Cosplay Bingo Combines all the Fun of Bingo with your Favorite Comic Book Characters

innercosplay28072015Time to dust off your favorite spandex suit and strap on your utility belt, because the annual collection of cosplay conventions has arrived yet again. Looking for a way to take the fun to the next level? You’re going to want to print out a specialized cosplay bingo card to bring on the trip. The Tampa Bay Times has been gracious enough to create a collection of cards that will take your costumed crusade to a brand new plateau of competitive fun. Just grab a few of your friends and take your pick from the designs. With a little luck, you’ll be the first to spot all of the pop culture reference needed to claim the win.

If you’re still a little fuzzy on what these cosplay conventions are, you’re not alone! This relatively recent phenomenon involves hordes of excited comic book fans dressing as some of their favorite characters from movies, comics and TV shows and living out the lives of their collective dreams. Sure, you may feel a little silly putting on your cardboard Iron Man suit at first, but it will feel much more comfortable when you enter the alternative universe of cosplay conventions.

Now that you’re up to speed on the venue, let’s take a closer look at the game. Cosplay bingo combines all of your favorite elements of the classic test of luck with the endless sea of entertainment references on display on the cosplay circuit. Need an example? Let’s assume that your card has the one and only Dark Knight within one of the squares. In order to claim this block with your light saber-shaped blotter, you’ll need to lay your eyes on someone dressed as Batman. Luckily, not all squares are that specific. On another square, you might have a category, such as Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy. To claim these tiles, you’ll just need to find someone from the respective comic book or movie. If you’re thinking that finding these characters will be difficult, you’re in for a surprise when you enter your first convention.

In order to maximize your chances of winning at this unique bingo variant, you’ll need to brush up on your pop culture knowledge. Would you know a character from Adventure Time if you saw one? What about Game of Thrones? If these stories don’t immediately bring to mind images of well-known characters, you’ll probably want to take a study break in front of the nearest TV before the game gets started. Remember, there’s no rules against choosing your own costume to suit the needs of your bingo card. If you’ve got to dress up as a Pokémon to claim the win, consider it a sacrifice worth making!

So, are you ready to put your skills to the test and claim the cosplay bingo crown? If so, simply print out the card and get on your way to the nearest convention. With a little luck, you’ll be shouting out bingo (possibly in the Klingon language) in no time!