What is Mass Mysteria?
In celebration of #Myst25, the people behind Mysterium are coordinating Myst gatherings around the globe. While we would love to bring Mysterium to everyone, it just isn’t possible as an all-volunteer group. In the past, it’s been a tradition for local groups to plan “mini-Mysterium” gatherings: local fans would all agree to meet in a nearby city on a specific date and time. Maybe they’d explore museums, or grab a bite to eat, or just sit in a park and nerd out about Myst. These mini-Mysteria were a way to meet and hang out with other Myst fans for a day without all the work of putting together a big convention.
We thought it’s about time we bring that back in a more significant form, to help people all over the world connect with other local Myst fans. Not everyone can travel to Mysterium, but maybe we can bring a little piece of Mysterium to everyone.
When is Mass Mysteria?
Mass Mysteria will take place on Saturday, May 4th 2019. In the event of a major weather event in any one city, we also have a rain date of Saturday, May 18th.
We know the 4th isn’t possible for everyone, but it was the day that most survey respondents could do. We also know that “May the Fourth” is a Star Wars holiday, and we encourage people in both fandoms to embrace the crossover (and post pictures).
Where are Mass Mysteria gatherings being held?
As of 12/9/18, the following locations have been submitted by volunteers:
What will happen at a Mass Mysteria gathering?
Mass Mysteria is all about meeting up with other local(ish) Myst fans and having fun. Fans from the area will gather and explore together. Exploring could mean going to a museum, visiting an escape room, exploring parks, grabbing food, and much more. Mysterium will also make available puzzle packets and photo scavenger hunts. Ultimately, what you do is up to your local host and attendees.
How can I host a Mass Mysteria gathering?
Hosting a gathering is designed to be a low stress experience. You will not have to plan events and hotel space like a full Mysterium would require. As a host, you would be responsible for:
- Selecting a good meetup spot
- Gathering your attendees at the start of your event
Optionally, you may choose to plan activities (puzzles, scavenger hunts, museums, etc). We plan to help with some of this, and it is not required for you to be a host!
If you are interested in hosting, you can sign up using this form.
How can I communicate with other attendees?
We are working on building out opt-in channels on our Discord server for each location. There, you can communicate with other attendees and decide on plans. New attendees can join the Discord channel and see a history of the discussion, so you won’t have to worry about missing anything.
We also have a mailing list signup for any large Mass Mysteria announcements.