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So, this year I am planning to do a cosplay of Frank West from Dead Rising if my bank account allows for it. I have plenty of choices for attire (since you can wear a lot of different outfits in the series.) My only issues are a camera (which might be the most expensive piece if I don't have one around home) and either a baseball bat or possibly a crowbar. Concerning the last prop, would I be breaking con rules having either regardless of what it's made from (wood, metal, etc.)?

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I know a straight con rule that no live steel is allowed whatsoever. So a real crowbar wouldn't be allowed. Though you could always make one out of foam/buy a fake one/etc.


To make it easier here are the official ACen rules regarding props/cosplay:

Also LINK: Link to ACen Rules




These rules are for costumes worn around the convention. If you aren’t sure whether your costume or prop is acceptable, you may ask a staff member at any time!


A costume or prop is unacceptable if it does any of the following:


Fails to comply with local laws.

Leaves your feet bare.

Has vulgar remarks or hate speech in any language.

Has dangerous protrusions such as spikes or sharp edges.

Is a costume that extends more than six inches from your body in any direction. (For example, if your costume has a tail, you may hold it next to your body, but not let it trail out behind you.)

Is a prop that is longer than your height. If you are less than four feet tall, your props may be up to four feet long. Props that are too long may be carried in pieces and reassembled for pictures.

Impedes the view of others during seated events.

Has a tightly-strung bowstring.

Has a laser pointer or similar capability.

Has parts made of live steel. Live steel is defined an object crafted from metal that has a point or blade-like edge, whether blunt or sharp. Live steel purchased from vendors must stay boxed while in convention space.

Is a gun-like prop without an orange tip. Gun-like props also must have their firing mechanisms disabled and have nothing loaded.

Is a real firearm.

Is being used or handled unsafely.

Is determined by convention staff to be unsafe. The Department Head of our Incident Response Team can render final say on the acceptability of any costume or prop.



Hope this helps!!!!! And since people/staff aren't really on the forums all that often, if you have more specific further questions, try the Anime Central official facebook page and ask. Someone will perhaps tag a staff member in your post.

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I personally wouldn't say a crowbar falls under having a blade-like edge. Although I am a volunteer staff member myself, I did email one of my superiors from IRT for a second opinion on the subject. Money isn't an option for buying props because of school, and I can't exactly keep the needed supplies in my dorm room to make my own props either.

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