Thoughts on the End

I finished Myst 5: End of Ages with my brothers a couple days ago. Very good!

Cyan Worlds did an amazing job with the final chapter of a series that most fans would prefer didn’t end. We hadn’t played Uru, so I think some bits of story went over our heads, but we ended up getting what we needed.

When all was said and done, I was asked if my current favorite Myst game Riven had been replaced. I answered, “Riven and End of Ages are two very different games. I think they tie.”


Update on Myst 5

Just for fun, I thought I’d give a quick spoiler-free update. We are 3/4 done with the main task, I think. Although, there could be a wrench in the works. I don’t know!

It’s Finally Here!

Myst 5Myst 5 arrived in the mail yesterday! The limited edition has not disappointed yet, although it almost did. No box, but we opened the little shipping envelope to find one DVD case, one limited edition artwork thingy, and one official walkthrough and hint guide. Well, I thought, “Where are the making of DVD and the soundtrack?” Turns out, the DVD case holds three discs, and all of them were there!

So we started playing End of Ages yesterday. We’re almost done with the first Age (which has barely any puzzles in it). Even though we have not encountered any real puzzles yet, I feel that Myst 5 is more Myst than the previous two installments. We’ll see how that perception holds up.

Already, though, I’m loving this new real-time interface. Because of the move, they are enabled to have all sorts of stuff moving around in the background and foreground. Very cool to be standing in a cave and have earthquakes occur randomly, bats flying around, and strange creatures running away as you approach. Very cool!

Server Trouble and Other Stories

Sigh. I was all ready for my test on Friday, but today the center called and notified me that they are having some computer trouble. So I have been moved to March 4th instead. More time to study, I guess. Unfortunately, this is one test for which I don’t really need more study time.

I had an excited-yet-disappointing moment this afternoon. Last week, my brothers and I bought the Myst 5: End of Ages Special Limited Edition off of eBay. I saw the mail truck pull up and hang a Myst 5 shaped package on the mailbox, so I excitedly ran outside in the cold to grab it. Turns out it was just a similarly shaped box containing Greek books for school work. Oh well, maybe tomorrow!

It’s scary! I’ve been frequently heading to the dulcimer to play Liberty and Ash Grove, and lately I’ve been having problems hitting the right notes. Probably time to tune it again. Bother, seems like I just did that. I’m also messing with finding the right notes for Rich Mullins’ song Creed.

While I’m typing, I might as well say that I attempted to juggle five balls again. No good. I now start with five, toss one too far, and end up juggling four quite nicely.

So overall, an up and down sort of day, but not without its fun times.