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Iris Herouin

Linking GTFO! hubs with Opengate Teleportals

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As already pointed out by others, the void sea sims that separate the various mainland continents are the greatest obstacle to all regular vehicle transport roleplay activities, including GTFO! But, although GTFO! cargo operations can not be carried out directly by means of teleport either, I would like to propose the use of stargate style teleportals to better connect GTFO! hubs by transfering  drivers for GTFO! events such as hub crawls and to promote visits to those hubs for any other activities they may be supporting, such as passenger transport services or other forms of role play. The old original SL Alteran stargate network closed down a while ago, however, it was replaced by the Astria Porta Open Stargate Network which is free of charge for both gate equipment and gate hosting. Why not just use regular SL landmark teleports instead? The stargates have a few advantages over LM teleports. First, they facilitate group teleports by allowing a number of avatars to gather on one location, then all enter and jump to a predetermined destination. Second, they help promote the locations that host them by providing listings of specific destinations with in the network. And lastly, they are much more engaging and fun to use than to just using a landmark for teleportation and so encourage exploration, just as GTFO! does. Getting and hosting an opengate teleportal is easy. Simply go to any gate location on the gate list web page at: http://opengate.ma8p.com/list.cgi and click on the gate there. You will then get a menu that includes an option to get a gate. Simply select that option and it will send you a gate kit for free. Then create a small rez zone parcel on your land with a short 2 minute autoreturn so that your gate travelers can wear the automaphud object that allows telports to work just by walking into the gate. Then set up your selected gate (facing east if possible so incoming avatars are facing the right direction) on the parcel according to the instructions on the opengate main website at: http://ma8p.com/~opengate/ and the gate should show up in the gate list and be ready to use.If the gate needs to be updated before use, then a bot avatar should appear to do the update and then leave after the update is completed. Gates work best if sunk into the ground or a set of stairs a bit so you do not trip over them and also you may need to phantom the gate to allow avatars to pass through it, if the gate you choose is not a hollow model. Now you just copy and paste an address from the gate list after typing a dial command and a space like /s or /d or /dial into local chat and hit enter. The gate dials and opens an event horizon texture. Now just walk up and into the gate. If you are wearing the automaphud teleport is automatic. If not, you will be given map coodinates and can teleport from your viewer's main map tool. The portal closes by itself after a few moments on both ends and that's it, you and your party are there. Currently the Amella-Bedstraw GTFO! hub complex is serviced by a gate hosted by Yorkie Bardeen where the railroad tracks cross over route 4 in Amella, Heterocera. The website map location for that is: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amella/176/236/69 So, there you have it, if enough GTFO! hubs provide opengate (stargate) teleportals, then those pesky void regions are mitigated and your GTFO! hub is just a wormhole away from all those who wish to travel to it by foot or a small attached vehicle. So, what are you waiting for? Its fun, its free, its easy, it works and its available. It will drive traffic to your location and even works on rented land if you have script and build rights there. See you on the other side.

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I wish to make a correction to my original post. The Alteran Stargate Network is in fact still active, and actually has more gates and features but it seems to be more proprietary and more closed than the  Astria Porta Open Stargate Network. If you are interested, you can check out the Alteran Stargate Network's website for more information at: http://www.alpha-fox.com/

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Update: I took a look at the Alteran Stargate Network and found the Alteran gates require you to click on the event horizon and use the map tool to teleport. This makes them less intuitive to use and hinders group teleport. The Opengate Network will tell you the location link if the avatar touches the event horizon, even if the Automaphud object is not worn, and of course is totally automatic for teleports with the automaphud object worn. This makes me favor the Opengate Network for group use. The gates from each network are not mutually exclusive , however, and can be setup back to back or near each other. Both will respond to dialing commands but only one will open a portal for a given location. The Alteran Network does have one advantage for GTFO! hub use that the Opengate Network does not. There is an Alteran stargate located in GTFO! headquarters in Bruissac already. It is located under the dance floor of the roof top garden of the main GTFO! HQ building at the very top of the hightest tower. This gate rises up out of the dance floor when dialed or dialing is done. You can use /dial PVE-416 to get to it from any other Alteran gate on the network listed here: http://www.alpha-fox.com/asn/db/  But, you do have to teleport from the map tool after clicking the event horizon to do so. Good luck.

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I did some further research on the Alteran gates and found that, as well as the RLV auto teleport, the wearable automaphud objects given out by the Open gates will actually work and provide automatic teleport upon passing through the Alteran stargate teleportals. They did not seem to be that reliable doing so. however, often failing after a few teleports and having to be detached then reattached to resume function. The Open gates did not seem to suffer from this issue, with the automaphud objects continuing to function until being detached or logging off. Never the less, that means that both or either gate systems can be used as desired for connecting the GTFO! hubs together for personnel and small attached vehicle transfer only.

 

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ASN auto teleports also with the emDash hud. Anyone using ASN currently, GTFO world headquarter's gate address alias is GTFO, and the one up at the spaceport is BSP. Stargate location at world HQ is on top of the headquarters building at the northern most point. 😃

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