What To Know When You Get There

Greetings all!

With only a week to go until Mysterium 2018, we wanted to give you some last minute news, as well as a roundup of what to expect when you get to St. Louis.

Reminders

If you are interested in attending the City Museum group excursion on Friday evening, please remember to register in advance. We will stop selling those tickets on Tuesday.

Also, don’t forget to submit your ideas for the Mysterium unconference. If you’ve ever had a Myst/Obduction/fandom topic you wanted to have a mini-discussion on with other people, now is the time to submit it!

Communication

Earlier this year we launched our official Mysterium Discord server. We have created a special channel for on-site communications (#mysterium-2018). We will post and pin any announcements there, and we encourage you to coordinate food and exploration with other attendees there too! This may be especially useful for anyone who arrives early or is staying in town after Sunday.

If you need to get the attention of Mysterium staff in a hurry, you can mention the “@Grand Master” group to notify us.

Policies & Reporting Problems

Please remember to review our policies and code of conduct before arriving at the convention. Copies will also be available at the registration desk. Remember that we have a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind.

If you witness any problems or feel you have been a victim of harassment, please find a Mysterium staff member and let us know. You can also private message one of us on Discord (Taniith, Odo, Capella, or m13), or use this page to submit a report: https://mysterium.net/harassment/.

Getting to the Hotel

Check out our Location page for info on how to get to the hotel. It includes directions from the airport, train/bus depots, and the highway. It also includes information on how to receive our negotiated rate for parking at the hotel.

We strongly encourage you to use public transit when possible, rather than renting a car. Our hotel is easily accessible via public transit, and details are available on the location page.

Once You Arrive

The convention will be in the Broadway Room at the hotel, starting on Friday morning:

  • From the lobby, walk past the front desk, pass through the grey double-doors, and follow that hallway to the back of the hotel.
  • From the parking garage, use the entrance closest to the parking structure, facing the convention center buildings.
  • From the hotel elevators, turn right and use the grey double-doors.

Our registration table will be located just inside of the doors to the Broadway Room, starting at 9:30 on Friday morning.

Breakfast is available in the restaurant off the lobby, near the revolving doors. There is no charge for the buffet if you are staying in our room-block at the hotel. As we are a large group, the hotel has informed us that we are free to use the high-top seating near the bar if necessary.

What to Wear

St. Louis is hot and sunny in the summer, so dress accordingly and remember to stay hydrated. There is also the chance of rain or intermittent thunderstorms, so you may want to pack an umbrella or rain coat. Your doctor would probably remind you to wear sunscreen when you go outside, too.

On the flip side, hotels tend to be cooler. So pack a sweater if you get cold easily!

What to Do!

You can find our schedule of activities on our schedule page. Unless otherwise noted, all activities will be located in the Broadway Room.

We have also put together a map of nearby food and attractions that may interest you. You can find it on the Location page. There are many food options within walking distance, along with a grocery store. While the hotel allows food delivery to the lobby, we remind you that food is not allowed inside the convention room.

Swag!

If you follow us on social media, you may have seen us teasing our con-swag over the past few days. Every attendee will receive a full set of these 3 pins, exclusive to Mysterium 2018. We will also have extras on sale for $2.50 each.

Before anyone asks, unfortunately we cannot sell these online and ship them to people. They will only be available on-site at the convention. If you can’t make it this year, ask a friend at the con to buy you some!

That’s all for today. We hope this post is helpful as you plan your trip. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

We look forward to seeing all of you next week!

-Mysterium 2018 PR Team

March Reminders

Hi all!

This is just a quick reminder that events submissions are currently open. If you have an idea for a fun presentation, a group activity, or anything else, please submit it! You don’t necessarily have to run it, either. We’re always interested to hear new ideas of all kinds.

Also, a reminder that registration and hotel reservations are now open. You can find that information here.

Finally, a reminder that we recently launched a Mysterium Discord server. This is a great place to find someone to share a hotel room, to discuss and flesh out an event idea you might have, or just to nerd out with other Myst and Cyan fans. We hope you’ll join the fun!

