too obvious or too subtle?


Hackers Sleepless City is similar to a text-based quest game but with the backdrop of an OpenSim world. i would like people to use it for role playing if they have a group and chase each other around (full damage is turned on) and i would also like it to be something an individual alone can use. maybe being an only child growing up on a bee farm in Canada (darn bees are hard to herd!) makes me think this would be fun to do, but i’d like hidden “quest” items to be challenging to find but not impossible

in the underground part, nothing is too terribly hidden, most things can be found by just walking through all of it. the most hidden thing is a mace sceptre in a tire but hopefully the tire seems out of place in an underground setting and warrants a closer inspection

Yifan-Zhang_004editfor the city part, i’ve only hidden two things so far and one is a candle lantern that is pretty easy to find. the other item is the gold cat statue i mentioned last week and will probably be the most valuable object to find

there are about 900 apartments (i’ve yet to count but my OCD nature will eventually count them) and i’ve hidden the statue in a fridge on one floor. as you can see on the pic below, it’s not in easy eyesight but it’s also the only open fridge in Hax Nuit. not only is it in a fridge, but it’s located on a floor that does not have direct access! you have to find the apartment with a hole in the floor and use it to move to the right floor

placing it like this seems to make it overly frustrating to find (i’d never wander around going through 10 buildings looking at 9 or 10 floors each). keep in mind that there are also mazes on the ground floor of most buildings – there’s a lot of places to look!

so that means there could be some clues for finding some of these items. Hello Kitty graffiti came to mind for the cat statue but that seemed really obvious so perhaps obfuscating it (what a big word!) by placing a few versions of that graffiti would be sufficient?

in the first image you see three identical tags except for the gold rings on HK’s sash

because of my scripting limitations, any fancy lever pulling or Myst-like puzzles is outside my abilities – but maybe there can be riddles such as “an angry kitty lost its deity, help it become whole again”. with that riddle, i’d say the graffiti with no gold rings can’t be made whole with just one statue and the one with two rings is already whole, thus leaving the one with the single ring as the the actual kitty to follow?

sound too corny? sounds okay? or “Ener, be confident and do what you want”?  =p

thanks all, and something else i wanted to mention today, hmm, what was it? let’s see, Hanukkah is over and, oh yeah . . .

Merry Christmas Everyone!

thank you for all the things you have taught me over the last year and i wish you all much happiness in the coming year! =)






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written by Ener Hax

December 25th, 2012 at 8:45 am

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  1. I luv dat kitty!

    Merry Christmas to you too, Ener.

    I mentioned this post at my new Google+ “Opensim Virtual” community here…


    25 Dec 12 at 10:13 am

  2. Merry Christmas sweetness <3


    25 Dec 12 at 10:44 am

  3. thanks Gaga, how are you liking the Google+ usability? is it a pretty friendly platform? nicer than FB? (of which i’m not a big fan, it’s okay, but maybe cluttered)

    Merry Christmas Gaga! =)

    Thanks Mera! Merry Christmas to my fave Swedish meatball! =)

    Ener Hax

    25 Dec 12 at 1:32 pm

  4. I am no fan of Google+ really but I wanted to see how G+ communities worked so I decided to go for it set up Opensim Virtual here…

    I have been pleasantly surprised by the layout and the community growth since I gave it a little promotion on my blog and Twitter.

    What G+ dose I wish Twitter did actually. Well, G+ does more than I want or need and I certainly think they have a nerve dictating to us about the the avatar name we like to use. But, that aside, I like the community setup sort of. I like the fact I can write quite large posts in a clear format with images and links embedded, and the posts have user comments too.

    I like that I can choose to share the post with my own group or groups I belong to and share to the public wire too if I want.

    That’s about it really. So, if twitter could do that then I would prefer to use that instead since twitter don’t have issues with user names.

    What i would say is that G+ dose not really replace blogging. I still prefer my own blog for the main posting but G+ is definitely good for the short posts like Twitter but with that little extra when it’s needed.


    26 Dec 12 at 10:17 am

  5. that’s what G+ looked like to me too – simpler and more direct

    i very much like how you have been collecting blog posts in it and believe that will end up being a nice reference source =)

    /me thinks Gaga is a library scientist! =)

    Ener Hax

    26 Dec 12 at 1:23 pm

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