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Iris Herouin

Linking GTFO! Hubs with Alteran Stargate Teleportals

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In my previous posting I advocated to use Opengate teleportals to connect GTFO! hubs by allowing transfer of personnel for various purposes between distant hubs. There is an alternative available to the Opengate system in the form of the Alteran Stargate Network. The major benefits of using alteran stargate teleportals are the same as using opengate teleportals, namely group facilitated operator and visitor transfers, promoting hubs through gate website listings and providing a more fun and engaging teleport experience than allowed by landmark and direct map teleports. The primary strengths of the alteran gates over using open gates are better user support and a greater number of available teleportal locations and options. ASN's support and popularity comes with a cost however. The Astria Porta Open Stargate Network was created from the beginning to be a free, open source and mostly distributed system. As such, it is a simpler, more automated, more fault tolerant, more integrated, and is completely free of charge to setup and use. Never the less, both of these systems are not mutually exclusive and some locations have both systems installed and in use. So, to those who are considering the alteran alternative for connecting their GTFO! hubs, I will offer some information on how to get started using the ASN teleportals below by highlighting the differences from opengate teleportals and offering ways to get around any perceived limitations that I have found while using them.
Getting an alteran gate - Unlike opengates, alteran gates do not vend free stargate teleportal kits. You can, however, get free alteran stargate kits from Subnova by either going to the Alphafox website and requesting one from this address: http://www.alpha-fox.com/asn/get/  or by visiting the Space Station gate room in second life at: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/eternal%20calm/131/163/3105/  and obtaining one from the vendor on the opposite side of the gate room.

Setting up your alteran gate - Setup of an alteran gate is similar to setup of an opengate. The full process is well documented in the online manual at: http://www.alpha-fox.com/resources/asn/manual/  There are some differences though. First - you must place your alteran gate facing north instead of east for opengates. Next - because alteran gates have two different dialing networks (milkyway and pegasus) that support only one direct address dialing type per region, you should consider looking up in the website gate directory at: http://www.alpha-fox.com/asn/db/  first to determine if another gate exists with in it already. Unlike opengates, the alteran gates do not support teleport between gates of the same type with in the same region. If your region already has an alteran gate present, then you should choose a gate type of the opposite addressing method to avoid confusion and provide maximum function for your gate. Otherwise, you will need to either rename your gate from the default and/or set an alias to distigush your new gate from others in the region, and then must gate teleport outside the region first to get to your new gate of the same type that currently shares that region with any another of that same gate type.

Dialing your alteran gate - Unlike opengates, alteran gates do not offer a direct means to determine a unique gate address from the gate itself, one must use the gate website directory to obtain one. Also, because alteran gates support two different dialing networks the normal addressing methods may not always work either. I have found that the only unique and totally reliable way to dial an alteran gate is to use its gate ID as listed in the website gate directory. Also, because the open chat dialing funcion maybe shut off on alteran gates, one may be forced to use the /123 chat channel to get the gate to respond to a dialing command. For example, to dial GTFO! HQ's gate you would state in chat /123 /dial PVE-416 which would open a portal to the alteran folding gate at the top of the GTFO! HQ building.

Teleporting using an alteran gate - Both opengates and alteran gates support manual map teleport by clicking on the event horizon displayed by an active gate and also support automatic teleport using viewers that support RLV or teleport agents such as the latest versions of the Linden and Firestorm viewers combined with worn teleport items attached. However, unlike opengates, which vend the automaphud teleport attachments directly, you must chase down an RLV relay or compatible teleport hud separately to automatically teleport with an alteran gate. There is a very good auto teleport attachment called "TP relay hud" that is completely free, opensource, full perm and works equally well with both opengates and alteran gates available on the second life marketplace here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/TP-relay-hud/3818046  To use this item, simply attach it to your avatar using either the add or wear functions, give it permission to teleport when asked and then toggle between its three modes of No Teleport (Red), Authorized Teleport (green), and Automatic Teleport (orange) as desired by clicking on the hud icon. When active, automatic teleport occurs when passing through the event horizon of a dialed and active gate. Because its just a screen hud, no rez zone is needed to attach it, unlike the Automaphud. But be aware that opengates act slightly differently when automatic teleport is used than alteran gates do. Opengates teleport the very moment an avatar touches the surface of the event horizon. Alteran gates must be fully passed through to activate a teleport. This means an open gate can be completely solid or built into a solid wall and still function as long as the event horizon is exposed for contact. Since an alteran gate must be passed through to activate automatic teleport, it must be hollow or phantom, and also must have a passable space behind it to function.

GTFO! Hubs with existing alteran stargates - Here is short list of alteran gate IDs for GTFO! hub locations that have owner supplied stargate teleportals already installed:

GTFO! Head Quarters Building (Brussiac) - PVE-416
Graven Hearts Airstrip (Nautilus - Gisco) - PV9-418
GoA Jormundgandr (Jormundgandr) - PVM-443
Amella St-Morning Wood (Amella) - PS2-3FF
GoA Immaculate (Immaculate) - PRT-3E7

Happy Hopping. 

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