Splinterlands Basic Overview and Guide

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How to Start Playing and Earning in a popular Deck-Building Game

What is Splinterlands?

Splinterlands (formerly known as Steem Monsters) from Steem Monsters LLC is a unique digital trading card game (playable on web browsers, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices) that allows players to truly own their cards and other in-game assets. It is built upon the HIVE blockchain and players that register get a cyptowallet as a part of the account creation process. Those already familiar with cryptocurrency and collecting will be happy to know that Splinterlands features cross-compatibility with other blockchains namely Ethereum, Tron, and WAX. 

Compared to other Play-to-Earn games, Splinterlands is one of the most affordable to start playing and earning. The game is free-to-try with the game’s earning potential being unlocked after purchasing a Summoner’s Spellbook ($10 USD) through PayPal or with cryptocurrency. Played in over 100 countries, players build their decks composed of cards that are NFTs and earn currency. NFT cards can be converted into ERC-721 tokens.

Source: @splinterlands twitter

Key Points of Splinterlands

  • Competitive trading card game with seasons and tournaments
  • Free-to-Play but Play-to-Earn features must be unlocked through an additional purchase of a Summoner’s Spellbook
  • Playable on Web Browsers, plus Android and iOS mobile devices
  • More than 300k players and rising!
  • Cards can be rented from other players

Splinterlands Currencies

There are two types of currency in Splinterlands, Dark Energy Crystals (DEC) and Splintershards (SPS) both of which can be transferred to external wallets. Official guides on how to transfer assets and tokens can be found on the official Splinterlands FAQ

DEC is mostly earned through participating in ranked matches. Card packs, skins, and potions can all be purchased with DEC. Most of the game’s functions are performed through DEC. 

Splintershards is a governance token which provides increasing levels of decision making and control over the game through player-driven actions, asset owners, and other stakeholders. SPS is set up as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) via a series of smart contracts which has been published on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) platform. SPS is the more valuable crypto token to earn, sell, and trade.

If you wish to learn more about SPS, please visit SPS white paper.

Source: Splinterlands 

How to Start Playing Splinterlands

Step 1: Browser players will need to go to the Splinterlands website (https://splinterlands.com/) and click on “Play Now” to start the account creation process. From there click on “Create Account” and input an email address. Next, click on “Create Password” to finish. 

Mobile device players will have a similar process but instead will download the Splinterlands app through the Apple Store or Google Play Store

Step 2: First-time players will get a random username and a few cards to try out the game’s card game mechanics. 

Step 3: Those that want to start earning will need to buy the Summoner’s Spellbook for $10 USD. To purchase a Summoner’s Spellbook, click on the “Shop” icon in the top-left corner. Then, click “Packs” to find the spellbook. Purchases can be made through PayPal or with a cryptocurrency that is accepted by Splinterlands. 

Step 4: Those who own a Summoner’s Spellbook can pick a unique username and begin playing with Play-to-Earn features. 

Step 5: Success! The journey has begun in the strategic world of Splinterlands! For gameplay basics, be sure to check out the official mechanics breakdown.

Current Game Currency Values

Splintershards (SPS) – $0.1373 USD*

Dark Energy Crystals (DEC) – $0.003343 USD*

*Values determined by CoinMarketCap as of February 18th 2022.

Additional Information

Learn more about Splinterlands in the links and social media channels below.

Official Website – https://splinterlands.com/ 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/splinterlands 

Discord – https://discord.com/invite/splinterlands 

Telegram – https://t.me/splinterlandsHQ 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/officialsplinterlands/ 

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/SplinterlandsOfficial 

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/splinterlands_official/ 

Official HIVE Blog – https://peakd.com/@splinterlands