Use Case Spotlight: Studying for Exams

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Our Use Case Spotlights post series is designed to highlight different user stories and ideas for how to get the most out of Habitica. Whether you’re looking for new Dailies or trying to set up a system to manage your burgeoning pile of unread books or unfinished projects, you can browse through our Use Case Spotlights to get ideas from experienced users eager to share their setup. This month, we’ve asked the Use Case Spotlights Guild to come up with some ideas around studying for exams!

shanaqui got the conversation started with their exam preparation plans:

My course material has very clear sections and headings, so I used to-dos with checklists to gradually check off each one once I was confident about it. I also had a daily for getting in my studying time.

The other thing, though, is that I “paused” most of my other dailies. I didn’t want to do this by using the Tavern/ability to pause all my dailies. Instead, I edited the start date of those dailies to resume the week after my exam was done. That means they automatically became active again for me once everything was over, without changing anything else like when they repeat. Really handy!

OptimumKitten talks about how she uses to-dos in a bit more detail:

I create a to-do titled with the name of the course I’m doing, and then I create sub-tasks names after each lesson. In between each lesson, I create a sub-task with bold or capital letters named after the module and it will say something like “Module 1 Finished!”. It’s nice being able to tick of each lesson no matter how tiny because then I feel like I’m still making progress, even if I can’t do more than a few minutes one day.

dicedweller has some ideas about turning up the motivation power of to-dos:

i used to have a few huuuuuge to-do’s like @OptimumKitten with countless subtasks, one to-do per course. but recently i found (or at least i hope i’ll find :P) that breaking things down into multiple to-do’s that i can tick off faster is actually more rewarding for me personally. so now i have multiple to-do’s titled (for example) “photography course”, but each of those only has 2 or 3 sub-tasks, so i get to check them off faster!

i also have a “uni” tag which i use for all my university-related tasks, and i always like to keep that activated while i’m studying! that way i won’t be distracted by all the other tasks floating around 😉 i also have a “study for x time” daily, and a “studied for an hour” habit, which i use to keep track of my weekly goals.

What about you folks? Do you use Habitica to manage your studying, whether it’s formal study or just your personal interests? What would be your number one tip?

Don’t forget to check the Use Case Spotlight Guild to have your say! If you respond to the next prompt, your post could be included in next month’s spotlight, as well. We’d love to hear from you, so keep an eye out for the announcement!

Achievements

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Have you ever wondered how to get more shiny badges for your Profile? Or what exactly that new badge you got represents? This month, we’re highlighting the Wiki page on Achievements, which covers what they are, how to get to them, and what all those coveted badges look like!

A player’s Achievements and the corresponding badges are found in the Achievements tab, located in the player’s profile.

All obtainable achievements that have yet to be earned by a user are represented by a grey question mark icon.

The existing achievements and their corresponding badges are listed in the following sections, sorted by placement on the user Achievements tab. Some achievements, such as Kickstarter-related achievements, are no longer available. Some achievements can stack, while others can only be obtained once

Piqued your curiosity? Itching for your next big win? Find out more about Achievements on the Wiki!

Contributor Spotlight: Nakonana

Welcome back to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with Nakonana, one of our newest Moderators. Nakonana has been helping out for quite a while, helping users and contributing to the German and Russian translations of the site, but she’s recently joined the moderation team as well! Now seems like a great time for you to be able to get to know her…

How did you get involved with Habitica?

I saw a TV report on the concept of gamification and I just randomly searched for apps with that concept. I found Habitica. It reminded me of my friend who likes games and was working on something that sounded like it would be easier to handle with a task-manager, so I pointed him towards Habitica. He installed it and reported back that it helped him, so I thought, I might as well try it myself. And yes, so far this set up works better than anything else I’ve tried before! 🙂

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

I’ve looked into different ways of contributing and my focus seems to switch from one to another. Things I get a lot of positive feedback for are the ADHDers Guild’s wiki page and the challenges I run. Contributions that made me learn new things and move out of my comfort zone were learning how to edit wikis and how to create user styles. I’ve never done these before and am happy for having tried them because they turned out to be fun!

What are your secret superpowers?

I’m extremely patient and it’s usually hard to anger me. (Sometimes it bugs people that I don’t respond to provocations the way they expect it haha)

What are your secret weaknesses?

