Rising Star goes Halloween and Splinterlands goes gold

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The latest news from Hive game Rising Star is a new set of Halloween-themed cards. This is a bit of fun that gives obsessives like me something else to collect. There is one new musician called Undead Fred who does not have spectacular attributes, but is needed for a new mission. I was lucky to get him in the first pack I opened after he was released.

Fred

The new mission is only really to give you a chance of getting the matching instrument cards. There are three of those and I have the bass so far after seventeen attempts. You only get one Starbit and no XP. I am running this several times each day as I am just into collecting the different cards.

Mission

Some people are selling the cards at fairly high prices. I will only do so if I get duplicates, but will be looking for swaps to get the set.

These cards have their own appropriate sounds which I have used in one of my bands. It is suitably horrific.

If you want to start playing it costs you nothing. Just log into the game with Keychain and you can kick off the Illegal Busking mission to start earning. Check out the music from the community that plays on the game radio station.

Meanwhile on Splinterlands I have been continuing to play despite the latest changes which limit my winnings considerably compared with before. I cannot go higher than Gold I until my card collection grows a lot in value. Previously I could get to Champion II most seasons. I win less in each daily quest and at the end of the season. I will actually get more this season as the new rules started a day in and I was still on Diamond then.

I do enjoy playing and considering the time others put into games with no financial rewards a few minutes of my time on the quests is not much. I am just trying to optimise my deck to win more matches and get more DEC when I do. One way to do this is to use more gold cards as they give you 10% more for each one you use. So I have been upgrading my gold cards whilst selling off the standard versions. The golds can be expensive, but I am generally funding this just within the game.

This is some of my collection. I am not using all of them, but the Wood Nymph and Screeching Vulture are great for Earth. Mermain Healer is my most valuable card and really useful in Water battles to heal the back line. I would love to level her up, but that would cost a lot. My Water and Earth summoners are both up to level 5 now. That seems mostly adequate for the Gold League.

Golds

I am seeing less obvious bot accounts, but it looks like some may have consolidated their cards to keep winning something.

I have also joined a guild at last! @chris-uk offered some places and I took him up on it. This gives me an extra few percent DEC for each win, but you are expected to contribute some to the guild so it can level up and grow.

Guild

I like to have an extra social side to the game as we can chat in the 'tavern'.

Splinterlands is still the biggest Hive game by far. I know some people are really not happy about the new power limits. Some will be selling up their cards, so there may be bargains for those who stick with it. I can see that change was needed to slow down how many cards are issued, but there had to be compromise somewhere. It seems the main difference between people and bots is how many cards they keep and so that was used as the limiting factor. Another annoying aspect is how many potions you get as part of the winnings. These only seem to be useful if you buy a lot of packs and I am not doing that. There is a new sort of pack with different cards, but if I got those then I would have to spend more on levelling them up to something useful. I have over a hundred of each type. It would be nice if we could burn these for more DEC.

I am still playing Cryptobrewmaster too. That only requires me to check progress a few times each day and kick off missions. Some new features have been appearing this week with different leaderboards and 'events'. I am not sure how the latter work. I would hope there will be upgrades to spend our tokens on soon.

There are some other Hive games out there, but I really do not need to be spending more time playing. I have other things I ought to be doing.

Hive five!

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I started selling off a bunch of my cards. I have been converting the DEC to Hive to power up into my account. I am not a fan of the new changes though I understand they had to do it to combat bots. I feel they went a little too far. Sadly, by the time they realize that I will have probably sold all of my cards.

I wonder how many others are selling. At least you are re-investing in HIVE. Any economy is difficult to get right. Rising Star has issues with people buying up loads of card packs to sell the good cards on. I'm not paying silly prices.

Yeah, the cost to convert my Steem hasn't been favorable so I have been moving that into other places. I felt a little guilty about that, so I wanted to make sure whatever I make off of Splinterlands goes back into my Hive account.

Well I hope your investments pay off. Things in crypto will remain volatile, so it's all a gamble. Have fun!

I've been hearing about these games since they came out but never found the time or inclination to play any.

My wife loves these types of games so I'm trying to get her to have a go and tell me all about it. 😂👍

Good overview Steve. I got the gist of it.

There seems to be a huge market for simple games and we need a slice of that. They need to be playable on mobile devices and some of these need some improvement there. Rising Star makes it possible via a special URL, but it keeps logging me out and the interface uses too many tiny buttons that don't work well on a small screen.

Imagine if 1% of those playing Farmville, Fruit Ninja or whatever people play now started playing Hive games! They could be winning something with real value.

The mobile version of the site will be updated at some point and the logging out problem will be fixed. It has to do with mobile browsers causing cookies to expire too quickly.

Cool. I am sure you have plenty on your to-do list and this is not too bad to deal with. I do see mobile as a key growth area though. A lot of people rarely use a PC.

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Exactly my point to my wife. If you are playing games anyway why not earn a bit of crypto to boot.

Like most people. She don't get it?
But games she gets.
Shame about the ui?

I do play Rising Star on my phone to kick off missions when I'm out. That is when the long ones are useful even though you make less per hour. It's a single developer and he is overloaded really.

I see some people giving up on Splinterlands with the new rule changes. That's a shame.

I never got into Splinterlands but I hear it was very successful?
I'll show her Rising Sun 👍
Whoops! Rising Star 😂

Splinterlands has up to about 6000 active players, which is nothing compared to some casual games. It will be interesting to see if they can keep them playing. Cryptobrewmaster is doing fairly well, but needs to gain features to avoid boredom. There's potential there.

Sounds interesting. I will take a look.👍

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