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Important announcement: A recent security breach and the end of DrawQuest

DrawQuesters,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we must share two unfortunate pieces of news.

1. We were recently made aware of a security breach that affected all of our servers hosted with Amazon, which comprises the entirety of DrawQuest. The person(s) used our account to order hundreds of expensive servers, likely to mine Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. When we detected this activity, we immediately locked down the account.

Unfortunately we have no way of knowing what, if any, information was accessed by the attacker(s). It’s possible they only used our account to order servers, however it’s also possible they accessed our database, and thus user e-mail addresses, encrypted passwords, and other information.

2. As a result of this breach, we will be shutting down DrawQuest effective immediately. With no full-time employees on staff to repair our infrastructure and ensure its integrity, we feel the only responsible path forward is to notify our users of the breach, and retire the service in order to prevent future breaches.

What does this mean for you?

First, we’d suggest you consider changing your e-mail account password, and the passwords of any services you connected with DrawQuest. Although DrawQuest account passwords were encrypted in our database using a modern, secure method called bcrypt, it’s better to be safe than sorry. To reiterate, we found no evidence of an attack targeting DrawQuest or its users directly, but since we’re unable to conduct a thorough investigation, we can’t know for sure what was accessed.

Second, we would like to offer an archive of all of your drawings, but are unsure of a timeframe when we can offer this. It may be weeks or months, but we’ll do our best to get it done, and will send out another e-mail if and when a downloadable archive is ready.

What does this mean for all of us?

It’s a very upsetting end to a long journey. Words cannot describe how crushed, embarrassed, and sorry our team is. Although all of our former employees have moved on to roles at other companies, it can safely be said that DrawQuest and the community occupies a large part of all of our hearts. We’ll do our best to facilitate DrawQuesters finding a new home by linking to new forums/apps on our social media pages, and are truly sorry such a wonderful community had to go this way.

Yours,

—Team DrawQuest

PS: We’ll be sending an e-mail out about this shortly.

A very important note from Team DrawQuest

Hi DrawQuesters,

As you may have read earlier this week, we shared some sad news with the world—that our company is shutting down and our team going their separate ways, but perhaps most importantly—our plan is to keep DrawQuest running as long as we’re able to cover the cost of maintaining it.

We’ve been overwhelmed by your kind words and support since our announcement. As we said in our blog post, we really do want to find a way to go forward, but it’s very unlikely we’ll be able to do so as a company. But that doesn’t necessarily mean DrawQuest is over! On to the happy news…

Though the team will go their separate ways, we are all still committed to keeping DrawQuest alive for as long as possible. We are proud of the app we’ve worked so hard on this past year, and even more proud of the amazing community that’s formed around it. Watching you all create such incredible artwork every day has brought us so much joy and inspiration that we can’t imagine a world without it.

We’re currently working hard to dramatically lower the app’s operating costs. It’s important to note that DrawQuest may see few, if any, app updates going forward—but it’s our hope that if we can get the costs low enough, we’ll be able to keep the DrawQuest servers running for a long time to come.

We’re also investigating alternative sources of income, which may include additional brushes, more color packs, sponsored Quests, and becoming a paid app. (Don’t worry—if you’ve already downloaded DrawQuest using your iTunes account, you already own the app for free. This would only apply to new Questers.)

Many of you have asked how you can help. For one, keep doing what you’re doing! Keep creating amazing drawings, create new Quests, and invite your friends to DrawQuest. Second, every time you purchase coins and brushes, it helps us dramatically. If every active DrawQuest user made a single $0.99 purchase, we could sustain the app for years to come!

We hope you’ll bear with and continue to support us as we navigate these next few months. It won’t be easy, but we’re committed to doing our best to maintain what we believe is one of the best drawing apps ever created.

Thank you all for being a part of something wonderful. Here’s to DrawQuesting!

Your friends forever,
The DrawQuest Team

PS: Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for updates, and help us spread the word!

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Sad news

Our dear DrawQuesters,

When we created DrawQuest, we had the simple dream of bringing creativity back into people’s daily lives. One year and 8 million drawings later, we’re blown away by how many of you share our dream, and by the incredible creativity you’ve displayed through our app.

While the app and community have come together in spectacular fashion, the business side of things hasn’t gone as we had hoped. You may not realize it, but DrawQuest represents thousands of work hours from a very talented seven-person team, who all need to put food on the table and a roof over their heads—and not to mention a small army of servers to keep the app running smoothly and Questbot happy.

Unfortunately after an amazing year, the realities of the business have led our team to go their separate ways, and as a result DrawQuest won’t see active development going forward. It’s our goal to continue to operate the service for as long as we’re able to pay the server bills (probably a few more months), but our upcoming update (v3.1.1) will likely be the last.

We’d like to personally thank all of you, our amazing community, for making the past year an absolute joy. Over 500,000 people joined us in our mission to spread the creative spirit, and we’re forever grateful for the feedback and support you’ve shown us. Although the team may be going their separate ways, they all go forward inspired by your work.

