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Patrick

Would you support a fan project to re-build URU in a modern game engine (such as Unity 3D or Unreal), which would allow users to generate their own ages and submit them for others to explore and collaborate in? The older Plasma engine is a bit tough to get at.

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Thomas

I have a few questions:

As an amateur linguist, I have an interest in the D'ni language, in fact Riven and the Myst community is what got me interested language learning as a hobby.

1. I'd like to know, what would be the chances RAWA would be generous enough to share his notes on the language, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc?

It would be a nice addition to the Writer's tier, along with the inkwell and pen, to have a D'ni 'Rehevkor'. It would be nice to use the pen/inkwell to write in a descriptive manner in D'ni. If I recall correctly, there were special characters used for writing books, but I've never heard if those were ever actually developed beyond their mention in the novels.

2. Also curious about the inkwell, did you make a new 3D model? I didn't know if you somehow managed to get the original model file from Riven; but there are differences between the two. Mostly the height (didn't think it would be that tall, probably the angle of the shot), and the five stylized nibs on the base of the original look more like leaves in the model. I might be too picky here.

3. I'm keeping an eye on the Community Goals as I really want the '5 3D printable files for items in Myst' (wishful thinking for 'whole island' to be one of the five). I was wondering, if you managed to recover Riven model files would you ever consider releasing some of them?

4. A fan made a graphic novel adaptation of the Book of Atrus, but never finished. Have you ever considered such an adaptation for the books? Also, how far along is the Book of Marrim?

94
Reno

Will there ever be an official guide to the Dn'i language or 'The Art'?

I've always wanted to take a peak at the pages behind the linking panel and see how to truly write an Age.

74
Yeet

What is your favorite myst game?

62
Klein

As a fan of Uru: have you ever considered making some of the content once available on the DRC site accessible again? The forum discussions and newsletters by DRC members about the modern-day discovery of D'ni and the restoration efforts, the first signs of Yeesha influencing events in the Cavern... The game itself is full of references to these events, and I've found that being familiar with the DRC stuff really adds a lot to the experience and the story of Uru, but it is quite hard to come by this knowledge these days from official sources. Perhaps it is something that could be included among the digital goodies of the Maintainer tier?

56
Albert

Will Firmament have a non-vr mode?

53
Dionysia

EQUIQUAY, of course, was a name that didn't quite make it all the way through production before being changed to 'Riven'. What was it about this name that prompted a change, and are there any other titles, be it for Riven or Myst/Uru/EoA that we never quite saw?

Ooh, and a quick question about the inkwell: how will the base be weighted, and will it be airtight? I do foresee it toppling considering its high centre of mass, and while it does make canonical sense for the well to not be airtight, I'd still be glad to see it so.

Thank you so much, Rand, for all you've done to brighten and shape the lives of so many!

52
Jane

Hello from the UK Rand. I do not play a lot of games but totally love all the Myst series and have read the books. There were no computers when I was growing up but I remember the thrill of playing ping pong (table tennis) on our black and white tv as a child, one of the first 'games' ever available. What were your favourite games growing up and (apart from Myst and Obduction of course) which games do you like to play now?
P.S. If you and your wife ever fancy a holiday in the Lake district, you would be most welcome to stay with my partner and I for a week. :-)

52
Michael

After this kickstarter is over is there any chance you might make a new myst game to add on the the series?

49
Keith

Have you guys played any of the fan Ages? What are your thoughts on the content being created for Uru?

48
Horatio

We're working very hard to get to the 3750 Writer's Tier number. At present, we've moved from 1875 backers to 2742 backers - almost halfway to the intended goal!

My question: Will you consider including the supplemental audio material (URU Soundtrack + extra tracks) if we come up short in the end? The URU soundtrack is almost impossible to find other than high-priced secondary market sources, or mp3's floating around online. I would love a version that is at least CD-quality, if not higher-res should it exist!

Thank you for putting this project together!

33
Tradley

Least favorite age in the entire series?

32
desertfern

Why did you change from live action characters to full CG in Myst V?
Also, if I understood you correctly, you played Atrus in Myst mostly because of your budget. Did you enjoy playing Atrus in your games, or did you wish someone else could have done it?

32
Tradley

What was it like to work with John Keston (Gehn)?

25
David

Can we do a kickstarter to make the two books that never happened a reality? I need me some of those.

