QuestKit

Hello all and please forgive me for this total newbie question... What is the difference between Quest and Questkit? And, how do I create a game using QuestKit when my only options when I click Create are Squiffy and Quest?

Am I able to make a game using Quest or Questkit and be able to upload it to itch.io?

Thank you so much,
Michelle


Hello!


What is the difference between Quest and Questkit?

Questkit doesn't exist. It almost did a few years ago, but it never had a release.

We use this forum for QuestJS now (and I shall explain what that is in just a moment).


how do I create a game using QuestKit when my only options when I click Create are Squiffy and Quest?

You can't.


Am I able to make a game using Quest or Questkit and be able to upload it to itch.io?

No.


Having busted all of those bubbles (and I'm sorry for having to do that), I can tell you about QuestJS, which will eventually be Quest 6.

If you are familiar with Javascript, you can author a game with QuestJS right now, at this very moment, and you can upload that game to itch.io.

Do note that QuestJS is still in its early stages of development. There is not even a version 1 yet.

I have used QuestJS, though, and you can make a game with it if you know (or are willing to learn) Javascript.


https://github.com/ThePix/QuestJS

https://textadventures.co.uk/forum/questkit/topic/g0va_cmesusa4lv6hkg0ia/publishing-on-itch-io


Thank you for the quick reply! I think QuestJS is a bit over my head at this time. If I understand correctly, if I create a game with Quest, the only place to host it is on this site. Is that right? Is there a way to ask for a donation on this site once I post my game?

Again, thank you so much for your reply!

Michelle


I think QuestJS is a bit over my head at this time.

Understandable.

The editor is what we're really waiting for. Once the editor is developed and ready to use, Quest 6 will be just as easy to use with no coding experience as Quest 5.


If I understand correctly, if I create a game with Quest, the only place to host it is on this site. Is that right?

Sort of.

First, allow me to correct my earlier statement. You asked if a Quest game can be "uploaded" to itch.io. I said "no", but I should have said, "the only way to play a Quest game online is via this site."

I think you can probably upload a Quest game to itch.io (I think), but the player would need to download your file and run it in Quest desktop software installed on Windows.

Quest uses a lot of Windows-specific stuff under the hood, you see. So, it's either run Quest on Windows, or use this site (which runs a version of Quest which has been tailored to run on a Windows server).

Squiffy games can be played in any browser, though, by the way. And Quest 6 games will be the same.


Is there a way to ask for a donation on this site once I post my game?

Err... Not of which I am aware.

I've seen people put links to Patreon inside of their game, but we can't even add links to click the game description on the main page; so, I'm thinking you're asking if there is something already set up, and I don't think so.

If I am mistaken, fret not, for someone will come along and set the record straight if I am misinforming you. :)


BUT, even though itch.io can't run a Quest game, I would think you could:

  • Create a Quest game
  • Publish the Quest game on this site (as "Unlisted", if you wish)
  • Make a very basic HTML file which redirects to your unlisted Quest game's url
  • Publish the HTML file on itch.io

That way, all your traffic would be routed through itch.io (where I assume they have a way to ask for a donation), but they would still be playing the game from this server.

BUT I highly advise against taking any money for a game which is intended to be played via this site's Quest server. Playing Quest game's online is possible, but the server tends to get overloaded on occasion. Most of us just publish games for people to play for free, not even accepting donations, and we still advise the player to install Quest in Windows and download the game to play. Even when the server is up and running, the games don't run nearly as well online. If you make a very basic game (with little to no added scripts), it will probably be fine as long as the server is up and running, though.

This will all be remedied in Quest 6. It will run on anything that will run Javascript, which is pretty much everything.


You are pretty damned fabulous! Thank you so much.

Michelle


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