In pictures: Inside Cyan's 'Myst Vault,' the living history of Myst and Riven

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The Myst Vault

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Despite the name, the "Myst Vault" is actually an insanely crowded closet.

RM: This is what's affectionately known as "The Vault." It's got lots of accounting stuff, but it's also the motherload of Myst crap. We try to keep something of all the years. A version or two of all the crap we've collected over the years. Collections of games, magazines, posters, tchotchkes...It just all ends up in here, because this is one of the few places where it doesn't get given away or misplaced or anything like that.

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But it's everything from the blowgun used at the beginning of Riven to... these are books that were used as part of the props that were painted like a journal... or one of the books. I don't even know which is which in this, but.

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In Riven there was...This is a geode thing that made the books actually work that you had to place on them in Riven.

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Yeah, you can see. It just goes on and on.

Myst puzzle

RM: We have a few of these Myst puzzles. We have six of them or something. I showed them to a guy a few weeks ago and he was like "Those go on eBay for about a thousand bucks apiece." I'm like "What? Are you kidding me?"

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Because what we would end up doing is the people who were marketing Myst... it started slow, but it just kept going, kept going, kept growing, kept growing. And other companies, foreign companies, would get in on it, and other platforms, and they all want marketing campaigns.

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And we'd be like "Well all you have to do is just send us one or a few of what you're marketing. So that's why...we have tons of stuff here from that.

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Ray-Bans

RM: Like here, I don't even know where these came from or why, but Ray-Ban sunglasses, but they're Riven Ray-Ban sunglasses.

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Like, okay, that's what you need. I don't know who made them or why, but it's like "Okay, we'll put it in the vault."

Water

RM: There's Riven water! Some Riven water that's collapsed and crushed. I should actually...[cracks it open].

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Nope. That is loooooong crushed.

Disc golf

RM: We played disc golf around the building during Riven, we played disc golf almost every day. A lot of people, instead of lunch we'd just go play disc golf.

PCWORLD: Do you have a course around here?

RM: We did. Well, we just made our own. It was just trees. But we played the same one, and we were... spreadsheets with everybody's scores.

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So for some point at Mysterium, they have this annual gathering Mysterium that we hosted this year, on occasion it's hosted here, but they always seem to make discs as part of Mysterium.

Miscellaneous props

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RM: At one point Katherine in Riven has to pull a lever for an elevator and this was hung up ::tchung:: so she could pull it.

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RM: The D'Ni eyes were different because they're a different culture, and Gehn, the seventy-year-old guy, was like half D'Ni, so he had to have different eyes. These are his contact lenses that we put on him to make his eyes...bigger or smaller? I can't remember. He had to wear those.

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More random props.

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They're everywhere.

Various Myst editions

Are these all original Myst boxes back here?

RM: Let's see, they're probably other platforms. "Desktop edition?" I don't even know what that means.

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"Free Myst mouse mat and Myst screensaver."

RM: Well there you go. This must have come later because this says "Over 5 million sold." It's still Red Orb but it's definitely after Riven because it has our new Riven logo on it. So yeah, there's no telling what you'll find.

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Pictured: Not Myst.

Apparel

RM: This is one of the first sweatshirts we ever made. I think we made like, four of them. That was it, which is kind of fun. Various clothings over the years.

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When Myst was so popular, we sold these for a while. But we just don't make anything selling stuff. This is the remnants of what's left. Most of the stuff is long gone away, but we were like "Let's keep a few of everything for the Vault just so we have them."

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Do you guys keep design docs too? Do you have old Myst design docs?

RM: [Laughs] There were no Myst design docs. It was basically five pieces of paper that we sent to the Japanese company... they asked us for design docs and we were like "What's that?" So my brother and I just wrote out five maps and said "This is the game." They were like, "Okay." I still remember to this day they were like, "Is this going to be better than Seventh Guest?" and we were like "Oh yeah." [Whispering] "What's...what's Seventh Guest? How good is that?"

The computer

RM: That's the computer we actually rendered large portions of Myst on. I think it's an SE30 that we hacked a...you could hack those things and put graphics cards in them. It's been here for a while obviously...This is what Robyn used. I haven't opened this thing up in a long time. [Zipper]

Wait, what is it?

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It's a...512k?

RM: What? Wow. Okay, this is older than I thought even. It's got some history, that's for sure. I wonder if I turned it on, would it ding.

For my hands-off impressions of Cyan's Obduction, feel free to check out my very early preview of the game. And, for more of my in-depth interview with Rand, Eric Anderson, and the rest of the Cyan team, click here.

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