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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Obduction Backer Rewards

It was a day of joy when I received my Art Collector tier rewards for Obduction.  Though I mostly cared about the game, getting these awesome goodies reinforced my no regrets (and irresponsible probably) attitude for defaulted by on bills so I could help make Obduction happen.  Hahaha!  I'm kidding about the bills.  I think.  It was almost four years ago anyway.

I've just got to share my stuff.  It's a bit premature to do so because I'm waiting for the frames to hang up my signed poster and three post cards, all of which are beautiful!  I feel guilty about the Cyan team having had to sign everything, though.  That must have sucked.  It makes me think of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry had to sign all the royalty checks and his hand became a claw.

The night I brought home my box of stuff I began to think about how things were going to look on the walls and where I'd put them.  One has only so much wallspace in a New York apartment!  Originally, I had planned to hang the poster next to my D'ni map above the other half of my corner desk.  For some reason I was expecting a 18x24" or so poster, but the dimensions are 12x24".  That meant I had to rethink things.  Finally, at 3am, I had it all figured out.  I put the art print in a frame I had lying around unused, removed the Myst 5 lithograph from the adjacent wall, and hung both next to the D'ni map.  It's always a little difficult to get used to my new d├ęcor, but this is awesome!


The  Starbucks cup is my decoy when I go to Starbucks to use the internet so that I don't have to buy yet another coffee haha!  The upper right is the concept art print, featuring what would become the rotating sphere in Hunrath.  The poster will go on the adjacent wall, and when it's installed I'll share a pic.

The art book is striking, and it also came with a certificate of whatever it's called--can't remember, too lazy to look.  Happily I found a way to display it!  It's hanging out next to my Egypt photo book.


I am also showing my boxed version, which is unfortunately difficult to see in this image.  It's standing next to my laptop which has the digital concept art as a background.  Oh the box.  There was incredible drama over the box.  I mean, really absurd.  Some complained it wasn't of the style we used to have with the Myst games, and because it wasn't extraordinary in that way they wanted their money back or what have you.  Really?   One person said they would sell it for the $75 they paid for it.  Um, no.  You paid for the game.  The amount you donated rewarded you with some extra stuff.  Besides, take away the cost of the game (according to what Steam is selling it for), the box is actually worth a minimum of what, $30?  Come on.  Personally, was think the minimalist design, especially the cutout, makes sense and is reflecting the aspect of the game where things are removed and placed
elsewhere.  Jeez.


There was one thing I noticed when I compared the art book and the game box: the titles are different colors!  I recognized this same problem in the draft of my walkthrough guide (still waiting on an answer.  I know they are terribly busy, but I'm worried my email went to the spam folder!).  The title printed darker than it appear on the computer screen, probably from tinge RGB color format.  When I went through my previous muted version to edit it I had to lighten some of the images and my title reproduction.  I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with my reproduction of  the colors and gradient in the title!  I hope it doesn't make the images look bad.  Here are the comparative images below. 



The frame for the post cards is arriving today, at least it is supposed to.  My mail carriers like to lie about attempted delivery and I have to trudge to the post office half a mile away to pick it up, and then climb a giant hill on the way back.  Anyway, that's going in my entryway.  The other frame should be arriving later this week, and it will go on the wall adjacent to the D'ni map.  An update will be added when that is complete.  It would be great to get poster frames for my limited edition Myst/Riven posters!  In the fall perhaps?  I also need to replace my Riven shirt, which I actually improved.  I'll show you later!  Along with the Narayan scarf I made!