The hypergrid is like the World Wide Web of 3D worlds. You can create your own world, at your company, school, or government agency, and link it to worlds owned by partners, clients, or information providers.

Hypergrid teleports look and feel much like regular, in-world teleports. In fact, usually the only way to know that you’ve done a hypergrid teleport and not an in-grid one is that your user name changes when you land in the new world. For example, if you were Bob Smith when you were on YourCompanyGrid.com, when you travel to a different grid, your name will now be displayed as something like [email protected]:8002.

You have to hypergrid-enable your grid first. Or get a new avatar on a grid that’s already hypergrid-enabled, such as OSGrid.

Travel instructions from Hyperica:  How to travel the hypergrid, or click here for help if you have problems with hypergrid teleports.

And check out Hyperica itself, for a directory of hypergrid-enabled destinations.

Full list of hypergrid directories:

  • Hyperica — the largest hierarchical directory of hypergrid destinations, human-edited
  • The Hypergates — searches all the regions that have “The Hypergate” portals installed
  • Metaverse Ink — searches every item in a region for keywords
  • HG URL — searches every region that has an HGURL “thumbtack” placed on it
  • Grid Hop — a listing of hypergrid destinations manually added by users

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

2 Responses

  1. Blogit3d says:

    why try to make a hyper grid i dont see the point secondlife has to much trouble already to add more stuff and grids

    • Blogit — there are several reasons to be on the hypergrid.

      School and companies, for example, might want to have private grids for cost, compliance, security or privacy reasons — but might also want to visit other grids sometimes to attend events or visit freebie stores. Hypergrid also allows builders to teleport in with their inventories to work on projects. Hypergrid can be turned on and off at will, so some schools will turn it on during construction, and turn it off when classes are in session.

      Another reason to be on the hypergrid is that you can set up a free, four-region megaregion Diva Distro version of OpenSim on your home computer. With the hypergrid, you can teleport out from your mini-grid to other grids (like OSGrid, which is the largest grid out there, or the French-language FrancoGrid, or the German-language GermanGrid or New World Grid or ReactionGrid or dozens of others). You can attend events, meet up with friends, go shopping. And if you give folks your hypergrid address, they can come visit you on your grid. The latest version of hypergrid supports multi-grid instant messages, friends lists, and landmarks. 

      Running OpenSim on your own is tricky. You have to route ports and configure MySQL databases… there are instructions, and plenty of help out there, but it’s not for the faint of heart. 

      Another alternative is to rent regions or entire grids from hosting providers — prices for full regions start at less than $10 a month. Most hosting providers will turn on hypergrid for you if you want, so you’re not limited to just your own land or your starting grid.

      However, many commercial grids have proprietary, unique content and they deliberately have hypergrid turned off in order to create an exclusive experience for their residents. After all, you wouldn’t want people teleporting from, say, a Club Penguin-type grid to a World of Warcraft-type grid, and get your poor little penguins clobbered. Or teleport from a sci-fi grid to a medieval role playing grid and blow everything up with your nukes. Commercial gaming grids will probably stay closed, off the hypergrid, permanently. Or, if they do turn on hypergrid, turn it on for just the welcome regions.

      Grids focusing on residential areas, education, corporate business, marketing, non-profits, or retail tend to have hypergrid turned on, however, in order to have the maximum possible freedom for their residents and the biggest reach for their services.