10 Amazing Things To Do in London Tomorrow

to do in London tomorrow with Questo, the city exploration game

So, destiny’s mysterious forces lead your way to London tomorrow. Now, if fate has been as benevolent as it can be, you will be walking on these streets in the shoes of a traveler. If there’s no travel involved, at least you probably have a day off and it’s pretty clear that you don’t want to waste it watching the grass grow. As, probably, each one of us has shamefully posted at least once on social media: a new day means new possibilities, we want you to enjoy the most awesome things to do in London tomorrow.

1. Watch a play at the Globe Theatre

Nested on the bank of the Thames River, this theater is a place that makes sure Shakespeare’s art will have more lives than a big family of cats. If you can understand that this guy is as important to the British culture as dreadlocks are to the Rastafarians, and if you, yourself, feel proud belonging to the same species with such a genius, go and watch a play at the Globe Theatre.

Also, you must already know that the price of a theatre opera in London is not exactly a trifle, but you can find plays for as little as 5 pounds at Globe Theatre.

2. Go up The Shard

Have you ever reached the top of a mountain or discovered a beautiful narrow street? Can you remember the feeling you had?

That is the exact feeling what the view from the highest skyscraper in Western Europe will make you feel. Views that stretch 65 kilometers, and enclose some of the most iconic London tourist attractions: Big Ben, River Thames, London Eye, and Tower Bridge, among others.

Not to mention that you can sit for a drink at any of the multiple bars, and sink in the special vibe of the city, while the sun outside begins to hit the bricks.

3. Discover London’s maritime past by playing a mobile city game in Greenwich

Cutty Sarl

You could easily spend one day in this neighborhood without letting out a single yawn of boredom, and probably the most unimaginative thing here will be the cliché photo with the two feet on each side of the Meridian Line. At least, be wise enough and don’t make it public! But rather admire the views before you, over this financial capital of the world, and indulge yourself in all the time you need to reflect on this.

Then, go and discover the Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark Boat, get a feel of London’s maritime past and get ready for what will probably be the most memorable hour and a half of your day: a city exploration game. Play the role of a cabin boy from the beginning of the 19th century dropped into the modern Greenwich, complete the Questo mission, and discover this mysterious side of the city. Without exaggeration, this has all the chances to become the most fun activity in London. There are also quite a few similar exploration games in different parts of London.

4. Eat at Borough Market

There is no better place that gives you a sense of what a local’s day to day life looks like than a food market. And you can bet there is no other market like this one. To begin with, how many 100-year-old markets have you visited so far? Mexican markets flourish with tacos and quesadillas, Japanese markets are abundant in fish and rice, while the Spanish ones are packed with paella and tortilla.

But what can you possibly find in the biggest market of a city like London? This city, which has been sheltering communities from all over the world during the last centuries. Well… at least a diversity spree, we might say.

Indulge in whatever your heart demands: cheese, olives, fruits, cookies and cooked foods from around the globe, but don’t leave without grabbing a coffee at Monmouth. And only after you make your way by the Thames towards Tate Modern.

5. Take a magical walk around Westminster

Things to do in London tomorrow - Wizards of London with Questo

How about an ordinary stroll through one of London’s most iconic neighborhoods – Westminster?

You may pretend to feel the gravity in the air as you pass by the Palace of Westminster, with your oversized camera dangling around your neck. You may also fake a thrill when hearing the Big Ben chime and might even try to detect a sign of life on the face of the guards at Buckingham Palace, as you take a cheeky selfie. Then pose inside a phone box, and next to a red mailbox, and in front of the tube entrance, and by the gates and no 10 Downing Street. And with a man with a hat and a cute pug?

But then again, how about a more exciting alternative? Play a city exploration game and instead of a clumsy tourist, play the role of a powerful wizard flying around London Bridge. Solve riddles, find magical stones while enjoying Westminster as you never have before!

6. Visit Tate Modern

If you ever pretended that art is by no means a topic that goes cold on you, this is the Londo place to be in tomorrow. Masterpieces collected from the 16th century until today put a great emphasis on female artists, and you will always find all kinds of exhibitions hosted by the museum. Even if you only claimed to be an artistic soul for any other veiled intentions at that specific moment, you can still give to this pyramid-shaped museum a chance… at least for its free entry in a city that has not built a reputation for being kind with the wallet.

