Archive for January, 2011

Dateline Mar. 22, 2003: S4e May Be Over

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Heather Hawkins, on again, off again publicist for Search4e released a statement on behalf of [truecrimepress.com True Crime Press] formally severing their relationship with S4e.

What is puzzling if whether this spells the official end of the game or merely acknowledges the loss of funding that became very evident late last year. TCP is the game related website affiliated with Bizincu, the New York business that provided much of the early support for Search4e.

Contact: Heather Hawkins

For Immediate Release

New York (March 22, 2003) — It is with deep regret that True Crime Books announces that it is ending all formal ties with the Ed Sobian case. Effective immediately True Crime Books will cease to have any further financial or legal arrangements with the website [www.search4e.org search4e.org], which was established to create public interest in the investigation. The partnership with its principals, first announced in September 2002, is dissolved. This decision was not taken lightly. However, because of current developments, a sponsorship of this kind no longer fits in with the company’s long-term business strategy. We believe that we should focus exclusively on publishing high quality books in keeping with the original vision of our late publisher, Owen G. McCleary.

All of us at True Crime Books value our relationship with our authors and so this decision should not be construed as reflecting any change in our association with James Pitt. We will continue to proudly publish his books just as we have done in the past and wish him every success in the future.

Dateline Mar. 19, 2003: Noah Boddy is Noah More

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Team Noah Boddy terminated their game once and for all today. In a lengthy message (would players have wanted anything less :)), they stated a few reasons behind the decision.

Most prominently, [noahboddy.com TNB] claims to have a screenplay deal in the works and didn’t want to give up the surprises still forthcoming in the story.

The team has also suffered from substantial attrition due to their inability to land any significant sponsorships to help fund the effort.

Sadly, NB is the latest in a string of premature game closures lately. The audience for Noah Boddy remained loyal throughout and I’m sure they will miss the game. With [www.chasingthewish.com Chasing The Wish] just starting and [www.search4e.org Search4e] working on a comeback, there will be plenty for the NB refugees to jump into.

Following is the entire announcement from Team Noah Boddy:

Team Noah Boddy, with considerable sadness and regret, must present you with the following announcements. We wish to first thank you for your loyalty, your drive, your interest, and your continued perseverance in following both the story and plot unfolding before you and the hints and puzzles of the game. We feel very honored to have had such outstanding interaction with you, both in game and out of game. You are an excellent and wonderful group and we hope that if nothing else, we have contributed to the forming of sustained, amicable and cooperative friendships and a truly unified group as a whole. Thank you.Now… For the tough part…

As we have stated from the beginning, NoahBoddy.com’s plan has been to two-fold: to integrate a compelling and interesting plot together with a fun, exciting and worthwhile contest. Since it’s inception, Team Noah Boddy has created this game to be adopted and enriched by a sponsor, production company, or game company as well as expand itself into greater interaction and productivity through the development team.

It may be also apparent at this point that not only has no official sponsorship taken place (despite numerous meetings and agreements), but also the decrease of available team members (all volunteers who have since had to move on to paying positions) has impacted the flow and format of both of the main aspects of the game. The game has continued to be somewhat experimental, and has been kept alive by a remaining dedicated few, who through spare time and out of pocket expense have continued to provide what we hope has been an enjoyable aspect of your online gaming experience.

With all that being said, it saddens us to have to inform you that the current Noahboddy.com game must be brought to a definitive close.

Over the course of the next few weeks, the Noahboddy.com website will be reformatted to provide you with a comprehensive consolidation of weekly hints, solves, and clues, as well as a synopsis of what would have bound those clues together toward the final solves. Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to sustain the puzzle portion of the game for tangible prizes, but please believe us when we say that each and every one of you absolutely deserves a grand prize for the loyalty and effort that you have put into this game.

However, there is some good news in the midst of this announcement. The closing of the game is not due to a lack of prizes, lack of willingness to continue to run a game (we’re as hooked running it as you are playing it) and definitely not due to lack of interest of the players involved.

There has been serious and continuing interest from an outside production company to develop the Noah Boddy story into a screenplay format for series or feature potential. Obviously, this is a huge opportunity for the creative talents of the team. The unfortunate side effect of such an opportunity is, first and foremost, the necessity to halt any continued unfolding of the storyline. It is a matter of preserving the suspense and outcome of the story involved, and also a matter of preserving the intellectual property of those who were most involved in the story development, but now wish to take their story to potentially lucrative levels. A great portion of the negotiations regarding the story was an interest in the secrets not yet revealed.

