How to Set Up and Change Your Free Region in Sinespace Using Pre-Built Domains

Did you know that everybody who creates an account in Sinespace automatically gets a free region for their home? If you set up an account a long time ago, you received the following small modern home, surrounded by a twilight forest and a white picket fence:

And if you set up your account more recently, your default region is a huge, spacious modern home on a beautifully landscaped open lot:

Today I am going to talk a little bit about your home region, and how you can change it. The following aspects of your region depend on what level of user account you have in Sinespace:

  • Maximum region size (in megabytes of storage);
  • Maximum number of regions you can have active at one time;
  • Maximum number of guests you can host at one time.

To find out what your current account level is, sign into the Sinespace website, and click on the pink Sign In button in the upper-right hand corner (or, if you are brand new, click the Sign Up button below):

Once you are signed in, click on the My Account button up top, as shown by the red arrow:

You will be taken to your account display, which tells you what level of account you have, and includes a button to change it:

Here is a link to all the available account levels. Your basic free account gives you 128 MB of space, for 1 active region that can support up to 10 visitors. Moving up to a Premium account gives you more room (512 MB) and more visitors (up to 25).

Please note that both Basic and Premium accounts allow you to create more than one region. However, only one region can be active at a time. To change your home region, click on the Home button in the line of blue buttons along the bottom of your client. You will see a listing of all the regions you have created:

You can use the Enable and Disable buttons to select which region you want to use as your home region.

To shop for regions, just click on the Shop button in the line of blue buttons along the bottom of your client, then select the Region tab:

You can sort the display by price by clicking on either Silver or Gold (sorting either by cheapest or most expensive as you prefer). Here’s an example of a lovely free domain you can get for zero Silver:

To change your region, all you have to do is click the pink Edit Room button when you are in your home region:

Then click on the pink Inventory button along the bottom:

Then, in the Inventory window, click on Regions and then click on the thumbnail of the region you want to use:

You will be asked to confirm your choice:

So here is the front and back views of the wonderful free Bighouse by La Livene, located on a small island with lonesome pine trees, with plenty of room to decorate and landscape as you please!

So, don’t be shy! You can shop for many other pre-built domains in the Sinespace Shop to use as your starting point for the virtual home of your dreams!

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my new role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).


How to Find Events in Sinespace

Between dealing with the backlash I got from reporting on the Sansar layoffs, preparing and delivering my presentation for the Educators in VR conference, and that pesky coronavirus, I have not been writing as many sponsored blogposts about Sinespace as I wanted to this month. Please accept my apologies! I promise that I will be back at work on it in March!

This is my final weekend off before I head back to my paying job, so I decided to spend some quality time in Sinespace.

To find out what is going on in Sinespace, just open up your client software, click on the Community button in the blue row of buttons along the bottom, then click on the Events tab in the window that pops up:

Please note that all events are automatically listed in your local time, so there’s no need to convert between time zones!

(There’s also a handy page on the Sinespace website listing all upcoming events, which unfortunately does not do time conversions for you.)

Today there are three music events back-to-back:

1. Music with DJ Rosa (at the Catacombs)

Saturday February 29, 2020 21:00 UTC (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST)
Join DJ Rosa in Guitarahalla live for Latin and classic rock. Have fun dancing and maybe win some gold! To visit this event click on “Explore” and search for Catacombs.

The dark and cozy Catacombs with DJ Rosa
The Catacombs (picture taken by DJ Rosa)

2. Music at 381 Club

Saturday February 29, 2020 23:00 UTC (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST)
Join DJ Yer Playing awesome 80’s, 90’s and the best of the rest. Silver giveaways every 30 minutes during the event! To visit this event click on “Explore” and search for 381 Club.

3. Jay and (Nearly) Silent Les DJ Show

Sunday March 01, 2020 01:00 UTC (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CST)
Jay & (Nearly Silent) Les Show at Ziggies’ Nightclub. Dance to a variety of music, from 60’s retro to modern vibes. To visit this event click on “Explore” and search for Ziggies.

So, if you’re looking for a little virtual company, perhaps you want to check out Sinespace for yourself, why not come join us? If you need a little help getting started, here are some step-by-step instructions.

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my new role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).

Sinespace is Hosting a Welcome, Orientation and Avatar Makeover Party on Sunday, February 9th—Come and Receive a Free Month of Premium Membership Worth 600 Gold!

The Assembly

If you’ve been curious about Sinespace, the new Unity-based virtual world, there’s an event this weekend that might interest you!

