See, my lazy dude, through the power of crypto, we’re able to transform digital pixels into real things and because of that, the time we spend in virtual worlds (ie. playing video games) can be compensated for *real world* value. In short, you can play to earn. The more you level up in game, the more you level up in real life. The more loot you earn in game, the more loot you earn in real life. Games and reality are becoming interconnected. And it’s, for lack of a better phrase, fucking aweome!
Even methods of lazy money-making I talked about previously require at least some form of being productive in real life...despite how little effort it may take like copying and pasting articles into an AI bot to write content or taking surveys online or downloading apps.
You know, all of that sort of stuff, even though it’s not as labor intensive as say, a “real job”, it still requires some sort of physical proof of work. You have to type up a writing paragraph or click bubbles in a questionnaire, record a video or voice review. You get the picture. You’re still doing *something*.
Although you use the computer as a tool or means to provide the work, you’re still giving in some sort of PHYSICAL labor, though quite minimal at that.
Online money-making is *already* easy, no doubt, but it gets even easier with this whole MetaVerse thing as you’ll soon see.
Having an “Online Job”, where you work from home, even though you don’t have a Belligerent Bastard of a Boss breathing down your neck, you still gotta complete a task that directly impacts the reality in which we live in.
At the end of the day, you’re doing things like affiliate marketing or freelancing or online tutoring to have some type of impact in the real world. Affiliate marketing for example helps someone sell their product in return for a commission paid to you. Freelancing provides some sort of service or project for a business or individual client. Online tutoring gives education.
Now with the MetaVerse beginning to build right now, you can have *digital* labor or digital time earn you compensation. You don’t create or provide any real world service or product. You completely do everything within the digital space. Virtual coins, characters, and other assets you win in a game become real valuable things.
In case you missed my last little blog entry here, we covered how digital assets are gaining IRL value thanks to the cool technology of the Blockchain, and that basically amounts to the ability to play video games and get paid.
I already covered in great detail one of these Play to Earn games called BombCrypto, which is an easy to play (and easy to earn) Bomberman themed idle game. And today, we’re going to take a look at another NFT game.
Again NFT, that’s Non-Fungible Token. It’s a *unique* asset and sort of certificate of ownership of a digital asset, like an in-game item. No longer is the gold you find in a cavern or the gun you find in a vault in a wasteland just some meaningless pixels on a screen. No longer is that super rare cosmetic you unlock just a bragging right. It holds real value in cryptocurrency.
Each NFT is can be bought and sold for a specific crypto. Basically imagine earning money off all those Loot Boxes you puchased.
In the case of BombCrypto, it’s a token called BCOIN (or BoomberCoin). You play the game and earn real crypto that can then be exchanged for fiat and withdrawn to your bank account.
Digital assets become real tangible income, not just points on your screen.
And see, you’re not giving any physical work or time to provide value in the real world, you’re doing it fully and completely in the digital world. You’re living in the digital world through these NFT games. Yet you can potentially earn money *as if* it were real.
You see what I mean? You’re not selling a product or providing any sort of service. You’re just...EXISTING...in the digital space. You’re spending time in the digital world doing digital things, earning digital items. Yet creating real (monetary) value for yourself in doing so.
And that’s the idea behind what I dub” as “digital labor” in the MetaVerse.
Although let’s be real here, it ain’t really labor at all. It’s really just sittin’ around playing video games all day.
NFTs give you the opportunity to monetize your gameplay, without resorting to creating a Twitch channel and building a following or editing videos for YouTube or selling shit using an affiliate link to your followers. It truly is PLAY to earn, not “build an audience” and earn. Just play.
Of course “NFT” is a bit of a buzz word now. And the market is only becoming flooded with them. Most of the NFT games out there are trash, and most of the upcoming ones in the future are going to be...well, trash.
But that’s the case in any game store: Xbox, Steam, Playstation, Google Play, Apple -- the majority of games on *any* platform really kinda suck. There are diamonds among the wreck, but you really gotta sort through a lot of shit to find them.