This does unfortunately leave our story as a cliffhanger, which will certainly be as disappointing for you to deal with as this decision has been for us. It is the Team’s hope that the players who have stuck with us for so long will understand. And we want you all to know that we are aware of how much we owe to your dedication and resolve. As a matter of fact, it is the plan to utilize any revenue that is created to return to the site with future stories, puzzles, and ARGs. As it stands now, the Team must focus on the possibility of taking the current story to a new (and hopefully larger audience) format. Time management, organization, and consistent game flow are key to the success of any game, and we do not want to continue with anything less than our full-undivided efforts. We respect you as our players to not short change you with anything less—and if we started immediately with a new story, we would be doing just that.

We will keep the out of game message boards intact and will reformat the site to provide a synopsis and wrap up of our beloved game, and we will continue to keep you updated with whatever the next project is we have in the works.

We also plan on keeping the Yahoo Groups community up and running. It is an important community to us and to you that we do not wish to see fade away. We hope to keep you posted on future projects via that community, via any alternative means you prefer, or not at all if you so choose. The websites, emails, and message boards will remain under the care of Thea, and she may be able to assist with any questions that you may have in regards to these decisions. If the questions are of significant importance, further info may be shared with the group as a whole. Send her any changes of your status in the group, or whether you would like to be more or less involved in the community that remains.

Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your participation in our endeavor. Although we did not end up with what we initially planned, we went quite far with what we have, and have you all to
thank for it.

Any thoughts or feedback, however long or short, are entirely welcomed. Feel free to (obviously) bring to the group as a whole, or to present to Thea at thea@noahboddy.com.

You will see a few more announcements as we wrap up. We hope you had as much fun playing as we have had creating, and that you peek in every now and again to see we have anything new in store for you.

Best Regards,
Team Noah Boddy

Dateline Mar. 19, 2003: First Annual ARGCon Set for Las Vegas Apr 25-27

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Prepare to set sail for the First Annual ARGCon in Las Vegas on April 25-27 2003.

According to the, ahem, official announcement at Unfiction, the event, formally entitled, the first ever SuperARGFest-o-Con & Wet T-Shirt Contest, will feature drinkering and costumes.

The event will be unstructured with no official agenda or schedule. No registration is required, but attendees are encouraged to post a note at Unforums so others know to look out for them. Oh, if you are so inclined, please come as your favorite ARG character.

The goal is strictly to let people put some names with faces, have a good time, and insert some real world interaction into our virtual community.

Dateline Mar. 18, 2003: Will 8march2003 Be A Game?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

If it isn’t, it should be. When you think about all of the elements it offers. It has an intriguing story, it definitely has a huge group of potential players waiting to see what it’s about, and the opportunity for interaction and puzzles are inherent in the world domination theme presented by HM.

For the last five months, speculation has abounded regarding 8march2003.com. The site webmaster, known only as HM has built up quite a bit of suspense leading up to the revelation of his discovery on that lonely mountainside. At first, the site purported to be real, but after a short time, the webmaster posted a [8march2003.com/disclaimer.htm” disclaimer] confirming that the story is indeed fictional and welcoming visitors to enjoy the journey leading up to…

According to Snopes, the site is a promotion for a conspiracy book to be published on the fateful date. At best, their prediction is an educated guess. According to the disclaimer, “I want to assure you that this site has been posted as a piece of writing with purposeful clues and discrepancies to indicate its fictitious nature leading up to the release of …” The trailing end of the sentence indicates some type of concrete work, but what kind? A book, movie, or game would fit the context.

Last week, everyone expected the wait to be over. Instead, the PM/author/writer/other basically delivered what was promised (the pictures), but stalled on releasing information on what is being promoted until April 15, 2003. I guess he didn’t quite finish his work.

Regardless, we now know that the pictures are allegedly the second coming of Noah’s Arc built high in the mountains ready to launch when a cataclysmic flood occurs. Also, allegedly, the people behind Ark II preemptively debunked the revelation with their own [www.mountainsub.com” site] claiming the entire thing is a movie set.

So far, we’ve had a glimpse of a story, two in-game (I’m using that term loosely at this point) websites, and enough mystery to keep us guessing until next month. If it’s a game, I hope it lives up to the hype!