I couldn’t resist just one more tiny post…
Xtreme Designs (#41 on the hunt path) is usually a tough stop every hunt, and this round has been no exception. The insanely devious maze has left many a hunter seeing yumyums in their dreams and causing involuntary twitching at the mere thought of having to go through the store again….BUT….and you have my deepest apologies….BUT…they have added another gift and this is just too cute not to share. It might even be worth the brain melting it will cost you to go back and find it.
A twisted hamster tip jar. That talks. Yes, you read it right – your very own talking Luc and Em hamsters.
… Never gonna let you down…at least when it comes to Twisted Hunts! However, we’ve come to that inevitable moment, Twisties, where I peer into the void (aka my inventory) and realize I’ve hit bottom on the gigantic stack of Twisted cubes waiting to be posted. Before we get to the last batch of prize pix, let’s run down some of the key features of this latest round of the hunt:
1. Theme – Time Warp, baby. This means that for one hunt, and one hunt only, ALL 11 past themes and ALL 11 past hunt colors are fair game. The hunt cube is multicolored and you can expect anything from literal time warp themed gifts to some stores having all their past hunt gifts out in side games, or having their main gift available in all past hunt colors. (A list of store extras can be found HERE.)
2. Hunt Duration – the hunt runs the entire month of September, so just because we’re out of bloggie stuff does not mean you are out of time!
3. Loot – There are more prizes than you can shake a stick at this round – in all the posts we’ve made, we’ve only shared about half (or a smidge more than half) of what you can find out there. All the blood, sweat and tears the hunt will cost you will be more than repaid when you get to unpacking and playing with your new goodies.
4. Hunting – Forget you ever heard of derender or area search, guaranteed it will make the hunt much MUCH harder than it actually is. Rely on your brain and your eyes. There will only be 10 visible decoys (no limit on invisible decoys hidden inside other prims, in the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.) plus the actual prize cube.
5. Cheating – Just don’t. This includes yelling out locations in local chat, leading other hunters to the cube, standing on top of the cube to mark the spot, posting locations in a blog, creating a cheat sheet to pass around and so forth. People will find out and you will be banned, not only from the store you cheat in but from other stores on the hunt.
6. Survive – Remember you are smarter than a cube. Keep your eyes open, remember to deep breath now and then, carry extra water and a change of clothes for the known tough stores. As always, there are tear donation vials available throughout the hint – donations are always welcome. The side games are killer, but do-able with some patience and perseverance (well…so the rumor goes about Xtreme Designs, I have yet to confirm that one myself, damn the Hamster!) The same goes for End Game – don’t panic, use your head, watch the writing on the wall. Logic is your friend.
And that bring us to one more set of pictures. I hope you’ve enjoyed our little peek into the prizes over the last week or so and I wish you all the best of luck hunting!
…that cube which has been right in front of you for the last 20 minutes??
One of the standout features of the Twisted hunts has always been its group chat. Not only is this the only place to get clues for the stores (Twisted assistants have access to a list of constantly changing hints as the items are moved around the stores), but its the only place you will find a group of people who can intimately sympathize with (or laugh at) your hunting woes. Groups conversations range from hunt stuff to who hates spiders to the best way to make a garlic mocha coffee to “hey, did anyone hear about that woman who stabbed her husband with a squirrel?”. Aside from the hunt aspect, Twisted has always been a fantastic social event for those of us who look at the world slightly offcenter. You’ll make friends, hunt buddies, and by the time you reach the Twisted Survivor sign, these people will be like family. Best of all – they don’t vanish when the hunt does. The group is open and active year round, making it a great place to hang out and just chat.
We’re nearing the end of the Time Warp goodies we have to show you this hunt – it has really been an unprecedented amount of loot this round. Even with all that we’ve shown in the blog this time, it only represents about half of what is out there on the hunt path. The only way to truly see it all is to do the hunt, find the cubes, and spend the next 6 months until next Twisted unpacking it all!
The first wave of hunters has mostly made it to the end of the hunt, or are still working through the final stores and congratulations to those who have completed the End Game and earned their survivor tags! The second wave is steadily making gains as well – although they are facing a slightly more challenging hunt, as many of the prizes have been moved since the beginning of the hunt.
There is definitely an advantage to doing the hunt early in the month – prizes are generally easier to find. Once you get a few obnoxious people through who yell out locations, stand on top of gifts, teleport their friends to the locations, create cheat sheets, etc – well, then the merchants REALLY put their evil minds to work at making it harder.
We’ve got another look at some of the great prizes and gifts from the Time Warp hunt. If you are currently doing the hunt or planning to do the hunt, don’t miss out on the side games! I’ve been spending time the last couple nights just doing the extra stuff. These games are amazing and the gifts you’ll find are pretty cool too!
