The map on the left is my first attempt to summarize all the different grids and regions we’ve visited with the Hypergrid Adventurers Club. It also shows the hypergrid routes we’ve taken in the course of our exploration.
I deliberately did not include things like coordinates and hypergrid addresses, since I wanted this map to be an overview and more of a conceptual outline.
We’ve been pretty busy, yes?
And there’s still so much more for us to explore.
Read on for help making your own maps, and learn about an exciting new project called HyperBase42.
Maps and Territories
If you’d like to make your own map using the graphical elements I used in mine, here are free copies of the AngelicWar and BaroqueScript fonts. And here are copies of the cloud outline and blank sheet of paper.
If you’re interested in more maps of the hypergrid, check out this blog post by Vanish Seriath. He’s written a very detailed explanation of how the coordinate system works with hypergrid.
Fragmented Hypergrid Realms
There are three primary versions of Opensim in use today, and unfortunately they each use incompatible versions of the hypergrid protocol (HG 1.5 i7, HG 1.5 i6 and HG 1.0). You can hypergrid jump between grids using the same hypergrid protocol, but you cannot jump between ones running different versions.
The Hypergrid Adventurers Club’s home base is on the region Pathlandia on jokaydiaGRID. All of the grids that ReactionGrid hosts are running HG 1.0, and this includes jokaydiaGRID. Since stability is the primary concern for all of ReactionGrid’s education and business customers, upgrades are done conservatively and only after much testing. ReactionGrid plans to upgrade to the latest version of Opensim sometime in early 2011.
Until the dust settles with all the different versions of the hypergrid protocol, trying to explore the various realms of the hypergrid will continue to be a challenge. Thankfully, a very active Hypergrid Adventurers Club member named Neo Cortex has started a great new project to address this issue.
The Beginnings of HyperBase42
Neo’s plan is to create a HG 1.5 i6 grid that serves as a base of operations for people interested in exploring similarly compatible grids. You can read all about HyperBase42 on Neo’s new blog. He’s currently looking for more input and volunteers, so please leave comments on his blog if you’re interested.
I think this is a simply fantastic idea. One of my goals in starting the Hypergrid Adventurers Club was to cultivate a community of people who would be inspired to start their own projects involving exploration and knowledge sharing. Neo’s HyperBase42 is a fantastic example of that kind of positive growth.
Pioneers work together, exploring new territories and helping communities expand into brave new worlds. Here’s to a new year of fascinating new projects and growth with Opensim and Hypergrid. Let’s predict the future by inventing it. Together.
– John “Pathfinder” Lester