Keeping Parties Motivated

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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!

Greetings, denizens of Habitica! One of the key features of Habitica which makes it work as an accountability tool is the Party system. It’s easier to force yourself to get up and do that last load of laundry if you know the boss is going to attack your friends far too hard if you don’t, right? Parties can be more motivating when they’re active, friendly and fun, and this can be especially important to pay attention to if you’re partying up with people you only know from Habitica. This month’s featured Wiki article is on Keeping Parties Motivated:

Parties are one of the primary social features of Habitica. Players in a party have their own chat. They can cooperate on quests, send letters, and use unique items on each other. Quests are a primary means to earn unique rewards. Only players aligned in a party may participate in quests together. They can be a fun way of interacting with the game. Quests also help with accountability, and can provide support and encouragement. It is recommended that a party have no less than four members before engaging in all but the most basic quests.

Over time, even large parties or powerful party members may lose interest or experience burnout. Challenges are one of the many ways of motivating your party. This page is about other methods to keep your party engaged or entertained.

Want to read more on how to spice up your Party life? Head over to the Wiki and check out the full article.

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Behind the Scenes: What We’re Playing

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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!

Hello Habiticans! It probably won’t come as a big surprise to you all that many of the Habitica Staff are huge video game fans. Today we’re sharing some of the (non-Habitica) games we’re currently playing.

Vicky (AKA Redphoenix):

“I Love Hue (iOS and Android) is a soothing mobile game where you put colors in order. I find it just hard enough to be interesting, but not so engaging so as to suck me away from work I need to be doing and thereby cause more stress. When decisionmaking can get reduced to “is this a purple-y grey or a blue-y grey”, I’m in a comforting kind of zone.

Bastion:  Oldie but goodie! I’m on my first play through (rather than watching someone else play it) and I’m enjoying a lot about the game—particularly the narration performance and art direction. Did you know it was made by a seven person team?”

Leslie (AKA Lemoness):

“Minit:
A snappy, fun pixel adventure where, thanks to a cursed sword, you have only 60 seconds at a time to run around the world, accomplish tasks, and solve puzzles. I thought this game handled its unique constraint in a very clever way.

Gorogoa:
A beautiful, contemplative, wordless game that uses unique perspectives to drive its thoughtful puzzles as you slowly unfold the plot. Dream-like and fascinating, this mobile game has become one of my recent favorites.

Guildlings (Beta Testing):
Technically this comes out in the summer, but I enjoyed the build that I tested enough to mention it! Fun character banter, great art, and an enjoyable “wizards and wifi” premise… but I probably shouldn’t say too much about it yet. I will note that I particularly loved Syb the Upstart and her various “startups” — a word that has a slightly different meaning in the fantasy world of Guildlings… ;)”

Beth (AKA Beffymaroo):

“Like many out there, I’m playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch right now. I’m shamefully behind and haven’t had a chance to play in a while, so I definitely need to get back to it! It’s a beautiful game with a gorgeous landscape and soundtrack, and I love all the many many things to do and explore. As far as I’m concerned it lives up to the hype!

On mobile, I’m playing Flutter: Starlight (available on iOS and Android). It’s a moth collecting game, pretty much. I love lepidopterans generally, and I chose the “Starlight” moth version over the original with butterflies because I find the color scheme and music more soothing. I also love learning more about all the beautiful and strange moths out there! Vicky is also playing and we like to compare notes on our strategies for collecting moths during their special events.”

Keith (AKA TheHollidayInn):

Final Fantasy 14 – my default stress relief. I’m a big Final Fantasy fan and this game has been create since the release of A Realm Reborn

Monster Hunter World – A very nice sequel to the ongoing franchise. My friends pushed me to get in to this grind with them, but it is pretty great.

Mafia III – I’m just starting this game because it is on my Humble Bundle Monthly (which I highly recommend getting). So far so good!”

Tressley (AKA Apollo):

Alien: Isolation
A dark, stealthy survival horror game based on the Alien film series. The game’s plot is set 15 years after the events of the original Alien film. You play Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, while you try to investigate the disappearance of your mother. I’ve really been enjoying this installment in the Alien game series as the stealth/survival horror aspect evokes the original 1979 film’s feeling and tone.

Golf It
A fun mini-golf game focused primarily on the multiplayer experience. The map editor makes for some frustrating, but exciting games with friends. Best paired with a fun group on Discord.”

Sabe (AKA SabreCat):

“Current game: Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. Isometric RPG from the early 00’s with a fantasy-steampunk milieu. Has a lot of variety in how you can build a character, from gunslingers to necromancers to diplomats!

Also using Tabletop Simulator to play the dungeon-fantasy campaign board game Gloomhaven. Explore the world, level up, fulfill your personal quests, opening sealed envelopes and boxes as you unlock new characters and expand the town!”

