Coming Together

Here I go using the Mysterium blog as a blog again without telling Communications…

We’re just over a day away from the unofficial start of Mysterium tomorrow evening, and things are coming together nicely. Our swag gear has been delivered and stuffed into bags, convention books are here, the screen-printed t-shirts just arrived this morning, and our badges (complete with a mini schedule!) are all put together. It all looks fantastic! We even have an awesome banner to put at the registration desk, courtesy of Eleri.

I’m excited and also kind of panicked that we’re so close to the weekend. It’ll be one heck of a good time, and I hope everything goes according to plan. See you all at the hotel!

Mysterium 2009 Hotel Reservation Reminder

Attention Mysterium 2009 attendees!

This is a friendly reminder to reserve your hotel rooms now! You will be unable to receive the Mysterium group rate if you reserve after July 17. The group rate of $89/night can also be used 3 days before and after the event. Room reservations may be canceled as late as 4pm on the day you check in, so it is recommended that you reserve now even if you may not be able to make it.

The hotel’s reservation number is (509) 535-9000 and be sure to mention the “Mysterium Group” when you call!

If there are any problems, feel free to contact Odo via the contact form on the Mysterium website.

Shirts, Prizes, & Schedules, Oh My!

Shorah and greetings once again fellow Myst fans! Mysterium 2009 is just two months away! The Mysterium Planning Committee is gearing up for it at full steam, and we’ve got a boat-load of updates for you today.


First, we’re pleased to officially announce our logo contest winners! Two of them, in fact! This years t-shirt designs are from the lovely and talented Jean Fioca, and the equally lovely and talented Claire ‘Shoomlah’ Hummell.

Jean created this year’s front design, a lighthearted celebration of the 10th Mysterium ever.

By Jean Fioca

By Jean Fioca

Claire gives us the back design, a unique representation of all the Myst games to date. See if you can spot all the references!

By Shoom'lah

By Shoom'lah

Our t-shirts will be screen-printed this year. Because of this, we are taking pre-orders on shirts with registrations to get an accurate estimate of how many we need to print. As a result, if you want to ensure you get a shirt, we strongly recommend that you pre-register! Shirts are $14 each for Small through XL sizes (and $15 for XXL shirts). You can order your shirts by visiting the Mysterium website and pre-registering to attend here.

Thank you to all our entrants, you make voting fun! All of this years entries can be viewed here.


Once again, the Mysterium committee is reaching out to our talented community for Myst-themed items that can be given away as prizes at this year’s events. Last year, people went home with limited edition Riven keychains, beautiful handmade books, and unique swag… what will we have for the attendees this year?

Please email to donate a prize. Thanks so much for helping make Mysterium happen!


What’s on the menu for Mysterium 2009? We’re serving up a buffet of fun and frolic for the weekend!

Appetizers: Getting together

  • Pre Con Pool Party Thursday Night
  • Meet & Greet Friday Night

Snacks: Stuff to Do around town

  • Disk Golf
  • Lazer Tag
  • Putt Putt Golf

Side Dishes: Fun and Games

  • Beginner’s Bevin Party
  • Ahyoheek Tournament (Get your own ‘heek cards HERE!)
  • What Would Atrus Build
  • Marker Missions
  • Teledahn Tie Dye ($5 per shirt or bring your own; watch for sign up page!)

Main Course: Presentations!

  • Where Are They Now: The Lives of Former Cyantists
  • D’ni Timekeeping with RIUM+
  • Storytelling in the D’niverse with JD Barnes and Echo McKenzie (Scuttlebutt is that someone from the DRC may join them!)
  • More to Come…


  • Wolfie Memorial Waterpark Extravaganza! (optional, not included in the base registration cost. Deadline for signup is July 15)

Still in the Oven:

  • Town Hall discussions with Rand Miller, Mark DeForest, Derek Odell & More

More information about these events and when they will be held can be found on our new schedule page.


