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Annual VKC Bunny Hunt

posted Apr 6, 2015, 12:17 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Apr 6, 2015, 12:40 PM ]

This is a Hunt unlike any other that we know of. You'll need your VKC Dog (or other VKC Pet) with you for this one. Together you go out to various locations in InWorldz and search for bunnies. We're not talking about chocolate bunnies here. We're talking about Virtual Kennel Club Rabbits.

Don't have a VKC Pet? Don't worry. Keep reading. You can play too!

The Bunnies are hiding among the bushes at each of our hunt locations. You will need to send your VKC Pet into the bushes to flush them out. When the pet chases the Bunny out of the bush, the Bunny dashes off to hide in one of the other bushes. The Bunnies move pretty quickly so you have to be quick to catch one.

There are three different rabbits: (photo above, clockwise from top bunny)

  • Broken Red
  • Self Blue
  • Wild

You can win all three to take home — if you can catch them.

The Bunnies are proper VKC pets with all the great features of our other animals: AI, toys, tricks and four different petting animations. They are not (yet) available in the parks in InWorldz. This is your chance to get them early!

How to Hunt

1. Decide which of your pets you want to hunt with. Take him to a VKC Clinic and update him. The update will give him a special Bunny Hunt script to help him find the bunnies. The script will delete itself later after the hunt is finished, so don't worry about updating him again later.

2. Take your pet to one of the Bunny Hunt Locations. Rez your pet in the park and give him the “bunnyhunt” command. Say,

fido bunnyhunt

3. Your pet will go off to search for and flush out a bunny.

4. If your pet finds a bunny, the bunny will run out from the cover, look for another hiding place, and run off to hide in the new place. You must click on the bunny while he is running. Be quick! You only have a short time before he will be hiding again. You cannot click the bunny when he is hiding, even if you can see him.

If you don’t catch the bunny, tell your pet again,

fido bunnyhunt

With this command, your pet will search for and flush the bunny out from his cover again. Keep this up until you manage to catch the bunny. You may need to help your pet by calling him to different places so he will search in different bushes instead of running back and forth between the same two empty bushes.

You'll know when you have caught the Bunny because he will give you a message in chat to confirm that you caught him.

5. When you have caught three bunnies of the same type (three Broken Red or three Self Blue or three Wild), you will receive that type of bunny to take home. It will be offered to you as any other InWorldz object, so be sure to “keep” the object. The bunny will be delivered to your Objects Folder and will be called either Rabbit Broken Red, Rabbit Self Blue or Rabbit Wild.

You can name your bunny just as you would any other VKC pet. If you have more than one bunny, you can command them all at once by saying, for example:

rabbits come

Hunt Locations

Don't have a VKC Pet?

You can still hunt and win a VKC Bunny even if you don't already have a VKC Pet. At each of the first three locations in the list above, you will find a "Staff Dog" on duty who will help you by flushing out the Bunny at that location.

The three Staff Dogs are:

When you want the pet to flush a Bunny out of the bushes, the command to use is "bunnyhunt". You say the pet's name and then the command, like this:

floyd bunnyhunt

If you want the pet to look in a different place, stand near the place you want him to search and tell him to come, like this:

bo come

Are you finding Montalbano's name a bit of a handful? Here are a couple of tricks you can use to make it much easier.

1. Abbreviate his name. VKC Pets will answer to the first few characters of their name. Montalbano will answer to mo. So you can say,

mo bunnyhunt

2. Use the chat recall feature in your viewer. Click your cursor in the chat bar and hold down the Ctrl Key, now press the Up Arrow and release it. This will recall the last thing that you typed. Press Ctrl Key and Up Arrow again and you'll get whatever you typed before that. When you see the command you want, press enter to say it. You'll be working with your pet like a pro in no time!

F.A.Q.

Q. Do I need to update all my pets?

A. No. Just choose the pet you want to help you hunt and update that pet. If you wish, you may hunt with a different pet at each location, but you may only hunt with one pet per location.

Q. How many bunnies are at each location?

A. There is only one bunny at each location.

Q. Do I need to go to all the locations?

A. If you want to win all three different types of bunnies, then yes, you need to visit each location and catch the bunny at each one.

Q. Why doesn’t my pet go to the right place to sniff out the bunny?

A. Your pet sometimes needs your help to find the bunnies. Normally, he will go to the nearest place that provides cover for the bunnies and try to flush one out. If he is very close to a cover, he will go to the next nearest one. If you need him to go to a different one, you will need to call him over in the direction you want him to search and try again.

