<![CDATA[E2.News]]>https://www.e2.news/latestRSS for NodeFri, 14 Jun 2024 19:33:14 GMT<![CDATA[Earth 2 Whitepaper Summary]]>https://www.e2.news/post/earth-2-whitepaper-summary660a8bee2fb658c89ad4883eMon, 01 Apr 2024 12:24:31 GMTE2.News Community ServiceEarth 2 released its much awaited Whitepaper today. While it's a 33 page document we have summarized below the most important parts and focus areas



Ambition, Goal & Status:-

  • 1:1 scale 3D Digital replica of Earth

  • Long term approach and focus on sustainability

  • 100% self sufficient with no external funding

  • E2V1 will be the first version of a playable, multiplayer 3D world, featuring multiple biomes, (250 biomes will be initially supported). Biomes are large regions based on climate patterns, vegetation, wildlife, and soil types.

  • E2V1 will be first released on PC, however long-term goals include AR and support for VR


Current Stats of the Platform



Land - The ultimate asset:-

Earth 2 recognizes land as the origination of most utility inside the platform. Thus below mechanics will govern land on Earth 2

  • Supply cap of 250 million T1 and T2 tiles

  • 225 million being directly purchasable as new land and 25 million T2 tile positions reserved for T3 upgrades.

  • There will be an unlimited supply for T3 tiles so new Players can always build in new areas and have an opportunity to attract uncollected E-ther.

  •  Read about Land Tiers HERE


The EcoSim:-

  • Starts with land but ends with everything else - advanced buildings or various items.

  • Land can detect Resource occurrence units which can be converted to produce raw materials to be used for producing building blocks and advanced technology.

  • Work and resources will be required as core components to produce an item to give it initial value.

  • Thus on Earth 2, almost every item will have either been discovered, crafted or a byproduct of the EcoSim.

  • All of these items will be tradeable between Players for either E$ (pegged USD) or Essence.


Ether:-

  • Ether is generated by land inside Earth 2, detected by a Mentar built on that land by the user (Mentar is free to build via Mentar Quest)

  • Ether is claimable for 24 hours post which it becomes unstable or raidable by other users.

  • Unlike the presently allowed Ether storage, in future, players will need to transform ether within a set time limit, which will be defined at some point in Future.

  • The Base spawn rate is that of T2 land spawn rate. All multipliers will reference this basic spawn rate.


Essence:-

  • An ERC-20 utility token on the Ethereum blockchain.

  • Essence will be required to power almost everything inside the Earth 2 platform (buildings, cydroids, vehicles, cities, devices, etc.)

  • Mentioned use cases of Essence:-

    • Used to power objects, which equates to 'direct staking'

    • Staking Essence to generate Raw Materials to build and trade items

    • Supercharge Production: Supercharging will burn 50% of Essence employed in such activity.

  • Essence in future may also be used directly to trade items (similar to E$)

  • Adaptive value:- Essence value will be externally determined and hence the cost of certain activities inside the platform will therefore vary in Essence terms basis its external value.


Jewels:-

  • Tier 1 Jewels will be capped at150,000,000.

  • Jewel detection and collection on Player owned properties will be capped at 125,000,000 and the remaining 25,000,000 being discoverable or earnable inside E2V1.

  • Higher Tier Jewels can be crafted

  • Main use case of Jewels is:- Slotting on land to boost Ether, Slotting Cydroids to unlock raiding boosts, Role in Resource Replication and Discovery and within the general EcoSim.


Land Upgrades:-

  • Land on Earth 2 is divided in 3 Tiers - Tier 1 through Tier 3 (read about Land Tiers HERE)

  • Players can upgrade Land tiers using Essence or a combination of Essence and various Energies (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green)

  • Amount of Essence/ Energy required will be dynamic depending on the New Land Price ('NLP' in that country/region) and external traded value of Essence

  • Special Campaign:- First 25,000 thousand T2 to T1 tile upgrades in each of the 5 methods (Essence alone, Essence + Red Energy, Essence + Yellow Energy, Essence + Blue energy and Essence + Green energy) in each country will receive a permanent boosted base E-ther spawn for what will be a Tier 1 Special property (5x more than a normal T2 property, slightly higher than a normal T1 w/o EDC, but still significantly lesser than a T1 + EDC property)

  • Land Upgrades will dynamically impact NLP, since the NLP is determined by an algorithm that takes into account the outstanding tiles in that particular land tier in a specific country (T1/T2)/ region (T3).

  • 50% of essence used towards land upgrades will be permanently burnt while other 50% will go to Earth 2 Treasury.


Cydroids:-

  • Cydroids can only be built on Tier 1 & Tier 2 land, while Tier 3 land can host them. Cydroids on a particular property are then said to be 'tethered' to it, which means they will work for that particular property.

  • Each Gen 1 Cydroid costs 2.5 Essence to build and 5 Essence (recoupable on depower) to power

  • Only 5 million Gen 1 Cydroids will be allowed to be built.

  • Gen 1 Cydroids can raid ether from inactive properties.

  • Each Cydroid has a prospecting jewel which can be fused into it, which grants it prospecting abilities i.e. resource gathering abilities for the EcoSim.


