Manyland

Manyland is an open world created and inhabited by all of you! In a universe that's infinite in all directions, you run around and explore, collect items you see, create things, build structures, chat with others, work in teams, have fun... and invent completely new things to do.

Here are some video tutorials to get you started:

What's new?

November 28 2014: The exclamation mark is now optional for "to area" teleporting!

November 27 2014: We fixed some issues with search not finding certain items sometimes (and not loading during page load when the search panel was open)!

November 27 2014: On desktop, you can now right-click Music blocks in Writables to play them!

November 26 2014: Viewables now have speed attributes! Thanks Banana Apple!

November 26 2014: Non-English characters should now display better in Readables and Writables!

November 26 2014: There's a new type in the music category: Music Sheet!

November 25 2014: The guitar display has been improved, and you can now also right-click it like the piano to show the notes!

November 21 2014: Stuck in a death loop? A dialog should now pop up to ask if you want reset the location!

November 21 2014: The flag button in profile dialogs now shows for every rank! (Please note we're still weighting flags differently based on rank, but this gives you a better chance for feedback when you're below rank 5.)

November 20 2014: You can now use "in bin" with searches to find your recently deleted creations! On desktop you can also hit Ctrl+Z. (Note the bin currently shows a bit more than it will in the future, as there will be automated bin cleaning of older items.) For now to restore the item, clone it or place it + collect again.

November 19 2014: We fixed some issues in relation to deleting or swapping area possession items! Please let us know if anything reappears. Thanks Godi & Fae!

November 19 2014: If Interactings were replying too fast for you, try again now! Thanks Godi!

November 19 2014: The rank requirements for bouncies and tilted bouncies have been fixed! Thanks Ultra!

November 19 2014: Certain actively reacting Interactings cannot be placed in Outer Ring areas 1 - 8 and Inner Ring anymore for now. Thanks for the feedback on this!

November 15 2014: Welcome all newcomers! Did you know? Manyland is also available on the iPad, iPhone, and Kindle Fire HDX. For a series of intro videos please check out manyland.com/helptown

November 12 2014: Godiva's Treasure Hunt Season 2 started! manyland.com/treasureland

November 11 2014: Godiva's Treasure Hunt Season 2 is starting Wednesday, please check The Board calendar! ( Don't have the board? It's the blue Writable in the first hut at manyland.com/helptown )

November 10 2014: The shaking + sound of collected Writables if there's something new is now re-enabled! Thanks Banana Apple & Percy!

November 10 2014: The minimum area name length is now down from 7 to 6! Thanks Bob!

November 6 2014: An issue with some things not showing up as you walked around should now be fixed! Thanks Godi!

November 6 2014: Image Mediums are now shown without background rectangle!

November 6 2014: There's a new attribute for Mediums: Named! It will show the title of the creation when viewed.

November 5 2014: You can now play Music blocks from Interactings! Include the music in the Interacting's object list, then use "/plays nameofmusic" to start, "/stops" to stop it, and "... currently playing" in checks to test if something's playing.

November 5 2014: Multi-line comments in Interactings are fixed now!

November 5 2014: On desktop, you can now press Shift in creator to draw a line!

November 5 2014: There's two new special solid footstep sounds: energy and mud! A full overview is now on the Tips page: manyland.com/info-tips#solidSounds

November 4 2014: Changing On Touch has new attributes which become active when touched! Equipment has new attributes too!

November 4 2014: Did you know? You can add "by me" to your searches to find your own creations only. More search tips are now at manyland.com/info-tips#search

November 4 2014: Dynamic has a new attribute: In Front!

November 4 2014: You can now use ^^this^^ to format smaller or less important text!

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September 13th 2013: Manyland is opening for many more people today!

July 29th 2013: We're opening the doors for early testing!

More...

You can follow the news here or on Twitter and Facebook.

What are the keyboard and mouse controls?

Press keys W A S D or ↑ ← ↓ → = Run and Jump
Space or Action button = Pick up/ Mount/ Wear, and drop/ unmount/ unwear
Down = Open body motions if available
Down (when holding something) = Drop holdable

Right-click (while dragging) = Rotate
Ctrl+Click (on a thing) = Delete thing (Cmd+Click on Mac)
Ctrl+Click (on yourself) = Remove held item
Shift+drag (a thing) = Move thing
Shift+Click (on dust) = Undo deletion
Shift+Click (on person) = Upvote
ESC = close dialog

F1 = list friends
F2 = show snapshots (double click snapshot to teleport there)
F4 = make snapshot
F9 = toggle map
F10 = toggle showing of menus (requires rank 5)

Collecting & building with mouse: To build something, drag it from one position in the world to a free other position. Drag something from your collection and creation panes into the world to place it, or drag it into the pane to collect it.

To chat with someone, just start typing. Others will see what you say as you type it. (If you prefer WASD for moving but just chatted, hold one of WASD a bit longer to switch back to moving.)

During creation, more shortcuts are listed in the menu. For instance, M mirrors, and C toggles an animation cell. You can use Ctrl+Arrow to move the creation, and Ctrl+Shift+Arrow to expand or shrink it from your cursor position.

