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Ropecon ♥ programme organizers

All programme at Ropecon is organised by volunteers. We are currently seeking a variety of programme ranging from games and game demonstrations to workshops, lectures, panel discussions, shows, competitions and tournaments for the upcoming convention. The theme of Ropecon 2019 is mythology – let it be a source of inspiration for this year’s programme! Programme held in English is also welcome.

Sign-up for programme organizers has ended!

Perks for programme organizers

As a programme organiser, you will receive either a one-day ticket or a weekend ticket to Ropecon depending on the length of your programme. As a rule of thumb, a short lecture or presentation (45 minutes) yields a one-day ticket, while a longer lecture (105 minutes) yields either a weekend ticket or two one-day tickets if there are more than one programme organizers. Workshops held at least twice during the convention yield a weekend ticket. Programme organizers also have access to the staff lounge during the convention.

Other benefits include:

⊕ Opportunity to order the staff T-shirt
⊕ Access to sleeping bag accommodation at the convention area
⊕ Access to the staff after party
⊕ You can also get a certificate for your work as a volunteer after the convention (upon request)

Programme categories and how to sign-up

If you have any questions about volunteering as a programme organizer, please do not hesitate to contact the conittee member responsible for that programme category, or to contact our programme coordinators directly via email.

Lectures, panel discussions and workshops

We are seeking interesting and immersive lectures, workshops and panel discussions for Ropecon 2019, especially programme that embraces this year’s theme, mythology. We are also looking to increase our range of programme available in English. Please let us know if you are able to present your programme in both Finnish and English.

Examples of suitable programme in this category include lectures, presentations, talks, panel discussions and workshops. Programmes can be beginner-friendly, intended for a more experienced audience or accessible for everyone.

In addition to lectures and workshops about board games, card games, miniature wargames and tabletop role-playing games, we are also seeking programme focused on the more creative aspects of the role-playing games and other related hobbies, such as visual arts, crafts, cosplay and photography. We are also seeking to include more programmes suitable for families, young children and teenagers. The duration of lectures, panel discussions, workshops and other similar programmes is typically either 45 minutes or 105 minutes. Workshops should be arranged twice during the convention if possible.

Ropecon 2019 will also feature an academic programme track, which has its own Call for Papers.

Lectures, panel discussions and workshops will be held partly in the same facilities as last year. More detailed information will be made available later on.

Sign-up for lectures, panel discussions and workshops has ended.

For more information
Heidi Säynevirta | ohjelma@ropecon.fi

Experience Point

At the Experience Point our visitors can try out new games with the help of a volunteer guide. We are seeking volunteer guides for more established games (such as Settlers of Catan, Magic: the Gathering, Warhammer, Go) as well as for some newer or lesser known games.

As a demonstration guide, you get to introduce and play your favourite games with new players. We also welcome game designers to introduce their new games – both finished versions as well as those that are still in development – to the audience. Board games, strategy games, card games, miniature wargames, tabletop role-playing games alike are all welcome at the Experience Point. Duration of each game demonstration must be short, preferably less than one hour. A helper earns a weekend ticket with eight hours of games and a day ticket with four hours.

Please note that the Experience Point is only meant for demonstrating games, not selling them. For those wishing to also sell their games or other products at the convention, please contact our Vendor Hall coordinator for booth reservations and further information.

The sign-up fo Experience Point has ended.

For more information
Mikko Hyvönen | kokemuspiste@ropecon.fi

Live-action role-playing games (larps)

Join the ranks of our larp GMs to provide an unforgettable larp experience for attendees of Ropecon! Larps can be written specifically for Ropecon or utilise an already existing game and adjusted to be run in a convention setting. All larps should preferably include enough in-game content for 6 to 10 players, and all characters should be available for any player regardless of their personal attributes (gender, age, skills or experience). Larger scale larps are also accepted provided that all characters offer a meaningful experience for their players. To run your game you will receive either a one-day ticket or a weekend ticket to Ropecon depending on the length of your game and/or the number of games run. As a rule of thumb, a larp GM who runs a game of their own writing for 3 to 4 hours during the convention weekend receives a free weekend ticket to Ropecon.

Don’t have a larp to run? No worries! Introducing pre-written scenarios to Finnish larpers is also an option and we would gladly see more of them. Use the same sign-up form as for other larps to sign one up. For pre-written scenarios and games using existing materials, running the larp for 3 to 4 hours twice during the convention will yield a free weekend ticket for the larp GM.

Sign-up for Larps has ended.

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

Collectible card games

Ropecon seeks people to run card game tournaments and other card game programme. We are also seeking volunteers for the card game desk to handle registration for tournaments and to make sure that other card game related programmes progress on schedule. No prior experience or expertise is required to work at the card game desk or to hold a tournament, as we will provide you with all the advice, information and support you need both from the previous, more experienced tournament organizers.

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For more information
Nea Similä | korttipelit@ropecon.fi

Strategy and board games

Do you have an idea about board games brewing in your mind? Do tell! Ropecon’s board game programme explores the topic through workshops, talks about strange themes as well as oddball tournament formats. If you still hesitate, the board game area head will gladly answer your questions at lautapelit@ropecon.fi.

We are also looking for volunteers interested in working at the popular Board Game Library counter, where visitors can lend games to play with their friends during the convention. Volunteers will be in charge of lending the games and keeping the library and games in order. You can sign up for the board game desk through the staff volunteer form, which opens in April.

Sign-up for Strategy and board games has ended.

For more information
Mika Lemström | lautapelit@ropecon.fi

Games, Experience Point and Tournaments

We are seeking GMs, judges and other volunteers to organize tournaments and other game related programme at Ropecon. 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 in experienced company. 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 publishers to a new audience. Game demonstrations and sample games should be relatively short (around 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 them a chance to test their skills against other players and, if victorious, to take home small prices provided by Ropecon. We are seeking organisers for various miniature wargame, card game and board game tournaments.

Volunteers organising tournaments or other game programme receive either a free one-day ticket (for 3 to 4 hours of programme held) or a weekend ticket (for 6 to 8 hours of programme).

The sign-up for Games, Experience Point and Tournaments has ended.

For more information
Game Desk | pelitiski@ropecon.fi

Nea Similä | korttipelit@ropecon.fi (card games)
Mika Lemström | lautapelit@ropecon.fi (board games)
Mikko Hyvönen | kokemuspiste@ropecon.fi (Experience Point)

Other programme

Ropecon also welcomes programme based on other hobbies related to role-playing games, such as shows and combat demonstrations. If you have a new creative idea for programme, do not hesitate to contact us!

Sign-up for other programme has ended.

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

Miniature figure painting competition

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 seeking 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. If you are interested in organising a miniature painting workshop or have some other idea for a miniature wargame related programme, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Sign-up for Miniature figure painting competition has ended.

For more information
Game Desk | pelitiski@ropecon.fi