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ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Jun-28-2008 08:39

There have been some recent events on this game that warrant some concern. It’s no secret that there has been a lack of interest. Much of this may be attributed to the release of Shades of Mystery. If that is what people want to play, far be it from me to tell them not to play it.

That being said. I am still a paying customer of Sleuth Noir. As a paying customer there are some things that I expect. Ben has done a decent job at keeping the server up and running. We had a slight issue earlier in the week with not being able to travel and Ben did a great job of addressing the issue and getting it corrected. He always has done a great job of taking care of things. He has not however kept the game fresh and interesting. We recently had the expansion of the USS Sleuthetania. There was a buzz before the initial launch of it and we couldn’t wait to see what was in store for us.

Well what did we get? The opportunity to pay $20,000 to get on board of a ship and do nothing more than play cases. Sure there are some new characters and new items along with 2 new “coming soon” links. That’s it! I can’t help but to feel disappointed in the way this has played out. Two weeks later, the links are still coming soon and the interest of the boat has already gone away. I know I have no plans or reason to get on the boat and be cut off from my agency completely. I don’t know this for a fact, but I think a lot of people are disappointed with the boat as well and some may even be irritated and feel cheated by the whole development.

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh and we are missing some secret that still needs to be unlocked on the boat, but if people aren’t playing, the secret will not be unlocked. I know that Ben is just one person and can only do so much. He has a lot on his plate right now with running both SOM and Noir. I’m sorry, but SOM means absolutely nothing to me as I don’t play over there.

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Jasper803
Jasper803
Freedom Fighter

Jul-11-2008 22:21

I'd like to have a tree to climb in each city with a puzzle attached..... and / or ?! And there are many more directions to go! I'm just brainstorming in my own mind right now.

Able to be done or not, it doesn't matter at this point until we get the "Go ahead" to the people who can implement it.

detectivehappy
detectivehappy
Old Shoe

Jul-11-2008 23:30

Well, I'm reading everyone's comments and it dawned on me that my subscription ran out and that I stopped playing Sleuth myself. I don't know why it went dark after me. I can safely say that I love the game, but real life stuff just got me busy and I haven't been able to play. Therefore, I think it's safe to say that without me the game isn't worth playing for everyone else. I am the reason why Sleuth did so well, and why the game is now more abandoned.

Huglover
Huglover
Old Shoe

Jul-12-2008 04:14

I'd like it to be true when the unsubscribed are promised that subscribing will turn off banner ads.
- I feel it's a break of that promise that there is a banner ad comming up every time I have solved a case.

Hawkeye Harris
Hawkeye Harris
Battered Shoe

Jul-12-2008 08:06

LOL detectivehappy - who knows? could be ... :)

Wish list:

A trap detection tool, or map - perhaps acquired through a mission or series of missions? Or added as an AV hunt treasure reward?

Possibly expand AV hunt treasure items? (i.e., add more, maybe with slightly higher adjustment values). Could make them tiered - add'l items available every time you pass a certain level (completed number of AV hunts)

Perhaps add more "quest-type" missions - involving questioning of townies, tasks or cases to complete, acquiring and transporting items, etc. - with a worthwhile "reward" at the end. We have some missions already, but the idea could be expanded upon, with multiple objectives within one mission. (Downside: not sure how time-intensive this might be to implement)

SILLY STUFF:
- And ponies! We could have flying ponies to travel from city to city!
- I want a wizard staff, with a glowing orb on the end.
- Monsters should be added to the game - this would require new gear, of course, for the AM hunts, since they will be much more dangerous than AV's.
- You could actually be killed during an AM (Arch Monster) hunt. After being resurrected in a nearby drinking establishment, your questioning skills and cognitive abilities would be impaired for a prescribed period of time.
- Admin will host Sleuth festivals at various intervals throughout the year - involving festival hats, special clothing and accessories (limited time availability), and other enjoyable activities such as hide and seek, pin the tail on the villain, and the like.
Detective Agencies can have their own emblem or logo (for a price of course)- this will be displayed on the detective page, and any other places deemed appropriate by Admin.

:D :D

Aknas
Aknas
Lucky Stiff

Jul-12-2008 08:30

This has been suggested before: a place for trading purposes. So that, a player does not have to resign to his/her agency and have to be invited in another agency to do the trade.

And it could also serve as a place for players who won in a contest to get their reward.



Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jul-12-2008 09:18

BRILLIANT Hawk ;)

detectivehappy
detectivehappy
Old Shoe

Jul-12-2008 11:23

Good ideas Hawkeye! Sounds like a lot of fun. Also, it would be nice if they can make it easier for retired detectives to re-subscribe. (not loosing as much experience, etc.)

Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Jul-12-2008 12:31

Ohhh hawk I like the idea of agencies having their own emblem/logo that would give them all a little bit of individuality.

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Huntsman

Jul-12-2008 13:05

A trading area! That's so much easier than the parcel post idea that I never really worked out (you'd get a PM and then go somewhere, maybe the docks, where there'd be a mail box - like a pine box for your apartment but temporary - there would be fees somehow involved).

How about a small easter egg type bonus for sleuths that obtain a certain combination of contacts. Four barbers would net you a book related to barbershop quartets, for example. Having the banker and the fortune teller in NYC would let you consult the fates for free. Little things that take a lot of work, but encourage exploration and change.

Of course that's just a shameless attempt to create an environment where changing contacts is allowed (my personal pet project).

Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor
Vigilante

Jul-12-2008 16:40

How about trading contacts? Let's say that I have the waiter in New York but need the bartender in New York. If I find someone who needs the opposite, we could trade them.

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