Cosplay Rules and Eligibility

Entry Form

Online entries are due by September 30th  at 11:59pm. This page will have an online web form to submit online entries starting in Mid-April. Or, hand in to the Cosplay Coordinator at the convention before cut-offs Sunday at 3:00pm.


  • All participants must have a Tacticon/RMC 2017 badge.

  • All participants must read and agree to follow all rules of the Cosplay Contest.

  • Costumes previously entered in past Tacticon/RMC Cosplay Contests are ineligible.

  • By registering for the Cosplay contest, all participants agree to allow Evolution Cons and Tacticon/RMC to use their images for promotional purposes, both photographs and video. Photographs of the winners will be used on our website and in program guides for future shows.

  • All convention policies must be upheld during the entirety of the Cosplay competition. Anyone breaking convention rules will be disqualified and reported to Operations and/or Convention Security.

  • Tacticon and Evolution Cons staff may not enter the cosplay contest.

How to Enter

Sign-up for the Tacticon 2017 Cosplay competition begins after the rules have been posted to the Tacticon website and an announcement has been made. To sign up, fill out the Cosplay Contest Entry Form once it has been made available on this page.

Entrants who miss roll call pre-show will be disqualified. There you will be given a number and staff we explain how and when you will enter and exit. Throwing, dropping or damaging microphones or other equipment when on stage will result in a instant disqualification even if it is part of a skit. If you need to "drop a mic" then please bring your own as a prop.

General Information

  Tacticon is a family friendly event. Content should not go beyond PG-13.

  • Offensive language of any kind is not allowed—no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity, etc.

  • No excessive violence.

  • No sexual activity or contact—real or implied.

  • All sexual jokes must have a non-sexual interpretation that is at least as obvious as the sexual one.

  • No nudity—ALL costumes must adhere to the official Tacticon rules.

  • If you think your costume or presentation might be too risqué or offensive, it probably is.

  • If you have a question about your content, please feel free to ask the Cosplay Staff if it is allowable.

  • You may surprise the audience, but never surprise the crew!

  • No fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gases or liquids.

  • No messy substances—wet, dry, or oily—on stage. It could result in a safety hazard for you and fellow participants.

  • No jumping on or off stage—please use the officially designated stage entrances and exits.

Entrants must abide by the Convention weapons policy. All weapons must be peace bonded and approved. Pointing weapons at anyone not in your Cosplay group will not be tolerated. The Cosplay Coordinator must approve any actions involving weapons.

Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to their entry.

If for whatever reason one contestant is removed from competition for any violation the entire group may be disqualified as well depending on the situation.

All decisions made by the Cosplay Coordinator or Programming Director are final and may only be changed by a formal challenge though Programming.

You must have some kind of foot covering. Shoes or boots are required. Be aware of safety concerns. If your character does not wear shoes the lack of accuracy will be forgiven; consider flesh-toned or clear shoes.


There is a judging panel for the main show who will take into account various aspects of your costume and performance. Any family of judges will not be allowed to enter the show.

  All entrants will have a performance—either a walk-on, a traditional skit or dance skit.

  Each contestant will appear in only one stage performance.

  The judges are free to give as many or as few awards as they choose.


    Performance will be judged based on the performance of the whole group if multiple people go on stage.

    Performance awards are granted to the entries that have shown excellent stage presentation.

    There are 3 types of Performances:

  • Regular skit – Traditional skits in which the main activities include characters talking to each other and acting out a scene. Duration may be up to 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • Dance skit – Skits in which most of the performance is dancing. Duration may be up to 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • Walk-on – Quick presentation consisting of a few poses intended to show off a costume. This is required for Costume Construction judging only. Duration may be up to 45 seconds.

     Pre-recorded music and dialogue are preferred and strongly encouraged, but not required.

     Do not submit valuable original CDs. Bring backup copies of your audio on CD or USB thumb drive to ensure it's not lost. Tacticon is not responsible for damage to or loss of CDs or any other media.

       Include your name or your group name and skit title in the filename of the MP3 sent in.

       Clearly label your back-up CD with group name and Skit Title.

       One track on CD or USB is preferred; we cannot change tracks or start in the middle of a track.

       CD music and dialogue must be clear to hear. The preferred encoding is MP3 format, 128 kbps, 44.1 Khz.

       We will not play or rip music off portable MP3 players, such as iPods or cell phones.

  • Leave the stage as clean as it was when you set foot on it. Arrange to remove all items you brought on stage at the end of your presentation. If you have a particularly intricate presentation, we recommend you recruit your own stage ninjas.

  • A group should compete in the skill division of the group's most experienced member. If in a group and all participants are Novice, but one participant is Master, the group must compete in the Master Division (as no one may compete in a Division lower than their own). You cannot compete lower than any Division award you have won.

  • Extra points may be awarded at the Judges' discretion for construction done above and beyond the normal effort expected for a costume. A Judge may get up and look at your costumes construction if needed or before the show begins.

  • All entrants will participate in the performance portion either in a skit or a walk-on.

  • All costumes from all genres and media are accepted for Genghiscon's Cosplay Contest, including original designs as a separate category.

  • Multiple costumes made by the same person may be entered so long as each costume is on a different body.

  • Reference pictures will be required. This includes screen captures, posters, or any other official media that reveals the character's full costume. The pictures should reveal different views of the character (i.e. front, back, sides). Do not assume judges know your costume or character! You will be required to bring reference pictures to judging.

  • Commissioned, purchased, rented, or commercially made costumes will not be allowed to be considered for Costume Construction awards. A portion of the costume (such as a leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume should have been constructed by the creator of the costume. More is expected if you are entering as in Master.

  • If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the contest, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed. Unaltered store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a "costume" are not allowed.

  • Costumes worn for any previous competition at Tacticon are ineligible.

Skill Levels

To ensure that Entrants with limited experience compete with their peers and not against more experienced entrants, skill levels have been established. Entrants may elect to enter different skill levels for Costume construction and Presentation. The Judges will assess entries of higher skill levels using stricter criteria.

For costume judging, these rankings apply to the costume maker, not the wearer as they are for construction, not presentation.

Group entries will be judged at the highest division amongst your members.

Please note that any entry may be reclassified by the Judges if they feel it is appropriate.