1. Froglok from EverQuest
This amphibious warrior made a splash at the 2008 SOE Fan Faire
, eventually netting the top prize in the costume contest. Rumor is that he still wears this to his day job as a claims adjuster for MetLife.
2. Gwen from Guild Wars
has a very healthy cosplay following, but among the many scantily clad Ritualists and Elementalists that populate the field, one lady came up with an award-winning Gwen outfit. Aurora Astralis won the grand prize of the official 2008 Guild Wars Halloween costume contest
with her spot-on representation of everyone's favorite grumpy Mesmer.
3. Elios Sorcerer from Aion
Russian artist Lina
is a huge fan of Aion
, and it shows in her wonderfully detailed outfit that includes a giant wingspan. One does wonder how she expects to do anything than stay in a single spot and pose while wearing that, but perhaps that's the point.
4. Shaman with turtle mount from World of Warcraft
is probably the most represented MMO when it comes to cosplay, and the sheer variety and passion of costume designers makes it hard to pick any "best" one. However, this turtle mount BlizzCon
2008 winner certainly stands out -- and just wait until you see it in motion
College student Amanda Hosler won the contest in both 2007 and 2008. The turtle mount was animated and made around an electric wheelchair. It took the help of her father and three months to fully assemble the beast.
5. Ensemble from Diablo III
Korea is nuts for cosplay, and the level of competition can be so fierce that there are actually teams of dedicated cosplayers that receive a fanatical following. The Spiral Cats
is one such team, and the artists' work on Diablo III
costumes so impressed Blizzard that they received a featured article
on the site.
6. Ratonga from EverQuest II
Last year's winner of Fan Faire's Best in Show is so adorably cute that we'd take him home in a split second. Seriously.
Look at him! You can just imagine that he's twitching that little nose! Who's the magically superior pyromaniac? You are! Yes, you are!
7. Virindi from Asheron's Call
The terror is real
. The hugs are free.
This charming little number is a Virindi
from -- of all games -- Asheron's Call
. Seriously, Asheron's Call
cosplay. Can you believe it? I was both delighted and amazed to find this number, not just because someone took the time to do an AC
outfit but because it was done so dang well.
8. Warrior Priest from Warhammer Online
I'm not 100% sure whether this outfit
was inspired from the MMO or the franchise (as both share the same source material), but we're going to call this a win for awesome outfits in either case.
The real win here is the insane level of detail that went into this costume, especially in the attached trinkets that add personality to the whole getup.
9. Faction trio from The Secret World
This picture popped up on the Secret World
forums a while back, and while I'm not sure whether it's a fan effort or officially done, it's pretty nifty all around. The Templars, Illuminati, and Dragon each get a representative, and they look none too pleased to be in close proximity to each other.
10. Satele Shan from Star Wars: The Old Republic
Among the legions of Smugglers and Trooper cosplayers, Nebulaluben
made her mark as an incredible Satele Shan. There's good and there's "holy mackerel, she just won the internet" good. Guess which one this is?
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