This is the notecard as it should be translated to other languages...
(btw. we still need volonteers for quite a few of those languages)
Welcome to OSgrid !!!
If you come from another virtual world or if this is your first digital journey, this notecard should help you make your first day here as good as possible.
FIRST OFF: This is not SL (for new users: Second Life, another virtual world) and it is not trying to be. The purpose of OSgrid is as testing ground for the OpenSim software (the software that powers this virtual world), so please remember that while OpenSim is getting more stable every day, things break sometimes! However, if you're able to work around the occasional "bump in the road" that comes along, OSgrid has a lot to offer!
Everything is free on OSgrid - there is no monetary system here. At all - and there are many talented creators who generously put time into giving OSgrid a wealth of free content.
This world is run by a not-for-profit organisation which means the grid services are kept and maintained solely by volonteers, who also put in their time to help those, who connect their system to OSgrid. It is important to note that almost all simulators are privately run by the citizens of OSgrid, as speed and quality can vary greatly. Want your own world? We included some tips at the end of this notecard.
If you have any questions, ask around. The majority of people on this grid are very helpful. It is a thriving community of OpenSim users - just like you - making OSgrid one of the top 5 most populated grids outside of SecondLife.
If you know your way around virtual worlds, you can skip this part and go directly to: "Places to go" - or if you want to setup your own virtual world, go to "How to create your own virtual world".
FOR FIRST TIME USERS OF VIRTUAL WORLDS:
In "The Social Lounge at Lbsa Plaza" (where you are right now) you can find free starter avatars on the boards behind the couches. To use them: click the board, choose "Buy", choose "wear clothing now". Ask people around if they might have clothing, hair and skins - they are often happy to share.
Click on this landmark http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lbsa%20Plaza/128/124/37
to go get specific information on how you can walk, talk, how the the viewer works, etc.
Your alternative is to simply ask someone. A lot of people will try and help you here.
PLACES TO GO:
- Shopping (all free of course): http://slurl.com/secondlife/Wright%20Plaza/127/128/22
This is OSgrid's official shopping mall. You can find other shopping locations via search.
- Sandbox: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sandbox%20Plaza/128/128/2
, http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sandbox%20P ... /128/128/2
These are OSgrid's official Sandboxes. A Sandbox is a place where you are free to create and build stuff. It has all permissions to do so turned on by default, which you might not find on other regions.
There are other public sandboxes owned by users on this grid which allow you to create your own things, since building on other people's private land is not considered polite.
- Games: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Recreation% ... 127/128/27
Currently we have PrimWords and SpeedBuild as "official" games. Have a look at Recreation Plaza to find out what they are - other than good fun.
Look at the events board here (at LBSA Plaza) to find out what's going on inworld.
A collection of current landmarks to privately run regions are also available in a box here (at LBSA Plaza).
OSgrid runs its own website at http://www.osgrid.org
with a forum at index.php
and wiki at http://wiki.osgrid.org/index.php/Main_Page
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN VIRTUAL WORLD:
Anyone can download their own copy of the server software - the download section of http://www.osgrid.org
is a must for beginners - and with a little reading (index.php
has a wealth of information to offer) and elbow grease have their own sim - for free. It only costs the internet connection you use. In many cases you can even run your own sim from your home computer! If you can't or won't run your sim from your home computer, you can rent a server from a hosting company. There are lots of choices.
There are also lots of information and reference for creating your own virtual world using the OpenSimulator software. Here are some to make it as easy as possible for you:http://www.osgrid.org/index.php/regionconnecthttp://opensimulator.org/wiki/Main_Page
and don't forget our forums at: index.php
To obtain help for running OpenSimulator you can use the #Opensim and #OSGrid channels at http://www.osgrid.org/index.php/freenode
Have fun in this world !!!!!