Q. My pet keeps going to the same two bushes. Why doesn’t he look in the other ones?

A. Imagine that you’re hunting with your own RL Dog. Yes, the one that barks at the postman, sleeps on the sofa and has little more hunting experience than “hunt the slipper.” In most cases, if you took this dog out with you to look for rabbits, you’d be saying “fido find the bunny” and fido would be running around in circles, wagging his tail and panting. You, all the while, would be pointing at the bushes and saying “find the bunny, find the bunny!” He’d probably be trying his very best to understand you, but in most cases, our own dogs would have little experience of hunting for bunnies and would need some help and guidance from you. So, if you go and stand near a different bush, call the dog over to you and tell him again, perhaps he’ll try a different one!

Q. When I tell my pet to bunnyhunt, he replies with a dot but he just stands there. Why doesn’t he look for the bunnies?

A. He needs to be updated first. Take him to a VKC Clinic, rez your pet, and say,

update fido

in local chat.

Q. Does it have to be a dog? Can I hunt with a polar bear or a cat?

A. Yes, you can. The dogs, puppies, polar bears, and cats can all take part in this.

Q. How long does the hunt run for?

A. Close of play is midnight Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7) on Wednesday 15 April 2015.

Q. I don’t have a VKC Pet, can I still hunt?

A. If you have a friend with a VKC Pet, they can take you with them. If they “friend” their pet to you, you will be able to hunt for bunnies with your friend’s pet.

Q. My friend sent her pet to flush the bunny for me. When the bunny ran out and I clicked on him, nothing happened. What am I doing wrong?

A. The person who clicks on the bunny must be the same person who sent the pet to flush out the bunny.

Q. I don’t have any friends and I don’t have a VKC Pet. How can I hunt?

A. The best way to solve this is to adopt a VKC Pet for your very own. Then you will have a friend and be able to join in the hunt!

There is another way though. At three of the locations, there is a "Staff Dog" on duty who you can ask to do the Bunny Hunt with you at that location.

Q. When I clicked on the Bunny, it said “Invalid Hunter.” What does that mean?

A. There are two occasions when the bunny uses this message:

When someone sends a pet to flush the bunny out, only that person may click on the bunny to catch him. If I send a pet and you click the bunny, the message that you see is “Invalid Hunter”. You must send a pet to flush out the bunny yourself and then you can catch him.

If you click on the bunny when he is hiding in the cover, you will also see this message. You must send a pet to flush out the bunny. You can only catch the bunny when he is running from one of his hiding places to another.

Q. When I clicked on the Bunny, it said "I'm checking details for another hunter.” What does that mean?

A. Pretty much exactly what it says. The bunny is in the process of registering that he was caught by another avatar. Wait for a few moments and then send your pet to flush him out again.

Q. My friend sent her pet to flush the bunny for me. When the bunny ran out and I clicked on him, nothing happened. What am I doing wrong?

A. The person who clicks on the bunny must be the same person who sent the pet to flush out the bunny.

Q. What do all those breed and color names mean? Are you giving me a broken rabbit?

A. All VKC Pets have a name and a breed which identifies them in the Registry. We named the breeds for the Rabbits after the way that RL Rabbit breeders name the colors of the rabbits.

A rabbit that is a solid color all over is called Self Colored, hence Self Blue, Self Red, Self Chocolate, etc. A rabbit with a color that is broken up with white patches or areas is called a Broken Color, hence Broken Red, Broken Blue, etc. These color/breed names have been set up with the intention of offering more color variations in the future.

Q. I've read all this and I am still stuck. What can I do?

A. The first thing to try is to ask in the VKC Group if anyone can help with your problem. If no one can help there, come to the Clinic and say help. If there are no Trainers online, the Clinic will email all the Trainers and someone will call you back as soon as they can.

Acknowledgements

We'd like to say a big thank you to the folk that helped make this possible in InWorldz.

Our landladies and landlords for the Hunt Locations are:

  • Anyraya Braveheart of Calia Estates
  • Taika Wirsing of The Maritime Provinces
  • Aztek Aeon of Ethereal Estates and the Virtual Kennel Club
  • Remmy and Renate Roelofs who also work for us at the VKC and lent us their garden at Dreamz Estates
  • Maleo Brucato of Gourbiland Village

Thank You et Merci Beaucoup!

We'd also like to thank Bard Elcano for loaning us his beautiful island while we were getting set up and Tanya Matahari who hosts our reserve Clinic at Matahari Island.

Finally we'd like to thank Tranq and the Development Team for their work on Phlox and PhysX which makes it possible to have the Virtual Kennel Club Pets here at all.