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PAX East Cosplay Thread 2017

Aredhel22Aredhel22 Blue Nova CosplayPittsburghRegistered User regular
edited October 2016 in PAX East
Just as a refresher, here are some of the rules regarding cosplay and related behavior.

-All props HAVE to be checked (this is copy-and-pasted directly from the website)
All prop weapons brought to the show MUST be approved at the Info Booth as soon as you arrive. We will be looking for the following criteria:

It cannot fire any sort of projectile. (Nerf guns are only allowed if they have been deactivated and cannot fire.)
It cannot be an airsoft weapon. (Yes, even if it’s deactivated.)
It cannot be sharp or pointy enough to cut or pierce someone with moderate pressure. This includes all real swords, daggers and knives. It also includes ceramic blades, needles, syringes and anything that can pierce (for example, a Little Sister syringe made of wood would not be allowed)

-Nudity (again, copy-and-pasted from the website)
[In regard to "booth babes":] Partial nudity, the aggressive display of cleavage and the navel, and shorts/skirts higher than 4” above the knee are not allowed. Cosplayed characters that are playable in-game are an exception to this rule (within reason), and exhibitors must obtain permission from show management prior to the show.
Cosplaying attendees may be asked to alter or modify their costume if it is considered overtly sexual.

-No stilts, remote-controlled vehicles, or skateboards/roller skates
There's seriously not enough room in the convention for this.

-Don't punch, kick, or harass people.
Being in character is fine, but don't actually bother other con-goers. It doesn't matter if you're trying to be the Deadpool-iest Deadpool. Don't do it.

-[Update] There are rules against live steel, but does not include chainmail. Chainmail is allowed! (confirmed by AaronC for PAX East 2016)


I personally have been cosplaying at PAX East since 2014 like a lot of other users here, and can't wait until 2017. Now, what are you planning on cosplaying?

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  • BashinterothBashinteroth NYCRegistered User regular
    My group, All In Cosplay, will be at PAX East this coming year. After our successful protest at NYCC we will be cosplaying TF2 at least one of the days; however, since our protest of Overwatch was successful and got our jobs back we will be handing out pamphlets and job applications since we are seeking out new talent for the rise of Mann Co. We are currently planning new costumes for the other two days and I will update at a later time.

    I am eager to see what costumes you all come up with and I very much look forward to seeing all of you very soon. 2017 will mark my fourth PAX East and I cannot wait because this will be the best yet!

  • TopherRocksTopherRocks Rockstar Beard Grower Long Island, NYRegistered User regular
    This year's been a rough one so I may just sit out cosplay this year. Depending on what resources I can scrape together, maybe I'll try to improve my Hotline Miami Biker cosplay from last year.

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  • Canderson1989Canderson1989 Registered User regular
    I'm not a cosplayer, but I just wanted to say that I was extremely impressed with the cosplay at PAX East last year. For an event, that's normally not cosplay heavy, I was surprised at the amount of cosplay shown off.

    Really looking forward to taking pictures of you cosplayers again, just like this past year.

  • InfiniteNuLLInfiniteNuLL Registered User regular
    I recall a conversation about chain mail in a previous thread. It was noted to be ok.

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  • MrBroadstoneMrBroadstone Registered User regular
    This is probably what you remember:
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/comment/33934137/#Comment_33934137

    Explicitly not banned as of PAX East 2016 per @AaronC .

  • Aredhel22Aredhel22 Blue Nova Cosplay PittsburghRegistered User regular
    That's what I remember too! Thanks for finding that

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  • MrBroadstoneMrBroadstone Registered User regular
    Aredhel22 wrote: »
    -[Update] There are rules against live steel, but does not include chainmail. Chainmail is allowed! (confirmed by AaronC for PAX East 2016)

    Just where did you find a rule against "live steel"? That term tends to include either all things made of steel or things made of steel that are in the shape of a weapon but dull. I can't find such a prohibition.

  • SkelotiaSkelotia Registered User new member
    Just got passes for all three days! And I've already planned what I'm going to cosplay! On Friday I'll be Widowmaker from Overwatch. Saturday I'll be Melia Antiqua from Xenoblade Chronicles, like last year and a female Hanzo, again from Overwatch. And Sunday I'll be Fiora and Sharla both from Xenoblade Chronicles! So it's going to be a Xenoblade and Overwatch weekend for me!

