1. Glen
    September 22, 2010 @ 11:52 AM

    Dragon Rider and Sword Guy. Both of them should move on. I changed the channel and started drinking when Sword Guy made is appearance AGAIN!!!!!!!

  2. Fallyn
    September 22, 2010 @ 1:30 PM

    The flip side on Sword Guy was this year he was exhibition (aka, not being judged). Plus after he won Best in Show in 2008, he did NOT enter in 2009.

    Dragonrider needs to stop entering the same dragon outfit. If he just remade an entirely new dragon (or other species creature), it’d be fine…but the fact he’s entering an award winning (in the same contest) costume multiple years in a row is just robbing other people of recognition.

  3. Joey Snackpants
    September 22, 2010 @ 8:55 PM

    Their sandbox, their rules, no matter how stupid they may be. I used to catch flak for requiring new videos at my AMV contest, because I was sick of seeing the same stuff over and over. They bitched, I stuck to my guns… don’t like the rules, don’t enter or use the rules to your advantage.

    After Dragon Guy won again, I wont bother watching the Masquerade again.

  4. Fallyn
    September 23, 2010 @ 8:55 AM


    You’re very right. They have a right to their rules, but the point is that due to their rules (or lack there of), not only are contestants being robbed of potential wins, but the audience is being robbed of a new and enjoyable masquerade viewing experience. Just as you pointed out, you won’t bother watching the masq again due to Dragon guy winning (again).

    I’ve seen many stating they are bored with watching the masq, due to a lack of participation (which its unknown if the repeat-winners being a cause of this), and due to the same costumes/entries over and over.

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  6. Tom
    September 24, 2010 @ 1:00 PM

    @Glen: Fallyn is right. Sword Guy at least just showed up to do an exhibition of a winning number from a previous year without competing. I have zero issue with that and it’s actually the smart way to allow for “repeat” acts without interfering with competition quality.

  7. Lilithschilde
    September 26, 2010 @ 6:21 PM

    Agreed. This was the first year my father watched the Masquerade and he was sorry he did. Most of it was actually rather boring compared to previous years, and when I saw the Dragon Rider I nearly threw the remote at the TV (I refuse to wait in line to watch it).

  8. Tom
    September 27, 2010 @ 10:11 AM

    @Lilithschilde: I had a detailed exchange with the Dragon*Con Masquerade Director (Marilee Coughlin) last year regarding this exact fact, but the answer I got back basically came down the fact that they “follow the ICG (International Costumers Guild) rules in regards to Masters [when] competing”

    Citing rules doesn’t make the rules correct.

  9. GreenEggsNSamm
    December 6, 2010 @ 5:04 PM

    I think it would be fine if they follow the ICG rules for masters but they should also have rules of their own. Repeating costumes that win reflects poorly on the contest and is disrespectful to those entries that took the time to create something new. Consider writing to the events coordinator at Dragon*Con about this and see what they say. Otherwise, honestly, I’d consider saying something to Dragon Guy if you see him backstage in the same costume again next year.

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