Stepping into their fantasy world

Ready for action are Sharyl Sward, as Yokio from Amnesia, Chris Stirling, as Natsu from Fairy Tail, Ash Penner, as Auron from Final Fantasy 10 and Carl Mortell, as Riku from Kingdom Heart Series. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Ready for action are Sharyl Sward, as Yokio from Amnesia, Chris Stirling, as Natsu from Fairy Tail, Ash Penner, as Auron from Final Fantasy 10 and Carl Mortell, as Riku from Kingdom Heart Series. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

LAUNCESTON cosplay fans are gearing up to play some laser tag this weekend.

Attendees are invited to dress as their favourite characters for tomorrow's event, which is open on a first-in, best-dressed basis.

Aimed at creating friendships among players, laser tag is one of many activities hosted year-round by the Tasmanian Pop Culture Society.

Cosplayer Sharyl Sward said the varied events provide increased confidence and a sense of community.

``I've met lots of new friends through it and everyone has their own groups, we all get together to do photos,'' she said. 

``I feel like a different person when I'm dressed up.

``I'm usually a really shy person and it's a way to get more confidence.''

Carl Mortell, a cosplayer of more than three years, agreed.

``It's cool to get into a character, completely hide yourself away so people can't recognise you,'' he said. 

Cosplay is the art of becoming a fictional character, often from video games or television shows, via elaborate costumes and make-up. 

Players document their efforts by posting photos online or entering costume competitions.

Laser tag attendees are urged to choose comfortable and practical costumes for the highly physical event.

Cosplay laser tag will be held tomorrow, from 3pm, at Zone 3 Laser Games, 9 Swanston Drive, Waverley, Launceston. Three games will cost $15.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Cosplay laser tag.

WHEN: Tomorrow at 3pm.

WHERE: Zone 3 Laser Games, 9 Swanston Drive, Waverley, Launceston.

HOW MUCH: 3 games for $15.

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