(Copy/Paste from the official thread on the Otakuthon forum):
Would you like to see your favorite characters battle it out with each other? With Cosplay Chess, this is now possible! No one knows what to expect as the two chess players manoeuvre human pieces across a giant chessboard. For this sixth year at Otakuthon, the theme will be "Humans Vs. Non-Humans".
TIME: SUNDAY at 1:30PM (pieces, players and staff need to be there at 1PM)
Cosplay Chess Rules
1. Entries can be from any source (manga, video games, original). The same costume may be worn for Cosplay Chess and the Masquerade.
2. This event is first-come, first-served. The sooner you register, the more likely you are to get the spot that you want.
3. You need to be pre-registered for Otakuthon to participate in Cosplay Chess. Your pre-registration number will be asked to ensure that all participants are in registered.
4. Costumes do not have to be made by the cosplayer.
5. All costumes must be appropriate for the general public. We reserve the right to cancel any entry which does not follow this rule. All costumes must conform to Con Rules and Policies and all weapons must conform to convention Weapons Policy.
6. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver form signed by their parents or legal guardian. You may obtain this waiver by emailing the Cosplay Chess Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Participants must have an "attack" scene and a "death" scene ready prior to the game. For each scene, participants may have other people to help out; you must however, inform the Cosplay Chess Director beforehand.
8. No props or stage accessories which scatter will be allowed. This means no confetti, no fake blood, no rose petals, or anything else that might disrupt anyone's footing.
9. You will have access to a sound system to play music as well as a microphone during your "attack" and "death" scenes.
10. Participants must attend the Cosplay Chess meeting before the match. Important details that all participants will need to know will be covered during this time. This will help prevent some chaos from occurring during the match. This meeting is usually held 1 hour prior to the match.
11. This is an act, after all, so NO attacks that can hurt other cosplayers or damage their costumes will be tolerated. Please be considerate of the others involved.
12. An image of your character must be provided with your entry form. Don't forget to include your real name, email address, and the series from which your character originates from when you apply. Also, please indicate if you would like to be in the Human or the Non-Human team, as well as the position you would like to play.
13. When you register, you are committing yourself to participate. If you happen to be unavailable, it is your responsibility to write an email to the Cosplay Chess Director. An unjustified absence at the game will result in your exclusion for the next year from the Cosplay Chess game.
14. The Cosplay Chess Director must be informed of any email exchanged between participants (event planning, discussion about the game, etc.). Any deviation from this will lead to the exclusion of persons at fault.
15. The Cosplay Chess Director reserves the right to choose your final position on the chess board.
How to Participate
Note: You must be registered for the convention before you apply.
To be a chess piece
Participants in the chess match will be chosen from amongst the convention attendees.
No knowledge of how to play chess is required; the two chess players will direct your movements. If you are interested in participating, you must submit your application to the Cosplay Chess Director. Registration for Cosplay Chess is first-come, first-serve. Be sure to read the Cosplay Chess Rules before submitting your application. The registration begins June 14th. Your registration must be sent before July 15th, 2011.
Please note that this event will be taking place on Sunday morning. When applying, please be sure that you will be able to be there early.
How to register
Write an email to email@example.com
with the following information:
Please do not forget to attach an image of your character in the email.
Want to Help Out?
You can also volunteer to help for the Cosplay Chess. Just send an email to the Cosplay Chess Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the thirty-two pieces on the board, Cosplay Chess also has special attacks whereby one character calls on another from back stage to help in combat. Examples of special attacks in use: Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura) summoning Kero-chan, or Naruto (Naruto) doing Kage-Bunshin no Jitsu and having other Narutos rush on stage. If you have a character whom you think would make a good special attack or if you have a second person willing to cosplay as an appropriate character for your special attack, you can apply as a special attack by writing to our Cosplay Chess Director.
Also, remember that you’ll need an attack scene and a death scene. An example of a death scene would be Cloud picking up Aeris’ body after she died. Try to plan at least one of each. You’ll be contacted by the Cosplay Chess Director to discuss your plans.
Questions? Please contact the Cosplay Chess Director at email@example.com
For more specific information, you can look here:
Cosplay Chess information:
Official thread (at the otakuthon forum, warning: french may occur):