How To Join The Safari

What is HG Safari?

Hypergrid Safari is a tour group that operates in OpenSim virtual worlds that are open to hypergridding. Anyone is welcome to join us, if you are new to hypergridding you can get help and encouragement and instantly make some new friends. Generally speaking about 15 - 25 avatars attend at any time.

What is the purpose of the Safari?

It's a social club. We do the following:
  • explore and highlight interesting people and places on the hypergrid, 
  • practice hypergridding and help others to become more proficient at jumping, and dealing with its consequences - like lost attachments, crashes, glitches in communication, etc. 
  • make new friends and contacts, to foster creative collaboration across grids
  • push the technology to make group grid jumping easier, help with load tests, raise awareness about how to make regions more visitor friendly. 
  • have fun

What happens on Safari?

hgsafari sim on Francogrid
We visit 2  different grids each week. 

Usually we meet the region or grid owner, and have a conversation about their work. It is a international group so for the best communication, Local Chat is preferred.
We visit places notable for their art, landscape, education value, games, music, or simply to experience small or new grids of interest. 
After the visit there is usually a write-up on this blog, and people can post photos and comments about the event on social media

When and where do we meet?

Safari is on Wednesdays. 
It starts at 21.00h, Central European Time.
That's 12.00pm noon SLT, aka Pacific Time.

CURRENTLY we meet on HG Safari sim on OSGRID. If you have an avatar on another grid, put the address Safari in your Map and it will take you to our sim.

Please come to the meeting place, rather than just going to the first destination. It makes it easier for us to see how many people are going to be in the group, and for everyone to meet each other and share news. Also, most of our hosts like to restart their sims before our scheduled arrival, so as good guests, we try not to show up before they are expecting us.

How do I know where to go? 

Safari is organized beforehand. We make sure that the grid or region owners know we are coming. 
Each week a special folder of Landmarks and info Notecard are available at the clubhouse (see below). The Landmarks are HG friendly and tested, although that does not guarantee they will work, so on the Notecard, there is also the HG Address.
Typical Safari notecard

If the LM fails, then open your Map, and copy the HG address into the Search part of the Map. 
Press search, when the Map finds the destination, hit Teleport.
IMPORTANT Each week's LMs and Notecard are marked HG Safari + the Week number. Make sure this folder is in your My Suitcase Folder, if your grid supports that feature, If you do not do this, the Notecard may not load when you go grid-jumping.

How long does the Safari last?

The old Safari house, Teravus Plaza
Two hours. (previously it was three!) which sounds like a long time, but between teleporting and rezzing and all, it flies by. Each stop on the tour lasts about an hour. The landmarks and Notecard list the Destinations in the order in which we will be visiting them, so Destination 1 is approximately between 12 and 1 pm SLT, Destination 2 is from 1-2 pm, etc. If you cannot join us at the beginning of the Safari, come to the clubhouse, grab the Landmark Folder and calculate where we will be.

What happens if I crash?

If you crash while hypergridding, relog. You will come back inworld on your own grid, you cannot relog at your Last Location if it was off your own grid. If a sim crashes, or lag is very bad, we simply relog and usually, by the time you have found the LM again, the sim that had crashed is back online. If a region doesn't come back online, we go on to the next one. It helps to FRIEND people in the Safari group, so you can find us again.

How can I find out about upcoming Safari trips?

The Safari landmarks are available at the clubhouse on OSGrid. 
They are in the giant prim marked LANDMARKS very close to the landing point. Usually they are available no less than 12 hours before the Safari, and remain in the dispenser for a week. 
Social media:  
There are groups on Facebook, MeWe, Discord that feature upcoming events, also under the HG Safari region on - don't forget to 'Like' the region!
Important: These social media posts have the HG address of the region, but it's best to come to OSGrid and get the inworld notecard, because sometimes there are last minute changes, or typos, and the LM is your safest bet to join the group successfully.

How can I get the Safari to visit my grid?

Send an IM to Thirza Ember or Wizardoz Chrome on OSGrid. We try to mix it up and not visit the same grid on consecutive weeks, so if your region is on a grid like OSGrid or Metropolis it may be a while until we get around to it. 

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