From Finland with love

After having been back in the rat-race for at couple of days, I suppose it would be proper with an account of the events that transpired at Ropecon. Ropecon is not that different from a danish convention like Fastaval, except perhaps 3000+ more people.

Ropecon was … huge. There were magic-players, board gamers, miniature pushers and roleplayers. But what I noticed the most were all the larpers. I saw ninjas, the compulsory goths, hobbits, an amazing cthulu and lots and lots of latex swords and black T-shirts.

As Tobias Wrigstad and Olle Jonsson were some of the guests of Honor, we had a job to do…

The first speech was with Olle and Tobias explaining the Jeepform style and playing the hosts in a game of “The Upgrade!”. The rest of the Jeep posse and guest star Satu Heliƶ, played the constestants of the game in front of a live audience; 114 finnish roleplayers, playing their own parents, which pretty much made it the largest freeform roleplaying event ever.

I played Mauno and my potential partner, Pirrko, was played brilliantly by Luisa Carbonelli. We opened the game with a ‘walk on the beach surprised by a (giant) turtle’, which was a very fun starter of the show.

Later things got a bit crazy, as Mike Pohjola of Star Wreck fame, switched identeties with Tobias and continued the presentation as Tobias. Per was voted off the show, and replaced by Markus Montola, who won the show by marrying Anders. The ceremony was performed by a seacaptain. Mauno was of cause not satisfied.

The game ended, and we went to the bar.

The next day we demoed a lot of our games, and I got to play Lady & Otto with great succes for 2 hours with a small audience. They loved it. I will talk more about this at a later time.

Later, Tobias and I were asked to participate in the Speculative Games session together with a finnish larper Laura Kalli and Guest of Honor, Ken Hite. We were all given a title and had to come up with a game that fit.

Tobias raved about the old jeep days and how they had to give up on using rubber dice when playing, and how their disposal inspired the Sony commercial with all the colored rubber balls jumping down the streets of San Francisco.

Ken delivered an epic description of a some roleplaying game, that involved Some ammunition, Fanmail and lots of champagne. Wonderful. I need to hang out more with that man.

I, on the other hand went all-out with the automatic succes system (ASS) and a lot of other crazies.

Unfortunately Line and I had to leave sunday, so we missed the monday afterparty.

Oh, Cthulu and the two hobbits won the prizes for bedst costumes. It was great, as was ropecon.

Until next year, thx.

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