You: The Game! Using Gamification to Upgrade your Life (part 2)

Did you miss Part 1? Go read it here!


Back in Part 1 of this series we covered the basic rules and how to create an Easy Mode character. Today we’re going to create Hard Mode characters!

Remember, for both Easy and Hard modes you need the following baseline info:

  • Name: this can be the real thing or something fun, like “Tim the Enchanter”
  • Gender: male or female
  • Age: how many times have you survived riding this green/blue ball of dirt around the sun?
  • Weight: how much you weigh right now (probably in pounds)
  • Height: how tall you are right now (probably in feet/inches)
  • Record Date: the date you wrote all this down

Hard Mode (HM)

Back in Easy Mode we only had three Stats…

  • Strength (based on Deadlift max)
  • Speed (based on 100m Sprint time)
  • Health (based on Body Mass Index/BMI)

In Hard Mode we expand on this information, adding another physical Stat and four Mental stats, and expanding the definition of the ones we already use. This is called “Hard Mode” because it requires a little more work, not because life spontaneously becomes harder by creating the character sheet. Or does it?!

No, it doesn’t. Probably. Almost certainly. Okay, maybe. Only one way to find out!

Physical Stats

Here are the HM Physical Stats and what they’re based on…

  • Strength: max lifts for Deadlift, Back Squat, & Overhead Press as compared to body weight
  • Speed: time to finish for 100m Sprint, 30 Burpee Sprint, 30 Squat Sprint, & 30 Sit-up Sprint compared to averages/records
  • Health: measurements of Waist, Neck, Body Fat, & Body Muscle compared to averages
  • Endurance: time to finish 2 mile Run, 2 mile Row, & 300 Single Under compared to averages/records

For each Physical Stat except Health we’re essentially using athletic max testing to determine our current physical limits. Once we know them, we compare them to some average or record scores in each measurement, to get our score on a scale of 1-20. A score of 1 means you’re essentially a Potato and a score of 20 means you’re on par with record holding athletes in that discipline.

A quick note here: you don’t have to do the tests for a given Stat all in order or on the same day; you just have to do them all and record the number.

Mental Stats

In Hard Mode we introduce four Mental Stats to go along with the Physical ones, since we want to be testing ourselves and improving in every way possible. They are…

  • Smarts (the stuff you know)
  • Cunning (how clever you are; problem solving)
  • Charisma (your emotional and social awareness)
  • Luck (plain ol’ luck!)

Both Smarts and Cunning are online test-based (freebies) and your scores are normalized to make them easier to compare.

Charisma is based on a test of social awareness with points given for yes/no answers. This test is in the YtG Character Sheet shared in this article.

Luck is based on…luck. There are a couple tests for this one too, and they are really random silliness that you’re guessing on. So, if you get a good score, it’s all down to luck!

Calculating Your Stats

As mentioned, Hard Mode has some more work you need to do to figure out where you fall. Fair warning, this section has math and statistics in it. If you have no interest in seeing how these formulas actually work, that’s okay. This stuff isn’t for everyone. Skip it and join me in the next section, YtG Character Sheet.

Strength

  1. Find the following one-rep maxes: Deadlift, Back Squat, and Overhead Press.
  2. Add the three numbers together, and then divide by your body weight. Now you should have a “ratio”
  3. Compare the ratio to the Strength chart to get your Strength Stat.

HM Strength Chart

Speed

The Speed Stat is based on the following sprint tests: 100m, 30 Burpee, 30 Squat, & 30 Sit-up. Each sprint also has a standard score to compare to, based on gender. We’ll use those numbers to find your stat. All times are in SECONDS. Here’s how…

  1. Divide your sprint scores by each of their standard times to get a normalized score…
    • 100m: 9.58 (male), 10.49 (female)
    • Burpee: 60 (male), 80 (female)
    • Squat: 30 (male), 40 (female)
    • Sit-up: 30 (male), 40 (female)
  2. Add all your normalized scores together and divide by 4 to get an average.
  3. Compare your average to the Average Stat chart (below) to find your Speed Stat.

HM SCL Chart

Health

The Health Stat is based on measurements of height and waist as compared to averages. ALL NUMBERS ARE IN INCHES. We’ll use those numbers to find your stat. Here’s how…

  1. Divide your Waist measure by your Height measure, then multiply by 100. This is your Ratio.
  2. Next divide the Standard by your Ratio. Multiply by 100 to get your Average.
    • Male Standard: 46
    • Female Standard: 39.5
  3. Compare your average to the Average Stat chart (above) to find your Health Stat.

Endurance

The Endurance Stat is based on the following timed tests: 2 mile Run, 2km Row, & 300 Single Under. Each endurance test also has a standard score to compare to, based on gender. ALL  TIMES ARE IN SECONDS. We’ll use those numbers to find your stat. Here’s how…

  1. Divide your sprint scores by each of their standard times to get a normalized score…
    • Run: 478.61 (male), 538.58 (female)
    • Row: 366.9 (male), 420.6 (female)
    • Jump Rope: 84.98 (male), 97.73 (female)
  2. Add all your normalized scores together and divide by 3 to get an average.
  3. Compare your average to the Average Stat chart (above) to find your Endurance Stat.

Smarts

  1. Take the following online tests:
  2. Normalize your scores by dividing your test score by the max possible score and multiplying by 100:
    • Begent Quiz: out of 13
    • Genius Quiz: out of 100
    • Am I Dumb: out of 25
    • Impossible: out of 20
  3. Now you should have four scores that look like percentages. Add them all together, divide by 4, and now you have an average.
  4. Compare your average to the Average Stat chart (above) to find your Smarts Stat.

Cunning

  1. Take the following online tests:
  2. Normalize your scores by dividing your test score by the max possible score and multiplying by 100:
    • Cleverness Quiz: out of 100
    • Easy to Trick Quiz: out of 8
  3. Now you should have four scores that look like percentages. Add them all together, divide by 2, and now you have an average.
  4. Compare your average to the Average Stat chart (above) to find your Cunning Stat.

Charisma

  1. Open this link to take the Charisma test (it’s on this site; no spam/viruses)
  2. For every “Yes” answer you get 5 points. For every “No” answer you get 0 points.
  3. Compare your total score to the Charisma chart to get your Stat.

HM Charisma Chart

Luck

  1. Take the following online tests:
  2. Normalize your scores by dividing your test score by the max possible score and multiplying by 100:
    • AllTheTests: out of 10
    • GoToQuiz: out of 100
    • How Lucky Are You: out of 100
  3. Now you should have four scores that look like percentages. Add them all together, divide by 3, and now you have an average.
  4. Compare your average to the Average Stat chart (above) to find your Cunning Stat.

You: the Game! Character Sheet

Don’t want to do all this math and work? Good news! I’ve done it for you.

Google Sheets – Shared by Chris Aitken – You: the Game! Character Sheet

Once you have the sheet open, go to File > Make a Copy… or you can download an MS Excel version (which may or may not work; I haven’t tried it!)

Enter in your scores and stuff on the yellow TESTS tab, don’t touch anything on the FORMULAS tab, and your CHARACTER SHEET tab will automatically update. Here’s mine!

Chris Character Sheet (Hard Mode)

Click to enlarge

Tune in next week when we talk about Quests and Leveling!

What’re you waiting for? Go play!