…and warping, hours passing like seconds, seconds stretching into eternity – all in pursuit of those elusive spinning cubes! We are about 17 hours into the start of the Twisted Time Warp and it’s already been one helluva ride!
As with all hunt starts, there are a few spots where you might need help getting through to the next place, so be sure to join the Twisted group and keep an eye on chat for clues and info on navigation issues. The group is pretty friendly too and you just might make a new friend or find yourself a hunt buddy to work the Twisted path with.
Have we mentioned that there are prizes, side games and more gachas than you can imagine on this hunt? The Twisted merchants have really gone all out (some might even say completely lost their minds!) and the hunt is literally bursting at the seams with stuff. And nonsense. And things you didn’t know you couldn’t live without until you see them.
The theme is Twisted Time Warp. All previous hunt colors and all previous hunt themes are being revisited, reworked, reshaped, reimagined and jumbled together in one huge acid trip of a month. This is your change to score some amazing brand new builds, orthat gift you missed in a past hunt, or find a recolor of something you loved, or even an updated, less prim heavy version of something you might remember collecting years ago. We’ve got tons of stuff to showcase this month from the hunt, so be sure to check back for updates.
The clock strikes midnight and you slowly become aware of a faint glowing light where there should be none at this hour. The light strengthens, the glow bathing the room and you realize it’s not just a light, but a portal. A swirling, shimmering doorway floating in the middle of the room. A faint breeze tickles along your neck as you stand and move closer, curiosity overriding any sense of fear. You can see something swirling in the depths of the opening, a square, no, a cube…a Twisted cube, just beyond your reach. You lean in a bit more, stretching your arm for the cube – only to find yourself hurtling through the doorway, sucked into the silent vortex of spinning colors and mist.
Welcome to the 12th Biannual Twisted Hunt, Twisted Time Warp. You have until midnight, September 30th, to complete the hunt and find your way home.
The Twisted Time Warp hunt is slightly different from most Twisted hunts: this year, instead of a specific hunt color and theme, the Powers That Be decided it was time for a walk down memory lane and so ALL of the previous 11 hunt colors and themes are fair game for ONE hunt only. Over the next few days, we’ll be bringing you a look at some of the amazing prizes and hunt items you can find as you work through the Time Warp, so be sure to check back often.
And now…clear your schedule, stock up on lindens/alcohol/headache meds, arrange for delivery of food and drink, and strap yourself in for the ride….Twisted Time Warp has begun!
…another package of goodies found its way into my hands overnight. This is really cool – De Baza has Twisted Lament horns in both normal and petite sizes. The horns have the lament box textures in each of the 11 Twisted hunt colors. Be sure to check them out!
Ok, all you Twisted folk, its time for me to say goodbye until the next hunt. We’ve come to the end of the goodie bag and this post will finish up the Twisted Hunt: Magick prizes/gachas/stuff we have to blog. Should any more gifts fall into our hot little hands, we’ll be sure to update with pictures. (Merchants – I am 99.9% sure we showed everything you sent us; if we missed you, please let me know!)
The Twisted Hunt will continue its run until March 31st, so you still have plenty of time to work through all 104 amazing shops and indulge in all the side games and extras you cube-loving little hearts could desire. The merchants have done an absolutely outstanding job, both with keeping to theme and providing gorgeous store settings and specials for this round of Twisted, so take your time and enjoy everything there is to see and do before it all vanishes at the end of the month.
We’ll see you next hunt!
Salutations Twisties! The weekend is here, the hunt is in full swing, and the hunters are lined up for the slaughter! Okay, maybe not slaughter exactly, but there will be blood, sweat and tears expended in this oh-so-addictive hunt for those elusive spinning cubes. Rumor has it that there has been a shakeup in several stores, with the cube locations being moved. Normal for a hunt? Sure. However, as with most things Twisted, each successive hiding place tends to be more difficult than the one before it. If you are new to the hunt, remember to check in with the group chat if/when you need the latest hint in a particularly tough spot. They may not always have one to give, but they will cheerfully collect the aforementioned blood and tears to feed the next crop of baby cubes.
We’ve got another batch of goodies to show off that are just waiting to be found on the Twisted Hunt. Some of these items are main prizes, some are from the End Game, and some are gachas. All of them are amazing and worth every bit of effort to find them.