Civilians:-

  • Civilians help automate tasks such as raiding.

  • There are currently 3 types of civilians - E-ther Reckoner (dispenses ether), the Cydroid Technician (charges Cydroids) and the Raid Commander (sends raids).

  • Each of these are capped at 500,000 max supply.

  • Civilians require Red Energy (RE) to sustain themselves. Red energy is obtained via conflict-type activities such as executing successful raids on other Player’s properties.

  • First gen civilians need 1 RE per week to sustain.

  • Civilians get faster at their tasks as they level up by gaining XP. 0.01 dispensed ether = 1 XP. this XP is evenly distributed among each civilian on the said property where ether is dispensed brought back by tethered Cydroids.


E2V1 Mini-Games:-

  • Earth 2 is testing a few minigames with the intention to release them once E2V1 (3D world) comes.

  • Earth 2 recently demonstrated its multiplayer system, and the ability to hold multiple avatars concurrently within a shared environment.

  • Mini-games will have a lobby system in which Players can enter via close proximity to a Mentar then search and wait for mini-games to start. Upon initiation the avatar will teleport to that location and the game will commence.

  • Land owners gradually will be able to build their own mini-games with varying mechanics as they get introduced by the Earth 2 team.


Broadcasting:-

  • Advertisements can be served to players waiting for mini-games in the lobby.

  • To broadcast ads, users will need to craft broadcasting devices from the Resources (using Occurrence Units)

  • Broadcasting devices require Essence to power them. Once powered, additional essence will be needed at a determined ratio (depending on its level of efficiency) to deliver ads. Essence is only consumed based on the fiat value profit being made on the ad delivered.

  • Broadcasting Devices levels of efficiency will depend on the Discovery Tier level of the Resource Occurrence Units used to craft the device. The higher the Discovery Tier level the more efficient it is at broadcasting and the less Essence required to power the device and deliver the ads.

  • As with land upgrades, 50% of Essence used for broadcasting will be permanently burnt while 50% will go to the treasury


Essence Tokenomics

  • Essence will become a utility ERC-20 token on the Layer-1 Ethereum blockchain.

  • Supply Cap:- 1 billion

  • Essence Treasury:-

    • Essence Treasury provides Earth 2 funds in form of Essence to fund the project.

    • Each time a token is mined a smaller amount spawns in treasury.

    • Essence burn activities like land upgrades or broadcasting also send some Essence to the Treasury.

  • Halving events (Disinflationary):-

    • When essence supply (Mined + unlocked) reaches 500 million, 750 million and 875 million tokens. At each halving event, the E-ther spawn rate, or minable E-ther, for each respective land tier type will reduce by 50%.

  • Ether to Essence transform ratio will remain at 6.5%.

  • Deflationary:- Via burn mechanisms - e,g:- land upgrades, broadcasting system, etc.



Token listing and flow:-

  • Players will require to connect their Metamask wallet to their Earth 2 account.

  • To connect their wallet, users will have to have 2FA enabled on their E2 accounts.

  • To move Essence to Metamask users will have to confirm their 2FA code

  • Token out-flow:-

    • To begin, all Essence tokens will be stored in the default wallet for the ecosystem. Essence in this default wallet can be used in-platform without any gas transfer fees. For security, this will be a multi-sig wallet.

    • Players will be able to request transfer from this default wallet to Metamask wallets.

    • This request will be batched and reviewed by our accounting team to ensure the Player withdrawing the tokens has acquired them legitimately and to perform other security spot checks in the best interest of the Earth 2 Players and platform.

    • This request will be batched and reviewed by our accounting team to ensure the Player withdrawing the tokens has acquired them legitimately and to perform other security spot checks in the best interest of the Earth 2 Players and platform.

    • Attempting to process illegitimate withdrawal transactions run the risk of an account freeze.

  • Token in-flow

    • Players can simply send the tokens from the wallet they have successfully connected to their Earth 2 account to the main default wallet for the ecosystem

  • Exchange:- UniSwap DEX

  • Timing:- Late April/ May

  • Liquidity Pool:- None (intended to build sustainability)

  • Listing Supply:- ~300 million (200 million users + 100 million Earth 2 treasury)


Token allocation:- 65% mined from land (including raided), 25% Treasury (funds used by Earth 2 towards development, marketing, future liquidity pools, paying advisors/team/MODs), and 10% P2E/ Rewards (staking opportunities, Yellow energy Rewards, Air Drops, Sponsorships, and other activities)



Roadmap:- PRESENT - TILL NOW:-








FUTURE:-



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<![CDATA[E2V1 early access announced, Shane chats in discord]]>https://www.e2.news/post/e2v1-early-access-announced-shane-chats-in-discord65e86946216f5055f389046bThu, 07 Mar 2024 18:28:22 GMTE2.News Community ServiceEarth 2 has made some very significant announcements/ statements with respect to the pre-alpha launch of their 3D world. To begin, there is an invitation for testing the pre-alpha when it launches. This was announced with an accompanying video containing in-game footage which covered several biomes, vehicles, avatar types, and their movements. The video also contains some bloopers at the end which was completely unexpected, however has become one of the most liked part of the video within the Earth 2 community.



