Herp derp. *puts on Derpy Hooves wings and flies about, backwards* I forgot to explain what the hell this is.
Essentially, Blind Dating Sim, as it turned out to become (thank goodness for the brilliant volunteers I got) is an improv panel. Unscripted fun, where we take volunteers from the audience, to be members in Blind Date style matchmaking. The hitch? We try and keep it to people in cosplay, in character as their character, certainly for our three possible Dates. The "Datee" doesn't necessarily need to be cosplaying, but it makes everything all the more fun if everyone is in cosplay and in character.
For example, we had a Death the Kid, a Jin Kisaragi and Captain Sui-Feng, being paired up with Captain Kuro, all acting in character, making a perfect ending with Captain Kuro being paired with Death the Kid and taking evil glee in making everything asymmetrical.
Our set up is as follows:
I briefly go through the general set up of things, before we turn the whole room into an "In Character Zone". Anyone inside the room becomes in character, and is only out of character, once I end the panel. I, as your host, or the character I am cosplaying as, take you through the game, picking a volunteer "Blind Datee" from the audience. We introduce this Datee to the audience, and then blindfold them, taking them out of the room. Our assistant (this year, the wonderful Rogue of Mind, as Erika from Durarara) goes through possible questions to ask the three Blind Dates, with our Datee. While they come up with questions, I pick three more volunteers, the Dates, and introduce them to the audience, before we bring the Datee back in.
The Datee asks their questions to the Dates, and then picks which one they want as their Blind Date. Hilarity ensues. We carry on with a few rounds of these each, and while we go through more rounds, our "couples" can discuss ideas to talk about for how their date together went, at the end of the panel. We continue with a few more rounds of the pairing up for dates, until no-one else wants to get up (or if we reach the last quarter hour of our time, if we're lucky and get a lot of volunteers).
When we reached the point of no-one else wanting to volunteer, someone brilliant in the audience suggested I, the host, should be put up for a date, myself. This worked out so well, that we shall now be incorporating this into the second to last part of the panel. Once we get me paired up with someone, we bring back our previous couples, and then go through how the dates went.
That's pretty much how it went, this year at Amecon, and it worked really damn well. ^^