Since we’re having a week off new releases I thought I’d at least make the week a bit more interesting and talk about our plans for the near future. Whenever it gets to this time of year we hope to be winding down shooting, which is broadly the case now. As many of you know, I talked a bit about re-opening customs, but this became very difficult because of the churn in heroine actresses. People I thought would still be available weren’t, and it is a bit pointless offering customs and only having a couple of names on the list of availability. As you also know, we only make a small handful of customs in a year anyway, and what we’re planning to do over the winter is introduce new actresses to you via ActionCosplay.com that in time might graduate to this site.
I think it is fair to say that for a period of time ActionCosplay will be a proving ground for the main site. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, since AC shares actresses with NGC, it has suffered from the same attrition problems. The rather loose storyline on that site has been quite disrupted, so there is space to do something different for a period of time. The second reason is the effort that goes into creating a new character for NGC itself. These characters are integrated into the story and given a purpose and a plan for the future. New characters need to have a costume designed and made for them. What has happened too frequently in the last few years (in part due to the pandemic) has been a situation where we have introduced a new character at great effort and expense, managed at most a few shoots with the actress, before she has for a variety of reasons, good and bad, decided she can’t do any more. Thus creating an annoying loose end in the story, and frankly turning a good idea into a waste.
What is going to happen then? Likely in the first few months of the year there will be more ActionCosplay releases than usual. In those releases will be new actresses who have already been through the casting process with us, and we’ll make a non-canon video with them in one of the AC costumes, or something new we’ve since acquired (non-NGC) as a try-out. How successful the try-out is relies on 3 factors: 1) Did we like working with her? 2) Did she like working with us? 3) Is she popular with you? While of course we welcome and encourage nice comments about new actresses and characters, the bottom line is what matters here. If you like someone then your vote for them will be with your wallet. We’ve had many instances in the past where a new character got lauded with praise for their look and performance, but their videos don’t sell. If they tick all 3 boxes, then you can expect to see them in an NGC costume in the months that follow.
I expect this process of try-out and graduation to take up all of 2022, and I think it is good to engage you in that process. If it really works well then it may be something we’ll continue. It won’t affect your current favourites who are still with us either, it just means we have a more settled and sustainable cast in the future, and that means we can open up customs more easily.