The Stone Golems that reside around the Crags of Maglar are quite terrifying to any stranger who wanders into their domain. In spite of their sheer power and weight, these Golems are surprisingly gentle and peaceful. A good day for a Stone Golem is one in which he did a lot of heavy lifting.
Most of my Splinterlands battle challenge posts are all about me kicking ass with that week’s monster. (Look at me smash my enemy, not mentioning it took seven tries to get the right victory. Look how great I am, even though all my cards were at level three while my enemy is a new player.) So today, I’d like to try something different and share a draw I had with a Unicorn Mustang.
The wild brown Unicorns of Anumün contrast the white Unicorns of Khymeria in many ways. Unicorn Mustangs travel in herds, while Sacred Unicorns are only seen alone. The brown Unicorns are not considered sacred like the white, but they are still protected from hunt and slaughter by a superstitious stigma that no Lyverian dares challenge. When approached in the wild, Unicorn Mustangs act as though anyone and everyone but fellow Unicorns are their enemies.
This was an odds out with poison gas battle so I put a bunch of weak cards out front and saved my Stone Golem in the rear. Since my summoner gives everyone the throne ability, which causes 2 hearts of damage anytime a melee monster hits any of my cards, I thought I would win this battle with ease, but my enemy chose the same summoner.
I thought I would take him out with my tree friend, Earth Elemental.
In the end, we were both down to our last heart of health when the poisonous gas took us both out. It was kind of romantic seeing both monsters go down together. Thank you for reading about my draw today.
My girlfriend is using the computer which has Photoshop on it all day to have a big final class. It’s just an old guy from Korea speaking Korean then being translated into Lao then her and her friends rushing and calling each other trying to figure out how to summarize the meeting. I can’t judge because I just finished the first half of my Photoshop class and I have no idea what’s going on. I do like using Photopea when in a jam or when I just need to do something very basic. It’s not exactly the same as Photoshop, but it’s a great clone and it works better than the cracked version I have on my gf’s computer. It took me just a few minutes to make this picture.
The Pirates of ΛZMΛRÉ are not to be trusted. Their Captains are among the most cunning (and dangerous) creatures in the Splinterlands. Armed with muskets of secret ΛZMΛRÉan make and prepared for any situation, the Pirate Captains sail the seas looking for treasure.”
The Pirate Captain wasn’t alone in this battle because he had the Captain’s Ghost by his side, but unlike Obi-Wan, who never broke the rules even in death, our old friend, the Captain’s Ghost could use magic from beyond the grave to rob our enemy of their special abilities. It was an odds-out and everyone gets max-life battle against a strong enemy with a war elephant. The Pirate Captain did his job and shot down just one NFT’s armor, but it was the ox of ice and our buddy, the Captain’s Ghost who did most of the destruction to win this battle.
Elves can be found living in many of the forests of the Splinterlands. They live in the trees but come down often to collect resources from the forest floor. Though the elves are small and beautiful, they always have a seemingly endless supply of concealed knives, with which they are deadly accurate.
I’ve tried to get a lot of my friends into Splinterlands, but I’m not much of a salesman or recruiter. I did work as a recruiter for the US Army for a few weeks back in 1999 with my recruiter who got me to join. It was really fun to go back to my old high school in uniform and impress all my younger friends. I even got invited to the prom by a few girls, but I didn’t sign up anybody. I have convinced a few buddies to join the military and they found good jobs as officers, but they were Australian and British, so I don’t get any high fives from the US Army, but I’m glad they found careers they like.
One of my students from the hotel I worked at back in 2018 really liked Splinterlands and has turned his original $10 into over $10,000 of valuable NFTs, but he has played every day for years and is really good at buying cards low and selling them high. I’m not much of an accountant and never remember what I bought cards for. I just buy cards I think look cool and let my emotions decide. (Which is why my student is a much better player than me now.) I’m glad he’s doing well with the game, but he’s a dude like me, and dudes like games. It’s hard to get girls here in Laos into games. 99% of them will say, “Koy bo mak game.” Which means, “I don’t like games.” When I told my girlfriend, Wan, that she could use my old account to play she instantly fell in love with the game. She plays it all the time now. I even hear her play it in the bathroom and when I’m trying to sleep. I think she might be the one.
I explained to her about this battle challenge and that she should use the Elven Cutthroat so I could share her battle. Now she uses her in almost every battle. She just apologized for dropping rank below 100 and losing all the progress to Bronze II, but I told her it’s no problem because the game forgives your losses if you fall under 100, but to be careful not to end the season that way or she’ll receive zero season rewards. It won’t be a problem because she plays the game ALL the time now and I’m sure we’ll get her to Bronze II or maybe even Bronze I by the end of the season.
