Use Case Spotlight: Adapting to Life Changes

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This month’s Use Case Spotlight focuses on something that all of us have to deal with at some point or another: Adapting to Life Changes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a good change like a new job or something like a serious illness, big changes can throw off your routines, make things you used to do easily more difficult and introduce new needs — all while making your old coping mechanisms a little outdated. This month we’ve asked users to talk about how they use Habitica to help them with that kind of change!

First of all, synitheia has a really good insight to share about how to use the different task types on Habitica to your advantage:

Push more things to habits. Dailies can be quite stressful especially when I am tired or short or time so habits can help me encourage good practices such as getting enough sleep and maintaining good hygiene. I can even use habits to give me a boost in Experience Points and drops when I complete a large number of to-dos, level up or complete my dailies! It is quite a good reward for me.

juarezmiranda has a tip that sounds really simple, but can be really impactful to help you adjust to changes in real-time:

Every Saturday I review all of my dailies. I always try to see what’s working, what’s not working and make some changes.

OptimumKitten talks about how she adapts to big changes by remembering that you can start over:

To keep things manageable when a significant change comes along, I start from zero and gradually add my dailies one at a time because I know that everything will be turned upside down, so there’s no point in trying to force myself to juggle tonnes of old projects when a new and more urgent task has appeared. At the start of this year, I deleted all of my tasks and started again. Starting with my physical and mental health, I first created a habit for waking up at a certain time and a daily for journalling before going to bed. I stuck with just these tasks until I felt confident with them, then slowly added more one-by-one as each task felt easier. It’s important to first care for your health, because otherwise you’ll lack the energy to put into your tasks and then quickly feel burned out and discouraged by the lack of progress.

Ingvanya added some thoughts about positive and negative reinforcement which can be really useful to keep in mind as you adjust to a new situation:

I decided not to have negatives for things in the sense of punishment for not doing a thing or on time, etc. Except for things that affect my health or specifically negative habits to break. The reason for no negatives is because I would feel bad and stressed about not being able to keep on things and have a feeling like a weight was on me to keep up the positives. So now I have only positives for those things (that aren’t bad habits to break or negatives for my life. I.e.: drinking water (+)/drinking soda(-)). That way it’s like building up my life (and level, coin count too, etc), instead of constantly filling holes

Check out the other ideas in the Use Case Spotlights guild!

Don’t forget, if you’re a member of the Use Case Spotlights Guild and you contribute your ideas for the monthly prompt, you might be featured in that month’s blog post! It’s great to see users sharing their expertise and helping each other out!

Use Case Spotlight: Managing Your Biggest Projects

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Each month, we have a Use Case Spotlight, a feature designed to show off some of the ways different Habitica users use Habitica to help them reach their goals or manage different aspects of their lives. Some goals are small: it’s pretty easy to figure out how to create a habit for brushing your teeth, or going for a walk every day… but how do you manage a really big project?

Well, there’s no one answer to that, but we asked some of our users to have a think about it, and here are their words of wisdom!

OptimumKitten started us off again with the way she organises her task list:

To-dos can quickly build up and get lost in Habitica, especially for those of us who bite off more than we can chew or don’t have spectacular memories. To keep them organised, I create to-dos that are not meant to be ticked off. I use the markdown cheatsheet on the Habitica wiki to format the title into a bigger and bolder font, then add a line break in the notes using three dashes. This makes the to-do really eye catching and then it is useful as divider for my goals. I use this method to separate errands, side quests (small multi-step tasks) and main quests (long-term projects), and then separate my main quests by topic, for instance “Game Dev” or “Health”. This method is also really handy for separating groups of habits by unchecking both the positive and negative spinners. I can quickly see the large titles as I scroll through, which helps me to find what I’m looking for more quickly. (This is especially useful for forgetful people like me who can never keep consistent tags on tasks).

SirHCoftheDesert has some wise words on not biting off more than you can chew, and building some flexibility into your projects:

Hello – returning Habitica user here! In the past for big projects I would do what most people are saying. I tracked goals and milestones in To-dos, with checklists for intermediate steps. And then I’d use Dailies to make sure I was getting to everything.

