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Update #17

Amazing Update! Big News!

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As you may know, Rand and his brother Robyn made Myst and Riven together. Robyn just wrapped up his first movie, “The Immortal Augustus Gladstone,” which is slated for release in February 2014. Robyn wrote and directed the film and composed the soundtrack. What you may not realize is he also played the role of Augustus.

Which leads us to some exciting news!

Robyn will be playing one of the lead characters in Obduction! And Rand will be joining him! They’ll both have acting roles in the new game - something they haven’t done together since the original Myst!

And there's even more exciting news!

Robyn and Rand's brother Ryan also worked on Myst - including writing the books in the library. After Myst, Ryan worked with Rand for many years at Cyan - where he helped with design and writing on many of Cyan’s post-Riven projects. Ryan then moved on to other things - including authoring several books. (Check out his latest book “Everything Breatheshere!)

Ryan will also be helping with Obduction - in both a design and writing role! He’ll be writing much of the supporting text that appears in the game - as well as offering his services to the design team, which Rand is heading up.

These recent developments are incredibly exciting! It feels like we’re building momentum for the final push! Let’s keep up the good work, and make Obduction happen. Thank you all for your hard work and support!

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      Creator Brettster on December 9

      C. Addison, of course it's going to reflect their views, as it should. They are the creators, the artists, and that is their right. It's their vision, and they're entitled to tell the story they want to tell. You are not entitled to a game from them that feeds whatever your worldview is. I find it pretty tasteless when fans try to tell artists to censor themselves. If you liked Myst and Riven, you like their approach. They know what they're doing better than we do. Just be thankful they're working hard on another game. If it has a point of view that you just can't accept, there are plenty of other games.

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      Creator Walter H. Hunt on November 10

      Posted a link to the Facebook page on my wall. https://www.facebook.com/hotc17

      Consider putting some of the great visuals that have been in backer updates - it can only help.

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      Creator C. Addison on November 9

      Been kind of mulling over making this comment, because like many, many people Myst and Riven were a huge deal for me about getting me into gaming at the time; I realise that the idea of the brothers together again is also a big fandom thing.

      As no-one seems to have mentioned this here (that I've read), I'd like to hear some positive affirmation from Cyan that Obduction is going to be a diversified group/team/fan effort that does not overly reflect or endorse any bias towards the original founders' particular, personal, religious or spiritual views? As anyone following the embedded link to Ryan Miller's book link, or church activities, will be made aware of.

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      Creator Narq on November 8

      Just to remind folks- you can always increase your pledge between reward tiers. You don't have to choose the next tier to increase your pledge. You can simply add as many dollars as you would like to your current pledge.

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      Creator John on November 8

      I wonder if Cyan would be willing to accept work as a pledge. I'm a software engineer with a very big developer but I'd love the chance to help out on the project. Unfortunately that wouldn't help them reach the financial goal though.

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      Creator Drew Britten on November 7

      Amazing news! I'm trying to get the word out to all my circles. I know there are more than 15,000 Myst fans out there!!!

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      Creator Joe Mohn Jr. on November 7

      Boy, looking a little bleak. :( Wish I had more funds too!!! Sure hope it picks up soon!!

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      Creator mabd on November 7

      ARGH. I need more money! I'm also worried here D:

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      Creator Christoph Burschka on November 7

      Argh, I really hope the pace will pick up toward the end again. If the last few days' rate continues, the end sum would barely break 900k...

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      Creator James Lightfoot on November 7

      Good news but getting more and more worried about the lack of emphasis on the music.

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      Creator Tina Ragno-Kavanagh on November 7

      Oh I wish I was made of money... I would so give the rest of what you need to launch this intregueing game

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      Creator Jason Andersen on November 7

      This is great news!

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      Creator James O'Donnell on November 7

      @Adreitz: I can understand the immersion argument for mo-capped, but it would look more like a video game and less like a real place. Even back in 1997, that guy that stole your book (Cho) looked like he was real... and really in front of me. Though I fully expect the graphics in Obduction to be much better than MystV, if the characters were digital I would still feel like they were fake.

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      Creator Austin Storm on November 7

      Who's doing the score? =)

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      Creator George on November 7

      Guys, this is awesome! It's starting to sound like the magic of Myst development all over again. Come on backers, let's get this thing to its goal and beyond!

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      Creator Adreitz on November 7

      @Seba: Personally, I'd prefer mo-capped 3D animated characters rather than FMV, as they would feel more integrated with the world. You can't walk around a FMV character and see them from multiple angles. And I'm sure Rand would feel less self-conscious if he's not in costume in front of a camera. But I'd imagine that FMV would probably be cheaper to pull off than mo-cap.

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      Creator James O'Donnell on November 7

      Oh and thanks for swallowing hard and going in front of the camera again, Rand. We know you hate acting but we do love seeing your performances (and you're good at it).

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      Creator James O'Donnell on November 7

      I just upgraded my pledge. This is fabulous news... and well planned, Cyan, if this was your strategy all along ;)

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      Creator Seba on November 7

      I had a feeling Robyn would be the 'ace up Your sleeve' near the end ;)
      What a reunion, thank heavens for crowdfunding! Now, hopefully the "acting roles" won't mean only voice acting, but some glorious FMV.
      Wohba!

