HabitRPG – gamify your life (in case you really don’t have enough RPGs in your life!)

Today I got myself re-acquainted with HabitRPG. It looks like I joined the service some time ago (I completed the summer and winter challenge while not being there; I did die however).

So HabitRPG is for those people who have an affinity with RPGs (no not the weapons; the games ;P ) and are suckers for achievements and leveling.

The purpose of the service is to gamify the creation of good habits by turning them into a roleplaying game.

Sounds like my cup of tea!

I started off with setting up some habits of my own which I want to cement a bit more into my life (sleep enough, drink enough water, meditate more consistently).

Apart from setting your own challenges however, you can also join ‘guilds’ which are in essence groups of people who most of the time have a theme and the challenges set in those groups are based on the theme.

For example, I joined a group of gamers and one of their challenges is to beat more games than you add to you library (oh Steam!) so as to reduce your library.

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Another challenge in a book-reading guild is to read books with a certain theme over the course of 2015 (read a book which was recommended to you, read a book based on its cover, read a book outside of your preferred genre etc).

I might have gone overboard with the guilds I joined & the challenges I accepted, but it’s lots of fun and gives you a nice idea if you don’t have good ideas of your own.

As I have been working on mindfulness a lot lately, I might add a mindfulness guild later on; didn’t find a specific one yet.

Apart from habit-tracking (which gives you XP and gold each time you check a habit), you can add Dailies and To-Dos.

Dailies are well-known in the WoW-community (and other MMO communities) as quests you can complete on a daily basis for gold a glory. They are similar in HabitRPG, however not completing them on the required day(s) makes you lose health (and gold?) so you really want to do these! I use dailies for activities I really must do on a day.

To-Dos are really a list of one-off tasks you want to do. Challenges often use these tasks and so I have quite a few, but I prefer to put my actual to-dos in another place, I started using Workflowy for that, which integrates into HabitRPG to give you gold and XP when you complete a task; pretty cool:)

So, lets see where this leads, but for now; very cool:)

Little comforts and dragons

Even though, technically, I could take one stop earlier and join a horde of sweet-drink lovers in the line at Starbucks at Eindhoven Central station, I’d rather make my favourite drink at home and play my other new mood-lifter and obsession; Dragon Age: Inquisition (Sorry WoW, I’m torn between you, but DA:I seems to be winning out today).

Little comforts and dragons

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That itchy feeling

OK, well, I understand that the title of this blog post might sound a tad TMI, but I get this feeling when I haven’t written anything in a long time, so nothing icky (really)!

I have been thinking lately whether I actually have anything to say that would be useful or interesting or entertaining for anyone at all and whether just blarghing all over a blog-service like WordPress is really what I should be doing (great going little self-doubting demon on my shoulder!). To be honest, I do think I have stuff to share, it’s just deep below the surface trying to wiggle itself to the surface. And whether or not anyone finds what I write useful or interesting or entertaining, well, that’s all in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it?

Another thing I have been struggling with is what language to write in. English comes very natural to me, but something is nagging in the back of my head that I ‘should’ write in Dutch; I’m Dutch, so I must write in Dutch. I decided this blog will remain in English though, my apologies to anyone who would like to read my musings in Dutch.

On top of all of this, I do feel a little uneasy (to put it lightly) about the internet, and the gamer community in particular, which made me think twice on whether I want to submerge myself in it even more than I do now (as a female gamer), by blogging about games and my experiences occasionally. But, I want to write about things that I feel passionate about and computer games are just that exactly.

On this blog I’ll write stuff that intrigues me, stuff I feel passiontae or strongly about or stuff that made me think. It’ll probably be a bit ‘all over the place’, as that is who I am as well, but that can’t be helped. Let’s see where we go from here!

Asunder by David Gaider

Asunder (Dragon Age, #3)Asunder by David Gaider

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book a lot.

Of course, I’m an avid Dragon Age gamer and love all that is Dragon Age. However, when comparing this book to the ones which came before it, this one was much more well-written I feel.

I loved the story and the characters a lot. You really start to feel for them after readiing for some time, especially Rhys is a very likeable character.

If you’re a DA fan like me and would like more of a background to the games; reading David Gaider’s books is a must.

I’m very excited to be playing with Cole in the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition game; can’t wait!

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