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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:25 pm 
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Thanks for those chatlogs Kath!
Wish I could have been here; it's not everyday we can bug RAWA live. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:04 pm 
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Acorn1 wrote:
Another idea came up later - Ainia egged me on - we should also have Rand's pink robe! What do you think, Chloe?


Yeah I could make one. I don't think we'd be able to get it with the shirts though. I passed the Max files onto Cyan yesterday, so any new stuff I do I would put into a different update, just so that it doesn't disrupt the flow of things over on there end. Basically, if I do a robe, it's going to be a much longer wait, then for the shirts.


I do believe, and this is just my speculation I have not heard anything since sending them the clothes: I think that if the process works as smooth as I think it's going to on their end, of integration of clothing, that future updates could see more content in terms of wardrobe items. I've always said that these, along with new animations for the avatars, are the easiest things to implement in terms of fan content. They don't require major changes on Cyan's end, so they'll eat away less at the Cavcon then putting in whole ages. Whole ages, without Max files would require changes to Cyan's build system to incorporate just prps, and even if you had the max file, it would still require changes either to the Nexus or adding a book in a public place to that age. So it would involve a lot more work on Cyan's part to integrate the new ages. The alternative however is the upside to fan clothing and animations being simple to integrate. You can have more of them then new ages, on a much steadier basis. Potentially, if the process goes as smooth this time around, I think a system could be put into place that gets new clothing or animations that fans come up with, put into each new update to MOULa. The great part about that is that it'll get some of the old players coming back, hopefully drive up donations to the Cavcon, and put enough extra cash into the Cavcon to subsidize it for when the Cavcon dips for that big update that allows Fan-Ages.

Again, all that's just my speculation, and what I hope to have happen.

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Here is a picture from RAWA's Q&A last night.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-pgMb ... sp=sharing


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Hi all,

I just merged the "Obduction Funded" thread with this one, since there were two separate celebrations of Obduction going on here at once on these forums. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:01 am 
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Thanks for the chat logs!

And thanks Tai'lahr for asking about tying up Uru's loose ends! That has bugged me for such a long time. I hope RAWA will indeed live long enough! ;) (And not just because of Uru :lol:)

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RAWA visiting the cavern during Obduction Funding celebration

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Here's a cleaned up version of RAWA's chat of just the questions and his answers

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Q: So RAWA, what have you been up to lately?
A: most time the past month has been obduction kickstarter and realMYST Masterpiece

Q: Will realMyst Masterpiece edition have the options of whether you want the day/night cycle and how fast it goes?
A: The day/night cycles are not adjustable

Q: will realMyst masterpeice have additional content. Like realMyst added Rime. will the masterpiece edition add something as well?
A: no, there isn't an extra Age, but there might be a few surprises.

Q: Are the day/night cycles present in all Ages?
A: No, only some of the Ages have day/night cycles

Q: will Obduction have as much / more history than Myst?
A: at this point, no. Eventually -unknown. My crystal ball doesn't get good enough reception to know

Q: Has Cyan actually started working on Obduction yet, or were you waiting until after the Kickstarter campaign?
A: We did quite a bit of design for Obduction about ten years ago, when I was calling it "Something Else Entirely" It has changed a great deal since then, but some parts of that design remain.

Q: Now that y'all have Obduction, what will happen to the cavern? I don't know about anyone else, but I was born here, I don't want anything to happen to it.
A: We have no plans to close it, if that's what you mean.

Q: Are you going to be sending out emails so that the donatators for Credits shall explain the name they would like listed?
A: yes, there will be a survey sent out after the kickstarter campaign to get your specific details.

Q: How long will the paypal donations carry on for after kickstarter has finished?
A: not a set time, as far as I know. That's a better question for the accounting department to decide.

Q: Will we get higher quality footage of Atrus/Sirrus/Achenar?
A: a mixture of both. just like in the original realMYST

Q: Have you guys considered doing a smaller kickstarter to finish up the book of Marrim?
A: It looks like we're going to be very, very busy for the next two years. Marrim will likely remain on the back burner.

Q: is that "Half-Life 3 Soon" or actual "Soon"?
A: sooner than half-life 3 soon, later than "tomorrow" soon

Q: Will you be creating any new languages for Obduction characters?
A: that is certainly a possibility

Q: Do you know how much the paypal donations are?
A: sorry. I have no idea. I haven't heard anything more recent than the $7000 figure

Q: If Obduction is a success, what are the chances of seeing Latus next? Would you consider using Kickstarter to fund it as well?
A: If it is successful enough, i certainly hope so

Q: Is the ARG over, or do we still have some fun things to find in the future?
A: Ghal'vhen - you don't really want me to answer that.

Q: Is there any possibility of a Riven Masterpiece Edition?
A: not anytime soon. It's not even on one of the back burners.

