Host a Cosplay Game Night! Hot
What is cosplay?
Cosplay is a contraction of the words costume and play. The practice includes dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game - especially characters from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.
Cosplay can involve anything from the simplest of costumes and designs that any true fan would recognize, to the most elaborate transformations - with hair, makeup, wigs, shoes, and other props typically adding massive interest to the elaborateness of the costume design.
How to get started…
Cosplay is about dressing up as your favorite character, going out and having fun. It’s also about getting lots of pictures and hanging out with other people with similar interests.
To host a cosplay night in your community, put a call out to residents to gauge interest. There may be cosplayers in your community already who would love the chance to make new friends.
You may also want to explain the concept for those not initiated and encourage additional new participants.
When residents are putting together their costumes there are a few things to consider. These include personal skills, budget, and time. Here are a few more tips.
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**TIP** Only choose a character you like. If you choose to make a costume for a character you hate, you may end up getting frustrated or bored part of the way through and never finish.
When helping residents choose their characters and make their own costumes it may be helpful to point them in the direction of basic costume tutorial sites and ideas and forums for cosplayers so they can work on crafting a truly imaginative outfit.
It’s not just about the costume. Cosplay is also a performance of sorts. Encourage residents to learn their character’s accent, and try to move and act like their character as well. Cosplay is usually more than just a costume, it’s a way to cut loose and pretend to be another person, or character, for a few hours.
One of the most important things to remember is that cosplayers don't have to look like the original actors. They don't have to be body builders, super skinny, or Victoria's Secret models. They can just be average Jane and Joes who have amazing costumes and the skills and put something together.
Attendance and Marketing
Cosplaying definitely skews younger, so this event definitely trends towards Millennials and would be a great addition for a student housing property. However, that doesn't mean that traditional communities can't take part. Within your community, you might only have a certain number of residents who are willing to take the time to create a costume and participate, so this type of event is GREAT as a marketing and outreach event! In other words, open your doors to the wider area to draw in cosplayers from even competing communities, so they can see what type of community and culture you have!
Games are a must-have for any meetup event. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to buy masses of board games, there are plenty of other free games to play as well. Here are a few free game ideas that are free, fun, and get people moving. [source: Money Crashers]
Never Have I Ever
This game is best played with at least a dozen people, preferably more. The concept is similar to musical chairs in that there is one less chair than there are people. Arrange the chairs in a circle looking inward. One person stands in the middle and announces one thing that they have never done. For instance, the person in the middle might announce, “Never have I ever ridden in a hot air balloon.” Anyone who has ridden in a hot air balloon would then get up, leaving their chair unoccupied, and find a new chair. The person in the middle would also find a chair. Whoever is left without a chair is the new person in the middle and will take a turn announcing what they have never done.
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Would You Rather
The more creative you are, the more fun this game can be. For this game, the players move to one side of the room or another depending on what they prefer given two options. For example, the first set of options might be wearing shoes or going barefoot. The person who is “it” would announce, “Would you rather wear shoes or go barefoot?” If your answer is you prefer to wear shoes, you would go to the left, but if you would rather be barefoot, you would go to the right. Keep track of the answers to see who has the most in common with each other.
If you have ever played The Game of Things, you’ll be able to play this version of the game. Instead of paying full price for the actual game, just make up the questions yourself. One person is “it” and will say a statement that will have a thing as the answer, such as “Things you shouldn’t do while at work.” Everyone then writes on a piece of paper something that shouldn’t be done at work, such as sleep. The person who is “it” then collects all the answers and reads them out loud. Then, go around the room letting people guess a match up of a person and an answer. If they are correct, that person gets a point, and the person whose answer was guessed is out. Continue going around the room until one person is left. That person gets three points.
It’s all about the photos!
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On the day, or probably evening, of the event, be sure to take lots of photos of all those in attendance. Make sure you get their full character names and also their social accounts (if they are willing to share) so that they can further connect with other cosplayers after the event and be featured on your social pages.
Key things to remember
As any cosplayer will tell you, cosplay does not equal consent. Just because a person is wearing a costume that you find interesting or exciting, does not mean that you have the right to touch, hold, grab, or hug that person for photos or anything else. Always ask permission before touching anything, including their costume and props. Also, take care to be mindful when it comes to comments about costumes, most cosplayers put a lot of effort into their costumes. If you don’t know how to talk to someone in costume, here are a few tips.
Cosplay is a great way to leave work and worries behind to step outside yourself and become someone else for a few hours of fun and games. With some careful planning and some fun games, all the residents will have a great night!