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Cover Image - 120 Evolution Region, Penta World

​Cover Image - The 120 Evolution - See This Story Inside A forest and garden scene in Penta World, we see an organic flavor reflected in a dodecahedron assembly of “lifeforms”. Trees, flowers, and other organisms are called to mind in a colorful tableau of exotic shapes and patterns.


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Hello and Welcome to HGZ Magazine,   “A journey is best measured in friends,  rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill    Have you ever seen your Home Grid through  the eyes of a HyperGridder? It’s easy to  get in a rut, but the truth is every place in  the Metaverse has something of interest.  You’ll always hear about the negative before  you hear about the positive. Because people  love to complain! Don’t listen to them, and  go see for yourself !    Best Regards,  The HyperGrid Zone Team   

Page 6: Terry Ford: How a User or Grid Becomes Banned from DigiWorldz Page 10: Exclusively, Emmalena Demour Page 14: BRO Geneband Disovers DigiWorldz Page 20: KaiShun Oleander: Penta World, The 120 Evolution Page 26: The Hypergrid Traveler: Seanchai Library in Kitely Page 32: Whatever?? Page 38: It’s a Small (Virtual) World Page 43: Exclusively, Emmalena Damour - Part 2

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Meet Our Team Orb Emerald: Publishing Director/Columnist - Orb has been in virtual worlds since 1995 and says, “If you work hard and stay busy you’ll learn something new every day. I love that reality.” As a member of DigiWorldz she strives to support the program from within the community and help it to thrive and grow.

Ricky Maya: Publishing Editor/Columnist - “ I bring my knowledge as a writer of the technical and scientific aspects of my training and work experience to Virtual Reality. With my respect for the fine arts, I am finding the virtual world a rich place to release my artistic side, and to aid all who may come here in that same endeavor.” Contessa Lacombe: HyperGrid Traveler/Columnist Contessa has been traveling in VR since 2009, and now calls DigiWorldz home. “I began my VR journey while helping build a university sim in SL and quickly realized what a fantastic outlet VR can be for learning and creativity.” Tessa has had several business ventures in VR, including Metaphysical Mercantile, Elemental Jewelry, & is currently a co-owner of Guild. She is the owner of Brigantia, a medieval/fantasy roleplay estate in DigiWorldz. Martin Glom: Staff Photographer - “Being an avid resident of virtual worlds, I have met a lot of friends and am proud to call myself an OpenSim Traveler. Starting off in Second Life in 2008, I have joined many grids and have active avatars on several. I work closely with RFL and many other fundraising teams. I'm also a virtual DJ, Photographer, Modeling Agency owner and now the HyperGrid Zone Magazine Photographer.


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Sibbie Becker: Writer/Columnist - “I started in SL in 2007 and found Digi, where things are more laid back and enjoyable. I have dabbled in just about all that these worlds can offer. You can find me dancing or hyper-gridding to find things to add to my growing inventory. I am a total nut that is up for just about anything. So if you see me don't be afraid to say 'Hi’. We’re looking for another writer. There is a vast array of subjects to cover in OpenSim and as many different ways to write about them. If you want to be part of a team that is a creative and productive force in the virtual metaverse join us and help show the world what we’re about. This is a paid position. We write 300-1500 word articles… so whatever time you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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T. Ford: How a User or Grid Becomes Banned from DigiWorldz

How a User or Grid Becomes Banned from DigiWorldz Recently, I was able to catch Terry Ford/Butch Arnold at a lull in his daily activities long enough to hear his thoughts and have him explain the subject of banned Users and banned Grids. Many in DigiWorldz are unclear of the rationale behind and subsequent steps taken to institute such bans, so we at Hypergrid Zone Magazine felt the subject would warrant some space here to bring this to our readers. ​-Ricky Maya

Terry Ford​: First, We don't take the "banning" of a User or Grid lightly. ● While many grids are quick to ban a user or grid due to disagreements, we don't take this act lightly as we know it can affect many users. ● If we ban a specific user, more often than not, this user has several friends on our grid which will miss the company of the banned user. ● If we decide to ban an entire grid, then many more users are affected and thus the reason we don't take the decision lightly.


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T. Ford: How a User or Grid Becomes Banned from DigiWorldz

How a User or Grid Becomes Banned from DigiWorldz Recently, I was able to catch Terry Ford/Butch Arnold at a lull in his daily activities long enough to hear his thoughts and have him explain the subject of banned Users and banned Grids. Many in DigiWorldz are unclear of the rationale behind and subsequent steps taken to institute such bans, so we at Hypergrid Zone Magazine felt the subject would warrant some space here to bring this to our readers. ​-Ricky Maya

Terry Ford​: First, We don't take the "banning" of a User or Grid lightly. ● While many grids are quick to ban a user or grid due to disagreements, we don't take this act lightly as we know it can affect many users. ● If we ban a specific user, more often than not, this user has several friends on our grid which will miss the company of the banned user. ● If we decide to ban an entire grid, then many more users are affected and thus the reason we don't take the decision lightly.


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How a User or Grid Becomes Banned from DigiWorldz cont...

Sometimes a user will arrive with the purpose of trying to "Steal" users, by promoting another grid, bashing DigiWorldz, etc. If we encounter this, we'll ask the user to stop, if they don't, we'll ban them. These are some common examples of how a user might become banned from DigiWorldz, there are other possible, but less common scenarios, and we deal with them in similar ways. More often than not, a user is provided the chance to stop their bad behavior and are warned if they continue, or if they refuse to stop, they will be banned. In most cases, after being warned a user will stop the bad behavior and in some cases becomes a respected member of DigiWorldz. Banning grids is often done if we have many instances of users from that grid coming to DigiWorldz to steal content, start trouble, or continuously show up to "Snipe", or steal users. If any of these scenarios happen, we'll try to contact the grid owners or staff and try to resolve the issue with them, but in some cases we can't get hold of them, or they refuse to do anything about the bad behavior coming from their users. In this case, the entire grid will be banned. In some cases we will remove a ban on a grid if contacted by a grid owner and they agree

to work on any issues we might have from their users While we appreciate visitors from other grids coming to DigiWorldz to support our events, visit with friends, or to simply explore, we won't tolerate bad behavior and we feel we owe it to our users to help to protect them from these types of users so they can continue to enjoy his/her time inside DigiWorldz. We have been open to the public since March of 2015, and in that time we have banned just a total of 37 individual users, and 11 grids, not bad considering the amount of time we've been here. -----List of Banned Grids----(restricted travel from DigiWorldz or for DigiWorldz resident avatars): http://gridfoundation.ddns.net:8002 http://breath-grid.info:8002, http://world.ascensiongrid.com:8002, http://real-3d.zapto.org:8002, http://sacrarium24.ru:8002, http://login.virtuallifebrasil.com.br:8002, http://mundo.virtualbrasil3d.com.br:8002 http://lostworld-os.com:8002, http://jand.dyndns.biz:7002, http://rippersmetaverse.com:9000 http://grid.alifevirtual.com:8002


