Posted by Daniel (1523 posts) -

Quests have become pretty popular around the Whiskey Media sites since they were launched in April 2010. In case you haven't come across them - if you're a signed in member visiting the André the Giant page (and who isn't?) you can't miss them - then here's a little breakdown of some of the most popular Quests we ran in 2010.
 
Let's start off by looking at Screened.com. Still a relatively young site, the community has already filled in a mountain of information in the wiki. Whether it's dropping a massive amount of knowledge on some of the most minor of characters - no offense to any Grail Knights out there - or calling out video game fakery, the Screened community is killing it. And when they're not filling the wiki, the numbers show that they like to bounce around it. Here are some of the top Quests (by steps completed) we've run on Screened, with explanations of what the Quest was about below the graph. Total Set Completions are in parentheses next to that week's set title.
         

  •  A Longer Time Ago...(1,441)We had you hyper driving all over the Star Wars in this Quest. Based on the level of completions, it must have been either equivalent to, or easier than, shooting womp rats back at your respective home.
  • Bottom's Up (1,091)A nice little amalgam of a Quest about The Big LebowskiNapoleon DynamiteIndependence Day, and Dazed and Confused. Yeah, we're not quite sure what the link is there....Oh well.....QUESTS!
  • Art & Copy (439): We got all 1960s in this bitch with Don Draper and his ad agency that week to celebrate/mourn the season 4 finale.
  • Monster Mash (452): What better way to celebrate Halloween than remembering that the film industry is only a few misguided steps away from goin' up shit creek without a paddle.
  • November Grab-Bag! (515): Screened makes sure you're brushed up on your film knowledge before hitting the theater. We had you find some similar movies to that week's releases and check out the trailers. It was not a great week for film, and for that we are infinitely sorry to make you dwell on it through Quests.
  • Avada Kedavra (695): That new Harry Potter movie The Imprisoned Order of The Deathly Hallow's Stone came out that week and Ministry of Quests was all over it.
  • UnCaged (490): We celebrated America's greatest living actor
  • 12 Days of Whiskey (352): We rang in the holidays with a twelve day/step Quest of epic proportions. Shit got real. 

  Comic Vine, how do you like your Quests? 
  • Super Quest (1,450): We paid tribute to our favorite alien.
  • What's In a Name? (728): One of Comic Vine's members actually put this Quest together for us - we're always open to new ideas, PM me - and it was a great little world play of a Quest. 
  • The Buck Stops Here (809): Bucky Barnes got himself locked up in that week's Captain America title. We exploited the Winter Soldier's' plight by making a Quest. Whoops.
  • Monster Mash (1,077): We started this infestation of a Quest off with you having to find Patient 0 of the Marvel Zombies plague. 
  • All In The Family (1,081): This emotional bunch does not like missing out on Quests. You were brave to check out some of their pages.
  • Comic Book Cliches (1,208): We forced you to pack up your picnic and head into one hell of a dystopian future.
  • Spidey Sense (1,136): Bet you didn't know this existed.
  • Batmania (907): BatmanBatmanBatman.com was absolutely no help for this Quest.
  • 12 Days of Whiskey (355): Nothin' says Christmas like voids in space. Right?
 
Bring it on home for us Giant Bomb!
 
Well, we had quite a year in Quests last year, didn't we? It's all possible because you folks continue, day in and day out, to fill out our already massive wikis. Keep up the great work, and enjoy the Quests we're going to be rolling out in 2011! 

If you want to continue getting information about Quests, follow @whiskeyquests and/or me, @riezner on Twitter for updates. And always, major props to Coonce for working his engineering magic every week to make sure Quests work properly.  Many, many thanks to @TurboToaster for all her amazing artwork that really make these Quests hilarious and really come to life. You're awesome, Kat!
 
Ideas for future Quests? PM me!
#1 Posted by Daniel (1523 posts) -

Quests have become pretty popular around the Whiskey Media sites since they were launched in April 2010. In case you haven't come across them - if you're a signed in member visiting the André the Giant page (and who isn't?) you can't miss them - then here's a little breakdown of some of the most popular Quests we ran in 2010.
 
