Fantasy Faire: The Lost Lands – hints and guidelines

The Lost Lands is more than a hunt – it is an unfolding story, and you are one of the principal characters! To help you play your role to the fullest, here are some hints and suggestions to start you on your way.

The HUD and Getting Started

There are two versions of the HUD available, one priced at L$250 and one at L$350. Both operate exactly the same way inside the hunt; the L$350 version will also give you a costume to let you be more “in-character” as you seek to come to the assistance of Princess Flora. And it’s yours to keep as a memory of the Faire and the hunt; so why not treat yourself to the full package – remember 100% of all payments go to RFL of SL. It will also help you recognise other Hunters – and you can help each other!

When you have purchased your HUD package wear it, and then touch it to unpack the contents to a folder in your Inventory called FF2015 The LostLand Hunt. When it has done so, you can detach the HUD package and then wear your hunt HUD (and your costume, if you purchased the special edition of the HUD).

Wearing your HUD will deliver instructions on how to use it, please read them, as they will answer many of your questions.

The special edition hunt HUD includes a costume for you to wear, designed by June Dion of Bare Rose. When you purchase the HUD package, wear it (shown in my hand) and touch it to unpack it to your inventory
The special edition hunt HUD includes a costume for you to wear, designed by June Dion of Bare Rose. When you purchase the HUD package, wear it (shown hovering over my hand) and touch it to unpack it to your inventory

Game Play Guidelines

Part 1: Find the Orbs

  • Your first task in the HUD is to seek out the Bard Queen in Fairelands Junction and receive her instructions. If you prefer, a landmark in the HUD folder of your inventory will teleport you directly to her presence
  • Part of the Bard Queen’s story will be told through videos displayed in your viewer via a screen provided by your HUD. If the videos do not start automatically, click the screen. If they refuse to run, use the links in chat to watch them on YouTube (please do not share or embed links to the videos in blogs!)
Courtesy of Saffia Widdershins / Fantasy Faire blog
  • Sometimes you will need to click on someone after watching a video as well, so that they can give you an additional clue (such as how to find the Book of the Champions)
  • Champions are to be found across the Fairelands (although not in any shops). The Bard Queen will direct you to the Book of Champions, which will in turn help you locate each of the Champions.  Some might be close to a sim’s landing point, others you may have to seek out
  • Touch a Champion to interact with them, and it will display a dialogue box – be sure to check all of the options displayed, as there might be some special surprises!
  • Make sure you give them a ring via the dialogue box in order to gain a clue to find their orbs
  • Each orb is located in the same sim as its Champion (but again, not in any shops). When you have found the orb, return to the Champion and give it to them to receive a prize
  • You can visit the Champions and seek their Orbs in any order you like, as long as you find and return all 10 orbs to them
  • When you have found and returned all ten orbs, return to the Bard Queen to commence the second part of the hunt.
The HUD with the orb collector open - touching HINT in the centre will give you the last hint on an orb's location that you received
The HUD with the orb collector open – touching HINT in the centre will give you the last hint on an orb’s location that you received

Part 2: Help the Princess

  • This takes place in Ravenshold and will engage you in puzzle-solving
  • Clues to all the puzzles will be spoken in text or can be found in Ravenshold – so look around you carefully and pay attention to everything that is said!
  • Some of the puzzles are HUD-based, and sometimes the HUD can go wrong. If this happens, reset the HUD using Options > Reset HUD – this will not reset your hunt progress.

Other Things to Note

You can stop playing the hunt at any time and remove the HUD – your progress is automatically saved for you, so you do not have to do the entire hunt in one go.

If you don’t pick up a gift from a champion, or at the end of Part 2, you can return to receive the prize at any time.

When you complete the hunt, you can use Options > Reset Hunt and have another go, if you like.

Further Information and Related Links

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Bright Canopy: first in-world Q&A, Saturday April 25th

Bright CanopyBright Canopy, the company working towards offering a new streaming access service for Second Life and OpenSim has announced its first in-world meeting and Q&A session.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 25th, starting at 11:00 SLT, and will take place in Thorncliff, Second Life. The meeting announcement reads in part:

Please join us for our first in-world Q&A at our shiny new, Bright Canopy Meeting Hall.

How This Works: To make sure everyone gets a turn to ask their question, please take a seat when you arrive. When we get everyone settled, we will begin taking question. If you have a question, please stand and I will call on you. Please ask questions in text chat so that we can keep a transcript.

