Initial Town Life Phase
With enough Makers and basic functions in place, it’s time to add activity. There are three linked elements to this:
There’s already a shared environment. Setting up for proper events needs just a few extras:
- Audio for the people presenting, and a mic for those who approach to ask questions or comment
- An interface so that event organizers can easily set up things like lights, background music, signs and notifications, add bot characters they program, and add custom models within the event space
- An event calendar easily referenced by all visitors, which also makes announcements on the website and social media
Events in this phase will be cozy, on the scale of a block party or a gallery opening. Because they will be analogous to that, happening as they will in Neighborhoods and Bazaars. Anybody will be able to visit Moon Town to go to events. They could be panel discussions, debates, lectures, poetry slams, karaoke, anything like that.
The habs are designed to have many small neighborhoods dotted through them. A model neighborhood has already been made, it’s on the top floor of the main hab, two floors above where players appear when they enter the game. People who sign up as members can pick a plot and build a home. Any player can visit neighborhoods and participate in their events.
The in-game app that will be created for home building will be the first of a series of apps that add new dimensions to play. It will open a new interface that guides players through the process of designing their home, providing room for creativity while being easy to use. Then they can add furniture to it from the Library (see below). Each neighborhood also has common areas that members of the neighborhood can collaborate on designing together.
(Note that because this is an open source project, anyone could submit an app to the project, meaning virtually any functionality could be added to the game. If accepted after vetting for security and community standards, it would go into the Library. Possibly it could be integrated as part of the standard game.)
You can learn about the lore of neighborhoods in Moon Town on the Neighborhoods page.
The habs have also been designed to have areas where business is done. In this phase, it will be the home of Makers and groups they are part of – space companies, space policy groups, hard science fiction groups, that kind of thing.
This will start with the main bazaar, whose home is all of Center Atrium. That’s where CLIMB events take place. The ground floor of the hab is for display and review of all new proposals for improvements or additions to the town’s infrastructure and facilities.
Between the columns running down the center of the hab are 13 floors containing over 200 areas between each two columns that are a nice size for an office. But they’re referred to as kiosks, in keeping with the bazaar theme and in line with the loose, open-ended way they can be filled in. Members who reserve one of these spaces can place their own models there, add media to them, set up furniture and such from the library, and add background music if they wish. In fact they can add code that will work only within the bounds of their kiosk, so they could create just about anything in there. You know, as long as people don’t complain.
The game will have a Library from which members can select things and place them in areas where they have permission to do so . Typical use would be things like adding furniture to homes and common areas, putting plants in gardens, adding pre-fab characters (bots), and maybe getting a little something to dress up your avatar.
Registered members will be able to upload things to the Library. It will have no payment system, everything in the Library will be free and available for anyone to use. If someone wants to use a model without putting it in the Library, they can do that in their own home or kiosk.
The Library will also contain things like sounds, lights, and apps. There will be restrictions on who can submit apps, and where they can be used, as otherwise they’d be a huge security, spam, and prank risk. Members with homes or kiosks can submit apps, and can run whatever they want within their own home or kiosk. Permissions within your neighborhood or in your bazaar area will also be broad. Outside those areas only things that have been well vetted and have no annoyance potential would be available, which could still leave room for a lot of stuff. Like dancing, maybe.