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Tale Spinner

Jul-5-2011 13:19

Hi all,

I'm very sorry I've gone dark for so long on the boards and Sleuth Mail for so long. I recognize that it can be frustrating if you have a question or problem that needs addressing.

While I'd love Sleuth/Hypoware to be my primary job, and I have some hope of scaling it up again in the future, currently I do have a very demanding full time gig along with a growing family. Luckily, hypoware does generate enough income to pay it's own bills. We've been up and running since 2004 and I fully intend to maintain and expand Sleuth as long as there are people willing to play it.

It's worth mentioning that there is always some level of unglamorous work that goes on behind the scenes: system administration, paying bills and taxes (a legacy of previous growth plans is we are fully incorporated), etc. Also, I have continued working on some new features that are in the hopper for both Noir and Shades of Mystery. I hope to be able to make some upcoming announcements soon in both games.

All that said, the past few months has been one of those periods where I've had to push Sleuth further back on the burners. I'm the lead developer at a company called Mindbloom and we are in the middle of an exhausting development cycle that will culminate in September. More happily, Sunny and I are expecting our second baby in November and we're working hard to get our home prepared for his arrival.

So, there will be something new in both game sometime later this summer, but I'm likely not going to be a daily fixture in the community anytime soon. Work pressure will subside some in October, at least until the baby shows up.

One last thing, please be nice to Secret Squirrel, Anikka and the other Mods. They do their best with the sparse access they have to me and all of them love this community.

Sleuth On


Replies

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jul-5-2011 14:17

Well said Ben! Thanks for the post.

More importantly though, CONGRATULATIONS to you, Sunny, and big brother Diego!!!!

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Jul-5-2011 16:48

Ben Ringold: sucking up to the punters since... well.. forever :D but YES be nice to ME!!

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin
Tale Spinner

Jul-6-2011 10:49

Thanks Jas. We're very excited to meet the little detective.

SS, if there's one thing being a husband and father has prepared me for, it's begging forgiveness.


R Anstett
R Anstett

Jul-6-2011 20:44

Good to see the Sleuth Family growing

Night Queen
Night Queen
Old Shoe

Jul-8-2011 10:05

I have been asked by many newbies (mainly because I log on a lot) if Sleuth Noir is worth joining. Thanks for updating us so I can do more than just shrug my shoulders.

Congrats to you and Sunny on your new baby!

And yes, I will try to be easier on SS.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Jul-8-2011 19:23

I don't get here as much as I'd like, but wonderful news that Sunny is expecting again! :-D

If I may offer a name suggestion,

ctown is ambiguous! ;-)



brick84
brick84
Sleuth About Town

Jul-9-2011 14:17

Congrats to y'all!! I've been away for too long and I'm trying to get back in the swing o' things. I'm diggin' the new add-ons too.

All you Mods. rock!!

You too, SS,... ;-D

DaRu
DaRu
Well-Connected

Sep-27-2011 00:40

Hello Ben & Sunny, as one of your many members in 2004, I'm happy to know Sleuth is advancing. This game brings back so many happy memories, when I use play all night long.....and I have thought of you guys & wondered about my old Sleuth buddies...wow..time sure flies. Congratulations to your new family addition.

Solve A Lot2
Solve A Lot2
Assistant Librarian

Jan-7-2022 05:34

Oh nostalgia.


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