Sunday, February 9, 2020

Happy new year !

Well, that's a tad overdue, but still.Happy 2020 to you and all those dear to you. With that out of the way, lets see whats new.  OSgrid Recreation Plaza is running full-pull. Odd weeks run Primwords on Thursdays, even weeks have Speedbuild. After the contests, greedy is hosted. Monday evenings is greedy night and every Tuesday there is a photo-contest. So if you like gaming, or just socializing and don't want to "just hang around", Recreation plaza is a fun place to spend time, if not at some Party. Next week will be Valentines Party at OSgrid Event Plaza !

Opensim developments follow up rapidly, OSgrid is currently at Yeti released at 18-12.  Red Dragon Regions run these since release, without any notable issues. We have seen an increase of people moving over from GcG, as their grid is still not returned in a working state. It's being worked on though, and is expected to pop back in business in the near future.

Lately i have seen several people reporting " strange" issues with their regions. Most disappear when people update their machine. Normal maintenance for your PC, whether on Linux or windows is advisable, if you want to run a stable environment for your regions. Also sticking on some silly old build WILL land you into problems eventually. The rest of the world moves along. Update your OS and software regularly.  (Also when is the last time you saved an OAR of your regions ? )

OSgrid released some new rules for the Plaza's, to keep them hospitable. Apparently requesting people to "just behave civilized" is too much for certain individuals, that seem to thrive on needless drama, pointless discussions, or overuse of sounds, gestures, particles and/or spankers. One considers it great fun, another get's annoyed by the same. But there is a difference between playing a funny sound/ gesture, and just being annoying. (Use that same funny sound/gesture 30 times in a row).
This generates complaints, thus we get more rules.

Mind these rules are not made to restrict you in your freedom, you can still do whatever you like.
If your middle name is "excessive" however, consider doing that on your own region. If you simply can't have fun whilst acting like an adult human being practicing common decency, any public plaza's might just not be the place for you to hang out. It's not patronizing, its just OSgrid trying to keep things hospitable and accessible for everyone. For 98% of people these rules won't change or do anything.

Last but not least, Singularity seems unstable and have loads of glitches lately (to the point of just being unusable), and the latest Firestorm DOES NOT WORK with Opensimulator. Bugs with sound, graphics crashing, and other misery can occur if you run a flaky viewer. So if you seem to have a constant fight with rezzing, sound, loading, teleports, or your windows crashing altogether at shutdown of a viewer, you might want to try an older /different version of viewer.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

OSCC 2019, Membership meeting Osgrid, Fresh Yeti build

Last weekend the annual OSCC ( Opensimulator Community Conference ) has been held, and it was well attendend. I personally haven't been on the regions a lot, mainly due to the excellent and high quality livestreams, enabling me to follow all i liked without having to be present in pixel form. Big thumbs up to the organisation for another succesfull conference.

This weekend we also had The OSGrid Membership meeting planned aswell, so to avoid conflicts it was shifted a week prior to OSCC. The meeting logs havent been posted yet, but will appear on the Osgrid wiki sometime soon. Some changes in the board have been announced, AlbertLR will stop his work as Treasurer and hand this function to Wizard as the by-laws of our grid require such shifts.
He will remain admin, and assist OSGrid with administrative and legal work as secretary. The main (and very good) news of this meeting was that Osgrid Inc. for the first time in it's history has a "normal" and healthy surplus bank-balance.

Just before the meeting, a new Yeti Opensim build was uploaded to Osgrid, which you can grab here.  Red Dragon regions have been running Yeti since it was released, without any noticeable issues.

For the last weeks of this year we have a huge christmas party  (friday 27th) in the 'Osgrid pipeline', and possibly (if there is enough interest for it) a "networking session" in which you can learn about NAT,  servers, routers, portforwarding and running Opensimulator from your home on a windows or Linux machine.

Last but not least, Primwords and Speedbuild are running every Thursday on Recreation Plaza. These events are hosted by Snakedance Moonwing and start at 13.00 grid time. If you have never attended, you really should try it at least once. You migth really like it, as those games are quite fun, and very specific to Virtual worlds. After the winners are annouced, Tiggs Beaumont hosts Greedy dice-games at 15.00 on the same plaza.

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.