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Here's the place where we gather 'round the ole campfire and tell scaaaaary stories. Bring some of your favorite creepypastas to share and have your fellow Midorians shivering in fright! Who knows, the fabled Slenderman may even show up!

If scaring isn't for you, snag a guitar (or your best friend's guitar, or your best friend and the guitar that he plays, you get the idea) and strum some of your favorite anime and video game songs. Sailor Moon sing-along under the stars, roast some weenies (heyoooo!), and stuff yourself full of s'mores each night of the convention. There's no better place to meet and chat with your otaku buddies than under a canopy of stars and in front of a dancing flame. Your own anime adventure is just waiting to unfold.

Pokemon Geocatch'em

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For all of you aspiring Pokemon trainers out there, consider this the day you turn ten!

In this event, anyone who wishes can become a Pokemon trainer for the weekend! Using devices the hotel provides, your own smart phone - or even your inborn prowess and eyes alone - you can hunt throughout Midoricon’s personal Pokepark and catch, keep, and battle for your own Pokemon.

Pokemon Geocatch'em is a combination of geocaching, hunting, battle challenging, and rescue missions. Midoricon has released a horde of Pokemon onto Maumee Bay grounds, turning it into our own Safari Zone. Whether you or Team Rocket collect the most Pokemon over the weekend is up to your skills!

As mentioned, there are a variety of ways that Pokemon populate Midoricon. Let our Pokemon Professors show you the way:

Geocaching: A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Geocaching takes place all across the globe, and we’ve added some Pokemon into the mix. Each Pokemon has made their nest at coordinates that are either given to you by Pokemon Professors that have found them or in clues to be deciphered depending on the rarity and difficulty of the nest’s location.
If you take something from one of the geocache nests, leave a Pokemon of your own, and write about your find in the Pokemon Professor’s cache logbook that you’ll find with the nest.

A Hunt through the Tall Grass: Not all wild Pokemon nests have been found and catalogued by Pokemon Professors. Sometimes you have to follow the signs to a wild nest; Pokemon footprints, feathers, fur, little roars or squeaks around the area can signal that a wild Pokemon nest is nearby. Some crafty Team Rocket members even have maps to the nests that they’ve found….

Battle Challenging: If you’ve found six or more Pokemon, you’re eligible for trainer versus trainer Pokemon battles. Head to a designated battle spot to challenge your opponent with the Pokemon you’ve found. An official from our Midori Pokemon League will officiate your battle and declare the winner. The winner gets to keep one of the opposing trainer’s Pokemon. (Rules for battling will be up soon!)

Not a fighter? Don’t worry! Unlike the Pokemon game, you don’t have to accept another trainer’s battle challenge. Trainers are encouraged to collect Pokemon in the manner they’re comfortable.

Rescue Missions: Team Rocket is up to their mischief again! They will be wandering around Midoricon's grounds, collecting Pokemon to bring back to their boss by any means necessary. It's up to you to rescue the poor Pokemon in their possession. If you see Team Rocket, challenge them for Pokemon before they blast off again. Each Team Rocket member is different, so expect different nefarious tricks and challenges from them!

Before heading out into the world of Pokemon, feel free to come to the introductory panel to introduce you trainers to the lay of the land, show you examples of what Pokemon you’ll be finding, and help you use your geocaching GPS ability for the first find (if you’re not familiar with geocaching, of course!). There will be a few prize giveaways (what sort of Pokemon Professor doesn’t give away starting Pokemon?) as well! After being given a guide with clues to find Pokemon nests, all of you trainers will be sent out into the Midoricon Pokepark to find and catch all that you can! Watch out for Pokemon trainer items along the way; you never know what they might be useful for...

Pokemon Geocatch’em lasts all weekend and may be participated in even if a trainer misses the introductory panel. There will be a concluding panel to show off the Pokemon you’ve caught, as well as additional prizes, congratulations, and surprises.

