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Myst Book Preview by riumplus Myst Book Preview by riumplus
Sneak preview of a project I have underway...

I'm going all-out for accuracy and quality (and I mean all-out). Case in point - this book's a copy of the same 135-year-old book Cyan used. Yes, it's 135 years old and in that condition.

You have no idea how difficult they were to find. ;P

EDIT: Project is complete! If you think just this looks amazing, check out what's inside. ;)
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TwitchEaglehart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Love the project, but I've got a bit of an issue with it....
Why the gold lines added on the cover? And why is the main panel so dark, when the original Myst book was much lighter?
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riumplus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is supposed to be a replica of the book when it was "new", not old & worn - mainly because I managed to find a copy of the book in almost-new condition. Cyan's copy is completely worn down and the cover is falling apart (they actually don't have a spine on their book, even). The gold lines are still faintly there on Cyan's book, but you would only notice them if you looked really closely in person because they've mostly worn away.

As an in-character explanation, the original descriptive books were so valuable because destroying it would destroy all linking books to that age too, it makes sense that you would place the original books in places of protection (like they were on Myst Island). If they're being so well-protected all these years, then there's no reason they would have as much wear as the books did in the games. ...Or something. ;P
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Wow... This is incredible.
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AlmightyNabeshin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow. That is dedication. how much did it run you.
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AnimeDumbass Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to get my hands on a Myst-book like this, though without the insane awesomeness within which I could never afford, sadly. ;v;'''
Did you custom order the book itself? Amazing job! QvQb
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steelbattalion1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O amazing. all I can say.
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xXShadowKatXx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I loved the game, but there's a book? Is that actually a book named Myst or did you add the name to a really old book? & really? 130yrs old? That's amazing. What I wouldn't give to own something like that ^^
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There are some books in the series (the Book of Atrus, the Book of Ti'ana & the Book of D'ni). When they were making the original Myst game, they scanned a random old book to use as a texture reference & added the word MYST to its cover with photo editing software. This is another copy of that book, in very good condition, with the word Myst embossed onto the cover. And that's not all it has.. ;)
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xXShadowKatXx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
so where do you think I could find a really awesome, & really old, book like that one? I really love old books, they have something about them that modern books don't ^^ also, do you know what the title of the original book they scanned was?

... sorry for all the questions
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skraypuhr Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
This is amazing, RUIM+!
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danyetman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
What book was used to make this? I'm quite curious.
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forcefield3d Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Im curious...
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forcefield3d Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very neat work mate! Keep us posted...

forcefield3d
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atticusmd Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
So what book is this actually made from? I need to start doing stuff like this and I need to post pictures of my study, it's very myst like (but with too much lighting)
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RoninOtter Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Something on a related note for reproducing things.... Samsung has just come out with a paper-thin, and flexible LCD display. You could actually glue it to a page and have it animate the "fly-over" of Myst Island when someone opens the cover. :D

This is looking absolutely beautiful!
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I'm aware, flexible full-colour displays have never been offered for sale to the public by any company. If you know where I can buy one send me a link, I'd LOVE to get my hands on one! (Not for this project though; I'm doing something else with these books hehe)
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draenei-friend Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In a couple of years I suspect that the flexible screens will be mass produced and available on the market if all goes well in the industry. There have been many tech demos of the screens in Japan and with many types you can roll them up easily and even "smash" them with a hammer with little to no damage done. There are a ton of videos on Youtube. I too haven't seen any for sale. With the way technology is progressing it shouldn't be much longer for you to put one in your Myst book for cheap. I'd have a nerdgasm over seeing an HD flexible screen in an old book playing the linking movies.
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Emmy-has-a-Gun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is fucking amazing. By far one of the BEST replicas of the book I have seen.
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GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Now if only I had the power to write ages...
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raeth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Where do you find a 130-year-old book with no writing on it already, so that you can add your own?
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've no idea, perhaps an old book store or online somewhere. These books were actual books with printed content :)
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raeth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
With no writing on them?
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Diranda Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful.
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MeaNara Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
:jawdrop:

All I can say.
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DeepRedEye Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
My god it looks great!
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E-Derby Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Advice: When presenting this at Mysterium... wear a raincoat. The drool factor is going to be ridiculously high. :laughing:
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you should see it when it's finished..... :D
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E-Derby Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Looking forward to it as are many others. Meanwhile enjoy the making of it :)
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mocha-san Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
As a bibliophile, MYST fan, and artisan printer by trade... I can honestly say that seeing this was orgasmic XD

If you do eventually create several or more to sell, please let me know. I spend more than is healthy on antiquarian and unique hand-made books, and this definitely takes the cake, haha.
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually have some spare "supplies" left over, for repairs in case I screw up anywhere. I may offer them for sale once I'm done.

But, uhm... these pieces are expensive, just fyi. I didn't skimp on quality but that means the price goes through the roof. c.c
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mocha-san Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Sorry it took me awhile to reply.

Depending on what the actually text in the book is, I'd be willing to pay quite a bite of money for one.
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mystriven Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any improvement or news on your project Rium+ ????
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been working on this project for years. It's nowhere near done yet. Don't expect anything sudden ;P
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mystriven Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You surely know how to make us anctious with your original projects..
Anyways, you have great talent and ideas.

I like that in you.
~Jonathan
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Alhon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Oh my goodness..... I WANT THAT SO BAD. It's SO amazing.

Very nice job!
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow, you're definitely going for accuracy! O_O And it's looking great! I lvoe old books. I almost cringe that you're altering it. but it's for a good cause :XD: What book is it?
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
This is going to be so awesome when it's done.. It's already awesome now! :glomp:
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:iconmystriven:
mystriven Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
AWESOME! Very weel done...
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I want!!! Even if it was blank inside, this would look so amazing on my desk or bookshelf :D Totally and completely amazing.
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riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a proper book inside though, not blank ;p
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet :)
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Seratonik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic job! I wanted to do this once and have the inner page use a small touchscreen with a tiny computer to play the linking book movies from all the games, and whenever you touched it the linking sound would play and a new movie would appear.
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool idea, but building a computer that small would be hard! :wow:
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LostThyme Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Do you plan on putting in some sort of picture for the linking panel?

Just curious, but what was the book before it got the Myst treatment?
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riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! There'll be something in there... The contents are a secret though. ;) I'm constantly changing what will be inside and it's not even finished yet, so I don't want to say in case my plans change.

And as I said to other people, sorry but I'd rather not say the book's identity just yet... I've spent I think seven years searching and obtaining every copy of the book that I could find, hunting more places than you'd think. I'd like to keep it secret until I'm done so I don't end up fighting other fans. ;P
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LostThyme Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that makes sense. I know I would be tempted to go searching for it myself if you told me. :)
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jvrichardson Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
K.. I need that. So... let me know where I can buy this.
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This was hand-made, not bought ;P I doubt I'll ever put it up for sale, but if I did the price would have to be pretty high (higher than most people would be likely to pay).
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jvrichardson Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
If the pages inside were as aged and authentic looking as the cover is, and contained say... The books of Ti'Ana, Atrus, and D'ni, I can think of two people who would be willing to pay quite a bit.
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