The Swimming Pool Blues Hunt – INFO

Hi everybody,

Thank you for being on board!

Here’s all the relevant info I could think of. If you feel I’ve forgotten something, or if you have any questions, do let me know. I have given times in both SLT and GMT – I do find it helpful to have the GMT time in front of me, since that’s my timezone; I hope it’s not too confusing.


Hunt objects will be sent:
08 Aug

If you need it earlier, please let me know.

I haven’t decided what it will be yet – at worst, it’ll be a small prim textured with the palette that also appears in the ad.

Hints and picture of hunt gift to be submitted by:
13 Aug (this can be earlier if everything is ready at your end, of course)

Hints: feel free to submit this whatever way is the easiest for you. IMs, email or notecards should all work; my IMS go to my email address. Just let me know that it’s the hint for the hunt, please, otherwise I might get slightly confused when I start receiving cryptic IMs or emails. Something along the lines of “Swimming Pool Blues Hunt Hint: … ” will do just fine.
Pictures: unless you really want to, there’s no need to send them inworld. Instead, you can email them to They should showcase your gift as attractively as possible, and should include your logo. If you do send them inworld, please send me an IM telling me you have sent them – thanks.

Hunt objects to be hidden:
at the latest 14 Aug 10am [SLT] || 6pm [GMT]

When you have hidden your hunt object, PLEASE SEND ME A LANDMARK TO THE HIDING PLACE (inventory offer, IM, notecard, email – doesn’t matter, whatever is the easiest for you). Not a landmark to your store – a landmark to where the object is hidden, as precise as you can make it. Basically, I don’t want to have to search for the hunt object (sorry, I don’t have the time!). I will not disclose this landmark to anybody else, this is just to make my job easier when checking everything is OK.

SLURL of hunt gift hiding place to be submitted by:

14 Aug 10am [SLT] | 6pm [GMT]

Final (and only!) check:
14 Aug
from: 10am [SLT] || 6pm [GMT]
to: 2pm [SLT] || 10pm [GMT]

This is me going round and checking that everything is ready: hunt objects hidden, with a hunt gift and the landmark to the next shop inside them. If I haven’t received a hint and/ or a picture, I will also be nagging you about that. Please don’t make me do it! I hate nagging! 🙂

If this is impractical, let me know, and we’ll figure something out.

I thought about doing a preliminary check with a mock hunt object a couple of days before the hunt starts, but it seems more hassle than its worth.

Hunt starts:
15 Aug @ 2am [SLT] || 10am [GMT]

Why not midnight? Because of 2am SLT gives me at least 2 hours just before the hunt starts, in case there are any last minutes problems, loose ends, etc… that need sorting out.

This is when I’ll publish a blog post for the hunt (with SLURLs, pictures and hints). I’ll mention promotion then, but that can wait for now.


I have now published all the participants names on the hunt blog (in alphabetical order), and linked to the store blog when I had one.

Stores order:
I will notify the stores order nearer the time; this will be allocated randomly (as in: pull all names into a box and the order in which they come out is the hunt order, or something). The landmarks will be on line and also in the hunt objects (so that people don’t have to keep switching between SL and a web page if they don’t want to), so hunters can choose to do the hunt the traditional way, or to pick and choose which store they go to. There are pros and cons to this; personally, I figure hunters are maybe more likely to take a chance on a store they don’t know if the landmark for the store is easily accessible on the web.

As mentioned a few times before, my timezome is GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), which is SLT + 8. So sometimes, there might be a lag in communication. I’m pretty much not at my computer between 10pm (2pm SLT) and 8am (12pm SLT). If any of you want to let me know your timezone, do so, and I’ll keep it in mind if I need to chase you.

Hunt Gifts
The hunt gifts should be based around the colour palette posted on the blog. It’s absolutely fine if the shades you use are darker or lighter, as long as the general colours is within that tonal range. It doesn’t have to be swimming pool centered (in fact, I’m really hoping there won’t be any bikinis!), it’s just a palette.

If you have any questions or comments, or if there’s anything you think I should have mentioned and didn’t, please feel free to contact me. Otherwise, you probably won’t hear from me anymore before the 08 Aug.


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