In 2005 I was at Ropecon, Finland’s largest volunteer roleplaying convention. Possibly Europe’s as well, but that sort of claim is always risky to make.

Ropecon 2005

The convention itself was awesome. Not only did I get to meet some cool people (Greg and Bill among them), but I also got to hang out with my Finnish friends and do a couple of presentations. I got to participate in a Rock/Paper/Scissors tournament on a bouncing castle, making it to the final by making out with the (huge and heavily bearded) judge to counter my loss in the semi-finals. I was at a rooftop party, with interesting people right and left, and atmosphere so thick you couldn’t roll a D20 in it. I got to eat at an incredibly fancy Russian restaurant, where the two hours of waiting for the food was helped a lot along by the bottle of excellent vodka I got to order.

The 11 years since

Much has happened since then. Ropecon is even bigger now, and I have a feeling that my spirit-double Jukka is no longer the head honcho. The format and scope seem to be roughly the same, though, even if it’s evolved along with the times. My feeling is that at its core, Ropecon 2016 and Ropecon 2005 have a lot in common. I hope there’s still a bouncing castle, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep my footing on it this time.

Ropecon 2016

It’s going to be a blast. Of that I have no doubt. And though I still think the American GoH this year sounds cooler than me (he wrote for Warhammer 40k, D&D and more – how cool is that!?), I don’t feel second-rate this time. I’m (maybe wrongly) confident that more than 15 people will show up to my lectures, and I have a packed program ahead of me, filled with nice people who are interested in what I have to say.

Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey & Founding Partner at The Global Institute For Thought Leadership. Author of 31 books.

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