GameFest 2019 Sheraton Dallas Hotel August 16th-19th, 2019 Dallas, TX
PROP AND WEAPON RULES

PROP CHECK

· All Cosplay props must be taken to Prop Check regardless of size, type, or material
· All props will be tagged after being approved by prop check staff
· All attendees are required to comply with requests by Convention Staff, Hotel Staff, and Dallas Police to verify that Prop Check has been performed and the prop in question is permitted

SWORDS, KNIVES, AXES, OR OTHER BLADED WEAPONRY

· No metal weapons (peace-tied, tethered or sheathed edged weapons are not permitted)
· No blades of any types. There are NO exceptions given even if its dull or covered
· No sharp edges on non-metal weapons
· Items may not be swung or used in a threatening manner

FIREARMS

· All firearms must have a closed barrel with a visible orange tip
· All airsoft and paintball weapons must be trigger disabled and demonstrated to be unable to fire upon request
· Attached scopes or laser attachments must be disabled and demonstrate to be unable to power on
· Water gun barrels and attachment containers must be visibly empty
· Firing any type of projectile is not permitted (including water, bubbles, or silly string)
· Dallas police will reserve the right for prop removal from public spaces if a gun prop is deemed to be too realistic.

BOWS, CROSSBOWS, SLINGSHOTS, AND OTHER PROJECTILES

· Arrows and other projectiles must have all tips removed. Cover or sheathing will not be permitted.
· Projectiles must not be strung and demonstrated to be unable to fire projectiles
· Firing any type of projectile is not permitted (including foam)

WOODEN STAVES, BATS, WOODEN KATANAS, OR OTHER WOODEN BLUNT OBJECTS

· Cannot be composed of solid metal (metal detailing is permitted)
· Wooden bats are permitted but will be reviewed year-to-year
· Metal nails or spikes of any type must not be protruding from all blunt weapons
· Items may not be swung or used in a threatening manner
· Props heavy enough to cause injury may be declined on a case-by-case basis

NON-WOODEN STAVES, POLES, FLAGS, OR WALKING STICKS

· May not be made of metal
· PVC and plastic piping is allowed
· May not be swung or used in a threatening manner
· As a courtesy, please review flag etiquette when carrying a national flag
· Selfie sticks are currently permitted but will be evaluated on a year-to-year basis


BULKY COSTUMES SUCH AS: WINGS, GUNDAMS, FURSUITS, OR STILTS

· Use a handler if your vision is significantly impaired (a handler is another attendee who will escort you around the convention)
· Wings must be collapsible or removable to prevent impeding crowds in tight spaces
· Cosplayers may be asked to remove stilts if staff believes there is a significant tripping hazard
· Cosplayers may be asked to remove bulky items in tight spaces or crowds
· Costumes must not have the ability to shoot projectiles of any type


EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES

· Powders, sand or flashsbangs for visual effect are not allowed
· External speakers, especially if continually playing loud music will be removed from all public spaces
· All props may not have the ability to use sound
· Cigarette props must be unlit and unable to emit vapors
· Real food for food props cannot be used
· Food packaging props must not contain real food
· Prop bottles must not contain any liquids
· Scooters, bikes, inline skates, and hoverboards are prohibited as props and cannot be used in public spaces, exception made during the cosplay contest
· Signage of any kind is not allowed