Myst IV Panel Questions
- Eric Anderson is a Cyan veteran, involved with Uru, Myst, and Obduction
- Blake Bjerke rejoined Cyan last year and is continuing work on both Myst 2020 and Firmament
- Abner Coimbre previously worked at the Kennedy Space Center and now helps to streamline work for the team at Cyan
- Brandon Collins started in QA at Cyan and moved to development for Obduction, Myst 2020, and Firmament
- Mark “Chogon” DeForest started with Cyan way back in 1995 and has since been involved in almost every Cyan project
- Patrick “Doobes” Dulebohn has been creating content for Uru since 2007 and helps others learn how to create their own ages
- Hannah Gamiel has been involved in business development, production, and programming, and is currently the Development Director at Cyan
- Eleri Hamilton is a leader at Inkworks Productions and continues to work on the Unwritten role-playing game
- Veronica Hamilton is the primary developer for Unwritten and runs the game monthly on Twitch
- Mike Hines helped create the engine used for realMyst and Uru and is now an Art Lead at Oculus
- John “Marten” Johns originally joined Uru Obsession in 2003 and now volunteers for the OpenUru project
- Adam “Hoikas” Johnson is a core developer for the open source Uru client
- Karl Johnson has been with Cyan since Uru as a tester, producer, and engineer
- Keith “Tweek” Lord has been tweaking Uru since 2004. He also loves waffles.
- Autumn Palfenier is an animator with Cyan who has been involved in a wide range of projects from indie to AAA
- Darryl “dpogue/Paradox” Pogue is focused on porting Uru to both MacOS and Linux
- Katie “Kha’tie” Postma is a fixture in the Myst community, formerly with Cyan and now Social Media Manager for the Myst Documentary.
- Paul “rarified” Richards is a coordinator for fan content and code changes in Myst Online
- Derrick Robinson has been in Cyan’s art department for more than a decade and is currently Art Director
- Bill Slease served multiple roles with Cyan ranging from art to game design to content direction
- Josh Van Veldhuizen has been with Cyan since 2008 and is currently QA Manager
–The Mysterium Committee
We hope everyone had a wonderful start to the new year. To kick off 2020, we have a few brief updates to share.
Event submissions are now open! As always, Mysterium is a success thanks to the wonderful events and presentations from our attendees. To keep things interesting, we like to offer a variety of group activities, fan presentations, panels, open mic time, and more.
This year, we will again offer time for “Microtalks.” If you have something you’d like to present, but don’t want to make a full 30-60 presentation, try a microtalk. We want to provide everyone with accessible opportunities to share their ideas or work, so we hope this will be a useful option for attendees. Visit the event submissions page for more details.
Event submissions are due no later than Sunday, May 31st, 2020.
T-Shirt Design Submissions
As a reminder, T-shirt design submissions are currently open and will be accepted until Sunday, February 16th, 2020. We encourage you to include elements of this year’s theme (Sirrus vs Achenar/Red vs Blue/Haven and Spire) or host city in your design. The creator of the selected design will receive a free Mysterium 2020 T-shirt. For full details, please visit the T-Shirt Design Submissions page.
As a general reminder, we are also accepting submissions for enamel pin designs, activity book pages, and our Writing & Art Table. Check the Mysterium 2020 Submissions Overview page for full details and deadlines for all of these.
We recognize that attendees may already be pricing out travel options. To assist with your planning, we recommend that attendees flying to Washington, D.C choose Reagan National Airport (DCA) as their destination, if possible, for better public transportation connections. Additional location details will be available soon.
That’s all from us for now. We’ll have more news for everyone soon!
– Mysterium 2020 Triumvirate: Capella, Drew, and Dan
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.
This is the first update for our little Global Mysterium experiment, or “Mass Mysteria” as we’ve come to call it.
Spreading The Word
We’ve had a number of responses from possible local hosts, and over 100 sign ups on the mailing list, which is great! We’d love to reach more people though, so please help us by inviting other Myst fans to check out the original announcement post (here), and to join the mailing list.
Picking A Date
The next step is to pick a date for the event so that people have time to plan for it. We’ve decided to find a date on a May weekend in the hopes of avoiding months with major weather events. We also want to avoid any major holidays, so we’re asking you to help us out by filling out this form with possible dates. We’ll select one of those as the main date, as well as an alternate in the event that any one location has to cancel due to weather.
As far has host cities, here’s the list of possible locations that volunteers have submitted:
- Boston, MA
- Providence, RI
- Bangor or Portland, ME
- Buffalo or Rochester, NY
- Baltimore, MD
- Tampa, FL
- Boulder or Denver, CO
- Seattle, WA
- Portland, OR
- Chattanooga, TN
- Cleveland, OH
- Columbus, OH
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Berlin, Germany
- Saarbrücken, Germany
- Lille, France
- London, UK
- Cardiff, UK
- Melbourne, Australia
- Nijmegen, Netherlands
Many thanks to the fans who have already offered to help host in their city. There’s still plenty of time, though! If you don’t see a city near you, consider becoming a host! At its simplest, all you need to commit to is proposing a public place for locals to meetup, and being available should anyone have trouble finding the group. If you would like to add yourself to the host list, you can do that here.
Activities & Comments
Finally, we’re hoping to put together some fun activities that groups can do during the event. This could be a photo-scavenger hunt, a puzzle packet, or anything else that requires minimal setup/resources. If you have any ideas for activities, or anything else, please drop us a line! You can reach us through social media, through our website, or by joining our Discord server.
Until next time,
Mysterium 2019 Chair