Praise be to Etro!
The Round-Up is back with yet another update of the fun, fab, and sometimes hilarious collection of jaw-dropping costumes and mischievous antics. I know I say time and time again, that these updates will become more frequent and it never really happens, but with our beloved Captain cracking the whip and so many opportunities for Round-Up endeavours, I can safely say that it will actually become a reality!
So, what have we been up to in this lull of silence? One word: Amecon.
We didn't get as big a turn out as at Expo, namely because it's a smaller con, but we still had a loud presence all the same! Who could forget the glorious rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody that took over Friday night? (I actually wanted to write Bohemian Rhapsodos then…maybe that's a sneaky hint to all the Genesis cosplayers out there - SOLDIER boy band maybe?) The people were lovely, the campus was nice, the costumes were phenomenal and despite a little hiccough with the Ball that meant some of us boycotted it to demonstrate a little more solidarity for a FFRer that was turned away (for looking too fly, clearly) it was definitely an outing to remember. But rather than merely blathering on in text, here are some prime examples of just how wonderful the costumes were.
I would add more, but then I'd be here all day. Everyone that was at Amecon deserves one hell of a round of applause. Firstly for being so damn loveable, and secondly for turning out and dazzling us all with some wicked photography and some spectacular costumes. I know they've certainly inspired me to look forward to the future - and that of course primarily means looking forward to Expo!
As usual, there are plenty of things going on for the FFR, with confirmed groups so far including:
FF Aeon Team
FF Ex Mode Team
FFVII Dirge of Cerberus Team
FFVII - Crisis Core
FFI - FFVI
All of these groups have individual shoots/gatherings planned, so if you want to take part, snap some photos, or just come along and see some jaw droppingly wonderful people, please, please, PLEASE keep checking the FFR Facebook group, as it has the most up to date information and contact details for everyone involved. Having said that though, we do have some massive gatherings planned (I've always wondered how we manage to converge in one place without the world imploding from the sheer volume of skill in one location, but somehow the FFR has found a way!)
The Meets will take place on:
Friday: 3pm - At the front of ExCel (where the benches are)
7pm - Prize giving and general meet on the grassy quad area.
Saturday: 12:30pm - At the front of ExCel (Benches again) for the Meet
1pm Photo Shoot.
Sunday: 12pm - At the front of ExCel (Benches yet again) for the Meet
12:30pm for the Shoot.
Anyone still in need of a photographer for MCM however should also check out the lovely folk at Trinity Wisdom Studios and CosplayPortrait to see which slots are still available.
Please don't be afraid to come along and say hello. We're a pretty easy bunch to find (especially when out in full force) and the more the merrier. I promise all of these walking works of art aren't as intimidating as their costumes. So y'know…join us! Become part of the big Round-Up family, we're not as dysfunctional as we look!
But just to give you a little taste of what to expect at Expo, here are some examples of the Round-Up at work!
While Expo is understandably a central part of the Round-Up's activities, it's not the only candle we're burning! With a modest representation at EuroGamer, a Christmas Meet in the works, and a rather nifty yearbook, we've got plenty to keep ourselves busy with. For further details on these however, once again the primary source of information will always be the FB Page, because not everyone on there is as slack at keeping up to date as I am!
And that I believe, is about it for now!