Worldbuilder's Guild Proposal (version 3)
Regarding Creation of New Homes for Cybertown,
Whereas the Worldbuilder's Guild is a group of Cybertown citizens
joined together for the purpose of the learning and advancement of VRML.
or the permitting of citizenry to upload their own homes.
Whereas many of the members of the Worldbuilder's Guild have been
approached concerning the creation and use of new homes for the citizen's
Whereas there is currently no approved method for citizens to
utilize houses but those available either in standard house form or by
purchase from the Homebuilders store, we the members of the Worldbuilder's
Guild propose the following:
That a method be created for Worldbuilders to upload house world
creations and that these be available for the use of the author and other citizens.
To attain this goal we propose the following:
Guidelines for uploading our own homes
- Total combined size (the VRML & textures) to be 300kb or less.
- All house WRL files to be gzipped. This will allow the world to download
(gzip is available as freeware, most modeling tools will automatically
gzip the VRML if export settings are proper).
http://www.gzip.org (the line command
(the windows GUI method)
All content to be acceptable within the current City Constitution and other
rules and regulations as published within Cybertown. (Remember this is
still a family oriented chat place).
While not recommended, it is possible for the world builder to include
objects within his or her house. Many citizens would prefer to furnish
their own homes.
As in all world building, the style of the home is up to the individual
creating it. It is possible to create a house that is not a house, rather
an open terrain or forest, etc.
The house uploaded must be the builder's original work, no previously copyrighted
structures are allowed.
The houses should be optimized and performant*,
Houses created shall use standard methods of optimization currently available.
(either hand-coded or through the use of Chisel,
Proper utilization of Universal Media textures is highly encouraged,
if not preferred, and needs absolute URL or the URN in URL concept. Universal
Media when used properly is downloaded and cached just once, though it may
be used in many worlds. A texture can not just be used from the UM collection
and then said to be UM; it must use the caching mechanisms involved with
DEF/USE or references are encouraged.
Massive use of DEF/USE is discouraged. As an example 1,000 instances
of DEF/USE would be unacceptable. This is for performance reasons. The
user's machine has to do a lot of work to calculate where all those parts
Maximum polygon count for the house should be under 65,000 polygons, determined
by using the F7 key while in the world. This is a good method for the house
checker(s) to use also. Again, we are concerned about the performance of
the world on the end users machine. Not everyone has a high end graphics
card and we wish everyone to be able to enjoy your creation. Common sense
use of polygons encouraged (too many unneeded polygons should be avoided).
Staff pay and experience to be the same as current Mall staff in all
An addendum to this proposal outlining specific qualifications for the
homebuilder manager and checker(s) is currently being drawn up and will
be submitted upon acceptance of the proposal to assist city leaders in
hiring properly qualified personnel for the positions.
Homebuilders Store should be converted to an operation similar
to the Shopping Mall.
Staffing of the Homebuilders Upload Area:
Homebuilders Manager - Perform duties similar in nature to Mall
Manager, with comesurate pay and experience points.
Homebuilders House Checker - Perform duties similar in nature to
Mall Object Checker including:
Verify houses meet established criteria.
Advise house creator/s if house is denied and why.
Assist creators by recommending fixes for any issues in rejection notices.
May also be assisted in this by Homebuilder Deputies.
Homebuilder Deputy - Perform duties similar in nature to Mall Deputies,
Drop houses in appropriate house showrooms.
Assist buyers and creators of houses as needed.
Maintain Homebuilder message board.
- Starter Homes
* others that may be determined later
To be established by creator as in current Mall.
Upload costs similar to mall upload costs.
Classes - similar in structure to current Mall object classes.
Limitation of pricing to a ceiling of the same as Mall Objects is unacceptable.
Whereas the Worldbuilder's Guild has a history of discussion
of this concept, herewith is a link to a prior proposal/concept from 1998
(note: the links within this page did not work for me when tested, the
material is still valid)
This proposal has been seen by all members currently subscribed to
the Worldbuilder's Guild email group. Modifications have been (or will
be) made to it before it's submission. A poll was created and Worldbuilder's
Guild Members have voted on the proposal as written.
* performant = efficient [adjective-adverb] performs