Vol. 2, No.10, October 1, 1999
Highlights From This Issue:
Active Worlds News, Product Highlights, Contests
Educational Universe Opens Its Doors To Educators
On Monday, September 27, The Active Worlds Educational Universe
held it's first *Open House* event, a first of its kind event for
the educational community. Educators from around the globe were
invited to come tour the revolutionary educational environments
that the Active Worlds technology makes possible, as well as
participate in discussions with veteran VR (virtual reality)
education specialists. Michael Heim, author of the acclaimed
Electric Language and Virtual Realism discussed the Art Center
College of Design's innovative approach to virtual space as an
educational tool. Margaret Corbit, Science Writer for the Cornell
Theory Center, took educators on a virtual tour of Cornell
University's SciCentr, a virtual exploration of scientific methods
and data; and Bonnie DeVarco, Director of the V-UCSC project,
shared some of the experiences of the University of California at
Santa Cruz's highly successful virtual campus and orientation
program. The day culminated in a fantastic hands-on exploration
of Geometry with the Struck Team.
The Educational Universe will be hosting regular events for
educators to come experience how Active Worlds is changing the
face of education. For more information, please visit the AW
EDU's web site http://www.activeworlds.com/edu.
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Avatars 99: Colonizing Cyberspace
Saturday Dec 4th, 1999, all day, all time zones
Following in the success of AVATARS 98, which was held entirely
online in Active Worlds, the Contact Consortium is bringing back
it's popular Annual Conference on Inhabited Cyberspace.
Avatars are your identity in Cyberspace, a new kind of
Cyberspace: 2D and 3D virtual worlds inhabited by real people
in real time. From their humble beginnings in the spring of 1995,
avatar Cyberspace has grown into universes of thousands of
worlds inhabited by hundreds of thousands of people just like you.
From cities, to galleries, to storyspaces, to businesses, to
virtual universities and anything else that can issue from the
imagination, these worlds show that there is "a new cyberspace"
coming on the cusp of the new millennium.
This year's theme is "Colonizing Cyberspace" and we will take
you "avonauts" on a magical mystery tour of worlds and show you
how people have begun to populate this new alternative cyberspace
and let them tell the stories behind their lives "in-world".
Last year we pioneered this kind of event with Avatars98, the
first conference and tradeshow held entirely online within a 3D
conference hall. This year we will have an expanded exhibit, art
show, webcam central, avvy awards area, tour telepark, and most
importantly, a highly advanced "virtual discussion room" system
driven by bots that allows speakers to "colonize the program"
and set up and operate their own sessions.
If you're interested in finding out more about Avatars 99 check
out the Contact Consortium's web site at
If you'd like to volunteer to participate in Avatars 99, contact
Bruce Damer (Digigardener).
Think AW Rocks? Then Tell A Friend!
When we updated the web site last month, we added a new feature where you
can send an email to your friends to let them know about AW! Since then
hundreds of you have invited your friends to come join our awesome
If you have a friend you want to tell about Active Worlds, then send them
AW Support's Tech Tip Of The Month
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! IT'S A SECRET!!!!!!!!!!!
KEEP YOUR PASSWORD TO YOURSELF!
We've seen an increase in people complaining that their accounts
have been stolen due to the fact that they have been sharing
their passwords. We recommend that if you want to share your
privileges with someone else, you allow them to use your
PRIVILEGE PASSWORD, but not your main password. You should never
give your main password out to anyone, especially a total
stranger. Remember, if they have your password, they can easily
take over your account; and it can be quite a process to get it
back. Not to mention you could risk losing some of your property
We also recommend that you exercise extreme caution in accepting
files from other people, there are many different viral strains
roaming around the Internet, and you could accidentally become
infected. Please make sure you exercise caution when accepting
files in AW, via ICQ or email.
Worlds/Sites We Recommend This Month
Check out these really cool places in the AW Universe :)
ABC, one of the really cool AWCOM public building worlds!
