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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The Walking Dead (video game)

Played The Walking Dead in just a few days; great story and nerve-wracking at times even though it’s an adventure, not an action game.

There are some action elements, like having a limited time to choose what to say or do (and whatever you choose changes the game outcome too) and also sequences where you need to mash buttons fast (those weren’t my favourites, but the do lend the game a bit more urgency at times as opposed to other adventures).

Really liked it & definitely looking forward to the next installment!

The Walking Dead (video game) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Diablo III – and so it begins

Siebren’s staying over with my parents last night & today so we can play loads of Diablo III!

It’s a great game, so fast paced and fluid and fun all the time. If you like hack and slash RPGs it’s definitely  the best there is, and I’m not just saying because I’m a Blizzard fangirl (which I am, just a bit) 😉

Anyway, hack and slash RPGs aren’t even my favourites (I prefer the story-driven ones usually), but this one is just so much fun!

This is my char right now, a wizard called Eskarina (of course):

For me, as a World of Warcraft player, the GUI is very familiar as well, all the standard shortcuts are the same etc. Going to start a second char now, not sure what yet…Being able to just sit in my dressing gown and play games makes me feel nostalgic too.

Hive Five op Lifehacker

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English: Moleskine notebook and diaries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 

Mooi initiatief van Lifehacker.com: de Hive Five.

In dit artikel vragen ze de lezers van de blog over welk programma men het handigst vindt in een bepaalde categorie. Daar komen er dan 5 uit die het best worden gewaardeerd. Hier kan dan weer op worden gestemd en zo wordt dan de beste gekozen.

Vorige week hadden ze een ’round-up’ van de beste programma’s van de afgelopen tijd. De meeste gebruik ik ook en zijn erg handig. Hier een linkje naar hun artikel: Lifehacker’s Best of the Best: The Hive Five Winners.

Programma’s die hier winnen en die ik gebruik:

En pen & papier is natuurlijk voor veel dingen nog steeds onverslaanbaar (ik vind m’n telefoon geweldig, maar m’n boodschappenlijstjes zijn gewoon met pen geschreven gelukkig). Ik snap de gekte rond de Moleskine boekjes best, ben zelf ook een ‘sucker’ voor schattige opschrijfboekjes; heb er in ieder geval genoeg voor de komende 5 jaar…


Image representing Finetune as depicted in Cru...Leuke nieuwe website ontdekt:


Hier kun je playlists aanmaken met de nummers die op hun website staan. Het lijkt wel wat op Last.FM.

Ik kwam op deze website omdat ik op zoek was naar een manier om mijn favoriete nummers te delen in playlists. Dit kan niet in Last.FM want je kunt maar 1 playlist per gebruiker maken. Op Finetune kun je zoveel playlists maken als je wilt. Je hebt wel een aantal restricties; je moet minimaal 45 nummers in je playlist stoppen & maximaal 3 nummers van dezelfde artiest. Deze restricties heb je op Last.FM ook; dit wordt namelijk opgelegd door de platenmaatschapijen.