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Shakes & Fidget Game

Ever since I was young, I’ve always enjoyed playing video games. As I was growing up and life became a bit busier, I didn’t have as much time to devote to playing games as I used to. But here and there, I found a browser game or a mobile game (or another mobile game) that kept me busy for a while. Nevertheless, there was one browser game I kinda always came back to – Shakes & Fidget.

Shakes & Fidget

This game has been around for quite a while, ever since 2009. It has its forum and wiki and it’s been localized in many languages. The community around this game is impressive and there are a lot of YouTubers covering this game. Over the course of 13 years (already!), it has received numerous updates and content expansion and it’s a perfect game for folks who don’t have time but still need their RPG-leveling boost now and then 🙋

Classes and Races

If you ever decide to give it a go, the first thing you’ll need to decide is which class you’d want to play. There are currently 8 classes in the game.

Each class offers a different play style but in the end, all classes are well-balanced. Besides these 8 classes, you can also choose among 8 different races:

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Gameplay

Once you select your class, race, and you give your character a name, you enter the Shakes & Fidget game world. You don’t actively fight in the game, though. You go on quests, complete different missions, and level up your character. Your character automatically does all the fighting but it’s up to you how you prepare it for battle.

You can play the game for ~10 minutes per day and still make quite a nice progress. This is what I love about the game! Also, you can play it completely for free but the game does offer paid upgrades to help you speed up your progress.

Ever since I discovered this game many, many years ago, I’ve been playing it with different characters up until different stages of the game. The names of the items and the characters you encounter are just hilarious. There are characters from so many TV shows, movies, and games that you encounter in the Shakes & Fidget game and it puts a smile on my face every time I see a new one:

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I’ve been playing the same character for over a year now, and I love the game content I’ve seen so far. Also, I’ve been playing it in German so that’s definitely helped me level up my German language skills a bit 🙂

I’m looking forward to the new updates the game developers will issue in the future. Keep up the great work, folks!  🙏

P.S. One other reason why I love this game – it very nicely reflects one of my favorite quotes of all time:

Most people optimize for the day ahead. A few people optimize for 1-2 years ahead. Almost nobody optimizes for 3-4 years ahead (or longer).

The person who is willing to delay gratification longer than most reduces competition and gains a decisive advantage. Patience is power.

James Clear
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WordPress Workshop Novi Sad

Fourth WordPress Workshop – Novi Sad

During the fourth WordPress workshop in Novi Sad, we went through the basics of HTML and CSS, we covered the best practices for adding custom CSS to a WordPress site, we went through some of the options of the element Inspector in browsers, and we also manually created a child theme.

After the workshop, I created a short video walkthrough of the element Inspector options in Chrome and I covered the basic creation of a child theme (both manual and via a plugin).

I’m speaking in Serbian but the whole interface is in English

Next

During the next workshop, we’ll go through WP-CLI and creating a web shop by using WooCommerce.

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Automattic Customer Happiness WordPress

Tools

I had a privilege of writing an article for Startit about the tools I use on a daily basis for my job as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

The article covers the browser extensions I mentioned in the past but I also mentioned some other apps and tools that help me do better at my job.

I hope you’ll find the article useful!

https://startit.rs/kreatori-i-alati-davor-altman-happiness-inzenjer/

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Automattic Miscellaneous WordPress

Browser Extensions

Quite a while ago, I posted about Lazarus, the Chrome extension which prevents the loss of data you insert into a form on a page when you accidentally navigate away from the page (or if the internet connection breaks). In the last paragraph in that post, I promised to follow up and write about the browser extensions I’m using. More than a year passed but better late than never!

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Automattic Customer Happiness Miscellaneous

Lazarus – the Saviour add-on

Imagine this scenario – you are filling in a form, which has a couple dozen fields or more. You are about to fill in the last field and all of a sudden, your internet stops working. Or your browser becomes unresponsive. You get the picture! 😱

The anger!

I believe that quite a few of us experienced a similar scenario. And I am not sure which emotion prevails when we learn that nothing we entered into the form fields is there now. Is it the confusion, anger, fury, agony, or hopelessness, or a mix of all of those? I could never tell 🙂

After a couple of times (let’s say that ~twenty times can still be considered as a couple of times, just this once 😎) of having the aforementioned scenario in front of me, I found the solution! Introducing Lazarus!

After adding this extension to your browser, you’ll notice this small icon in every form you fill:

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This means that you no longer need to worry and that everything you insert into a form will be saved!

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This add-on is definitely a stress-preventer 🙂 I spend most of my working hours at Automattic writing replies to our customers and I no longer need to copy my replies in tickets before I hit the Send button. More importantly, I don’t have to worry whether I forgot to copy my reply before sending it. Yes!

Useful Add-ons?

During the last 5 years, I came across lots of great browser add-ons and I ended up using quite a few of them. In one of my next posts, I’ll share all the add-ons I use on a daily basis and how they help me. Cheers 🍷