Splinterlands is a trading card game that runs on the Hive blockchain and interacts with several others, and it fits the Play to Earn philosophy perfectly. Originally called Steem Monsters, this trading card game allows players to battle monsters in exchange for rewards. Players can level up cards by combining two or more of the same card. Dark Energy Crystals (DEC), the in-game token, can be earned by winning battles, selling cards, or other in-game activities.
Splinterlands is a trading card game, available as a browser-based game. There’s also a mobile app available on Android, with an iOS release pending approval. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know to get started battling monsters and making money. You’ll be ready to climb the ranks, level up monsters, and earn rewards.
This Play to Earn guide for Splinterlands isn’t investment advice, but could provide you inspiration in how to make the most of your gameplay activities. First and foremost we’re talking about games, and value in these virtual economies comes from gamers having fun together. Without gamers, no community. Without community, no value.
An Introduction to Basic Gameplay
At first glance, Splinterlands may seem like any other trading card game such as Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering. While there are similar elements between them, there is one vital difference: battles are entirely automated.
I’ll be honest, when I first started playing the game, the automated battles were a disappointment. I expected to issue commands during epic battles as with other similar games. However, as I learned more about the game, the automated battles grew on me.
The gameplay is focused on battle preparation. You select your Summoner, build your army, and watch them duke it out for supremacy. You do not issue any controls once the battle begins and cannot impact the results in any way.
Ten steps of an average battle
- The player hits the “Battle” button on the Battle page, with “Ranked” selected
- The game searches for you, and finds an opponent
- The player is given all of the information needed about the battle, such as the available mana, which Summoners are allowed, and any special rules. These special rules are introduced at the Bronze II level, while you start at Novice level.
- The player continues on to the next page where they have two minutes to build their deck
- The first step is to select the Summoner, which dictates the type of cards available in the battle
- The player then selects which cards they want to use in the battle. This is the core gameplay element: trying to assemble a winning team within the available mana limit and game rules.
- The opponent is doing the same thing during this two-minute time limit
- When both players are ready, the battle commences
- The player clicks “Rumble” and then watches the automated battle
- Results are displayed, DEC and rating points are rewarded to the winner, then the player is…
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