Habitica has run two Kickstarter funding campaigns: the original one in 2013 to raise funds for the development of Habitica and a second one in 2019 to fund development of physical merchandise (namely, pins).
- 1 2019 Kickstarter
- 1.1 Incentives
- 1.1.1 Pin Kickstarter Backer Achievement
- 1.1.2 Basic Class Pins
- 1.1.3 Mythic Gryphon Set
- 1.1.4 Limited Edition Class Pins ($2500 - $4000 stretch goals)
- 1.1.5 Gryphatrice Pet and Mount ($3000 - $4000 stretch goals)
- 1.1.6 Melior Pin ($4500 stretch goal)
- 1.1.7 3" Vinyl Class Stickers ($5000 stretch goal)
- 1.1.8 Pin Selection
- 1.2 Results
- 1.1 Incentives
- 2 2013 Kickstarter
- 3 Information for Developers
On August 20, 2019, the Habitica team announced a Kickstarter to fund development of physical merchandise. That Kickstarter ran until September 10, 2019. Backer rewards included up to 9 enameled pins, the Backer Achievement and a set of backer-exclusive gear, pets, and mounts: the Mythic Gryphon Armor Set and the Gryphatrice pet and mount.
Starting at $1, the Kickstarter offered 8 different tiers with different rewards depending on how much was pledged. It included a mix of digital and real life rewards, as seen in the table below.
|$1 or more||
|$10 or more||
|$20 or more||
|$35 or more||
|$48 or more||
|$58 or more||
|$78 or more||
|$85 or more||
Pin Kickstarter Backer Achievement
The Pin Kickstarter Backer Achievement was available for all backing tiers and is displayed on the user's profile in order to recognize them as a supporter of the Kickstarter!
Basic Class Pins
The Basic Class Pins were the first pins available in the Kickstarter, one for each Habitica class. Each hard enamel pin was rose-gold plated with the Habitica logo stamped on the back, and also included two rubber pin-backs and a matching backing card. They were available for every pin tier.
Mythic Gryphon Set
The Mythic Gryphon Set was an animated gear set that was available across several backing tiers. The Mythic Gryphon Helm and Visor were a reward for the $10 tier, the Helm, Visor and Weapon came with the $20 tier, and the entire set was a reward for the $35 - $85 tiers.
|Mythic Gryphon Armor||150||Increases CON by 20.||Glowing from within like a gryphon's noble heart, this resplendent armor encourages you to take pride in your accomplishments.||For 2019 Kickstarter backers of $35 or more.|
|Mythic Gryphon Helm||150||Increases INT by 20.||Adorned with a gryphon's likeness and plumage, this glorious helmet symbolizes the way your skills and bearing stand as an example to others.||For 2019 Kickstarter backers of $10 or more.|
|Mythic Gryphon Visor||Confers no benefit.||Bold as a gryphon's... hmm, gryphons don't have visors. It reminds you to... oh, who are we kidding, it just looks cool!||For 2019 Kickstarter backers of $10 or more.|
|Mythic Gryphon Shield||150||Increases PER by 20.||Sparkling like the shell of a gryphon egg, this magnificent shield shows you how to stand ready to help when your own burdens are light.||For 2019 Kickstarter backers of $35 or more.|
|Mythic Gryphon Glaive||150||Increases STR by 20.||Curved as a gryphon's beak and talons, this ornate polearm reminds you to power through when the task ahead feels daunting.||For 2019 Kickstarter backers of $35 or more.|
Limited Edition Class Pins ($2500 - $4000 stretch goals)
The Limited Edition Class Pins were released as rewards when the $2500 to $4000 stretch goals were reached. Each pin came with a gold foil stamped backing card, and could be selected for any of the pin tiers.
Gryphatrice Pet and Mount ($3000 - $4000 stretch goals)
These animated companions were unlocked as rewards when the $3000 and $4000 stretch goals were unlocked. The Gryphatrice Pet was available from the $48 tier, and the Gryphatice Mount was available from the $78 tier.
Melior Pin ($4500 stretch goal)
The Melior Pin was unlocked as the reward for the $5000 stretch goal. The Habitica mascot in pin form was available for any pin tier!
