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What Can We Do to Help Sleuth?
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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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topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Apr-1-2009 20:51

how does that site count you as one vote? i'm thinking if i vote at home and at work, using the link that adam provided, that will be 2 votes a day?

Adam Carter
Adam Carter
Big Winner

Apr-1-2009 21:44

The vote works based on your IP addresses. If you are easily bored, you might want to lok away now :)

Basically, it performs a strict filter to weed out multiple votes. It does this by disregarding any extra votes who's IP address has the same first 3 parts as one that has already voted, (eg, 123.456.789.xxx). This way, people cannot just reset their router or modem to get a new dynamic IP address and vote again. In the majority of circumstances, as long as the two computers used to vote with are not attached to the same router, then the votes should both count.

So vote on whichever computers you can get to, be it home, work, friends, family, libraries, anything! The more votes we get, the more popular the game will be.

Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Apr-1-2009 22:09

We're already in the top 100 not bad for two days work :)

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Apr-1-2009 22:42

Somebody back a couple days ago wanted a list of sites that people could visit to do their own 'advertising', so to speak? Here's a short list, done in about 10 minutes of research.

(Most are ring sites, or 'web rings'. The first site is simply a list of related sites, and you choose one (or more) sites you like from the list and go to these secondary sites and do your advertising there.):

http://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/booksf/mystery/general.html

http://faculty.law.lsu.edu/ccorcos/lawhum/catmysterywebpages.htm

http://faculty.law.lsu.edu/ccorcos/louisian/lalinks.htm

http://www.mysteryfile.com/Links.html

http://www.webofmystery.com/

http://www.mysterynet.com/

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~lharris/mystsite.htm

http://www.virtuescience.com/unexplained-mysteries.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/connect/index.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/bookclub/index.html

http://www.great-murder-mystery-games.com/murder-mystery-links.html

http://www.murdermysterygames.co.uk/

http://www.mysterygamecentral.com/

http://www.mysterygamecentral.com/games/onlinegames.html/

Hope all that helps!! Happy Head-hunting, so to speak!! ;-D

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Apr-1-2009 23:23

Thats an impressive list Breit. Thank you so much! :-D

Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Apr-2-2009 09:34

WOOHOO! We're in the top 100! Rank 98, with 45 votes. I'm voting daily, are YOU? :-D

By the way, my thoughts regarding having Ben give some kind of reward to people who vote is this:

We have been trying to figure out what we, as a community, can do for Noir with minimal (or no) involvement from Ben. And we've got something, but now we have to involve Ben in it?

I'd say, if at some point he sees that our voting is getting new players to come in and sign up, and if at that point he decides he wants to set up some kind of reward for voting, that's awesome. But I don't think we should be asking for it.

Just my opinion.

turtledove
turtledove
Gopher to the Sleuth Gods

Apr-2-2009 11:32

I vote every day :)))))

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Apr-2-2009 15:54

^ what she said.

yoyofoshow
yoyofoshow
Old Shoe

Apr-3-2009 01:20

I think we may have to call in some re-enforcements. The top 50 requires 150+ which means we're gonna need 22 people voting every day and that may not get us enough publicity. Hopefully; eventually this will gain some momentum with the people we pick up along the way. Here's to the top 10! :)

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Apr-3-2009 02:23

Had a thunk a minute ago....

One complaint/hissyfit/temper tantrum that I've heard a lot from Unsubbeds over the years, especially in the Cabaret, is/was about their inability to travel to the various other cities like their bigger siblings, the Subbeds can. I wonder if there might be a way to allow certain Unsubbeds that ability, to gain a taste of honey, so to speak, and possibly encourage their willingness to subscribe.

Now. Before some of you start up the hate mail, please hear me out.

I did say CERTAIN Unsubbeds. What if it were possible to be able to allow rank Beginner newbie Unsubbeds (as in up to 10 days exp., no more), to be allowed to travel to any of the three major cities? These detectives could have the incentive of traveling to one city (or more, if they can afford it) abroad, check out what said city is like, and at the end of the ten day Beginner period, wind up back in NY. Even if said people are in the middle of a case, favor, or little job, the system could automatically send them back to NY at turnover of day 11, same as happens on the Sleuthetania. The Unsubbeds won't be given more cases; they'll simply be given the chance to try out something that Subbed people do (and enjoy) all the time. And yes, the Beginner Unsubbeds would still have to earn the money to travel, same as the rest of us do.

One further advantage to this idea--Tough Unsubbeds could potentially have the chance to earn Pugilism in either London or Delhi (a fact that has never sat well with me because Charming Unsubbeds have an automatic advantage right now.).

While this will involve some programming on the part of Admin, let's face it, until we get at least a couple people up to speed on the programming aspect of Sleuth (which will take time regardless of what we want to do with Sleuth), Ben and Company are still stuck with sole programming duties. Sorry, Ben.

Okay, let the hate mail flow. ;-)

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