7 One sure way for a user to get banned inside DigiWorldz is to be caught stealing something. The practice of Copybotting is not tolerated at all inside DigiWorldz. If we suspect a user has been copybotting, no matter if they are doing it inside DigiWorldz, or another grid, we will investigate and if we find substantial proof this user is participating in copybotting, they will be banned immediately, without warning and the decision will never be reversed. Sometimes we get many complaints about a particular user causing issues for another, or several other users. Sometimes the complaints are about a HyperGrid visitor, while other times it may be a local user. In a situation such as this, we enter the issue with an open mind, meaning, we realize there are always multiple sides to every story and we are interested in hearing both sides, always, so that we can try to solve any issue, and normally this works pretty well. I've found, if given a chance to explain themselves, we'll often uncover underlying circumstances which may have been predicated by his/her behavior and through talking with the person, we can often find a way to settle the issue resulting in no further

Issues. We have a strict policy of not tolerating harassment by another user, but we always first try to "Broker" peace between feuding individuals as this seems to be fair and right thing to do. More times than not we have been successful with this approach. In the event we try to broker peace and we fail, we then ask each party to send the other party a "Formal" message indicating they wish no further contact from the other and if contacted, they will forward it to our staff. In this case, we make sure both parties are aware the other party has indicated they want no further contact from them and and further contact will be "Looked" upon by staff as them harassing the other user. If it happens once, the harassing party gets a final warning indicating any further contact from them to the other party will result in a ban, and if it happens again, we ban them. Sometimes we have issues with users from other grids coming into DigiWorldz starting "Public" issues, such as attending events for the sole purpose of disrupting them, running around publically spouting foul language, run exposing themselves, etc. If this happens, they will be asked to stop, or leave, if they don't, they will be banned.


9 So, there you have it, folks, straight from the owner. Whether in total agreement or not, at least you have heard the rationale, and can see this is not an arbitrary act of an uncaring grid operator. Hopefully, you can come away from this feeling a bit more secure and understanding of a complex subject that bears careful analysis. (Thank you, Terry, for sharing this with us.) ​-Ricky Maya ------------------------------------------------------Be thankful for what you have; appreciate those things and you’ll end up having more. If you’re always focusing on what you haven’t got, you will never, ever have enough.


11 “Time went by, I chatted a lot in chat rooms back in the day when Aol had them! I also got a Facebook account and played a lot of games. As time went on my brother kept telling me I should get into Second Life and at least check it out. I kept putting him off. Finally one Labor Day Weekend in 2010 I said Ok let’s check it out!

was hooked on Second Life.

“I told him I wanted to bring some of my artwork into the grid. Then I had a purpose, so I found a storefront and brought some artwork in. 3 weeks into my virtual life I had a store with art in it and I was selling my artwork. I was definitely hooked. The man that I rented the storefront from couldn't believe how “So my virtual life Rez day is September fast I was bringing traffic to the new mall. 4th, 2010. Over the phone he walked me So he asked me to manage his club through getting an account, installing the which was opening on the region. I did viewer and getting into Second Life. I told that, and did very well as I had it set up him I would try it out for a few weeks and for 12 hours a day with back to back see if I liked it. I just logged in for a short music. Talk about a crash course in time the first 2 days. Then on Labor Day a networking! Sadly, he got sick and had to friend of his whom had been on SL for a let his regions go, so I had to move my while came and asked if she could show gallery. me how to shop. She, Angelique Fairywren (I think that was her last name) “They say when one door closes another and her alt, Uschi Darkrose (God Bless opens… that’s when I met Jonatar, a her soul) and her Friend who had been on musician/singer who had asked me to SL since the first, showed me how to manage his music business. I was shop, how to get around and do some of managing him, getting him a lot of gigs, the basic things. and his friend Bo asked if I could also manage him too. No time for myself to “Then Angelique took me out to some create with managing 2 singers and clubs that night so I could meet some keeping them in work. I was ready to people. I met a man that happened to be throw the towel in. an educator. He took me to some of the more beautiful places in Second Life. He “I quit them both to devote my time to taught me how to make a cube and a creating. So with some ups and downs cylinder and such things. 8 hours later I over the next 18 months I continued my


12 Exclusively, Emmalena Damour - Part 1 cont... virtual life. While starting to make my own clothing I gave a few pieces to some friends who told me that I needed to sell clothing. That’s when I began my clothing business! I also made signs for people that were starting stores (created their logos. etc.) and made custom animated tip boards for musicians then started a hunt organization, Summer Sunrise and Sunset Hunts, that went well.

virtual life. ​ My friend followed me over ​here from SL and she won 2 6x6 regions at the digiworldz birthday party in Feb. 2017.

“I opened and art gallery there and set up a store in a mall for her. I learned a lot in that first year and I continue to learn something new almost every day. I used to go back to SL and make something in prim then I’d take it to the mesh generator and make it into mesh. Now I can build “In 2012 I owned a sim, had an art gallery, things in Blender. Some of my newer a clothing store and some rental stores. mesh items are now done in Blender and I had a friend that liked to visit the brought directly into DigiWorldz.” opensim grids and she took me to Tanglegrid. It was there that I opened my first opensim related account, did a few things, but there were only a few people that I ever saw. She took me to Metropolis where I also had opened an account. I never stayed in any of those places she took me to. I stayed in SL most of the time. “I started a subscription box. After a few months one of the people that I contacted to become a sponsor invited me to come here to Digiworldz and open a store. For Several Months I said no to Kash Kouture. Then one day I finally said yes. So on 02/20/2017 I opened an account and came to Virtual Mecca. It was one of the wisest decisions I have made in my

~Emmalena Damour Designs~ Enchanted Dreamsart See Part 2 - Page 43


Review: The Hellmouth Halloween Bash 13

Halloween Costume Contest Winners (left to right) 1st Place Angelic Kisses, 2nd Place Sailor Vasiliev, 3rd Place Minxx LeJune

