Creating an event
This is a step-by-step guide for creating events in AltspaceVR. It's highly recommended that you attend several events in AltspaceVR to get a feel for how they work. Check the AltspaceVR Events Calendar for a list of all our events.
In this article, you'll learn:
- AltspaceVR Event Terminology
- Creating Your Event and Event Space or World
- Using the Multimedia Console for a slide presentation
- Branding Your Event with Images
- Adding 3D Objects Using World Editor/Kits
- How to Record or Live Stream My Event
AltspaceVR Event Terminology
The following are terms you'll need to be familiar with for creating your event and event space:
|World Building||AltspaceVR offers the ability to create and customize virtual worlds. AltspaceVR hosts support documentation, Discord channels, and in-world events to help you learn more about how to get help and start building worlds.|
|World||A world is a virtual space in AltspaceVR. It may be an office or a vast mountain range. It's a highly customizable environment. It sits within a Universe and there may be multiple worlds within that Universe. If you wish to have multiple event spaces for special events, training centers, and different meeting spaces to spice things up, add the worlds under the same Universe to keep them together as a group.|
|Universe||A universe in AltspaceVR world building vernacular represents the categorization of your worlds. Each universe may hold multiple worlds. The worlds inherit the settings of the universe, making it easy to add people to the allow-list for multiple worlds and other control features. See Managing Your Worlds for more information.|
|Template||A template (or Space Template) is a pre-made world or environment that may be used instead of creating one using the World Building features. AltspaceVR offers a wide range of templates for different experiences and events.|
|Event space||An event space is a synonym for world in AltspaceVR. In general, it refers to a world used to host events.|
|Website||References to the "website" are to AltspaceVR's website. It's often easier to create and edit events through the Events web page on a computer or tablet rather than through your VR device. You'll need to access the website for world building as well.|
|Contextual roles||Contextual Roles are assigned by the event creator or world builder. These roles give users in a world or event space extra features and capabilities. Currently, these consist of Host, Presenter, Moderator, Pilot (flight), Terraformer (world building), and Megaphone Only. These may be assigned individually or globally, allowing everyone to have the same roles in the event space or world.|
|User Interface (UI)/Menu||When you are in AltspaceVR in-world, within the immersive environment, there are menus on the left and right of your screen. The circle or main menu with the AltspaceVR logo opens up the main user interface (UI) or menu to access different screens for exploring AltspaceVR and customizing your experience. Optional UI items are found on the right size of the screen and typically include World Editor and Host Tools. These are opened and interacted with by clicking them with your cursor.|
|SDK/MRE||These are world building terms associated with the Software Development Kit and Mixed Reality Extensions used to add features and functionality to the world building experience. These are typically for more advanced users.|
AltspaceVR makes it easy to create a world in which you may use a pre-made template space to use or customize for your specific needs, or create a world from scratch. This article will cover using a pre-made template to create your event. The sections below on Branding Your Event with Images and Adding 3D Objects using World Editor and Kits include tips for further customization. For information on building a custom world from scratch, attend the World Building Tour meetups in AltspaceVR and check out the World Building support documentation.
AltspaceVR offers two ways to create a space for your event.
- One-time use: Create an event and select a template world.
- Repeated Use: Create a world space and import it into the event.
The process of creating an event is the same for both, with one exception: the creation of a world and importing it as a repeat-use event space. You also need to know:
|World copied||Using a world space for a repeated event permits persistent customization. Signs, images, spawn points, and other customizations are maintained from event to event rather than customizing the event space each time.|
|Customize Event World||When an event is created, the template or imported world is copied and locked into that event. You may make changes to the event world and not impact the original world, and the other way around. Consider adding holiday decorations, pictures, or other decorative one-time use world editor elements to make the event space more enjoyable and appropriate to the event.|
Modifications made to the original world won't be in the event world unless the event space is updated:
- Use the RE-IMPORT WORLD button on the event web page.