Please be aware that we will be keeping a log of the chat and will be posting it to the website. We respect your privacy, but want to share the discussion with people who can’t make it

Seating may well be limited, depending on the numbers attending, and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. All things being equal, I’ll be attending myself and will be producing a full transcript of the meeting, which will appear both in the Bright Canopy blog and here.

Home again

The Skye Forest Cabin located at home
The Skye Forest Cabin located at home

In February, I wrote about the most recent changes on the home front – raising house and garden to the top of a rocky, water-bound plateau. Since then, I’ve been allowing one or two little niggles nag at me, leaving me feeling things still weren’t entirely right.

Part of this is because of my slightly insane desire to keep multiple boats and ‘planes rezzed at all times (insane, as I’ve got sufficient space to pull things out of inventory whenever I want to use them, so I don’t actually need them rezzed all the time but hey-ho); and while the re-worked moorings for them gave me the space I wanted, things were still a tad ugly. Another niggle has been with the two large expanses of billiard table smooth grass on the island, which just haven’t sat right with me.

So it was that I set about fiddling with things,  starting with the moorings, which got completely re-arranged, and then raising a part of the island  so I could extend the garden and remove some of the expanse of flat grass. The new moorings are along a single pier, with a new helipad at the far end. It still looks a bit like a marina at that end of the island, but it’s a tidier marina 🙂 .

The revised mooring and the new helipad
The revised moorings and the new helipad

As I’d extended the amount of space available for my clifftop garden, I set out to get some new plants.. and managed to come home with … a new house…  *cough*.

The house in question Alex Bader’s Skye Luxury Forest Cabin, an eye-catching mesh design, the main structure of which weighs-in at a remarkable 18 LI, and the entire place, furnishings and fittings included tops-out at just 55 LI. And I have to say, it is simply gorgeous.

With very modern lines, a wood exterior finish and a pastel interior that suggests the latest in eco-friendly insulation, the cabin is ideal for rural settings, and with a total footprint of 23.5 metres by 21.5 metres, it doesn’t gobble up a huge amount of land. For that you get two good-sized furnished rooms (lounge and bedroom) complete with interior and exterior lighting, and an excellent feeling of space.

The Skye Luxury Cabin offers  excellent living space
The Skye Luxury Cabin offers excellent living space

The fixtures and fittings in the house are all removable, offering plenty of scope for those wishing to use their own furniture; however the range of animations on the chairs and bed are impressive, making them more than suitable for everyday use. There are some nice touches as well, such as the provided wall paintings and picture frames, all of which will take your own images and snapshots.

Obviously, the cabin has replaced the stone house I put up in February, and I have to admit, it is more in keeping with the theme of the island. I’ve modded it slightly, removing some exterior features (including the terrace rails and steps, which also meant losing some outdoor poses), and added a few others (the textures are supplied, which makes adding elements easy. As the bed and chairs have animations, I’ve kept those, but added a few items of decor from the “old” house. The overall style encouraged me to re-work the part of the island the “old” house stood upon, making better use of mesh to give a more natural feel (although I’ve retained a “lawn” to one side of the house so I’ve somewhere to put the sun loungers 🙂 ) .

The lounge provides plenty of space, although I swapped the dining table and chairs for my Trompe Loeil sofa and a side table from Sara Lok. Stitch, my cat, seems to approve of the new house!
The lounge provides plenty of space, although I swapped the dining table and chairs for my Trompe Loeil sofa and a side table from Sara Lok. Stitch, my cat, seems to approve of the new house!

These rearrangements have led to an overall fall in LI – 885 to 880 (at the moment, still looking to add more plants!) which, considering I’ve actually increased the number of plants on the land already and added another boat (32 LI) and a pond, really says a lot for the economy of Alex Bader’s mesh builds.

Overall, for an unexpected find / purchase, the Skye Luxury Forest Cabin is, in my opinion, superb if you’re looking for compact living space, and makes a great addition to his range. You can find it on the Marketplace and in-world as well.

Another view of the Skye Luxury Forest Cabin, which now forms my latest home in SL
Another view of the Skye Luxury Forest Cabin, which now forms my latest home in SL

Austin Tate opted to pick-up a copy of the Cabin and covers the snowy scene add-on for those into winter scenes. He also offers some super pictures of the Cabin in-situ – check his notes here.