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|
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.
- Pick up the Guide at the Gateway to any storybuild. It is nailed to the hanging tapestry.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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."