Tickets for The Smoke were sold on a first-come first-served basis. There were a limited number of weekend tickets, which entitled 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 were some single-larp tickets available for those larps which weren’t yet full. By now all of the weekend tickets and the single-larp tickets are gone, but there’s still the chance that there will be people who drop out at short notice – so if you’re interested in attending, there’s no harm in completing the signup form anyway – then we can get in touch with you if there’s an opening.
Here is the link to the signup form: https://goo.gl/forms/UK32NljGOoKkYD6n2
which is now accepting signups.
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. If you want a day ticket (two larps on the same day), that’s effectively the same as two one-off 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 22nd December 2017. 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: https://goo.gl/forms/UK32NljGOoKkYD6n2
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. (You can see them listed and described here.) We will give you a week to pay for yuor 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, it will be put towards next year’s event.