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A partial list of running worlds in the Active Worlds universe

A world is a self-contained environment of objects, settings and rights that make up universes or a galaxy/solserver. It is offered as a product to citizens. Worlds are run by a world server, which can be remotely administrated by the world administration tool.


The first (and then only) world was Alphaworld, established in June 28th 1995. Seperate worlds other than AlphaWorld became available from November 1995 with the introduction of Pcmag world.

On October 1996, Worlds Inc. began an introductory world server software special for $500, which allowed up to twenty concurrent users. A free trial version were available with a three user limit. The first citizen to host a paid world was Calpantera.


Main Article: World features

Worlds are customizable by varying degress by world caretakers. Aspects such as the metadata, sounds, build features, sky and water can be tweaked. Worlds are also powered by a rights system, in which certain world features can be restricted by citizen number or tourist accessibility.


Main Article: Property

Worlds are divided into a grid of zones, which are further divided into a 5 by 5 grid of sectors. Sectors are finally divided into a 8 by 8 grid of cells, which are 10 by 10 meter areas that are loaded by the browser at a time.


As a world is effectively a server, running one requires a host. A world server is provided by AWI for hosting on a third party server, however AWI also offer world hosting for Universe and Galaxy Services.

See also