As always, if you have any questions about props, post them in the forums; do not PM me (or anyone else) personally. That way, everyone can see and benefit from the answer.
The Prop Acceptability Checklist
If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, the prop is not allowed.
- Is the prop longer than the congoer's height when carried, if the congoer is at least 4 feet tall?
- Is the prop longer than 4 feet when carried, if the congoer is less than 4 feet tall?
- Is the prop made of live steel?
- Is the prop a real firearm?
- If the prop is a gun-like prop, does it lack an orange tip?
- If the prop is an gun-like prop, is it not disabled and unloaded?
- Are there projectiles loaded or nocked into the prop or easily accessible on the prop's carrier?
- If the prop is a water gun, is there water in the reservoir?
- If the prop is a bow or other stringed weapon, is it tightly strung?
- Are there any loose arrows or bolts with the costume or prop?
- If the prop is a sword-like prop, is it being carried in a dangerous manner?
The Costume Acceptability Checklist
If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, the costume is not allowed.
- Does the costume have dangerous protrusions?
- Does the costume break the 6-inch zone?
- Does the costume severely obstruct mobility or line-of-sight for the wearer?
- Does the costume violate local decency laws?
- Does the costume have offensive speech in any language on it?
- Is the congoer wearing or holding a sign that is not part of the costume?
The big thing to note is that gun-like props are no longer required to not be realistic. We only require three things of a gun-like prop:
- It must have an orange tip.
- It must be disabled.
- It must be unloaded.
Well, there you go. Of course, the rules will be in the program book and on the website, but this is the list of things IRT will be checking against. We apologize for the late rules change, but it took a little bit to put it together, so I hope you guys will be happy with the loosening of the rules!