- Allow 2-3 minutes for the sync to complete.
- If the event space hasn't changed, go to Settings > Moderate > Reset Space to reset the event space. You'll Reset Space a lot as a world builder!
If you have technical issues, like elements not loading properly, go to your AltspaceVR menu and select Settings > Moderate > Reset Space to reset the event space and see the new changes. Windows PC users in 2D may use the keyboard shortcut: CTRL + ALT + R in AltspaceVR to quickly Reset Space.
Creating Your Event and Event Space or World
The following are step-by-step instructions for creating an event for a one-time or repeated event. By selecting the template or importing a world for the event.
The AltspaceVR events web page offers instructions on every aspect of the form through the use of green question mark buttons. Roll your cursor over them for specific instructions.
Event Title: Type in the name of the event. Keep it specific and concise for viewing on the various calendar views in AltspaceVR's website and in-world interface. Try to keep your title under 23 characters including spaces between words.
Description: Type in the description of the event.
- Must have at least 10 characters in the description or your event won't be created.
- Add an empty space between paragraphs.
- To add a link to your event's Facebook, Discord, website, or other resources, use the following format (this Markdown only works on your Event's Promotion Page on the website, this won't properly render in the AltspaceVR menus):
Start Date / End Date: Set the start time and make sure the end time is after the start time.
Category: Choose the category that best describes your event type.
Set the event to Private or Public.
- Visibility: Public events are visible on the AltspaceVR website event calendar's All tab and are open to the public.
- Private events aren't visible on the AltspaceVR event calendars and require the event URL to enter the event space.
- If you want to 'Add as Main Event' the event must be set to public.
Select a Template: Along the right side of the web page is a list of thumbnail images of the available templates in AltspaceVR. There are game rooms, offices, meeting spaces, presentation spaces, and fun meetup spaces. Select one that looks interesting. If you don't like it, go ahead and just create a new event with a new Template. If you wish to create your own custom event world, select the Cool Sky as your default template and following the instructions below for importing your world.
Select ADVANCED OPTIONS
Promote: Each event requires two branding images (these images appear on the AltspaceVR website and don't appear in your event inside AltspaceVR):
- Tile: The tile image is required to be 1920x1080 pixels. This image will be scaled to various thumbnail sizes and shown on the AltspaceVR events calendar with other events. Ensure the image is clear and doesn't have much text on it. Don't use copyrighted images/logos that you don't own.
- Banner: The banner images are required to be 1920x576. This will be resized automatically as necessary and visible on the event information or webpage. A semi-transparent overlay covers the lower 25% of the image. Avoid placing text in that area.
- Another (quicker) option is to Copy Tile Image to Background Banner Image, this will use your Tile image as your Banner image as well. Give it a try :). If it doesn't look good, then you can create a new Banner image.
In VR: This section includes features that apply to the virtual experience during the event inside the AltspaceVR app:
- Default Contextual Roles: The green question mark lists the specific roles available to all audience members in the event. The most common is megaphone_only. Add this to give the 'Amplify My Voice' option under the Host Tools button to all audience members so they may be heard across your event if it's a large space. If your event requires flight, add pilot. To add them both, the format is: megaphone_only, pilot. Each user needs to enable Fly mode in the AltspaceVR app by going to Settings/Input/Fly.
- Instructions: The Instructions is for text that generates a welcome image upon arrival in the space. Users must select 'OK' to remove it from their view. This is often used to provide audience instructions such as "Please stay muted until invited to speak" or "Welcome to XYZ event where we'll be covering ABC." This isn't required, so use judiciously. You can also use Markdown to add color and font sizing, more details: http://digitalnativestudios.com/textmeshpro/docs/rich-text
Advanced: The following is a quick explanation of the advanced features for events (Some of these features won't display until after your event is created and you EDIT the event):
- Admins: Admins are AltspaceVR users you trust to help you manage your event. They may be your cohosts or backup hosts. By adding their username to the Admins list, they can:
- Change the event title, description, and other features.
