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 Post subject: A Call to Arms!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:07 am 

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As we all know, there's a 'critical mass' of people that need to be attracted to OSgrid before it takes off big time. There is only so much attraction in viewing OSgrid environments that other people have built. I know this is fulfilling in spades for the people who can do it but what about the rest of us?

I fully agree with the general tone of the thread entitled "The ignorance of some?" ie that OpenSimulator suffers from poor promotion. But that's not the whole story, is it? It's great that the grid is somewhat anarchic, if I may put it like that. But instead of diversity, outsiders may be forgiven for believing OSgrid evolved into something completely different. And that is a "specialist niche".

For example, in the above mentioned thread, there is the suggestion that OS is "Minecraft for adults" whereby the average person can go to Minecraft and do stuff right away. However in OSgrid there is steep learning curve before you can create anything. You need technical skills involving Blender, scripting, ports, routers etc.

So I would ask builders and scripters to think of how they can help the non-technical people to fit in ... to contribute in their own way. I would suggest that's an interesting challenge for you to be involved with. Apologies if that sounds 'holier than thou' - I don't mean it to. I am in awe of your skills, believe me!

I would like to see projects being offered for non-technical people to participate in. For example a boat-building project that a group can work on together. Think 'project management software:
https://1stwebdesigner.com/online-project-management-tools/

For example, I am an artist of sorts but no one has asked me to contribute a digital image for an art gallery yet. Maybe we could reach out to websites such as https://www.deviantart.com/ and ask their artists to contribute?

And there are various sites which might spark similar ideas for OSgrid to develop:
https://www.flowplay.com/games-ourworld

I would also say that the last time I could see anyone promoting role playing was in 2014 with the post "Full Region for Roleplay". Surely rp-ing is an ESSENTIAL part of any virtual world? If it exists in OSgrid at the moment - I have yet to see it to any great extent. Again, apologies if this is just one more thing this newbie has not yet discovered.

I'd be happy to chat about these ideas if anyone wants ..."You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)". I'm sure there are many OSgrid groups pushing similar ideas but, I'm a newbie so maybe someone could provide a list of them?


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 Post subject: Re: A Call to Arms!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:53 am 

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Having a spectacular show case grid that is funded by someone?!? (so not pushing things for sale) might spark more interest.

I believe the main draw for 'non-technical' people is the ability to socialise with each other, and second, express themselves through their land development and avatars (and that's where the monetary model has failed this platform (incl. SL)). Trying to appeal for money for only the latter (avatars) does nothing if there isn't a suitably rich and interesting environment to foster socialisation.

What's suitable? I can tell you what always drew me back were grids like francogrid, that had really interesting and frankly weird, installations. However I'm sure that LL already tried this approach by sponsoring certain artists over time. Perhaps it doesn't work because the technology is getting too old? People are used to really crisp graphics and game mechanics now days, so it's perhaps the technology itself and none of these factors?

Just some thoughts on it.


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