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03-02-2003, 06:13 PM
Does anyone know if the ACen Weapons' Policy is posted up anywhere on the internet?

03-02-2003, 10:30 PM
Hmm...I'm not sure if there is that much to post. Based on last years' program guide, the only requirements are no live steel (though peace-knotted blades are surprisingly okay) no firearms (replicas okay) and no projectiles -aimed at people-.

Bokkens are okay (and recommended by the con even), I believe nunchunks and whips are, all wooden prop swords are a go. I think it's sorta if you can carry it, you can have it for cosplay. So long as you're responsible (i.e. don't attack people), no one should harass you at all.

They're very cool with cosplayers, and it's not like there's not a security desk wrapping little pink ribbons on every semi-pointy bit like *some* ridiculous cons.

03-03-2003, 08:43 AM
huh, do you think it'd be okay then if i bring m'toy shotgun with me? ^^

03-03-2003, 02:06 PM
There is a weapons policy posted in their Masquerade section of acen.org. These are specifically for on-stage weapons, but would probably apply for all con weapons. They seem to be consistent with what I've seen at the con.

from http://www.acen.org/masquerade.html :

2) Weapons Policy
a) No Live Steel. Period. If your costume calls for you to wear a katana or other sharp weapon, either use an obvious fake, such as a bokken, or keep the weapon firmly sheathed and "peace knotted" at all times. No blades are to be drawn or exposed for any reason. Violation of this rule will be taken VERY seriously.
b) Other weapons, such as bokken, nunchaku, or other blunt instruments should be used with extreme caution, and never swung in a manner that might injure someone.
c) No live firearms. Any weapon that is capable of firing any sort of projectile more powerful than a suction-cup dart will not be allowed on stage. Replicas ONLY. Furthermore, such replicas must never be pointed directly at any human being, even in jest. If it's necessary to mime a firing action as part of your skit, "shoot" the ceiling or somewhere offstage where no one is standing.
d) If you are using any other sort of ranged weapon, such as a sling or bow, you will not be allowed to carry any sort of ammunition for such weapons on stage.
e) Please do not throw any objects, even soft ones, into the audience.

03-03-2003, 06:42 PM
What about Cid Highwind's lance?


It would be easiest to make the long "handle" part out of real metal-- it won't be sharp, but it would still be metal. Is something like that permissible?

The spear on the end would definitely have to be made out of plastic, or something... ^_^;

03-03-2003, 09:16 PM
I'd say so long as you don't attack someone who isn't expecting it, you should be safe from the wrath of Sailor Bubba. There were quite a few metal props last year, and I don't think anyone had any issues. (But if you do wanna spar for photos, they do recommend going outside just because there isn't that much inside floor space.)

03-05-2003, 11:43 AM
About that lance/spear, I would guess that if the blade was steel, it wouldn't be allowed, since it can't be sheathed or covered. Even a dull metal blade could get rejected. If it was a plastic, foam, cardboard, etc blade on a metal pole, I would think that would be okay. But you should probably check with the ACen people to make sure either way. ^_^

03-30-2003, 09:35 AM
When in doubt Ask Isaac or James...after all Isaac is the head of Live programming and James is the head of Masqurade....simple huh....best way to get a response from Isaac is to subscribe to the Acen Mailing list