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  • Aredhel22Aredhel22 Blue Nova Cosplay PittsburghRegistered User regular
    edited October 2016
    I am super thrilled to say that I'll be Merrill again. Although this year, I'll be making a new costume for my friend to wear. She'll be Anders, and we're going to have a mHawke and a Fenris. I couldn't be more excited to have a full party (even though it would be horribly unbalanced). #squadgoals

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    Aredhel22 wrote: »
    -[Update] There are rules against live steel, but does not include chainmail. Chainmail is allowed! (confirmed by AaronC for PAX East 2016)

    Just where did you find a rule against "live steel"? That term tends to include either all things made of steel or things made of steel that are in the shape of a weapon but dull. I can't find such a prohibition.

    "It cannot be sharp or pointy enough to cut or pierce someone with moderate pressure. This includes all real swords, daggers and knives."
    Also, I was referring to live steel weapons, and there were questions last year about if chainmail would be included in that category. It isn't.

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  • robirexrobirex BostonRegistered User regular
    Skelotia wrote: »
    Just got passes for all three days! And I've already planned what I'm going to cosplay! On Friday I'll be Widowmaker from Overwatch. Saturday I'll be Melia Antiqua from Xenoblade Chronicles, like last year and a female Hanzo, again from Overwatch. And Sunday I'll be Fiora and Sharla both from Xenoblade Chronicles! So it's going to be a Xenoblade and Overwatch weekend for me!

    So cool. I look forward to seeing all your cosplays. Please be sure to post pics!

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  • satyr16satyr16 Registered User regular
    I'm thinking of a Bastion cosplay from Overwatch, but have been slightly leaning towards The Nameless King from Dark Souls 3.

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  • robirexrobirex BostonRegistered User regular
    satyr16 wrote: »
    I'm thinking of a Bastion cosplay from Overwatch, but have been slightly leaning towards The Nameless King from Dark Souls 3.

    Either of those would be so freaking awesome.

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  • ButerflySamuraiButerflySamurai Registered User regular
    Thinking about doing Mei from Overwatch and Astrologian from FF14. Was going to do Ivy from Soul Calibur until I read the cosplay rules. Will have to save that one for Dragoncon lol

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  • DanQDanQ Registered User regular
    after switching it up to south last year, I'll return once again with my "sign me" suit. if you see me, come sign me and contribute to my costume.

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  • sammillssammills NJRegistered User regular
    It'll be an Overwatch weekend, I'll be bringing Widow, Genji, and hopefully Pharah.

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  • Aredhel22Aredhel22 Blue Nova Cosplay PittsburghRegistered User regular
    DanQ wrote: »
    after switching it up to south last year, I'll return once again with my "sign me" suit. if you see me, come sign me and contribute to my costume.

    Can't wait to see you again!!

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  • iltailta Registered User regular
    edited October 2016
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  • MaiuMaiu Registered User regular
    I'm hoping to make a prop pokemon, so if that works out, I'll be doing my Pokemon Go character.

  • BigDumbHippyBigDumbHippy Registered User regular
    After doing a neko atsume kigu last year, there's a solid chance I'll do another kigu. that was the comfiest cosplay ever

  • EricaSDEricaSD Registered User new member
    Probably stretching my sewing skills but Im hoping to do Ciri from The Witcher. Did Devil May Cry 2s Lucia last year and tjat was really sucsessful so I guess its time to up the game.

  • ksmurfksmurf Technical Training Specialist Boston, MARegistered User regular
    I'll be making Star Guardian Lulu - here's hoping I don't freeze in March!

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  • Rabid DogRabid Dog Registered User regular
    Planning on Zidane from FF9! Haven't even started it yet x.x
    Went as KH3 Sora for PAX West, so that'll be my backup haha.

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  • SkelotiaSkelotia Registered User new member
    Hey I was wondering something, since I'm planning on being Widowmaker from Overwatch, does anyone think that cosplaying her would go against the booth babe policy PAX has? Just wondering since I don't want to cover myself in face/body paint, only to be told I have to cover up.

