February 15 2018

*SQUEALS LIKE A GIRL* Coins from Relics by Rild and Frank Baxley!


(Note: Sorry for images not looking correct at the moment, or being able to be pulled up to look at in large size. Currently working on fixing lightbox, gallery issues with the site, but before I can do so, there are other bugs I am having my host work out from the new migration first. Thanks for patience and photos should be back up and pretty before long).

OMG, OMG, OMG! It was so awesome opening a box today from Relics by Rild!

Frank Baxley recently designed two new coins for Shroud of the Avatar, which is now for purchase in the Relics from Rild store.

So, this was a hard purchase for me. I became unemployed in 2017 and I have decided to stay that way as an entrepreneur who has yet and probably will not for a few years, makes enough to be qualified as “self-employed”. As you can imagine part of this decision includes a self-sacrifice in that there is very very little I purchase that does not serve a need of some kind. Usually most of my purchases these days are investments for my business in some way.

So when not one but TWO new coins went into the store at the same time, some tough decisions had to be made! I mean, I’ve been wanting one of the SotA Title Art Woodcut Hoodie’s for ages now as it is!

Ultimately there was never any question! No way I am not getting my hands on any coins made by Frank Baxley that I had an opportunity for, and do not already own. I’ll share my collection below.

Very happy I decided to work these into the budget. They are both beautiful, but clearly, the Blade of the Avatar coin is a new level of coin making from Frank. This particular coin is larger than any others he has made (that I own at least), and to me personally, is just the most creative, artistic, best-looking one he has done.

Great job Frank!!!

My Shroud of the Avatar and Related Coins:
Not all of these coins are made by Frank, but most of them are.

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July 25 2017

Ethereum & NEVERDIE Walkthrough Published by Browncoat Jayson

I saw this posted by Browncoat over in the Shroud of the Avatar forums and got permission to do a piece on it.

It’s a great article and I figured if I could get it out to those that don’t use the forums in the SotA community, as well as perhaps out past the SotA community, that would be great! The great individual he is, he said yes for the same reason. The more it’s helpful to the better!

So here it is in its fullness and if you are able, you may want to pop over to the forum thread and give him a thank you!
Walkthrough of Ethereum & NEVERDIE Block Chain Token Purchase | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

 

Since there is only a week left to purchase coins during the ICO, I went through the process and created this guide in order to help others who might be interested. However, first there are a few disclaimers:

1. I am not a financial advisor. If you are not comfortable transferring funds, or do not want to expose yourself to risk, I would not recommend you continue. Digital currency is not backed by the standard federal protection that banks and credit cards enjoy, so you will likely not have recourse if they are lost or stolen.

2. This is not a simple process. It involves setting up your own digital account, which may be too complicated for some. Again, if you are not comfortable with the concepts of block chain operation, cryptocurrency mining, and transfer of digital currency, I’d advise against continuing.

3. While not explicitly stated, there is a minimum amount you must convert to purchase the ICO. This amount is equal to 0.07 ETH (Ether, the currency of the Ethereum block chain) per coin type. The value of this flucuates, but is currently about $225 per 1 ETH, so this means you will need at around $16 worth of ETH (but you will need to convert more than that to cover charges for transactions and transfers). If you want both NeverDie Coins (NDC) and Teleport Tokens (TPT), you will need to convert around $40 to Ethereum.

If those have not scared you off, and are still wanting to continue, here is the steps for getting your own cryptocurrency. This guide assumes you have no cryptocurrency available; however, if you already have BitCoins (BTC), you should be able to use your existing wallet rather than signing up anew and can purchase Ether by converting BitCoin. If you are not interested, you can skip these steps and I’ll describe my impressions in the next section.

Walkthrough to Purchase NEVERDIE ICO

1. Download and install Chrome. Not only is it the only browser that you can use to get into the NEVERDIE wallet to make purchases, it allows you to install extensions to make monitoring your wallet easier.

2. Download and install an Ethereum Wallet client. NEVERDIE recommends using the MetaMaskParity, or Mist Browser wallets. I signed up for Parity, but they all function similarly. Parity also has a Chrome extension so I can see if Parity stops running for some reason.

The biggest issue I had was keeping it running. This is because Parity only installs to the C:\Users\ path and doesn’t want to be moved. I found a workaround, since my SSD is small enough that I kept running out of room with 30+ GB of bitchain info on it constantly being written. I didn’t want that anyway, so I moved it to my secondary SATA drive, and it worked fine.

3. The client should start automatically once it is installed (it runs in a command prompt window; don’t close it). Once it syncs, it will open a local site in your browser window where you can administer the application. If not, you can open it manually (https://127.0.0.1:8180/#/home for Parity).

4. Add an Account. Select an icon and enter a secure password. Note the long string (starting with 0x); this is your Ethereum wallet.