I eventually burned out! My new approach is to use Habits instead of dailies. That gives me the option to plan my days as I need, without creating extra pressure on myself to get it all done.

Trangon has some thoughts about how to break projects into smaller tasks:

For long-term projects I generally have a ToDo task (using ## to get a nice big heading) with all the necessary sub-tasks as a checklist (you know what they say about splitting big tasks into smaller ones). Whenever I am starting to work on one of the sub-tasks (which might itself have it’s own list of sub-sub-tasks) I create a new ToDo only for that sub-task. This way I avoid having a lot of ToDos for each subtasks of the big project and I keep my ToDo list better organised. Obviously, each project gets an emoji with which I identify all the sub-task ToDos as well.

And WindySilver shared how they use Dailies to make sure nothing slips under the radar…

With studies, I’ve noticed that “out of sight, out of mind” has been my bIiggest problem. If I don’t see reminders of, say, an online course I have, I end up forgetting it and having to cram its assignments to the last weeks and days. Therefore, I have put each course into Dailies, given them days when I want to work on them and thus been able to track what I need to work on. I also use To-Dos to track weekly exercise batches to keep up with the deadlines and how much I’ve already done of the week’s exercises. In addition to that, I’ve put fully-online courses (that were completely online before the Coronavirus quarantine, that is) into To-Dos as well to keep track of their deadlines so that I can make sure I’m not running late with them.

We hope you find these suggestions useful! Don’t forget that there’s no one way to use Habitica, except the way that works for you…

If you’re interested in reading more, check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild for the full discussion! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the new theme: if you contribute to next month’s topic discussion, you could find your examples shared here to inspire other Habiticans!

Use Case Spotlight: Managing Longterm Conditions

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We hear from a lot of folks that they use Habitica to manage longterm conditions, whether that means keeping track of a meds regimen, reminding them to do physio or keeping up a routine that best manages their mental health. (Or all of the above!) This month, we asked Habiticans to share their advice on how they do it!

Even if you don’t have a longterm condition that you’re managing, these ideas might be helpful in figuring out how to do things that are particularly difficult for you. For instance, OptimumKitten talks about using a checklist to stack up points to make a task extra motivating!

I use to-dos as my “quests”, “achievements” and “boss fights”. I create a to-do for exercise with list of sub-tasks, such as a to-do named “Go for 3 walks” and then the sub-tasks are named 1, 2, and 3. By the time I tick off the third, the task becomes worth a lot of experience and therefore makes the work toward ticking it off highly rewarding.

OptimumKitten also had some wise words about how they take into account the fact that they will have bad days. This neatly gets around the issue of missing a Daily through no fault of your own!

I know that to manage my condition, I need to try to get some form of movement into my day to stay healthy. However, I have a lot of bad days that mean I simply can’t move around much without severe pain. Having separate habits, dailies and to-dos in Habitca helps me a lot with this. Instead of having a recurring item on some to-do list to go for a walk or get enough sleep, I make it a habit in Habitica. This means I can check it off when I do it, but I’m not punished for having a bad day by taking damage from missing a daily. I have separate habits for eating breakfast, lunch and dinner too. I can’t eat three meals everyday, but by keeping the habits separate, I can at least encourage myself to eat even just one or two. I have two separate habits for sleep: “slept at least 7 hours” set to medium difficulty, and “slept at least 8 hours” set to hard difficulty. This means that I’m still rewarded, albeit a little less, for getting a decent amount of sleep that isn’t perfect.

shanaqui has some tips on using habits to create positive reinforcement around damaging habits:

I think the single best thing I have for managing my mental health is a positive-only habit for resisting one of my bad habits. For instance, sometimes my anxiety will get fixated on something, and there’ll always be an urge to check it over and over again. Unfortunately, that kind of thing is self-reinforcing (the more you check, the more you need to check — everything is okay because you checked, and you start to need that affirmation more and more). So I have a positive-only habit for resisting that kind of urge: every time I put off the behaviour for ten more minutes, I can press +.

