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, November 29, 2014

Iota Finishes Kadish Tolesa

SIGH!  That was a successful Thanksgiving -- pretty sure I gained 10 pounds.  And let us wish iota a very happy birthday!  And while we're at it, let's wish my cat #2, Topaz, a happy first birthday tomorrow!

As the title suggests, iota has completed Kadish Tolesa with flying colors!  I'm looking forward to where we'll be heading next (tonight).

She began the evening at the weights and measures puzzle, and while I was off trying to find online the clue for it she solved it and I missed the whole thing.  Of course, I had recorded it, but it was useless because my camera obviously didn't span up to watch the crowning moment.  *dumb*

Clue for the weights and measures puzzle in Kadish Tolesa
After I scurried after her up all those ladders (and mentioning that I wish I could be as athletic as my avatar), she informed me that she had gone back to the classroom to learn the numbers again.  So, onward and upward to the next and final puzzle: the vault!
iota at the last leg of Kadish Tolesa
I heard rustling of papers on the other side of the mic, and knew that she was gathering her notes she had taken previously to sort out the puzzle here.  It didn't take long before she managed to get that door open!
iota solves the final puzzle in Kadish Tolesa
Inside, she was rather perturbed by Kadish's skeleton hanging around on the floor.  She hunted and hunted for the final Journey Cloth while I, standing on the stairs, laughed and laughed inside because the cloth practically punches you in the face when you enter but she hadn't noticed it!

iota discovers the final cloth
When she found the Linking Book to "bizarro-Kadish" she tried to share it with me but for some reason this did not work and I ended up stuck instead!  But she did manage to find the smashing helmet and the butterfly Relto Page.
iota sporting her latest reward clothing: the Kadish helmet
Seriously, though, what's with the helmet?

Anyway, when she was in bizarro-Kadish I asked her what she found and she said one of those glowing "green stencil things."  I almost fell off my chair!  It's true, they do look like that.  It's so funny the way people will describe what they find -- I mean, if one is not familiar with "Relto Page," green stencil thing gets the job done rather well.  crimault is always saying hilarious things like that.
Butterflies "green stencil thing" from bizarro-Kadish
Then, she had to traverse down to the Journey Door.  I told her that I always hold my breath when I walk down there, and also when I try to get, well, basically get anywhere in Gahreesen.
iota walking on the very precarious path to the Journey Door
Now she has three pillars on her Relto!  We then went back to get that other Relto Page:
Growing tree Relto Page from Kadish Tolesa
In other news: OBDUCTION!  Receipts were sent out to Backers (of which I am one hardy har har) which reiterate the delightful goodies we are to receove, depending on our donation level.

FYI: talldarkmystere / Alex Rich has begun issuing puzzles for fans to solve in order to win one of 7 copies of the digital download of Obduction upon its release.  Despite his modesty he displayed on the Facebook Obduction group, I still think this is SO generous!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Iota Makes Amazing Progress in Kadish Tolesa

FYI, I record each time iota and I play MOUL.  All this time we'd been type-chatting in game but then iota had the brilliant idea of Skyping while playing so that we didn't have to type.  I thought, how wonderful for my (non-)audience!

I would absolutely love to share such videos except for the fact that we do nothing but gossip the entire time and talk about stuff in our personal lives and thus the recordings are rendered entirely useless.  For a moment I thought I would have been able to post a video of iota completing the second puzzle since I failed to get a picture, but I guess we just can't shut up.  And by we, I mean myself.  Her husband entered the room and asked if we were talking or playing.  Well, we were multi-tasking...

Despite the above, iota made such astounding progress.  She solved 2.5 puzzles in one evening.  She was finally able to re-solve the first puzzle after finally getting those blasted details right.  She then learned that you can access Kadish's gallery in the city via the book on the shelf in Relto.

iota passing through to the second puzzle of Kadish Tolesa
She delved right in to the next puzzle, the floor one.  I gave her the clue that I had heard/read once: What's more important in Kadish Tolesa is what isn't there.  A cryptic clue, but a useful one in retrospect.

Which means it's not really useful at all.

Her first thought was to get through that door that's at the base of the winding ramp, but she figured it out rather quickly and I was muy impressed!

Well on the way to solving this puzzle
I failed to get a picture of the completion of this puzzle.  It was after this one that our gossiping really took off.  But it was fun, so I'm not sorry.  Like most people she really liked the land beyond, all the purple.  Truly this is a stunning Age, as is Kadish's other one.  You all know what I'm talking about.  (Can't wait for her to get to that one woohoo!)  The relative ease with which she solved the next puzzle was pretty astonishing.  I heard her scribbling away on a piece of paper through the microphone, copying down every single pattern that could be found in the gallery.  Small wonder she solved this next floor puzzle so quickly.

iota heading toward puzzle #3
Baladria and iota observing the floor from the platform before iota solves the puzzle
I don't think it took her more than 10 minutes!  We took the elevator down to the lower level of weights and measures. For some reason I find watching avatars riding that elevator hilarious, especially when iota failed to step off the elevator and came right back up again.  I was dying!

Entering the hall of weights and measures
It took her a little while to get up to the calendar spark, but she finally got that one.  One funny thing that happened was she raised the first pillar, climbed it, walked off to the back and got stuck.  Or so we thought.  I thought if I pressed the "escape" button that the pillar would fall, but I guess it doesn't work when avatars are standing on the pillars.  But then she discovered she could just leap onto the main floor.  Duh!

