Habitica Hard Mode
Okay so there is no difficulty setting in this game, but I have found ways to make it harder, and thus, more interesting to play. I also found that when I made the game harder, it became a more realistic vehicle for self improvement. So here is how to play Habitica on HARD MODE!
Set up punishing Habits![caption id="attachment_2501" align="alignnone" width="290"] Note how almost all of my Habits are set for NEGATIVE only.[/caption] Besides doing something extraordinary like going through the trouble to buy ice and make an Ice Bath for recovery from training, I'm primarily keeping track of things that kill me. An unmade bed, a burrito at Moe's, a cup of coffee... No easy way to mindlessly rack up points and level up here. Only pitfalls and barriers.
Create more difficult Dailies!For me, motivating myself to film anything is difficult. So that would make a great Daily,
Increase difficulty of your Dailies!Start with quantifying some of your Dailies, And then increase them,
Compound your Dailies!Instead of having separate Dailies like this, Combine them into one Daily like this, What does compounding Dailies like this do for me? Well, in order to get any XP or Gold I have to do every sub-item in the compounded list. If I miss just one sub-item I get nothing at all, and actually lose HP instead. OUCH! Besides being less forgiving, this also makes XP and Gold accrual much slower. Especially since I set just about all my Dailies to the easy difficulty even if it is hard for me. Here's one of my compounded Dailies. Please note above, I haven't had my daily dose of Ground Flaxseed today. Do you think I'm going to miss it? Absolutely not! It's the only thing left I have to do to get my XP and Gold for this compounded list. If I don't do it then I get nothing and lose HP, despite the fact I did EVERYTHING else on that list! I'm not going to miss my daily dose of Ground Flaxseed, I assure you of that.
Create way too many Dailies!This is where it gets really fun! Create several sets of compounded Dailies so that it's almost impossible to do them all. This way everyday you lose HP slowly. Here are a couple more of my Dailies. So today I spent a lot of time with my friend. I didn't make time to do all the things on my Hygiene / Preparation list. So I'm going to lose HP tomorrow because of this. All I can do now is pick off a few of the easier items on the Hygiene / Preparation list to reduce the damage dealt to me tomorrow. But because this is HARD MODE, and I have several more compounded Dailies like this, everyday I'm slowly dying because I cannot do everything everyday. My only salvation is to finish some of my compounded Dailies to full completion everyday. Because as I finish some of them, I get some XP and Gold. And XP gets me closer to leveling up. When you level up in Habitica your HP bar goes back to full. And gold helps you buy the Potion to restore HP. Playing on HARD MODE like this makes the health potion in the market actually useful. Also, playing on HARD MODE like this makes you appreciate armor more. Anything that boosts your CON (Constitution) becomes that much more valuable (increasing your CON helps reduce the damage missed Dailies take). Ultimately, playing on HARD MODE adds a strategic element to this game. Much like a traditional RPG game. [caption id="attachment_2513" align="alignnone" width="370"] I may want new equipment but if I don't buy the Potion I'm going to die. So I will spend my Gold on the Potion instead of new equipment.[/caption]
Create only Extraordinary To-Dos!I use my Habitica ToDos list exclusively for extraordinary things. Challenges and mini quests. Examples:
- Release this website (Acrobolix).
- Train at midnight at the gym with squats and film it.
- Do 100 Hyperswipes this summer.
- Don't use caffeine for 1 week.
- Go on a 3 day road trip.
- Find 8 new tricking locations by end of Summer.
- Secure a better working arrangement with boss.
- Buy batteries.
- Do laundry.
- Pay cell phone bill.