This past weekend at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio there was an awesome assembly of cosplayers, artist, actors, musicians, and folks that just love to watch and shoot pictures and videos of the wonderful costumes and characters at Colossal Con.
You couldn't walk through the halls of the Kalahari without seeing a plethora of pretty ladies and lads in their favorite comic, video game, anime, manga, or other fantasy costumes.
Saturday evening the main events hall was packed as cosplayers performed skits, sang, danced, or simply made there way majestically across the stage to display their costumes for their adoring audience.
The competitors were ranked by experience/ability and competed for prizes that included the construction/craftsmanship of their costume and performance.
There were dramas and even an adorable, little demon-child that got into the act.
With the quality and variety of performances it had to be hard to compare them for judging. Flipping a coin might have been an option though flipping a contestant might be more fun and some were already doing it themselves. Check out more photos of the cosplay!
The raves at Colossal Con were full of plenty of flashing, spinning, flaring colored lights as part of the ambiance as well as the apparel of the enthusiastic, anime dancers as well as music with a good dance beat.
Across the corridor from the Saturday night rave, the audience was moshing as one of Cincinnati's top bands, Automaton, played for a wild crowd. Automaton is a steampunk, power metal band whose members take on the persona of members of an airship crew. After missing out on interviews with the band at the Steampunk Empire Symposium and the Up in the Aether Con, they were overdue for one so we sat down for a chat after the concert.
When asked to share something weird and wonderful about themselves, the band members indicated that they play dungeons and dragons.
For those who are not familiar with it, dungeons and dragons is a genre of pen and paper, table top, die throwing, role playing games. Most everyone who has ever lived and had an imagination, know it or not, has played a role playing game. Whether it was role playing with dolls, playing cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers, or boss and naughty secretary, roles have been played for education and entertainment for as long has men and women have been playing games. The first structured set of rules for fantasy roleplaying was created in 1971 by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It was of the dungeons and dragons genre and they called it "The Fantasy Game." Now there are many systems of roleplaying.
When the Automaton band members were asked which dungeons and dragons system they used and preferred, It was no surprise that the number one choice for the band members in the dungeons and dragons genre is Paiso's Pathfinder, as it is currently the best selling gaming system for the dungeons and dragons genre out and few people even remember the original name of the first dungeons and dragons genre roleplaying game system, "The Fantasy Game."
The folks of Automaton have been taking their gaming as seriously as their music and have used their experience in playing Pathfinder to develop their Automaton personas. In addition to a CD coming out soon they have a comic book already out of the adventures of their characters.