Anime is a style of cartoon that originated in Japan, where it is very popular. The market has spread to Europe and the United States, where it continues to gain in popularity. Some people consider anime to be more than just a genre of TV shows and movies, though. Some people like to dress up as their favourite anime characters and invent games. Dressing up as your favourite anime character is known as "Cosplay." It is a combination of the words "Costume" and "Play." It is a popular activity at anime conventions with many fans all over the world.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Find an anime character that you like and are able to either purchase a costume of or create one.
Get either the necessary materials to make your costume or buy an already completed costume. Next, assemble the materials. Your costume may require sewing, painting, or altering in other ways. This is why it is important to set aside plenty of time to make your costume as it could take some time to complete.
Find and get together with other people who have completed their own anime costumes and want to make some kind of anime game. One form of popular costumed gaming is "live action role play." In this type of game, people dress up as other characters and act out a predetermined story.
Invent a theme or story idea for your role play game. You need to create a detailed setting in which the players can immerse themselves. Every character needs to have specific goals just like any character in any other story. Figure out what the characters will be doing in the story, and look at how they will advance the overall plot.
Develop the action for the role playing game. If the characters are going to have weapons and abilities to fight each other with, you'll need to invent a system of battle for the characters. A point system for health and attack points is usually helpful in most role playing games. Determine how the characters will get stronger when they fight so they can grow in battle. This will also help to advance the story.
Set up a reward system for motivating the people playing as the characters to complete their goals. The goal of all role play games is to have fun, but the players can also be playing for a reward or prize. If your story is something like a fighting tournament, the characters will fight each other for a prize, and then the player whose character wins receives a prize in real life as well. Although a reward system isn't necessary for all live action role play games, it does help add competition and fun.
Tips and warnings
- The most cost-efficient way to get your costume materials is by visiting thrift stores with used and cheap clothing that you can easily cut, sew, and alter to make into costumes.
- If your character has accessories that go with the costume, craft stores usually have everything you need.
- Breaking your costume down into smaller tasks may make it easier to create in a timely manner.
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