Sansar Pick of the Day: HoverDerby

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Daisy Gator Standing in Front of the HoverDerby Welcome Sign

A common complaint I hear about Sansar is that it’s pretty, but there isn’t a lot to do yet. Experiences like HoverDerby (put together by Galen, Jasmine, and Drax) are going a long way to counteract the suggestion that there isn’t anything to do in Sansar! It’s the first competitive team sport in Sansar (well, if you don’t count the 5-A-Side Soccer Stadium) and it’s great fun to play, or even to watch!

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Watching a Two-on-Two HoverDerby Match

HoverDerby is still in beta; Galen and Jasmine are still working on it, but it is already playable. The game is pretty simple. Step on one of the red or blue teleporter pads to join a team (red or blue) and get onto the playing field.

You hover around the field, using the triggers on your hand controllers to fire at the other team members (if you’re in desktop mode, press the Spacebar or the F key to fire). If you hit your opponents, they can no longer fire at you or anybody else, and they have to get back to their circle of safety before they can fire again. The navigation takes a little getting used to, but you quickly get the hang of it.

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Matches last five minutes. The team that has captured the most opponents wins (in case of a tie, the next capture decides who is the winner).

Note that you do not need to have a VR headset to play HoverDerby; can also play in desktop mode as well as in VR. Full instructions are on the board next to the blue and red teleporters.

Every weekday morning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time, a group gathers at HoverDerby to practice their game. Drax sometimes livestreams the games too. Hope to see you there soon! As I said, it’s great fun!

UPDATE 1:41 p.m.: Turns out there is already a website for HoverDerby!

Sansar Pick of the Day: Orphanage of Angels

Orphanage of Angels is a new horror Sansar experience created by Sergio Delacruz.

In his description, Sergio sets the scene:

In 1961, in the St. Croce orphanage (Italy) twelve children and five sisters disappeared. Research continued in the institute and surrounding territories for two years, with no results until 1970, when, in a niche of a basement, were found several children’s bones. For that reason, the institute was renamed “Orphanage of Angels”. What happened there?

You start off in a small urban apartment in the present day. There’s a bulletin board on the wall, with old news clippings and photographs of the orphanage. As you approach the door of the apartment, it automatically opens onto a hallway leading to a glowing entrance portal. As you cross it, you are transported to the Orphanage of Angels.

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There is a truly creepy atmosphere in this experience, as you explore the abandoned orphanage, trying to figure out what happened here. The orphanage is dimly lit, and there is a thunderstorm raging outside. Occasionally a lightning flash illuminates the interior.

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One feature that I saw here, that I haven’t yet seen in any other experience, is the clever use of pop-up messages which appear on your screen (or in your VR headset) at certain locations:

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I won’t spoil the experience by giving too much away. Be sure to explore every part of this orphanage, and don’t forget the basement! This is a very well-done, atmospheric experience and Sergio is to be commended for this work in pulling all this together. The question is: are your nerves up for Orphanage of Angels?

Pick of the Day: CES Booth

As I mentioned in yesterday evening’s blogpost, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote speech at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas announced a virtual recreation of Intel’s CES booth, which you can now visit!

During the CES convention, the booth is staffed with real-life Intel staff who can answer questions about the exhibits and direct people to linked experiences such as Aech’s Garage.  Here are some pictures I took yesterday (click on each picture to see a larger version):

In addition to the teleporter to Aech’s Garage, which I blogged about in detail yesterday, there is yet another teleporter in the CES Booth that takes you to an experience called Step Inside Intel 8th Gen Core, a supersize Intel chip you can walk around inside:

I was very impressed with all three Sansar experiences—CES Booth, Aech’s Garage, and Step Inside Intel 8th Gen Core—and I recommend you come into Sansar to visit all three!

You can install the Sansar software client, if you don’t already have it, at https://www.sansar.com/download. And then you can visit the Intel CES Booth by searching for “CES Booth” in the Sansar Atlas, or just by clicking this link: CES Booth. You can then get to Step Inside Intel 8th Gen Core, and Aech’s Garage (the Ready Player One experience) via special teleporters located at the CES Booth. See you in-world!

UPDATE: I have added a few more pictures of the CES Booth.