  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    http://east.paxsite.com/safety-and-security#booth-babe-policies
    Booth babes are defined as staff of ANY gender used by exhibitors to promote their products at PAX by using overtly sexual or suggestive methods.
    Cosplaying attendees may be asked to alter or modify their costume if it is considered overtly sexual.

    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
  • jacksrequiemjacksrequiem Registered User new member
    Hey, I was wondering if anyone has experience using Denix replica guns as their gun props, and if the Weapons booth guys/gals gave you any trouble?

  • craiolacraiola MARegistered User regular
    I'm going to try to put together Nora Valkyrie from RWBY in her Volume 4 outfit. I know I can make her outfit no problem, the question is if I can get that Hammer made in the cold weather months. Any other RWBY cosplayers out there?

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  • Aredhel22Aredhel22 Blue Nova Cosplay PittsburghRegistered User regular
    edited November 2016
    Skelotia wrote: »
    Hey I was wondering something, since I'm planning on being Widowmaker from Overwatch, does anyone think that cosplaying her would go against the booth babe policy PAX has? Just wondering since I don't want to cover myself in face/body paint, only to be told I have to cover up.

    No. You should be fine. Besides, unless you're actually a booth babe, sexy or revealing cosplays are generally no problem.

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  • hsuhsu Registered User regular
    Hey, I was wondering if anyone has experience using Denix replica guns as their gun props, and if the Weapons booth guys/gals gave you any trouble?
    Boston banned replica toy hand guns in all public spaces. The city law gives Boston PD the right to confiscate any realistic looking toy gun they want and force you to pick them up from the local station.
    http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/Default.aspx?id=20420

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  • OnmitsuOnmitsu I'm just a birdie Ca-caw, ca-caw!Registered User regular
    edited December 2016
    Posting this to keep myself motivated! Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin!
    The Special Edition is out and this will be the year it finally happens. Almost ready to cold-cast the Dragon Priest mask and I just need to pour the Ebony Dagger.

    Edit: Changed my plans away from this because my whims are fickle.

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  • jacksrequiemjacksrequiem Registered User new member
    hsu wrote: »
    Boston banned replica toy hand guns in all public spaces. The city law gives Boston PD the right to confiscate any realistic looking toy gun they want and force you to pick them up from the local station.

    I went to East this year, and knew this ordinance was in place. I also cosplayed as Nathan Drake, gun and all. As long as you aren't waving your fake gun around, the Boston PD aren't going to bother you. I always put away the more scary parts of my cosplay before leaving the con, which everyone should be doing, really.

    In any case, I'm fine if the PD choose to confiscate it through a set of several unlikely circumstances.

    I'm more worried about getting to the weapons check and being told I can't have them at the con for some reason.

  • MordegaldMordegald Registered User regular
    I'm planning on going as a Tanith guardsman from the Gaunt's Ghosts series. The uniform itself should be simple enough (black airsoft gear and a camo-pattern cloak). The lasgun, war knife, and regiment pin are gonna be the tricky parts.

    Bummed to hear about that fake gun ordinance, too. Guess I'll be bringing a duffel bag with me to the con.

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  • divisiontendivisionten Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
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    I'll be bringing Ratchet and Clanl back with me! Clank is animatronic, and I love people freaking out when they realize he moves and talks. :)

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  • Rapid99Rapid99 Swedesboro, NJRegistered User regular
    edited November 2016
    I'm more worried about getting to the weapons check and being told I can't have them at the con for some reason.

    I can't guarantee approval, because I don't speak for the staff at PAX, so take this advice with a grain of salt. However, when I cosplayed as Leon Kennedy at PAX East 2014, I had a replica handgun (FN Five-seveN) which they inspected and allowed with no problem (and I was actually complimented on, as well). Now when I say replica, I mean it was a Blue Gun, which are police and military training props, made of hard rubber. They are weighted to simulate weapon weight (again, for training exercises), and they are made to look a lot like the real thing (for ergonomics). The only difference is, they are bright blue in color. With mine, I spray-painted it flat black, and detailed the fire-selector and metallic bits with a detail brush. They don't have removable magazines, moving parts, or even a barrel; just a big chunk of rubber.
    SO... I got through with it, but to my knowledge it is always at the discretion of staff whether a prop will pass or fail inspection. And when it comes down to it, if they decide against you, there isn't any argument -- they are in charge. So, do so at your own risk.
    And, of course, don't brandish it inappropriately >.> I kept mine in my drop-leg holster at all times, except for when I posed in photo ops.