I would also back a kickstarter for VR Myst games. Any chance on that happening?

What do we have in store for the future of Cyan as a whole?

21
Kailyn

Shorah Rand, and thank you for taking more time to answer more questions for us! Also for being a great inspiration and role model. I'll try to be brief.

1) Are there any Easter eggs in any of the games you're aware of that have yet to be discovered? Do you have a favorite Easter egg?

2) Did you get the rights to Exile and Revelations, or just for this collection?

Thank you again, Rand!

20
Brandon

With the updated URU being included in this Anniversary, will this include Path of the Shell and To D'ni story lines?

18
Colin

Have you considered connecting Obduction to the Myst Universe in a tangible way(not Easter Eggs) through a sequel to either Myst or Obduction?

18
David

Have you ever played someone else's game and stumbled onto a Myst easter egg?

15
Alexander

If you could remake any Myst game from the ground up, which one would you remake? and Why?

15
Bryon

Would you (Cyan) please put together a Myst calendar every year for fans to purchase? Since the rights to all 6 games have finally come home you could now include shots from all the games.

14
Angela

Related to Obduction.... I know you wanted Puzzles in the mofang world. Do you think you will update Obduction to add those later?

8
Peter

What is your favorite Age, and why?

7
Thomas

Any thoughts about a prequel to the first MYST game?

7
Brandon

These games were my childhood favorite! Lots of lore and cannon, enough to make some blockbuster movies! Will there ever be a movie deal??? Peter Jackson could totally make a trilogy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7
Lukas

Seriously, is there more of Gehns singing somewhere in the archives? i would love to know.

7
Josef

Will the updates to Uru: CC allow for widescreen/high-def/other non-standard resolutions? I tried moving the slider, but it maxes out at 1280x1024, even though my monitor goes up to 1920x1080. I also tried editing the .ini files, and while I appreciated the Book of Atrus easter egg, everything was encrypted.

7
Gate

Is there any chance of getting another print run of the the 3 novels in their glorious hardback format?

6
StringcheeseRiot

Was Myst originally meant to be a static image point and click or did you want it to be fully 3D?

6
Trevor

So, most people pronounce it 'DUnny,' Yeesha pronounces it 'duNEE,' and Esher pronounces it 'DUCKnee.' So who's right?

5
David

Why not put Uru soundtrack on iTunes or Google Play?

5
Zachary

Hi Rand, would you ever consider doing another Myst game but not a sequel, as in another time period/setting with new characters? Releeshahn, Garternay, Terahnee, ancient D'ni, other?

5
Alien

Can we please please PLEASE have some removable red pages and blue pages in the KS Linking book?

5
Daniel

I have several questions this time around:

How was the tablet mechanic in Myst V developed? Was it around when the Ages were being developed for Uru, or was it incorporated to replace some mechanic that was missing without Uru?

A very reliable source told me you put your grandmother's address in Obduction. Is it Farley's address? And was her farmhouse modeled after a real house you know? It seems to have gone mostly unchanged from Kickstarter concept to release.

Who would you choose to play Atrus in a movie or TV series?

You've said that the inclusion of the Russian box in Obduction was the most controversial item amongst the development team. After seeing players' reactions to it, are you glad you stuck to your guns to have it included?

What is your favorite VR game and why?

How was the lore of Myst and D'ni developed? Did you already have the idea for Riven in place when you made Myst? (I ask because you did not know how successful Myst would be.) How did the lore develop between your work on Myst and Riven?

5
Jordan

I have some Uru questions. Uru has always been intriguing to me because I love the concept of the game, though in some places it's obvious where sacrifices had to be made to get the game to market.

1. I remember seeing a post on the MOUL forums by Chogon a long time ago that referenced an early design for DIRT. Can you talk about what DIRT was originally going to be before it became Uru?

2. Along the same line, I also saw somewhere that at one point all the original Uru Journey Ages were fully multiplayer, and that Eder Gira is a repurposed version of what used to be The Cleft. How much of that is true, and can you elaborate on what the original Cyan design/vision was for the original Journey of Uru?

3. What is one of the Ages that Cyan didn't get to create for Uru that you really wish you could have?

4. Has Cyan ever thought about doing some kind of Steam Early Access reboot of an Uru-style idea: an ever-growing MMO of Myst-like Ages to explore? I've wondered if it would be feasible to do in an Early Access setting where the game could begin very, very small with just one or two Ages where players could meet and solve puzzles, which then grows slowly over time.