I asked her why she chose the three-headed dog and she said it was because he can heal himself. She thought the snake was strong and she thought the Goblin Shaman looked cool, but I think she chose him because he’s the first card to choose from. I then asked her why she chose the Elven Cutthroat and she said it was because I told her to and that she is a badass card that helps her win. This was her first time ever using the Elven Cutthroat, but I see her using it all the time now. I’m so glad that she loves the game too!
The second form of a Dark Eternal is determined by the state of the soul. Some of the more twisted souls take insect form, and the Haunted Spider is the favorite. The projectile venom and massive, armored thorax make the Haunted Spider a formidable (and intimidating) enemy in any battle.
This week’s Share Your Battle Challenge theme is the Haunted Spider. This seems like an appropriate choice since Halloween is just 17 days away. This may not seem like a powerful card, but once you level it up, it can shoot poison at your enemies.
It’s always hard for me to win when there is a low mana cap. For this battle, it was just 13.
My enemy chose their cards wisely, but I got lucky. They took out my Haunted Spider, but it gave my Undead Archer the opportunity to get in a lucky shot on their Cerberus taking away the three-headed mutt’s healing ability which then let my Haunted Spirit smash all three of their fire cards. Thank you for reading and have a great Halloween!
Harklaw has achieved the highest degree of Dark Eternal existence in this realm. For many years it has been ready to cross over to the dark reality, but it has graciously stayed behind. Such is the tradition with the greatest Dark Eternal sorcerers of all time to help with the conversion and advancement of others. Little does the Lord of Darkness know that Harklaw stays behind not to help his fellow Dark to oneness, but to pursue selfish and secret goals. Harklaw has already won the loyalty of some of the Dark Lord’s closest confidants, and together they are concocting a scheme to dethrone him forever.
This week’s Splinterlands Share Your Battle featured the Crystal Jaguar. I’m not too keen on this card and can’t remember it ever winning me a battle, so for this week, I will show you my favorite new card, Harklaw.
I’m not a rich man, but here are my current Legendary cards. I’m broke and haven’t had a job or real income for years so I only have the cards I think are one hundred percent necessary. I think most of these cards are Reward cards.
Harklaw‘s shield made him mostly invulnerable to his enemy’s weak Life attacks. This is a must-have card that you can win simply by playing the game.
The magic of the Centauri people of northern Anumün is so secretive that it is a wonder their Mages make any demonstrations of their powers in the Mount Mox Arena at all. The audiences are always thrilled to see their magic attacks, especially at dusk and sunset, when they create a chillingly beautiful (and deadly) green light show. Not only does this magic rain green fire onto the enemy, but with proper concentration from the Mage, it also refortifies the defenses of the friendly team. Among the Centaurs, those who practice these ancient ways of magic are extremely rare. They spend most of their time close to Kron, protecting him from all the wild creatures outside his Citadel.
One of the things I love about these weekly Splinterlands battle challenges is that they bring awareness to both new and old cards that have slipped past my radar. I’m not a strong Earth player so the Centauri Mage was one of those cards. I didn’t even notice she was a centaur until making this post.
The Centauri Mage and her ability to return ranged attacks were key to my victory. Both arrows and magic attacks were returned to their source causing them damage like an instant boomerang of karma.
My battle went so well that after the dust settled, not one of my monsters was killed. Flawless victory! Thank you Centauri Mage and thank you for reading about one of my favorite new NFT cards today. May the power of the Splinterlands be with you. Get in the game!
Splinterlands just saw the purchase of its 100,000th Spellbook, halfway through August.
Reaching Benchmarks at Unprecedented Speeds
It took us over four years to sell the first 50,000 Splinterlands Spellbooks. Now, in just fifteen days, that number has doubled.
Referencing a graph of daily Spellbook purchases hardly makes sense anymore. The recent numbers so effectively dwarf the earlier stats that any daily sales numbers before July of this year barely register at all. Average daily sales in August are 100x what they were at the beginning of the year, and 200x what they were a year ago.
Graphing the Spellbooks purchased over time tells the tale of Splinterlands‘ slow and steady growth since its creation right up until last month when the influx of new players skyrocketed these numbers and literally put the game out of commission for a few stressful days.
As cool as it is to see these total numbers, it’s even more interesting to look at the Spellbook Purchase rates in context.
