You may or may not be aware that the Twisted Hunt is currently lurking in a dark corner, waiting to spring itself on people starting March 1. This hunt, without a doubt and immodest about it, is the most difficult hunt on the grid. If you are planning to hunt, and you expect to find the item (a Hellraiser style Lament textured cube, probably spinning, most likely purple or invisible…who knows?) in under a minute, then you are sadly mistaken.
Merchants are allowed up to ten visible decoys. However, and let me stress this point, they are also allowed as many invisible (read stuck inside walls, floors, or otherwise not visible to the naked eye unless you are cheating) decoys as they want. This includes renaming bits and bobs to match that of the actual item. Good news, though! If you don’t use wireframe and/or area search, you will likely find the box a bit faster. After all, though merchants are not required to give hints, many do.
It is advisable to join the hunt group, as tireless volunteers give out the latest hints from the various locations. There is really no hard and fast rule to the hints, apart from the fact that they can change daily (or more than once a day) as merchants move their items. Most of the time, things get moved if someone blurts out the location in local chat or in the group chat. Don’t do it. Merchants and the organizers (of which I am one) get cranky and bitey.
The hunt is worth the hassle to most people, as often decoys will contain fun little gifts, or stores will put up their own instore mazes with lots of extra gifts scattered around. There’s also the amazing and frustratingly evil End Game which, once conquered, gives you a whole pile of extra gifts, plus a “Twisted Survivor” tag, which many people wear with gloating pride.
But wait, there’s more! In addition to all the fantastic gifts hidden across the grid, stores are encouraged to participate with gachas!
If you’ve been living under a virtual rock in the shopping and fashion world of Second Life, a gacha is rather like one of those gumball prize machines where you stick in a coin and get a fun random prize. Gachas usually contain a variety of fun prizes for chump change (generally around 10L – 50L per play). Most of the time, these items are transferable, so you can trade, sell, or give away any extra versions of things you get. But wait, there’s more! Gachas usually contain rare prizes, and some even have ULTRA RARE prizes! Oh yes, they are addictive.
Funnily enough, Avatar Bizarre, which is a notoriously evil participant in the Twisted Hunt (in spite of giving copious bread crumb trails straight to the hunt item) will have two special gachas set up in time for Twisted. The first gacha will be the “Chinese Dragon Shoulder Pet” collection; a mass of 21 different mesh Chinese shoulder dragons. There are several rares, and three hidden Ultra Rares (Smission, Pyroclast, and Tyger).
As if that weren’t enough, there are seven gachas all sitting in the front of the store containing everything from boots to avatars, and all between 15L – 50L per play.
Stay tuned for a sneak preview of the actual gifts: A lovely purple gown for the women, and a formal suit inspired by Dressage for the men. Both are partial mesh.