Speaking of diamonds, many games nowadays *already* have some form of “premium” currency. Brawl Stars has Gems, Dead by Daylight has Auric Cells, RuneScape has Bonds, just to give a few examples, but the list goes on and on.
The Blockchain transforms this premium currency in games from pure profit for the developers into profit for the players. It’s no longer just a set of some premium points you have within a game but a real crypto that can be traded on the market and later exchanged for cash.
Of course, I don’t want you to get so excited about the idea of NFT that you immediately go jump on any project that mentions their game has NFTs in them. When push comes to shove, you are making an investment.
There’s always an upfront cost to purchase NFTs and start playing and you’re going to have to factor that in before you “press start to play.” Just like an arcade machine, you may win a prize or...you may just lose your token and wind up with nothing.
So it goes without saying that you should NEVER invest more than you’re willing to lose. Treat it like a trip to Dave n’ Busters or Chuck E. Cheese. Pretend you’ll never ever ever see that money again.
Certainly there is potential gains to be made here. And the amount of effort to earn those gains is very little. It’s minimizing effort, maximizing results for sure. It’s lazy af to earn money on NFT games.
But. Huge BUT. I don’t want to talk NFT games up so much to the point where you start to ignore the risks at stake here.
Scam Projects can rug pull and liquidate all their assets, making the coin nearly worthless or evne impossible to trade. Legit projects can fall victim to FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) of hodlers who chose to panic sell, causing the token to crash hard like a durnken sailor off a roof. Whales, who own large portions of the token, can sell of their profits and severely impact the supply and demand causing a similiar crash.
People can simply just stop playing the game because they are bored of it. The developers can close down the game server.
These are some of the potential risks you have when getting involved with this Play to Earn model in gaming.
You’re NOT guaranteed to make money playing NFT games and I personally am not a financial advisor giving you advice to do so, as a disclaimer.
Not every single game with “NFT” in its description or gameplay is going to make you bank. Certainly, there is opportunity to profit hundreds if not thousands of dollars in playing these NFT games,
But you have to be aware of what you’re getting into. Even legitimate projects can be pummeled to death with a series of unfortunate events.
As a matter of fact, this past week, CryptoMines, one of the LAGEST NFT games in the market essentially got demolished. Now they did promise to pay out until they run out of funds in the reward pool, but after that, well, it’s GAME OVER.
It was a space themed game, where you built up a fleet of spaceships and workers to go mine planets, earning you $ETERNAL token in return. It was a very idle “one click a day” game. Send out your fleet and your done sort of thing.
I suppose people got excited about the easiness of earning because over a few months after launch of the game, the price of $ETERNAL rose from just a few cents up to $600 and even began racing neck and neck with Binance Coin itself.
However, whales decided to close out -- take their money and run. This triggered a panic-stricken mindset among holders of the coin in the market.
Despite the tax of 30% to claim from the CryptoMines app into their wallet, people just tanked the tax and sold their $ETERNAL as quickly as possible by the masses. The price went down from $600 back down to just a few cents in less than a week.
They claim they are working on a full 3D version of the game, complete with more interaction and stats beyond just “Mining Power” in a project called CryptoMines Reborn, but as for the original CryptoMines (or “Legacy” as they call it), it’s a good as gone.
While I do enjoy sharing profitable NFT games to play and earn, I also want to give you insight on what to look out for. I think it’s more important to have that tool and knowledge under your belt so you can make your own informed decisions about whether to invest or not. Again, I’m not a financial advisor and you’re solely responsible for the choices you make with your money.
Plus, I’ll admit Crypto mines WAS going to be one of the profitable NFTs I was going to share with you guys, but as you can see, that pretty much failed before I got around to it (damn, ole procrastinating).
That said, I do have at least 3 more NFT games with high-earning potential that I want to share with you, which hopefully won’t close before I cover them.
