So, more than four months later, here are finally the reports of the latest Hide & Seek event, with screenshots and videos!
To not lose any time with more words, here we go into the fun:The first event started and as it is tradition, we began our game in Canterlot.....
The first group of attendees.....
Dawnshy, Spicy Flow, Metronome, Spectra Dust, Blue Cloud, Witching Hour, Ginger Paws, Zahara Stars, Midnight Hush, Jet Black, Meteor Sprint and Cherry Sweet joined Scootaloo for the start of the event and got in line accordingly.
Aside from Witching Hour, who was still busy plotting her world domination in the background:
The first round happened and of course, Hush had to reach for the stars
Nopony found her up there and even when Scoots came for a photo, she had to dance on the roof to signify her position:
After Scoots had made a picture of her in her hard to find hideout, we went onwards to Round 2.....
Dawnshy was chosen to hide in Round 2 and was "found" rather quickly by Zahara Stars
No, Zahara, you didn't actually find her. It was just a server relocation. Give back that medal:
We repeated the round and Ginger Paws found Dawnshy in her hideout, that was in front of everypony's eyes and yet hidden, and everypony came to check out her hiding spot:
Don't give me these looks, Zahara. Ginger Paws is the real winner of the round.
Meanwhile, Cherry Sweet was busy sharing anecdotes about her uber hiding skillzz.....
Only one pony was predestined to find Ginger Paws in Round 3
Hush demonstrated her own skillzz, in climbing this time, and traced Ginger Paws in her hideout:
Then Spectra Dust became jealous of the good spot, indicated by the glares she was giving Ginger.
A short break before Round 4
We took a little break before we started with Round 4. Scootaloo used the time to make Cherry Sweet realize that nopony leaves her dystopian paradise where everypony is happy hide and seek games:
Hush gets another chance to hide.....
Zahara Stars: Can I just be declared winner of this round?
[/size][/color]Hush was found by Spectra and we celebrated her achievement with candy showers before returning to the train station:
And we continued celebrating before Round 5
Some ponies even died, so hard did we party:
Spectra Dust went into hiding next
She was found by Zahara Stars while cooling off from the party before:
We waited for everypony to return at the train station.....
.....while Witching Hour was busy giving advice on how to use your attacks efficiently to conquer Equestria. But Zahara Stars and Spectra Dust just let it rain candy all the time until Witching gave up in frustration:
We continued without Blue Cloud and Spicy Flow who had mysteriously vanished, but Gaming Analysis and Gloom plus had joined earlier, so the size of our group remained consistent:
Ginger Paws strikes again!
Everypony thought Zahara Stars would win, but then Ginger Paws found her close to the end of the round:
After Round 6, we moved the game to Ponyville based on an overwhelming amount of votes for it:
Round 7 happened
And while searching, Scootaloo pondered if the water in the well was a lie too, because Ginger Paws had given her ideas:
Of course this was just a strategy to distract the seekers, but it did not work and Cherry Sweet found her:
A new player joined.....
Libra joined our team after Round 7:
Round 8 had Cherry Sweet hiding
And she chose to beat around the bush until Spectra found her:
An early group picture
Blue did return for Round 8, but he had to leave again and so had Witching Hour and Ginger Paws, so we made an early group photo in front of the schoolhouse:
A relocation happened before the last round
And Scootaloo got really mad about it for a moment: And that was it for the first event! If you want to relive the moments, check out these videos:
A last winner
In the last round, Spectra Dust managed it to not be found and won the final round of the event:
After this, the first Hide & Seek event was over. A last round of dancing at the train station, then we departed and went our ways.....
Hide & Seek Event #1 Videos
The second event started out slow when only four ponies came.....
Waiting for more players
It was pretty cold too, but we huddled up with our lanterns while waiting for more players to come:
..... but ten minutes later, a respectable number of eight players had arrived!
Blue Cloud, Cherry Sweet, Libra and Meteor Sprint returned after the fun they had during the first event; Doctor Invy, DJ Knockout, Caramel Strudel and caramel owl joined as new players. We didn't lose any time and started, choosing Libra as the hider:
And Libra went watching birds in the trees.....
.....where she was quickly found by Doctor Invy just after a few minutes:
We quickly continued after this short round
It had become night by now and Doctor Invy thought nopony would see him if he hides in front of a house whose residents were out for the night. But Blue Cloud found him anyway:
Blue Cloud hid in Round 3
But Scoots was more busy with explaining the rules again than with searching, because a new player had joined with Red Cherry:
All she could do was visiting Blue Cloud in his hideout after he was not found and proved that he had learned well from his master Sugar Rush:
One player gone and one player back
After Round 3, caramel owl had to leave, but Midnight Hush joined our ranks again. We were surprised about her late arrival, but maybe she wanted to wait until it was night:
Blue Cloud chose Libra as the next hider
This time, Libra went to watch fish. But again, she was quickly found, this time by Meteor Sprint:
Maybe you should stop watching animals while hiding, Libra. It makes you inattentive.
And Meteor Sprint went to watch..... nothing, because there was no life in the hideout he chose (microscopic life does not count):
He also remained the only lifeform there until Scoots came for a picture because nopony had found him.
A surprise visit by Commander Moon
After the fifth round, Commander Moon came to us. Turned out our hide and seek game had gotten the attention of the royal guard and they sent somepony to check us out:
She was fine with our event as she saw that we were just peacefully playing and not disturbing any citizens. Though we all felt a little uneasy after her check-up anyway, so it was decided to move to Ponyville!
Arrival in Ponyville
We arrived in Ponyville. Sadly, we lost Caramel Strudel and Doctor Invy on our way, but three new players joined as well!
