Twisted Hunt continues to the end of the month, so you have plenty of time to work your way through the various stores, mazes, extra games and visceral delights the Twisted Merchants have set up to delight, dazzle, frustrate and generally drive you insane. We’ve got one more peek at some of the fantastic prizes you will find awaiting you on your journey through the Twisted Carnival.
We’re continuing our adventure through the dark thrills of Twisted Carnival with another look at some of the amazing gifts awaiting the brave hunters who manage to wade through the seas of decoys, hungry cubes, pitfalls and traps laid out by the Twisted merchants. If you are a veteran Twisted hunter, you will love the tremendous amount of work the merchants have put into creating a carnival experience worthy of the Twisted name. If you are a Twisted virgin – well…best of luck! By the end of the hunt (assuming you survive that long), you will be hooked and craving your twice-yearly Twisted fix along with the rest of us. Start now if you haven’t already – there is so much to do and see, you are going to need the full month to appreciate it all!
We’re posting this late, but the Twisted Carnival is in full swing despite the hour! Here is a quick and dirty peek at some of the fantastic gifts you can find as you work your way through the hunt path.
The Little Bat Extras – gachas, freebies, 10L extras, carnival games with prizes, 50% off all red items in the store for the hunt duration
Twisted traditionally has been one of the toughest hunts SL has to offer, period. The merchants are fiendishly clever in finding great hiding spots and creating hints that make you work your brain to figure out, only to realize how obviously simple the clue was once you find the cube. The store locations are filled with distractions – enticing locations, side hunts, gachas, gorgeous goodies your Sl will not be complete without. Even the other hunters make it hard to focus sometimes, given the fantastical array of avatars you will run across as people get into the spirit of the hunt and slowly become cubified. We thought we’d bring some of the conventional wisdoms of hunting Twisted to share today.
Most importantly – do not derender during this hunt. The rules state there can only be 10 visible decoys in a store. All others must be hidden inside prims (where no hunt prize would be) and believe me – the merchants take advantage of that. There are hundreds of cubes hidden where they cannot be seen by normal camming. If you begin derendering, you are only buying yourself more frustration in trying to find that one elusive prize cube.
Be careful using chat while you hunt. If you are on voice, make sure the conversation is private so you are not broadcasting to anyone other than your partner(s). Nothing ticks off a merchant (and other hunters!) faster than someone blurting out the cube location to everyone in earshot.
Step out of the landing zone when you teleport to a new location. This prevents incoming avs from piling up on top of one another and everyone getting stuck unable to move. Just take a couple steps and wait for things to rez.
There are no hint pages. Honest. Hunting is a social event, so all hints are done in Twisted group chat. Its a great way to get to know people and make new friends while you hunt. Plus, this is one of the funniest groups in SL – there is no telling what warped, deviant turn the conversation will take and they are all along for the ride!
There are stops along the way where you are more then welcome to leave your blood, sweat and tears as the difficulties of the hunt become too much. These fluids will be used to nurture the next crop of baby cubes, so please don’t feel ashamed if you start seeing cubes in your sleep, tearing out your hair, or finding yourself reduced to a quivering, blubbering mess at the mere whisper of “Damn, its a decoy!”
Finally, there is NOTHING like earning your Twisted Survivor tags, knowing you managed to navigate not only the merchant shops, but the final challenge of the End Game. That feeling alone is enough to keep bringing you back for more.
In addition to being the first Twisted with striped cubes, Twisted Carnival has the honor of being the 10th Twisted Hunt. Not a lot of attention has been paid to this little fact, but achieving 10 hunts and maintaining not only the quality but the reputation as one of the hardest hunts you will ever love in SL is pretty amazing. Congratulations to the Twisted staff, past and present, for their unflagging dedication and hard work in bringing us such an incredible adventure time and time again.
Twisted trivia: how many of the past hunt colors/themes can you name? (Answers at the bottom of the post.)
While you burn a few brain cells trying to remember all 10, here is a look at a few more fantastic gifts from the current Twisted Carnival Hunt.
ISD Extras – gachas, minihunt
Trivia Answer: 1. Twisted Hunt – red; 2. Twisted Nightmares - purple; 3, Twisted Strange Brew – green; 4. Twisted Spooky – orange; 5. Twisted Nevermore – red;
6. Twisted Unseelie – blurple; 7. Twisted Arcane – teal; 8. Twisted Darkness – blue; 9. Twisted Delirium – gunmetal grey and 10. Twisted Carnival – stripedy.
Your eyes adjust slowly to the dim interior of the musty old tent. You can smell sawdust, midway popcorn and a metallic scent you can’t quite identify. You shuffle ahead carefully, one hand extended to feel your way in the darkness. With limited sight, you become more aware of sounds around you: tinny carnival music, the rasp of your breathing; a dragging, almost slithering sound; the low murmur of whispers just low enough that you cannot make out the words. Abruptly a string of lights flare to life, dazzling your eyes with the sudden brightness.
