What is Quest Depot?

Quest Depot is an incentive-tied, science-based gamified experience for personal growth that helps people as young as elementary school to set goals, track progress, review performance, think positively and live out their dreams.  

Personal goals are turned into quests at Quest Depot, and users benefit from all proven effective productivity and success methods automatically applied to their goal in a simple and visual way.  Parents, grandparents, families and friends can sponsor adventurers on their quests with cash prizes that are only released upon verified completion of quests.

Quest Depot replaces:

  • Reward charts
  • Diary/journal
  • To do list, Project management tools
  • Progress tracking charts
  • Behavior contracts
  • Mood monitoring apps
  • Consequences / punishments

Uses for Quest Depot:

  • Change habits
  • Record progress
  • Goal setting
  • Guided journal
  • Emotions check-in
  • Manage allowances and reward for behavior
  • Involve extended family and friends in what’s important to you

Benefits of Quest Depot:

  • More confident. Develop a growth mindset.
  • Self discovery. Become more self-aware.
  • Better mood, happier, calmer.
  • Stronger relationships. Allies share your successes and setbacks and become better connected.
  • More successful.  Increase likelihood of achieving goals.
  • Earn rewards–money for achieving your goals.
  • Self-discipline.  Committed to what you set out to do.

How much do adventurers get paid?

Below is a chart of exactly how treasure chests are rewarded at the end of a quest.  Quest Depot’s payout rate is designed specifically to maximize motivation and facilitate behavior change.  It’s also important to note that Quest Depot doesn’t require 100% success for full treasure chest award qualification.  Perfectionism impedes long-term personal growth, and we value progress and effort towards the right direction in order to maximize our adventurer’s life potential.

  • 87-100% success rate = full payment + a bonus to be determined + awarded appropriate in-game trophies and ranks
  • 76-86% success rate = 80%  + awarded appropriate in-game trophies and ranks
  • 65-75% success rate = 70% of all treasure chest items tied to the goal (from self and sponsors) + awarded appropriate in-game trophies and ranks
  • 55-64% success rate = 35% of treasure chest items 
  • 54% and below = 0% payment

*All unreleased treasure chest balances are kept in adventurers’ account for use as reward for future quests or coaching services.

Details of how the Treasure Chest works

Psychologists and performance scientists agree that behaviors can be shaped by a consistently-implemented reward system.  Treasure Chest is the reward–actual money–adventurers can earn by completing their quests successfully. It teaches and reinforces the important relationship of one’s actions and life outcome which builds a growth, success-oriented mindset.

We’ve gotten requests for non-monetary treasure chest options, and there is a way for adventurers to set their own non-monetary reward.  Our priority is to implement a consistent reward system globally where parents, grandparents, family and friends can sponsor adventurers on their goals, and have plans to provide financial literacy lessons for children to manage their treasure chest wins. 

Why you should be writing

Writing heals. Writing calms. It connects and brings self-awareness. To write, we have to slow down our busy minds and focus on our purpose. It requires us to reflect on our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and see them clearly–which is why journaling has been found to benefit one’s long-term mental health even more than assistance from therapists. This process of reflection engenders self-awareness. curaFUN’s Shining Moments are personal narratives of when people’s character strengths helped themselves or their communities. Both the reading and writing of Shining Moments focus our attention on what we’ve done right, character strength goals and when we were internally rewarded/fulfilled by these inner strengths. One of my favorite authors, Epictetus, writes “You become what you give your attention to.” Shining Moments begins a positive reinforcement cycle by exploring inwardly for those moments and consequently seeking to demonstrate character strengths so we can create more Shining Moments.  Growth only starts when we put our attention and first recognize where we are, our strengths and weaknesses so we can enhance those inner strengths that we wish to possess.

When I first ask students to write Shining Moments, many of them come up empty and tell me they haven’t done anything great. They picture only news-worthy efforts at a Nobel prize level like Malala or Gretchen to be worthy as Shining Moments. That reasoning is akin to fledging falcons in their nests thinking they can’t immediately dive and soar like full-grown falcons so they might as well not try.

Start by asking yourself when you
1. Felt confident
2. Understood another person’s perspective
3. Worked well with someone else (teamwork) to achieve a group’s goal
4. Bounced back from a setback/disappointment and didn’t give up.
5. Restrained yourself from doing something that you wanted to but knew was wrong

Really dig deep and try to identify at least one example each from your life. This is no easy task because you’re not used to explorations like this. Start writing them down, and after a week, share a moment when you were the happiest with our community.

Which Multilingual Immersion should I choose for my child? Zoo Academy or Zoo U

Subscription to Multilingual Immersion gives children to the English and Chinese editions of a StrengthBuilder that is suitable for their language ability. Children go through scenarios and quests as their avatar in our training games in the order that’s suggested to them from their user dashboard. curaFUN’s multilingual specialists make adjustment to your child’s performance.
Multilingual Immersions enable students to experience life as a school-age child from two languages/cultures. When you’re trying to determine the appropriate placement, ask yourself how your child would fare if he/she move to the United States/China and started going to school in English/Chinese with native speakers. That’s the immersion experience.
Below is a chart to help.
Program
Corresponding difficulty
Quick Preview Assessment
1st, 2nd grade
coming soon
3rd – 5th grade
coming soon

How do you ensure children users’ online safety on curafun.com?

We share your concerns, and have spent years tweaking parent control setting in our homes, trying every app, hardware that are released.

Our program provides a safe environment for children to learn, fail and try again.  It is an intentional and controlled learning environment, and the only equivalent is hiring a one-on-one coach with years of experience in child psychology and education pedagogy. Also, extensive research supervised by NSF, US Department of Education as well as our own internal studies demonstrate that children only need to participate in the program two times a week for 15 minutes each time to benefit.

As a non-profit founded to improve Asian youth’s emotional fitness, we commit to the following:

No hidden agendas – political, religious or anything other than improving children’s emotional wellbeing.

No selling or trading of your personal information

No advertisement  You don’t have to worry about inappropriate Google, Youtube ads popping up. We are not going to sell anything to your kids nor allow other companies to do so.

No private messaging, chatting or emails 
We understand dangers abound online, which is why your children’s accounts exist under yours.  There is no peer to peer private messaging or chatting.   Many other schools and programs ask for children’s emails, we don’t ask and don’t store that data anywhere.  Subscribers to the Multilingual Immersion program have the option of participating in our international pen pal program.  You can find out more about this program here, but know that it is a teacher-led pen pal program where your child’s coach facilitate language and cultural exchange between chosen pen pals.

No Storage or tracking of personal identifying Information

  1. Children can be signed up by their parents, and there’s no need for children to provide their email or identifying personal information.
  2. Any information requested are only used to create personal evaluation/assessment reports, website login and payment processing.