The Hypergrid Adventurers Club RELOADED

I started the Hypergrid Adventurers Club (HGAC) over a year ago to create a venue for folks interested in exploring the Hypergrid together.  While we were working on some major OpenSim upgrades here at ReactionGrid the past few months, I decided to pause our weekly HGAC meetings.

We’re all very excited about rolling out OpenSim 0.7.2 to all our OpenSim clients.  We’re doing this major upgrade on a case by case basis, and one of the great new features of this newer version of Opensim is upgrading to version 1.5 of the Hypergrid.  This version is supported by the majority of OpenSim grids currently online.  Which means we’re dramatically expanding the universe of interconnected OpenSim grids that our clients can explore during their hypergrid explorations.

And thanks to all the hard work of everyone at ReactionGrid, the Hypergrid Adventurers Club’s home base on jokaydiaGRID is now running OpenSim  0.7.2. 

Starting this week, I’ll be resuming weekly meetings of the Hypergrid Adventurers Club.  The first new meeting will be Thursday, January 5th 2012 at 4pm Eastern Time.  We’ll be meeting on the region “Scooter” on jokaydiaGRID.  For more details, please see this event on our calendar.

And be sure to join our Google Group if you’d like information about upcoming meetings.

See you on the Hypergrid!

Take care,
John “Pathfinder” Lester

Chief Learning Officer
ReactionGrid Inc.

Report: The Hypergrid Adventurers Club tests ReactionGrid’s Opensim 0.7.2 Alpha Grid

Today, the Hypergrid Adventurers Club tested ReactionGrid’s Opensim 0.7.2 Alpha Grid.  It was quite an adventure, spanning 4 different Opensim grids running 4 different versions of Opensim.

We gathered on the region HGBridge on ReactionGrid’s 0.7.2 Alpha Test Grid, and from there we began a series of Hypergrid jumps.

About 10 of us joined in on the Adventure.  Here’s where we went if you’d like to follow in our footsteps:

1) START: ReactionGrid Alpha Test Grid
HG Coordinates: secondlife://alpha.reactiongrid.net:8002:HGBridge/139/156/22
Grid Location: (4000,4000)
Grid Software: OpenSim 0.7.2 ReactionGrid.

2) NewWorldGrid
HG Coordinates: secondlife://grid.newworldgrid.com:8002:BioZone/
Grid Location: (6991,6995)
Grid Software: OpenSim 0.7.1.1 Release

3) GermanGrid
HG Coordinates: secondlife://login.germangrid.de:8002/
Grid Location: (8000,8000)
Grid Software: OpenSim 0.7.2 Dev

4) END: FleepGrid
HG Coordinates: secondlife://fleepgrid.com:8002/
Grid Location: (9013,9013)
Grid Software: OpenSim 0.7.2 RC2

I chose these locations because they represented 4 different versions of Opensim which, theoretically, are all Hypergrid-compatible with each other.  It’s always good to test theory by putting it into practice.  Some folks initially had difficulty logging in to our Alpha Grid.  This caused some chat and movement lag/freezing.  But despite this initial glitch, the region and grid recovered all on its own.  Then we were able to start jumping.

Starting out on the region HGBridge in ReactionGrid's Alpha Grid

A few of us made it to GermanGrid when it suddenly stopped accepting connections.  This might have been caused by a region crash due to the load of our visit.  Our apologies to the GermanGrid admins if we caused any problems.

Those of us who couldn’t make it to GermanGrid simply hopped from NewWorldGrid to FleepGrid, since both grids are within the 4096 region limit for Hypergrid jumps.

We arrive in FleepGrid

Fleep Tuque, the owner of FleepGrid, joined us on our Adventure.  She welcomed us all when we all finally arrived on her grid, and grid performance was excellent.

Chris Hart, ReactionGrid’s CTO, attended the test.  Here’s what she had to say about the event.

“Overall the event was pretty successful. While we had some issues with teleports between regions, the server stayed up and running for the whole time. We had a wide variety of clients logging in to the grid at the same time which seemed to cause a few lockups, but after a little perseverence most made it inworld and were able to HyperGrid teleport out successfully. Those that had difficulty logging in, and even those that didn’t, we welcome feedback on your experiences, please let us know which clients you were using to connect and whether you were logging in locally or were visiting from another grid.”

As always, the best way to give us feedback is to submit a ticket on our Metaverseheroes support site.  If you were part of our adventure today, please let us know all the details about any glitches you experienced.  We want to make sure ReactionGrid’s version of Opensim 0.7.2 is as stable as possible before we officially release it.

This upgrade to Opensim 0.7.2 will be a big step with many new features and additional stability.  And once it is finalized, ReactionGrid will be part of a much bigger universe of Opensim grids interconnected by the Hypergrid.

Thank you all again for helping test things out today.  I hope you had a fun time, too.

Take care,
-John “Pathfinder” Lester

Special Hypergrid Adventurers Club Meeting – Jumping from ReactionGrid’s 0.7.2 Alpha Test Grid

I’m very excited to announce that we are in the final testing stages of ReactionGrid’s 0.7.2 Opensim update.

And to celebrate, we’ll be having a SPECIAL Hypergrid Adventurers Club meeting tomorrow!

WHEN: Tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept 28 @ 10am Eastern Time (EDT).  That’s 14:00 GMT/UTC.

WHERE: The region HGBridge on ReactionGrid’s 0.7.2 Alpha Test Grid.

HOW: You can create an account on the Test Grid and log in by following the instructions on our blog.

After we all gather on the region HGBridge, we’ll try jumping to GermanGrid, NewWorldGrid and perhaps a few other places compatible with 0.7.2.

Hope to see you there!