Highlights of the announcement & the accompanying video :-

  • Multiplayer will be possible inside E2V1 pre-alpha, which is 100% developed in-house. To demonstrate the video has devs joining with their avatars from across various parts of the world - Europe, America and Australia.

  • The video showcases in-game footage (not pre-rendered), captured across various parts of the the 510 million sq. km world . It shows multiple avatars walking/ running/ flying around, donning a variety of skins, across diverse biomes both on land and water. It also showcases vehicles/ drones in motion, and different buildable structures.

  • Users will be able to host Mini-games on owned land.

  • It is known E2V1 will have some bugs, and some of them are shown as bloopers in the video. Thus E2V1 will need extensive testing and will improve over a period of time.

  • Aspiring users who wish to register as a tester for the pre-alpha should fill-up the google form via the link https://forms.gle/KAyvtrikwfjfyTFZ7 


Shane, CEO Earth 2, hopped onto discord to chat with users upon the release of this video announcement. Key take-aways and full chat transcript is as below:-


Key Take-aways

  • E2V1 pre-alpha sometime in 2024, however no hard timelines to share

  • The pre-alpha is just a beginning, it will be built upon further as more complex features/ effects are developed over time.

  • Pre-alpha currently focused on PC and want to test with different system configurations; multiple different tests with different groups at various times.

  • Some parts of Earth 2 will be complicated, others simple and fun. Lands will be able to host mini-games, where such sessions may be isolatable from rest of Earth 2. Outside mini-games seamless navigation will be possible across properties.

  • Multiplayer is complicated to execute within a 1:1 Earth, planning to support as many avatars simultaneously as possible, which will gradually increase over time. E2V1 pre-alpha will begin with multiplayer, where avatars can spawn at own Mentar to begin with, and across the span of Earth 2.

  • Enhancements such as flying boosters may be auto provided inside some mini-games, however may need to be crafted for use in the open world.

  • Dying inside E2V1 may incur some costs in form of Ether (no confirmation or specifics shared).

  • Committed to timelines shared earlier for Whitepaper (March 2024) and token launch (around BTC halving).

  • No of testers:- Not on first come first serve basis and applications will be reviewed. Declined to share specific number of testers admitted but may depend on number of applications received.

  • Next egg hunt during pre-alpha.



Full Chat Transcript

Shane enters chat Shane (S): The key here is that it's a 510,072,000 km² detailed Earth with accurate topology matching back to the real world - and we've started multiplayer. This is different from getting multiplayer to work on a small map, very different.

Anyway, we filmed this footage in ONE AFTERNOON and just thought it would be more fun to release the footage as opposed to a simple invite form. The bloopers were just for a bit of transparency, a laugh (though some will still be saying it's pre-rendered I'm sure).

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed, crazy month ahead...

be sure to watch it again in 4K !!! Fully pre-rendered and all! (sarcastically)


Does the next egg hunt start during the pre-alpha?

Yes


Will we be able to venture with 5 or 6 people in the group?

we had 7 in this footage, but the funny story is this footage was not supposed to be the actual footage. We were going to record again with the other devs but the test run just ended up being it


What does Ether particles with the numbers mean in the video?

you will find out soon enough


What do the 25Ks below the energies and essence regarding upgrading mean exactly?

you will find out in the article


Great job on getting out a multiplayer in house. The true tests will be the stress test with many users for sure.

yup, step by step


What's the lowest level GPU it will work with, I mean I have an RTX3080TI so I know I"m good, but just wondering what people can get away with?

is why we want to test


Recommended specs for E2V1?

we still need to work that out.


Can the testers meet and play each other in E2V1 pre-alpha test version?

there will be multiple different tests with different groups at various times. We plan to release it this year, but leading up to that point will be a lot of different testing phases for different reasons


Are there more radioactive pre-designed skins coming?

Yes


Will we start off with multiplayer and how many of us at one time, are you hinting more than 7?

Yes


Nice video ! Any news on submitting for the crypto token ?

still the timeframe I gave previously


So as you collect the particles you get a speed boost that reduces over time. Nice simple gameplay.

early mechanics, there are other elements not shown yet .. but yes, I did say parts of Earth 2 will be complicated, and others simple and fun. I am more about making games simple and fun / enjoyable (at least the mini-games to start with). There may be other world wide stuff going on at some point


That video was awesome. You guys are kicking butt. Are there any plans to do a skin/in game keepsake for the launch of Essence? It would be pretty cool to have something in game to remember/mark the day. Even like just a t-shirt or something would be cool.

thanks Pacey. There are many things I wish we could do, shirts, merch etc all very cool but to be honest we're already pushed to the limit right now. These extras sound simple but not when you have so many other tasks .. not enough hours in the day


This will shut so many people up..... Its like the biggest in your face ever.

(sarcastically) nono .. it's all pre-rendered.

I heard there are a few of the haters in other channels suffering from a hard bout of copium .. my advice to them is to just get a life. Why spend all your life, time and energy hating on a project that is doing the exact opposite of everything you've been saying it would do. Just be happy for us, your life will improve. Isn't it a good thing we are building and progressing? I believe this has now become a form of obsession above anything else.


