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

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pre-Game Myst Obsession

There comes a time when, before a new Cyan game is released, fans go into a Myst state of mind.  We re-nerd hardcore in order to prepare for the coming glory.  These are probably the best times of ones life.

Fans do any number of things to prepare: buy a new computer, glue oneself to every online channel for updates and teasers, replay all the games pretending it is the first time playing it, show off one's Myst collection.  I fall into these categories.

With Obduction I have avoided updates and teasers and screenshots as much as possible because I want everything to be sparkling new to my eyes.  I want to be filled with surprise and wonder, such as when I saw Riven for the first time, and Myst III.  Everything about Obduction is new: new characters, new plot, new types of worlds.  I don't want to know what it is beforehand.  With Myst it wasn't a problem to have some spoilers because you knew the gist of the games and you knew the characters and their histories.  But Obduction is new in every way possible, and I'd like to keep it that way.

As for a new computer...well I'm not sure about that yet because not everyone's finances could cover that.  I'll see in September, which means I probably won't play the game right away, even though ITCOMESOUTJULY26OHMYGOD!!!  This gives me plenty of time to replay the Myst games!  I'm excluding Uru here.

At the end of May/early June I was visiting friends and family in the Chicago area.  The majority of my Myst collection is stored at my mother's house because it was among the stuff that wouldn't fit into my tiny apartment in New York.  So when I was back there I pulled out all of my Myst things to bask in their glory.  Yes, there was hugging and caressing of books and game boxes and the like.  The only things missing from the stuff in my collection are my Myst III poster which featured the control room tusk in J'nanin and a t-shirt featuring a squee.  These had gotten ruined when I was 19/20.  I hate myself for it.  Briana, how could you?!

Myst fans love to share their collections.  And we love to see others' collections also.  We have solidarity!  It gives you a chance to see what's out there, see the cool stuff people make, and see what you should add to your Amazon need list.  Having to pack my Myst stuff away again before I flew back to New York was heart breaking.  Naturally, I took a picture!  And back in New York, I took a picture of the stuff I have here, too!  And I'm going to share with you my fabulous, fabulous collection!

One of my cats, Topaz, is photo bombing.  Rawr!  I've got several versions of the games, strategy guides, paperback editions of the novels, Atrus and Saavedro action figures (which I think my sister iota got for me), Myst comic book (only one), Myst puzzle, squee figurine, From Myst to Riven, and the D'ni grammar book (ha!). 

Then, of course, are the amazing prints that Cyan released relatively recently.  I don't have frames for them yet, so these are hanging just for the picture.

D'ni map, lithograph from Myst V, soundtracks, hardcover first editions of novels (The Book of Atrus is signed by Rand Miller.  Remember that time I met him and I geeked out so hard and was shaking because I was so nervous and had no idea what words were coming out of my mouth?), Myst journal from fifth edition game, Myst IV Euro edition with playing cards, and some non-official books, including my neato journal I use as a notebook (green cover).  We Myst fans do like to have everyday life things that look like they came from Myst.  Hahahahaha!!!  We're a crazy group.

Those hardcover books and journals take their place on a small shelf on my desk where a bunch of other journals are.  These other journals are my notebooks with all my notes for the books I'm writing.  Thus this is a very important shelf, and my friends know it.  Once a friend visited and saw the Myst books right in there with my sacred notebooks and she said, "Wow, you really do love Myst because you gave the books a place of honor."  That always makes me laugh--because it is true!

The only mousepad I will ever use!  It came with the poster and t-shirt that I had discarded.  At least something made it!

Now, with Obduction, there are goodies that some people get in order to start a collection, depending on how much you donated in the Kickstarter.  I splurged and donated just enough to be able to get all the cool material things.  Probably shouldn't have paid so much, but hey, who needs electricity, amirite?

I am very excited to get the stuff!  I actually forgot what all I'm getting, but it's stuff!  I know there's a poster, art books, boxed game, and let's not forget the t-shirt, which I model here:



It's times like these that I wish I had Myst friends here with me so that we could have a Myst/Obduction party marathon.  I mean, how amazing would that be?

Anyway, I hope you all are having fun preparing in your own way for the latest Cyan masterpiece!


Darke Adventures said...

Great collection, I have just acquired the final From Myst to Riven book so I now have all 5 covers - only taken me 5 years lol. Average price was about £30 but to be honest I paid £90 for the last one just because I had to have it. Just framed my Riven discs to copy a framed disc set that was offered by one of the ex-members of the Riven development team but withdrawn from sale after I offered a price on it. Now looking at reframing all my other framed discs with the new style mount, even got brass and aluminium plaques engraved. Looking good Briana ;-)

Darke Adventures said...

Oh, ps. Obduction is actually released on my birthday, how cool is that? What a great birthday present. ;-)

Briana Jackson said...

That's an awesome birthday gift! Lucky you! Also, I screeched just a little because I forgot about the multiple covers of From Myst to Riven!!! I must add this to my Need List. >:D

Briana Jackson said...

And also since I'm on Riven right now, when I admired the crazy Gehn art I decided I must frame the Riven CDs, too!

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