I also have one for stopping and rewording my frustrations and anger with myself. If I’m thinking “I’m stupid because I can’t make this phone call”, I can press + if I think about it and reword it: “This phone call is hard for me because it’s an unknown situation.” Bonus: that can help me identify what the root problem is sometimes instead of just beating myself up!

LMCarpe uses Habitica to manage and monitor their health after serious surgery and life-threatening illness:

I use dailies to remind me to stretch my muscles and do light weight strengthening exercises every day. I use habits to help me make good food choices and get enough to drink every day to keep my kidney healthy. I also have some nerve damage from the surgeries which causes me to be in so much pain that even the highest allowable dosages of Percocet cannot dull. I have to go to the doctor twice a week to help manage my pain and being able to schedule the dailies to fall on specific days of the week is a huge help. Habitica also helped me stay focused on the positive! I have a few to-do’s that never get checked off because they are my motivational quotes and affirmations. Even with all of that, I had been able to return to teaching which I love and Habitca helped me keep everything organized for that as far as lesson planning and grading.

We hope you’ll find these suggestions helpful in crafting your own routines! We’d love to hear more from users about how they use Habitica in these situations: don’t forget to check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild to have your say!

If you contribute to the discussion once the next topic is announced, you might even be featured in next month’s spotlight!

Use Case Spotlight: Managing Conflicting Goals and Needs

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Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain a balance in life: one thing can eclipse everything else and leave you with no time left for self-care. For example, it can be difficult to keep your work or educational goals from taking up all your time, leaving you with no time to relax — or sometimes it’s the opposite, and you’re too frazzled to manage much by way of productivity. So for this month we asked the community to talk about how they use Habitica to help manage their conflicting needs, in case it sparks ideas for you!

MultipleViewpoint has things down, and this is how they manage:

Productivity and self care aren’t in conflict for me on Habitica. I have dailies set up for both types of activities. I’m retired from one career and starting a second home-based career. Setting up self-care routines that work for me took me about half a year (while still doing other things, of course). Now that my morning, exercise, diet, sleep routines are smooth check-offs in Habitica, I’m concentrating on getting my projects on track. Habitica is good for checking off daily work tasks and for listing to do’s on projects, but I’ve found I need a secondary pomodoro app to actually stick to a work schedule. I’ve been using Productivity Timer for a week now and find that its schedule, alarm and “Get back to work!” reminders work for me. And I still have time for my self-care dailies.

etherfly talks about adapting Habitica to suit their needs, so they can play on easy mode if life is making everything harder. All their other advice is great too!

There are three ways, in which conflicting goals balance out for me:

  1. I reward myself for planning ahead. I have habits and dailies set up in a way that I have certain freedom in when I do this and this task of this week. I can do chores ahead of scheduled time, I can make little progress on a creative or work task on one day, but compensate for it on the other. Results get tallied by the end of the week or sometimes a longer period. I try not to overload myself with tasks, and if I find myself somehow cornered by unfinished tasks and dailies? Well, my fault, gotta take damage.
  2. I have a reward on a two-week cooldown that allows me to “take day off”, bypass some of the tasks and enjoy extra leeway with entertainment. Helps, when you feel swamped and just want to catch your breath. The cooldown makes it so I don’t use right away when it’s available, but save it for when I really need it.
  3. I use a special mechanic that uses my real-life health estimation. If at some point I feel I am low on energy and need to recover mentally and physically, some of my dailies become easier, so I don’t exhaust myself further.

OptimumKitten has some great advice on using the colours of their Habits to gauge how they’re doing:

The way I try to balance myself using Habitica, is by having six habits all named after general stats you would find in video games. So I have strength, charisma, constitution, dexterity, wisdom and intelligence. I have a list of tasks created for each one which I used to keep in the notes of the habits, but I know it by heart now so I don’t bother taking up the space anymore. […]

How this helps is by keeping me aware of what stats I’m training. If wisdom is bright blue with a high streak for the week, I’m working hard. But if constitution is amber with no streak, that hard work is going to burn me out pretty quickly. I use that to guide me to get more sleep, go for walks, relax and eat better to raise my constitution stat.