    On the subject of the thread, I haven't cosplayed since 2014, sadly. I started working on my new cosplay for last year, got halfway done, and then lost my motivation. I want to finish it up for this year, but... god, i'm just... i'm just so lazy...
    Plus, circulating back around to the gun thing, I was hoping to have a full-sized Kalash to sling across my back and use for photo-shoots. But there is a big difference between a holstered pistol, and a full sized rifle. I was thinking of potentially painting the tip bright orange to make it a little more crowd friendly, and then fashioning a small barrel cover to temporarily slip over the orange-bit for photo ops... but even then, I dunno if i'd even give it a shot.

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  • RhileyRhiley Registered User regular
    Mordegald wrote: »
    I'm planning on going as a Tanith guardsman from the Gaunt's Ghosts series. The uniform itself should be simple enough (black airsoft gear and a camo-pattern cloak). The lasgun, war knife, and regiment pin are gonna be the tricky parts.

    Bummed to hear about that fake gun ordinance, too. Guess I'll be bringing a duffel bag with me to the con.

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    They check bags before you can get in so I'd just forget about the gun and knife alltogether.

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  • MordegaldMordegald Registered User regular
    Rhiley wrote: »
    They check bags before you can get in so I'd just forget about the gun and knife alltogether.

    Oh, I'd show it to the con staff. Not trying to sneak anything in. I just mean I'd put it in a bag so I wouldn't get hassled by the cops on the way to the convention center. Especially since the pattern of lasgun I'd be using looks an awful lot like an AK-47 from a distance. Toy gun law or no, that's gonna attract attention.

  • AnarCHrisAnarCHris Trash Lord New York CityRegistered User regular
    Wait Aredehel22 is going to PAX East :: promptly cancels all plans ::

    I joke. Probably just doing OW stuff at PAX East. I'm thinking gender bent punk Tracer one day, and Team Dad S76 the other.

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  • Aredhel22Aredhel22 Blue Nova Cosplay PittsburghRegistered User regular
    AnarCHris wrote: »
    Wait Aredehel22 is going to PAX East :: promptly cancels all plans ::

    I joke. Probably just doing OW stuff at PAX East. I'm thinking gender bent punk Tracer one day, and Team Dad S76 the other.

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  • AnarCHrisAnarCHris Trash Lord New York CityRegistered User regular
    Aredhel22 wrote: »
    AnarCHris wrote: »
    Wait Aredehel22 is going to PAX East :: promptly cancels all plans ::

    I joke. Probably just doing OW stuff at PAX East. I'm thinking gender bent punk Tracer one day, and Team Dad S76 the other.

    YOU'RE MY HUSBANDU AND CARRIE IS MY WAIFU

    Imma squish yo face in a few weeks and again at PAX FYI.

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  • VGguy49VGguy49 Registered User regular
    Hi

    I am planning on cosplaying for the first time this PAX East and I had a few questions. I am planning on doing either Link from Breath of the Wild, Link (Specifically his Skyloft costume) from Skyward Sword, or Robin from Fire Emblem. Obviously it would be hard to know, but any idea how these would be "received"? Also any general advice for someone doing this for the first time?

    Thanks.

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  • TopherRocksTopherRocks Rockstar Beard Grower Long Island, NYRegistered User regular
    VGguy49 wrote: »
    Hi

    I am planning on cosplaying for the first time this PAX East and I had a few questions. I am planning on doing either Link from Breath of the Wild, Link (Specifically his Skyloft costume) from Skyward Sword, or Robin from Fire Emblem. Obviously it would be hard to know, but any idea how these would be "received"? Also any general advice for someone doing this for the first time?

    Thanks.

    I'm not too familiar with Fire Emblem beyond their crossover into Smash so I can't speak too well on the level of attention you'd get. If my circle of friends are any indication though, a good number of 3DS owners are going to recognize you.
    Link in any form is iconic, you'll have no problem being well received.
    As for first timers, just go into it and have a good time! Get some go to poses down for photos because you'll probably get stopped for a bunch, maybe work on mannerisms and behavior depending on how deep you want to get into character.

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