Important Instructional stuff
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Thank you for registering with VRation!
If you have any questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You now have an active account in our little virtual world. Here's a brief summary of how things work (there's also an instructional walkthrough video on http://VRation.com that might be easier to process if you prefer a video to a bunch of text).
Click the Enter VRation link on Vration.com - you'll need to install the Unity Webplayer plugin in your browser in order for our world to work. We assure you that Unity is a perfectly safe plugin, it's used by millions of people worldwide and won't mess with your computer at all, it just enables the videogame engine to run inside your web browser. After installing, it will prompt you to restart your browser in order to enable it.
Once you've restarted your browser and return to the Enter VRation link, now it will actually begin loading our world. Depending on your internet connection, this might take 30 seconds or longer - if you're on a particularly slow connection, you might have to wait for a bit. We promise you it's worth it. =)
Now that you're actually in the world - HEY LOOK AT THIS PLACE! Here's the basics of the control scheme:
Arrow Keys (Up, Down, Left, Right) will move you forwards and backwards and turn where you're facing. The U key tilts your camera up. The J key tilts your camera down.
Use your mouse to click on any of the Album Cubes floating around or any of the buttons of the interface. The real fun starts when you click the Login button in the lower-left hand corner, log in with your email address and the password you created earlier, and then click Upload to upload all the pictures you have of the weekend(s) you attended. Depending on how many pictures you have, this might take a few minutes to complete. Once the Uploader is finished, you should know have a toolbar down at the bottom named My Pictures.
So here's the idea: you can walk around and physically place new photo albums wherever they actually took place by clicking on an image in your My Pictures bar and dragging it out onto the ground in front of you. We recommend trying to place them close to where you're standing so you don't accidentally throw the album 100 feet away from where you are. Please be aware that whatever the first picture you drop is will become the Album Cover Image, so try to pick your favorite.
A dialog window should pop up asking you to name your Album and choose whether it was from Week 1 or Week 2. Enter the appropriate information and click Submit. Now you'll see a cool floating cube with your Album Cover Image all over it.
If you click on that Album Cube a toolbar will pop down from the top and the image will be loaded into the large Viewer in the middle of the screen. You can add additional images to this Album by dragging them from your My Pictures up into the toolbar at the top of the screen. PLEASE TRY TO CONSOLIDATE IMAGES INTO ALBUMS WHENEVER POSSIBLE/APPROPRIATE. But you know, have fun, do whatever makes you happy, our concern is mostly that if everyone makes a new Album Cube for each individual picture, before you know it the entire world is going to be so completely overloaded with cubes that you won't be able to walk two feet without hitting a picture.
Also realize that all the images and albums you create are PUBLICLY VIEWABLE AND ADDABLE. The idea of this is communal photo sharing - if you caught a particular set with eight of your friends, you can all dump your photos together into one album so that everyone can see all the pictures of the awesome time you had. But there are no restrictions on who can add new pictures into an album you create. If you encounter a case of trolling or someone you don't know adding pictures you don't want to an album of yours, please email email@example.com and we'll moderate it to your liking. Our hope is that the community will regulate itself and act appropriately, but obviously this might not always be the case.
When looking at an Album or individual Picture, click the Details button in the upper-right corner of the Viewer window to be able to see or set details about the picture. Only the Owner of the content can edit this section, but as the owner you can choose which performance your Album/Picture is of - this will come in handy soon when we have a filter system set up so that you can specifically search for only Albums of specific artists but is not implemented quite yet.
In the upper-right hand corner of the screen there is a button called Levels - this will allow you to switch between a few different scenes including Daytime, Sunset, Nighttime (super cool lighting there).
Okay, that's all for right now - we hope you enjoy what we've built here and please tell all your friends. We truly want this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone to be able to store and share their memories of our favorite place in the whole world. =)
Again, please send any comments, compliments, complaints, senseless hatred and/or love, as well as any bugs you discover or additional features you'd like to see implemented along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have fun, be nice to each other, let's make this thing work.
With Much Love,
The Crew at VRation.com
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