Mysterium 2009 Logo Contest and Presentation Submissions

Hello community members! We have two new deadlines and one new contest to introduce to you today.

LOGO CONTEST:
Once again it’s time for the Annual Logo Contest! There have been some changes from past years, so please make sure you read the submission guidelines carefully. We’re excited to see what this year’s submissions hold!

The Mysterium 2009 Logo Contest Submission Deadline is March 31st. Detailed guidelines are available at http://www.mysterium.net/mysterium-2009/logo-contest-2009/

PRESENTATIONS:
Presentations have been a staple of past Mysteria, and this year is no different. We are offering several different formats to encourage a greater range of fan-led activities. Presentation requests should be made by May 31 via the form at http://www.mysterium.net/mysterium-2009/presentations-2009/.

In the coming weeks we’ll talk more about transportation and hotel offerings, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements!

Announcing Mysterium 2009 Q&A Session and Calls for Submission

Hello members of the Myst fan community! The Mysterium Committee has a few announcements to make today.

First, we’d like to announce that a special Q&A session with members of Mysterium Committee, to be held on January 17th at 5pm Pacific Time (8PM Eastern Time, 11PM GMT). The Q&A session will be held in the stoneship.org IRC server and CyanChat relay, which can be accessed at http://rel.to/IRC/cyanchat.php

Next we’d like to talk about calls for submissions.

COSPLAY:
We’d like to encourage people to make and wear costumes based on D’ni characters, either a recreation of something seen in the games, or a personal interpretation of Myst-themed wear. Prizes will be had!

COOKBOOK:
Look for an announcement within the next two weeks as we begin to put together the first ever D’niverse Cookbook with your favorite recipes!

We’ve started planning some of the events that will happen at this year’s Mysterium. Currently in the works is “What Would Atrus Build” 2; Marker Missions; Trivia; The Wolfie Memorial Water-coaster-park Extravaganza. Details on these events and more will come out as we approach the convention, so stay tuned for more event-related announcements.

I’d like to address a question that I know is pressing on the mind of many fans- what kind of involvement will Cyan have this year? We spoke to Rand about Mysterium in Spokane and he said “If we can, we will participate.” Currently no plans have been made beyond that at this time, but we will keep you informed.

Schedule

Not Set In Stone Schedule – 2008

FRIDAY

Noon– Registration open game signups open
4pm– Ahyoheek Rounds
5pm– Field Trip Sign Ups open
6-8pm– Meet & Greet at Hotel
7pm– Age Writing Tutorial (in hotel room)

SATUDAY
10am-3pm Field Trips

New England Aquarium– $20 Adult

or
Peabody Musuem– $9 Adult
or
Freedom Trail Walking Tour -$12 Adult

4pm Marker Mission- Begins at hotel
4pm Displays open
7pm WWAD
8pm More ‘heek

SUNDAY
10am-Noon Round Tables
Noon– Heek Finals
1pm Presentations
2pm-4pm Memorial, Closing & Awards

I’ll Have A King-Sized Mysterium Update To Go, And A Donut…

LOGO CONTEST WINNERS
We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2008 Mysterium logo contest are

Daniel ‘Floydman’ Floyd and Claire ‘Shoom’lah’ Hummel
You can view the winning entries, and the other entrants HERE

Tshirts and other nifty items featuring their artwork are now available at our Mysterium CafePress Store

Congratulations to you both, and thank you to everyone who entered!

MYSTERIUM AUCTIONS
Between now and Mysterium, we will be having several items up for grabs on eBay, suitable for any Myst fan’s collection!

You can view all active auctions HERE

REGISTRATION
We’ve made registration easier with a new web based form! Register for Mysterium today!

ROOMMATES
Looking for someone to share a hotel room with? We now have a roommate matching system to help you find others who are looking to share a hotel room and split expenses to help make you trip more affordable and stress free. Visit our roomshare page HERE

PRESENTATIONS:
We are trying something new this year for Presentations, by offering three different formats for groups & individuals to share their works with the community:

Display- Table space for displaying artwork, crafts or other creative efforts.

Small Group- For a small class, panel or smaller presentation.

Performance or Presentation- For larger presentation to all Mysterium attendees

Further details about each option, presentation rules and requirements, and registration, are available now on our Presentations Page HERE

PAPER PEOPLE
Once again, we invite those D’niverse fans who can’t join us in the flesh to join us on paper. Please send your picture in jpg format, with an 8×10 print size, to paperpeople@mysterium.net

EVENTS
Have we got some fun stuff planned for this year! Visit our Events Page for a preview!

PRIZES & MATERIALS
One of the things that makes Mysterium great is the amount of community involvement, and one way you can be involved – even if you aren’t able to attend Mysterium – is through the donation of prizes or materials.

If you create items that are directly related to the D’niverse (like Journey Cloths, or linking book replicas), or are thematically similar (like journals, or art of Age-like locations), we’d like to invite you to donate an item or two for prizes at Mysterium. In the past Mysterium has awarded prize winners journals, decorated cones, Journey Hand necklaces and more. Unique prizes are an inspiration to everyone!

If you have materials you think might be useful to us, like button blanks, or printer paper, we may be willing to find a use for them!

TRANSPORTATION
Jet Blue has several specials to Boston right now, check them out!
We recommend that attendees NOT use American Airlines if at all possible, given their new $15 fee for a standard checked bag.
Manchester Ariport (MHT) is less than 50miles from the hotel, and there is a free shuttle that goes from the airport to the regional transit center near the hotel. Booking a flight to that airport may be cheaper!