Quest Creator Weekly: Improved Publishing

Writers,

This week's update lays the foundation for exciting updates in the weeks to come.

What is it? A new, streamlined quest publishing system! Now, when you hit "Publish", you'll see this:

create-your-own-adventure-choose-your-own.jpg

Rather than having to try and remember that it's "mintimeminutes: 20" to specify your quest run time, you now just select "20" from the dropdown. 

This lays the groundwork for the next update: allowing you to tag your quest with a genre, mood and content rating. (for example, a "Science Fiction comedy that's ages 13+"). Then, once most quests have been tagged, we'll enable users to search by genre, mood and content rating, so that they can find the perfect quest for their mood and audience!

We also added a helpful little notification to the bottom of the Quest Creator to make it easier to stay up to date on the latest version (you'll need to refresh your page to enable it):

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That's all for this week - we can't wait to play the adventures you're working on for this month's Quest Writing Contest!

- Todd & Scott

Quest Creator Weekly: Big Contest! Quest Notes!

Quest Creators,

Expedition recently passed 2,000 adventurers playing your quests around the world, and growing every day!

New Contest

We've heard your feedback: One week just isn't enough time to write and playtest an amazing quest. Which is why our next contest will be three weeks long, ending at the end of the month (May 31st at midnight Eastern). And, we'll be awarding prizes to three winners! Each winner will get to choose between a free copy of Expedition OR a dinner + adventure with us at GenCon. (travel + lodgings not included). The theme is "urban chaos" - whether it's corrupt politics, free markets running free, or citizens protesting the smell of the new deer jerky vendor, there's always something afoot in the city / town / village.

To be eligible to win, simply write and publish a quest in the Quest Creator before May 31st at midnight.

We're also having a quest writing night in Pittsburgh, PA this Saturday from 4-8pm. If you'd like to come, email Todd@Fabricate.io for the details.

This Week's Winner

This week, we saw two great new quests - Armageddon Throne (Worldbreaker #1) and Magus Duron (the epic conclusion to the Landfaria Chronicles). It was a tough call - Greg Miller and JanoNath both did an amazing job. But, we had to pick a winner - congratulations, Greg Miller for your epic Armageddon Throne! Your harrowing tale of mountain climbing, combined with several clever new mechanics, kept us on our toes the entire adventure.

New Features

We're excited to share a new feature that'll make it easier for you to write longer storylines: Notes! In the bottom bar of the Quest Creator, there's now a new "Notes" tab that lets you save and access private notes on the story without disrupting your current position in the story. Just as with the main quest editor, this is collaborative and supports multiple browsers editing it at once.

Also, Scott and I recently did a big planning spree for the app and quest creator. If you want to see what new features and fixes we have planned for the next two months, check out their issues pages (app; quest creator). Also feel free to add issues if you have ideas or have seen bugs!

 

Until next week,

Todd & Scott

Expedition Monthly: New quests, features and more

Adventurers,

It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since the Kickstarter! In that time, Expedition's transformed from a black-and-white print-at-home game to a professionally printed game with nearly two dozen community-written quests (and growing rapidly!). Thank you so much for your support, and we can't wait to see how far we can go in the next year!

New Quests

This month saw several great new quests:

  • This week's Quest Writing Winner, Gotta Get There in Time by Chris Merkel. Congrats, Chris!
  • The Dread Apprentice Chapter 1 by Greg Miller
  • Azure Agents Chapters 1 and 2 by Graphite Helix
  • An Expedition to the Past by Todd Medema
  • Stormin' the Castle by Greg Miller

We're excited to see so many quest authors creating epic stories and worlds with multiple chapters.

Quest Writing Contest

Speaking of quest writing, this week's Quest Writing Contest theme is Man vs Nature. Don't limit yourself to man always winning, and remember that it doesn't always have to be a contest of strength ;)

Want a chance to win a free copy of Expedition and the praise of adventurers around the world? Write an adventure using the Expedition Quest Creator and submit it by this Sunday at midnight EST. It's almost as easy as writing in Microsoft Word!

Second Printing

We're thrilled to announce that we're working on a second print run of Expedition. We still can't believe that we've almost sold out just five months after we started shipping!

We're expecting the new copies to arrive in time for our booth at GenCon in August. If you can't wait until then, make sure to buy your copy of Expedition before they sell out!

New Features

Scott and I spent the month improving the code to better support quest writers and all of the new quests coming out. Now that we have so many quests available, we'll be spending this next month building new search and discovery tools to make it easier for you to find and enjoy your next adventure.

Until next month,

Todd & Scott

Quest Creator Weekly: Improved Design and Example Conversation

Creators,

This week's updates: win a copy, improved design and an example of how to implement a conversation!

Win a copy

As a reminder, we're giving away a free copy of Expedition to the best quest each week.

