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 help subjects you may be interested in:

Video tutorials to get you started

What's new?

June 30 2015: Cyel released the Manyland Codex, a helpful handbook compiling all kinds of information on Manyland! You can get yours at manyland.com/helpbook

June 30 2015: Azuros made a mosaic from area thumbs! i.imgur.com/XJvPDFJ.png

June 29 2015: Azuros has made many updates to Manyunity recently, and also added a forum! You can find out more on the Misc. board and by going to manyunity.com

June 27 2015: If you're looking for sounds, check out Qusion's sounds portfolio! manyland.com/qusion

June 26 2015: You can now click the zoom button on album pages to open a scrollable bigger view! (On desktop, pressing Ctrl+i will open this for your own album. There you can remove snaps by ctrl-clicking them.)

June 26 2015: Joongle made a 3D anaglyph experiment! "You need 3D glasses for the full effect. Red/cyan glasses" manyland.com/many3d

June 19 2015: We fixed an issue where new sub-areas would automatically get the "no one can see others here" setting! (We've reset this for all recently made subareas, so you may want to set it again for your subarea if it was intended.) Thanks everyone!

June 19 2015: Happy Manyday! manyland.com/manyday

June 18 2015: Stickifying an area writable thread now works! Thanks Detective and Roxas!

June 17 2015: The Map area box now makes expanding to the full list clearer, and emphasizes which areas you started! Thanks Cyel and Alius!

June 17 2015: If you insta-die and you are in the center of an area, you will now be asked if you want to be transported to Elsewhere!

June 16 2015: There's a new menu entry: Areas of the Hour! At the strike of every hour, you'll find a fresh randomized selection of areas! (Only areas which saw a bigger group of people in the past will be included, so private hideouts should not apperar... in addition you can set your area to Unlisted in the area dialog now.)

June 15 2015: Place Names should now show on the map in created areas! Thanks CKB, Azuros and Mir.Z!

June 15 2015: New Writables will now be tied to the area you're creating them in, giving you more moderation powers like stickifying, clarifying, removing threads, allowing only editors to add threads, or read, and more! (Area Writables are also tied to an area's lock list.) Thanks everyone!

June 15 2015: Dynamics in the centers of rank 1+ areas can now display text again!

June 2 2015: When cloning a Dynamic, the cell tabs on top should now be showing correctly! Thanks Azuros!

June 2 2015: You can now flag areas from the area dialog!

June 1 2015: People currently online are now mostly shown at the top of the friends list! Thanks everyone!

June 1 2015: We fixed an issue on mobile where Items in Holders would temporarily disappear on double-tap even when one isn't the Holder creator! Thanks Armard!

May 27 2015: There's a new attribute for Wearables and Dynamics: Higher Jump! Thanks Cyberdetective!

May 27 2015: You can now attach non-physically affecting Dynamics from Travel Holders!

May 26 2015: You can now turn any area or sub-area into a single person experience! To do so, open the area editing dialog, click the Eye so it's closed, and hit the Ok button. People now won't see others in this area. Thanks Q and everyone!

May 26 2015: You can now click the Cloned label in item menus to see the Clone History! (Please note some history entries from the early days of the cloning feature won't show.)

May 26 2015: You can now take a Travel Holder with you in the main menu, useful for changing bodies, reading writables and more when not an editor!

May 26 2015: The votes system has been overhauled, and there's a new Area Lock feature! (For more info on this, please see the thread "Sneak peek at upcoming area lock and vote changes" on the Misc. board.) Thanks everyone!

May 26 2015: The speed issues page now includes an option to disable its showing (if you're using Desktop Chrome or mobile)!

May 26 2015: You can now use [people] in Interactings, being the number of people around! manyland.com/info-interacting#functionality

May 26 2015: Certain phrases like "to infinity and beyond" or "to whom it may concern" now won't trigger teleports anymore! Thanks everyone!

May 26 2015: The issue where you see a new person sometimes fall twice upon arriving has been fixed!

May 26 2015: We fixed an issue with area editors sometimes disappearing from the list! Thanks Cow and Percy!

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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...

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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 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

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

Ctrl+I = show my public snapshots in full view
Ctrl+B = Boosts (feature to come!)

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 contact us!)

A trailer made by GrimTheReaper

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. 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.)

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: 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, 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! 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 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 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 (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. You agree not to set up multiple accounts. 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 flag reports.

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!

Is it ok to use an explorer account to be anonymous?

While it's not ok to use multiple login accounts, it's perfectly fine if you want to logout (or open another browser, or an anonymous window) and roam the world as explorer, anonymously. The same etiquette and common sense as usual applies, so using anonymity to confuse, deceive or troll others, are naturally not ok (and you may want to state your identity when you find that appropriate). But anonymity used for good can be liberating if you feel like it, and that's of course your freedom .At times, anomity in discussions on certain political, philosophical or social topics with larger groups (perhaps less needed in smaller, closer groups) can also allow speaking more honestly without fear.

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.

 

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.

About ads

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.

Don't want to see ads? We're offering a way for you to turn them off if you want.

Want to know more?

Check out our Support and Tips, Tricks & References page for more. 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. 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. 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!