Can you say something about where in the world the footage in the film is from?

we just went to random places. One is a lake northern Italy near the alps. The lake with the Mentar is Mt Baekdu in N.Korea. The fishing scene was a lake in Japan. That's all I remember for now. We were just jumping around randomly zooming into various places (though I specifically wanted to check out Mt Baekdu)


What is penalty for dying ?

copious amounts of E-ther to respawn .. don't die. This is a joke btw .. well kind of


Are those cars, boats and guns coming with the pre alpha or were they more showcases of what you guys are working on for future releases?

those are various mechanics we are working on. Some will be in the pre-alpha or soon after


Any press invitations?

we probably should send out PRs for this type of thing but we just don't have the time .. just too much to do


Of the mini-games that will be available at pre-alpha launch, which one do you enjoy personally the most and why?

I think the E-ther battle - lot's of laughs playing that one in multiplayer.


I've had politicians, royalty, Billionaires, pr0n stars, and more on the podcast. I've never once paid for an interview. I will pay you to come on the podcast! Let's get this bread!

oh man if you saw my daily schedules you'd know why I tend not to do interviews / online events. It's not that I don't want to, it's that it messes with my already insane lifestyle of wake up, work, sleep, wake up, work

With such a lifestyle, please don't die

I'll try to avoid doing that


Nice touch with hand mounted boosters for flying. Will all players have that outside of the mini-games to travel around or is it an unlock?

too early to answer. It may be auto in the mini game (don't want to give too much away) but in the open world you will need to craft them


Well done Shane. Been here since the beginning and so glad I didn’t listen to all the countless nameless fudders over the years.

still very early .. but there have been a few hey?


EPLs coming to E2V1 next year or how can we get around in E2V1?

oh for sure


In video... Players are standing on a platform that juts out from the cliff... Is that "player built" ?

yes, that was more of a bug but lol .. we were just messing around. I was spawned as the jet spaceship trying to find them and they were trying to tell me where they are


Loved that video. multiplayer looks great! Will the pre-alpha allow a certain amount of multiplayer? If so, do you have a number??

glad you liked it! No comment on the exact numbers yet - as we mentioned in the video, the multiplayer we demoed is 100% in house, developed by our team to work in such a massive open world. Also mentioned in the video we are working with some partners to mix our solution for the open world to scale it better


Are the tester applications nominated on a first-come, first-served basis if the criteria is met? Should we hurry up or take time to fill in carefully?

no they will be reviewed


Can you share anything about Blue and Green Energy, like what we get them from?

not yet sorry


Just thought to pop in before I go to sleep and think that video of the pre alpha is what is going to excite so many people for what is to come. Got to say well done to you and the team and I’m very bullish on what’s to come.

thank you


Will there be any skin drops of less than the 250 we have currently seen? I have become quite the skin collector, as I'm passing on some properties I would have ordinarily picked up to get these great looking skins.

I can't confirm for sure


Did you guys see how a property can be isolated when inside

yes, that is for the mini-game. You can seamlessly travel over all properties, but we also developed a solution to isolate them for things like mini-games (if it's part of the specific game). Looks simple, but not so simple on a global scale. In the video you saw a property that had split tile locations, so that was all one property with the various parts highlighted


Are Essence loans (contracts?) still in the pipeline?

contracts are still on the table but we have such a huge year ahead. I think it's critical for us to get the interactive 3D world moving first


Where are we spawning?

-Only in our land

-Anywhere we want

-Pay some essence for EPL teleport

only from your own Mentar to start


Shane, Will land upgrades be a strategic battle depending on the market price of tokens??

yes, that is correct. Some may make sense to upgrade quickly while others might become more attractive after various points in time


Can players in multiplayer be in different parts of the world simultaneously ? Does distance matter ?

yes they can, and we will be working to increase numbers. Multiplayer is super complicated inside a 1:1 scale Earth


Another question, If we get selected for the pre-alpha test and collect the floating e-ther there, will it be reset when it's official launching time??

would not be real E-ther in the test games.

there will be a whole system for this first mini-game. It's kind of like a proof of concept


Will S2 come back soon?

probably not


No portals to other games ? Just an in-game mode ?

as pointed out (somewhere) in the article I think - this is just the start. We need to start somewhere. We have not changed any long term vision. Just because a future plan was not demoed does not mean it's no longer planned. This will be a very long project developed over many years


Do you plan on having Lobbi live ahead of the token launch?

we will see - cannot say just yet


Any issues with copywrite name, trademarks, or symbols ahead of token applications ?

I don't believe so


How many testers are you planning to onboard?

depends how many applications we receive. I cannot give exact numbers as that will be interpreted the wrong way I believe I'm sorry


sorry guys, I just scrolled up and realized I have missed so many questions. My apologies. I do need to keep moving now, I have been awake all night and still have many things I need to do before taking a rest. I hope you all enjoyed the footage -we still have a very long way to go but it's nice to share this progress.


