[Axie Infinity] Lunacian Issue #14

Welcome to the 14th issue of The Lunacian, a periodical covering the latest news & developments from the Axie universe!

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Discord to meet the rest of our amazing community!

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Development Update

  • We’re researching the best way to integrate DAI drops into the Alpha!

  • We have a new partnership coming in February, stay tuned!

  • We’ve been steadily adding more functionality to the new market such as the ability to breed, sync SLP, and use a search bar to filter for body parts.

  • The Holiday Skin event will end at 9 AM ET on February 1st. Here is a countdown timer.

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Alpha Guides

We’ve been ecstatic to see the Axie community growing with the launch of the Community Alpha!

To accelerate and facilitate further growth, we’ve released two starter guides to help our community onboard their friends and family.

Now is a great time for curious gamers to start their Axie adventure!

On-boarding guide

Alpha gameplay & earning guide

Alpha Download

Tip: Gift your friends a team of Axies with the stipulation that they send you some of their earned SLP as a gift for helping them get started!

Infinity Cup

The Infinity Cup was a hit! Over 140 trainers signed up and we had hundreds of viewers tune in to our live stream!

Chuckfresco ended up taking the grand prize. Congrats Chuck!

Missed the action? Check out the stream replay below!

Play to Earn in Axie

The Community Alpha has brought compelling play to earn gameplay to the Axie community!

This clear benefit is driving growth of the Axie ecosystem and spurring interesting discussions around the combination of DeFi and gaming.

Check out Dappradar’s overview of play to earn in Axie here.

Our Growth Lead, Jihoz, did his own write up as well!

Play to earn article

That’s it for now!

The Axie Infinity Team

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Axie Infinity X Defi: Play to Earn is Evolving!

This is a post from Jihoz, Growth @Axieinfinity

With the evolution and maturation of blockchain games there’s been a lot of interest around the idea of “play to earn”.

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However, until recently, earning mechanisms in Blockchain games have relied too much on collectible models where scarce, limited assets increase in value as a community grows and demand increases. This is more of a “buy and wait” model rather than “play to earn.” Players have had some ability to influence the direction of their investments by evangelizing, creating content, and creating positive environments in the community. This was already an improvement on traditional gaming ecosystems but still not a clear case of play to earn.

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The Axie ecosystem was able to maintain a price floor for Axies that was always above the cost of breeding. We did this by adding additional requirements to breed so that players couldn’t simply spam breed Axies (we saw the negative effects of this as early members of the CryptoKitty community). Having the Axie floor > breeding fee was an early iteration of play to earn but we wanted something more compelling.

The Axie Community Alpha introduced our next “play to earn” mechanic through two simultaneous changes.

  1. The introduction of Love Potions as a requirement to breed Axies (thereby increasing breeding difficulty— our version of “mining difficulty”).

  2. The ability to earn Love Potions by simply playing the game.

There was no pre-mine so the players are fully in control of the SLP economy.

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We immediately began to see interesting behaviors develop.

  • Players began introducing their real-world friends and family to Axie to help them accumulate love potions.

  • Our community set up a Uniswap pool for SLP. You can view the contract here and access the Uniswap SLP market here.

  • This means that for small amounts of SLP, farmers can instantly swap their SLP for ETH, giving them a stream of income simply from interacting with our game!

While still early, this development has some important implications for Axie Infinity, NFT games, and Defi.

  • By giving NFT gamers instant liquidity for tokens earned from their time and effort, the benefits of “peer to contract” liquidity can now be captured by NFT owners. Peer to contract systems such as Uniswap, Compound, and MakerDAO have been behind the massive growth of Defi and the benefits of this growth can now have a tangible impact on user-facing Dapps.

  • We are starting to gain more compelling answers around the benefits/rationale for building a Blockchain game. If games can be hooked up into “money legos” like Uniswap, there are a plethora of functionalities that are created that traditional games simply cannot replicate.

  • I predict that games and user-facing applications will increasingly become an on-boarding mechanism for Defi. As capital accumulates in the Defi space, these applications will increasingly turn towards fun, practical applications such as games as distribution channels.

The Future of “Play to Earn”

The SLP experiment has been a fun, early experiment in play to earn mechanics. This year we want to take things a step further by:

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Getting Started With Axie

Now is a great time to begin your Axie adventure!

Check out the guides below to get started!

New to Crypto? Read this to start playing!

Already have Axies and ETH? Read this game mechanics & earning guide!

If you’re interested in discussing anything I’ve presented below feel free to reach out on Twitter or you can reach me at jeff@axieinfinity.com

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With Love,

Jihoz

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Axie & Makerdao Present: The Infinity Cup!