As always, you can check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild to add your thoughts! If you contribute to discussion about next month’s theme, we might include your advice in the next Use Case Spotlight, so keep an eye out!

Helpful Resources for Tough Times

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Hello Habiticans! We’re sure we don’t need to tell you we’re experiencing a unique and stressful time during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you’re all taking care of yourselves as best you’re able, as well as being responsible about doing your part to slow the pace of the outbreak and protect those who may be more vulnerable to serious illness.

We hope to bring you content in the coming days and weeks with helpful information to help you keep up self-care and wellness, necessary tasks, and find activities to help you weather isolation or quarantine. For now, we’ve compiled a list here of some past blog posts that you may find helpful:

Use Case Spotlights: These posts feature tips and tricks from fellow Habitica users related to these tasks and goals.

Mental Health and Wellness

Health and Fitness

Sleep and Rest

Reviewing and Evaluating Your Tasks

Food and Cooking

Guild Spotlights: These posts feature collections of Habitica Guilds dedicated to particular topics and types of goals.

Guilds for Mental Health and Wellness

Guilds for Self-Care

Guilds for Taking a Break

Guilds for Positivity

Guilds for Nutrition and Cooking

Other Features:

Routines: This featured Wiki article has information to help you add structure to your tasks.

Establishing a Meditation Habit in 60 Seconds Per Day (or Less!): A special Behind the Scenes post by Habitica’s Redphoenix about creating a mindfulness routine.

Take care 💜 We love you!

Use Case Spotlight: Party-cipation

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This month’s Use Case Spotlight is all about an aspect of Habitica that a lot of people cite as the most motivating: parties! We asked users to chat about how they keep things exciting, motivating, and supportive in their parties, and we got so many responses we’ve only chosen a selection here.

First up, Angela Arreaga put words to why the party system can be so rewarding:

I think the biggest benefit of being a part of a party is having kind of a small visual showing you that your successes, or failures, actually do impact your community, and even the world as a whole, be it on a grand scale, or a small one our lives intertwine. It’s nice being with an actually active party for a change.

ohmywurd shared some of the things they do with their party to keep things interesting:

I have been a party leader for a little over a year and it has been challenging, motivating, and enjoyable every step of the way. In terms of excitement and motivation, I have hosted costume challenges (we’re just starting our second one), activity challenges, goal setting challenges, and a random act of kindness challenge. The activity challenges are usually composed of dailies or habits that ask the participant to check in with the chat or cast a spell for the whole party. In the goal setting challenge we did, I invited members to learn about SMART Goal setting and choose a goal to complete in the month, checking in with them several times over the month. The Random Act of Kindness challenge is a little self explanatory but my party really enjoyed it.

ecaking shared a bit about how their party members encourage and support one another:

Sometimes being motivating is as simple as complimenting your party member whenever they hatch a new pet/mount or show off their new equipment. We take on quests one after another, and after finishing each one, we congratulate each other for a job well done. Habitica is not just a fun game for us, but also a sincere support group. We have a separate chat group on Facebook to discuss in more detail our current struggles and successes. All feelings are welcome–from (lots and lots of) anxiety to gratitude to relief. Everyone takes turns validating each other’s feelings and gives suggestions on how to move forward.

Finally, bakthezar explained their democratic system for choosing quests, and also the importance of having someone knowledgeable in the party:

I think one of the most engaging things I do is let the party nominate their own quests and we have a shared list to accomplish together in order. It’s a pretty democratic system where everyone gets the do the Quests they want, have a reason to work on their habits, and a need to check in every day. I rarely need to put in the last say. I also make a point to master and study all the Habitica tricks and knowledge on the Wiki. Anytime there is a question, I can usually answer it fairly quickly and link them to the right place to find out more.

Do you have other thoughts about how you keep your party interesting and exciting? You can share them in the replies to this blog post. Don’t forget to check out the conversation in the Use Case Spotlights Guild, as well!

We’ll be announcing the theme for the next Use Case Spotlight soon, so if you’re interested in contributing to this feature, join the guild and keep an eye out. You could be featured next time if you reply to our prompt!

