Category Archives: OpenSim
Today there is a new version (2.5.6) of the popular Lumiya android app which is now available to download and install. This new version comes with many new features, improved performance and it fixes many issues. Since the launch of Lumiya there have been 10,000 – 50,000 installs of the app which is amazing.
What’s new in version 2.5.6?
- Sending and receiving group invites;
- Support for persistent mute/block list;
- Option to view your own profile;
- L$ transaction log;
- Improved performance when handling large chat histories;
- Improved performance of flexible prims in 3D mode;
- Fixed an issue with touching complex mesh objects;
- Fixed a few known crash issues.
I really enjoy using the Lumiya app on a regular basis because it’s simple and fast to access Second Life/OpenSim grids. The app handles everything alright on my smartphone and tablet android devices. I strongly recommend everyone trying Lumiya out today because it offers so much.
InWorldz will be having its 4th annual holiday gala for 17 days starting in December 2013 and all money proceeds will benefit the Toys For Tots foundation. The InWorldz holiday gala starts on Saturday 7th December through to Monday 23rd December which is open to all InWorldz residents to attend. It’s set to be a great event for InWorldz with entertainment, auctions, live dj events, storyteller events and much more.
The 4th Annual…
InWorldz Sponsored Holiday Gala
Benefiting Toys For Tots Foundation
December 7th thru December 23rd 2013 – Open to all IW residents!
A 17 day long event in which all proceeds will benefit Toys For Tots foundation. Filled with amazing winter and holiday builds, entertainment and auctions, the Holiday Gala promises to once again be a spectacular event for InWorldz!
We will be holding a fashion show via InStylez Modeling agency, A total of 3 Auctions & Entertainment- Several Live music and DJ events, as well as Storyteller events.
ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS
A bit about Toys For Tots and OUR mission to help..
“The mission of Toys For Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted”. “All funds collected in InWorldz will go straight to our founders which will be donated to the Toys For Tots organization for this purpose. All builds, auction and sale items and entertainment is on a voluntary donation basis for this purpose.
WINTER & HOLIDAY BUILDS
We are looking for content creators to do Winter & Holiday builds for display. You may also sell your sim builds at the auction or in a kiosk, but all proceeds must go towards Toys For Tots. It is not demanded that your build be auctioned or sold towards this charity but bare in mind we are doing this for needy children. Those who are donating all or parts of your build please retain a copy for yourself for your own use or sales. If you are building or donating AN EXCLUSIVE- PLEASE SPECIFY. Also if something you don’t have permissions to donate (such as trees you purchased to surround your build) please specify in auction notes that trees do not come with it.
Winter & Holiday builds are a great way to showcase your work and you may use a lm/notecard giver to put a sign on so people can find your store and see/buy additional work from you.
This year we are holding 3 auctions. December 8th – Christmas Tree Auction, December 15 Christmas Tree Auction & the MAIN BUILDS, GOODS & SERVICES AUCTION Dec 23rd.. All are welcome to donate AND participate in purchasing items for these auctions.
TREE AUCTIONS- This year we have a lot set aside for our Christmas tree auction. We ask that you sens us 3 copies of the tree to be auctioned. One for display in thew lot, and two boxed versions for the two auction dates. Additionally we will have some donated trees in kiosks with proceeds to go to Toys For Tots. Please let us know if you would like to leave a kiosk tree
Scripts MUST be kept to a minimum and excessive or laggy scripts are subject to be asked to be removed at the discretion of the IW Events staff. No frequent “updating scrips” may be used such as updating texture switchers which 2 years ago rendered the holiday gala inaccessible until removed due to lag. We do understand that decorations on trees etc are essential for the holidays but please be conscious If you are not sure of a script please sens a notecard to EventsCoordinator InWorldz and I will have a tech look it over.
Last year we incorporated an art gallery into the main music venue build. We are doing that again this year as sales do go 100 percent towards charity. I would like to ask artists to place and sell one or more pieces of work for sale to benefit Toys For Tots. There should be TWO versions of 2D or 3D art. One for display, NOT for sale, and one in a Toys For Tots Kiosk for those purchasing a copy. Your vendor with the art should be placed close by your display version You may place your own art. Please be considerate of your fellow exhibitors…Winter or holiday themed art is desirable but is not necessary.
Artists should contact: Wolf Hartnell to be included in the gallery. Art must be hung/shown and in kiosks by December 5th.