7. Explore Camden

A restless being, rocker, hipster, hippy, alternative, in any way… a bit eccentric, either in appearance or in the way of thinking? Is this you? Then, you will feel in Camden Town like fish in the water.

Plunge into the bar that best fits you and be ready to enjoy loads of live music, and breath the same air that artists of all kinds, because this is a Mecca for misunderstood creative souls of London. If your stomach starts to bang its fist on the table, calm him down quickly with an order of anything you like in Camden Market.

8. Take a stroll through Notting Hill

… but enough with places that don’t guarantee a photo able to catapult your popularity to hundreds of likes. We’ve lost enough time by now. All the colorful buildings, antique boutiques, markets, former mews, flower shops and charming coffee shops in Notting Hill should hit the newsfeed’s jackpot.  Anyways, leave room in your schedule for cocktail sipping in one of the many pubs and bars here.

9. Grab a beer in Soho

It is said that no trip to London is a real trip to London without visiting Soho. You can easily spend an entire day in this intriguing neighborhood, but you should know that the day light (and its absence) changes the appearance of these streets in every way. During the day, you might want to wear your more orthodox face while preparing to become an excellent pronunciator of “Oh, look how beautiful”. Soho Square, along with the beautiful architecture, will give you plenty of opportunities for that (and if you want to go further wearing your angelic behavior, you can even choose to go to Soho Theatre).

During the night, on the other side, you can easily forget about the 10 commandments and unleash the real beast. Ok, maybe we exaggerate a bit. But these neon-lighted streets are the perfect place to get a sense of what locals mean by a crazy night out. Undoubtedly, partying in Soho is one of the things to do in London by night.

10. Give a chance to Saint Paul’s Cathedral

If you have to choose only one Christian site while in London, go for Saint Paul’s Cathedral. We are not saying that those 528 narrow stairs will be easy to climb if catching the bus is the only sport you practice, but the views from the top are worth every single drop of sweat. And you don’t even need to be the biggest fan of God to get melted in front of the astonishing thorough architecture that coats this building roundabout.

Anyways, the biggest surprise will be found in Whispering Gallery when realizing that your whisper can be heard hundreds of meters away, you will surprise yourself.

Now that you know these 10 amazing things to do in London, which of these are you going to give a try tomorrow?

The Most Fun Activities in London for your City-Break

Fun activities in London

You’ve just arrived in London for a few days and don’t know where to start exploring? Whether you want to have fun like a local or just discover the off-beaten path of the city, you’re in luck – down below you’ll find five of the most fun activities you can do in your London city-break.

Hint: the touristy stuff was intentionally left out, so you can actually discover the true essence of the city.

TOP 5 Fun Activities for a City-break in London

1. Go Ape – Literally

If you’re up for adventure and climbing trees, you could use an adventure park. Check out the Go Ape venues in London to climb the treetop platforms, defy the obstacles and get your adrenaline high. They’ve got multiple routes and their difficulty level varies from beginner to advanced. Even though these activities require a basic degree of physical fitness, you can easily swing like Tarzan (or Jane) on the zip-line.

You can choose from six different adventures, including Forest Segway. This is a one-hour trip with an all-terrain Segway through the forest trails and is the best way to explore nature and spot wildlife.

Price: Prices range from £18 to £55, depending on the ticket and location you choose.

Duration: Between 1 and 3 hours

Location: Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park, Chessington, and Trent Park.

2. Play a City Exploration Game with Questo

Sightseeing doesn’t have to be boring – not when you can explore the city as an undercover hero on a quest! All you need is your phone and Questo, the city exploration game.

There are plenty of routes to choose from and once you selected a quest, you become the main character of the story. You then receive a riddle that can only be answered by walking around the city and following the clues. For every right answer, you get a short story of the place you just visited and a new riddle that will help you solve the entire mystery.  

One of them is The Wizards of London, where you play the role of Theodgar, a powerful Wizard that vowed to protect his goddaughter. During the adventure, you will get to visit iconic places where the Harry Potter movies were filmed and keep the dark forces at bay.

The best part of the game? In only a couple of hours, you can get to discover amazing places in London that only a few people know about.

