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Tips & Tricks: Organizing Your Quest Log

The astute adventurer will realize that, in the Quest Log, alphabetical order reigns supreme. While this can be useful for overall organization, it can also be frustrating when you have a series of tasks that need to be completed in order, but are scattered all over your quest log by the whims of the alphabet.

But until we get a fully re-orderable quest log up and running (it’s in the works, we promise!), alphabetical order is secretly your GREATEST ALLY. Because, although it might not SEEM like it, alphabetical order actually gives you a great deal of control about where tasks appear in your Quest Log. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to take your Quest Log organization to the next level!

(NOTE: all of the tricks I’m going to talk about in this post work for tasks, quests, and odysseys. For the sake of brevity, rather than typing tasks/quests/odysseys every time, I’m just going to say “tasks.” Cool? Cool.)

  • To make tasks appear in a specific order, just add numbers in front of them! BUT if your list is going to have more than nine tasks, make sure you number like this: 01, 02, 03… 10, 11, 12, &etc. This will keep your list in the order you want it. Click here to see an example of good numbering versus troubled numbering.
  • To bump a task to the very top of your quest log, add a space before the task name. You won’t be able to SEE the space, but it will affect the alphabetical hierarchy. The more spaces you add, the higher up in the hierarchy you bump the task: tasks with five spaces will appear above tasks with four spaces, which will appear above tasks with three spaces, and so on. Here’s an example of using spaces to organize your Quest Log.
  • Another method for bumping a task up in the quest log is to use a symbol before the task name. The more symbols, the higher up the list a task will appear. Note: different symbols have different places in the alphabetical hierarchy, as seen in the graphic below. Also, beware of ^ and _ (underscore), because these symbols will actually bump your task to the BOTTOM of the quest log! For a somewhat ridiculously comprehensive look at how symbols can help you organize your tasks, click here.
  • Tasks that are unaffiliated with any quest or odyssey will ALWAYS appear at the very top of the quest log. If you want to keep something RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, keeping the task unaffiliated might be your best option. You can always go back and add it to a quest later on.

With these tips and tricks added to your adventurer’s kit, you’re ready to take on anything the world can throw at you!

Challenge Accepted’s Financial Health & Wellness

Hey all! D#2 here to talk a little bit about a thrilling subject: Challenge Accepted’s finances! (I planned to have this post finished around our first birthday back in early December, but then… the holidays happened. /o/ SORRY.) My goal with this post is to be transparent about a) what it costs to run a site like Challenge Accepted and b) exactly what we do with the money (donations + ad revenue) we take in. It’s gonna be THRILLING, so BUCKLE UP.

(Note: this got long. Sorry.)

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Default Skills/Attributes for Quests and Odysseys

You can now set default skills/attributes for any quest or odyssey, via the quest/odyssey management page. These skills/attributes will apply to all tasks in a given quest/odyssey!

…That’s a lot of forward slashes. To sum up: the quest and odyssey management pages now have dropdown menus for “default skill” and “default odyssey”. (Note: these menus only appear on the management pages for quests/odysseys post-creation.) These are optional—you do not need to set a default skill/attribute for any quest or odyssey in order to use it! But if ALL of the tasks under your “Housekeeping” quest end up with the “cleansing” skill or the “strength” attribute, then you can select those as the defaults and save yourself some time!

The defaults are cascading—default skills/attributes set for an odyssey will apply to all tasks under all quests under that odyssey… unless any of those quests have their OWN default skills/attributes, in which case, tasks under that quest will have those defaults. And you can continue to set the skills/attributes for individual tasks within a quest just like always.

We’ve got a number of tweaks/improvements for the quest log coming down the line: keep your eyes open! And watch this space (or our Twitter, or our Facebook, or our Tumblr) for updates!

This Week’s Raz Challenge: Finish Something!

This week’s challenge is deceptively simple. So simple, in fact, that we’re not even providing you with any resources and suggestions for completing it. That’s because this week’s challenge is intensely personal. It’s going to mean something completely different to every adventurer who undertakes it.

This week, Raz challenges you to finish something.

There is a task, or even a quest, that you are on the cusp of completing. Maybe it’s something very small that you’ve just been putting off completing. Maybe it’s something big that requires one last push. Or maybe it’s something you haven’t even started, for whatever reason—a lack of deadline, fear of the unknown—that’s just sitting there in your Quest Log, waiting.

Finish it. Break it down into simple steps, and finish it. Put aside your excuses*, and finish it. You can do this. You WILL do this. And when it’s done, the trumpets will sound your triumph!

(*Note: “excuses” are different than “reasons”. If you haven’t finished building that grandfather clock you’ve been working on because you have a broken arm, maybe pick something different to finish for this week’s challenge.)

What are you going to finish this week? Share your quests on Twitter or Facebook!

Do you accept this week’s Raz Challenge? Head to the Challenge Page and add it to your Quest Log!

Welcome Packet

Hello, new adventurers! Your swords are shining, your armor is polished, and you’re ready to do battle against the forces of procrastination and anti-productivity. For your consideration, we’ve put together this helpful welcome packet.

 

  • You should probably follow us on Twitter! That’s where we post site news as it happens, plus useful tips and links to resources we find helpful/interesting. It’s also a surefire way of quickly getting in touch with somebody from the Dev Team, because both of us basically live on Twitter. We are also on Tumblr and Facebook.
  • Have a BURNING question? There may already be an answer in our handy-dandy FAQ! We update it fairly regularly with new information.
  • If you find yourself confused, you can always go back and re-read GetYeDone 101. The rest of the Hero Handbook might also be helpful!
  • Curious about our development plans? Check out the official Challenge Accepted Trello board!
  • We agree with you! A mobile app would be awesome, and it’s definitely something we’re considering, but there’s a lot of other stuff we want to tackle first. (That said, if you or any of your pals is a mobile developer, give us a shout and we’ll talk.)
  • The Dev Team run this site for fun, in our spare time. We don’t make any money off of it, and we rely pretty much entirely on donations to cover things like hosting costs. If you like the site, why not consider making a donation to help us with those expenses? That would be cool of you.

Cheers,
The Dev Team