Aethia: A Game For Crypto Lovers
If you are a crypto enthusiast, then you probably played or heard about Cryptokitties. Apparently, the blockchain game became so popular within the crypto world that rendered the Ethereum blockchain inoperative for days. If you are have not heard of it, then you are in time for the launch of a new game with a crypto pet.
The Aethia platform is set to launch its own Tamagotchi game with the typical egg hatching, caring, feeding and keeping the pet happy. The game borrows its concept from the 90's set Tamagotchi where users would care for a pet from birth. With the Aethia platform based on Ethereum, the pet is an Ethergotchi.
As it stands, Aethia is yet to launch and is in the Pre-Alpha stage where users can only reserve an Alpha egg or a Referral egg. The initial Alpha stage will take place on February 19th where the game will start to leverage its smart contract to facilitate interaction within the Aethia community.
Apparently, the game developers are offering it for free to play which is an advantage compared to other Ethereum innovations which require a high initial fee for users. However, there is a hidden cost that comes with Aethia. Remember Aethia is worth Ethereum. The gas fees are hat individuals will pay to conduct a transaction on the game through the Ethereum blockchain.
On the other hand, the game player will claim a free Alpha egg once they successfully register on Aethia. 30 eggs are released to the Aethia pool at every 6 hours for users to request. The use of smart contracts is applicable here since each ETH transaction will need a gas of at least 50000. Once the full registration is complete and the first Alpha egg in place, the care now begins. Note that there are several categories of eggs available through the different levels of the game, with a legendary egg the most valuable of all.
The Ethergotchi has three stages in its lifecycle: Egg, child and mature. Each Ethergotchi creature is set to get five attributes which are stamina, charisma. Intellect, strength, and ability. Additionally, the crypto pet can breed, teaching and architecting as some of its tasks.
How Can You Earn?
While it's all fun and games, a player can also earn on the side. That is made possible through the referral program. Once you refer a friend, you get to receive a free referral egg. Three referrals gets you one ordinary egg which is 0.01 ETH.
If you are lucky enough to get 20 referrals you get a rare egg (0.20). Moreover, each CHI token the user earns can be used in the virtual pets’ eco-system, with an auction house for the trading of the pets.
How To Access The Game
Although the game is yet to roll out, the developers have taken the liberty to inform interested parties on how to get on board. One will need a MetaMask Browser and wallet installed together with your standard browser.
On launching the game, the user will need to fund his MetaMask portfolio which is a browser extension. You can also get Ether by purchasing through crypto exchanges. The Ether will need a transfer to the MetaMask wallet address to enable easier use within the Aethia virtual pet ecosystem.