Any Pokemon you have at the end of the con, you keep. That's right, they're yours forever to keep, trade, battle challenge, or re-release into the wild. All of our Pokemon have been genetically engineered by the finest crafters (they are any Pokemon from little figurines and plushies to one-of-a-kind professional art sculptures!), so hunt hard and catch quickly before they're all gone! Those legendary ones are going to be the hardest to snatch!

In addition to the real life aspect of this event, for those of you who have Pokemon X or Y, we have Pokebreeders who will be giving out free Pokemon eggs for you to hatch and raise on your DS! At the Pokemon Geocatch’em kick-off panel, you’ll be given the opportunity to win eggs and be shown an egg symbol that will be on a flag carried by our Pokebreeders. In the field (anywhere on convention grounds) when you spot the flag, head to that person to get your free egg! What will they grow to be? Rare? Shiny? Starters? It’s up to you to find out!

Do you have what it takes to become a Pokemon Master?

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A goal of ours is to fill the grounds with each and every individual type of Pokémon out there - but we need your help. Cosplay 'Em All is our effort to build the largest Pokémon cospay group ever. To participate, search available Pokémon by their Pokédex number below. If the Pokémon you want to cosplay is already taken, it'll be indicated with italicized strikethru text, so take advantage of the others available! We'd prefer to be as versatile as possible to bring every Pokémon we can to life!

Cosplay 'Em All! Stipulations -

  • You are welcome to sign up and cosplay a Pokémon that has already been taken - however, we definitely encourage you to branch out and try and fill the shoes of another available favorite! Remember that this is a cosplay group, just on a much larger scale. But we can't deny that the more truly is the merrier!
  • This is a gijinka-style cosplay, so please do include ears and/or a tail, if this is applicable to the Pokémon you've chosen.
  • We discourage you from crossover or themed Pokémon cosplays (no Steampunk Bulbasaur, Post-Apoc Pikachu, etc. - sorry!) Stay as true to canon as you can.
  • Be sure to keep it clean, folks! Don't show too much skin. Use your best judgement here.
  • Closer to the date, we will post meet-up and photoshoot times, but as of now, we won't be able to tell you which times/dates to prepare your cosplay for.
  • If you choose to participate, we ask that you also clear some weekend availability to play a significant role in our Live Pokémon Snap! For this event, YOU will be among the elusive Pokémon making an occasional appearance for players to snap pictures of. Their objective is to take the best picture as the wheels of their ZERO-ONE - yours will be to help them (just don't make it too easy...!) And don't worry, you'll still have more than enough time to step out of Pokémon duty and get behind the camera, too - we just need your help to keep an eclectic group of Pokémon out in the fields!
  • We advise you to wear comfortable shoes with your cosplay. 

There will also be an official photoshoot and several meet-ups throughout the weekend. It's a great chance to be apart of something really big for our short weekend - so be sure to sign up with the form at the very bottom of the page to get involved, and we'll add your Pokémon below as submissions come in so they will not be duplicated. Let's cosplay 'em all!

Be sure to join our official Facebook group to meet your fellow gijinkas!

Captured Pokemon Claim Yours Now!

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Want a chance to maneuver the ZERO-ONE and take your own camera on an adventure to capture Pokémon behind the lens? At Midoricon, we've got an outdoor trail suitable for spotting lurking Pokémon, and if you're lucky, you might even take home a prize for your capture! If you've never played Pokémon Snap before, don't worry - anyone can play, and the event is suitable for all ages (and photography skill levels!)

Everyone who participates is welcome to take part in a photo contest, and will be rewarded for best photo! This is optional, of course, but encouraged as you might get to take home a prize!

Would you like to participate as a Pokémon? Don't worry, there'll still be time for you to board the ZERO-ONE and play, but you'll get to participate on an even greater scale as a Pokémon! Be sure to sign up for our Cosplay 'Em All! event, too!

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