Fun activities to do in London: Questo - the city exploration game

Price: Between £13 and £18 per quest (available to groups of 5 people or less)

Duration: Between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the quest

Location: Throughout the city. The starting point differs from quest to quest and is available in-app for iOS and Android.

3. Pay a Visit to Alcotraz Prison Cocktail Bar

Ever wondered what it’s like to be locked up in a cell? Wonder no more and go visit Alcotraz, the first theatrical cocktail bar in London. Once you get convicted and enter the gate of Alcotraz, don’t expect a menu of cocktails to choose from. After all, you’re in prison, and alcohol is not widely available at all times. Instead, you’ll get an immersive experience of what life in a penitentiary might look like, including the art of smuggling alcohol into the carcel.

If you want to serve your cocktail (and time) in style, you can book your cell here.

Price: Prices start from £35

Duration: 1h 45 mins

Location: 212 Brick Lane

4. Try FootGolf or Foot Darts

Don’t know what to choose between football, golf or darts? Now you don’t have to! FootGolf and Foot Darts might sound weird, but truth be told, they’re quite amazing.

FootGolf challenges your precision, as you’re supposed to kick a football to enter the hole. You can play it on typical golf courses where they allow it, or on a specially-designed FootGolf course.

On the other hand, Foot Darts implies kicking a Velcro football to hit the bullseye on a big, inflated darts board. It’s like the typical British pub experience, unless it’s outdoors, and you’re doing both the darts and the football.

Price: Footgolf prices start at £14 per adult and £10 per child, but groups larger than 4 people are offered group discounts. For Foot Darts, the price starts around £30 per adult.

Duration: A standard session lasts 60 mins, but if the group is larger, it can be maxed to 90 mins.

Location: There are multiple venues where you can play both FootGolf and Foot Darts, two of them being Golf Kingdom (for FootGolf) and Powerleague Shoreditch (for Foot Darts).

5. Experience the Post-Apocalypse World at Bunker 51

Bunker 51 is a nuclear bunker with a history tied to the Cold War, which now serves as the perfect place to enjoy laser tag, paintball or airsoft. If you’re rather into psychological thrillers, you can book an escape room or take part in one of the zombie experiences that run for 2,5 hours.

The bunker is located near the Thames River so you can enjoy the best view after having saved the world from all kinds of dangers.

Price: Prices range from 15 to 50, depending on the activity you choose.

Location: 3 Herringham Rd

Duration: Between 30 mins and 2 hours.

Have fun!

Questo: one of the winners of Phocuswright Battleground, the competition for innovative travel startups

May 16th – Bucharest, Romania

Questo, the city exploration mobile game has won the People’s Choice Award at Phocuswright Europe, one of the biggest travel conferences in the world held in Amsterdam on 15-16th of May 2019. The votes were cast by an audience of savvy travel executives and investors who chose the best startup in the Phocuswright Battleground competition out of the top 8 most innovative travel startups in EMEA.

Here is the pitch that led to the award:

“We were delighted to feature a diverse set of innovators on stage bringing fresh solutions to the travel industry. We look forward to seeing them thrive and shape the future of the travel industry,” said Phocuswright’s manager, research and innovation, Michael Coletta.

Questo, the innovative travel startup, wins award at Phocuswright Europe

Questo is currently present in 40 European cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome or Berlin. The city exploration game helps tourists explore cities by solving clues in order to discover new places and stories about them. Each route (quest) they explore is based on a specific theme, which can be inspired by a movie, a book, a historical fact or just a local legend.

In London, for instance, travelers can explore the city as Sherlock Holmes or Isaac Newton, while in Paris they can play as Hemingway or Picasso.

“This award represents an important recognition for Questo and offers a strong signal about how tours and activities will be disrupted by technology and gamification,” said Alex Govoreanu, CEO of Questo.

We have received significant interest from top tour operators and travel agencies in Europe that will help us market our game to tourists traveling around Europe. Because we are disrupting the $160+ Billion global market for tours and activities, we attracted the attention of several high-level investors as we are about to launch a funding round this summer that will help us boost our growth globally.” Govoreanu added.

