Signup for weekend tickets for The Smoke will be on a first-come first-served basis. There will be a limited number of weekend tickets, which entitle you to play in all four slots. We don’t know that number yet, because it will depend on how many tickets we have to allocate to GMs. The signup window will be from 13th November 2017 to 11th December 2017.
The basic price for attending The Smoke weekend is £60 (GBP). That covers the Friday night party, two larps and the party on the Saturday, and two larps on the Sunday. Food and drink will be included as part of each larp slot.
If you would like to, you can choose to pay more: £90, for a supporter ticket. This doesn’t get you anything different, but it allows us to offer subsidized tickets (at £30) to another participant who’s on a low income, or who’s from a low-income country, or who has high travel expenses. And it earns you our undying gratitude for your generosity!
If that latter description (low income etc) sounds like you, then you can apply for a £30 subsidized ticket. But we will only have as many of these available as the number of people who buy supporter tickets. So it’s likely that there will be more applicants for subsidized tickets than we are able to satisfy.
GMs (the people who are running larps at The Smoke) get a discount on membership. For them, the price is a standard £30. (Although if they wish to also donate an extra £30 to support a subsidized ticket, that’s terrific of course.)
Each larp will generally only have one GM-price ticket associated with it; although you can apply for an assistant-GM ticket at the same price, if you need another person to make your larp run.
Once all the weekend tickets have been sold, we will make available a number of one-off tickets. A one-off ticket will be for a specific larp in a specific timeslot – we anticipate that some of the larps will be full with weekend-ticket people, but there should still be plenty of great opportunities for those of you who can’t make it for the whole weekend. A one-off ticket will cost £15 and will include the larp, a meal, and the evening parties. We will continue selling one-off tickets up until all the larps are full, which may be right up to the day of the event.
Signup for The Smoke is in two stages. First, we’ll ask you to fill out a form with your details. (Here’s last years’s form: https://goo.gl/forms/n9qXoX4FIORif8wk2 – it is no longer taking signups of course, but this year’s will be pretty similar.)
Then, once we’ve got applicants for all the available tickets, we will ask you to pay. And at the same time we’ll ask you to choose which of the larps available you’d like to play in. (That list isn’t out yet, but it will be by then.) We will give you a week to pay: and if you don’t, your ticket will be offered to someone else (unless you have a good excuse, like being on holiday or something).
What happens to the money?
The Smoke is a non-profit organization, and we are budgeting to break even – the ticket prices are set so as to cover the costs of the festival (mainly, room hire and food/drink), and no more. If we manage to save on the costs and there is any surplus left over at the end, it will be put towards next year’s event.