AviWorlds is back with free land, hypergrid, varregions, and paranoia

Saying “much troubled” isn’t enough anymore. This is “the grid that would not die.” “The grid with the rollercoaster past.” This is the grid that changes its business model or closes down so often that you get whiplash if you try to keep up.

Yes, AviWorlds is back.

“Whoever is out there trying to stop AviWorlds did you really think this was it? Think again!” said grid owner Alexandro Pomposelli — also known as Alex Ferraris in-world — in a tweet last Saturday accompanied by a motivational video titled “Unstoppable.”

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More information was posted over the course of the week on the grid’s Facebook page and its Twitter feed. The grid also has a Google Plus page, but it hasn’t been updated as of this time.

In one Facebook post, Pomposelli seemed to be on the verge of taking some responsibility for the grid’s rocky history and the damage done to users who had trusted their content — or their money — to the grid, by offering “a thousand apologies to our residents.” However, this was immediately followed — if my Google translation from the Portueguese is correct — by allegations of conspiracy between an unnamed competing grid, his hosting provider, Hypergrid Business, and a denial-of-service attacker.

Another key player in the conspiracy could be Google, since their spam filter ate an explanatory email from Pomposelli to Hypergrid Business at just the worst time, and when it had never done so before. It is possible that Google is planning its own virtual world for Brazilians, and needed AviWorlds out of the way.

Hypergrid, varregions, Kitely Market

Twelve hours ago, the grid was back up, running the latest version of OpenSim — the third update of the preview release OpenSim 0.8. Hypergrid connectivity is one. Kitely Market deliveries are allowed, free 1,500-prim quarter regions for all residents, and region rentals at $15 for 15,000 prims.

Other region sizes are also available, according to this Portuguese-language Facebook post, all the way from a 5,000 prim region for 5 Brazilian Reals, to a 15,000-prim region for 15 Reals, and up to a 100,000 prim region for 75 Reals. A Real is worth about 50 cents, so it looks like Brazilians customers are getting a significant discount on land rents right now.

No details have been posted as of yet about the variable regions option. Variable regions allow customers to supersize regions, adding land without increasing cost, and are currently available from several different vendors.

Buyer beware

The AviWorlds grid has already closed four times, without notice, and usually with no opportunity for residents to export their content. During the last closing, at least one resident was unable to get a refund of her in-world currency balance.

As a result, anyone who plans to get involved with AviWorlds should take the following steps to protect themselves:

  • Do not keep more money in the grid’s virtual currency than you can afford to lose
  • Make regular backups of all in-world content
  • If creating a sizeable build, do the work on a platform you control, such as a Diva Distro mini-grid, the easier-to-use Sim-on-a-Stick, or the even-easier New World Studio, or on a platform that allows easy region exports such as Kitely.
  • Since AviWorlds is now hypergrid-enabled, use an avatar from another grid whenever feasible, preferably an avatar from a grid that allows inventory backups.

 

 

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  • Eddi Haskell

    I liked your headline – “and paranoia” really grabbed my attention and made me laugh a bit.

    • …. but it’s only funny until somebody gets sued. 🙂

  • AviWorlds

    The user you are reffering about Maria did not qualify for a refund under our rules which states the user must have at least 5000 V$ in order to get a refund.
    In AvinAtion u need 3000 C.
    And another important factor is that the user only came forh in order to promote her grid and say look how bad Alex is. 5.00 dollars is not the.minimum and also section 2.6 and 1.6 of our TOS.
    What is this now? Maria you want to impose your rules in my grid now?
    Have u asked around how many people had the minimum of 5000 av and I refunded?
    No offcourse not.
    Mike Hart is one of them…ask him!
    And you also wrote an entire article claiming AviWorlds was faking its stats.

  • seems as good a time as any….

    http://youtu.be/7YvAYIJSSZY

    Seriously, though, I wish him all the best…FEED IT ALEX!!!

  • shawnkmaloney .

    Maria, you forgot to mention how one day Aviworlds will have a calendar of events on Google calendar like all the other grids will have one day, month, year, or millennium. hahahaha. I give Alex tons of credit for coming back as much as he does with the same grid name and same av name and all. That in itself deserves respect being bold, confident and honest enough to do and not being a lying and sneaky cheat like many do. Ok ok ok, how you feel about the word “some”. ??? hahahahaha. Keep up the great work Maria.

  • …..aaaaaannnnnd…….its gone. lol

    • That was fast. And what — no notice? That was totally unexpected.

      • And I see that he took down his Facebook page and Twitter account as well… but the blank-page Google+ community is still up! https://plus.google.com/105739514231033189052/posts

        • Do we count this as a separate shutdown, or is it still part of the previous shutdown?

          I don’t usually count a grid as shutdown if it’s just down — otherwise, all the small grids that are only up in the evenings and weekends would be in the headlines every day — but the fact that the website, Facebook page and Twitter account are all gone are indicative. It takes actual effort to take them all down.

          • “That was totally unexpected.”……really?

            I am officially taking bets as to how long it takes for him to pop back up again. I give it less than a month.

          • I was shocked — SHOCKED! — to find the grid gone this morning.

            Also shocking: The dogs wanted to go out.
            And: Cats wanted to be fed.
            And: Son did not mow the lawn.
            And: The laundry did not wash itself.

            Hmmmm… perhaps I am too easily shocked…

  • AviWorlds

    AviWorlds is now back online as I promised.
    AviWorlds is now a private community. You must have a referral or email us at [email protected] so we can activate or not your account. This was due to many many attacks we were getting from outside and inside our community. AviWorlds has been criticised for being up and down so many times but this time I think it will be ok.
    We are holding our own now with our own server and data center. NO HOSTING COMPANIES. We drive the bus now.
    So again if you are interested in signing up you may request to be activate by emailing us at [email protected]
    We will be adding more pages on our website soon with more information.
    Thank you.
    Alex Ferraris
    AviWorlds President & Ceo.