AviWorlds relaunches, pledges to ‘stay online forever’

AviWorlds logo horizontalYou can’t keep these guys down.

AviWorlds is back in action, now in its seventh incarnation.

The grid is pledging to make backups of everything, grid founder Alexandro Pomposelli  — also known as Alex Ferraris in-world — said in a Facebook post Saturday,  “so that all is well this time and that the grid can stay online forever.”

AviWorlds freebie mall. This looks like Linda Kellie's freebie mall -- not that there's anything wrong with that. (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

AviWorlds freebie mall. This looks like Linda Kellie’s freebie mall — not that there’s anything wrong with that. (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

The grid came back online last Thursday.

“For everybody who thought Ferraris was dead, I’ve got some bad news — it’s not so,” he wrote. “AviWorlds is reborn. Everything is perfect and in its place. Alex Ferraris is back!”

(Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

(Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

To attract users to the grid once again, all uploads, groups and classifieds are free, residents can attach home-based regions at no cost, and every resident can get a free quarter region.

You get a free quarter region. She gets a free quarter region. They get a free quarter region. Everybody gets a free quarter region! (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

You get a free quarter region. She gets a free quarter region. They get a free quarter region. Everybody gets a free quarter region! (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

In addition, the grid will be hypergrid-enabled, allowing users to travel to other grids, and to get content delivered from the Kitely Market. The hypergrid address is aviworlds.com:8002.

Alexsandro Pomposelli

Alexsandro Pomposelli

“We will not jail you in a cage like a little birdie,” Pomposelli said, in a Facebook post.

The grid will also offer commercial land. A full region that can hold up to 6,000 prims is $5 per month, 15,000 prims are $15 per month, and a 45,000-prim region is $25.

Each region will also run in its own simulator, Pomposelli promised.

“Generally the grids out there put 16 islands on each simulator, overloading the servers running these islands,” he said in a Facebook post. “The islands on the AviWorlds AVW1 server are completely separate, with distinct databases and simulators.”

Pomposelli’s posts quoted above were all in Portuguese. If there are any errors, blame Google Translate.

A history of failed experiments

To date, AviWorlds has tried:

OpenSim is experimental software, for an experimental metaverse. There’s nothing wrong with trying out different business models, different offers, and different technical setups.

Unfortunately, AviWorlds didn’t stick with any of its experiments long enough to see if they would actually work out. And, with each closure, AviWorlds gave little or not notice at all of the closing, did not give adequate time for residents to make backups or exports, cut off all channels of communication, and, most recently and egregiously, refused to refund a user their $5 worth of unspent virtual currency — after promising that nobody had lost anything on the grid and that all currency purchases would be refunded.

Protect yourself

The following apply to AviWorlds as well as to any other startup grid, closed grid, or commercial grid:

  • Only keep as much money in your virtual currency as you can afford to lose
  • Only create content in a platform where you can make backups, such as a self-hosted region or a Kitely region. Don’t create significant new content in a grid that doesn’t allow backups, or that may be about to close. Instead, create elsewhere and then upload.
  • Don’t rely on in-world friends and groups. Build your community outside the grid with listservs, Facebook groups, or go where all the growth has recently been for OpenSim users — Google Plus communities. That way, even if the grid closes, you can still stay in touch with your customers or friends.
  • For extra security, don’t create an avatar on AviWorlds. In you can, teleport in with an avatar from another grid, instead. OSgrid, Metropolis, Kitely, FrancoGrid, GermanGrid and Craft have all been around for a long time and allow you to teleport in and out.

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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.

28 Responses

  1. sargemisfit@gmail.com' Sarge Misfit says:

    I have to give Alex credit for determination.

    I know pretty much nothing of his reasons for his previous shutdowns and restarts, but what comes across is someone who is trying to do it all himself and wants everything to be absolutely perfect, but doesn’t really know how to deal with it when things don’t work out that way.

    • hanheld@yahoo.com' Han Held says:

      >I have to give Alex credit for determination.
      Detirmination is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results…? Naw -that can’t possibly be right!

  2. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    It is troubling to see here how Maria can make a list of all that I did and even tell people not to register in my grid. But she has left out the list of all the wrong things that were done to aviworlds by these hosting companies. I have sent her numerous emails regarding what had happened.

    Again I never wanted to shut aviworlds down so many times. The mery fact that I am always trying again should show that.

    My grid had rules. No refund unless the user has a minimum of 5000 AVs.
    Just like Avination has the same rule, sl also, and other grids. But Maria makes it seem like Im the wolf man and I dont want to refund money.
    She did not place here the people who did get refunds.
    Tx anyway….

