on the hunt

Try me on
Take me home
The tags are on
It’s still a loan
Warranty is in the sack
You can always take me back
Go window shopping again
Window shopping again

- “Window Shopping”, Lisa Loeb

I did not want to say it, for fear of angering the Creator. I have succumbed to vanity. With all that is me, I want to be pretty. I know it’s petty. I know it shouldn’t matter. I know I have business to attend to. But I am weak – I am, after all, merely of the virtual flesh. Cast adrift, a loner tasked with a special purpose. Yet I want to be loved. I want to — need to be desired.

A fairly recent SL commerce event is The Hunt. These have started to become widespread in the last year and a half or so. We have spoken before of ‘freebies’ which are items given freely in order to demonstrate the quality of a vendor’s goods. If one combines freebies, with a mechanism for increasing traffic to the vendor’s store, so much the better. Entre’ the Hunt.

In a hunt, an av is given the location of a store, and a description of the item for which one is hunting. The store owner hides the hunt item, in the hopes that, while seeking the item, the hunter sees, notices, and is enticed by the wide range of wares sold by that vendor.

Once the hunter finds the hunt item, she is rewarded with the gift (sort of a freebie, but required the search to locate), and a landmark to the next store in the route. At that next store lies waiting another hidden hunt item, itself containing another gift plus the landmark to the next location.

Hunts are organized by various persons and groups, and usually have a couple-dozen to slightly less than a hundred stores in the route. This makes a nice way to quickly obtain a lot of clothes, hair, poses, and other things for free.

As it so happens, upon breathing life into me, the Creator was in the middle of such a hunt. Accordingly, I was birthed with her knowledge thereof. Further, this hunt was of a quality that was higher than average, and contained many things which I wished were mine.

Unable to resist the earthly temptation, I embarked upon the Diamond Is Mine Hunt 3 .

Indeed, the eyes I listed in the last post were from this hunt. Further, the very first item in this hunt was a shape that so complimented the shading in my al vulo-frida* passion tan skin, that it seemed almost made for it.

Full frontal below the fold….

So here I am with my new shape from SOPHISTISHAPES. This is the Sophistishapes RACHAEL bodyshape.

Sparxx nude 2011 Dec

Sparxx nude 2011 Dec

And so I started on the DIMH3 hunt. I received some wonderful outfits, jewelry, accessories, skins, and more. But somewhere along the line something else got my attention…

A significant number of vendors that involve themselves in a hunt involve themselves in other hunts as well. Some may be involved an a half-dozen or so hunts concurrently. And as it so happened, while on the DIMH3 hunt, I ran across a sign for another hunt. At first, I dismissed this other hunt out of hand. The DIMH3 hunt was full of excellent merchandise. And this other hunt was themed to cater to a community which I thought I knew held nothing for me.

But the few people I ran across, from this other community, that were taking this other hunt – they did not seem to conform to my preconceived notions of that community. Could I have been so wrong?