Posted by Riezner (417 posts) - - Show Bio

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 Lebowski, Napoleon Dynamite, Independence 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 Mercy_ (92695 posts) - - Show Bio

This is sick, dude. 

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#2 Posted by Red L.A.M.P. (2828 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm kinda of surprised more CV users don't complete the quests though.  Screened has way way less people but they do almost half as many quest completions?  Thoughts?

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#3 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio
@Red L.A.M.P.:
The Quests here are great.  However I think  Comic Vine Quests of late have been a bit more reliant on searching through Volumes and Issues, which  I personally enjoy, but think perhaps it may be a bit too time consuming for some Viners.  Just an observation via PM's and comments.  Sometimes they can prove to be too challenging; some of us like it but I don't think that many Viners have that much patience.   I mean, Comic Vine is about comics, yes, but sometimes the searches can be lengthy.   Just a minor critique and I could be wrong with that observation.
 
#4 Posted by Mercy_ (92695 posts) - - Show Bio
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
" I'm kinda of surprised more CV users don't complete the quests though.  Screened has way way less people but they do almost half as many quest completions?  Thoughts? "
I have been keeping track of how many people make the goal for the past few quest sets. Data here. 
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#5 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress:
That's impressive you took the time and effort to compile that info.  I think though some of the Quests are purposely a bit more challenging and have to be for the ones where 1,000 XP are offered if 500 ( or more) Viners complete them.   It would be nice if more Viners could complete the Quests where the XP are offered.   
 
#6 Posted by leokearon (1803 posts) - - Show Bio

Great work, of course I have a couple of ideas for quests so I might PM them later.
#7 Posted by Mercy_ (92695 posts) - - Show Bio
@Decept-O said:
" @The Dark Huntress: That's impressive you took the time and effort to compile that info.  I think though some of the Quests are purposely a bit more challenging and have to be for the ones where 1,000 XP are offered if 500 ( or more) Viners complete them.   It would be nice if more Viners could complete the Quests where the XP are offered.     "
I started doing it after we had a goal of like 1000 and about ten percent finished. Of course, it was one of the hardest quest sets to date. Staff (surprisingly enough) took the suggestions and have set goals from 500-600 people since then. We've met nearly every goal. 
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#8 Posted by Neverpraying (1465 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting.

#9 Posted by ComicMan24 (147091 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of the quests here lately have been completed. That is because the expectations have been lowered. Some of the older quests needed a large amount of users to be done like a 1000 or 1500 users which was never happening and other quests had very little time to be completed. Now things are a lot better.

#10 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress:
The power of the people!  Bwa Ha Ha!  That's awesome.  The Staff members of Comic Vine are pretty swanky.
#11 Posted by Caligula (12417 posts) - - Show Bio
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
" I'm kinda of surprised more CV users don't complete the quests though.  Screened has way way less people but they do almost half as many quest completions?  Thoughts? "
Most Viners are very silent and come more so for the news and releases. Also the ComicVine quests I imagine are tough and lengthy for the average or casual comic readers.
#12 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38849 posts) - - Show Bio
@Decept-O said:
" @Red L.A.M.P.: The Quests here are great.  However I think  Comic Vine Quests of late have been a bit more reliant on searching through Volumes and Issues, which  I personally enjoy, but think perhaps it may be a bit too time consuming for some Viners.  Just an observation via PM's and comments.  Sometimes they can prove to be too challenging; some of us like it but I don't think that many Viners have that much patience.   I mean, Comic Vine is about comics, yes, but sometimes the searches can be lengthy.   Just a minor critique and I could be wrong with that observation.   "
^ This. Also the quests that involve watching a lot of videos can be discouraging
#13 Posted by Riezner (417 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress: This is awesome. Thank you so much! 
@TheGoldenOne: We've heard the video Quest complaint quite a lot - I'm going to start weening Quests off of video steps. 
#14 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio
@TheGoldenOne:

Yes, I agree about the video watching Quests.  I don't mind watching the videos again but the videos that are lengthy can sway some Viners away.  I know these are meant for the site's benefit but its just the lengthy videos that can be challenging to my patience, especially when I've already seen them.  Hope that doesn't seem like I am griping too much.
#15 Posted by Red L.A.M.P. (2828 posts) - - Show Bio
@Caligula:  I'd disagree with you about most viners being silent.  CV has the best participation in forums and wiki out of all of our sites.   
 
