SplinterlandsX (eXperiment): It Actually Happened!
This is the next installment in my experiment in building a Splinterlands account from scratch without additional monetary investment after the initial Spellbook purchase. I am chronicling my journey so see if this is a viable activity and, if so, how long will it take to reach that level (I'm shooting for SILVER...after that, we'll see).
In lieu of all of the recent changes in Splinterlands gameplay, a few months ago, I started an experiment to see if a new player could build a viable account without any monetary investment (besides the Spellbook, of course). I created a brand new account for my wife and started playing it (you can read the previous installment in this series HERE). Initially, I don't expect this account to make much progress, so I will work on creating a posts (or maybe two) per season. If things begin to get interesting, frequency should increase.
When I initially created this account, I was several days into a season. Even though I was playing this account with a bot, I was unable to accumulate enough points to earn a season chest at the end of that season. I wanted to see if it was possible to earn a chest with a bare minimum account that only contained a few cards that could be purchased with the original 3000 credits and starter cards. However, during my first full season, I was able to earn a single season chest with the few cards this account currently owns. It would have been nice to obtain a new card with that chest, but hey, SPS is progress.
I also began entering card giveaways to see if I could increase the collection before the season ended. Unfortunately, in the last season, I did not get to enter as many giveaways as I would have hoped and was unable to win any additional cards for this account since the season began. Since this is be best way for me to acquire new cards at this point, hopefully I will be able to get into a more consistent routine and increase my entries as time goes on.
I thought I sent this update out last week, but I just discovered it waiting to be published.
I also realized that my bot had not been running over the past few days (I've been busy with a project as work and just forgot about it). I have rectified that and everything is back to normal. However, as late as it is in the season, I doubt there is enough time left to earn a Season Chest this season (fingers crossed).
Well, I was amazed to find, with the completion of this past season, that it actually happened. I earned my first reward card in a season chest (woohoo)!
It took a couple of seasons, but I finally earned a reward card from my one chest per season. Even though I don't see the number of chests per season increasing any time soon, this is a step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, nothing else has snuck unto my collection unnoticed this season, so that one card is the entirety of my earnings for the season. An now the next one has started and a new journey awaits.
Since I just purchased a new card with my crypto accumulation just before the last post, I have not yet accumulated enough for my next purchase, yet. However, I have bee collecting data to be able to make an informed decision when that time arrives. I haven't tabulated all of the results, yet, but I have a couple of weeks worth of information to combine, so I should have a good sampling to work with. I should be able to have that information for the next post.
AMA (Ask Me Anything)
In my first post, I stated:
If you have any suggestions on how a new player can progress without having to invest any outside influx of capital, I'd love to hear it. Also, if you are a new player that has questions about anything I am doing with this account (or anything else, for that matter), leave me a comment...
Even though I was able to advertise my last post on ListNerds, I did not see any additional questions in the past post. Hopefully, there will be a few new comments and/or questions to this one (just so I don't feel like this experiment is falling on deaf ears).
As always, I have set the entire Hive Rewards for this post to go to my wife's account. Also, the rewards from my previous post as well as the additional tokens a few people contributed towards it were also forwarded to my wife's account and will be used to build toward purchasing additional cards when enough has accumulated.
Once again, I was lacking in my attempts to win additional cards from giveaways (it seems I never have enough time to do everything I want to do). However, I will continue to include that as a part of my plan and hopefully, I will occasionally have more luck in this area.
Only time will tell where we go from here...
If you missed any of the previous volumes of this series, you can find a link here:
- SplinterlandsX (eXperiment): I'm Getting Stronger - Added more SPS and a couple of new cards
- SplinterlandsX (eXperiment): I Finally Got Lucky - Get your head out of the gutter
- SplinterlandsX (eXperiment): Mid-season update of second full season - A surprise boost
- SplinterlandsX (eXperiment): The First Full Season - Results from the first full season
- SplinterlandsX (eXperiment): The Experiment Continues - The first update
- Starting Over - An Experiment - Setting up the experiment
Awesome job. Extremely interested in what you are doing coming in from the ground up here.