Vol. 2, No.7, July 1, 1999
Highlights From This Issue:
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
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.
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
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
This month join E N Z O at his tent in Yellow on Wednesday,
July 28th at 7:00PM VRT.
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)
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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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
First Human Pyramid In AW
courtesy of BAJ12
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?
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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