The Cosplay Games are part of Anime Boston's official programming lineup. All event participants must be cosplayers; however, anyone is welcome to attend and watch the events.
Catch the Barrel
A competition game played in the halls all weekend long, where cosplayers join teams and compete to get the most captures on prop barrels. Each capture is achieved via a simple game of Rock, Paper, Scissors (No lizards or Spocks). Open to all cosplayers, no registration needed.
In Cosplay Human Chess a giant chess-board is set up on stage and costumed convention attendees, dressed as their favorite anime and manga characters, serve as the pieces. At the direction of two chess masters, the participants move, fight, and die live on stage. Each year's chess showdown has a unique storyline and themed teams, such as: Magic vs. Science, or Good vs. Evil. Chess is usually a combination of improvisation and pre-scripted events, with a different balance every year between the spontaneous and the pre-planned. Participants apply online before the convention, and are chosen in advance.
Cosplay Shenanigans (18+)
Anime Boston's favorite game for naughty cosplay shenanigans is back! Now with eighty percent more innuendo, kinky questions, and room space. The Jeff returns with Footize and the rest of the tech team to give you crazy cosplayers a chance to explore the more devious side of costumed play. Ever wondered what it would look like if someone did a Sexy-No-Jutsu on an entire event? Come, let your hair down, get a little wild, and see what sort of fun we get up to. For the new people, this event is entirely based on participation of audience cosplayers. Volunteers are selected to participate in adult themed rounds of humor and debauchery. And remember, what happens in Shenanigans stays in Shenanigans.
Dating Game & (18+) Afterdark Dating Game
The Anime Dating Games are cosplay game show events in which an eligible bachelor (or bachelorette) from anime, video games or manga asks questions to three bachelorettes (or bachelors) in order to determine whom he/she should choose for a date! There are two sessions of the Anime Dating Game: an all-ages version on Saturday and a late-night 18+ Afterdark version on Friday night. The questions asked vary from comedic, to innocent, to blatant innuendo. Ever wondered whom Sasuke from Naruto would choose as a date? How about Saber from Fate/Stay Night? Anyone is fair game! This year at our all-ages game, there will be a special round featuring students trying to find that special someone to study with!
The Death Match is a contest where two characters enter a stage; a victor is chosen via the crowds' noise level, and the losing character is wonderfully slaughtered by the winner in mock combat. The victor then moves on to the next round. 32 contestants, from various anime and manga, will fight it out, leaving only 1 fan favorite remaining.
Emergency Cosplay Repair Station
Broken tiara? Bent katana? Crumpled wings? Don't let them spoil the con for you! Anime Boston's cosplay staff provides an emergency costume repair station free for use to all convention attendees during the hours that Masquerade Headquarters is open. Repair and craft supplies, including all kinds of sewing materials, tape, glue, bobby pins, hairspray, stain removers, makeup, even scrap fabric is available for public use. Staff and volunteers will even help you with your repairs, and our costume experts will recommend strategies to deal with the most unexpected costume calamities. So next time your hidden wrist dagger gets jammed don't let it get you down - come to the Cosplay Repair Station!
What happens when you gather up people who enjoy Japanese art and culture? Anime Boston! What happens when you put these people in stunning costumes and have them attempt to figure out how the Con-goers responded to surveys questions? Cosplay Family Feud! Based off the hit game show Family Feud, we gather surveys before and at Con to form our questions. Gathering up ten willing Cosplayers and dividing them into "families" of five, we have them act as their represented character while taking guesses as to how people responded to the survey questions. This is an entertainment event. While we do "keep" score, everyone participating is a winner!
Anyone can play this relaxed in-the-halls scavenger hunt. Pick up a Scavenger Hunt Form from the Info Desk. This form contains a list of cosplayers to look for and get signatures (or photos) from. Can you find all four members of a bishounen quartet? How about a cyborg vampire? A male Duo Maxwell cosplayer? You can play alone or on a team. The first five to complete the hunt and return completed forms to the Info Desk win a prize. For those who want an extra challenge, once you complete the first scavenger hunt you will have the option to try a more challenging one! The first to complete and return the advanced scavenger hunt will be welcomed up onto the stage before the Chess Match on Sunday morning to claim a trophy.
Staff-Vote Costume Contest
Did you miss the registration for the Masquerade or Hall Costume Contest? Anime Boston runs an informal costume contest in the halls, that everyone in costume is automatically eligible for. Throughout the convention, Anime Boston Staff members will circulate with vote tickets which they will hand out to any cosplayers they think are especially excellent. If you get three vote tickets, come to Masquerade Headquarters and you will be given a prize ribbon. All costumes are eligible, including store bought costumes and non-Japanese costumes. Anything goes so long as you make it look great!