Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 WRITE: BIZ: Intersections, and the legacy of Myst, writing linking books in virtual worlds

Intersections, and the legacy of Myst,
writing linking books in virtual worlds
Intersections is a 4x4 megaregion on Kitely developed from the idea originated in Myst, that it is possible to create and visit worlds by writing about them.   Extending that idea to virtual worlds led to the creation of worlds where people can visit, explore, do things, chat with friends and enjoy in ways that go far beyond solving puzzles.  
Christmas in a virtual world

Go there

In the original Myst

  • You could only go to a few spots where the images had been prepared.
  • You were all by yourself, alone.
  • You had to solve a puzzle to get back from where you went.
  • Myst.
  • 'Myst' is getting a TV series
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  • (More after the break)
  • Where is Arcadia?
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Pirouette Short Poetry Form-Tue 1/12, 7pm SLT 

This week the Short Poetry Workshop presents the Pirouette, an invented form of 10 lines with 6 syllable per line and a “turn-around.” No ballet shoes or tutu required. So join us to learn, write and share your Pirouette.

Timely Information

Metaverse events, current and upcoming

  • Next WIP show: Sun. Jan 10, Noon SLT
  • Fred.Beckhusen tells a lotl
  • Location:  world.narasnook.com:8900
  • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
  • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

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        Metaverse beginner help

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        An elegant home in Intersections

        • We visited here for Christmas.
        • Who's we?
        • A few residents of the Hypergrid.
        • We visited a world called "Intersections."
        • Actually we visited just this one place.
        • Intersections is a 4X4 varregion, the size of 4 ordinary sims on a side: 
        • So it is 1024 x 1024 meters on a side. about .64 sq. mile, 259 acres.
        • Space for a lot of intersections.
        A group of friends from around the world

        In the original Myst

        • You could only go to a few spots where the images had been prepared.
        • You were all by yourself, alone.
        • You had to solve a puzzle to get back from where you went.

        Here, in the virtual worlds.

        • You can walk or fly anywhere.
        • You can bring your friends, you can chat with them.
        • You can solve puzzles if you want to, but you don't have to.
        • You may get people to join you in solving puzzles.
        • Or in making puzzles.  Or in doing all sorts of other things.  
        • Still we keep connections to the original Myst: Devokan trust
        We sat by the fire, chatting
        • OK, we talked a lot of Geek. 
        • That's because we are part Geek.
        Selfie: I am the one standing
        Our aim is to build immersive environments that all will enjoy exploring, with surprises that delight and intrigue along the way. Everyone is welcome. You do not need to have played any of the Myst games or to read reams of background information to enjoy exploring these areas. Have fun experimenting with Windlight, taking photos, making machinima, telling stories inspired by what you see. --Dot Matrix
        A linking book that will take us to Elsewhere
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        Elsewhere: we visit a cavern
        • Actually, a different day, a different group
        • A different part of Intersections
        • But you can do that in virtual worlds
        A visit by a touring group

        Hypergrid Touring groups

        • When you go with a touring group
        • You have people nearby who will help you find your way
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        Archery practice
        • Dot Matrix is the author of Intersections.
        • She invites people to visit the Vespers area  for familiar games.
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        Games with friends

        Meet with friends on Vespers (the island to the NE) to play Spades, Checkers and other board games, or simply wander through attractive surroundings. In particular, The Meeting Place on Vespers hosts a regular game of Spades every Friday from 8 pm UK time.
        The tour assembled 
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        Holiday Homes

        A few areas are set aside for Hypergrid visitors to use as a homes
        The underlying thought is that most people have their main homes or building areas in other grids (or even in Kitely), but might want a ready-made base when they come visiting Kitely friends. So in Intersections there are free "homes-from-home" -- a bit like a holiday home -- in a variety of landscapes. They furnish the home as they wish -- even bring in their own building in one case! -- Dot Matrix

        This age would be Waterland

        Other worlds by the Myst writers

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        News and Notes

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          The Hypergrid WIP Show

          The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. All builders from beginner to pro are invited.  Presentations are in voice and text.  For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  Voice presentations may be captured in video.  Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog. 

          Next WIP show 

          • Sun. Jan 24, Noon SLT
          • Cookie II location
          • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
          • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
          • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
          • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22

            Previous Articles from the WIP show 

            HG links-- depending on your interests

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