14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

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14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Cherek » 22 Oct 2019 16:07

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 |         14th Genesis All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt          |
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 |                         WHEN IS IT?                          |
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 |                                                              |
 |  The scavenger hunt lasts seven days, starting on Monday     |
 |  November 4 00:00:01 GT (Game Time) and ends at 23:59:59     |
 |  GT on Sunday November 10.                                   |
 |                                                              |
 |==============================================================|
 |                  WHAT IS A SCAVENGER HUNT?                   |
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 |                                                              |
 |  At the start of the event all participants receive a list   |
 |  containing clues for 100 different items that can be found  |
 |  somewhere in the realms. The goal is to locate as many      |
 |  different items as possible and place them in the pumpkins  |
 |  found at most major common boards, as well as inside the    |
 |  giant skull in Sparkle.                                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  For example, a hint might read:                             |
 |                                                              |
 |  "A Solamnian blade in the wrong hands."                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  You think this hint might refer to the Solamnian broad-     |
 |  sword held by Kernan in Flotsam, so you convince Kernan     |
 |  to surrender the sword, and once you have it, you put it    |
 |  in the pumpkin and move on to the next clue.                |
 |                                                              |
 |  The list of clues will be posted at the start of the event  |
 |  and can be found at the pumpkins, or simply by using the    |
 |  command <help scavenger_list>. This text can be found       |
 |  using the command <help scavenger_event>. Please note that  |
 |  these commands will only work during the event.             |
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 |==============================================================|
 |                       THE COMPETITION                        |
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 |                                                              |
 |  Just like in last year's hunt you can either work alone     |
 |  or in a team of two, but regardless if you work alone or    |
 |  in a team you will be part of the same competiton.          |
 |                                                              |
 |  The team, or invididual, that has found the most unique     |
 |  items when the event ends wins.                             |
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 |==============================================================|
 |               IMPORTANT CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR                |
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 |                                                              |
 |  The event will be very similar to last year's event with    |
 |  one important change.                                       |
 |                                                              |
 |  Some participants have in previous events tried a 'brute    |
 |  force' strategy, where they dump all sorts of things into   |
 |  the pumpkins, hoping against all odds that some are         |
 |  correct. This strategy is not recommended in this year's    |
 |  event, because if you dump too many wrong items into the    |
 |  pumpkins they will only allow you to submit new items       |
 |  after a cooldown period.                                    |
 |                                                              |
 |  There will never be any cooldowns for participants with     |
 |  less than 100 total rejected items, however, above that     |
 |  the following will apply:                                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  100-199 rejections: 30 seconds cooldown.                    |
 |  200-299 rejections: 1 minute cooldown.                      |
 |  300-500 rejections: 2 minutes cooldown.                     |
 |  500+ rejections: 5 minutes cooldown.                        |
 |                                                              |
 |  These restrictions have been put in place in order to       |
 |  encourage participants to try to solve the riddles, and/or  |
 |  to trade information, rather than just try any items        |
 |  they come across.                                           |
 |                                                              |
 |==============================================================|
 |                       THE GIANT SKULL                        |
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 |                                                              |
 |  A giant skull will appear in Sparkle for the duration       |
 |  of the event. There is a pumpkin inside the skull where     |
 |  you can submit items, and this room also contains powerful  |
 |  magic wards against theft, so if you're the paranoid type   |
 |  you may want to submit your items here.                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  Also, just like last year there will also be a ghost        |
 |  present that will keep track of scores. Her memory is not   |
 |  the best but if you ask her she will share what she can     |
 |  remember.                                                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  Finally, it's possible to shake the hand inside the skull   |
 |  to be teleported to the museum costume shop. So, don't      |
 |  forget to dress up! It's customary. And fun!                |
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 |                         THE REWARDS                          |
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 |                                                              |
 |  The Scavenger Hunt is by many considered to be the crown    |
 |  jewel of Genesis events, and it is of course only fitting   |
 |  that it is also VERY rewarding.                             |
 |                                                              |
 |  - Everyone who find themselves in the top 10 when the       |
 |    event ends will receive rewards in the form of both       |
 |    Quest Experience and General Experience. The amount       |
 |    will depend on their position.                            |
 |                                                              |
 |  - Quest Experience will also be awarded to everyone who     |
 |    finds at least 20 items. If you find 40 you get a         |
 |    bigger reward, and the reward then increases again at     |
 |    60, 80 and 100 items found. So, even if you feel you      |
 |    have no chance to reach the top 10 it's still worth it    |
 |    to continue the hunt.                                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  - Members of the top 3 teams also get to select ONE of      |
 |    these three items:                                        |
 |                                                              |
 |    A creepy translucent body-armour. (covers body only)      |
 |    A weird pumpkin shield. (covers arm, body and legs)       |
 |    A spooky bone sword/spear/axe/dagger/club. (one-handed)   |
 |                                                              |
 |    These items will be yours for 30 days, can never break,   |
 |    and will be as good, or better, as any existing piece     |
 |    of equipment of the same type.                            |