Tomorrow, Sunday, February 9th, at noon Pacific Time/3:00 p.m. Eastern time, there will be a party to welcome new users and creators! Sinespace staff will be providing orientations and assisting with avatar makeovers at this event, which will take place in The Assembly region (just click on the Explore button in your Sinespace client, and do a keyword search for “Assembly” to find it):

As an incentive, all attendees will receive a promotional code to redeem for one month of Premium subscription to Sinespace! Premium membership offers the following benefits:

  • Your home region size (and yes, everyone gets one for free) increases from 128 MB to 512 MB
  • The maximum number of concurrent users in your region increases from 10 to 25 (great for parties!)
  • You receive 150 Gold, Sinespace’s in-world currency, per week (worth a total of 600 Gold over the four weeks of your free Premium membership!)
  • You get priority support
  • You can create events for free (basic members are charged 10 Gold per event)

For the best experience, Sinespace recommends you download and install the latest preview version of their client, 2019.1b49-beta, from here: The Sinespace client is already available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux users, with mobile (Android and iOS) and console versions coming soon!

Here are all the details from Sinespace’s event calendar. See you there!

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my new role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).

Sinespace Creator Spotlight: BlakOpal Designs

One of the nice things about avatar clothing in Sinespace is that you can incorporate in-world cloth physics, as shown by the skirt of this dress created by BlackOpal Designs, in a recent video posted to YouTube:

In a recent interview with 80 Level, the couple behind BlakOpal Designs explains how they got started creating content for virtual worlds, starting off with Second Life in 2008:

We are BlakOpal and Trilo Byte, based in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States. We’re artists in both the real and virtual worlds. Together and separately we’ve worked on real-world projects such as bespoke clothing (like pirate coats, corsets, and dresses), custom bars and furniture, a human-powered carousel, a 40-foot long space pirate ship, and even a large climbable ziggurat. BlakOpal has a strong background in graphic design, 3D and animation, while Trilo’s background is a bit more varied and also covers advertising, marketing, and industrial design. We love art and technology and have been doing this for most of our lives.

We got into making content for virtual worlds in 2008 when we were taking a year off from Burning Man (an arts and culture festival in northern Nevada) and had a lot of time on our hands. At that time, we discovered a BBC documentary called Visions Of The Future presented by Dr. Michio Kaku – a brilliant theoretical physicist and futurist who we are big fans of. In the program, he talked about virtual worlds, specifically Second Life, and he even mentioned that they had a virtual version of Burning Man that took place in-world. We decided to look it up and check it out and were immediately hooked. We had been making 2D and 3D art for years at that point, and immediately started making things and playing around to see what we could do.

When BlakOpal and Trilo Byte discovered that Sinespace had in-world cloth physics, that was enough to get them hooked! They were the first people to create avatar clothing with working cloth physics in Sinespace, in December 2016.

Trilo is quoted in the 80 Level interview:

One of the great things about making things for SineSpace is that it’s based on the Unity game engine, and Unity can work with almost anything. You can use whatever 3D modeling program you like, as long as it can export an FBX, DAE, or OBJ file. You can use anything from free programs like Blender to commercial programs like ZBrushModoCinema 4DMarvelous DesignerMaya… the list goes on and on.  It’s just a matter of finding a program (or programs) that you like and is within your budget and learning how to use the tools.

For texturing, you can use free programs like GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) or Krita, or commercial programs like PixelmatorPhotoshopSubstance Painter or Mari. A lot of modeling programs have pretty good tools for texturing built in, too. The choices here are endless, it’s about finding the right program for your budget and learning how to use it.

For more information on BlakOpal Designs, you can visit Trilo’s website or follow their Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

So today, I decided that Vanity Fair would pay a visit to the in-world BlakOpal store, and do a little shopping. You can also do your shopping using the in-client Shop button, or from the Sinespace Shop website (here’s a link to take you directly to the BlakOpal Designs store).

The BlakOpal Designs Store in Sinespace
The BlakOpal Designs Store: in-client shopping via the Shop button
The BlakOpal Designs Store on the Sinespace Shop website

Here are a few of the outfits she picked up today:

This is the Bettie top and matching miniskirt, available for 149 Gold each. This outfit comes in red as shown, as well as purple, blue, green, and black:

The next outfit Vanity models consists of:

  • the Crescent Hoop earrings in Ripple Gold (only 39 Gold!);
  • the gold Mirabelle Wrap Dress (physics enabled; 179 Gold); and
  • the black Misty Ballet Slipper (99 Gold).

Watch how the skirt of this dress moves as Vanity walks! You will never see this kind of cloth physics in Second Life, folks! (Even Sansar only has cloth physics enabled in Lookbook mode as you dress and style your avatar, not in-world cloth physics.)

The following, final outfit consists of four separate pieces:

  • the blue Moto Jacket F Dragonfly (149 Gold);
  • the black Lillian Lace Top (79 Gold);
  • the blue Marco Jeans F (99 Gold); and
  • the blue Sineverse F Dragonfly Sneakers (149 Gold).

As you can see, the detailing on this clothing is remarkable!

So hurry on down to BlakOpal Designs and pick up some wonderfully crafted outfits for your avatar! They sell menswear as well as women’s clothing, in styles ranging from modern to steampunk to pirate!

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my new role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).