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Pick of the Day: Aech’s Garage, the Ready Player One Movie Experience in Sansar

This evening, I was able to visit two new Sansar experiences:

  • the virtual Intel CES Booth, which was announced on-stage by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at tonight’s CES 2018 keynote speech (the link to this YouTube video will automatically start at the 1 hour 50 minute mark, which is when Brian talks about Sansar and visits the booth)
  • Aech’s Garage, a virtual recreation from the upcoming Steven Spielberg movie Ready Player One (which you access via special teleports from the CES Booth experience; ask the staff there to direct you)

A while ago, on the official Sansar Discord channel, I had said that whatever virtual world gets the Ready Player One tie-in would get lots of publicity. Well, Sansar got that tie-in! I am so excited and happy! Congratulations to Linden Lab for landing this one!

And here are some first pictures of the Ready Player One experience, called Aech’s Garage (you can only get to it from teleporters within the Intel CES Booth experience):

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NOTE: You can install the Sansar software client, if you don’t already have it, at https://www.sansar.com/download. And then you can visit the Intel CES Booth by searching for “CES Booth” in the Sansar Atlas, or just by clicking this link: CES Booth. You can then get to Aech’s Garage (the Ready Player One experience) via special teleporters at the CES Booth. See you in-world!

UPDATE 11:24 p.m.: SIN kindly shared with me one last photo from Aech’s Garage.

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UPDATE Jan. 9th: Linden Lab has now made a direct link to Aech’s Garage available from the Sansar Atlas, here: [HTC] Ready Player One – Aech’s Garage. You really do owe it to yourself to download the Sansar client software (if you haven’t already) from the link I posted above, and visit this experience in-world. Pictures alone do not do it justice!

I understand that it took Intel, HTC Vive, Warner Brothers, and Sansar Studios of Linden Lab six weeks of work to pull all this together, and that work shows. This is a highly-detailed, mind-blowing Sansar experience, particularly in VR, and well worth your time!

Pick of the Day and Outfit Outlay: 2077

C3rb3rus, the grand prize winner of the Sansar Scariest experience contest last year, has completely outdone his previous work with the stunning achievement called simply 2077. Never have I been in any VR experience that feels so much like the world of the classic sci-fi movie Blade Runner!

I was actually able to get an early preview of this wonderful new Sansar experience, when I took most of these pictures. I added several more photos taken when Drax and C3rb3rus conducted an exclusive first tour of 2077.

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You actually spawn in the subway station, where a subway train that C3rb3rus showed us how he made takes you on a ride in a circle. Gindipple was the first one who stepped into the train, complaining (as usual) about not being able to sit down, and then, suddenly, whoosh! It took off like a bullet! And he was gone! It was never so peaceful 😉 and even better, Torley Linden got video:

One of the funniest moments of the whole tour!

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C3rb3rus led us up to street level, and then down again into a funky underground club. Here you can see Drax interviewing Strawberry Singh:

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The attention to detail of the entire experience is absolutely astounding.

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To match the experience, I decided to style Vanity Fair in a suitable sci-fi outfit:

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Vanity Fair is wearing:

  • the dragon blue animated skin by AnuAmun (S$10)
  • the flowers and copper armour top by AnuAmun (S$150)
  • the short bob hair by Snow (tinted blue to match; FREE)
  • and I don’t remember where I got the goggles from! I checked my purchase history and I have no record of buying them. I believe they were already in my inventory as one of the basic avatar attachment objects, which everybody got by default.

Pick of the Day: Teaser Video for C3rb3rus’ New Sci-Fi Sansar Experience, 2077

C3rb3rus (whom I have profiled before here, here, and here) has posted a teaser video of his new urban science fiction experience, called 2077. It is launching tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 6th, and it will be my Pick of the Day for that day (I will post more pictures then), but you can get a sneak peek here!

You can install the Sansar client, if you don’t already have it, at https://www.sansar.com/download. I will provide a direct link to 2077 in tomorrow’s blogpost, once the experience has been officially launched. It will also be available by searching for “2077” in the Sansar Atlas.

Pick of the Day: Mysterious Floating Stones

With my first Pick of the Day of 2018, Mysterious Floating Stones, you get exactly what it says on the label: mysterious fluorescent rocks and boulders hovering gently mid-air.

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The experience’s creator, named gfcprogramer, has created a desert feeling at sunset. It’s actually kind of meditative/mesmerizing to stand and watch these stones move up and down.