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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.

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.

Set Sail for Pirates Ahoy

Set t’ compass, batten down t’ hatches and hoist t’ sails for t’ high seas o’ There. All ye swashbucklin’ scallywags o’ th’ sea are invited to join us on a grand adventuaaaarrr. Durin’ t’ month o’ September, every Thereian talks and walks like a pirate durin’ our theme o’ Pirates Ahoy!

The cannons be blastin’ as th’ filthiest holiday of the year kicks off a week of debaucherous celebration in There from September 18th – 24th. We’re hankerin’ for a good ole time, and we know how t’ give it too, check out all of the Pirates Ahoy Events planned for you!

Celebrate There Pride 2022

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and slay your best outfit at Pride week in the Virtual World There.com. Fly your rainbow flag high September 2nd through the 8th and sign up for fun and fabulous events.

Events will be happening around the clock, so check the PRIDE schedule for rainbow events like quests, cross country racing, spades, gin, scavenger hunts, bingo, parties and more.

The party never stops at Rococo Islands, your host for There Pride 2022. Hang out at the There Pride Lounge with friends and neighbors or play your hand at cards at the There Pride Cards Pavillion. Make sure to gather at the BABS Outpost on Monday night for a special Pride Floatilla. Dance the night away at the There Pride Closing Party scheduled for Thursday, September 8th at 5:30 pm Pacific time.

There Pride Lounge
There Pride Cards Pavillion
BABS There Pride Outpost

Show your PRIDE and add some colorful outfits to your wardrobe or decorate your virtual home with rainbow flags. Search the Auctions for Pride clothing and rainbow decorations created by our LGBTQ+ friendly designers.

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.

Farewell Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Society of There established a one-of-a-kind Botanical Garden Neighborhood in the Virtual World There.com representing the majority of flora and fauna created by Designers. Charlie__BST and Susanszy restored and maintained the lush and beautiful Botanical Gardens Neighborhood for many years for all Thereians to enjoy. The master gardeners have been able to extend the life of the garden over the years through generous donations. The unique Botanical Gardens have reached the end of life.

Many of the individual types of flora and fauna in the Botanical Gardens were created by Designers who no longer participate in the Developer Program and have not recently relisted their items in Auctions. As a tribute to the Botanical Society of There, you’ll find the View Decor link for each garden type planted in the Botanical Gardens listed below. View Decor shows a catalog of each type of flora and fauna used in each individual garden.

BST Mangrove Swamp – View Decor

BST Ash & Beech Forest – View Decor

BST Christmas Trees – View Decor

BST Desert – View Decor

BST Enchanted Woods – View Decor

BST Evergreens – View Decor

BST Farming – View Decor

BST Forest – View Decor

BST Greenhouse – View Decor

BST Lighthouse – View Decor

BST Manor Charlie’s Home – View Decor

BST Maple Trees – View Decor

BST Mediterranean – View Decor

BST Oak Forest – View Decor

BST Plaza – View Decor

BST Rock Garden – View Decor

BST Rose Garden – View Decor

BST Therehenge – View Decor

BST Vineyard – View Decor

BST Windmill – View Decor

BST Water’s Edge – View Decor

Dave’s Australian Forest – View Decor

BST Water Garden – View Decor

Botanical Gardens Neighborhood – View Decor

View the Botanical Gardens photo album on Facebook.

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.