Announcing Quest Designer 1.0June 28th, 2013
We’re pleased to announce the arrival of version 1.0 of our flagship Quest configuration package Quest Designer for Windows computers. It’s available immediately on our downloads page. Quest Designer is the tool that box owner-masters use to configure and publish Quests.
The tool is used to configure a number of components of a Quest, including of course the “magic location” and the radius around it. You don’t need to plug in your Quest Box or even own one to design quests. Just launch the software and start clicking. The software uses an embedded Google map, so setting the location where your Quest Box will spring open is as simple as clicking on it. You can define how close the box needs to be to open by dragging the “radius” slider. Here, for example, we’ve configured a quest that opens within 48 meters of the center of the Eiffel Tower:
Time Enters the Picture!
But the really cool thing about the new Quest Designer is that Time now plays a key (though optional) role in a quest. Here, for example, when we look at the “Time Constraints” tab of our Paris Quest, we see that the Master has configured the box not to open until 8:00 am Paris on the morning of Bastille Day. Why did he do this? We don’t know, but we presume that he has planned for some exciting rendezvous. More on this in a subsequent article.
Inspecting Completed Quests
Another cool feature is that you can now dump completed or partially-completed quests from active Quest Boxes. Here, for example, is a real quest taken by two intrepid Austin-area Travelers in May, 2013. (Their quest ended at Austin’s famous Salt Lick Barbecue at precisely 7:00pm, at which time they were treated to a nice dinner and drinks. Fun!)
Try it out! Even if you don’t have a Quest Box yet, it’s fun to play with the software and practice configuring your own quests.