Talking about Kitely (and visiting it too) on Designing Worlds

Serenity Island, Kitely - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Serenity Island, Kitely - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 5th March at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be broadcasting a very exciting show, looking at the virtual world of Kitely – and talking to its CEO, Ilan Tochner, as well as two leading artists (both well known for their work in Second Life) Karima Hoisan and David Denton (who is known as DB Bailey in Second Life).

Dogwood Art Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Dogwood Arts Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Kitely has caught a lot of people’s attention, as it works with a radically different plan to most other virtual worlds. At the moment, you access individual worlds on the Kitely grid through Facebook, Twitter or through an email account. In addition, you can currently access one world (or region) at a time – and then re-log to access another world – although again, hypergrid jumps within Kitely are planned in the near future.

Beyond Sebgram X-99, created by Karima Hoisan, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Beyond Sebgram X-99, created by Karima Hoisan, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

But perhaps the most radical difference with Kitely is that all land is free – indeed, when you sign up for an account, you automatically get one free world or, in Second Life terms, one free region of your own (and you can have 100,000 prims on that region too).

Lothlorien on Chakryn Forest, a work in progress by Andrek Lowell
Lothlorien on Chakryn Forest in Kitely, a work in progress by Andrek Lowell

So how does Kitely makes its money?

By having in place a billing system that works rather like a a cell phone account – you pay for time used. And you can do this either by a pay-as-you-go of purchasing minutes, or by subscribing to a payment plan, which operates at different levels. A free account, for example, will get you 120 minutes a month and one free world; the silver account – which costs $20 per month – gets you 5000 minutes, a stipend of 1000 Kitely Credits (which can be used to buy extra minutes or purchase inworld goods) and 10 worlds (or regions). The highest level plan, the Platinum, buys you 100 worlds and unlimited minutes – and costs $100.

Dogwood Art Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont
Dogwood Arts Festival, created by David Denton, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

That, of course, compares with $295 for a full region on Second Life. But no-one has to pay for the minutes to spend on your region.

This is just the business side though – we will be exploring this and other fascinating aspects of Kitely with our guests as we visit their regions in Kitely.

We will be screening this show in our studio, designed by Kayle Matzerath, on our new location in Garden of Dreams. Do come and join us there at 2pm!

The Mars Area of Serenity Island, Kitely, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Mars Area of Serenity Island, Kitely, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds– our very own version of the iPlayer!

6 comments

    1. No, it’s actually a Second Life clone, but it is operated in a different way. For example, it is not persistent. When no-one is there, a region will switch off and only come back online when someone accesses it.

      The programme will tell you a lot more about it!

      1. hmm… as Tizzy (Woodbury) likes to say, “reverse engineered clones of a failed platform are not the answer” — she’s a little dramatic, but I do think she’s kind of right. I don’t think of SL as a “failed platform” but for better or worse, I don’t see the clones becoming too meaningful overall… saving money is great, but all the clones I’ve visited run at least slightly worse than the still sometimes rocky SL.

        I think a new platform like a Blue Mars is (*sigh*, “was”) a more promising development…

  1. Yes, it runs on the latest release of OpenSim, uses all the standard Second Life viewers, and supports mesh and Vivox voice with lip sync. Content can be imported from Second Life (if you have the rights, as creator, to export it), and most scripts will run unchanged (except for those that use some physics-based vehicle scripting commands). In addition, you get some features unique to OpenSim, such as megaprims, full region exports and uploads (as OAR files, filtered so that you’re only exporting items you have copy and transfer rights to), and unique OpenSim scripting commands, such as for writing text or drawing on a prim surface.

    One correction: what Kitely calls “worlds” are actually regions on the single Kitely grid, not actually separate worlds.

    In order to enable region-to-region teleports, they have to do a little bit more behind-the-scenes work, but it’s on their agenda.

    After they get that done, they’ll start working on allowing hypergrid teleports to other grids. That will entail some additional challenges, however, such as protecting content, and figuring out how hypergrid visitors can pay for their time. (My guess: they’ll filter hypergrid content the same way they filter OARs, so that only full-perm stuff can travel to other grids, or something like that. And they’ll have to create a new access control system to handle hypergrid visitors.)

  2. Hi primperfect,

    As Maria correctly stated, all Kitely worlds are on the same grid so inventory, friends, chat, etc. work the same as when visiting private islands in SL.

    Hypergrid support, i.e. jumping between Kitely worlds and regions on other grids, will be supported in the future but only after we make sure they respect object permissions (so objects that can’t be copied or transferred in Kitely won’t be copied or transferred somewhere else).

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