Anyway today, we’re going to look at another one of my favorite Play to Earn/NFT games and this one called Heroes & Empires, and without further ado, let’s dive...right into it!
Okay picture this: AFK Arena or Idle Heroes but with NFTs. Got it? Good.
If not, don’t worry I’ll go over some detail. Heroes & Empires is basically a medieval fantasy themed party building idle RPG.
You don’t actively cast spells, move your characters. You just click “battle” and watch an autobattle. Sit back, relax, have Netflix open in another tab. Simple stuff. Even if you’re not a gamer, you can get this shit.
The main gameplay is the party management and formation. And it’s a lot more complex than the other Play to Earn game we covered last week, Bomb Crypto. There’s a lot of layers to it.
But anyway, let’s keep it simple for now. You create and level up your party of heroes, complete campaign quests, take on PVE challenges, and take down opponents in PVP.
And of course, summon new heroes along the way.
While you’re away, not actively you’ll earn AFK awards in gold, xp, and loot.
Gold is your main resource. It’s like souls in Dark Souls and is used to level up your Heroes. You basically want to put together a team with good synergy and level them up to progress the campaign, gain more rewards, and eventually hav eone of those rewards be crypto of course.
Synergy is an important gameplay mechanic, by the way. One in which I wish I read up on before starting to play, but I’ll explain the nitty gritty details and tactics in a bit. Let’s take a look at how to get started with playing first.
1 .Following similiar steps in getting started with Bomb Crypto, you want to pull up your MetaMask Wallet, and in case you don’t have one yet, simply head on over to MetaMask.io and download the extension.
Record your secret phrase. As in...WRITE IT THE FUCK DOWN.. And keep it some place safe.
And some place safe, believe me, is NOT anywhere on your computer or on the cloud. Use that good ole fashioned pen and paper shit we used to use back in the ancient times and write it. Don’t share this with anyone. If someone has your secret seed phrase, they have all the funds in your wallet.
2. You need to send BNB from Binance or Crypto.com exchanges to your MetaMask wallet. Remember, to send extra to cover gas fees! Cars can’t run without gas and neither can the block chain.
You can purchase BNB with fiat (like US Dollar) from your bank account to the exchange.
3. Once you got all that outta the way, you’re going to head over to Pancake Swap or Poo Coin and swap BNB for HE token (Heroes and Empires Token).
You need at least 5 Heroes, not 5 Hero Token, but 5 HEROES in order to begin playing.
4. Go to the Heroes and Empires Market place at https://market.heroesempires.com/ , connect your wallet via Meta Mask and purchase your first 5 Heroes.
You cannot do quests or even earn AFK rewards if you have less than 5 Heroes. The only thing you could do with less than 5 Heroes is maybe flip the NFTs on the market, but you can’t actually play the game.
Hero prices range from about 20 HE for the common/weaker ones to 1200 HE for the stronger, more rare ones.
With the current price of HE at 30 cents each, you’re looking at $6 per hero minimum. Times that by 5 for your full party and you’re looking at a total of just $30 (plus gas fees) to get started. That’s a lot cheaper than the hefty entrance fee of $60 in BombCrypto or your typical new game on PC or console.
(Edit: fixed prices)
But that also means you’re earning elss. At least right now anyway.
Keep in mind, this game JUST launched, so if you do decide to buy some NFTs here, you’re getting in early and getting in early can mean you pick it up cheap before the price soars.
Of course, it can also crash and there’s no guarantee you’ll make a profit, but the potential is certainly there, and I think this one certainly has potential.
CryptoBomb is far less intuitive and that token (BCOIN) is already worth a couple dollars each. We’re looking at a game that looks and feels a lot more polished, at least as far as idle games go anywhere.
It fits your standard top view 3D graphics you find on mobile games and has a lot of mechanics that encourage actual strategy, not just click work or click rest.
Anyway, let’s get into what kind of team you should set up to start.
