Three Weeks Until Mysterium 2016

Greetings All

Mysterium is just over 3 weeks away! With that in mind, we have some information for you on the best ways of getting to the hotel from the airport. You can find that on our Getting To Mysterium 2016 page! It includes options for public transit, as well as a discounted airport shuttle or car rental. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

More news:

Mystery Escape

If you have registered, you should have received an email about our escape rooms tickets. We have partnered with Mystery Escape Room in Salt Lake to reserve three escape rooms for Mysterium attendees on Saturday night. As of this posting, one room is completely booked and another only has two slots left. So, if you are interested, you should go grab tickets while you can!

If you have never been to an escape room before, it is a bit like a real-life Myst age. 12 people are “locked” in a room and must discover clues and solve puzzles in an effort to escape before time runs out. If you attended Mysterium last year, we you probably saw the small one that we built at the hotel. These rooms are always a lot of fun, and I highly recommend getting a ticket.

Please note that if the third room isn’t mostly booked by this friday (July 15), that room will unfortunately need to be cancelled and any tickets refunded. So if you are on the fence about going, you have until Friday to decide.

Chuck Carter Signing

A couple weeks ago we posted our official schedule. In particular, we wanted to note that on Friday afternoon from 4:30-5:30 (after the Starry Expanse presentation), we will have a meet and greet with Chuck Carter. You’re welcome to bring items for him to sign – in fact, we encourage it! That said, please try to keep it to only one or two items.

That’s all for now! Until next time,

-Taniith
Mysterium PR Bah’ro

Mysterium 2016 Hotel Information

Greetings all!

At long last, we are ready to announce that hotel bookings for 2016 are officially open. Mysterium will take place at the Best Western Plus CottonTree Inn, located at 10695 Auto Mall Drive, Sandy, Utah, 84070.

The hotel is a little ways outside of downtown Salt Lake, but there is public transportation available to get from the airport to the hotel, along with taxis/shuttles/rental cars. We’ll post information about getting to the hotel from the airport as we get closer to August.

We have secured a rate of $94/night, which is available from Friday, August 5th thru Tuesday, August 9th. Rooms with both one and two beds are available.

We have also secured a limited number of rooms for Thursday, August 4th at a rate of $130.

You can book your rooms by calling the hotel directly at 800-662-6886 and pressing 2 for the Sandy, Utah location. When you call, tell them you are with the Mysterium convention to get our group rates.

We realize that a limited number of more expensive rooms for Thursday isn’t ideal as most attendees like to arrive on Thursday. We anticipate that most people should be able to get a room, but, because some might choose to arrive on Friday instead, we will be sure not to schedule any of the “big ticket” presentations/events until later in the day on Friday. We’re currently working on the schedule and will let you know when that is available.

Don’t forget to register here: http://www.mysterium.net/registration/

We’re really sorry for how long it has taken to get hotel information out this year, but we’re very happy with the hotel we’ve chosen. We can’t wait to see you all this summer!

-Taniith
Mysterium 2016 PR Bah’ro

Special Guest – Chuck Carter

Greetings all, and a special welcome to any Obduction backers who are looking at Mysterium for the first time.

Special Guest

Today, we are happy to announce that we will have a special guest at Mysterium 2016: Chuck Carter will be joining us on Friday and Saturday to talk about his work and generally to hang out with the fans.

ChuckProfile

Chuck, along with Robyn Miller, created the artwork that brought the worlds of Myst to life. After Myst, he worked on a number of other games, including a number of titles at Westwood Studios. He has created artwork for TV shows like Babylon 5, Crusade, and Mortal Kombat Krusades, as well as for motion rides like “Star Trek: The Experience” and Disney’s “Mission to Mars”.

Today, he is the Founder and Creative Director for indie studio Eagre Games, working on their first game, Zed. I gave Zed a try at Pax East last weekend. Trust me, if you liked Myst you’re going to like Zed.

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We are very excited to have Chuck joining us. This is going to be a Mysterium you don’t want to miss!

Cyan

We are also happy to announce that Cyan will be involved in Mysterium in some way this year! We don’t know quite what type of involvement yet (whether it will be a video call or actual Cyan employees at the convention), but we will keep you updated as we learn more.

Deadlines

A reminder that Con Book submissions are due tomorrow, and event submissions are due this coming Monday. And don’t forget that registration is currently open!

We know many people are wondering about hotel information. We sincerely apologize for the delay in getting that to you, and we anticipate that we will be able to open hotel bookings in the first week or two of May. We are in the final steps of getting the contract signed right now.

Until next time,

-Taniith
Mysterium 2016 PR Bah’ro

Logos and Conbooks and Travel, Oh My!

We have a bunch of info for you today, so I’ll jump right into it:

Logos

We are happy to announce our selection for T-shirt logos. We got a number of great submissions this year, and we want to thank everyone who submitted. The logos for the shirt this year were made by Claire Hummel (aka Shoom’lah):

Front

Front

Back

Back

You can get more info about the shirts, including how attendees can purchase them, here: http://www.mysterium.net/mysterium-2016-t-shirts/

In addition to those two, there were two other submissions that we have some non-shirt ideas for. The first is from Zib Redlektab:

Zib

Zib’s gonna zib.

And the second is from Robert Barnett:

Robert

Wouldn’t this be a great poster? Or post card?

Travel Info

We are still finalizing hotel details, but we’ve prepared information about getting to and around Salt Lake City. You can find that here: http://www.mysterium.net/location/. That page will be updated over time, so be sure to check back again closer to the convention.

Convention Books

As always, we will have a souvenir convention book for attendees who buy an early-bird registration this year. The conbook is a showcase of the amazing creativity of the fandom. If you write, or paint, or knit, or do anything other creative work related to Myst and Cyan’s other games, please share it with the rest of us! Conbook submissions will be taken until April 29th. You can find out more details about how to submit here: http://www.mysterium.net/convention-book/

Until next time!

-Taniith
Mysterium 2016 PR Bah’ro

Mysterium 2016 Location Announcement

Back in August, we told you the dates for Mysterium 2016, but not the location. This goes against our usual policy of announcing both at Closing Ceremonies, but unfortunately there were some logistical issues we had to work out before we could announce. But now those are settled, and I am happy to announce that Mysterium 2016 will take place in:

Salt Lake City, Utah – August 5-7 2016

That’s right, we’re taking Mysterium to a new city! It should be an exciting year, and we hope you can join us.

That just about wraps up my tenure as 2015 con chair. It has been a pleasure chairing for you (yes, it’s a verb…). Thank you for helping to make Mysterium 2015 such a great success.

-Taniith, Mysterium 2015 Con chair