Kuijfe's Hand Painted Tolkien Gallery, a medieval wonderland. (AW 5559N 6684E)
Mr Majesty's Kingdom, an very interesting place in AW.
(AW 24664.6S 26673.4E 0.0a 90)
TRC's Listening Center, the spot for MIDI's in AW.
(AW 8288.9N 8276.5E 0.0a 260)
Thee's Golf Club, Mauz's Historical Recommendation of the Month. (AW 16S 217E)
From the AWEC Calendar
October 1999 Events
October 1st, 1:30AM VRT DreamSide Gorge Opening Gala (AW 72.3N 21177.1E 10.5a 180)
October 2nd, 5:00PM VRT Cy Awards voting closes
Cy Awards Vote Page: http://www.awcommunity.org/cyawards/cyawards7.htm
October 2nd, 10:00PM VRT AWTeen party hardy (AWTEEN 200n 38e)
October 9th, 11:00PM VRT ZGV's New Art/Artist Exhibition (cofmeta 1000N 30E 180)
October 16th, 5:00PM VRT Cy Awards Gala (AWCC)
October 17th, 7:00PM VRT Community Show Off (AWCC 26s 2e 240)
October 23rd, 7:00PM VRT AWEC's Trivia Contest (AWCC 14.6n 20.5e)
October 23rd & 24th PV Cyber Pride '99 (AW 2222s 2222e 222)
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
Bingo in AWBingo, every Wednesday night
"Tech Talk" with Active Worlds lead developer Roland Vilett, Fridays at 8PM VRT, in AWUniv
News From The Active Worlds Community
The Active Worlds University system (AWUniv, AWUniv2, and
AWNewbie) is actively recruiting teachers in all fields. If you
think you've got what it takes to teach a course or two, they
would love to hear from you!
If you're good with bots, graphics, objects, avatars, textures,
backdrops, or building then we need you! Courses include:
Intro to Photoshop
To apply to be a teacher contact Kellee in AW or email email@example.com
Intro to PaintShopPro
Making Textures for use in AW
Making Objects/Avatars for use in AW
Making Bots for use in AW
Basic and Advanced Building Techniques
Travel To Mars!!!!!
(courtesy of Canopus)
The Mars Travel Bureau Tours to many of the best sites on Mars
world have been updated to include building activity from August
1998 to August 1999. There are now over 150 sites on 17 separate
Tours. Mars is organized by a system of 7 spaceports & 22
railways leading away from the spaceports. There are Mars Travel
Bureau desks in all the spaceports, & the Tours use the railways.
Visitors arriving via the Gate at GZ can go directly to the Mars
Travel & Information Building at
Mars 31S 8E
and board the Amazonis express train to Mt Olympus Spaceport,
or go on either of two local Tours of the Amazonis region. More
information is available at
Cy Awards - All That Glitters is AW Gold
(courtesy of AlphaBit Phalapha)
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Each round of the Cy Awards gets more exciting! To date we have
over 250 votes that have come in! Thank you Activeworlds
Community for this great show of Community Involvement!
Voting will close this Saturday October 2nd at 5pm VRT...so if
you haven't placed your votes yet...please make sure you beat
that deadline:) You can vote on the Cy Home Page at http://www.awcommunity.org/cyawards and if you have any problems please email us at
Please be sure to attend the Cy Awards Ceremony Saturday October
16th at 5pm VRT in AWCC World, to congratulate this round's
Recipients and all that were nominated:) Winners will be
announced at the Ceremony:) They have all done a fantastic job
in building...designing...creating...sharing..well....the list
goes on and on:)
So please don't miss this opportunity to share in what YOU the
Community have made possible; and continue to nurture and
grow...The Cy Awards:)
Thank you again! And see you at the Cy's!
