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

Balancing on the Signpost of Life – A Hanfu for the Twisted Hunt

Twisted-Qi-PosterTwisted Hunt is once again lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce in September, and eat Second Life hunters for breakfast.  If you aren’t familiar with the Twisted Hunt, it’s a semi-annual grid-wide hunt in Second Life.  Second Life’s culture is such that hunts are kind of falling by the wayside, and most people would prefer not to take landmark after landmark, and stand around waiting for things to rez in various lagged sims so they can find some object that contains a free or dollarbie gift.  However, Twisted is one of those perennial Love It Or Hate It deals that crops up twice a year, in September and March.

While most other hunts are floundering and giving up the ghost, Twisted persists in its popularity because the merchants involved go the extra mile.  The gifts can be exceedingly difficult to find, due to reasons, but you will find all kinds of extra fun and goodies in most of the stores involved.  For example, some stores will have mini-hunts, some build fun labyrinths, some will have zombie killings, others provide extra fun by setting up games for hunters, and quite a lot of merchants will have more than one gift.  In fact, many will include a fun gift inside each of the ten visible decoys they’re allowed. Decoys.  Yes, we are fully aware that people cannot stand the things.  In fact, we don’t really like them much either because some people have gone completely overboard in inflicting them upon the huddled and frustrated masses.

The thing is, we do have rules, and even with the 30 meter global limit to where you can hide things and with the visible decoy limit, the hunt object can be…shall we say…a challenge to discover.  Merchants are allowed to hide INVISIBLE decoys under the floors and in the walls.  They are also allowed to rename random prims to that of the hunt object. The hunt object will always be a puzzle box cube (with new patterns this time!!), it will always be spinning, it will always be called something specific, and yes, it is fairly small.  But it shouldn’t be inside another prim, or recolored, or renamed.  Woe betide those who violate these sacrosanct rules!

Here’s the little critter you’re looking for in all its horrible glory:

Meanwhile, Avatar Bizarre (owned by one of the organizers) has a sneak preview of the male and female gift being handed out to the legions of hunters out there. Avatar Bizarre Qing Long Hanfu Male
The Qing Long Hanfu is a rigged mesh traditional Chinese outfit.  It includes all five sizes, is materials enhanced, and comes with a flexi sash, in addition to the mesh sash.  Avatar Bizarre is giving away (for free!) a teal Hanfu for both men and women this round.

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The hunt begins at Midnight on September 19.  Happy Hunting!  (Shoes not included)

Just when you thought it was safe…

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There’s recently been a rash of Old God infestations in Second Life.  The Crawling Chaos, also known as Nyarlathotep, the bringer of madness and harbinger of doom, has spawned.  Its offspring are agile, and have a driving need for insanity to follow in their wake.

These horrible creatures are known to sit on your shoulder and whisper words of chaos and discord into the minds of men.  Even the strongest of us have fallen prey to their mindnumbing terror.

Avatar Bizarre’s lone perpetrator is fully responsible for unleashing these horrid beasts upon the unsuspecting populace.

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The Nyarlathotep pets are currently available in two installments:  A Head Crawler (cost 100L), and a Head Sitter and Shoulder Sitter combination (cost 200L).  These guys come with a color HUD that includes nine color options.  They are copy and modify, and materials enhanced to bring out their inherent sliminess.

For the more adventurous among you mortals, the Head Sitter and Shoulder Sitter will be available as separate colors (Transfer and Modify) in a gacha, come Twisted Hunt time.  The cost will be 15L per play.  There will be no rares, for this creature demands its minions to supplicate themselves with all colors at all times.

Do not be afraid.  Do not be frightened.  Be TERRIFIED!

Visit Avatar Bizarre Inworld and on the Marketplace

Twisted Hunt – Id Creature Abides

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Psst, The semi-annual Twisted Hunt’s going to start March 1 and run through the end of the month.  I’d tell you about it, but then I would have to drive you mad.  It’s basically the hardest hunt in Second Life.  While merchants are only allowed 10 *visible* decoys with which to fool hunters, they are allowed any number of *invisible* decoys, meaning they can hide as many as they want in the walls and floors, plus rename random objects in their stores to match that of the hunt object.

The good news is the hunt object is always the same:  The Twisted “Lament” cube, your basic run of the mill puzzle box.  It spins.  It is some predetermined color.  And it is kind of small.  This incarnation’s color is called “Ectoplasm”.  Beyond that, you will have to wait and see what surprises the 13th Twisted Hunt holds.

