This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
I’m sorry to say that Aethertopia 2019 is postponed. I know each and every one of you shared in the dream, but there simply aren’t enough ticket sales to support the event at this time. I know some of you have major travel plans, so I’m reaching out to you as soon as possible in the hopes you aren’t hurt too much by the delay.
Ticket sales started strong, and we thought we were going to do very well this year. That’s why we added on things like the giant arches, new street lamps, fog machines, and Abney Park. But then, just before MegaCon, ticket sales simply evaporated. This happened last year as well, but it recovered after MegaCon.
This year there was no recovery. The initial surge appears to have been all of our happy, loyal fans from last year returning to lock in their tickets for this year. But then, it just stopped. Our social media activity was through the roof. Our Facebook page added on over a thousand more fans… but it just didn’t translate into ticket sales.
I’m sorry. Celebrating the Genius of Steampunk Makers isn’t just a tag line for me. It’s a mission. I thought this was the best way to carry out that mission, and I was wrong. I am committed to finding a new way to carry out that mission, and give you, our loyal Steampunk community, the venue you deserve for the amazing work you create.
Here’s the part where we still need your help. In order to make refunds, I need to continue earning money through my company, Apseom. In order to keep the event alive, we need to operate. If you try to bully your way to the front of the line, you are going to cause delays for the majority of people who are waiting patiently for the event to come about. And if you do decide to file a dispute, two things are likely to happen:
- The challenges will be denied because of our “no refund” policy
- We will have our ability to accept credit card payments from our other customers turned off, thus prohibiting us from earning the money to get a new venue.
So I’m asking you to not contact your card company or PayPal. We WILL be making good on these, but if a few people decide to try to cut the line, it will ruin it for everyone.
I know you’re unhappy. I get it, believe me.
About the Future
I think you will agree that the core event itself, the Maker Exhibition, the classes, the sharing of knowledge, the promotion of individual genius, is what made Aethertopia so attractive to so many. And that is a direction we will be pursuing for the return event. It has been my passion to see these amazing creative people receive the attention and credit they deserve for the work they do, and I’m not giving up on that. Instead of a Jetpack or a Nerf gun mod, Aethertopia was MY maker project, and the June 2019 version has failed. But that doesn’t mean the idea is bad, or the dream needs to die. You had faith in that dream as well, and I want to make sure that we can all rally together once again to promote Steampunk, and its Maker Mentality, next year, and beyond.
Thank you for being patient with me. I’ll be getting back to everyone as we roll forward. I look forward to continuing to serve all of you in the years to come.