About a year ago a friend tipped me to something very cool: Metaplace, a project to develop tools for building online game worlds through a browser interface. I signed up to be a tester, although I know little about game playing and nothing at all about game building, because it’s being touted, specifically, as something anyone can pick up and learn. We’ll see. So far I’ve spent a couple of hours on it. I’ve explored someone else’s world and started building my own. There are some very basic tools included to get you started, but I haven’t yet mastered even these. So, for example, I see that I can use wall sections to build walls — they click together neatly without my having to do anything special — but I can’t figure out how to make them rotate. So all my walls of a given type run in a single direction. I have three walls, one behind the other, and they’re all going in the same direction.
If you’re a fellow beta tester, you can see my hilariously feeble first effort here.