As a reminder, Mysterium 2010 will be moving to the Central time zone next year. If you live in a city in the Central time zone and want to see Mysterium come to you next year, please submit your city as a candidate here.

The deadline for location bids is June 30th!

Mysterium 2009 Pre-Registration Now Open!

Shorah Mysterium-goers!

We are excited to announce that the Mysterium 2009 Online Registration system is now up and running! If you’re planning on attending Mysterium this year in Spokane, we encourage you to register online in advance. Online registration will run until July 1st, 2009.

Registration Costs
As with last year, Mysterium carries a nominal registration fee to cover the costs of the convention. Online registration grants you a $5 discount over the at-the-door registration fees. Adults (over 17) are $15, Youths (8-17) are $10, and children (0-7) are $5 when registering online.

If you are traveling as a family (2 adults and 2-4 youths or children) or as a group (5 or more adults), the registration form has some special options for you. Families can register for $40, and groups of five or more can register for just $12 per adult.

If you only want to come for a day, you can purchase a day pass for just $8, regardless of the age of the attendee. Please note that a day pass does not include a swag bag or a copy of the 2009 convention book.

Why Register Online?
Online registration comes with a copy of our full-color, magazine-quality convention book at no extra cost. We are also working to finalize the rest of our online-exclusive swag. While there will be a limited quantity of convention books available at Mysterium for walk-in attendees, we encourage you to register online to ensure you receive one.

This year, online registration ties in with the rest of the Mysterium website. Once you’ve registered, your will be able to use your account to take advantage of additional attendee services offered in the future, such as our room share and carpool tools, which can help you find a ride to the event, or a room to stay in once you get there.

Registration Extras
This year, Mysterium is getting our t-shirts screen printed, and shirts will be distributed at the registration desk to those who order them. To ensure an accurate count for our final order, please indicate the quantities and sizes of shirts you wish to purchase when filling out your registration form. While we will have a handful of extra shirts available at the convention for walk-in attendees, we cannot afford to purchase large quantities of extra shirts, so if you want to ensure that you get a shirt, please register online by July 1st.

On Sunday, Mysterium is planning a day-trip expedition to the nearby Silverwood theme park and Boulder Beach water park. Tickets to this optional activity are $50 for adults and youths, and $25 for children. This price includes admission to both sides of the park, a BBQ meal for lunch, and unlimited drinks all day long.

Go Forth And Register!
Click here to log into your account or register for a new one. Once you’ve logged in, you will be able to complete your registration.

See you at Mysterium!

Mysterium 2009 Con Book & Cookbook Submissions Call


Because Mysterium is an event by fans, for fans, the Mysterium Committee is always looking for new ways to showcase the community’s creativity at the event. To that end, we will, for the first time, be providing a con book for attendees at the convention. In addition to information about the weekend’s events, we also want to add as much community content as possible. If you have a Myst- or Uru-related story or image you would like to share with the community, please send it to us using the submission form on this page.

In honor of Mysterium’s 10th anniversary, we are also creating a Mysterium Cookbook, which will be sold online to help cover the costs of the convention. If you have a Myst, Uru, or D’ni-themed recipe (or even something that could pass as a Myst, Uru, or D’ni-themed recipe), please send it to us using the submission form on this page.

Both books will be full-color 8.25″ x 10.75″ glossy magazine-style booklets, printed using an on-demand printing service called MagCloud. The con book will be included in the cost of registration, and given to each attendee who pre-registers. A limited number of books will be available for walk-in registrants, so if you want to have a con book at Mysterium, we recommend pre-registering to ensure you get one.

The cookbook will be sold separately through MagCloud before and after the convention, and anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the con book can do so after the convention, when it will be made available at cost. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will be put toward the cost of the convention.

Submissions for the Mysterium 2009 Con Book and Mysterium Cookbook must be submitted by May 31st to allow sufficient time for publication. Guidelines for submissions to these books can be found on the submission forms on our website at

Con Book Submissions

Cookbook Submissions