Thursday, November 16, 2017

An Undead Safari

        It was a scripting, dancing, shooting and scoring Safari this week. Our first destination didn't quite work out (more about that wonderful place in a future post) but Thai Low, owner of Endivatomic Grid, welcomed us over to his new region EZombie slightly earlier than usual, for a festive load test and general giggle.  The HG Address to this highly visitable region is at the end of the post.

        Ezombie region on Endivatomic Grid is a  first person shooter game set in a landscape of tunnels, streams, lawns, and cliffs.  You get a choice from half a dozen weapons at the beginning of the game, and there are 'go faster' bottles, first aid kits, and other bombs and gems that can help your score.  It's a work in progress, by Thai Low - definitely more progress than not. With about 15 of us on the region, those who chose to play had no problems moving about, there was no chat lag or difficulty dancing. Music was by Wjfire and Eva Flame, a great mix of upbeat dance stuff, horror movie memes, and ... ballroom music? What a great sound track to the event!

Ange Menges: Hey everyone
Thai Low: OMG u all arrived so fast that i did not see most of you
Wizardoz Chrome: ( what a delightful place :) and what attractive waiters :) )

Thai Low: Who already got inside? You must first select a gun on entry area, then u get tp inside the arena and then set mouselook
Christine Endivatomic: and then RUNNNN
Phred Resident: hm won't get me mouselook 
Thai Low: if you use firestorm, you can activate the camera control and activate mouselook from there
Yara (center) split her time between zombie killing and dancing, with great success!

          Doing my usual sweep of likely places where Lost Safariens might be lurking, I came across Art Blue, who couldn't get onto the region. But many were pleasantly surprised how easy it was to reach Endivatomic.
Brian: I can get here from my home grid no problem
Thai Low: I must wait Arena it is empty to reduce zombie number or we must go to kill more of them
Franziska Bossi: hihi cool game
Thai Low: Franzi, did u had troubles with mouselook?
Franziska Bossi: nope, works perfect for me
Thai Low: okkey, did u kill some?
Franziska Bossi: yes allot
Phred Resident: Me and Yara really did well that time :)  protip - stay behind Yara
Don't mess with snowbody. 

Thai Low: OMG, looking in the radar the list it is crazy
Flidais Merlin: its full with zombies;-)
Thai Low: i had to reset the game to let new people come into region
Phred Resident: my hud stopped counting after 1 zombie
Thirza Ember: maybe you killed one, and only insulted the others, Phred
Phred Resident: well on the good side the life stayed at 100 up until i died, it seemed a large pistol, maybe not large enough... I shoot till they disappear and still no points ...yayy, detached the hud and this time it counted !
Phred on the run

Thirza Ember: how was the idea for this Region born? Bad dream?
Thai Low: Nearly! i was trying to do a new zombie game, then i started to be bored about usual scripts and the related lag
Thai Low

Thai Low: but is Snow still inside?
Phred Resident: probably one of the attackers by now
Thai Low: LOOOLL i wonder how may points is making Snow,  I worry about my record
Thirza Ember: wow i just saw Thai's score on the board!. Who was the model for the Zombie?
Thai Low: One it's me. Some are me & chris, but after being without food for a month... the Endivatomic diet! it gives results - they are all really thin.
Arielle Delamerlibre: yayyy I made it at first I got sorry region full... you will not believe but last night I had a zombie dream! I climbed up a ladder and the zombies followed me, then I climbed down at the backside of the ladder and the zombies are too silly to realize.. but I felt much fear!
Arielle the Zombie dreamer

Phred Resident: maybe someone can explain to me, why when you zoom the camera, it seems to cause a local wind... thuja in SL has perpetual motion without scripts, maybe this wind effect could be exploited too
Thai Low: Maybe u move too fast Pherd! LOOOOOLL
snowbody cortes: there seems a delay before some of the 'dead' zombies disappear
Thai Low: :( yes, i noticed
Phred Resident: but no delay when they appear behind you
Thai Low: i like when they jump from rocks over you
Phred Resident: where do we get these bombs
Thai Low: they come out randomly, like the bottles - did u like the drinks?
Thirza Ember: The bottles are great.  I got a bit lost, at one point, I was running an I saw many zombies ahead of me    then I thought, that's strange, they are dancing, and then I realized it was all of you
Christine Endivatomic: LOL Thirza
Thai Low: i'm just sad that no one appreciate the poor skeleton alone, on the sunset
Thirza Ember: if he had some Spare Ribs and some Barbecue sauce, he would have more friends
The scoreboard
Phred Resident: they ganged up on me, must be my aftershave
Thai Low: they become more clever than i though     i worry they will soon come out and run free on all grid. Earlier you asked me, why we decided to do this game, right? The truth is, we loved outbreak in OSGrid and we wanted one here too, with different ambient and possibly less lag, so we started study about how to have many zombies (up to 100) in a 3d place.
Phred Resident: what kind of server does it take for low lag?
Thai Low: it's not the server, we get less lag (i hope) because we did not used scripts. We did a module (for programmers "modInvoke" functions) directly in opensim. On Outbreak, I think they had a great idea: to use visitors as new zombie
Snowbody working on Zombie Control

Phred Resident: so the zombies have scripts that invoke modules on the server?
Thai Low: no, no script at all, the only script here is the point panel panel  When you click a gun, the system brings u inside and starts to manage all, even when u fire, it is the server to see if u shot in right place or not, to avoid cheating. 
snowbody Cortes : eheheh
Thai Low: New recorddd!!
alex54 Salamander: thanks for the nice game here, we have to go  Good night
Yara Eilde: Good night And thank you for the nice zombies
HG Address
Ezombie game

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Safari goes from Expo to Arthur

In 1889, Mark Twain wrote a novel about a Connecticut Yankee who falls asleep and wakes up to find himself transported back through history to a time where the clothes, the rules, and the technology are all vastly different from what he is used to. A great adventure, new friendships and challenges ensue... much like opensim, then. This week we went to two places where big plans for the future are coming to fruition, you should definitely visit and get involved... HG Addresses at the end of the post as always.

