A Twisted Odyssey

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Twisted Hunt is lurking just around the bend in the road once more.

This is a grid-wide hunt that features many magnificent merchants, who will all be giving out a fantastic free gift for those willing to embark upon this perilous journey.  Beware, for here be monsters.

Once again, for the uninitiated:  Twisted Hunt, which will run from March 1-31, 2016, is the hardest hunt on the grid.  It is not for the faint of heart.  However, if you are willing, and put in a little effort, the pay off is grand.  Capped at 100 stores, each merchant will have a fantastic gift for those intrepid souls traveling the road to the End Game.

“But Sred,” You might say, a hint of pain in your voice, “How is this different from any other hunt?  There are, like, a million hunts in Second Life, and I almost always give up before I finish looking for stuff.”

Don’t worry, my friends.  Yes, some will give up in sheer frustration.  That is okay.  But for every person who fell to the side of the road, holding out their beggar’s cup, there are a lot more folks who make it to the end.  Here’s what you get for your effort:  Over 100 gifts.  Yes, over 100.  For, you see, many merchants have more than one gift, often set out as decoys.  You also get to participate in games:  Mazes, zombie hunts, puzzle games, whatever twisted ideas ooze from the minds of our erstwhile merchants.  There will also be gachas, both in the stores, and in the end game.  Many stores will have sales, Midnight Mania boards, Lucky Chairs, freebies and dollarbies, discounts for Twisted Hunters, the whole shebang.  Oh, and I did mention the End Game.  This will be quite a Quest, as you navigate the labyrinth to the center of Twisted City.  Once there, you will find many more prizes, gachas, and a Survivor Tag.

Are you a merchant interested in torturing the souls of our mighty hunters?  Go to http://twistedhunt.com.  Read the rules, then sign up.  It’s great fun.

Avatar Bizarre is a sponsor, and the prize gift will be posted here as soon as it’s made.

I highly recommend you join the Twisted Hunt group inworld.  We’re all a bunch of freakazoids, but there are volunteers who give hints for the various locations, and you can make some great friends.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – D. Bowie

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It’s a Kind of Magick – Twisted Hunt Gift

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When it rains, it pours.  In the case of Ye Olde Shoppe Blogge, I just couldn’t wait a week to tell you about the nifty new gown slated for the Women’s Twisted Hunt Gift in March.  Theme:  Magick.  Check.  Color: Purple.  Excellent. Stuff made:  Tons.  Perfect.  A case in point: One partial mesh ballgown.

The Magick Gown, modeled by a very lovely Phoebe, was built with an underbust rigged mesh corset.  Flaring out at the bottom into a sort of rig for a bustle style skirt, it has plenty of room for a wide range of avatar shapes.  The top of the corset sits just below the breasts, and there’s a matching bustier shirt layer to round out the natural beauty of the feminine shape.

The rest of the gown includes rigged mesh sleeves, a delicately laced magical purple skirt with velvet panels where it meets the corset, and a glitch pant that terminates in delicate lace near the mid calf, and misty lace ruffles on the sleeves for a little extra flourish.  The boots pictured are from Lassitude & Ennui, and are not included. The lace has a slight glow for that mystical magic feel, but since the gown is modify, simply edit out the glow on the lace if you prefer not to glow quite so much.

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This gown will be available in several other colors after the end of the Twisted Hunt.  Till then, if you want the purple version, you may need to spend time looking for it at Avatar Bizarre.

Main Store Location

Because Dragon – Twisted Hunt “Magick” starts March 1

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.

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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.

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