Category Archives: There

Avie Sacrifice

On the eve of every new client release in There.com, it is tradition for the Thereian Community to scale Wilson’s Peak, the tallest mountain in the Virtual World to offer up their Avatars to the There Gods in hopes for a smooth update. Join us tonight at 7:00 pm PDT/10:00 pm EST for Avie Sacrifice!

Gather on the deck with new and old friends starting at 7:00 PDT. The deck will be removed fifteen minutes after the start of the event and the party will free fall down the mountain together. Make sure to bookmark a spot at the top of Wilson’s Peak so that you can teleport back up after sliding down the mountain. There will be a second deck drop at 7:30 in case you missed the first one. If you are unable to join us for the event, you can still make an avie sacrifice on your own time and shoot yourself off the side of the mountain with one of the Avatar Slingers or hop a hoverboard and shoot through the Avie Slingshot.

The new client release is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th.

What is an Avie Sacrifice you ask? Check out this video footage Chagall filmed in There.com of a past Avie Sacrifice from 2006.

Video of Avie Sacrifice captured by Chagall.

New Client Release 9.28.22

A new client will be released for the Virtual World There.com on September 28th, 2022. It removes the game’s dependency on Adobe Flash and uses Microsoft Edge as its internal browser. Members will be prompted to install this version on Wednesday or the next time they log into the There.com 3D client.

Install the 3D Client Download (New version available 9.28.22)

Members can expect to download the full installer which will take up to five minutes to run due to the installation of additional dependencies. Once you’re running the new client, any future updates will be automatically patched in a smaller download.

The new client software will no longer be dependent on Adobe Flash. For security purposes, after the client upgrade, please remove Adobe Flash from your machine by using the Flash Uninstaller which you can get here.

The new client uses open-source products from a number of sources, including, but not limited to There Edge, Ruffle and jQuery. The new client software automatically includes these open-source links so the user does not need to install these packages themselves.

Known Issues

Shoutcast – Staff is aware of the current issues with Shoutcast. A Shoutcast fix is not included in the latest release.

ChangeMe Menu – The cursor does not function in the type box when naming a new outfit. To fix this, move the ChangeMe window slightly on your screen and then place the cursor in the text box to type.

Cracked? Tables – The cursor does not remain in the type box. To fix it, move the game hud slightly on your screen and then place the cursor in the text box to type.

Future fixes for the issues listed above will be pushed out in a patch.

Contact Staff via email at Feedback@thereinc.com to report any technical issues.

Dress Like a Pirate

Talk like a pirate, walk like a pirate and look like a pirate. Dress the part for Pirates Ahoy! Check out the Auction listings for men’s and women’s clothing during the pirate theme week in the Virtual World There.com.

Men’s Pirate Clothing

Women’s Pirate Clothing

Sign up for fun events during Pirates Ahoy September 18th – 24th.

Pirates Ahoy Designer Showcase

This week’s There.com Designer Showcase highlights ships, barrels, cannons and taverns listed in the Auctions for the upcoming Pirates Ahoy theme.

Join the Virtual World of There September 18th – 24th for a swashbuckling good time. Teleport to Pirate Island for the week and build a ship in the harbor or set up a tavern or shop. Thereian Designers have relisted a ton of pirate items in the Auctions.

Browse pirate items in the Auctions.

There.com Beta Test Invite

This Beta removes the Virtual World There client dependency on Flash and supports Microsoft Edge as its internal browser. We have released a Beta test client with the new updates and would like to invite the Thereian Community to test it out.

If you’d like to participate in the Beta test, click on the Help Article to find the instructions and installer. Please report the outcome of testing to us at Feedback@thereinc.com. Title your subject line as There Edge Testing. Include the type of operating system you are using and please make sure to include your avatar name.

The Beta test client uses open-source products from a number of sources, including, but not limited to:

There Edge

Ruffle

iQuery

Is my operating system supported?

The Beta test client supports Windows 8.1, 10 and 11. We’d like to gather feedback from members using Windows 7 and 8 to find out if there are limitations.

How do I install the Beta test client update?

Read the Beta Help Article and click on the Installer. Download the Installer and open it. Click YES to allow the Beta client to make changes to your machine. Wait for the process to initialize. The destination folder will be named c:\Makena\There-Beta. Click continue. Once the install is complete click on the There Beta icon on your desktop to launch the test client.

Can I go back and forth between the current production client that uses Flash/IE and the Beta test client that uses Edge/HTML5?

Yes, as long as you saved the Beta client under a different file name such as c:\Makena\There-Beta. You’ll see the Beta client and the Production client icons on your desktop.

Can I uninstall Adobe Flash?

