Dear Amateur Sleuths and Master Sleuths,
This month marks my anniversary of being a full-time team member of HeR Interactive, Inc! Some of you know my story: after college I became Game Production Intern in June, 2010. In November, the Marketing Intern, and in June 2011 the Marketing Coordinator, joining the team full time.
Wow! TEN YEARS (well, longer than that, really because of my internships.) Let’s take a quick look down memory lane in reflection of the past decade…
Ten years is a lot to summarize, but I must mention some of my cherished memories in no particular order:
- Doodling pictures for the Amateur Sleuth Blog posts.
- Sharing behind the scenes teases from our office.
- Interviewing fellow team members.
- Tasting and promoting a real-life Koko Kringle chocolate bar!
- Visiting new food trucks with the team.
- Playing hacky sack in the afternoons for a little exercise.
- Trying to figure out who was leaving mysterious Easter Eggs in my office desk.
- 101 Twitch parties with all our greatest Nancy Drew friends!
- Voicing a minor character in The Silent Spy (cookie lady)
- Voiced the giggly girl talking to Ned in Midnight in Salem (secretly Ned’s new girlfriend, lol)
- Getting my 6th grade picture into a game (Alibi in Ashes)
- Making Vlogs and fun videos for YouTube.
- Working alongside 7 terrific interns.
- Writing over 300 weekend puzzles, codes, ciphers, riddles etc.
- Getting to be involved with game walkthroughs and puzzle testing before we reach Beta.
- Visiting the recording studio, feeding actors their lines, and getting to meet the voice of Bess Marvin, Frank and Joe Hardy, and one of actresses for George Fayne.
- Making and sharing official game trailers and reveling in everyone’s excitement!
- Also, launching 11 new games and getting people just as excited about it as I got! (This is my favorite part!)
Here’s to another decade of Nancy Drew games and HeR Interactive’s Nancy Drew community! What’s around the corner, you might ask? Well, more Nancy Drew games, of course! New merchandise and exciting things are indeed ahead.
My dear friends, Amateur and Master Sleuths alike, a new adventure awaits me in my career. That’s right – I never imagined this day would come, but there is a new opportunity for me on the horizon. However, I will NOT be leaving the Nancy Drew community. You’ll see me around! I will be a HeR Interactive advisor on future games, and hey! maybe even guest post on the Amateur Sleuth Blog again! Nonetheless, HeR Interactive and I have a future ahead, just in different offices.
It’s hard to say goodbye, but I’m not really leaving. I just won’t be an official team member anymore. Change is hard, and this is quite bittersweet for me. No worries, though! There are some great team members at HeR Interactive who are working hard behind the scenes… I can’t say much but be sure to subscribe to the official newsletter to stay up to date on all the exciting things to come! (Or follow HeR Interactive / Nancy Drew Games on social media!)
I do hope to stay in touch with all of you with my personal accounts and channels! Follow me, Calina Herman of @story_retold, on social media or checkout my website: www.calinaherman.com. If you see the little cartoon Red Panda on social media, you’ll know that’s me. You’ll especially know it’s me because my real face is around as well as a ton of Nancy Drew stuff, haha! What can I say? I’m a super Nancy Drew nerd…
And now, I leave you with this Nancy Drew blessing:
May your doors always be unlocked! And stay sleuthy!
- Calina “Little Jackalope” (Joyce) Herman