Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 MUSIC: VIDEO: OPENSIM: Dancing NPCs (Non Player Characters). And a Hypergrid warning

Dancing NPCs (Non Player Characters)
 And a Hypergrid warning
Scroll down for News and Notes (including articles about new TOS)
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The High Side of the Low Life, by TrueLie Telling
Truelie Telling is a  regular performer at The Maritime Club in Virtual Belfast
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NPC Bots

  • All the actors featured are scripted NPC ( Non Player Character ) bots
  • How to get NPC maker
  • The NPC maker in the article above will duplicate the avatar that clicks on it
  • and will animate the clone with an animation in the maker's contents.
The NPC Maker uses the function: osNpcCreate.  This function is marked as high threat and appears to have some undocumented limitations on who can use it in a particular sim.  It seems that use is limited to the sim owner and some others with high level authority in the owning group or in the sim.
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Read more for Hypergrid warning

The High Side of the Low Life, by TrueLie Telling

Truelie Telling is a  regular performer at The Maritime Club in Virtual Belfast

To go to the maritime club in Belfast:

  • Enter the address below into the address bar in Firestorm
  • hg.osgrid.org:80:Maritime Club Belfast
  • At that location. enter the address below into the address bar in Firestorm
  • hop://osgrid.kitely.com:8002/Maritime Club Belfast/15/91/33

Other links to Truelie Telling

All the actors featured are scripted NPC ( Non Player Character ) bots - but the sharp eyed might spot the director making a Hitchcock style cameo appearance. 
Our heroine gets involved with a bad dude but ultimately comes out on top in this classic folk noir tale.

Hypergrid warning

When you visit Belfast and go elsewhere, your avatar may have been modified in a way that prevent you from making another Hypergrid trip from Kitely and perhaps from some other grids.   That was my experience.  The problem is cured by relogging.  

I asked about the problem in the Kitely forum and go this information from Oren Hurvitz, Co-Founder and VP R&D, Kitely:  

This problem is caused by a bug that used to be in OpenSim. The bug was fixed on Feb 20, 2014 by justincc. Regions that are running OpenSim 0.8.0 and haven't been updated since Feb 20 will exhibit this behavior (the creation of bad items called "Failed Wearable Replacement"). 
Please contact the owners of the regions and ask them to update their OpenSim, since the release version of OpenSim 0.8.0 doesn't have this bug, and it fixes other important bugs as well, such as the "disappearing attachments" problem. 
Here are a couple of regions that have this bug:
1. Maritime Club Belfasthg.osgrid.org:80:Maritime Club BelfastOpenSim 0.8.0 Dev OSgrid 0.8.0 (Dev) 966ab21: 2014-01-24 (Win/.NET)(OpenSim Date: Jan 24, 2014)
2. Hypericahg.hyperica.com:8022OpenSim 0.8.0 Dev a8e64cd59a7a296b7cae6fc0a66255a7f566e10d r/24323 (Unix/Mono)(OpenSim Date: Feb 1, 2014)
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News and Notes

Events in the virtual worlds  

Dr. Seuss Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 8/19, 7pm SLT
This week the Short Poetry Workshop will be doing group poems featuring the writing style of Dr. Seuss. Each person will have a turn at writing a line for the group poem. So get your poetry fix as you show us your tricks Cause rhyming’s no crime at7PM SL time. Join us at the Short Poetry Library.

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      Contests and dated calls/invitations

      The Journal of Virtual Studies currently has a call for papers open.  The journal is peer reviewed and focuses on the use of virtual spaces for knowledge immersion.  Do you work or research in Second Life,  OpenSim or any other virtual platform?  Have you been engaged in research, exploration or reflection when using MMPORG’s?  Have you discovered a virtual space with knowledge immersion possibilities or have you engaged in a fascinating new way to explore the virtual through any number of immersive online applications?    
      These and many other questions are explored by the JoVS.  The Fall 2014 issue is expected to publish in September.  For details, see here: Journal of Virtual Studies 
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      The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilisation or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
      Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winner will be announced in December 2014.   First entries 

      Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds. 

      Education

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      Video-Machinima in virtual worlds
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