Ropecon XIX: from 27th to 29th of July 2012.

Ropecon, the largest annual non-commercial roleplaying convention in Europe, will be organised for the 19th time next summer. The convention will gather over 3500 visitors to conference center Dipoli in Espoo to play tabletop roleplaying games, larps, board games, collectible card games and miniature games for one summer weekend.

In addition to gaming, the convention includes lectures about games, workshops, medieval dance ball, boffer fighting championships and other activities among a myriad of choices, being the place to meet new people, share new ideas and get in touch with other gamers in Finland.

In 2012, Ropecon’s Guests of Honour will be Peter Adkison and Larson Kasper.

Larson Kasper (born 1972) is a German larp game designer and educator. In his work with teenagers with special needs, he strives to use his experience with live roleplaying games as an educational tool.

During the last 14 years, Larson Kasper has also had plenty of experience in organising various larps, among them the F.R.E.D. award-winning games “yksi/üç” and “The Living Dead” (as part of team Reality Check). Both of these have been realised in cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. Together with game designer Karsten Dombrowski, Larson Kasper was hired to create an alternate reality game taking place during the Liverpool Biennial, an international festival of contemporary art.

His influence on the German larp scene is most obvious when considering that he was both one of the driving forces for the first Mittelpunkt (the German spin-off of Knutepunkt) in 2005, and part of the event’s organizing team for five consecutive years.

In 1996 Larson Kasper was co-founder of 'Kampfküche' (Combat Kitchen) a group of non-professional volunteers catering for larps. Up to today, the group has cooked approximately 100.000 meals.

Larson Kasper’s experience with role-playing games goes back far into the 80's (or 70's), depending on whether you count D&D or Cops and Robbers.

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