Some people say I’m sociable, but I’m actually socially awkward :>

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

Most of the time you see me taking one of my wolf pets for a walk. IRL I’m scared of wolves because I’m from an area where wolves live and I’ve heard some horror stories x_x But at some point all party members had wolves equipped by pure chance and we kind of joked that it’s our party pet now. (It isn’t, we still equip other pets but I mostly keep it up with the wolves xD)

What are some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

Chores, self-care tasks (e.g., reading, but also things like skin care), eating veggies every day, car maintenance tasks (checking water levels etc.), paying bills/renewing contracts, learning new things, gardening, working on projects… I mostly use Dailies because they are like reminders to me and I keep forgetting about Habits since they are never due. To Do’s are for appointments and projects.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Reading manga, jogging, baking cakes and lately wiki editing. (I blame Habitica for the last one xD)

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

It’s all customizable to fit one’s needs and changes in life! If something doesn’t work (i.e. a task is being neglected), it’s time to change the set up for it (move it to Habits/Dailies/To Do’s, change it’s difficulty, change how long you work on it each day etc.). There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to set up your tasks. Yes, you can add mundane things like brushing your teeth to your list! 🙂 Using third-party tools for Habitica, like extensions, styles etc., offers even more possibilities to manage one’s tasks in a way that it works for oneself.

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

I’m in too many guilds! xD But it’s probably the ADHDers Guild, The Otaku and Gamers Dojo, Pirate Cove and the Bakin’ Bakin’ All Day Long Guild where you see me post most regularly.

Guilds Guide

It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Habitica’s social side is part of what makes the app so useful and enjoyable for many people: there are places to hang out, places to get advice, and places to get accountability. But have you ever looked at the list of Guilds and felt a bit overwhelmed? Not to worry — the Wiki has a Guilds Guide, a non-exhaustive guide to the different corners of Habitica, where you can jump to sections that contain Guilds of interest to you.

Let’s allow the Wizards of the Wiki to start us off by explaining what’s included in the Guide:

There are more than 870 open guilds in Habitica. This Guild Guide to the larger public guilds of Habitica is a work in progress. While it gives a good overview over the great and medium-sized guilds grouped by topic, it can never be complete since new guilds will be created, grow, shrink, and be abandoned and deleted every day.

If you’re interested, check out the full article on the Wiki! Don’t forget that the Wiki is always a great source for all kinds of info about Habitica, so many questions can be answered there!

Use Case Spotlights: Contributing to Habitica

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Our Use Case Spotlights post series is designed to highlight different user stories, tricks and tips that can help you as you set up your own tasks, renew your setup to give yourself new challenges, or just get more motivated to keep going! For this spotlight, we asked people about how they use Habitica when it comes to contributing to Habitica. Those who contribute to Habitica are very special to us because they help make everything possible, and contribute to the friendliness and warmth of our community — so let’s see what they had to say!

First of all, SuperSaraA had some thoughts about her journey as a Socialite and an Artisan:

I use Habitica to help me track contribution projects I work on. As a socialite, I joined the Super Socialite challenge the first few months because it gave me directions on what I could do to help and also a handy reminder task to go visit the Tavern or Ask A Question guild. Over time I just made my own habit to visit those guilds. As an artisan contributor I more often use To- do tasks to mark when my pixel art project needs to be completed or refreshed by so that I can remind myself to stay accountable. I also have a few to-does that I use as notes of how long I spend doing the pixel art to help a fellow contributor who is doing research on about how long people spend creating their pixel art projects. While this is unofficial helping the other contributor, I personally lump it into a similar mental task category. While I do not have a title for creating challenges, I aspire to someday. To help me achieve this goal, I regularly create challenges in various guilds (or the public list) and share them with users. I often add links to them in my profile so users on the apps can easily find them. I mainly use To-do tasks to organize these. Often I make one with ideas of challenges. Then when I make a challenge, I make a to-do with the challenge name (and what guild it is in if applicable) and when I need to close it. I also set the due date a bout a full day after the date I list on the challenge description so users world wide will not be prevented from having the most time to do the tasks. This really helps most for me when I add tags to these tasks so I can filter them and get a good idea of what tasks I need to do when to begin or end challenges I am running.

PixelStorm also had tips about a whole range of ways to contribute:

As an Artisan When I first started contributing, I used my task page to keep track of my claims. Mostly this would be in the form of a to-do with a checklist. Each round of drafts was recorded in the checklist, and changes I needed to make on the next draft was recorded in the description. However, as I moved up the tiers, more and more of my tracking moved to my Artisan trello board. I also used to have a daily for reading and responding to messages in PiP, but as I now do this without a prompt the daily was no longer needed. I suppose checking PiP became second nature to me.

As a Challenger I usually create a to-do at the end of the month to help me with the challenge rollovers in Pixel Power. This will normally include a checklist with the new themes, reminders to post a message in Pixel Power and The Bulletin Board, as well as a reminder to update Pixel Power’s keep page with the new themes and challenge winners. If the guild has a collaboration challenge with an approaching deadline, I will have a to-do with the final date so I can post a reminder in Pixel Power about a week before it closes.