So far, more than 40,000 people finished a quest while walking more than 100.000 kilometers to discover popular and hidden locations, as well as local stories using Questo. As of today, the app has over 100 available quests created by a growing network of local content creators. They can be purchased inside the Questo iOS and Android apps, on TripAdvisor, on GetYourGuide and Booking.com, for prices ranging from 8 to 30 Euro. Questo is also a previous winner of the Booking.com Booster Lab 2018 in Tel Aviv.

The company also works with brands such as Samsung or Bitdefender, tourism agencies and other companies to create custom quests that offer a unique travel experience for their customers and employees.

Resources

Website / iOS_app / Android_app

Press Kit: Logo / Team_photos / Screenshots

Announcement of Phocuswright Battleground winners here

Amsterdam Storytellers Wanted: What is Quest Writing and How Can It Make You Money?

Amsterdam Storytellers

If you’re a hobbyist writer, a content writer, a copywriter, a blogger or a passionate storyteller from Amsterdam, here’s how you can earn more money from writing while doing what you love.

That’s if you love travel and games. But who doesn’t?

We’re introducing a new kind of content generation that can earn you short and long-term income. It involves writing fictional or real stories about your favourite places in Amsterdam.

These stories will earn you an initial guaranteed payment upon completion and, here’s the best part, future income from the future use of the content.

Think stock-images-type licenses, but for stories.

If you’re looking for a break from writing blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews or tiresome brand content, come and use your imagination for something new, and make money while at it.

How to earn money from quest writing

Amsterdam and its people have amazing stories that few people know. Even though they walked by or visited them in the past.

Questo is a city exploration game which reveals these stories while playing around.

By following clues and solving challenges, you get to discover old and new places in town, indoor or outdoor, and get rewarded with their hidden or unknown stories.

All these are wrapped in a new content form called a quest, a mission of discovery.

Take for example the Medusa’s Lost Diamonds quest, which was just published in Amsterdam. If you wanna play this quest before starting to write one, just write us and we’ll offer you a free access code.

Now, you can write quests too, while also making money. These quests are sold to locals and travelers. and you’ll receive a percentage of the earnings, besides the initial guaranteed payment after you finish it.

How to write a quest

If you have some interesting places from Amsterdam in mind, and know where you can find stories about them, you’re half way there already.

Also, if you want your quest to be 100% fictional, you can make up your own stories and just connect them with existent places in the city (indoor or outdoor).

STEP 1: Theme/concept writing

What you need to think of first is a concept/a theme. This is the central piece of your quest, and you must follow it from beginning to end. This concept can revolve around a character, which the explorer plays as.

A quest concept can be ‘The haunted city’, where you’re a ghost hunter trying to find a spirit by visiting all the haunted places in town.

Another one can be ‘Find the treasure’, where you’re an adventurer trying to get rich fast while scorching through the city in search of a treasure.

You can be a time traveller that landed inside a museum and now has to find a secret artefact that he has to return home.

Or you can be a detective who’s looking to find a robber by following clues left behind.

The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

STEP 2: Discovering locations and writing clues

After choosing a concept, you have to pick out fitting locations.

If you’re doing a ‘ghosts and spirits’ concept, you’re looking for haunted houses and creepy alleys. If you’re thinking of a ‘treasure hunt’, you can choose really old buildings which can hide such riches. You get the idea.

These locations should be reached by following directional clues that end with a question or a riddle.

You will receive a Complete Creators Guide that walks you through the entire content writing process, step-by-step.

STEP 3: Writing stories

You have the concept, you know the locations, and you prepared the clues. Now, it’s time for writing stories.

They can be real or fictional. The real ones can be about the history of the building, the life stories of people who lived or still live there or about interesting event that happened there.

When it comes to writing the fictional ones, the road is clear. But keep in mind that you need to write a concept and stories that can make you money, so they must be appealing to the public: popular or intriguing subjects/themes. Remember to write with that in mind.

The platform:

During these steps, you are helped by an online platform where you are guided step-by-step and where you can save everything you write and research.

It’s called Creators Room and here’s where you can talk to the Questo team and other creators like you, to share thoughts and ideas, or just ask for feedback.

Writing a quest that makes you money

The most important attribute of the quest you write is the concept/theme.

As long as you attract the people with an intriguing subject, they will want to do your quest, and maybe even more created by you (your name or alias will be displayed in the app).