Take care,
-John “Pathfinder” Lester

Anniversary Celebration of the 1939 New York World’s Fair in ReactionGrid

On April 30th 1939 (that’s 72 years ago!), over 200 thousand people gathered across an acre of land that only a couple years earlier was an ash dump.  Thanks to four years of hard work and planning, those people were able to get a glimpse of the future.

They were attending the opening of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Paul M. Van Dort has organized a celebration of the Opening of the World’s Fair in ReactionGrid.  This is the first time an event commemorating the Fair’s opening in a virtual world has ever been done.  While only a few of the pavilions have been constructed so far, this is an opportunity to see the Fair and to actually walk around and explore it.  Walk through the Trylon and Perisphere, view Democracity, and travel down the Helicline. Visit the New York City Building, the Belgium Pavilion, and Westinghouse Electric.

And keep in mind that what you’re seeing is a vision of the future from 72 years ago.  It’s pretty mindblowing to remember that fact.

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club – Visiting a recreation of the astronomical observatory at Pic du Midi de Bigorre

Our Hypergrid Adventurers Club visited a virtual recreation of Pic du Midi de Bigorre in NewWorldGrid this past Sunday.  Follow in our footsteps and check it out for yourself!

Pic du Midi de Biogorre is a mountain in the French Pyrenees famous for its astronomical observatory.

Aime Socrates (who has also built some amazing recreations of nuclear research facilities at CERN and physics education spaces) is building the mountain out as a learning space for students interested in astronomy.

Here are some photos from our journey.

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club – Visiting China Town in Francogrid

Our Hypergrid Adventurers Club visited a beautiful region called China Town in Francogrid this past Sunday.  Follow in our footsteps and check it out for yourself!

China Town is under construction and being built by Vinc Sonic, but he’s already done a fantastic job of creating a very atmospheric cityspace with lots of detail.

Here are some photos of our journey.

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Special Hypergrid Adventurers Club Meeting – March 13: Exploring Hypergrid 1.5

The Hypergrid Adventurers Club has its home on the region Pathlandia on jokaydiaGRID.  That’s where we start all our meetings, and where we begin our jumps to other grids on the Hypergrid.

Our challenge right now is the fact that the Hypergrid is currently fragmented into three different protocol versions (HG 1.0, HG 1.5 i6 and HG 1.5 i7).  If you are on a grid running one of these versions of the Hypergrid protocol, you can make hypergrid jumps to other grids running the same version.  But you cannot jump between grids running different versions.

All of the grids hosted by ReactionGrid (which includes jokaydiaGRID) are currently running HG 1.0.  We’re pretty conservative about upgrading things at ReactionGrid, since the majority of our customers are educators and businesses who value stability above all else.  While many people are successfully running grids using the newer HG 1.5 i6 and HG 1.5 i7 versions, we’ve found in the past that serious bugs often only become apparent when running larger grids.  So we’re still waiting for the dust to settle before we upgrade things at ReactionGrid and the 100+ grids that we host for other people.

But in the meantime, there’s a lot of cool stuff on HG 1.5 grids that we want to explore with the Hypergrid Adventurers Club!  Fortunately, our club has pioneering members who have set up outposts on the network of HG 1.5 i6 grids.  So for our March 13 meeting, we’re going to explore two of those outposts.

What you need to do to explore HG 1.5 i6 with us on March 13

Our two meetings on Sunday, March 13 (5pm+10pm GMT) will begin on the region HyperBase42 on NeoGrid.  NeoGrid has been set up by Neo Cortex, and he is designing it as a convenient place for hypergrid explorers to begin their exploration of HG 1.5 i6 compatible grids.

If you already have an account on a HG 1.5 i6 based grid, you can reach our meeting on NeoGrid by logging in to that account and hypergrid jumping to this address: hbase42.hopto.org:8002:Hyperbase42

If you don’t have an account on a HG 1.5 i6 based grid, you can sign up for a new avatar account on Hyperbase42 by going to this account creation page.  Neo has to approve each account, so be sure to register your new account as soon as possible to it will be ready for Sunday’s meetings.

Once you’ve created an account on NeoGrid, you can log directly into it using the following settings in Imprudence’s Grid Manager tool:

For the first 30 minutes of our meeting, we’ll hang out on Hyperbase42 and get a tour of all the hard work that Neo Cortex has been putting in to the space.  Then our group will make a hypergrid jump to explore Vanish Seriath’s HG 1.5 i6 compatible TGIB grid.

The home base of the Hypergrid Adventurers Club will always be the region Pathlandia on jokaydiaGRID.  But until all the different versions of the hypergrid are sorted out, we’ll occasionally have more meetings like this in the future.  Stay tuned as we adventure into the wider constellation of interconnected worlds!

And if you have any questions or need help getting set up for this special meeting, please join our HGAC Google Group and ask away.  Lots of friendly people in that group (160+), and we’re always happy to help.

Communicating between Virtual Worlds – RADIONNE

Many people are exploring virtual worlds such as Second Life as well as the growing constellation of Opensim-based worlds.

Here’s a neat device that can help you communicate between them all.

It’s called RADIONNE.

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #36+37: Visiting Help Island on ReactionGrid

The region Help Island on ReactionGrid is being developed by Tinsel Silvera.

It contains resources for new avatars including a freebie area, a Gallery of Prims for new builders, and Hypergates to various places to explore.

For today’s two meetings we visited Tinsel’s region and had a great discussion about best practices for helping new users in virtual worlds.

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #35: Giant robot junkyard on FrancoGrid

What’s cooler than robots?

Giant robots, of course.

For today’s meeting, we visited FrancoGrid to explore a junkyard complete with a derelict giant robot, a toxic lake, and a submarine.

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