Well, fellow adventurers, I was going to tell you all the wonders of the d12 Bag of Holding, but I lost my initiative roll. And, given the state of my apartment, I have other things I ought to be doing.
But wait! What do I hear rustling in the underbrush? Look sharp! It's a party of kobolds, wielding dirty dishes! Quick, equip your sponges and dish soap!
Er, aheh, um...
What I meant to say was that Chore Wars can help entice your kids or roommates into doing their fair share of household chores, or let the apparent slacker prove that they're actually the one dusting and vacuuming while everyone else is at work. Track who gets stuck taking the trash out every time, or when the garden was last watered, or how often the dog is being walked. "XP" are awarded for each task logged, and your character class is decided by what kinds of chores you do.
As you gain XP and levels, you may have monster encounters, which the party's Dungeon Master creates. Defeat the monster, gain gold and treasures, which can be used for rewards your party has agreed upon. For instance, have an adventure washing the dishes, and you may have to defeat the dreaded Slime Mold. The Slime Mold's body may yield a +1 Towel, which you can then use as a "coupon" to get someone else to dry and put the dishes away. It's all customizable: the monsters, treasures, and rewards are up to the imagination of your party's Dungeon Master, and you can ignore the monster encounters if you like. You'll still get the gold, but not the other item drops.
I've started a party, called "Borogrove Under the Hill," to try to encourage myself to actually do some house work. I've only got two adventures put in so far, but, if you're interested, drop me a note and I'll send you an invite. We can back each other up.
For now, let's make camp. Mage, you start the fire and roast that rabbit the Ranger snared earlier.
I'll take first watch.
[ETA: Just read some of the testimonials on the Chore Wars site. A knitting group is using it to encourage members to finish projects. A guy with mental illness is using it to make sure he takes his meds and takes care of himself as well as his house. It's not just for dishes and laundry!]