Finding Time for Fun: Guilds for Managing your Relaxing Hobbies

Illustration by eyenne

Habiticans are known for their productivity, but an important part of staying productive is taking time to relax and do the things you enjoy! In this month’s Spotlight we’re focusing on some Guilds where Habiticans talk about what they do for fun and how they make time for fun.

TV and Movie Enthusiasts Club:

Are you a movie lover? A television connoisseur? This Guild is a great place to meet other Habiticans who are into TV and Movies! There’s a lively discussion in the Guild chat, and several running Challenges including a Movie of the Week!

Gamers Union:

This Guild is for players of all kinds of games, from tabletop to video games and beyond. They have a great chat filled with discussions of favorite games and recommendations for new ones to check out. Gamers Union also has a number of Challenges to help you discover new games on all kinds of platforms — you might even find a new favorite!

Tabletop Gamers:

Whether you’re a Dungeon Master or totally new to the world of tabletop gaming, Tabletop Gamers is a great place to learn more, find games, and talk to others who share your enthusiasm! Featured Challenges in this Guild include Challenges based around games, but also a Dungeons and Dailies Challenge that helps you turn your Habitica Tasks page into your own tabletop-style adventure!

These Guilds and many others are here to help you make time for fun! And if you’re looking for more advice on managing your relaxing hobbies, be sure to read this month’s Use Case Spotlight, featuring tips and tricks from fellow Habiticans!


Behind the Scenes: Spotlight on the April Fool

The “Behind The Scenes” series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Today we’re doing something a little different — we’re expanding on the fictional world of Habitica by spotlighting one of the characters who commonly crops up. Enjoy!


None of Habitica’s four Masterclassers is as famous — or as frustrating — as the lovable scoundrel who calls himself the April Fool. It’s true that the Master of Rogues may seem elusive and lazy, but there are hidden depths beneath his cheeky exterior.



Very little is known about the April Fool’s past, and it might be tempting to assume that the flippant young man simply sprang out of the mist surrounding his floating city. Certainly when he first sailed across the borders of Habitica on some enchanted clouds, he was subject to considerable suspicion. What use was this layabout in the land of productivity?

Interestingly, it was the oldest and hardest-working of the Masterclassers, the Joyful Reaper, who first advocated in the Fool’s favor. When the Fool’s illusory skills inverted all of the domain’s major landmarks, the Joyful Reaper declared that she hadn’t laughed so much for a century, and encouraged Habiticans to embrace the opportunity for fun. (And if she noted any resemblance between the Fool and young Assiduous Fuss, the long-lost heir to the Flourishing Fields‘ most upright and uptight family… Well. For a skeleton, the Joyful Reaper can be surprisingly close-lipped.)

Eventually, Lemoness and Redphoenix struck a compromise with the Fool: he could continue his entertaining pranks if he contained the majority of his mirth to a single day. Since then, he has distracted and delighted us every year during the Spring Fling gala.

When asked about his greatest success, the April Fool tends to proclaim that his most recent prank has surpassed all his others. Indeed, he has only ever been ashamed of one: the shenanigans that lead up to the attack of the Be-Wilder. Other than that “minor mistake,” he insists that he has been “a paragon of perfect taste.” Whether or not you agree, most Habiticans can point at a favorite prank.

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The Time Travelers frequently revisit their own favorite April Fool’s Day.

Personal Life

When he isn’t causing havoc, the April Fool lives in the city of Mistiflying. He likes to drift over Habitica’s various domains, although some have noted that he avoids the Flourishing Fields — dare we say it — assiduously.

More often than not, Mistiflying hovers over the Stoïkalm Steppes, since the April Fool is engaged in a highly enthusiastic (and occasionally combative) courtship with Lady Glaciate of the Mammoth Riders. Though the brusque Master of Warriors may seem like an improbable match for the Fool, he spends a considerable amount of time concocting wildly over-the-top plans to win her love — and she spends a considerable amount of time rescuing him when those plans go dramatically awry. Both claim to be in it solely for the amicable bickering, but their compatriots are not convinced.

Within the city of Mistiflying, the April Fool is constantly renovating his house, since his boredom drives him to constant creative heights. One week’s flashy cottage may be next week’s towering castle. The only constancy is the April Fool’s ridiculous use of rainbow palettes. Although he favors bright hues for his artwork, his apparel, and even his hair, the April Fool’s favorite color is secretly a mundane shade of dark brown: the color of Lady Glaciate’s eyes.

Some of the April Fool’s favorite hobbies include card-playing, karaoke, and keeping his citizens entertained. The messenger-mages of Mistiflying admit that their ruler is capricious, but insist that variety is the spice of life. “Just yesterday, he got all the Mistiflies to switch our latest mail deliveries with freshly-baked pizzas,” one messenger said. “I mean, our routes are terribly delayed now, but the pizza was delicious, and there’s something to be said about that.”

We hope that you enjoyed this month’s spotlight! Read more about the other Masterclassers of Habitica here.

Sample Dailies

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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!

In last month’s edition of Wiki Wednesday we looked at the Wiki Scribes’ advice about Sample Habits. Now that you’ve set up your Habits column, you might be wondering about that ever-important Dailies column.  Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have more great advice and examples to inspire you as you decide on your Dailies!

Dailies are recurring tasks in Habitica. These are the tasks that need to be taken care of either daily, or at regular intervals, or on specific days of the week. There are differences between a Daily, a To-Do, and a Habit. For a task to be a Daily, it normally needs to meet the following criteria:

  1. The task can be scheduled,
  2. The task recurs at regular times (daily or “every x days” or on certain days of the week), and
  3. The task has a measurable goal that can be checked off and forgotten about until the next day.

