Jack Wall, composer of the Myst III and IV soundtracks and one of our many special guests, let us in on an exciting piece of news yesterday. Jack, in collaboration with Tim Larkin and Cyan, has re-released the soundtracks from Myst III, Myst IV, Uru, and Myst V through his record label.
They are available for purchase digitally from iTunes, Amazon, and Google, and can be streamed on various services worldwide. Search for them under the following names:
Myst III: Exile (Original Game Soundtrack)
Myst IV: Revelation (Original Game Soundtrack)
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (Original Game Soundtrack)
Myst V: End of Ages (Original Game Soundtrack)
A fan asked about re-releasing the albums at Mysterium last year, which helped to get that ball rolling.
We’ll have more Mysterium news for you in a day or two. Until then, happy listening!
We have a big announcement: the schedule for this year’s online Mysterium is now live!
The official schedule can now be found on the schedule page of our website. Links to our streams on Twitch and/or YouTube can be found under each event. To start the weekend, Philip Shane, the creator of the Myst Documentary, has brought Rand and Robyn Miller together for a special reunion panel the evening of Friday, August 7.
We have quite a few more special guests to announce:
Eric Anderson is a veteran of Cyan’s art team. He was the Art Director on Obduction, and is currently Cyan’s Creative Director.
“Moiety” Jean Fioca has been making all variety of crafts for years, both inside and outside the Myst fandom.
Amy Green has created such Numinous Games titles as That Dragon, Cancer; Untethered; and the upcoming Cyan Ventures collaboration, Area Man Lives.
Ryan Green has over 18 years of experience in the industry and is currently flexing his artistic muscle with Numinous Games
Dan Irish has experience from across the spectrum of game development teams. While with Ubisoft, he served as a producer for Myst III.
Michel Kripalani was the founder and CEO of Presto Studios, bringing us titles such as Myst III and The Journeyman Project.
Robyn Miller co-founded Cyan with his brother Rand. He worked on Myst, Riven, and Obduction with Cyan, and now experiments with all manner of creative arts.
Mike Perrotto has over 20 years experience combined in healthcare and software, and specializes in creating accessible video games. He is currently working with Numinous on Area Man Lives.
Phil Saunders was the Creative Director for Myst III at Presto Studios. He is now known for his concept designs on many major motion pictures.
Bill Slease held many roles at Cyan during the Uru years. He is now a professor and an author of comedic Arthurian novels.
Rod Stafford spent 30 years in the film and game industries. While at Cyan, he worked on both Uru and Myst V.
Ryan “greydragon” Warzecha is Cyan’s resident tiki bar authority. He has worked on games from Uru up to Obduction, and is now Head of Developer Relations for Cyan Ventures.
We’re still not done announcing names! Check out the list so far on our special guests page.
Q&A With Robyn Miller
Philip Shane will host a live Q&A with Myst & Riven co-creator Robyn Miller on Facebook tomorrow afternoon, July 28. You can pre-submit questions on their post here.
You still have a few days to send in your Praise Gehn and What Would Atrus Build submissions. We have also extended the deadline to August 2 for discussion topic ideas for our Zoom social rooms during the convention. See our submissions page for details.
Hello all! We have a few more bits of information about next month’s event.
We’re pleased to announce another set of guests for Mysterium:
Mike “RIUM+” Ando is Mysterium’s resident mad scientist. When not time traveling, he is often found building Myst-inspired creations (and presenting them at Mysterium).
Geneviève Lord has had a career spanning five different countries across North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. While with Ubisoft in Montreal, she was the producer for Myst IV.
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. He is currently kickstarting the Myst Documentary.
Once again, we still have more names to announce, and you can see the complete list (and longer bios) on the special guests page.
If you’ve been to Mysterium the past couple years, you may remember Taniith singing a rendition of “Praise Gehn” to the tune of “You’re Welcome” from Moana. Last year we made it a sing-along, but now is really everyone’s opportunity to participate! Send in your own recording of the song, and we’ll splice together sections of each video to make a complete song. The more submissions we receive, the more fun this will be, so don’t worry if you’re a bit off key. The lyrics are available here, and the details on how to submit your video are available on the submissions page. Please get these in by July 28 so we have time for editing.
We’ve extended the deadline for open mic night submissions to July 26, giving almost an extra week to send your songs in. Submissions for What Would Atrus Build and social discussion topics are still open as well. See the submissions page for more information on all of these.
More to announce, including another round of guests, soon!
We have just under four weeks to go until Mysterium, so it’s time we tell you about another of our special guests – Stephan Martiniere!
