Ropecon is both the largest Finnish roleplaying convention organized every summer since 1994 and the association behind it, Solmukohta and other stuff. With more that 3000 visitors each year, it's considered to be the largest non-commercial roleplaying convention in Europe. The three day convention is held in late July or early August. For long it was held in Dipoli conference center in Espoo, but has moved to Helsinki Expo and Convention Center from 2016. Ropecon offers different programs and activities covering the role-playing game field including, not only larp and tabletop, but also board games, miniatures and collectible card games. The program contains games, tournaments, lectures, panels and workshops. Entrance fee to the event is 28 €.
Brief History of the event
The first Ropecon was organized 1994 by Niko Mikkanen. Later on it was first organized by Aalto University roleplaying club ORC and then by Ropecon association. The first events were held in Paasitorni and Messukeskus. From 1998 to 2015 the event was held at conference center Dipoli and its vicinity located in Otaniemi, Espoo. Starting from 2016 it has been held at Helsinki Expo and Convention Center in Pasila, Helsinki.
Behind the convention Ropecon, is the association Ropecon. Its purpose is to promote, build up and improve roleplaying, collectible card gaming, boardgaming and miniature gaming in Finland. Not only it organises the roleplaying convention Ropecon every summer, it has also organized Solmukohtas 2004, 2008 and 2012 and Arpacon conventions for beginners at 2009 and 2010.
The association uses the profit it gets from the events to support projects in the Finnish roleplaying scene. It has supported financially different kinds of roleplaying events, larps, conventions and gatherings, published one roleplaying book and two academic books about roleplaying and lends its walkie-talkies and other belongings to different kinds of roleplaying events for free.
Ropecon association has both other associations and individuals as members.
List of Ropecons
Guests of Honor
From the first event Ropecon has brought Guests of Honors to diversify the event. First larp-GoH was Eirik Fatland at 2002 and the most of the larp GoH:s have been from Nordic countries.
- 1994: Steve Jackson
- 1995: Sandy Petersen
- 1996: Tom Dowd & Andy Chambers
- 1997: Greg Costikyan
- 1998: Ray Greer ja Mark Rosewater
- 1999: Mike Pondsmith & Rick Priestley
- 2000: Steve Jackson & Richard Dansky
- 2001: N. Robin Crossby
- 2002: Justin Achilli & Eirik Fatland
- 2003: Jonathan Tweet, Ramon Laan & Martin Ericsson
- 2004: John Kovalic, Erick Wujcik & Eliot Wieslander
- 2005: Greg Stafford, Bill Bridges & Claus Raasted
- 2006: Kenneth Hite, Bruno Faidutti, Olle Jonsson & Tobias Wrigstad
- 2007: Robin D. Laws, Emily Care Boss & Jakob Rune Nielsen
- 2008: Chris Pramas, Greg Stolze & Peter Schønnemann Andreasen
- 2009: L. Scott Johnson, Suzi Yee, Malik Hyltoft & Antti Malin
- 2010: Keith Baker & Friedemann Friese
- 2011: Frank Mentzer & Erik Mona
- 2012: Peter Adkison & Larson Kasper
- 2013: D. Vincent Baker & Kevin Wilson
Kultainen Lohikäärme, Golden Dragon is the award given to lifetime achievements on the Finnish roleplaying field.
- 2003: Lauri and Jyrki Tudeer, brothers who came up with Fantasiapelit, our first and still largest roleplaying and gaming bookstore.
- 2004: Magus Laaksonen, the editor-in-chief of Magus roleplaying magazine.
- 2005: Ville "Burger" Vuorela, Finnish roleplaying game wright.
- 2006: Risto "Nordic" J. Hieta, columnist who write about roleplaying and computergaming on different magazines between 1985 and 1998.
- 2007: ELF Vesala, one of the main persons starting Finnish larping at early 1990:s.
- 2008: GNiko Mikkanen, the man who found Ropecon.
- 2009: Killeri Kivimaa, a prominent member of the Finnish roleplaying scene, main treasurer of Ropecon and SuoLi for more than a decade.
- 2010: Mike Pohjola, larpwright and roleplaying designer.
- 2011: Markus Montola and Jaakko Stenros, roleplaying academics who edited Nordic Larp.
- 2012: Toni Niittymäki and Markus Bremer, the founders of Lautapelit.fi (formerly known as Safe Haven), a prominent Finnish board game publisher, store and importer.