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, December 19, 2016

Working Walkthrough Preview

Alas, we won't be getting Obduction goodies under our Christmas trees--by the way, can anyone tell me what reward tier includes that little seed figurine?  Or is that actually one of the rewards?  I think I saw it before, but I could be wrong.

Anyway, as promised, I am providing a preview of what I am working on: my very own walkthrough.  As I go, I have to keep making nips and tucks in the formatting and all.  This is because I am still fiddling with the ultimate formatting criteria for my booklet.  It's going to be HUGE, too.  Some pages will have full-page images.  In case you are wondering what program I am using, it is Microsoft Publisher.  That program and I are old friends, and we go back to my days as a children's librarian when I taught interactive classes on various ancient civilizations.  I made full-color booklets full of information, text book style.  So I really learned Publisher inside and out, but after ten years I still encounter new things, believe it or not.  It actually began with a "newspaper" I wrote that was supposed to date to the reign of Hammurabi.  It was called Hammurabi Today, just one shekel an issue, and the newspaper's tagline was "Our news is news, not ancient history!"  HA!  I entertain myself.  (And that's copyrighted, fyi!)  It filled me with such glee to write that thing, and I had a really great article on classism.  I have a goal to publish this thing for kiddies some day.  I hope I will!  But that's another story for another time.

Without further ado, I bring you preview images of my walkthrough:

Yes, it takes forever to make this.  I'm sure you've already figured that, but I just want to confirm your guess.  On the other hand, it seems like it doesn't take too much work, but I assure you...it does.  I'm replaying the game according to sections I have outlined.  After I play that and work out the details, I write it and add images, etc.  I am shocked and amazed by how many things I missed in the first go.  In Farley's house, I had NO idea that the projector could be rotated to the right to shine on the screen with the Villein number hint.  Like...duh, you knooooowwww? (My best Valley Girl speak.)

It's bound to happen that you will notice new things after the first time, especially when you are trying to tell other people how to play it.  I can't get over how I completely had the swap device in the third sphere in the Gauntlet completely wrong.  So glad I fixed that!  I think, perhaps, there could be more tweaks to be made to that guide, but I think I'll just do it in the walkthrough booklet.  My desire for perfection may change that decision, though.  A friend of mine asked me "Do you ever half-ass anything?"  I replied, "Yes, my schoolwork!"  HA!  But then I made a graph to explain my ideas concerning ancient Egyptian socio-political development, so I could be wrong about that.  Actually, I just like making graphics.

I recently learned about the link text box feature in Publisher.  I think I'll toy with that, because if it functions the way I hope it does it will be remarkably simpler to write the pages!

For the layout and such, I have consulted the various academia books I have in my library hahaha!  Gotta make it look legit, amirite?

Note: I hope the images are showing up on your monitor as clearly as they show on mine.  I'm looking at them on a different screen at present and they are coming off as dark, so I don't know what that's about.  Also, any suggestions you may have I will take under consideration.


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