If you want to keep the current production client that is dependent on Flash, you will need to keep it installed on your machine. The new Beta client is not dependent on Flash and you can go ahead and uninstall it for security reasons. Adobe has provided instructions on how to uninstall Flash.

Can I uninstall Internet Explorer?

If you want to keep the current production client that uses Internet Explorer for webapps, you will need to keep it installed on your machine. The new Beta client is not dependent on IE and you can go ahead and uninstall it. Microsoft has provided instructions on how to uninstall IE.

I like my current browser. Do I have to update to Edge?

No, you can use your preferred browser outside of There. Please note, IE11 will go out of support soon so if you’d like to update your external browser you can choose Edge as an option.

What should I test in the Beta client?

Action Bar

All Card Tables

Change Me

Communicator

Compass

Fun Finder

Message Notifications

Accepting Therebucks

Accepting Items

Change Layout

Clear Layout

Coin

Dice

Events

Instant Messages

Shortcut Bar

Teleport Screen

Trade Window

Volume Controls

KNOWN ISSUES

Shoutcast – We are aware of the issues with Shoutcast. A fix for it has not been included in the Beta.

ChangeMe – There are issues with the cursor not staying in the type box, so when you try to save a new clothing outfit your text will show up in chat bubbles. To fix this, move the Change Me window around and then place your cursor in the text box to type.

Cracked Tables- There are issues with the cursor not staying in the text box of the game hud. To fix this click on the hand icon to move the game hud window around. Once you have moved it, you should be able to put the cursor in the text box and type normally.

Please remember to send your Beta test results to us at Feedback@thereinc.com.

ThereCon Returns From the Great Beyond

ThereCon returns to the Virtual World There.com June 25th through July 1st. Celebrate science-fiction, the future and all things out of this world with your host Francis_7.

We are searching the great beyond for sci-fi Event Hosts to schedule fun activities during the seven-day event. Use the keywords ThereCon or TCon to schedule your out of this world activity. Hosts are welcome to schedule events in the Therriote Hotel Convention Center at Mircale Pictures Studios, at the open-hosting There Spacehood or at any of the sci-fi FunZones located on the mysterious island of Tyr.

There Designers are encouraged to create sci-fi clothing and decorations for TCon. Past Designers are welcome to relist any science-fiction or outer space costumes, props and decorations in the Auctions.

ThereCon special events are being scheduled on the Activities Page daily. More will be added as we get closer to the event. Preview the scheduled events and sign up ahead of time.

Stay tuned to the There blog for more information about ThereCon!

Last Week of Camp-A-Palooza

Camp Logo by Zayden

Travel to the last campsite tonight for the Camp-A-Palooza event in the virtual world There.com. Grab your camping gear and your best buddy and head out on the trail with the Bay Area Boat System’s head to camp event starting at Monday night 7:00 pm PDT. If you miss out on tonight’s hike to camp, you can visit the Camp-A-Palooza headquarters and access the teleport to camp at anytime during the week.

Camp Councilor KatesHappy leading the way to camp. Photo credit Pyrena_Zosime

Earn badges, prizes and a new reputation at Camp-A-Palooza. Pitch your tent, park your RV, hike the mountain trails, sing camp songs, tell spooky stories around the campfire and find the elusive BIGFOOT. Your guideline is your adventurous spirit so bring and build whatever you like. Track your earned Camp-A-Palooza badges here.

Check out the camping quests and find fun at your own leisurely pace. There’s lots of fun events coming up during the last week of camp. Don’t miss out on Camp 007 Twist and Shout buggy maze, Wake n’ Bake Camp a daily activity, Camp Roundabout Gin, Camp Bike Night Bacio Style, Camp Cards, Kate’s Kampfire Stories and Songs, Thereywood Squares Camp Edition and the CCR Camp Race. These fun camp activities and more can be found on the Activities Page. Use the keyword camp.

Club WOW will hosting the Camp-A-Palooza closing party with special guest DJ XCAL and Cindy83 pumping the jams to keep you dancing all night. Sign up for the camp blow out party Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm PDT.

Club WOW Opening Night. Photo Credit B_A_B_S

There Developer Program Updates

ANNOUNCEMENT- There.com has updated their Virtual World Developer Submission Guidelines and created new Peer Review Guidelines and rules. The Developer Program updates for Designers and Product Peer Reviewers are effective immediately. Please review an outline of the summary of changes to the Developer Program documents below.

Developer Submission Guidelines

  1. Updated list of inappropriate content added.
  2. Minimum coverage requirements clarified.
  3. Copyright infringement clarified.
  4. Links to copyright infringement, fair use and parody resources added.
  5. NEW Rule – Designer required to now cancel a submission item if it has five (5) negative reviews.
  6. NEW Rule – Designer is not allowed to review their own product submission with Alt Avatars.
  7. Updated Developer Program violation outcome.
  8. Peer Review resource links added.
  9. Developer Frequently Asked Questions added.