…But PixelStorm also gave a great tip about using Habitica’s guilds to enhance the experience:

I’d say that in terms of contributing, I mostly use Habitica for the guilds. I’ve joined several contributor guilds, even if I don’t have any plans to earn the title. You can find me in Pixels in Progress and Guild Leaders and Challenge Creators most of the time, but I also check in to Wizards of the Wiki every so often to see if the Scribes need any help with navigating the main pixel art trello when updating the art credits. I’m also in the Aspiring Legends Guild, where I like to help aspiring contributors find a title that suits their skills and interests. I also keep an eye on the quest trello board – if I see a new quest open for submissions, I will post a link to it in the Aspiring Legends guild for any aspiring Storytellers there.

Meanwhile, QuartzFox has some warm words for the way the community can act as a support, including for contributors:

That’s what the community side of Habitica is really about: supporting each other. Learning from each other. Giving advice and hugs and shoulders when needed, and cheering each other on, and sometimes helping us to face up to ourselves, to our darker sides, and heal those places inside ourselves that maybe we couldn’t do on our own — but here, where we can just be ourselves, we can bare our weaknesses safely because we know, unequivocally, that we’re all fighting the same fight, and maybe we’re fighting on our own — but that’s not the same as fighting alone. ❤

That’s all for now, but you can check out the full posts in the Use Case Spotlights Guild. Don’t forget that you can be featured in our next Use Case Spotlight by joining the guild and posting your thoughts when the next Use Case Spotlight theme is announced, too.

Tavern

It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Here’s a useful tip for your travels in Habitica: make sure you check out the Tavern! It’s a great place to chat with other users, ask questions and share your struggles and successes. The Wiki Wizards have cooked up a great article explaining all the ins and outs:

The Tavern is the in-game establishment that provides lodging and entertainment for travelers. You can rest at the Inn when you need a break from your Dailies, or you can join other travelers in the Tavern Chat, where any user is welcome to participate or simply observe. You will find the Tavern under the Guilds tab.

You can check out the article on the Wiki… don’t forget that you can check in and take a load off! And Daniel’s always got a slice of cake waiting for you…

Contributor Spotlight: MaybeSteveRogers

Welcome back to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with MaybeSteveRogers, one of our Socialites and Linguists. She’s been contributing for years, helping out newbies and established players alike in the Tavern, and she’s helped out with our Danish translations as well!

MaybeSteveRogers, how did you get involved with Habitica?

I saw a tumblr post on it when I was but a youngster (it was still HabitRPG then!), and it sounded like a blast to get paid in gold for doing my homework, so I signed up and haven’t looked back since!

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

Honestly, I think the challenges I’m making, especially the Goblins Anonymous and my two monthly study challenges. I’ve spent time on helping others out and doing a bit of translation (which I really want to get back to, sigh), but making challenges is a whole different brand of fun. Over the years I’ve even had a few lovely people message me just to tell me that they really enjoyed challenges I set up, and it makes me all fuzzy inside! Means I must be doing something right!

What are your secret superpowers?

I am generally unafraid of trying something new. The worst that can happen is that I learn something, right? I also read really fast and have heterochromia in one eye (it’s split down the middle – one half is brown, the other is blue).

What are your secret weaknesses?

I am forever battling Deadline Paralysis. I get a task, I let the deadline sneak closer, I do nothing until the very last minute (resulting in several deadlines piling up and making everything worse!). I do not understand why I am like this, and it is so hard to drag myself out of that state of mind. I also frequently forget to reply to messages (sorry, everyone).

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

My favorite mount is easily the skeleton deer – it’s so spooky, I love it. I think the little ghost fox is probably my favorite pet.

What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

I am a messy person and I will absolutely let things pile up – so a lot of my tasks are recurring To-Do’s (thank you, To-Do-Overs!) and Dailies to remind myself to just take a little bit of time to make my bed, put dirty dishes away, fold the laundry, no-brainer stuff like that. I am also trying to motivate myself to keep up with learning Japanese by having some tasks, mostly Habits, associated with that.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am starting the get back into reading for fun, but playing Dungeons & Dragons is my main hobby right now. I’m fortunate enough to be a player in one campaign and a DM for another, so I get to sit on both sides of the table.

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

Checklists are a fantastic way to organize your tasks! They can really help slim down otherwise long lists of Dailies and To-Do’s. Don’t know how we managed without them.

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

I enjoy The Scholars (duh!) a lot. Everyone there is so willing to help out each other and learn from each other. It’s really heart-warming. The Guild Leaders & Challenge Creators guild is also a wonderful place filled with people who have so much insight into running guilds and challenges – there is always good advice to be found there.

Want to learn about some of the other contributors who make Habitica such a cool place? Check the Contributor Spotlight and Staff Spotlight tags on our blog!

