I started the Hypergrid Adventurers Club because I think the development of Hypergrid-enabled interconnectivity between Opensim grids is a beautiful and fascinating evolution. And in my experience, if you want to help cultivate growth and innovative uses of a new technology, it’s a good idea to do whatever you can to build a supportive community around it.
Recently I noticed a very interesting phenomenon across the Hypergrid. On regions in areas that allow visitors to build or rez objects, some people are planting flags.
These flags typically have hovertext indicating the person’s home grid, and the image on the flag itself is usually either the flag of the visitor’s home country or a symbol of their home grid. Groups of flags seem to most commonly spring up next to Hypergates. And in addition to flags, in some places I’ve noticed graffiti tags left by visitors.
Who started this trend? Who knows? But whoever and wherever you are, I salute you. Now we have people exploring the Hypergrid and leaving little calling cards of their visits for other people to discover. A fun and fanciful way to let people know “I was here,” to share information about other Hypergrid-connected grids, and to encourage even more exploration. Simply beautiful.
I’ve created my own flags and have started leaving them across the Hypergrid. And on my home grid of Pathlandia I’ve designated a special area and made it clear that I welcome anyone wishing to leave a flag.
Have you discovered any interesting locations of flags, or do you have a place on your own grid where you would like to encourage people to leave them? Please let us know in the comments.
Such is how communities truly grow. Footsteps discovered in the wilderness, voices across worlds, and the making of new friends.