History VideoGame / Riven

19th Apr '16 10:53:15 AM Taxi-Pizzatime
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* AlienGeometries: The Star Fissure. Gehn mentions in one of his journals that he doesn't understand how a cleft in a rock leads to a field of stars. [[spoiler: When the player enters the Fissure in the finale of the game (or for one of the bad endings) it is revealed from the other side as a crack in a swirling black cloud, floating in the middle of a starry expanse.]]
** On piece of evidence that Gehn wrote a link to an unstable age is a continuity error on Survey Island. The golden elevator installed here travels a considerable distance up/down, but on each floor, you are always about 10 - meters above sea level. This anomaly alone may be a large portion of the instability on Riven. (Then again, water levels aren't necessarily ''level'' on Riven...)

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The Star Fissure. Gehn mentions in one of his journals that he doesn't understand how a cleft in a rock leads to a field of stars. [[spoiler: When the player enters the Fissure in the finale of the game (or for one of the bad endings) it is revealed from the other side as a crack in a swirling black cloud, floating in the middle of a starry expanse.]]
** On piece of evidence that Gehn wrote a link to an unstable age is a continuity error on Survey Island. The golden elevator installed here travels a considerable distance up/down, but on each floor, you are always about 10 - meters above sea level. This anomaly alone may be a large portion of the instability on Riven. (Then again, water levels aren't necessarily ''level'' on Riven...(Maybe the heat-hating bacteria in the waters of Riven have something to do with this.)
18th Feb '16 8:00:19 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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At the beginning of the game, you meet Atrus again who sends you to the age of Riven with the goal to capture Gehn in a book that was specifically designed for this task, and to rescue Catherine. Atrus opens the descriptive book to Riven and it soon becomes apparent that Riven is unlike the previous ages you have visited; the gateway image is badly distorted and you can learn immediately from Atrus's journal that Atrus is stuck trying to write in corrections to the Riven to delay an armagedon within the world due to Gehn's abysmal writing skills.

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At the beginning of the game, you meet Atrus again who sends you to the age of Riven with the goal to capture Gehn in a book that was specifically designed for this task, and to rescue Catherine. Atrus opens the descriptive book to Riven and it soon becomes apparent that Riven is unlike the previous ages you have visited; the visited. The gateway image is badly distorted and you can learn immediately from Atrus's journal that it turns out Atrus is stuck trying to write writing in corrections to the Riven Riven's book to delay an armagedon within the world Armageddon due to Gehn's abysmal writing skills.
18th Feb '16 10:45:49 AM Taxi-Pizzatime
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The instant you link to Riven, you trigger a trap and become stuck in a booth behind bars, and lose your trap book after a nearby guard demands it. The guard in turn ends up being hit by a tranquilizer dart and falls asleep, and a rebel scout takes the trap book and runs off. Now, stuck in Riven without your trap book, you must regain the trap book and find a way to lead Gehn into it. With Gehn safely in the prison (and Cathrine free), you must then signal Atrus who will come with a linking book to bring him and Cathrine back home.

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The instant you link to Riven, you trigger a trap and become stuck in a booth behind bars, and lose your trap book after a nearby guard demands it. The guard in turn ends up being hit by a tranquilizer dart and falls asleep, and a rebel scout takes the trap book and runs off. Now, stuck in Riven without your trap book, you must regain the trap book and find a way to lead Gehn into it. With Gehn safely in the prison (and Cathrine free), you must then signal Atrus who will come with a linking book to bring him and Cathrine everyone back home.
18th Feb '16 10:42:49 AM Taxi-Pizzatime
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At the beginning of the game, you meet Atrus again who sends you to the age of Riven with the goal to capture Gehn in a book that was specifically designed for this task, and to rescue Catherine.

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At the beginning of the game, you meet Atrus again who sends you to the age of Riven with the goal to capture Gehn in a book that was specifically designed for this task, and to rescue Catherine. \n Atrus opens the descriptive book to Riven and it soon becomes apparent that Riven is unlike the previous ages you have visited; the gateway image is badly distorted and you can learn immediately from Atrus's journal that Atrus is stuck trying to write in corrections to the Riven to delay an armagedon within the world due to Gehn's abysmal writing skills.