And the local guard found us too, making us realize how efficient the communication system between the guards of Equestria is:
But this time we stayed, not letting our fun getting spoiled by overprotective guards, and a new, fun round ensued!
Aurora Gem was chosen as the hider for Round 6
But Midnight Hush did not leave her any chance and found her chilling on a balcony after just two minutes:
Everypony was prepared for a very hard Round 7
But Hush was surprisingly easy to find this time, Meteor Sprint only needed four minutes:
caramel owl and Libra took a little break, but the rest of us continued with Round 8
Meteor Sprint was the next to hide:
And it turned out he is a ninja, because he was hidden in plain sight and yet nopony could find him until the literally last second:
Metronome got to hide.....
.....and then it was Meteor Sprint who found him nine minutes into the round, which secured him his third chance to hide!
We kicked off Round 10 when.....
.....Cherry Sweet had to leave us, sadly.
Meteor Sprint was not found.....
Once more he prove his ninja skills with a simple, but effective hideout:
Our team had shrunken greatly in the meanwhile, after more players had to leave
But we continued with another round. Meteor Sprint generously chose Scoots as the next hider of the event:
A victory dance at the train station.....
.....then the last round happened.
Metronome went into hiding for Round 12 and, lucky him, nopony found him! It was only left for Scoots to go to him and make a picture of him in his hideout: And that's how our second event went down! Check out the video below to reminisce on the great time we had:
A last group picture before our departure.....
Then the event ended. caramel owl returned surprisingly and we went for a group picture to the schoolhouse to remember the good times:
Then it was over and we left each other, but not for too long.....
Hide & Seek Event #2 Video
Only ten hours later, our third event happened.....
And we saw familiar faces again
One of those faces was even a Familiar!*
*Haha! How many points do I receive for this pun?
We were five players at the start
And because Scootaloo adored Familiar so much, she was chosen as the first hider:
Her hideout was not far away
And Witching Hour found her apprentice very quickly, as Familiar couldn't reach a better hideout in the short time she had because she was unfamiliar with playing Hide & Seek. Get it? Familiar? Unfamiliar? Ha? OUCH! H-hey, don't OUCH, OUCH! Okay, okay, I stop! Geez.....
Preparing for Round 2
After a little banter between Familiar and her dark master:
We continued with our second round and Witching Hour went searching for a hiding spot:
Ten minutes later.....
And Scootaloo found her unexpectedly!
Scoots was the lucky next hider for Round 3 and so she went off.....
We returned to the train station for Round 4
And Libra got to hide next:
While searching for her, Scootaloo had a truly frightening experience.....
Right after the search began, she ran into a pony lying on the ground, then all of a sudden, it started to move and skid across the ground!
Luckily, a guard was there quick to take care of the undead:
Meanwhile, Libra did not notice anything in her secluded hideout
And she wasn't found either and therefore, declared winner of the round:
caramel owl returned!
During Round 4, caramel owl had returned into our midst, eager to participate once again:
Unfortunately, Meteor Sprint had to go after this round.....
Also, Scootaloo asked Libra if she could hide, after discovering that her last hideout could not be seen from the ground, to make up for the unfair hiding spot.
Arrived there, karma bit Scootaloo in the flank
In just one minute, she was found in her actually clever hideout, by a newbie to boot!
After round five, we had a little break to talk about the most important thing in the universe.....
In Round 6, Purple Berry was trying the same trick as Doctor Invy during the first event
And this time it worked, nopony found her and she won the round!
After the successful round, Purple Berry needed to decide for a new hider
While she did, Libra transformed her appearance using her secret powers and continued as Sapphire:
Scootaloo decided to sit it out for Round 8
She wanted to spend some time with Familiar:
Sadly, Familiar was more interested in searching for her master, so Scootaloo sat down alone and bid caramel owl, who had to leave suddenly, farewell:
Unexpected company arrives
While Scoots was still waiting for the end of the round, a sudden relocation interrupted the round and Cherry Sweet and Blue Cloud showed up for the rest of the event!
They replaced Sapphire and Purple Berry who had vanished during the relocation.
The repeat of Round 8
Witching Hour had returned into her hideout and the round started anew:
After five minutes she was found. The tides turned this time and it was Familiar who uncovered her dark master:
Round 9 took its sweet time.....
Because we couldn't decide who should hide next, so we discussed this for five whole minutes. Eventually, a decision was made:
We also welcomed back Purple Berry who had managed to return!
Witching Hour gave the command.....
.....and off we went to find Blue Cloud!
The search happened
Scootaloo got tired..... but was luckily woken up by Blue Cloud who sent a raincloud full of cold water her way:
Then she went to his hideout after nopony had found him, even though it was in plain sight:
Cherry gets to hide
In the last round, Cherry was chosen as the hider because she came so late: And with that, our third Hide & Seek event was over..... I recorded a video of this event too, check it out to remember our great time together:
The early end of the round
Witching Hour found Cherry quickly after just two minutes and cut the last round short:
But we stayed in Cherry's hideout a little longer to chill and talk:
So much for the coverage of our latest Hide & Seek events..... But don't worry, Scootaloo has more in store for you!
Hide & Seek Event #3 Video (Don't mind the little jump at the end of the video, Fraps stopped recording, so some seconds are missing)
In just a few days, the Limited Access Release will happen and if you are one of the lucky ones who gets accepted onto the servers, you will be able to attend three Hide & Seek events to celebrate the opening of the servers and the start of the Limited Access Release (or "Closed Beta", as some refer to it)!
It won't be long anymore, keep an eye on the forum here for the announcement thread!