Do you have habits you're trying to reinforce? Or break? (Or remember?)
What about routine repeatable tasks you'd like to keep track of?
Don't you wish your to-do list came with 8-bit rewards?
Karl and i have recently started using Habitica (formerly HabitRPG) and I have to say, I kind of love it. We've tried a few things to keep our house (and our sense of who's doing the work) clean, but nothing really worked - it was just naggy and irritating to see lists of things you hadn't done. (Because let's face it, you hadn't done it.) Habitica is different because it's positively gamified. As we all know, I'm willing to do any number of tedious things in return for pixels. Turns out that works IRL as well. I want all of my to-dos and dailies done at the end of the day, because I don't want to take damage, and I don't want to cause my party to take damage!
It's pretty basic gamification, you start with a scrub character and you gain power and experience by completing the tasks you set for yourself. You loose health by failing to do things. (The amount of gain or loss varies based on the difficulty you set for the task and your history of completion.) There are apps for iOS and Android, or a web interface, and it's free to play, though some of the quests and appearances are only available through buying "gems" which are the developers way of making some money (thank goodness ADS was not the answer.) I've found it helpful enough that I've bought gems twice (and I bought silly blue hair too, tyvm.)
I use it for everything now, from dated reminders to return library books to weekly meal planning to a daily reminder to check the pet world quests so I could finish Family Familiar. There's a to-do for "make post about Habitica on guild site." I'll be checking that off shortly... perhaps I'll get another pet egg!
Because yes, there are pets. And you can feed the pets until they turn into mounts. Here's Karl doing a good Thanatos impression, with his skeleton pet and skeleton mount (nice scythe - did you get it from Ahune?):
Why do I mention this here? Well, for one thing, I know a lot of you have personal goals AND are highly susceptible to pixel motivation so I think this is a helpful tool, but mostly... It's also social. And there are guilds. So I made one. And called it - obviously. And what's Aegis without you?! I'd love to have you join us, we can make challenges for the group, you can join parties for quests (which I find super helpful, because then my failures impact other people, and I'm just not ok with that!) and we'll have one more way to sass each other. Make an account and send your user ID to Karl or I on Slack, and we'll get you hooked up!
Wishing you were raiding with Aegis? It's understandable, we do know how to have a good time...
Fortunately, there are more opportunities than ever these days! Alyi is to thank for a new Wednesday night alt-run, for newer or returning players, and even old stodgy raiders who want to try out a new class or spec. This raid tends to do normal Nighthold for all comers. If you prefer a beverage with your boss fights, Popham has revived the classic Saturday night pastime of Drunken Raiding, with a Heroic Emerald Nightmare run for tipsy and teetotaler alike. (Both of these raids are subject to change, as I imagine their current relative position to our progression raiding will maintain itself as new content arrives.)
If Mythics are more your style, Mark has added an additional night of planned group activity on that front for Fridays.
Big thanks to Alyi, Popham, and Mark, for putting these adventures on the calendar - check the in-game calendar often, you never know what someone else might come up with! Or perhaps you have your own nefarious plan... we'd love to come play!
I'm sure everyone has heard about the Primal Flamesaber promotion for Heroes of the Storm, but the recap is this: play 15 matches in Heroes, with a friend, using a Warcraft hero, and get the (really quite spiffy) mount in WoW. The promotion starts today and runs through March 14th, so there's plenty of time!
Playing with a friend sounds like fun, of course, but playing with MORE friends sounds like MORE fun! So join Aegis for a Saturday evening free-for-all on March 25! We'll be pairing/grouping up by battletag, and flailing our way around the Nexus. (Presumably bothering people who actually play the game the same way PvE achievement seekers bother proper PvP players in battlegrounds...)
Sign up in guild and make sure someone has your battletag, then meet us in mumble on Saturday the 25th! (Yes, in a week and a half. Yes, once Love is in the Air is over. Do you have any idea how much time it takes to run 30 toons through that damn holiday boss? -Sarah)
We're running a survey!
Daozi has rejoined the officer cadre in a new role, that of Ombudsman! He'll be doing outreach to guild members and trying to gauge how we're doing at creating a fun and engaging environment for everyone in guild. (So this is probably not the LAST survey...) If you have any concerns, we invite you to bring them to any officer, as always, but Daozi in particular is standing by to hear all about it!
Please come give us your thoughts on the state of the guild, we really appreciate hearing from you.