           First up, we went over to HIE grid, with a presentation and a concert by Whirli Placebo. Whirli is a talented musician... but what is HIE?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Collector's Safari

       There's no end to the great builds in opensim, and this week our troupe visited two more great destinations, that cannot be too highly recommended. If you like collecting things, whether it be freebies, or knowledge about the world around you, these are both unmissable. As usual the addresses are at the end of the post, so don't delay, go visit them today.

      The exhortation 'Don't delay' is particularly valid for our first stop, on Kroatan Grid. Last year the Halloween Hunt was a spooky hospital, this time it's an equally spooky small town,  steeped in atmosphere and good ghoulish humor, called Abbandonato. The build closes on November 5, so get your skates on! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Consuming Safari

This week the Safari visited two destinations this week,  and both the Halloween Hunt on IMA Outpost on Metropolis and Avatarfest will only be open for a limited time, so don't delay your visit!
HG Addresses as usual at the end of the post.

          First up, the IMA Outpost Alpha on Metro, which has been decorated as a Halloween Hunt by Lisa Laxton and friends. The attractive layout includes an ancient tower on the coast, and a number of semi distressed houses and bars, and some nifty zombie scripts to keep you on your toes, along with a large number of take-awayables. The region Windlight is appropriately ghostly, adding to the appeal of this well-put-together sim.
          This week rl events meant I couldn't be on Safari, so big thanks to Szavanna Sunshine and Wizardoz Chrome and Truelie Telling for being such good sports.
IMA stands for Infinite Metaverse Alliance. they have a G+ Group you can join

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gates and Skates

            Two places you MUST visit, in Opensim, one, a long-standing icon of hypergridding, the other, a relatively new grid with all the bells and whistles... and more. The HG Addresses for these places are at the end of the post, as usual.

          Shaun Emerald is an opensim hero. If you haven't met him, you've heard of him. His grid, Sanctuary, has been a haven for hypergridders since the sport became possible. Back before they got rid of the 4096, which meant you couldn't jump more than a 'distance' of 4096 regions in a single leap, and had to sort of use stepping stones to get to places, hypergridding was more of a zig zag than a LM-and-go activity. Sanctuary was and is a perfect place to land not only when you are struggling to get where you're going, but also as a place of discovery. The gates lead to grids, well known and lesser known, so that even an experienced grid jumper will learn something here.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Safari goes to Counter Earth

        Our middle destination in Week 160 was to the Gorean grid outer Earth. Most opensim people have heard of this grid, it is famous for the Turia market regions, where many an avatar has gone in search of skins, hair and furnishings. In recent months, the Counter Earth grid has begun undergoing a period of increased growth, with about ten new regions being developed. It is an exciting time, and  this visit was just a prelude to, we hope, many more visits. HG Addresses, as always, at the end of the post. And of course, there are loads more pictures of our visits, take by glorious safarians, on G+ and in Facebook

           If you would like to read about the first and last stops on this trip, please look for the post titled Safari and the Ladies of Legend
          Havoc Rau and Kindra Turian kindly invited us, but there were many other residents on hand t meet us on the default region, Sardar Faire. The plan was to send us off in groups of five to visit

Safari and the Ladies of Legend

         This is the first of two posts about this week's hypergrid trip. The other post talks about Counter Earth grid.  This post is about the first and last stops on our trip, HG Addresses are - as always - at the end of the post.
            Our first stop was on the Cherry Freebie region, where you can see - and copy - an archive of Cherry Manga's creations. We had one or two problems getting to the region...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week 160 Details

Here's the lineup for today's trip around the hyperverse. 
As usual, if you arrive a little later, or get lost and need help, jump over to the clubhouse on Francogrid (that's ) where there will be someone to help you. Or at least, that's the plan. 
Three stops this week... so all hold hands and travel light 

DESTINATION 1 Beautiful Cherry Freebie. Not only can you admire all the glorious 3D art of Cherry Manga, you can even take it home and play with it.... freebie

DESTINATION 2 Kindra Turian and Havok Rau welcome us to explore some more of Counter Earth
Tabuks Ford

There are about ten new projects in the works on Counter earth, we're invited to learn more about their expansion, and to visit two 'worlds' - Tabuks Ford and Iron Walls The tour begins on Sardar, the Welcome region of Counter Earth 

DESTINATION 3 Zia Frimon! Meet one of opensim's most admired creators, see her newly refurbished region, and pick up some more great free items. This is a Var region - so hypergridders may avoid problems by jumping first to LBSA on osgrid, then going to melodies garden is the address for LBSA, then look for melodies garden