Texas mogul to usher in end of times with elaborate bash

Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:48pm EST
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By Karen Brooks

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Video game mogul Richard Garriott de Cayeux believes in science - and a great party.

While he may not buy predictions for the end of the world on Friday, the man known for grandiose parties is planning his most elaborate soiree ever - just in case.

Two years in the planning, the party will take guests through games, challenges and performances by hedonists, evangelists, UFO watchers and transcendentalists, all set up in camps along mythical ley lines, or earthly energy fields, which they say crisscross the Garriott de Cayeux property in Austin.

Guests will be asked to think throughout the evening about what they would have done differently in their lives if the world did actually end, and whether, if they got a do-over, they could commit to living a passionate life without regret.

Near midnight, guests plan to witness the end of the world against the breathtaking backdrop of a two-story Mayan temple built on the banks of Lake Austin.

Proceeds from the $1,000 per ticket event will go to the X Prize Foundation, an educational nonprofit that encourages exploration, technological breakthroughs and other advancements through competition. The 144-seat event was nearly sold out on Thursday.

"I'm pretty sure the world will end with the expansion of the sun, which will envelope all the inner planets," said Garriott de Cayeux, 51, who wore a Mayan headdress at a dress rehearsal on Wednesday night. "But I think we have a little while yet."

In the Maya Long Calendar, December 21 marks the end of the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years. U.S. academic Michael Coe said in 1966 the event might signify a Mesoamerican Armageddon, leading to the phenomenon of 2012.   Continued...