Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 STAGE: PEOPLE: Planning for a stage presentation with heavy avatar load

Planning for a stage presentation with heavy avatar load
In preparing for a stage presentation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona Ada Radius of the Avatar Repertory Theater worked with Ilan Tochner, CEO of Kitely, to prepare the virtual space for handling a maximum number of avatars.  Here are the recommendations they developed.   
A scene from 
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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  • (More after the break, scroll down!)
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Metaverse events, current and upcoming

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Building the theater and set

  • The world itself should be optimized mesh. No moving parts - waving flags, spinning objects, etc.  
  • Kayaker Magic can tell you how to have moving things that put no load on the server because all the action is on the client machine. 
  • Make every surface phantom unless it must be solid.
  • Walking surfaces can often be phantom if they are on the ground.
  • Chairs can be phantom if the have sit scripts.
  • Phantoms are good for your virtual world.
  • Keep the number of textures to a minimum by reusing the same textures.
  • Same means having the same uuid.
  • Check all scripts and get rid of any you don't need.

Put the theater on its own world for the show

  • Probably the Kitely Premium plan is the best option for this arrangement.
  • But that is not currently available.
  • You can create a Kitely advanced world and be charged only for the remainder of the month. 
  • If everything is yours or exportable, you can make an OAR for reuse later.  

Have people arrive at lobby on a separate sim

  • The lobby should have all the textures used in the theater.
  • Be sure to use the same (same uuid) textures in both places.
  • Keep the people in the lobby till all the textures have rezzed for them.
  • You can encourage a wait by dressing the lobby in things to see and read.
  • That could be posters, notecards, web senders, and co-promotion materials.
  • Co-promotion: promotion of similar events to an interested audience.   
  • Appropriate experts could be in the lobby to chat with guests and answer questions. 
  • An actor in costume and in character could be especially effective.
  • Guests could pose with the actor for pictures--an NPC would serve for this.
  • Use a single walkin TP for transport to the theater.  
  • Consider using a delay to make sure that arrivals are well spaced.
  • The walkin TP could vanish for 10 seconds before becoming available again.  
  • Enclose the lobby and limit contents to items needed for the show.
  • Have a house manager at the theater to be sure people get seated promptly.
  • House manager should have power to eject people from the world

Monitor the statistics panel when people are coming

  • In Kitely the statistics panel appears on the world page (web) when the world is active.
  • Watch CPU usage when people come into the world.
  • If it crosses 80%, stop sending people until CPU usage goes down
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News and Notes

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    New organization for growing the metaverse

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    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. 
    • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, promotion, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
    • Selby will be doing test video capture of presentations in voice.  These may be posted on YouTube.
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    • 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 and elsewhere.

    Next WIP show

    • Next WIP show: Sun. Feb. 26, Noon SLT 
    • Cokie II Location: (fourth Sunday of the month)

    • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • 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

    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • 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

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