Mobius Grid Quickstart

Before you start

Important: You must install a standalone program, an OpenSimulator compatible viewer, to enjoy the rich 3D content in Mobius Grid. The installation process is quick and easy, but your computer must meet the System Requirements. Mobius Grid will not run on systems that fail to meet these requirements.

Registering for and installing Mobius Grid

Follow this quick three-step process to register for and install Mobius Grid.

1 Choose your starting avatar and provide your account information

Your avatar is how you will appear in Mobius Grid. You can choose from a wide selection of avatars, and if you change your mind later, don't worry—you can select a different avatar any time you want! Once you learn Mobius Grid, you can also customize your avatar to your heart's delight, or pick from a vast selection on the Kitely Market.

Your username is the account name that you use to log in to Mobius Grid. It has to be unique, so you may not get to choose a simple or common name.

Warning: Choose your username carefully! Once chosen, you can't change it.

Fill in your remaining account details including your email address, date of birth, and password.

Note: When you Mobius Grid Residents.

2 Download and install a viewer


To enjoy the virtual world of Mobius Grid, you must download and install an OpenSimulator compatible viewer, an application that runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

You may need to run the installer program manually after downloading.

Your first steps inworld

Now that you've registered for Mobius Grid and installed a Viewer, you're ready to start your adventure in the virtual world—or “inworld,” as we call it.

Logging in

Step 1: Pick A Viewer
Mobius Grid currently requires the use of a third-party viewer to access the world. To take full advantage of Mobius Grid, you will need to download one of the following viewers:

Firestorm Viewer is one of the most popular viewers by many OpenSimulator users. It provides a very easy to use interface and contains many custom features other viewers may not have. Be sure to download the OpenSim version. The SL/Havok version does not support Mobius Grid.

Alchemy Viewer a great viewer that is being developed by many people involved in the OpenSimulator community and has much of the latest technology other viewers tend to opt out of.

Step 2: Configuring Your Viewer

Depending on the viewer you have selected, you will need to find out how to add a grid to the viewer. For the viewers we have suggested above, below are the way to find where to add a grid:

Firestorm Viewer: Avatar > Preferences > OpenSim

Alchemy Viewer: Me > Preferences > Grids
Now we need to add the grid, to do this we are going to type the following into the box main.mobiusgrid.us and then hit add. After that you will hit apply to save the changes, then hit ok to close the window.

Step 3: Log In

Finally, enter the avatar name you created, then make sure Mobius Grid is selected from the drop-down box for Grid. Now you are logged into our grid!


Warning: We do not support Singularity, Cool VL, Hippo or other non mesh, non-bento & non Var Region compatible viewers (viewers lower than 5.x). You have been warned.

Basic skills

Walking

There are three ways to make your avatar walk:

  • Click to walk. Simply click on the ground at the point to which you want to go. If your mouse pointer turns into a hand instead of an arrow, you won't move but will instead interact with the object under your mouse pointer. See the Interacting with objects section.
  • Use the arrow keys. The up-arrow ↑ and down-arrow ↓ keys walk you forward and backward, respectively. The left-arrow ← and right-arrow → keys turn you left and right, respectively.
  • Use the W, S, A, and D keys. The W and S keys make you walk forward and backward. The A and D keys turn you left and right, respectively. Make sure you click inworld first so that the chat field doesn't have focus. Otherwise, you'll be typing chat text instead of walking.

Running

To run forward, simply double-click the W or up-arrow ↑ key. To run backward, double-click S or the down-arrow ↓ key.

Flying

Flying in Mobius Grid is really fun, and it lets you move around much faster than you can by walking or running.

To fly, press and hold the Page Up key or the E key. Press and hold the Page Down key or the C key to land.

Use the same keys to move through the air as you do to walk. You even fly faster, simply double-click the W or up-arrow ↑ key. To fly faster backward, double-click S or the down-arrow ↓ key. Note: Some regions don't allow flying. In these areas, you'll see this icon in the location bar and you won't be able to fly.

Keyboard shortcuts

See Keyboard shortcuts for a quick reference guide.

Changing your view

By default, your view is from directly behind and slightly above your avatar. However, it's often useful to see things from a different viewpoint!

There are several ways to change your view:

  • To rotate your view, click and drag anywhere on the world. NOTE: If your mouse pointer turns into a hand before you click, then you'll interact with the object instead of rotating your view.
  • To zoom in, press and hold the Alt key, then click and drag your mouse; or use your mouse wheel.
  • To orbit, press and hold the Alt and Control keys, then click and drag your mouse.
  • Click the View button and use the controls, shown at left.

To return to the default view, press the Esc key.