You can also run around with a joystick or joypad.

If you don't have one, look for USB joystick or joypad at Amazon or another place... then grab this tool and map Up-Left-Down-Right to the keys WASD.

What are some other places related to Manyland?

(Got more? Please email us!)

A trailer made by GrimTheReaper

What are the different thing types?

There are no limits to your fantasy in Manyland, so be creative and create anything you want! Here are some of the current types you can create:

(Note many tile types require you to touch all 4 sides of the canvas with at least 1 pixel. For other types, like things, less sides are enough. Holdable Items can be of nearly any size at all.)

Where does the world end?

There's no end here -- Manyland is infinite in all directions, waiting for you to build and discover! No single map could fit here showing all of Manyland, but the universe has a structure like this:

(Building in inner ring means new-borns won't be immediately stumbling upon your creations in the future.)

How does friending work?

If you enjoy someone's company, you can click them and then click the "+My Friends" button. This has a couple of benefits:

(Reversely, you can also block someone, which results in their speech not be heard by you anymore, and them not being able to add a finder to you.)

What does the hand with the number mean?

This shows someone's rank from 1 to 5 (or sometimes, 0). Try not to be too concerned about this number... around 1 is for new people, around 5 for very good and constructive citizens (0 shows someone has been blocked from building, e.g. after getting lots of downvotes; most of the time this is only temporary and people will get back to their previous rank after a while).

What's the Manyland behavior etiquette?

Manyland is proud to have people from all walks of life and all colors of the rainbow. Respect is one of our building blocks. We strive for a peaceful environment for everyone.

Try to be a good citizen and respect the creations of others when they're good, or improve them when they're not. You can upvote others when you find they do good, and downvote them if you find they do bad. You can also report offensive things in the world by right-clicking them, then clicking the flag that shows up. Your voice and action matter a lot: voting, flagging, helping and guiding, uncluttering and many other things are our powers to maintain and shape this universe for good!

When interacting with others, please be respectful. For instance, killing others around you (unless it's part of a voluntary game amongst friends), cursing at them, or otherwise showing hate against them, is against the etiquette. Cluttering, littering, impersonation to confuse, deceptive creations outside of voluntary challenges, mass tagging, carelessness in mass removing of structures by others, offensiveness, strong rudeness in speech or drawings, trolling, picking of fights, aggressive behavior, and flooding with speech or actions, aren't wanted by most and are against the etiquette. You may not reserve area names for future use, or mass create new areas, as everyone should get a chance at the names. Please do not create pixel-by-pixel copies of existing external artwork (unless you can be sure e.g. fair use or public domain rules cover it). If someone doesn't want to participate in something you planned, like a game, try to find like-minded people elsewhere in the world, as there's enough space for everyone in Manyland.

Often, location matters: what people may consider offensive in one area may be accepted, funny and terrific in another more distant location with another group. Try to apply common sense and find the group and location that's right for you and enjoy! Voting is the basis for how we all self-maintain and this will keep your received votes in great shape.

Please note the current welcome points are a special case as far as structures are concerned, as we often clean up together there to give new arrivals a chance to experiment, with some "free air" around.

Please note that it is against the etiquette to post issues specifically related to an account, or one person, on general writables (or really, any other public place). Account-related issues need to be either discussed in person, or if that's not possible, discussed in private with us at we@manyland.com. This helps the privacy of all involved.

If you get to Rank 4, you'll soon afterwards get a message to take a citizenship test to rank up to 5. At Rank 5 you can then portal to the Inner Ring. Please read the terms below for more.

What are the terms of service?

We try to keep the terms text short :)

First of all, we take our responsibility very seriously, and want to provide a long-term sustainable environment for everyone who joined. If you join Manyland, you agree to all of these terms of service.

Manyland requires you to be at least 13 years of age, and in some countries older: See Google's terms and age requirements and Facebook's age requirements for the US requirements and those of other countries. Logging in to Manyland is only possible via either a Google account or a Facebook account, so their respective terms and restrictions apply if you join Manyland, too.

Note we never automatically post to your wall or connect your friends and such when you login with Google or Facebook.

We try to have the world be stable & permanent and have backups and such... but can make no guarantees regarding lost data or availablility of the service. We may block users who we find abuse the service, and cancel, remove or block accounts, creations or areas if they go against the etiquette or terms. We rarely send emails to you, mostly just when there's something very noteworthy.

We want the best for Manyland and its citizens, and to that end reserve the right to do amend the world and its rules in any ways we think helps create the best place for all citizens.

By submitting content here you affirm that you have the necessary licenses, rights, trademarks etc. on that content and that you give Manyland the right to do anything with it (community happiness is our top priority to which all other decisions follow). Otherwise you are not allowed to use trademarked properties (including in created area names) or copy work. (Non-terms sidenote: We personally wish the world would switch to movements like Creative Commons and vastly broaden Fair Use and remixing defense in everyday creative situations.) Please note we will process and investigate all notices of alleged infringements and take appropriate actions as part of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, notifications of claims and counter-notifications should be sent in this form. It is against the terms to embed, share, upload, create or communicate content which is against the law.

