The Myst 25th Anniversary Collection
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the epic game that became your world, Cyan is offering a never-been-done-before, historical anthology of the complete series, along with some special, Atrus-approved, authentic game artifacts! The collection and artifacts will be packaged in a unique box - available only through this Kickstarter, with a limited run, for a limited time. (Seriously, the games will be available later, but the special packaging and artifacts will not be sold again!)
* The campaign is over! Wow!
In the fall of 1993, Cyan released Myst – the surreal, graphical adventure game that provided an entirely new kind of experience for millions of virtual explorers. Surpassing Cyan’s wildest expectations, it not only became the bestselling PC game of the 20th century, it also had a direct influence on popular culture. Over the years, Myst has brought together communities of passionate fans and has been referenced in television shows, movies, books, comics, and more. Myst has also inspired other creators as they built their own unique realms. Myst has even earned spots in the Smithsonian Institute, MoMA, and other notable museums.
All 7 Myst Games Together for the First Time
Looking back on this incredible, 25-year journey, Cyan believes a celebration is in order! We recognize this amazing achievement could not have happened without each and every one of you who have found your way to this Kickstarter. You have embraced the intricacies, oddities and mysteries in the Myst worlds – and have come back for more. So, as 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Myst, Cyan is taking our journey together one step further.
Behind the scenes, we’ve been working to procure the legal rights to make all of the Myst games available. As an indie developer, resources are limited for development, and acquiring these rights isn’t always an option. But we’ve finally managed to talk with all the right people in all the right places to garner funds to make it happen! With the needed agreements secured, we’re delighted to present the Myst 25th Anniversary Collection, featuring all seven titles in the Myst series!
With the help of our friends at GOG.com and CodeWeavers the games have been upgraded to run on Windows 10 and macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). This Kickstarter will provide the entire Windows collection in a special exclusive package, but the updated versions of the games will also make their way to digital download services, starting with GOG.com, as automatic updates.
Special Artifacts Only on Kickstarter
But we didn’t stop there. We wanted to extract the essence of Myst’s enigmatic aura and make it come alive – to touch, to hold, to remember...
So, we joined forces with Idea Planet, a unique group of talented folks who make realistic video game artifacts that wow. Chances are, you’ve seen – or have – some of their really cool collector’s editions. Check out their portfolio by clicking on the link in their logo above. We are thrilled to be working with them on our very own Myst 25th Anniversary Collection!
Now on to the good stuff – the details you’ve been waiting for!
The Linking Book
The core of the collector’s edition will be a Myst Linking Book. The Bookmaker tier book will have a die-cut “window” through which you can see the art on the game DVD sleeves. At the Maintainer tier and above, the book will include an active 800 x 480 digital screen with video fly-throughs from the games.
- Dimensions: 7in x 9in x 2.5in (18cm x 25 cm x 6 cm)
- Window cutout: 5in x 2.75in (12cm x 7cm)
- Materials: 1200g grey board & art paper, with Matte Finish
- Embossed & gold foil on Logo & edges of leather art treatments
- Weight: 2.71 pounds (1.23kg)
- 1:1 exact scale replica
- 800 x 480 IPS high resolution LCD screen (Maintainer tier)
- Speaker (Maintainer tier)
Gehn’s Inkwell and Pen
The Writer tier and above will feature an authentic replica of Gehn’s Pen and Inkwell, meticulously recreated. And yes, it holds your ink, so it’s a functioning set! (D'ni Writer's Ink or common ink not included.)
This tier also now includes digital versions of the three Myst novels (The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti'ana, and The Book of D'ni) as well as high-resolution scans of some of the Riven design maps.
- Dimensions: 7in (17.78cm) in length
- Materials: Wood & Metal Accents
- Dimensions 5.25in x 3.5in (13.35cm x 8.89cm)
- Materials: Die Cast Zinc Alloy
- Deco: Antiqued Brass Plating
- Weight: 1.75lbs (.8kg)
Original Design Sketches from Riven
This Collector tier is extremely limited and very special. We've opened the vault and collected 25 original hand-drawn concept sketches made during the production of Riven. These are not copies or reproductions. These are the actual pencil sketches with all of their variations, notes, smudges, and watermarks. Many of them have never been seen publicly before.
