Updated Mysterium Policies

Shorah Friends,

We’re still working away on nailing down the details of our hotel. More on that in a few weeks.

Today, I wanted to let you know about some changes to our harassment policies. Over the past few months, we’ve been working with the wonderful folks over at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to make sure we have a comprehensive set of policies and procedures for handling any future harassment. And we’re pretty happy with the end result.

First is our policies page, available from the top bar, or directly here. The main change is in the harassment section. We took a cue from New York Comic Con’s policy and simplified ours. Now it is easy to read and very clear that we have zero tolerance for harassment.

Second is the new incident report page. This can be reached from the harassment section on the policies page, or directly here. This was adapted from procedures put in place by the Firefly Arts Collective. It lays out who can report a problem (anyone), when a problem can be reported (anytime), and what will happen if you or someone else does report something to us. In addition, this page has a web-form for submitting a report, if doing so in person is not possible or not desired. We want to make sure that everyone and anyone can feel safe reporting any sort of harassment that occurs at Mysterium, regardless of who did it or what it was.

Now, just to be clear, this isn’t because we expect to have to enforce the policy. Mysterium is generally attended by wonderful people who would never harass other attendees. However, as we try to reach out and grow our awesome little convention (and particularly for large years like 2014), we felt it was important to be prepared.

As with anything, if you have any comments or suggestions about these changes, please feel free to drop us a line.

-Taniith

Mysterium 2015 Kickoff & Logo Contest

Shorah Friends!

Well, we’ve been radio silent for a couple months, but we definitely haven’t been twiddling our thumbs!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Taniith, and I’ll be heading up the Mysterium committee for 2015. We have some fun new things in the works, and I think you’re all really going to enjoy them. And of course, Mysterium 2015 will be just a few months before Obduction’s planned launch, so we’ll do our best to get a sneak peak out of Cyan.*

Date & Location

As was announced this summer, Mysterium 2015 will take place from August 7-9th in Boston, Massachusetts. As a reminder, Mysterium always takes place on the first full weekend of August.

The last time we were in Boston was 2011, and we have the whole 2011 band back together (along with some new faces and old favorites). We’re currently in the process of scouting hotels, and we expect to have more about that in a couple months. If all goes according to plan, pre-registration should re-open before the year is out.

Theme Announcement

The theme for this year’s Mysterium will be the age of Todelmer! An age built to study the heavens. And glorious heavens you’ll find at Mysterium, if we have anything to say about it.**

Logo Contest

Finally, today we are kicking off our annual logo contest! Submissions are due by December 29th, 2014. You can submit either a front design, a back design, or both. More information about the design requirements and where to submit your entries is available at the logo contest page.

Even if you are not an artist yourself, please pass the contest details along to anyone who might be interested. We look forward to seeing what people come up with!

That’s all we have for now. But stay tuned for more in the near future.

To the honor of our Tubers,

-Taniith, Mysterium 2015 Chair

*we’ve got connections… and if that fails we’ll bake Bribe Donuts.
**yes, you can expect more Esher quotes in future blog poasts. Con-chair’s prerogative.

Wrapping Up Mysterium 2014

Shorah b’shemtee!

First, thank you so much to everyone who came to this year’s Mysterium; you helped make this our second-biggest event ever with over 150 attendees! Myst fans are the best! We hope you had a great time, and we appreciate your feedback. If you have anything you want to tell us about your experience (positive or negative), please email feedback@mysterium.net.

If you have photos from last weekend that you’d like to share, please tag the Mysterium page on Google+, add them to the Mysterium 2014 Flickr Group, upload them to the Mysterium Facebook group, or you can add them to our Flickr photostream by following the instructions located here.

Next year’s Mysterium is going to be awesome! Obduction’s release will be getting closer, and we look forward to expanding the number of activities and panels for you to attend. Mysterium 2015 will be in Boston, MA, August 7 – 9. If you missed your chance to pre-register at the convention on Sunday, never fear. We’ll be putting up pre-registration again in a few months, once we’ve recovered from this year’s festivities and gotten more planning finalized.

Until then, you can keep in touch with us and other attendees by joining our forum or our Facebook group. We’ll also be posting updates to our Facebook page, our Google+ page, our Tumblr, and our Twitter account.

Thank you again to everyone who came, and to everyone who watched out livestream. Mysterium is nothing without people like you! We hope to see you again next year!

Closing Ceremonies moved to 2:00 PM

To accommodate the attendees who are going to the Livingstone Rock Ranch this morning, we have moved Closing Ceremonies to 2:00 PM.

Live Stream from Cyan starts at 10:00 AM Pacific Time

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Our live stream will begin at 10:00 AM Pacific. You can join in at http://www.justin.tv/mysteriumcon. Cyan Chat is still out of commission, so please feel free to use the chat on Justin.tv.

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