We’re always talking about finding the cubes, how evil the decoys are, how fiendish the side games may be and so on when we talk about Twisted, but one of the fun elements of the hunt that often gets overlooked is the stores themselves. Twisted stores make the hunt cut not only because of the fun hunt stuff they plan, but also because of the quality of their merchandise. While you are searching for those sneaky little cubes, be sure to take a few minutes and just check out what the stores have to offer. Many of them have specials or sales during Twisted, so keep your eyes open and be sure to grab the easel card if they have one set out to make sure you don’t miss anything. You never know when you might find your next favorite store!
Here’s another double-sized post of hunt gifts/prizes/gachas to provide a little inspiration to those of you who might be suffering from PTCD (post traumatic cube disorder).
I took a look through my hunt folder and there is just sooo much Twisted goodness waiting to be shown. Therefore, I decided to double up the posts a bit – apologies in advance if it takes a bit longer for the page to load than usual. I am just too excited to show off the fantastic hunt gifts and prizes from this round of Twisted!
Twisted Time Warp runs from now until September 30th and includes over 100 stores, a ton of side hunts and games, and more gachas than you can shake a stick at. Be sure to check the easels if a store has one out – often they contain information about special events or sales the store has going on during the hunt and info about side games, possible hints, etc. that will help make the hunt just a hairsbreath easier on you.
It’s not quite the witching hour in SL as I’m posting this, but the Twisted Time Warp Hunt is serving up enough ghastly goodies, creepy creations and torturous treats to satisfy the most hardcore lover of the macabre. There are over 100 stores on the hunt path, tons of side hunts and games, gachas and, of course, the final Endgame.
Here’s another look at some of what you can expect to find this time around – enjoy and happy hunting!
Here you go, Twisty addicts – another installment of glorious, gorgeous Twisted Time Warp gifts and prizes to tease and tantillate even the most jaded of hunters into heading out in search of those tricksy little cubes. Ok, that may be a little over the top, but so is Twisted and so are the fabulous prizes just waiting to be found. Early on in the blog posts this go round, I had mentioned that it seemed to me there was more this hunt than usual and so far, that has held true. The hunt gifts are bigger, the extras exceptional and the sheer volume/quality of the gachas is just amazing.
If you have not begun Twisted yet, you should get off your butt and get going – there is so much to see and do this time out, the entire month of September may not be long enough.
…but those damn cubes are not getting caught any quicker! They are super sneaky and elusive this hunt, with super powers of camouflage due to the multi-colored theme. I think the cubes have had special training this time too – The Dark Fae has a series of ninja cubes available and I have my suspicions that they gave pointers to the regular hunt cubes when no one was looking.
To make up for the very long-winded post before this one, let’s keep this short and sweet: The hunt is on, go do it. Many good things await you.
Twisted is well underway and most of the hunt path kinks have been ironed out by this time. There are a few tips and tricks to making it out of Twisted alive, and while most veteran hunters know them, the newer hunters may not. So here’s a quick and dirty hunter’s help list:
1. Never ever, under pain of death and dismemberment, use your derender during Twisted. Seriously. The rules allow for 10 visible decoys plus the actual hunt cube in ever store. That means the decoys are identical to the hunt cube in shape, size and pattern. It also means visible to the eye as you cam the store. Key word here is VISIBLE. Aside from the visible decoys, the store may (and probably does) have dozens, if not hundreds, of decoy cubes embedded in the walls, floor and ceilings – not visible to the eye without derender and therefore not counted as a decoy. Use your cam and your eyes, folks.
2. When you arrive at a store, take a couple steps, even if you can’t see anything yet. This gets you off the LM landing point and prevents traffic jams as other people teleport in on top of your head and are left swimming in the air, unable to move. It’s just common courtesy.
3. Yelling out the location in local chat is a death sentence, plain and simple. It will get you banned not only from the store you do it in, but most likely from a few other stores in the hunt as well. If you are hunting with friends, use instant messages or private chats if you are on voice. Merchants do compare notes and a ban in one store often leads to bans in several. The same goes for teleporting your friends in to the cube location, standing on top of the cube and generally being an asshat who disrupts the hunt for others.
4. Slow down. Give the stores a chance to fully rez. Sometimes it takes a minute for the cubes to pop into sight and you don’t want to miss them.
5. Hit the easels if the store has one out – these have information about the store and Twisted extras, such as side games, gachas, special sales.
6. If you need help, use the group chat. There are people available almost 24/7 during the hunt who can give hints, check trouble spots, verify that yes, there is a freakin’ cube in such-and-such store even though you have been staring at the walls for an hour. There are also people to commiserate with (or laugh at) you when you feel like tearing out your hair. (As a side note, Twisted takes donations of all tears shed during the hunt by hunters. They are used to feed the newborn baby cubes.)
7. Have fun. There is an incredible amount of work that goes into each Twisted Hunt, both behind the scenes by the coordinators and by the merchants in the weeks leading up to each hunt. Hundreds of gifts are created, stores are redecorated, amazing side game builds are put together. Explore the stores, play the games, let yourself get fully pulled into the Twisted spirit. Once you complete your first Twisted, you will be hooked and having only 2 hunts a year will never seem like enough.
tl;dr? Don’t be a dick, use your eyes, have fun. =)
Cheers and Happy Hunting,