Guild Spotlight: The Scholars

For 2021’s Guild Spotlights, we’ll be highlighting one guild per month which runs useful or fun challenges! If you don’t know yet about challenges, they’re community events which are usually run by other users, and usually feature a group of related tasks which get added to your own task lists. Challenges can offer you a bit of extra accountability, and the feeling of not being alone on your journey… and many challenges offer Gem prizes as well!

It’s one of the biggest guilds in Habitica, but we couldn’t forget to mention this guild in doing a round-up of guilds with useful challenges. The guild is meant for learners of all stripes, and all kinds of posts and people are welcome, whether you’re in high school or doing your postgrad in STEM… or just a lifelong learner getting stuck into your umpteenth MOOC.

That’s right:

Check out The Scholars Guild!

There are all kinds of challenges in this guild, from monthly challenges to help you keep tabs on your school syllabus to a permanent challenge to help you get that paper written… along with long-term challenges to help you get some good study habits put in place.

What’s more, the guild is a supportive place where you can chat about your troubles and share the latest cool thing you’ve learnt.

Not everyone wants to or can stay in school, but don’t worry! If this guild wasn’t for you, there’ll be a new spotlight next month. You can also check out all the past Guild Spotlights on the blog!

Market

It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

This month, we thought we’d highlight an article about one of the essential areas of Habitica: the Market! This is where you can buy equipment that doesn’t appear in your rewards tab and all kinds of other items, like eggs and food for your pets… but are you familiar with everything the Market has to offer? The Wizards of the Wiki are!

At the Market, accessible through the Shops tab of the toolbar or through the Shops choice in the menu of the mobile apps for iOS or Android, players can purchase items and class-specific equipment. Tended by Alex the Merchant, the Market sells equipment, eggs, hatching potions (both standard and magic), food, saddles, cards, and special items, such as the Fortify Potion, Orb of Rebirth, Key to the Kennels, and gems. The storefront showcases some of these fine wares in a rotating selection of Featured Items. Players can also sell their unwanted items to the Market in exchange for gold.

Do you need to read up on it? Here’s the full article!

A Stunning Reversal: Inverted Pet Pics from Habitica’s April Fool’s Celebration!

If you’ve been around Habitica for a while (or at least have been around for a couple of weeks!) you know that April Fool’s Day is kind of a big deal. After all, we can hardly hold back from celebrating a day so special to the [in]famous Master of Rogues, our very own April Fool.

This year, the April Fool came to us with the very best of intentions, hoping to summon interdimensional doppelgangers to complete our tasks and give us a day off. However, it seems his meddling with time and space instead had the unintended effect of reversing the colors of our pets!

As is tradition in Habitica, the Fool posted a special Challenge to celebrate. Habiticans had a chance to show off their reversed pets on social media! Today we’re sharing the winning entries and a handful of our favorites.

First up, check our our Challenge winners!

“It’s fishin’ season in 2021 and this inverted dolphin keeps stealing my catch!” says danodea
emilyjeaharmon‘s Gryphon is providing an interesting counterpoint to their colorful palette
whothehungriest and their icy wolf friend brought flowers!
Saiwa brought flowers, and a strangely cheery zombie fox!
Betergeuse_aOri stargazes with their mysteriously transformed bear pet!

Here are a few more of our favorites!

“This April Fool’s trick is as clear as Quartz…” says QuartzFox.
Zelah_Meyer shows us a Starry Night flipped on its head!
“Oh my goodness, why is there a frost jelly in my house?! Go back to the mines, please? Or maybe…are you a friendly junimo? But why are your colors different! No, you must be a slime, but something is off… I’m so confused, what’s going on here?” says Cayst
Gumnos takes the inversion to a very spooky place!
“I kind of really liked the ghostly mood of my inverted pet on Habitica’s April Fools day. It went well with my desert thief persona. ;)” says janey_p.
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langerhan notes that the avocado garden pet looks a little… otherwordly
Evil_Overmom takes things in the opposite direction with a cheery Spring look!
Zyshara also shows us inverted colors don’t always mean dark and spooky.
Citrusella reports : “Apparently I am one with the darkness, with my inverted ghost jack-o-lantern and ghost cactus. XD (And also I thought the red cactopus felt more octopus-like than usual? 0_o)
Also, since I was playing around with testing CSS… as I do every year… to keep this alive all year long (and extend it to mounts, which it didn’t officially apply to), I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this bonus not-officially-viewable (and not third-party viewable unless I upload that style) inverted phoenix water phoenix Lapis constructed so she could ride it! XD”
virtexexe shows off different inverted looks from spooky to cute!

What a topsy-turvy assortment of reversed reveries! We hope you had as much fun with the Fool’s failed foray into interdimensional chore completion as we did.

Want to see the April Fool’s past antics? Check out our posts from the social media challenges in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020!