Mysterium 2019 Schedule

The full Mysterium 2019 event schedule is listed below. Outside of scheduled events and after-hours, the con room is generally open for freeform socializing, board games, discussion circles, etc. The con room will not be open while we visit Cyan Worlds HQ.

While this schedule is largely considered final, unforeseen changes may occur as we get closer to the convention. If any changes arise, we will make an announcement.

More detailed information about autograph sessions and the trip to Cyan can be found in the Mysterium 2019 FAQ.

Thursday, August 1
  • Registration/Room Closed

    Mysterium hasn't officially started yet! But, be on the lookout for other attendees who may be arriving and planning activities.


  • Unofficial Pool Party
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Peanut Shaped Hotel Pool (Wing I)

    We always love suggesting an informal hangout at the hotel pool. But, what if we told you there were two pools?!

    Meet up with fellow attendees at the (more interesting) "Peanut Shaped" pool, located near the lobby, to settle in before an exciting weekend.

    Check the Mysterium Discord server for plans.

    Note: The hotel notes that the pools close at "dusk." Civil Twilight on 8/1/19 in Spokane is 9:04 PM, Nautical Twilight is 9:50 PM.


Friday, August 2
  • Registration/Room Open
    9:30 am - 10:30 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom


  • Opening Ceremonies
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Welcome to Mysterium 2019! We'll kick things off with a few words and reminders from our Con-Chair to get you started.


  • Starry Expanse Update
    10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Host: Starry Expanse Team
    Description: Starting off strong, we'll have an update from the Starry Expanse Project, showcasing some of the latest developments from their modern recreation of Riven.


  • Lunch Break
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm


  • From A to Zed
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Panel: Chuck Carter, Katie 'Kha'tie' Postma (moderator), Neal Laurenza, and Ryan 'Grey Dragon' Warzecha
    Description: Chuck Carter, the mind behind Zed, will talk with us about the development of this story of an aging artist, lost in regret and the haze of dementia. He will be joined by Kha'tie Postma and Ryan Warzecha of Cyan, who helped get Zed over the finish line.

    Chuck last visited Mysterium in 2016, where he gave us an early look at Zed and talked a bit about his time in the game development industry. You can watch his previous presentation here.


  • Tales from the Devs
    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Panel: Katie 'Kha'tie' Postma (moderator), Chuck Carter, Hannah Gamiel, Karl Johnson, Jason Calvert, Brandon Collins, Ryan Miller, Eric A Anderson,
    Description: Hear from our panel of Myst-related developers as they share tall tales and insights from their time developing various games in the Myst franchise, and more.


  • Puzzles
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Team up and work together to solve a set of devious puzzles for points and glory.

    Random location markers will also be hidden around public areas of the hotel that can be turned in for extra points.


  • Autograph Session
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Clearwater Room

    Get your signatures from our special guests.

    Policies:

    Queuing: Stop by the registration desk to get a number. We will let small groups into the Clearwater Room to help avoid overcrowding or the need to wait in a long line.

    Quantity: Each attendee may bring up to three items to be signed by the special guests at a time. Attendees may return to the end of the line after having their three items signed if they have additional items they wish to be signed.

    Photos:
    Attendees may take a quick selfie with a special guest. Phones must be out and ready. Attendees may not ask other people to take the photo for them.

    For more information, please see the Mysterium 2019 FAQ.


  • Dinner Break
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


  • VR Playroom
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Clearwater Room

    Put on a VR headset and try demos of ZED, Obduction, and the Starry Expanse.


  • Escape the Age Card Game
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Designed and built by Mysterium's own Fused Shadow and Devon, grab 5-6 attendees and try their take on an escape room style card game. Inspired by the Unlock! game, you'll solve a mystery by interacting with the Ages we know and love from Myst in new ways.


  • Unwritten
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Eleri, one of the creators of the Unwritten RPG, will run a campaign for 5-7 attendees. Make your own journey as you adventure through the Ages.


  • Autograph Session
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Clearwater Room

    Get your signatures from our special guests.

    Policies:

    Queuing: Stop by the registration desk to get a number. We will let small groups into the Clearwater Room to help avoid overcrowding or the need to wait in a long line.

    Quantity: Each attendee may bring up to three items to be signed by the special guests at a time. Attendees may return to the end of the line after having their three items signed if they have additional items they wish to be signed.

    Photos: Attendees may take a quick selfie with a special guest. Phones must be out and ready. Attendees may not ask other people to take the photo for them.

    For more information, please see the Mysterium 2019 FAQ.


