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.


  1. Create a Grid Account and Avatar Name. (Grid= your virtual world, Avatar = your virtual body, just like the movie!);
  2. Download Viewer  Software (this software is your doorway to virtual worlds);
  3. Log In 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!


Use the embedded SECURE FORM below to create your Inspiration Island grid account and avatar name. Prefer to see the green lock?  Click here.

User Registration = Your REAL NAME and contact information.

Grid Avatar Account = Your AVATAR IDENTITY.  You will be able to change your size, shape and look once you log in.  For now choose male or female.

  • One note about your avatar grid name -- this is how people will see you in the virtual world and your avatar name cannot be changed once chosen.  If you are working in the virtual world as an extension of your professional life, we recommend a variation of your real name, otherwise we suggest being creative.  Just remember that if you are going through some sort of phase, you will still be called what you choose...long after your phase has ended!

Password = The password you choose will log you in to your account details at AND into the virtual world.1
Recaptcha >> If you are logged into your Google account, all you have to do is check the box.  If you are not logged into google you will have to answer some puzzles.  So..log into your Google account first for the easiest registration experience.

Click REGISTER on the form above.  Check your email for the activation link.   Return to this page for the remaining instructions.


Important Information:  "Viewer Software" is required to access 3D worlds.  Through this software you will have the ability to change your avatar appearance, visit many locations on the hypergrid and metaverse, along with many other options.

Just like word processing software, there are several viewers to choose from.  We are going to walk you through the most popular, but also provide you a link to available options.  Virtual World Viewers work with your graphics card.  If this most common option doesn't get along with your graphic card, try some of the others until you get a good match! Not sure if it is a good match or not?  Don't worry, we'll walk you through.

Let's download Firestorm Viewer now and check it out.

If you have a 64 bit machine: choose Firestorm 64 bit. 

If you have a  32 bit machine: choose Firestorm 32 bit.

*DO NOT download the Firestorm that is for SecondLife only.

Click the link below and choose your operating system:


Open your downloaded viewer and follow these instructions. It's as easy as ABC!

A.  ADDING OPENSIM.LIFE to Viewer Configuration.
Copy and paste this using instructions below:

B. Confirming you ADDED THE GRID.


Click log in and see you on the other side! Once on the island there are many people to help you, but if you are looking for a step by step guide, follow the instructions at the landing point for the Virtual World Survival Trail and Guide.

Here's what you will see when you land on Inspiration Island:

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