Cosplay Games

Cosplay Games is the department officially responsible for producing cosplay improvisational game shows for the Anime Boston programming lineup.

All Cosplay Games events must adhere to the following three criteria:

  1. Participants must be dressed in cosplays portraying characters that originate from Japanese media sources.
  2. The purpose of the event is to entertain the audience and highlight the acting and/or improvisational talents of those on stage, not to award prizes.
  3. The majority of the event is pre-scripted in some way, though this may vary in form from game to game.

Unlike Masquerade, participants in Cosplay Games do not need to have made their own costumes. As our events are geared towards showcasing how great a portrayal of a character a cosplayer can provide, we are happy to accept homemade, purchased, or even closet cosplays provided the cosplayer wearing it can help make our show great.

All cosplays selected to participate in Cosplay Games must originate from Japanese sources, including anime, manga, video games, and other media. We understand that people like to cosplay from other types of media at Anime Boston, and we encourage all cosplayers to dress as the characters they love for cosplay in the halls. For legal reasons, however, we cannot feature cosplays of non-Japanese origin in our events.

If you are in doubt about your cosplay, please feel free to contact the Cosplay Games Coordinator. While we cannot pre-approve or deny any cosplay, we can help you determine the origin of a character and whether it would be eligible to be considered for our events.

In order to participate in Cosplay Games events, convention attendees must apply in advance through Cosplay HQ

Applications for Cosplay Games, the Cosplay Games Host Pool, and Cosplot will be open from January 1, 2018, through February 28, 2018, though this deadline may be extended if we find that we do not have a pool large enough to supply all of our games with participants and hosts.

Unfortunately, we do not know until very close to the convention on what days and in what time slots our events will be running, so we cannot answer questions regarding whether or not you would be able to participate in a given event. Once applications are processed, you will receive information on what day and time the game for which you were selected will be occurring. If you are unable to participate, please let that game’s coordinator know as soon as possible, and we encourage you to apply again next year!

Regardless of whether you are selected to participate in one of our events, we encourage you to stop by Cosplay Games HQ while you’re at the convention to meet our team, introduce yourself, participate in the Scavenger Hunt, and learn more about playing the Barrel Game. Also, be sure to come support your fellow cosplayers in their performances at the convention.

Have a question and can’t find the answer here? Be sure to check out the forums as we frequently post information about our events there. Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us, and one of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Anime Boston 2018!

Rules for Cosplay Chess

  • No use of any messy substances that might ruin the costume of another contestant. Any individuals wearing body paint or makeup must make sure it will not come off in casual contact with others.
  • No throwing things from the stage, for example: T-shirts or Beach Balls.
  • Please review Anime Boston's Props Policy. All props used in the Cosplay Chess and Death Match. MUST COMPLY with the Anime Boston Props Policy.
  • All costumes must be PG and secure so they stay that way for the duration of the events.
  • All players are required to wear proper attire to prevent wardrobe malfunctions.
  • No fire, flash powder, lasers, explosives or open flame of any kind will be allowed. Electronic flashes will be permitted provided that you notify the Cosplay Games Coordinator in advance, and it must be announced in your MC introduction to protect those who may be affected by the flashing lights.
  • Anime Boston staff does not allow jumping off the stage, nor does the Cosplay Game's Staff allow entering or exiting the stage from any area that has not been approved by the Cosplay Games Coordinator.

Cosplay Games Events

Cosplay Death Match
32 contestants enter; only 1 will reign supreme! In Cosplay Death Match, see your favorite characters compete for audience applause, approval, and enthusiasm and watch the losers suffer brutal defeat in mock combat and become zombies right on stage! Who will this year’s champion be? Not even we know, but we can’t wait to see!

Cosplay Match Game
It seems like a simple premise: 2 contestants take turns secretly answering questions at the same time as our fabulous panel of cosplayers then reveal their answers to see how many matches they get. There’s no way to read a cosplayer’s mind, though, so even the simplest question can yield the most unpredictable of responses! However frustrating it might be for the players, it’ll be a blast for the audience at their expense.

AfterDark Cosplay Dating Game (18+)
Do you like wacky pairings with no canonical basis? Then this is the game for you to come see your new favorite ship set sail! Who will our “lucky” bachelors and bachelorettes choose from our exciting panels of potential dates? All is fair in love and cosplay, and at the AfterDark Dating Game, everyone's a winner...usually!

Cosplay Lip Sync Battle
Ever dreamed of seeing your favorite character go on to become a legendary pop idol? Now you can! In Cosplay Lip Sync Battle, 16 cosplayers go head-to-head, trying to win audience applause with epic musical numbers--and they don’t even have to sing a note.

Are You Smarter Than A Cosplayer?
NEW for Anime Boston 2018! How useful is trivial knowledge? We hope to find out in this exciting new trivia challenge. Think you know a lot about Japanese media and culture? Well, you’re not alone--not even to answer the questions! Contestants will have access to a panel of cosplayers as cheats, but will the characters prove to be more of a help or a hindrance? Either way, you’ll be sure to learn a lot...or maybe not!

Cosplay Shenanigans (18+)
The ONLY completely unscripted Cosplay Games event at Anime Boston! Join the Cosplay Games Staff for an evening of debauchery you’ll never be able to forget! (Or unsee. No matter how much you might want to…) **Note: There are no applications for this event as participants are chosen from the audience.**

Cosplay Chess
Come see Cosplay Chess, where two teams of cosplayers are assigned as human sized chess pieces on our stage-sized board. Under the direction of two chess masters, the participants engage in an epic war of stage combat, bravely sacrificing themselves in protection of their kings. There’s no way to know who will win this ultimate strategy showdown until the very end!

Cosplay Games Panels

New for 2018, the Cosplay Games Staff will be offering 3 panels in order to serve the Anime Boston cosplay community. We’re excited to unveil these events, and hope that you’ll come learn with us and offer feedback to help us improve these events for future years.

So You Want to Be In Cosplay Games?
Know someone who didn’t manage to get an application in on time? Tired of finding yourself on the waitlist or asked to apply again next year? Didn’t know that you need to apply to Cosplay Games events in advance? Unsure of how to apply, or was something unclear about the process? Come spend some time with the Cosplay Games Staff to find out how to apply, what we’re looking for when we’re reviewing applications, and how to answer those tricky open-ended questions! There’s no guarantee that you’ll be picked for Anime Boston 2019 events, but at least you can charge into next year feeling confident and informed directly by our team.

Upping Your Cosplay Games Game
There are some truly talented cosplayers out there, and it’s not just because they look the part. Some actors really become their characters. Want to find out how they do what they do and what advice they might be able to give that could help you? Come join this combination panel/Q&A session with some of the cosplayers we’ve frequently featured in our events over the years! We hope that with some of the awesome tips and tricks that surface in this panel, everyone will feel empowered to apply for our events with more improv and speaking involved.

Cosplay is Not Consent
Too many cosplayers have horror stories about people taking their pictures at inopportune moments, asking inappropriate questions, or making assumptions about them based entirely off of a costume. The goal of this panel is to provide a safe space for attendees--both in and out of cosplay--to talk about consent and cosplay. Discussion will include the basics of consent, how it relates to cosplay, and an overview of Anime Boston’s harassment policies and procedures. Together, we can help make the convention a safe and welcoming space for everyone.