Use Case Spotlight: Custom Habitica Mechanics

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Habitica is a great app right out of the box (if we do say so ourselves!), but there’s always room for personalization. This month we’ve been asking people in the Use Case Spotlights Guild to share how they customize Habitica to create game mechanics that increase their motivation. If you’re interested in learning about how to create a Mana Potion or skip forward in time, here are some titbits other users shared about how they make Habitica more rewarding and fun!

To start with, shanaqui shared how they use the Fix Character Values feature in conjunction with custom Rewards:

Most of my customisation of Habitica uses Fix Character Values (in Settings). The most motivating thing for me is using skills (especially Tools of the Trade, when I’m a Rogue), so I have a 50 gold reward that lets me buy 25 mana to use my skills. I do also trade experience for mana, so that as a Mage I can cast lots of skills for my party without levelling up too fast.

Dewines has another tip on using Fix Character Values for good, to “loan” yourself gold for seasonal items! (There’s still time to take advantage of this in the Winter Wonderland festivities…)

I haven’t done much of this recently, but when I was new to Habitica and didn’t always have enough gold to buy seasonal outfits, I would set up a “bank” using FCV and give myself a “loan”. I used a Reward to make a note of how much I’d borrowed and then when I could afford a repayment, I could click the Reward which would deduct 50 or 100 gold (or whatever you want to set as the repayment rate). I would than edit the extra notes on the Reward to record the new value of the “loan”.

Meanwhile, MaybeSteveRogers gets round the fact that overdue To-Dos don’t damage you by using Habits:

I punish myself for missing due dates on To-Dos with a negative-only Habit set to ‘hard’ difficulty. Every day I go past a deadline, I have to click it X amount of times for each due date I’m missing. An easy or trivial To-Do means I have to click the negative Habit once, a medium difficulty = twice, and a hard difficulty one = three clicks of the negative Habit. Even with only one click a day, the Habit slowly turns more and more orange. If I’m missing hard To-Dos, the damage can quickly become devastating.

Finally, etherfly shared an amazing Collection Quest modification that soothed some of the frustrations of a low Perception stat!

Being a warrior in a small party without rogues, I was quite discouraged by collection quests (especially with the item overflow glitch), so I created a special habit “Rage: Reveal All”, that had a “rage bar” from 0 to 100 associated with it. Rage would fill a little every time when I:

  • completed a task and didn’t get a quest item, depending on task difficulty;
  • had items go over the maximum.

When the rage bar was full, I’d reset it and activate the habit a number of times to make decent progress on the quest. All other rewards – EXP, gold and mana – I rolled back using FCV.

There were some other great suggestions in the Guild, so don’t forget to check it out to see them! And don’t forget, if you participate in next month’s discussion, you could be featured in the next Use Case Spotlight blog post, as well…

Use Case Spotlight: Using Habitica’s Social Spaces to Motivate Yourself

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Habitica isn’t just a game or just a productivity app: there are social spaces as well for all kinds of needs, and we’ve found that users often cite the social side of Habitica as part of what makes the whole concept work for them. So this Use Case Spotlight is all about how to use Habitica’s social spaces (Parties, Guilds and the Tavern) for motivation!

Aethalion gets us started with their experiences of their Party and how it works not only to keep you motivated, but also to get support when things are going wrong:

As for the new topic, I quickly realized how much more fun Habitica is when you are in a guild or a party. Doing quests is a great way to raise your responsability for completing your daily goals. I am quite happy that I never „wiped“ my party, but there have been times where my laziness was only defeated because I knew that there were my party-members being low on life and depending on me on not getting another hit by the quest-boss. I have been slain twice because a party-member was careless and demotivated…which lead to the rest of the party trying to „stabilize“ that person and to send some motivation via the chat. Being encouraged to get your things done by a group of kind persons is exactly what I think the way parties should work.

Niwaa uses their Party for a little extra accountability… 💎

But I found something to motivate myself during bosses ! I have a subscription but not my fellows, then I pay them 1 gem for every 5 points of damage I deal on them. And because I have some imagination and I like stories, I always make-up a reason why I owe them those gems (my pig stomped on their feet during the battle but they have a health insurance !). It motivate them to battle and me to do my best !

