|What It Is
||What It Isn't
Nowwwhere is a Web-accessible virtual world with 3-D ray-traced
graphics, multi-user interaction, and some animation. There are a bunch
of places to explore and a few puzzles to solve. You can take
a look at a few previews if you like.
Nowwwhere was created in 1995 and, while it was unique then,
it is no longer cutting-edge. It's not nearly as complex or pretty
as the recent products of talented teams (like Diablo, Quake, Ultima
Online, etc.), but I hope it still has it's own charm.
Everywhere you go you will be shown a first-person view of the world as
well as a text description. You can turn off image loading, but then
you'll miss all the pretty graphics. Plus, there are some things that
can only be done by clicking on the image. There is an option to
choose between "Normal" and "Small" image sizes. The images look best
on displays with lots of colors. If your browser isn't using enough
colors, you can get just download the room image by clicking on the room name;
then view it however you like.
After the graphical view and text description, you are given a choice
of directions. Press the button for the desired direction, then press
the button for the command you want to perform: "Face", "Move", or
"Exit". If you are not using Netscape, you will have to select the
button for the desired command and then press the "Go" button. If you
just want to turn around, you can also click on the desired direction
on the compass icon. After selecting an action, your new circumstances
will be loaded.
While wandering around Nowwwhere, you can encounter
other netizens who are also there. Whenever you enter a location
in which others are standing, you will be told their names and what
their name-tags say. To change your own name and name-tag, just enter
the text in the appropriate fields below the command line. After you
"Face" or "Move", your info will be updated. You can sort-of "converse"
this way with the other players since pressing "Face" will also reload
the other players' current info (without moving you to a new room).
However, despite the fact that others have tried it, I never intended
the name-tags to be used as "real-time" conversation. The WWW interface
just isn't built for it. Your best bet is to use the name-tags to
send each other e-mail addresses and then use e-mail or
talk or the like. Note:The name-tag area can also
be used to communicate with the game, in case you feel like "saying"
something in Nowwwhere.
When you are done playing Nowwwhere, please use the
"Exit Nowwwhere" option. Just backing out or otherwise leaving
Nowwhere will leave a ghost behind. That is, other
players will still see you since the game doesn't know that you've
left. Ghosts are eventually removed from the game, but it's nice
if you remove yourself.
If you see this a question-mark icon, that means something went
wrong. This usually happens when you've tried to move again before the
current page has finished loading. If you see it, try to back up a page
or two and move again.