Q: In Myst V, Atrus states that hes lost his wife, Catherine. Many fans has assumed that it means shes dead, but is there a possibility that he means something happened like she is now trapped in an age whose book has been destroyed?
A: i'll leave that for you to speculate

Q: What do you find harder to create: the backstory and history of the world, or a story within that world?
A: all of the above

Q: Can you give us any more details on Robyn being involved with Oduction?
A: yet to be determined. We're thrilled he wanted to come on board.

Q: How are NPC interactions in Obduction likely to work? Nonverbal only, dialogue trees...?
A: not dialog trees if we can possibly avoid them.

Q: if Kickstarter continues to be successful for Cyan projects, might it be considered as a funding source for Cavern expansion?
A: I cannot rule out that possibility. That would be nice

Q: As Esher is the only true Dni we meet, should we assume that duck-knee is the correct pronunciation?
A: Esher had a speech impediment. Please don't tease him about it. :p

Q: what is your opinion on the myst rpg unwritten?
A: I am not an expert on it. I love the idea of other ways for people to tell stories in the Myst universe,though

Q: Will there be more myst games available on Steam? And will Obduction be made available on Steam?
A: We hope so, eventually for other Myst games. Not soon. Yes, we hope Obduction will be on Steam

Q: Is there going to be a language / languages to Obduction, as D'ni is to Myst?
A: Yet to be determined. I can't rule it out

Q: I was wondering if there will be a new episode added to URU eventually?
A: Aquilya - No plans for more on Uru anytime soon. we'll be busy with Obduction for the next two years. After that - "Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future."

Q: Would you be willing to do some sort of D'ni language panel/lesson/presentation at Mysterium next year?
A: at this point, my D'ni is very, very rusty. You'd do a much better job than I would.

Q: RAWA, outside of potential future expansions of MOULA content, will the Plasma engine be retired in favor of UE4?

A: probably so, though that is not my call at all, so I could be completely wrong.

Q: is Great King Ahlsendar alive? will he return?
A: I'm told that he will. "soon"?

Q: Will realMYST masterpiece use Oculus Rift?.
A: it might work with it, but was not designed for it

Q: Why did you choose Obduction as opposed to say, Latus?
A: latus is a much larger, ambitious project. Obduction is something we can pull off with a smaller team

Q: is CYAN considering using the face-capture system used in MYST V?
A: not that I am aware of

Q: will we ever see full translations of the current D'ni transcripts?
A: unlikely, but maybe I'll start a kickstarter - it will make obductions budget look miniscule

Q: will there be DLC if obdution sells well?
A: I don't know of plans to, but I can't rule it out. A definite "maybe"?

Q: I was wondering if there is going to be language(s) other than English , you know like D'Ni letters and numbering system, in Obduction?
A: not yet determined. more likely than not, but we'll have to see.

Q: There are several loose ends in the Myst/Uru story, and I know you're going to be busy for the next few years, but will there ever be a time when we can get answers to some of our questions about it.
A: if I live long enough, I hope so

Q: of the original actors (Myst, Riven), how many are you still in touch with? I love Sirrus and Achenar
A: Rand (Achenar / Atrus) - frequently. Robyn (Sirrus) - I haven't seen in quite a while.

Q: Have you (or anyone at Cyan) seen the revived Guild of Linguists at guildoflinguists.webs.com? We'd love to have official recognition from Cyan
A: I had not. Writing it down, which doesn't guarantee I'll still remember

Q: How many pages will the Obduction Art book be (estimated, of course)?
A: i don't even have an estimate. Sorry.

Q: why [was] RAWA ... inspired to do the Myst franchise and Obduction?
A: Mr Memories - I was inspired to do Myst because I saw it in progress on Rand's computer. Obduction - because Uru was cancelled and we were trying to come up with ideas to pitch to ppublishers

Q: Since Obduction is going to be in realtime graphics, is there any possibility that there will be any kind of multi-player option? (And no, I don't mean the Roadtrip Mode stretch goal )
A: I think Roadtrip mode is the closest we plan to multiplayer for Obduction.

Q: the Obduction poster/wallpaper looks almost cartoonish (sorry), is that just concept art ? or will that alien palette look more "real" in 3D ?
A: i'm not sure which one you're referring to specifically, but everything at this point is concept art
talldark: Eric has already covered that, I think. His posts talk about having put the video and graphics together pretty quickly.

Q: Is there an ARG already planned out for the time leading up to Obduction's release?
A: AllMyst - hmm... <insert standard RAWA non-response here>

Q: in the book of Atrus, they mention a book that teaches the D'ni language. When you finish ALL the other stuff could you consider publishing that?
A: unlikely, but not impossible

Q: I thought the cavern was beneath New Mexico, but the novels make the surface sound Middle Eastern. Where on earth are we?
A: looks like New Mexico to me.

Q: Will there be new D'ni texts releast in the (near) future?
A: Ray - a sentence or two to those who contributed at the appropriate level to unwritten's kickstarter. other than that, it will have to depend on how busy Obduction keeps me (i imagine the answer to that is "very")

Q: Any hints about the location of the missing Preafter spiral? And is its location connected with the Cleft's location?
A: it is not close to the Cleft's location. west of the Cleft.