Thank You everyone for all your hard work on the Isle of Nightmares Hellmouth Halloween Bash! Morticia your region is so well done and we are inspired by your creativity! Trynatie you made that party rock with your music, we had a blast! There were so many interesting, albeit freakish costumes being worn that night, ones we’ve never seen before. People are so clever and we’re astonished at the level of quality of all those costumes! We’re looking forward to many years of Hellish Halloween Parties on your region Morticia! Thanks Again, The HGZ Magazine Team Morticia Soulless: Isle Of Nightmares, Hellmouth Halloween Bash, October 2019 www.digiworldz.com


14 BRO Geneband Discovers DigiWorldz during that time. When digital imaging was evolving I played a large role in testing, implementation and processing of images without the use of chemicals. These images included those from investigations, records, medical, scientific, classified and unclassified, to name a few.” BRO is not your typical new resident, he has been a long time friend of mine (since 2001) in virtual and RL. He’s got a diverse set of interests including woodworking, gardening, flying his drone which he uses to take videos of the area We met up with BRO Geneband while he where he lives, and playing in virtual was exploring Eclectique in Kea. He’s a worlds. Often he’ll come up with fantastic new resident in DigiWorldz with whom we ideas or mention random thoughts that go had an extensive chat. He told us about something like this: "It’s likely the phone how he came to Digi recently after a long you own now has more memory than the virtual journey. It’s an interesting story computers related to the spacecraft that that we thought we’d share with you all. took us to the moon. This is how fast we have advanced over the last fifty years." He opens on a personal note, "I’m 70 So I fact checked to see what I could years old, and am interested in just about learn, and to my surprise, here’s the every aspect of life. I have held many answer from Google; Phone memory and types of jobs during my lifetime where processing: To put it into more concrete every job has helped me learn more terms, the latest phones typically have about this world that we live in. I've been 4GB of RAM. That is 34,359,738,368 bits. involved with electronic arts and This is more than one million (1,048,576 communications for the last 50 years and to be exact) times more memory than the have worked for the Department Of Apollo computer had in RAM. The iPhone Defense 25 years where I was a also has up to 512GB of ROM memory. supervisor and busy with photography That is 4,398,046,511,104 bits, which is


15 seven million times more than that of the guidance computer. (Jul 2, 2019) https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/ 2019/07/02/your_mobile_phone_vs_apoll o_1 1s_guidance_computer_111026.html BRO expresses his interests in many other areas, here’s more about that… "Some of my hobbies are building guitars (in real life), working with and building radios and collecting artifacts such as arrowheads and ancient tools. My paradoxical life is simple yet complex at the same time. I believe that life can simply be defined as ‘getting from here to there’ or where the impossible defines the essence of the meaning in which I seek. I’m retired from getting paid to do that but I will continue seeking nevertheless."


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He then tells us about some of his early experiences in communications... "I’ve used computers long before the internet. My first use of wire and air to send information aside from the telephone was Ham radio back in the late 60s using handmade radios. These early times were full of wonder for me. Then the first time I passed information in the form of text from one place to another with a computer would have been in the 70’s using a process called Telnet. This text only format required the knowledge of a language far different from the Web we use today. Universities and the Government were its main users. Almost all connections had cost a lot of money and were slow, I mean cook a roast slow. It required hours of typing just to move a sprite a few inches. Storage on tape often failed to save or load into memory.” ...and then about the communities that he’s been involved in… "I would say around 1978 is when I first became interested in communities and/or virtual worlds. The first I became interested in was through the United Methodist Church Outreach to Aid Victims using an 800 toll free number, it was one of the first data communities. It was also time limited but offered a new way to

exchange ideas and hope. I would say it was the first time I had seen people making a world to offer help on a one to one level online. It was there that I first saw the beautiful things and unfortunately the horrors of people trying to work together for a better world. This was before the Web came along. Funding and certain issues within the church brought an end to this world if I remember right."

-More of BRO’s Handywork-


17 As a curious person turned pc geek, BRO has had years upon years of experience with computers. I remember when we were back in Activeworlds (the first virtual world that I encountered back in the 90’s) and he showed me this game that was played in text (only) called Zork. I then later built a scene in his city, Postland, about Zork. It seems like ages ago BRO! *now the tune ‘Memories’ starts playing over and over in mind* See what you started BRO? Next he explains more about those early discoveries online... "I will not bore you with a list of all the text adventures and other games I've used. I even made a few up myself using a 386 processor and cassette tape. But, the bottom line about the 60s & 70s was how slow everything was. If I remember the first non gaming world I found was Active Worlds in the 90's. It was filled with avatars, most were real people but some were bots (you know them in DigiWorldz as NPCs). You could exchange knowledge and ideas. Yes, it locked up and was slow and had lots of bugs but for the most part it worked and you could build with objects. There were cities and farms but most of all there were real people who were excited about art.

Like in real life there were good people and a few bad. You worked with others or alone and this is where visions had become reality. You could make movies, play songs, tell your deepest fears and share creative times. I was in Active Worlds many years but due to real life issues and slowly declining numbers of users I moved on. Time is such a determining factor in my real life." We’ve been friends for years, we have stayed connected through emails and Facebook, and will be friends until the curtain falls. BRO is a really interesting person to know and I’m so happy that we met in Activeworlds. That is where I first learned to build. Although it’s a completely different type of program than we have in OpenSim, a bit obsolete maybe, and different than any closed grid too, so there was a bit of a learning curve getting use to the new building system we find here in Digi. BRO gave me the name ORB years ago, as I had been using my RL name online and he thought that wasn’t wise, and so I have been Orb ever since. Back in AW we were BRO & ORB. He said, "ORB and I have built many things in Active Worlds and without her help I doubt if I would have built so much. I created artwork, cities, a military post, farms, birthday sites, animations, teleport


18 More from BRO centers , a newspaper and music. I have recently checked out DigiWorldz to see what my long-time friend & past partner was doing and to see what's new in virtual reality. My first time coming to DigiWorld was not easy and without the help of Orb and Ricky I think I might have given up. It was about getting a setting set right. I have a very old and complex computer so it required some changing of the settings. I don’t think most people would have any trouble but even if you do don’t give up because you will be surprised at how good DigiWorldz works. Although the system is different from what we were used to in Active Worlds, it's similar to Second Life, and if you have had experience with either one of those programs it will help in DigiWorldz. Like all software the support team makes it happen or doesn’t. DigiWorldz has the best help staff around." https://www.activeworlds.com

Activeworlds avatars are a bit obsolete, but the program has quite a history (since 1995) and offers free Public Land.

