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, 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.

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