Vol. 2, No.7, July 1, 1999
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Active Worlds News, Product Highlights, Contests

Active Worlds Version 2.2 Coming Soon!

The citizens on our beta program have been working hard over the last couple of weeks testing out the beta version of our latest new version of the Active Worlds software. Interest in our beta program has been almost overwhelming but so far we have managed to keep up with all of the applications. :)

The good news is that the number of bug reports has been very light, and the few bugs that have been found so far have already been fixed. This means we anticipate a release of this exciting new version to everyone within just a few days. Some of the new features in version 2.2 include:

  • Native support for trueSpace COB objects
  • A new "color" action command (use it to change the color of objects)
  • New bot features designed to increase game possibilities

A Universe To Yourself?

The Active Worlds Uniserver - starting from $9,995

Designed for the business that requires stand-alone Worlds separate from the Active Worlds Universe of Worlds. This product gives the administrator full configuration control over the Worlds. All servers start with 1 million square meters of virtual land, and the 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 set-up 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

Active Worlds Pushes Forward In Its Commitment To Supporting Education

We at Activeworlds.com, Inc. have always been staunch supporters of those using the Active Worlds technology in education. Recognizing the growing demand for virtual solutions to education needs, we are expanding our educational programs to include a new educational universe - an Educational Universe - which will enable schools, universities, and non-profit educational groups to explore the infinite potential of e-learning in Active Worlds.

If you are an educator presently using Active Worlds for e-learning, distance education, or research - or are interested in finding out how you can participate in the Educational Universe program, please check our our web site at

AWCOM'S Family Tree

Many of the names in the AWCOM family are familiar to you - E N Z O, Cryonics, Roland, Lucrezia Borgia, Young Shamus, and Calpantera. Well now we have a few new additions to the family that we'd like you to meet! Earlier this year we were joined by Flagg and chickiefluff! They are still getting their feet wet in AW, learning all the customs and getting to know the natives, so if you see them wandering around give them a wave and an old-fashioned AW welcome. We're sure you're gonna like them as much as we do!

We've also been lucky enough to officially welcome one of AW's legendary citizens, Hamfon, into the fold, and we're thrilled to have him in the gene pool! Now we've just gotta get him to learn to share his BBQ potato chips with the rest of us :)

Active Worlds Powers E-Learning For IT Professionals At Earth Web's E-Learning Expo

On June 28th the Active Worlds technology was host to the Earth Web E-Learning Expo, industry's first online training event, utilizing technology that has enabled a global audience of IT professionals to access the highest quality training from the leader in CORBA education and emerging technology, DiaLogos.

The day's program encompassed realtime presentations by leading technologists in distributed computing and product information from top vendors. DiaLogos Incorporated created an informative Technical Resource Library that included in-depth content on a variety of distributed systems topics. In addition they debuted their popular course "Distributed Java Programming for CORBA®" in an innovative on-line learning format with ‘live’ support from their outstanding Education Engineers.

AWEC's Active Worlds Community Festival '99 Rocks The Universe!

We at AWCOM were absolutely thrilled with the awesome event that AWEC threw last month! We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community who participated in the event, and tip our hats to AWEC and the all AWCC groups for all their help and support of this community in the past year - each day they help make AW the coolest place on the 'Net!

Check out the story below for the full details of all the fun!

To find out more about participating in one of the groups that make up the AWCC, check out the web site at

Active Worlds Summer Camp

The first ever Active Worlds Summer Camp will be starting July 15th at 5:00PM VRT with a huge Kick Off Party in AWCamp. Come help us celebrate and get in the spirit!

Oh Hey E N Z O! I Gotta Question For Ya!

Have you got tons of questions you always wanted to ask E N Z O? Well he's got a thousand neat answers and funny stories to share with you! Every day E N Z O gets tons of emails, whispers and telegrams that he never has enough time to answer but really wants to. So, every 4th Wednesday of each month, ENZO will be hanging out in the AWCOM world of the month at his favorite spot to chat with you!

This month join E N Z O at his tent in Yellow on Wednesday, July 28th at 7:00PM VRT. http://objects.activeworlds.com/cgi-bin/teleport.cgi?yellow_16.7N_0.7W_0.3a_ 225

AW Support's Tech Tip Of The Month

MIDI's giving you the blues?

Often find that playing midis in AW causes them to skip or the AW browser to crash?

Well, some of the newer sound cards have problems with the 3D sounds in AW. Cards known to exhibit problems with AW include Turtle Beach and Riptide cards. (The Riptide card comes in a lot of the new Hewlett Packard Pavilion models PCs). To resolve this issue we recommend lowering your wavetable setting or disabling 3D sound in the sound card options found in the Windows control panel.

World/Site We Recommend This Month

Check out these really cool places in the AW Universe :)

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

gohere, a cool place to visit with 4 different countries inside.

Awuniv, an very cool place to learn more about AW.