Myst fans may remember him as the Visual Art Director for the URU/Myst Online games and Myst V, but Stephan has an extensive list of credits across all types of media. From games to movies to book covers to theme parks, he’s done it all. We are enormously excited to welcome him to Mysterium this year, and we think you will all enjoy hearing from him.
You can learn more about Stephan, and all of our guests, on our Special Guests page – and if those aren’t exciting enough for you, stay tuned because we have plenty more to come.
Myst Doc Kickstarter
If you’ve attended Mysterium in recent years, you will remember seeing Philip Shane recording us all and talking about the upcoming Myst Documentary. Well, come tomorrow you will be able to back the Myst Doc on Kickstarter! Head over to the Kickstarter page to sign up for a notification when the campaign goes live.
While you wait, you can also check out an exclusive interview with Philip, Rand, and Robyn over on VentureBeat, here.
What Would Atrus Build
A long-standing favorite of Mysterium attendees, What Would Atrus Build asks participants to “finish” a project that Atrus left in pieces on his desk. We haven’t held this event for several years, but we think this year’s online format lends itself to a slightly modified version: We give you the prompt, and you present your creation in a pre-recorded video.
Make it as simple or complicated as you want. Don’t have the right junk or construction skills to actually build your idea? No problem! We welcome sketches, 3D models, or any other way you can think of to express your creativity.
Mysterium is known not just for its great panels and events, but also for its welcoming and casual social atmosphere. You’re just as likely to overhear new friends discussing the finer points of D’ni lore, as you are to hear them talking about unrelated TV shows or computer programming. Someone once described Mysterium as “the fun parts of large cons, but all weekend”. How do we translate that to the online format, though?
Our solution: Social rooms on Zoom. Everyone who is pre-registered (for free!) will receive an email in a few weeks with information about when and how to join these social rooms. Before that, though, we need some topics! We’re looking for a wide range here, so don’t limit yourself to just Myst-specific topics. We’re already planning a time for a ‘crafting circle’ hangout, and another for ‘mental health and coping skills’.
You can use this form to submit your social topic ideas. Feel free to submit as many as you want! Topics should be submitted by July 26th.
Remember that Open Mic Night submissions are due in about a week (July 20), and there’s still time to grab a t-shirt and help a couple great causes. Also, if you originally registered for our on-site 2020 convention and have not received an email about refunds and roll-overs, please get in touch with us.
Hopefully you are all staying safe while still enjoying the summer. In some happy news, we have plenty to share about this year’s online convention.
Registration for our virtual Mysterium is now open! See our registration page for details. There is no charge this year (although donations are certainly appreciated), but registration is required to join our online event. Registration will remain open until August 9, but note for registrations during the convention there may be a delay before you are able to participate.
One of the positives of holding an online convention this year is that we can invite an array of special guests without paying for plane tickets and hotel rooms. We’re pleased to announce the first round of guests for this year.
Remember our guests from Mysterium 2019? Well, all of them are back! That means Russell Brower, Chuck Carter, Tim Larkin, Marty O’Donnell, Katie Postma, and Jack Wall will all be joining us during the weekend:
Russell Brower is best known for his work on games from Blizzard, including World of Warcraft. He is currently lending his talents to Cyan’s upcoming game, Firmament.
Chuck Carter helped create the beautiful artwork for Myst. More recently, his new studio, Eager Games, partnered with Cyan to release their first game, Zed, last year.
Tim Larkin has created music and sound design for several Valve games, including Portal, Portal 2, and DOTA 2, but before that he wrote the scores for both Uru and Myst V.
Marty O’Donnell is best known for the Halo soundtrack, but of course Myst fans know him as the sound designer for Riven.
Katie Postma previously worked for Cyan and Ubisoft as the Myst franchise community manager. She is currently Project Manager for the Myst Documentary.
Jack Wall, known for his scores to game franchises such as Mass Effect and Call of Duty, contributed the haunting music in Myst III and IV.
We have quite a few more to announce as we get closer to the event, and we’ll be updating our special guests page regularly with new names. Stay tuned, because they get even more exciting from here!
Hotel Room Cancellations
If you booked a room at the Mysterium rate for the in-person 2020 convention, your reservation should have been cancelled by now. People have generally not been receiving email notifications of the cancellations, so check your Marriott Bonvoy account if you have one, or look up your reservation using the booking reference you received when you reserved your room.
Also, if you previously bought a registration for the in-person convention, you should have received an email from us with instructions on refunds and rollovers. If you didn’t, please get in touch ASAP!