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      Creator Brenda Brannon on November 7

      For your last big push, you need to quickly create a fan page on Facebook for Obduction so the information can travel quickly to more people. I have shared a link to your Kickstarter campaign twice, but I think the information could become more widespread if you had a Facebook page that can be "liked".

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      Creator Jonathan Venezian on November 7

      Wow, gettin the team back together again.

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      Creator Criswell The Psychic WeatherMeeple on November 7

      Dmitrios - Is this your doing? You asked for it a few days ago.

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      Creator Kyle Norton on November 7

      Woo hoo! It feels like "the band is getting back together", this is great news!

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      Creator mog7 on November 7

      Robyn is not writing the music, we can not ask for all. And they have for sure, very talented guys who can´t wait to do beautiful tracks for them. This make this project even more awesome. We need to open mow this 500 pledge, take my money! :) and please put something creative in it, i would love to do something for the project.

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      Creator Aralis on November 7

      Excellent news! Can't wait to see the conclusion of that reunion!
      By the way, if you could have time to finish or publish the last book of d'ni... ;)

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      Creator Paskarl (k0SH) on November 7

      "Is Robyn going to write the music too?"
      I guess they would have announced it if this would have been the case.. .

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      Creator Paskarl (k0SH) on November 7

      Is Robyn Miller involved with Obduction?
      Robyn is not currently involved, other than graciously allowing us use music from the Myst soundtrack in our video.
      Last updated: Saturday Oct 19, 1:08pm EDT
      ;-))
      Time to update a bit here and there ;-)

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      Creator eXoScoriae on November 7

      Simply awesome. I'm going to go ads to my pledge just for the help of it. Seems like a proper way to celebrate.

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      Creator Protected on November 7

      Fantastic news for people who are already your fans and participants in this project. Also, it's a beautiful gesture of Rand's to join as an actor even though he hates doing it. Really shows commitment to the project.

      However, in order to bring in more new people, you really should release more concepts and other content. A video would probably have the greatest impact.

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      Creator Mattis Bødtker on November 7

      This is amazing! The brother-trio are back together! :D

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      Creator gijobarts on November 7

      Is Robyn making the music? The Myst soundtrack was awesome!

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      Creator Pavitra on November 7

      You should update the FAQ. :)

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      Creator Maarten Dijkstra on November 7

      this is just so cool. not only do we get to back a new idea for a new game, that will be as amazing as Myst was, but we get to bring the brothers back together, and that's ALL THREE brothers. whoa.

      goosebumps

      I'm in love with this project

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      Creator Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on November 7

      It might be kinda weird to see Atrus in an unrelated game.... but I'd still love to see Rand on screen again.

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      Creator ☜☆RSF☆☞ on November 7

      Good stuff! ;-)

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      Creator Christoph Burschka on November 7

      > And Rand will be joining him!

      I'm extremely, pleasantly surprised. Didn't Rand say in the recent interview that he doesn't want to do acting or voice work anymore?

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      Creator Trond ~~*Proud Wings Backer*~~ Lunde on November 7

      That is fantastic news. :-)

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      Creator Rachel Akau on November 7

      Omg! I love it! It'll be awesome to see the brothers together on screen and in-game! :) I'm super excited.

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      Creator Grover on November 7

      So, the Miller gang is back, me happy!

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      Creator Remy LEROY on November 7

      Behind Myst and Riven lies a dreadful quarrel between 2 brothers... has it something to do with the reality??

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      Creator Jared White on November 7

      W00T!!!! *jumps around shouting gibberish and waving hands maniacally*

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      Creator Randall Silver on November 7

      That is great news. I'm still wondering about the music though. If it's even half as good as the tunes in Myst or Riven, I'm gonna be very excited.

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      Creator A. Adams on November 7

      So I guess Rand's bit about not liking acting....was just an act! lol! This is great news, to have the Miller Bros back together for this project!

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      Creator smaller on November 7

      AHHHHHHH THIS IS AMAZING

      *flies into the sun*

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      Creator Stephen Staver on November 7

      THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!!! WORTHY OF ALL CAPS.

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      Creator Paul "Magic88889" Melampy on November 6

      Did anyone else get chills when reading this!!

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      Creator Dana "Mystdee" Brightman on November 6

      Awesome news! love it!! w00t!!

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      Creator Nick Roberts (the Ranting Thespian) on November 6

      OH MY GOD!!!!! ROBYN AND RYAN ARE BACK!!!!!!!

      Is Robyn going to write the music too?

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      Creator Justin Esparza on November 6

      Rand, the master of misdirection! He should win an Oscar for his “I am so uncomfortable acting” performance in today’s Google+ Hangout.

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      Creator GalvanicSpiral on November 6

      Sweet! Rand supposedly hates acting, but I think he's just being modest. ;-P

      He rocked as Atrus. I can't even imagine a trained actor in that role. Atrus is Rand, and Rand is Atrus. Can't wait to see his (and Robyn's) roles in Obduction!

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