We hope you’ll all continue to spread the importance of daily creativity, and inspire those around you to draw more often. While DrawQuest may not be around next year, you all will be, and we hope you’ll leave the world a better, more creative place.

Your friends always,
The DrawQuest Team

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DrawQuest for now available for iPhone and iPod touch

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At DrawQuest, our mission is to bring creative expression back into everyone’s daily lives. So we couldn’t be more excited to announce that the latest version of DrawQuest is available for iPhone and iPod touch, and of course iPad.

Get it now in the App Store!

Under the hood, there’s a slew of new features and improvements. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Brand new look. We’ve reimagined DrawQuest from the ground up for iOS 7. We hope you love the new look as much as we do!
  • Create your own Quest. Feeling inspired? Now you can create and share your own Quests. Your followers will receive drawing challenges that you create in DrawQuest. Start Quests for fan art, family hangouts, drawing games—anything. We’re can’t wait to see how you make use of this creative platform. You can create Quests on iPhone and iPod touch today, and it’s coming soon to iPad!
  • Improved editor. We’ve made big under-the-hood improvements to the Editor, and we’re pleased to deliver one of the most requested features: a zoomable canvas, so you can get really fine detail in your drawings.

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  • New paint can tool. Meet Patty the Paint Can! Patty fills up the whole canvas, making it a cinch to color the background.
  • Sorted Gallery view. Now you can see Quests in the Gallery sorted by their popularity and newness. The new grid view lets you see more Quests at once!

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and our favorite drawings! And if you have have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us at feedback@drawquest.com

Happy Questing!

—The DrawQuest Team

Guest Artist: Christopher Locke

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Today’s Quest is by our first guest artist, Christopher Locke. Chris is an artist, sculptor and the mastermind behind The Heartless Machine Guide to Drawing, a sketchbook filled with beginnings of drawings that you can use to jumpstart your creativity - like DrawQuest, but on paper! Chris has contributed one of the drawings from the book for the Quest of the Day. 

Check out more snippets from the book here and follow Chris via Facebook / Twitter.

We’re accepting Quest submissions! 
You can email your ideas to questbot@drawquest.com or Tweet them to @questbot. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even draw a Quest from scratch. The dimensions for Quest templates are 2048 x 1536 px and you can see the color palette here. We use slate for outlines. If you plan on drawing, please send us the template as a .png file. 
We can’t guarantee that we will use your Quest but if we do, we will of course give you all the credit! We’ll have a link from the Quest to your DrawQuest profile page. 
We look forward to all of your ideas! 

We’re accepting Quest submissions! 

You can email your ideas to questbot@drawquest.com or Tweet them to @questbot. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even draw a Quest from scratch. The dimensions for Quest templates are 2048 x 1536 px and you can see the color palette here. We use slate for outlines. If you plan on drawing, please send us the template as a .png file. 

We can’t guarantee that we will use your Quest but if we do, we will of course give you all the credit! We’ll have a link from the Quest to your DrawQuest profile page. 

We look forward to all of your ideas! 

DrawQuest v. 2.0

Version 2.0 of DrawQuest is finally here! This is our biggest release yet. Here’s what’s new: 

Explore: Questers have asked for a way to discover amazing drawings, and Explore lets you do just that. The Explore page features impressive drawings created in the last 24 hours. It’s like a creative firehose. We use an algorithm to make sure that fresh, undiscovered talent has a great chance of making it onto the Explore page every day. 

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Search: It’s easier than ever for people to find each other on DrawQuest. Now people can search profiles — this lets grandma find her grandkids, and it also is a great way to discover other talented drawers on DrawQuest. 

Twitter Connect: Now you can sign up and automatically post your drawings to Twitter using iOS Twitter integration. It’s easy to use multiple accounts! 

Tumblr share: Tumblr sharing is here! Just tap the Tumblr icon from the Gallery to post your favorite drawings on your Tumblr. 

Web Profiles: Now people on DrawQuest can share their profiles on the web. This first step in our expansion to the web lets people showcase their drawing portfolios to everyone. 

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Find Friends: Follow and invite friends on your social networks! Connect with Facebook or Twitter to see which of your friends are already on DrawQuest, and which ones should be! 

Infinite galleries: The drawing limit has been removed from profiles and quest galleries. Enjoy endless scrolling of all drawings everywhere on DrawQuest! 

Delete drawings: Everyone has a creation they wish they could undraw. Now you can trash a drawing if you don’t like it. Let no one know your shame! 

Drafts: Your drawing progress will now be automatically saved, for any Quest. You can work on multiple quests at once, leave and come back, or even quit the app, and your progress will be waiting for you. 

New colours!!


A big thank you to all of our Questers who have been with us since the beginning for your patience and support. We hope you enjoy this update!