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

Your Photobombed Party Pics with the April Fool!

Habiticans enjoyed yet another April 1st marked by silly pixel antics this year! The April Fool himself turned Habitica into the Distraction Discotheque and Dazzle Dance Emporium, a sparkly place filled with exciting distraction! Even the NPC’s were not immune…

Disco Daniel!
Matt the Beat Master!
The Sensational Sorceress!

Best of all, the April Fool decided to have a dance party with each and every Habitican! As part of a special Challenge to mark the occasion, many Habiticans  shared their photobombed avatars on social media! Here are just a few of the many awesome pics with the April Fool you all posted as part of the Challenge!

Here are the pictures from the Challenge Winners!

Tousled SmileTousled Smile had a grand time with the Fool on a sunny porch!


Lalaitha cautions, “The April Fool took over the beehive!”


CaptivatingLight notes, “The April Fool’s hair matches my avatar quite well, I think.”

Anna Lilliman

Anna Lilliman has a new friend, but her Dragon looks less amused.

Acquafortis Fortis

Acquafortis Fortis says, “It was a pleasure having you in the photo, as they say Fools never differ….”

And here are some more of our favorite photobombs! There were so many great ones, it was hard to choose just a few to feature here.

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Accio Books! says, “Looks like the April Fool is messing with gravity!”


Fintastical’s Flying Pig appears confused about the April Fool’s definition of “shade.”


In a major political shakeup, the April Fool appears to have elected Firebirdy as his court jester!


Meanwhile, Kirin and the April Fool match nicely in shades of gold…


… and peoii seems to have just warned the Fool in the nick of time to get out of the line of cannon fire!


QueenWolf and the Royal Purple Wolf here aren’t quite sure what to make of this Fool, but he does sort of match their outfits, so he’s probably all right.
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Tiffany Sostar knows her Shimmer Fox Mount probably shouldn’t have cotton candy, but it’s a special occasion!

Even the Habitica Staff and Moderators weren’t immune to the Fool’s antics!

Beffymaroo had unexpected company in the sunflower garden!


SabreCat found the Fool’s kindness to animals quite touching: “My octopus mount is taken aback by the Fool’s sweet romantic gesture.”


shanaqui is an expert at wrangling foolish antics around Habitica, so they were ready: “As befits a moderator, looks like I’m gonna catch that April Fool!”


Breadstrings decided a Harry Potter themed cosplay was in order, and dressed as Professor McGonagall while the Fool aptly played the role of Peeves!

Last (but certainly not least!!), Vandraren treated us to some wonderful photobomb fanart featuring perhaps the cutest-ever zombie battle!


We had so much fun bringing you the April Fool’s goofy antics! We’re glad you had as much fun as we did. Stay tuned to see what that delightful joker is up to next year!

Use Case Spotlight: Managing Your Relaxing Hobbies

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So far in our 2017 Use Case Spotlight series, we’ve focused on several health-related topics. We’d be remiss if we didn’t cover an often-neglected aspect of living a healthy life: taking the time to decompress and do activities that you enjoy! Here are some great tips, tricks, and ideas for using Habitica to set (and maintain!) new tasks and goals related to Managing Your Relaxing Hobbies. These come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Juanaxo:balloon::bowtie: offers a great way to block out time for something fun and relaxing:

I created a monthly S.M.A.R.T. Goal in the Long Term Accountability Guild for a Monthly Recharge Day. Each month I pick a day to check into the Inn and on that day I will alternate crafting, cooking something complicated, or family day trip. Because I don’t want to add 12 To-Dos I decided it would work best as a Habit.


awesomelibrarian has some great ideas for finding time to mindfully relax throughout the day:

I have some of my dailies reflect my want/need to do relaxing things, such as “color for a little bit” and “read for 30 minutes.” This forces me to be more mindful throughout my day for spots when I can sneak in some me time. In the past I would have just gone through my day without thinking about reading on my lunch break or coloring while I waited for a doctor, but now I do (and it’s made me some friends!). I also keep a habit of “Do something you’re proud of” for times when I do something I never thought I would do (like go to a party with too many people, or type poems to send to friends), and need a pat on the shoulder.


akirassasin likes to take it easy by keeping things green!

I take care of cool looking plants as a way to make myself feel relaxed, but they all have different requirements (amount of water, fertilisers etc.) so I use every X days dailies to keep track of what to do 🙂

Pips the Fetid highlights the importance of remembering to de-stress when we need it most:

I started playing the ukulele after my best friend died a couple of years ago, and it helped me through some really hard times. It relaxes me and, depending on what I play, can help me work out emotions or put a smile on my face. The problem is, I often don’t think to play when I’m really stressed – and that’s when I need it most. Putting it as a habit on Habitica helps me remember to take a few minutes here and there to play and de-stress.

Katy133 keeps track of a neat creative project with Dailies!

I’m working on NaNoRenO (a month-long challenge to make a video game in one month) and have been using Habitica to help me manage my time. I have a Daily to work on it, and it’s so nice to visually see my progress increase with the Daily’s Streak number.


There were so many helpful and exciting tips we couldn’t feature them all here! You can see them all and join in the discussion in the Use Case Spotlights Guild– one of your ideas could be featured next month! Look for an announcement of next month’s theme from Bailey soon.