4
r4zorxt

What do you think of the project that the people of Starring Expanse (http://www.starryexpanse.com) are creating about RealRiven? Do you think it is possible to carry the Riven in 3D?

And one last question that I have, the D'ni language was created with some basis of another ancient language or was it simply created from nothing? I would like to know how to learn because I want to read it ... hahaha

Regards!

4
Parker

That long knobby thing sticking out of the stem of Gehn's inkwell. What is it?

4
Rob

Hey Rand! Wanted to let you know that the Myst books are the first I ever read cover to cover. Doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but having dyslexia they were the first that made me push to really make sense of it all. They were the first books that made me actually take positive steps toward working with my disability and try and find ways to work with it rather than give up.

Anyway… my question.

Let's imagine Obduction (and other Cyan Worlds games) all take place within the Myst universe. What are some examples of how you would connect those dots? For example, could the different locations in Obduction actually be ages created by the D'ni that others found a way to link to without the linking books (i.e., ambassador seeds)?

4
Connor

Does Atrus ever get any free time for other hobbies or is it just books books books all day long?

4
Daniel

Let us say that in the future, being in a good financtial situation, Cyan starts making another Myst game. Have you thought about how the story would take place? Would it be a completely different story about ages? Or would it be tangentially related to Myst island to justify the title? Maybe even an alternative story, continuing from where Riven left?

4
Daniel

How was the tablet mechanic in Myst V developed? Was it around when the Ages were being developed for Uru, or was it incorporated to replace some mechanic that was missing without Uru?

3
Alexander

What can we fans do to help make sure Firmament will be finished?

3
Dan

Wasn't there many, many years ago a Disney-joint plan for an actual, physical Myst island to be a part of one of the Disney parks?

3
David

I have a question for 'Atrus', If I may. Is it possible to extract an age from a linking book to another type of storage media, I have a few ideas but I don't want to flip an entire world inside out testing a hunch.

3
Joseph

What is the hardest puzzle you have been able to solve, and how might it have influenced some of the puzzles in the Myst series?

3
Max

A lot of the modern generation of video games influenced by Myst have taken the approach of skipping puzzles altogether - games like Gone Home, Dear Esther, and Firewatch, among others. Is this a sort of game that Cyan ever considers making, where you could create explorable worlds without the 'friction' of puzzles, or are puzzles something you consider essential to your style?

2
Likonan

Is there a plan to release the Book of Marrim? I remember reading it in the Myst V book and being really curious about what happens. KUTGW!

2
ken

Before you leave, thank you for this board meeting. Please have another before the end of the 5 days

2
Eva

Is there any way the fans can meet you in real life? Are you at conventions?

2
Danny

Who wrote the, 'I realized the moment I fell into the fissure...' monologue? That still continues to give me chills every time I hear it.

2
Adam

Any thoughts on coming down to Australia for PAXAus to be on a panel or something?

2
Shawn

What are some of the other games being played around the office right now?

2
Bryon

What is the current status of the Myst TV Show and/or Movie?

2
Christopher

What are the physical items (rewards) that you and/or others at Cyan are most excited about? Are then any items or things (either physical or digitial) that you wanted to include as rewards but weren't able to?

2
AndrewW

Will the Age flybys you're preparing for the Myst book include the Ages of Uru and Myst V? That would be new content for us since those games didn't use flybys in their books (save a handful of static fly-bys in Myst V), and I'm really curious to see what you can come up with for 'flying' through them.

2
Karen

I think I have signed up for the $116 level, but am not sure -- the follow up emails were unclear. Please check for my name Karen Turner, original email was karenturner@elderwisdom.com. Plus I would like to upgrade to the $169.

2
Landon

Any chance that Rand's Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast episode might be included in the Digital Goodies on the Myst book? This episode of the show has been unavailable since Game Tap went down, and many fans have never been able to view it. For what it's worth, Turner Broadcasting won't return my emails...

2
Rachael

I think Myst is to video games what Star Wars is to movies. But Star Wars stuff is everywhere (books, costumes, toys, etc.). Is this the first time that Cyan has created physical goodies for its fans, or have there been other attempts? I mean, why isn't Myst even more popular/well known than it already is? It would be neat to see Myst items in my local Walmart or on ThinkGeek or something. (And whoever mentioned the Squee from earlier, I completely agree. If it were a plushie, so much the better! lol)

2
Aidan

What format will the Myst digital novels be in, pdf, epub, ect and with the linking book will the be individually numbered and include a certificate of authenticity. What about a Myst Encyclopedia, as there a lot to know in the world of Myst.