Peer Review Guidelines

The Peer Review System help article was updated with newly created Peer Review Guidelines.

  1. Peer Review System rules instated.
  2. Review requirements clarified.
  3. Product Review education added.
  4. Review types clarified.
  5. NEW canned comment reesponses added for use in Peer Reviews.
  6. Peer Review System violation outcomes added.

Peer Review FAQS Added

Texture Theft Policy Update

  1. Outline of offenses updated.
  2. Complaint policy updated.
  3. Complaint process updated.

Product Review Submission Listings Page Updated

  1. Peer Review System rules posted.
  2. Links added to Submission Guidelines & Peer Review Guidelines.

Individual Product Submission Page Updated

  1. How to review a product education added.
  2. Handy summary of Submission Guidelines shown.
  3. Peer Review resource links added.

The There.com team appreciates our community taking the time to read the new and updated Developer Program documents. We ask our There Developers and Peer Reviewers to get familiarized with the most current and up-to-date Product Submission Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines. Please note the addition of rules for Developers to follow in the Peer Review System.

There.com Flash Update

In January 2021, Microsoft discontinued security updates and support for Adobe Flash Player. The 3-D virtual world There is a Flash-based game. Microsoft released an update containing a kill switch for Flash resulting in the loss of several game features in There. To enjoy full gameplay in There, a member can download Flash 10.1 and the missing game features will return to normal. The user must understand the security risks involved with the continued use of Adobe Flash.

What are the game features that no longer work in There with the loss of Flash?

  • Action Bar
  • Card Tables
  • Change Me
  • Communicator
  • Compass
  • Fun Finder
  • Message Notifications
  • Accepting Therebucks Confirmation
  • Accepting Items Confirmation
  • Change Layout Confirmation
  • Clear Layout Confirmation
  • Coin Outcome Display
  • Dice Outcome Display
  • Event Notification
  • Instant Messaging
  • Shortcut Bar
  • Teleport Screen
  • Trade Window
  • Volume Controls

How can I get the Flash features to work again in There?

Microsoft’s update removed Flash from the user’s system. Thereians will need to reinstall Flash in order to gain access to all of the game features in the virtual world. Members will need to understand the security risks involved with using Flash now that Microsoft no longer offers security updates and support. Flash version 10.1 is the suggested replacement. The recommended version 10.1 is an older version of Flash that is compatible with all of the game features in There and does not include the kill switch update. It is recommended to run the Adobe Flash uninstaller prior to installing Flash 10.1.

How do I uninstall old versions of Flash on my computer?

There is a possibility that old versions of Flash may still be on your computer even after Microsoft’s update to remove Flash. It is important to remove any trace of other versions of Flash from your computer prior to installing Flash 10.1.

How do I uninstall Flash 10.1 on my computer?

  • Stop any running programs which use Flash, including Internet Explorer.
  • Use Firefox or Chrome to Download and run the Flash Uninstaller
  • Follow the uninstaller instructions
  • Reboot your computer

How do I install Flash 10.1 on my computer?

  • Stop any running programs which use Flash, including Internet Explorer
  • Use Firefox or Chrome to Download and run the Flash 10.1 Installer
  • Follow the installer instructions
  • Reboot your computer
  • Log into There and enjoy all of the Flash-based game features

Please report any technical bugs or segmentation violations to Staff by emailing Feedback@thereinc.com. Include your Avatar name, description of the issue and attach any crashdump files to your email.

Flash Fix For Virtual World There

ANNOUNCEMENT: On December 31, 2020 Microsoft will remove the ability to run Adobe Flash in Edge and Internet Explorer. The Virtual World platform There.com will be affected by the removal of Flash.

Flash currently runs several key controls in There like the MessageBar, ChangeMe, the Compass and all of the card games. With the removal of Flash, an Avatar may not be able to use the features mentioned or be able to answer Instant Messages or accept a teleport summons.

The Engineering Staff at There is currently working on an alternative that will allow users to continue playing one of the oldest virtual world platforms despite Microsoft discontinuing Flash. In the new year, Flash will stop working in browsers, but most likely will continue working in-game. The main problem will be with the 2-D web pages. Currently, our Engineers are considering this issue a bug and will most likely be able to create a fix for it.

With so much uncertainty in the real world at this point in time, the Thereian community can look forward to playing There in 2021 and beyond. Moving forward in the new year, users are encouraged to contact Customer Service via email at Feedback@thereinc.com to report any technical issues or bugs related to the removal of Flash.