We’ve talked about the often-illogical RPG approach to quests in posts such as Quest-ionable Activities and Why Should I Care?. Over at his blog, John Walker wondered, too. Then he did something about it.

He dressed up as a wizard, and looked for “quest help” on the streets of Bath, England. Yes, he really did. In this case, the quest was delivery of a “spell scroll” in exchange for a bag of chocolate coins.

I won’t say what happened; read the post for yourself and find out. I certainly admire his courage, and possibly luck in not being questioned by the police (“Constable, I’m a wizard trying to save the world…”; that wouldn’t have gone over too well ;).

Of course, in the real world, people don’t go running up to a stranger and ask for help in ridding the cellar of rats. For that matter, unless we see someone who appears in distress, we wouldn’t approach a person and ask if they have any little jobs on hand for which they need a hero’s aid.

Then again, we don’t (except maybe at Halloween) parade the streets in chainmail or mages’ robes. And while people in real life have problems, they usually can’t be solved in the simplistic fashion of RPGs.

Y’know, sometimes, dull and repetitive as they are, those “quests” at least do solve problems with a minimum of fuss. Hmm…

Quest For Glory on rockpapershotgun.com