Splinterlands Strategies: Rent Golem or SplinterRents?
Renting Services appear to be the latest trend. No sooner than I hear about Rent Golem than another one turns up.
I was going to compare the two but as I have already made my mind up on which one I am going to use and my opinion may appear biased.
Depending on your technical ability, your love of GUIs, and 'how much you want to make' you are going to prefer one over the other.
I signed up for Rent Golem at the end of last season and added just one of my many accounts to their very impressive sleek user interface.
If you want Rent Golem to start renting your cards then you add your posting key directly through this UI.
My initial thoughts of this were 'great'. I could see rents being updated and more being canceled as the leases were underperforming.
What I didn't see was a marked improvement over my manual efforts of changing prices using PeakMonsters and evicting renters every three or four days.
Giving me the time back to do other things is all very well but not when Rent Golem charges a hefty 20% in commission.
Maybe I did not give Rent Golem long enough, but that overpriced commission was gnawing at me and after just one day I stopped using the service.
Today I paid my 'fees' of 469 DEC for an income of 2472. I felt cheated, to say the least. There had been barely any difference and that was just one of my accounts.
Less than a week later I saw this message in the Team Possible discord. I like Team Possible and if I could ever be loyal enough to stick in a guild it might be this one (it’s not going to happen!).
@davemccoy has been around forever. His guild holds 11 PLOT I purchased using their syndicate years ago. I get VOUCHER from their guild as the PLOT counts toward the airdrop regularly.
In a nutshell, I trust him and his guild.
SplinterRents looked to do what Rent Golem did and was only charging 5%. This looked very interesting and so signed up for it right away and added the same account (@dismayedworld) to their system.
SplinterRents runs exclusively via Discord and a chatbot. It might not be in everyone’s comfort zone but is fine with me.
Like Rent Golem I added the @dismayedworld account which initially showed little difference. I could see a lot was going on in the background and evictions were taking place.
One difference between the services was that Rent Golem cancels and you can see this clearly using the excellent PeakMonsters interface.
SplinterRents cancels using a different method which is still confusing to me. They did tell me for the first 24 hours I would see this, but it has not stopped.
They explained that it is a method of saving RCs, which to many can be a big factor. As I have a lot of HP, it makes little difference to me.
The Splinter Rent guys are aware and have told me it will be fixed in due course.
I paid my dues to Splinter Rent this morning and 77 DEC did not seem expensive. The next bill will be a lot more but I can visibly see results and they are encouraging!
@dismayedworld appears to be the least affected of my accounts but is around 200 DEC a day up from when I started.
Here are some BEFORE and AFTER screenshots. The AFTER ones are current as I write this article.
@chops.support holds all my surplus cards and has masses of cards within. This is the only account that is struggling a little on RCs. I changed the update to 20 minutes (the others are all on 15).
...'55% RC's and still declining, the account has 752HP and is struggling. I will need to modify the cycletime again'...
This checks your unrented cards every 25 minutes and tries to complete against what else is on offer. It's a user-definable parameter and is generally set to 60.
To surmise, it depends if you want a fantastic user experience or you simply want more income and fuck the looks.
Rent Golem is hosting a website. That is going to cost something and so they need that extra income. The devs are very helpful and accommodating, and right now Rent Golem has the edge.
Splinterlands players know about it, it's being heavily shilled in prominent Discord channels and it works effectively.
SplinterRents is very new and not so well known outside of the Team Possible guild. It requires a little more technical ability but to be fair both of them require you to be a discord user.
The chatbot is clear, I didn't need to ask anything besides opening the channel for the bot (nobody accepts anonymous chats due to spam these days), and then things start working right away.
I have seen large gains in my DEC income by using SplinterRents after just a day, and for the moment am happy to let it manage my cards.
Both Rent Golem and SplinterRents trust the users to pay up. If you don’t then the heavies will knock down your front door and threaten you with your life.
Which one is for you?
If your want to be a real tight-arse, then neither. Peak Monsters and the manual way cost the mandatory 5%. Both the Rent Golem and SplinterRents fees are on top of this 5%.
Rent Golem looks sleek, polished, has highly enthusiastic people running it, and has the communities' ear. SplinterRents is more basic, has equally enthusiastic people running it but is much newer and less well known.
...'at the end of the day, we all want more DEC and use whatever yields the most. Make your own mind up'...
I suspect the performance of both to be similar. Both will gain you more DEC and give you that time back.
If you decide to try Splinter Rent, please use my referral code when adding your account to the chatbot. $register 272745745130586114
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