One of the joys of attending any gaming or nerd-culture-oriented conference is taking in the myriad of people who attend them. It’s a fascinating cross-section of big and small, thin and thick, fancifully dressed to tee-shirt clad.

On top of all of these different people are those who choose to attend conferences not as themselves, but as a character from a piece of literature, a videogame, a movie, or (in the case of Gen Con) their imaginations. There were fewer superheroes than at San Diego Comic Con, but that’s to be expected.

Here are a smattering of the best costumes I saw while I was in Indianapolis this weekend for Gen Con. I tended to like the more creative costumes, as opposed to the slutty. The fantasy genre was well-represented, as you’d assume from a convention that stars Dungeon & Dragons and was started by Gary Gygax. But there was more than a few costumes from videogames including this awesome Big Daddy from BioShock:

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This was the best group of Gen Con. The Little Sister stayed in character the whole time.

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The Force is strong with this one.

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These knights just robbed the Steak & Shake.

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Just precious.

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The Doctor just stepped out of this TARDIS.

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Naruto ninjas: wearing safety orange since 1999.

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When you marooned me on that god forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate: I’m Captain Jack Sparrow.

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She said that she made that staff herself, but I liked the copper wings.

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Poison Ivy, Black Canary and Harley Quinn.

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Oh Creepy Wizard, your tiki-torch staff is on fire.

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A ranger with a crossbow and a skunk animal companion. Or is that a kill that’s waiting to be skinned. Either way, I’m intrigued.

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It’s a bit out of focus, but if you give me a pose like that while wielding blade and gun, you deserve some recognition.

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Homemade Master Chief costume. Awesome.

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Right after I took this picture, the girl on the right offered me a sucker. How could I refuse?

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I assume that Cobra Commander was grimacing under that mask.

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She was posing like that all day. Please, someone help her.

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The feathers of these Serra Angels were impressive.

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You can’t really tell from this picture, but this guy was really tall, almost 7 feet. A real-life barbarian.

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Say, everybody, have you seen my balls/they’re big and salty and brown/if you ever need a quick pick-me-up/just stick my balls in your mouth.

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This Drow keeps his slave girl close.

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Khaaaaaaan!

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The intense stare of the warrior with crazy hair. Is there nothing more terrifying?

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