Multiuser virtual worlds are a passion of mine, and I continue to research and explore their use as platforms for building communities around creative expression, immersive education and interpersonal support. I also do consulting and contracting work using the Opensimulator virtual world platform, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need guidance.
My grid “Pathlandia” is currently using Diva Canto’s Diva Standalone software [OpenSim 0.8.2.1 Release, Diva release: diva-r08210], and I use Ener Hax’s SimonaStick for a simple database solution. Pathlandia Grid has just one region (named Pathlandia), but I upgraded it to a 768m x 768m varregion so it’s as large as 9 conventional 256m x 256m regions laid out in a square (3 regions x 3 regions). It’s all running on a desktop computer in my house running Windows 10 and visitors are always welcome. There are many freely copyable curios and curiosities on the island, so please take copies of anything that catches your eye. Enable Lightshare in your viewer when visiting to get the full effect of Pathlandia’s customized sky settings.
What’s the Hypergrid?
For an overview, see OpenSimulator.org’s Hypergrid Wiki Page or Hypergrid: Architecture and Protocol for Virtual World Interoperability. For a more technical overview for implementers and programmers, see The Hypergrid Reference Guide. For a great summary of the history of the Hypergrid and how it is evolving, read “Towards HG 2.0″ by Diva Canto (the inventor of the Hypergrid protocol).
How to make a Manual Hypergrid Jump in 3 easy steps. Just open your World Map in your viewer (I recommend the Firestorm viewer).
- In the text box next to the Search button, enter the Hypergrid Address you want to visit.
- Click the Search button and wait for the map to move to the destination region.
- Click the Teleport button.
How to Visit Pathlandia via the Hypergrid
Pathlandia’s Hypergrid Address: pathlandia.dlinkddns.com:9000
Pathlandia’s Profile on OpenSim World (share comments and discover other cool places)
If you’re completely new to the Hypergrid and Opensim and want to visit Pathlandia Grid, I suggest you sign up for an account on OSGrid using this signup page. After you have created your account, follow the instructions to log in to OSGrid (I recommend using the Firestorm viewer) and then make a Hypergrid Jump to Pathlandia. If you want to learn more about the hypergrid and discover other interesting grids, you should definitely check out the Hypergrid Safari group. It’s always more fun to explore and learn with helpful friends!
-John “Pathfinder” Lester
UPDATE Aug 13 2014: The Hypergrid Safari visited Pathlanda today. Here’s a great writeup of the event from Thirza Ember.
UPDATE Jan 27 2012: Rick Anderson, Director of Virtual Worlds at Rutger’s Center for Online & Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technology, brought a group of 10 students to visit Pathlandia last night. I’m happy to report that my grid handled the load perfectly!