Theme Zone

Wasteland Expands the Theme Zone

We are proud to announce that for 2016 we are expanding the themed camping area well beyond the walls of Wasteland City. That means a bigger, badder, more immersive experience all around. A completely themed world by the time you reach the gates of Wasteland.

What does that mean for the many themed camps at Wasteland? Here is your chance to be in the thick of things. A part of the action. Fully themed camps may apply for pre-placement on the map, and enjoy an extra day of Wasteland before the event officially opens on Thursday, September 22nd.

An extra day of Wasteland, you say? Damn right. For approved, 100% themed camps, reserved space and placement on the official map. As an added bonus, and incentive to build more interactive themed camps, those approved will have the opportunity to arrive and setup early starting 8am Wednesday, September 21st, and enjoy an additional day of Wasteland Weekend VII.

There’s more. Adding to the dramatic effect, many of the core Wasteland tribes have taken up siege positions surrounding Wasteland City. Ever vigilant, the Elite Guard, mercenaries, and defenders of the peace protect the city and maintain an uneasy truce. Tribe missions, faction bounties, and theatrical encounters await those who want to be a part of the action, and immersive atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. The Warlords of Wasteland face off (for fun, people, no actual fighting) for a year of epic adventures.

* Expanded theme area and zones beyond Wasteland City.

* Reserved placement of approved, fully themed camps

* An extra day of Wasteland for camps approved for early arrival

* More tribe missions, bounties, and entertainment.


(Answered by a crusty old Wastelander)

Wait, fully-themed camps can apply for placement and Wednesday arrival?

Yes, if your camp is approved, you will be pre-placed on the map and be allowed to arrive early to Wasteland Weekend. Read the entire FAQ and familiarize yourself with the event rules BEFORE filling out the application form. Please. Seriously. Asking stupid questions already covered in the FAQ or creating extra work for our staff will adversely affect the outcome of your application, so READ ON.

What theme requirements are considered for placement?

A fully-themed camp covers every visual aspect, up close and from a distance. Costumed members of your tribe have an equal role to place. Themed vehicles are a plus, but non-themed cars/trucks can be hidden or camouflaged. Camp decoration, nighttime lighting, and interactivity with passing Wastelanders is a bonus. You camp must fit within the fully immersive atmosphere.

What other criteria go into the approval process?

Adherence to theme, great costumes, awesome vehicles, interactivity, history of no security/medical issues, and of course a willingness to work with Wasteland management and staff. NO bright colors, neons, whites, pinks, or anything that makes you stand out of theme. You should already know better. A positive attitude and ability to adapt goes a long, long way.

What is the deadline to apply?

July 31st.

What kind of theme camps will be getting placement?

Raiders, marauders, cannibals, dogs of war, scum of the earth, vermin, and general “bad guy” tribes will be camped outside Wasteland City walls in an extended theme zone. Defenders, Rangers, vendors, merchants, entertainers, mercenaries, and generally “good guy” tribes MAY apply for placement inside Wasteland City itself.

Our camp isn’t done yet.  Do we still have to send in pictures?

Yes. Pics or it didn’t happen. All the grandiose plans and good intentions in the world don’t count if it doesn’t actually exist. We need to see what you’re building and bringing to Wasteland to make the call, and find the ideal placement for your theme camp. Veteran tribes should have no problem producing images from past events. New tribes and first-time theme camps, it’s crunch time to see what you can have ready before the July 31st deadline.

What if we’re bringing something amazing that takes more than one day to set up?

All the more power to you. We love seeing tribes take the initiative, go the extra mile, and raise the bar. There are a few powerhouse Wasteland tribes that do just that, like the Skulduggers, Dauntless eXpress Corp, Dukes of the Nuke, and Rust Devils, to name a few. We’re always up to grant a little extra time for camps that truly bring something epic, but arrival passes before Wednesday are EXTREMELY rare, and generally earned.

What if we’re not really a tribe, just a group of “lone wolfs” that has a bad ass themed camp. Can we still get placement?

Sure, but for all practical purposes, that makes you a tribe. Semantics. And you can’t pluralize lone wolf. We still have to put something down on the map, and “Joe’s camp” isn’t going to fly. Come up with something cool. It’s not that hard.

Does approved placement mean our camp gets early arrival?

Yes, but only tribe members on the application will be considered. Joining or being a member of an approved and placed tribe or camp does not automatically grant early arrival. If the day after your camp gets approved and placed, you suddenly sprout 30 new members begging to get in early, you could lose your camp placement, be subject to relocation, and lose early arrival status for everyone in your tribe. ONLY tribe members camping with your themed camp, as listed and approved on your application will be allowed early arrival.

Does our camp have to arrive Wednesday, or can we still come in on Thursday when the event officially opens?

You may arrive Thursday, as can members of your camp who may not be able to swing the extra day. We encourage you to send a small setup team to secure your space and begin theming your camp on Wednesday. Space unclaimed by Thursday afternoon may be allocated to new arrivals, and camps on the waiting list.

What if my camp requires additional teardown time?

Your camp better be epic. When filling out the application, you may request a teardown pass for a small crew to remain as late as noon Monday, September 26th. We strongly suggest this skeleton crew only consist of the actual individuals absolutely essential to dismantling and cleaning up your campsite. This is not a pass to party.

There’s also one more requirement for a teardown pass. Every individual staying Sunday night must complete 4 hours of Wasteland community service. You are required to put in a minimum of 4 hours work with general site cleanup and event teardown on Sunday. This is not a volunteer position, and you will not be earning a ticket. This is you giving something back to Wasteland, and helping insure the event continues to operate for years to come.