Do avatars have levels or stats that can be increased over time ? Can players grind to improve stats ?

good question, but initially probably not. There may be some areas this is applied over time but remember, we're not really building a game per se but a metaverse, like a platform. So in a way it's more like living in an alternate reality where the base you may not be represented as single character in a set game. That is the beauty of what we are building .. there are no limitations on what we can / should / will add over time


I would love dynamic nature with tree and grass movement but I know it might be unrealistic (Maybe as option for high-end hardware)

100% and don't think we haven't already thought of a million things people have not even started to think about. But as mentioned in the article, video description and so forth, this is very much a work in progress. Check out games that have continued on in development over a number of years, take a look at their very first release and compare it to how they look now 5-10+ years later. What you see now is our starting point, and in my opinion it looks pretty good for a pre-alpha starting point. As mentioned, this is very much a step by step process - we are working with a massive open world and trying to build a system that will support a large number of players interacting (so not like a triple A game in a small map that might only ever support teams of 5, 16 etc).

So 100% agree, there are many things we know could improve the look, feel .. foot prints, dust, weather, waves, particle effects, more animations, dynamic everything plus many, many other things.. but this is just the very first version and we will continue to test, release, review and then move onto the next part pushing the limits along the way. What you see in the footage is real time, multiplayer, recorded in one afternoon - not pre-rendered footage to hype up a project .. I have avoided anything prerendered after the inception video.

Anyway, just wanted to point that out as a few points above are important to take into consideration. Just look at where some of the other big name games started and where they are today. Our plan is of course to keep developing and improving over time, it won't happen over night and I'm trying to approach this in a way that gives Players something to do as we roll things out


Is there any information if VR glasses can be used with e2v1 pre alpha? for example, OpenXR or SteamVR support would be more than enough

we have tested but focused on PC first


Amazing video! Can’t wait to dive into E2V1!! How realistic is it to hope for a console (PS5) porting in the future?

I am not sure, for now we are focused on PC. It may be possible, but would be some time away and certainly not until we expand the team


Hey Shane, we still cant know around which month we will start the tests on e2v1 right?

I am not setting any dates. This is an early application form so we can have a list together when needed. I just mentioned E2V1 pre-alpha will be 2024

I have to get back to my day here guys, just wanted to point out those few things above as those points are worth taking into consideration. Have a good day all

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<![CDATA[Earth 2 launches Yellow Energy rewards for Content Creators]]>https://www.e2.news/post/earth-2-launches-yellow-energy-rewards-for-content-creators65d98b9f8034f0fc36d2c322Sat, 24 Feb 2024 10:49:58 GMTE2.News Community ServiceA quiet release of a new feature, which is pending an announcement, has generated a sense of excitement among the Earth 2 platform users. Yellow Energy (YE), is the latest addition within the expanding set of in-platform resource tokens on the Earth 2 Metaverse. It follows the Red Energy (RE), which was released a few months earlier, although both are a bit different. While Red Energy can be gained by any user via raiding (a particular gameplay mechanism on Earth2), Yellow Energy is reserved for content creators. Both Yellow Energy and Red Energy may have some common utility with respect to land upgrades.



Background

Shane Isaac, CEO Earth2, has often talked about his plan to build a mechanism within Earth 2 which rewards content creators as a form of appreciation for the time and effort put in to create meaningful content that engages and helps the Earth2 community. Yellow Energy is the manifestation of this reward system, where content creators can earn this resource by submitting the original content pieces that they have posted (or when they post in future) on various public platforms. As per Shane, there may be opportunities to redeem Yellow energy for Essence.


How it works & Staking 3.0


To earn Yellow energy content creators need to create a submission with a link referencing their content and a short description. Other users can choose to back these claims by staking Essence. The submissions then need to pass a validation by Earth 2 team to determine if the submission confirms to the requirements (see below picture).

The content submissions section can be found in the Main Dropdown Menu


For each successful submission the content creators will be awarded some Yellow Energy. Each successful submission adds to the Yellow Energy experience points. As these experience points add up higher Titles are unlocked - higher the title the higher the multiplier applied for the experience points, which allow even more Yellow energy gain per successful submission.


The users who back a successful Yellow Energy submission receive an essence reward (unknown yet) plus their original staked essence is returned. Failed submissions incur a 20% deduction on the staked essence. The successful submission reward will vary depending on how the submitted content compares to the review criteria as determined by the Earth 2 team, including variables such as effort, reach, and the quality of content itself.


There are also some guiding comments from Shane which should be paid attention to by users planning to stake before the Yellow energy article is released by Earth 2.


YE may be useful for land upgrades as well!


Content creators could plan their submission well


Older content pieces from long ago are fine as well and may qualify


Submitting simple retweets or comments are best avoided. YE is intended for actual content creators




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<![CDATA[Shane discord chat (15th Feb '24)]]>https://www.e2.news/post/shane-discord-chat-15th-feb-2465cde3aa7b32c1f6f4a03dfcThu, 15 Feb 2024 10:32:14 GMTE2.News Community ServiceShane dropped in Earth 2 Official Discord for a quick-chat today after several weeks. Find below key take-aways and chat transcript



Key Take-aways:-

  • Lot of feature developments moving in parallel, extremely busy behind the scenes

  • Committed to timeframes given (White-paper and Essence)

  • Would like Drone to be the first portal game within E2V1



Full transcript:-


Shane enters the chat

Shane(S):- I heard a few people were hoping for me to drop in and say hello as I've not been in here for a while. So just saying hello, hope you're all doing well. Also thank you very much for the bday wishes the other week, I did see them and I really appreciate the messages and thoughts.

