We here at Southern Paws want to apologise for the radio silence over the last month regarding important details such as when will tickets be available to purchase and the event schedule.
Firstly to address the elephant in the room, when will ticket purchasing go live?
There are two answers for this. The quick answer is NOW
The long answer is as follows: We have been trying to get everything ready. The website side of this is basically ready to go, however the bank side is where there have been hold ups for the last couple of months. We’ve been working as hard as we can to get this ready to go. I know that it is frustrating as many of you do want to book your tickets now and pay for them soon. We understand this. We’re as frustrated as you all are. Our original plan had been to have the tickets go live, and then have the payment options available at the same time, however due to circumstances we will be making ticket ordering available RIGHT NOW, and then as soon as the bank hold ups are finished we will be putting the payment options available. We promise that we are getting this sorted.
Speaking of which, tickets. Initially when we had done the maths we had done it relying on the fact that we would need to sell almost all of the tickets to be able to run the event. Looking back at that, it was a mistake. We have since reworked our calculations and found that we should base our maths on selling about 70 tickets for the event to be realistic.
So what does this mean for you? This does mean that we do need to raise the cost a little bit. I know this is disappointing, but it is what we have had to decide. We are trying to keep it realistic in terms of our pricing.
Are we still going to do an early bird special? We are choosing to withdraw our early bird pricing this year.
So what is the cost now? The costs are now going to be going up a small amount to $160 for the Bunk Room and $190 for the cabins.
Is there sponsor options? Yes. We are having two sponsor options. We Are also offering people the chance to sponsor the event by paying an extra $30. This will get you a pass to be in front of non sponsors in the line for food, and also name in the con book. The other sponsor options that we are adding is that there are 2 rooms a little bit further from the main hall, these each have a double bed with a single bunk bed above. The sponsors will also get first in line for food if they so choose to use it. The pricing for the supersponsor option is $230 PER PERSON in the room. These rooms will be limited to having 2 tickets available. TOTAL. If you order these tickets then no one else will be able to select that ticket. The Super Sponsor rooms will be available shortly after the rest of the tickets.
Scheduling for the con is being finalised, we are working through with our staff what we think is the best plan, and when the best times for various planned events would be. We will be making a call in the next 7 days for people that want to run events or panels to send us submissions via our email if they want to run an event. If you have a good idea please do let us know and we will go through each suggestion and see what we believe will work within our means and within the spaces that we have. We have already had multiple people make suggestions.
And YES, we are planning on a dance at the con on one of our two nights.
Thanks, Votter Southern Paws Chairman.