BuddyPress core developer Paul Gibbs has a fun BuddyPress-only plugin called Achievements that lets you reward users within your BuddyPress enabled blog. Think XBOX Live achievements meets your WordPress blog (or just watch this video to see Achievements in action). Of course that’s BuddyPress only, so unfortunately that leaves the majority of WordPress blogs out.
The word on the street is that the next major release of Achievements won’t require BuddyPress to function, and will be able to run on any old WordPress installation. In this case the street was Gibbs’ blog and the word is actually a number of words he wrote in a post on that blog.
The plan is for the plugin to come out after BuddyPress 1.3, which is planned for the next month or so.
Would you add Achievements to your blog if BuddyPress wasn’t required? Speaking of which, we clearly need a mint-driven scavenger hunt on WPCandy. This must happen.