Creationer's mystical Palace of Illusions in AW. (AW 5556s 8120.5e)

Starshadow and WetNWild's Wedding Site, one of AW's most romantic historical sites! (AW 5755.4N 5556.5E 0.1a 285)

Community Events

From the AWEC Calendar

July 1999 Events
July 3rd, 10:00PM VRT AlphaWorld Flag Competition Finale (AW 3200N 4500W)

July 10th, 11:00PM VRT ZGV's New Art / Artist Exhibition (cofmeta 1000N 30E 180)

July 15th-30th Active Worlds Summer Camp

July 15th, 5:00PM VRT Active Worlds Summer Camp Kick Off Party in AWCamp

July 18th, 7:00PM VRT Community Show Off (AWCC 26s 2e 240)

July 24th, 7:00PM VRT AWEC's Trivia Contest (AWCC 14.6n 20.5e)

July 28th, 7:00PM VRT Hang Out With E N Z O at his tent in Yellow! (yellow 16.7N 0.7W 0.3a 225)
http://objects.activeworlds.com/cgi-bin/teleport.cgi?yellow_16.7N_0.7W_0.3a_ 225

July 31st, 7:00PM VRT AW Radion Meeting in AWCC

To let the community know about your upcoming event, please submit the registration form on the Active Worlds Event Committee's web page.

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

A'tuin Treasure Hunt

Prayer Meeting, Sundays midnight VRT in Christian

Astrology & Relationships discussion, Mondays 1:00AM VRT in A1stLove

Bible Study, Thursdays midnight VRT in Christian

"Tech Talk" with Active Worlds lead developer Roland Vilett, Fridays at 8PM VRT, in AWUniv

News From The Active Worlds Community

Active Worlds Community Festival '99 - We Made It!

Courtesy of AWEC

June 26th-27th the entire AW Community co-arranged the very first AW Community Festival. From the Festival Opening in the Festival Park (AWCC) June 26th at noon VRT, there were 32 hours packed with events, contests and fun for all. The official festival programme offered 21 events, but there were also several games to solve in the Festival Park - a pretty busy weekend for those who wanted to attend them all:) The park was served by Festival Guides, giving assistance concerning the events, the flag voting, and the park's many facilities.

5 prizes, among them 3 worlds, were up for those collecting the most festival points, and 54 persons earned points! Many more participated, but we all know the old lesson: all contestants can't win. This year's winners were Dreme Lojyk (1st), Mindman, Coryashire, FangsFirst, and Lara. Congrats!:)

The Festival Opening and Gala events included some of AW's celebrities as guest speakers - E N Z O, Shamus Young, Lucrezia Borgia and Chloe, not to forget Simon Says who was able to make people laugh after 32 hours with events:)

One of the main contests was the AlphaWorld Flag Design Contest; 12 entries were on display in AWCC, and AWEC received nearly 100 votes! Unfortunately, due to technical problems all votes didn't reach us in time for the Festival Gala, so the winner has not been announced yet. This will take place at the new AlphaWorld Flag Museum in AlphaWorld (AW 3200N 4500W), July 3rd at 10pm VRT.

Most of the festival locations can still be visited, and even some of the hunts can still be solved in case you missed them. Festival reports and pictures can be found on the festival website.

Big Party To Celebrate Muleydog's Top 100 Hit Song!

Courtesy of MuleyDog

Everyone's invited to a party celebrating Mule Dog Records song "Bluegrass Baby" hitting the European Indie Country Charts
this week at #87. The celebration will be held on-line at Muleydog's Amusement Park on Alpha World
http://www92.pair.com/muledog/magazine/vr.html .

It takes place on Saturday July 3 at 7:00 P.M. VRT at AW 2008.5S 898W with a "rain date" on the following day at the same time. If you get lost the directions will be up at The Mule Dog Records home page http://www.muledog.com Come out to meet Thomas Leary singer/songwriter of "Bluegrass Baby" and help celebrate this milestone with Mule Dog Records (look for the one named muleydog). Thanks.


Are you a music enthusiast? An aspiring DJ? A musician? Ever wanted to have your own radio show? Well if you are, come join us on July 31st at 7:00PM VRT in AWCC to talk about your ideas for a community run radio station in AW. We're still doing research and testing out some software and ideas, and we'd love to hear yours!

Reunion! Reunion! Reunion!

Last year more than 50 people met in real life in Las Vegas, and hundreds more joined in the fun in Active Worlds. This summer, there will be 4 Reunions held worldwide over the July 22-25 weekend.

There are groups meeting in Myrtle Beach, Ottawa, and Brussels as well as events planned in Active Worlds for those who can't make it to a real world event.

Please note: The Melbourne Reunion has unfortunately been cancelled due to low attendance numbers.
and the web site at
We hope to see you at a Reunion!

A Huge Thank You From The PKs!

During the Active Worlds Community Festival the Peacekeeper's opened their home, AW911, to the public for a "world warming party", and were really pleased to see so many citizens come visit and hang out! They extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped by!

First Human Pyramid In AW

courtesy of BAJ12

Dear Lucrezia,

In AWGZ on the 12th I had fun directing a tourist pyramid, and I have to thank Schattenjager for helping me direct a bit (moving people around). What do you think? http://www.activeworlds.com/newsletter/0799/pyramid1.gif

Kindest Regards,
BAJ12 (283299)

Gotta Problem? Call A Peacekeeper!

If, while you are travelling in AW, you find yourself in distress don't hesitate to call upon the Peacekeepers for aide! The Peacekeepers are community volunteers who are available to help you with issues pertaining to harassment and vandalism, or any other troublesome situation. They are a great resource for conflict resolution and mediation! To find out more about the Peacekeepers, please visit their web site at
or email them at

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