The future of Mysterium

Mysterium has always been an event that I had hoped to attend, a gathering of Myst fans. 2006 was a great year, everyone gathered at Cyan Worlds headquarters in Spokane (*wishes he’d been there*). 2007 was a bit different.

Traditionally there has been a Mysterium committee of about 5 people with various volunteers. In 2007, the voting was held, and it was decided that Mysterium would occur in LA. However, no committee members were going to be there. That left all of the planning and detail work up to the few LA locals, one of those being a good friend of mine.
She had very little contact with the committee (basically an initial email and then some IM conversations). Yet somehow, it seemed expected that she would get the whole event organized and carried out.

The event went quite well from what I heard (*again wishes that he’d been there*). I was in CyanChat prior to the event. I can assure you, it was not easy for any single person to try to plan an event of that size. Only in the very last few days before the event was any sort of help offered.

In CyanChat, we were discussing how it was sad that no one knew who was on the Mysterium committee, and that no one knew how to contact them. It was also noted that very few of the committee members were still active in the community. In CyanChat a group formed with the intention of trying to bring more community interaction to the committee.

Then only a day after Mysterium, Scraper resigned from the committee (which left everyone unsure who was on the committee). Mihshehl had apparently resigned; Ran had left the community; Scraper had resigned; Salar was nowhere to be seen; and we didn’t know if there was anyone else, or who they were, or how to contact them, etc.

The aforementioned group was worried that Mysterium might not have a future if no one stepped up to keep it alive. They put out a post to various forums describing (albeit loosely) their intentions. They did not want to “overthrow” the existing committee, as far as they knew, no one from the committee was left. The CyanChat group had intended to contact Lehsa and RAWA to find out who (if anyone) was still on the committee, and how to contact them; but Lehsa was away, and RAWA didn’t respond immediately.

Mihshehl saw the post and started flaming. Not the CyanChat group, but a single person from that group. The person who worked; amid personal difficulties, education, moving and much more; to organize Mysterium 2007. The event would not have happened without her.

You think they want the “power”, and the “glory”? You think that they want to take control of Mysterium for their own benefits?

They don’t. They simply want Mysterium to continue, and at the moment, the original committee doesn’t look like it’s in any shape to do that. They want to work with the committee members who have experience.

What bothers me most is that only one person is consistently being flamed, and it’s the wrong person. The lady who organized Mysterium 2007 is a good friend of mine, and has in no way done anything to deserve the attacks against her.

You claim that you left the committee 2 years ago… yet you say only a few lines down that you “cannot speak to the whole committee”. Are you, or are you not on the committee? Make up your mind.
You say that all of the committee members were listed on the Mysterium.net website… but (what do you know) that website is broken, and gives no one any way of getting information.

Am I against the committee? No. Am I against the CyanChat group? No. All that I want is to have the chance in the future to be at a Mysterium gathering and to meet the people that I’ve come to know through the community.

Am I against people who bash others for no reason, especially when they claim that they’ve already given up all ties to the subject? Yes.

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2 thoughts on “The future of Mysterium

  1. Kehra says:

    You have an excellent way with words, sir. *hands you a duck*

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