Creators Stamp Rally

I’ve been seeing the posters about the Creators Stamp Rally for weeks, but didn’t pay it much attention. But a few days ago I ended up with two of their cards, and finally decided to check what it was all about today.

What a trip that was. 🙂

Following up on that lead gave me the locations of quite a few Japanese sims I didn’t suspect existed, and greatly expanded my wardrobe of things that “aren’t exactly cosplay, but close enough”, so it now includes a KOS-MOS style costume, a uniform very clearly inspired by Masamune Shirow artbooks, and the prizes are quite worth the trouble.

To keep a long story short, some of the products in participating stores come with a card. You are meant to take this card through the entire list of 20 participating stores, and use a machine to stamp it at each location. A fully stamped card lets you pick one of a selection of twenty prizes, which are well worth the trouble.

And when I shot the gun, I ended up sending shards through half the sim and pushed myself through the wall with recoil.

And when I shot the gun, I ended up sending shards through half the sim and pushed myself through the wall with recoil.

I took the cards and went running through the shops. Halfway through I had to start turning the rendering toggles off for speed. Once I got my prize, I went through the list again to study the shops more carefully, and pick up the things that caught my eye, and ended up with three more cards… So I had to do it yet again!

50 jumps in quick succession caused SL to screw up the Windows network stack (How the hell does it do that anyway?) but still it brightened the otherwise unpleasant day quite a bit.

I wonder

I would expect anyone familiar with anime would want at least one good cosplay outfit, possibly lots of them — not for everyday usage, maybe, but occasionally one would be nice. While the demographics for anime is in general a bit younger than the average Second Life resident, peaking at 25 years as opposed to Second Life where the peak was something like 30 last time I misheard the statistics, there’s no end to neko stuff in any style and for any price, and these are, originally, an anime-related phenomenon.

But tell me, why do the majority of people who create outfits that are explicitly anime cosplay, seem, on average, to prefer MS Paint?! This is not just “quite bizarre” but frankly, revolting, very few of them can be considered wearable, and prices are often surprising. Even the Japanese regions seem rather low on good cosplay, and I have certainly not seen a dedicated store. There is obviously a lot of component parts that could be used to assemble a cosplay outfit, but no place that would offer a good selection all by itself.

There’s just one place that has cosplay outfits that bear wearing, and unfortunately it doesn’t have the stuff I want… There’s also Edelweiss which has the best maid outfits and school uniforms I have seen to date, far superior to anything else in that vein, but these can’t be explicitly called “cosplay”.