Alien Worlds is a P2E blockchain game that is easy to start. As of today, the game is one of the top 5 blockchain games in the world. In fact, according to DappRadar, Alien Worlds only comes in 2nd after Splinterlands in terms of the player base. If you wish to dip your toes in the GameFi space, Alien Worlds is a good place to start, due to the low investment required (less than $50).
What is Alien Worlds?
Alien Worlds is a play-to-earn game based on three blockchains – WAX, Ethereum, and Binance Smart Chain. In essence, it is an exploration and mining game, where players can own land, use tools, and weapons, customize their avatars, own rare artifacts and have minions to use in battles.
There are 3,343 land NFTs in total across 6 different planets. And the native cryptocurrency token used in this game is Trilium (TLM). Currently, players can only participate in mining activities or special missions to earn TLM. In the future, Alien Worlds will introduce PvP mode Thunderdome, where players can enlist Weapons, Artifacts, and Minions NFT to compete against other players.
How do I get started in the game of Alien Worlds?
First, you will need to create a WAX.io wallet. Although Alien Worlds do provide free transactions to new players, it’s best to have some WAXP tokens in your wallet. So that you can purchase network resources to perform certain functions in the WAX blockchain. These resources include CPU, NET, and RAM.
Next, register an account in Alien Worlds.io using the WAX wallet you created. Upon login, just pick one of the two avatars. Then create your username to start the game. In this guide, we will focus on how to mine Trilium (TLM).
How to mine Trilium in Alien Worlds?
Mining is the main activity taking place in Alien Worlds. During mining, you can earn Trilium (TLM) tokens and a small chance of getting some NFTs. These random NFTs can be avatars, weapons, artifacts, minions, or equipment NFTs. If you wish to get your hands on one of the NFTs, you can purchase them from WAX’s NFT marketplace Atomic Hub as well.
In this game, each player is given one free avatar and one free tool (shovel) to start mining. You can choose to mine with the free shovel. But keep in mind that the TLM rewards will be very little. Additionally, you can only mine one land with a maximum of 3 tools at a time.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the important stats for tool and land NFTs. Afterward, let’s pick a suitable planet and land to mine.
1. Tool Stats
As shown above, each tool NFT comes with four stats:
- Charge Time (in seconds): This is the charge time of the tool before you can use it again. If you are using more than one tool, you need to add up the charge time of your 2 slowest tools. Take note that it is possible to reduce total charge times if the tool/land contains a Proof of Work (POW) reduction factor.
- Trilium Mining Power: Determines the amount of TLM you can mine. The higher the better.
- Proof of Work Difficulty Modifier: Mining is done under the Proof of Work (POW) process. Thus, tools with high POW values help lower the CPU load and reduce wait time. Low POW can result in a 5 to 10 second longer wait time. However, this is not a crucial stat for you to optimize.
- NFT Luck Modifier: This value determines the chances of an NFT drop. The higher the better. The lowest value is 1%. But by selecting the right tools to maximize your luck, the chances can go up to 35%.
Useful hint: Each mining tool comes in a different rarity. You can compare tools’ rarities versus their mining efficiency in this useful cheat sheet.
2. Land Stats
You will notice that each land NFT comes with similar stats to tool NFT:
- Charge Time Multiplier: Determines the total charge time after each mining attempt.
- Trilium Mining Power: Boosts the amount of TLM during mining.
- Proof of Work Difficulty Modifier: Helps reduce waiting time. Areas such as Active Volcano typically have zero POW with high charge time. But, has 2.5 TLM mining power in return.
- NFT Luck Modifier: Determines the chances of an NFT drop.
- Commission % to Owner: Determines how much percentage of the TLM obtained is allocated to the landowner. You can even find lands with 0% commission to the owner!
Useful hint: With so many tools and lands to choose from, picking the right combination can be daunting. Luckily, there’s a tool to help you out! Just head over to the Alien Worlds Tool calculator to select the best tools to combo with each plot.
3. Choose a suitable planet and land to mine
But how? Here’s a handy tool to help you find your goldmine. First, check the mining pool of each planet. From the example above, we know that Planet Neri has the highest fill rate of 2.2 TLM/s. This is similar to Filtrate, which denotes how many TLM the planet generates per second. Ideally, we want to mine on planets with high fill rates.
Next, choose a suitable land. In this example, we will look at the overall land stats in Planet Neri. In this dashboard, you can filter by the land’s charge time, mining power, POW, NFT drop, and commission stats. If you wish to choose a land with high POW, just click on the POW column.
You can also combine with other factors such as charge time and land commission rate as you wish. Based on the example above, land coordinates are given as well. After you have selected Planet Neri to mine, just input the coordinates to look for the plot you want.
Nevertheless, once you know the basics, just equip your avatar with the right tools. Select the planet and the plot that you wish to mine. Then click on the “Mine” button at the top of the screen. Remember to click “Claim Mine” to claim TLM into your WAX.io wallet. After that, wait for the charge time to finish before you mine again.
Without a doubt, the gameplay in Alien Worlds is rather simple for now. But there’s a catch. Players will need to stake WAXP consistently to get CPU resources on the WAX blockchain. So if you wish to mine TLM continuously, you’ll need to consider making regular investments in the game.
Nonetheless, Alien Worlds has been constantly looking for ways to connect with traditional gamers as well. Recently, the game has bridged to Minecraft servers, allowing Minecraft players to complete quests in Alien Worlds. Hopefully, Alien Worlds will introduce more game modes in the future.