Match Made In Heaven, Addicted to Splinter battles!!

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Starting Out like a Punching Bag on Splinterlands.io

But that Won't Stop my new found Addiction to BoosterPacks!

As usual, I'm always late to the trendiest parties online. It took me 7 years to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon; imagine if I started collecting from faucets 7 years ago! Not only that but I read that majority of faucets around back then gave out huge rewards! And no one had heard about shortlinks!! I am suffering a huge case of FOMO and quickly trying to play catch up, but being as broke as I am I have been pretty strict about only earning for free. Everything I've earned thus far has been via faucets, task sites, publishing, tips, and more recently trading on exchanges.
Publishing has always been a dream job/hobby of mine, but I never had any luck getting paid for my poetry or blogs when I was writing for fiat-based reward systems. STEEMit was the first 'earn crypto for publishing' platform that I came across, actually it may be the pioneer for this industry. However, I am not a strong influencer with a large following of loyal fans, and no one is falling over themselves trying to get me as a guest writer, so bottom line, I am a hobby writer still - with lots to learn and more to experience before I can turn the word "blogger" into a viable career. When I joined SteemIt back in late 2018/early '19 I found it rather confusing and difficult for a new publisher to get on their feet and actually start earning something they can actually cashout and use. I discovered a new platform where within my first 3 articles I was able to see and withdraw real earnings, and a place where everyone, even readers, can earn as equally as writers. But enough about that place, it's still very new and has it's flaws too.

I came back to STEEMit the other day because I re-discovered one of the oldest games built for it's blockchain - Splinterlands; or as you old timers may know it originally as STEEMmonsters!
I will say the only reason I became interested in it is because I saw it was compatible with TRON's blockchain, and I was looking for dApps that were as interesting as the ones on the ETH network but for a lot cheaper!
I always wanted to play STEEMmonsters back when I first joined STEEMit but there was the barrier for entry; each player needs to buy a starter pack which costs $10 and there is no way around this. I was barely into crypto when I first stumbled upon it. When I saw it on the TRON chain I didn't realise at first and just assumed that like most game dApps, there was no way to start playing for free, but I decided to peek my head into their Telegram Group and I asked if there was in fact any promo codes or any discounts for people to try out the game, to my amazement, one of the amazing players, (admins?), decided that they were going to run a promo to get new players involved and gift new users a promo code for a FREE starter pack*!

Now this is great, because really all you need is the starter pack and you can earn more cards through playing the game. The starter pack gives you a selection of 30 beta cards, and you can earn single cards from winning tournaments, purchasing single cards in the card market, or you can buy beta booster packs of 5 cards each - with STEEM tokens or a multitude of tokens on the TRX chain as well. One thing to note: It shows in the game market when you go to buy a booster pack with Tron that it would cost 60 TRX at time of writing, however you can currently buy a booster pack for 44 TRX right from the [tronwatch.market][] - this is also the place where you can exchange your earned DEC (in-game token) for TRX.

I still do not really understand everything about STEEM, and sadly I am still not convinced on turning it into my full-time blogging platform :( . There does seem to be a little bit of need to be active here though if wanting to participate fully in dApps, earning tokens and taking part in contests all involve being an active STEEMian on STEEM, or at least a sub-section of the platform, like Splintertalk.io. I don't understand fully about delegation and voting power, all I know is my voting power is nothing right now so I don't know how useful I will be for anything here. But, maybe in time I will be! But, now for the purpose of this post!

Introducing: BetaPack Unwraps

I'm so addicted to this game!

As I mentioned, right now the best way to purchase Beta BoosterPacks {if you're using TRON} is to use the tronmarket.watch exchange! It's also where you can swap the DEC you win from ranked matched, into TRX if you so desire!

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My excitement when I unwrapped __Enchanted Pixie__ was like a child in a toy store! But what I almost didn't see was that gorgeous purple colour, a low-circulating legendary, she puts up a great fight too!I must make a separate thread and get an artist to create an OC character for me, so if any artists out there are taking commissions - hit me up! ;)

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Here we have the Death Splinter, and a very strong Crocodile monster who at first I thought was rather bland but using it in battle I found it can be quite powerful.

*One thing to mention that was driving me crazy these past few days was that they have made a change to Starter Packs redeemed from free Promo Codes. Now, all 30 cards of the starter pack are phantom cards that can only be used for battles, not traded, combined or given away. Once receiving a 'real' card the phantom card is replaced but if you then trade away the real card, the phantom starter returns so that a player will always have the starter deck to play with. More details can be found here.

So, when I opened these boosters I thought I had some cards to combine, and then went to combine them only to think I was going insane! The community on Telegram also thought I was missing some cards, and there was a bit of an uproar about it all until someone came in and was like "hey dumb dumb, you are playing with phantom cards, duh! see post:" -- ahaha, I felt even more crazy than before, but I think it highlights the need for a more prominent reminder that this is the case for starters redeemed with Promo Codes - if I didn't realise, there are many more who also will be pulling their hair out who may not be as social as I so will forever think they are going insane until the day all their phantoms are replaced.

I agree with the new system - as long as it's clear. All new things need to have the details ironed out though, so no flak towards the admins is meant at all!

I also learned that tagging posts with "SPT" can earn special SplinterTalk Tokens, which can be converted into STEEM, Tron or the oh so powerful DEC!
There is SO MANY new things going on with the Steem blockchain that weren't around when I first joined and left.. I will definitely need to find a way to mix it all into my daily grind, being active again on STEEM doesn't seem so bad after all. I'm sure I'll figure out something!

See you in the match maker!

© KharmaScribbles || ~ 2019

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