Thursday, October 11, 2018

Shockwave's Haunted Maze And The Angels' Haunted Mansion

By Bixyl Shuftan

October has come to Second Life and the Sunweaver/Angels community. And this means of course Halloween season. All over the grid, haunted places and Halloween-themed parties are springing up. And the Sunweaver/Angels community is no exception. If anything, the people here seem to go more into it.

The Sunweaver's noted builder, Shockwave Yareach, has come out with a haunt for the community, and anyone else who want to give it a try: the "Sunweaver Haunted Maze 2018." It is located high above the Sunweaver Eclipse sim.

The Maze is now live and operating. There are six kinds of coins.  Touch one of each, and win fabulous prizes.  Oh, and beware of the monsters and the traps.  We, um, haven't fed the monsters in quite awhile, so they are hungry.  And you look tasty...All are welcome!  Have fun

At a table near the entrance, touch the tall blue box to get the game HUD and a short description of the game. The object in the game is to find the six coins in the haunted maze. But it won't be easy. The maze is tricky to find your way around in. And then there are the traps, such as saw blades. And what would a Halloween maze be without monsters, who'd love to do you in. Be careful as you retreat from them as you might end up in a dead end, and then it's lunchtime for the monsters.

The object of the game is to find all six of the coins. The first two people to do so get one thousand Linden dollars. The third and fourth get five hundred. The fifth and sixth get three hundred. The first six winners also get their names on display.

If you've had experience with Shockwave's games before, you have some idea what you're in for. If not, well, be ready for a challenge

If the maze isn't enough, or you want a different challenge, or just someplace to chill in spooky surroundings, head on over to the Purrfection Estates sim. A landmark, or a portal at the Happy Vixen beach club will take you to the Haunted Mansion, sometimes called the Haunted Manor

The Mansion is where Happy Vixen events will be held until after Halloween. On Monday October 8, the first event was held there, with DJ Khyra spinning the tunes.

Hey folks! Trick or Treak arrived early in Purrfection. Ghosts have taken over the Happy Vixen, but are allowing us the use of the haunted mansion. So come on over. The theme tonight is Come As You Are, with DJ Khyra as she's "Spinnin the best EDM tracks ever recorded. So come on down and join in the party!" Pardon any quirks as all of the ghosts might not have been told about the party.

Jasmine Dawn (Orasine), who built the Haunted Manor, had a few words to say to the people at the party, "Firstly Lets give a warm thanks to Umbra (Gardenvale) for allowing this place be built. (And) for Happy Vixen for allowing me to do something for everyone again this year. Now about this place, this mansion is haunted of course. Also there is a mystery here to be solved. If you go out into the front lobby, there is a Mystery board there that will give you a clue. And that clue leads to another, and another, so on and so forth. It will take you all over this house in search of the answers. Once you think you have the mystery solved, go back to the mystery board and give your answer. IF you solve the mystery, please keep the answer to yourself as not to ruin the mystery for others.

"Be warned though, this house has traps, one pitfall that I know of. Some the lighting is faulty and may fall. There are followers, manglers, a fast 'lil rat I can't catch. If you feel your trapped, teleport back to the landmark you all should have. It will place you back outside. If you should become part of the mansion decor wise, your next of kin will be notified."

Jasmine would also say there was a prize for solving the mystery, but didn't say what it was, "if you have something that is FULL perms and wish to include it as a prize, I can add it to the mystery board."

Despite a few glitches that night, the first party went well. The cash prize of 750 Lindens was split between Carolcream and Rita Mariner.

So for "spook-tacular" parties, or a challenging mystery to solve, come on to the Haunted Mansion.

Bixyl Shuftan

Addition: On October 15, Shockwave announced, "The coinhunt maze is closed due to unforeseen technical problems.  The winner is DUSK who got 5 of 6 coins." Apparently, there is a bug in the code in the HUD that is too deep to find before Halloween is over, and so the contest is over, at least until next year. But those wanting to try to get through the maze are still welcome to try.

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