2
Redbearde77

Any chances that someday, nearly, we get a book box containing the 25 Years Anniversary Edition of the three Myst books, hardcover, coloured illustrations, testimonials from people that contributed in any way for Myst and cool stuff as well. ;) Thank you!

2
David

What are you're thoughts on including a Linux port that runs by ScummVM for playing Myst ME, and RIven and using ResidualVM for Myst 3?

2
Klein

As a fan of Uru: have you ever considered making some of the content once available on the DRC site accessible again? The forum discussions and newsletters by DRC members about the modern-day discovery of D'ni and the restoration efforts, the first signs of Yeesha influencing events in the Cavern... The game itself is full of references to these events, and I've found that being familiar with the DRC stuff really adds a lot to the experience and the story of Uru, but it is quite hard to come by this knowledge these days from official sources. Perhaps it is something that could be included among the digital goodies of the Maintainer tier?

2
Landon

What's the chance of a Cosmic Osmo's Hex Isle re-release? Any chance of it being included in the digital goodies at the Maintainer tier and above?

Also, for the Community Goals, will one of the 5 3D printable items be a Squee from Myst III?

2
TheMagician

Can you share your thoughts on Cyan's plans for the future after the Kickstarter shipments have been fulfilled? Do you already know what game/project you will be working on next?

2
David

Are there any plans to possibly integrate this release of URU into MOULA? Perhaps allowing this one to connect to the server?

How do you decide on naming conventions for the characters?

While the Easter Eggs are fun to find (like mention of your visit to the cavern), were some of the journals, Sharper's in URU sticks out as I just reread the bulk of it, intentionally long to make it more difficult to gather the information needed for solving the puzzles or was it simply a way to underpin the story?

I didn't heap praise upon you at the start this time because it almost made you skip me last time. Thanks for all your dedication and hard work. Your fans truly appreciate it. My children are beginning to learn the wonder that is MOULA, later this year I look forward to sharing with them the rest. Thanks!!!!

2
Devon

I have a question about the screenshot on the last page of the Art of Cyan PDF from the Obduction Kickstarter. The one page says 'Perhaps...' and then there is a screenshot of Myst island. But this render is not from any of the current games. What is it from? Myst VR maybe? Also, the D'ni text on the library translates to 'Riven'. Is that significant in any way?

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John

Thank you for exhausting yourself twice answering questions for us!

Are there any plans to make the original realMyst work on newer operating systems? Myself and others are interested in getting to play it again.

Any luck with 'Comic Osmo's Helix Isle' getting re-released?

There was someoneone working on a Myst fan film that was going to do a kickstarter to raise funds to make it. At the time he could not do that though since the Myst TV series was being worked on, with the current state of things would he be allowed to do so now?
For reference;
https://www.youtube.com/watch…
https://www.reddit.com/r/myst/comments/2sx4ic/myst_lost_ages_teaser/

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Bryon

Will the digital books (Book of Aturs, Ti'ana, & D'ni) have a full cast production the way Random House did it back in the day when they did the 3 books on tape?

1
TheScar(.fr)

Do you have any news about the games localizations?
Which games will be localized and which ones will be only in English?

1
Misty

The Mystitech team says thank you

1
Cid

Any chance of getting some Audible recordings of the Myst books?

1
Parker

will the flybys include the still images used in uru?

1
Finn

Were you involved with Disney when they were toying with making a Myst island?

1
Patrick

Will you provide backups / a way to restore the files on the device included with the Maintainer's version of the Linking book?

1
Zachary

How did the name 'Myst' come to be?

1
JeniSkunk

Will the Ages Of Myst articles be printed in the Linking Book?

1
Angela

Dear Cyan,
Sven Groot - Dilandau is my favorite Youtuber who played through your game. Any chance you can bribe him to play through the updated versions???
:)

1
Angela

Can we get Firmanment that is not in VR?

1
Evan

Favorite Puzzle? Mines the Ball and rail puzzle in Exile, especially how it all comes together at the end.

