Six PM Gate Opening on Sunday

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Post by weirdscience » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:25 am

so say im going with a theme camp that wants to go there the saturday before would the themecamp leader get a EAP ?
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Post by Snow » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:27 am

yup, thats prolly the most common scenario
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Post by weirdscience » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:29 am

thank you :) how early can we arrive at the playa btw
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Post by Snow » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:33 am

That varries according to your reason for having an EAP, each EAP hase a specific date one can arive on playa. Placed theme camps can come in as early as sometime Friday, IIRC. Thats when my camp people showed up this year.
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Post by bradtem » Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:15 am

Whatever the announced opening time is, you will generate a huge line, which the playa, gate staff, road and towns of Gerlach and Empire could not readily handle. So they open early, but of course if people start depending on this it breaks down again.

The only other alternative would be to sometimes come down hard on people who arrive early to the playa. Such as hand out cards in Nixon and Cedarville starting at 10pm, and anybody who shows up without a card or a good excuse goes to D lot until all the people with cards have been processed into the city. Of course then people would start crowding in Nixon, you have to do a different system of enforcement every year if you want to make it work.

Or do something to avoid having a land rush. Do the land rush on the web -- every ticket comes with a code, and the camp leader gets all the codes and puts them in the computer before the event, and that governs how much space you can get (with some slop for late additions), and then you grab it on the computer using a lottery or similar to decide who goes first. You can have more space per person if you camp further out, or willingly wait longer to take space.

Of course, the problem with this is having people really know where their borders are. With placed theme camps it's hard enough in spite of the flags and the placer escorting you. One approach would be to have fixed sizes and flags every 25' along the streets, and give people GPS coordinates and let them count distance, flags and most of all find the blocks where, if you stand in the center and let your GPS stabilize, it is closest to your number. But there would still be fights because folks made a mistake.

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Post by unjonharley » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:54 am

Just inlarge to 10-20ooo the meat lot and do not release it until 6:00 Mon. morning..

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Post by Bob » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:09 am

BRC is still laid out with hardware-store chains and an antique railroad transit that needs calibrating, same as the last decade. Have fun with your GPS.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:32 am

weirdscience wrote:so say im going with a theme camp that wants to go there the saturday before would the themecamp leader get a EAP ?
No, you don't say it, the theme camp leader (or at least that member of the theme camp who interacts with the ptb) says "I need 4 early entry passes" and then gets them and assigns them to trusted camp members who will, regardless of any parties attended, put up the infrastructure so it is in place on Monday when everybody else arrives.
Ditto with art early entries.
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