Household chores meet online gaming: Chore Wars
This takes the advice to "turn work into game!" to new heights. From Sarah:
I wanted to let you know of a cool website I found that helps my husband and I get work done around the house without arguing about who does what. Chore Wars is an online game that lets you choose a character and complete household chores for "experience points". When you complete a household chore, you log on and get your experience points and then you get to go on a quest, where you might meet monsters and/or win treasure (monsters are optional-you can skip them for the little kids). You tailor the chores (and monsters and treasures) to your own family. It's really fun and would be a great way to provide incentive for kids or teens to clean. You can even use the amount of experience points they gain as currency to buy things in real life (kind of like allowance with a twist). And best of all, it's free!
Has anyone else tried this? It looks incredible.