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From Myst to Riven: the Creations and Inspirations Hardcover – 1 Nov 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078686365X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786863655
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 1.6 x 36.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,054,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Although a bit doubtful of whether or not to buy this book because of the price, I decided that I really wished to have more infomation on how the people at Cyan managed to put together such remarkable games. I was not disappointed. This book centres mainly on Riven, though does have some nice information on Myst at the beginning. It tells you everything they did from start to finish to complete the game; from prelimanary design sketches to finished images, from the different textures, colours, and lighting effects they used, the way they did the animations and video clips of actual people to how they overcame major problems like the rendering speed of their computers. All in all this book is very interesting, beautiful, and very LARGE as well. I can't find a single shelf in my house that it will fit on. Even though it was expensive I believe that it was well worth the price (oh - and apparantly you can get five different images on the front cover, though as you will probably use mail order, it will just be luck which one you get!) Go on....it is worth it, I promise you!
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This is an excellent book for anybody interested in Riven and how it was made, this book isn't just for fans but anybody who has an interest in games and how they are created.
At $61 Canadian Dollars it is expensive by any stretch and to be honest, as good as it is I wouldn't pay that much for it - look around for a good second hand copy.
The book comes with a choice of 5 different images on the front cover (all screenshots from the Riven game) so it is often pot-luck as to which one you can get hold of but the content is the same.
It is a fascinating insight into Myst, the sequel Riven, all the work and people involved, the complexities involved in creating the game and just how much time and effort was expended in making it all work.
Is it any wonder that Cyan would not make a 'Real Time' version when asked by fans, given that it took 4 years instead of 2 to make it as it is?

What I enjoyed about this book was not only the whole story behind the legend that is Riven but also how it helped me in using programs like Bryce and Vue - the descriptive detail on how Cyan created the images within the game gave me a lot of pointers (and in fact showed me where I was going wrong) when using 3D landscape software.

All in all a fascinating read with lots of beautiful colour images from the game, concept art and interesting anecdotes. The book itself is large (very large in fact) so you will need a tall shelf to put it on but it is beautifully finished and will make a good conversation piece so I suggest you leave it lying around on a coffee table - it will always spark an interesting conversation with visitors.

An excellent book if a little expensive - look out for a good second hand copy.
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By A Customer on 9 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great book to own. I read it again and again. There are many pictures in this book that will knock your socks off. This book gives all the details, thoughts, and Ideas in making Myst and Riven. It's got so many pages that I always think I'm at the end, but I'm nowhere close! I love it! You would too.
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By A Customer on 18 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I put off buying this book for a very long time because I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the money to buy a very expensive summary of something that I could find just as easily by going online and looking at a few websites.
I finally gave in and bought it one day through amazon, and I'm very glad that I did. The full page pics from riven are amazing, and there are a few new bits of info scattered around here and there that even a hard-core fan might be pressed to have known.
The centerpieces of the book include a two page spread of the map of D'ni found in "The book of Tiana," and many of the full page spreads (my favorite is the blown up image of the prison island).
Buy this if you are a hard-core fan. You'll really appreciate the details that have been included in this.
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