[Daniel] was looking for a special gift to make for his close friend. His friend is a huge fan of the Myst franchise which made the decision easy — why not make a Myst Linking Book?
After doing some research he discovered that the book in the game footage was a Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume LIV, Issue 312 from 1877. He attempted to find one on eBay but they were pretty expensive — and in pretty rough shape. So instead he settled on a copy of Scribner’s Monthly Magazine,Volume XL, Nov 1875 to Apr 1876. Not quite identical but close enough!
His original plan was to embed a Raspberry Pi with an LCD screen to show off the Myst videos, but then discovered the cheap and easy to use video greeting card modules, which you can pick up for $10-20 from China. They typically let you store about five videos and use a magnetic reed switch to activate — almost like it was designed for this project!
From there he went to work, cutting out compartments from his newly purchased antique book. To glue the pages together he used a spray adhesive, which seemed to work pretty well on the old yellowing pages. Everything fit in nicely, and [Daniel] uploaded a bunch of Myst flyby videos to the device, as well as a birthday greeting for his friend. How’s that for a unique present/greeting card?
For more advanced Myst gifts, you’ve gotta check out some of the Myst puzzle boxes our readers have created. And we can’t forget the real Myst linking book which [Daniel] used for inspiration in this project!