Gather.town Basics

This page is a brief overview on how various functions of Gather work! This guide will help you get the most out of the platform.

Event Rules and Etiquette

Get explicit consent from all parties before taking any screenshots or recordings. Keep conversations respectful and follow the Convention Code of Conduct People who join the conversation may be very young, which might not be noticed if the user is not using a camera (indicated by a black screen), so keep conversations family-friendly

It’s okay to leave a table! A quick wave is sufficient in saying goodbye.

Getting Around

Move around using the arrow keys or WASD on your keyboard.

Interacting With Others

  1. Close proximity brings up video and audio
  2. Click arrows to expand video

Click on the microphone(left) or camera(right) icon to toggle audio or video on/off.

Tables are “private spaces” where you will be able to interact with all others at that table.

Interacting With Objects

Press x on your keyboard when prompted, to interact with objects, or enter a zoom room.

Messages

Get to the Message tab by clicking the message icon located on the bottom left of your screen. The number of unread messages you have will appear in red. Use the dropdown menu to change who will see your message.

Video Quality

Increase video quality by going to settings > Use HD Video Quality.

Note: Depending on your bandwidth and computer specs, you may not want to use this as it could affect lagging.

Status

Click on your name at the bottom center of the screen and it will bring up a menu where you can set your status! Anything you type in this box will show next to your name for others. This is a great way for people to see what you’re folding, looking to fold, or otherwise doing!

Participant List

Clicking the bottom icon under the messages tab, will show you a list of all the people that are online!

Use the “Locate on map” feature to find a friend. Just follow the path until you find them and then turn off locate.

Use the “Follow” feature when invited by a friend to go to another section of the map together. Please do not follow anyone uninvited.

Special Keys

There are a few shortcuts on your keyboard that may be useful.

G: if you hold down the G key on your keyboard, you will enter “ghost mode” allowing you to walk through other people.

Z: if you hold down the Z key on your keyboard, your avatar will do a dance.