In free-to-play games, it’s customary for only a small fraction of the players to choose to purchase into the game. Usually, around 1% – 2% of all players end up buying into any free-to-play game, while the other 98% – 99% of players stick with the free version, or else leave the game entirely.
Splinterlands has always enjoyed a significantly higher buy-in rate than average, traditionally hovering between 20-25%. The fact that one out of every 4 or 5 new players sees enough value in our game to buy a $10.00 upgrade has always been a point of pride for us, especially considering that most games must sign up 50-100 players, on average, before they see one purchase.
More are Staying
However, lately even these note-worthy figures have been outdone. We saw the sale of the 100,000th Spellbook just two days after the creation of our 300,000th new account. As things stand now, over 32% of all accounts that have ever been created have continued on to Purchase a Spellbook and explore their full Splinterlands potential. A one-third buy-in rate is amazing, but it isn’t even the end of the story.
The August Spellbook purchase rate is now over 40%, meaning that this month more than 2 out of every 5 new player accounts decided that Splinterlands is too good to pass up. The past five days have seen an average buy-in rate of nearly 50%, which is just astounding.
New players usually try out the game in free mode for a bit before deciding if it’s worth actually paying into, so Spellbook numbers tend to lag behind sign-up numbers by a few days, at least.
Why Players Stay
Sure, Splinterlands has a lot to offer, even if you don’t already have an impressive Alpha pack. The continued release of new cards and the structure of the tournaments system ensure that new players will always have access to relatively inexpensive cards that can hold their own in battles. The new rental market gives card owners and card seekers even more options. SPS offers players the chance to have a real say in the future of the game, and the fact that it’s all built on the blockchain means that players genuinely own their Splinterlands assets and that every purchase buys you more than just a once-and-done half hour of playing fun.
But Splinterlands has something much harder to replicate than thoughtful design, interesting graphics, or addictive gameplay. Because Splinterlands isn’t merely a game: it’s a whole community. In Guilds and on Splintertalk blogs; on Reddit, Twitter, and especially in Discord, Splinterlands community members continue to make this an inviting environment for new players, and this effort continues to pay off.
The Splinterlands team is small. Even with all we can do, we still depend heavily on the community to answer questions, explain game features, and in general help direct all the new players who are pouring in. And let me tell you: the Splinterlands community has shown itself to be more than up to this challenge. So many of you are extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and freely share your gems of game wisdom with newer players, directing them to the resources that will help them and explaining the finer points of the game. Your passion for the game is by far the best advertisement Splinterlands could ever have.
Guilds offer enormous opportunities for players to connect with each other, form friendships, and grow roots in the community. You can find other games to play. You can find other assets to purchase. But the friends in your Guild aren’t available anywhere else, and it makes a difference.
If new players were pouring into the game only to discover cold shoulders, unanswered questions, and condescension, it’s a good bet that many of them wouldn’t stick around for long. The fact that 30-50% of those that swing by deciding to buy into Splinterlands and put down roots here is a testament to how awesome our community is, as much as anything else we have to offer.
We are so grateful. And humbled. And amazed. Thanks for being phenomenal.
If you’re like me then you want to become a whale in the NFT game. I recently sold all of my Splinterlands cards like a total fool. I would’ve been a crypto millionaire right now if I hadn’t gone all APR Defi crazy and let greed and rug pulls destroy my deck. I felt like I had been playing the game for years and nothing happened, then all of a sudden, BOOM! Cards that weren’t worth a food stamp are now over $100. I even see gold cards I’ve sold for a few hundred bucks worth $100,000. I know I’m not the only one. Not wanting to miss out on the next great NFT opportunity, I checked out the list of top NFT projects at https://dappradar.com/nft.
I felt like most of the projects I looked at were lame and just copycats of Cryptokitties. I bought a kitty back in 2018. Is it worth something now? I think the game is so stupid that I’ve not bothered checking. Plus, I hate working with the Etheruem network. NBA Top Shot works on Etheurum and it shows with its sluggish operations. It costs $9 to get started. Let’s see what I got…
Let’s hope one of these is a $1 million M Jay or LeBron James NFT moment…
No such luck. I paid $9 for these three cards and they can be sold for $3 each so I don’t feel ripped off, but I don’t feel entertained either.
NBA Top Shot made it seem that if I chose a favorite team, they’d give me a free pack.
I’m not a BB fan. I quit watching when Jordan retired. I do remember watching the original Dream Team kick ass in the Olympics and collected as many plastic cups from McDonald’s as I could when I was a kid. I liked the movie Space Jam and played a lot of NBA Jam on the Sega Genesis too, but that is all I know or care about BB, so let’s choose the Chicago Bulls.