Now you can of course the poor man’s team and go ahead and grab the cheapest Heroes you can find. Friendly Golem, Chicken Bomber, Knight Minion, Trainnee Sniper, and Caster Minion is just about the thriftiest team you can buy. You can often find deals on the marketplace for less than 20 HE each for these.
It’s enough to get you started, but progression will be slow and you won’t unlock the ability to earn HE, yet alone cash it out for quite a while if you
While going the cheap route,,you’re missing out on Heroes with good abilities, and more importantly Team Synergy.
Synergy is basically bonus passive effects that can really turn the tide in battle. Each Hero has a race and a class.
When there are two Heroes (or more) of the same class or same race, they get a Synergy bonus. That bonus continues to stack up to 5 Heroes.
The races are Beast, Demon, Elf, Goblin, God, Human, and Undead. The classes are Assassin, Knight, Mage, Mech, Ranger, Warrior, and Warlock.
Now, I’m not going to go over each and every synergy, but I’ll go over some noteworthy ones. You can check out the full list of class/race synergies here:
Noteworthy Race Synergy...
Elves are borderline broken af If you have a full team of 5 Elves gives a 50% chance to dodge. So right off the bat, enemies basically can't hit you. It's already broken but it gets more ridiculous. Then, you get a 50% attack speed buff for 4 seconds after landing a dodge. And you're pretty much dodging every single second. So Elves are basically super speed attackers that can't get hit.
Undead are ridiculous too, lowering one enemy to 20% of their health AT THE START OF THE MATCH. This pretty turns a 5v5 into a 5v4 from the get go. Plus, they lower enemy’s defense by whopping 50%., meaning they become a pretty much unstoppable force.
Noteworthy Class Synergy…
Mechs are the machine take over of the world. They have the ability to combine into a Super Mech like the Power Rangers in Zordon. After transforming, it basically gains boss-type stats and can heavily wreck the absolute shit out of opponents. They also explode on death like a Self Destructing Geodude and deal massive damage to enemies. So even if enemies manage to survive the explosions, they still got Zordon hanging out waiting to go for the coup de grace.
Warlocks gain lifesteal up to 50% at a full team of 5, plus they gain mana regeneration, allowing them to keep casting powerful spells. This makes them extremely hard to kill, much like a team of dodgetty fuck elves.
Speaking of hard to kill, the super OP Hero that can pretty much be put into any team , regardless of synergy, because of his tankiness is called Timble. Note that down. You want this guy on your team. He basically has the ability to gain defense and recover HP every time he’s hit. He doesn’t have much DPS himself, but his survivability is insane.
He doesn’t even need DPS because there’s actually atime limit to each battle and oftentimes, TImble can just tank hits until the time runs out, forcing a win for him and his team.
He can usually be taken down by multiple opponents or high damaging spells, but in a typical 1v1, he’s borderline impossible to kill.
As of writing, he’s about 200 HE, which is about $60. So he’s a little on the pricier side, but totally worth it if you can grab him. Plus considering there are rarer heroes
Also note, there’s kind of a rock, paper, scissors mechanic. Certain races have an advantage (damage buff) against others, similar to element types if you’re familiar with the Pokemon franchise, like how water beats fire and fire beats grass. In this game Elf beats Undead and Undead beats Goblin. Again not gonna list all the advantage types, I’ll just show you the chart from the official Heroes and Empires white paper.
You can go to “Play Now” from the main home page, login/connect with MetaMask and then you’re in.
You’ll automatically start earning AFK rewards without you having to do anything. Of course, if you want to maximize your efficiency here, you’re going to want to start doing the Campaign battles. This will get you earning extra xp and more important extra gold.
XP doesn’t level up your characters (and furthermore ability to bring down enemies). All it does is increase your “plyaer level”, which for all intents and purposes is just a number. There are some extra challenges that earn you gear, gold, and even HE that are tied directly to your player level, but other than that, it’s not something to get too caught up on.