Oh, did i forget to mention that this is the 13th Twisted Hunt?  And did you know there is a Friday the 13th in March this year?  Rumors are flying about what we have up our virtual sleeves for torturing those brave enough to tackle this hunt, but rest assured all of the merchants in the hunt create fantastic gifts for our hapless and insane hunter friends.  Plus there are gachas, side hunts, mazes, games, extra gifts, decoy gifts, sales, and various torture implements by all the various merchant critters.  They really tend to outdo themselves with every hunt.

Oh, and then there’s the traditional End Game, which can be pretty difficult, but often results in even more stuff for the hapless hunter.  Plus, you can get the coveted Survivor Tag.  If you get that, you’ve definitely earned it!

Avatar Bizarre, being one of the organizers and sponsors of this hunt, likes to uphold the high standards with an awesome gift.  This time, feast your eyes on the Id Creature Avatar, a beastie (no, I do NOT know what it is) who will be given out in male and female forms.  It’s materials enhanced, and comes with six sets of eyes, so you can choose whatever eye color strikes your fancy.  All eyes blink.  As for the rest, it’s rigged mesh, yadda yadda.

This will be exclusive for the duration of the hunt.  Once the hunt is over, Avatar Bizarre will be releasing six more colors in both genders, for your Online Pleasure.

IN the meantime, the hunt starts soon.  When the time comes, happy hunting.  And please don’t go mad.

Twisted Hunt – March 1-31

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The Twisted Hunt is now upon us.  If you are unfamiliar with this event, it is the hardest hunt on the grid.  This is not a boast.  It is rock solid fact.  However, in spite of the difficulty of having hunt items moving constantly, a lack of a hint blog (you have to get hints through the group chat), and as many invisible decoys as you can eat, merchants and the organizers make this one of the most fun. In addition to the many fine gifts you can find in the normal part of the hunt, a lot of merchants give out extra gifts in their decoy boxes, put out gachas, have lots of sales, and go the extra mile with various games and mazes and mini hunts as well.  If you’re in the mood for a bit of grid hopping, this is definitely a solid and fun event with a fun group of people in the group helping each other out.

When you start the hunt, you are probably going to be OCD about it and go from the beginning to the endgame in order.  This works really well, but you can also skip around, if you find yourself having difficulty finding various items at first.  Don’t ever despair if you can’t find an item because chances are that item is going to find a new location at some point during the hunt.  They usually do.

If you do wish to start at the very beginning, the Twisted Headquarters is located here.  There are some fun gifts set out there, as well as hunt instructions, urls, and everything you might need to make your life a bit easier (or harder, as the case may be).

As you might have guessed by the picture heading this blog post, the item you need to find is a Hellraiser Puzzle Box.  It will be Eggplant colored (or Aubergine, if you’re bent that way).  For the color-impaired, that’s a kind of purple concoction.  The box will be spinning.  It will have edges.  Use hints to find it, or just try to find it on your own.  It’s recommended that you don’t use area search or wireframe.  These methods will only lead to tears of frustration.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to be a long-time sponsor and quarter organizer of this event.  It is the 2nd stop on the official hunt docket, and you will not only find a male and a female gift (eventually), but there are also many, many gachas.  IN addition to the gachas, there is a traditional limited edition shoulder pet cthulhu available for 50L.  It will only be available for the duration of the hunt.
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If you’d like to see some of the hunt gifts blogged, Shadowed Darkfury is providing some bloggishness for everyone. 

The Twisted Hunt runs March 1-31, has 105 stores participating, plus the endgame with all of its goodies.  Good luck!

 

Dressage For Success – A Twisted Hunt Gift

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A friend of mine on plurk was pining for the Fjords while lamenting the lack of Dressage suits for men in Second Life.  I was vaguely aware that people riding in horse competitions wear something that looks a bit like a tuxedo with knee high boots, and it’s just the sort of thing I enjoy making, so a promise was made more or less sorta kinda.  After doing some research on the various Dressage looks out there, I decided on the classic tail coat version.

Since the pants on a Dressage suit tend to be skin tight, I figured this suit didn’t have to be full mesh.  The pants are a system layer, along with the system layer Dressage shirt, and leather gloves.  The rest of the outfit is mesh, both rigged and unrigged.  The tail coat is knee length and comes in the five standard male sizes.  The Cravat and the low Top Hat are both unrigged and can be resized as needed.  There is, of course, an alpha included for the coat and for the boots.

