|Developer||Space Sip team|
Space Sip is a space-themed turn-based RPG with its native in-game currency, Space Sip (SIP), on the Binance Smart Chain network. In the game, players can own spaceships to venture into the unknown parts of the space and collect SIP tokens from various resources. Also, players can choose to participate in combat by using their NFT assets such as spaceships to earn SIP tokens as rewards.
In the universe of Space Sip, everything from characters to items and enemies is assigned an element that defines their capabilities. Currently, there are four types of elements in the game: fire, earth, lightning, and water. These elements increase or decrease the chances of victory when battling. Each element is both powerful and weak against another element. For example, fire is good against earth but can be beaten by water easily. Water is advantageous against fire but very weak against lightning and so on.
There are 12 classes of spaceships assigned to four different elements: each element has three classes regarding spaceships. Spaceships may differ in terms of their rarities: normal, rare, super rare, and super rare. The better rarity of a ship gives more power and bonus to the spaceship in its activities. The rarity of the spaceships also defines their fuel-intake capacity.
Fuel is consumed in combat activities by spaceships. If a spaceship runs out of fuel, it needs to stay in the Base Station for a refuel. Mining spaceships cannot be refueled when they are working as miners in mining operations. The fuel regenerates at a rate of 0.1 every 5 minutes while the spaceship is in the Base Station.
Players have to spend 500 SIP to open a Mystery Capsule and obtain an NFT spaceship to become a pilot. There is a chance of 30% of which players will receive their tokens back at a random rate between 85%-95%. The amount that players don’t receive will be automatically sent to the reward pool and distributed to the players via in-game activities.
Ah, here we are with another space-based blockchain game. As someone who is interested in space and space-themed games, it's so nice for me to be able to play these games and write guides about them. I am shouting out to the game developers; MORE SPACE-THEMED BLOCKCHAIN GAMES, please!
Today, we will dive into Space SIP, and take a sip of its gameplay and mechanics! And yes, I’ll keep doing sip-related puns.
Space SIP is a blockchain play-to-earn NFT RPG that utilizes the Binance Smart Chain network with its cryptocurrency, SIP. In the game, players own their NFT ships and can send these ships to mine SIP tokens from the planets. If mining sounds boring, players also can own NFT characters to send them into battle with powerful weapons. If you're a humble miner or a bloodthirsty warmonger, the game’s got your back.
There are a few things you need to do first to get started with the game. First of all, you need a Metamask account or any other wallet compatible with storing SIP and BNB. If your account is good to go, simply go to the game's official website, click on the “PLAY GAME” button, and connect your wallet to the game by giving the required permissions.
Space SIP is not a free-to-play game, so you’ll need to buy a spaceship with SIP tokens to play the game. That means you need SIP tokens for in-game purchases and BNB tokens for the gas fees in your wallet. You can swap SIP tokens on PancakeSwap, or MDEX Swap easily. I did my swapping on PancakeSwap without encountering any problems.
You’ll see this screen when you connect your wallet to the game. This is the main menu.
Now, you’re on the main menu of the game. As you can see from the image above, there are five areas; Base Station, Marketplace, Mining, Battle, and Tournament on the main menu.
Base Station is the recruiting hub of the game. You can recruit heroes or spaceships from here by buying and opening Mystery Capsules. A capsule costs 500 SIP tokens, and if you’re lucky - incredibly lucky- you may even receive a Special Super Rare NFT from opening a capsule.
When you click on the button, you’ll be asked to give permission for the transaction first.
In the game, there are four spaceship classes; normal, rare, super rare, and special super rare. In addition to that, there are four types of spaceships; Magma, Tsunami, Quake, and Thunder. These types are essential when you mine on a Mining Planet, but we’ll get there in a minute. The rarity of the NFTs you will receive when you open the capsule is not random, there is a certain ratio for four different rarity levels:
Super Rare: 1%
Special Super Rare: 0.2%
“Wait for a second, that's 70% when we add them up?” Oh, yes. There is a 30% miss chance when opening a Mystery Capsule. If you are unlucky to land on that chance, you will get 85-95% of your 500 SIP back. I think this is a risky way to get a good NFT asset. It’s like gambling, so to speak. If you want to try your luck and take the risk, you can buy a Mystery Capsule from the Base Station, of course, but you can get guaranteed rare spaceships, potentially much cheaper from the marketplace.
The marketplace is where players can sell, buy, or trade their precious NFT assets. You can buy your spaceship without opening a Mystery Capsule for 500 SIP. Players determine their selling prices. You can buy a standard spaceship with less than 150 SIP tokens and a rare spaceship with less than 420 SIP tokens. So in my honest opinion, purchasing a Mystery Capsule is not worth the risk when you can buy a level 10 rare spaceship for a lower price. But again, the choice is up to you.
