About this blog and its purpose

There are many things to do in Activeworlds virtual reality environment. I've chosen my way. It is a way of a builder.  There are also many ways to build. My way is to create a virtual town.

The town is Horizon City. It was established January 2000 and it quickly became one of the most popular cities back then, with hundreds of builders. Besides that the town serves as historic reminder of how things were at Activeworlds, it is still constantly developing virtual experience, displaying latest features and architectural possibilities.

In this blog I will keep track how the things are going in Horizon City and in Activeworlds community.

Friday, November 16, 2012

After Hiatus

After lost of another good friend Seiya summer 2011, I lost my motivation to create any new buildings. I let my citizenship to expire December 2011. I wish all good to Seiya, where ever she is...

After almost a year, I am back now with my citizenship renewed and I'm going to start to create those builds in ActiveWorlds environment once again. There's more to come and many projects still waiting. I'll try to keep this blog updated too.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Missing Mauz

Today, a sad and unexpected news was announced. One of my long time AW friends, Mauz has passed. Many will miss her. 

In Activeworlds Universe, the welcome message was updated to display the news:

It is with great great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mauz, one of our first users and most dedicated person to the AW community. Mauz was a huge source of inspiration and made enormous contributions to ActiveWorlds. May she rest in peace and may we all spend this weekend remembering her passing. All Bingo games have been canceled until further notice.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Snowy End of 2010

While there are another set of new features for AW users I haven't played with them much yet. Instead I made winter updates in the city ground zero. Eventually, the virtual snow will melt and I'll learn the new features. They integrated nVidia PhysX physics engine to AW Browser, allowing new object types such as Cloth.
Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

They're Coming

AWI announded that all expired Citizenships and Worlds will be renewed till January 4th 2011. I hope to see my old AW friends and that they get the message of their citizenship renewal. They should see that Active Worlds today is much more advanced as it was some years ago.
I have some expired citizenships in my pocket as well. Today I logged in with old AWTA citizenship and updated some textures of a building in Horizon City.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Belle Tower Painted

In virtual reality, everything is easier and faster. I painted a whole tower within minutes by using a bot. I also optimized some parts of the towers structure.

I'm also re-building some parts of the city GZ so that it will look more up to date. New 'shear' and 'color tint' features will be used on it. Virtual snow will be there soon and once the snow melts, we'll see how the entry area will look.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Shear Terraining

New shear command is one of the coolest new features. It allows yet another new method of landscaping. A builder can now use flat objects with shear command and make a smooth 'terrain' out of them. I made a small sample about how it works near Mini Fukuoka. I'm sure that someday, someone will make a bot that can build these smooth terrains easily. If you are, or if you know a bot maker, I can share my idea about how such bot would work.

With regard to the Mini Fukuoka area, I develop it different way than many other areas at Horizon City. I actually update the area and demolish or update old buildings there. As most of the city's areas are preserved for historic reasons, Mini Fukuoka is not. Recently I updated all roads there by using color tint command. The roads looks much better now imo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Speedbuild 2010 Results

Remember the speedbuild contest that I was participating? Well, it went good! It was quite intense and we had actually fun with other contestants. The results came out last week and I won! My task was to Create a HISTORY MUSEUM detailing a theme from Active Worlds. So I made a building called "History Museum of One Specific Topic from AW". The building exhibits traditional tourist avatar fashion from years 1997-2010.