See Copyright and Usage Notice
What do I Need to Play in WorldsAway?
To join the WorldsAway community you must have a Macintosh computer
running System 7 or later, or a PC (minimum 486) running Microsoft
Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. As shown in the minimum machine table
at the beginning of this chapter, your computer must have at least
8MB of memory, 25MB of free disk space, and a 256-color video
monitor. A more powerful computer (Power
Macintosh or Pentium PC) is a definite plus, but is not required.
Getting started and a few disclaimers
WorldsAway is easy to install and easy to use. You can get the
WorldsAway software either from the
CD in this book, or by downloading it through a CompuServe account,
or directly from the Internet. There are two versions of the WorldsAway
software on the CD, one for use through CompuServe, one for use
directly through the Internet.
WorldsAway for CompuServe
If you wish to use WorldsAway through CompuServe, and you are
not a member of CompuServe, you will have to subscribe to CompuServe
first. The easiest way to do this is to call CompuServe directly
and order the latest version of the software. You will have to
arrange payment terms, probably by giving them your credit card
number. CompuServe has operations in many countries. In the United
States you can call CompuServe toll free at 800-524-3388. If you
have access to the Internet already, you can visit the CompuServe
home page at http://www.compuserve.com.
You may be able to download the CompuServe Information Manager
(CIM) directly from the home page.
If you are using WorldsAway with CompuServe, you will be charged
for the hours you spend beyond your free hours per month. Check
for CompuServeís monthly free hours and rates. WorldsAway
can be addicting, so you may want to consider investing in a flat-rate,
unlimited use plan.
WorldsAway for the Internet
If you decide to install the version of WorldsAway
that works directly with the Internet, you may be able to use
it free of charge for some period of time. More information on
the amount of free time will be contained in the software.
More About the Companion CD Software
WorldsAway is constantly evolving, and may have changed since
this chapter was written. We placed the very latest version of
WorldsAway on your book CD and it may have some differences from
what is described here. These differences will not be major, and
this chapter will still be a great guide to WorldsAway. If you
see new features or changes, you should check for information
under the Help menu in WorldsAway.
[Sidebar with help icon:
Keep up-to-date on your favorite worlds; visit your Avatars!
book Web site often
As a special service for readers of Avatars! , I have a special home page on the World Wide Web devoted to keeping you up-to-date on your favorite worlds. Find news about software updates, social events held within these virtual worlds, and brand new worlds you might want to try at http://www.digitalspace.com/avatars. Bookmark it!
..end of sidebar]
If you have questions or problems
If you have questions or problems installing or running WorldsAway,
consult the, ìWorldsAway and the Dreamscape Frequently
Asked Questions,î at the end of this chapter. If this does
not help, check the WorldsAway home page at http://www.worldsaway.com,
and the WorldsAway known problems page at http://www.worldsaway.com/Worldsaway/mac/known.html
for Mac users, andhttp://www.worldsaway.com/Worldsaway/win/known.htmlfor
PC users. Note that if CompuServe is connected, you can access
the Web through its built-in Web browser.
If you are experiencing problems with CompuServe, and can still
access the Internet, I suggest you visit the CompuServe home page
If you cannot access the Internet or CompuServe, you might
try calling CompuServe for technical support in your country.
In the United States, reach CompuServe toll free at 800-524-3388.
Another good source of information on how to use WorldsAway is
the on-line help files. Just select the Help menu in WorldsAway
and use the table of contents or index to find the topic you are
looking for. In addition, the WorldsAway Quickstart Guide, found
on the Web at http://www.worldsaway.com/quick/,
and the WorldsAway Dreamscape User Guide, found at http://www.worldsaway.com/Worldsaway/userguide/dreamscape/guide.html,
are excellent WorldsAway references.
Fujitsu Software Corporation and I appreciate your feedback on
Avatars! but donít have the resources to provide
technical support. We would be happy to hear about your experiences
in the WorldsAway Dreamscape. Contact us through the Avatars!
book Web site at http://www.digitalspace.com/avatars.