The main thing to focus on here is Campaign stages for now.
Now I’m gonna break this down real simple so you know what you’re trying to achieve: Your goal here is to get to Stage 5-1 in the Campaign,
That’s the level you get to actually unlock the cash out option.
Otherwise you have HE that’s sitting in the game, but can’t be claimed to your wallet.
Hit the “Battle” button and put together your formation. I recommend putting your ranged attackers (mages, rangers, warlocks) in the bank and your more tanky/melee characters (warrior, knight) up front, unless the enemy team has an assassin. An assassin is able to sneak past enemy front lines and attack the back line directly.
If you’re really getting stuck on a stage, pay attention to where the enemies tend move and place your party members to counter them accordingly. If for example you have an Assassin taking out your warlock/healer in the back, try putting a knight there to counter their sneak attack.
The Journey to 5-1
You definitely want to make a heavy push to get to stage 5-1 as quickly as you can, because then you’re just playing and not playing to earn.
You can win a total of 40 stages per day. Eahc chapter has a different set of stages within it (1-20, 2-30, etc). So even if you do push, it still will take a couple days to hit that point.
In order to reach the 5-1 stage quickly , and get those 40 stage wins per day, this will probably require you, at some point, to shell out a bit more investment on your part for HEs.
I shouldn’t say required. More like, efficient. But I guess paying to level up is always efficient in any game, right? I mean, it’s technically not completely necessary to buy any extra HE token. Like your typical mobile idle game, you CAN earn premium currency, in this case HE through gameplay alone. No purchase necessary (other than your initial 5 NFT Heroes anyway).
See what happens is when your HERO (not to be confused with Player level) reaches a certain threshold ((10, 20, and 40), you have to pay HE in order to LIMIT break and continue leveling that character.
The stages in the campaign simply get way too hard for you NOT to pay HE token and level up your characters past the threshold. You can, like I said, use the supply you earn in-game, but again you won’t be able to claim any tokens to your wallet until tage 5-1, so it’s up to you.
You don’t have to worry about going past level 60 too much, because at that point, you SHOULD be able to hit that ever shiny stage 5-1
Now, if you decide to go the “f2p” method of earning HE and not putting any more money than your original NFT purchase (which is your “game purchase” essentially) and want to rely on getting more HE through gameplay alone, the main way you’ll be earning HE in the beginning will be through daily, weekly, as well as “progression” quests.
Daily and Weekly quests reset within the time given in their title. Of course, some of the daily and weekly quests are locked behind unlocking certain features in the game, which again comes down to hitting certain campaign stages. Once you’ve gotten to 5-1, you’ve unlocked everything. You’ve got the full game. You’re kind of really just playing the “demo” up until that point.
Other milestones in the game include…
2-12 for Madness Tower
2-20 for Clan
2-28 for Colosseum
3-1 for Store
4-1 for Summon
5-1 for Withdraw
The Tower gives you extra gold and even Hero shards (used to summon rare/epic heroes)
I recommend taking this part of the game slow, as you’ll want to be able to defeat at least one challenge each day in order to earn your Daily quest bonus.
A Clan may be worth joining for more extra rewards, but don’t be getting your hopes up in joining a clan for free. Many clans charage a minimum of 80 HE token as a “tax” in order to join as a member Gotta be careful too here because some of them will just take your HE
You’ll have to reach out to the clan leader via discord and send HE to their personal wallet address. There’s no in-game way to pay for joining a clan, and the developers haven’t come out and said anything about people externally charging membership fees.
So for now, it ain’t against the rules and it’s the way Clans sort of work in Heroes and Empires.
So you’ll either have to wait for Stage 5-1, allowing you to claim your in-game earned HE or buy more HE on Pancake Swap/Poo Coin to join a Clan.
Why join a clan though? Well, you get an easy daily quest you can complete (participate in a Clan battle) and can also earn access to the Clan store to buy shit.
The way the daily quest is you earn points for completing quests.
