Use Case Spotlight: Using Habitican Events for Motivation

This month’s Use Case Spotlight focuses on how people use Habitican events to inspire and motivate themselves! There’s always something going on in Habitica, from the April Fool’s pranks to the Grand Galas to the terrifying World Bosses that menace the NPCs, so we asked users to share how these events enhance their use of Habitica.

silverivy starts us off with why they love the Grand Galas:

I look forward to the Grand Galas because I love to collect equipment and to splash some festive potions on my party members. The lure of buying a set of equipment motivates me to break down my tasks into checklists to gain more gold from checking them off. It’s a more immediate reward than collecting a set over time from Enchanted Armoires.

vtrnnhlinh loves to save up to prank their party members with transformation items!

Save Gold and Gem, and when the Grand Galas open. Yeah! Immediately buy all of the class set. Then work hard again, and waiting for something to poke my friends. Buy a lot, a lot of them. Then cast once. Wait for the next event, and cast them again. Turn my party into flowers, seafoam, ghosts,… in the same time. It’s funny and cool

PixelStormArt has fond memories of battling a World Boss:

I have only experienced one World Boss so far – the encounter with the dreaded Dysheartener. I had read about World Bosses on the wiki beforehand, but I wasn’t expecting one to come up when it did. I remember reading the build up messages before the reveal – the suspense of trying to piece all the clues together and guess what might be going on. Then, on Valentine’s day of 2018, it appeared! Habiticans from every corner of the globe began working towards a common cause to stop the cruel creature. It struck three npcs in retaliation, but each strike made us more motivated to tackle our tasks and bring the Dysheartener down. I was there on the last day – there was soooooooo much hype in the tavern – I don’t think I’ve ever seen it as busy before or since! The final blow was delivered and our hippogriff friends joined us as companions. Yay!

This event holds a special place among the Habitica events for me as it was my first (and currently only) world boss that I had experienced. Not only that, but it really brought Habiticans together and showed off the great sense of community that Habitica has. Though I know they are rare, I hope there will be more World Bosses in the future that we can all work towards defeating together.

Moderator Fox_town has some sly tricks (befitting a fox) for maximising the benefit of the Orb of Rebirth for maximum rewards around the Galas!

I know a lot of players like to use the orb of rebirth during the galas, so they can buy their seasonal class equipment for gold, then pick up the warrior gear when they’re reborn, then perhaps even age into a third class at level ten for another outfit. So the approach of a gala can inspire someone to knock off a really red to-do, or take on a challenging quest with their party, if they’re pushing to reach level 100 during an event.

How about you? Is there a Habitican event that you look forward to all year round? To join the conversation, you can hop into the Use Case Spotlights Guild — and if you share your thoughts when next month’s prompt comes round, you might find yourself featured in the next Use Case Spotlight!

New and Notable: Guild Spotlight

Illustration by Seus

 

Habitica has a vibrant community, and new Guilds arise all the time. This year, we’re highlighting some of the newer or smaller Guilds which may not get as much traffic as Guilds that are higher up in 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 the potential to grow. Spot something that sounds right up your alley? You know what to do!

Scrapbookers and Memory Keepers: If you love your scrapbook, this guild is for you! An ideal place to chat about what you keep and how, and share advice about how to keep your scrapbook current and interesting.

What a PUNderful World: Just Have Pun! If you want to bring some light-hearted joy to your Habitican experience, this is a good place to have a punt. Okay, okay, that was barely even a pun, but you can do better!

The Combating Loneliness Guild: For many people, human interaction is an indispensable part of good mental health. This guild is a good place to reach out for help, get advice, or just get some motivation to keep on trying to make connections.

If any of these Guilds sound like a good fit, then go ahead and jump in, introduce yourself to the group and share your perspectives! If not, why not check out previous Guild Spotlights? And next month there’ll be a whole new post with more ideas for potentially overlooked guilds to join!

Quest Shop

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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!

One of the ways Habitica encourages you to complete your tasks is the Quest system, where you can accumulate damage or collect items by completing your tasks… and where you get damaged by bosses if you fail to complete all your Dailies! So the Quest Shop is one of the most important locations on Habitica, and the Wiki has a great article explaining just what you can find there, and what it all means. Here’s an excerpt:

When shopping, you can learn a lot about a quest simply by looking at its icon.

Each scroll in the Quest Shop shows a picture that represents its contents. Quest lines are numbered and all display the same picture, which is related to the final boss in the line. Pet quests show a picture of an egg that matches the pet contained inside. The number of scrolls the player currently owns appears in the top right corner within a grey circle. If a scroll displays a lock icon, prerequisites must be met before it can be bought. To see the name and difficulty of a quest, hover over the scroll. Collection quests will also show the number of objects to be collected.

Check out the full article for all the details!