 |                                                              |
 |    In addition it will be imbued with any imbue of your      |
 |    choice. Winners get an intense imbuement, runner-ups      |
 |    get a pronounced imbuement, and those in third place      |
 |    will receive a faint imbuement.                           |
 |                                                              |
 |  - The members of the winning team will receive a special    |
 |    title lasting for 1 year.                                 |
 |                                                              |
 |  Please note that if you win as a team both of you get the   |
 |  same amount of experience as an individual winner would     |
 |  gets, and you also get one item each. So, there is no       |
 |  downside to teaming up.                                     |
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 |                CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS                  |
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 |                                                              |
 |  This year's event will work in the same way as last         |
 |  year's event with the addition of the 'cooldown' feature    |
 |  explained above.                                            |
 |                                                              |
 |  However, if you missed last year's event and expect         |
 |  this event to be similar to events from the past you        |
 |  will most likely be surprised. Here are the most notable    |
 |  changes compared to Scavenger Hunts from the past:          |
 |                                                              |
 |  1. The list of items contain clues, not item descriptions.  |
 |                                                              |
 |  2. There are NO random items generated for this event.      |
 |     All hints refer to items that are already existing       |
 |     somewhere in the realms.                                 |
 |                                                              |
 |  3. Teams consist of max 2 people, not 2-4 as before.        |
 |                                                              |
 |  4. It's just one big competition. Not one competition       |
 |     for teams and another for individuals.                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  5. When calculating scores, only the total number of unique |
 |     items found is counted - not averages. So, there is no   |
 |     need for both members of a team to submit the same       |
 |     item.                                                    |
 |                                                              |
 |  6. Team sign-ups end 48 hours before the event ends.        |
 |                                                              |
 |  7. The ghost inside the giant skull will give you an        |
 |     idea of the standings throughout the event.              |
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 |                   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION                     |
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 |                                                              |
 |  All items are possible to find and no items are located     |
 |  inside guilds. However, all participants may not be able    |
 |  to find all items on their own due to mortal level, align,  |
 |  racial restrictions, and similar, so trading/scheming/      |
 |  stealing/bribing, etc is encouraged.                        |
 |                                                              |
 |  Teams are to register at the pumpkins in the common board   |
 |  rooms or inside the giant skull. This may be done at any    |
 |  time during the hunt, except during the last 48 hours.      |
 |  Please note that when you have joined a team, it is not     |
 |  possible to leave the team to switch to another team.       |
 |                                                              |
 |  As long as you have not joined a team you are considered    |
 |  to be an individual hunter. If/when you join a team your    |
 |  scores are merged with your teammate's.                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  Only one of each item will count. Submitting more than one  |
 |  specimen will not increase any score. This is true for      |
 |  teams as well, so both members do not need to submit the    |
 |  same item.                                                  |
 |                                                              |
 |  It's not enough to simply find the correct item. All items  |
 |  must be brought to the pumpkin receptacles at the common    |
 |  boards or at the giant skull in Sparkle to count.           |
 |                                                              |
 |  For positions 4-10 any participants who end up with the     |
 |  same number of items will remain tied in the final          |
 |  scoring, however to determine places 1-3 the rarity of      |
 |  the items found will be used as tie breaker. Rarity is      |
 |  determined by how many particpants have found a specific    |
 |  item. If it is still tied, a Genesis trivia question will   |
 |  be used to break the tie once and for all.                  |
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 |                      IMPORTANT RULES                         |
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 |                                                              |
 |  Asking wizards for hints is strictly forbidden. Players     |
 |  caught trying to do this, in-realms or elsewhere, will      |
 |  be sternly warned, and if caught again, disqualified.       |
 |  It is of course perfectly fine to discuss anything event-   |
 |  related with non-wizards anywhere you want.                 |
 |                                                              |
 |  Please make sure to read the section about multiple         |
 |  logins and character separation in <help rules>. It may     |
 |  be tempting to break these rules in order to find           |
 |  some items, but doing so will result in disqualification    |
 |  from this event, a ban from future events, and a trip       |
 |  to the AoP office for breaking game rules. During the       |
 |  event even indirectly doing something to benefit one        |
 |  of your other characters will be viewed as breaking the     |
 |  rules, and we will be extra vigilant when it comes to       |
 |  this during the event, so, don't do it.                     |
 |                                                              |
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 |                                                              |
 |  DISCLAIMER:                                                 |
 |                                                              |
 |  On a donut as large as Genesis, it may occasionally         |
 |  happen that an item is not accepted even though you are     |
 |  certain it is the correct item based on the clue.           |
 |  If that happens, you need to find another similar item      |
 |  somewhere else in the realms. For example: You are          |
 |  certain the clue is referring to a blue flag, but the blue  |
 |  flag you turned in is not accepted, meaning there is        |
 |  another blue flag somewhere in the realms that you must     |
 |  find.                                                       |
 |                                                              |
 |  Should you run into any issues, or if you are uncertain     |
 |  about something, pleae <mail aoe> from any post office.     |
 |                                                              |
 |  Cherek, Shanoga and Varian wishes you all Happy Hunting!    |
 |                                                              |
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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Cherek » 04 Nov 2019 11:26