You can own a rare spaceship for 419 SIP, as you can see. It’s a guaranteed drop and 81 SIP cheaper than Mystery Capsules.
Since you’ve obtained your ship from the marketplace or Mystery Capsules, now we can move on to the details of the game and how to generate income. There are two ways to earn SIP in Space SIP; mining and battling. Let’s dive into the mining process of the game.
Mining is a great way to earn a profit. You can send your spaceships to different Mining Planets to mine SIP for you. You don’t have to do anything when your spaceship is mining on a planet, it’s a passive process. You can be away from the keyboard and can earn passive income. You should consider your spaceship’s type when you mine a planet since Mining Planets are divided into four planets according to their types; Tsunami, Quake, Thunder, and Magma, just like spaceships.
If you have a Quake-type spaceship, for example, send that spaceship to Quake planet for additional SIP bonuses.
The amount of SIP you mine from a Mining Planet is up to your spaceship’s attributes, your spaceship’s staking revenue, and total revenue distributed to a mining pool. If you want to prioritize mining in Space SIP, focus on spaceships with good mining power and fuel capacity. There are formulas for you to see for efficient mining down below:
PR: your spaceship’s staking revenue
TR: current total revenue distributed to a mining pool
TV: total fuel capacity of your spaceships
PV: your one-ship fuel capacity
Also, your fuel capacity can be calculated as follows:
X: default fuel capacity of your ship
Y: elemental bonus, aka the type of your ship such as Quake, Tsunami, etc.
Z: Genesis bonus (if you are an early holder of the game)
W: Raffle Mining bonus (a mining event for everyone)
In addition to traditional mining, there is an event called “Raffle Mining”. In the event portals will randomly open, give players a chance to send their spaceships to mine at new dimensions with more SIP mining bonuses than usual. However, in order to participate in the event, you need to buy a ticket. These portals will have a time limit, when the time is over for portals, you can not generate any SIP from them.
Battling is another way to earn a profit in Space SIP. There are currently two modes available in the game; PvE and Explore modes. However, according to the development team, PvP and Adventure modes will be added to the game in the near future.
PvE mode is a series of battles that happen between the player and AI. Players can generate SIP tokens after each battle. To participate in the PvE mode, you need 1 to 3 spaceships in your fleet, and it costs five fuel per spaceship to join a mission. If you have three spaceships, you’ll need 15 fuel in order to execute a mission. You will encounter three sets of AI battle fleets with random elemental attributes for each PvE mission. There is no gas fee for doing PvE fights, so that’s good news.
You select an enemy to shoot your weapons. Then KABOOM!
Explore mode is a mode that aims to entertain the players within a minimalist setup. In this mode, you shoot up spaceships and planets in a linear game style while moving forward. You collect points on your journey to deep space when you blow things up. This game mode will be developed in the future too.
I advise you to listen to Star Wars soundtracks while playing this mode. It feels so epic!
The last thing on the menu is the tournament. This section of the game is purely focused on the players' competitive side. The tournament is a knockout contest by eight NFT spaceships. The system of the Space SIP randomly picks eight player-owned spaceships and announces the tournament fixture. The first round of the tournament happens 12 hours after the announcement and from that point, every other round happens 4 hours after the previous one. Also, players can bet on each other in the tournament; they can predict the winner and bet on the spaceship by using SIP tokens. If the player's prediction is correct, he will receive the matching leveraged amount of SIP. All revenue from the false predictions will go into the rewards pool of the tournament. Each new tournament will occur 36 hours after the previous one.
I’d give Space SIP 6.5 out of 10. The main reason for this point is the gas fees. You have to pay gas fees for every action you take. It’s not expensive, but it can add up and become a small fortune when you play the game for a while. Another issue that I’ve encountered is the price of the Mystery Capsules. There is a 30% chance of getting literally nothing from a capsule, and you may lose some of the SIP tokens you’ve paid to buy the capsule. I think it’s a little hardcore. I’d rather buy my NFT assets from the marketplace by paying a lower price. That would be more reasonable if the Mystery Capsules cost around 150-200 SIP tokens per capsule.
I primarily wanted to test the mining in the game. In 24 hours, I’ve managed to mine 4.3 SIP tokens in Quake planet with my level 1 Uvehidi, a normal class-quake type spaceship. If you buy a better spaceship and focus on the mining side of the game, you can compensate your investment within two or three months, I think. If you invest 20 USD in the game, you can compensate it pretty quickly for example, since 1 SIP token equals 0.007826 USD right now
My ship has 85 mining power, and 15 fuel capacity.
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