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nicnic
nicnic
Battered Shoe

Mar-9-2009 21:36

Last night I spoke of some ideas I wanted to discuss with everyone on how to give a little kick-start to Sleuth. I would like to share these now and hear feedback. These things are not required of the Admin, but things we can do as a community to try to get things flowing again.

NOTE: Please do not bring up the development team. That ship has come and gone. This post is aimed purely at community-oriented initiatives, not changing the game itself.

Also, I would like to note that many players have been doing some really good things around here. The contests for free subs, ctown's radio show, AVH matches. I do not mean to discredit any of this. It's all wonderful. I just think we can do a little more :-)

#1 Advertising - Let's get out there and spread the word. This is a great little gem that we have found and there are probably others that would love it as much as we do. Do you belong to another internet site? A Group for Nail-Biters with Herpes? Post on the message board about Sleuth! (well maybe not that, but you get my meaning) Let others know outside of Sleuth what a great place this is. I would especially target (for Noir) adults who enjoy logic-type puzzles. That is what kept me addicted to this game for so long.


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Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin
Tale Spinner

Mar-23-2009 01:07

So, the third option is to really open up the future of Sleuth Noir by making this an open source project. I have to say that this idea is the most promising to me, but there are also problems with it. I started going down this path last year after Huglover offered to do some development work on the project. I spent several hours and realized that I needed to take special caution not to:
1) Expose sensitive user data
2) Compromise the subscription path
3) Open up the game to cheat exploits
4) Unveil the answer to some of the deeper mysteries in the game, like Secret #1

Obviously #1 and #2 are more important than the last two, but a mystery game needs its mysteries.

In addition to the architectural changes necessary to provide some safeguards, the inner workings of the whole project would need to be pretty thoroughly documented in order for any other programmers to have a fighting chance at understanding how this thing works. When I started Sleuth Noir, I was just learning a lot of the constituent technologies and I never really intended for anybody else to ever work on it.

Anyway, what I’m saying is, getting Noir to the point where it could be partly or entirely open sourced constitutes a lot of up-front work. I’d need some assurance that there are multiple people interested and capable of contributing to make that kind of time investment worthwhile.

Ah, it’s late and I’ve been working hard today trying to finish up some construction work on our house. I’m beat. I’ll try to go into this a bit more tomorrow, and be a bit more cogent hopefully.

In the meantime, this week is actually a pretty good week for me to get a few things done on Sleuth (Sunny and Diego are out of town). If there is one smallish update you’d like to see, what would it be? Apartments and Villain Hunts in Cairo? Something else?

Good night all, and as always, keep your magnifying glass clean!



Rosamund Clifford
Rosamund Clifford
Tale Spinner

Mar-23-2009 07:00

Personally, I'd be more than happy with AV hunts and apartments in Cairo. As you know, I've been begging for them for ages :)

I'm also more than happy to leave everything in your hands rather than make the game an open project, but I'm aware that opinions difer on that subject.

And finally, I'd be glad if you processed a batch of new avatars three or four times a year, but that's really not crucial to the game. Thank you for your response, Ben.

Sleuth Sindy
Sleuth Sindy
Pinball Wizard

Mar-23-2009 07:50

Having just read the thread immediately above this, "Pyramids," perhaps you could open up a way for Sleuth's to get the skill they *didn't* get the first time from Shangrila? (negotiation/trap detection) I don't know how much work that would be, but it's something I would like to see if it doesn't involve a lot of time/effort.

Thanks, Ben, for your open and honest response. I'm also very sorry Sleuth hasn't turned out to be what you had hoped. I know it's very hard to see a dream die.

I'm very, very glad you created Sleuth, though, as I met my fiance through Sleuth. We never, never would have met if it hadn't been for Sleuth!


detectivehappy
detectivehappy
Old Shoe

Mar-23-2009 12:54

Thank you so much for replying!! It means a lot that you care about the community to take time off of your busy schedule and share your thoughts with us. I really appreciate it and wanted to thank you again for creating such a fun game.

As far as game play goes, I would love the option to get trap detection. Also a lower subscription fee if you join the other Sleuth game would be really nice.

Thanks again!!

Brasco De Gama
Brasco De Gama
Old Shoe

Mar-23-2009 13:25

Ah cool... :)
Well, TIA will be opening it's doors again in April, so I'm looking forward to hearing more :D
I might even finish my Scripted Mystery then!!

detectivehappy
detectivehappy
Old Shoe

Mar-23-2009 14:29

Oh, and congrats Jas!! You'll be a fantastic moderator :-D

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-23-2009 16:15

lol middle management is always the first to go. So I assume with the culling of all the mods that my pay will rise proportionately. :D

...and 'grats to Jas of course.

nicnic
nicnic
Battered Shoe

Mar-23-2009 19:22

Wow.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

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Makensie Brewer
Makensie Brewer
Super Steeper

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