3" Vinyl Class Stickers ($5000 stretch goal)
These 3" Vinyl Class Stickers were unlocked as the reward for the final stretch goal. The stickers were designed as the icons of each Habitica class, and were included in all pin tiers.
Based on the pledge level, backers selected a number of pins as set out below. For the $10 - $78 pledge levels, the backer could pick an assortment of pins, but for the $85 pledge, the backer received a complete set of the pins (one of each type).
|Pledge Level||Number of Pins|
The 2019 Kickstarter was fully funded and met all of its stretch goals in its first two hours. When the Kickstarter completed on September 10, 2019, it had raised $61,597 in total pledges from 1,154 backers, far exceeding its $2,000 goal.
Early in 2013, Tyler Renelle started a Kickstarter to raise funds for full-time development on some core features of Habitica, including the mobile apps (now the Android and iOS apps), the party system, avatar customization (skin tone, hair color, build, etc.), boss battles, mounts, and integration with popular and social productivity services (such as Google Calendar and Fitbit).
Incentives offered to 2013 Kickstarter backers included access to beta testing, large amounts of Tokens (now known as gems), their name listed on the GitHub wiki (this has been modified to the Hall of Patrons), various pieces of a contributor-only set of armor, a special mount and pet, an exclusive achievement (added retroactively after Achievements were implemented), and, of course, Tyler's gratitude. Custom t-shirts were also incentives at higher tiers, as was one custom in-game item, named and described in the backer's honor, with stats of their choosing.
All those who contributed to the Kickstarter are listed within the Habitica website in the Hall of Patrons, linked within the footer at the bottom of each page.
Kickstarter Backer Achievement
The Kickstarter Backer Achievement was available for all backing tiers and is displayed on the user's profile in order to recognize them as a supporter of the Kickstarter! This badge also displays the tier that was pledged.
Starting at the $5 tier, backers received gems. Backers who pledged larger amounts also received the items shown in the table below. Since the Kickstarter campaign has finished, there is no way for newer players to earn these items. The $300 backer level allowed backers to design a Legendary Equipment item.
|150||Increases CON by 20.||Screams when struck, for it feels pain in its wearer's place.||For Kickstarter backers of $45 or more.|
|Shade Helmet||150||Increases INT by 20.||Blood and ash, lava and obsidian give this helm its imagery and power.||For Kickstarter backers of $45 or more.|
|Tormented Skull Shield||150||Increases PER by 20.||Sees beyond the veil of death, and displays what it finds there for enemies to fear.||For Kickstarter backers of $45 or more.|
|Dark Souls Blade||150||Increases STR by 20.||Feasts upon foes' life essence to power its wicked strokes.||For Kickstarter backers of $70 or more.|
|Ethereal Lion Mount||For Kickstarter backers of $70 or more. This item has now been granted to all $70+ backers. See GitHub ticket #3544 for updates.|
|Cerberus Pup Pet||For Kickstarter backers of $80 or more.|
Fun fact: when all of the Backer items are equipped at the same time, Cerebus's tail and the smoke from the Blade make it look like the lion is smoking a pipe.
Non-Playing Characters (NPCs)
Equipment and Quest Lines
Four pieces of equipment were designed by high-pledge Kickstarter backers. Each piece was given to those backers automatically and are available to all players via specific equipment quests.
To prevent spoilers, the list of Legendary Equipment has been hidden.
|Nameless Helm||Attack of the Mundane||+25 to STR|
+25 to INT
|Stephen Weber's Shaft of the Dragon||Vice||+25 to STR|
+25 to PER
|Mustaine's Milestone Mashing Morningstar||The Golden Knight||+25 to CON|
+25 to PER
|Jean Chalard's Noble Tunic||The Moonstone Chain||+25 to CON|
+25 to INT
The initial goal for funding was set to US$25,000. This was exceeded, reaching US$41,191 with 2,817 people showing interest in the project. After the initial goal was met, further features were added as stretch goals, including:
- Priority and difficulty settings
- Task icons
- The class system
Information for Developers
In the data returned by the API's content route, the Kickstarter equipment can be identified by these keys:
- armor_special_0 (Shade Armor)
- head_special_0 (Shade Helm)
- shield_special_0 (Tormented Skull)
- weapon_special_0 (Dark Souls Blade)