Santa’s Workshop is a fun and beautiful build buyt it is so much more! It is a HUGE and fully Functional STORE filled with donated items in kiosks from Gifts, to Fashion, to Furniture and more! All items will be sold with complete proceeds to benefit Toys For Tots. Please donate PG Items only! Contact Sheku Thor or Tamara Redenblack for information. Kiosks will be made available to all outside of Santa’s Workshop. Thank you all in advance for your very generous participation & donations!
There are 3 venues for entertainment this year. Most events will be at The Crystal Palace Stage for Live Performers & Djs. Storytellers will be located in The Storyteller’s Hollow- A cozy spot beneath the rooty hollow of a giant tree. The 3rd will be DJ Astoria’s Ice Rink. If you care to throw a skating party this is the place to be!
ENTERTAINERS, STORYTELLERS, LIVE PERFORMERS, DJ’s, HOSTS
We will try our best to welcome all who wish to join in as performers! Please send a notecard to EventsCoordinator InWorldz or Bookings Manager Astoria Luminos requesting to volunteer! We will do our best to schedule and promote your performance here. NO TIP JARS- Remember- this is a VOLUNTARY CHARITY event – All tips and donations are being sent to Toys For Tots! Thank you all who volunteer to help the children! Hosts are welcome and needed as well- please send EC or MidnightRain Glas a notecard!
Musical Restrictions- Please remember this is an “open to all ages event” to benefit children- music should be appropriate for all audiences and winter/Chritmas/Holiday themed. Thank you in advanced for understanding the importance of this
FASHION SHOW – InStylez will be doing a Holiday Fashion Show- Designers needed- Please contact Raven Dulce to have your fashions participate. – The Date for the Fashion show is Saturday December 7th at 2 PM IW time – Opening day of the Holiday Gala.
Sim builds are to be completed by December 5th with exception to those our management team are updating. To enable us to prepare for future events, we ask that all items be removed from the events sims starting January 10th. Items remaining will be auto returned by January 15th.
HOW CAN I JOIN/ HELP – Send a notecard to EventsCoordinator InWorldz – EC and let her know what aspect you are interested in- building, auction, donating, art, Santa’s workshop, hosting, entertaining or a combination of things. Entertainers should include what TYPE of entertainment they are offering and their stream information. Building is open now and you may start as soon as you are assigned a lot.
Will you be attending this year ?
Tangle Grid is a fairly new opensim grid so I decided to signup today and visit. Tangle Grid offers free shops, free apartments, free items and much more. See the reasons to join below and sign up if you are interested in being part of a new opensim grid. The Tangle Grid founders have made a game within a game recently called Pegasus Quest that will be hopefully be open before the end of December 2013 which sounds interesting indeed.
Grid Stats (26th November 2013)…
- Total Users: 134
- Total Regions: 43
- Unique Visitors last 30 days: 58
- Online Now: 1
Here is a list of 10 reasons to join Tangle Grid…
1) AN AFFORDABLE PLACE TO CALL YOUR NEW VIRTUAL HOME
2) FREEDOM TO LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD
3) YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME ON TANGLE GRID
4) GRID OWNERS AND MANAGERS WHO CARE
7) FREE GROUPS
8) FREE CLASSIFIEDS
9) FREE EVENTS POSTING
10) FREE UPLOADS
The Tangle Grid homepage is pretty much straightforward with snapshots and links on the left/right hand side to get started. It’s very welcoming and it’s a good experience for everyone I think.
We are a new grid but not new to virtual worlds. Between the 3 of us, we have more than 14 years of experience. We started this grid to make a home that is affordableand welcoming. We also have a mentor program so if you need help we are only an IM away. There are 3 groups you should join while in TanGLeGrid..
The signup process takes only a few minutes to fully complete and here is what is involved…
- 1) Choose avatar – Only 4 male or female avatars to pick from
- 2) Signup details – Avatar First Name, Last Name, Password, Email and accept TOS
- 3) Creation/activation of account – Follow on-screen instructions
- 4) Confirmation message – “Thank you, your account is now active and ready to use. Start and configure your viewer Login and have fun”.
I used Imprudence 1.4.0 beta 2 viewer to log into the grid and here is the viewers page with details about logging in…
My first snapshot of Tangle Grid and my arrival at the welcome center.
Tangle Grid useful links to bookmark!
Today InWorldz hit another a major milestone of reaching 90, 000 registered InWorldz users which is another step closer to reaching the big 100, 000 users milestone due in early 2014. Woooot!
90, 000+ total users milestone
InWorldz total users historical stats
- “The first 1, 000 took almost a year.. the second 1, 000 just a bit over a month..”
