What is a Fastaval scenario?
Role-playing is a core activity at Fastaval and the congress has a unique tradition of writing and designing role-playing games. A roleplaying experience at Fastaval is often called a scenario. A scenario is characterized by the fact that it is a written, self-contained role-playing experience for 2+ participants, usually lasting between 2-6 hours.
A scenario has at least five runs, often more, divided over two blocks of time, and GMs can be both volunteer participants, or recruited by the author or the organizers. So people you have never met might run your game.
Scenarios are not limited to any particular genre, system, or themes. Many games have similar styles as Nordic LARP, although Fastaval is mostly a table-top or chamber LARP convention. There is definitely also room for system role-playing and dice rolls at Fastaval, but as a writer you should prepare for the fact that people should preferably be able to participate in your scenario, without preparation or knowledge of a particular system, setting or genre.
Although most Fastaval scenarios are tabletop, we would very much like to also have LARP on the program. A Fastaval LARP can be minimalistic in its use of costumes and props, but if you have some wild ideas you can talk to us about what might be possible. Props and other equipment are most probably something you should bring yourself.
Role-playing at Fastaval has a huge diversity both in design and content and Fastaval is a good place to make role-playing games if you want to experiment a bit with role-playing as a medium, but we also really want classic system role-playing games. The scenarios can be grave, imaginative, or action-adventure comedies and there is room for everything from Call of Cthulhu, investigation, love stories, surrealism and historical drama.
You can see last years program here, as an example here.
Scroll down to read more about synopses and how to become a scenario writer
How to become a scenariowriter
If you want to write a scenario for next year’s Fastaval, you must send a synopsis to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1st 2022.
A synopsis is a short text of 1-2 pages that outlines the story, structure, and features of the scenario. The synopsis is the place where you explain what kind of experience the players will have and why it will be engaging to play. It is from the synopsis that we select which scenarios to include in next year’s Fastaval programme.
Workshops and sparring
Throughout the summer and autumn, the scenario coordinators will facilitate a series of workshops, some online others physically, about different parts of the scenario writing process. These events are both for new and experienced writers.
For the authors that are accepted to be part of this years Fastaval, there will be the option to get a sparring partner that can help and give feedback throughout the scenario writing process.
Read more about these workshops as well as dates further down.
Send your synopsis to the scenario coordinators Nina Runa Essendrop og Danny Wilson on email: email@example.com no later than Thursday September 1st 2022 at 11.59pm.
We will respond around September 7. Shortly thereafter we will present this years scenarios on Fastaval.dk.
The finished scenarios need to be handed in no later than Wednesday February 1st 2023 at 11.59pm.
April-August: Synopsissparring (mainly new authors)
If you haven’t written a Fastaval scenario before, we would love to put you into contact with a synopsis sparring-partner. This is an experienced Fastaval author, who can help you, for example by reading through your synopses and giving you constructive criticism. We facilitate the contact and then you can agree on the specifics. Send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested
July-August: Synopsis workshops
Before the deadline for handing in your synopsis, there will be a synopsis workshop in Copenhagen and online.
The first workshops are for sparring ideas, where everyone gets the opportunity to develop their idea together with the other participants. Keep a lookout on Fastavals Facebook or write to us, for more info.
Fastaval scenarios 101 (14th of July, online)
We talk about Fastaval scenarios, how you apply, the process, the practical requirements, and why this is an interesting way of creating scenarios. This workshop is especially for new authors, but everyone is welcome.
The synopsis workshop (4th of August, Copenhagen & 15th of August, online)
Please bring three copies of a draft of your synopsis, so that we can work with those.
September – February: Scenariosparring
If your synopsis is among the ones chosen for Fastaval 2023 the scenario organizers can help you get an experienced sparring partner for the next parts of your writing process. We will also gather this year's authors in a Facebook group where you can exchange ideas or help each other in other ways. The deadline for turning in your scenario is 1st of February
How to win the scenario (15/9, online)
A get-together for young and new authors, where we talk about how to make scenario writing a positive experience, share stories about the mistakes we made in the past, and answer whatever questions might come up.
Get a hold on your process (22/9, online)
There are a lot of ways to structure a good Fastaval scenario writing process. We go through some of them, talk about their strengths and help each other make good plans.
Playing with game mechanics (13/10, possibly online)
Hands-on workshop with a focus on how to use game mechanics to support your scenario. Bring your ideas and mechanics and test them out.
Author weekend (11-13/11)
This is an opportunity to meet the other authors for Fastaval 2023. ALEA is providing us with a cabin and the scenario coordinators and their amazing kitchen crew organize the practical circumstances. Throughout the weekend there will be a program of workshops, social activities, and time to work on your scenario.
The scenario coordinators for Fastaval 2023 and 2024
Nina Runa Essendrop & Danny Wilson have written multiple internationally acclaimed Fastaval-, Live action-, and Blackbox-scenarios, since their debut at Fastaval in 2012 and 2013 respectively. They have been looking forward to taking care of the new team of authors and the opportunity to facilitate the amazing community there is around Fastaval scenarios, like children looking forward to Christmas.
Contract us here: email@example.com