We are extremely busy behind the scenes right now, there are a lot of feature developments moving in parallel and it's overwhelming. Please don't interpret lack of appearances as a bad thing, it's a good thing, we're extremely busy. Crazy schedule coming up this year


Shane will OU roll out this year?

S:- Yes .... we are developing a lot of very complicated features right now. Every day is a headache more or less, so much in motion.


Great to see you and thanks for those sneakers especially! One of my most fav to date! I bought 50!

S:- oh my goodness lol .. sneaker stores incoming on E2V1

I'm keeping them for special tailoring. The video on that is

S:- yeah that's a really cool feature. Will make a lot of these Limited Edition items even more rare. Should be a very cool feature long term. It may not be available right away in the E2V1 pre-alpha, we just want to get the base version launched first with a few things to do and then iterate on top of it, like we have done the past number of years with the website. We've proven we are committed in such a sense, so would like to be iterating ontop of E2V1 moreso than the website


Not even going to ask the obvious questions, Just want to know if you caught any fish with the boy? (Shane mentioned earlier, some weeks ago, he wanted to go fishing with his son)

S:- oh that seems like an eternity ago .. we didn't have any luck that day. But I took him once since then a few weeks ago and he caught a little shark and a bream, so that was fun (from the beach)


Anything in particular keeping you extra busy?

S:-let's just wait for it all to come out, many things, don't want to spoil specifics


SHANE!!!!!!!!!!!! Just wanted to say I hope you're well

S:- thanks Robin! Tired but alive .. too many long days recently. Has been the most difficult time crunch since late 2020/2021 .. just so much to be done


Hey Shane, can you guys add Skin holders to the leaderboard?

S:- hi Trixler. Yeah we would definitely like to do something like that, it's noted down, just have some higher priorities right now and features already in production.


Great to see you in here! Is there still a chance we might see the WP this month?? And will there be a gameplay trailer to accompany the Whitepaper when it does launch?

S:- I am not providing any further details here. One word and we will have people getting upset. I have provided timeframes and we're committed to those


Will we see drone being added to E2V1?

S:- at some point I'd like it to be the first portal game for E2V1 if possible (don't hold me to it, just what I would like to do but there are often things to consider like dev resources etc), we just want to get the base version released first.


ok - I need to get back to work guys. Just wanted to drop in and say hello as I heard a few were hoping I could drop in. Days are very long right now, give us some breathing room we're committed to the dates I provided

Shane leaves chat


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<![CDATA[Omar leaves Earth 2 team, Shane chats in discord]]>https://www.e2.news/post/omar-leaves-earth-2-team-shane-chats-in-discord652fb97467739dc318928528Wed, 18 Oct 2023 11:34:35 GMTE2.News Community ServiceEarlier today, Earth 2 users came to know via Omar's reply on Twitter that he is no longer serving as an advisor to the Earth 2 team. He revealed that his involvement in the project ceased about 2 months ago owing to 'difference of opinion'. Omar wished luck to the project and the Earth 2 community.





Omar, a former senior director at Binance was believed to be heavily involved in advising Earth2 on matters related to Essence (Earth2's crypto currency). Earth 2 had earlier announced Omar's joining as a strategic advisor.


As Earth 2 users heard the news of his departure, a mini-chaos ensued in the Earth 2 discord, prompting Shane Isaac (CEO Earth2) to jump in the chat and assure users that the plans are on track. He also went on to comment on a range of issues.



Full chat transcript from discord (it's a short chat so we wont be adding a summary):


(users were chatting about Omar's departure when Shane hopped in)

User (U): If he doesn’t get someone on the team that knows about crypto it could definitely go to 0

Shane (S): we know a lot of key people and connections in the crypto space, there is no problem here. I can also confirm this has not changed our plans, including time schedule, for Essence has not changed. Other details are confidential at this stage, but really quite irrelevant in the overall big picture.


Are details of retroactive for locked countries and impacted Nauru confidential :-3?

S- yes this is 100% in motion


There is most certainly a pattern. Not only with high profile team members departing, but with the lack of communication. This one was just far too long for him to keep silent. He doesn't owe info on everything that is going on behind the scenes, but this is a missed opportunity to get ahead of something that he certainly should know would cause a lot of concerns within the community. PR 101, which seems to be non existent here

S- it's a bit more complicated than that Drew and I can't comment further right now


Ok well, like I also said I most certainly believe in E2, and will be here to build many years into the future. This one just struck me as something that would have been appropriate to mention when it happened, rather than us finding out how we did.

S- I agree with you, that would have been ideal but again, it was more complicated than this


You can maybe give some clarification on the matter, since a few in here are ready to toss Omar under the bus like the last team members who left, maybe Omar isn't deserving of that treatment?

S- I am trying to refrain from such comments sorry Archivium. I will let others deal with the matter behind the scenes.


Shane, if I can be very blunt and honest for one second: rebel civilians are UGLY and they will never be allowed in my city.