Check-in for teardown is from noon to 2pm on Sunday, September 25th at the Wasteland Command Center. Your name must already be on the approved list submitted by your theme camp. No walk-ups. You will be assigned to a cleanup or teardown crew for a minimum of 4 hours. Once you have completed your time, report back to the Command Center by 6pm to receive your teardown pass and wristband.

Security and California City Police will be doing an event-wide sweep starting after 6pm. Wristbands will be checked. The event is over. If you don’t have a teardown wristband, you don’t need to be there.

What’s required for placement in Wasteland City?

Wasteland City is the hub for barter, entertainment, nightlife, and action. Simply having a themed camp is not enough. Wasteland City tribes must be interactive, provide some service, entertainment or function, and maintain the highest standards in theme and conduct. All city tribes and vendors must arrive and be finished with setup up no later than Wednesday night. Vendors wishing to join the ranks of Bartertown must also be fully themed.

My camp wants to vend at Wasteland, so do we need to fill out this application?

Yes, in addition to the vendor application. Why both? Having a themed storefront AND camp is a requirement to vend at Wasteland. Placement in Bartertown is contingent on both. We need to see what you’re bringing. The better you look, the better your placement. Location, location, location.

How big (small) does my theme camp have to be?

We will consider all shapes and sizes, though small to medium sized camps with a good standing in the Wasteland community will be prioritized. In our experience, extremely large camps tend to be problematic in both theme and behavior. If you run a tight ship, any number is acceptable.

My tribe had a reserved space last year, so do we still need to apply?

Yes. Everyone does, not just you. There are some major changes in the map and layout, so nobody is being singled out. Very few tribes and camps will be in the exact same spot. Think of it as an adventure, and brand new Wasteland experience.

Does every member of my tribe or camp get to arrive early?

No, only those actually camping in the themed zone where your camp has been approved and placed. That means no satellite camps, non-themed “members”, or friends just wanting to use your approval status to get in early, reserve space outside the theme zone, and party. If we catch any members of your camp attempting to reserve space or setup outside the themed camping zone, they will be ejected from the event, and your entire tribe will lose its placement. Choose the names on your early arrival application wisely.

Can tribe members not listed on the application still camp with us in the theme area?

Yes, so long as theme is maintained, and you don’t exceed the allocated space. However, tribe members who are NOT listed on the approved camp application will not be granted early access, and will have to arrive when the event officially opens on Thursday. Don’t even ask for exceptions.

So, there’s this couple in our tribe that show up late to everything, can’t get their [email protected] together, and kinda make a nuisance of themselves. Do we have to kick them out of our tribe?

No. This situation is surprisingly common. We all have the friend who shows up a day late, forgets their costume, buys a brand new tent on the way in, parks their shiny new car in the middle of the street, immediately gets drunk, and takes 12 hours to unload their stuff. You don’t have to kick them out of your tribe, but you may want to reconsider putting their name on the application. Here’s why.

Every member of your tribe or camp represents you as a whole, and all of you have to take responsibility for their actions. You can help them theme their gear, encourage positive behavior, even do some of the work for them, OR, you can request they not camp with you in the themed area and have them arrive when the event officially opens on Thursday. They can come hang out with the tribe, without actually camping in the themed zone.

To be clear, if your campmates cause problems for staff or security (especially on early arrival Wednesday), drink too much or abuse drugs that land them in the med tent, or completely fail at theme, it WILL affect placement and arrival status for the entire camp. In short, if they look bad, you look bad.

My tribe has been coming to Wasteland for years. Do we still need to apply for placement?

Yes. ALL theme camps must submit an application to be considered for placement. Seniority will of course be a factor, but only the best themed tribes will be considered, regardless of years in attendance. If your tribe has been coming for five years and a first-year group of noobs kicks your ass in theme, it’s time to up your game.

Yeah, but I’m a big shot, my tribe rules Wasteland, and we donate a bottle of Trader Joe’s rum to the Atomic Cafe every year. The theme standards and application process can’t possibly apply to us! Or does it?

Yes. You. Especially you. No application, no approval, no placement.

How do we apply?

  1. Have you read the entire FAQ and familiarized yourself with the event rules and theme guidelines yet? Do that first.
  1. Designate ONE member of your tribe or camp to represent you. This person will fill out the application, and act as your tribe contact. Do not have multiple members of your tribe apply. The more work you create for staff, the less likely your application will be approved.
  1. Rustle up some photos of your camp from previous years. If you don’t have any, setup your camp in your back yard, an empty lot, any place that lets you test your space and layout, and take pictures to send in with your application. Remember, this is 100% themed camping, so get your A-Game on.
  1. Fill out the camp placement application before the deadline of July 31st. Don’t rush it. You have time. Multiple applications by the same tribe won’t help, so make sure you have all the information together before submitting. Make it good, and you’ll have a shot. We love seeing well organized tribes.
  1. If you are accepted, you will get a confirmation e-mail, and details regarding placement, theme, and early arrival. Congratulations! You’re on the map.
  1. If your application is not accepted, you will get an email stating this.  Roll with the punches and bring your themed camp to Wasteland anyway. Enjoy the best 4-day Post-Apocalyptic event in the world. Impress the hell out of us this year, and you’ll be sitting pretty for a shot at placement next year.

I’ve read the FAQ twice and familiarized myself with ALL of Wasteland’s rules and theme guidelines, but I still have some questions. Who do I talk to?

Feel free to contact Wasteland’s Community Manager, Mike “The Baron” Muchow.

Theme Zone Application for 2017 will be available here closer to the event.