Adventures Great and Small: Guilds for Outdoor Hobbies

Illustration by Leephon

It’s officially summertime (well, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!), and it’s a great season to get out and enjoy what the outdoors have to offer. Whether you’re simply trying to get outside more often or you’re an adventure enthusiast who wants to add to your repertoire, you can find fellow Habiticans who are excited to join you! In this month’s Spotlight we’re focusing on just a few of Habitica’s outdoors-focused Guilds.

Venture Outside Your Lair:

This Guild’s aim is simple: to get you to leave the house and enjoy what the outdoors and wider world have to offer. The chat provides a great space for Guild members to motivate each other and share their journeys into the world. Venture Outside Your Lair also has a variety of fun, gamified Challenges to not only encourage you to get outside, but to engage with your environment while you’re there!

Outdoor Corps:

Outdoor Corps is a Guild for all who love outdoor activities, from hiking and other sports to just spending time in nature. The Guild Chat is full of tales, fun tips, and encouraging messages from members discussing their adventures outside. Check out their Challenges for even more incentives to spend more time in the fresh air!

Gardening Gnomes:

Do you have a green thumb? Or do you wish you did? Take a peek into Gardening Gnomes to meet Habiticans who share a love for plants and taking care of them! The chat features lively discussions of prize plants as well as questions and answers for those learning the horticultural arts. They also have a couple of Challenges to encourage plant upkeep – just the thing if you are the type to forget to water your leafy friends!

These Guilds and many others are here to help you get outside and find fun things to do when you’re there! And if you’re looking for more advice on using Habitica to help you spend more time outside of your dwelling, be sure to read this month’s Use Case Spotlight, featuring tips and tricks from fellow Habiticans!

Behind the Scenes: Habitica House!

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. Every so often, we’ll treat you to some silly staff shenanigans or show you the work that goes into your favorite features. Enjoy!

Some of you might remember that last year the Habitica Staff took a Southern California roadtrip for work, bonding, and a touch of shenanigans. This year, with two new members on staff, the team decided it was time for another get-together.

Staff members came from far and wide. Vicky, Leslie, and Beth, the Californians of the group,  rounded up our more far-flung colleagues: Matteo, from Italy; Phillip from Germany; Alys from Australia; Sabe from Wisconsin; and Keith from Texas!

In two cars (the “fun bagel car” and “the spaceship”) we all journeyed into the desert. We hoped to get some work done, but also to have a good time and bond as a team.

First, we made a stop for supplies. You can see that we kept our priorities very practical.

Phillip spent much of the retreat in a fearless quest to taste test every possible peanut butter and chocolate product available.
Alas, the T-Rex cookie jar and the pizza slice pool float did not make the final cut.

Once at the house, we took some time to unpack the sensible items we had all brought for the trip.

The force is strong with Alys! She’s demoing a cool lightsaber her housemate made!
Leslie and Beth took the time to personalize the shower curtain purchased for the ladies’ powder room in grand Habitican fashion.
We perched on the house’s many couches and worked away for the majority of the super hot daytime hours. Imagine, if you will, the soothing sound of eight keyboards softly clicking.
When discussing exciting new features, things occasionally moved to the carpet. In lieu of toy cars, remote controls served as placement markers!
We had a meeting with several of our fabulous designers to discuss exciting new features coming to the site and apps! This meeting, however, came to a sudden stop…
…when the staff spied a road runner on the patio! However, we did not see a coyote in pursuit, nor we did experience the deployment of any Acme products.

Although we spent a lot of time focusing on work, we definitely took time to enjoy ourselves.

Keith proved himself a worthy Grill Master (as a Texan apparently this comes naturally!) and Vicky introduced us all to the exciting world of grilled fruit.
We enjoyed the fresh desert air while having lunch al fresco!
Some team members took a night hike in Joshua Tree National Park! We had a lot of fun exploring the desert with its eerie Joshua trees, beautiful plants, and rock formations.
This wouldn’t be a proper gathering of Habitica staff members without some silliness. And animal hats are exactly the kind of silliness we appreciate. Beth, Leslie, and Vicky are getting in the mood for the Summer Splash Gala!
Although arguably Matteo found the best hat. Flying Pig for the win!
As the retreat drew to a close, we stopped for a peaceful picnic in a scenic canyon oasis.


All in all we had a wonderful time, filled with jokes, exotic chocolates, delicious food, desert scenery, and great company. You can check out our Tweets and Instagram posts from the retreat for more fun- search the hashtag HabiticaHouse!

Until next time! 🙂

Sample Rewards

Illustration by Vampitch


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 the last three editions of Wiki Wednesday we looked at some Sample tasks to help you to set up or re-evaluate your Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos. This month we’re going to take a look at that last, oft-neglected column: Rewards. Do you get stuck when you try to think of customized Rewards to place here? Or do you want fresh, new ideas to boost your motivation?  Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have a fantastic article devoted to Sample Custom Rewards!