1
ReptilianSamurai

Will the Windows 10 mouse glitch in Uru be fixed? (when clicking and dragging to rotate your view, it re-centers when the invisible cursor reaches the edge of the screen, causing your view to jump back). And can that fix be ported back to MOULa?

1
Hernan

Why is your name not in the Myst III Exile credits poster next to Brad Dourif's? :)

1
ReptilianSamurai

If Obduction had reached the next stretch goal, it was going to have another world. Given how intertwined the worlds are in that game, what would that have been?

1
felix

Do you still have the original assets from the first three games? If so, do you plan or re-rendering them at higher resolutions?

1
Michigami

are you aware of the minecraft 'Mystcraft' modpack and what do you think of the games being so popular still that people have designed an entire mod for minecraft for writing and exploring ages, and adding elements of Myst lore and gameplay to Minecraft?

1
Bill

Would you ever consider open-sourcing (just the code!) to realMYST? Would love to play a VR version, for example.

1
Parker

In Ahnonay, was the huge machine built on the face of the giant waterfall because the waterfall is used to turn it like a waterwheel?

1
Kathy

Could the assets from MagiQuest ever be released as a stand-alone?

1
Daniel

Will there be translations for realMyst?

1
Coleman

How many of the assets from Riven do you still have? Any chance we can get some images re-rendered in higher resolutions?

1
Angela

How was it to work with David Ogden Stiers? This was such a different genre for him to act in. :)

1
Walter

when do you change Eder Delin to Summer ?

1
Devon

There is a render of Myst island in the back of the Art of Cyan from the Obduction Kickstarter goodies. However, this seems to be a while new render. Is this from a possible Myst VR? Also, the D'ni text on the library translates to 'Riven.' Is that significant in any way?

1
ken

Remember when Obduction came out, it was hard to play on a lot of peoples computer. Will the program that is written be difficult for some people to play this time?

1
David

what are your thoughts on the Unity game engine?

1
JeniSkunk

Can we have a third video chat, to count down the final hour of this Kickstarter?

1
seefew

where do you get your imaginations to create these ages?

1
Marcin

Shorah Rand, thank You for 25 years of adventure and imagination and thanks to URU for finding a wonderful community of people.

I was always curious how You feel about recreations of Myst world in other games, for example Dn`i Refugees in Second Life with many ages recreated after the URU Live project ended?

Second question, is there a chance that URU soundtrack will still be added for Writers pledge+ even if the 3000+ backers limit will not be reached?

1
Scott

Hi Rand! Is there any chance that we will get new Myst novels. Loved the games, but the world building of the books was phenomenal. Would love Book of Marriam and more!

1
Bryan

Can we please have RED and BLUE pages with our linking book. Please???

1
Josh

Any news on the Linux front? Linux versions would be awesome.

1
Misty

Are you hiring new graphic/illustration artists? My daughter is interested

1
Chessrook44

Here's a question... of all the characters in all the Myst games, which one (Aside from Atrus) would you say is your favorite?

1
Daniel

Would you ever write another book about Myst?

1
Bill

What's the physical reward you daydream about, with no thought toward practicality? Mine is to have the designers and artists at Cyan layout and design my house (you know, when I'm rich)!

1
Alison

Will Cyan still be involved in desktop games in the future or are you shifting focus to VR only?

1
Trey

What was the typical conceptualization process for making an Age?

1
Colin

Can you get your Android Developer for Riven(Noodlecake Studios Inc) to update Riven to fix a bunch of bugs that make the game unplayable? I hate to see it representing Riven in a negative fashion.

1
Gregory

Have you guys ever considered publish a Dn'i encyclopedia kinda thing? (doesn't have to be a physical book)

1
TSquaredProductions

We Myst fans have figured out some of the book props that you used. Will we get some more info on those later, or are those company secrets? ;)

1
TSquaredProductions

Do you have the original video assets for Myst to update RealMyst Masterpiece Edition?

1
Paul

Hi Rand, at my first industry event in 2005, I saw a great talk by Mary DeMarle about the groundbreaking use of audio in Myst III: Exile. If you have any more entries in your legacy series, would love to see her revisit that topic.

1
Victoria

What kind of rework/update are you going to do for Uru?

1
AMD

Why no audiobooks in this Kickstarter? If there hope for a future re-release of the audiobooks?

1
Ravenine

Shorah! Is the Book of Marrim ever gonna be released and are there ever gonna be new myst games or novels?

