Getting around

With Breakroom, you can reach new heights -- literally. Learn how to move your avatar (yes, that includes flying), control your camera, and communicate with other users.

There's plenty to do and see in your virtual world -- so how do you take it all in? The information in this section will help you master the art of avatar and camera movement. We'll also review the different ways you can communicate with other users.

Controlling your avatar

Walking: You can walk around the virtual world using the arrow keys on your keyboard. If you're familiar with playing video games on a PC, you can also use the WASD keys. Running: To run, simply hold down the Shift key while walking. Jumping: To jump, press the space bar. Flying: To start flying, first press the F key. This will lift your avatar into the air, where you'll hover. You can then use the arrow keys or WASD keys to soar about. Press the E key (or Pg Up) to fly higher, and the C key (or Pg Down) to fly lower. Press the F key again to land. Optional mouse control: You can also move around by left-clicking at a spot on the ground. Your avatar will then walk to the specified point and stop. This is called the "click to walk" setting, and you can turn it off in the Settings menu if you like.

Controlling your camera

Adjusting the camera angle: When you first log in, your camera will be positioned behind your avatar in third-person view. You can control your camera with the following key and mouse button combinations.

Command

Result

Alt + click the right mouse button (RMB)

The camera will focus on your cursor's current position.

Mouse scroll wheel

The camera will zoom in and out on the current focus point.

Hold RMB down and move the mouse

The camera will orbit around the current focus point if you move the mouse from side to side. It will zoom in if you move the mouse forward and back.

Hold Ctrl + RMB and move the mouse

The camera will pan and tilt around the current focus point.

Hold Shift + Ctrl + RMB and move the mouse

The camera will pan side to side or up and down while

maintaining the current focus point.

Esc

The camera will return to its third-person starting point.

Sometimes when you use the Esc key to return the camera to its default position, you'll find that you're zoomed out from your avatar. You can use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in on your avatar again.

Fly cam: Fly cam is another useful way to explore your surroundings. To enable it, hold down your right mouse button. You can then use the A and D keys to pan from side, the R and C keys to pan up and down, and the W and S keys to zoom in and out. You can also orbit items in this mode by moving your mouse.

Mouselook: By activating mouselook, you can "lock" your camera to your mouse and take on a first-person perspective. This may be helpful during games, quests, or other in-world activities. There are two ways to turn mouselook on:

  • Press the M button on your keyboard. You can then use your mouse to direct your camera. Press the M button again to exit mouselook.

  • Use your scroll wheel to zoom in as tightly as you can on the scene in front of you. A pop-up will appear, asking whether you wish to enter mouselook. If you confirm your choice, you will enter mouselook at that time. Press the M button when you want to return your camera to third-person view.

Communicating with users

Voice chat: Voice chat is available on a by-zone basis. If you're in a zone that permits voice chat, you will see a button that says Microphone Off at the top of your screen. Click on it, and its appearance will change to indicate that your microphone is now activated. You can learn more about voice chat by reviewing our conference system documentation. Public text chat: To bring up the Chat window, click the Show Chat button in the bottom toolbar. If there are multiple chat channels to choose from, you will see these listed as tabs across the top of the window. Once you've selected the channel you want to use, click on the text field at the bottom of the chat window and type out your message. You can then hit the Enter key on your keyboard, or click the Send button in the chat window to submit it.

Direct message: To speak directly to another user, click on their avatar and select the Instant Message option. A separate chat tab will open, where you can type your message and then send it by hitting the Enter key on your keyboard or by clicking the Send button. If you've added other users to your People list, you can talk to them directly at any time by clicking on the People button and then clicking on their name.

In-world e-mail: If you receive an e-mail from another user, the envelope icon in the top toolbar will light up to alert you. To send e-mail to someone within the Breakroom platform, click on their avatar and then click on the More button that appears on the right side of the screen. Once their user profile is open, click the E-mail button. You can send virtual items by clicking Add an attachment. You can also send e-mail by searching for a user's profile, or by clicking on the name of a user in your People list.

Owners can use the Dashboard to enable or disable text chat and in-world e-mail. If these features are disabled, users will only be able to communicate using voice chat.