I have been seriously remiss in not doing more of my Sansar Pick of the Day profile series, which is something I hope to address in 2019. This particular blogpost is long overdue. Nebulae is one of my favourite creators in Sansar, and a very talented programmer whose enthusiasm for the platform is infectious. I’ve been a big fan of her work ever since she created the fun-to-play Accuracy Training Module experience, which was a simple but wonderful demonstration of Sansar’s scripting abilites at that time.
TurnupVR is a fun and funky curvilinear space with lots of purple neon lighting; essentially it’s a shopping mall and a showcase for Nebulae’s work:
Scattered throughout are two different kinds of kiosks. The first kind of kiosk is an in-world vendor, which allows you to page through a particular store’s wares, eight panels at a time. Here’s the kiosk that Nebulae very kindly set up for my own brand, RSVF (Ryan Schultz Virtual Fashion), which allows the user to browse through a selection of men’s and women’s clothing I had created using Marvelous Designer:
Nebulae even included such thoughtful details as a small icon in the upper right corner of each item listing to indicate whether it is for male or female avatars. But the best part is, you can buy the item directly from the kiosk! No need to load up the Sansar Store website! This is a perfect example of Linden Lab stepping back and giving its insanely talented pool of content creators free reign to solve a problem: in this case, the lack of in-world shopping.
The second kind of kiosk gives event organizers the ability to set up a series of stops on a self-guided tour along a particular theme:
For example, the front kiosk in this row gives the user a list of Christmas light experiences in the local chat window, when it is clicked on:
Each of the blue links in local chat takes you to a different experience. Each tour also has a dedicated webpage on the TurnupVR website. Nebulae programmed it so that this page is automatically generated when someone sets up one of the themed kiosks in their own experience.
For example, they recently had a Black Friday Shopping tour, and I placed one of the tour kiosks in my Ryan’s Garden experience:
When a visitor clicks on the kiosk, they can directly buy the item I had placed on sale!