Between 2010 and 2012 I had a lot of fun organizing and running the Hypergrid Adventurers Club (HGAC) meetings. Those were the very early days of Hypergrid connectivity in Opensim, and things often went awry during our explorations. We all stuck together and helped each other out through crazy technical challenges and exciting adventures, but it was the community of helpful people at these meetings that impressed and amazed me the most.
Time moved on, and over the past couple years I stopped organizing Hypergrid Adventurers Club meetings. Not because of any lack of interest in Opensim and the Hypergrid on my part, mind you. I’m still very excited about the future of Opensim and the Hypergrid, and I continue to explore and experiment a lot on my own. It was just that I felt the HGAC had run its course. Opensim was becoming much more stable and easier to use, hypergrid jumps were becoming very reliable, and directories of great places to explore were expanding (see Hyperica and iDreamsNet). Also, attendance was gradually declining, and other aspects of my life were getting busier, so I figured it was time to wind things down.
But when one flower closes, a new and different one usually blooms. That’s the beauty of online communities. They adapt and change and grow.
“Want to discover open sim and learn to hypergrid? Join our friendly weekly trips to destinations all over the hyperverse, and get help with shopping for your avatar, free land opportunities, and sympathy when you run up against snags and bugs.”
I’ve been attending these trips and they’re simply fantastic. The organizers are Thirza Ember, Fuschia Nightfire, Wizard Gynoid and Wizardoz Chrome. I think all of them bring beautiful new perspectives to exploring the Hypergrid, in particular the perspectives of skilled content creators and innovative artists who have a long history of pioneering work in Second Life and other virtual worlds. And everyone attending brings their own thoughtfulness and great sense of humor to the group. Once again, it’s the community of people that impresses and amazes me the most in online worlds.
So please check out the Hypergrid Safari and go on one of their tours. You can get connected with them and learn more in a few different ways:
- Hypergrid Safari Group in Second Life
- Hypergrid Safari Google Group
- Hypergrid Safari Facebook Group
- A great overview of the origins of the Hypergrid Safari
- Hypergrid Safari HQ (currently on Metropolis Grid – sign up for an account here)
Hypergrid Address: hypergrid.org:8002:Outlands
And here’s a great video by Nina Camplin of some recent tours.
Take care, and hope to see you inworld!
-John “Pathfinder” Lester