Getting Started in Virtual Worlds

We hope you will choose to join us in the digital MetaVerse!

Maybe you are looking for educational opportunities in a 3D environment, or wish to travel to worlds you would never be able to visit in your "real life". Or perhaps you want to attend a theater production, enjoy a live music event or develop your own line of digital clothing? Whatever your desires, you can enjoy them right from the comfort of your home computer.

If you have never ventured into virtual worlds before,  you will be amazed at what is possible and how real it feels to experience life through your avatar's eyes.


THREE STEPS of PREPARATION - ALL FREE:

  1. Create a Kitely® Avatar. (this is your virtual body, just like the movie!);
  2. Download an OpenSim Viewer (this software is your doorway to virtual worlds);
  3. Log In to Kitely® and join us on Inspiration Island!

It looks like a lot, but it's not.  We have simply provided step-by-step instructions for those that need assistance with the process. Just take it one simple step at a time! Let's get started!


1. HOW TO CREATE A KITELY® AVATAR - IT's FREE


 Signing up with Kitely® is just like any other process:
To get started go to Kitely.com .

kitelya. Click the sign up button in the top right corner or the big CREATE NEW ACCOUNT button in the center.
b.On the resulting pop-up window click the "create an email/password account" option (or choose third party log in if preferred).

c. Enter your email.

d. Choose and verify your password. Choose a unique password used for no other personal account.

e. Choose a first and last name. Think carefully before you continue.  Names are hard to change.  Are you sure this is what you want to be called?

f. Select your gender.

g. Check the robot captcha box and agree to the terms of service.

h. Click the CREATE button.

i. Verify your account via email. Open the email received and follow the instructions to complete the verification, After you verify, close the box.  You can set the options presented later.

So you have created an avatar and can log into your Kitely administrative site, but you can't yet interact in the virtual world.  Once you have verified your email and are ready to move on, scroll down to Preparation Step #2


2. OPEN SIM VIEWER - DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL - IT's FREE


firestorm
Now that we have an avatar, we need to download a viewing software that allows interaction within a 3D virtual world.

We recommend Firestorm.

It seems to be the most universal and the most trouble free.  However, if Firestorm doesn't work for you, there are many other viewers you can try.  Sometimes video cards in your computer have trouble with one viewer, but work fine with another.

Firestorm Viewer Download:  http://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/

Once on that page, choose your operating system and 32/64 bit options just like you would any other software and install it.

If Firestorm is not compatible with your system , you can learn more about other viewers here:  http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Compatible_Viewers.

If you are not sure about compatibility, don't worry.  We will find out in a moment.  If you complete the next step and everything looks right, you are good to go.  If you log in and everything looks pink...you might need to try another viewer option.

This tutorial will follow Firestorm, but all viewers work relatively the same.  Sometimes options are in different places and you just might have to explore a bit to find what you need!


3. LOG IN and TELEPORT TO INSPIRATION ISLAND - Yep, FREE


 Once you have created your avatar and downloaded your viewer it is time to LOG IN!

logging-in

Open your viewer software.

  1. Enter your log in name and password.

  2. Copy and paste this link into the "Start at" box: hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Inspiration Island/740/291/27

  3. Choose the Kitely grid from the menu.

  4. Click log in.  You may be teleported to a "transfer station" first, but after a few moments will be transported to Inspiration Island.

If you are already logged in, you can also enter the link address in the space indicated on the picture below. .

already-logged-in


There are many many things to do on Inspiration Island, so look around and have some fun!

If you are interested in improving your virtual world prowess, the Virtual World Survival Trail starts right from the Inspiration Island  Autumn Park Landing.  Continue reading:   Virtual World Surivival Guide Introduction.

And of course, if you logged in for the first time and things do not look like the screenshot provided.  Scroll back up to Preparation Step #2 and try installing another viewer.  Singularity is another popular one, and one that this author uses on systems incompatible with Firestorm.

Please note that you CAN NOT use the SecondLife.com Viewer to log into any other virtual world but SecondLife®.


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OUR MISSION with the VWSG is to answer all your questions and make your Virtual World Existence easy and fun!  If we missed something, assumed some knowledge or you have a suggestion of inclusion to this particular lesson, please leave your comments below.  Thank you for visiting us today!

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