5. Purchase Ethereum. There are several places to do this, but I use (and recommend) CoinBase. You will either need to use a credit card, PayPal, or bank transfer to purchase Ethereum. Remember, you will need about $20 per coin type, minimum. Once you sign up at CoinBase and make a purchase, you will see another wallet string. You can click the button to the side of it to start a transfer; send it to your Ethereum wallet address. Note that this will invoke a transfer fee (variable depending on several factors, but not insignificant).

6. Once the Ethereum appears in your wallet (should take about 3 minutes), you can do to the NEVERDIE website. Click Wallet at the top to open the NEVERDIE Wallet; if all goes well you should see your icon and the Parity (or other wallet) logo at the bottom. If not, you will get a message that says No Account Found; verify that Parity is running and you can access it at the local site. You will get a short tour of the wallet before you can continue.

7. Click Get Neverdie Coins at the top. It will show you the amount of Ethereum you have at the top of the page. Enter much much ETH you want to use below the type of coin you want; minimum of 0.07 (~$16.00). Click “Get Neverdie Coin” or “Get Teleport Coin”, depending on which you want. Again, this will invoke a transfer fee in addition to the coin purchase amount. Repeat the process for the other coin type, if you want both. To get a nice round number of coins, bump up the ETH amount. For example, at 1 ETH = $224.93 USD (current), here are some numbers:

  • 65 NDC = 0.07221 ETH
  • 160 TPT = 0.07114 ETH

Last comes the waiting. My coins took around 20 hours to appear, but the Neverdie support says up to 48 hours is not uncommon. You can play around in the Neverdie Wallet, but until you have coins, there isn’t much to do.

My Experiences

So, I went through the process, and you can do it too. Now what?

Um… nothing?

Really, the NEVERDIE ICO is very early on. What it is designed to do is allow game companies to utilize the same currency across multiple games, which all have real world value. This means that NDC can be the “prestige” currency in different games. You can easily link these, transfer them between players, and then cash them out if you want. Sounds great, however its a little premature.

Why? Well, here is what I’ve found (which you can probably tell, based on the instructions above):

1. Its a pain to sign up and maintain your own wallet. Players won’t go through the effort.

2. Getting the money out of the bitchain and back into cash is expensive. Expect at least 3% charge to get money into Ethereum, and 6%+ to get it back out again.

3. It can take up to 48 hours to get new coins. Gamers are not that patient. See also, instant gratification.

4. The games available are… lacking? Only Neverdie’s own ROCKtropia game is currently available, with two more (AmeVRica and Asgard VR) in funding phases.

5. I think game makers, especially ones like Portalarium who already have a successful Add On Store, can easily “roll their own” method to allow players to move cash in/out of the game. This can already be done to some extent, but just one more step would make this 100% possible. I’ll quote myself from the other thread:

6. There are other successful digital currencies that I’d rather see explored that a complicated cryptocurrency. Put Gold CotOs up for purchase with Razer’s zGold, where players get credit toward buying Razer hardware. Amazon Coins are another option.

I’m glad to see Richard joining Neverdie Studios in exploring what this type of currency can do, and looking toward the future of gaming. However, I’m just not convinced that it is a mature enough field for gamers to jump into. Maybe some day, when our operating systems are virtualized and creating digital accounts is par for the course, but not today.

Hope this helps those who want to give it a shot. Let us know if your experiences are different than mine!

Do you have an article appropriate for this website that you would like me to publish? I would love to take a look! Just send that to stile@thecaverns.net

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July 19 2017

Ultima’s Famed Lord British Joins Forces with NEVERDIE

Well, one thing is for sure, as soon as Richard Garriott’s name hits the news, it starts exploding fast.

This one seems like it could be a rather big deal and I have already had two sources cross my desktop.

Here’s a snippet from the post over at Marketride., although it looks like both sites are hosting the same article.

The Teleport token will be used to transport across worlds, seamlessly from one game to another while the NEVERDIE Coin will be used to buy new lives. Both coins will ultimately be used to create a monetized infrastructure that will drive the growth of the virtual goods economy, thus supporting gamified jobs as a way to offset traditional jobs lost to AI and VR advancements. The endeavor between Lord British and NEVERDIE will underscore this effort by championing avatar rights and creating economic opportunity for gamers and longevity for games and virtual worlds.

Here’s links to both websites with the article.
Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming with NDC and TPT Tokens | Benzinga

Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with NEVERDIE to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming Under NDC Token

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February 20 2017

Artist Juan Martinez at Capricon 2017

The beautiful Dragon you are bearing witness to was made by artist Juan C Martinez, whom I had the opportunity to meet at Capricon!

What is really amazing about this little beauty is that it is made entirely from pennies! That is what Juan does, is using tools and coins makes amazing sculptures out of them.

I obtained two pieces from him, the dragon you saw above and for my wife’s birthday today, I gave her a blue rose.

If you like his work, which is reasonably priced be sure to stop over at his Facebook page “CHAOSART666K”. You can contact him to order pieces. If you do though, be sure to tell him Caveloot.com sent you, as he shows us a little love back for the referral. Regardless of that though we want him to know we are sending him love where we can!

(5) Chaosart666k

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