Text chatting

Click the Chat button to text chat with people nearby. Everyone within twenty meters of you will be able to see what you type.

To shout, press Control+Enter instead of Enter after typing your chat text. Everyone within 100 meters will be able to see what you type.
To whisper, press Shift+Enter instead of Enter after typing your chat text. Everyone within 10 meters will be able to see what you type.

Click the triangle icon in the chat field to show recent chat history.

Mouse over names in chat history and then click the icon for more options.

Changing your avatar

Click Avatar avatar button.png to change your avatar to one of the free provided avatars. You'll be able to choose from a wide variety of avatar looks. For information on customizing your avatar, see Editing your appearance.

Interacting with objects

To interact with any object you encounter, right-click it and select from the menu of actions and tools, as shown for example above.

Some objects (such as furniture) automatically provide a “sit” icon when you mouse over them. Simply click on the object to sit on it. To stand up again, just click the Stand button that appears near the bottom of the window.

If your mouse cursor turns into a hand when over an object, you may be able to interact with the object by clicking on it. In some cases, clicking performs an action (such as turning on a light switch); sometimes, the object displays a special menu that lets you select from a variety of actions.

Finding out more about nearby people

To find out about those nearby, move your mouse cursor over their avatars and click the i icon.png icon that appears.

You'll get an information box with:

  • Their avatar name and how long they've been in Mobius Grid.
  • Profile “biography” information (if they've added it).
  • Voice chat volume control for that person only.
  • A View full profile link to see more options and information. See the Using Profiles section.

Controlling inworld media

Many areas in Mobius Grid have music playing for ambiance or video displayed on an inworld surface. Use the controls in the upper right of the Viewer window to control the volume of the audio or, if you like, to turn it off entirely by de-selecting the box to the right.

The Pause button to the left of the main volume control button allows you to start or stop streaming videos or media. You can cover your mouse over any streaming media playing inworld for additional controls.

Mouse over any inworld surface displaying video or other media to show special media controls.

Finding cool stuff to see and do

Click Destinations to see the Mobius Grid Destination Guide. Click on a category, then click on a destination in that category to teleport there immediately.

Doing more

Once you become familiar with walking, flying, and the other basic functions, you may want to try:

  • Using voice chat
  • Making friends
  • Seeing nearby people and friends
  • Using profiles

Using voice chat

Tired of typing? Use voice chat to talk to nearby people. You'll need to set up a headset or speakers and a microphone. Using a headset avoids annoying echoes of your own voice.

Generally, it's best to connect your audio devices before you start Mobius Grid. After you have connected your headset (or speakers and microphone), you may need to configure your sound devices. To do this, choose Me > Preferences > Sound & Media. You'll be able to select your input and output devices and change your volume setting.

Once you have configured your sound devices, simply click Speak to speak to those nearby. Click it again to turn off your microphone.

If you're having trouble getting voice chat to work, see Voice chat FAQ. Note: Some regions disable voice chat. In these areas, the Speak button will be dimmed, and you won't be able to use voice chat.

Voice dots

You can tell if voice is enabled and working properly because you'll see a small white dot floating above your name tag, as shown below. If other people have voice enabled, they will have voice dots as well.

Making friends

To make someone your friend, mouse over their avatar, click the I-icon.png and choose View Full Profile, then click the Add Friend button. This person will receive a friendship request: if they accept it, then they will be on your friends list, and you will be on theirs.

How to accept or decline a friendship offer

When someone else offers you friendship, a dialog box appears in the lower-right corner of your screen.

If you click Accept, your new friend receives an on-screen notification that you have accepted the friendship offer.

If you click Decline to cancel the offer, the other person receives a notification that you declined the friendship offer. Tip: Strike up a conversation or have some interaction before asking someone to be your friend—it's good manners!

Seeing nearby people and friends

Click the People button to open the People window, which has four tabs:

  • NEARBY shows everyone within 100m of you.
  • MY FRIENDS shows your friends list, with those currently online shown first.
  • MY GROUPS shows information on your groups, which are like clubs. See Groups overview for more information.
  • RECENT shows everyone with whom you recently communicated via instant message or group chat.

In all of these tabs, a person's name appears dimmed if they are not currently online.

Mouse over a person's name for additional options:

  • Click i icon.png to see more information about the person; then click View full profile for more options.

The mini-map in the NEARBY tab shows a bird's eye view of the area you're in; the yellow dot shows your location, and the green dots represent other people.

Zoom in and out with your mouse wheel or right-click the map for more options.

Using profiles

Moving on

Once you've mastered the basic skills covered in this article, you're ready to move on to learn the full richness of the Mobius Grid experience. Have a look at the Mobius Grid User's Guide.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your stay!

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