UNIX and OS/2 versions
At this writing, there are no native versions of WorldsAway for
UNIX or OS/2. Check the WorldsAway and Avatars! book Web
pages for updates on new versions which might support these platforms.
You may also be able to run WorldsAway using a Windows emulation
system on non-Windows platforms.
[Start of installation section..
Installing WorldsAway on your computer
If you are a member of CompuServe, and have your CompuServe Information
Manager (MacCIM 2.4.2 or greater for Macintosh users, or WinCIM
1.4 or greater for PC users) installed, you are ready to install
and enter WorldsAway. If you have a direct connection to the Internet
or a dial-up PPP connection, you can use WorldsAway, you can install
and enter the Dreamscape without first having to subscribe to
You can obtain your WorldsAway software in one of three ways:
Bear with me through the following step-by-step instructions and
soon you will be experiencing life as an avatar in the WorldsAway
Installing WorldsAway from Your Avatars! CD
If you have a CD-ROM drive on your Macintosh or PC, you can install
WorldsAway directly from the book CD-ROM. If you donít
have a CD-ROM drive, skip right to the following sections, ìDownloading,
installing or upgrading WorldsAway through CompuServe,î
or ìInstalling or upgrading WorldsAway from the Internet.î
In Chapter 20 we provide a step by step example of installing
from the CD-ROM. I suggest you refer to this chapter and follow
the same steps for WorldsAway. Once the installation program on
your CD-ROM has started, you can return to this chapter to the
section: ìRunning the Installation.î
Downloading, installing, or upgrading WorldsAway through CompuServe
If you are a CompuServe customer, you can download the WorldsAway
software through your account. To do this, follow these simple
1. Start CompuServe and connect.
Figure 8.2: wa0b.jpg
Find the Go menu in CompuServe.
2. Select the Services menu and pick Go... as shown in the previous
Figure 8.3: wa0c.jpg
Enter AWAY into the Go dialogue box.
3. A dialogue will be presented to you; enter the word AWAY and
Figure 8.4: wa0d.jpg
The WorldsAway dialogue; select Download WorldsAway Software.
4. You will see the WorldsAway dialogue box. This is your main
gateway into WorldsAway from CompuServe. Select Download WorldsAway
Software. This starts the download process. As the file is 14MB
or larger, you will have to wait an hour or longer (depending
on the speed of your connection to CompuServe). Go and grab a
book to read while you are waiting. I recommend a good fantasy
like J.R.R. Tolkienís The
Hobbit, which will put you into a good
frame of mind for the Dreamscape. Neal Stephensonís Snow
Crash, is also an excellent primer for cocktail conversations
in the Dreamscape. Note that the time spent on CompuServe downloading
WorldsAway is free. You will not be charged for this time.
Go next to the section, ìRunning the Installation.î
Installing or upgrading WorldsAway from the Internet
If you have an Internet connection and want the very latest version of WorldsAway, or were informed that you had to upgrade the version found on your Avatars! CD, then you can just download it. If you havenít done this before, donít panic, it is easier than you might think!
Running the Installation
Do you have a previous version of WorldsAway installed?
Whether you have obtained your WorldsAway software from the book
CD, through CompuServe, or from the file you downloaded from the
Internet, use this section to guide you through the installation.
Note that if you downloaded WorldsAway from CompuServe or the
Internet, the installation process may have changed. If this has
happened, refer to the instructions on the WorldsAway Web site
The following steps take you through the installation process.
Figure 8.5: wa0f.jpg
Start the WorldsAway installation (CompuServe version).
Figure 8.6: wa0a.jpg
Complete the WorldsAway installation (CompuServe version).
Clean up after installation
If you downloaded or copied the original WorldsAway installation
file onto your desktop or into a folder, you can delete it after
the installation is complete. You might also keep the original
installer around just in case you have to reinstall it, but it
is a large file (14MB or more), and it will take up valuable hard
The readme files and other WorldsAway documentation
There will be files called WorldsAway Readme and WorldsAway User
Documentation inside the folder where WorldsAway is installed.
If you open these files, you will find general information about
this release of WorldsAway.