Explorer Tools (Reader Assists)

Comprehending a linear story in a laterally expanding storybuild is a little like trying to comprehend the extent and imagination of our universe when it is forever expanding.   Impossible?  Maybe, but scientists will keep trying to decipher the universe and its forces.  Storybuilders will keep trying to direct their reader to see a vision.  Resorting to a traditional text (the blog or a book) is one way, but the storybuilder is challenged to find other ways to rope the story in.

Some tools the explorer can use in Midtown Exhibits are listed here.   As tools are discovered, invented and come into play, those tools will be added too.

1.  The world HUD (guidebook) is in development for the online and offline reading.
2.  An accompanying story being drafted here is being written.  Some forms of the story will be published when time is available.
3.  Midtown Arts Museum Exhibit Camera (Available soon for all explorers in every Lakewater exhibit).
Useful Immersion Tool
One of the most important devices a storybuilder can add is a document camera.  Not only for taking photos, but for giving photos, documents and clues to the explorer/reader.  When a reader can use the document camera, the lateral unwieldy story becomes a little more linear.  It is easier for the explorer to make sense of the author's story.  These cameras are being added to every Lakewater exhibit.
1.  The explorer touches the stool to sit.  Then the author touches any key to see a real time (LIVE) view of what the author wants the explorer to see.  If an author is curtailing flying, it is a good practice to give explorers a foreshadowing or close up look.  Of course they can use their own camera to see afar, but they don't know what the author wants them to focus on.  This is an old Myst/Uru scope trick that works very well in place of a text figurative device (simile or idiom).
2.  The shutter card (looks like a sim card) is a good place to store notes, the photo an author wanted the explorer to take (back up plan B) and any other objects or artifacts that an explorer will require.  It is a wonderful foreshadowing tool that many builders already use for this or that reason.  
3.  An explanation camera is placed close to the blog access opportunity.  In this case, the camera took a photo of itself next to the blog access (hanging tapestry).

Lakewater Storybuild Guidebook 

How to use the In world HUD (Heads Up User Display) guidebook.
  1. Pick up the Guide at the Gateway to any storybuild.  It is nailed to the hanging tapestry.
  2. Do not take the Guide out of your inventory. Instead right click on the object to attach it.   Choose HUD center display.  It is already positioned to fill the left side of your screen, but you can move it over in the usual way an object is moved.   
  3. The HUD takes up a lot of space.  It is not advised that you resize it, but if you can modify the size the same way you moved the HUD.
  4. Instead of resizing the HUD, you can clear the screen of the HUD altogether by typing /9 hide into the chat or /9 show when you want to see it again.
  5. The guidebook is being developed and revised continuously, but you will always have the most updated version, because the HUD is connected directly to Lakewater's online blogs.  This method is more convenient for the explorer, and less time consuming for the author.   
  6. Use the guide and the cameras.  With the exception of riddles, puzzles and not so obvious treasures you will collect along the way, the these two tools are all you need to navigate and document your journey.
DISCLAIMER:  While the tools are ready to use, the worlds are still being built and the Realm Master expeditions are still being developed.  Please accept our apologies for any confusion and the time it takes to finish our storybuilds.


Find a good online/offline annotation tool.  The Midtown Ladies Guild found several free or open source screen capture and annotation applications that works wonderfully with the guidebook, since you can take the Guidebook with you about nearly everywhere, online or offline (even mobile).

Explorers can document their journeys by using the online/offline annotation tool directly through the guidebook in world.   This first photo is an example of how Ruby annotated the steps she took to find her first clue, a complimentary tea pot that she picked up for her collection and a note about getting a cup of tea (oh dearie).  I hope she understood the riddle of "Drink Me."   
Explorers can also document their work using the Guidebook to easily outline their journey by taking a photo with overlays (HUD, interface) on.   Slide the full permission photo into the notecard and keep in your inventory along with the guidebook.   Use yoiur notecard to add journal notes and story, whatever you please.   Below is a photo of how Ruby used the in world HUD and a notecard to record her journey.
Using documentation to prove your work for a badge is a new experience for some explorers.   The use of badges rather than grades is a real possibility for the future.   For storybuilds it is a way to keep track of learning and notes for your own purposes.   Because Open Sim does not charge for photographs taken in world, it is convenient to use this method for your Realm Master Expedition badges.




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