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The Gospel World is a virtual world where people may move about in a full 3D world, take classes live with a teacher as part of the online school operation when any school may open such classes.

An example of what can be done using a virtual world, please see this project being done in Second Life® at Bible Prophecy Island.

UPDATE: Implementation of the Gospel World has started on 8/15/2013! Server support was setup and world creation programming started installation on 12/1/2013 using the InWorldz open source Halcyon software. Building a virtual world is not easy at this time. Once you have the server support programs installed, you have to create the land and all the content you want to have or purchase items from merchants specializing in such things. As the work proceeds the progress reports will be posted here.

Progress Reports

2017 First Quarter Report – New development this past quarter where the Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA) was formed to promote and coordinate virtual world application beyond entertainment use. This new development will also include a multi-world marketplace for Halcyon based worlds. Such a marketplace will greatly help the future development of Gospel World. I am helping IMA with virtual world and marketplace implementation.

2016 Fourth Quarter Report – Some progress was made in the Welcome Island content. I started a new website business that took all my time, thus limited what progress could be done here. See for information about that site.

2016 Third Quarter report – Gospel World region management programming has been started and has basic operation to view all region status and ability to close regions. Halcyon development continues to improve world operation stability. Work has begun on the Welcome Island and its virtual world training course for new arrivals to learn how to operate in the virtual world environment.
Four new Guest avatars were completed! Introducing Kyle, Greta, Lei and Kim: Kyle Greta Lei Kim
The complement of starting guest avatars is nearing completion with four more to go.

2016 Second Quarter Report – Bad news time. Two of the schools that had been running in the GLC program closed their operation in April. That was 90% of my funding for purchases to get things in Gospel World. At least there is enough content for Avatar creation and customization. The world still lacks in trees, brush and landscaping content.
One bit of good news comes from the advancement of the Halcyon program running the world. Region restarts from in-world are working. I have finally got the process for land parcel transfer working so land can be assigned to others and group ownership. This is process is critical for member schools to manage who has access to their land areas.

2016 First Quarter Report – The last three months have been concentrating on grid software updates with the upgrades to the Halcyon programming from InWorldz. Lots of bugs have been getting corrected and some new features added in. I also upgraded the server, putting in a larger SSD - OS drive for the virtual machines and upgrading the Quad core CPUs to Hex Core CPUs. This provides more power and expansion room for School regions in Gospel World.
Sweet E's delivered several more clothing textures for the Mesh It styles I have. These will be applied to the clothing options and used with more avatar selections.

2015 December Report – Heather completed two of the set of guest avatars and I was able to write the programming into the new account registration page to select them. Introducing Eric & Victoria:
Eric Victoria
More are in the que being created. More texture styles for the clothing we have are in the works. This will make for more options to make the default avatars. It will be easy for me to add them to the selection page. One more step toward getting the world opened!
Over the Christmas season, Heather completed two more avatars. Introducing Jadyn and Fayth:
Jadyn Fayth
Next on the list are Asian, India and middle eastern avatars.

2015 November Report – InWorldz has released the first edition of the now open source server code on GitHub. I have updated Gospel World to the Halcyon grid server software. Performance has been significantly increased and regular updates can be managed much easier.
* 10 more hair styles were purchased from Alli&Ali Designs and added to the collection.
I got a contract with Mesh Flowers & Plants in SL! Finally I can get some good flowers and plants; 43 flower plants were ordered and delivered to Gospel World. It is nice to have some color and plants – the third day of creation has been a long time arriving!

2015 October Report – Several things have happened in this month. Elyse was able to complete several of the textures for the mesh clothing styles and those have been set up for access at Admin Island and at Gospel World Plaza.

InWorldz has opened their world grid server code for open source on GitHub! The development of the Halcyon system for grid operation and management is rapidly making advances for a strong and stable world operation. This action will improve the progress being made in Gospel World and will get several of the annoying problems in Gospel World resolved in next month. My son Ricky was able to help the Halcyon project by correcting the programming that disabled the ability for the trash to be emptied and is working on getting the web based profiles operational.

2015 September Report – I connected with Elyse who owns the Sweet E's clothing store in Second Life and set up a contract with her to create textures for the mesh clothing I have and for my purchase of additional clothing she makes. This will go a long ways to getting the default avatars completed.

2015 August Report – Since Last April we have moved to a friend's house which they are refurbishing to sell. It is a temporary landing spot for our family while we continue to look for the place God wants us to move to. In the mean time we can help our friends by giving them some income from the house as our rent and be able to help them get the place ready to sell.
Now that my computer and development server are back in operation, I will again be making some progress on Gospel World. The randomly vanishing regions problem was resolved by the Inworldz team. Progress on the default avatars can again resume as we move toward getting the world opened for general access.

