The main difficulty with networked and distributed spaces like Opensim is trying to find your way around the 300+ publicly available grids. Exploring and the hypergrid are the two main defining features of Opensim to me and finding my way around was essential. In this post I will show you four of the main ways that help making exploring via the hypergrid very easy.
From exploring the hypergrid I managed to put together a few grids on a list to make things easier to find (other grids page here) and whilst out exploring I came across four Hyperports (a collection of teleports to different destinations and grids on the hypergrid).
- hg.osgrid.org:80:hypergrid depot
Hypergrid Depot [OSGrid - Samuel Greenway]
Our first Hyperport is the hypergrid depot (by Samuel Greenway) on one of the oldest Opensim grids called OSGrid. The idea of this region is one the most ingenious ways of teleporting people.
The metaphor of travel is embodied in how the region is designed as a multi platform train station arrivals hall. At each platform there is a train and a sign at the end of the platform indicating where the train will take you. The teleport occurs when you walk inside of the train which is a very effective and interesting way of teleporting.
Eld Sanctuary Grid [Shaun Emerald]
The Eld region is especially dear to me (and to many on the hypergrid) as it was the first Hyperport I found in Opensim. Where I also had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Shaun Emerald. The dedication to maintaining this region is incredible and the teleport list of destinations is huge.
When you arrive on Eld you are in a sky box and directly in front of you is your first gate teleport to the region below. Set in the centre is a floating sky island and branching of from that is four other floating islands. On these outer islands you will find a huge selection of teleports and places to sit and contemplate where you want to go with all this choice and the wonderful surrounds.
Weltraumbahnhof [Soloton Grid - Spike Sol]
Next up is the Weltraumbahnhof region has so many teleports you will definitely want to take a landmark to find your way back here. Run and maintained by Spike Sol the selection of places on offer here is phenomenal. One thing all the hyperports share and this one is no exception is that they all have an impressive amount of teleports to a variety of destinations. There is a second floor of destinations, recently added as the floor below was bursting at the seams to contain all the teleporters.
I think Spike Sol maybe German as allot of the signage here is in both German and English. Which is unique on the list of Hyperports. Also check out the website link below for more information.
Hyperica [Maria Korolov]
There are two parts to Hyperica, the Hyperport with many teleports to different places (although the region is under construction at the moment) and once completed will be an interesting and useful resource. The second part is the Hyperica destination website (See below for website link). Both are maintained by Maria Korolov, editor of Hypergrid Business and co-host of Inworld review with Mal Burns.
Opensimworld [Satyr Aeon]
Another great resource for finding places on the hypergrid is the Opensimworld directory (click here for opensimworld website). Currently there over 400 regions (I stopped counting pages at 40) at the time of writing so there are plenty of regions to visit. There is a region where you can pick up the Opensimworld objects to add your own region to the ever growing list on the website.
Finding my way, or your way around Opensim is very easy these days and with these hyperports, Hyperica and Opensimworld websites travelling and exploring using the hypergrid is a great way to have fun, find friends or explore what Opensim has to offer.
I made a video as I went round and I hope you log in and check out some new places on the hypergrid. Opensim has an impressive number of regions interconnected by the hypergrid to explore the hyperports and the Opensimworld and Hyperica websites are a testament to the creativity that can be found in Opensim with easy ways to explore.
If you are new to Opensim and the concept of the hypergrid Chic Aeon did a wonderful over view video covering the basics of the hypergrid.
If you know of any others, leave me a comment below and I will add them to the list of destinations. The more the merrier that's my opinion.