Let's start off by looking at Screened.com. Still a relatively young site, the community has already filled in a mountain of information in the wiki. Whether it's dropping a massive amount of knowledge on some of the most minor of characters - no offense to any Grail Knights out there - or calling out video game fakery, the Screened community is killing it. And when they're not filling the wiki, the numbers show that they like to bounce around it. Here are some of the top Quests (by steps completed) we've run on Screened, with explanations of what the Quest was about below the graph. Total Set Completions are in parentheses next to that week's set title.
         

  •  A Longer Time Ago...(1,441)We had you hyper driving all over the Star Wars in this Quest. Based on the level of completions, it must have been either equivalent to, or easier than, shooting womp rats back at your respective home.
  • Bottom's Up (1,091)A nice little amalgam of a Quest about The Big LebowskiNapoleon DynamiteIndependence Day, and Dazed and Confused. Yeah, we're not quite sure what the link is there....Oh well.....QUESTS!
  • Art & Copy (439): We got all 1960s in this bitch with Don Draper and his ad agency that week to celebrate/mourn the season 4 finale.
  • Monster Mash (452): What better way to celebrate Halloween than remembering that the film industry is only a few misguided steps away from goin' up shit creek without a paddle.
  • November Grab-Bag! (515): Screened makes sure you're brushed up on your film knowledge before hitting the theater. We had you find some similar movies to that week's releases and check out the trailers. It was not a great week for film, and for that we are infinitely sorry to make you dwell on it through Quests.
  • Avada Kedavra (695): That new Harry Potter movie The Imprisoned Order of The Deathly Hallow's Stone came out that week and Ministry of Quests was all over it.
  • UnCaged (490): We celebrated America's greatest living actor
  • 12 Days of Whiskey (352): We rang in the holidays with a twelve day/step Quest of epic proportions. Shit got real. 

  Comic Vine, how do you like your Quests? 
  • Super Quest (1,450): We paid tribute to our favorite alien.
  • What's In a Name? (728): One of Comic Vine's members actually put this Quest together for us - we're always open to new ideas, PM me - and it was a great little world play of a Quest. 
  • The Buck Stops Here (809): Bucky Barnes got himself locked up in that week's Captain America title. We exploited the Winter Soldier's' plight by making a Quest. Whoops.
  • Monster Mash (1,077): We started this infestation of a Quest off with you having to find Patient 0 of the Marvel Zombies plague. 
  • All In The Family (1,081): This emotional bunch does not like missing out on Quests. You were brave to check out some of their pages.
  • Comic Book Cliches (1,208): We forced you to pack up your picnic and head into one hell of a dystopian future.
  • Spidey Sense (1,136): Bet you didn't know this existed.
  • Batmania (907): BatmanBatmanBatman.com was absolutely no help for this Quest.
  • 12 Days of Whiskey (355): Nothin' says Christmas like voids in space. Right?
 
Bring it on home for us Giant Bomb!
 
Well, we had quite a year in Quests last year, didn't we? It's all possible because you folks continue, day in and day out, to fill out our already massive wikis. Keep up the great work, and enjoy the Quests we're going to be rolling out in 2011! 

If you want to continue getting information about Quests, follow @whiskeyquests and/or me, @riezner on Twitter for updates. And always, major props to Coonce for working his engineering magic every week to make sure Quests work properly.  Many, many thanks to @TurboToaster for all her amazing artwork that really make these Quests hilarious and really come to life. You're awesome, Kat!
 
Ideas for future Quests? PM me!
#2 Edited by ethan (776 posts) -

I see you didn't go with my suggestion for this blog post to be title:  "Questicles" 

#3 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10991 posts) -

The GB one almost looks like a heart-rate-meter-thingy. 

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#4 Posted by Daniel (1523 posts) -
@ethan: It made even less sense than my current title does. 
@MooseyMcMan: That's because Quests are the life line of our sites. Well, that's not true. Our sites run on unbridled joy.
#5 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -
@ethan said:
" I see you didn't go with my suggestion for the blog post title:  "Questicles"  "
Now I'm disappointed.
#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

What about a Giant Bomb meme quest set? Examples:
 

  • Visit the Boobs page. The icon is a picture of Jeff giving an ambivalent thumbs up.
  • Visit the anime page. The icon is somebody who's a jerk, but is also anime.
  • Look at the list of all the times Brad has pulled a Brad. The icon is Brad in a Grim Reaper cloak.
  • Visit the Wii Shop page. The icon is Jeff in a train, with a very pissed off robber baron Ryan tying girl Jeff on the tracks.
  • Visit the hentai page. The icon is a picture of some naked cartoon pussy. (You may wish to skip this one.)
  • Visit this page. Need I explain the icon?
#7 Posted by Pop (2631 posts) -

I'm amazed with the difference between GB and the other sites.

