Manyland

Welcome to Manyland, an open universe we invent and live together! In an infinite world of abundance, we create new things by drawing them, build new places, hang out and chat, collect, make music, party, script objects, go on adventures... and have fun together in ways none of us can predict.

>> Please visit Helptown for more, and post your questions at the help board there!
You can also speak "To Helptown" to go there.

What's new?

February 2 2016: We've optimized the friends list and profile positioning for mobile! Thanks Haruka!

February 2 2016: On desktop, holding down Shift in the creator will now just draw over the selected context color! (You can switch the color by Ctrl+Right-clicking any color.) The line tool is now using the "a" key.

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What are the keyboard and mouse controls?

Press ↑ ← ↓ → (or WASD) = Run and Jump
Typing = chat
Space or Action button = Pick up/ Mount/ Wear, and drop/ unmount/ unwear
Down = Open body motions or area possessions if available
Down (when holding something) = Drop holdable

Right-click or Ctrl-R (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
Ctrl+F10 = toggle showing of menus
Ctrl+I = show my public snapshots in full view
Ctrl+B = Boosts
Ctrl+H = Travel Holder
Ctrl+F (during creation) = Find type

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.

You can quickly place multiple blocks by placing at the edges of an empty rectangle in clockwise order, starting at the top left (this also works mirrored, and with removing all-same blocks). You can more quickly build lines by placing in the order of e.g. 1 2 ... 4 3.

To clone an object of yours to change it, drag it onto the create tab or button. Some creations by others are also clonable.

Friending: If you enjoy someone's company, you can click them and then click the "+My Friends" button. They will then appear in your My Friends list, which you can open by clicking on yourself, then "My Friends" (or on desktop, pressing F1). You can also ping friends with your location. (Reversely, you can also block someone, which results in their speech not be heard by you anymore, and you not being listed in their friends list.)

February 2 2016: There's a new entry in the Settings dialog to adjust whether you appear in friends lists!

January 31 2016: There's a new customization boost: Set Profile Dynamic!

January 31 2016: There's now more items showing in the profile, including one more boost-customizable top row item! Thanks everyone!

January 29 2016: We fixed an issue with titles not loading when following Writable thread links!

January 29 2016: There's a new Helper attribute: To Area! It works as door or clickable transport to the area of its name, and can also be used in contexts like travel holders. Also, Helpers can now be clicked to activate in the profile (you can add them using the Customization - Set Profile Item boost)!

January 28 2016: There are updates to the rank display, the area creation dialog and more... please join us at the Misc. board's "rank changes" thread for a full discussion! Thanks everyone! manyland.com/baseboardstown

January 26 2016: There's a new type in the Big Thing category: Very Big Thing! Thanks X-I-Reese & everyone who suggested this!

January 25 2016: Pushing and Thing In Front now also have the Not Auto-Filled attribute!

January 24 2016: On desktop, you can now Ctrl-Click a placement to remove it even when someone's standing in front of it!

January 22 2016: The Manyland Little Store's poster has been updated with colors better suited for printing! manyland.com/littlestore

January 21 2016: The Sparkling type now has the Not Auto-Filled attribute!

January 21 2016: You can now assign a random number to an Interacting number value by using e.g. "/=[number 1 6] dice"! The placeholders [people], [age in seconds] and [age in days] are also supported there now. Thanks Qusion & Cyel!

January 19 2016: We fixed issues with the Tab and F5 keys on Steam, and optimized WASD behavior! Thanks MapyleSyrup!

January 19 2016: It's the 19th, so Happy Manyday! The door to the very right is the entry to this month's Manyday area, Modern Hotel! manyland.com/manyday

January 18 2016: The F10 shortcut to toggle the side panel and other tools is now Ctrl+F10! Thanks everyone!

January 18 2016: Area Writables have a new feature: Post Keys! A post key is something you as board editor can optionally set in the "..." dialog. Once set, everybody who firsts posts to the writable will have to enter that key once. You can now e.g. mention the post key in your guidelines sticky to require people reading it before posting. Thanks everyone!

January 13 2016: Manyland on Steam now has achievements! Thanks Geoglitch, Brian, Conte, Error, Jackie Boy, and everyone who suggested this! store.steampowered.com/app/342280

January 12 2016: The Steam version of Manyland now has trading cards, badges, profile backgrounds & emoticons! Cards are handed out randomly by Steam when in Manyland. Thanks everyone for the suggestions! store.steampowered.com/app/342280 | http://steamcardexchange.net/index.php?gamepage-appid-342280

December 31 2015: Sorry for the outages in recent days... our server provider is facing some difficulties with distributed denial of service attacks.

December 19 2015: Today's the 19th, and there's a Manyday get-together at 21:30 Manyland Time! Say "To Manyday", then walk to the far right door to go there. Happy Manyday!

December 17 2015: There's a new Boosts category: Insight! (You can find boosts in the menu, or hit Ctrl+B.)

December 16 2015: There's a new type in the Big Thing category: Transforming! Thanks everyone!

December 15 2015: The [name] placeholder in Dynamics will now take into special consideration the person who attached or holder-opened it! Thanks Banished, Cyber and Cyel! manyland.com/info-dynamic#placeholders

December 15 2015: You can now also area-lock for 1 week! Thanks Doney and Q!

December 10 2015: There's a new attribute for Mountables and Flying Mountables: Non-Flipping! Thanks Todd!

