Okay, I admit it. I’m lazy. I hate doing chores around the house. I’m really good at finding excuses not to do them until they get to the point where even I can’t stand having them undone anymore. I think I might grow up someday…maybe.
I’m also a gamer. I used to play D&D and Shadowrun, I’m a WoW addict, and I love video game RPGs.
So imagine my amusement yesterday when a columnist in my local paper linked to a site called “Chore Wars,” where you can create an “adventuring party” out of the people in your household and put up a list of chores that need to be done, complete with experience points, stat bonuses, and optional wandering monsters and treasure! Of course I immediately went off and signed up, recruited my spouse for my adventuring party, and I’m already claiming XP for doing things around the house! You define the quests–how much XP they’re worth, whether there’s a chance of monsters and/or treasure and the type of each (for instance, my “clean cat boxes” chore has the chance of encountering a “breaded cat doot” monster. I encountered one last night and the battle was quite epic, I assure you! :D)
Yeah, it’s a silly site. I have absolutely no connection to it, but I’ve actually been kind of thinking of trying to motivate myself to do things by making it into a WoW-style “quest” system. This is something similar, but I don’t have to do the work.
http://www.chorewars.com if you want to check it out. It’s free and they don’t ask for much information.