Reduce your graphics

(Credit: Brissy)

If you run your viewer on Ultra with shadows and huge draw distance, you will overheat your computer and crash. So, you want to reduce your settings to avoid crashing.

  • Turn off shadows.
  • Reduce draw distance.
  • Minimal reflections.
  • Reduce number of non-Importor avatars.

And so on. Ask others for a Gyazo snap of their settings for suggestions.

Extreme Derendering

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Because we perform indoors, you don’t need the sky, clouds, ground, trees, and grass.

  1. In the menu, click Advanced.
  2. Click Render Types.
  3. Derender Tree, Sky, Water, Grass, Ground, and Clouds.


  1. In the menu, click Advanced.
  2. Click Rendering Features.
  3. Derender Foot Shadows, Fog, Test, FRInfo.

After the show, be sure to render them again.

Graphic Presets

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Graphic Presets allow you to quickly change between graphics settings. That way, you can change to a Low setting in a busy venue. Or you can quickly change back to Ultra after the show for your usual photography or other activities.

  1. Open Preferences (Control-P).
  2. Click the Graphics tab.
  3. Set your graphics settings to reduce load on the system. I’d recommend dragging the slider to Mid, reducing draw distance to 64 or less, and turning off Shadows. But you can reduce and remove any other features you don’t need.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Give the Preset a name and click Save.

Then create another Preset with the full settings for general personal use (Ultra, Shadows, all the things you like).

Now you can click the little monitor icon in the upper-right corner of your viewer window to select a preset.

Render Debauche

To ensure that we always render for you, perform the following steps:

  1. Click World.
  2. Click Avatar Render Settings.
  3. Click the plus button.
  4. Click Always Render a Resident.
  5. Click the Near Me tab.
  6. Select each of the Debauche Stars from the list.
  7. Click OK.


I know this is a sensitive topic… some of us have issues with Dyslexia. Dyslexia is where letters and words shift around due to processing issues in the brain.

Helvetica, Courier, Arial, and Verdana are somewhat Dyslexia-friendly fonts. But the Dyslexia font is scientifically-designed to reduce shifting further.

Firestorm ships with a Dyslexic-friendly font.

To use it:

  1. Open Preferences (Control-P).
  2. Click the User Interface tab.
  3. In the Font Scheme drop-down pick list, select Dyslexia.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart your viewer.

The font will change in your viewer and help with your reading issues.