Happy Ticket Day!

Did you not get tickets? End up with more than you need?
Here are some rose-tinted thoughts on the 2012 situation:

Feb 22 – Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) opens
March 28th – Open Sale (10,000 additional tickets)

**NOTE: I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF BURNING MAN. I am merely a Participant with a passion for the event, people, and Principles of Burning Man. **

About the author: John "Halcyon" Styn

Halcyon is a 15-year Burning Man participant and founder of Pink Heart camp. He is author of "Love more. Fear less." and producer of the Burning Man short film, "The Pink Path." He's won Webby awards for his over-the-top personal site CockyBastard.com & his "Love On Demand" video podcast HugNation.com. He hosted the defunct NBC.com web series "Fears. Regrats. Desires." and frequently speaks about Gratitude & Gifting. In 2010, Halcyon co-founded the San Diego based "1st Saturdays" homeless outreach program based on Burning Man Principles and the idea of "Service Without Sacrafice." You can find his digital home at www.JohnStyn.com.

63 thoughts on “Happy Ticket Day!

  • The real issue is one of Critical Mass.

    BRC is growing every year. I can totally believe there is a greater number of willing and dedicated citizens than there are tickets. Why is simple and obvious… It is unique… It succeeds in it’s mission statement! Not for everyone… but enough people realize, this idea called BRC, is manifested in real time and are drawn to it again and again… year after year. I attended 7 straight years myself.

    If indeed the population of BRC has to be capped then we as a community need to seriously look into developing events in other locations. This is not to say we shouldn’t share our event with the rest of the world , indeed quite the opposite. It would relieve “some” of the pressure we are experiencing now. I know I would love to travel to say Canada, Europe, or Australia for example and see our community and our ideals expressed as well. Truly making it a Universal Idea and Reality!

    The old ticket system had it’s flaws. One year I traveled over 100 miles to buy tickets after the outlets in my own town and surrounding ones dried up. Last year I stayed home because of the sold-out status of the event and I didn’t want to use the scalper options available to me. I was looking forward to returning this year and bringing few new people along as in past years. I realized if I wanted to attend I would have to be better prepared and proactive about it. Yet I didn’t even know the lottery was taking place till days before when fellow Burners informed me it was the about to happen. I hadn’t put together the funds together yet. I have no ticket. So many don’t (as expressed above) that it begs the question: Would it be worth going if we did get one?! I never thought I’d say that!

    I can’t understand the reasoning or short-sightedness behind the horrible Lottery System decision. I believe the imperfect old system at least worked, as far as fairness, with-in reason.

    After the early block Tickets are exhausted… Limit two tickets to each buyer with the majority of the remaining tickets available though walk up outlets. Let the local and regional participants, who support most of the community based infrastructure, have the best shot of attending. As we set up new sites and location for future events this should always be our approach. There will always be those who want to make profit off our community. It can’t be avoided… it can be minimized…

    “…if we practice radical self reliance, experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, embodied ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship.”

    Burn Baby Burn!

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  • This is really disappointing – I’ve been to all but 2 burns in the past 15 years (when I was in the hospital) and I did not get tickets this year with the random draw. That said, I was really disappointed with the vibe of last year’s burn – there seemed to be way too many people who there to do nothing. Maybe it’s time for an old-timer to pack it in. Fortunately some of friends got extra tickets but I don’t know if it’s even worth going to anymore.

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  • The scalpers are going eat up the STEP program… They are drooling right now. In a week, they will buy thousands of tickets, and then triple their money. Sell the extra 10,000 NOW! Liberate the tickets!

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  • I was one of the few who DID get tickets in one try

    I was 90% decided to not go and give my tix to friends (founders of one of the oldest camps) because of the lottery mess

    Watching this video may have pushed me over the edge.

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  • Hey there,

    Due to a change in my summer plans I now WANT TO COME, and apart from giving away my first born wanted to know how I go about it.

    i didnt register because I wasnt intending to come and I dont think I can now…if someone could please advise me.

    i was hoping that as I gave a ticket away to a stranded burner outside the site 2 years ago that my good friend Karma will help roll this one out for me.

    Anyway suggestions/advise/step by step guides would be greatly appreciated.

    PEAS & LOVE xxxc

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  • Been a volunteer for last few years and always figured ‘my day’ would come…meaning I get a ticket…not so much. I guess its time for BM to admit this has gone the way of the consumer…

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  • wouldn’t it be dirty and fantastic if it was uncovered that the scalpers are actually BORG?, or some people who aren’t at the top making the big bucks like Larry who want the big bucks and scarfed the tix for themselves.. wouldn’t be the first time something like this happened in the history of the world.

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  • Wow ! I thought last year was crazy…. when two days before bought my ticket they sold out.
    I did not go.

    After all the years of me talking about BM to my kids they want to go. I toid them when you are 16 & 18 … and now this is the year.

    Luckly , i have been able to purchase 2 tickets for them. the trick is that I need one more for me!
    I’m the driver, the veteran, the Dad…………… HELP!!!!!!!!

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  • Thanks Hal, saw your face and it reinstalled my faith I will be on the Playa again this year…and both me and my daughter will see…

    Love and Hugs,

    Lori Z

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