#8 Posted by ethan (776 posts) -
@Pop said:
" I'm amazed with the difference between GB and the other sites. "
Makes sense though, besides the size of the site, quests and games are pretty similar.
#9 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

Random fact; the Irish poet Samuel Beckett often gave André the Giant lifts to school when Beckett was living in France. 
 
Also, have you guys thought of anything interesting to do with your level or is that entirely superficial?

#10 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I've grown to like them. I like clicking on game pages and learning a little something along the way. Win, lose or draw, that's how I play.

#11 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (965 posts) -
@ethan said:
" I see you didn't go with my suggestion for this blog post to be title:  "Questicles"  "
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE
#12 Posted by TurboMan (7537 posts) -

Giant Bomb is getting some huge exposure due to it's amazing coverage of downloadable Wiiware games and DSiware games.... I think the quest system should make use of that fact.

#13 Posted by Disgaeamad (1342 posts) -

Remember when we were promised something for our image moderation efforts back in 2008? Think it's about time we got that reward.

#14 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -

Wow, this was a very interesting read on quests.......... perhaps I need to get back to doing them again. 

#15 Posted by ThatFrood (3375 posts) -

Questivus for the Restivus is a fucking great title. I love it. I'm making a donation to the People Fund because I like the title so much.

#16 Posted by Daniel (1523 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: Coonce is thinking up what level and upgrades mean in the big picture. He's a G, so I'd expect something good.
#17 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

Make it like a Bejeweled game. Clicks of three and don't forget the combos.

#18 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@Claude said:
" Make it like a Bejeweled game. Clicks of three and don't forget the combos. "
Make it more like Money Puzzle Exchanger, just to spite Alex :P.
#19 Edited by Claude (16254 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:

" @Claude said:

" Make it like a Bejeweled game. Clicks of three and don't forget the combos. "
Make it more like Money Puzzle Exchanger, just to spite Alex :P. "
RPG
#20 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@Claude: 
 
What does that even mean?
#21 Posted by Trace (3553 posts) -

I think I naturally have to come in here and say those graphs are awesome. You know, because they totally are. They're kind of deceptive at first, but then you look at the y-axis and see just how different the scale is for each site and their quests. It's pretty amazing.
 
Also interesting that Comic Vine maintains a pretty decent step completion overall in comparison to its spikes. Without any research to back it up, I'd say it's because those quest sets are probably the best-integrated quests of any Whiskey site. They're certainly my favorite, even if I don't complete many of them due to my lousy knowledge of comic book lore.

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#22 Posted by Mento (2540 posts) -

I know a couple of users that signed up on here and Screened that show up periodically for the quests. So they definitely boost site traffic.
 
Couple of subjective opinions, apropos of nothing and way too wordy: 
 
Videos are pretty important to the site and require a hell lot of work from the various WM staff to produce, which is duly appreciated by the visitors, but I find that attaching quests to them causes more trouble than its worth. If the video doesn't start or it craps out before it ends - which is usually caused by something on my end, I'll readily admit - it could still end without the quest popping for whatever reason. Considering also that this is the time where everyone chooses to watch the same thing because the quests just got uploaded, it can get pretty chaotic. So maybe less of those?
 
I much prefer the scavenger hunt ones that play on video game clichés (like the RPG monsters, though the bugbear continues to be infamous) or how many games have, say, a duck protagonist because ducks are way awesomer than penguins (deal with it), as those sorts of quests have plenty of routes to completion and it's kind of fun to see how everyone else got there.
 
P.S. I would totally suggest quests for, like, money. You could have a whole month of WM user quest submissions: The best quest ideas become real, posted on the relevant sites for a limited duration and the users who created them are rewarded bonus XP equal to how many people bothered to complete their quest.

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