Climbing the pillars to collect the calendar spark
So, iota has found 1 spark and 6 cloths.  One more cloth to go!  She also has not yet found the Relto Page, but don't worry guys, I won't let her leave this Age without it.  It's a special one!

In other news, today I was in a class listening to a student's presentation on the famous ancient Egyptian Tomb 100 where a bunch of ships are depicted on a wall painting.  In the center is a black one, and every time she said "black ship" my mind floated away to Myst and I giggled a little inside.

Hmm...next time I am in Relto I am going to check up on my little tree to see how much it's grown.

Lastly, the Obduction website will be unveiled soon!  Will post about it when it happens.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Iota's Progress -- End of Teledahn and Beginning of Kadish

I haven't been very good about updating iota's progress...too many things on my plate!  But I assure you she's doing excellently!  First, some brief news.

For anyone who follows Crimault on YouTube or is interested in watching someone play through the games for the first time, he is back!  He's returned to Myst III: Exile, and in fact is starting over with s new vested interest.  Last time Amateria helped to deflate his interest.  He had just finished playing Myst and Riven which are superior games, so delving right into non-Cyan made games was a bit of a disappointing shock.  But he's back, hooray!  I mentioned to him it might be interesting for fans to compile reaction videos...I'm thinking I might record just in case there is anything worthwhile sharing.  Yes, I am a dork, but I am obsessed with Myst so that ship sailed a long time ago.

I noticed today when I went into Uru to copy down my KI# that the Cavcon meter is down to 1.4.  If you can donate anything, please consider doing so.  I'm hoping to donate as soon as I can, which may be a few months.

While we're on the subject of KIs, I retrieved my new number and it is 00212408 if you want to add me.  Not that anyone would be lining up to do so, but whatever.  It's there, have at it.  I've updated the banner on this blog to reflect (in D'ni numerals) my number.  I also updated the transliteration of my name (Baladria, not my real name), but if anyone believes I've done it wrong, please feel free to correct me.  If you need a voice rendering of the name I can supply this.  You can contact me via here, Twitter, Google+, whatever, to set up some method of hearing it.  I've spelled it: balYDrEa.  So let me know.

Recently, Cyan released a bunch of fabulous Riven and Myst posters, and as soon as I frame them and hang them up I'll share a photo with you.  Obduction things will be arriving soon also...totes excited!

And now, on to iota and her wonderful progress.  Where I left off with you guys is her journey through Teledahn.  What makes this fun for me, watching both my sis and Crimault isn't the whole snicker snicker they don't know anything -- absolutely not!  We all (those who watch) are excited to watch the thinking process.  We want you to succeed and we, who know what's coming, are excited to see you figure it out.  It's a real treat watching someone else experience what you had experienced.  For instance, in Crimault's latest video he was manipulating something but not enough to see that he was indeed on the right track and you are left thinking "Blast!  If only!"

Certain puzzles are easy for some but not for others.  Iota hit a snag in the prisons in Teledahn.  She hadn't taken a photo of the gigantic clue when she was up in the office on the third floor, so she had to go back.  When you put the two side-by-side it becomes obvious.  She knew immediately though that the pressure plates had to be weighted down, but just didn't know which.  I nudged her to go back to look for the map.
Map of the prison in Teledahn with the pressure plates numbered.
She didn't know which numbers were which, and certainly didn't remember the Riven days from over a decade before, so she had to hunt down where to learn the numbers.  I told her the classroom on Bevin has numbers so we went there, but it wasn't exactly clear how to figure them out.  She asked me about this and since I remember my numbers from Riven I realized I never had to find the numbers in Uru.  I still have no idea how one would figure out the numbers in Uru.  Hints?

 Beyond this, it was a piece of cake.  As everyone does, iota had a blast with the gun.  Puns are always intended with me.  Soon enough she had her first pillar.  Well, her first pillar for the second time around, since, if you recall, everything crashed and had to be moved to a new server and we all had to start over again.

Next were the Eders.  Ughhhhh!  She remembered how to do everything here...well actually she temporarily forgot how the steam vents worked, but it went fast.  I also showed her (yes we cheated) where that damn Relto Page is in Eder Kemo.

Relto Page from Eder Kemo.  Provides decoration for your hut.
I haven't decided yet if the Page is worth all that trouble, but I guess it is.  Since by the time she was nearly finished with the Eders (again), I strolled off to bed and she finished.  I woke up to an email saying:
Finished! I have two pillars now :)
And indeed she had!
For the first time, iota has two pillars!
To our delight we discovered we have the same neighborhood, so this is where we meet when sharing Relto.  It was great to see when she linked in the next time we met that she was bedecked in her reward clothing.
Iota working the new gear
We're on Kadish Tolesa now, and I look forward to logging on again tonight.  Oh yes!  A reason to escape a certain "meeting over dinner" I have tonight -- tiresome.  Sometimes a girl just wants to be a recluse.  Iota is toiling away on the first puzzle.  She knows exactly what to do but she's got some of the calibrations in the wrong places.  She'll figure it out!

Clue for Kadish's first puzzle.  It could stand to be a little more at eye level, don't you agree?