Closely connected to the concept/theme you write about is the location. If you attach a ‘detective penguin’ concept to a natural history museum, it’s more appealing.

If you want to write scary stories, you need to take people around old, abandoned buildings, and weird little roads.

And then there’s the story writing.

Your concept should translate into memorable stories, which make people say ‘I can’t believe this happened here’ or ‘It’s amazing what people used to do then’.

Keep these in mind and your quest will make you money long-term.

How much can you earn from writing a quest

For every quest you publish in the app you’ll an initial payment plus a future shared commission for each transaction (the quest will remain in the app indefinitely). For learning more about the payment, please write us at storyteller (at) questoapp.com

Your total earnings depend on the interest your concept attracts and the quest’s location. For more details about earnings, contact the Questo team at ‘explore at questoapp .com’.

Questo is available in 40 cities in Europe and soon all around the world

The app is now launched in 9 European countries, but is growing fast as it has creators from all the world working on publishing new quests.

In March, Questo won 3rd Product of the Day on Product Hunt and in 2018 it was awarded by Booking.com for the social impact it creates and it was named Best Travel App at eTravel Awards.

Where to start?

If you already have a quest in mind that you want to write, contact us at ‘storyteller (at) questoapp .com’ and we’ll get started.

Questo raises an angel round to transform every city into an exploration game

Questo team

Press release: Questo, a mobile city exploration game present in 40 European cities has secured a seed round of funding from 2 private angel investors. The money raises the valuation of the business at more than $1.5 million and will be used for fueling the expansion in some of the largest cities in the world: London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and more.

Questo helps users to explore cities by solving clues in order to discover new places and stories about them. Each route (quest) they explore is based on a specific theme, which can be inspired by a movie, a book, a historical fact or just a legend. In London, for instance, users can explore the city as Sherlock Holmes or Isaac Newton, while in Paris they can play as Hemingway or Picasso.

We aim to disrupt the +$120 billion market of tours and activities by offering travelers and locals a new fun way to explore a city through technology“, said Alex Govoreanu, CEO of Questo. “Our mobile app is at the crossroads of guided/walking tours and real-world games, such as Pokemon Go, and that makes it perfect for millennials and generation Zs, who are looking for fun, unique and authentic experiences“. Questo is also a previous winner of the Booking.com Booster Lab 2018 in Tel Aviv.

Last year, 35,000 people finished a quest while walking more than 100.000 kilometers to discover popular and hidden locations, as well as local stories. As of today, the app has over 100 available quests created by a growing network of local content creators. They can be purchased inside the Questo iOS and Android apps, on TripAdvisor and on GetYourGuide, for prices ranging from 8 to 20 Euro.

Questo offers players the freedom to explore cities at their own pace and on their own terms. They can start and pause the game whenever they want to spend more time visiting an attraction they love, stop to eat at a local restaurant or just take a break. Also, our players appreciate the joy of exploring a city with a group of friends, instead of a having to join a group of 20–30 strangers during a classic guided tour“, Govoreanu added.

The company also works with brands such as Samsung or Bitdefender, tourism agencies and other companies to create custom quests that offer a unique travel experience for their customers and employees.

Resources

iOS_app / Android_app

Press Kit: Logo / Team_photos / Screenshots

Creators of Questo: Cosmin Ceuca wrote ‘The Haunted Iasi’ quest

On the Halloween night of 2018, we launched ‘Haunted City’ quests in several cities around Europe, helped by Questo creators.

People were able to discover haunted and cursed locations in their towns, while reading horror stories about those places and the people who used to live there. Approximately 15,000 people showed up and haunted the streets. After the launching event, the quest is still available in the app, anyone can complete it at any time.

Cosmin Ceuca is one of the creators who wrote one such quest, which was completed by over 5,000 people only that night.

These are Cosmin’s thoughts on being a creator:


What do you do for a living now? Do you have any experience with writing?

I graduated from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, with a Master’s degree in geography. I am currently working in the field of urban development, but during my free time I am part of an informal group promoting Iaşi as a tourist destination – Iasi.Travel. Within this group I helped write texts for a city guide to Iasi, Romania – “Iasi, Seven Thematic Touristic Routes. Urban Exploration Manual”, but we have also done city tours for Romanian or foreign guests.