It has begun!

Rincon
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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Rincon » 05 Nov 2019 09:35

Great job on the event guys! Although I'm not participating in the Scavenger Hunt, I appreciate the time and effort you put into creating the riddles. I hope you had as much fun as the folks solving them :)

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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Cherek » 05 Nov 2019 10:50

Rincon wrote:
05 Nov 2019 09:35
Great job on the event guys! Although I'm not participating in the Scavenger Hunt, I appreciate the time and effort you put into creating the riddles. I hope you had as much fun as the folks solving them :)
Thanks! It can be pretty fun to come up with a good one :) And fun to be surprised about which ones people find easy and hard. It's not always the ones you expect.

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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Javelin » 07 Nov 2019 10:51

Seems like the skull and the pumpkins are missing since boot.

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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Cherek » 07 Nov 2019 11:35

Javelin wrote:
07 Nov 2019 10:51
Seems like the skull and the pumpkins are missing since boot.
Yeah Armageddon ate them and the event did not automatically turn it on for some mysterious reason. Everything's working as it should now, though.

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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Thalric » 09 Nov 2019 23:35

The items that can be won, are described as equal to or better than others in the realm.

For armours, in that in terms of just AC, or do they also have some fancy abilities?
A sturdy shield is really nice, but the silvanesti tower shields has added benefits, and so does dragon shell and targa. They also have good AC, but that's not all.

Azure longsword has both light and haste, so will the possible weapon given just have better hit/pen or also some other stuff?

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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Cherek » 10 Nov 2019 12:16

Thalric wrote:
09 Nov 2019 23:35
The items that can be won, are described as equal to or better than others in the realm.

For armours, in that in terms of just AC, or do they also have some fancy abilities?
A sturdy shield is really nice, but the silvanesti tower shields has added benefits, and so does dragon shell and targa. They also have good AC, but that's not all.

Azure longsword has both light and haste, so will the possible weapon given just have better hit/pen or also some other stuff?
Well, I won't be revealing any numbers but the items have extremely good stats and are basically weightless. When it comes to special abilities, that will come from whatever you want to imbue it with. For example, if you win you could pick a body-armour or shield with basically no weight, extremely high AC, and intense healing imbuement. Or a sword with extremely high hit/pen and intense haste. Or whatever else you want. Previous winners have not been disappointed and I don't think you will be either if you get your hands on one of the prizes, they are truly awesome.

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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Ragni » 11 Nov 2019 10:02

Will the answers to all the clues be made public ? I'd like to know the answers to all the ones I missed as would the other participants. I'm sure there will be a large amount of groans and comments of "Why didn't I think of that" if you do.

From my own point of view an excellent event with a good set of clues. Was good fun trying to get everything and it pushed my levels of teaming and trading to a new high, including a desperate rush to get one last item in the pumpkin in the last 10 minutes.

Ragni

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Re: 14th All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt

Post by Cherek » 11 Nov 2019 11:58

Ragni wrote:
11 Nov 2019 10:02
Will the answers to all the clues be made public ? I'd like to know the answers to all the ones I missed as would the other participants. I'm sure there will be a large amount of groans and comments of "Why didn't I think of that" if you do.

From my own point of view an excellent event with a good set of clues. Was good fun trying to get everything and it pushed my levels of teaming and trading to a new high, including a desperate rush to get one last item in the pumpkin in the last 10 minutes.

Ragni
I am glad you had fun Ragni! I will post the answers for the 11 items that nobody found when I post the results note. I am not going to post the answers to all 100 items since would make it a crazy-long note. But if you or someone else wonder about a special item that you personally did not found, feel free to ask.

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