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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

In the end, there is only The Task.

Challenge Accepted is a web-based app that turns your to-do list into a quest log, and turns you into a bold adventurer. Earn experience points for your real-life adventures by treating them like quests in your favorite role-playing games. Are you ready to join the battle?

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Quests

A quest is a collection of tasks that have a common goal. This goal can be either “concrete” or “abstract.”

Quests with concrete goals are measured by percentage complete. As you complete tasks, your completion percentage gets higher and higher. Once all the tasks in the quest have been accomplished, you attain 100%, and the quest is completed. Go, you!

A quest can also have an abstract goal. These are the quests for which “completion” is more difficult to define. Perhaps this quest is constantly changing, or expanding? Perhaps it takes place over an indefinite period of time? In these cases, you’ll want your quest to have an abstract goal. Abstract goals are measured by total amount of experience earned in pursuit of a particular quest.

Quests that have a common theme or goal can be collected as an odyssey.

Is your quest log bursting at the seems? Why not hide some of quests and odysseys by collapsing them? Click the minus sign (-) to the right of the quest/odyssey name. This will collapse the quest/odyssey, and only the name will be shown. Clicking the plus sign (+) that appears to the right of the collapsed quest/odyssey name will expand the quest/odyssey again.



Adventurer’s Tip #14

Here’s an example of a quest with a concrete goal. We’ll call the quest, “The Twelve Labors of Hercules.” This quest will contain, as you might expect, twelve individual tasks:

  1. Slay the Nemean Lion
  2. Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra
  3. Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis
  4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar
  5. Clean the Augean stables in a single day
  6. Slay the Stymphalian Birds
  7. Capture the Cretan Bull
  8. Steal the Mares of Diomedes
  9. Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons
  10. Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon
  11. Steal the apples of the Hesperides
  12. Capture and bring back Cerberus without using weapons

Once all twelve of these tasks are finished, the quest is done. The quest’s status changes to “completed,” it no longer appears in your active quest log, and you earn a gold star!

On the other hand, here’s an example of a quest with an abstract goal. This quest is called, “Household Chores.” At first, this quest only contains three tasks:

  • Clean the Kitchen
  • Vacuum the Living Room
  • Clean the Litter Box

However, say you complete the first two tasks, only to realize that the dining room needs to be swept. So you add that as a new task. Then you realize that the garbage needs taking out—that gets added to the list, too. By the time you’re done with all the new tasks, the kitchen needs to be cleaned again. A quest with an abstract goal has no defined “end” point: it might keep growing, changing, and replenishing itself forever. That’s why this type of quest is measured in terms of how much EXP you’ve earned by completed the quest’s tasks.


BONUS TIP:

It’s up to you what kind of goal a quest has! “Household Chores” might be an abstract goal, but “This Week’s Household Chores” might be a concrete one: you get to decide!