Tickets for The Smoke 2019 are on sale in October 2018. There will be a limited number of weekend tickets, which entitle people to participate in all four larp timeslots, telling us their preference as to which larps they wanted to play in each slot; plus, later, there will be some single-larp tickets available for those larps which aren’t yet full.
The signup form for weekend tickets is here: https://goo.gl/forms/ygJSnzv74Sw4Vgpf2 and is now closed for the first wave of signups. The second wave of signups will open at 1900 GMT on 29th October 2018, and we will then allocate further tickets (probably around 35 of them) on a basis yet to be decided.
After all the weekend tickets are sold, we’ll open signup for single-larp tickets.
In the meantime, you can leave your contact details here, and we’ll inform you when we’ve set a date for taking signups.
The basic price for attending The Smoke weekend will be £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 single-larp tickets. A single-larp 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 single-larp ticket will cost £15 and will include the larp, a meal, and the evening parties. We will continue selling single-larp tickets up until all the larps are full, which may be right up to the day of the event. If you want a day ticket (two larps on the same day), that’s effectively the same as two single-larp tickets, and will cost £30.
If you buy a ticket and later find that you can’t attend, we will refund you, as long as you make your request before 21st December 2018. If it’s after that, then we will only refund you if we can find someone else to buy the ticket that you are vacating.
Signup for The Smoke is in two stages. First, we’ll ask you to fill out a form with your details: that form will appear here https://goo.gl/forms/ygJSnzv74Sw4Vgpf2 when signup opens.
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. We will give you a week to pay for your ticket: and if you don’t, your ticket will be offered to someone else.
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, then it will be put towards next year’s event.