BRO’s Dog Raven, and the Neighborhood Racoons Feeding at Night. As we all know, time takes its toll: "I tell people we are the sum of what we see and hear. Some people who have shaped my mind for better or worse are the writers and singers of the real world. Sadly, many have passed on, but because we can record their words and voices and continue to see and hear their creations we live in a time of greatness. When I fear to speak I think of Lenny Bruce and how he suffered for the right to speak. I think of all the singers and songwriters who help us to know we are not alone in our thoughts. The list is long and changing but to mention a few, John Kay, Tony Carey, James McMurtry, Harry Chapin and many, many more."


18 More from BRO centers , a newspaper and music. I have recently checked out DigiWorldz to see what my long-time friend & past partner was doing and to see what's new in virtual reality. My first time coming to DigiWorld was not easy and without the help of Orb and Ricky I think I might have given up. It was about getting a setting set right. I have a very old and complex computer so it required some changing of the settings. I don’t think most people would have any trouble but even if you do don’t give up because you will be surprised at how good DigiWorldz works. Although the system is different from what we were used to in Active Worlds, it's similar to Second Life, and if you have had experience with either one of those programs it will help in DigiWorldz. Like all software the support team makes it happen or doesn’t. DigiWorldz has the best help staff around." https://www.activeworlds.com

Activeworlds avatars are a bit obsolete, but the program has quite a history (since 1995) and offers free Public Land.

BRO’s Dog Raven, and the Neighborhood Racoons Feeding at Night. As we all know, time takes its toll: "I tell people we are the sum of what we see and hear. Some people who have shaped my mind for better or worse are the writers and singers of the real world. Sadly, many have passed on, but because we can record their words and voices and continue to see and hear their creations we live in a time of greatness. When I fear to speak I think of Lenny Bruce and how he suffered for the right to speak. I think of all the singers and songwriters who help us to know we are not alone in our thoughts. The list is long and changing but to mention a few, John Kay, Tony Carey, James McMurtry, Harry Chapin and many, many more."


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KaiShun Oleander: Penta World, The 120 Revolution

Imagine a simulation of Real Life (RL) where basic “elements” of a localised environment were assembled and arranged by a “Dna”” pattern. These elements, as patterned by the Dna framework, would assume the attributes

one might define as “Life”. Each would be built from these basic elements, and form a patterned “Life Form”, or organism, with a duration of expected “Lifespan”


21 After existing for this lifespan, the organism would “Expire” and revert to an assemblage of initial components, or go into “Decay”. Such models, or “Simulations” have, for years, been proposed and implemented as computer code at many levels by programmers, biologists, mathematicians, chemists, and many other researchers interested in mimicking the world around us. In my estimation, Kaishun Oleander has added a personal flavor to this type of experiment that takes it to an artistic level that is visually stimulating and unique. The elements are variations on a basic geometric shape: the dodecahedron (defined as ​any polyhedron with twelve flat faces.   

The most familiar dodecahedron is the regular dodecahedron) KaiShun’s  assortment of regular and irregular  dodecahedrons are the basic “elements”  that are assembled by his “Dna” script, to  form “Lifeform” objects of assorted  shapes and forms. Some resemble trees,  or flowers, or other organic styled  assemblages. Others resemble more or  less complex forms … including a  pentagonal component assembled  “Human” shaped avatar. KaiShun  introduces new Dna scripts to pattern  each new lifeform, and when all is  operating correctly, simulates the  dynamic variation one might find in RL.  The use of color variations adds even  another level to the beauty and elegance  in this simulation. 


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I find it quite striking. that fill and stack closely in and on the (editor’s note: Some very interesting  Models. YouTube videos of 3D projections of 4D  ---------------ADVERTISEMENT--------------Hyper-dodecahedrons can be found as  follows:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload= 9&v=1ZVNIZGw4X0  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFX RRW9goTs  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV5w FYldWUo​ ) This is some of the idea behind Kaishun’s use of dodecahedrons, as the projection from 4D to 3D displays the irregular, flattened “tiles” that are used in the models, along with the progressively increasing, more regular dodecahedrons


23 I was able to get some personal history from KaiShun, and on some of the talents and skills used to make the work we see, evident. Starting in a few other virtual worlds previously, KaiShun began in Second Life (SL) around 2009, or so. From previous knowledge and background in Computer Science, Mathematics, 3D modeling, Photoshop, and starting to prim build in SL, KaiShun moved on to InWorlds (IW) around 2014, also adding Blender to the mix about that time. Moving to OpenSim (OS) around 2015, KaiShun has spent time in Zandrama, Metropolis, DigiWorldz, and now Zetaworlds, while working in Sinespace as an outside realm. While using Substance Designer as a texture creation tool since 2018, Digital Oceans

as a cloud provider, and utilizing iPad Apps such as ProCreate, Concepts, and Gaze for graphics and drawings, KaiShun has developed several new projects, including Grid Out of the Box, while also expressing an interest in self configuring and self healing grids. Recently, and as a current long term project founded by personal interest in Historical Builds and Installation Art, KaiShun is building a semi-scale VR version of San Gimignano, a quaint and beautiful Italian town located in the Tuscany region. While still maintaining SL social contacts, KaiShun noted that OpenSim is an inexpensive form of building and creating simulations, and this was behind the choice for Zetaworlds as


24 “...KaiShun plans to stay working…” a drama free home that encompasses a supporting and flexible staff. While indicating the observation that there is a tendency for OpenSim technology to become dated and the developer community to struggle at making significant steps for progress and advancement, KaiShun plans to stay working at the San Gimignano project.

Still maintaining a RL job that requires time, KaiShun expressed an open attitude towards new projects that might generate personal interest, here in Virtual Reality. I’m seriously hoping KaiShun’s drive and inventive nature will inspire others to approach VR as a broad artistic palate, open to many interpretations and approaches.

-​Ricky Maya

To travel by Hypergrid to Zetaworld, enter the following into the World Map and select “Find”: hg.zetaworlds.com:80:Welcome Then select “Teleport”. You will arrive at the Zetaworld Welcome area. Then enter into the map: Penta World (128, 128, 23)


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The Hypergrid Traveler:​

Seanchai Library in Kitely standing in a circle of portals. I contacted Shandon Loring, who is responsible for the Kitely/OpenSim branch of Seanchai, which was opened in 2014, and he explained the Library’s organization and mission. “Our main Landing Zone at the Seanchai Homeworld does indeed have many teleporters. With the exception of the gates going to the Kitely Welcome Center and the New Media Arts Cookie II world, all of the teleporters go to Seanchai venues and properties.