1
Shelby

If you guys still have access to the costumes used in the games, would you be able to take pictures of them? I love costuming and having extra references would be incredible!

1
Daniel

Will there be translations for realMyst? Myst Masterpiece is nice, but the texts are hard to read...

1
Lemuel

What was it like working with Jack Wall on the score to Myst III: Exile?

1
Michael

When envisioning/creating a new world, what is your starting point?

1
Bob

Is SecondLife nowadays a viable platform for you to build profitable game world, now they have 'experiences' technology, mesh, and other better tools than back when you made the Uru teaser in SL?

1
Dan

Was there a game or games that inspired the Myst creation?

1
Peter

I know what the question on everyone's mind is: will the linking book contain video of the brothers? I think we can all agree it would be awesome to see Sirrus asking who we are, while Achenar rants about blue pages.

1
Steve

Why did MYST do so well publicly?

1
Gregory

Would you ever consider releasing the original Myst island Strata 3D scene?

1
Zachary

Would you ever consider book covers to make the book appear as other Ages?

1
Trevor

So, in the updates section with that diagram of the book, it shows buttons on the page with the screen. Are all of those going to be hidden, or just the one under the linking panel? Because the diagram makes it look like there's gonna be a few protruding buttons.

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Jeremy

I have a love for the older, HyperCard-based children's titles, and I'm developing a reputation for porting games to HTML+JS, which will last a very long time. Would you be open to the possibility of me porting the original HyperCard stacks of Cosmic Osmo to a simple web platform? I feel willing to read through all the HyperTalk and convert the MacroMind assets.

1
ken

My other half is an actress and if a movie or show comes up., she said she will be in them for free

1
Damian

Will you consider doing a game in the Myst universe but not centred around Gehn/Atrus family? Maybe another D'ni family, with a different problem, in another D'ni history moment...

1
Tsvyatko

Mr Miller Greetings from Bulgaria.
I have fond memories from the MYST games and i remember how hard was to find them when i was a kid.
When i played Obduction i love the whole scenery and story and everything.

DO you think that there is still a place for a return to the world of MYST ?

1
Alexander

Will all Myst games be for BOTH Steam and GOG?

1
StringcheeseRiot

Can you give us the Dimensions of the book you based the iconic myst book off of?

1
Susan

In the previous AMA, in response to the request that Rand read / record the Myst novels in audio book format, you said that was a good idea. Was that meant that it would be considered to be done as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration, or sometime for future consideration. As a visually impaired fan, I would be very interested in these books in audio format read by Rand in the near future.
Thanks :)

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Matthew

Hello Rand Long time fan.I have bought every version of Myst and its sequels for everything it ever came out for.(Always willing to support) I however have not hopped on the IOS or Android versions.My question do you as Cyan make and support your phone and tablet releases or did you get another studio to do it? I would love to make sure before I get somebody else non supported ports of your works.As I can never convey enough, Thank You so much for making my life that much more amazing and interesting. Your work has inspired me everyday and there is never a time when I make anything, 'How would Atreus look at this'? I would love to have some more of the extended books as well I would buy the heck out of it. Thanks Again Rand.

1
Joshua

is cyan shutting down after 25th anniversary and that vr game?

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JonathanVS

You’ve said before that you weren’t out to make a statement with the MYST worlds, but by the very nature of your art, you HAVE to be making a statement/infusing your passion into it. What is the “special sauce” that underlies the MYST universe that only you can infuse into it? Is there an underlying thread that is greater than the stories themselves? The experiences are always so much better and enduring when your hand was directly involved in them. I love your art and please never stop creating worlds! -Jonathan Van Selow

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Alexandra

I'd love a Moety dagger. And the books on digital audio (like Audible).

1
Brad

Do you all have your personal choice of actors who would by your 'favorites' to play various characters? I think Charles Dance would be amazing as Gehn, and I bet Aidan Gillen could really rock Cirrus.

1
JonathanVS

You’ve said before that you weren’t out to make a statement with the MYST worlds, but by the very nature of your art, you HAVE to be making a statement/infusing your passion into it. What is the “special sauce” that underlies the MYST universe that only you can infuse into it? Is there an underlying thread that is greater than the stories themselves? The experiences are always so much better and enduring when your hand was directly involved in them. I love your art and please never stop creating worlds! -Jonathan Van Selow

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Daniel

The end is not written, is that so with Cyan as is there anything thought about developing after this project along with Firmament project.

