Well, just an hour ago, I believe we were visited on the Posty IRC channel by none other than Jace Hall himself, who is also an new member here. He is very interested in knowing what the community has to say. Here are quotes of his plan from his discussion.
I'm sure your minds are just as blown as mine is right now.<jacehall> I've come to this website because I was thinking about bringing blood back
<jacehall> wanted to see what the community thought of that idea
<jacehall> not a reboot
<jacehall> the original
<jacehall> i have the source code
<jacehall> if I wanted to release the source i could of course
<jacehall> however, i am not sure if that is the best thing considering what I would like to do
<jacehall> so i have some ideas and I need to know what the community thinks
<jacehall> ok first of all I need you all to understand that I am not looking to try to make money with what I want to do
<jacehall> everything I am talking about is intended to be free for everyone
<jacehall> ok. Are you all familiar with ZDAEMON?
<jacehall> well zdaemon is a really cool enhancement to doom that offers better networking, options, etc.
<jacehall> so i want to talk about this in 3 parts
<jacehall> The first part is the game BLOOD itself
<jacehall> The game BLOOD is awesome. AS IS. It has great gameplay and excellent ideas and is super fun to play. Can we all agree on that?
<jacehall> Ok. Part one of what I want to do is make it so that BLOOD is made to work NATIVELY on current computers (Mac/PC) without any special drivers/mods/etc. and that all platforms can play against each other on the same server.
<jacehall> the graphics would remain the same, except higher resolutions would be possible and there would be some enhancement options added (but not required)
<jacehall> ok. So imagine this updated but ORIGINAL perfect working copy of BLOOD.
<jacehall> Now add all the standard network capability that you would expect in a modern game. Just like what ZDAEMON adds to Doom...
<jacehall> OK. Now here is PART 2
<jacehall> Now imagine that all of the things that matter in game, like frags, # of secrets found, time to complete a level in single play or co-op play, hit/miss shot percentages, battles won, etc. ARE ALL TRACKED in a universal BLOOD database that can be accessed by users and the information displayed
<jacehall> Now imagine that this database can not be cheated or hacked so you know that the information in it is always accurate
<jacehall> Now imagine tournaments of every kind that the community can have. From who can play levels the fastest, to who is the best at bloodbath, etc.
<jacehall> and all the records are accurate
<jacehall> Certainly, anyone can make maps and levels for general use that dont get tracked, but imagine being able to submit your level into the system and have it be part of the official available set...
<jacehall> Imagine the CTF tournaments and etc. all of which can be part of a total blood gameplay experience
<jacehall> Suddenly, if you are investing a lot of time and skill into Blood, you can be recognized for it.
<jacehall> Achievements can be set and clans can have official skins
<jacehall> so imagine now playing single player and having your achievements there be reflected in the database so other single players can try to compete with your accomplishments
<jacehall> Ok. so now lets talk about source code
<jacehall> when source code is released in enables cheating/hacking greatly
<jacehall> especially for something like what I described
<jacehall> When source gets released, it can sometimes really cause a community to break into small factions for all the different versions. This is what happened to DOOM
<jacehall> Well, these are the thoughts I have about Blood....
<jacehall> I will eventually figure it out...
<jacehall> but at least you can know that there may be more hope for Blood still. I've always loved the game.
<jacehall> please share what I have said with the community here. I am interested in hearing what everyone has to say...
<jacehall> thanks guys.
<jacehall> Stay great!
Full conversation transcript links: without timestamps (easiest to read), with timestamps.
So, what does the community think? Please read the full transcript, and let's hear some feedback!