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, March 18, 2017

Another Walkthrough Update

I posted images of my Obduction walkthrough printed book on Facebook and I received such startlingly positive feedback.  I was not expecting the amazing compliments.  One person said it was sexy!  So funny!  Also, many people expressed the wish to have a copy.  I really, really want to make this available at least in PDF format for everyone.  And if I am able to make it available as a printed book, and dare I dream, sell it, this would be so glorious.

I have two versions: one is the electronic PDF version that is formatted in such a way that it can be printed double-sided should one wish to print it.  The second is the print-ready format for publishing, which calls for larger margins with a bleed.  All images are 300 or more dpi for commercial printing as well.  The book cover had to be made separately according to a specific format, and the spine took me a while to put in exactly the right spot.  The book was printed as a paperback with glossy pages, which owes to its legit look.

After the wonderful responses I received, I went through and edited the thing again.  Surprisingly I had several to make.  I also researched on Cyan's site the protocol for getting permissions to make things available (at least for free) to the public.  I'm not sure yet how that works with sales.  I know there's a guy on Etsy who sells replica Riven balls for $125 each (ouch!) and he has permissions.  And there's the one fan who made the Journey and Shell cloths from Uru.  And let's not forget Heather Larkin's stunning graphic novel adaptation of Myst: The Book of Atrus, buy here: she signs it too!

Is there hope?

It was recommended to me by another fan that I should wait until Cyan isn't so bogged down with getting Obduction more securely off the ground for some time before I start asking about this, which I think is good advice.  The prospect is so, so exciting to me, you have no idea!

I thought I'd put up images of some of the pages here to whet your appetite a little more -- they're shots of the pre-PDF print ready file, so it still has here the margins.  And also, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have showered me with compliments and expressed a desire to own this.  It gives me the warm fuzzies and lifts my spirit - which I can really use at the moment.  I appreciate the love and support!

In no particular order (and look out for spoilers; and also be aware these are pages-saved-as-pngs, so the quality is not shown as good as it actually is):

First glimpses of an exciting adventure!

This was aching for a screenshot.  It's been filtered to make it brighter for printing.  The real image is a tad duller

A perfect fit.  I was mighty pleased with my accidental find

The juxtaposition here is hella cool, imo.  And the image on the right was an accident.  I didn't realize I'd captured the other three worlds together until I was choosing from like a hundred screenshots in the end here.

It was SO HARD to choose from my folder of final screenshots.  I never pressed F10 more in my life looking for the perfect image to end the main text of the walkthrough

A winning shot, homage to the marketing images, as well as the first we saw of the game such a long time ago

It was hard to choose just one image for a two-page spread for Kaptar

I was happy to put "boxes" in the text...got the idea from a book on the history of the ancient Near East

The Kaptar temple courtyard is full to the brim of shot-worthy features.  This statue/column is irresistible.

Adapted maps; worlds map was a lot of fun to make!

Adapted maps; Hunrath one is filtered

You've seen my charts before, but now they are vastly improved

The bright colors!  Mesmerizing!

I waited a long time to get that bird in here

Yes, this was a bitch to get right

One of my favorite images

Love the Soria tree.  So photogenic!

6 comments:

Becca Jackson said...

If you wait someone else will beat you to the punch. If your book is ready, go for it now! :D

Becca Jackson said...

And WOW, this is impressive!!!

Briana Jackson said...

Thank you!!!!!! And I'd like to see someone try haha! That thing took MONTHS!

Cennie Daines said...
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Cennie Daines said...

where could i get this book you show?

Briana Jackson said...

Hi Cennie. Actually it isn't available at the moment, but I am trying to compile the paperwork bt by bit for Cyan. And then hopefully I can distribute! Thanks for your interest!

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