@TheGoldenOne: @Decept-O: @TheGoldenOne said:
" @Decept-O said:
" @Red L.A.M.P.: The Quests here are great.  However I think  Comic Vine Quests of late have been a bit more reliant on searching through Volumes and Issues, which  I personally enjoy, but think perhaps it may be a bit too time consuming for some Viners.  Just an observation via PM's and comments.  Sometimes they can prove to be too challenging; some of us like it but I don't think that many Viners have that much patience.   I mean, Comic Vine is about comics, yes, but sometimes the searches can be lengthy.   Just a minor critique and I could be wrong with that observation.   "
^ This. Also the quests that involve watching a lot of videos can be discouraging "
Good feedback.  Yet again, I cant imagine it being too time consuming for viners.  Comic VIne has the HIGHEST time on site per user out of all of our sites, over 6 minutes average per person.
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#16 Posted by ComicMan24 (147091 posts) - - Show Bio
@Decept-O said:
" @TheGoldenOne: Yes, I agree about the video watching Quests.  I don't mind watching the videos again but the videos that are lengthy can sway some Viners away.  I know these are meant for the site's benefit but its just the lengthy videos that can be challenging to my patience, especially when I've already seen them.  Hope that doesn't seem like I am griping too much. "
I agree with this. Plus a lot of Viners say that a lot of times video related quests can be glitchy.
#17 Posted by Caligula (12417 posts) - - Show Bio
@Red L.A.M.P.: there are a large number Alt.Accounts that people don't use or rarely use. and yes there is a large active number. but if you go to the list of users and view their pages the majority have fewer than 20 or 30 posts and 0 wiki points.
 
Not saying it's not an active community. because it very much is active. I just think there are plenty of viners that come more so for the News and updates on their favorite titles and such.
#18 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38849 posts) - - Show Bio
@ComicMan24 said:
" @Decept-O said:
" @TheGoldenOne: Yes, I agree about the video watching Quests.  I don't mind watching the videos again but the videos that are lengthy can sway some Viners away.  I know these are meant for the site's benefit but its just the lengthy videos that can be challenging to my patience, especially when I've already seen them.  Hope that doesn't seem like I am griping too much. "
I agree with this. Plus a lot of Viners say that a lot of times video related quests can be glitchy. "

True. The Video quests can be glitchy
#19 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio
@Red L.A.M.P.:
Personally I don't mind this part of Quests, hunting for the issues and volumes.  I like it.   

However, based on the "Kirb Your Enthusiasm" Quest, there were a number of comments and messages concerning the back issue and volume hunting portion of that Quest.  I guess it is up to each Viner and this observation is based on comment and convos.   
 
Just to add, having a theme, for me, is a lot of fun.  I know the Quests are often centered around the latest comic book story arc or relevant character, but having a  Quest or two that is a bit more "loose" for lack of a better term would be great.   Something that isn't necessarily centered around the latest character or story arc ( like Human Torch dying, Batman RIP,  etc.) is a nice departure.
 
Minor criticisms, I still love these addictive Quests!
#20 Posted by Red L.A.M.P. (2828 posts) - - Show Bio
@ComicMan24 said:
" @Decept-O said:
" @TheGoldenOne: Yes, I agree about the video watching Quests.  I don't mind watching the videos again but the videos that are lengthy can sway some Viners away.  I know these are meant for the site's benefit but its just the lengthy videos that can be challenging to my patience, especially when I've already seen them.  Hope that doesn't seem like I am griping too much. "
I agree with this. Plus a lot of Viners say that a lot of times video related quests can be glitchy. "
I agree with this. 
 
@Caligula said:
" @Red L.A.M.P.: there are a large number Alt.Accounts that people don't use or rarely use. and yes there is a large active number. but if you go to the list of users and view their pages the majority have fewer than 20 or 30 posts and 0 wiki points.  Not saying it's not an active community. because it very much is active. I just think there are plenty of viners that come more so for the News and updates on their favorite titles and such. "
That's normal for all sites, the vast majority are lurkers.  I know what you mean.  But honestly of the people who are active here, they do vastly more then on the other sites.
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#21 Posted by Caligula (12417 posts) - - Show Bio
@Red L.A.M.P.: totaly ComicVine is the best of all the Whiskey sites. and I think it's the Hardcore dedication of these active users to make it a better site. Also helps that we have the best staff :D
#22 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio

@Red L.A.M.P.:
Regarding  those of us who are active here and do more than on the other sites, it is because Comic Viners are the bees knees.  ( just wanted to use that expression )

#23 Posted by Decept-O (7277 posts) - - Show Bio
@Caligula:
I don't frequent the other sites as much but I am on Screened when I have the time.  The Staff and Mods on Screened are pretty darn awesome as well,  even when I've said asinine things they've been great.   
Yet I agree Comic Vine Staff and Mods are very proactive with those of us who utilize the Comic Vine site, whether we are paying members or not.   
#24 Posted by Caligula (12417 posts) - - Show Bio
@Decept-O said:
" @Caligula: I don't frequent the other sites as much but I am on Screened when I have the time.  The Staff and Mods on Screened are pretty darn awesome as well,  even when I've said asinine things they've been great.   Yet I agree Comic Vine Staff and Mods are very proactive with those of us who utilize the Comic Vine site, whether we are paying members or not.    "
that's what I mean. the Staff of the other sites are great as well. But ComicVine's staff really invest in the individuals in the community. Although Brad and Alex win me over on GiantBomb and Screened respectively they are very witty. All of the Whiskey Media staff are great guys and Gals.
#25 Posted by Mercy_ (92695 posts) - - Show Bio
@Riezner No problem. ^__^
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