As many of you veteran Twisties know, finding those elusive little cubes is never an easy task. However, in the spirit of the current Twisted Hunt theme, we have come up with a new method you might want to try out: The Twisted Spell to Summon the Cubes. Its extremely simple to use. Just stand within 30m of the landing point at whichever store is giving you a problem, raise your arms high, close your eyes and chant the spell aloud.
“Cubes who dwell in slivers of night,
Uncloak yourself to hunter’s sight.
Mystical forces black and white
Reaching out through Twisted flight,
be they far or be they near
Bring us the magical cubes here.
A perfect cube we summon now,
Another way we don’t know how.
Bring the cube into the light
That we may hunt another night.”***
When the spell is completed, open your eyes, take a deep breath, and go back to camming every nook and cranny you can find, using the most awkward camera angles and dizzying pans possible, along with any obligatory teeth gnashing or hair pulling necessary for you to find the cube.
If all of the above fails, bolster your hunting spirit by taking a look at today’s group of gifts just waiting to be found.
***Spell bastardized from several excerpts of the “Book of Shadows”, ala Charmed. What, you expected real magic? =P
It starts off simply enough. You hunt a few stores and taste the thrill of finding a few cubes. You check out a gacha or two. You wander through a side game and discover more prizes. Next thing you know, you’ve been online for close to 24 hours, you are subsisting on coffee and whatever food you can eat without leaving the computer, and you are convinced you are thisclose to finding the next cube. When you do sleep, you dream in eggplant, with random cubes haunting your thoughts. It becomes a marathon, a test of wills – you versus the cubes. When you finally…FINALLY…reach the End Game, and its all over…you feel empty. Lost. Counting the months to the next hunt. The insidious magic of the cubes has infected you.
Fortunately, you still have 3 weeks left of the current Twisted Hunt to satisfy that itch for spinning devilish cubes. We’ve got another peek at some of what you can find in this year’s Magic-themed hunt – remember, though, for every gift we show, there is still a LOT out there just waiting to be discovered.
We’ve almost reached the end of the first week of the Twisted Hunt and we still have tons and tons of gifts and prizes to show off! The majority of our blog pics this time around are of the main store prizes, so remember to hit those easels when you see them to get notecards with information about any side games, mini hunts, gachas or other special store events that might be going on. Also, when you make it to the End Game, don’t forget that there are a few more gifts waiting by the Survivor sign, as well as more gacha machines. It really pays to take your time on this hunt and explore the stores and sims you get to visit: not only are there a lot of interactive things going on, but these merchants have done a gorgeous job of decorating their stores for the Magic theme.
Sorry, Twisties – my titles are getting lamer by the post!
The hunt, however, is anything but lame. Twisted Hunt: Magic is in full swing across Second Life right now and if you aren’t hunting, you should be. I’ve visited almost every single store on the hunt path by now and there are some seriously cool things out there for you to discover. I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, mainly because…well…if I were you, I’d rather see the prize pictures than listen to someone babble. Go. Find the cubes. Leave bits of your sanity. Have fun!
Some of the hunters and staff were talking in chat during the wee hours last night and it occurred to me that there are some aspects of the Twisted Hunt that not everyone knows about and which might be fun to share. For instance…after you find the hidden cube at MV, be sure to take a peek under the floor. Lokii frequently leaves messages spelled out in cubes for the hunters who try derendering or wireframing in an attempt to find the prize. The messages vary, but are always good for a laugh. Also, have you heard about rage quits? Those people who get so frustrated/angry/bitchy about the hunt that they throw a fit and quit the whole thing? Curiously enough, the first reported rage quits for this round of the hunt also happened to occur at Lokii’s store, MV. Coincidence?
Another tradition on the hunt are the kobolds at The Dark Fae. Each hunt has a differently themed little guy as a hunt extra and they are all adorable. Avatar Bizarre is another traditional hunt stop for cute shoulder pet type critters – this time around, Sredni has some absolutely stunning dragons.
The End Game is another spot for an oft-indulged, but not often mentioned hunt tradition – getting your photo taken in front of the Survivor sign. Those lovely survivor tags are only good until the next hunt, but that picture will last you forever.
We forget sometimes in the rush to make it through each store’s particular brand of torture, that this hunt is FUN. There are more things to do, places to explore and chances to socialize and make new friends on the Twisted Hunt path than in any other hunt in SL. And, you will not find any other hunt out there quite as aggravating, teeth-gnashing, hair-pulling, bloody tears, and oh-so-warped-soul-fulfilling as Twisted.
Here’s a look at a few more of the great prizes waiting to be found.