- 2, 000 members - 14th May 2010 (growth chat)
- 5, 000 members - 20th June 2010
- 10, 000 members - 12th August 2010
- 20, 000 members - 21st October 2010
- 25, 000 members - 12th December 2010
- 30, 000 members - 1st February 2011
- 40, 000 members - 15th July 2011
- 50, 000 members - 15th January 2012
- 55, 000 - 20th April 2012
- 60, 000 members - 18th July 2012
- 70, 000 members - 25th January 2013
- 75, 000 members – 3rd May 2013
- 80, 000 members – 20th July 2013
- 90, 000 members – 24th November 2013
- 100, 000 members – Expected in early 2014
I think the InWorldz community should have a big party to celebrate 90, 000 registered users mark and also for the big 100, 000 total users milestone. Agree ?
On Hypergrid Business there is a new Fourth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey to fill out to find out which opensim grids users like the best in terms of community, technology, content and support. One vote is required and the results will be posted before 23rd November 2013 apparently.
Once the survey has been filled out click on the Submit button then there will be a message box confirming the submission to Hypergrid Business…
Your response has been recorded. We’ll be publishing the results of this survey by November 23
Previous OpenSim annual Grid Survey results and responses…
Which OpenSim grids will come out on top this year ?
This year Relay for Life of InWorldz raised a grand total of $801,169 izzies apparently which is a new record and this year the funds were quadrupled than last year. This shows that there is still strong support for Relay For Life events to take place InWorldz. This is awesome news and it’s great that so many participated this year to make a difference. Time to celebrate and party!
2013 RFL of InWorldz Stats
- $801,169 izzies raised
- Over 75 visitors (average = 51 people) at any given time
- 133 luminaria were lit
Top 10 distances
- Kelly4u Lynn > 27.0 miles
- Hairy Thor > 22.6 miles
- Wildstar Beaumont > 20.5 miles
- OldeSoul Eldemar > 20.3 miles
- Banker Ibor > 16.3 miles
- Amaranthim Talon > 12.4 miles
- Neill McCullough > 11.7 miles
- MidnightRain Glas > 10.7 miles
- Panza Eilde > 10.5 miles
- Mortus Eclipse > 10.5 miles
- Total Distance covered by users of the Pedometer: 210 miles
I guess we can now look forward to the third season RFL of InWorldz 2014 when I’m sure more new records will be set.
On Wednesday 13th November Jim Tarber shared some very interesting charts of InWorldz growth from July 2010 to November 2013 on the InWorldz Forums. New updated charts on InWorldz users, regions and online concurrency which are all worth looking at. The automated recording broke in 2012 which explains the gap in the charts shared by Jim Tarber.
InWorldz soon will be reaching its next big milestone of 90, 000 registered InWorldz users and I’m sure there will be a big party to celebrate this big occasion. 100, 000 InWorldz Users I predict will be reached sometime before Easter 2014. I can’t wait to see that!
InWorldz Users chart below shows a big increase in users since July 2010 and the rates continue today at a steady pace. It does seem that there are high peaks at the start of the each year and also during the summer months on the grid of InWorldz.
InWorldz Regions chart below shows all the interesting summer peaks and autumn lulls since July 2010 which seems to be increasing every year more and more. Yay!
InWorldz Online Concurency chart shows all the low/high peaks in online concurrency since July 2010. From July 2013 to October 2013 there was a big increase again in online activity for InWorldz. Wooot!
See the InWorldz Login Screen for more stats.
Today I went to have a sneak preview around the Relay For Life of InWorldz 2013 regions which looks absolutely stunning this year. This weekend coming marks the 2nd annual Relay For Life of InWorldz weekend which will see hundreds of avatars participating in the relay. Inside the relay track this year there is large fairground split over two regions with loads of exciting rides to have fun on.
I’m sure it’s going to be a fun weekend for everyone. Hopefully new records will be set and more people will attend this year to support/donate. I can’t wait!
RFLofIW 2013 Event Details
- Time > 9am to 9pm InWorldz Time
- Date > Saturday 9th November 2013
- Theme > Many Worldz For A Cure
- Where > SLURL < (inworldz users only)
Snapshots of Relay For Life of InWorldz 2013
It’s preview time!
The bear on the relay track ready to race!
A lovely side view of the relay track and the large fairground this year
View overlooking the seating area, track and fairground area
A huge welcome blue and white sign for RFL Fairgrounds
It’s almost time to race!
Are you ready for 2nd annual InWorldz Relay For LIfe weekend 2013 ?
