Spend a week in an intense Game Director workshop with us and explore the beautiful landscape of Southern Finland in the summer! The GD event is an event in the series of our famous GD workshops in which you will learn how to create interesting challenges and engaging storylines, keep players immersed in a story, prepare to improvise, play with problem players and many other useful aspects that teach the arts of running a successful game. We will also explore Finnish culture and mythology and turn our research into a game setting and into an adventure. We will use the RUNESTONES system, an easy role-playing system developed by Dragon Legion.
The event will take place from:
July 23rd - 30th 2020
(Please remember to reserve a travel day before and after the event, keep those days free!)
The event will take place in two locations, in the middle of Finland's summer nature. For the arrival day, and first four days of our event we will be staying at Vihdin Pirtti, and the rest of the event will take place at Meriharjun Luontotalo. We have excellent access to Finnish nature, including a lake for swimming.
Do I need to have any role-playing experience?
Although some experience will help you for the workshops, you definitely don’t need any experience. We even run a beginner’s workshop to get you started. All you need is the right attitude and the willingness to try something new. If you are an experienced role-player we will ask you to be flexible enough to step away from your "normal" game routine and try something different with us. We believe that the creative sessions will be fun and that the workshop will offer enough input to inspire new gamers and experienced gamers alike.
Who can apply?
There is no age limit but we can only accept participants from the countries listed below.
Currently slots are still available for: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden
All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the coordination team. The best applications will be chosen and both the accepted and rejected applicants will be notified. The application will be open until all slots have been filled, so applying sooner gives you an advantage.
What about accommodation and food?
We will be changing our accommodation in the middle of the event. At the first location we will sleep on mattresses on the floor, at the second location we will have real beds. In both cases we will have a kitchen available and we will cook together as a group. More on the accommodations:
What about sightseeing and resting?
During the event we will spend some time outside, visiting locations that can give us the best impression for understanding the elements that influenced Finnish mythology. We expect you to turn up in time for the workshops and work sessions but there will be plenty of time to relax and sleep (however, you are responsible for getting enough sleep!).
Included in the event are:
- Flights from your home country and an airport in your area (might not be the closest one since we need to take cheap flights for everyone to stay within the budget)
- Accommodation in Finland
- Food and drinks
- Entry fees for places we visit together
- Travels within Finland
- 40 Euros for Dragon Legion Members
- 50 Euros for non-members
The event is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union that supports intercultural exchange of young people. This allows us to cover most parts of the travel costs and accommodation costs for the participants.
Why does the event have a fee if it gets funding?
We have a very tight budget and we would love to pay for everyone but we simply can’t. With the fees of 40 € / 50 € we can pay for the budget overrun so that we don’t end up paying extra for the event. We think this is a good price for a week of role-playing experience, including food, accommodation and travel.
If you cannot afford the fee but still want to participate please give a statement about it in your application. We know there are bad situations in some countries right now and we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to be part of this event, so we decided to have 1-2 slots for free for those who really need them. Please don’t abuse this.
We cover the travel costs for the flight, the travel from the airport to our location, lodging, food and drinks and any group activities. You just need to take care of your travel to the airport in your home country.
Who is organizing the event?
The people behind this event are active members of the Dragon Legion, young people who are interested in cultural exchange, creating innovative events, and role-playing games. We are all volunteers who organize this in our free time.
Will there be more events of this type?
We certainly hope so. We already held several one-week events, such as an event in Iceland in 2014, in Greece in 2015 and 2016, and in Sweden in 2016 and in England 2018. We are currently working on different plans. If you are from a country that is not eligible at the moment you could get in touch with us and help us open up the next event for your country as well. Contact email: info [at] dragon-legion.com
Need more information?
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Just send us an email: info [at] dragon-legion.com or use the contact form.
Once we received and checked your application you will get a confirmation email.
You can submit your application below.