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And Oldtimer Tells It Like It Is –...

Years ago I was asked to write a letter to Otherworld newcomers. Since I have been going to Otherworld before it was Otherworld and I run the Black Rock City Retirement Community (see Otherworld 2012/2013, Burn in the Forest 2010, Critical Northwest 2010/2012, Burning Man 2013 and 2016), I qualify for the burner senior citizen’s rate. I also qualify for that jaded old timer who is going to give you unsolicited advice about how to do it right. Here’s the letter, kids. Do me proud. After years of your friend bugging you to come to this awesome thing, you decided...
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The Less than Definitive Guide To More T...

Going to Otherworld and wondering what to expect? Your first couple burner events can be a bit of a strange time until you get the hang of them, and then strange just becomes normal. No worries though, we have you covered. We,  Amara! and Shenanigans, have yet to miss an Otherworld, since the very first one,  and between us have been to a ton of Burns, regional events and other festivals as well. We’re here to help you have the best Otherworld you can. First things first.  Go read the official Otherworld Survival guide, it has site specific information and rules that are...
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Getting Started

“GREETINGS FROM BURNING MAN!” When I first read about Burning Man, (in Bruce Sterling’s 1996 Wired article) finding your way to Burning Man seemed near impossible. “If you have to ask, you don’t belong there.” was the line famously given at the Gerlach gas station, and for a young tree-planting island punk, finding Burning Man took knowing someone or a lot more dedication to getting in over my head than I had at the time.   Fast forward a half dozen years, when we ran into burners on the ferry, on their way to Recompression, on the Sunshine Coast.  These were...