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Storytellers are Habitica contributors who write text for quests and submit their work to the Habitica Quests Trello Board.

Becoming a StorytellerEdit

If you would like to contribute to Habitica as a Storyteller, please read the instructions first. Due to the large supply of accepted artwork, quests are created based on existing artwork, barring special circumstances.

Submission GuidelinesEdit

When submitting your work, include your User ID. This will save time if your text is accepted as the final choice.

It can take quite a long time between submitting quest text and having the quest launch, since Habitica usually only releases one or two quests a month. To maximize the chances of your text getting accepted, submit quest text for all of the open pending quests, and watch out for announcements that new quests are open for submission.

Once quest text for a pet quest is accepted, it will generally go live within about a month. Equipment texts and mini bosses take longer to go live, since they have to be scheduled separately.

Habitica Quests Trello BoardEdit

Main article: Habitica Quests Trello Board

Aspiring Storytellers must have a Trello account to post comments and submit finalized quest text. To add quest text, first read the relevant Guidelines card (first card in each column) to understand the intricacies of writing for that quest type. Then choose a card that is not archived (does not already have quest text selected for Habitica), and add your text as a comment. Comments on other Storytellers' ideas can also be added.

Quest IdeasEdit

If you have an idea for a quest without existing artwork or suggestions for different quest mechanics, that's okay! Please add it to the Awesome Ideas/General Discussion card. But, be forewarned that it's unlikely to be implemented (at least not for a very long time).

Contributor Tier ProcessEdit

Text for one quest is enough for the first tier. Subsequent tiers require more quests. If a final quest combines contributions from two or more people, they each get partial credit for that quest.

Tips and TechniquesEdit

  • To maximize the chances of your text getting accepted, submit quest text for all of the open pending quests, and watch out for announcements that new quests are open for submission.
  • Try to write quests that enrich the world of Habitica. Some good ways to do this include tying the quest to a pre-existing place, creating a new place that fits our general conventions, and referencing pre-existing characters or events.
  • Include several references to artists! Usually, many artists are involved in the creation of a quest. It's a good idea to reference two or three in the main flavor text and another in the completion text.
  • Don't forget to include references to Habitica's task-management side in addition to its game side.

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