On a recent excursion to Kitely, I chanced upon the Seanchai Library. If that name sounds familiar it may be because the original Library was founded by Derry McMahon at SL in 2008. It was first called the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center, but changed location and name in 2010. McMahon, who is a librarian in RL, realized that a virtual library would need to be something non-traditional in order to reach avatars, who tend to be searching for a social experience. You would expect that upon arrival at a library you’d find yourself surrounded by shelves of books, right? But, not at Seanchai. This is a virtual library, so instead of shelving you will find yourself

“The large gates generally go to other Seanchai ‘worlds’, such as Celticworld, Swampworld, Westworld, Spaceworld, and Christmas Island. The smaller teleport panels (on the wall at the top of


27 the steps) go to themed venues on the Seanchai 4x4 homeworld, such as Desert Sands, Undersea Fantasy, Medievalworld, Port Royal, Rivers of America, and many, many more. These are used as storytelling settings, but we have many ‘just for fun’ areas, such as a huge dance floor and an ‘80’s themed Starcade Video Arcade with an impressive collection of video games. “ All of our venues and locations are available for folks to roam, hold parties, roleplay, or explore creative endeavors.” Shandon said that Seanchai (pronounced Shawn-a-kee) means ‘storyteller’ in Irish, and that the Library celebrates the Celtic tradition of stories told around the hearth or in the pub to friends, family, and welcomed strangers. Seanchai Libraries bring stories of all kinds to life, in Virtual Worlds. Immersive storytelling is a cornerstone of this mission, hence our many themed settings and story genres.” The Seanchai Library is a “library out loud”, a virtual take on the traditional library.

“Each of our storytellers has had a different journey and brings different loves of literature to our world. Presentations may be drawn from short stories, full length novels, science fiction & high fantasy, philosophy, traditions, classics, drama, fiction, non-fiction, romance, theatre, ghosts & haunts, and on and on! We have several talented folks who are authors, in addition to being fine storytellers, who often present their original works.” Caledonia Skytower, who operates the SL Library branch, is one “The Library has a staff of Storytellers and such author and storyteller. Friends who provide readings from For a complete staff listing: numerous genres. “Our golden rule, as such,” Shandon told me, “is to read what http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/p/staff-a you love.” nd-storytellers.html


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So, how did Shandon become a storyteller? “For me, I’ve always enjoyed reading stories out loud…to children, adults, dogs, toads, trees, whoever. Celtic Irish blood I suppose. On St. Patrick’s Day in 2008, I was visiting the West Of Ireland sim in SL, and DaisyBlue Hefferman, a librarian and storyteller in RL, was presenting stories in voice, and I was hooked. I asked Derry if they would like me to present stories at the Library, she said yes and the rest is history! I have been telling stories in SL and OpenSim ever since. I’ve also had the opportunity to become a narrator for several audiobooks. My personal mission, beyond the fun of sharing stories with people, is to help preserve cultural history by telling the old stories, and to

help promote literacy.” I attended one of Shandon’s enjoyable storytelling events at the Kitely branch, on October 3, a reading from The Bride of Frankenstein. The event was presented, appropriately, in the dungeon of Castle de Cornauille, which had been convincingly set up to look like Frankenstein’s laboratory, and the storyteller was in costume. The performance was heard by the audience at Kitely, but was also shared with listeners at the SL Library branch through a live video feed and live text chat link. Not only could you listen to the story being told, but via http://www.storylinkradio.com/p/hyp.html​, you could also read along. (FYI: Story link radio offers podcasts of many of the


29 stories as well.) The Kitely branch represents a huge opportunity for the Seanchai Library to reach more people. Shandon explained, “At present The Library in SL provides 10 to 12 hours of programming each week. At present, the Kitely Library offers one committed weekly event, plus other special presentations. We would like very much to increase the number of presentations in Kitely/OpenSim. As the OpenSim audience grows, we will be able to expand our offerings, providing events on more days and time slots.” Shandon told me that one of the advantages in Kitely is that they have much more room and prims with which to expand their projects. “Many locations in our Kitely estate are designed with educational opportunities in mind. Celticworld is one such showcase and includes numerous authentic Celtic features, such as a scale recreation of the Newgrange passage tomb in Ireland. We also have a tribute to the Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing Falling Water home, Port Royal where we stream pirate stories. There are plans for additional themed streams, including self-guided tours of Falling Water, western stories at Westworld, scifi at Spaceworld, and so forth. All of these will be available 24/7

and free of charge.” The Kitely branch is also home to the EXPLORE program, which promotes virtual worlds as platforms with which RL institutions may develop learning tools and opportunities that correspond with their RL programs.

Shannon commented, “Audience is the lifeblood of what we do. We strive to gain audience and welcome suggestions for outreach, promotional opportunities, etc. Programming is always offered free of charge, though donations and ‘tips’ are welcome to help us keep the pixels lit!” The Library welcomes visitors from all OpenSim grids. So, hop on over to Seanchai, explore, and stick around to hear a great story.


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“The Library welcomes visitors from all OpenSim grids.”

regions that are not in use, so you may find yourself at a Transfer Station. Be patient. Once the region is started, you will be teleported.) Happy HG Traveling! ~Contessa Lacombe  ---------------------------------------------- 

Be sure to join the Seanchai group to get notices about events. You can also check the event calendar online at: http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/2014/02 /calendar.html To get to the Seanchai Library in Kitely: hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/149/1 28/28 If you have any difficulties, try teleporting to the Kitely Welcome Center first: http://grid.kitely.com:8002 Once you reach Kitely, open the world map and type Seanchai in the search window. (Note: The Kitely grid closes

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Core production Agency, is on hand to make your dream show become a reality. Our shows are fully organized by us. We know designers can become busy with many events and various new releases so we take the pressure from you. We will organize the whole show, either on your sim or on our own sponsored sim. We will handle all model casting, descriptions, speech and LIVE MC to announce the whole show! So all of the attention will be on your designs and not reading chat. We will organize all promotions of your show, advertisements, invites. We will choreograph all walks, outfits and finale, so all you have to do is enjoy the show! We are also a ‘learn as you go’ agency. This means that we hire inexperienced models and train them to be models for FREE. We show you how to ​walk the walk​, how to ​talk the talk​, how to ​style​, photography basics​, ​poses​, ​timing​ and so much more. All this for FREE.. that’s right 100% FREE. So if you’re interested in joining the ​Fashion World​ and want to learn to become a model why not come to us and let us give you the right step. More information can be acquired from me, ​Martin Glom. ​Please feel free to contact me at any time. Thanks for reading and we look forward to working with you.


