Rules and Guidelines

Wear your event badge at all times.

An oddly-mirrored badge may be your friends’ only clue that you have been abducted and replaced with an evil extradimensional clone. It’s also good for getting into the con.


Be prepared to show ID for drinks and mature panels.

The carnival workers we captured still won’t give up the secrets of their age-guessing sorcery, so we need photo ID from Uncle Sam to prove that you can drink beer and hear colorful four-letter words.


Wear appropriate attire.

Although we’ve come a long way since exposed ankles were scandalous, The Fifth Element has established that it will be at least the year 2263 before people can just wear a few bandages in mixed public spaces. Use common sense.


Inappropriate behavior, such as violence, obstructing hotel hallways, lewd acts, or obscene language or conduct, is prohibited.

Personal discretion varies, of course, but if a member of the hotel or convention staff asks you to stop doing something, throw that first-year philosophy major relativity nonsense out the window and get your act together.


No smoking and/or vaping outside of designated areas.

Conventions already have enough people expelling foul gases from their orifices without adding fire hazards and churro-scented mustard gas to the mix.


Do not touch someone’s costume, prop, wig, or person without their permission.

In addition to being disrespectful and inappropriate, you gain no useful information from it. Do you know what the real Sailor Moon feels like? How blue is the blue stone of Galveston? What are you even comparing?


Do not perform commercial or business transactions without the prior written consent of Anime Iwai.

As the old expression goes, “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Sell a man a fish and you’d better have prior written consent from Anime Iwai to sell that fish or you’re on thin ice, pal.”


Do not break the laws of the United States Government, the state of Florida, Broward County, the city of Ft. Lauderdale, the North Ft. Lauderdale Marriott, or Anime Iwai.

If you choose to take the above sentence literally and instead break the laws of all of the above simultaneously, we will send a letter congratulating your wit to your cell.


All props/weapons must be checked by either Anime Iwai staff security or at the cosplay booth. There are no exceptions.

Permitted Weapons and Props

Replicas of firearms are permitted, but the prop must be easily identifiable as a prop weapon.


Prop firearms, such as air soft guns, nerf guns, blowguns, and water guns are permitted, but they must be inoperable and unable to fire any projectile. Yes, nerf darts count – don’t bring them.


All fake, prop, or homemade weapons are permitted if they are in no way dangerous to fellow attendees.


Sufficiently blunt wooden staves, swords, and bullwhips are permitted. The swords must be secured in a sheath and bullwhips must be rolled and secured by the peace bonding process.


Costume bows are allowed as long as they are inoperable and cannot shoot projectiles of any kind. Prop arrows are permitted as long as they are not sharply tipped, cannot be fired, and are secured within the quiver and cannot be removed.

Prohibited Weapons

No firearms are allowed on the premises.


No steel swords that cannot be secured in a sheath.


Firearms and guns designed to fire any type of projectile, including (but not limited to) BB guns, pellet guns, paint-ball guns, dart guns, crossbows, potato pellets, and rubber bands are not permitted.


Incendiary weapons, anything that sparks, shoots flame(s), burns, smolders, or can otherwise cause combustion or which exist for no purpose other than to be lit with a combustion device are prohibited.


Self-defense weapons, such as pepper spray, mace, stun-guns, tasers, and/or baseball bats are not allowed.


Other prohibited items, such as skateboards, golf clubs, paddles, and signs that are not integral to the costume are prohibited.