2100 DAI & 10,000 LUNA (1000 USD) Prize Pool!

We’ve been blown away by the response to the Community Alpha!

To celebrate the historic launch, we’ve teamed up with our friends MakerDAO to hold the first of many official tournaments!

We’re calling it “The Infinity Cup” and it’s coming next week!

There are limited slots available so make sure to register quickly.

Register Now

This is the first step towards bringing a well capitalized Esports element to Blockchain games!

We’re currently on-boarding streamers, tournament organizers, and sponsors for future events!

If you’d like to help us grow the Axie competitive scene, please reach out to hello@axieinfinity.com.

What’s Axie Infinity?

Axie Infinity is a digital pet universe where players battle, raise, and trade fantasy creatures called Axies.

Axie is the first blockchain game to introduce:

  • A mobile application.

  • The ability to earn money by simply playing the game.

What’s MakerDAO?

MakerDAO is a decentralized credit platform on Ethereum that supports Dai, a stablecoin whose value is pegged to USD. DAI can be integrated into other smart contracts, allowing use cases for Blockchain that require a stable asset.

Tournament Details

Prize Pool: 2,100 DAI and 10,000 LUNA (~1,000 USD)

When: Friday 17th January at 9AM ET

Where: The tournament will be streamed at twitch.tv/Axieinfinity.

Hosts: Axie COO, Psycheout & Axie Growth Lead, Jihoz

Rules: Please register and review the rules here.

Axie X Defi

We strongly believe that the future of play to earn will be heavily linked to Decentralized Finance (DeFi). As capital accumulates in the DeFi space, these applications will increasingly turn towards fun, practical applications such as games as distribution channels. This is just the beginning!

We’re incredibly grateful to the Maker team for seeing the potential in rewarding gamers and are super excited for future collaborations!

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Axie Starter Guides

Now is a great time to begin your Axie adventure!

Check out the guides below to get started!

New to Crypto? Read this to start playing!

Already have Axies and ETH? Read this game mechanics & earning guide!

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See you in The Arena!

The Axie Infinity Team

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Axie Infinity Community Alpha Guide!

Axie Infinity is a digital pet universe where players battle, raise, and trade fantasy creatures called Axies.

Axie is the first blockchain game to introduce:

  • A mobile application.

  • The ability to earn money by simply playing the game.

This guide will help you learn the basics surrounding gameplay & earning through the Axie Community Alpha application.

If you still need to setup an account and acquire Axies, start with this on-boarding guide.

What’s an Axie?

Axies are fantasy creatures that players can battle, collect, and raise.

Each Axie has different traits which determine their role in battle.

Stats

Each Axie has 4 stats, Health, Morale, Skill, and Speed.

Here’s what they do:

Health: The amount of damage your Axie can take before being knocked out.

Morale: Morale increases critical strike chance. It also makes entering last stand more likely and adds more last stand “ticks”.

Skill: Skill adds damage when an Axie plays multiple cards at once (combo).

Speed: Speed determines turn order. Faster Axies attack first. Speed also decreases an Axie’s chance of being the victim of a critical strike.

Body Parts

Each Axie has 6 body parts: eyes, ears, horn, mouth, back, and tail.

Horns, Mouths, Backs, and Tails determine which cards an Axie can use in battle.

Each body part also adds stats depending on the class of the part:

Plant: 3 HP + 1 Morale

Aqua: 3 Speed + 1 HP

Reptile: 3 HP + 1 Speed

Beast: 3 Morale+1 Speed

Bug: 3 Morale + 1 HP

Bird: 3 Speed + 1 Morale

Classes

Each Axie has a class which is similar to the “types” from Pokemon. Each class is weak and strong against other classes. When calculating damage, the card class of the attacking move is compared to the Axie class of the defender. This means that a Bird card used to an attack a Beast Axie will deal 20% additional damage. A Beast card used to attack an Aquatic Axie will deal 20% less damage.

Battle System Mechanics

The Axie battle system is turn-based card game where the goal is to eliminate all enemies your team of 3 Axies is facing. Each turn, a player must strategically play cards that maximize their chance of victory.

Due to the mechanics of the game, most new players field teams that consist of 1 “defender” and 2 “attacker” Axies.

The tank should be placed in the front of your team so that it draws incoming attacks like you can see in this example.

Each Axie can draw from a pool of 4 potential cards in battle. Each card comes from a body part— Mouth, Back, Tail, and Horn.

A “defender” can be defined as:

  • Adept at absorbing damage.