While A013 has some ideas on getting people really invested in questing together:

I recently created a challenge for my party to write our party’s backstory. The story needed to feature each of the members of the party, and tell how each member came to adventure together. The challenge is just beginning, so no stories have been submitted yet, but I’m excited to see what everybody comes up with. I feel it’s a fun way to further unite our party and give us a common story to work from as we create stories for our individual tasks.

Check out all the stories people shared for this prompt in the Use Case Spotlights Guild! And if you do join the Guild and participate in the discussion of the next prompt, you might be featured in the next Use Case Spotlight, so keep an eye out for the announcement of the next prompt…

Use Case Spotlight: Gamifying Your Tasks

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Many Habiticans like to bring the game-world to their tasks to help motivate them to stay productive. You’re no longer studying, you’re learning arcane magicks! This month’s Use Case Spotlight is all about how other users gamify their tasks to keep things fun, and we hope it will help spark ideas for you on how you can reframe your tasks and get those sweet, sweet Gold rewards.

 

Saphykun got us started with a whole host of ideas, including making Dailies into mini-bosses of a sort… and reminds us when it’s important to skip the gamification, as well!

I name dailies after monsters (sorry for the strong word choices that follow). “Cull The Carnal Cavity” really means “floss teeth and use electric toothbrush”; “Hold Off The Highwayman” for checking on my finances; “Impale The Ignorant Imp” for “Reading news articles”. Personifying my dailies help sugarcoat the tasks into something I would actually do. Beating monsters always grant you xp, and so do dailies!

[…] Only To-Dos are spared from the naming convention. For me, these are one-off tasks which, if I replace with a quest title, I won’t remember their purpose or perceive the task as less important. To-Dos tend to be the most serious tasks for me, so the titles are always to the point.

RiverNord talks about bringing their favourite fandom to Habitica:

I go with the theme of a dark magical school, specifically Durmstrang (Harry Potter universe but with a lot of creative freedom to meet my goals better 🙂 So my habits are mostly classes.

Fishdye goes a step further and has little rhymes for their task descriptions:

The other thing I like to do is create a questy rhyme for some of my weekly Dailies, which I imagine being spoken by Rhys Darby’s character in the recent Jumanji movie. Most of these Dailies have more checklist items than I require to count the item as complete for the week, so we have:

IF YOU ARE YOUR GOAL TO MEET,
TWO OF THESE YOU MUST COMPLETE.

TO ATTEND TO YOUR DUTY DILIGENTLY,
EACH WEEK YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL THREE.

for the Daily “Weekly Brotherhood”
BARRING ONE’S THE ONLY WAY
TO MEET THIS GOAL OF AGAPE.

I find this is a good way to make something with a mundane title more fun. 🙂

Meanwhile, TwilightBarker has some great ideas about really getting into the right role for their tasks:

I know that re-writing tasks with a certain theme has been suggested before, and there are even examples given in the Habitica Wiki page like changing place names or adding fun action verbs that you’d see in an RPG game. However, I’ve recently taken this idea to another level by re-writing some of my daily my tasks to sound more like occupations a character could have rather than just actions, for example: Groundskeeper (Instead of “Water Plants” or “Tend the Gardens”), Scullery Maid (Instead of “Wash Dishes” or “Polish the Silver”), etc.

I’m borrowing from some advice I heard about how it’s more effective to get people to vote by encouraging them to “be a voter” than to “go vote.” My [amateur] interpretation of the psychology behind it is that a person may feel like they have more agency/self-efficacy this way versus just having an overwhelming to-do list. It’s very motivating to think I just have to inhabit that role for 10-15 minutes and then I’m done and can check it off!

There were so many good submissions for this Use Case Spotlight that there are still lots of great pieces of advice not shared here! Check them all out in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Don’t forget, if you participate in the discussion of the next prompt, you have a chance of being featured in this roundup, so keep an eye out for when Bailey announces the new theme!

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!