Spawn Tiles

Spawn tiles are used to designate where first-time guests will spawn (appear) when they visit the link to your Space. Owners and Builders can place Spawn tiles anywhere in a room within your Space. Most often, Spawn tiles are added directly near the entrance door of a Space to simulate entering a physical room. 

There are two types of Spawn tiles: default and custom. 

  • Default Spawn tiles are locations where new participants will display when accessing the general link to your Space for the first time.
  • Custom Spawn tiles are locations with unique URLs that teleport the user directly to a spot on the map. These custom Spawn tiles are designed to use with calendar integration so that you can create a meeting and add a link to the meeting location within Gather. Participants can then view meeting info and click to directly teleport to the designated meeting Space. 

This article will discuss how to add and manage default and custom Spawn tiles and overall spawning best practices. 

Add Default Spawn Tiles

From your Space, click Build in the Left Nav Menu. Click Edit in Mapmaker. (While you can add and erase objects from your Space, best practice is to manage objects in the Mapmaker.) 

In the Mapmaker, click Tile Effects in the Top Nav Menu. In the Tile Effects panel, select Spawn. All Spawn tiles are highlighted in green. 

If it is not already active, click Stamp in the Left Nav Menu.

A view of the Mapmaker displays, which shows a light grey grid overlaying the Space. The screenshot is of the entrance area to the large conference template. Tile Effects is outlined in red in the Top Nav Menu, and the Stamp tool is outlined in red in the Left Nav Menu. In the Tile Effects panel on the right, the Spawn option is outlined in red. There are 60 green Spawn tiles at the bottom of the map, spaced out every two tiles (4 rows of 15 columns). The Spawn tiles are not labeled, which means they are default Spawn tiles.Open the Mapmaker and click Tile Effects in the Top Nav Menu. Select Spawn in Tile Effects. Click on any tile(s) you'd like new participants to appear on when they enter your Space for the first time.

Note: Because you are creating default Spawn tiles, leave the Spawn Tile ID field blank.

Click on any tile on the map where you'd like guests to appear when they first enter your Space. We recommend spacing out your Spawn tiles (see more Best Practices below). Click Save in the Top Nav Menu.

Note: When a guest leaves a Space and then rejoins it again while signed in, they will respawn in the location they were when they left the Space. 

Add Custom Spawn Tiles

From your Space, click Build in the Left Nav Menu. Click Edit in Mapmaker. (While you can add and erase objects from your Space, best practice is to manage objects in the Mapmaker.) 

In the Mapmaker, click Tile Effects in the Top Nav Menu. In the Tile Effects panel, select Spawn. All Spawn tiles are highlighted in green.

If it is not already active, click Stamp in the Left Nav Menu. Enter a name for your custom Spawn Tile ID. (This name must be 16 or fewer characters.) 

Click on any tile on the map where you'd like guests to appear when they click the custom link to enter this Space. Click Save in the Top Nav Menu.

A view of the Mapmaker displays, which shows a light grey grid overlaying the Space. The screenshot Is the keynote room in the large conference template. Tile Effects is outlined in red in the Top Nav Menu, and the Stamp tool is outlined in red in the Left Nav Menu. In the Tile Effects panel on the right, the Spawn option is outlined in red. “Keynote” is entered in the Spawn Tile ID field. This field is outlined in red, with two red lined pointing to two groups of Spawn tiles. There are a total of 7 visible Spawn tiles that show “keynote” transparently over them.

Open the Mapmaker and click Tile Effects in the Top Nav Menu. Select Spawn in Tile Effects. Enter a name for the custom Spawn Tile ID (<16 characters). Click on any tile(s) you'd like participants to teleport to when they click your custom Spawn location link.


Access Custom Spawn Location

Once you've added custom Spawn tiles, you can grab the link to the custom location you've made. 

Note: At this time, you can only access the custom Spawn location link through the Calendar feature.

Close the Mapmaker and return to your Space. In the Left Nav Menu, click Calendar. The Events panel displays. Click Create new event. The Create new calendar event window opens. 

A view of the Space displays. The screenshot Is a hallway in the large conference template. The Calendar icon in the Left Nav Menu is outlined in red, and the Events panel is expanded. At the bottom of the Events panel, the Create new event button is outlined in red. To the right of the panel, the Create new calendar event pop-up displays. The. Select location drop-down field is outlined in red. To find your custom Spawn location link, from your Space, click Calendar in the Left Nav Menu. In the Events panel, click Create new event

Click the Select location drop-down. The name you entered for the Spawn Tile ID (e.g., "keynote") displays, with the room name in parentheses. 

A view of the Space displays. The screenshot Is a hallway in the large conference template. The Events panel is expanded, and the Create new calendar event pop-up displays to the right of the Events panel. The. Select location drop-down field is outlined in red, and the field has “Keynote (in Conference deluxe” selected and outlined in red. In the Create new calendar event pop-up, click the Select location drop-down to view a list of available custom Spawn locations. The custom Spawn location you created will display. Click either Create in Google Calendar or Copy location link to access a link to the custom Spawn location.

Click Create in Google Calendar to open your Google Calendar and add event details like date and time. The Location field for the event is populated in Google with the link for your custom Spawn location. 

Note: If you just want to grab the link for the custom Spawn location, click Copy location link. You can then share the link however you wish.

When the scheduled event takes place, participants in your Space can open the calendar to see the event and easily navigate to the meeting location. They have two options: Locate, which shows them a line to follow to manually navigate to the meeting location, or Teleport, which takes them directly to the custom Spawn location. 

A view of the Space displays. The screenshot Is off small conference rooms in a large office. The Events panel is expanded, and the “Product Office Hours” event is active. The Product Office hours pop-up displays next to the panel, listing the date and time of the event, the location name, and a list of four attendees. Locate and Teleport buttons display, and the Teleport button is outlined in red. Events in Gather that use a custom Spawn location will show a Locate and Teleport option. Click Teleport to spawn into the meeting space.

Note: Read our article on iCal integration for info on connecting your calendar to Gather.

Spawn Tile Best Practices

  • Don't put a Spawn tile on an Impassable tile. 
  • Unless you're opting for humor or a specific scenario, place your Spawn tiles in open areas, rather than spawning your guests into a tree or in the middle of a pond. 
  • For large events, we recommend creating multiple Spawn tiles within your entrance area. You should estimate how many people will arrive at once (say, within a 5-minute window) and create that many tiles.  
    • Think of it as opening the doors for an event. If the concert starts at 8 pm and you expect 500 people, you don't want to open one door at 7:50 pm to let them in. Instead, you want to provide multiple entrance points and some extra time to enter the space.
  • Spawn tiles should not be directly adjacent. This is because Gather's video and audio streaming connects by proximity. Place the Spawn tiles at least every other tile so that guests can enter the Space without trying to connect to 50 other people's video streams.
  • Want to see the process in action? Check out What is a Spawn Tile ID?