Saturday, November 9, 2019

Speedbuild and Yeti code

last week a new Opensim build was posted to OSgrids download page, containing the Yeti build. The 2nd named Opensimulator release that follows up on Snail. All Red Dragon regions have been updated to this build, and seem to be performing nicely.

Recreation Plaza has been revamped, and opened to public. It's OSgrids "Gaming"  region, on which a variety of inworld games are / can be played. It has been ever present, but didn't have the love and attention it needed. So it got a refresh, and active hosts are deployed for Multiplayer games.
Last Thursday Snakedance Moonwing hosted the 1st game of Speedbuild, in which 9 contestants had 1 hour to build the theme "Something that flies". Speedbuild is "core building with prims". So people create a build from scratch, and after an hour, contestants and visitors can vote to declare a winner. You can see the winning builds (we had a tied 1st place) at LBSA plaza on display. With nine  contestants and sixteen spectators, it was great fun. If you missed it, no worries, these games will be reoccurring bi-weekly on odd and even weeks. Feel free to attend, or compete in the contests.

Next Thursday Primwords will be hosted on the same plaza. It's like pictionary, but with prims rather than drawings. 1 person gets a word / theme, but is not allowed to type in chat. Than he has to make the others guess his word by building something. Hilarity & amazing quick-builds guaranteed.

Apart from above fixed time games, Greedy tables have been added, and you can play things like bubble breaker, Tetris, crude trap, ride the mechanic bull or other carnival rides, have an exhilarating Media experience or jump the giant trampoline with all your friends. OSGrid is an 18+ grid, but since you're  there playing computer games anyways, just enjoy "letting that inner kid out".
The plaza is open to public, so if you're bored of yapping with your friends, can now pop over and beat them in a friendly game of choice.

This years Halloween was great fun to with an awesome Event Plaza, you can find some pictures of it in OSgrids Facebook Page. The annual OSgrid Members Meeting will be held at December 8th instead of 12th, as that date the Opensim community conference is in full swing. And after that it's already Christmas again. The Metaverse didn't die, codebase is getting new features, and even after a decade we are still having Fun and moving forward.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Entertainment

Every week I like to hang at party's at event Plaza. Mostly every Wednesday, and for sure on Fridays, to kick off my weekend. OSgrid is home to loads of great DJ's, and i really enjoy listening music. And yes i could put on some playlist, radio or Spotify, but i'd miss out on the excellent selections of the inworld DJ's. I learn about new songs nearly every week, and smile at the gems i didn't hear since long.
Due to OSgrids DJ's coming from allover the world, the song choices are always a surprise. What you might not know, is most of the Event DJ's also run party's at their own regions. Yesterday i got invited to a party at Trancelucid club, hosted by DJ Kawaii. She mainly plays dance, trance and club music, and since i'm a 'slave to the beats', i had a blast. Sunday mornings usually have party's at "The Alternative" where DJ Lanani streams a variety of easy going tunes.

If you are more into Live Music, try to visit OSgrid on Sunday evening, and check up on the Maritime club on Belfast region, which hosts the longest running "live music event" in the Grid. They feature various musicians and singers streaming live concerts straight into your viewer. On Tuesdays you can find live performers at the Almost Islands.No need to be ever bored, always something playing or coming up shortly.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Fundraiser & new Opemnsim release

A fresh copy of Opensim was posted to the OSgrid downloads page today. It requires .NET framework 4.6 or Mono 5.12 to run, change-logs can be found here.

OSgrid Funderaiser
From 20 to 27 September, OSgrid will have it's annual fundraiser. Also this year, there will be an action of unique builds and services, made to sell at the action. All sales will be funding the grid directly.

OSgrid is doing ok-ish financially. The regular donations nearly cover the monthly running costs of the grid, and we have a small reserve for calamities. The money raised at the fundraiser will form a buffer for the future, and opens options for expansion, and / or hardware replacement if the need arises. This years chosen theme is Steampunk.

Although OSgrid is free, its operational costs are real. You can see here, where your donations are spent on. All staff are unpaid volunteers, your money is used for 100% on keeping servers alive. Your donations also allow the people that do not have the budget to spend money online, to still participate, have fun, and enjoy all the great experiences a virtual world has to offer. Your input is hence very appreciated.

If you want to make a donation, click here. If you can't spend money, but you're a great builder, consider making something unique for the auction, and donate that. If you have other creative idea's, those are welcome too. In last years action several services were offered, like a "live DJ", "Personal training classes" by subject matter experts, and even complete OAR's and websites were hammered of. The funds it raised enables all of us to live our dreams, and keep the grid strong and lasting. Today (Saturday at 11.00 am grid time), the weekly Q&A at Hurliman plaza will likely be dedicated to this fundraiser. Feel free to join the discussion and share your input.