The instant you link to Riven, you trigger a trap and become stuck in a booth behind bars, and lose your trap book after a nearby guard demands it. The guard in turn ends up being hit by a tranquilizer dart and falls asleep, and a rebel scout takes the trap book and runs off. Now, stuck in Riven without your trap book, you must regain the trap book and find a way to lead Gehn into it. With Gehn safely in the prison (and Cathrine free), you must then signal Atrus who will come with a linking book to bring him and Cathrine back home.
21st Jan '16 5:07:29 PM nombretomado
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: A given, considering the original came on multiple [=CDs=], which the player had to swap mid-game whenever travelling to a different island. Or, in one case, the other half of the same island. This is obviously averted in the DVD-ROM, {{Steam}} and [[{{Website/GOGDotCom}} GoG.com]] releases. Another trick is to copy the contents of the 5 CD's into the Riven installation directory (if your version is this edition), and alter the configuration file to tell the game to read the files there.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: A given, considering the original came on multiple [=CDs=], which the player had to swap mid-game whenever travelling to a different island. Or, in one case, the other half of the same island. This is obviously averted in the DVD-ROM, {{Steam}} UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} and [[{{Website/GOGDotCom}} GoG.com]] releases. Another trick is to copy the contents of the 5 CD's into the Riven installation directory (if your version is this edition), and alter the configuration file to tell the game to read the files there.
15th Nov '15 7:55:46 AM Virodhi
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* BilingualBonus: In a [[ConLang fictional language]] no less. When the player first arrives in Riven, they're confronted by a native guard who issues a command in an unknown language: "Tahgemah b'soo rekoah." He's expecting Atrus, so he's trying to communicate in broken D'ni. What he's ''trying'' to say is "Tahgemah b'zoo ah rekor." - "Give me the [linking] book."

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* BilingualBonus: In a [[ConLang fictional language]] no less. When the player first arrives in Riven, they're confronted by a native guard who issues a command addresses them in an unknown language: "Tahgemah b'soo rekoah." He's expecting Atrus, so he's trying to communicate in broken D'ni. What he's ''trying'' to say is "Tahgemah b'zoo ah rekor." - "Give me the [linking] book."
15th Nov '15 7:50:02 AM Virodhi
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* BilingualBonus: In a [[ConLang fictional language]] no less. When the player first arrives in Riven, they're confronted by a native guard who issues a command in an unknown language: "Tahgemah b'soo rekoah." He's expecting Atrus, so he's trying to communicate in broken D'ni. What he's ''trying'' to say is "Tahgemah b'zoo ah rekor." - "Give me the [linking] book."
6th Oct '15 9:10:18 AM demonfiren
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* ItsAWonderfulFailure / MultipleEndings: Many. Some involve {{NonStandardGameOver}}s.

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* ItsAWonderfulFailure / MultipleEndings: Many. Some involve {{NonStandardGameOver}}s.{{Nonstandard Game Over}}s.



** Refusing to use the prison book when offered by Gehn three times: [[spoiler: Gehn shoots the player out of distrust/frustration from wasting his time for doing research.]]

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** Refusing to use the prison book when offered by Gehn three times: [[spoiler: Gehn [[spoiler:Gehn shoots the player out of distrust/frustration from wasting his time for doing research.]]
16th Sep '15 8:26:53 PM Sark0TAG
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* NothingIsScarier: Searching through Gehn's study, mainly if you're a first time player expecting Gehn to walk in on you at any second.

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* NothingIsScarier: Searching through Gehn's study, mainly if you're a first time player expecting Gehn to walk in on you at any second. Bonus points that both his laboratory on Crater Island and his office on 233 have a very unique type of ambient wind sound effect in the background.
5th Aug '15 8:12:04 AM Taxipizza
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* DeathGlare: Gehn does this when he becomes annoyed or outraged by you. Make some specific choices in the game and he [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/screenshot_2015_08_05_07_58_232.png stares you down]] and will promptly [[spoiler:shoot you with his musket]], leading to a [[MultipleEndings bad ending]]. Gehn does not tolerate being pranked away from his geology on age 233

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* DeathGlare: Gehn does this when he becomes annoyed or outraged by you. Make some specific choices in the game and he [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/screenshot_2015_08_05_07_58_232.png stares you down]] and will promptly [[spoiler:shoot you with his musket]], leading to a [[MultipleEndings bad ending]]. Gehn does not tolerate being pranked away from his geology on age 233 233.
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