Every 20 points earns you a treasure chest (up to 100 points). Higher tier chests, unlocked through the daily/weekly chests have higher rewards, some of which include up to 75 HE.
You’re always guaranteed certain quests each day/week like “complete a campaign quest,” complete a stage start a match in the colosseum,
You can also play the Dungeon, which is kind of a “roguelite mode”, where each of your Heroes has one life and you try to make it as far as you can. The Dungeon restarts every 58 hours. Just an additional way to earn more gold, shards, or summoning scrolls.
Earning HE tokens/profit.
The Coll\osseum, or PVP mode which is unlocked at Stage 2-28, is where the easy earning of HE tokens come in. Of course up until 5-1 you can only use those HE to level up your characters and can’t claim it yet.
And you may be thinking, as I did, that Summoning Heroes would be the most profitable thing to do, but no, not quite. While you can at level 2-28 start summoning heroes and sell them on the marketplace (without your funds being locked up in game instead of your wallet), it costs a summoning scroll, which alone is so rare and hard to find in quests AND 50 HE.
Yeah, so unless you pull a Hero worth more than 50 HE, it really ain’t worth it. You’re going to get mostly commons, which sell for a measly 20HE or less. You don’t even break even in most Hero pulls!
Of course, you *could* get lucky and pull an Epic worth thousands of HE, but let’s not rely on luck and look at a more stable earning method.
You earn 3 HE for each win in the Colosseum/PVP match. And you can have up to 3 free wins per day. It says you have 3 “chances” but chances just means wins, because you can lose several matches in a row but only spend a free ticket when you actually win a match. And as long as you keep battling, you WILL eventually win 3 matches.
You can also pay 5000 gold to purchase more tickets into the Colosseum or earn additional tickets through quests.
But let’s say you ignore the daily/weekly quests. Let’s say the campaign has gotten too tough for your heroes and the tower is impossible. You’d have to pay more HE to level up and progress stages but you don’t want to do that.
Well, 3 HE per win in the colosseum and 3 wins total gets you 9 HE. At 30 cents a pop, that’s a little less than $3 a day, which adds up to $90 a month.
(Edit: They recently added an update where you only get 1 HE for a lose, so you're no longer gaurnteed a 3 HE reward from a victory. Still you're looking at anywhere between 90 cents and $2.70 per day on a single account, not including daily, weekly, and tournament ranking rewards
You can also use 5k coins to purchase an extra ticket to the colleseum for another PVP match. The higher Stage you are at the higher AFK rewards you can earn, which means the higher amount of colosseum tickets you can purchase per day, thus higher amount of HE earned per day. Keep in mind though that coins are also used to level up your characters, so you have to make the decision to "cash out" and play in PVP to earn HE or push your game progress further to unlock a higher AFK earning rate )
And like BombCrypto, you can use multi accounts to maximize profits, and while there’s no limit to how many accounts you can be playing on your device at once, you can own a total of 5 accounts.
So the absolute MINIMUM you can earn per day, assuming you eventually compound your HE and get 5 full accounts, is $15, which is $450 per month. Not bad playing a freaking idle game.
But that doesn’t even include the HE you earn through quests as well as the ranking system. Basically the higher rank you are, the more HE you earn as a bonus each week for earning that rank in PVP. You can potentially earn THOUSANDS from this each month.
Of course, while the game is Play to Earn it’s also a bit of Pay to Win. The top players are the ones who poured thousands and thousands of dollars in this game .But you can eventually reach maybe the top 3000 realistically.
Speaking of top players and climbing ranks, one of the best ways to find out good team builds, is to look at what the top players are using once you have access to the leaderboards. You can basically look at what Heroes and formations the TOP guys are using and then copy that load out for yourself.
There you have it, another NFT Play to Earn game. I tried to make it as concise as possible and get you on your way to earning that easy peasy income. We’ll cover another NFT game next week as well, but until then, I got some Coliseum battles to fight.