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Quest for Arete

Are you worthy? Do you possess Courage, Wisdom, Justice, Magnanimity, Temperance, Passion, Magnificence, Wit, Good Will, and Honesty? You will need all of these to challenge the Caretaker and transport Arete from the White Halls.

In this game you must navigate a series of quests to unlock these ten virtues and become worthy of Arete. Test yourself; become worthy.

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Quest for Arete is a video game produced on the Inform 7 platform that explores the use of Interactive Fiction to tell one story, over 10 episodes, in one interface in order to foster understanding of ethical living. As a game in the category of Games for Change, Quest for Arete challenges users to think about personal attributes like honesty, magnanimity, and temperance to promote personal growth in a series of quests that are specifically designed to allow users to engage with each virtue in a meaningful way.

The game was produced by students in the Fall 2020 Video Game Theories and History class offered by the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program at WSU Vancouver. It was enhanced during the AdvXJam by a subset of these students led by Jazz Jackson. Version 2.0 of Quest for Arete is published on the itch.io game platform. The team included Katya Farinsky, Betsy Hanrahan, Elyse Mollahan, Viet Anh Nguyen, Preston Reed, David Sabrowski, Drew Swanson, Andrew Thompson, Brandan Touhey, Craig Vesterby, Keegan Walden, and Ruth Woodcock.


Quest for Arete Version 3.0

Game Director

Jazz Jackson


Katya Farinsky

Drew Swanson

Andrew Thompson


Andrew Thompson- Lead Developer

Betsy Hanrahan

Ruth Woodcock


Katya Farinsky- Lead Writer

Elyse Mollahan

Keegan Walden

Logo Design

Drew Swanson

David Sabrowski

Craig Vesterby


David Sabrowski- Main Site, Walkthrough

Viet Anh Nguyen- Main Site Concept


Preston Reed- Director, Videographer

Brandan Touhey- 3D Modeler, Animator


Drew Swanson- Lead Artist

Elyse Mollahan

The Quest for Arete Team wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Judith Pintar and Dr. Dene Grigar for their feedback and support of this project, to Greg Philbrook and Holly Slocum for providing technical support, and to WSU Vancouver's Spring 2021 DTC 354: Digital Storytelling class and Kathleen Zoller for playtesting.

Inform 7

Interactive fiction, commonly abbreviated as IF, is a genre of text-based, literary narratives and games where players use text commands to control characters, explore environments, and complete quests.

Inform 7 is a free application for MacOS, Windows, Linux, and Android that allows users to author works of Interactive Fiction using natural language syntax.

Learn More & Download Inform 7.

Additional Resources

View previous releases, presentation slides, and additional documentation related to the Quest for Arete

Download Quest for Arete Version 3.1.

View Quest for Arete on itch.io

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