Cosplay Contests and More!

Here is a quick look at some of our Cosplay programming coming to ROFCON!


The Hall Craftsmanship Contest is a COMPETITION for those who wish to have their costumes evaluated by a panel of judges. Those who enter will have five to ten minutes (depending on the number of entries we have) to talk about their costume with the judges. In order to compete you must have made 80% of your costume, or the person presenting the costume must be present. (Example: If you wish to make a costume and have someone wear it for the contest, you must be present to explain the construction and the awards will go to the creator of the costume, not the model wearing it). Original and fan based costumes are allowed. Sign ups for the contest will be at con on a first come first serve basis, stop by the cosplay info table to pick a time slot for Friday or Saturday judging.


The Fan Favorite Contest is for those who purchased their costumes or do not want to have their costume evaluated by judges, or just want to show it off! Stop by the Cosplay Info Table (Times to be posted) and have your picture taken, then send your friends by to vote for you! You can enter as many costumes as you like. The winner will be announced at closing ceremonies on Sunday! The earlier you enter the more time people have to vote for you!


Come and join us Friday from 12pm (noon) to 4pm at the Cosplay Marketplace! Here you can bring your old costumes, cosplay accessories, sewn or constructed craft items, notions, fabric scraps, props and prop
materials, and wigs to buy, sell, or trade among the cosplay community. No new items for resale, cosplay and craft related items only, no hardware such as machines, parts, etc. All items for sale are subject to approval by the Cosplay Department.


Two competitors (chosen from the audience) will have 20 minutes to turn their model into an original character with only the limited materials provided. Once complete they will have to introduce their new
character, complete with background story, to the audience. The winner, chosen by special guests, will earn the title of Closet Cosplay Champion. For your chance to be selected as a competitor arrive to the panel early to have your name put in for entry.

For more details go to our Cosplay page!

Guest Announcement: Michael Thompson

ROFCON is proud to welcome Author Guest Michael Thompson!

Michael Thompson’s indie author journey began at the age of thirteen with the publication of his action-packed, witty, and charming series of illustrated children’s chapter books. Since then, he has spoken on numerous panels and web shows to both readers and aspiring authors alike and his books are bestsellers in independent bookstores across Northern Virginia.
Now, a recent honors graduate from George Mason University with a passion for writing more fiery than ever, his debut YA Portal Fantasy novel, World of the Orb is making waves. Declared a “breakout hit” and earning Five-Star praise from Readers’ Favorite, World of the Orb follows Marvin and Andy, a duo of rule-breakers who happen upon the Museum of Natural History’s unnatural secret: The Orb, a powerful relic that plunges these two modern teens into a medieval world of myths and magic, and sets them on a headlong treasure hunt to find Earth again. Full of adventure and heart, this book is sure to captivate and delight lovers of the genre craving a modern twist. For more information on Michael and his work, visit the sites below:

Guest Announcement: Andrew Linke

ROFCON Welcomes Author and Podcaster Andrew Linke!

Andrew Linke is an author, educator, and podcaster from Tidewater, Virginia.

Andrew’s novels include five Oliver Lucas Adventures, which follow the titular hero through magical treasure hunts across the world and beyond, the bleak science fiction thriller Burning in the Void, and Dyson’s Angel, the first in a series of science fiction adventures set in a distant future after the solar system has been destroyed by a mysterious alien force.

In addition to writing novels, Andrew is in the midst of crafting an original fantasy setting for serial fiction and roleplaying games. He is also developing both guidebooks and apps to help other writers develop their characters and plots. He is a frequent guest on the Strange Phenomena music history podcast and is in the process of releasing podcast audiobooks of his novels under the highly imaginative title: Andrew Linke’s Audiobooks.

An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy in all forms, Andrew frequently posts essays, critiques, and role-playing journals to his website and social media accounts.


Trial by Fire Tournament Schedule

After hours of deliberation, discussion, and collaboration, the Trial by Fire has an official schedule!

Trial By Fire: Magic Tournament will be hosted in Main Events from 10 am to 6 pm Friday and Saturday. The tournament will run ON demand 8 player draft, 4 Player Commander Runs, and 2 Player Constructed Runs.

