|How hard is it to create my own
An amateur world will take an author 5-20 hours of work to
create one hour of play time. A 10-hour amateur title is 50-200 hours
of work. However, the more work you put into your world, the more fun it'll be.
high-quality world will take an author 50-200 hours of work to create one hour of play-time.
People often team-up into small groups in order to reduce the work load and spread the
You need to know how to program, but you
don't need to be an expert. Before trying to create a world in CircumReality,
you should have at least some experience in Java, Flash ActionScript, C, C++, C#, or
Prior experience in 3D modelling is helpful,
but not necessary. You will probably create 3D models for your world, but simple
modelling fairly easy to learn.
The CircumReality software for running up
your own world is free. However, you will need to hire a (virtual) server to run
it, with costs starting at around USD $70/month. To find a list of companies,
search for "dedicated hosting" on the Internet. (You could also run the software
on your own home computer and broadband connection, if your ISP permits this.)
I create my own world?
Unfortunately, it's early stages, so good
tutorials aren't available yet. I'll work on them at some point in the future.
Here's a really quick tutorial:
Download 3D Outside the Box from http://www.mXac.com.au/m3d. This is the 3D
modelling program that you'll use to create scenes.
In the CircumReality install directory,
usually "c:\program files\mxac\CircumReality", you'll find a program, CircumRealityWorldSim.exe.
Run this; it's both the world editor, and the server application.
For this particular sample to work, you must install into the default
location, "c:\program files\mxac\CircumReality".
Press the "New" button.
Create a project called "SampleWorld.mfp".
The script (code) for the sample world is automatically included as the "Sample
world" library. A few .m3d (3D scene) files are already installed in the CircumReality
Under the Misc menu, press Compile.
Under the Misc menu, press Test
After the world has been compiled and built, a new window will be created, call "CircumReality
world simulator". It will also display your computer's IP address, or
127.0.0.1 if it isn't connected to the internet. The window displays all of the players
currently playing the game; there shouldn't be any players yet.
Run the CircumReality client (the
application that players run). You'll find it off your Start menu, or in "c:\program
In the client, select a password file and
type in your password. (You could also create a new one if you don't already have
a password file.)
Press "Try playing in a new world".
In the world-selection page, change the
directory to where you saved SampleWorld.mfp. Then, click on the
"Sample world" (Internet required, multiple players) entry; it has a
".crk" extension. Don't click on the "(No internet,
single player)" one. Press "Play".
You can give the SampleWorld.crk file to your friends and they can play
in your world too.
You will be asked for the IP address. Type in
the IP address that appears in the title bar of the "CircumReality world
You're now playing in your own world. You'll see an entry for your character appear in the
"CircumReality world server" window.
Afterwards, you can look through the code and
help topics (accessed from the menu in the CircumReality world editor) to get an
idea how to program in a world.
I create my own text-to-speech voice?
You can create your own
text-to-speech voice(s) using the tools in 3D Outside the Box. Include
these as resources in your world's project file and your world will be talking like you!