As for the standard event access tickets - it doesn't say that we will be excluded from the Opening Ceremony/5 Captains' Talk. It tells us that we'll have event access. Well, as the event is for the 5 Captains, I don't think that it's a jump in logic to assume that the event access will be to the 5 Captains. I'll bet that I've been attending Trek cons for more years than you've been alive and I've never been excluded from an opening ceremony after I'd paid my registration fee so this is a real first.
As for chancing it that 'they would make it available separately' - it's what has been said, on these pages, and I quote directly from a Mod, 'You can buy tickets for the Opening Ceremony/Captains Talk, the Captains talks, the bridge photo shoots and all talks separately.' You can check that - it was posted on June 11th. I interpret that statement as meaning that I can buy tickets for the Opening Ceremony/Captains Talk separately as it's specifically differentiated from the Captains talks. And, I'm sure that I'm not the only one who read that statement and took it at face value. It's the answer to a question that's been asked time and time again, after all.
You say you will be 'a bit miffed' if I could buy a ticket to the Opening Ceremony/Captains Talk as it would 'seriously devalue' your ticket. Well, I'm sorry that if I could have bought my ticket then you would have been upset to share the talk with me. I suppose I would have been terribly lucky to have been able to share the event with someone who could afford to splash out at least £225 and who says, 'If you wanted to go to it, then buy the ticket that includes it' . How cavalier you are with my money. I reckon I'm the daft one, for after all, for just £450 for the both of us, we could be in with the privileged. No problem, there, I've always got spare hundreds of pounds lying around. (And, talking about lying, I never mentioned that. Your words, not mine.)
Later that day: I see that you have slightly edited your reply to me. Well, my comments still stand. And, I still say that a convention that has on its opening website page the lure that all 5 Captains will be together on stage should not really have that as an 'add on'. It should be the main event for all those who purchase an event ticket and everything else should be an add on. After all, it is the main event.
Edited by Topper, 25 July 2012 - 11:22 AM.