RiotCats: A Catpocalyptic RPG Experience

Imagine a world, a post-apocalyptic world, where you are a cat (yes a cat) and you have to fight for your very own survival by going paw-to-paw with other cats in a fight to the death!

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to the death!

Welcome to RiotCats– a digital collectible RPG game built on the Ethereum blockchain.

In this post-apocalyptic world you can spawn your own army of cats by breeding them then training them up for battle, and sending them off to fight other cats. Winner takes all! Well maybe not all but being a victor allows you to inherent your defeated opponents’ weaponry and equipment so that’s pretty badass!

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I’ll give you a “HAH” and a “HI-YAH”


Like any other Decentralized app (dApp), RiotCats offers true digital ownership of your cats, their weapons, and their equipment. Which you can purchase with Ethereum on the Marketplace via MetaMask.

50,000 “Gen 0” cats will be born and disbursed within a certain time period via the marketplace.

Cats will be random in appearance with the possibility of some having rare genes, but all “Gen 0s” will be born void of character leaving it up to YOU to develop them by participating in battles and upgrading their equipment. Traits, like appearance and character data, can be passed on to any newborn cat after breeding your “Gen 0s”

someone order a butt-kickin’?

Because of a unique genetic algorithm, no two cats in RiotCats are the same! Each have different features including eye color, pattern, pattern color, body color, tail, and mouth. In addition to their physical appearance, your RiotCats will also have different levels of agility, mobility, blood-thirst, ferocity, and strength of attacks. Since all data is stored on the blockchain you don’t have to worry about losing any of your cats or their items. No really, they are yours to keep forever and ever.

There will be a slight “cool-down” period after any breeding or cat fights. I mention this because the cool-downs after breeding can be up to 30 days, so be prepared for possibly having your cat unavailable for that time period. Fighting cool-downs are typically two hours so you’re good to go there.

The Marketplace will allow you to buy or sell ERC-721 tokens. That’s a fancy way of saying you can buy and sell cats and items on the Marketplace. A good strategy would be to build up a killer-cat (or twelve) and sell it for a nice chunk of ETH!

Whatever your strategy, RiotCats is a promising RPG with amazing 3D graphics, true digital ownership, utilization of blockchain technology, and…..cats!

RiotCats is on the Ethereum blockchain and you’ll need MetaMask to play.
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What are you waiting for? Get to playing RiotCats right meow!

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MLB Crypto Baseball – Buying Figures on the Blockchain – A Breakdown

 

So you’re a huge MLB fan but you know literally nothing (or close to it) about crypto. Don’t worry, I’m here to help explain it as clearly as possible so you can partake in one of the best blockchain games on the market! (I’ll also explain ‘Blockchain’ too so stay with me!)

You may already know in order to play MLB Crypto Baseball you will need to buy at least one figure in the marketplace. In order to buy any MLB Crypto Baseball figure, you will need Ethereum (a type of cryptocurrency).

****If you’re ready to jump in head first and buy your figure already, head on over to this blog post, How To Get Ethereum To Play MLB Crypto Baseball, to get started immediately. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Miners, Crypto Wallets, Gas Fees & How They Work, continue reading.****

 

What exactly is “cryptocurrency”?

Cryptocurrency is basically digital money.

You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin. Well….Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency. Just like there are several different types of cars (Toyota, Honda, Ford), there are thousands of different types of cryptocurrencies. Essentially they all do the same thing—allow you to buy or sell goods or services. However; some cryptos have advantages over others. I won’t go into the different advantages but some of the most common ones are speed, fees, and security.

Some of the most known cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Tron.

With MLB Crypto Baseball we’ll be using Ethereum, sometimes referred to as Ether, or just ETH.

Before we go any further I’d like to give you a clear idea of what “the blockchain” is and how it works.

What is blockchain?

Blockchain is a ledger that records every single cryptocurrency transaction that occurs, ever. Think of it like a “permanent record” of transactions. Once a transaction is recorded on a blockchain, there’s no way to alter it and it is there forever. This ensures there are no errors or fraud within a transaction.

 

But how are transactions on the Blockchain verified?

Transactions on the Blockchain are verified by “miners”.

Mining is done by computers owned by regular people like you and me (miners). In short, “mining” is when a computer solves a mathematical puzzle to verify transactions on the blockchain. Whatever miner (computer) solves the puzzle the fastest is rewarded with a bit of crypto. This is where Gas fees come in, but more about that after you learn a little about Crypto Wallets.

This Is How Blockchain Works In A Nutshell:

A Crypto Wallet is basically software you can download to your cell phone or computer to store your crypto (like an actual wallet!). The type of wallet you need is determined by what ‘brand’ of crypto you own.

Since we’re using ETH for MLB Crypto Baseball, we’ll be using the MetaMask ETH wallet because it’s one of the more user-friendly wallets out there.

The two most important things about any crypto wallet is your Private Key (basically your password) and your Public Key (the address assigned to you to RECEIVE crypto).

Private Key – This is the ‘long string of letters and numbers’ you’ll be assigned when signing up for a crypto wallet. You’ll need this private key to access (sign into) your wallet.