“Come in, come in!” The voice booms, coming from a raised platform in front of you. You make out a garishly dressed man in a rusty tophat and clown face. He negligently waves a hand to one side, indicating a row of empty folding chairs lined up on a rough plank floor. “Please, take a seat. The show is about to begin. We have such wonders to share…sword swallowers…contortionists from the Far East…fire eaters…the most beautiful bearded lady your eyes have ever seen…Miko and Nikko, the conjoined twins…Elastic Man, whose skin stretches in ways no human should stretch! There are even certain special sights for just the right person.” You sit in the closest chair, realizing as you do that you are the only person here for the show.
The scratchy music stops abruptly, just as most of the lights goes out, leaving a single spotlight on the tiny stage. The eccentric barker makes an elaborate bow, flourishing his hat as though he were performing for a full house. His hand moves to an upright lever at the side of the stage. “Welcome to the Freak Show…so glad you could come.” Your world tilts crazily, the brief awareness of the floor under your feet vanishing, of falling through musty dank air and a last glimpse of that crazed, painted face leering over you before everything goes black.
The Twisted Carnival is in full swing, with most of the expected start of hunt bumps ironed out. The merchants have truly done a wildly creative, imaginative job of hiding the elusive little cubes this time around, and the longer you put off hunting, the more difficult it becomes to find them as hiding spots are swapped out. We have another glimpse at the treasures awaiting the intrepid hunters who are brave enough take the Twisted challenge.
Twisted Carnival has been underway for about 48 hours now and it is shaping up to be one of the best Twisted hunts to date! The prizes are gorgeous and the merchants have outdone themselves in making this a memorable event. Be sure to take your time and explore the stops on the hunt path – there is so much to see and do everywhere we have visited so far. We have not made it to the End Game yet, but hunters who have made it that far are raving about what a fantastic job the Twisted team did in putting it together. We have another look at some of the great prizes you can find in those elusive little cubes, gachas, mini hunts and other games.
That Chick Extras – Just Buy It boxes containins multiple mystery items, Big Top Sets for petites and normal size avs for sale, Raffle Orb prizes that give away gifts randomly
At first glance, the crowded midway seems the same as every other traveling carnival you have been to before: slightly seedy, filled with bright lights, cheap thrill rides and a cacophony of loud music and laughing voices. The further you get from the main entrance, however, the crowd thins out, until you find yourself in an almost deserted part of the carnival grounds. The frenetic energy of the midway seems muted here, heavier and darker. An involuntary shiver goes down your back as a hand latches onto your arm. The smirk on the face of the sallow man as you startle and pull away only deepens.
“Please, come inside. There are…wondrous…things awaiting you.” He beckons you towards the biggest tent, holding open the heavy canvas doorflap. There is faint light beyond the opening, just enough for you to see another, inner entrance, still closed. Part of you definitely wants nothing to do with that man or that tent, but part of you is fascinated, curious. Curiosity wins, and you step through the doorway.
We have another look for you at the wondrous things you can find at the Twisted Carnival. Aside from the usual hunt gifts, Twisted is offering a plethora of side hunts, extra prizes, games, gachas, sale events and, of course, our very own End Game for those of you who survive the hunt gauntlet.
We’re continuing our exploration of the Twisted Carnival and have another set of deliciously depraved gifts and goodies for you to peruse. Oh, and don’t mind that little scraping sound behind you. It’s not like the hungry little cubes can come through your screen, right?
The childhood smells of cotton candy and popcorn lingers in the air. Muted musical cadences drift in the distance, accompanied by swirling lights against the night sky. The Carnival has come to town! Only…something is not quite right. There is a faint underlying stench of rotted sweetness, like meat that has gone bad, a stench that grows as you move closer to the carnival entrance. The people don’t look quite right; too pale maybe, or that fey expression in their eyes? There are odd shadows moving just beyond your peripheral sight as you get close enough to see the looming tents. Curiosity takes hold of you and against your better judgement, you pay for your ticket and the smirking woman at the entrance gestures for you to pass through the turnstile. You are quite positive you didn’t see her lips move, but you swear you heard her murmur as you entered, “Welcome to the Twisted Carnival…”
That’s right, folks…Twisted Carnival is here and you are all invited to come visit! Roughly 129 truly warped and twisted merchants are taking part in this round of the Twisted Hunt and their imaginations have taken flight with the Carnival theme – fair warning, if you have clown issues, you might want to sit this one out! In addition to the hunt prizes to be found at each location, many of the merchants have also set up gachas, mini hunts within their stores, carnival games, and have tons of extras and special sale events going on for the hunt duration. Provided you make it through all 129 stores and whatever wickedness the merchants have awaiting you, you will then face the End Game – which is also loaded with gifts, a gacha area, and the chance to earn the oh-so-coveted “Twisted Survivor” tags for yourself.
We’ll be showcasing some of the prizes, gifts and extras over the next few days – keep in mind, however, that some merchants swap out bonus and extra gifts periodically throughout the hunt. Best of luck, intrepid hunters, and may your dreams be filled with hungry cubes and maniacal clown laughter.
Aidoru Extras: special sale items (30% off first week of hunt, 25% off for the remainder of the hunt)