AlphaBit Phalpha and The Cy Committee:)
Ancient Dinosaur Pyramid Found In AWGate
(courtesy of Grok Wolf)
In Active Worlds, you never know what you're going to run across
next. What you'll find in the hundreds of worlds that you can
visit using the Active Worlds Browser range from a castle with a
moat and a working drawbridge (want the location?) to a fountain
that flows from a seemingly magical source, hidden from mortal eyes.
One day in the world awgate, the world where new users are greeted
and welcomed to Active Worlds by friendly and helpful Gate Keepers,
a small group of citizens who had registered and were able to make
use of a large number of avatars decided to make a 'dino pyramid'.
They each assumed the form of a tyrannosaurus rex by selecting the
T-rex avatar in their avatars list, and then moved into position.
Since dinosaurs aren't exactly well known for their organization
skills, no one should really be surprised that the result wasn't
perfect, but was without any doubt rather unique.
Are You A Master Bot Builder? Then Show Us Your Stuff!
(courtesy of Byte Me)
AWBot will be hosting it's first Bot Making Contest this month!
Participants will be designing bots for different categories, and
AW's master bot makers will be putting them through their paces.
Prizes for the contest include worlds and citizenships.
Contest begins October 10th. To find out more contact Byte Me at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Get To Know Your Neighbours
We think it would be great if everyone got a chance to get to
know some of the volunteers in the community, and to find out
why they love AW so much. This month we're highlighting the
Gatekeeper of the Month, Frosta, and AWNewbie's Teacher Energiser!
If there's a volunteer you'd like to see us highlight, let
OK This is More Like A Confession :)
I'm from Northern Illinois. I'm Almost *cough* 41 yrs old I have
2 Wonderful children. My Son IS 19 yrs old My Daughter will be 3
yrs old Now that's what you call Planned Parenting!
I have been in AW for close to 2 yrs now and a GateKeeper for 1 yr.
I found out about AW through A friend on AOL and boy does she regret
ever telling me since I pretty much live here now. Like so Many Others
I have Alot of Dear friends here. Have seen Life and Death and
Marriages (won't mention bad stuff)
May Sound strange to some but besides being nominated GK of the
Month, I was also given the pleasure of being made a Team Leader.
So Enjoy AW And always Hope There will be someone to Help Newcomers
and Old at AW Gateway :)
Hi, my name is Energiser. I chose this name because I like to
think positive and charge everyone up. I'm from C eh N eh D eh
and I love to help. In November of 98 I emigrated from tourist
to citizen and about 1/2 way through my first year as a citizen
I discovered there was more that I could do and began teaching.
I've since found this great spot in Activeworlds where I can use
my skills and help others to enjoy the program. It's called
awnewbie and it's where you can learn to build and occasionally
someone will come in with unrelated questions. I teach basic
building there and along with a few other great teachers whom
I've watched and learned a great deal from. Occasionally I get
to show someone the advanced stuff. This world has demo area's
that you can review on the different lessons as well as a great
object yard that uses AW objects.
I'm told I have the patience of a saint at times so if you think
you're unteachable, not to worry. I may not have all the answers
but I'm not afraid to ask and I don't always understand the answers
the first time either but hey look at me now :) Totally addicted
to Activeworlds and the people I meet there. Have a good day :)
I do, it's a rule of mine.
Universal Town Network
(courtesy of Goober King)
The Universal Town Network offers exposure and advertising for
towns in the Active Worlds Universe, help for those who need to
find land to build on, and help to those who're thinking about
starting their own community. I feel this would be an invaluable
resources for AW citizens and tourists alike.
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
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 (email@example.com) to find out more about participating.
Need Help With AW?
Wanna Take Building Lessons?
Beginners - AWSchool
Intermediate/Advanced - AWUniv
Clase de Construcción en Español - Spanish
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).
AW Object Picture Library
The Official Active Worlds Web Site
The Active Worlds Web Ring
The Active Worlds Community Pages
The Active Worlds Yellow Pages
Ring of Chaos
AW Contact Information
Active Worlds Commitment To Education Program
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 ActiveWorlds.
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.
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