What Am I Going To Do?
Hey guys. This is kind of a follow-up to my last thread. There I asked many of you what you had done to make things any different. Here I'm asking you, "What are you going to do?"
I always tell students it's better to show not tell, so here we go!
What I'm doing- Tonight I started writing a short scripted mystery that will serve as a tutorial to answer a lot of the common SM questions that people have.
How long will it take me- Hopefully I will have the whole thing done in a month (but with me who knows).
What would I need for it to work- I'd need it to be approved as a Scripted Mystery and ideally I'd like Ben to make it free to all players.
So what do you think guys? What can you do to help Sleuth?
Well, I am working on getting the playsleuth2.com site up and running again. - and I hope to include in it a way to support avh tournaments.
The way I would like to do this support, are that I will try to offer some tracking of who is compeeting, who have started the hunt, who have finished, and the number of days it took from start of hunt, or a given start date, until the finishing. As this is still in the development phase yet, there will be restrictions on who may set up the bigger tournaments. What this changes to later on, when the testing show it's working, I believe will be a combination of what is possible (i.e. what kind of requirements that needs to be met), and the guidance of moderators/other players in Sleuth that I have come to trust to give good advice.
At least that is my plans in the beginning. - more plans will be added if time/energy/ability and inspiration allows :-)
The site is now up, and the tournament support is under construction.
Heimlich Von Victor and Irene, you are both giants in Sleuth in my opinion, and I applaud both of you. However, I see this as a grassroots effort only. Not that grassroots efforts are not commendable, but I would like to see more effort from the powers that be.
For example. If you visit the Game Info page, you will see a list of administrators, editor/moderators, moderators, editors, and chat moderators. There are 18 of them.
What is sad is that of those 18, only 6 are either subscribed and/or have even bothered to have logged on in 2011.
I want to applaud those active 6:
Of the other 12, why can't they be booted and have those who want to see Sleuth Noir succeed be installed into those positions? I can think of many others who would be glad to help, and Irene and Heimlich would be perfect for a start.
I would volunteer too.
I am also starting to write intros. The problem is there is only one active editor, so no response yet to my first submission.
Oops, that previous post was inadvertantly sent by a test character of mine. It was really supposed to have been posted by me.
If there are anyone out there, that's subbed and in an agency, but don't really have the time to support your agency mates with your contacts... - I have put in on the agency files page, in the "Extended" a special button, that will open the case, ask your contacts any availiable evidence/alibi questions, notice if anyone unclammed when the case was opened, and leave the case, with added notifications in the case file, for you to save.
Now, this is some kind of automation, but it's just doing all the work you would normally do with the case, in one click, and you can easily do the same clicks yourself, so it's not giving you anything but a quicker way of doing the job.
So, if there is anyone who would like to do this with less effort, then the ability are there for you, at playsleuth2.com
I feel like sleuth could use a lot more exposure on other sites. I don't think that it is gonna get any legit advertisement so it would be in our best interests to maybe drop a link in our blogs, Fb, whatever... just get it out there.
I feel like sleuth has been a little neglected. Lots of content that never came to fruition. It is just too bad, I would love to see this game get rejuvenated.
As always, I have several projects in various stages of development (including, if it ever gets through Programming, our little carousel horse that's just sitting off by itself, waiting to be ridden). There are several people who have collaborated on the Boardwalk, but yeah, I'm one of 'em. And I'm lettin' the kitty outta the burlap. Shoot me.
I'm also working on improving said Programming Department. The details, at this moment, are still classified. But for those of you who think that absolutely nothing is happening to try to change things....
Now. As for "exposure for Sleuth...."
We've done advertising campaigns on *other* (i.e.--sites unnamed but hopefully familiar to most of you) websites before, and the results have been....well, disappointing to many of us at best.
There have been a couple of Sleuth related pages done on Facebook, but as of yet, I believe there hasn't been a strictly *promotional* page done for Sleuth. I.E.--
I just logged on to the main front page for Facebook, and towards the bottom of the page (under all the first timer Sign-Up stuff), there's a tab that says, "Create a Page for a celebrity, band or business."
Anyone who's been on Sleuth for more than 2 weeks knows very well that putting me in charge of creating a webpage is a dangerous thing indeed. (Literal Computer Idiot Here, Folks. ;-) So. Anybody out there willing to help me with this little project of mine, please??
There's other frying pans in the fire of my life, but we won't go there right now. My extinguisher's low on juice as it is. Hope that helps, and anyone who wants to help, PLEASE contact me. Thank you!! ;-)
There will be no rewarding. Still I hope to collect 4 teams of 4 sleuths to participate in a small AVH tournament (3 best in the team will count), in order to see if I manage to do the correct tracking and construction of a "scoreboard" - over at playsleuth2.com
If more teams are interested in joining, I will enlarge the tournament, but for a first try, 4 teams is my target. As it's testing, I am interested in having one team that will not be able to put up 3 players to finish an AVH :-P (If you can bring that team, I will be happy to know :-))
So, I have decided on start date: April - 1 (aprils fool day)
Use of sidekicked cases is discouraged.
3 best players in the team will count. I'll be using Serges way of computing score (need to look it up somewhere)
If a player starts more than one AVH within the time frame of [startdate - 1: startdate + 4] the best AVH will count.
Starting before the startdate will count as a failed AVH.
A failed AVH will count as a failed AVH.
An AVH that is not finished within 13 days will count as a failed AVH.
If one player's AVH goes through Cairo, and someone looks at the scoreboard when the player is Active in Cairo, on day is subtracted from the number of days to complete the hunt.
Hopefully some of you will be interested, and manage to collect 4 sleuths to be in your team. Send me a sleuth mail with the name of your team, and the team members.
I will do no checking on the joined team members, whether they may go to Shangri La or not. That is your responsibility.
I hope to sometime soon to bring up at least some scoreboard information over at the playsleuth2-site. - and may be, if things runs smoothly, I will make the page availiable also for those not logged in ;-)
Gopher to the Sleuth Gods
I think that the best way to build up teams would be to list your name on this post and when there are enough names we can form groups of four players.
Count me in :-)
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