1
Cid

Any chance to do a kickstarter to fund an expansion for Obduction to give up the stretch goal 4th 'age' that wasn't reached?

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Kathrine

I know this is probably impossible in this kickstarter- but maybe in a future one, would you consider including a physical 'journal' for notes taken during the game? Like a bullet journal but more awesome.

I always have wanted to find the perfect journal to catalog my adventures in Myst games, but none of them come close to the cool ones in-game.

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Joshua

have you acted outside cyan? I heard you worked at the bank and did a recording?

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ken

Thoughts on hitting 2 million and asking for $247,500?

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Xaio

Is 'The Art' an analogy for game programming?

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Evan

I don't know if you talked about this before, but whats it feel like to gave the campaign in 8 hours?

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Tahg

If you find more digital stuff in the vault after the KS will you still post it?

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Matt

You mentioned in the last AMA that Cyan has 'big plans' for Myst in the future, both game-wise and live action-wise. What kind of timeframe do you think we're looking at for either of those to come to fruition? Over/under five years?

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Fuzzy

Had no idea that you presented at an Apple keynote. What was that experience like? I hear Steve Jobs was tough with the rehearsals.

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James

Would you consider working with Richard Vander-Wede or Jack Wall again on any future Myst project?

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James

Would you consider working with Richard Vander-Wede or Jack Wall again on any potential future Myst project?

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Paul

According to the timeline, the air circulation system for the cavern was finished back in 114 DE, fairly close to the initial arrival in D'ni. Apparently some of the workers who built the air circulation system stayed on the surface and never returned. Fast-forward to 9334 DE when the plan to visit the surface starts up. Why did the guilds decide to build a brand new tunnel instead of just traveling up the ventilation shafts for an initial scouting mission?

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JonathanVS

You’ve said before that you weren’t out to make a statement with the MYST worlds, but by the very nature of your art, you HAVE to be making a statement/infusing your passion into it. What is the “special sauce” that underlies the MYST universe that only you can infuse into it? Is there an underlying thread that is greater than the stories themselves? The experiences are always so much better and enduring when your hand was directly involved in them. I love your art and please never stop creating worlds! -Jonathan Van Selow

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Luca

Hey, Rand! My father have questions for you.

1. What games have you admired Post-Myst?

2. The D'ni did not turn out to be an altruistic society, were corrupt and had slaves. Was this by design? are you an optimist?

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Mesnab

So Happy for Cyan! How thrilling has it been for all of you at Cyan to see the response to this Kickstarter? Were you surprised? Has this made you take a step back and reconsider entering the Myst universe again? Cheers and all the best! - Mesnab

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Susan

In the previous AMA, in response to the request that Rand read / record the Myst novels in audio book format, you said that was a good idea. Was that meant that it would be considered to be done as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration, or sometime for future consideration. As a visually impaired fan, I would be very interested in these books in audio format read by Rand in the near future.
Thanks :)

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ArturL

Even RAWA himself couldn’t answer that one: Esher used a different pronunciation of the word “D’ni”. What was the reason for it? I guess Esher must have been a member of a society who used different pronunciation of some words just out of vanity.
I just had to ask. :)
Thanks for answering our questions and all the amazing stuff You and Cyan had done and are doing!

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Scott

Do you have any interest in creating a game in the style of the choice-oriented telltale games? The style I'm referring to is games like The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, etc. These are almost like graphic novels, episodic in nature, where player choice has a very large impact on the outcome of the story. Kind of like a 'Choose your own adventure' style book from back in the day. I feel that a Myst theme would fit perfectly into this style of game play - it focuses on story and story-telling, something Cyan is very good at. A great story coupled with hard and meaningful choices (which affect the outcome of the game) would be very compelling to play, *especially* set in amazing and beautiful Cyan worlds...

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Joe

Are the Mac versions on the dvds or will they be available as a download option?

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Sandra

Will Brad Dourif be involved in any way?

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Edwin

Is Obuction in the same universe as Myst? It would be neat if D'ni ink was made from the seeds and the paper was made from the bark of the trees... just sayin!

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Brent

Will any of the community goals be released if the 20 are not reached?

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Christopher

Have you ever considered a how-to book on The Art? Or have you considered writing and releasing the Descriptive Book for Myst and/or Riven? (Even if it is an English translation, perhaps by The Stranger) I have always been intrigued with how the D'ni captured the essence of each age. Thanks!

