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November 17, 2005

More Cozy Sea Towers


I swear I've seen these in Second Life...

Sea Towers. I guess the British couldn't get enough of 'em. And these Maunsell Towers fit the bill for my Republic of Tinselman.

(via boingboing)


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OMG they are cool. Hello, New Orleans? Elevated Jazz Clubs - (watch your step...)

Posted by: Chris G | Nov 17, 2005 2:23:41 PM

Weird coincidence. I was going to send you some months ago a picture of these very towers, scanned from a magazine article (I think it was the Sunday Times). But the images were to grainy to be worth sending, in the end.

Great to see that the towers have a web presence, though. They remind me of The Tripods (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/tripods/gallery/index.shtml).

And my, that Second Life logo reminds me of something too... ;-)

Posted by: iain | Nov 17, 2005 3:04:03 PM

I think it'd be kinda neat to have it as a second house or maybe just like a condo. They should really think about building these babies on like the French Riviera or something, people would buy...

Posted by: Mark | Nov 17, 2005 3:59:07 PM

Too Cool! Reminds me of Channelwood. Wasn't that your baby, Robyn? Or a lost scene from Riven. I read about these somewhere about a month ago and also thought about sending you a link, but I figured you'd have seen them before. they sure are intriguing. i wish the walkways still connected!

Posted by: nick | Nov 20, 2005 2:30:51 PM

Simply amazing, its obvious where you get your inspirations from. Why can't the worlds architects think more like the architects of D'ni ages?

Posted by: Ahmed | Nov 21, 2005 4:36:36 AM

And if you turn one of them 180 degrees, you'll see Bob through the spyglass, right?

Posted by: Eleri | Nov 22, 2005 10:29:15 AM

Nice - now all they need is a rail system to rotate to each other! BTW - what the hell is a a D'ni? :)

Posted by: Chuck Carter | Nov 28, 2005 4:53:17 PM

Poor Tinselman. Please post a new entry and we promise we won't all connect it (I nearly said 'link it'...oops) back to Myst/D'ni. We'll try really really hard not to!

Posted by: iain | Nov 29, 2005 9:51:59 AM

Chuck – Hi! There were, at one point, skywalk-styled structures between the towers. They've since crumbled. And D'ni is the new-fangled word for Dunny: the underground cave kindgom from which the art of writing ages was first born. This change was made at some point in the middle of Riven.

I always liked the word "Dunny" much better. It was unassuming and familiar. I still feel like there was no reason to contort it into a strange-sounding word. But I was out-voted at a red-eye meeting on the first novel (and that Myst novel was written by committee). There is no real right or wrong on these things.

We came up with the word "Dunny" before we began designing Myst, but for an entirely different story. I was using it for a book I had begun writing about a boy – he lived in a giant shack called Dunny Hut. One day, encouraged by the patriarch of this Hut, he enters a disused part of the gigantic hut; inside a particular closet is an entrance to a vast underground. The underground seems dead and abandoned at first, but he soon finds the opposite – it's thriving and alive – and massive... large enough to contain it's own atmosphere. It's an awe-inspiring world and he almost feels like he was meant for this underground kingdom (which is curiously called Dunny). He feels as if this is where he belongs – not on the surface – not below the harsh sun and stars.

And coincidentally enough, the boy has been always destined for the underground kingdom of Dunny. Born from Dunny, he is, so to speak, Dunny. He was brought as a baby to the surface of the earth during a time of great war and turmoil underground. Now that there is peace again, it is safe for him to return and reclaim his title: Crown Prince of Dunny, Heir to the Thrown. He meets his father, the King. He betrothed (please imagine his confusion). And just when he thinks he's beginning to settle down, war and turmoil returns to the underground kingdom.

We didn't have a backstory for Myst. So we conveniently swiped this one. Even the fire-marbles are from "Dunny Hut".


For those of you who don't know, Chuck Carter (who posted the above comment) is one of the two artists responsible for the imagery in Myst. His work on Myst was outstanding and largely self-directed. Please go to his website or his Myst blog.


Posted by: Robyn | Nov 29, 2005 9:53:50 AM

Closet as portal. When I was a kid we used to visit my aunt who lived in a huge farmhouse. During our exploring, my brother and I discovered that some of the closets in various rooms were connected by unlit passageways. This was incredibly exciting to a kid, something an adult might never have noticed. And that’s precisely the feeling I had playing Myst, the feeling that a new dimension might be lurking around the next corner.

Posted by: Chris G | Nov 29, 2005 11:20:14 AM

Cool. Another link for the links page.

Anyway, have you seen this:

Gunkanjima - Battleship Island

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Dec 1, 2005 8:13:41 AM

Elbow broken. Can't type. See previous post on Gunkanjima...

Posted by: Robyn | Dec 4, 2005 10:02:15 AM

That sounds painful. At least it's not May. Heal quickly.

Posted by: Chris G | Dec 5, 2005 2:10:05 PM

Ah. Well. Since you're unable to type, I'll read the archives then shall I?

But why would you break your elbow?

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Dec 5, 2005 7:23:24 PM

Scott, you make it sound like it's something someone would do deliberately...!

Posted by: iain | Dec 7, 2005 11:09:58 AM

i have epilepsy. a seizure hit me while standing backwards at the top of my basement stairs. i'm very glad to still be alive.

Posted by: Robyn | Dec 7, 2005 1:07:17 PM

Yikes. That sounds terrible. I hope you feel better.

Posted by: Mark | Dec 7, 2005 2:01:46 PM

Glad to hear you're doing better Robyn... do you still wear a pillow tied to your rump with an old silk tie?

Posted by: Chuck Carter | Dec 7, 2005 3:20:10 PM

Whoa. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Knit them bones!

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Dec 7, 2005 4:11:22 PM

Many feel better wishes coming from us here. Good thing angel wings are soft to land on, hmm?

Posted by: Eleri | Dec 8, 2005 5:31:07 PM

Hello, I was reading the archives and noticed the discussion on the name 'Dunny'. In Australia, 'dunny' is slang for toilet . . . I think I heard somewhere that this was what troubled the committee for the Myst novel. Is that right? Actually, those Australian fans of Myst who I have spoken to didn't mind the original spelling (from the Myst game credits), they actually enjoyed it. Especially with the bad ending where you go there without the white page... you know, trapped in the dunny for all eternity because you didn't bring any paper with you! Ha!

Posted by: other Mark | Aug 3, 2006 9:52:58 PM

Yo. Im new. (intros aren't my thing)
ANYWAY, I encourage you to publish Dunny Hut!

Posted by: Aaron | Apr 24, 2010 4:02:44 PM

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