Nikki (AKA shanaqui):

“I’m usually playing too many casual games at once, while neglecting a plotty behemoth I should be keeping track of. Right now I’m ignoring my replay of Final Fantasy XIII — I love the whole FF series, but this is not a fave! I do really enjoy strategising with the different class combinations, but I haven’t got to that stage in my replay yet. Casually, I’m playing Kingdom Rush Frontiers, which is a tower defence game with fun Easter eggs now and then. Perpetually, I’m playing Faster Than Light, which I’ve played nearly 200 hours of and won only eight times. I enjoy the mix of luck and strategy, though, and I have some fun mods which make things even more strategic.

Huh, apparently I’m into strategising and tactics? Good to know…”

Sara (AKA piyorii):

“I’m playing Nier: Automata. The game has an existential, calm post-apocalyptic atmosphere to it that I really enjoy exploring. Its one of those games that sticks with you after you turn it off, and I find myself talking with friends about our interpretations. It also has a very in-depth combat and upgrade system that has you learning slick combos and new strategies long into the game. I’m on my third playthrough, but unlike most games, each playthrough is like a sequel built into intended experience of the game as a whole. the first time you beat it, you don’t get all the story! I’m having a lot of fun exploring the world and uncovering all the secrets it’s hiding, and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes third person action RPGs.”

What games are you playing right now? We’d love to hear your recommendations! Feel free to share them in the comments, or pop into the Tavern chat to discuss there! ❤

Use Case Spotlight: Making a Difference!

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In last month’s Use Case Spotlight, we looked at ideas for upping your Spring Cleaning game and getting your home in order. This April, in honor of National Volunteer Month, we’re focusing on tips to help motivate you and keep you on track when you’re working for positive change in your world. These great ideas for using Habitica to make a difference come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Dagger-13 starts us off with some ideas for tasks for making a difference, as well as a great method for keeping track of all your hard work:

I’ve got a number of habits in the theme of ‘making a difference’ – I volunteer at a local arts venue, so that’s on there (I ‘plus’ it each time I help out), and I also attend and help out at a meditation centre (again, a plus each time I attend). I take part in a monthly challenge to pick up and throw away/recycle rubbish I see outside (one plus for every three pieces I pick up) and I have a ‘donate to charity’ positive habit. I’ve also recently set a ‘did a good deed’ habit to encompass other things which I do which don’t have their own habit.

I set all of these to reset weekly, so at the end of the week I can have a look at my total and see how much I’ve managed to do. Doing it this way gives me the motivation to keep going, or to buck up my ideas I don’t put a negative on these as I don’t feel like we have to do these things (there’s too much ‘should’ing in the world!), but I choose to do them and therefore they’re a positive contribution to others.

Shutzie27 uses tasks and tags to help organize their civic activism:

I’m a very civically active person and Habitica is a huge part of helping me keep different ongoing projects going. For example, at the moment I’m trying to make my street safer by getting sidewalks, so I have an “Operation: Sidewalks for ALL” tag and whenever I need to call the city to ask a question a prospective signer may have I put that on my To Do list.

I’m also on my Legislative District’s communications committee and a precinct committee person so whenever I have a task for that it goes on the To Do list with my “LD24” tag. Finally, I have some Habits and Dailies I use as well. One plus-only habit I have is “Protect democracy through civic engagement.” I give myself a plus whenever I attend a meeting of a civic or advocacy organization (for example, today I went to a Phoenix Spokes People meeting) so I plus’d myself.

SweetenedPoison points us to another Guild you can join for tips and support for volunteering (and for fun manga discussions!):

My guild, The Magical Girls is focused on “saving the world” through volunteering, community service, being generally helpful/friendly, and so on. The challenge that highlights volunteering is the Become a Magical Girl! challenge. It’s helped me get started in the volunteering process, as well as a bunch of other Habiticans who are out fighting the good fight or working on their way to getting there 🙂

Scea reminds us that even making a difference for one person is important!

Since I heard how [little] service workers earn, I learned to appreciate their work. Every time I meet one of these persons, I remember how important they are for my every day life, and I try to give them at least an encouraging smile – even if I had a not so funny day. Perhaps I am the only person in a good mood the cashier has seen this day – so I try to be polite and cheer them up with some chit-chat or simply brighten their day by being a happy person. And sometimes my own day wasn’t this bad, too.

Perhaps this is not a big difference I make, but I know that even the tiniest things can make a big difference for another person.

You can see more tips 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.

And lastly, if you missed it you may want to take a look at our most recent Guild Spotlight, where we’ve highlighted more groups that can help give you even more motivation and support as you volunteer and work for causes that matter to you!

