3D Custom Girl

[This article is under construction]

Warning! I'd strongly advise against checking out the software unless you're over 18.

What is 3D Custom Girl?

Often dubbed '3DCG', 3D Custom Girl is a popular 3D dressup game where players can customize the appearance of 3D, Cel-shaded Anime Girls. The game is also given an Adult rating for suggestive poses, content and some nudity. As such, I won't be linking any 3DCG content.

Despite it's reputation, 3DCG is regarded as an easy way to make models for MikuMiku Dance. By using the Tso 2 PMD plugin, you can convert almost any saved file into a pmd model.

Here's Tso 2 PMD in action...

3DCG itself also comes equipped with a custom pose mode. It's similar to MMD but much less limiting. Depending on your preference, this could be a good or a bad thing. It's just one of those fun features that was added to the software. To date, I don't know if you can do custom animations, but there's a sort of sideshow feature where you can apparently choose a scene, and your girl is shown posing in it while the camera rotates. Almost like a photoshoot.

What are the specifications needed to run it?

At bare minimum, you'll need the following in order to get the program to run...

Windows 2000, XP, or Vista

Pentium4 1.4GMHz

DirectX 9.0c

A Graphics card with Pixel Shader 2.0 support (Geforce FX5700 or ATI Radeon 9600)

256MB of RAM

3 Button Mouse (Clickable Scroll Wheels should work, I take it this is for the camera)

Where can I download it?

3DCG is actually paid software, so I couldn't legally give you any link to 3DCG game content. All I can suggest is the benchmark/trial on the official site, or perhaps you could locate it yourself online, but that's up to you.

My advice, update all of your antivirus/antispy/antimalware etc. software, and use your common sense as well as your discretion. Neither I nor this site will be held liable for damages related to using the game/software!

How big is the download?

Should be about a Gigabyte for the game itself. No mods added.

Stop! Isn't this an adult game?

It is, yes. However, it's your choice whether you want to get it or not. Unless you're under 18, in which case I doubt your parents would consent to it. Don't go there, or if you must, wait a few years. If you're over 18, you can make the call. Nobody's forcing you to get the game either, there are other ways to make models. If you're an adult, the 'special features' are pretty easy to avoid.

How do I install 3DCG?

First, you'll probably need to change your Regional/Language options. Here's a tutorial for how to do so. Or you might try this one. It depends how your tab is layed out. Keep in mind, this is just the language for non-Unicode programs, not your actual Locale/Location. That's changeable on the first tab, and when I did it there was no reboot required, however it's likely not enough to get the installer to finish.

When you've managed to acquire an installer, just follow the buttons until you get to the loading bar. When the game is installed you'll get a desktop icon.

What's this error? It won't let me install?

If you see a popup, and then the installer wants you to close, your graphics card doesn't support pixel shader 2.0. You'd either have to get another card, or switch to a computer with one that's compatible. Otherwise you'll probably be able to install the game but not run it. Assuming you can find the model of your Graphics Card, you'll have to do some research and see if it supports pixel shader 2.0. If not, then it's definitely a hardware problem.

Some folks also reported being able to run the game but everything appears in red. This is another symptom of no pixel shader support. Though if you're able to run it without crashes and can at least do a heavy save.

Coincidentally, without support for Pixel Shader 2.0, you won't be able to play Spore either.

What are the pose buttons for?

If you see any buttons with suggestive poses (they'll only come up as like, stick men, no detail whatsoever) just don't click them!

How do I run TSO2PMD?

You may need to have your system locale set to Japanese (recent tests indicate that Windows 7 may not require this), in order to change it, you'll probably need your Windows XP CD. Here's a guide to changing your system locale.

If you don't have an XP CD (or are like me and can't find the blasted thing D<), try Applocale and see if that works for you. It's a Microsoft utility that somehow runs programs in other languages without changing the system locale. No guarantees it'll work, but if it does, good for you. Sometimes, if you're lucky though, the files will already be installed on your HD and all you'll need to complete the change is a reboot. Just a caution, it changes backslashes to Yen symbols in any address bar.

Where do I download TSO2PMD?

For Tso 2 PMD, you can grab a link here. You'll get a password prompt, type in 'custom' and hit the button to begin the download. Or there's also the new version, which claims to be able to accept saves made using 3DCG mods, among other things. The password is the same as last time.

Where are my Save Files?

In your save data folder, you'll see both .bmp images and previews of your models with a green backgrounds (.png) these are your save files. The .png files are what's used with Tso 2 PMD. Don't draw on the files, even though they're images. Loading them in your game after doing so can supposedly cause a crash, and w don't want that do we? :D

How do I save?

Simply hit 'Save', to Heavy Save, hold Ctrl at the same time. This should create the extra .png. You need the 3DCG XP expansion pack to be able to perform a Heavy Save (copy the .tah files into your 'arcs' folder).

NOTE: You likely won't be able to save if you load a model that uses a mod you've deleted from that folder.

When I download 3DCG I get an ISO file?

This is to burn the data, and install it like you would if it came on a disk. If you don't want to burn it, or don't have a burner (your CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray drive should also say something like + RW) you could try something like Daemontools. It's supposed to let you work with the data as if you were looking at it on a disk. I haven't tested that myself yet, so be cautious.

Winzip/Winrar may also be able to process .ISO files, in which case simply re-install either of them and make sure you check off the .ISO box when it asks which files to associate with the program.

If you do have a DVD burner, chances are you also have at least one software program installed, maybe even one that came with your PC. If you have something like Nero installed, that might pop up asking you if you want to burn a disc as soon as you insert a blank one into the DVD drive. I've had that happen on PCs where I had no idea that Nero was installed until I put in a blank, then it came up.

How do I install Mods?

You'll have to look in various places to get them (there are mod catalogs available), but you should drop them into your 'arcs' folder. This is the same for just about every mod/update of 3DCG that there is. Be aware that downloading large collections of mods will have you sifting through the ones you don't like, or that don't work.

I can't run the game?

Make sure your PC meets the minimum specifications first. Depending on which version of Windows you're running, you may need to adjust your system locale (XP), or you might be able to run it with applocale. If you have 7 you may even be able to run the game as is.

How do I install updates?

These are the XPR patches, and are available on the 3DCG site. Make sure you back up your ObsDX9.exe file, or you can just keep it in the folder and rename it to something like 'base game'.

2nd, make sure that you put the 'ObsDX9.exe' file that came with the most recent Xpr update (if you've got Xpr4 in your acrs folder, replace your current ObsDX9 with the one that came with Xpr4). Also, if you've installed any of the updates (Xpr1, Xpr2, Xpr3, or Xpr4, Xpr5... you see where I'm going with this?) you will need to copy the .tah files (including 'omake.tah') to your arcs folder the same as you would do with a mod.

When you download any XPR game update, you'll get a folder with an 'ObsDX9.exe' and an 'arcs' folder inside. For the XP expansion pack, you may need to put the 'ObsDX9' that comes with it into your folder, but you can rename it to something like "3DCG XP" and still use it, so long as the most recent "ObsDX9" is also in there. As long as the 'omake.tah' file goes into the 'arcs' folder.

What may also help is the game launcher that's available on Hongfire. It allows you to toggle fullscreen (instead of holding 'w' when clicking the game icon)/set screen size, among other things.