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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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ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Jul-13-2008 09:37

Speaking as someone who has in fact left the game several times and then returned, let me tell you the reasons behind those decisions.

I left the game each time beacause things became stagnant, doing the same thing day in and day it became rather boring. What made me decide to resub? Changes to the game, new things to do. If this game was the saem way as it was 2 years ago, I never would have come back and resubbed. Granted, on this latest stint I did something I hadn't on the previous two, that is made friends with all you fine people. The community is what makes it for me.

Now crunch, what you had stated certainly has merit, Admin has in fact delivered everything that we have paid for. No where in the sub does it say anything about getting new developments and such. However, any business thrives on returning customers. If things get stale, people will not return, that is what I'm hoping to avoid here. New and interesting developments can prevent people from leaving and even bring old players back into the mix of things.

I have something, I think will be fun planned for the very near future. Keep your eyes posted on the boards for an official announcement of what I have planned. Some of you already know about it and I think it will be a great way to bring the community together and show how strong and passionate many of us feel about the game.

detectivehappy
detectivehappy
Old Shoe

Jul-13-2008 13:59

Speaking for myself only, I would have to agree with nicnic. I got burned out from Sleuth and found other things to occupy my time.

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Jul-13-2008 15:07

First off, gotta get this outta my system....

CRUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now.

I think most of us can agree (hopefully) that we're here because of a combination of the challenge of Noir and the people we find here. At the same time, Crunch has a point. I can't count the number of times in the past when I bit my tongue to keep from screaming 'Enough Already!!' upon reading every other day somebody posting, "Hey, Ben, when ya gonna do something new?????"

Unfortunately, this is a slightly different (and unique) situation. Admin no longer seems to be willing to devote its time and resources to Noir like it has in the past. The question becomes, how do we keep Noir going from here. We're patiently waiting while Admin makes up their minds about the development team idea (one possible option). There probably are others, but whatever they are, they doubtless will have to heavily involve the community for Noir to survive.

Stagnancy is a state of mind. We can let it affect us if we want it to, or we can work to make things better.

So....

Who's next?? ;-D

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Jul-13-2008 15:10

And HAPPY!!! Life just hasn't been as happy since you've been gone! ;-P

Welcome back!!!!!

Huglover
Huglover
Old Shoe

Jul-13-2008 19:43

Breitkat:
You are marvellous in keeping the spirit up, but at the same time being truthful about the situation! If the community ever will need someone to keep us up and together, I will vote for you! :-)

When it comes to me, I wanted to assist with easier programming tasks, because programming is what I know. I thought that if I could do some of the easier things, Admin, the one who know everything, could take care of the harder issues, at least until I grew in skill and usefulness.
But, I NEVER had any plan of using such a position to steal code, or reveal secrets that were to be secrets, or do anything that would remove this from being the artwork of Ben Ringold.
In order to help getting myself up and running on python, I have started to develop a program that would produce a AVH-Tournament update, also in gratitude for someone giving me something to burn a little for. If I had been able to get even spyce up and running on my computer, I would have used spyce as well, because, since I have done asp, I understand how it's going to work. But since I am not there yet, I do it all in python.
Just like others have said before me, telling they would be happy to help out, I feel it's frustrating to see many possibilities and needs for refreshments, and know that people stand unpatiently waiting to be allowed to fill the gaps, and because the right doors don't seem to open, at least I see myself ending up in non-constructive paths.
It would have been like a game in itself to be participating in making refreshments to Noir, and even if the result was less than what Admin does, I would at least be occupied with something that allowed me to burn, making that a refreshment in Noir in itself.

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Santa's Little Helper

Jul-13-2008 21:13

Welcome back Crunch!

...and just in the neph of time. The other night I found myself staring at this thread for a very long time trying to keep blood from shooting out of my eyes and asking myself, "How would Crunchpatty respond to this?" Eventually I just signed off and went to bed, where I dreamed a little dream of you (and turtle wax for some reason). Lo and behold: here you are.

However, I'm a bit conflicted about the bulk of your post.

I believe most of us do expect what we pay for, but hope for more. There's a lot of time invested here and when the fun wears off it makes sense to say, "I'm no longer as satisfied with this product as I once was, here is what it would take to get me to purchase this product again."

