Officially Introducing Myself and My $3,500 to $10,000 Splinterlands Account Challenge

Hello everyone, a couple different people mentioned doing my introduction post even though it's been a while and I've been thinking of how to put this challenge out there to let people know what I'm about and what I'm trying to do so I figure why not combine them both?

My name is Paul and I live in the United States. I'm 35 years old and live with my girlfriend and two birds. We spoil the crap out of them and treat them like our babies! One is a Cockatiel named Onyxia and the other is a Green Cheek Conure named Brodie. Here they are hanging out in the closet with their favorite shoe box they've been destroying.

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Here's me!

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I started playing Splinterlands on January 7th, 2022 and it's been an amazing experience so far. For those that don't know, Splinterlands is a play2earn card game on the Hive blockchain where your NFT's can battle and earn rewards worth real money.

I've been a gamer all my life and a huge passion of mine is to always be the best I can at whatever game I'm playing. Some of my favorite games have been Starcraft Broodwar, Diablo 2, Counterstrike, World of Warcraft, DOTA, World of Tanks, AFK Arena, and the list could go on and on.

Normally, I struggle with the idea that gaming is mostly a waste of time. It's fun of course and entertaining but at the end of the day, I'd be better off practicing my Japanese, learning to code or even working in the garden. The kind of thing that makes you feel like you're accomplishing something useful and being productive.

Splinterlands has changed that mindset for me. For the first time, I feel like being me, and doing what I do best as a gamer, might actually be the best use of my time. The more I learn about this game, the more time I spend on it, the more rewarding it seems to be. I want to see if I can push that to the extreme.

My long term goal is to build a collection of cards that can play in Diamond League for Ranked play and also be competitive in Modern Tournaments up to the Silver league level. Because you need 250,000 card power to play in Diamond that'll be one of my goals and I also want to see the accounts value grow to $10,000 so those are the two metrics for which I'll gauge my progress.

The plan from here on out is to invest as little of my own money as possible while growing my card collection from earning in game, playing in tournaments, and blogging about the whole experience.

That way, I can track my progress and have fun with it and hopefully have an incredible journey along the way. Will it be possible? How long will it take? Can someone actually make significant returns as a "competitive" Splinterlands player starting from my position? That's what I want to find out.

Unfortunately for me, you'll notice my estimated account value is lower than my initial investment at the very bottom of this post so we're going backwards! When I first started spending my $3,500 I simply didn't know enough about Splinterlands' ecosystem to make the best choices and I had to learn the hard way.

Packs have lost 1/4th of their value (currently $2.90 on hive engine) so that's the bulk of my losses. I needed staked SPS to play in my target tournaments and the market has brought SPS down with it. All of this was to be expected and in the long term I'll be fine but it still stings for now.

The two accounts I'll be playing for this challenge are @mondroid my main, and @thoogen my alt. You can look them up in the splinterlands game and see which cards I own and what I'm working with.

In my short time involved with Splinterlands and the Hive community everyone has been super nice and helpful and I've received a lot of advice already on my blog and in the game itself. I've made friends and built connections that I didn't even know would exist a couple months ago and look forward to what the future brings in this awesome community! I even got lucky enough to join Immortal Gods 5 on my main account!

Thanks for letting me be a part of it and I'd like to thank @clove71 @ty2nicerva @ivarbjorn @bteim @albee @ghostlybg @bravetofu @marianaemilia @globalwarming @cieliss @infidel1258 @stever82 @bulldog1205 @luke-wtp @gameboyali and my followers.

If you don't know why you're on this list or you don't even know who I am, I probably learned something useful from you or you helped me out with something and didn't even know it!

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  • Start Date January 7th 2022
  • Initial Investment $3,500
  • Estimated Account Value $2,991
  • Card Power 75,820
  • Target Account Value $10,000
  • Target Card Power 250,000
  • End Date : Unknown

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Nice introduction article! I have been debating whether/how to do mine without doxing myself 🤣 You seem to strike a good balance here 😁

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Yeah, as an extremely introverted person this was tough... I probably changed things significantly like 4 times thinking hmmm that's maybe a little too much personal information and had to scale it back till I felt more comfortable.

There's some benefits to it and hopefully you guys like to know more about me, but if you don't feel comfortable with it I get that totally.

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Eh, come on, you can't write an introductory post without leaving your address in it. How are people supposed to send you presents? 😝

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Those birds are looking great, and best of luck on your splinterlands journey!

!1UP !PIZZA

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Looking forward to the journey and will be certain to share it with the community. Keep up the good work Paul.
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Great post, dude! 😎 I've got one question 🤓 - does Onyxia deep breath more or she just has many whelps which you have to handle? 😝

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Well she has laid clutches of 7 eggs and 8 eggs before which is more than any other Tiel I've had and she also hisses at anyone who isn't me if they come within a 2 foot bubble of her personal space so funny enough I'd have to say it's both!

Now if only we had named Brodie Leeeeeeeeroooy cause he'd charge in to fight the cat if I'd let him.

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Hey @mondroid! Way to go! A lot of people's lives have changed because of Splinterlands and other blockchain games which gave them income stream. Glad it did to you too! Unfortunately, I'm not a player but its great reading blogs like this.

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I dont play either, but the blogs are always fun to read.

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Nice post man.How much you spent is exactly why i have not started splinterlands Does not seem like the return is good enough to pay for the initial investment. Glad you are enjoying the game, and best of luck achieving your goals!

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Thanks a lot! Really appreciate the kind remarks!

There are a lot of factors involved but the reason I decided to invest is Splinterlands has a tried and true method for generating appreciation with the cards, it just takes time.

New cards can either be found in booster packs or reward chests so they are easy to obtain. Eventually those packs sell out and those reward cards hit their max amount generated and that's it. Another one will never be created.

You also have to consume the cards to level them up. For example I need 400 Deep Lurker's to get that monster to level 10 which means 399 other Deep Lurker's will be destroyed in the process.

So the formula is essentially this. There is a limited amount of supply with the cards, some must be destroyed to level them up, further reducing supply over time, and demand goes up as the game grows and obtains more players.

Every set that has come before the newest one has followed the same path. Starts out "cheap" when they're available and becomes expensive when they're not.

But timing is super important and I happen to get in when markets overall are struggling. That's nice because cards and tokens are much cheaper than they were but when they continue to go down you simply don't earn enough in the game short term to offset that.

Since I find the game fun to play and I'm in it for the long haul, I'm okay with what's happening. I'd rather be a little to early than to late.

With that said, now that I know more, I would wait till 14 million chaos legion packs are sold (currently 7,840,408 have sold) and that's when I think those cards will be at their absolute cheapest and you have the least time to go before the supply starts shrinking.

Not financial advice, that's just my opinion and I'll try to buy as much as I can around then, assuming the cards are in fact cheap and something else isn't happening to make them more expensive.

Sorry for such a long reply but hopefully you understand my perspective on the game more now.

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If I already spent the money I surely would play too. I am digging myself out the rut I created while in active addiction currently, so no extra money to spend on games.

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It'll get better as long as we make the best choices we can from here on out! Even though it is difficult at times and their are plenty of challenges to overcome. I know we can do it.

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