S- I plan for them to look different in E2V1. Vastly different. We are exploring options but have other higher priorities related to Players default Avatars


I guess you have a few, right, , I was referring to the land update the one you referenced 2-3 weeks, but might take longer.

S- oh yes, we should be able to publish it soon. It also made sense to publish it after the land mechanic release to give full clarity, but if we publish the land upgrade article first we'll just need to add further details when the land mechanic update is released. You'll understand better after the fact


Who has replaced Omar?

S- he doesn't need to be replaced and as mentioned above, we have a lot of connections in the industry already to get all we need when we need it


Thanks Shane for coming in here and addressing the community, at least they have some clarity that would help calm them down

S- no problem MetaHome. The main item I wanted to clarify is that it has not changed our existing plans for Essence


Can essence be used in Lobbi? (Lobbi is a social media app under development under Shane)

S- interesting question


Skipped the wen rejections question again? Shane

S- we have higher priorities as far as the dev pipeline is concerned so I am just waiting for devs to implement the system that will allow us to process partial refunds, something it was not built to handle. Once they have time to implement we will wrap it up. We simply have too many tight schedules right now but I do want to get it wrapped up this year and certainly before any token launch


Lobbi from the mockup sneak peak the product has no usp. The gamer social media space is already crowded with discord and twitch, and the interface is very basic. Are you guys sure about not integrating the social media into the platform more?

S- interesting how you know so much from a few screenshots. My point was that it's pretty difficult to pass full judgement on an app after seeing only a few screenshots


Will EPLs be relevant in Lobbi?

S- not at this stage, they are more for E2V1 and will play a very important role in my opinion


Care to elaborate on E2 vs Google

S- that is something the lawyers are dealing with. I receive periodic briefings from them. We use top tier law firms and I would say everything is amicable so far. I believe we will be able to come to a fair resolution


Will placing EcoSim buildings and creating building blocks from our resources take place on website or E2V1 initially? Do you intend to have a large catalogue of building blocks for initial release or slowly release like resources?

S- I think those make more sense to take place inside E2V1. It is actually difficult to break away from progression on the website side and draw a line to when we're going to 100% focus on E2V1, harder than expected as it will slow down releases and development but will be better long term. For clarity, I would say we'll have OUs, maybe OU generation on the website with the plan for raw materials (Weaver)buildings, factories and the like to be represented inside E2V1. I have mentioned before that the initial version of E2V1 will be focused on exploration first, more in depth than just flying around with a camera view. That will be our initial focus for E2V1 and the EcoSim elements will follow.


That sounds like months and months before major progress can be released at scale ... So really no Occurrence Units until mid 2024 ??

S- I didn't provide any time frame guidelines here, so you're stabbing in the dark here. What I will say is that we're dealing with big data on all of these features, so when something sounds simple, multiply that difficulty by 100 then more when you need it to work at scale. Even the determination of exact resource occurrence is complicated on a global scale. We have very smart people focused on these systems and I receive reports on progress as well as sit in from time to time, it's not straight forward


Good answer, thanks. Does sound like if you are waiting for E2v1 before you begin generating resources into player accounts ? Or will you use the current website to house the player resource occurrence units ??

S- no I didn't say that, or didn't mean it. I mean we may use the current website to detect, confirm and once that is looking stable, start OU generation. But it makes more sense to have Raw Material, Building blocks, factories etc inside E2V1


If I can fly around and walk around with an avatar ill be fine

S- then you should be more than fine


When the pre-alpha is ready for people to try out, will it be an online experience or will they be testing out their own localized versions for this first iteration?

S- there will 100% be many parts linked back to our servers given the activities we want to include for the pre-alpha, so it will be online. I know your next question will be about multiplayer, and the answer is we're aiming for a light version (but no promises for pre-alpha) so people can run around with a few friends. The multiplayer aspect may come a little later. You should have a better idea of what this pre-alpha will look like and involve Nov/Dec


Shane E2 is providing a service swapping crypto tokens to E-Dollar through rocket fuel. When $ESS is launched, we may need a function to swap $ESS to stablecoins. In this sense, will you add an update swapping E-Dollar for stablecoins too? or any other solution you are thinking of?

S- we do not have plans for this in the near future. We'd just like to get the token trading on an external platform first and then take it in steps from there


Hi Shane. Just wondering if will Lobbi be for everyone or mostly gamers?

S- I think there will be a focus there for gamers, but everyone can use it for various purposes.


In my opinion it is a great idea to have a social network for all gamers and inside to push earth2. It would be like ads forever and free and for an infinite user base. Creating just an internal messaging app for earth2 would have been a waste of time. Congratulations (obviously my speculations)

S- thank you. I think the social media app will be a good start to something bigger


I would like to see the egg hunt here. Also, I can see the collection of resources, jewels, and simple manual raiding mechanics being low hanging fruit perhaps. I think it would be amazing if you could also gamify terrain validation or something that will allow the community provide value to the E2V1 dev team and provides us some fun while doing it! Any hints on what we might see?

