Okay, so it hasn’t exactly been 30 days, but I think I’ve gathered enough data over the last month to properly weigh in on my 30 Day Habit RPG Challenge. And while I did manage to die twice (mostly due to being extremely sick for over a week), and I lost my sweet horned helm (seriously guys, it was sweet), I’d have to say that I’m very happy with the results.
The fact that you can die and lose loot if you don’t keep up with your tasks in Habit RPG is actually a great motivator and you better believe I hustled in the last week of my challenge to at least get back my chain mail armour so that it would appear in my “after” photo.
I also really like how tasks change colour depending on how long they’ve been on your list. This not only gives a great feeling when a good habit turns green or blue to show your consistency, but it also encourages you to get those nasty red ones taken care of. Habit RPG also adjusts the reward you get for a task based on the colour, so it really feels good when you finally take care of a red task that’s just been staring at you for a month.
You can also edit the difficulty of a task when you create it so that more difficult tasks give slightly better rewards. This was particularly important for less enticing tasks, like cleaning the litter box. I didn’t bother adding any real life rewards since I was really committed to getting better equipment, but for those of you less into the online RPG thing, maybe you’d rather spend your virtual gold on real cake. It’s up to you. My next two purchases are going to be a new sweet helm and a proper steel buckler.
You’ll also notice that I managed to get myself an animal companion. Pets are unlocked by matching hatching potions with eggs, both of which are dropped randomly when you complete certain tasks. Different combinations of potions and eggs result in different types of pets. For example, my companion above was the result of using a white potion on a wolf egg. Currently I have 9 of the 90 available pets, but what I’m really waiting for is a proper mount. Not sure how many tasks I’ll need to complete before I get one, but I’m more than willing to keep it up until I do.
While I didn’t really use any of the social functions of Habit RPG, keeping track of everything I did during the day really made me think about how I organize my time and I ended up having some revelations about my business and the blog. I know I’m not using all of my time effectively, so I’ve decided to make some changes to make sure my efforts yield commensurate results.
First off, staring in June I’m going to cut back my posting schedule here from 6 to 4 days a week to give me more time for my consulting business and my hopelessly neglected business blog. I’ve also decided to eliminate the Take My Money Tuesdays feature. I’ve really enjoyed this feature and I’ve met lots of amazing indie developers as a result, but finding 4 – 5 really impressive games to write about each month can be tough and time consuming. I’d still like to feature video game crowdfunding campaigns, but from now on they’ll be part of my Friday I’m In Love posts, instead of a feature unto themselves. The idea here really is to focus on quality over quantity and create more time to focus on non blog related things.
I’ve also decided to close the Gamerwife Facebook Page, due mostly to the changes to Facebook’s algorithms that now force bloggers and small business owners to pay to “boost” their posts so everyone following their Page on Facebook gets their updates. There are still a million ways to follow me and the blog, but I’d really prefer that people subscribe, either by email or by using a reader like Bloglovin to be sure they get notified of every last post.
All in all, I’m definitely going to continue using Habit RPG. It’s great for to do lists, staying on top of daily chores and for reinforcing healthy habits. I might even show you when I get a new, sweet horned helm.
Disclaimer: I was neither contacted by, nor received compensation from Habit RPG for this post. I am just genuinely curious about the benefits of such a program and want to provide my own, honest opinion.