December 10 2015: We fixed an issue with deleting body motions from the motions bar! Thanks Kyanoslazuli!

December 10 2015: There's a new area setting: /they can use all boosts! This would enable non-editors of your area to use e.g. Interacting boosts. Thanks Fisher! manyland.com/info-interacting#settings

December 10 2015: There's a new Interacting area setting: /they can't remove brain! (This will also allow you to catch the down button, and it won't use the special name tag dot.) Thanks Cyel! manyland.com/info-interacting#settings

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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!

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

Which devices 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 a Steam app for Windows 7/ 8/ 10 (64 bit). There's also an iPad app and one for Kindle Fire HDX.

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 flag-report them if you find they do something against the terms or etiquette. You can also temporarily or permanently area-lock them as editor of an area. 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: upvoting, 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, bullying, offensiveness, strong rudeness in speech or drawings, trolling, spamming, picking of fights, personal attacks, spreading rumors about someone, 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! Please note area locks from editor-based created areas are mostly under the discretion of area editors, whereas spawn area locks should be based on violations of the global etiquette and terms as outlined here. Communication, upvoting and flagging is the basis for how we all self-maintain and this will keep your stats 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 via email. This helps the privacy of all involved.

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 may send out emails, but there will be an easy unsubscribe-forever-from-all-emails link with them.

We want the best for Manyland and its citizens, and to that end reserve the right to 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 universe-wide, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to do anything with it, and to give all Manyzens the universe-wide, non-exclusive, royalty-free rights to access this content (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 (DMCA), 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 to keep the etiquette and Writable etiquette in all your actions and content. If you are under the age of majority where you live (i.e. you are not legally an adult yet) you represent that your parent or legal guardian has also reviewed and agreed to these terms. Your parent or legal guardian must also approve and take responsibility for your account for any payments made in Manyland. We unfortunately can't offer refunds if you paid for something in Manyland and there's a ban resulting from a breach of terms, or if the service is unavailable (we'll try our best). You also agree to not share your Manyland account with other people, or let others join Manyland via your Google/ Facebook/ Amazon account (an account must be self-managed, and for communication with us, the associated email needs to be used). 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. Importing of graphics via Changers or other means is against the terms. Client-side code manipulation is against the terms. It's against the terms to submit untrue or nonsensical flag reports.


You agree not to set up multiple accounts with Manyland, except where it meets the guidelines below. You agree to not join as new, non-full account Explorer if you as Explorer were just banned.

A second account is allowed if one is from the web (Google, Facebook or Amazon) and the other is set up with Steam, provided that:


Privacy policy: Third parties and we 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. By continuing to use Manyland, you agree to this cookie policy. We are providing the service on the infamous "as is" basis and cannot guarantee anything and disclaim all warranties.


Legal info - Termination: Manyland does not guarantee that it will continue to offer access to the system and services or support the app. Manyland may in its sole discretion cease to provide any or all of the services offered in connection with Manyland (including access to the system and any or all features or components of the app), terminate the EULA, close all accounts and cancel all of the rights granted to you under the EULA. Manyland may communicate such termination to you upon 30 days' notice in any of the following manners: 1) when you log into your account; 2) in a notice on Manyland website; 3) via email; or 4) in another manner that Manyland deems suitable to inform you of the termination. If Manyland terminates the EULA pursuant to this section, you will not receive a refund of any fees.

Legal info - Account termination: Manyland may immediately, and without notice, discontinue or suspend access to the system through your account, and close your account, if we find a violations of the terms. You will not be entitled to receive a refund of fees for a termination pursuant to this section.

[Please note: Our goal is to offer the Manyland service for as long as it's possible. It's our labor of love and we are very dedicated to it. What if the servers go down though, or we can't pay the costs of running anymore (and the voluntary Minfinity plan doesn't sufficiently help)? What if anything else happens that makes it difficult for us to continue the service? We may then one day consider e.g. mandatory plans, or other additional ways to cover costs to ensure the stability for all of you, or even restrict (or worst case, stop) the service. We hope this won't ever happen, but wanted to put in this cautionary note in any case... we hope you understand!]


If you are ever locked and you don't know why, or there's another account-related issue, please feel free to contact us.

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

Writable etiquette

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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!

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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, Steam, Facebook and Amazon 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.

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Showing ads helps finance this universe. Thank you!

Advertisements are automated, so we don't know specifically what's shown to you. If there's any ad you find objectable, please email us a screenshot so we can look into it.

What are some other places related to Manyland?

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More videos

A trailer made by GrimTheReaper

 

 

Bruce Willakers in Manyland (here's more)

 

 

 

 

 

And here's the first Manyland video...

Who are you and where can I send feedback?

Manyland developed 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 Music for "We're inventing a universe is "Heavy Traffic", CC-licensed by Three Chain Links. and Cannon's Jug Stompers. Manyland is copyright by Scott Lowe & Philipp Lenssen. Address. Email. 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. A press kit is available. Thanks to everyone who supports, inhabits, provides feedback to, spreads the word of, and shapes Manyland. Thanks to all curators, youtubers and reviewers who visited Manyland. Thanks SalzStange. 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!

Who are the Manyland backers?

Manyland is made with all of our passion and heart. We're hoping to put it on a stable financial fundament to cover the monthly costs. Whether or not you get Minfinity, thank you for being in Manyland!