Sansar Pick of the Day: Visit the Star Trek Memorabilia Exhibit at the Roddenberry Nexus

Roddenberry Nexus is a brand-new Star Trek exhibit in Sansar created by Roddenberry Entertainment, which is also hosting the official Star Trek 2018 convention running from August 1st to 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada:

 On September 8th 1966, Gene Roddenberry launched a television phenomenon that would forever change the face of science fiction. Star Trek: The Original Series followed the 23rd-century, interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew of the Federation Starship, Enterprise. 21 years after its first airing of The Original Series, Gene Roddenberry amazed audiences by re-launching the franchise with its most successful series to date: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fifty years after its initial airing, the Star Trek franchise includes five live-action television shows, one animated series and thirteen feature-length films.

Linden Lab has a booth at the Star Trek convention, and they are giving people demos of this Sansar experience. In this picture, my avatar is standing in front of the Gene Roddenberry Action Figure Prototype display:

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There are many displays featuring items, such as communications devices and weapons, which you can pick up and inspect:

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There is a comprehensive timeline display of Star Trek insignia, emblems, symbols, and seals, by Brad Wilder, creator of the Star Trek Design Project website:

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When I first visited, the elevator wasn’t working (I’m sure it will be fixed soon). There are a second floor and a third floor with displays of costumes and storyboards from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (I took these pictures by using the fly-cam mode; please click on each image to see it in a larger size):

 

There are more details in this VR Focus article: Learn Star Trek’s 52-Year History At The Roddenberry Nexus:

Star Trek fans might be enjoying some gameplay sessions on Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation DLC at the moment, but those interested in learning about its history can do so in a new immersive way today. Sansar and Roddenberry Entertainment have collaborated on the Roddenberry Nexus, a portal into the Star Trek universe where fans can see the best of Roddenberry’s science fiction properties.

The Roddenberry Nexus houses a treasure trove of Star Trek memorabilia, including never-before-seen art and artifacts from Star Trek’s fifty-two-year history and new stories such as the short film Instant.

Looking to further involve fans in the history and lore of the TV shows and films fans now have virtual access to its archives, from anywhere in the world whilst providing a hangout space that will serve as a venue for future Roddenberry events and fan meet-ups.

“Roddenberry Entertainment always strives to be on the forefront of innovation, going where no one has gone before,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment in a statement. “Sansar Studios is a leader in VR development and we are proud to partner with them on this new initiative, combining the history and legacy of Roddenberry with their groundbreaking technology.”

If you’re a die-hard Trekkie, this exhibition is a must-see!

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 and explore this experience by searching for “Roddenberry Nexus” in the Sansar Atlas, or just by clicking this link: Roddenberry Nexus.

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Sansar Pick of the Day: Kandy Land Maze

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Start of the Kandy Land Maze

Today’s Pick of the Day is another entry in the Sansar Labyrinth contest. The Kandy Land Maze created by KaindyBrainz features a rotating elevator as your first challenge, and then it gets even more challenging as you face a succession of sliding rooms, and then row after row of maddening revolving doors!

I must confess that I never made it to the end of this maze, but it sure was fun trying! Perhaps you’ll have better luck than I did?

Sansar Pick of the Day: Hopswater Swallet

Hopswater Swallet was the talented content creator Nya Alchemi’s entry in the recently completed Sansar Labyrinth contest, and although it did not win a prize, it is still an outstanding achievement. You arrive at the mouth of a cave lit by glowing crystals:

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Attached to the cave entrance is a parchment which reads:

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Your goal is to make it all the way through to the end of the maze, avoiding traps along the way like rolling barrels. This particular maze was great fun to navigate!

Nya put a lot of hard work into designing this experience, and it really shows. Here’s a picture of the brewery, tucked away deep within the cave:

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Pay a visit to Hopswater Swallet and see if you can make it all the way to the very end!

Sansar Pick of the Day: Ebucezam

Ebucezam won second prize in the recently completed Sansar Labyrinth contest. The Sansar experience, created by Tron, consists of a huge cube-shaped maze:

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Elevators located at various spots take you up from one level to another. Along the way, you collect crystals of various colours which allow you to operate more of the elevators.

This is a confusing maze! Despite my many efforts to follow every passage, the pink crystal eluded me, and I could not complete this puzzle. Maybe you’ll have better luck?

Sansar Pick of the Day: Beat Blocks

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Beat Blocks is music creation experience created by GranddadGotMojo, which allows you to easily build a music track using blocks (hence the name). According to the instructions that GranddadGotMojo placed on GitHub:

Beat Blocks is an experience in Sansar where you can do you own Live DJing. You can create music by adding beats to build up a song. The main component for building up a song is the Beat Block. A Beat Block is a 1/2 meter cube that is initially stored on shelves that are in the Sample Warehouse. These shelves are on the right hand side when you enter the Experience. Each Beat Block contains a sample which is basically a short recording of music. Examples of samples are drum beats, bass lines, guitar riffs, keyboard riffs, lead riffs, pads, risers, etc. All the basics of modern Electronic Music. There are over 400 Beat Blocks and corresponding samples in the Techno Experience using Beat Blocks. These samples are arranged on Shelves by Instrument Type. There is a shelf for Drums, Bass, Guitar & Keyboard Instruments, Leads & Vocals, Effects and Pads (Strings and Ambiance).

Essentially, you pick blocks from the supermarket-like shelves on your right, and place them on special shelves on the left in order to activate them. It’s very easy to use!

Here is an 11-minute YouTube video that GranddadGotMojo created to explain in more detail how Beat Blocks works:

Next to the spot where you assemble techno tracks is a spacious dance floor, where your friends can dance to the grooves you create! Beat Blocks is great fun, and I would encourage you to visit this Sansar experience and try it out for yourself.

Sansar Pick of the Day: Horizon Maze

Horizon Maze is a maddening maze created by Ecne, a Sansar experience which won third prize in the Sansar Labyrinth Contest. The puzzle looks rather simple at first, but is actually quite difficult to solve. It consists of a two-level maze, made up of three separately rotating concentric circles:

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Your goal is to start from the perimeter of the maze, and make it all the way to the golden cup in the centre. Each of the rotating sections of the maze has openings which allow you to jump from one circle to the next at certain times. Sometimes you encounter a flight of stairs to take you up or down.

The trick is to keep the design of the maze in your head as you try to select the passages that will eventually lead to your prize. There are many dead-ends which means you need to retrace your steps. Good luck!

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 and explore this experience by searching for “Horizon Maze” in the Sansar Atlas, or just by clicking this link: Horizon Maze.

Sansar Pick of the Day: The Secret of Mount Shasta

Today’s pick of the day is the grand prize winning Sansar experience created by Abramelin Wolfe, called The Secret of Mount Shasta.

You start off on a snowy mountain, where the winter winds howl and a deserted campsite is found next to the entrance of a cave. A note near one of the tents describes a search to find the Lemurian Ascended Masters that live deep inside Mount Shasta, and warns of danger ahead.

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Inside the cave, you must navigate a labyrinth and solve cleverly constructed puzzles to get, step by step, to the goal of your quest. I regret to report that I spent an hour, but failed to get past one of the tests in the middle of the maze. With every failure, you are teleported back to the spawn point to start over again (although the previously solved puzzles seem to remain solved when you pass them a second time).

I can certainly see why the judges picked this as the winner of the US$5,000 first prize! The Secret of Mount Shasta is wonderfully fun to play and fiendishly difficult to solve. Congratulations, Abramelin!

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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 and explore this experience by searching for “Mount Shasta” in the Sansar Atlas, or just by clicking this link: The Secret of Mount Shasta.