The rigged boots (included) are a special new addition to the Avatar Bizarre collection.  Not only are they superbly textured patent leather, but if you run on a Materials compatible viewer and have Advance Lighting enabled, you will see a subtle leather shine you wouldn’t otherwise see in viewers that aren’t materials compatible.  The shine has a slight color applied, based on the color of the coat.

This brings me to the Twisted Hunt gift for men (Twisted Hunt starts March 1 and runs through March 31)…

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The theme of Twisted you probably already know, if you read this blog regularly (or just look at the post below this one).  The color of this hunt is a magical purple.  Frankly, it’s one of my favorite colors, and lends itself well to a Dressage outfit, even though the traditional color is, well, black and white.

The Magic Purple Dressage outfit from Avatar Bizarre comes with two pairs of pants:  a black pair with a colored stripe down each leg, and a more traditional white pair.  This suit will be available in more colors at the end of the hunt, including the traditional black.

Till then, Tally Ho!

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.

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As the Twisted Hunt inexorably marches into our lives (March 1-31), Avatar Bizarre is busy preparing gachas and hunt prizes.  As Gachas insidiously lurk, biding their time for the next addict to pop up and try for the rares and ultra rares within, I have been busily creating some fun items to fill my Twisted Hunt Gachas.

You already got a sneak preview of the Chinese Dragon Gacha in my previous post, not to mention possibly meeting one up close at the SLUniverse prom yesterday…

Hint:  That suit I’m wearing is a sort of unofficial sneak peak at the male Twisted gift.  I will be posting more about that and the female gift later on.

Now, as time speeds ever forward, I’d like to show you the latest updated mesh Dragon Slippers, available in ten snappy colors! With every color in the rainbow plus two, it was only logical to take the absence of color and the mix of all colors and make them the rainbow rares.  These are rigged, and should fit everyone because they’re big ol’ slippers  There’s an alpha included, just in case.

And don’t worry!  If you end up with twelve sets of red slippers, these guys are all transfer so you can sell, trade, or give them away.

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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One…two…three…GACHA!

Gacha, a virtual gumball machine with reasonably inexpensive prizes that can be traded, given away, or sold in virtual yardsales, are still all the rage in Second Life.

Avatar Bizarre currently sports seven Gacha machines at the front of the store, containing various bits of nifty in the form of boots, wings, avatars, shoulder pets, eyes, and even clown pants.  They’re fun little machines, these Gachas.  You put in your 15L, 25L, or 50L, depending on the cost, and you get that random prize.  But, like the drug store prizes machines of the ’70s and ’80s (or even the laundromat machines sporadically placed across the country), there is always a rare prize or two you spend hours and hours tying to get.  The deal is you usually end up with about a dozen of the common items before you finally get that gold plated shiny sticker or whatever it may be.

In Second Life Gacha, the rare prizes are more likely to be a special color of something, or just a random something among a sea of same somethings.

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The first of the new Gacha collectibles at Avatar Bizarre is the Magick Wings collection.  These are mesh,and semi-transparent with a bit of glow for that other-worldly ethereal quality that is so prevalent in the world of Faerie (or whatever).  The Dragonfly wings come in eight colors with two rare; and the Luna Moth wings are available in ten colors with three rare sets.  The good news is these are unrigged, so they can be resized, even to Petite Mesh avatar size.  They are low LI, which means they should be low lag and load pretty quick, even on slow machines.

The Dragonfly wings are one piece.  The Luna Moth wings, on the other hand, where uploaded separately, so if you right click them, hit EDIT>Linked Parts, and click on one of the wings, you can move the wings around to whatever position you want.  In fact, the Rare Verigated version comes with closed wings by default.

The second set of Gacha items has not yet been released, but it’s pretty fun.  Avatar Bizarre is about to release a set of Magick Familiar Shoulder Pets.  These are cats that sit on your shoulder, and each is wearing a coordinating wizard’s hat.  If you want the hat separate, they are easily removed.  Click on your critter when you’ve rezzed it on the ground (entire thing is 16 LI) then hit Ctrl (or Command if you’re on a Mac) L and that will unlike the hat from the cat.  The cat itself is 6 LI.

The cats are all available in 11 Colors with the three rares being Purple Tabby, Rainbow Tabby, and Calico.  These little beauties sit on your right shoulder with a tail that curves slightly around your shoulder blades.  Unrigged, these can be sized up or down, depending on what you plan to do with them.  They will likely be released as a Gacha during the March 1-31 Twisted Hunt.

Collect them all!

And stay tuned for more as things ramp up for the next couple of events in Second Life.

All Gachas are to be found at the main store location.

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