The Role and Strategy Game Association of Southern-Finland is one of the oldest and most active registered youth associations in it's area. Since its founding the association (Finnish acronym:ESRSPY) has grown to be the second largest youth organisation in Espoo, Finland.
We have been actively working to make roleplaying known and accepted hobby for more than two decades now. Since the founding in 1993 a lot has changed in the general atmosphere around RPG, tabletop games and larps, we can proudly say that we've done our share in the change in Nordic.
Association in Present Day
The past four years have been excruciatingly tough for most of our association members, as we produced the Dragonbane event with too little man power, too ambitious plan and overtaking far too many new advances for the larp to be molded in one go. Anyhow, the Dragonbane event took place in Älvdalen, Sweden in June-Aug 2006 and we still have a medievalish village standing there.
During coming years we'll be concentrating, again, for the bread and butter of our association: RPGs. In the past larps have played a major role (Dragonbane in 2006, Roulin' Moose in 2003, Wanderer saga in late 90's and more than a dozen minor games in between). We're proud to have achieved a lot in the field of larp, but in fureseeable future our development and creativity efforts are directed to boardgames, cardgames, RPG and alike. We'll be naturally having our yearly roleplaying camps, just as last 15 years as well as several weekly tabletop rolegaming sessions.
The Association itself is finnish, but many of our activities in the past have been bi- or multilingual. We've had Rolemaster sessions in english, Paranoia in Finnish-Russian group as well as LARP activities where more than a dozen languages have been used. Much of the written material, especially on larp front is only in english, where as most of the rolegame background materials are only in Finnish. In case you want to join us, don't take language as a barrier, but as an opportunity.
If you find something especially interesting, but it's written in some language you will not understand, please ask us to translate, we'll be happy to help you.