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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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Tasks and Errands

Let’s first look at the differences between these. Definitions are not standard from game to game, so I’m flying by the seat of my pants here. The simplest of quests are called tasks or errands because of the trivial nature of the work involved. Not all of the above steps are included.

These tasks and errands are usually FedEx quests. FedEx quests are the most straightforward and prevalent of all quests in computer games.

FedEx quests: Get their name because they resemble how Federal Express and other delivery services work in real life.

They are divided into three similar types:

The errand is a straightforward delivery or pickup. In one variation, the player is told by NPC1 to pick up an item from NPC2. In the second ...

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