UPDATE: Cosplay contest entrants will need to PRE-REGISTER at the COSPLAY WEAPONS CHECK table near registration, at the entrance of the convention. 

We’re bringing Cosplay back for 2016, and we’re making it bigger and better than ever!

We’ve got a great bunch of special guest cosplayers coming in from out of town, and a huge contest featuring $1000 in prizes! The adult cosplay contest will be held on Saturday, November 5th. There will also be a kids cosplay contest held on Sunday, November 6th.

RetroGameCon 2016 Cosplay Contest Rules and Categories:

Contestants are encouraged to pre-register as time is limited. Pre-registration guarantees that your costume will be seen and judged so long as you are in line before the end of the judging period for your category. Please be prepared to talk briefly about your costume and why you chose your character. Please be prepared with photo references if it is an obscure character, since not all judges will be familiar with every character. You must be present during the posted judging times for your category (times will be posted on the event schedule in the program and on schedule posters at the con). If you show up after the cut off time you will not be able to enter.

All costumes must be at least 50% homemade.

Please do not bring live steel. While we understand that weaponry is a part of a lot of costumes, blades and weapons that can fire are not allowed into the convention. No crossbows, bb guns, paintball guns, or actual guns. All prop weaponry must be cleared by weapons check before entry into the convention. This rule is STRICTLY ENFORCED.

We encourage all participants to do a stage walk, however it is not required.

Winners must be on stage long enough to take a photo and receive their prize.

Entry into this contest is consent for RetroGameCon to use photos of you and your costume in future promotions for the convention. Judging is based on the following criteria:

Quality of construction

Accuracy / creativity





Adult Video Game Character

Prizes for 1-3 place


Adult Movie or TV Character

Prizes for 1-3 place


Adult Anime Character

Prizes for 1-3 place


Adult Group Cosplay

Prizes for 1-3 place

1 prize for an entire group. Group is 2-5 people, children are allowed to participate in this catergory as long as there is 1 adult for every kid in the group.



Childrens Individual

Prizes for 1-5th place


There is 1 Grand Prize that will be awarded to the overall best in show for adults. It is possible to win first in a category and also win grand prize.



Here are some pictures of cosplay at RetroGameCon 2015!

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