32 “Whatever??”

Crazy name, but a great place! As I ran by Jerry and Star Mizser, who had met each other 9 years ago in SL, they told me that they had moved to Inworldz to leave the SL drama behind until IW finally closed in 2018, but now they make Digi their home. When asking Jerry and Star why they do it, Jerry stated “I wanted a place where people can come ride the tracks, shop or have fun in our clubs”. Star added “The stores I put out have free things for everyone and having been new once myself I know how hard it can be to find things.” They have an Adult sim so a heads up for that, although I haven’t seen any naked

people running around in as many times that I have been there. They just ask you to respect the privacy of their renters. The mall you will find there “StarShine” not only has free items but vendors like Frameworks, Perrys Builds, Animation Nation, La Belle, Skye Design and more. She rents the stores out for free with a 50 prim limit. Some of the vendors there do charge for their products, so make sure before you click to buy. If you need some pictures taken they have a photo stand that is free for anyone to use and there are alot of backgrounds and poses. I have to admit to spending over an hour taking pictures.


33 Whatever, Starshine (85, 20, 22) Main Mall Landing

Trynatie Mason creates framed art. You can find ‘something for everyone’ in her shop. Beautiful Art by Trynatie.

While Perry builds houses docks and other things. He says, “I build with prims and it’s cool once you learn what you can do with them.” Merchants: Tryantie and Perry Mason


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“Skyboxes - For Rent”

They also offer free homes, furnished or unfurnished, with different prim limits. That to me is a great thing. You can land at the mall landing zone and click the “For Rent” sign for more information on either a shop rental or a skybox. Just contact either Star or Jerry to get set up. Star stated that there are unfurnished units, or with a furnished unit she can take out any furniture you don’t like so you can put yours there.


35 Besides a mall, they have race tracks. I am not really sure how long it takes to ride all of them, but the bumper cars are a favorite of mine. If you don’t have your own car or bike you don’t have to worry because car rezzers are there so you can enjoy all the tracks. I was on the long one that went up into the sky and never did find the end of it. Yet it was not only fun but very relaxing. Whatever, Starshine2 (90, 30, 22) Bumper Cars


36 Join Us @ Club Whatever There are 2 clubs on the land right now and the land gets its name from Club “Whatever”. It is an open club for anyone to come and use. Jerry DJ’s from time to time there and they have one other set on Wednesdays for right now. Jerry said they were looking for more DJ’s. When I asked how the club got its name, Jerry told me “We were thinking of a name and couldn’t think of anything catchy at the time, and when I asked Star she mentioned ‘Whatever’ as more of a joke but the name stuck.” Both clubs are available for any event, whether to have a party and try out your DJ skills, or to host receptions and they are free to use. Whatever, Starshine (464, 454, 25) - Club


37 They also decorate as much as they can for holidays, and their haunted house will be up until mid November. The fall decor will be up until the “snow flies” Star says. Most of the decor items around the sim are free, although some are for sale for a small amount. When I asked Star why she has them for free she answered “We come here to get away and forget the real world, and I know what it is like not having money to get anything. I also try to put new things out when I can. Real Life keeps me from getting things ready to put on the land.”

Both being laid back, Star mentioned “Jerry and I enjoy just kicking back and getting into all that Virtual Worlds have to offer. The Real World can be too hectic and I enjoy coming in, even for a short while, to feed the animals because it helps to calm me down.” They have some of the Satyr Farm things on the land which Star tries to keep up with. But she told me “with the holidays coming up there may be some wilted fields”. So from dancing, exploring, racing, shopping to even a place to live, it seems that “Whatever” lives up to that name and has “Whatever” you are looking for. ​- Sibbie Becker


38 It’s a Small (Virtual) World

Initially OpenSim did not attract me. The virtual corner that I felt secure in was InWorldz where it was warm and cozy and although I did venture out and test the waters of foreign grids, OpenSim just did not seem to have much appeal. The main thing that really turned me off about it was the fact that walking up the stairs in OpenSim was awkward and rather difficult. But in the scheme of things, when I was finally forced to make my move, I found the savings that I got from the cost of regions here far outweighed that silly little issue. Compare the high price you would pay in Second Life for a single region to the expense of one in OpenSim. The difference is a savings of hundreds of dollars just for that single region. Conclusively, I think that simply

putting a transparent prim ramp over the stairs is a price I do not mind paying. Anyone can purchase a region in OpenSim but what about renting a server through DigiWorldz?​ ​www.digiworldz.com You can create a grid of your own with roughly 30 4x4 regions (480 single regions) for $185 USD. Make those regions 2x2s and you’ll have 120 of them! Terry Ford (DigiWorldz Owner) can attach that grid inside of DigiWorldz or have it placed wherever you like. If you go the route of having your grid inside of DigiWorldz it’s called a GWIG which means a “Grid Within a Grid”. This is exactly what Ricky Maya & I have. By the way, your daily builds are safely stored because every region on the server gets


39 backed up nightly. Now that’s service!

by side. We had neighborhood regions where people got together to save on Some people think that the disadvantage expenses. Before InWorldz closed its to all of this is that they will have a doors, I had 9 regions where I had set up desolate space where people do not need coastal towns and rented out homes to to share land with other people because other residents. There were always they would be able to make their very people around and that is what made it all own inexpensive albeit expansive world so special. But it was still far more where they can be the ruler. Yet we have expensive in IW than it is in DigiWorldz. In managed to include plenty of friends on retrospect, after being in DigiWorldz for our GWIG and more are joining as the over a year, I wish I had moved to days go by. Furthermore, why not team OpenSim much sooner. Live and learn. up with friends and place GWIGs next to other GWIGs? Maybe not such a small During my time in IW I met lots of friendly world after all huh? people while simply staying on my own regions and building. People would see Recalling InWorldz, the community was the ad that I had posted in the extensive, the cost of a region was a “Classifieds”, read my group notices or fraction of what it was in Second LIfe and something that was said in a group chat there were areas where people lived side about my little towns and then decide to come and explore. -Quorum Region-Equilibrium GWIG In DigiWorldz-


