Things have been hectic and a ton of fun! Pinball championships, movies, performances and activities! We’re still looking for a few good members, be sure to visit the About page for more details.
Expect to see some of our games in many upcoming movies, both in the theaters and on HBO productions — we’ve been busy consulting with local productions providing period games and other items for their sets. We’ve also had various celebrities stop by the PinChurch, from Jason Sudekis of SNL to Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.
Music is everywhere, from impromptu jam sessions to organized formal concerts – expect more video releases soon!
The MK Podcasting Cartel is in full swing – we’ve created a dedicated, state-of-the-art podcasting station capable of doing high-quality recording and production. Our members are starting to create their own podcasts.
Gaming Night is a regular activity at least once or twice a month. And our LightBox Project is in full swing — we’ll be doing some very cool things with microcontrollers and high-tech lighting this month.
There are charity events, concerts, classes and other activities planned. Be sure to join our mailing list if you’re not already, to find out about events and activities.
A lot has been going on in the past few months and we’ve been remiss at going into the details. We’ve held a number of fundraisers, tournaments and hosted countless gatherings and events with both locals and people from around the world who have wanted to visit our fabulous makerspace and private studio.
We are also gearing up for the second-annual Louisiana State Pinball Championships, held at the PinChurch.
Kaiju Flambeaux group work at the PinChurch on Arduino-controlled, RF-synchronized LED light suits for Mardi Gras
We are now more than half way towards meeting our membership quota. When we do, the group will be more exclusive and picky about future members – we feel keeping the core membership a modest size means we can focus more on personal relationships and group projects as opposed to the endless fundraising that many of these types of organizations become mired in. So if you’ve been thinking of joining, now is the time! Even if you’re not local, there are a myriad of benefits of becoming a member – and eventually we hope to spawn regional clubs in different areas.
We’re setting up a dedicated podcasting station for people to produce their own shows; making progress on the public arcade project and talking with several different groups who want to partner with us to bring a high-class, large-scale pinball parlor to the city, working on acquiring new technology such as 3D printers and CnC equipment, and forming new sub-groups (we call “cartels”) on everything from gaming to beer brewing.
The MK has been working with the Krewe of Chewbacchus and helping various sub-krewes with design and development of custom micro-controlled LED costumes and systems, our own in-house “Project Lightbox” which is designed to illustrate a variety of aspects of industrial design, manufacturing, merchandising and related skills. We’re continuing to learn and produce videos of artists, and in the next few months we have even more high-profile artists that will be coming to our place — stay tuned for more!
The Mystic Krewe was honored to be selected as a partner and sponsor for the 2014 New Orleans Museum of Art “Odyssey Ball” event last month. This is the museum’s major fundraising event of the year, a fancy black-tie gala featuring live bands, choreographed entertainment, a silent auction of many special gifts, wonderful food and amazing artwork, attended by many of the regions most influential luminaries.
In association with a new exhibit opening featuring photo-realist painting, the Mystic Krewe brought an array of vintage pinball machines representing a variety of eras in the technology, not just for display, but for the play and amusement of the patrons. “For once, here’s something in the museum you can touch!”, quipped MK founder, Michael Perry.
The event was a huge hit and we are looking forward to doing more activities with NOMA and their patrons! The games displayed covered the electro-mechanical era with a Gottlieb Wedgehead called “Jacks Open” featuring its own unique artwork, an early solid-state game from 1979 called, “Genie”, an early 1990’s game from Bally/Williams, “Jackbot” to the ultra-modern game released in 2013, JJP’s “Wizard of Oz” pinball!
The success of the event and the huge interest it generated further demonstrates the interest among the local community for a dedicated, vintage pinball venue, which we are actively seeking to establish. A lot of great contacts were made among important dignitaries in the area that we hope will bring us further towards our goal of making these wonderful machines available to the general public.
The Mystic Krewe is looking for creative, passionate, ethical, progressive people to join our ranks and help us create a fun and friendly organzation. We like to socialize and play games, but also learn, teach and share, and collaborate on business ventures and other projects. If this sounds interesting to you, consider petitioning to become a member. Check the topics on the upper nav bar under "About Us": "FAQ", and "Membership" for more information, then Contact Us to set up a meeting and tour!
Sell or donate your Pinball or Arcade game to us!
If you have an old pinball machine -- in any condition, consider donating or selling the game to us. We will restore it to its former glory and share it with others. For more info Contact Us!
MK is looking to open a public arcade! YOU can help!
Our collection of games, our museum and our expertise in restoring, maintaining and operating the South's largest collection of vintage coin-op machine is available to partner with others in the area!
We are specifically looking for a public venue where we can set up a very special, unique array of vintage pinball and other devices. We can offer a very attractive and lucrative arrangement with someone in the area who has experience and resources! Club owners, investors, entrepreneurs, restauranteurs.... contact us to set up a meeting and let us show you how to have one of the most unique businesses in the country. Location won't matter. People will come from hundreds of miles around to visit this place. If you have resources and are intrigued, Contact Us
Below is a sampling of the active projects taking place within the Mystic Krewe. These are not all that's going on. If you would like to participate, contact us.
Video Editing & Production Study Group - ongoing weekly meetings to learn beginner, basic and advanced videography, using HD cameras and Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (Premier Pro, After Affects, Photoshop, etc.)
Pinball Repair - Ongoing sessions showcasing basic and advanced pinball and video game repairs. Members come by at their leisure and we tackle various projects.
Music Group - MK members comprise a number of popular bands in the area as well as aspiring musicians. We regularly assemble to learn, teach, share and jam in the studio.
Basic Electronics/Micro Controllers by example - We're working with the Beaglebone microcomputer, the next generation over the Raspberry Pi, and learning basic electronics and embedded systems by developing a few simple and useful devices. Our flagship product will be a super-intelligent custom A/C thermostat/humidistat.
Computer-controlled DMX systems - Using computers to control lights and FX controllers.
Stained Glass Workshop - preparing for a class on how to make stained glass art.
ProTools and audio recording systems - The ongoing setup and configuration of our multi-track digital studio and podcasting system.
Construction and woodworking - We are designing and building custom desks and other fixtures, as well as working on unique artistic pieces and furniture to resell.
Mobile Applications Development - Android and IOS development groups are forming to begin learning and designing mobile apps, forming business ventures around these projects.
.... and more!
Want to help?
In our quest to celebrate learning, creativity, responsibility, personal advancement, sharing and helping each other and our community. Please consider giving what you can. Any token donation goes a long way in helping cover our expenses and increase our impact on the community. It means so much!
While financial donations are the most critical at this point, if you have other material items or resources to offer our group, please contact us! Thank you so much!!