The GeekFight Halloween Party was last Friday, and the team I play with, WAADO, had a Best in Costume record to keep (we won last year), we decided to dress up again this year.
GeekFight is a monthly (or bi-monthly, depending on which games you attend) trivia quiz on geeky topics, and we’ve been playing for over two years now. Every Halloween there is a GeekFight wherein the best team costume wins a prize. None of us in the team are pro cosplayers, although we like crafts, costume parties, and dressing up. It’s also nice having a team costume because you can all look silly together, and GeekFight’s one of the few places geeky costumes will be a hit.
So last year, we went as characters from the films of animation company Studio Ghibli. That wasn’t exactly book-related (although I do have the film books of nearly all the movies, and some of the films are based on books), so this is the first time you’ll be seeing it (if you’re not my Facebook friend, that is):
If you don’t recognize any of us, you are missing half of your life. I’m dressed as San (“Princess Mononoke”), while my teammates are Sen (from “Spirited Away”), Sosuke (from “Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea”), Howl (from “Howl’s Moving Castle”), Totoro (and Catbus, both from “My Neighbor Totoro”), a kodama (also from “Princess Mononoke”, and No-Face (also from “Spirited Away” and who, at half-time transformed into Hayao Miyazaki!).
That was a tough act to beat, and we wanted something more elaborate (hehe) this year. Hence this year’s costume, as characters from A Song of Ice and Fire.
It’s funny how we had thought up the theme right after last year’s party, but we ended up cramming our costumes yet again, in the last couple of weeks.
That’s Dianne finishing the gilt edges of Ned Stark’s shirt
There was so much to do — we had very little sleep down the finish line.
And of course, we just had to make the Iron Throne. The replica costs $30,000, which we obviously didn’t have. Hence, thanks to our teammate Pao’s engineering skills, plus an aircon box, rubber foam, duct tape, and lots of cyanoacrylate glue…
And then we had to rush to get dressed into our costumes. We made it in the nick of time just as the game proper was about to start, and the other teams weren’t really in costume, but the collective gasp that went around the venue when we entered, Iron Throne in tow, was so much worth it.
Of course we all had to take our turns on the Iron Throne (so NOT canon, hahaha!)
We didn’t win the quiz, but we did win Best in Costume again! :)
“You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
What are you dressing up as this Halloween