Mysterium 2018 Wrap Up

Hi everyone!

Well, this week brings to a close an incredible 19 years of Mysterium. It thrills me to know that after all of that time, people are still excited enough to turn out – nearly 80 of you this year, including an exceptional number of new faces! We want to cover a few points while we still have your attention:

Feedback and Wrap Up

While we welcome feedback any time, we’ve compiled a few questions that we hope you’ll be willing to answer for us, attendee or not. These surveys help to inform our choices for future years. The majority are multiple-choice, so we hope it’ll be pretty quick to get through. You can find the survey at: https://goo.gl/forms/wHwM2yOGKucXsicJ3.

Around the end of the month we’ll publish a round-up of the photo album links and Mysterium Showtunes song lyrics that we’ve received. So if you’d like your photos or songs to be included, please head over to the contact form and let us know where we can find them! By that time we also hope to have the recordings of the weekend edited and uploaded into a playlist on YouTube.

Please remember to set any photo albums to be publicly viewable, especially for albums on Facebook!

Thank Yous

It takes many hundreds of volunteer-hours to bring everything you saw over the weekend to fruition. Thank you for those bold (or crazy?) enough to volunteer to bring Mysterium to a brand new city with me this year: Capella, Drew, M13, Rayne, Strix, and Taniith. Thank you to Teagen for volunteering early on to lend us local expertise and on-site cat-herding. Thank you to the Mysterium spouses and parents who, despite indifference to Myst, participated in our merriment with good attitudes.

Thank you to our presenters: Rob Santos, Hollister of the Starry Expanse team, and Philip Shane of the Myst Documentary, all of whom bring much more variety to the Mysterium experience than any of us can muster alone.

Thank you to our contest prize donors: K’laamas, Kefrith, Lex, Parker, Rayne, and Robert!

Thank you to Memiki for another year of delicious cookies.

Thank you to Cyan, and especially Ryan Warzecha, for tolerating our crazy and persistent requests with grace. And, thank you to the outstanding hotel staff this year; they were extremely proactive and flexible as small changes were needed throughout the weekend.

Mysterium 2019

As confirmed by Cyan on Sunday, we will be holding Mysterium’s 20th anniversary gathering in Spokane, WA on the weekend of August 2-4th, 2019! We expect that Mysterium will pay a visit to Cyan again this year, although we do not yet have a firm plan in place with them. If any Spokane local is available to, at the least, help scout hotels as we get close to making final decisions, please get it touch with us. We’re also hoping to introduce a few more pleasant surprises again in 2019, as well as revisiting events you enjoyed this year.

Taniith will be the con chair for 2019. Stay tuned here and on social media for more information.

Don’t forget to join the Mysterium Discord server to stay in touch with other attendees and the committee!

Until next time,
-Odo
Mysterium 2018 Co-Chair

(Praise Gehn!)

“Official” Word Regarding Mysterium 2011

There has been some confusion about Mysterium 2011, so to make it official, here’s the official word: while it is true that the Mysterium Committee originally decided not to directly organize an event this year, a group of fans formed the Mysterium’nee Committee to organize this year’s Mysterium in Boston, Massachusetts. That event is now the official Mysterium for 2011. We fully support their efforts (some of us are even helping to organize it), we wish them well and we encourage you to go!

– Odo

Mysterium 2011 Location Bidding

As promised last weekend, we’d like to announce the commencement of the (brief) 2011 location bidding process. From the short 2011 Location panel in Minneapolis this year, we left with the impression that there was support for Mysterium in cities that we hadn’t considered during our internal discussions. It has also become apparent to us that having a local expert on the city that we’re planning Mysterium in is a vital part of making informed decisions regarding neighborhoods, the quality of hotels, and availability of things such as local attractions and food options.

For these reasons, we’ve decided to delay the decision regarding the location of Mysterium 2011 by a few weeks to accomplish both of these.

If you think your North American EST city is right for Mysterium 2011, tell us why. Submit a bid by August 31st and help us bring Mysterium 2011 to your city!