Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Message Board

First things first: Happy 12th Birthday Joshua!! Hope you have a great one! (This is a lightning bolt, Tesla-themed cupcake).



 I haven't really spoken much about the message board lately, and I figured now is a grand time to do so!

For our third summer week in a row, we have posted a new interview with Clueless in SA, one of our wonderful moderators. For those who don't know what moderator is, here is a very brief, incomplete description:

The Moderators are all volunteers who patrol the boards and help to keep them clean and safe, making sure the rules are followed. The rules may be tough...(I know, I once got a notice that I had spammed XD), but they help to keep everything in Nancy Drew appropriateness...if that's even a word. :P Well, it is now...hehe.

The moderators aren't mean. They are in fact really nice, kind of like your favorite teacher or favorite uncle. If they weren't around, feelings might be hurt, you wouldn't be able to ask for game hints and get appropriate answers, and you might have to spend hours sifting through post after post of chatter that doesn't exactly offer the help you were looking for.


It's a very tough and important job, but to maintain the quality we strive for in all areas of our games, we must have boundaries to continue going forward with excellence, and to allow everyone to have a lot of fun. You don't hear Nancy swearing awful words or calling people names. It's true that she talks a lot though...especially to herself, but that's where her journal comes in handy, I suppose. Haha.

On to the fun stuff! If you are not a member of the message board, I recommend you browse them for a bit. Here are some great places for you to check out if you are new:

Notes From Her Interactive:
Where the company posts news updates and important information for you.

Blogs and Tweets:
Where you go to discuss the Amateur Sleuth Blog and Dare to Play Blog and Facebook/Twitter posts that we have mentioned. This includes puzzles and contests that were posted in the mentioned places.

Hints and Tips:
For each game, there is a Hints and Tips forum for you to seek out help from fellow players.

Game Reviews:
For each game, there is a Review forum for players who have finished the game and want to tell others about it, often critiquing and scoring it to their preference. Most all of these are spoiler-free, meaning they will tell you about the game without giving away the culprit or any exciting story elements.


I've been a member of the message board for about ten years, and was around before the big Message Board shift that many veterans remember, so I know my way around, and I will still say that besides the strategy guides, the forums are the best places to get game help and hints, and all around the best place to go to discuss Nancy Drew Games! Thanks everyone (moderators especially) for keeping the Message Board a great place to visit and participate in!!

~Little Jackalope~

15 comments:

Future HeR Animator said...

Thank you to all the moderators! :) I don't get on very much, I stay on y'alls Facebook most of the time, but I know it well enough to know it's awesome.
"they help to keep everything in Nancy Drew appropriateness...if that's even a word. :P Well, it is now...hehe." You sound like me! Making up new words;)
Speaking of journals.... I think I may have convinced my mom to buy me the journal from the collector's tin while it's on sale! But alas, in order to receive it, I must finish off my Algebra book first. :P

Amy M. said...

Cool! What's your username on the boards if you can say?

Anonymous said...

I love the Message Boards!!! I am like on them all the time!

I also have a Q that has nothing to do with this post. Can you say when the Private Video on your YouTube page will become available? I can't wait until Pheonix's next vlog!!! She should interview you next!

From,
Hardy-Boys-Biggest-Fan

Anonymous said...

hey, i was wondering how you can get a birthday picture on here? How do you know it's there birthday?

Hannah said...

You sure do a lot of birthday shout outs on this blog... a lot to keep up with I'm sure! XD

I remember the boards' old teal look... but I only joined in 2006. You've been there a lot longer than I have... let me guess your identity on there is a secret? Just like your real name has not been revealed to us on here?

I don't like using my real name either, sadly I started an account on here then I wasn't sure I could change it.

-Hannah (Drew Detective)

Anonymous said...

Cool!! I'm trying to get my mom to let me sign up for the messige bords.(: Hey, LJ, for next year can I have a shout out for my b-day? my name is Cambria, and i'll be 12 next year. Thx!! NANCYGEEK

Sophie said...

Hey, It's my 12th birthday next week, too!

krazy rabbit 23 said...

My birthdays in four days!!!! (you thought I said june, but it's in July!) :). Just hope you remember!
July 24th (you can check for my real name on twitter, since you guys're following me)

Future HeR Animator said...

I just got my first cell phone!! :D An exciting event for me:) And what is the first thing I do? Make the song "Modern" from SAW my ringtone! Oh yeah!! :D

ILUVNANCY!!! said...

My birthday is on August 4th, I'm turning 14 yay!!!

-ILUVNANCY!!!!

krazy rabbit 23 said...

My twelfth birthday, too! My name's Zara Khan/krazyrabbit23. My birthday's on July 24th!!! Expecting a shout-out?!?!?!?

Hannah said...

Future HeR Animator, the mods have Facebook pages? I've never seen them? How do you know this?

krazy rabbit 23, Little Jackalope has a Twitter account? Boy am I out of the loop! how did you guys find them?

ComicalCrafty said...

The MB is awesome! The mods ARE really nice, I appreciate all the work they've done to make sure this clean, friendly environment where fans of the Nancy Drew games can just hang out and have fun stays that way. I really enjoy all the games that we can play in the House of Games, like "What Would They Eat" and "I'm Sorry Nancy"!

Teagpow said...

I have not sign up yet sounds fun!

Little Jackalope said...

@Future HeR Animator -- Work hard on that Algebra! Knowing math can help with animation timing, physics and calculations to properly manipulate characters and other cinematics!

@Amy M. -- I'm Mysty ;)

@Hardy-Boys-Biggest-Fan -- The "private" video is Phoenix's next release. When it's private, that means it's undergoing last-minute edits and approval, and that it is about to go live within a couple of days. :D

@Anonymous -- People request a shout-out here in the comments, or via Twitter or Facebook.

@Hannah -- Yeah, I've been on the boards for a long time. :) I like to keep my real name a secret (*cough*Sonny Joon*cough) Just kidding...but my Message Board name is Mysty.

@Cambria -- Cool! Let me know a week in advance and what date it is when it comes around!

@Sophie -- Which day is your Birthday?

@Future HeR Animator -- Oh how exciting!! And that is a great choice for ringtone! XD