What did you like the most about the concept of Questo?

Questo combines the idea of treasure hunting with technology and thus manages to attract a target group that can hardly be impressed by history, architecture or art. With the help of Questo, many young people were able to take their eyes off of their phones, to observe details they would not otherwise see, and find stories otherwise hidden in books, which are not so interesting for them in these times.

How did you decide to become a Questo creator?

I really liked the idea of treasure hunting ever since I was a student and I was doing such paper clues games for the exchange students who were sharing experiences in Iaşi or for friends. I saw that a quest had been done in Iasi and I wanted to participate in the promotion of the city through this type of game. In addition, following a conference held in Iasi, I talked to Claudiu, who had presented the Questo project and so I decided to start making some new quests.


How much did it take you to write a quest?

3-4 days, including researching locations and adapting the stories to make them more appealing.

What was the most interesting part of the process of writing your quest?

I was happy that I was able to find interesting stories that I didn’t even knew about before I started scrambling through books and articles.


What did you find the most difficult in writing the quest? Would you do something different if you started again now?

The hardest was to keep the stories short and punchy. I think I prefer to break the complicated stories in more small stories and create more quests, rather than to pour all the information in just one quest. In other situations, it was hard to find suitable clues: not to be indoors, to be seen at all times of the day, not to be ephemeral, etc.


Why would people go on your quest?

I believe the ‘Haunted Iași’ event was a great success. I did not expect to see a few thousand people wanting to read horror stories about Iasi. Listening to the participants at the end of the route, I came to the conclusion that this quest is easy to do (as distance) and has a lot of unknown information about places you pass by every day, but know nothing about. And when you do the quest at night, the stories gain even more mystery.


How many quests of yours were sold on the night of the Haunted City event?

According to the data we received, there were over 1,000 buyers of the Haunted Iasi quest. Being there that night, I do not think there were groups of less than 3 people, the majority being 4 or 5 people on a phone. That’s why I think there were about 5,000 people who blocked the streets of Iaşi that evening.

What are your thoughts on the event overall? Do you have any stories from there?

The event had a spectacular evolution on Facebook. It reached over 350,000 people, of whom almost 9,000 responded with “Interested” and 2,400 with “Going”. I’m glad I chose a starting point that wasn’t in front of a state institution, otherwise I certainly had to give explanations to the Police. I got a little scared when I got to the start. I did not expect to find so many people out there. So I climbed the stairs of the theatre and turned on a flashlight. In an instant, the whole crowd started to come to me.

I felt like I was in the middle of a zombie attack. On the way to the first clue, the participants managed to block traffic on 2 streets, the drivers were not pleased.

Some places have not had so many visitors since they’ve been built. I also loved that some of the participants were dressed in Halloween costumes.

What types of people could write quests?

First of all, they must be passionate about that city, its history or the subject it addresses in the quest. I think those who write quests should have a highly developed information synthesis capacity, if we talk about historical information, and rich creativity, if they plan on creating fantasy quests.

What suggestions and pieces of advice do you have for future creators?

It’s important to know the city, to know its shortcuts and more obscure places. You can not just do a quest from the front of your computer. Stories must be attractive, without too many unnecessary details that readers will forget. The uniqueness element of each checkpoint on the route is very important, the idea or detail that will be remembered. The clues that the participants must find should be very visible in the area, but hard to notice even by locals who pass by that place every day. For example, the question should not be “what statue is in Union Square?”, but “what date is written on the back of the statue?” This way you can avoid people solving the clues from home.


Where do you dream/plan to write a quest next?

I plan on writing more quests in Iasi. If I were to name another city, I think I could write a quest in Brussels, one of my favourite cities.


Do you have anything else to add about being a Questo creator?

Once you write a quest, I do not think you can stop. I, for example, always have ideas for new quests. Time is what I need. I am glad to be part of the group of people who manage to carry on the sometimes forgotten stories of the city, rewritten for young people. I hope that by promoting interesting places we can also help pull them out of anonymity and support their conservation. The cities are alive and full of stories. We only have to gather and then deliver them in an attractive format that city explorers can enjoy.

 

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If you want to create a quest too, please contact us at explore@questoapp.com and we’ll help you with everything you need.
Also, here’s an article that you might find interesting about how to be a Questo creator.

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