The FanimeCon Props Policy

FanimeCon reserves the right to modify or update this policy at any time and without prior notice. Your membership to FanimeCon means that you agree to comply with this props policy. You further understand and agree that, for your own safety and the safety of everyone at FanimeCon, designated staff members have the absolute and immediate discretion and right to inspect your costumes, prop weapons, and any other item you bring to the convention. We may temporarily or permanently remove any attendee’s peacebond in our sole and absolute discretion at any time for violating this props policy.

Props Policy:

  • All props must be approved at FanimeCon and display a peacebond tag.
  • Your prop must accompany the costume that you are wearing in order to be peacebonded.
  • No firearms, airsoft weapons, or replicas of guns. No functional bows and arrows. Any prop guns must look like a prop from 50 feet away. This is for your safety and for the safety of our other members.
  • No costume may generate odor, smoke, or fog, or have overly bright or flashing lights.
  • No live steel. Live steel is defined as swords, knives, or other objects made of metal, which can take an edge. Dull metal weapons are considered live steel, and therefore are not permitted.
  • No metal or wood bats, metal pipes, or long metal chains.
  • Any item that is designed or manufactured with the intent to cause bodily injury or death, any item that is illegal in the state of California, or any other item that appears dangerous or may pose a risk of harm will not be allowed on the premises. This will be up to the sole discretion of qualified FanimeCon staff.
  • Operating a prop to shoot an object of any material is not allowed at FanimeCon and will result in your peacebond being removed.

We may revoke the peacebond at any time at our sole discretion. For example, we will revoke approval if you use or brandish the item in an inappropriate fashion (like play-fighting, swinging the weapon around, or if someone is hit intentionally or otherwise). We will also revoke approval if we receive complaints about the way you are using or displaying your prop, or if you tamper with the peacebond used to show that your prop has been tagged. If your peacebond is revoked, you will need to take the prop off of convention property immediately.

Peacebonded Weapons at the Event:

You may display your prop weapons only as costume pieces. Do not swing or brandish your prop weapon in any way that could be considered unsafe or threatening.

You may pose with a prop weapon in a brandishing manner, so long as no reasonable person would interpret it as anything but a pose for dramatic effect. Rovers staff or FanimeCon management may stop your posed brandishing in their sole discretion.

Current US military uniforms, costumes that may be confused with law enforcement, or other emergency response personnel are not permitted at FanimeCon.

If You Buy Weapons at the Convention:

  • If you buy a weapon in the dealer’s hall, it needs to stay taped in its box and taken off convention property as soon as possible. Live steel will not be peacebonded.
  • If you buy a prop at FanimeCon, you may have it tagged with a peacebond if it belongs with the cosplay you are currently wearing and follows the props policy. If not, it needs to be removed from the premises and taken to your hotel room, car, or Fan Storage.