Academic Seminar

Important dates

Abstract deadline: May 03, 2020
Notification of acceptance: May 17, 2020
Full Paper deadline: July 19, 2020

Playing at the End of the World

How has the end of the world been depicted in board games and role-playing games? How does climate change affect the game industry? What happens after a role-playing game campaign ends?

The 3rd annual Academic Seminar of Ropecon is focused on the end of the world along with its many meanings and representations in games. In addition to being a popular theme in numerous board games and role-playing games, the end of the world is also a contemporary issue due to climate change. How does the current state of our world affect the content depicted in games, game design and the game industry?

Ropecon 2020 Academic Seminar is organised in collaboration with the Center of Excellence: Game Culture Studies (2018-2025) coordinated by the Tampere University Game Research Lab. The Academic Seminar is held mainly in English. Similar to last year, the academic programme track will start in the morning of Friday 24th of July 2020. Ropecon will open its doors to the public at 3 pm.

Present your paper at the Academic Seminar

Ropecon invites you to participate in the discussion on the meaning and representations of the end of the world in board games and role-playing games. Both junior researchers and doctoral students as well as more established researchers are welcome. For more information, please see the Call for Papers linked below. 

Read the Call for Papers


Ropecon 2020 Academic Seminar is held with the support of The Finnish Cultural Foundation, which provides grants from a central fund and 17 regional funds. For more information, visit the website of The Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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