This week's theme: time travel

There were no submissions this past week (make sure to hit "Publish" to make it visible!), so nobody won a copy. If you've been thinking about writing a quest, or just have a few finishing touches to put on your quest, this week's a great time to do it! Published quests are due by Sunday at midnight EST.

Improved Design

This week, we updated the Quest Creator experience. Now, when you visit the main page, you're greeted with a much more comprehensive homepage that matches the theme of the Expedition website. Over the coming weeks, we'll be continuing to implement new design improvements and features to make your experience easier and more enjoyable.

Also - we'd love to hear what you think about the new homepage. If anything's unclear, or we could do a better job explaining something, let us know at Expedition@Fabricate.io!

Example Conversation

Here's a quick tutorial on a cool technique you can use to make your next quest even more awesome:

From one of our recent award-winning quests, here's an example of a dynamic conversation (or market, or exploring sequence) where each path may only be taken once. Shout out to Daniel Riddle for sharing this technique with us!

_Conversation_ (#conversationSetup)

// variables that were set during your adventuring

{{sawMagic = true}}

{{haveKey = false}}

You walk into the room and nod to the mage.

_Conversation_ (#conversation)

You prepare to ask the mage a question:

* {{sawMagic == true & _.viewCount("magicQuestion") == 0}} So, how about that magic?

        _About the magic_ (#magicQuestion)

        *silence*

        **goto conversation**

* {{haveKey == true & _.viewCount("keyQuestion") == 0}} What is this key for?

        _About the key_ (#keyQuestion)

        "That's for a door", he says.

        **goto conversation**

_Carrying On_

Having run out of questions, you leave the room.

 

Until next week,

Todd & Scott

 

Quest Creator Weekly: Collaborative editing and our first weekly winner!

Storytellers,

We're excited to announce that Azure Agents Chapter 1 by GraphiteHelix is our first weekly quest winner! Congratulations to GraphiteHelix on winning a free copy of Expedition - and make sure to check it out on your next adventure!

Win a copy

You have until this Saturday at midnight EST to submit a quest to be eligible for this week's contest and have a chance at winning a free copy of Expedition. May the best quest win!

Collaborative Editing

Did you know that the Quest Creator supports sharing and collaborative editing? Simply share the quest's Google Doc with a friend, and both of you can work on it at the same time, just like Google Docs! This feature is still in beta, so if you run into any bugs (or have any suggestions on how we can improve it) please email us at Expedition@Fabricate.io!

 

Adventure onwards,

Todd & Scott

New features & quests, win a copy, and the future of Expedition!

Adventurers,

Several exciting updates this month!

  • Unveiling the future of Expedition
  • Announcing the award-winning new quests from Quest Quest 2
  • How to win a copy of Expedition
  • Improved combat rules
  • New features and fixes for the app

The Future of Expedition

We've been listening to your favorite parts of Expedition and it keeps coming back to this: a game that's endlessly replayable, with new and interesting content every time you play. And we agree!

Which is why, starting today, our official vision for Expedition is to create the world's best library of quests and adventures. With new quests every week and a large collection of high-quality adventures, there'll always be something new to play!

Over the next few months, we'll be working hard to make this vision a reality for you:

  • Each week, we're giving away a free copy of Expedition to the best new quest written in the Quest Creator (see below for more details).
  • Upcoming features like family-friendly quests, ratings and reviews will make it easier for you to discover and enjoy the best quests.
  • You'll be able to pay what you want - and only what you want - for quests. For people who want to play great quests, this gives you the chance to support creators on your own terms. For quest writers, this gives you the financial support to build amazing quests. All while keeping Expedition ad-free and open source.

New Quests & Winners

For the past two months, amazing community members like yourself have been hard at work crafting adventures that are now available for your enjoyment.

First of all, thank you to everyone who participated in Quest Quest 2! If we had enough battleaxes, we'd ship one to every single one of you. But, alas, battleaxes are in short supply these days and we could only pick three winners.

As a reminder, the categories:

  • Adventurer vs Adventurer - Two teams fighting each other? An evil mastermind? Secret identities and a hidden traitor? You decide!
  • Most Dynamic Quest - The quest that responds the most to user input with branching and dynamic choices with real consequences.
  • Crowd Favorite - The quest that receives the highest ratings from users.

And, without further ado, the winners:

  • Adventurer vs Adventurer: Unlife of the Party by Daniel Riddle. An enchanting party whose twists and turns are best discovered with 3-5 friends!
  • Most Dynamic Quest: Legend of the Mystics by Cory Smith. All we can say is... wow. Cory singlehandedly developed several really cool mechanics, including his own shopping and inventory system!
  • Crowd Favorite: (L.C. #2) The Tournament by JanoNath. The second in the Landfaria Chronicles series, you'll participate in the big annual tournament....and perhaps uncover some dark secrets.
  • Honorable Mention: Stormin' the Castle by Greg Miller. We're out of battle axes, but we'd be remiss to not applaud Greg's veritably verbose vocabulary and Monty Python-worthy jokes.