The Custom Rewards feature allows players to add personal, customized purchases to the Rewards list. This page contains some examples of Custom Rewards to help you develop your own.

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

Contributor Spotlight: Alys


Welcome to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with Alys, one of our Moderators and Blacksmiths! She helps with managing the community as well as smashing bugs and helping to implement new features!

Alys, how did you get involved with Habitica?

I came across the Kickstarter and it looked really interesting. I quickly realised that if I decided to stay with Habitica, I’d want to collect all the pets and gear so I paid into the Kickstarter at the level that let me get all the backer items. My best decision ever! 🙂 I loved the novel motivation and was impressed by the open approach to seeking help from the community.

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

The change to cron that stopped it running prematurely when you went through daylight savings or changed timezones. It took me three tries to find a method that worked well, but when we finally went through a daylight savings change without widespread unfair damage, it was a great relief!

What are your secret superpowers?

I seem to be good at testing when I have time to really focus on it. I also have an amazing ability to make friends with Australian wildlife!

What are your secret weaknesses?

An inability to focus on the most important things and get them done first. Freezing with indecision when I have too much to do.

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

Such a difficult question! I like Cerberus, the three-headed dog from the Kickstarter campaign, of course. The owls are adorable. The baby mammoth is just the cutest thing ever! The egg basket mounts are gorgeous! How can you choose?


What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

My Dailies are all the things that really need to be done to stop my life getting out of control, like making sure the rubbish bins are taken out on the right days and that my inboxes are emptied each day (although that one is sadly red). My To-Dos are filled with things I want to do for Habitica but rarely get around to doing due to that secret weakness of mine.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Being out in nature, surrounded by trees, and watching wild animals and birds in my garden. At night, I love gazing up at the stars and imagining what it would be like if we could travel to other planets. I enjoy reading science fiction, although don’t make enough time for it, and I also have a fondness for P.G. Wodehouse, Rudyard Kipling, and historical fiction in general.

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

One thing I enjoy occasionally is using Fix Character Values to swap Health for Mana or Gold. When I have less Health, I’m more motivated to do my Dailies of course, and having extra Mana for attacking bosses or more Gold for buying gems and equipment is always useful. The wiki has a great page about being a Bloodmage or Berserker (such awesome names!) and other interesting ideas.

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

The Report a Bug Guild! I quite like how that Guild’s turned out; I think it works well. It’s another thing I’m proud of.


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!

Use Case Spotlight: Outdoor Hobbies

Illustration by Leephon

In last month’s Use Case Spotlight we learned all about different ways that folks in the community use Habitica to manage their Arts and Crafts-related tasks. This month, we’re taking a trip into the great outdoors! Here are some great tips, tricks, and ideas for using Habitica to set (and maintain!) new tasks and goals related to Outdoor Hobbies. These come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

diapasoun starts us off with a focus on outdoor time as self-care!

I have two main Outdoor Hobbies: walking and gardening. I have a self-care daily which has “go for a morning walk” as a checkbox. I also have an exercise daily due once a week, with 5 checkboxes for hitting 10k steps on 5 different days. The regular daily keeps me going each day, and the weekly helps me build a sense of long-term accomplishment. I also have a daily for checking in on all my plants: watering them, pruning, spot re-potting, whatever it is that they might need. It definitely helps keep my plants alive, and therefore makes my plants and me happy!

tanelf uses Dailies to remember to enjoy the fruits of their gardening labor.

I’m finding Habitica incredibly useful for my outdoor hobby, gardening. For years, we’ve successfully planted a food garden, but we usually struggle on the harvesting part — I just forget to go check what’s ripe at any given time, pick it, and use it.

This year, I have a handy daily — with checkboxes — that helps me remember to get out there, tend to the garden, and harvest!


Claire Wright uses To-Dos to help motivate cleanup after time with equine friends.

I have a daily set up for 30 minutes of activity; I also have habits created for 60 minutes of outdoor activity and 90 minutes of outdoor activity. I do a lot of horse riding and I am really bad at cleaning my boots and kit afterwards. I always set up a ‘To-do’ to motivate me into cleaning the mud off my boots in a timely fashion!

Eri101 uses a Challenge from a Guild to make sure to get some device-free time in their day.

I’m part of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Guild, and one of the Dailies in their challenge “First Years” involves taking some time to get away from electronics and get outside. I make sure to take some time to walk around outside while I can during my workday. Not necessarily a hobby, but something that does help me get some fresh air.

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.

Also, if you missed it you may want to take a look at our most recent Guild Spotlight, which showcases groups dedicated to Arts and Crafts!