atomosk wrote: But I would dispute the concept that we need the same theme camps to come out. A lot of other people also spend thousands of dollars and host events and require a crew to pull of their vision who don't have the prime placement.
I don't think the placement has anything to do with it. I'm just saying that some camps have a demonstrated record of getting it done.
I did Battlebots etc, in the US and Robot Wars in England. We got paid to go to England because the production company knew that we'd show up with the machines they needed to keep the show interesting. We wasted a lot of newbies on 56 TV networks worldwide because people made a lot of promises to the company just so they could fly to London and get their kid on TV.
It's a matter of record of who has done what, who cleans up their shit, which camps respect the community. By giving those people access to the tickets--they still pay for 'em--the org ensures the survival of the culture.
The city is an experiment. A lot is at stake. It cannot be taken for granted.
atomosk wrote: Taking time to wander the back streets rather than the esplanade is more rewarding, more fun
I agree to an extent, but, that's your opinion. There is absolutely no shortage of opportunity for what you're describing to happen. The overwhelming majority of burners will have the opportunity to see what you describe for themselves.