Most of the folks on this thread have already paid more than once, some many many times over the years. This may not entitle them to any special demands or conniption fits but does provide the business owner with a ready pool of knowledge and opinions on why first time customers become repeat customers. Paying attention to this sort of feedback makes economic sense. If maintaining the status quo was the most profitable option, there wouldn't be LOADS of "new and improved" items on every store shelf around the world.

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Santa's Little Helper

Jul-13-2008 21:18

On a personal note, I'm not expecting any huge shakeups here. I still slog through my daily caseload even though I've got the tactics and strategies pretty much down to a science. In the cases themselves there's no real surprises and not much fun. I've expected that development since the earliest days of my career here. Since the random cases are the core dynamic of the game I don't expect any change there (and would fiercely oppose any suggestion on the point).

Still, I still very much enjoy the game because I've got a list of grander sleuth goals than "Tuesday, work 12 more cases. Wednesday, same. etc". Nearly everything on that list came about during one of the not major changes mentioned. Eventually I'll work through that list as well. Once the ocean liner is fully functional I hope to add a few more items. Hopefully the Sleuth World will develop just a hair faster than I can work through my list. If it doesn't then I'll make the choice about whether or not to continue subscribing. After all, I can still enjoy the community as an unsub.

Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Jul-14-2008 03:35

Well I have to agree with nic here I know I certainly burnt out playing. I went for a long time not playing when I was in America because I had no computer then when I came back to England everyone had left and I thought what's the point. I made a great amount of friends on here and once they had gone I just thought well I'll try Shades for something new and fresh.

I couldn't ever say I'm bored with the content because to be honest I haven't done half of it. I always used my cases in THing because I saw hitchhikers were catching up to eye spy and didn't seem to have any intent on stopping. What can I say I wanted to stay at number 1 lol. I only have one contact in Cairo, haven't done the pyramids etc, I think I heard somewhere there's new shoes? I haven't got secret number 1 and I certainly haven't been on the Sleuthtania yet. Oh yeah and I've only ever done 2 scripted mysteries :)

But everything did become one huge competition in treasure hunting and I know all the top agencies eye spy, hitchhikers, smrt, blue pagoda, alQ etc where constantly grinding cases constantly in and order to win as many hunts as possible day after day. This was back when a hunt would only last a couple of hours of course. It's no wonder we all burnt out doing that really.

Huglover
Huglover
Old Shoe

Jul-14-2008 05:15

I believe that the whole community will need something in Noir, that's making it fresh, a new kind of competition, which can be fun, last for some days, and become more of a casual thing. Most of us have tried those things that is won in a combination of luck and doing a huge bunch of cases. - and it have the tendency to wear us out, because there are few who have the time to put in over a longer period.

Most of us believe that Secret # 1 will be found by in some way to ask a certain townie the correct specific question. I will be splitting of a part of my program, that I developed to be able to ask all the townies in the city where you stay one or more specific questions. It may also be used in Shangri La to get all the clues from the scolars, or to know where the ambassador resides... I will then ask ctown28 if DPI will host a download place for the program, and give some help in getting it running, and about current limitations. This will equip at least some of you to go hunting for Secret # 1.
I do ask two things though. 1) That you accept the infirmities of the program, and don't try to change it. 2) That you will share with the community if you find some clues about anormalities in the answers of the townies in a certain city.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Jul-14-2008 17:40

In general. I'm just using the above as an example...

I don't doubt the validity or inventiveness of the program created. I don't wish to nay say the idea or stunt creativity. I'm not saying don't do it, or people not to participate.

What I am 'asking' is: 'is this part of the answer to the problems that we've become so keen to discuss'?

When you sit and ask yourself 'does a program that saves me 20 or so clicks really:

enhance my gaming experience, or indeed
speak to the nature of the game itself?

I wonder what sort of answer you come up with?

When you sit and ask yourself 'does a program that tries to find a short cut to an answer which has stood the test of time, bloody mindedness and luck, really:

enhance my gaming experience, or indeed
speak to the nature of the game itself?

I wonder what sort of answer you come up with?

Pehaps if and when the game goes open source, these are the kinds of questions a community / ideas committee might need to ask itself.

The difference between those changes which 'enchance' for overall community gaming pleasure, and those changes which 'enhance' for personal player gain.

Like I said I don't wish to detract from the ingenuity of the programming involved OR the willingness of people to participate, I just thought it was a good example of what might come up in the future in terms of 'change' and 'change'.

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