-Taniith

Mysterium Discord

Shorah All!

I am excited to announce a couple of things that we’ve been planning for a while now. The first is an official Mysterium Discord server!

If you are unfamiliar with Discord, it is a powerful free chat system that has been gaining popularity in the past few years. Think of it like IRC or Slack, with a combination of private messages and semi-public chat rooms. Discord has very nice clients for mobile, desktop, and browser use, so there’s an option for just about everyone.

Why are we starting a Discord? Several reasons. First, to give us a more central location for things like room-and-ride share posts and public Mysterium planning discussions. Second, to help fill the gap left by CyanChat. Back in the day, CyanChat was often used by on-site attendees to talk to those who couldn’t make it, and to help people stay in touch between conventions.

More generally, given how fractured the Myst/Cyan community has become, and how many people use Discord these days, we felt it could be worthwhile to provide a new space for realtime discussion by the fandom. Who knows? We may even convince past and present Cyan members to join in the chat!

If you are interested in joining the Mysterium Discord server, please follow this link: https://discord.gg/xXvSA7E

Secondly, I wanted to point out some changes to folks who may not have directly visited our site recently. Earlier this year we switched web hosts and took the opportunity to start renovating the site. You should find the new site much quicker to load, and *much* more mobile friendly. Also, we hope you enjoy the new header artwork by the wonderful Kelly Coston!

Expect more changes as we get closer to this year’s Mysterium. We hope to update the site to be a quick and intuitive place to get all the info you need about Mysterium.

That’s all I have for now. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. And I hope to see you in Discord!

-Taniith
Falling Man Group President/Mysterium Helper Bah’ro

Art Submission Reminders

Greetings All

First, a quick update on the hotel and registration: We’re still working on nailing everything down, but we expect to have everything done and ready for registration to open by the end of this month. Stay tuned here and on social media for that announcement.

This post is mainly to remind you of the deadlines for our two art contests. Due to a lack of entries, we have decided to push back the Room Art Contest deadline to match the Logo Contest deadline, which is February 23rd!

As always, we can’t make Mysterium work without you, the fans. So if you have a cool idea for a logo, please submit it. Who knows, it could end up on this year’s shirts!

Until next time,

Mysterium 2018 PR Team

One Week Until Mysterium 2017

Shorah all!

It’s one week until the start of Mysterium 2017! Are you excited? Are you full of last-minute questions? Don’t worry, the committee is here to help.

We’re once again offering a mobile version of our schedule through Guidebook. If the schedule changes, we will update the Guidebook throughout the weekend. It also contains maps and info about the area, including attractions and food options. You can download it to your Android or Apple device by scanning the QR codes above. If you don’t have a compatible device, you can also access the guide from any web browser through this link.

Parking

We recently sent an email out to everyone who told us they’d be bringing a car to Mysterium. It had information about how free parking will work for both attendees staying at the hotel and those driving in each day. If you’re planning to bring a car to the hotel, and you haven’t received that email, please email the committee so that we can get that information to you.

What To Expect On Site

We’ll be in the Panther, Dolphin and Pelican sections of the main ballroom. Registration will begin around 9:30am on Friday, August 4, and the convention will officially kick off at 10:30. Remember, the full schedule is accessible at our website, or at the Guidebook links above.

A note: Please don’t try to come into the convention room before a committee member stands outside and starts officially welcoming people in. We need to unlock the room and set up a lot of furniture and equipment, and it’s much easier to do that when we’re not dodging people ;). Feel free to socialize in the lobby area outside the ballroom as we finish getting ready.

Speaking of socializing, there are many attendees who will be arriving on Thursday the 3rd so that they can get a good night’s sleep at the hotel before the con starts. In the past, people have hung out in the lobby, played games, or held an unofficial pool party to get to know each other. Likewise, a lot of people stick around through Sunday night for some extra fun. On top of that, the schedule for Friday night includes a block of time for board games and the like. So if you’ve got some small board or card games or fun activities, feel free to bring those along! There’s even talk of an unofficial knitting circle.

Capella
Mysterium 2017 Co-Chair