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Arena Rezzer and Moderation Tool

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  • Arena Rezzer and Moderation Tool Tools for Organising Groups of Avatars Mobius Ryba
  • Introduction
    • I am Mobius Ryba – a student at the University of Reading.
    • I spend some time using a virtual world known as Second Life.
    • I happened to come across a project called MUVEnation.
    • As part of this – I identified a few key areas that were lacking available tools allowing organisers to run an organised talk or discussion.
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  • Methodology of Designing the Tools
    • The observations were found through inworld discussion with educators and content providers inworld.
    • The main problems were identified as beinng large group organisation – arranging the avatars, and organising the discussion, over both voice and text chat.
    • Other tools are available for the chat moderation
      • But can be expensive.
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  • Tools Designed
    • The 2 areas were:
      • Chat moderation
      • Seating
    • Although these sound like simple problems – when a large number of avatars gather, it becomes difficult for a leader to organise them and keep log of who is talking and at what time.
    • After my experiences inworld – I created the following tools:
      • Arena Seat Rezzer
      • Moderation Tool
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  • Moderation Tool
    • This is a low prim, low lag object, designed to ease moderation of a chat or discussion by allowing participants to join a queue of speakers.
    • The tool allows a visual display of who should be talking at what time – lessening confusion and giving people their time to talk.
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  • Moderation Tool (continued)
    • The tool is in 3 sections:
    • A central display and control prim which displays the information.
    • A green, add button – participants can click this to be added to the queue of speakers.
    • A red, remove button – participants may click this to be removed from the list. The owner of the tool may also use this to remove a speaker from the list.
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  • Arena Rezzer
    • When groups gather – there can very often me a group huddled together in a chaotic mix that makes individuals hard to pick out.
    • Customisable, configurable seating is needed.
    • The Arena Seat Rezzer is placed down at the center of the area where seating is needed.
    • Commands are given by the owner to setup the seating required.
    • The tool then builds and ajusts seating blocks to the given parameters.
    • The command list is long – however you only need to change what you want – seating can be rezzed with just 1 command – all others enable powerful cusomisation of the pattern
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  • Arena Rezzer Commands
    • sides x
      • Set the number of sides of the whole circle. Default is 20.
    • arcsides x
      • Set the number of sides to actually make benches for. For example, if you want a semicircle with 8 sides, set sides to 16 and arcsides to 8. Default is 10.
    • aislew x
      • Set the width of the aisles. Default is 0.6.
    • radius x
      • Set the radius of the inner stage area. The first benches will start just outside this radius, touching it. Default is 4.
    • rows x
      • Set the number of rows to generate. Default is 4.
    • width x
      • Set the width of the benches from front edge to back edge. Default is 1.
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  • Arena Rezzer Commands
    • thickness x
      • Set the height of the benches from top to bottom. Default is 0.6.
    • colour r g b
      • Set the color of the benches using values of 0-255. Default is white (0 0 0 ).
    • report
      • Display the current settings.
    • reset
      • Reset settings to defaults.
    • generate
      • Rez out the blocks with the specified settings.
    • die
      • Clear all the blocks
    • All commands are given on a private channel and the rezzer does not speak in open chat.
    • The block texture is customisable.
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  • Arena Rezzer Examples
    • Total Sides: 20, Rows: 4, Aisle Width: 0.600, Radius: 4.000, Thickness: 0.600, Width: 1.000, Z Offset: 0.000, Rezzed Sides: 10
    • Total Sides: 20, Rows: 7, Aisle Width: 0.000, Radius: 6.000, Thickness: 0.600, Width: 1.000, Z Offset: 2.400, Rezzed Sides: 20
    The Rezzer is capable of may shapes of seating, from small to large numbers, full or partial rings, aisles or not, colours, block shapes etc. all within 1 tool. Mobius Ryba – Second Life Arena Rezzer and Moderation Tool Slide of 11
  • Conclusion
    • Designing tools for Virtual Worlds it is a useful activity because the tools can help us to achieve our objectives in a easier way.
    • One of the advantages of creating tools in Second Life is that you can identify needs and test with the help of others.
    • All the tools contain update scripts, so will automaticly update to the latest version.
    • To gain a copy of the tools for educational use or for a live demo: contact “Mobius Ryba” inworld.
    • I work mainly on custom work, so if you have an idea for a tool – please get in touch.
    • You can find a small selection of my work available: http://is.gd/2KXim
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