[Note, this has been re-posted with cmarie's permission from the PlaidHatGames.com forums. Click here to view the original post.]

Without question, the highlight of my GenCon experience this year was my Summoner Wars cosplay!! This was my first year attending GenCon, and I wanted to have a costume to really embrace the whole experience. From the very beginning, I always wanted the character to be from Summoner Wars. There was never any question whatsoever about that, OR about who specifically it would be. The project was in the works as far back as April, and I did most of the stuff for the dress/accessories in June and July. The staff came together in the last couple weeks. I got lots of help from creative family members. Here’s the final product:

On Thursday, mr. cmarie and I did True Dungeon, Friday was starter deck tournament day, and then Saturday was the long-awaited Costume Day. I had recruited BTBAM as an inside track -- he knew about it and helped confirm when it would be a good time for me to approach the booth (thanks!), which was really helpful (although in retrospect it seemed like most of the people -- minus Bistro perhaps -- were there most of the time). As I was heading into the dealer hall, I was recognized by someone who said he was a playtester and took a picture. (Andrew, maybe?)

I was thrilled to share the excitement with the guys at the booth. Yay! Colby declared that it was the first Summoner Wars cosplay ever, and we got a picture.

Then I asked Colby to sign my Sera Eldwyn card (and had it in my badge holder for the rest of the day to show people the art). When I mentioned needing a second deck so I could keep the signed card safe, he shrugged and said something like, “I can’t sell Sera Eldwyn her own deck, just take it” and gave it to me. Then I chatted with some people individually -- below is a pic with BTBAM.

After that, visited more folks at the SW tournament. Also a very fun time! More picture taking and general excitement.

Then came the costume parade and contest. Here's a great picture by the Indy Star (please disregard purchasing info below, it is the only way I can directly link to the photo). For the contest I wrote a blurb for the emcee to read, which included the following statement: “Christy is portraying Sera Eldwyn from the board game Summoner Wars. Sera Eldwyn is the original summoner of the Vanguards, a faction with healing powers.” So there was a brief plug for SW.

At one point during the con, I walked past a father-son pair playing SW on the floor, and said hello to them and showed them the Sera card since they weren’t familiar with the VG. The father was playing the Filth and the son, who was quite young (5? 6?), was the Benders. This kid was excitedly jabbering a mile a minute about the game, showing me the Sorgwen card in his hand and admitting that he shouldn’t talk about this in front of his dad (since that would reveal what card he had), but she can get somebody else to attack again and isn’t that cool, etc. The dad good-naturedly pointed out that he was getting his butt kicked by the kid. They were having a great time and it was a passionate SW fan in the making.

All in all, the costume was a BLAST. Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive and enthusiastic. I am enjoying all manner of post-event reflections via the interwebs/social media -- battle reports, emails/PMs, photos/video, blogs/Facebook, etc. Loving it all. Not sure what will happen next year, but I am already looking forward to it!


joepinion commented:

Be careful with that staff! It has a ranged 2-AV.

Posted on 2013-08-21.

cmarie commented:

LOL!!!! I didn't disclose that when I checked with the GenCon folks about their weapons policy, haha!!

Posted on 2013-08-21.

hextr1p commented:

Glad this got some front page love as this is an awesome story! And great work on the costume!

Posted on 2013-08-21.

gamjuven commented:

Yeah congratulations! And she's a great SW player to boot!

Posted on 2013-08-21.

Truth commented:

This may have been my highlight of GenCon. I had no idea that I would be this thrilled to see someone cosplaying Summoner Wars but when Christy showed up to the booth I was like a little kid on Christmas. Fantastic job! Thanks for doing the write up. I had it on my to do list, but it is much better hearing about the whole thing from you.

Posted on 2013-08-21.

tortugatron commented:

Does mr. cmarie look more like Jake or Sam? You could go again next year :)

Posted on 2013-08-21.

Adam commented:

The group picture makes me so nervous. What is Sera doing in front of everyone? That is the exact opposite of how Vanguards should be played, guys.

And then there's one where she's in front of a wall!

(But seriously, great costume!)

Posted on 2013-08-21.

cmarie commented:

tort: He's more the Sam type. You never know, maybe I'll be able to talk him into it!

Adam: Haha, good point. I guess I should have been behind the wall, and also the group? None of these photos show any choke points...

Thanks everyone for your comments, especially Colby for your reflection. I couldn't have hoped for a reaction any better than that, and I'm really psyched that people have liked it so much!! :)

Posted on 2013-08-21.

Thing 2 commented:

Good work CMarie. That's an excellent first ever SW cosplay

Posted on 2013-08-21.

airdroppers commented:

Very cool!

Posted on 2013-08-21.

killercactus commented:

@ Adam:

It's OK - James has Protector, so if anyone engaged Sera in melee they'd have to attack him. Plus, Colby and Isaac have her flanks protected, so they can only get at her from one direction.

Posted on 2013-08-22.

Setharillius commented:

No way!!! Awesome.

Next year I expect to see the demagogue...

Posted on 2013-08-22.

I LIKE TAU! commented:


challenge accepted... Hopefully...

Posted on 2013-08-22.

glenn3e commented:

Pretty accurate costume there..

Posted on 2013-08-23.

Serenity commented:

Great costume! Sounds like you (Deservedly) had a blast!

Posted on 2013-08-23.


This is so awesome. I wish I would have gotten to see you in custom in person. Apparently you were at the events one day just not in custom. Perhaps this will start a trend for next year....I'd love to dress up like Vlox

Posted on 2013-08-25.

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