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There were times when I would stop to have a chat with a passerby and enjoy their company. I had made lots of friends in IW and now I’m seeing many of them in DigiWorldz. As I’m writing this article, some of them are here living on my GWIG. In Equilibrium (the GWIG that Ricky and I own) we have a special community with residents who enjoy decorating their own homes, islands, parcels, or full regions. Our creative endeavours can be seen by viewing the inworld map. Type “Crystal Valley II” into the map search area and then press the “Find” button. Zoom out and you’ll see all of our attached 4x4 regions in a group. That whole area is our realm here in DigiWorldz. It is the place

that we call home and where we enjoy creating unique terrains, environments and communities. We have only had our server since April (2019) so in a way we’re just getting started. We’re still digging in but at the same time we’ve got a lot of our areas chiseled out. We’re constantly updating our regions and sometimes you’ll see their shapes change completely. Using RAW files makes that so much easier and we’re able to create the most interesting terrains. That’s a huge part of the fun. Over the course of designing the stomping grounds we have included special niches within the environments for our residents to enjoy. We have started


33 Whatever, Starshine (85, 20, 22) Main Mall Landing

Trynatie Mason creates framed art. You can find ‘something for everyone’ in her shop. Beautiful Art by Trynatie.

While Perry builds houses docks and other things. He says, “I build with prims and it’s cool once you learn what you can do with them.” Merchants: Tryantie and Perry Mason


35 Besides a mall, they have race tracks. I am not really sure how long it takes to ride all of them, but the bumper cars are a favorite of mine. If you don’t have your own car or bike you don’t have to worry because car rezzers are there so you can enjoy all the tracks. I was on the long one that went up into the sky and never did find the end of it. Yet it was not only fun but very relaxing. Whatever, Starshine2 (90, 30, 22) Bumper Cars


Exclusively, Emmalena Damour Part 2 43 with others here in the grid. I teach classes, time permitting, paint.net classes, where I have 4 major classes on the program’s interface, layers, and add-ons. I also teach classes on the Ruth/Roth Mesh bodies. There are classes on making clothing and just about any kind of texturing class covering topics such as shadows, highlights and wrinkles.” We asked Emma what she thinks about OpenSim, and Hypergridding...

We have learned some things about Emma’s early beginnings in the world of computers, her progression through a personal online journey, her gifts of creativity and we know some other refreshing things about her, such as how hard she works. Now let’s explore more of her colorful story while we continue the interview with our asking what she finds interesting about the program and people here in DigiWorldz. “I find it very interesting that most people here have a big community spirit. I would say that the majority of the people in DigiWorldz are willing to help a fellow virtual lifer out and teach them a few things. I am grateful that I am able to share some of the knowledge that I have

“I like open sim. You do have to be careful because there are people that are not honest, though I guess people like that can be anywhere.”


44 She added, “ I like that I can meet people from everywhere. I also like that if there is not something on Digiworldz I might find it on another grid. I also like that I can open stores on different grids. I have stores on Utopia Skye Grid and The Encore Escape. Both of those grids seem to be stable and have good people running them.” Another question for Emma was: What are some of your favorite fashions, colors and styles? “Anyone that knows me appreciates that I like colors. Vibrant colors. I am not a faded color kind of person. Some of my favorite colors are the different reds and oranges. Some other favorites are wine, claret, merlot, basically berry type colors. Styles? I can't say I have any particular styles that I like though. I am more conservative in my clothing, I don't like trashy clothing, so even my sexy clothing is not the trashy kind if you understand what I am saying.” This next question is a familiar one here in HyperGrid Zone Magazine. We asked: What would you tell new people coming into Digi for the first time? “I would tell people when they get here to

join as many of the groups from the welcome center as they can. There are a lot of groups to chat in. I would say to join the Metaverse University group to get notices about upcoming classes. Take some classes to learn something new. Visit lots of different shopping malls. Don't just go to one mall and make a decision about DigiWorldz based on that one mall. There are a lot of really nice places. Visit the Zoo, and the Adventure center. Give the grid a chance. Do not get into a relationship right away with someone that will monopolize all of your time and not give you a chance to discover DigiWorldz. Learn the grid, chat with a lot of people. Have fun!” We told Emma that we have seen her speaking in the DigiWorldz Support group fairly often and helping others.


Exclusively, Emmalena Damour cont... 45 though I haven't put them out yet. I have recently taken my 2 main stores that were 2 story stores and added 2 more floors at both Ocean Waves Mall (digits currency) and Ocean Waves Mall II (gloebits currency). This allows me to bring the furniture into the main stores and also ‘medieval and fantasy’ has the 3rd floor of each of the main stores.” Here is a current list of Emma’s stores/locations:

So we asked what she thought the most frequently asked questions were that she has dealt with. “I talk to people about the Ruth and Roth bodies a lot. Also some people have issues with the Firestorm viewer. I can usually help people to get their viewer configured so it works best here.” We wanted to know what is new in her stores or whether she has any plans of updating and making changes to any of her shops. “I always have something new in my stores, and I don't just make clothing. I have furniture, photo frames and pottery as well. I also have some buildings,

~EDD~ Emmalena Damour Designs Damour Enterprises, Damour Enterprizes (236, 51, 38) ~The Wedding Salon@ Damour Ocean Waves Mall, Damour Enterprise Four (109, 89, 38) ~EDD~ @Ocean Waves Mall II, Serene Vineyard Island (111, 151, 39) ~EDD~ @ Nefertari Acres of Beauty (70, 295, 3000) ~EDD~ @The Woodlands, Woodland (57, 91, 22) ~Exquisitely Designed Convention Center,Damour Enterprizes/250/123/1501 ~Nefertari Beach Resort/242/104/22 ~Emmalena Damours' Art Gallery, Damour Enterprise Two (89, 58, 37) ~The Digi INTERCHANGE (57,171,21)


46 Emma’s Stores on Other Grids: *2 stores on Utopia skye Grid: ~EDD~ Emmalena Damour Designs ~EDD~ Sweet Lil Thangs (dinkies clothing) And ~EDD~ Emmalena Damour Designs also on The Encore Escape grid. Finally, but not least of all, we wanted to know what her future looks like in DigiWorldz... “My future looks bright here in DWz. My stores are growing. I am continuing to make new things. I am partners in an Events business with Tari Tari, Exquisitely Designed Events. We have 2 offices. We also have Exquisitely Designed Convention Center. We advertise and create events for others at our space or theirs. We also manage a few DJ and Live singers. Exquisitely Designed Events has a Fashion show every Quarter. We have had 2 successful shows so far, with another one scheduled on December 14th in the Exquisitely Designed Convention Center. I have 11 regions so I am continually doing something to a region. One is a Fishy Fish Tournament region. I have the Roman City region. I also have the open water regions connecting it all together. There is a marina. boat rezzers, an Island

with an underwater cave. All of my regions are open to the public. One small Parcel is private where my house is.” Wrapping up an eventful and enlightening story of a very active and popular lady here in DigiWorldz we’d like to ask that you visit Emma’s stores because you’ll find quality and style and know that there’s something for everyone. Also visit her at the Metaverse University and take one of her classes, oh and be sure to watch for her upcoming Fashion Shows!