Myst's 25th anniversary offers us a rare opportunity to provide these images to serious fans of the Myst series. Each unique hand-sketched drawing comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Since these items are so unique, each backer at this level will get to choose which sketch they prefer. The order of the choice will be based on when the backer made their pledge - first pledge chooses first, second pledge chooses second, etc. And because we'd really like to spread the love around, we're limiting this tier to one per backer. You can see the available concept images here.
A Word to Mac Users
Myst started out as a Mac-first title, and over the years, Cyan has always released each of our games for the Mac. But for various reasons, maintaining some of those Mac titles now usually means rebuilding them from scratch - an option that, as a small indie studio, takes time or resources we just don’t have. And for games that were produced by other studios, even that option wasn't possible.
But Mac users rejoice! After some research and testing, and the help of CodeWeavers, we've been able to come up with a solution that allows us to offer digital and disc versions of all of the games in this Anniversary Collection for macOS.
Why the $247,500 target amount?
To deliver a high-quality Myst collector’s edition at a reasonable price, we need to have a minimum number of orders. Based on quotes for the design, tooling and manufacturing, we've calculated that we need at least 2,500 orders at the $99 tier or above (2,500 * $99 = $247,500) to achieve the bare minimum and move forward.
Reward Tier Summary
- 5 High-resolution images from Myst - angles never before rendered
- 5 Scans of the Riven Concept Art hanging in Cyan's Office
- 5 VR nodes on the original Myst Island (viewable via Google Cardboard)
- 5 Complete Digital Age design documents from Ages in Uru
- 5 3D printable files for items in Myst
Shipping and Fulfillment
Unfortunately, shipping costs have skyrocketed over the past several years. To help insure our shipping is as high quality and as low cost as possible, we have partnered with Blackbox who has globally positioned facilities to help minimize customs fees and VAT. Additionally, we have simplified the rate structure and even subsidized shipping rates in many cases. Please note the shipping cost when you select your pledge level.
Okay Adam, we know you have some kind of reputation for ruining everything, but you sure helped us out. Seriously, having Adam as the voice of this Kickstarter pitch was such an amazing boost! If his energy, enthusiasm, and brilliance doesn't infect you, then you're probably not breathing. Thank you so much, Adam. Your linking book is on the way (after September.)
Cyan was started in 1987 by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller when they released a new kind of children’s software they called The Manhole. It was a simple, whimsical, black & white world to explore with very little to get in the way of the journey. After that was Cosmic Osmo and Spelunx – two more rich, non-threatening worlds for children to explore. In 1991, Cyan began work on a much larger world they called Myst. Myst and its sequel Riven have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide – which made them the best-selling computer games of the 20th century. After five titles in the Myst series, Cyan turned its attention to making an ambitious, never-ending world that would allow players to explore together. Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. (Myst Online is still available to explore for free.) In 2013, Cyan launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund an entirely new game - Obduction. The campaign succeeded, and Obduction was successfully launched on PC, Mac, PS4, and VR.
Cyan is located on the northern outskirts of Spokane, Washington, about 119 trillion miles from the nearest habitable planet. We continue to build on our past as we dream into the future.
Our fans are the best! You'll never know how much we appreciate your continued support over the years. Have a question or a suggestion? We would love to hear from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
Though every project has inherent risks, and there are plenty of unknowns associated with any large endeavor, our experience gives us certain advantages as we anticipate the exciting and complicated task ahead. Cyan has a reputation of being honest, upfront, and down to earth. We appreciate your investment, and we'll make every effort to produce a product that makes you happy and us proud.
Most importantly, we are committed to open communication. Our backers will be the first to know if anything comes along that may affect this timeline. Our team is committed to being honest and transparent should any problems or delays occur along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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