- Add and remove Contextual Roles for moderators, presenters, and other roles.
- Delete the event.
- Group: Choose from your private Groups using the drop-down menu. Will only display if your account has created/been added to a Group.
- Tagline: This concise sentence will be displayed on the event web page under the title.
- Import from World: To use a created world event space for repeated use, this is the section of the form to use to import that world's layout and customization into your event. Be aware of the following considerations:
Import Your Own World: To import a world, you created and own:
- Select the dropdown arrow to see a list of worlds you created.
- Select the world.
- After completing the rest of the event form, wait at least 2 minutes before visiting the event space in AltspaceVR to ensure database information is updated and the world is generated.
Use Someone Else's World:
- Contact the world owner to request they use the Share with Friends feature on an individual world to share it with you.
- Admins: Admins are AltspaceVR users you trust to help you manage your event. They may be your cohosts or backup hosts. By adding their username to the Admins list, they can:
YouTube Video ID: Visible on the event's web page, this adds YouTube event trailers or videos to the event web page, not in-world. You'll only need the video ID part of the URL: dQw4w9WgXcQ
Twitter Handle: This adds your Twitter stream to the event's web page. If the Twitter account is personal and not related to the event or association, you may be over-sharing. You'll only need the handle: @elonmusk
Contextual Roles: This is where you control the super powers or contextual roles of your event hosts, presenters, moderators, and other roles within the event. To add them, enter in their AltspaceVR username and assign them a role in the drop-down menu. To remove them, select the checkbox to Remove and save the event web page. NOTE: If you wish to grant a presenter moderation capability, you must add them as a presenter and moderator. The following Contextual Roles are currently available:
- Presenter: Adds the Front Row features to the individual's interface in AltspaceVR to add those features.
- Moderator: Adds moderation features to the individual's interface including the ability to text each attendee, globally mute them for the event, or remove them from the event. Add the presenter again and give them moderation roles if you wish them to have moderation privileges.
- Megaphone Only: Adds the Amplify My Voice button to their interface via the Host Tools button.
- Terraformer: Adds the World Editor button to their interface.
- Pilot: Adds flight capabilities for that individual. NOTE: they must enable this in Settings/Input/Fly
- Musical Performer: Adds capabilities and features associated with concert and musical events.
Block Listed Users: If you wish to block a user from access, or a user has been previously removed from the event by a moderator or presenter and the event duplicated, the block listed user's name will be listed. Event hosts or Admins may add or remove a block listed user at any time.
Once the form is complete and triple checked, select CREATE EVENT.
If your event is not correctly being created, make sure you have at least 10 characters in your Description and/or you've selected a Template, the name of the Template will turn from white to blue if selected.
Event page actions
On the Event web page, you have the following actions and options:
- Select EDIT to make changes to the event settings.
- Select END EVENT to end the event (if your event is over early for example).
- Select SET TO DRAFT to set your event to Draft instead of Active.
- If you'd made an update to your imported world, you'll need to select RE-IMPORT WORLD for those changes to appear in your event, don't forget to Reset Space in the event :)
- Select DUPLICATE EVENT to duplicate the event for future events. This duplicate will then appear in My Events/My Draft Events, you'll need to update the new day/time and Activate it from there.
- Select ADD AS MAIN EVENT to set your event onto the calendar listing.
- Select DELETE EVENT if you wish to completely delete the event (you can't recover this).
When you're ready, go to the Events > My Events menu in the AltspaceVR in-world interface and enter the event space to Reset Space, inspect your changes, or continue customizing.
This is a copy and customizations to the event space are for this event only. If you're spending lots of time customizing your event's space, it might be better to create a world for your Repeated Use Event.
For more information on customizing your event space or creating an original event space world to import:
- How do I grant roles to other people in my Worlds?
