gathertown is minecraft or habbohotel meets zoom (take your pick depending on your age). chances are you'll hear about it at some point. i like it - it's fun and whilst i think zoom is great a change is also good especially if you have been on zoom for work. and it especially suits some things - a more dynamic social space for example or an event where you want different things in different spaces. it's also dead easy to use or get started in. you simply login and choose a space - a lounge, bar, conference room or whatever and can then invite some people and hang out. it's easy enough to create some interactivity through the objects. i confess to finding the videos a bit exasperating in the tutorials - i'd rather just have a plain old manual than have to go through loads of videos - that makes me sound old i know! but over christmas i set up a space for family and we met and hung out in it with interactive pictionary and the like. i also worked out how to create a room that was a snakes and ladders board so you can roll the dice and move your avatar round the board. the grandkids love it (and the rest of us to be fair).
because rooms are designed on a grid it made me think that the labyrinth we created for st pauls back in 2000 would work because that was designed on a square grid. anyway a day of messing around over christmas and i figured out how to create a labyrinth room with interactive stations. so grace on saturday was our first on gathertown. of course it takes a bit of getting used to but it went really well. we had a bar/lounge area and a portal through to the labyrinth so you could do that when you liked. the timing felt good because the online interactive labyrinth version that has been running for twenty years is no more as of this month i think due to flash no longer being supported so it was good to give it a new lease of life. the labyrinth tracks are still magical twenty years on. we invited people in their homes to have various objects that they needed to make it work for the reflections - stone, pen, paper - that sort of thing.
it's free to create things so you can just try it out and remains free for up to 25 people. we just stayed below that number.
this of course has to go down as a worship trick - no 83 series 4!
Thanks Jonny! My family had a Christmas gathering on a new platform but there were some technical issues.
Posted by: Andrew J Jones | January 12, 2021 at 09:12 PM
Andrew i thought of you! Think you'd have loved it...
Posted by: Jonny | January 12, 2021 at 09:48 PM
Oh wow! Just read. Shared with JWD - We might want to talk if u have time.
Posted by: Olive | January 13, 2021 at 11:46 AM
yes of course - give me a shout - you'd be welcome to use it
Posted by: jonny | January 15, 2021 at 03:09 PM