Staff Spotlight: Tressley AKA Apollo

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Tressley, how did you get involved with Habitica?

I had been an early HabitRPG user, but hadn’t been using it very often and was never much of a contributor. In late 2015, I picked up Habitica and became a regular, somewhat active user (all thanks to Parties.) I saw a post in the Tavern about Habitica looking for a UI designer, so I fired my portfolio off to Vicky. A few weeks later, I had a video chat with her and Leslie and they brought me on to help contribute to the web redesign.

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

This is actually a tough one. I’ve always been proud of the faceted icon style we introduced for HP, EXP, Mana, and classes. Those were one of my first contributions and approved designs.

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What are your secret superpowers?

When I was younger, a kid at my lunch table had a bag of Andy Capp’s Hot Fries and everyone was talking about how hot they were. Now, Andy Capp’s Hot Fries are my absolute favorite, so I took this opportunity as my time to shine. I was going to wow the whole lunch table. I bet the kid that I could eat his whole bag of hot fries without a single drink. Sure enough, he handed the bag over and that’s exactly what I did. I guess it’s not a superpower, but I did get a whole bag of hot fries.

What are your secret weaknesses?

It’s not even a secret, I will tell you; the smell of canned tunafish.

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

The Veteran Wolf has been by my side for as long as I can remember. I tend to not have a mount equipped, but it’d have to be the White Tiger. It reminds me of White Blaze from Ronin Warriors.

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What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

I’d have to say the number one thing I use Habitica for is keeping track of my pomodoros throughout the day. I also use it to keep track of how much water I’ve had.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’ve been playing drums for close to 15 years, but had to take a break while I lived in various apartments in the city. I now have a home with a basement, so if I’m not behind the computer, I’m behind my drums.

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

Roll a rogue, cast Backstab. 🙂 In all seriousness, join a party or start your own! For me, the extra accountability helped me stay on top of Habitica. Plus, you can crush quests and get geared.

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

I’d say I’ve always been a lurker, but I like to bounce into the Tavern to see what the community is chatting about.

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Turning Over a New Leaf: Use Case Spotlight

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It’s a new year in the Gregorian calendar, and that means it’s prime time for making resolutions. This month we asked users in the Use Case Spotlights Guild exactly how they use Habitica to establish new habits and routines, especially for the kind of things that people set as their New Year Resolutions. Without further ado, let’s turn over to what they suggested!

StefanieFreige kicked it off with some wise words (redacted for length, but worth reading in full if you check out the Guild!):

f I want to establish a new habit for myself like “workout” or “get my work done without procrastinating”, I find it helpful to be both playful, precise and flexible.

Flexible: I want to be more organized with like my laundry. So I set a daily. I worked with this for some days – then I realized this does not fit. So I made this a habit – it is less discouraging to rather have a habit checked off 3x/week instead of fail at a daily often.

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precise: be organized with laundry is not exact enough. What is the issue? The place around the machine was a mess. So I found the decluttering devils, had a challenge to organize the space. Each time I walk by, now I ensure that everything goes into the right boxes (no daily needed, that just 1 min).

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playful: I often look at my list and change everything. Different order, headers, combine tasks, make sub-tasks, new/delete tasks – whatever. My life changes, I change (hopefully) – so my habits/dailies/to-dos should. I always look for new approaches to things.

Shewhopaints has some thoughts on their own focus on using Habits, including the suggestion that Habits can become Dailies:

I focus on health and decluttering in my habits section. These habits include trying to avoid using the elevator / lift, using the bus where I could walk and taking vitamins / magnesium. I only a few days ago added “back exercises”. Some habits have transformed into dailies.

Meanwhile, Mavro Asteri is using Habitica’s challenges to get a boost:

I’ve joined a several challenges that I think will help, like the Plank-a-day, vegan challenge, no sugar challenge. I’ve also broken my weight loss goal down into weekly, then monthly goals. Using Habits to remind myself to take a moment & focus, choose the healthier option, etc. Using the Dailies to cultivate healthier eating & exercise & the To Dos for the monthly goal of 11 pounds loss a month. The challenges are really helping me hone my focus & not get off track.

It’s especially worth checking out the Official New Year’s Resolution Guild and the associated Challenges, if you’re into making resolutions and finding ways to stick to them. Habitica’s official New Year’s Resolution Challenge series will run through the whole of 2019, and we hope it will help to guide you and keep you focused!

If you want to check out what other users have said about how they use Habitica to make and keep resolutions, and maybe even have your say, check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild. The theme for next month’s blog post will be announced soon, and if you contribute to the discussion around that, you might be featured next month!

New and Notable: Guild Spotlight

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In prior months, the Guild Spotlight has been based on a theme, but it’s a new year in the Gregorian calendar, so we thought it was time to change things up! Habitica has a vibrant community, and new Guilds arise all the time. This year, we’re going to highlight some of the newer or smaller Guilds which may not get as much traffic as Guilds that are higher up the list. All of these Guilds have had recent activity and have a minimum number of members; they’re probably a bit quieter than more established Guilds, but they have tons of potential. Spot something that sounds right up your alley? You know what to do!

Migraine WarriorsIf you’re pursued by the dread monster Migraine, this Guild is a great place to connect with fellow sufferers, gets tips and tricks for beating it, and share your own strategies. With 80 members and some useful challenges available already, there’s no doubt of a warm welcome.

Pom Throwing Arena: If pomodoros are your kind of productivity method, you might like to join in this off-shoot Guild: the chat mostly consists of flying tomatoes, so you’d better duck as you go in, but it’s an amazing way to get things done in good company, and have a bit of fun pulling other folks into your productivity. Don’t forget to check out their challenges to help you get started!

Ancestors, Heritage and Genealogy: If family history is your hobby, this Guild is a great place to link up with like-minded people, pick their brains for their best resources, and share your stories! It can be a bit quiet in this Guild (sshh! people are researching!), but this is your opportunity to jump in, share your enthusiasm, and kick start things.

So if any of these Guilds appeals, go ahead and join, introduce yourself, and start sharing your own tips, tricks and tomatoes! If none of these Guilds appeals, just wait until next month and there’ll be a new batch of notable Guilds for your delectation and delight.

Orb of Rebirth

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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!

January is a month of new beginnings for many people, so this featured Wiki article is about one of the ways you can start fresh on Habitica: the Orb of Rebirth! It’s a partial reset option, offering the opportunity to start your Habitican journey again from level 1, so you can choose a different class and develop your avatar in different ways. It’s a great way to vary the way you use the game aspects of Habitica, but it’s also good for marking the moment when you decide to make a fresh start! As the Wiki page says:

An Orb of Rebirth resets the player’s character back to level one while maintaining tasksquests, and achievements. It is similar to the “New Game+” option that appears in some video games. Note that the effects are instant and irreversible, so consider it wisely before rebirthing.

The Orb of Rebirth becomes available in the Market when the player has reached level 50. The Orb costs 6 gems, but a player at or above level 100 can obtain the Orb for free.

Check out the full article to get the full scoop and see all the effects of the Orb of Rebirth. Maybe it’s exactly what you need to help you turn over new leaves in 2019!