  • Free/Game Time
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Get to know your fellow attendees. Feel free to bring games, puzzles, or activity ideas to share.


Saturday, August 3
  • Registration/Room Open
    9:30 am - 10:15 am
    Shoreline Ballroom


  • Coordination and Travel to Cyan HQ
    9:45 am - 11:00 am
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Gather in the con-room as we coordinate travel to Cyan.


  • Mysterium @ Cyan
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Cyan Worlds, 14617 N Newport Hwy, Mead, WA 99021, USA

    Make the journey to Cyan Worlds HQ, and see where the magic happens. Grab some food, try out VR demos, even meet Rand Miller!

    We'll start the day with a Q&A by Rand, followed by a self guided tour of Cyan's studio building. Props and costumes will be out on display, there will be stations with demos of Firmament and other Cyan projects, and Rand will even be available for signatures (along with our other special guests).

    Cyan will provide lunch, including hot dogs, veggie dogs, sides, and more! If you have food allergies, you are welcome to bring your own food to heat up in their microwave.

    For more information, please see the Mysterium 2019 FAQ.

    Note: The con-room will be closed while we are at Cyan. No attendees will be allowed in the room until the group returns. We will not be selling registrations at Cyan.


  • Registration/Room Open
    2:45 pm - 11:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom


  • Soundscapes Beyond Myst
    3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Panel: Katie 'Kha'tie' Postma (moderator), Russell Brower, Tim Larkin, Marty O'Donnell, Jack Wall
    Description: You may know them from their work on Myst and its sequels, but the members of this panel have storied histories designing, conducting, and directing music and sound for games and media published by Blizzard, Valve, Microsoft, Disney, and more. Join us as we hear their stories and learn more about the work that goes into their award winning productions.


  • Evolution of the Myst Community
    4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Panel: Elliot 'Taniith' Borenstein (moderator), Katie 'Kha'tie' Postma, Ryan 'Grey Dragon' Warzecha, Blake Lewin, Vicki 'Tor'i' Almond
    Description: Mysterium has been around for 20 years, and the Myst community has been around even longer. Join us as we look back at the history of Mysterium, the changes the community has gone through, and the resiliency it has had.


  • Special Announcements
    5:45 pm - 6:00 pm

    Stick around before dinner for a special surprise from the Mysterium Committee.


  • Dinner Break
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


  • Free/Game Time
    8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Get to know your fellow attendees. Feel free to bring games, puzzles, or activity ideas to share.


  • Mysterium Open Mic Night
    8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Following the success of last year's Mysterium Showtunes, we're back with Mysterium Open Mic Night. Do you like showtunes and singing? Do you think Disney songs sound better in the original D'ni? Written a poem you'd like to slam?

    Alone or with a group of friends, rewrite your favorite songs or create something new. Choose any topic! Whether it be a love ballad between Atrus and Catherine or a haiku about Atrus' bad parenting, it's fair game.

    Great fun and embarrassment will be had by all!


  • VR Playroom
    8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Clearwater Room

    Put on a VR headset and try demos of ZED, Obduction, and the Starry Expanse.


  • Escape the Room Card Game
    8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Clearwater Room

    Designed and built by Mysterium's own Fused Shadow and Devon, grab 5-6 attendees and try their take on an escape room style card game. Inspired by the Unlock! game, you'll solve a mystery by interacting with the Ages we know and love from Myst in new ways.


Sunday, August 4
  • Room Open
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom


  • Mystcraft
    10:15 am - 11:00 am
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Host: Dan 'Floydman'
    Description: Take a deep dive into Mystcraft, a Minecraft mod that adds Writing and Linking concepts from the Myst universe. We'll see what Mystcraft is currently capable of, how it works, the add-ons available, and what is planned for the future of the mod.


  • What Could ̶A̶t̶r̶u̶s̶ You Build?
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Host: Mike 'RIUM+' Ando
    Description: RIUM will talk through one of his many Myst universe projects. In addition to discussing how it was made, he'll talk about how YOU could make one too, including resources for everything from programming to designing and ordering circuit boards.


  • Lunch Break
    12:00 pm - 1:45 pm


  • Myst Documentary Super Secret Update
    1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Host: Phillip Shane
    Description: Documentary filmmaker Phillip Shane is back to give us another exclusive look at the creation of The Myst Documentary.

    Note: This event will not be streamed or recorded.


  • Closing Ceremonies
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    Shoreline Ballroom

    Our chance to wrap up the weekend and get some feedback from all of you. Oh, and did we mention the prizes? Grab your tickets because this is your chance to finish the weekend with some great swag.