Time Well Spent Quests

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 23-Mar-12 | 43 comments

Hourglass Quests

An occasional treat as you explore!
The hourglass and its associated “Time Well Spent” quests for the Explorer and Reporter classes are meant to be a fun “secondary quest/reward” as you explore news, game and profile pages on the site. They appear at random times and won’t necessarily show up all the time.

Questing suggestion: If you make the “Time Well Spent” quests your primary focus, they probably won’t be very fun, so we would encourage you to simply keep an eye out for them. Think Alice in Wonderland, where occasionally she’ll discover a potion or treat here and there 🙂

Where is the hourglass?
After you’ve been browsing a news, game or profile page for awhile an hourglass may appear. When it does, it will appear in the lower-right corner of your browser. Don’t wait too long to click on it because it disappears after 10 seconds.

Each time you click on an hourglass you will get a little XP reward. Even after you’ve completed the quests, the hourglasses will still appear, giving you XP when you click on them.

Below are descriptions of the Time Well Spent quests.

Time Well Spent - Games

Time Well Spent – Games

Explorer Quest
Click on the hourglass 100 times while browsing game pages

Time Well Spent - Profiles

Time Well Spent – Profiles

Explorer Quest
Click on the hourglass 100 times while browsing profile pages

Time Well Spent - News

Time Well Spent – News

Reporter Quest
Click on the hourglass 100 times while browsing news pages

Comments (15)

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Norway
BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
Copper Supporter

At last we get some info on this quest. I saw one once when I first logged on to boardgaming.com but haven’t seen them since and I was wondering how it worked. Thanks for the info, guys.

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Gamer - Level 3

thumbs up for getting a “time well spent” point reading about “time well spent” points.

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Count / Countess
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Cryptozoic Entertainment fan

@Legendary ST
I love it!
Thumbs up!

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Advanced Reviewer
It's All About Me
I'm a Real Person
I'm Completely Obsessed

Curse my speed reading and ADD! I sometimes feel like I’m waiting to click on something until the hourglass shows up, and then racing around to do something else. Which is why I don’t have enough of these yet!

I’d be calmer, but these are GAMES! If I can’t be way too excited about games, then what can I be excited about?

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USA
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Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

The best is when I’m watching a video and one comes up in the background… disappearing before I can shut the video down and click… click… click.

I’m waiting right now to get one…

… still waiting…

… still waiting…

… still waiting…

… still waiting…

… still waiting…

… still waiting…

Ah! Got you, you little HG!

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Novice Advisor
Knight
Baron / Baroness

This one was confusing for me too.. thanks for the clarification.. now to wait for my hour glass for this page… :]

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BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
US Army Service

Problem is that it usually takes about half that time to read news and profiles….timing on this needs to be cut just about in half. Case in point, read the article, read the reviews, posted….still no hourglass. Far to long unless you are Slingblade or something.

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BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
Went to Gen Con 2012
Summoner Wars Fan
Video Game Fan

I like them french fried potaters,… but I still have to wait a long time for the hourglass after I’m done reading. 🙂

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Intermediate Reviewer
Chief Inspector
Strategist
El Dorado

I loved these little Hourglasses and am still working to achieve them daily!

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I play green

135 seconds (2.25 minutes) on average is too long!

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BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
Went to Gen Con 2012
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Advanced Reviewer

I HAVE DEFEATED EACH OF THE QUEST! HAHAHAHA! Ohhh look there it is again. Get it!

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Canada
Noble

135 seconds (2.25 minutes) on average is too long! I AGREE.

I would rather read more on other pages than sit around waiting for this

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Arrowhead
Knight-errant
Time Well Spent - Games

I agree that the timing is too long. 60 seconds should be pretty good, in my opinion. I love the idea of these quests though!

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Gamer - Level 4

I just want to chime in that I don’t like this quest. I am a fast reader and I spend a lot of time on this site, but I never saw an hourglass until I started really looking for them, and I have never had one appear “naturally” while browsing a page…. in other words, the only time I find them is when I intentionally park it on a page to look for one, and the idea of sitting around NOT doing anything on the site to earn exp and quest rewards is very un-fun. 🙁 I like the IDEA of explorer quests, I just wish it wasn’t punishing me for reading fast.

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USA
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Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

One possibility to solve the time issue could be if the hourglasses work more like Easter eggs… only on some pages (cycling about, and showing up after a much shorter period of time). This would create the desired effect of people exploring the site, but not staying on a page long after they’ve read it.

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