Cosplay is becoming more and more prevalent at large-scale Magic: The Gathering events such as the popular MagicFests that are put on worldwide by Channel Fireball. As such, it's not uncommon for folks who are dressed up head to toe in the likeness of some of the game's more iconic characters.
This was very much the case at the recently held MagicFest Reno at the end of February. In fact, Magic Untapped has an entire gallery of Magic: The Gathering cosplayers showing off their best costume creations.
With so many Magic fans now showing up at these large events in full costume, it's wise for others to realize that there are some do's and don'ts when it comes to interacting with them.
"Do not touch their costume without ever asking and don't fling yourself at them for a hug," says prominent Magic: The Gathering cosplayer Kensadi. "Always ask."
There's even etiquette that cosplayers prefer people follow in terms of taking photos. In short, ask first.
"Cosplay's not consent, like eveyone likes to say," explains Kensadi. "Just walk up. They're there for entertainment purposes, but they're not public property."
"If you see us sitting, eating, exhausted, whatever, we probably need some time off," adds Old Man Urza, another popular MTG cosplayer.
In the end, cosplayers show up to events such as MagicFest because it's not only fun for them to create elaborate costumes and parade them around, it's also for the entertainment and enjoyment of those in attendance.
"Anytime you want a picture, just come up and ask. That's why we're here," says Old Man Urza. "If we're walking the floor, that's why we're here. We're here for you guys."
For all of Kensadi's and Old Man Urza's tips on the do's and don'ts of interacting with cosplayers, check out the video below:
MagicFest Reno was held Feb. 28 through Mar. 1 at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.