Wow, it’s November already and we are just one month away from Christmas. Check out the list below for upcoming events in Second Life worth attending during November 2013. Links to events for more details and dates they take place on can be found below…
Popular November 2013 Events
- The Rockabilly Fashion Fair – 3rd to 23rd
- Espresso Yourself Night at The Pen - 5th November
- InWorldz Relay for Life weekend (season 2) – 9th (9am to 9pm)
- Shoetopia – 15th to 30th
- Geeks ‘n’ Nerds Fair – 17th to 30th
- Christmas Market – 25th November to 24th December
Other November 2013 Events
- SL hunts happening this month - SL hunts that are fun and exciting can be found here
- Featured Events – SL Destination Guide listings for November 2013
- Community Events – SL events on a hourly schedule
Know of any others?, please add them in comments. Thank you!
It’s official that BURN2 SL 2013 is over for another year and wow it’s been great the past week on the playa. The last of the events finished last night and now everyone can rest for another year knowing that this year was a success. This year I managed to greet new visitors, dance around, explored artist builds and even capturing owl snapshots. We are now into the cool off phrase after the party.
The Press Day event was enjoyable and interesting again this year with many SL bloggers and SL media attending to get a sneak preview of the six regions. The grand opening was very popular and busy this year with hundreds of avatars exploring the regions. I’m glad there is still interest for the annual BURN2 event in Second Life after Linden Lab stopped funding it back in 2010. I do think more needs to done to get the word out to more people on the grid to let them know of this well known event. I think that OpenSim grids should think about hosting BURN2 event because that would be fun and interesting to see what they will come up with.
The Temple Burn
The good news is that the BURN2 regions will remain open until sometime between 11th-15th November 2013 when they will go offline. If you have not visited the sims yet then this is the last chance to do so.
The Mini-Man Burn
There was a high attendance this year around the playa this year which was good to see and the live music events rocked once again. I thought the burning of Mini-Man, The Man and The Temple were very good indeed this year and different to previous years overall. The balloon trip on greeters gate road was a fun adventure this year because of the nice views you get high up looking over everything. I did notice that lag was much better this year compared with previous ones which made the experience for me better.
NEW VIDEOS of The Man & The Temple burns filmed by Radioactive Rosca.
The owl enjoyed doing new things at BURN2 2013 this year like going on a balloon trip, eating breakfast, getting hot near during fire related events and greeting visitors above. S
^ Owl on the right of the hot air balloon touring the sims ^
^ Owl having a breakfast on the playa ^
^ Owl keeping warm by the fire ^
Thanks to all the volunteers, managers and rangers for making BURN2 2013 fantastic once again. Woooot!
What happens next ?
- Event cool off – 28th October to 3rd November 2013
- GTFO – 3rd to 7th November 2013
- Skin Burn 2013 – 9th November (9am & 6pm burns)
- Sims go offline – 11th-15th November 2013
- Then the countdown to BURN2 2014 starts
What did you think of BURN2 2013 this year ? and do you have any suggestions for next year ? Please share your views in comments.
InWorldz has been working on a new project recently called InWorldz InShape which is a new application that “reads data from the accelerometer on your smart phone to provide the InWorldz virtual world with data on your movements that let us connect your stationary walking, running, or biking in real life with your avatar”.
This sounds awesome for sure and it’s a good way to keep healthy regularly.
Watch the Demo Preview!
- Join the InShape beta group for the latest news.
- Works with Lumiya viewer!
Ilan Tochner who is the CEO founder of Kitely announced a major revamp of the Kitely Welcome Center on the Kitely official blog and today I have managed to visit the new look welcome island. Last time I visited it was named Kitely Plaza which looked good but apparently there were problems that couldn’t be resolved. The Kitely Mentors group worked for many weeks on replacing it with the Kitely Welcome Center which went live this month. It’s amazing and soon there will be events taking place which should increase visitor numbers.
This is just phase 1 of a big project happening now and there are new upcoming developments are in the pipeline for the Kitely new user experience.
The new Kitely Welcome Center looks wonderful and the layout/landscape is very welcoming with updated Kitely information areas to visit. I’m sure it’s going to make a good first impression for new users joining Kitely in the long run and I’m sure this time the new Kitely Welcome Center will be very successful in the years ahead with new developments. My snapshots taken today of the new Kitely Welcome Center:
New welcoming layout…
New Kitely Mentors meeting area…
New Kitely useful information areas…
Hall of Kitely Merchants area…
Kitely Worlds showcase area…
Visit the new Kitely Welcome Center and comment below on your first impressions?