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Characters in the Flesh!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Keep calm and costume on—PaizoCon is only 142 days away!


Memories of PaizoCons past—even the goblins got in on the cosplay!

If you're one of the legion of fans that like to make cosplay for the convention season, I apologize for the panic that I might have caused—consider this your notification to start planning and creating! Even if you don't work on costumes yourself, I think we can all appreciate the level of detail that goes into making these works of art. Seeing two-dimensional art made into reality is always thrilling—check out past winners of the Gen Con costume contest!



A Winner is You!

Some of you may have noticed Emilie from Scarlett Costuming and Art with her stunning Amiri costume on Facebook. She won second place at DreamHack 2015, the biggest LAN party and digital festival in Northern Europe, and she has kindly shared these photos with us!

But that's not all! This time at Armageddon Expo 2015, she took up the mantle of a Lamashtan Warpriest, basing her costume off a piece of art from the Advanced Class Guide!




Photos © Amandine Perichon

Best of luck to everybody that works on a costume this year, and to all who enter any costume contest—may your needles be sharp and your cuts clean,

Liz Courts
Community Manager

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Tags: Community Conventions Costumes

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Now that Mavaro is an iconic, I may have to enter the costume contest at gencon. It'll be much less cooler than that Amari, but I don't have the body type for Alain or Valeros.


Those are some sweet costumes - oh hey, and there's another piece of iconic artwork in the Paizo blog too! Does that mean it's CUP-worthy?

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Autoduelist wrote:

Those are some sweet costumes - oh hey, and there's another piece of iconic artwork in the Paizo blog too! Does that mean it's CUP-worthy?

In this instance it is not (because it's attached to another image that's not our copyright).


Ah yes, but you're forgetting the ability to crop blog images under the CUP - in this case, removing the photograph on the left to comply with the "no photographs" rule of the CUP.

It came up recently that the CUP language only addressed cropping of product covers from the approved product list, but it's silent about blog artwork. I argued with the PACG community that the rule applied to blog images too, but Paizo stuff has overruled me on that point twice now, so it's the reason I'm asking now.

Mostly though, I just try to remember things I see on the website so I can use them later.


Oh how I wish I had a delete option for my previous reply (or a way to private mail Liz Courts; I couldn't find the link on her profile page.) This would have been better to address privately as the next paragraph's implications will reveal.

My apologies for not fully understanding your reply about photographs Liz. I'm sure you only forgot to mention that the photograph of Paizo's Amiri artwork by Scarlett Costuming was done with Paizo's express permission, otherwise reproduction of something substantially resembling Paizo's artwork (in this case a photograph) is not allowed under the CUP, and certainly Paizo would never intentionally display a violation of their own policies on the official blog (copyright lawyers love those kinds of gaffes.)

I apologize for mistaking the photograph as an official image, and I'm sure Paizo will update the post to indicate the image is unavailable for community use the same way they did with Andrew Hou's illustration on a May 27, 2007 blog post titled "And Hou!"

Nothing to see here folks (and lawyers), move along.....

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Autoduelist wrote:
Oh how I wish I had a delete option for my previous reply (or a way to private mail Liz Courts; I couldn't find the link on her profile page.) This would have been better to address privately as the next paragraph's implications will reveal.

liz.courts@paizo.com


I was looking for Paizo.com's internal email system, but thanks Auke.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is I legitimately thought this was a blog post image use case instead of the huge can of suck I may have accidently opened.

Now's a good time to point out that I'm not a lawyer and I'm not offering my opinion as legal advice, and any questions someone might have about copyright law should be directed to a qualified attorney.

My concern here is that most cosplayers probably conduct their activities under the Community Use Policy as opposed to Paizo's typical dealings with licensees like WizKids. Extra care needs to be taken with official blog posts and links to cosplayers' websites because it can cause some copyright headaches for Paizo when cosplayers display images that aren't allowed under the CUP. A reasonable person (in a legal sense) might assume Paizo should be aware of copyright violations and then did nothing to stop it, which hurts their ability to assert copyright.

Fortunately, as the rights holder, Paizo can selectively allow some people to use their property while excluding others; and it doesn't have to be done uniformly under a policy like the CUP either, which I'm sure is totally the case here. ;-)

Paizo Employee Community & Digital Content Director

Thank you for this feedback, Autoduelist! We'll see what (if any) language we can clarify in the policy in this regard. Also, if you ever need to contact a Paizo staffer privately, check out our contact page :)

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Hey! Its my goblins. I am sorry i wont be able to attend this year but am hoping to be back in 2017.


Thanks Chris. It looks like the "Send a private message" option is disabled for Paizo staffers profile pages (probably for good reason!) That's what I was looking for earlier and couldn't find.

I hope my observations about the non-problem you've already solved were spot-on. ;-)

I'm grateful for the things Paizo shares with the community. I would not have worked on my projects in the first place or released them to the Internet if I didn't have express permission to do so. As you can see, I definitely did the leg-work of reading all the old blog posts when hunting for artwork.

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That bearskin horned helmet tho


Dear GOD...Emilie's work on Amiri...I...I...I think I'm in LOVE! :D


Is it just me or my computer, but are most of these images look at long distance and that is it.
I really do not mind the Paizo golem, but it was getting really irritating to see after it came up the seventh straight time when I clicked on images to see bigger versions.

Someone, fix the page!


Not just you or your computer -- I am getting the same problem.

Paizo Employee Community & Digital Content Director

Fixed!


Thanks -- it works now (tested all picture links), even on my 2003-vintage computer.


Anyone know who the two Valeros are?
I'd love to make a cosplay of him, and would like to contact them on tips :)

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Unikatze wrote:

Anyone know who the two Valeros are?

I'd love to make a cosplay of him, and would like to contact them on tips :)

Hey Unikatze!

I'm this joker. If you have any questions about how to tackle Valeros just shoot me a PM and I'll be glad to get back to you. I've recently been thinking about how to reconstruct the costume, and I'd be glad to share my thoughts. :)

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