Not only did we decide we wanted to try hosting parties this year, we got crazy and decided to host two parties!!
The Grand ended up asking us if we would like to host another party in their Grand Ballroom venue. We all wanted to dedicate this one our beloved FFXV since the venue was very fancy and looked like something straight out of Insomnia, the main city in the game.
We still wanted to channel something a little extra, something different than just having a formal party. There was a fashion walk that allowed people to show off their creations to the crowd, after that there was a performance to initiate the “fall” of Insomnia. In the game the city where the main characters are from falls in an epic way. So we decided to start with how it all began with a dance between the prince and the oracle who were to be wed, the villain of the whole game crashes this dance and initiated the fall with a speech, after that balloon dropped and the dance music started. We had a photo booth set up for attendees to take photos with one another, a campfire for relaxing and chatting, and themed drinks.
The Horsemen took the bros for a spin all last year, had some fun, traveled the land, and then they had an idea. What if they brought their love of partying medium and gatherings of friends to cons in the form of events and parties.
This is how the Persona 5 themed event was born.
We go to SDCC almost every year and hang outside the con going to all of the fun “hidden events” outside of the actual con. These can range from themed parties, to scavenger hunts, to having to solve puzzles and riddles to get keys and tokens to open up secret rooms in random buildings in the gas lamp district. It’s nuts! We wanted to bring some of that to Phoenix during Phoenix con and give people something new.
There is a speakeasy inside of a coffee shop and bar called The Grand. Jackie had just started playing Persona 5 and would not shut up about it. Her and Garrick had decied to try this coffee shop out and then the idea happened. The coffee shop looks like the inside of the coffee shop that Akira, the main character in the game, lives in. On the top floor you can enter “Sanctum” the speakeasy and once inside it looks like you switched over into the metaverse. Low, red lights, velvet walls, antique looking self indulgent paintings, and long gaudy couches. This was the PERFECT location for a Persona photoshoot!
We contacted the place were able to rent the space out and decided to up it a notch, let’s make this a party! Since the space was small, we wanted to give a hint to the events at SDCC but also have a way to crowd control. We came up with an online scavenger hunt idea, made the questions in line with what you find in the game, all formatted in a way that you would be led by the guide Morgana, and set out to advertise! We worked with our friends at The Geek Lyfe to help promote and get hype and day over we handed out phantom thief calling cards with the QRC code to start the hunt.
Once solved, the guests were greeted by Justine and Caroline the games resident jailers who guarded the door, themed drinks, and a slew of persona characters commiserating and planning their next heist.
We decided to start Horsemen Of after we had one of the best times of our life at Emerald City Comicon dressed at FFXV’s 4 main characters whom we affectionately refer to as the chocobros. The 4 of s had been costuming for years before this but we had a really bad year this year, we were burnt out, not having fun, and generally thinking of quitting all of this.
Then enter SDCC that year where Jackie begged to play the new demo of FFXV at the SquareEnix booth and Deb loyally stood by her in line for 2 hrs to play it. It was beautiful, but clumsy. Intriguing, but you could tell it was still in development and Jackie was in love. She had waited 10 years (yes really) for this game to come out and nothing was going to stop her! They all joked later that a fun and easy drinking costume would be us dressing as the boys. That joke turned into reality at Emerald City Comic Con the following year and we never looked back. These boys saved our love for this craft and we can’t let them go because of it. Our goal is to never stop having fun doing this, show other people how much fun this can be, and create a supportive and positive space for those that want to have a good tie and make friends. That is Horsemen Of. Four friends (Frank and Nat’s and KnowOne’s Designs) traveling across the land searching for riders who want to party medium and enjoy this giant game of dress up we call cosplay.
Here are some of the adventures we’ve gone on with the boys since then: