Happy New Year! Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Social VR

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I will be celebrating New Year’s Eve offline, with real-life friends here in Winnipeg. It looks like we’re going to have a cold night! 😉

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Meanwhile, in Winnipeg…

If you are looking to spend New Year’s Eve online, here are a few options on the various social VR platforms:

Sansar

Eliot (Linden Lab’s Community Manager for Sansar) will be hosting three New Year’s Eve events in Sansar in different timezones:

High Fidelity

High Fidelity will be hosting a round-the-clock event at The Spot from Monday, Dec. 31st 2:00 a.m. to Tuesday, Jan. 1st 4:00 a.m. (Pacific Time).

Sinespace

As part of its Winter Festival, Sinespace is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. Check the login page of your Sinespace client for more details.

VRChat

The best place to find out what New Year’s Eve parties are happening where in VRChat is, as always, the VRChat Events Discord server. Apparently, there’s a round-the-clock party happening at Void, according to AgentM83:

They’re partying in every time zone all day long (started this morning).


However you choose to ring in the new year—online or offline, alone or with friends, awake or asleep!—may 2019 bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity.

 

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How to Clear Your Cache in Sansar

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You might not know that Sansar has a rather large cache. This cache is used to store information from Sansar experiences you visit, so they load much faster the second time around.

You should only ever have to clear the cache in Sansar if it becomes corrupt, which thankfully rarely happens (I have never had to take this rather drastic step myself).

It’s not necessarily an indication of a software bug in the Sansar client, although the Sansar cache could get corrupted during an update after a new release. The cache can be corrupted during various processes unrelated to Sansar. It could also have to do with a change you made to your computer recently, or due to an undetected computer virus.

You should know that uninstalling and reinstalling the Sansar client software does not automatically clear the Sansar cache. And you probably wouldn’t want that to happen, since the cache makes revisiting Sansar experiences faster.

I have also been told that you might have to reload your cache if you’re re-uploading content to a Sansar experience you are updating. Theanine says this happens to him:

I have to regularly clear my cache when I’m re-uploading stuff…if I don’t, Sansar tends to “upload” the previous version, even though the model is very different now. I also have a frequent problem where, I’ll make changes to an experience and then build, and after it loads the new build, it’s the previous build, not the new one. So I have to go clear those .bag files in the temp folders to force it to load the new build.

Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure all Windows Updates and graphics card drivers are up-to-date.
  2. Uninstall the Sansar client software.
  3. Press the Windows Button.
  4. Search for “ %LOCALAPPDATA% ”.
  5. Find the folder called “LindenLab” and open it.
  6. Open the folder called “SansarClient” and find the Log folder.
  7. Make a copy of this folder and save it to your desktop for now. This step is important if you’re experiencing an issue; you’ll want to be able to access logs that might capture the issue you’re having.
  8. Go back to the “LindenLab” folder and delete it.
  9. Search again for “%AppData%”.
  10. Find the folder called “LindenLab” and delete it.
  11. Reboot your computer.
  12. Reinstall the Sansar client software as an administrator (either via Steam or from the Sansar website; it’s the same client either way).

Yorkie Visits Sansar

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Yorkie, a YouTube personality with over 10,000 subscribers, has made a 23-minute video which serves as an excellent introduction to Sansar. The video ends with a montage of various experiences he has visited, and overall it’s really well done!

Yorkie is quite taken with a custom avatar created by the very talented Cora, which is available for free on the Sansar Store:

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(Insert here my standard rant about not having custom avatar skins yet…c’mon, Linden Lab! When I see something as beautiful as this, I want it now!)

Linden Lab is going to need more livestreamers such as Yorkie to cover Sansar in order to get the word out about the social VR platform, so this is wonderful to see! Yorkie’s enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s clear that he loves virtual worlds—and avatar customization—just as much as I do!

Christmas Came Early! The December Update of Sansar Has Many New Features

Yesterday the Sansar team at Linden Lab put in a long afternoon updating the client software, working into the evening to track down and fix a software bug.

Here are some of the new features of the latest release:

Shooting Guns

This update to the Sansar client is called the Ready, Aim, Fire! release, and for good reason, according to the release notes:

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  • This is a whole suite of APIs and features that will allow for creators to explore gun-play in Sansar!
  • Scripts can now detect VR inputs, mouse clicks and what the player is targeting when any input is hit.
  • Even more script APIs for Ray/shape casting have been added.
  • Grab Points can be toggled to stay held when picked up (so you don’t have to hold your pewpewer the whole time)
  • Check out the new Game.Gun, Game.Target and Selector simple scripts to add these features to your scene!
  • Mouselook mode: allows desktop users to switch to a mode where you do not need to click and hold right-mouse to look around. You can instead hit the ESC key and just move your mouse round.
    • This a toggle-able feature
    • While active it will disable the menu

Here’s a short video by Jogalog showing the new features:

Sitting Down

We finally have a long-awaited feature: the ability to sit down on furniture that has sit points enabled by the creator!

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Sit Points

  • Much like “Grab Points” creators can now designate “Sit Points” on object, while in Edit Mode.
  • This works with Static objects only.
  • Clicking on a sit point will teleport your avatar to the location of the sit point, and the orientation that has been set.

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New Scene Settings

Scene level settings

  • Free-cam & Teleportation distance limitation options
    • Free-Cam for Desktop users can be turned off in an experience in Edit Mode
    • Teleportation (VR & Desktop) distance can be limited or turned off in an experience in Edit Mode.
  • Available in Scene Settings in Edit Mode

Home Space

There’s also a brand  new home space that appears when you log into Sansar:

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Tutorials and Prompts

Also, the controls and the user interface have a new tutorial that will start in the home space when you first log in, and you will also receive one-time prompts as you visit experiences.

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For complete details on all the new features in this release, please see the official blog post.

Looks like Christmas came early!