The Active Worlds Newsletter

Vol. 2, No. 2, Feb. 1, 1999

Highlights From This Issue:


Active Worlds News, Product Highlights, Contests

2.1 Coming Soon!!!

Beta testing of version 2.1 is going very well. Our thanks go out to the hundreds of new users who have recently volunteered to help us test out this exciting new version. Thanks to your diligent efforts, in just two weeks we have been able to locate and fix virtually all remaining issues in version 2.1, and we are now on track for a release of version 2.1 to all users in February. For a preview of what's coming in version 2.1, take a look at the version 2.1 feature page:

Even though we are close to wrapping up beta testing on version 2.1, the beta program is still open to new users. If you are interested in helping us test out this and all new future versions of Active Worlds, please fill out the beta application form located at:

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Last Chance To Own A Piece of VR History

Add a piece of Internet history to your collection. Starting with the first CY avatar and the groundbreaking of AlphaWorld, Activeworlds has been racing headlong towards the future. From the very first trees planted in Yellowstone to the Meeting at the Transcend to the opening of The13th Floor, COF has been developing worlds that intrigue and inspire. We have only a limited quantity of CD-ROM's left, each with the beautiful Circle of Fire logo, designed by none other than ENZO, stamped on its face. These remaining few CDs will be the among the last items sold with the Circle of Fire logo. The CD will be compatible with version 2.1 and makes a great collectors edition.

Get yours now, while supplies last.
$39.95* (*plus shipping and handling)

The Active Worlds 2.0 High Resolution version on CD-ROM. Enjoy 4 times the graphic resolution of the regular downloadable browser version. This High Rez CD is Super Charged with the ability to view 256x256 images along with our 128x128 standard.
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@mart Grand Opening February 2nd, 1999

No matter what Punxsutawney Phil says, the climate in @Mart is already Spring! Everyone here at and all the storekeepers in @Mart want to invite you the gala opening of our new VR mall. Among the more than 100 stores you will find,, and Activeworlds users will find items they need for their world or virtual home in the many stores set up by the AW community. If you are in the gift giving mood there are stores that have flowers, candy, cards, jewelry and lingerie. To help us celebrate there will be a citizenship give-away and the chance to win a world! The festivities will start at 12:00PM VRT sharp- we look forward to seeing you there!

Visit @mart!@mart

Visit the website to find out more about joining @mart!

A Galaxy All Your Own?

(Starting from $1,995)

Designed for the business that requires a stand-alone World separate from the Active Worlds Universe of Worlds. This product gives to the administrator full configuration control over the World. All servers start with 1 million square meters of virtual land and price is based on number of simultaneous users and land size.

Designed for both Internet and Intranet applications.

  • All configurations include:
  • All server component software
  • Access to the AWCOM content libraries
  • Remote setup support
  • Limited, upgradeable licensing agreement
  • HTML, FAQ, and help documentation
  • Technical support documentation
  • 1 year free upgrades

Custom configurations available, please call or email for details.
(978) 499-0222

We're Hiring

Join us in the FUTURE! wants you! If you are a code guru and want to work on the cutting edge of Internet Technology we want you to help us build the future. Please check out our jobs page for more information.

Last Chance To Get Your Report Cards In For This Term!

We will be announcing the recipients of the Active Worlds Commitment to Education Program - so if you haven't sent in your report cards yet - get to it!!!! All applications must be received by our offices no later than February 28th to be considered. For all the requirements, please see the web page.
or email E N Z O and Lucrezia at

World/Site of the Month

Ima Genius' awesome [VoteBot] will be taking nominations and votes for next month's World/Site of the month! Make sure you visit [VoteBot] in AWCC to nominate and cast your vote!
In the meantime, we suggest you check out:

AWTeen, one of the really cool AWCOM public building worlds!

Winter, one of the many incredible worlds created by citizens of Active Worlds!

Just In's Place in AW, an awesome creation. (aw 500S 400W 0.1a 90)

Carre's Sahara Safari in AW, one of AW's historical sites of virtual beauty! (AW 594S 336E 325)

Community Events

From the AWEC Calendar

To let the community know about your upcoming event, please contact the Active Worlds Event Committee.