  3. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    AviWorlds list of wrong things done to it by hosting companies.

    Corrupted data base
    Inventories not saving.
    Inventorirs missing.
    Regions going down not only once but two three times per day.
    Regions not able to hold more than 10 people at a time.
    Things missing from what I had requested.
    Missing textures
    Teleports not working.
    Money balances missing.
    Having to email 20-30 TIMES PER DAY.
    THREATS to shut my grid down.
    No back ups.
    And so on.

    • sargemisfit@gmail.com' Sarge Misfit says:

      Many of those problems you list are due to the fact that OpenSim is NOT production software. It IS still being developed. If you expect to run software that is still in development and have it run perfectly, you will always be disappointed.

      “Having to email 20-30 TIMES PER DAY.”
      “THREATS to shut my grid down.”

      If someone emailed me 20 times in one day about an issue, I would threaten to shut them down too. Just how fast do you expect people to get the job done? Email once and let them get things done.

      And keep in mind, the hosting companies out there do not have hundreds of employees. I doubt any of them have more than 10. And you were NOT their only customer.

      Perhaps you should think about exercising patience and reasonability. And maybe host your world on your own private system.

      • arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

        Look Sarge I guess you should be in my place in order to know what exactly I am talking about and what I have experienced. The emailing was not about the SAME SUBJECT . It was always something new wrong going on and it was not due to the fact that opensim is alpha neither. It was due to errors done by personnel not paying attention.
        Also if you have a grid with 100 people coming in and out all day you would know that I had no time to play games and the errors committed needed to be fixed.

        Im hosting my own now. I did build a MINI DATA CENTER in my MAN CAVE in my home where I have industrial internet conenction and my server 1 AVW1 now.
        32 gig, 8 core, 3 Tera storage plus SSD .

        • sargemisfit@gmail.com' Sarge Misfit says:

          All I have to go on are your own posts, here, on G+, etc.

          You have always come across to me as an arrogant, impatient person who always blames others. And I readily admit to a purely subjective interpretation. You are antagonistic and confrontational.

          You have a demonstrated history of starting your grid, making claims of reliability and long-term sustainability, then shutting it down without notice and stating that it was due to the incompetence and maliciousness of others. It is never your fault.

          Yet, the very same complaints you make about others are made about you. Crappy customer service, no notifications, unresponsive to emails, unreliability.

          For me, whether AviWorlds is a success or not is immaterial. I won’t be visiting. More than anything else, I’m tired of all the brouhaha that surrounds you.

        • trrlynn73@gmail.com' Minethere says:

          “Man Caves” definition, “the easiest way to get to know how he really thinks”-)))

          Feed it, Alex, FEED IT!! and good luck.

        • sargemisfit@gmail.com' Sarge Misfit says:

          my response was moderated out

  4. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    Your inventory and shop are gone. AVs if u had 5000 or more we can refund.
    Unfortunately the data base is gone so you would need to re do it. Let me know ok.

  5. bryanf37@gmx.com' Bryan French says:

    Not sure where he is getting his info, but Exo-Life only runs 2 and 4 regions per simulator. I’ve never heard of a grid running 16 regions on a simulator.

  6. a152651@trbvm.com' elora destine says:

    don’t quite understand this man that runs this virtual world. From all the news my eyes have seen it seems like nothing but trouble. I talked with a content creator friend of mine in iw and she told me she is the one who showed me this article and also had told me she has been subject to a big loss in money as well at this place. She said she is looking in to initiating dmca take down to him but can’t find his address or info also some of her content once uploaded here has ended up in all sorts of other places. I guess maybe she can not find the info because the grid as of this post is already gone, I have tried to get to it via hyper grid via osgrid and also I have tried visiting the website and also the Facebook account is now deactivated. So this did not last very long. If anyone has any info that leads to who runs this grid please get in contact with me so we can bring justice as thief’s like this should not be running virtual world. I am on a mission to help my friend so if anyone has any relevant info please do share this man is a fraud. I guess this man is now gone again never stays up long it seems. thank you for your help in advanced.

