Welcome to the Virtual World Survival Guide™ (VWSG)
Our mission is to provide you with the information you need to make the most of your virtual world experience.
We will start with basic instructions (like walking, running and flying) and will advance to much more complicated topics. See Index to bounce around topics.
Most of our lessons are less than three minutes in length, so it is fast and easy to listen and learn, then perform the action! You can use the website version or do the entire course in world on Inspiration Island.
Each lesson has a BONUS TIP(S) at the bottom with related information. These are most popular with our virtual world veterans. If you are completely NEW to virtual worlds, you might want to come back to those sections later to avoid information overload.
MY AVATAR LOOKS FUNNY – HOW DO I CHANGE IT?
We opted to put some basic skills in front of customization of your profile and avatar. Kind of difficult to change your avatar when you don’t know how to look at yourself!
But, if you really want to adjust your appearance first — look at Training Steps 10-13.
WHERE DO I START?
The Virtual World Survival Trail starts right outside the A2Z Headquarters. There is a quick teleport at the main Inspiration Island landing.
From Inspiration Island VWSG Landing and touch the teleport board with your mouse for the Virtual World Survival Guide.
If you are not already on Inspiration Island:
TELEPORT ADDRESS: hop://grid.opensim.life:8002/Inspiration%20Island/370/334/25
Have fun and remember. Everyone was a “newbie” on their first day. We have all run into walls, fallen off of buildings, gotten trapped inside mountains and most of us have accidentally entered a public place naked. It is all in the fun.. We hope that we INSPIRE you to enjoy your virtual life to its fullest.
Virtual World Survival Trail (VWST)
The VWST is marked by a series of numbered boxes called CHECKPOINTS. Follow the trail with your avatar. For instance, if you are reviewing Step #5, to experience the referenced interaction in that lesson, you need to be standing on the VWST at Checkpoint #5.
WEB VERSION: Once you have the guide open, you can use the navigation links (previous | next) provided to correspond with your activity. Keep in mind that when you choose the “next” link and proceeding to a new STEP, relocate your avatar on Inspiration Island as well.
If you accidentally close the VWSG , you can click any Checkpoint Box to re-open the Guide at your current location. A blue dialog box will pop up asking you to confirm your request before reopening the VWSG.
VIRTUAL WORLD SURVIVAL GUIDE™
Web Browser Lessons
TWO WAYS TO SEE THE INFORMATION:
a) WEB BROWSER: Click the Checkpoint Boxes with your mouse to open the web browser. Click accept on the blue pop-up box. To move forward, use the page links at bottom (previous | next) or click a Checkpoint Box as desired.
b) VIRTUAL WORLD MEDIA: The web pages have been placed in world on Media Prims. This requires your media options to be turned on and set to auto load.
This web page lesson is inworld at the Survival Guide Information booth. If you don’t see the web page, you need to adjust your media settings. Follow these instructions:
To open your PREFERENCES PANEL you have THREE OPTIONS:
Which option works best for you?
TOOLBAR: Preferences Button
PULL-DOWN MENU: Avatar / Preferences
Note the highlighted options to get to this console page. Make your media settings look like this:
In upper right corner you will see a few items:
MUSIC NOTE: Music note = sound off / Pause button = sound on;
CAMERA: Camera icon = sound off / Pause button = sound on >> CLICK THIS TO TURN ON,
SPEAKER: HOVER OVER and see pull-down menu >> CHECK the BOX NEXT TO MEDIA, adjust slider.
BONUS TIP #1
The Preferences Window – Setting Content Rating Level
Most of our BONUS TIPS are just that, additional information for those that want to know. This particular tip, however, we recommend to everyone because it introduces the PREFERENCES PANEL and CONFIRMS your RATING DESIRES.
Open your PREFERENCES PANEL just like you did (scroll up if you don’t remember).
If you are not already on it, click the GENERAL TAB at the Left Top of the Panel. The options are located as demonstrated on the image below. If you never want to be exposed to sims (simulated lands) that offer nudity or explicit activities, then you don’t want the “A” to show under the “I want to access content rated:” option.
BONUS TIP #3
Preferences Window – Browser Options
You can set up your viewer to always use the Internal or External Browser (Chrome, IE, MSN, etc.) by setting up your preferences correctly.
Do you remember how to open this panel? If not, scroll up!
MAIN CATEGORY (Left): Network and Files
Sub-Category (Top): Connection
Options (Center): Choose “Use built-in browser for Second Life links only.
CHOOSE Apply/OK to save your changes.
FINAL INTRODUCTION COMMENTS
Don’t Try to Do it ALL in One Day
We know you are excited, but take your time. There is a LOT of information here. Do what you can and when you start to lose focus, go do some exploring. Next time you log in, come back and do a little more! Learn how to set your HOME to HERE in Step #01 to make it even easier!