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
Myst IV Panel Questions
- Chuck Carter helped create the artwork for Myst. He is currently working on a playable version of the original concept for the Selenitic Age using Unreal Engine 5.
- Rand Miller co-founded Cyan over 30 years ago, bringing us the worlds of Myst and its sequels, as well as the upcoming game Firmament.
- Philip Shane is an award winning documentary filmmaker, working on such films as Being Elmo and The Beatles Revolution. Myst fans know him for his upcoming Myst Documentary.
Check out their full bios and the complete list of guests on our Special Guests page.
- Meinert Hansen has a slew of credits in games, TV, and movies, but Myst fans should know him as the art director for Myst IV.
- Robyn Miller needs no introduction, but you of course know him as the co-founder of Cyan and composer of the scores to Myst, Riven, and Obduction.
- Brian Wrench now runs a psychotherapy practice in Quebec, but long ago he played Sirrus in Myst IV.
Mysterium 2021 Hotel
We hope you are all safe and healthy. We have some very important news about our 2021 convention, so please take a moment to read through this post.
The short version – We will NOT be holding an in-person convention this summer. Instead, we will be holding another online event on the same weekend. Refunds will be available to everyone who has pre-registered.
We know this announcement may be frustrating to many of you, but we feel it is the best course of action we have right now. Please read on for the details in a handy Q&A format:
Why aren’t you holding an in-person con?
The Covid-19 pandemic is still too out of control right now, and we simply can’t be sure what the situation will look like in July. It’s possible everyone will be vaccinated and everything will be safe; it’s also possible that vaccine delays will happen, or a more dangerous variant will appear.
There are also legal and logistical concerns surrounding a distanced con with mandatory vaccines that are still under an Emergency Use Authorization. We are a tiny volunteer-run organization with limited resources, and July is very soon. We would rather let governments and larger organizations learn how to safely hold these sorts of gatherings over the next year, rather than try to be one of the first cons out of the gate.
Why not wait another month or two to decide?
Logistically, we have to start planning for an online event. That takes time and looks different from on-site planning, so we had to make the switch at some point.
Legally, we have a contractual deadline from our hotel. If we don’t cancel now, we will owe them more money.
Why not just let the people who feel safe attending do so anyway?
Everyone has their own personal level of acceptable risk. However, the FMG Board (which oversees Mysterium) has a responsibility to do what we feel is best to protect the safety of our attendees and the people they will come in contact with (hotel staff, airline workers, food workers, etc). Given that, and the reasons we listed previously, we feel that the risks are too high to hold an official in-person event right now.
I already registered. Will I get a refund?
Yes, you will get a full refund. You will receive an email once the refund has been processed (check your spam or promotions folders!). If you don’t hear from us by the end of next week, please reach out!
What about t-shirts and other swag?
We will be selling and shipping t-shirts again this year. If you got one with your registration, it will be refunded and you will be able to re-buy it through our web store at the same price.
You can find our web store with shirt sales here.
As far as other swag – we don’t know yet.
Should I cancel my hotel room?
No, you don’t have to cancel your room reservation. The hotel should do that in a few weeks. If somehow it looks like they aren’t going to do so, we will let you know with plenty of time to cancel.
What about transportation that I booked?
Please check with your carrier for details on cancellations.
Have you considered postponing the con until later this year?
We are investigating that option, but we have no useful news about that.
How is Mysterium doing financially? Is this going to bankrupt the convention?
Overall, we’re doing pretty well. Obviously, between refunds and hotel fees, we’re going to take a hit to our funds by moving to an online convention, but thanks to sales and very generous donations from last year we should be fine.
Can I host a panel/event or otherwise help out with the online Mysterium?
Yes! We’re not ready to take in your ideas just yet, but please check back soon.
How/where will online Mysterium be hosted?
We don’t have all the details yet, but we will likely base it on what we did last year (Zoom+Discord+Twitch/Youtube). There have been many advances in online convention hosting, though, so we’ll look into other options.
How much will the online convention cost?
As with last year, the online convention will be free! It is likely that t-shirt sales can cover our costs, and we want to make sure the convention is accessible to as many people as possible.
That’s it for the Q&A for now. Before we wrap up, we want to give a shout out to all of the volunteers on the Mysterium staff who have put in a lot of work these last two years in the hopes of running an in-person con. They have some cool stuff planned, and we hope you get to come see it at our next in-person event.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out by email, discord, or social media. We hope to have more information soon. In the meantime, please stay safe and get your vaccine when you can!
-Falling Man Group Board of Directors