I haven't posted on eplaya while I waited for BMorg to sort things out. I would have preferred that the 10K open ticket sales were sold to anyone who applied for them as was advertised since honest burners made their ticket plans based on what they were told by BMorg. Having said that some consideration for theme camps and art projects is certainly a reasonable proposition.
However, giving all 10K open sale tickets to theme camps and punishing the burners who played by the rules and only entered once per 2 people is not a reasonable solution. Besides all the couples who have been screwed now what this means is that anyone who might have played by the rules in 2013 will do whatever they can to game the system next year. Let's be honest it's the only rationale thing to do given the rewards for working with BMorg through the system they setup.
Had BMorg given 5K tickets to camps and put 5K tickets into STEP [allowing 2 tickets per lottery entry] they would have given every group some much needed hope that they'll get tickets as well as showing that they respected the plight of all the different parts of the Burning Man community.
To BMorg I jus say this - what were you thinking? Letting couples access 2 tickets through STEP would have been a reasonable and fair solution. The reality is there won't be many STEP tickets so it was only a show of respect to the part of the community that played fair, but a very important one nevertheless. You are clearly out of your depth in handling an event of this size when a crisis occurs. I hope you take some steps to improve the capacity of the event leadership before we go through more pain in 2013.
So as far was my GF and I go we entered once and got no tickets. We are eligible to get 1 ticket through STEP. Most of our friends didn't get tickets and our camp doesn't seem to qualify for the 10K ticket program. We are officially turning off our Burning Man plans for this year.
To Burners that got tickets or will get tickets through STEP/theme camp allocation and the secondary market I say have a great burn. The upside of all the carnage and negativity of the 2012 ticket situation is that it will be a brave new world on the playa. I look forward to reports from you all and hope you have a wonderful time.
To Burners that didn't get tickets - especially couples that are left out of STEP - I feel your pain **hugs**. If you are going to keep on fighting to get tickets I salute your efforts. If you are giving up for 2012 I certainly empathize. I hope you have an awesome time whatever you get up to. I know we will...