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AndrewW

Will the Age flybys you're preparing for the Myst book include the Ages of Uru and Myst V? That would be new content for us since those games didn't use flybys in their books (save a handful of static fly-bys in Myst V), and I'm really curious to see what you can come up with for 'flying' through them.

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Trevor

How will shipping work? I understood that the shipping is an estimate for November (as of now), but where/when do we get to write down where to ship to?

Looking forward to it, and a bright future ahead!

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Trevor

How will shipping work? I understood that the shipping is an estimate for November (as of now), but where/when do we get to write down where to ship to?

Looking forward to it, and a bright future ahead!

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Christopher

Have you ever considered a how-to book on The Art? Or have you considered writing and releasing the Descriptive Book for Myst and/or Riven? (Even if it is an English translation, perhaps by The Stranger) I have always been intrigued with how the D'ni captured the essence of each age. Thanks!

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Chris

I look at great artistic creations as intricate webs of inspiration. I am often able to trace the works and artists that inspired a particular work until I can see this intimate construction - transmuted through the creator - leading to the final work of art. I'm curious then what kinds of things have inspired you. What are the threads of inspiration linking and leading to the creation of the Myst series?

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Nilfalasiel

First of all, thank you for your time! The effort and love that went into and is still going into these games is amazing!

I have a technical question:

RealMyst Masterpiece was marketed as having day-night cycles for all the ages. At the moment, this is not the case for Selenitic and Stoneship, even though they existed in the original realMyst (there's also Rime, but that could just be polar winter). Is there a possibility that this might be addressed for the kickstarted version?

Selenitic's sunsets were among my favourite things in the entire saga, so the fact that they're gone makes me a little sad.

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Karmo

There's a lot of talk about possible Myst games. However, I'm particularly interested on whether you guys can actually follow the series with new games. Do you currently hold the rights to the Myst IP, completely? Or did you just procure the rights to the past games that you didn't have?

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John

Would you consider letting me send a script of one of the MYST books I have written to you? I read all 3 along with playing every game on pc and console. I have written a script for the Book of the D'ni

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Daniel

Do you think AI might have a role in an Uru Live-style game in the future? Paying people to control digital actors sounds expensive, but what if a sufficiently complex AI took that job? In the same vein, how do you think AI might effect video games in the future? (ie. adjusting puzzle difficulty)

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David

What are you're thoughts on including a Linux port that runs by ScummVM for playing Myst ME, and RIven and using ResidualVM for Myst 3?

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AtrusMystESP

Hello from Spain ... I have two questions. When will you publish Myst IV The Book of Marrim? And in what languages ​​will it be translated? I have the trilogy of Books in Spanish, being my favorite Myst II The Book of Ti'Anna and the truth a new book would be fine ... Or make a Myst that is a prequel to Myst II The Book of Ti'Anna A Greeting: )

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James

After the last AMA, I found a pristine copy of Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (Original Score) by Tim Larkin on eBay for only $6. Thanks for the heads up on a great album.

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Gunsmith100

1: What happen with the real time version of Myst IV?

2: What was it like working on URU?

3: What elements (in any Myst game) were implemented at one point but scrapped later (I'm a sucker for canned beta content)

4: What was the scrapped book press in Riven originally going to do?

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Chris

.You mentioned in the last AMA that Cyan would like to expand on the Myst universe. If a movie/TV series or another game isn't feasible right now, what about a comic series or graphic novel? I remember that Dark Horse published some comics about Sirrus and Achenar back in the 90's. Do you think this format would be an easier way to give us more history about D'ni, or the Ronay at large?

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Landon

What's the chance of a Cosmic Osmo's Hex Isle re-release? Any chance of it being included in the digital goodies at the Maintainer tier and above?

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TheMagician

Can you share your thoughts on Cyan's plans for the future after the Kickstarter shipments have been fulfilled? Do you already know what game/project you will be working on next?

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Daniel

Let us say that in the future, being in a good financtial situation, Cyan starts making another Myst game. Have you thought about how the story would take place? Would it be a completely different story about ages? Or would it be tangentially related to Myst island to justify the title? Maybe even an alternative story, continuing from where Riven left?

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David

Can we do a kickstarter to make the two books that never happened a reality? I need me some of those.

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