2015 April Report – Offline IMs now are sent via email!
We received on the 16th, notice to leave the house we have been renting for the last 27+ years to be out by July 1, 2015. All work on Gospel World is suspended until we can find a new place to live and get setup again. Only necessary support for the schools and students can be managed until after the move has been completed. More will be posted when there is anything to report.

2015 March Report – Mesh feet, with two styles of shoes have been set up.

Some Mens boots were also released.
Some mesh clothing from MeshIT, Animation overrides and four more skins were purchased from *Step-Inside*. More clothing items are needed to provide outfits for the default avatars and make enough content for individual choices later. Avatar animation overrides were implemented with men and women versions. These provide more natural animations for standing around, running and walking.
Earlier in the year Arlene joined the team and brought in her skills in clothing design she developed in Second Life. She has released three items:

2015 February Report – I found a merchant in the InWorldz grid who sells mesh feet. These are much better than the default avatar feet and are a must for select ladies shoe styles and simply going barefoot. When I contacted Lia and she discovered the world was for my Bible School program, she was very excited. She is a Christian in Russia and offered to provide all four of her feet styles to Gospel Learning Center free of charge! So we set up the purchase agreement that way. I in turn needed a control HUD to provide the skin tone adjustments for the feet, so I created a new HUD for her business in IW which she has the rights to provide to any world she sells her feet. In addition I created a skin applier tool that skin merchants can use to make matching textures for the feet and apply them for customers. In this way her business can expand and other merchants can provide accessories for them. Here are the three styles I will use:

I told Lia I was also looking for someone who was skilled in making avatar skins. She put me in contact with her friend who runs the *Step-Inside* business in InWorldz. I was able to set up a purchase agreement with Lany to get skins that would suit our purpose and to have them supplied with suitable underwear as part of the skins. She was happy to do that for me and provided the underwear also as garments that can be color tinted for every purpose that may be needed. She also provided a good collection of eyes for avatars for free! Lany's husband runs the MeshIt business in SL and IW providing mesh clothing styles and shoes that will work with the iFeet. Here are the skins I was able to start with:

This month has been a very busy time getting these products set up for use. Heather is working on avatar shapes to create the starting collection of avatars, that are ethnically represented, for use with new accounts in the world. Next month we will be setting up with a line of mesh clothing combined with texture based clothing to give a very good selection of styles that can be used to personalize each person's avatar.

2015 January Report – After some negotiation, a major advancement has been achieved and the first merchant connection for Gospel World was made with Alli&Ali Designs who makes the best hair styles in Second Life and InWorldz. An initial order of 10 hair styles have been purchased for resident use in Gospel World. This will allow the creation of default avatars for new accounts and options for hair style selection choices for customizing your personal appearance. The ground work is now in place to get more merchants involved to supply products for private world grids like the Gospel World.

1/20/2015 Offline messages are now stored and delivered on login to Gospel World. This feature required addition of an external web page to provide the save and retrieval of the messages.

August Report – World Map display implemented! Ricky went to work on the world map generating process to improve it. The implementation we had was slow and used a lot of memory. We knew there had to be a better way to approach and solve the problem and have it be able to run in Linux and Windows servers with a minimum of resources and do it at a fast rate. Mission accomplished! Ricky called his program Anaximander after one of the earliest map cartographers in history. It is a map generating program after all!

June 2014 Video Report See a video tour of the Gospel World current state of development.

A new viewer logon page was created and put in place. Now the way is open for showing any image backdrop for the viewer page.

Construction Begins

3/20/2014 Created the terrain maps for Admin Island and the regions for the Public Island. Here is a bit of the construction started on the Administration Island. All content has to be imported from our work in Second Life or created new in Gospel World. This includes the avatar selections and all clothing items that will be available initially. Supporting world web pages are under construction and will be linked in as soon as they are operational.

Public Island is an area of 0.75 KM square of land consisting of 9 regions in a square. It is surrounded by a ring of 16 regions of sea. The central mountain range can be seen behind me. It is currently a large area devoid of anything but interesting terrain. Here will be built the places of interest that will be publicly accessible to guests, student and staff.

First Region Created
2/26/2014 Viewer display page was created and displaying active world status with account and region numbers. This will be getting more updates soon in style of display. The other required pages for the world access and account creation / management are being created.
2/20/2014 Several Grid operation problems turned out to be incorrect firewall settings. Now Content can be created and uploaded. Still have some configuration to do for email processing and world map generation and display. Progress is good!
2/8/2014 The first region in Gospel World was created. A little island in a vast empty world. Still working out some configuration issues with the server side software but some very good progress has been made. Once the foundations are solidly in place, the long work of world creation will begin.
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