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The Turtle Egg Hunt: A Call for Assistance and Interest

While this has been about a year in the offing, it has been decided* to formally declare that the New Babbage Turtle Egg Hunt will commence early spring, probably some time in July or August.

Before then, there are a few matters to sort out:

What does the Eggs-Ray Machine look like?

The Eggs-Ray is where you redeem your collected turtle eggs for prizes. Dump them in the tube, and enough eggs nets you a prize. But what does the dratted machine look like?

All I know is that:

  1. it advertises that it’s all about the Turtle Egg Hunt,
  2. it has a hole about 0.05m across for inserting said eggs,
  3. it shouldn’t weigh more than 4 prims.

If you have certain ideas, please let Mr P. know.

What do turtle egg mounds look like?

The New Babbage turtle lays its eggs in mounds of decaying material and/or filth, generally in places both warm and safe. Examples include sewers, underneath boilers (all that coal dust), untended laundry, lower-class opium dens, as well as etc.

Ideally these steaming heaps of potential chelonian progeny should weigh about 2 prims max.

And, of course, we need Providers of Gifts, and/or Locations

Part of the allure of this hunt is that hunters cannot simply rocket from one participating venue to another, scarfing gifts along the way! Nay, they must return, and return again, and hopefully warm to the notion of dropping a few lindens on that item off to the left.

Gifts don’t have to be themed, but they can be.

Those with sewer pipes that run through their properties, or that boast features tempting to the broody turtle, may wish to host an egg mound or two. The possibility that such mounds might be in striking distance of man-eating plants, or patrolled by overzealous security suet puddings, or any other potential sources of bodily harm**, is none of our concern.

Who to contact

Martien Pontecorvo is the scripter and cretin-in-chief for this idiocy, and also ran the Toast Bay City Hunt 2012 (which used this system), so all enquiries, example work and abuse should be directed to him.

* Actually we subjected him to an acubeating treatment to help with his perfectionism.

** Rumours of Old Maud hunting egg collectors are just that.***

*** Currently.

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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk May 2, 2015

    righto, Henry needs to get into high gear on the sewers this month. let me know if I need to put junctions in to get to your basements, if it is possible at all.

  2. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin May 4, 2015

    Hmmmm…. think one of my flare guns could be a nice gift. Very useful down in the sewers too, illumination and dipersal of sewer gas…. errrrr…. if you do ignite it, then is the time to see how long yer can hold yer breath while under the sewage…….

  3. Scald Sonnerstein Scald Sonnerstein May 17, 2015

    I think as soon as I recover from this weekend’s con, I might have a go at the mounds. Seems it would be a good idea to have different ones suited to the locality of different terrains in Babbage, like sewer, versus back yard, Fells, beach, dock, etc.

    • Maku Ibn-Selat Maku Ibn-Selat May 18, 2015

      Ah, splendid! (Or, if you are a badly made piece of wooden furniture, splintered.) That’s the big thing. Mr. P’s prototype weighed in at four prims, and was made with a particularly antique sculpt map claiming to be a fried egg. No doubt anyone can do better.

  4. Maku Ibn-Selat Maku Ibn-Selat July 13, 2015

    A major advance has been made! Mr Pontecorvo, despairing, got a wiggle on and managed to make a basic Eggs-Ray machine that weighs one prim.

    Mr Pontecorvo and the Eggs-Ray Machine/s

    The contraptions should be fairly easy to operate; just insert cover image, prize, jiggle some settings in a card and off we go. Scripting is imminent.

    Unless you can do better, of course…

  5. Elleon Bergamasco Elleon Bergamasco July 16, 2015

    I have a rather musty dusty unused cellar under the Palaeozoic Museum in Clockhaven that you are welcome to utilize. I’m away travelling rather too much lately to participate as much as I would like, but I’m happy to offer the spot for use in this venture. I shall try to send a note the next time I’m at my desk, but please feel free to explore the area and see if it suits your needs… 


  6. Maku Ibn-Selat Maku Ibn-Selat August 25, 2015

    Mr Pontecorvo has finalised the systems of vendor, mound (a little weighty at four prims, but too bad) and basket.

    Once he is given a clean bill of health, he’ll be boxing up kits and making promotional materials.

    Would a start date of mid-September suit everyone, or is that a bit late?

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk August 26, 2015

      doesn’t sound late to me. have you seen the sewers lately? we need time to make prizes too and I still got two weeks of daylight work to do non stop. maybe shoot for October 1 kickoff to properly decorate down there? catacombs be spooky bizness.

      • Maku Ibn-Selat Maku Ibn-Selat August 27, 2015

        Very good! October will be turtle-egg month then.

        Mr Pontecorvo and myself would like to make it clear that we take no responsibility for turtles laying their eggs in or near any carnivorous Halloween or Samhain decorations that may be erected. We also cannot bear any responsibility for potentially hazardous chelonian mutants, inexplicable cries of “Cowabunga” (possibly a novel form of Lurgi), ninja attacks, cravings for pizza, or needle nardle noo as a result of participation in or perpetration of this hunt.

  7. Maku Ibn-Selat Maku Ibn-Selat September 21, 2015

    From the Correspondence of Mr Martien Pontecorvo to Mr Tenk, as Recorded in the Blackmail Files of J. Philpott-Brimm

    Dear Sir,

    Please let it be known in the Notes that Kits for the Turtle Egg Hunt have been completed to my satisfaction, and as such those Interested can prepare for the coming madness. I mean festivities.

    The kits are available at Babbage Blade & Bowls (& Boating), for free. In lieu of anywhere else to place them they are next to the Laughing Policeman, and can be purchased for free.

    There are three kits: One for provision of Baskets; one for installing Mr Moreau’s egg mounds; and of course one for the Eggs-Ray prize giving machines.

    I have been as many know in a parlous state of late, so all I will say is this: under no circumstances touch with bare skin or ingest any leakage from the Eggs-Ray machine, no matter how pretty the glow or how much it asks nicely.

    Your ob’d’t servant,

    Martien Pontecorvo.

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