It’s the Little Things: Tiny Pet and Mount Pics from Habitica’s April Fool’s Celebration

Habiticans enjoyed yet another April 1st marked by silly pixel antics this year! This time, the April Fool assured us he’d “keep it small.” Little did we know his nefarious prank would indeed be shrinking some of our favorite things in Habitica: our pets and mounts!

As part of a special Challenge to mark the occasion, many Habiticans shared their  avatars with their newly miniaturized friends on social media! Here are just a few of the many awesome pics you all posted as part of the Challenge!

First, here are the entries from our Challenge Winners!

Al Lith
Al Lith is ready for battle with their itty bitty (but very shady!) Cactus and Ferret!
Frar of the Lonely Mountain
Frar of the Lonely Mountain‘s Hippogriff is suddenly quite overwhelmed by that sack of loot.
Koliz
Here’s Koliz and the Order of the Teensy Phoenix
Garwinna
Luckily for mighty Garwinna, the Skeleton Cactus’s intimidation factor is hardly diminished by its small size.
Meakuel
Meakuel‘s Penguin is SO CUTE but maybe should be a little worried about being carried off by butterflies.

 

A few of Habitica’s mods and staff may have had just a bit too much fun:

notabug
Beffymaroo can’t resist a classic art reference.
shanaqui
“Habitica has never illustrated my life quite so well before!,” exclaims shanaqui.

 

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

Epic
“Just a regular fancyman with his tiny friends,” says Epic.
claudia, Evil Overmom
claudia, Evil Overmom, has news for the Fool: “The April Fool is supposed to make trouble, but instead he granted my wish for a slug pet too tiny to threaten my tulip-y gorgeousness! The joke’s on you, April Fool!”
skasha
skasha has an urgent message! “My dragons were annoyed about it right up until they realized they could dive into my rainbow sherbet head first. Now everything is sticky. … Send help.”
Nyctereutes
What are these, pets for ants?! Nyctereutes exclaims.
kkgmt
kkgmt notes, “Though she be little, she is fierce!”

 

Citrusella favored us with three unique looks, and one interesting experiment with a css style!

 

Folks in the Costume Carnival Guild also had a lot of fun with the mini-pets and mounts:

Drexxis
Drexxis makes it springy (but with a touch of spookiness) in the Skeleton Skin.
tangerinequartzfox
TangerineQuartzFox is: THE FROZEN GUARDIAN OF THE MICROGRIFFS!
Poirot
Poirot‘s frog is determined to be the best mount it can be, despite its small stature.

 

 

Lalaitha gave us two looks: Tiny Bees! And Crocheted Hippo Plushie Time!

We had so much fun bringing you more of the April Fool’s goofy antics this year! We’re glad you had as much fun as we did. Stay tuned to see what that delightful joker is up to next April 1!

 

Be the Change: Guilds for Making a Difference

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Hello Habiticans! Did you know April is National Volunteer Month in the U.S.? That makes this month a great time to get involved in making the world a better place. In this month’s Spotlight, we’re focusing on just a few of the many Guilds in Habitica where you can find fellow players to support you as you change your community, country, or even the whole planet for the better!

Ghost Ship: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/4b4c7c73-884d-42ea-b2f8-e6be35d28479

Did you know that by becoming an organ donor, you can potentially save the lives of eight or more other people? Join Ghost Ship to learn more about becoming an organ donor and how very important that is to so many people! In this Guild you can also join the “<3 I am an organ donor! <3” Challenge so you can get an achievement for your profile that lets other Habiticans know you’ve taken this generous step to save lives.

Effective Altruists: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/7264bf75-e413-482a-8fcd-279c421610d6

This Guild is a Habitican community for folks interested in the social and philosophical movement of Effective Altruism, which focuses on finding evidence-and reason-based methods for improving the world. Check out this Guild for a supportive chat, and a number of Challenges to get you started on helping others and making your community and world better!

InHabitants of Earth: the eco-friendly guild: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/9b8989b7-73e9-4904-af1a-77e34e7b8094

InHabitants of Earth focuses on a very important aspect of creating change for the better in the world: living sustainably! Take a look at their Challenges for ideas to help you be more eco-conscious in your everyday life. Plus, their chat is full of ideas and tips!

Accountability Buddies: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/9585fe1b-854b-4495-9cde-f09dbf2f53d1

Some of the most important things we can do to make a positive impact on the world is to support and encourage others. Accountability Buddies matches Habiticans together so that they can pursue their goals with added support. Check it out today if you’re willing to be an Accountability Buddy, and/or if you need one yourself!

These Guilds and many, many others are here to help you find new ideas and motivation for making a difference! Stay positive, and remember all the little things we all do out of kindness and care really do add up. ❤