Join The Facebook Obduction Modeling Challenge!

As many of our Facebook Fans already know, we recently supported the Obduction Kickstarter campaign to help fund a major new video adventure game from Cyan, makers of the iconic hit game MYST, which was originally created using Strata 3D Software.

As part of that effort, 25 backers of the "Become a Strata 3D Artist" tier (which required an investment of $1100) each received a special Myst Edition copy of Design 3D CX and a unique opportunity to actually design a 3D model to be used in the game. The tier sold out in days!

We realized early on that $1100 is not a "struggling artist" kind of investment, so behind the scenes we locked in one final commitment from Cyan - to include at least one additional model in the game from our Obduction Facebook Modeling Challenge that starts today!

This gives all of our existing Design 3D SE and CX users a chance to showcase their talent and create something that may be chosen for inclusion into the Obduction adventure game (along with the model creator's name in the game credits)!

The winning entry will be selected by Cyan and will receive automatic inclusion in the final game. Cyan may choose to use additional entries. The top 5 entries will also receive copies of the Obduction adventure game when it's released in 2015, as well as an Obduction T-Shirt at the end of the contest to help remind you of your excellent work while you're waiting for your game to be developed and delivered.

Good luck to all and may the best model win! The contest begins April 3, 2014 and will end May 30, 2014.

To Enter - Just Post a Rendered Image(s) of Your Model to our Facebook Event Page. You are allowed 2 entries. If you choose to enter more, you must exclude a previous entry. Facebook Event Page


Your model must be created with Design 3D CX, CXi, or SE. You will need to provide the source file if you win. If you enter the contest, you understand that your model will be used in the Obduction Video Game. You will be given credit for the model in the game credits, but Cyan will determine on their own how your model is used and where it is displayed in the game.

Obduction - The Story and What You Will Be Creating

Obduction's experience supplies what every good storyteller does: a very personal window into a much larger world. Obduction begins with... well, an abduction - your abduction. On a crystal clear, moon-lit night, a curious, organic artifact drops from the sky and inexplicably whisks you away across the universes to who-knows-where (or when, or why). And, as anyone who ever played Myst or Riven knows, exploring everything around you allows you to read between the lines and to begin to answer your questions. Why is there an old, abandoned farmhouse - complete with white picket fence - in the middle of an alien landscape? You'll find out. From this point on the story becomes your story.

What Kind of Design 3D Model Do I Create?

Your task for the modeling challenge is to create something small (or a piece of something larger) that accompanied someone who might have been abducted, or in other words, collateral abduction items.The possibilities are endless and the subject matter leaves the door open for Design 3D users of all levels to have a chance at winning the challenge.

About Obduction


Obduction resurrects that incredible feeling of suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a new world to explore, discover, solve, and become part of. The Obduction project will take what Cyan knows about creating deeply immersive worlds and apply it to an entirely new game with fantastic scenery, incredible architecture, compelling story, and exceptional challenges.

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