Guild Spotlight: Prepping for the Holidays

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Habitica’s NPCs are ready to celebrate!

The holidays are a time of joy, togetherness and celebration. But getting ready for all that can really be a lot of work! This month we focus on some Guilds in Habitica that can help you to plan, prepare, and get things done so that you can sit back and enjoy the best parts of the holiday season.

Make Your Home Sweet Home https://habitica.com/groups/guild/d33f834c-9c24-4484-9d1c-95dfa323175e

This Guild focuses on making your living space neat, happy, and welcoming, so they are ready to help you prepare to entertain guests or host holiday gatherings. Check out their themed weekly decluttering Challenges!

Financial Discipline Group: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/09a66cc6-62d9-4eaf-a705-4ea8ea330544

Are you trying to save money for gifts or other holiday treats? Or maybe you’re trying to reign in your holiday spending this year? Check out this Guild for advice, strategies, and Challenges that will help you spend and save wisely.

Decluttering Devils: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/38254464-1fbc-40f3-8565-46e9b8a91f7d

Decluttering Devils are all about creating more space and a feeling of neatness and tranquility in your home. Let their Challenges motivate you to clean up that jumbled corner or closet you’ve been avoiding. You know the one!

Seasonal Decoration Guild: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/f065a669-9483-42d4-9562-7f8dd5b8adb7

This Guild is focused specifically on decorating and hosting for the holidays, and features a set of Challenges to help make the holidays stress-free no matter what you celebrate. The chat is full of people sharing pictures, swapping ideas, and getting organized so that you can indulge your holiday hobbies without breaking a sweat or breaking the bank.

These Guilds and many others are ready to motivate you to you set goals, prepare, and work toward a happy, relaxing holiday. And they’ll be helpful when you’re cleaning up after your celebrations and preparing for the New Year, too!

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Fantastic Wizarding Guilds and Where to Find Them

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Habiticans have plenty of fantastic beasts in their stables!

Are you excited for the new Fantastic Beasts movie? Lots of Habiticans are, including many of the staff and contributors! If you want to dive into some fun fandom activity in Habitica before the new movie debuts, check out these great Guilds:

Hogwarts: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/07622ad9-f90d-49aa-98fd-2143bc5bf75f

This is a Guild for all Habitican Harry Potter fans. Join the chat, or check out their Challenge to help you sort into one of House-specific Guilds listed below!

Ravenclaw Common Room: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/f63bb44f-ca80-46a8-9264-1a80cc76346d

Join Ravenclaw Common Room to chat about the fandom as well as sharpen that famous Ravenclaw wit!

Hufflepuff Common Room: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/672e263b-a62c-42d7-95d2-7d963a6c9d52

Friendly, helpful Hufflepuffs gather here to chat and boost their famous hardworking and productive nature through Challenges.

Slytherin House: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/0c5896d5-f574-4148-afcd-d110007c8173

Are you a resourceful, ambitious Slytherin? Join this Guild and enjoy the company of your fellow House members as well as a variety of Challenges including a book club!

Gryffindor House: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/db323720-6df8-4bc3-9864-938a471e590f

This Guild is home to the brave, daring members of Harry’s own Hogwarts House! They chat and support each other here through brave and productive deeds.

Dumbledore’s Army: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/28b306f9-202e-4a89-990e-21b8dcbb2b0c

This Guild has an active and exciting chat about all aspects of the Harry Potter fandom. They also have a Fantastic Beasts-themed Challenge to motivate you to collect, feed, and care for your Habitica pets and mounts!

Have fun and use your magic powers wisely!

Gamifying your Lists!

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!

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Illustration by Leephon

Habitica is all about helping you find fun in your everyday (and even not-so-everyday!) tasks through rewards, skills, quests, and more! But wait, there’s even more you can do to bring the feel of a game to cleaning, chores, homework, and beyond. The Wiki Scribes provide helpful guidance and creative ideas for gamifying your tasks lists!

Habitica is largely based on gamification, or putting real-life tasks in the context of a game to make them more engaging, interesting, and rewarding. Naming your Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos in a creative, gamified way is a great way to add flavor to your game.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the the full article!

CONTRIBUTOR SPOTLIGHT: Blade!

Welcome to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with Blade, one of our Moderators and Blacksmiths. Blade is a major guiding hand on Github, overseeing pull requests and making sure Habitica’s foundation of bits and bytes is as strong as we can make it.

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How did you get involved with Habitica?

I was scolded by my dentist for not flossing for the 4th or 5th time in a row. I decided I needed to make an app that would award me points for flossing, but it turns out that it already existed! I gladly joined and can say that since then my dentist has been very, very impressed.

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

Strong-arming the dev team into focusing on test coverage whenever adding or changing features. [And we’re grateful for it! -Ed.]

What are your secret superpowers?

I can make my kid laugh just by looking at him.

What are your secret weaknesses?

Peanut butter based snacks. If you ever need to bribe me, now you know the currency.

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

Spooky Bear Cub and Red Octopus!

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What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

* Flossing
* Reading the Lectionary every morning
* Getting to inbox 0 (never happens)

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’ve recently gotten into playing Magic the Gathering. Wait. [checks to see if there’s a Magic the Gathering guild] (there is) [joins]

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The Habitica community is wonderful and always willing to lend a hand.
2. Start slowly. If you find that you consistently cannot complete your dailies, turn some of them off.
3. Tell your friends about Habitica and then start a Party with them. It’s more fun to work together!

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

Aspiring Blacksmiths and Aspiring Comrades.

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

Achieve Your Writing Goals with Habitica

NaNoWriMo is underway! No matter if you’re playing by official rules or just along for the ride (and ambient motivation), there are a couple of features in Habitica that might help this month feel a bit less daunting. (As a little gift, I’ve snuck in some of my favorite articles about writing, for more process-specific advice!)

Plot Points as a To Do Checklist

Are you a plotter, not a pantser? No matter if you’re using the Snowflake Method, a Shakespearean-style five-act structure, or Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey as a skeleton for your story, it can be helpful to break your plot outline into individual tasks so you can check them off as you go. Maybe you’ll pick up a new pet to accompany you as you add to the word count!

Use a Dailies Checklist to Establish a Routine

Did you know that you can also put checklists under each of your dailies? This is a handy way to remind yourself what the next step is, to help create a ritual that guides you into the writing mood. Mine look like this (partially inspired by the articles “How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day” and “Script Diary“):

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Recognize Your Accomplishments: Use Custom Rewards!

Writing projects, like all creative endeavours, are not easy tasks to undertake. Make sure you’re allowing yourself a reward once in a while, whether it’s a favorite snack for every batch of words completed, getting to write in a beautiful notebook you’ve been hoarding for a special occasion, or even some reading time to refill the well of inspiration.

The Habitica team wishes you all good luck with your writing this month and every month–we’re look forward to reading your work!