Alien Worlds is an NFT defi Metaverse comprised of a few elements that are important to understand to get the most out of playing.
Let’s start with an overview of the entire metaverse:
Core elements of the metaverse
1) Trilium — the fungible ERC-20 token that works across the metaverse. Watch your Trilium balance go up as you make good strategic moves — like mine the right land with the best tools, or battle opponents using your strongest minions. Your Trilium balance falling means you need to shake up your strategy.
2) NFTs — the non-fungible tokens are the land, tools and avatars you play with. Want to use an Artunian Shovel to mine Rocky Desert? Could be a good strategy. Head into battle sending your Wise Ancient One warrior? Maybe try a Stealth Mercenary. Each NFT’s attributes are listed on the card, and studying that is a good first step.
Land is one of the key NFT types — more on this in this post.
3) Planets — there are 6 Planets; each has its own elected government. Each Planet receives a daily Trilium payout which the Planet’s government decides how to allocate — to players, to stakers, or to anyone else.
Core activities in the metaverse
1) Mining: you can choose a piece of land — even one you don’t own — to mine on using tools you do own. The owner of the land gets some of your mining yield, called their ‘commission’.
2) Fighting: send Minions into battle for you in the Thunderdome. Earn Trilium and NFTs if you win.
3) Staking and voting: by staking the Trilium you’ve earned through mining or fighting, to a Planet, you become a voting member of the Planet (stake weighted voting; the more you stake the more voting power you have). Each Planet is a decentralised autonomous community (DAC) with its own fungible token.
A number of successful strategies are likely to emerge — around fighting, around Planetary governance. But one of the most interesting strategies we expect to see develop is around owning and mining on land.
Land and mining
You first acquire Land as part of packs in the Land Sale, which will be the last in our series of pack sales this autumn. In total there are 3,000 Land Packs for sale, distributed across the 6 Planets.
Each Land pack contains 1 piece of Land (one Land NFT) and 7 other different NFT cards. The piece of Land you receive in a Land pack is random as are the other NFT cards.
Opening your Land pack
When you buy a Land pack the pack is unopened. This actually means that the Land NFT card has not been fully created, and we would encourage you to open your Land packs rather than collect them in the unopened state. When you open your Land pack, you start receiving Land commission when explorers mine your land, and you receive a payout from the Land Fund.
As a landowner you receive a share of the Trilium mining rewards mined from your Land. As a default this is set to 20% but you can change this percentage. Setting it very high might make your Land unattractive to mine on — unless you have a very attractive piece of Land.
The Land Fund
The commission on unopened land accrues into the Land Fund. The Land Fund pays out to landowners a random percentage of all the Trilium in the Land Fund pot at that time, varying from 25% — 75% of the pot, when the landowner opens his/her Land pack.
Different types of Land
There are 20 different types of Land on the six Planets within the metaverse. Some examples are Mushroom Forest, Methane Swampland, Sandy Desert and Geothermal Springs. Each type of Land has its own mining attributes — some give you more Trilium, some increase the chance of an NFT payout, some allow you to mine more frequently. These attributes are explained in the Alien Worlds Technical Blueprint under “Mining Game”; the user interface will also guide you through this and feel free to ask questions in our Discord.
Land — from a Landowners’ perspective
When you buy a Land Pack you don’t know what kind of land you’ll get. Your job when you receive the land is to figure out what kind of mining commission makes sense for that piece of land. If you have miners beating down your door to mine on your land, you may realise you can afford to charge more. But if no one is ever mining on your land, you might need to price more competitively for a while.
Land — from a miners’ perspective
Using the Metaverse UI, you can explore different Planets and the land terrain on them. You can see the different attributes of Land on the NFT cards as you look through them to select which Land to mine on.
Do you want to be able to mine frequently — but perhaps receive less Trilium per mine? Look for land with a low ‘charge time’.
Do you want to maximise your chance of receiving an NFT payout? Look for land with higher ‘NFT luck’ probabilities.
Do you want to increase your Trilium rewards? Look for high Trilium Mining Power numbers.
The Tool NFTs you choose to mine with will also impact these outcomes. These attributes can be seen on the cards, and are also published in a table linked in the “Mining Game” section of the Alien Worlds Technical Blueprint.
Landowners’ relationship to the Planet their Land is on
Landowners’ profits come through the Commission they charge on mining on their Land. The Commission is a % of the total Trilium rewards per mine. Those rewards are impacted by the Planet DAC’s policies regarding how much of the Planetary Trilium rewards to allocate to the mining game. So, as a landowner, you might also want to think about your Trilium position and staking Trilium to the Planet your Land is on, so that you can vote on that Planet to protect your Land interests.
The Land Sale
The sale of Land Packs will happen in the next few weeks and will be your only opportunity to buy Land within the metaverse. It will follow the same Dutch auction as for our other Pack sales.
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