Pick of the Day: Bowling Alley

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Gindipple has created an experience called Bowling Alley, with a number of scripted objects. As you might expect by the name, there’s a bowling lane where you can play two ways:

  1. If you’re in a VR headset with hand controllers, you can simply pick up the bowling ball and throw it towards the pins.
  2. If you’re on the desktop, you can use text chat commands to “throw” the ball (see the image below).

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There’s a few other games to play, such as a supersize tic-tac-toe game (you will need to have hand controllers to move the pieces):

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Finally, there an interactive double fan that you can control using the number keys on your keyboard.

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It’s an interesting demonstration of Sansar’s scripting abilities, which use the C# (C Sharp) programming language. Unfortunately, Gindipple tells me that most of the scripts he wrote broke after the latest Sansar update, so you might want to save a visit to this experience for a sometime later on.

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Sansar Meetups This Week, Sept. 25th-29th

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There’s lots of in-world meetups this week in Sansar!

Jenn, the Lead Community Manager for Sansar, has posted the details of this week’s in-world meetups. In addition to the regular casual meetups, Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time at Jenn’s own experience, Starry Stars & Stuff, there will be two special breakout meetups to specifically discuss updates to the Sansar Store. Those special meetups will be held as follows:

And, of course, there will be the product meetups on Friday, Sept. 29th. Jenn usually announces the location for these a day or two beforehand, so stay tuned!

Sansar Store Spotlight: Augustine’s Animated Raging Waters

Agustine (a prolific Sansar content creator whom I have profiled before) has shared a YouTube video with us showing the animated water he has been working on!

Isn’t that amazing??!?  And for a limited time, he is making his creation available for free in the Sansar Store! Here’s the link.

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Inara Pey Blogs the Sansar Product Meetups of Friday, Sept. 22nd

Once again, Inara Pey has taken extensive notes of the Sansar Product Meetups held on Friday, September 22nd. Thanks Inara!

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

(courtesy of Linden Lab)

The following notes are taken from the Sansar Product Meetings held on Friday, September 22nd. These meetings are held every Friday at 09:30 PTD and 16:00 PTD, and are open to all. There is no set agenda (currently), and the meetings are a mix of voice and text, and the official meeting notes are published in the week following each pair of meetings. Venues change on a weekly basis, and are announced in the Meet-up Announcements. The September 22nd meeting took place at the Zen Garden by Sansar Studios.

Bjørn Laurin attended both meetings to talk about the upcoming September / October release, and the next couple of releases beyond that. As such, the discussions were lengthy, so I’ve attempted to bullet-point key aspects of the major topics below, and have included a number of audio extracts of  Bjørn’s comments.

Again, for ease of reference…

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Outfit Outlay: Witch

Hallowe’en is coming soon, which is always a big deal in virtual worlds such as Second Life. Sansar will be no exception! (I do know that Hallowe’en is one of the favourite holidays of Jenn, the Lead Community Manager of both Second Life and Sansar.)

Linden Lab is helping to promote Hallowe’en in Sansar with not one but two big contests: one contest for top avatar attachments (including a best Hallowe’en attachement) and a second contest for scariest Hallowe’en experience.

So today we turn to the Sansar Store to pick out three items by Debi Baskerville that you can use to create a complete witch outfit. First there’s a witch’s hat complete with netting, selling for S$100 (about US$1.00 or CDN$1.23):

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You can add to this a witch’s black cloak, also for sale for S$100:

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And as a finishing touch, a witch’s broom (also for S$100):

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So for a total outfit outlay of S$300 (about US$3.00 or CDN$3.70), you can put together a look that is ready for the trick-or-treaters on Hallowe’en! Here Vanity Fair is sporting the complete witch’s outfit at the Lord Byron Vampire Village, a suitably Hallowe’eny experience! Note that the black cloak is a static attachment, and so it doesn’t move with the avatar’s body the way that a fitmesh clothing item would in Second Life.

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But Bjorn Laurin, Vice President of Product at Linden Lab, has apparently gone on record at last Friday’s product meetup that we can expect to see an avatar fashion market (complete with cloth physics!) before the end of 2017, which is exciting news! This is sooner than Bjorn’s original estimated delivery date of March 2018, as reported earlier. I’m eagerly looking forward to this development!

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Pick of the Day: Ortli Villa

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Ortli Villa is a Sansar Studios experience, a virtual museum exhibit of an ancient Greek excavation site in Crimea dating from the fourth or third century B.C. It would appear that the source mesh for this exhibit comes from an automatic 3D model reconstruction based on 400 photos in Agisoft PhotoScan, and published 3 years ago on Sketchfab. Regardless of where it came from, it’s an interesting exhibit and a good demonstration of how to display an archaeological site in a virtual museum setting. You can even take the stairs to the second floor to get an overview of the project!

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