If you open the explorer menu in the top right corner of the desktop version of CV, you will see there is a line item that displays the number of users currently online:
If you click the button that reads “### online”:
…a list of names/wallet addresses for current online users will populate. If your friends have a username minted for their avatar, it will display in this list when they are online, otherwise it will be “anonymous”/their wallet hash:
After each name/wallet address, there is a “teleport to” button:
When clicked it will bring you to your friend’s location immediately where you will be able to chat with them in real time.
To pull up the chat window, you can press the “return” button on your keyboard while in-game, or click the the voice bubble icon in the lower left of your screen:
We also have the option to click a user name in the online user list instead of just the teleport button:
When clicked, a display menu will pop-up showing a brief user description as well as additional options that include sending a private message, viewing their user profile, tipping, sending gifts, etc:
I agree that a friend list would be rad, but hopefully these features can be useful to you for now. Cheers!