Metropolis is a free OpenSim based virtual worlds network. Avatars can move through virtual worlds to meet others in 3D or to explore the objects and creations from other citizens. The members of the Metropolis-Grid can create their own worlds, without any limits. The access to the Metropolis-Grid, the mangement of the regions and estates (also the handling with objects, assets, etc.) is very close to the handling in SecondLife. Metropolis is based on the Simulator-Software OpenSim, an open source project.
The significant difference of Metropolis compared to Second Life is that there are no restrictions regarding the construction of buildings (prims, sculpties, etc.) on the Metropolis-Grid. Because Metropolis is absolutely free of any charge! Consequently, there are no Linden$ or similar virtual currencies. On the contrary: the grid operators, as well as the residents, give a lot of buildings, furnishing items, clothes etc. as freebies to other citizens. Thus, a new resident can rapidly build its own inventory. There are many freebie shops available on different regions, which are accessible via teleporting.
Everyone can connect their own worlds (regions) to the Metropolis-Grid, free of charge. Please have a look at the tutorial here, how it works. On the other hand, there is also the possibility to rent ready-to-run virtual worlds for a cheep charge. Have a look at the prizes on this page.
Take a look at some impressive Snapshots from the Metropolis-Grid.
The name of the Metropolis-Grid was inspired by the movie Metropolis from Fritz Lang.
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