Scheduled Events :

09:00 am – Tournament Check-in

10:00 am – 3 round sealed

10:30 am – 3 round standard

11:00 am – Modern

11:30 am – pauper

12:00 pm – 3 round sealed

01:00 pm – 3 round standard

01:30 pm – Modern

02:00 pm – pauper

There will also be a smaller tournament room to host overflow tournament space as required.

For our newer player, the tournament will host PlanesWalker or Commander Event pre-convention.

Pricing for Tournament Entry is:
Rounds Entry Cost First Prize Receives:
Drafts. $10 Draft 3 Prize Tickets.
Scheduled events. 3 rounds. $10 Entry. 6 Prize Tickets.
Sealed events. 3 rounds. $25 entry. 6 Prize Tickets

Quickplay constructed: 1 Round $5 entry. 2 Prize tickets for a win, 1 for a loss.

Prize Tickets from Tournaments can be redeemed for Prizes from the Trial By Fire Prize Wall. Prizes range from ROFCON merchandise to Magic Boosters, Pre-Releases, and more!

We are ready for you to join us in challenging the Trial By Fire!

More information on the tournament rules for each format can be found here: Magic:The Gathering Format Rules

Featured Panelist: Action Arcade

ROFCON is proud to welcome back Action Arcade as one of our featured panelists this year!

Action Arcade is a group of (by no means professional) gamers who got their start in the first Ring of Fire convention in 2014. They take games and find different ways to play them, sometimes painful, oftentimes hilarious. They do speed runs, card games, tag team gaming, finding weird games to stream, and getting….a little too competitive with various competition panels Come out and watch as this group of gamers torture themselves for your entertainment!

Performer Announcement: Eien Strife

ROFCON welcomes back veteran guest and performer Eien Strife!

Eien Strife is a cosplay musical group that has been touring anime, comic, and gaming conventions all over the US. Their high energy show is a unique concert experience which consists of four members bringing to life a story that has never been seen before! Having a sound that is best described as an adventure soundtrack, the members of Eien Strife perform songs that share their quest with the audience while interacting by way of animations and cosplay.

Since the beginning of Eien Strife’s journey, the four heroes of the cosplay adventure rock band have been touring conventions to dozens of cities while putting on a brand new concert every time! It’s hard to explain everything that you will experience when you attend an Eien Strife concert. With high energy songs, catchy dance breakdowns, hilarious 8-bit animations, and crowd interactions like never before seen, there is something for everyone at an Eien Strife show.

Eien Strife is now ready to journey back to ROFCON a brand new show! Get ready for the adventure!

Guest Announcement: A.R. Moler

A.R. Moler is a chemistry professor at a Community college, a homeschooling mom and an avid science fiction fan. She is a devotee of first hand research for her writing whenever possible and to this end has – learned to fire a handgun, been rappelling, ridden with both EMS and the police, flown a helicopter, bought a motorcycle and learned to ride it. She has traveled to nearly all the places where her stories are set and taken hundreds of photos for documentation. She has been writing since her high school years.

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Performer Announcement – Fishnet Inc. presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Ring of Fire is proud to present: The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Fishnet Inc (18and up only) on Saturday Night in our Main Events.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the story of Brad and Janet a young wholesome couple that has car trouble on a stormy night. They seek refuge in a strange castle occupied by a mad scientist in lingerie whom along with his questionable servants, some formally dressed party goers, a half frozen biker, an ex Nazi, and a blonde Frankenstein stylecreation named Rocky get them mixed up in some good old sex, drugs, and rock n roll. The movie is Rated R. The live show is rated M for Mature.

Fishnet Inc has been bringing the Rocky Horror Shadow Cast experience to Hampton Roads for over 28 years. Our show is not for the easily offended. There will be foul language, adult topics, questionable humor, half dressed people, suggestive hand gestures, and it will be loud. We invite you to join the Underwear Run (ID required), please NO-thongs, jocks, g strings, straps, sheer, edible, crotch less, or see thru. Also RoFcon and Hotel approved prop kits will be on sale-no outside props please. For info, pics and more info you can find us on Face Book or call/text 757-828-7477.

Prepare for Trial by Fire: Magic: The Gathering Tournaments

We are proud to announce Magic: The Gathering competitions and prizes for Ring Of Fire this year! There will be official sanctioned judges, multiple tournaments, On-Demand events with constructed and draft decks. A prize wall with over $1500 in prizes to win. Keep an eye out for the full schedule!!!

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