Congratulations, winners! We'll be in touch shortly to sort out prizes.

Win a copy of Expedition

Enjoyed writing for Quest Quest 2? Inspired to try your hand at telling a story? Now's the perfect time. For the next several months we aren't having just one contest... we're having a contest every week! Each week, the best new quest will win a free copy of Expedition!

The clock starts this Sunday at midnight! Don't wait, get started writing your first quest today at Quests.ExpeditionGame.com. If you have any questions or run into any issues, you can email Todd directly at Todd@Fabricate.io.

(Note that you don't have to write the quest in less than a week - your quest will just be judged the week it's published. "Best" will be judged by a combination of Scott and I, and user reviews. Ties will be broken by playtesters. Each user may submit up to one quest per week, and may win multiple weeks.)

Rules Improvement

Ever feel like you're playing the same ability or two over and over, especially at the start of a quest? Thanks to continued feedback from the community, we've made a refinement that helps prevent this. Now:

  • When you play an ability, discard it.
  • Each round, re-shuffle all abilities except those discarded.
  • Once you have less than three abilities in your draw pile, shuffle in your discard pile.

We've also updated the combat rules in the app to reflect this improvement.

New App Features

Since last month, we've rolled out several improvements to your Expedition experience:

  • Added new featured quest: Dungeon Crawl
  • Added the ability to rate, review and report quests
  • Optimized the web app to load 50% faster
  • Built several new tools for quest creators, such as the ability to selectively award loot and abilities after combat (for example, so that you don't draw more loot right before the end of a quest)
  • Fixed a bug where left / right arrows were too small, making them hard to tap on mobile devices.
  • Improved the UI for large devices and tablets.

Thank you again for your support! As the first open source cards + app tabletop game, all of these improvements are driven by the community: app bug reports and feature requests on GitHub, quests written in the Quest Creator,  discussions held in the Subreddit.

As a reminder, if you enjoy Expedition, please consider rating it on Amazon and BoardGameGeek to help increase its visibility and grow the community!

Here's to a future full of adventure,

Todd & Scott

Quest Creator Weekly: Quest Quest extended until tonight!

Adventure Crafters,

We've decided to extend the Quest Quest 2 deadline until tonight at midnight.

For those who submitted on time: we've sent you feedback on your quest (if we missed yours, please let us know at Expedition@Fabricate.io) and we want to give you the opportunity to work on them a bit more before they go out for judging.

For those who missed the deadline, you can still submit by tonight!

This is not an April Fool's joke :)

When you hear from us next week, we'll have winners to announce!

Todd & Scott

Quest Creator Weekly: New Features!

Quest Creators,

Just in time for the last week of Quest Quest 2, we have two new features! As a reminder, Quest Quest 2 ends this Friday at midnight, so make sure to publish your quests before then.

Family Friendly

Many members of the Expedition community are parents playing with their kids. For them, playing community quests has been a risk... they don't know what they're about to play, and if it'll be appropriate for their kids.

No longer! Now, creators like yourself can include "familyfriendly: true" as part of the top metadata section. With this, parents will be able to search specifically for family friendly quests (we'll be rolling out the app functionality soon; we wanted to give you some time to update your quests before rolling this out to users).

Learn more about what it takes to make a quest family friendly here.

Please use this flag considerately. Users will be able to report quests for being inappropriate. We will review each case by hand, providing meaningful feedback and a chance for the creator to fix the mistake. Consistent and purposeful violation of this flag will not be tolerated: it is important to the community and our players that Expedition be fun for adventurers of all ages. (Note that you can still publish more mature and complex quests so long as you don't set familyfriendly to true).

Counting views

We've seen many quests do interesting things with a simple idea: if you've seen a specific card before, change your choices. For example, if you're in a conversation and have already asked someone "Who are you?", no longer show that option.

We've created a new and improved way to do this that also gives you more power! With _.viewCount("cardId"), you can get the number of times the card with that specific ID has been viewed. This makes it much easier to create conversations:

_Conversation loop (#conversation)_
You prepare to ask John a question...
* {{_.viewCount("question1") == 0}} Question 1
  _Question 1 (#question1)_
  His answer
  **goto conversation**
* {{_.viewCount("question2") == 0}} Question 2
  _Question 2 (#question2)_
  His answer
  **goto conversation**
* Leave
  _Leave_
  You leave the conversation and the loop

viewCount("cardId") also unlocks powerful new adventure and puzzle possibilities. For example, you could set up a lockpicking loop where, if the user's attempted it three times, their lockpick breaks and they are forced to try something else. Or, if they're walking through a maze and find themselves back in a place they've been before, you could subtly hint to the user "This looks familiar...". Note that you must use double quotes ("), not single quotes (') when referencing the card ID.

As always, you can learn about these and other Quest Creator features in the Quest Creator help.

We can't wait to see what you create!

Todd & Scott