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Aah, crashing waves, sunlit shores, gorgeous anime babes in bikinis … In the middle of Ohio? You may think it impossible - not so! Maumee Bay’s inland beach (mere yards from the Lake Erie shoreline) boasts some crystal clear water framed by sandy shores so blissfully tropical that if you didn’t know any better, you might be in your favorite anime’s beach filler episode. Surrounded by your favorite anime characters in suitable swimwear, friends, fun events and good food, this is a party you and your friends won't want to miss!

The beach is located within comfortable walking distance from the lodge, so no need to worry about transportation! We'll also be hosting beach parties on both Friday and Saturday afternoons this year, but you're free to wander out and enjoy the waves any hour!

BEACH PARTY EVENTS

SUIKAWARI

It's back again this year! For those who haven't played, it's sort of like a pinata, but a lot messier. We've all seen it in anime: a group of friends out on the beach, bludgeoning a watermelon with blindfolds. But what does it mean? Well, we're still trying to figure that bit out. Aside from the sheer brutal fun of blindly smashing and eating a juicy melon on the beach, we haven't come up with much. But do you honestly need much more convincing? Come try for yourself! Free watermelon for all!

GOTTA CATCH'EM ALL: POKEMON WATER BALLOON TOSS

Be sure to wear your swimsuit for this one! In this game, we'll have three teams consisting of two partners - a Pokemon trainer, and a starter Pokemon (choose from Pikachu, Charmander or Bulbasaur). Each Pokemon will be given a bucket full of water balloons (or Pokeballs). The objective will be for the Pokemon to quickly toss Pokeballs to its respective trainer, who must catch 'em all - and to hold onto as many as they catch! Be careful not to drop them, or to squeeze too hard - any broken balloons will count against your team.

The trainer who has kept the most water balloons in tact by the end is the best, the best there ever was. We'll be taking sign-ups at both beach parties, and we'll fit in as many rounds as time permits!

TEAM FORTRESS 2: BALLOON BRAWL

We're excited to announce our weekend-long TF2 themed tournament - the Balloon Brawl! And yes, the fabulous prize is a 3", life-size inflatale pink Balloonicorn straight out of Pyroland! Take him for a swim, then take him home, where he will remain your eternal floating companion.

The game will consist of eight players, separated into two teams of four (RED and BLU, naturally). BLU will consist of a Heavy, Medic, Spy and Engineer, while RED consists of a Scout, Pyro, Sniper and Soldier. You'll get a white t-shirt with a red or a blue patch identifying your team and class. Be sure to get a thorough look at your teammates - it can be difficult to discern from a distance who's RED or BLU, and you don't want to take out anybody on your team!

Next, grab your ammo!

Your ammo consists of "water grenades" - okay, water balloons. That's it. But they do hold special properties: colored water (note: the dye is guaranteed to wash right out and it won't stain whatever else you're wearing - only the t-shirt temporarily). If you're hit, good luck hiding it! You're out, and must return to home base. Do also take care not to take more water balloons with you than you can properly carry. If you bust one you're holding and stain your shirt - out. And you don't want to have too much difficulty moving should an enemy catch you off-guard.

However, as you begin to run out of ammo, you'll have to head to home base to snatch more up - without getting ambushed!

The last man standing will move on to the second and final round, set to take place at Saturday's beach party. We will be playing 8 rounds total of our TF2 Balloon Brawl competitively, consisting of 64 total players, so it's best to sign up early at Con-Ops (where you'll find weapon check and masquerade sign ups)! If we have any remaining space, we'll also take sign ups at the beach party!


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