Every masquerade has to have its rules and here are ours. Be assured that
there are valid reasons for each of these rules. However, if you believe you
have a really good reason not to comply with one of the rules, convince the
Masquerade Director to make an exception.
All masquerade participants must be registered attendees of the Archon convention.
Register before noon on Saturday!
NO flagrant nudity. This masquerade is rated PG-13. Please use some
discretion, as there are usually children in the audience.
The following costumes may not be worn for competition: purchased costumes, rented
costumes, or costumes that have won a Best in Class or Best in Show award at a World
Con or Costume Con. These costumes may be worn on stage for Exhibition but will
not be judged for the competition.
Small children must be under the control of a responsible adult at all times.
Your costume must be finished before you get to the Green Room. No sewing, gluing,
spray painting, welding, or other construction work is allowed back stage. However,
final assembly of large costumes and/or props and unexpected repairs will be allowed.
Costumers will be required to sign a release for use of a video and photos. By appearing
in the Masquerade, a costumer allows the convention to make a video tape and/or
photos of the event and offer them for sale. For Participants under 18 years
of age, the release will have to be signed by a parent of guardian.
All costumers are required to walk the stage before the Masquerade. This will be
done at your assigned tech rehearsal.
For safety reasons, the following is not allowed: live animals, substances which
might damage or soil other costumes, aerosol sprays, or projectiles.
No pyrotechnics will be allowed including but not limited to: fire, flash powder,
explosives, smoke bombs or fireworks. Additionally, the use of oil based smoke/fog
machines is prohibited as they will set off the hotel fire detection system.
Illegal weapons of any kind are not allowed. Legal real or prop weapons used as
part of the costume are allowed with restrictions. You are not required to
have your weapon "peace bonded" while you appear on stage or in the Green Room however,
you are expected to act responsibly with your weapon. The Green Room is not the
place to practice your presentation's sword play! You may be asked to check your
weapon in to our Props Master prior to the start of the masquerade if we deem the
weapon potentially dangerous to your fellow costumers. If you decide to carry a
weapon, by signing your registration form, you accept any legal and financial responsibility
for damage your weapon may cause to persons or property.
Although you are not required to "peace bond" your weapons while appearing in the
Masquerade, normal Archon Weapons Policy rules apply while you are not in the Masquerade.
Costumes with electric power requirements need to be self-contained. There
will be no access to electrical outlets on stage.
Costumers who want to use special effects in their presentations (i.e. strobe lights,
fog, etc.) must notify the Masquerade Director prior to the convention. The
Masquerade Director has the right to deny requests for special effects due to safety
concerns and building regulations. Do not plan your presentation around unapproved
Costumes that could potentially damage the hotel facilities will not be allowed.
Any entry in the Masquerade, including the Exhibition Class, shall not be for the purpose
of advertising a company or product. If the entry is to advertise another fan-run convention,
the script will be subject to review by the Archon Masquerade Director prior to performance.
Archon does not supply costumers with any of the following: make-up, make-up applicators
and/or removers, glue, paint, etc. Please come to the Masquerade with everything
you need to complete your costume. The Masquerade Staff may be available to
help with emergencies or damage repair, however.
Smoking is not allowed in the Green Room. Contestants who leave the building
for a smoke break may lose their turn to appear on stage.
Surprise the audience, not the Masquerade staff. If you are planning something completely
different, let us know well in advance. All information will be held in the
No Whiners! Entrants are presumed to be adults, or under the supervision of one.
All judge's decisions are final.
The Masquerade Director has the right to eliminate any entry from the competition
on the basis of taste, danger to the audience, building or yourself, violation of
any of the above rules, or any other reason deemed sufficient. We have never had
to eliminate anyone yet, but this protects you and the convention.