DO NOT LOSE OR SHARE YOUR PRIVATE KEY.

Even though Private Keys are similar to passwords, there is no way to ‘reset’ your Private Key. Store it some place safe because once it’s gone, it’s gone and it’s virtually impossible to access your crypto wallet without it. Personally, I save my Private Keys in a few places, just to be sure.

Public Key – This is the ‘long string of letters and numbers’ you are assigned for accepting crypto. You’ll see some people post their Public Key (also known as your “Wallet Address”) on their websites or even on Social Media as a means to get a “tip” from others. Sharing your Public Key is perfectly fine because no one can access your Wallet with it; it is literally a means of receiving crypto and nothing else.

Now that you know a little more about these aspects of crypto, let’s see how they relate to MLB Crypto Baseball .

We’ve already discussed:

  • In order to play MLB Crypto Baseball you’ll need to buy some Ethereum (crypto).
  • You’ll also need to install MetaMask (a crypto wallet) to your computer’s browser.

But how do you do that?

Thankfully the MLB Crypto Baseball team has written a step-by-step instructional blog on how to do just that. You can find it here

Okay, I have ETH in my MetaMask Wallet…..Now what?

After reading and following the instructions in the “How to Get Ethereum to Play MLB Crypto Baseball” blog post, you are ready to start bidding on players on the MLB Crypto Baseball Marketplace.

Once you find a player you want to buy, click on his picture to open up all the details, and you will see a green “BUY NOW” button, click it and you’ll see this:

Don’t worry, I know it may seem like a lot but I’m going to help you understand what it’s all about.This is the current price of the figure in USD

  1. This is the current price of the figure in ETH (crypto)
  2. This is where you can edit the amount of GAS you use (don’t worry, I’ll explain this in a second)
  3. These are the GAS fees in USD and ETH
  4. This is the total amount of USD/ETH you will spend on this figure, including GAS fees

 

So what is GAS and why should I ‘edit’ the suggested amount to use?

Great question! Remember earlier when we talked about mining? In order for anything to happen on the Blockchain (ledger of transactions) you need miners. In case you forgot, miners are computers that solve mathematical puzzles in order to verify your transaction on the Blockchain. And the fastest miner (computer) to solve this puzzle gets a reward (a small bit of crypto, in this case, ETH).

But how do you get these miners to solve YOUR mathematical puzzle first? You increase your GAS price! By increasing your GAS price, you are telling the miners, “Hey! Look at me! I have more to offer than all these other transactions with low gas prices, if you solve me first, you’ll get a cut of this higher Gas fee!”

In theory, the more GAS you put behind any ETH transaction, the more likelihood your transaction (puzzle) will get solved FIRST, which in turn ensures you are the winner of the bid you just placed on the MLB Crypto Baseball figure you’re trying to buy.

“The more GAS (speed) you put behind your bid, the higher chances the miner will solve YOUR transaction first because they want their share of the GAS fee you used to “skip the line”.

What happens if you add extra GAS and you don’t win the bid?

Not to worry, you won’t be charged the entire Gas fee, most of it will be returned to your MetaMask account balance (be patient) but a small portion is kept since the transaction process has started.

If your bid is successful and you do indeed win the figure, it will show up automatically in your MLB Crypto Baseball account, shown here:

 

Now you’re all set to play MLB Crypto Baseball!!

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Here is a list of helpful resources you may want to check out before you slide into home!

How To Get Ethereum To Play MLB Crypto Baseball

MLB Crypto Baseball Pre-Sale and Game Play Strategy

MLB Crypto Baseball Leader-Board Breakdown  

FAQ – Here You’ll Find Frequently Asked Questions about MLB Crypto Baseball

If you’re having issues with anything related to MLB Crypto Baseball you are invited to join our chat channels where an Admin or Moderator will be able to help you:

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Follow MLB Crypto Baseball on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for latest news and updates!

Breaking into Crypto

     Like many others I’d heard of “Bitcoin” a number of times before I decided to finally sit down and Google it. Well, what I found was a decentralized digital currency on top of a revolutionary technology.

Quite honestly, after spending 10 years in the corporate banking world (hating what they stood for, hating myself for contributing to the Big Bank) I was completely tickled there was this technology that really “stuck it to The Man” in terms of being decentralized and private. That was it, I was hooked!

I immediately started obsessively researching “How To Buy Bitcoin” and while BTC, LTC, and ETH are amazing projects in their own right;

 

I found myself leaning more towards Altcoins.

 

 

 

That’s when I stumbled across New York Coin.

I joined the NYCoin Discord channel and really got to understand the technology on a level I hadn’t before. I contribute this to the willingness of the DEV team, taking their time to explain and answer all of my questions. Before I knew it, I was using my experience in Social Media to help spread the word about New York Coin!

 

Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with a handful of other crypto related projects. Utilizing my marketing skills and talents with Social Media as a means to further this amazing technology.

Admittedly, I tried teaching myself Python in order to work on blockchains but alas my attention span and dyslexia were too hard of an obstacle to overcome as I was ready to jump head first into this decentralized existence, and jumped in I have.

Do you work in the cryptocurrency or blockchain field?