Abstract goals are measured by total amount of experience earned in pursuit of a particular quest.
A quest with an abstract goal is a quest for which “completion” is more difficult to define. Is your quest constantly changing or expanding? Does it take place over an indefinite period of time? In these cases, you might want your quest to have an abstract goal.
A quest with an abstract goal might make use of enduring tasks, since these tasks remain in active quest log no matter how many times they are completed.
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.
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!
Here’s an example of a quest with a concrete goal. We’ll call the quest, “The Five (Abridged) Labors of Hercules.” This quest will contain, as you might expect, five individual tasks:
- Slay the Nemean Lion
- Clean the Augean stables in a single day
- Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons
- Steal the apples of the Hesperides
- Capture and bring back Cerberus without using weapons
Once all five of these tasks are finished, Hercules attains 100% completion of the quest. Hooray!