Part 1

The world of cryptographic currency and blockchain technology (Web 3.0) has made great strides in the past several years and is quickly becoming mainstream.

One of its most obvious use-cases is online gaming.  Axie Infinity, an NFT (non-fungible token) card game, has led the way acquiring over one million daily users (40% reside in the Phillipines) who, in addition to enjoying playing the game, can enhance their income via the game’s play-to-earn functionality.

The opportunity to earn cryptocurrency is an exciting aspect of Web 3.0 (in contrast to Web 2.0 applications where you either have to pay or data about you is collected and sold).  For example, you can use the privacy-focused Brave browser to earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) and the Presearch search engine to earn PRE tokens instead of using Web 2.0 tools that sell you as the product.  While the rewards are relatively small at this point, it’s a development worth watching for the entrepreneurially inclined.

Wanting to better understand the growing pay-to-pay crypto game subgenre and being more of a fan of MMORTS (massively multiplayer online real-time strategy) games than PvP (player versus player) games like Axie Infinity, I was excited to discover Farsite, which describes itself as a blockchain-powered sandbox MMORTS game with elements of adventure in a sci-fi setting.

Farsite is being developed by Supernovae (spnv.io), the designers of the virtual city strategy game MegaCryptoPolis.  One potential red flag is the opaqueness about their team members, ownership, game economics, and partnerships with DappRadar, OpenSea, Dapper, and CryptoKitties. Nevertheless, I decided to jump in.

Getting started was very easy.  I signed up for an account and joined the game’s discord server.  After logging in, I was presented with tasks giving me the opportunity to earn “scores” and unlock rewards.

I can also explore the universe, visit the in-game store, and read very comprehensive guidelines about the game.  The graphics are attractive and the user interface is intuitive. I was able to access everything currently available with relative ease.

Starting on December 14th, Farsite will enter its pre-alpha phase and players will be able to test fly their spaceships, dock stations, use gates to visit planets, explore far-away constellations, and mine and refine resources on planet sectors.

I am definitely intrigued with Farsite and look forward to the chance to explore more aspects of the game.  Once I’ve had the chance to audition all of the new pre-alpha functionality, I’ll follow up this review with Part 2.

In the meantime, if you’d like to sign up, please feel free to use my affiliate link. Happy gaming!