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Ropecon 2020 is looking for programme!

Ropecon ♥ programme organisers

All programme at Ropecon is organised and held by volunteers. We are currently looking for a variety of programme for the upcoming convention, ranging from games and game demonstrations to workshops, presentations, panel discussions, shows, competitions, tournaments and more. The theme of Ropecon 2020 is The End of the World – feel free to use it as a source of inspiration when planning your programme! Ropecon 2020 also has a separate theme aimed at children: DinosaursWe would love to include more programme held in English.

Perks for programme organisers

As a programme organiser, you will receive either a weekend ticket or a one-day ticket to Ropecon 2020 depending on the duration of your programme.

As a rule of thumb, a shorter programme will yield a one-day ticket, while a longer programme yields either a weekend ticket or two one-day tickets, if two or more people are organising the longer programme. Please note that tickets received for organising programme at Ropecon are to be used only by the programme organisers themselves and cannot be transferred to other people. For further information on free admission policies in each programme category, contact our programme coordinators in those categories.

All programme organisers also have access to the Volunteer Lounge during the convention. Please note that tickets received for organising programme at Ropecon are to be used only by the programme organisers themselves and cannot be transferred to other people.

Other perks for programme organisers include:

⊕ Access to the Volunteer Lounge during the convention
⊕ Opportunity to order the Ropecon 2020 volunteer T-shirt
⊕ Access to sleeping bag accommodation at the venue
⊕ Access to the volunteer after-party
⊕ A certificate for volunteering at Ropecon 2020 available upon request after the convention
⊕ Tabletop role-playing game GMs also have access to “loot” at the end of the convention weekend. GMs can exchnage the loot into access to the Volunteer Lounge and volunteer after party instead if they wish to do so.

Call for Programme

Presentations, panel discussions and workshops

For Ropecon 2020, we are looking for exciting and immersive lectures, workshops, panel discussions and discussion groups, especially those featuring this year’s theme (The End of the World) or children’s theme (Dinosaurs). We are hoping to increase our range of programme held in English: if you are able to organise your programme both in Finnish and in English, please mention it in the sign-up form below.

Examples of suitable programme in this category include presentations, talks, panel discussions, discussion groups and workshops. Your programme can be beginner-friendly or aimed at a more experienced audience. 

In addition to presentations and workshops on the topic of board games, card games, miniature wargames and tabletop role-playing games, we are also looking to include more programme focused on the creative aspects of role-playing games and other related hobbies, such as visual arts, crafts, cosplay and photography. We are also always happy to include more programme aimed at families, young children and teenagers.

Duration of presentations, panel discussions and other similar programme is typically either 45 minutes or 105 minutes. For workshops, we would hope to see them arranged at least twice during the convention if possible.

The organiser/moderator of a panel discussion receives a one-day ticket for a short panel discussion and a weekend ticket for a longer panel discussion. People participating in the panel discussion do not usually receive a free ticket to the convention, unless they are also organising other programme or volunteering at Ropecon in other ways. Instead, people participating in panel discussions receive a Performer Pass that grants them access to the convention area for the duration of their panel discussion.

Ropecon 2020 also features an Academic Seminar, which has its own Call for Papers. The Call for Papers is now open.

Sign-up for presentations, panel discussions and workshops is open via Kompassi from 15th of February to 30th of April 2020.

Sign up here

For more information
Heidi Säynevirta | ohjelma@ropecon.fi


Larps

Let’s create amazing larp experiences for attendees of Ropecon 2020! You can run a larp written especially for Ropecon or edit an existing larp for convention play. We hope that each larp would provide play for 6 to 10 people and that all characters would be accessible for all players, regardless of their personal attributes (gender, age, skills or prior experience). Larger larps are also welcome, as long as each character is meaningful to play. As a rule of thumb, larp GMs running an original larp for 3 to 4 hours will receive a weekend ticket to Ropecon 2020.

If you do not have an original larp to run, no worries! We would like to see more pre-written scenarios being run for Finnish larp enthusiasts as well. Freeform larps can also be submitted using the sign-up form below. For pre-written scenarios, running a 3 to 4 hour larp twice during the convention weekend will yield a weekend ticket to Ropecon 2020.

Sign-up for larps is open via Kompassi from 15th of February to 17th of May 2020.

Sign up here

For more information
Tuomas Puikkonen & Pauliina Männistö | larpit@ropecon.fi


Other programme

Programme featuring other topics and hobbies related to role-playing games is also welcome at Ropecon! Examples of programme in this category include combat demonstrations, dance programme and shows. If you have a new creative idea for programme, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

Sign-up for other programme is open via Kompassi from 15th of February to 30th of April 2020.

Sign up here

For more information
Laura Sirola, Aleksi Nikula & Johanna Kari | ohjelma@ropecon.fi

Game programme, Experience Point and tournaments

We are looking for Game Masters, judges and other volunteers interested in organising game programme at Ropecon 2020. Game programme includes all kinds of miniature wargames, card games, board games, game demonstrations, presentations and tournaments held for attendees.

Miniature wargames, card games and board games held at Ropecon offer attendees an opportunity to engage in a full-length play session with experienced players. Games and tournaments can be beginner-friendly or aimed at more experienced players.

At the Experience Point, attendees can try out new games with the assistance of a demonstration guide. As a demonstration guide, you can run your own game or introduce games from other designers and publishers to a new audience. Game demonstrations and demo games should be relatively short (less than 1 hour) to ensure that as many attendees as possible have an opportunity to try out new games.

For some attendees of Ropecon, game tournaments are the main attraction. Tournaments offer attendees a chance to test their skills against other players and, if victorious, to take home small prices provided by Ropecon. We are looking for judges and organisers for various miniature wargame, card game and board game tournaments.

Organising 3 to 4 hours of game programme will result in a one-day ticket to Ropecon 2020, while organising 6 to 8 hours of game programme will result in a weekend ticket.

Sign-up for game programme is open via Kompassi from 15th of February to 31st of May 2020.

Sign up here

For more information
Gaming Desk | pelitiski@ropecon.fi


Tabletop role-playing games

Volunteer as a Game Master at Ropecon! Ropecon is a great opportunity to run your adventures on new players and receive valuable feedback from other role-playing game enthusiasts. Running successful scenarios at Ropecon is a great way to share your knowledge and ideas with other GMs and players. You can also showcase new game systems and game worlds to others – or just run games for the fun of it!

More information on how to run tabletop role-playing games at Ropecon can be found here.

Sign-up for tabletop role-playing games is open via Kompassi from 15th of February to 15th of June 2020.

Sign up here

For more information
Iiris Kaasinen & Jaana Takalo | roolipelit@ropecon.fi


Miniature figure painting programme

Is the paintbrush your weapon of choice? Can you craft glorious palaces out of foam board? Would you like to share some of your knowledge and wisdom with our attendees? We are looking for volunteers with experience in miniature figure painting who would be willing to run a workshop on the subject and run a miniature figure painting competition at Ropecon 2020. If you are interested in organising a miniature painting workshop or the painting contest, or if you have some other idea for a miniature figure painting related programme, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Sign-up for miniature figure painting programme is open via Kompassi from 15th of February to 31st of May 2020.

Sign up here

For more information
Gaming Desk | pelitiski@ropecon.fi