheat sheet
Even with this, however, I have major issues.  I completely missed kiva #1, thinking that kiva #2 was #1, which messed me up.  Why?  Because after climbing out of kiva #2 in the nighttime Minkata I ended up following the constellation for kiva #1.  It brought me to the cage for sure, but I knew I was missing something.  Duh, I was missing the damn bahro glyph that changes the sky.

One of the amazing spiral galaxies seen from nighttime Minkata
Even getting to kiva #2 was an issue because I overshot it.  When the dust was getting to be too thick I decided to turn around and it was only then that I was able to find it.  And when I realized my mistake I had to do it all over again.  Kivas 1, 3, and 5 were easy as cake, but kiva 4...  Forget it.  That one is the most difficult to find, probably because that's where all the cool stuff is.

Lost in the desert

After finally finding kiva 4 (again, having to backtrack and finding it by chance), I thought, hey, I'm going to find that soccer ball!  I knew it was due south from the kiva and off I went.  I had never been able to find it before.  Alas, this would not be any different.  Like a complete moron I followed the wrong shadow!  Instead of using the 0 degrees shadow I accidentally used the 300 degrees shadow.  As soon as I realized this I attempted to find my way back and naturally failed.  So I had to hunt down kiva 4 all over again!  And that certainly didn't take a short time.  But at last I found it again.

Finding kiva 4
I decided I wouldn't go in search of the ever elusive soccer ball, at least not now.  You can't even bring it back to Relto, which isn't fair.  I was very excited about this moment because it is in nighttime Minkata kiva 4 that ones finds the fabulously fashionable pink hiking boots, also known as Minkata boots.  This is a good thing because we all certainly need a prize after all that.

Sporting my new Minkata boots
I wish we had a control for our avatars allowing them to pass out because, damn, they sure do burn loads of calories.

Finally, I finished!  Kudos to all those who are able to solve it the proper way!

Minkata complete!
That's a lot of work for a donut.  I wouldn't mind having a donut right now, or even making my delicious scones, but I have to be sure I will fit well in my dress for the opera on Halloween!  Going to see the Magic Flute which has been on my bucket list for a long, long time.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Exploration Redux

Abandon hope all ye who enter here expecting not to be spoiled.

I've been toiling away on MOULa, hurrying to finish the game again and have been appreciating small things that I'd missed the first few times around, and grumbling about other things.  Like the marker missions.  I hate the marker missions.  I know many people enjoy them, but I find calibrating my KI to be the most tedious part of any Myst game.  Maybe it's tied with the Mangree puzzle in Myst IV: Revelation.  Why can't the KI come pre-calibrated?! I usually exclaim to myself when I find I have one marker left in a given mission and I have no clue where it is.  I mean, Ae'gura is huge!  It could be anywhere!  When I get especially bored after I've found all the obvious markers (i.e. ones that are in relative vicinities to each other) I unabashedly hit up the Guild of Greeters' cheat sheet just to get the whole thing over with as quickly and as painlessly as possible.  See resources below.

While some may disagree, this is how I feel about markers.  Particularly some hard to reach markers which shall go nameless, but they know which ones they are.
Hanging around waiting for the portals in the Pod Ages isn't so bad because there's an excellent calendar online that tells you when the next one is coming up (see resources below).  This morning before going to work I finished off a couple more marker missions (I'm halfway finished!) and ventured over to Tetsonot.  I entered the portal and was going to claim my donut slice except I forgot how.  I thought we are supposed to jump through them for some reason and this didn't work HAHA!  So I guess I will see what's what at the next portal, which should be coming to Negilahn very soon.  Awesome, I just entered the Negilahn portal while typing this post and dummy me found the spiral on the back wall for collecting the donut quarter.  Woohoo!  I also snapped a cool photo while I fell into that starry expanse of which I had only a fleeting glimpse.

Starry expanse
When I was wandering around collecting Relto Pages, I kept looking for the one that you find on the side of the window in the light garden in Bevin, but for a few days it wasn't there.  I traveled to other neighborhoods but the Page was nowhere to be found.  Only today did it appear, so happily I now have my islands again.  Slowly but surely Relto is coming back to normal.  I'm letting it rain for now so that my tree can grow again.

One thing that has been really great about re-playing is I figured out how to get the Kadish Gallery music on my player in Relto.  For some reason I had forgotten about it and all this time since I came back in 2012?  Maybe it was 2010 when MOULa began?  Can't remember.  But I had been wondering all these years how to get the Kadish music on my player.  Yesterday while hunting for markers my game was experiencing a glitch in which all markers disappeared and there was no sound.  I went to the gallery to see if I could hear the music and discovered I couldn't.  So I decided to turn it off and then on again with hopes that would restore sound.  While it didn't, I DID notice my Relto book flash and that's when I remembered that that was how you get the Kadish music to Relto.  DUH!  My glitches fixed themselves, by the way.

Speaking of glitches, when redoing Gira/Kemo, I didn't experience any glitches with the fireflies.  So I guess maybe it happens only when one has multiple players in the Age?  As for that hard to reach Relto Page in Kemo, I was able to obtain it fairly quickly.

I was disappointed to re-learn that we can't get Maintainer suits from the Gahreesen fortress. :(  Next to the Watcher's jacket that is probably the coolest clothing reward in the game.

I've begun collecting stained glass art from the book rooms in the neighborhoods, and all around trying to get some nice photos either with my KI or screenshots.  I'll put some here, but I will also be adding some to my KI album you can see on the right of this post in the first column.  I'm a huge fan of symmetry, as I am sure you will notice.  I thought I had recorded the end of the totems stage, but I just checked and NADA!  Must've been when either I Net 6'ed or I switched screens.  I guess it stops recording when I switch screens?  Not sure.  But I guess you all know how it goes.  Bummer.

Resources
Guild of Greeters Green/Red Marker Missions Cheat Sheet
Guild of Greeters Calibration Marker Missions Cheat Sheet
Pod Age Portal Calendar

Control room in Gahreesen: power on!
 

Going the long road to the Gahreesen fortress


X marks the spot in Kadish Tolesa

Probably the most-photographed area of Kadish Tolesa

Kerath's Arch, always beautifully formidable.

Another favorite photo-worthy scene, in Rezeero / Great Zero

The tree of the Watcher, which we don't have access to in MO:UL.  I can't say I am altogether disappointed.  We all know how detestable standing on that platform for 30 minutes and doing nothing else is.

Isn't this one of the Great Zero stained glass artworks?

The Ahnonay Cathedral.  Say what you will of Kadish, but the guy was artistically talented!

The "pyramid" in Kadish Tolesa.  I vaguely recall that we were able to get to the top of this.  Am I remembering correctly?

Down the shaft I go!

Sparkly!

From a distance, this is not as aesthetically pleasing as we are used to with Kadish's designs.  It looks like spider to me!  Nevertheless, it is pretty cool.

Maybe visions of sugar plums danced in his head in the end?

The Bahro cave completed
 
Falling towards the orange waters of D'ni from the Bahro cave.

Gahreesen stained glass art

Great Zero stained glass art

Eder Delin stained glass art

Great Zero stained glass art

Eder Tsogal stained glass art.  Whoops, the mouse cursor is still visible!