  7. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    I had a problem during the upgrading now I lost everything. Have to restart everything

  8. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    You know it is very troblesome to see people here calling me a fraud.
    I never did anything wrong and I have been pretty open to everything i have done for the past 4 years.
    AviWorlds rules and TOS mentions all the risks involved and does not guarantee any thing due to the nature of the game itself.
    On the other hand all aviworlds residents received up to 2000 AV s or more to help start up and free stores and free 1/4 sim parcels with lots of prims.
    I did everything with lots of love and care for this game.
    No one can expect AviWorlds to be 100% FREE OF PROBLEMS.
    Everyone knows not even SL cant stop copy bots and in fact it all comes from SL .
    To say that AviWordls allows such a thing on purpose is wrong and very disturbing because then you will have to expect all grids to be also 100% problem free.
    All I have been doing is try and try and try. Nothing less ans nothing more. The fact is that these hosting companies fail short, didnt work for AviWorlds ans I did give them plenty of chances. Now I also cant say its completely their fault.
    Fraud is a very strong word. I have not commited and of such accusations and to continue to accuse me of that will result in me taking actions against it and against people who are falsely accusing me of all that without even knowing the truth and my heart.
    AviWorlds was always a free grid and a very generous one although we did have a currency of which could be refunded if the resident qualified for one.
    Just like SL , Avination, World DC etc….
    I rest my case.

    • I don’t think anyone is calling you a fraud. I’m saying you made a public relations mistake.

      Except, in retrospect, I don’t know if it’s really a mistake or not. It does make your grid look bad, but it also draws in a lot of attention to your grid. I’ve done more stories on AviWorlds probably than most other grids combined! LOL

      There is some compelling research out there that shows that even negative publicity can help improve sales when a product is not very well known. So, say, if zero people know about your grid, you will get zero customers. But if ten thousand people hear about your grid — even if 90% of them wind up with a bad opinion of it — that’s still 1,000 potential customers with a positive opinion.

      • arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

        Hi Maria . well your comments on this article do not help either. It does instigate sort of a negative reaction from some people. I just wish you would be a little more understanding that AviWorlds was not 100% in my hands. I depended on many people and it is not my fault AviWorlds is down.
        I do understand the frustration of some and all I can say is that it is not my choice to keep closing the grid again and again. In fact it is stressing me out alot and I cant wait to find a solution for this.
        I have tried may strategies and hosting companies and the result is what you know now. Grid is down.

        All I can say to everyone is that I am sorry that AviWorlds is down again. I love opensim and I love AviWorlds. I know it can be a great grid if just I can keep it online.
        I have invested more than 2000 dollars in my new server AVW1 now. Plus all the internet connectivity needed for a powerful lag free grid.
        I LOVE OPENSIM ! It gives me the oportunity to do what SL did not give to me. I remember calling SL 7 years ago regarding getting my own servers and hosting my own regions and they laughed in my face. 10 days later all my regions were down…Funny right?
        Im going to try again and again and again. Does not matter how many times I know one day it will stick! Plus if I was doing something wrong grid wise and administrative wise ALL MY FOLLOWERS would not come back each time the grid is up again and we make the 10 most popular list.
        You would not believe the amount of letters I receive asking if AviWorlds is going to be back again. So they share my love for it.
        And no…I do not try to get publicity by being up and down all the time…I know what you are saying Maria. But I much prefer to be online with no problems and long term.

        So please my friends I am sorry about the ups and downs…But Iam not sorry to be trying again!
        Alex Ferraris

    • lmpierce@alcancemas.com' lmpierce says:

      Hi Alex,

      Only one comment that I know of contained the word ‘fraud’ and that comment was taken down several hours ago as a violation of the discussion guidelines. You can always contact me at [email protected] if you find an inappropriate comment.

  9. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    Guys! I just set up AviWorlds Welcome. grid is up but..I can teleport out and come back fine….but no one can see my grid out there….Any clues as to why people cant HYPERGRID into AVW?

  10. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    Hello WORLD! As you all know I am Alex Ferraris. I m looking for a hosting company to host my grid. I have a powerful server in my MAN CAVE but I am very very green in terms of creating a powerful solution for my grid.

    Anyone? I am also opened for A NEW RELATIONSHIP with the hosting companies I have used before. We do make mistakes and I am sure like myself also do LEARN from them.
    Anyone please contact me via my email address [email protected]
    Alex Ferraris

  11. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    Still frying my brains with a few issues but I was able to fix the hypergrid problem. I have been doing intensive research and learning alot. Not easy when u are in a completely unknown territory.

  12. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    I did it! Grid is up and we already have residents living there. I also learned how to make partners, change payment info in profile etc etc. The power of wanting something really bad is great! I am now creating back ups of everything. Its in my hands now and it is running in 8.1 Dev. I will be updating it every week while we are small. Hypergrid is working perfectly. No errors in the consoles either.
    All accounts must be verified by me or my team of managers. I want aviworlds to stick around and if it is going to as long as I am in control of it all.

  13. skylifegrid@yahoo.com' SkyLifeGrid says:

    I have a feeling that AviWorlds will be around quite some time

  14. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    This is my answer. Watch this video!