If you're not an adult or you don't know if someone else is an adult, don't ask for or provide personal information like address, email, web page, phone number and such. By logging in to Manyland you agree to all of the terms, which may change in the future. You also agree to keep to our etiquette. You agree not to create offensive structures or things in the world, or say offensive things using chat or other communication. You agree not to set up multiple accounts, or share one account with different people. We are trying to focus on world health and happiness for all of us. We reserve the right to delete any account and creations at our discretion, and there are automatic blocks based on certain patterns. Automation, redistribution or wrapping of Manyland and its components, or interfacing with them outside of the ones provided, is against the terms. Client-side code manipulation is against the terms.

Privacy policy: Third parties may serve and target ads to you and place cookies. We use localStorage to save things too to provide a better experience, e.g. to restore the creation you were working on in case your computer or browser crashes in-between. We are providing the service on the infamous "as is" basis and cannot guarantee anything and disclaim all warranties.

We will do our best to provide a great environment for all of you!

Writable etiquette

The etiquette and terms for Writable forums follow above etiquette and terms – for instance, to always be respectful. In addition:

A big thanks to everyone who participates in writables!

Photosensitive warning

A very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patterns or flashing lights. Exposure to certain patterns or backgrounds on a computer screen, or while playing games, may induce an epileptic seizure in these individuals. Certain conditions may induce previously undetected epileptic symptoms even in persons who have no history of prior seizures or epilepsy.

If you, or anyone in your family, have an epileptic condition, consult your physician prior to using Manyland. If you experience any of the following symptoms while playing a video or game -- dizziness, altered vision, eye or muscle twitches, loss of awareness, disorientation, any involuntary movement, or convulsions -- immediately discontinue use and consult your physician before resuming.

What happens when I log in via Google or Facebook?

We're handling logins via Google and Facebook so you don't have to go through setting up yet another service and password. We will never even see your password from these providers, when you sign in with them we only see your email address and some basic info about your profile. We will not automatically push any "news messages" to e.g. your Google+ or Facebook feed. We don't like that kind of behavior. If there ever are things pushed to Google or Facebook, you will be the one opting in to that separately so you're in control of what happens.

How do I uprank?

If you're still on your way to rank 5 (the highest rank), don't worry too much: ranking should happen automatically and naturally if you explore, chat with others, try different things, give it a bit of time, and do good in the world. (Upranking does not happen faster if you try to do a lot of one thing, like placing, just to uprank.) Upvotes by experienced manyzens will help.

If you feel like you're on the same rank for several days despite all this, try to do two things: First, carefully read through all of the terms and etiquette. If there's anything you think you could do better in regards to these, try to amend this. Second, after you did that, hit the "Meet" button, and try to find some of us to hang around with and talk to. This will help you better understand our community spirit and shared etiquette, and others may also provide you with much more guidance.

 

Which devices and browsers does Manyland support?

Manyland should work great on modern desktop browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari on PC, Mac, and hopefully Linux too. There's also an iPad app and one for Kindle Fire HDX. IExplorer 11 has some problems for now and can't access it, but we consider working on this in the future. We're also looking into Android and iPhone support.

Want to know more?

Check out our Tips, Tricks & References page for more... and collect the Writable block "The Board" to get in touch, post input, or get help! There's also additional help on the subjects of Interactings, Dynamics, and Creatable Areas.

Who are you and where can I send feedback?

Manyland by Scott Lowe & Philipp Lenssen, with world creation by all of you.

Theme music of first video by Duncan MacKinnon featuring Johann Strauss II's The Blue Danube. Additional sound effects via FreeSound.org licensed under Creative Commons; thanks to all the sound makers. The music for the "In a universe" video is Raindrops and Waterfalls by Nicholas Pesci, with narration by Chuck Fresh. Manyland™ is a trademark by Scott Lowe and Philipp Lenssen. Manyland blocks logo by Korikabu. Music for "Somewhere in infinity" is "Where's My Banjo" by Rimsky (Salvador Fornieles & Carla Olaortua). Music for "10 things" is My Very Own Hostage by Atomic Pop. Music for "Walk right in" is by Kevin MacLeod and Cannon's Jug Stompers. Manyland is copyright by Scott Lowe & Philipp Lenssen. To export the PNG of your creations for use elsewhere, shift-right-click them. Manyland™ is a trademark and service mark of Scott Lowe & Philipp Lenssen. Thanks to everyone who supports, inhabits, provides feedback to, spreads the word of, and shapes Manyland. Thanks Nikolai Kordulla for helping with the iOS wrapper. Thanks go out to the makers of Chrome, Firefox and all other nice browsers, PhotoPaint, PaintShop Pro, Audacity, Apple and GarageBand, ImpactJS by Dominic Szablewski, NodeJS, MongoDB, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and other cool web technologies. Thanks to the makers of devices we build on. Thanks to civilization whose shoulders we stand on, coffee, tea, and the universe in general.

We love to hear your feedback or questions at we@manyland.com