We love sculpted prims. We love mesh. We love it so much we go crazy shopping for it. We hit up all of the latest events. We collect. We demo. We flaunt and we preen. “Lookit all my new great stuff! Isn’t it fabulous? You should go buy it too! In fact, I love it soooo much and I look so amazingly real and awesome right now, I’m going to pile on all of my new items and go to the new fair that just opened up today so I can get more mesh pretty things!”
And this is where Nigel has a bit of a nutty.
Come on in and get comfy in the pews, my faithful stalkers, for lo- tonight Nigel is going to rant on improper Event Attendance Etiquette.
There are some NSFW photos behind the cut. They’re not hot. They’re Steaming Piles of Failure. You have been warned.
Look, we all want to show up beautiful. I know that. You know that. Hell, my blog is full of pictures of ME for the love of all that is holy. If anyone who blogs says they’re not enamored with their own avatar, they’re fooling themselves. (What? I’d totally do my avatar. You know you probably would too. Hush.) Why the hell else would we spend all these Lindens on looking the absolute best we can if we’re not going to wear it out? Of course we want to wear it out. But there are places for it- and there are definitely times when you shouldn’t.
Events are one of them.
We ❤ Roleplay opened today. Hooray! I had seen some previews and was really looking forward to going and shopping my guts out. So what do I do? Open my inventory, Go to the Worn Items Tab, Click at the top on “Inventory”, Remove From Current Outfit, and finally put on a full-body Invisible ALpha.
Let me say that again: Take it all off. Wear invisible alpha layer.
Nothing to render.
“But Nigel!” I want to be able to demo clothes! I can’t do that if I can’t see my body!” you cry, pounding your fists on my chest and looking up at me, tears welling in the corners of your eyes. “Well that’s an easy fix, dear. There, there. Here.. all you have to do is make an outfit of system layer only clothes….”
“Oh my god, I can’t be seen in system layer clothing!! And bald? BALD? Oh my god no!” you cry in shock, gasping for breath at the mere thought that someone you have the pixel-hots for might see you in system layer clothing.
“Well, you can just take off the invisible alpha when you want to demo something and then put it back on if you’re so worried about seeing seen in system layer clothes.”
Even without a single thing on but a smile under my invisible alpha layer, I have a Draw Weight (or ARC: Avatar Rendering Cost as it used to be called) of 324. That’s skin and eyes. Nothing else. System layer clothing does not add to the ARC. So if you’re REALLY not liking the idea of going in a full invisible alpha layer, find a simple system layer outfit. You can even wear tattoos and make-up layers if you really want to do so. None of these system layer textures add to your Draw Weight. You may be fuzzy to someone else as they rez, but they don’t add weight.
No prims. No sculpts. No Mesh.
Say it with me: SYSTEM LAYER ONLY
By far, non-mesh (ie sculpts, flexi or regular prims) hair is the worst offender of them all. As a test, I put on several different styles of hair with/without sculpts, flexi and scripting as well as mesh. Hairstyle Draw Weight varied from 2000 additional Draw Weight for my long, mesh wasabi pills hair up to a staggering 39000 for a color change, sculpted prim, multi-color, resizeable via click hair from another creator.
“Nigel, dammit, just bottom line it for me!”
If you’re concerned about how you look when you hit the grid, wear the invisible alpha and nothing else. If you want to make the event enjoyable for other people who won’t have to render you and all your 100K+ sculpted, scripted glory, wear the invisible alpha and nothing else. If you want to do your part by not adding to lag, wear the invisible alpha and nothing else.
Because dudes and dolls, you may have fully rezzed on your screen, but I guarantee you that invisible alpha layer would look better than what most of the people at the event are looking at when you finally hit the landing point. Don’t believe me? Well then allow me to present the following entries into the “What Not To Do” album when considering your high-attendance, lagfest event wardrobe.