Friday, August 28, 2015

The Renaissance Hunt V
(2nd blog post)
1-30 September, 2015

... from the archived correspondence of Her Royal Majesty, Elizabeth I of England

To Her Royal Majesty
Elizabeth R.

If it may please Your Royal Majesty, I am sorry to trouble you so often as I do, but I would neglect my duty were I not to make known to you the most excellent work of Masters Perryn Peterson, Mike Olbracht, and Wyvern Dryke, and the many merchants of Your Realm to execute your Royal Writ for a Faire and Hunt.

Docks at Mieville Shelley

Faire visitors will arrive at the docks of Mieville Shelley where, as you will see from the Royal Engraver’s print enclosed herewith, the area is surrounded by shops selling all manner of goods. It is arranged that as visitors enter the Faire through the main gates, they shall receive instruction on completing the grand hunt across the realm as well as how to search for small treasures hidden around the Faire itself. Beyond the gates stretch merchant stalls, wagons and tents as well as recreations for the people.

Faire Entertainments

In sum, it is an event, if I might be so bold as to say … fit for a Queen.

Octauo et uicensimo Augusto.
Your Majesty’s at commandment, W. Cecil, Lord High Treasurer

Inventory of Hunt Goods

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Renaissance Hunt V
1-30 September, 2015

... from the archived correspondence of Her Royal Majesty, Elizabeth I of England

By the Queene
Elizabeth R.

Whereas My subjects clamor for both entertainment and the finest clothing, furnishings, and other goods, and our Merchants produce the finest of wares, and  it is Our Royal Will that a Faire shall be held upon the fields of Mieville Shelley from the first day through the last day of September wherein there shall be much mirth and entertainment, and the merchants shall cause their finest wares to be sold.   

Our desire is that among the entertainments of the aforesaid Faire, the organizers shall cause small prizes to be hidden in a Minihunt across the Faire grounds for the enjoyment of any who show wit enough to find them.

Hunt Object
Further, We hereby give Our Royal License for a grand Hunt to take place during the same month of September for the enjoyment of Our subjects.  This Hunt shall originate at the Faire grounds and extend to the farthest reaches of Our realm.  Each merchant is ordered to place a gift of quality inside a multi-hued, gargoyle-shaped object, to hide that object on the shop premises, and to provide a clue as to the location of said gargoyle.  Those persons of sufficient wit to decipher the clue and find the hidden object, shall receive the merchant’s most excellent gift.

We have, via Royal Courier, received news from many of our merchants of the fine gifts they intend to bestow upon those who can find them, and the clerks of the Royal Warehouse have tallied and pictured them below for the benefit of any who wish to search them out.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Silk Road Hunt VI: The Roman Empire

June 1 - June 30, 2015

Hunt Prize Preview #3

Hunt Staring Point:  Imperial Palace in Mieville, Dickens.

Hunt Object:
SRH6 Hunt Object

Ok, class - today's Latin lesson is on the declension of regular Latin verbs (we can't talk about the behavior of irregular verbs in a PG blog).  If you don't know or don't care what a declension is, don't worry.  Just repeat after me.  Amo, amas, amat.  Amamus, amatis, amant.  "I love, you love, he (or she) loves.  We love, you all love, they love."  And what does everyone love?  Why we love all the merchants who have given us such terrific hunt prizes in this year's Silk Road Hunt, of course!

Itaque qui munera laudemus.  "So let us praise those who give gifts ...." and then take a look at all this good stuff.

#054 - Aster's Wedding Invitations and Accessories

#057 - .: Eclectic Stars :.

#052 - Zoe's Garden

#072 - Bucaneer's Restorations

(Specializing in digitally restored Greek and Roman antiquities)

#010 - LilArt Creations

#064 - Mountain Rose Shops

(A 26-item mini-hunt at this stop PLUS a Roman Empire quiz that gives an additional
gift if you answer enough questions correctly)

#042 - An Lema

#33 - Folklorica

#068 - Sypralle

In closing, let us remember the the immortal words of Julius Caesar, Veni, vidi, vici.  "I came, I saw, I got the giftie."  (or something like that)
Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Silk Road Hunt VI: The Roman Empire

June 1 - June 30, 2015

Hunt Prize Preview #2

Heus!!  That means "listen up, everyone" in Latin - the official language of the Roman empire.  In today's prize preview for The Silk Road Hunt VI, we're going to learn some Latin so that we don't all end up sounding like barbari (that's Latin for "barbarians") as we trek the empire in search of our SRH6 gifts.

But primum primis - "first things first."  You'll be starting the hunt at the Imperial Palace in Mieville, Dickens.  And here's a picture of the hunt object, which is a nifty little tan pagoda decorated with elegant gold leaf.  You'll see a copy of it as a hint-giver near the landing point for each shop.

SRH6 Hunt Object

Today's group of prize pictures shows carus mercibus - "precious wares" of all kinds.  So let's take a look at what today's merchants have in store for us if we find that cute little gift pagoda at each stop.

Vestimentum (Clothing)


Litteratura et Arte (Literature and Art)


Gemma (Jewelry)


Supellex (Furniture & Household Goods)

#047 - The Vintage Touch

#018 - Jan's Bazaar
(A total of 8 gifts in a mini-hunt, plus a toga free gift)


Aedificatoria et Commeatus (Buildings & Building Supplies)

Nunc egredere, et praemia invenire! (You'll have to translate this one on your own.)

Hunt Listings

Steam the Hunt
March 1-31st
(apps in January)

Silk Road Hunt
June 1st to 30th
(apps in April)

The Renaissance Hunt
September 1-30th
(apps in July)


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