5280MeV wrote:If the large scale art was all there really was, then I would have really enjoyed 2011, and I would remember the experience forever, but I would not go back. It is great, but it is not enough - it is the juxtaposition of creativity at all scales which invites me to be a part of it, and beckons me to come back and do more, make more, and be more a part of it. The fact that the playa is so inhospitable also creates the magic, dropping me down so many rungs of the hierarchy of needs that when a random person hands me a plain hot dog on a bun it is like some sort of miracle has occurred and I am about to have the most delicious meal of my life.
I am just going to throw an "amen" in here. That pretty much sums up why I keep going.
As for the people who still want to panic about this... well, until the draw actually happens everything from both sides is conjecture. Some of us think it will work out fine, some think it won't (and some think it will destroy the event!, but those people think that about something every year).
These are the facts on the ground:
The event sold out last year.
The LLC is trying a different method of ticket sales this year.
The LLC believes there will be a sell-out this year, and thinks this is the fairest way to give the most people a chance at a ticket.
The LLC thinks that most people who want tickets will get them, based on previous years growth.
Now, you can take that info & Freak The Fuck Out, or you can take it & plan for the change. I would place a cash bet that the vast majority of people who want a ticket will get one (for $420 +shipping or less). Having an official LLC- approved resale market will take the wind out of the scalpers, so, unlike last years ticket-hunt fiasco, tickets should stay way more reasonably priced.
The lottery system has been tried before (though under different names) by other events- like that little Glastonbury thing people keep bringing up. It works when demand is greater than supply, but "working" doesn't mean everyone ends up happy. Just that most do.