Q: how does it feel to see so many people in Cavern?
A: It feels great to still have the Cavern occupied after all this time, even on "life-support".

Q: how dumb do you think UBI feels for pulling the plug?
Id doubt Ubi feels dumb, they made a business decision. I think they'd make the same choice today.

Q: what do I have to do to get an interview with you for The Cavern Today Podcast?
A: hmm... unknown.

Q: will Releeshahn Age be used in Obduction? will there be a great story (kings etc) in Obduction?will you ever open the Great Tree here?
A: Releeshahn - I think "no" is safe, even with my cloudy crystal ball. Great story - I hope so. Great Tree - maybe someday

Q: Given the immense interest in Book of Marrim, and the difficulty in obtaining a copy of the preview chapter, are there any plans to make it available via the Cyan site, and if so, perhaps a second chapter can be added? I think a lot of people would be happy with a serial story!
A: talldark - i make no promises, but I'll suggest it to Rand

Q: Now that we're in the final hours of the kickstarter campaign... was this amount of funding the expected outcome? In other words, pre-campaign, how confident was Cyan that this would be 'go' ?
A: hmm... I don't know what Rand and Tony expected. Me, personally. I had high hopes, but

Q: Where do get your inspirations for the design of myst`s worlds?
A: from everywhere. we throw ideas at the wall. most of it falls away, some of it sticks

Q: The people in the Open Cave shard have gotten the Gahreesen wall functional and have held a few tournaments. What are the chances that their fixes will be put on the main server so we can enjoy the wall?
A: that would be cool. I have no idea. That's a question for Chogon.

Q: Can you tell the D'ni words for the colours 'black' and 'white'?
A: not off the top of my head, sorry. Like i said, my D'ni hat is very, very dusty these days. So sorry.

Q: we know there are four districts on Ae'gura, can you tell us, the released area we have so far (ferry docks, museum, library etc) which district does that make up?

A: I'm pretty sure that's the <transmission garbled> district

Q: of all the unreleased and concepted stuff you guys worked on for Uru, what was your favorite.
A: ooh, there was this really cool one that <transmission garbled>

Q: Do we know when the new Obduction forum section will be open?
A: "soon" - sooner than half life 3, later than the kickstarter campaign.

Q: When will we get the Obduction t-shirt in our wardrobe that Chloe made?
A: “soon”.

Q: Will we get access to the linking book(s) to the obduction worlds(s)
A: unlikely that Obduction will contain linking books, but "you never know" is one of our slogans for a reason.

Q: If the final funding ends up between stretch goals, will one half of the next tier be met, or will all the money go to the last fully funded tier?
A: that's waaayy above my paygrade and something rand and Tony will have to hammer

Q: Is Obduction the beginning of a series, or a single story? I mean, may there be sequels?
A: just like Mystwas, it will be self - contained, with room for sequels if the chance arises

Q: will the Bahro play a part in the Obduction worlds?
A: i think my brain exploded...

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:11 pm 
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painter1953 wrote:
RAWA visiting the cavern during Obduction Funding celebration

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Oohh!! I can see myself! I'm the one sitting with the red shirt and Cyan hat.


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Awesome Magic. I'm far right, front row, red shirt.

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Thank you very much for that cleaned up Q&A, I'm glad to find it.

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Somewhere in that event Weldergeek asked Is Obduction 'Something Else'?

RAWA said the following:

Myst was "Something Else"
Obduction was "Something Else Entirely"
Latus was "Something Entirely Different"

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This just came in through Cyan World's Fb RSS feed:

He helped us make Obduction a reality - now let's help him win the People's Choice Awards 2014! Don't let Neil Patrick Harris stay in last place: Please vote for him ... You just have to click his face and you're done ... :D

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painter1953 wrote:
Somewhere in that event Weldergeek asked Is Obduction 'Something Else'?

RAWA said the following:

Myst was "Something Else"
Obduction was "Something Else Entirely"
Latus was "Something Entirely Different"

Correction: Myst V was "Something Else"

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janaba1 wrote:
This just came in through Cyan World's Fb RSS feed:

He helped us make Obduction a reality - now let's help him win the People's Choice Awards 2014! Don't let Neil Patrick Harris stay in last place: Please vote for him ... You just have to click his face and you're done ... :D
Voted! Wow, that's the easiest online voting I've ever seen.

It's like we're developing a relationship with NPH. The icing on this cake would surely be for him to have a role in Obduction. :D

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KathAveara wrote:
painter1953 wrote:
Somewhere in that event Weldergeek asked Is Obduction 'Something Else'?

RAWA said the following:

Myst was "Something Else"
Obduction was "Something Else Entirely"
Latus was "Something Entirely Different"

Correction: Myst V was "Something Else"


I wrote it down.....lol....thanks for the correction! It all went by so fast!

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