How to access virtual worlds

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Already set? Quick info:

Click here to enter the scene: Daur-Anarie-Discovery.

If needed, create a character here: Site or here: Login URL.

If needed, add this world to the list of the viewer:
Grid URI: «»

If you don't know to use these informations, see under how to do.



First time? Follow the three steps:


1) Install the viewer software

Your computer: Windows, Mac or Linux. All computers work, but cheap computers and most laptops will have jerky movements, for a frustrating experience. So better a good graphic card, and memory. Tablets and cellphones cannot be used. More info on hardware requirements.

Your screen: prefer a large one. Today (2019) there is no really usable 3D helmets.

The viewer software: you need to install it. The recommended viewer is Firestorm, version for Open Sims (you can install the SL version separatelly). The full list is here.


2)Create a character

Open the viewer (background images vary):

Se loguer dans le navigateur Firestorm

There are two ways to create your character:
a) click on «create an account» at the bottom right of the viewer.
b) follow this link: Login URL (Some pages need to click on «create account» or other riddles).
You get a form which allows you to choose a starting appearence (that you can change later), the character name, and the password that you will have to use in the viewer. An email is requested, for confirmation, and to receive infos. You will have to reply to be confirmed, check that it works and is not blocked by a filter.

Be sure that the world «Discovery Grid» is selected in the field «Grid:» (Select a world) If it is not in the list, see next point 3) how to add a world to the list.

Enter your character name and password as indicated (It is recommended to uncheck «Remember Username», especially if you share your computer.) (For beginners, it is better to leave the third field on «Home».). Now you just have to click «Log In»to enter!


3)Add a world to the list.

If «Discovery Grid» is not in the list of the worlds («Grids»), then go in menu «viewer» at top left, then «Preferences», then «OpenSim». Find the field «Add new grid», and copy paste in the Grid URI which follows: «». Click «Apply» then «OK»: Discovery Grid was added to the list! You can now connect as above.

Add a world in the Firestorm
			viewer list



Moving and communicating in world

The indispensable bases are:

Walk, with the arrow keys

Fly, with the PgUp and PgDown keys

Speak, first in text, with the menu «conversations» at bottom left. It opens a window which also show the private chat (very useful if you did a blunder)

Search for people, groups and places of interest, with the «search» button at bottom. this remains the best way to find like-minded people.

explore, with the menu «Map» at bottom right. Today virtual worlds are very big, making their population sparse. You can teleport with clicking on the map, or remember places you like with the menu at top left: «World» then «Landmark this place».

Arrange your character appearance (improperly called «avatar»). This possible in the world, either by using «freebies» (free items), or with buying items. Important: be yourself, avoid people who want you to look like them.

There are many other things to learn, but it is enough of a few every day. Never hesitate in asking for help to people you meet: You will get a new thing every day.

Your purposes.

There are many interesting things to do in the virtual, either for oneself or with others. Have your project, whatever it is, meet like-minded people, and learn more to lead your project to success.


Your behavior.

The media often despise virtual worlds are ruleless and lawless. Gross mistake: the people you encounter are real persons, with their sensitivity and their limits, often from countries with a totally different culture. So respect and all the useful social rules also apply. Sometimes, people do not reply you: they can be busy, or simply not see your text. So it is better to behave in a mature and constructive way. Troublesome people and wackos are quickly spotted and banned.

Last warning, The people you see may look sexy, but this does not mean they are sexually available (In more many do not display their real gender, so beware of surprises).

And at last...

Have success in your new virtual life!