So I have an announcement. I sent an email to my work saying that I wanted to be able to focus on my work on taking advancing the federated social web to the next level. Read: better security / abuse resistance, richer interactions, virtual worlds.

How will I be funded to do this? I don't know. I do know that the state of the political world scares me enough that I feel I have to do this. If you want to support me:

Wish me luck. More updates soon.

Let me clarify what "virtual worlds" means. Those who were around in the 90s may remember MUDs and MOOs and etc, which were massively multiplayer games before that term existed. In a sense, social networks today are degenerate forms of this design: we can talk to each other, but we aren't immersed in a sense of *place and interaction*.

The system I intend to build (Spritely) will allow you and your friends to program your social worlds together. Build it, dream it, make it.

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If you want more hints as to what I'm thinking, I gave a presentation on this which contains some of my thoughts earlier in the year

Here's the crux though: I think making a decentralized social web that's hard to censor but focuses on protecting users is *critical* for the survival of freedom and autonomy of everyday people, *especially* in this political environment.

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But what's the most common self-hosted server on earth? It ain't fediverse software, it's Minecraft. Why? I think the appeal of building a world with you and your friends is very appealing.

If we can make it very easy in-world to be able to program the entities you're interact with as you walk around and talk, that could be a big win.

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@cwebber I never played it or had any interest in it but I thought Minecraft was a 2010 type thing. Is it still going ?

@andyc It's also increasingly being used in educational environments to teach students ideas like how to code, etc.

@cwebber Fair enough. I stand corrected. I think it's great that people want 'to create'. Most folk seem content to lurk and consume and consume and offer nothing of worth (myself included)

@andyc @cwebber I think part of this is barriers to entry. Second Life is complex and labyrinthine. Minecraft is very accessible, especially to kids and anyone older who grew up with videogames. It has to be easy to create, and the software has to run *well* on a wide range of systems.

@andyc @cwebber Minecraft also offers other forms of interaction (exploring, fighting, just mining by itself) for those who don't want to build, and they're deeply embedded into the world and systems, unlike in SL where any additional functionality is proprietary and localized.

@amydentata @andyc ABSOLUTELY on accessibility. I am shooting for aiming for low-barrier-to-entry content first.

The first engine that will be introduced will be for textual worlds with *some* amount of interspersed images, like oldschool 90s MUDs and etc, but with a bit more support for point-and-click interaction so new users aren't confused.

It could take weeks to model a cool robot and rig it to behave. It can take minutes to type up the equivalent text version.

@amydentata @andyc That said, once the text version works, I will probably look at building a top-down 2d engine world into the system also using the Liberated Pixel Cup assets and style guide

Sekret: when I helped run the LPC years ago, this was part of the long-term con.

@cwebber Interesting. I did not know about LPC. Torn between excitement at the concept, pleasure at this starting point, sadness that all the characters are oh so very caucasian.

@metagrrrl yes that's something frustrating about the original LPC, but the good news is that people have dramatically expanded LPC to have non-caucasian bodies, and many many other things.

Search LPC on and you'll find it

Mentioning LPC in a MUD contest, you for a moment had me thinking you were talking about NannyMUD LPC. 😀
@clacke I've got a funny behaviour on my fediverse client. Everytime you post on a thread I liked/fav, I get a notification.

Seems like the problem only appear with you, since you are my only friendica contact, I guess it might come from the friendica/pleroma federation.

Anybody else gets the same problem here?

@kaniini @lain , is it a known bug?
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Hm. Friendica has a bad habit of @-ing too many people, but that's not the case for e.g. the LPC/MUD post.

Hello @Michael Vogel , there seems to be something up with the AP plugin here?

@Ninjatrappeur Thanks for reporting.
@Ninjatrappeur @clacke @lain

no, it's because of the way friendica distributes replies. it cc's everyone that it knows is participating.
The secondary audience receiving a notification does not sound like it's in the spirit of… , but it's admittedly not written very clearly.

In terms of implementation history, it's not how it works on
@clacke the secondary audience receiving a notification likely is not, I agree, but the notification system is still kinda stubby.
LPC is the programming language of NannyMUD/LPMud, an object-oriented language describing all the objects in the world and how players may interact with them.

It would later be further developed to become , the backend implementation language of the Roxen web application server.…

It's an interesting reversal of how you are now taking a web application protocol to make a MUD. 😀

@clacke This is part of the theory behind Spritely: the dream to build a distributed massively multiplayer secure gaming environment might not succeed, but that's okay because it will almost certainly result in very interesting things. Flickr, Google Earth, much of object capability design, Python's Twisted framework... all of these things started out with the aim of building such a massively multiplayer game.

So I think even if the game bit doesn't succeed, we'll end up someplace interesting.

@cwebber @andyc I think the mass-market breakthrough with virtual worlds beyond stuff like Minecraft will probably be VR, in the distant future. But VR will be a series of aggressively walled gardens -.-

@amydentata @cwebber @andyc I so very much want them to be a federated mess of servers, where you can have your one identity and walk from one world to the next, hosted on a different machine.

Snowcrash had that, at least the way I interpreted it. One of the Second Life clients even called itself "metaverse", borrowed from Snowcrash. And the free software implementations of Second Life had some kind of federated grid, but I'm not sure how well it worked/works and if anyone was/is running nodes with that functionality.
I think one aspect of Minecraft, intentional or not, is that the "uglyness" (which is in itself intentional) lowers the barrier to entry in terms of expectations. It feels permissive to contribute to a world where everything isn't super polished.

@andyc minecraft is still HUGE with my 15yo and his connections

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