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, December 31, 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
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
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
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
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.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Two of my creations were nominated for awards: Collapsing building for 2010 Cy Award in category of "Best Effect" and Cobra Wing for 2010 Cy Award in category of "Best Build". Neither of the builds qualified to top 3 on their category.
The winners are listed here at activeworlds forums.
AW Reunion seemed to rule at Cy's this year. I have to admit of voting some of the "AWReunion nominees" too...
Congrats to winners and nominees too!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The cubic house is ready and open. I call it Casa Cubic. In a way there is something different at this building. I pushed limits of Activeworlds building with it and only used elements that exist at original Alphaworld environment. No third party textures were used. I'm quite satisfied about the result. It proves that Activeworlds building environment is unique compared to some other 3D platforms. In AW an user can choose to build extraordinary structures with smallest details or he can build with 'normal' 3D-way: using boxes and other simple elements with neat textures on them.
Everyone can visit there. All you need is Activeworlds browser, then you need go to world AW (Alphaworld) and teleport to coordinates 6748.6s 14220.5e 4a 275 or type ^jump casa cubic to chat screen inside the browser.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Today I built a bridge near the "Casa Cubic" as a part of ongoing landscaping project. It took 3 hours to build the bridge. So I named it as "Three hours bridge".
Actually it was not the simplest thing to build, because in addition for using my own citizen rights, another end of the bridge was built with Horizon City -citizen privileges.
Friday, October 8, 2010
The browser has got many updates recently. I'm most exited about ability to increase visibility up to 500 meters instead of previous 200 meters! It's a feature that I've waited for a long time. Another nice thing for great screenshots is wireframe rendering. Here's sample of using 500m visibility and wireframe mixed with Paint Shop Pro for pretty cool screenshot. Building on the picture is the same cubic house as in my previous post.
Tomorrow I'm going to participate a speedbuilding contest. I have no clue yet what I am building there. Will be fun for sure !
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I've already learned some tricks how to build with physics objects, colliders.
Here is a sample pictures for couple of my latest builds: a building that is hit by a shock wave and a simple suspension bridge.
More about latest features here at ActiveWiki
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I haven't been building outside Horizon City for years. Since recently. My recent self-designed house located at Cobra Village and it is called Cobra Wing, because of its wing-like shape.
I've also contributed some Horizon City information to virtual encyclopedia dedicated to the Active Worlds: ActiveWiki. <- see the links.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I also want to welcome citizen Roska to the Hall of Fame for his long term support and efforts for taking significant role of developing various places in the city area, specially at Mini Fukuoka!
Roska joins other Hall of Fame members, KraemerG, Bluebean, Q iamai, Partymaster, Dieter, Kenny McC, Brody.
One of the first objects is still at its original place. Timastamp showing the building moment, January 5:th 2000. The object is now visible for eveyone to see as I lowered the entry point to back to 0m level as it was when building was started.