By Bixyl Shuftan
The theme of this year's Relay season was "Game On, Cancer." And at the Relay track this year, the camps often had a tribute to a game. Several of the camps had builds inspired by Monopoly, such as the Sunbeamers. And some had actual games such as the Second Life Cheerleading Squad's playable game inspired by Donkey Kong. Two I came across offered prizes for completing games. One was in RFL Encourage: "Settlers of Hope."
Sandie Loxingly told me that the game had been made by her Relay Team "Seekers of Hope." It was based off the board game "Settlers of Catan."
I would come back later with an alt. In this SL game, a player had to purchase the HUD for 100L.
As one goes down the track, one clicks on the people next to the signs to get a resource. You only get one good per station. There's also several games on the track, such as this Bejeweled spinoff.
Besides the game, there was a little scenery to explore.
At the end of the course, click on the chest at the end to get a prize. What you get depends on what combination of the six resources you have. For instance, one of each will get you a "Gamer Signs Fatpack." But there are others. Trying a combination not mentioned in the notecard, what I got was a token prize. Oh well, next time.
Oh, and Sandie told me one can get an online version of "The Settlers of Catan" for free on Steam (link).
Of the sims, RFL Courage was a unique one, as it was designed by an artist.
Fiona Fei (Fionafei Resident) had designed the exhibit.
One place was meant to say "Pencil and paper games," which certainly described the sim.
Much of the place looked like landscape covered in various scribbling and simple games on paper.
But the place wasn't just scenery. There was also the "Black Ribbon Hunt."
Clicking on the sign, one would get the first clue, and would find the eight others by finding the eight black ribbons in the sim.
There were several tiny critters in the sim, that when clicked on would say something, occasionally offering a clue to finding a ribbon.
Some of the ribbons were clearly in plain sight, though others took me a while to find.
A few of the ribbons had little gifts, such as this overhead, "Game on, Cancer!" (those in furry avatars, don't wear but add).
For getting all of the ribbons, the player gets a tiny "Toontoons" avatar. It seems to be one at random from a couple dozen, in my case getting a female panda.
There are of course more games in the rest of the sims, and a lot to explore. While some people have picked up their camps, there's plenty to look over. But not for long. Eventually the sims will be gone, so look around while you can.