February 1999 Events
Feb. 2nd, 12:00PM VRT @Mart Grand Opening
All Day Event in @mart to celebrate the grand opening!!@mart

Feb. 6th 7:00PM VRT Druheln Community Gathering

Feb. 6th 9:00PM VRT Country Dance Party in AFantasy

Feb. 13th 9:00PM VRT Jazz Dance Party in AFantasy

Feb. 14th 8:30PM VRT Maranda Town Anniversary Party

Feb. 20th 9:00PM VRT Sexy Eyes Birthday Dance Party/Grabbag in AFantasy

Regular Events
Active Worlds University Classes in Building, Graphic Arts, RWX Modeling, and AW Technologies

A’tuin Treasure Hunt'tuin

Prayer Meeting, Sundays midnight VRT in Christian

Bible Study, Thursdays midnight VRT in Christian

Construction Classes, Thursdays 7:00pm VRT - Spanish

Tours of Mundo Hispano, Fridays at 7:30PM VRT - Spanish

Weekly Dance Party, Saturdays at 9:00PM VRT - AFantasy

News From The Active Worlds Community

BBC Radio To Discuss Active Worlds

The BBC radio is doing a travelogue program on Active Worlds & they would like to meet and interview citizens with stories to tell about their part in the world and how they came to get involved. If you'd like to take part e-mail

Active Worlds University In Session

The AW University offers classes on a regular basis as a free service to the Active Worlds community. Classes include Basic Building Clinics, Advanced Building, Object Design, Graphic Arts, and AW Related Technologies. Upcoming specialized programs include Avatar Fashion and Design as well as a graduate project to develop a new public building world. Check out the AWUniv world and the web site for more information.

The Cy Awards-A Citizen Cylebration :)

The third round of the Cy Awards was a huge success! We had a record attendance of approximately 130 Citizens and Visitors in the Cy Theatre in Our New Community World...AWCC... graciously donated by, Inc. Our Guest Speaker was Digigardener who opened the festivities with his comments on the future of 3D environments and recognition of the AV98 contributors. All Recipients were chosen via Citizen voting. The next round will be held in April of this year and will include voting of the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Please visit our web site for updated information.
Thank you,
Cy Awards Committee

[VoteBot] Brings Democracy To A New Level For The Active Worlds Community

Ima Genius has lived up to his name again with the introduction of [VoteBot] to the Active Worlds Community. This clever new honorary citizen will be living in the Active Worlds Community Center (AWCC) where he will be taking nominations and votes for the monthly World/Site of the month column in this newsletter. He will also be handling the nominations and votes for the next round of Cy Awards.

We have had other votes in our history, each one has been a new step in the evolution of the Active Worlds technology and an example of the creativity of the Active Worlds Community. Come to AWCC this week and meet our resident pollster!

AWTEEN REPORT - Meet LadyRaven of Raven City

This month's edition of the AWTeen Report, a service of our new AWTeen community for youth in VR, comes from Computer Kid.

I decided, since there are so many towns now-a-days, why not recognize these people for their efforts? I've built in many towns since I've been in AW, and I've seen a whole lot going on. If you'd like to see the towns I'm talking about, visit my "City Telepark", made up of only towns, located at "30115.4N 30058W 270" in AW.

Raven City was founded by LadyRaven on Sept 24th, 1998. Raven City is located "2.3N 6.1E 270" in the world "avatar". RavenLady started this city because she enjoys building and loves to see what others create. One thing that satisfies her about having a town is that she can have a community of people that can express themselves freely through their building. "And besides," She says, "It's fun!" In the future she hopes to create a community of fellow friends with a lust for learning and growth like she has. To build there, please contact Moff Piett or LadyRaven. Below is a URL to the picture of Raven City. Please take a look at it! :)

Visit Raven City

Peacekeeper's Caution

We'd like to urge everyone in the community to use caution in passing out your personal information, email address or ICQ number to *just anyone*. Also, please show caution and courtesy when exchanging executable files, as there are some rather unpleasant viruses available at the moment, namely Netbus and Back Orifice. If you think you have been the victim of a viral infection, please contact the Peacekeepers for assistance and more information.

We Wanna Hear From You!

If you would like to write an article for the newsletter or have a project you would like to share with the community through this newsletter, please contact us ( to find out more about participating.

Help/Contact Information

Need Help With AW?

Wanna Take Building Lessons?

Beginners - AWSchool
Intermediate/Advanced - AWUniv
Clase de Construcción en Español - Spanish
Missing Pieces?
If you can't find the object you need to finish your project, then try one of the many building yards other community members have created! Teleports courtesy of The Real Pops (AW 8985S 187W).

Community Resources

Web Sites
The Official Active Worlds Web Site

The Active Worlds Web Ring

The Active Worlds Community Pages

The Active Worlds Yellow Pages

Active Seach



The Wishlist

AW Contact Information, Inc.

Billing Questions

Technical Support



Active Worlds Commitment To Education Program

Gate Keepers
The Gate Keepers are citizens of Active Worlds who have decided to devote an amount of their own time to helping new users of the system to get used to the software, the environment, and the culture of Active Worlds.

The Peacekeepers are citizens of Active Worlds who have volunteered to devote time to aiding new users and assisting all users in disputes and try to prevent harassment of any user by others regardless of the form, be it verbal abuse and harassment, racism or vandalism.


The staff at, Inc.

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