This is recreation of a blog post by Brian A. White. Brian’s blog went offline sometime in 2009, and recently it was suggested that someone republish this useful tutorial to make sure it can be found by search engines and does not someday completely vanish from the Internet. So here it is.
Some of the links in this article are dead and not available in any existing archives. I’ve left those in but
crossed them out.Fortunately these dead links are not critical to the tutorial, and I was able to update the other links that have changed since this article was written. Brian, wherever you are, thank you again for writing this and I hope you are well.
This past weekend I attended and spoke at the very first OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC13). It was an amazing event full of outstanding presentations, great networking opportunities, and spectacular venues with tons of attendees. It was also truly remarkable to see how far OpenSim has evolved and matured as a virtual world platform.
I’ve seen my fair share of online conferences, and this was the most professionally managed and engaging online conference I have ever attended. To everyone involved in making this event a reality, thank you!
And thank you all who attended my presentation. I apologize for not having time to answer all your questions, but if you leave a comment on this blog post I will be very happy to reply.
Lastly, for those of you interested in me possibly restarting the Hypergrid Adventurers Club tours (I got a lot of positive feedback at the conference), be sure to join the HGAC mailing list and post that you’d like to attend a future tour. If I see enough interest, I’ll definitely start them up again.
Please read on for my own presentation summary, video and downloadable slides. You can also watch recordings of all the other presentations in the Conference Archives.
“Exploring the Interconnected: How Past Dreams evolve into Future Reality”
Join us to hear more about how dreams from the past can dramatically change and evolve into something completely new. In this presentation you will hear all about John’s initial experiences in Opensim while still working at Linden Lab, the creation and mangement of “Pathlandia,” initial explorations of the Hypergrid, and how it all fits in with what he remembers as Linden Lab’s original vision of an expanding Metaverse of self-hosted and interconnected virtual worlds.
ADDENDUM 9/10/2013: Be sure to read this blog post: “The Future of Conferences.” It’s an outstanding summary of the conference by Crista Lopes, the inventor of the Hypergrid and one of the conference’s main organizers.
-John “Pathfinder” Lester
This is pretty cool.
The most recent version of the Singularity viewer (version 1.8.1) adds a particularly interesting feature:
- Wavefront (.obj) and Collada (.dae) Export by Apelsin, Inusaito, and Latif Khalifa – Allows export of your creations into Blender, Unity3D and other modeling applications and game engines
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.
The entire area is inspired by Myst and Uru.
About 10 of us made the journey across four different grids, and you can follow in our footsteps by looking at our travel plan.
What we found were places of such stunning artistry and subtle aesthetics that I’m at a loss for words to describe them any further. So I’ll simply share pictures.
Thank you again, Dot, for spending so much time with us and explaining the beautiful storyline behind it all.
Which is why I was so excited today when I discovered Olle Sköld’s paper “The effects of virtual space on learning: A literature review.”
It’s a fantastic resource full of great references and summaries, and it’s also very timely (was published in Jan 2012). Best of all, the full paper is freely accessible online.
Today, the Hypergrid Adventurers Club took a trip from jokaydiaGRID to the OSGrid home of Linda Kelllie, a talented content creator who gives away a wide range of excellent items (including OAR files of entire regions) on her website LindaKellie.com.
Read on for a summary, some pics, and instructions on how you can make the journey yourself.
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.