March 2010

Easter Eggs

This Sunday is Easter, which for some fans will mean brightly colored eggs and baskets filled with goodies. When I was young, my dad would make a map and mark where he had hidden the eggs. We would follow the map to find our treats and learned how to read maps this way. Although I'm no longer hunting for eggs in the yard, there are Easter Eggs to be found in the Nancy Drew PC games.

Yep, there are real Easter Eggs in the games. What are Easter Eggs? Well, they look like real Easter Eggs and they're scattered throughout the game. You don't need them for anything, but they are a nice reward for players who explore the universe thoroughly. Finding them can be pretty tricky and it takes a very curious sleuth to stumble upon them. Here are just a few that you can find.

- Legend of the Crystal Skull:
In Bruno's secret study, play the pinball machine and turn each square to a chicken. You will hear a clucking noise. Then turn all of the squares back to eyes. An Easter egg will roll out of the chute.

- Curse of Blackmoor Manor:
Click the Chattering Teeth in Jane's room 10 times.

-Ransom of the Seven Ships
Find all the messages in the bottles and completed the puzzle in El Toro's Shipwreck. Then use the metal detector to find the egg around the area where the sharks are swimming.

There's usually at least 2 easter eggs in each game but they're supposed to be a special reward, so we're not going to spoil the fun of hunting for them. Our hint is to try everything and leave no red herring unturned! Clicking in 1 spot repeatedly may also work too.

How many Easter Eggs do you think you'll find this Easter? Happy hunting!

Technically Speaking

It's Nancy Drew's 80th Anniversary, so it's a pretty big deal for us this year. Afterall, we are one of her biggest fans! We're heading out to the annual Nancy Drew convention in Merritt Island, FL (just outside Port Canaveral) to meet Nancy Drew fans from all over the country. The convention takes place over the course of the week, April 6-10 with a full itinerary of mysteries to solve. And for those lucky few who already signed up, there's a Nancy Drew mystery cruise the following week!

Tues. Apr. 6 - Meet & Greet at hotel/Dinner at hotel 6:30pm
Wed. Apr. 7 - Brunch at local collector's, Book Hunting day--making stops at numerous bookstores, Evening party at local collector's
Thurs. Apr. 8 - Kennedy Space Center Tour, Orange Grove Stop, Historic Cocoa Beach, Mystery Manor Book Shop Dinner Party
Fri. Apr. 9 - Visit to McLarty Treasure Museum and Cocoa Beach Pier. Convention begins: Informal Friday night session from 6:30pm to 9pm at hotel with book discussion and activities.
Sat. Apr. 10 - Convention Day at hotel, Merritt Island. 9:00 to 5:00pm. Speakers, activities, merchandise, charity raffle, followed by mystery dinner at 7PM.

Doesn't that sound exciting? We'll be there on Saturday April 10 for the convention. Stop by our booth and tell us about your favorite Nancy Drew memory - we'll probably also ask you a few quick Nancy themed questions just to see if you're as sharp as the sleuth. We're hoping to videotape all the interviews and post them for other fans to see. I can't wait to hear what your stories are!

In addition, I will be giving a presentation called "It's Up to You As Nancy Drew: the Making of the PC Adventure Games." That's kind of a mouthful for a title! Hopefully the presentation will be interesting to fans who have never played our games as well as the ones who own all of them. Right now, I'm considering comparing the books to the games and then an overview of game design. I'll have to work some audience participation in there as well... Do you guys have any ideas on what I should talk about that fans would be interested to hear? Hmm, maybe I'll premiere our summer 2010 title there - we're working on the trailer right now.

If you're a Nancy Drew fanatic, this convention is not to be missed! Plus, we'd love to meet you all there.

Register for the convention here.

In a Pinch

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, so make sure you wear green! Why green? Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who is credited with driving all the snakes from the Island, is commonly associated shamrocks because he used the plant as a representation of the Trinity. Celebrators wear green to remember him, even though he was originally associated with the color blue.

And if you don't wear green, people might pinch you! Why? According the legends, if you wear green, leprechauns can't see you and therefore can't pinch you. If you don't wear green, people will pinch you to remind you about the leprechauns.

Fascinating history! Now, if you want a taste of Ireland, you should try playing Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy. You'll find a few leprechauns, shamrocks, and Irish folktales in the games to celebrate the day! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Robert_Riedl Tweets

Do you follow us on Twitter? If not, you should be able to see our tweets on the side of the Amateur Sleuth blog. We're excited to introduce our newest Tweeter, executive producer Robert Riedl who will be tweeting about the games industry and his daily musings. His Twitter will also be featured on Amateur Sleuth.

Robert speaks French, is involved in theatre, and spends his free time bird watching (can you guess where the bird calling activity in Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake came from?) among many other pursuits. In his Twitter, you'll be able to get inside the mind of one of the greatest game designers in the industry, so follow him here:

While Robert is pretty busy and probably won't have time to respond to a lot of comments, but we will be happy to respond to you if you message @HerInteractive. Make sure you read our twitter feed to get the latest updates on our games, hear about life at Her Interactive, join Nancy Drew in solving mundane office mysteries, participate in our Twitter quote contest, and get random thoughts from our marketing department. They even have questions that you might want to answer! Welcome to the world of Twitter, where life is condense into vague 140 character updates - it kind of makes decoding our tweets a mystery, just the way Nancy would like it!

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Dare to Be A Girl

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to speak at Bethel High School in Spanaway, Washington to girls who were interested in pursuing art, computer science, and business as their college majors. We try to encourage girls to continue taking math and science classes in high school so they can compete in those majors in college. There are an infinite number of jobs out there for you, but you just have to figure out what you like doing. It just takes a little bit of research and finding a way to get into the industry.

If you love drawing or painting, then consider becoming a graphics design artist or an special effects animator for movies. If you love math, then try coding at Google, engineering the tallest building, or accounting. If traveling is your thing, then auditing, travel agent, and global networking director, peace corps are all good options. If talking on the phone is your favorite activity, you might want to be a sales representative, customer service manager, or politician. There's something for everyone - you just have to find out what you love doing most.

MSN posted an article recently that girls didn't take math or science classes because they feel like boys would be intimidated by how smart they are. They also mentioned that girls didn't play games because they felt it was a boy thing. We say, BALONEY to all that!!! Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do something or shouldn't do something because you're a girl. As a girl, you bring different way of approaching problems and solving them, which is invaluable. Never underestimate yourself and if something seems hard, just work harder and break past those brick walls that have been put up to to test how you really want want something. Follow your dreams and dare to be a girl!
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