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When asked, you probably know what it is. You may know it when you see it, or at least, most do. If you aren’t sure, here is some help: Steampunk (definition): noun 1. A genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically  features steam-powered  machinery rather than advanced  technology.  2. A style of design and fashion that  combines historical elements with  anachronistic technological  features inspired by science  fiction.

Finding a whole 4 x 4 region dedicated to Steampunk items, scenarios, fashion, and  displays certainly is interesting. Located  in Zetaworlds, the Steamland region is a  work in progress. Inventive and quirky,  the region reflects the builder’s love for  the genre, and is fun as an immersive  jaunt into Steampunk culture. Behind it  all is Steampunk Siouxsin, to whom I was  able to pose a few questions regarding  her life and work.  Ricky Maya (RM): “How long have you been active in Virtual Reality(VR)?” Steampunk Siouxsin (SS): “I have been in Virtual Reality since 1999. I started out in a 2D game, VZones (VZ), which is one


40 It’s a Small (Virtual) World cont...

There were times when I would stop to have a chat with a passerby and enjoy their company. I had made lots of friends in IW and now I’m seeing many of them in DigiWorldz. As I’m writing this article, some of them are here living on my GWIG. In Equilibrium (the GWIG that Ricky and I own) we have a special community with residents who enjoy decorating their own homes, islands, parcels, or full regions. Our creative endeavours can be seen by viewing the inworld map. Type “Crystal Valley II” into the map search area and then press the “Find” button. Zoom out and you’ll see all of our attached 4x4 regions in a group. That whole area is our realm here in DigiWorldz. It is the place

that we call home and where we enjoy creating unique terrains, environments and communities. We have only had our server since April (2019) so in a way we’re just getting started. We’re still digging in but at the same time we’ve got a lot of our areas chiseled out. We’re constantly updating our regions and sometimes you’ll see their shapes change completely. Using RAW files makes that so much easier and we’re able to create the most interesting terrains. That’s a huge part of the fun. Over the course of designing the stomping grounds we have included special niches within the environments for our residents to enjoy. We have started


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working on clubs where neighbors can get together and listen to fantastic music. I have a few community dance venues setup in different locations around my home region “Crystal Valley II” where people can unite. Another part of the big news is that Ricky has just placed Kamira Sirnah’s “Country Barn” club on an acoustic guitar shaped terrain which is so creative that it just blows me away. Check out Ricky’s region “Men of the Mark” to see an example of what can be done in a virtual world, which proves that the possibilities are endless. It is up to you... because you get out of it what you put in to it. Building in a virtual world is a good way to amuse yourself and if you build a well designed environment and invite people, they will come. It’s enjoyable and I find it so entertaining while sharing my space with friends. Something that I would like to advise is… please do not get discouraged just because people come and go. Stay on course and continue building and

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that are willing to share and make you laugh.” RM: “What are your plans for the future here..are there projects ongoing or in your future that you would tell us about?” SS: “My future plans are to continue to build. I’d love to learn to create mesh content. We need more steampunk/sci-fi items.”

“ Also, Power of Green and I are working on a project in HGluv grid. We are wanting to incorporate VR into the music industry.” RM: “Anything else you would like to add?” SS: “It’s really a special thing that has been created in opensim. The sharing of


“It’s really a special thing that’s been created…”

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To travel by Hypergrid to Zetaworld, enter the following into the World Map and select “Find”: hg.zetaworlds.com:80:Welcome Then select “Teleport”. You will arrive at the Zetaworld Welcome area. Then enter into the map: Steamland (138, 157, 23)

knowledge, art, and passions. I am flattered that you asked me to participate and wanted to write an article on the sim I have created. I do not consider myself a creator, I consider myself a decorator, or artist. I would suggest you interview women like LaNani as well, her work affects so many in Opensim.”


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Exclusively, Emmalena Damour Part 2 43 with others here in the grid. I teach classes, time permitting, paint.net classes, where I have 4 major classes on the program’s interface, layers, and add-ons. I also teach classes on the Ruth/Roth Mesh bodies. There are classes on making clothing and just about any kind of texturing class covering topics such as shadows, highlights and wrinkles.” We asked Emma what she thinks about OpenSim, and Hypergridding...

We have learned some things about Emma’s early beginnings in the world of computers, her progression through a personal online journey, her gifts of creativity and we know some other refreshing things about her, such as how hard she works. Now let’s explore more of her colorful story while we continue the interview with our asking what she finds interesting about the program and people here in DigiWorldz. “I find it very interesting that most people here have a big community spirit. I would say that the majority of the people in DigiWorldz are willing to help a fellow virtual lifer out and teach them a few things. I am grateful that I am able to share some of the knowledge that I have

“I like open sim. You do have to be careful because there are people that are not honest, though I guess people like that can be anywhere.”


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Steamland: Steampunk Siouxsin 47

When asked, you probably know what it is. You may know it when you see it, or at least, most do. If you aren’t sure, here is some help: Steampunk (definition): noun 1. A genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically  features steam-powered  machinery rather than advanced  technology.  2. A style of design and fashion that  combines historical elements with  anachronistic technological  features inspired by science  fiction.

Finding a whole 4 x 4 region dedicated to Steampunk items, scenarios, fashion, and  displays certainly is interesting. Located  in Zetaworlds, the Steamland region is a  work in progress. Inventive and quirky,  the region reflects the builder’s love for  the genre, and is fun as an immersive  jaunt into Steampunk culture. Behind it  all is Steampunk Siouxsin, to whom I was  able to pose a few questions regarding  her life and work.  Ricky Maya (RM): “How long have you been active in Virtual Reality(VR)?” Steampunk Siouxsin (SS): “I have been in Virtual Reality since 1999. I started out in a 2D game, VZones (VZ), which is one

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