It’s true they’ll give you a free pack, but you better bring your credit card on this “quest” because you’ll need to get three more moments from your favorite team to “earn” the pack. The cheapest moment from the Chicago Bulls was $4, so I changed my favorite team who I feel is the least liked team in the NBA, the Salt Lake City Jazz. I mean whoever liked them? You’d get beat up fast wearing their jersey when I was in middle school.
Nope. Everything is $4 at the cheapest with the Jazz too. This feels rigged. It’s definitely not a decentralized free market like Splinterlands. They also have strong KYC rules. If you decide to withdraw or earn any seriously valuable moments then get your ID ready and take that selfie holding it straight without breathing standing on one foot and juggling some dates or whatever other nonsense the NBA demands.
I don’t recommend NBA Top Shot, but I don’t think it’s a bad idea either. It’s a centralized cash grab bullshit NFT project of the NBA. I’m not upset that I spent $9, but I will not check or think about it again for several years.
What about you?
I love Splinterlands and have only tried NBA Top Shot, War Riders, and the Upland NFT games. Are there any good NFT gaming gems that have gone under the radar?
Scholars of Khymeria have studied the shapeshifting, mystical beasts known as Ha’on extensively since their appearance ten years ago. At an early age, each Ha’on chooses a single power form, into which they can transform. Their time is then divided into their original humanoid form and the power form, which takes a considerable amount of energy to maintain for long periods of time. The Human forms of Ha’on are recognizable by their frightening single-colored eyes, a trait with which they are endowed when they realize their full shapeshifting potential. The Dark Ha’on is one of the strongest Ha’on, taking the power form of a large flying cat.
I remember when this NFT Death Legendary card was less than a dollar. I even had one maxed out. I didn’t have the cash to buy it today so I rented it for a few cents. Don’t feel bad if you sold all of your cards or are just getting started. There will soon be a new batch of cards that will give us all another chance.
I photoshopped and duplicated a copy of Dark Ha’on and enlarged it for dramatic effect. My enemy had a good strategy. They put out a strong tank, healer, sneak attacker, and some magic cards.
I used a summoner which gives all of my cards the ability to reflect magic back. Dark Ha’on absorbed most of the attacks while my two scary-looking archer and sniper ghosts helped my lead card wipe out the enemy.
Thank you Splinterlands for creating such a great game. The light years of advancement over the years have been truly impressive and I know there is a lot more where that came from.
If you are interested in getting started with NFTs, then I couldn’t imagine a better place to start than Splinterlands. Get in the game!
In southern Khymeria, near the Crystalline Harbor, there is a dank place known as Baluthar’s Deep. There are stories of ancient treasures buried there in the darkness, but the most that treasure hunters typically find is a slew of hideous cave monstrosities. One of the most well-known is the Cave Slug, which hides in plain sight and devours victims quite quickly.
Welcome to another week of awesome Splinterlands gameplay, everyone! Cards are getting very expensive these days so I was happy to see this week’s battle challenge is the Cave Slugs. I actually do not own this card, but I used to so it’s still available to me. Splinterlands is very fair for making this possible. Imagine if you sold your car to the neighbor down the street, but they still let you use it sometimes because you were the original owner. That’s kinda how NFTs work. I know that in the art NFT space, the original creator or the artist will always earn a percentage no matter how many times it changes hands.
I’ve been playing this wonderful decentralized NFT game since it was new. If I had HODLed all of my cards I’ve ever been awarded, I could’ve bought a house in Southern California, but I was dumb and broke and sold all of my maxed ALPHA and BETA cards to survive. No one knows the future so I don’t feel bad. Plus this game is just getting started. There is still a lot of opportunity for new players and dumbasses like me who’ve sold everything to make a comeback!
My battle went well even though I was up against an undead zombie T-rex and a powerful sandworm. I lost my first monster in the fight, but my Cave Slugs with their opportunity ability, which means they will attack the enemy monster with the least health, helped win another victory. I think that as long as every card has a different job to do that your chances of winning will go up. Don’t just rely on one strong card in the front. Predict what your enemy will do based on their past choices and then maximize your attack potential by choosing the appropriate cards for the battle rules.
Thank you for checking out my battle this week. Splinterlands will go down in gaming history as the original OG play to earn game. I’ve been waiting years for a better game to come along, but none have captured my attention so far. What do you think is the best play-to-earn game today?