- How do I let people fly (or have other abilities) in my World?
- Where can I get help with world-building?
- How do I manage my Worlds?
- World-Building FAQ
- How do I add custom spawn points to my Worlds?
- How do I upload my own Kits?
- How do I get started with the World Building Toolkit (Unity Uploader)?
Using the Multimedia Console for a slide presentation
The Multimedia Console is a great way to organize your content for a presentation including images, audio, or video. Follow the Multimedia console instructions to get that setup for your event.
Branding Your Event with Images
Adding images to your event space or company's logo and branding, or even photographs of yourself, your team, or other visual content is easy in AltspaceVR.
The image requirements are:
- JPG or PNG files are accepted
- Maximum image size: 1920x1080
- Resolution: 72 DPI
- File size: Less than 250 KB per file
The process involves uploading your image to your AltspaceVR Photos, then using the Photos in the World Editor in-world to import and place them into the event world space.
- Go to Photos on the AltspaceVR website.
- Select Upload.
- Select Browse to open a dialog box on your computer and locate and select the optimized image.
- Select Open.
- Select CREATE PHOTO.
- Repeat this for all your images.
In AltspaceVR and in the event world, position yourself near where you wish to place the image. (If you're creating this for a Repeated Use event, make sure you are in your World and not in the Event space!)
- On the user interface, in the lower right corner, select World Editor/Editor Panel
- Click the Mine tab at the bottom.
- Select Photos.
- Photos are stored in the chronological order of upload, so the latest image uploaded should be the first image in the list. Select it to add it into the world.
- Using your device cursor, grab the image and place it where you wish it to be.
- You may resize it using your controllers (typically sliding your thumb horizontally across the touch pad in VR or using your mouse in 2D mode).
- To fine-tune the position and rotation of the image, select the GEAR symbol on the image in the Editor and set the Rotation and Position appropriately.
- You may also resize the image with the Scale feature.
When Edit Mode is on (orange text), you will automatically have the ability to fly, allowing easier movement for placing images higher in the event world.
- Repeat this for each image placement.
- When the images are set in place, select Lock All if you didn't lock them individually, and turn off Edit Mode and close the editor.
- Only use a maximum of five Photos per event.
Adding 3D Objects Using World Editor and Kits
AltspaceVR allows importing 3D objects into worlds with the World Editor. There are many World Editors Kits currently available for use, and more on the way. There are spaceships, rockets, animated animals, sculptures, trees, plants, and many different objects. Or you may add your own Kits to the public collection or for your own personal usage, or consider using one of the AltspaceVR MRE apps, which bring interactable objects into your world such as helmets, swords, wings, clothing, hats, or other interactable objects. Expect the list of objects to expand soon.
The instructions here focus on using items already in the Kits. For more information on adding and importing 3D objects into AltspaceVR, see "How to import glTF models into my Worlds?" and "How do I upload my own Kits?".
To add an existing 3D object from the World Building Kits into your event world, with the World Editor/Editor Panel open and Edit Mode enabled:
- Explore the kits for the object you wish to import and select it.
- Select on the kit object with your cursor and position it. Use the GEAR icon on the object in the World Editor to use the Position, Rotate, and Scale options for manual number entry.
- When the object is placed in the right position, lock it by clicking the Lock icon.
- Add another object if you wish. Be judicious in adding 3D objects, keeping your selections to no more than items from five different individual kits, for better Oculus Quest user support. Don't use more than 200 objects in a world.
- When done, lock all items, turn off Edit Mode, and close the World Editor. Wander around. Invite a few testers to visit and check it out, and get ready for your great event!
For more information on the World Editor Kits and adding 3D objects to AltspaceVR:
- What is the Early Access Program?
- How to import glTF models into my Worlds?
- How do I use an MRE in my World?
How to Record or Live Stream My Event
See the following support document for instructions on recording or live streaming your event: