Six More Weeks!

Greetings all

We have six weeks to go before Mysterium! Are you excited? Here’s the latest news, and our next special guest:

Registration Update

We currently have just under 200 people registered, which is amazing! This is going to be a heck of a year, and we hope everyone who wants to can come take part. However, we can only fit so many people in our event space, so we are going to cap pre-registration at roughly 225 people. We’ll still have some badges available for walk-in registration, but if we hit that number before August we’ll have to close down online sales.

If you’ve been putting off buying your badge, be sure to do so soon at our registration page. While you’re there, be sure to grab a coloring book while sales of those are still open.

Next Guest

We’re extremely excited to announce that our next guest is Marty O’Donnell.

Marty has worked on everything from Flintstones Kids commercials to the multi-award-winning Halo games series. Myst fans, however, will know him as the sound designer for Riven. Where do you think they got the name of the Ytram?

These days, Marty is co-founder and co-owner of Highwire Games in Seattle. Their first title, Golem, is an exclusive title for Playstation VR and will be released in 2019. He has also composed and produced Echoes of the First Dreamer, the musical prequel to Golem, which is currently available.

Find out more about Marty, and all of our special guests, at our guests page.

Mysterium Memories

In celebration of 20 years of Mysterium, we’re compiling stories, photos, and memories from the years we’ve spent with our wonderful community. If you haven’t already, please take a look at the Mysterium Memories page for more information. We anticipate using the memories you submit on-site at Mysterium this year in a slideshow format, so we’d love to hear from you! Submissions will be open until the convention begins.

ZED Launch

In case you missed it, ZED launched a little over two weeks ago! ZED is the story of an aging artist, lost in regret and the haze of dementia. It was made by former Myst artist, and Mysterium special guest, Chuck Carter, and was published by Cyan’s publishing arm. It’s a beautiful game, and everyone on Mysterium staff highly recommends it. You can find out more about ZED at Cyan’s site, here.

If you enjoy ZED, please consider giving it a quick review. Everything helps!

That’s all we have today. We have a few more surprises for you, so keep an eye out over the next few weeks.

Until then,

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Coloring Books

Quick update for you. Our coloring book proof came in this week, and it looks faaaabulous:

Keep in mind that this is an initial proof. We’re adjusting the positioning on most pages, including centering images on the pages and fixing the parts of the cover that are cut-off. Also note that the credit/title text is on the back of the page, so what you see in the photos is the info for the previous page.

If you’d like to pre-order extra coloring books, we extended the sale period while we were getting the proof made. You can buy them here. We’ll be ending coloring book sales without notice some time in the next week (once our edits are done), so if you want one be sure to order ASAP!

Big thank you to Kelly Coston for the huge task of laying out the book and converting many old logos and images into coloring pages. Also, a big thank you and congrats to everyone who submitted artwork that ended up in the book (and folks who submitted artwork in the past that we repurposed):

  • Adam Winsor
  • Calum Traveler
  • Samuel Sefer
  • Claire “Shoom’lah” Hummell
  • Taniith
  • Jeston Tigchon
  • Xemylixa
  • Katherine White
  • LaughingPineapple
  • Lehsa
  • Matthew Schneider
  • Kelly “Rayne” Coston
  • Jam
  • Moiety Jean Fioca
  • NetWatcher
  • Zib Redlektab
  • Mary Wienckowski
  • Michael Bower
  • Kefrith
  • Floydman
  • Eleri

We hope to have some more news for you later this week. Stay tuned!

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Next Guest, Hotel Updates, and Registration Deadline Reminders

Greetings All

Can you believe it’s almost June? In just over two months we’ll all be gathering in Spokane! With that in mind, we have a few updates and another big announcement:

Registration/Swag Deadline

Early Bird registration ends this Saturday, June 1st. After that, the registration price will go up, and we can’t guarantee you’ll get swag with your badge.

Also, if you want to order and extra coloring book or t-shirt, be sure to do so ASAP. After Saturday we’ll be closing pre-orders on those and placing our manufacturing orders.

You can register or buy shirts/books at our registration page, here.

Hotel Update

Ruby River, our convention hotel, is basically booked solid at this point. There may be one or two rooms currently available on our reservation link, but that’s it. We’re actively working with the hotel to secure a block of overflow rooms at one of their nearby properties. We’ll email all registered attendees, and post here/on social media, once we have more information.

In the meantime, some people on our Discord server have expressed an interest in sharing rooms to split the cost. You can post to the #room-and-ride-share channel there if you’re interested.

Announcing – Tim Larkin

We’re very excited to announce that our next special guest is Tim Larkin!

Tim began his relationship with Cyan as a sound designer for Riven, and later as the Audio Director and composer for URU and Myst V. He currently works as a sound designer and composer at Valve. You can find out more about Tim, and all of Mysterium’s special guests, on our new Special Guests page!

If you’ve been following our special guest announcements, you may be starting to notice a theme. Stay tuned, because we’re not quite done with these announcements yet!

Until then,
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Firmament & Mass Mysteria Update

Greetings all

We have an update about Mass Mysteria for you, but first we wanted to make sure everyone knows about Firmament!

If you haven’t already heard, Firmament is an all new game from Cyan.

Firmament is currently on Kickstarter, and it needs your help! We all have 8 more days to get the campaign to its goal. It has a ways to go, but we can do it if we push it on social media. Be sure to tell your friends, and consider upping you pledge by a few dollars if you can.

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Jack Wall – Our Next Special Guest

Greetings all!

As you can see from the title of the post, we have a very exciting special guest to announce today:

That’s right, Jack Wall will be a special guest at Mysterium this year.

Jack Wall is an ASCAP award-winning and BAFTA nominated composer best known for his rich, cinematic scores found within popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, 3, & 4, and Mass Effect 1 & 2. Most recently Wall scored the supernatural drama television series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments airing on Disney’s Freeform TV as well as the latest record-breaking entry in the blockbuster Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. He has also written additional music score for numerous other TV series including the fantasy drama series Reign on the CW and Emerald City on NBC as well as scoring the hi-octane action film Hard Target 2 available on Netflix.

However, Myst fans will know him as the composer of the beautiful soundtracks from Myst III and IV.

Between Jack and Russel we’re starting to build up quite a powerhouse of audio guests, so expect at least one panel centered around game audio. And who knows? We may get them to join in on Mysterium Showtunes!

Mysterium Memories

Mysterium has been around for a long time, and many of you have been coming for just as long. We want to showcase the people that make Mysterium great, and that means we need your pictures and stories! We want you to submit or post a photo of you at your first Mysterium convention. For bonus points, feel free to include a story about how Mysterium/the Myst community has impacted your life (or even career). We’ll collect all of these and display them in some fashion this summer. Here are the details:

  • Post with the hashtag #Mysterium20 to Twitter (tag @mysteriumcon) or to our Facebook Group
  • Include a photo of you at your first Mysterium. You can also include a photo of you today if you wish.
  • Include your preferred name, if it’s not your Facebook/Twitter handle
  • Optionally, include a short story/blurb to go with it
    • Did you meet your partner because of Mysterium? Or did it have some other major impact on your life?
  • We will collect all posts with the #Mysterium20 hashtag, and the contents may be shown later on the website or in the con-room

We look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing your stories!


Quick reminder that Registration and Hotel Reservations are currently open.

Also, remember to join the discussion on your local Mass Mysteria meetup!

Until next time,
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