  • High HP stat (50+).

  • Having at least 2 high shield cards (70+). More is preferable but can also increase the price quickly.

You can find a full list of cards here: https://dappsuniverse.com/axie/cards-explorer

Tips

  • Almost all plant class cards are good tank cards.

  • Reptile and aquatic cards can also be tank cards.

  • Self healing cards such as Shiitake and Rosebud can make a tank more resilient.

These are examples of tanks:

Next, we can search for some “attacker” Axies.

In general, “attacker” Axies:

  • Have at least 2 cards with 100+ damage.

  • Sacrifice survivability (HP & shield) for damage output.

Here are some examples of good damage-dealing Axies:

Tips

  • Speed can be useful on damage dealing Axies, allowing them to incapacitate an Axie before it can attack.

  • The skill stat adds damage on comboes.

  • Bird & Beast cards are almost always good damage dealing cards.

  • Morale increases chance to critical strike, dealing 100% more damage on an attack. This makes high morale Axies (generally beast and bug Axies) good fits for the damage dealer role.

Breeding & Earning in Axie Infinity

Likes real-world pets, Axies can be bred to create new offspring. These offspring can be used in battle, breed new offspring, or sold on our marketplace.

In order to manage the Axie population, breeding has certain resource requirements.

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Each Axie can be bred a maximum of 7 times.

Breeds cost .002 ETH as well as Small Love Potions.

Small Love potions can be earned by playing the game in PvE Adventure mode as well as the PvP Arena. Once you earn them, you can sync them to your wallet from this page.

In the graphic 1 potion= 100 Small Love Potions.

The cost to breed two Axies will be based on the breed count of both parents. For example, two Axies that have 6 breeds each will require 2,600 Small Love Potions to breed.

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As of January 8th, the cheapest Virgin Axie (0 breeds) costs around .01 ETH which is 5x the breeding cost. This means that with some time and effort, there is a clear path to earning in Axie Infinity.

Here’s where it gets interesting:

Small Love Potions are also tokens which can be traded on the decentralized exchange, Uniswap.

You can buy/sell SLP on the Decentralized Exchange, Uniswap, here.

If you don’t want to use your potions to breed, you can instantly sell them.

Advanced users can also try acting as liquidity provider/market maker. You can learn about how to do this here.

Downloading the Application

Once you have 3 Axies you’re ready to download the application and start playing!

DL Links

iOS: Please request an invitation here.

Android

Windows

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See you in The Arena!

The Axie Infinity Team

Axie Infinity Discord — Want to start playing but not sure where to start? Join our Discord, our community will answer any questions you have!

Axie Infinity Twitter — Our DM’s are always open :)

Axie Community Alpha: Getting Started!

Axie Infinity is a digital pet universe where players battle, raise, and trade fantasy creatures called Axies.

Axie is the first blockchain game to introduce:

  • A mobile application.

  • The ability to earn money by simply playing the game.

This guide will walk you through setting up your digital wallet, buying Axies, and downloading the application.

If you’ve already completed these steps jump to our gameplay and earning guide.

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Discord to meet the rest of our amazing community!

Join Axie Discord

Getting Started with Blockchain Games

Axie has a fully player owned economy allowing players to seamlessly sell and trade their game assets for digital currency. To enable this, Axie game assets exist as tokens.

In order to store tokens, users must download a digital wallet to play the game. We recommend using MetaMask.

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MetaMask takes around 1 minute to download and set up. Make sure to store your secret 12 word password (private key) in a safe place.

Unlike your bank account, a digital wallet is owned 100% by you, meaning that account recovery is difficult/impossible if you have lost your keys!

Acquiring Axies

As of this writing, approximately 140,000 Axies exist in the world. In order to play the game, you’ll need at least 3 Axies.

Axies can be purchased on the official Axie Infinity marketplace which you can find at https://marketplace.axieinfinity.com/ - note that you must complete your account set up before you can interact with the market.

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In order to buy Axies you’ll need to have some of the digital currency Ether (ETH).

If you’re totally new to Cryptocurrencies you can buy ETH through Coinbase.

Note that it may take a few days for you to acquire your ETH.

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Downloading the Application

In order to play the game you’ll need 3 Axies.

Once you have 3 Axies you’re ready to download the application and start playing!

DL Links

iOS: Please go to https://axieinfinity.com/community-alpha and request an invitation.

Android

Windows

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After you’ve downloaded the game you’ll be asked to enter the email/password that you’ve added to your account.

You can do that here or here.

In our next guide, learn how to pick good starter Axies and start battling!

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