Sinespace: Congratulations to the Winners of the Carnival Games Contest!

Punkerella’s Carnival Fishing Game

Bibbi and Punkerella are the winners of the Sinespace Carnival Games Contest, winning first and second place respectively! Contestants were challenged to create a unique and engaging mini-game using the Sinespace SDK and Lua.


The First Place winner is Bibbi for Western Shooting Gallery, winning a prize of USD$5,000 (available in the Sinespace Shop for 999 Gold).

Bibbi’s Western Shooting Gallery

Here’s a short interview with our winner Bibbi:

Ryan: How did you come up with the idea for your Western Shooting Gallery?

Bibbi: Simply put, it was the first thought I got when thinking of a carnival game, which was just a basic booth where you shoot moving targets.

Ryan: How long did it take to create your game, and what tools did you use?

Bibbi: It took about a month, to a month and a half. The obvious tools would be Unity, and the Sinespace SDK, then on top of that (as far as I remember) GIMP and Blender.

Ryan: What advice would you give to other content creators who want to create games in Sinespace?

Bibbi: Keep on learning, it never hurts, and who knows what will come of it.

Ryan: What do you plan to do with your prize money?

Bibbi: Not sure yet, there are many things I’d like to do, but I’m trying to resist that temptation of spending it all in 1.5 seconds. But if you must know what’s on the list, it’d be to get 4 monitors and go with a multimonitor setup (2 on each side of my 40″ tv) lol, a NAS storage system as my computer is at max capacity on HDD space (It has 6 internal and 2 external, totaling 10 terabytes) lol, and possibly a resin 3D printer.

One thing I plan on doing, though, is help my friend upgrade his laptop to a mini-itx build, as that thing can’t play any new game as of like 6 years ago, which barely gets more than 10-20fps for Minecraft. Hopefully I can build him one better with his money and some of this money!


Punkerella wins USD$2,000 for her Carnival Fishing game (also available to purchase in the Sinespace Shop for 999 Gold).

Punkerella’s Carnival Fishing Game

I asked Punkerella the same questions:

Ryan: How did you come up with the idea for your Carnival Fishing game?

Punkerella: Well, the game was a made by two of us. I do the art and design, Booradley does all the hard bits like coding and animation. He came up for the idea for this one, I think it was the game idea that seemed like the most fun for him to make. But we wanted a game that was not based around guns or shooting, and that would not feel intimidating to most people.

Ryan: How long did it take to create your game, and what tools did you use?

Punkerella: We actually started it a day or two after they extended the contest deadline, since before that we had decided we were two burnt out from the “Out of this World” contest to dive in again so soon. So spare time for around a month, I guess. Boo used Unity, and I used mostly 3d Coat, Unity, and a little bit of Gimp and Maya.

Ryan: What advice would you give to other content creators who want to create games in Sinespace?

Punkerella: Advice around working in Sinespace is a tricky one, I have answered that in a few places a few different ways. But really it very much depends on what their background is.

My advice to people who have never done virtual world content is quite different from my advice to someone who has never used Unity. If you are a designer coming from Second Life, Unity itself is likely to be your biggest hurdle. So just understand that your first item will likely take several days or even a week of tutorials and trial and error.

Obviously, it is pretty quick and easy to get clothing, accessories, furniture, etc… once you wrap your mind around how it works. But you need to learn about Unity’s layout, Sinespace pack and components, colliders, and of course the rough resolution and content guidelines that will let your things through moderation.

Just know that you are learning something that will take you a few days, but will give you a great deal of flexibility and freedom once you get there.

Ryan: What do you plan to do with your prize money?

Punkerella: We plan to buy the kids each a nice Lego set and probably put the rest of the money in an account where we are saving up to go to Disneyland. (Obviously much in the future when we can leave our houses again!)


Congratulations to all the contest entrants! Watch for new contest announcements coming soon!


This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my new role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). It was originally published on the official Sinespace blog, here, on April 2nd, 2020.

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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: https://preview.sine.space/download/. 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).