S- there are a lot of things we have in the pipeline. I want E2V1 to lead into the EcoSim and for Players to 'discover' key items they need to improve / advance their experience inside E2V1. I feel very strongly about this so the first version will be heavily focused on these type of things, promoting exploration and other things. I think some will be pleasantly surprised and it will be a good foundation for us to continue building on over time


Maybe you talked about it before... will non-earth2 users be able to visit e2v1? as visitors, without interacting. It would be a nice advertisement....what do u think ?

S- they will in the future, but initially you'll need a Mentar to spawn your Avatar into E2V1 and E-ther to synthesize


Will we need a PC to play or can we on the phone?

S- you'll need a PC. We're spending quite a lot of time on optimizations and it's looking promising so far you'll probably still need a fairly decent GPU to get the best experience


Could we see any sneak peeks of E2V1 or Avatar? and some contents that we can enjoy and build internal ecosystems

S- update videos coming in Nov / Dec


Will a 12 Core I9 with a 128gigs of RAM be good enough to play it?

S- umm yes that would be killing it, but GPU is probably the most important part and you've not listed that

RTX 3080TI?

S- you'll have a good experience on E2V1


(end of chat)






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<![CDATA[Shane Discord Chat (17th May)]]>https://www.e2.news/post/shane-discord-chat-17th-may6464c8fb1cfa87233ba91307Wed, 17 May 2023 13:15:51 GMTE2.News Community ServicePost the announcement on the impeding launch of the Civilians, Shane hopped in the Earth 2 discord to chat with users. Find below the summary and chat transcript.


For context, before proceeding we recommend you check out the announcement article here


Key take-aways:-

  • Civilian/auto-raid sounds more complex than compared to actual gameplay.

  • 3 civilians for now per plot (more to come with Data Analyst being the 4th).

  • Civilians don't float in the air!

  • Civilians will be assigned random factions and some civilians will be rarer to generate.

  • Aiming to have a short turn-around from S2 to production for deploying civilians.

  • Sound will be an important element for the Earth 2 experience.

  • "I wanted to build E2V1 as the foundation, kind of like an internet explorer for the future."

  • Raid commander is NOT a 'click and forget system'.

  • Mulling on how to treat the build-out on water tiles without impacting/blocking views for coastline tiles.

  • RE isn't planned to be an in-game currency (at least yet).

  • Civilians may have future purpose beyond raiding, but cannot confirm any details yet.

  • Working on new build designs / placements for structures; plan to allow angles, curves etc., however not high on priority.

  • When asked about Essence launch - "By anniversary will be cool, although cannot commit any timelines just yet"




Full Chat:-


Users chatting(U):

...New users have just a bit too much to take in...

....Raiding just looks complex because it's new

Shane(S) jumps in.... exactly. And it takes 'words' and 'images' to explain how something works. You can have a whole page from a guidebook explaining one simple feature. Reading it sounds complex but when you use it it's simple. Remember how complex Raiding sounded before it was released? We're just releasing info to give Players a heads up on what to expect and how it should work. Additionally, we always refine / improve, like we did with raiding


People just don’t value raiding atm because there’s no value on the token. When there’s a value people will want to learn

S- exactly. And we are getting to that stage .. I guess it's up to people on whether they want to get more now or try it later with more competition


Shane, how do we feed them red energy weekly? Think it wasn't mentioned on article

S- automatically occurs weekly. I think it's explained in the RE article already


Also, 3 civilians now, right? 4 tile plots able to synthesize every other civs later

S- yes 3 for now


Should have been a Metaverse, It Is a boring 2d OGame - like web 2.0 platform. Well done

S- then you are oblivious to what we are building. But by all means, continue with your mindset


But if we want to take off some civilians, can we?

S- again - I think that was explained in the RE article. They will wander for now but later you will be able to transport them, relocate etc. and sell / trade


What about the people who are not in e2 from the start and only have t2 lots in zones where there are only active users? not only have they had bad luck with raiding, but also simply bad luck that they can't level their civs?

S- Players are free to purchase wherever, we don't place tiles for Players so it's out of our hands. It also makes it more interesting in my opinion - it's Player influenced


Going to be a lot of work getting everything set up, but I think the payoff will be worth all the work. Can't wait to start building, but more than happy to stack the Essence to make that happen. S- I think there's a nice light at the end of the tunnel really. You guys see the end product but a lot of thought and planning goes into these things. A lot of design, meetings, iterations etc


Love the announcement - had been hoping it would be complex and reward active players! Brilliant! Could you comment sometime on the bigger picture and whether or not the 'Phase 3' videos on the E2 YT channel are still indicative of the project's future direction? Thanks!!

S- I would say still indicative. We're just building in steps. We still have the same long term goal, we're just trying to deliver something earlier for Players to get their hands on


Shane got any plans to accelerate development to help with the 20 odd things that are making your head want to explode. Rather you not get sick and be unable to drive the project

S- eh .. those things don't go away. I think it's more or less always been like this and I've learned to live with it .. albeit stressful


I am still reading so sorry if it's covered and I've not got that far yet but is it 1 of each civilian type per property regardless of size? Like can 1 raid commander send out 5 Cydroids and such

S- yes, we will probably cover some final summary details in the official release (i.e once it's been on prod and stable)


The Raid commander way of choosing multiple targets is pretty cool. I can't wait to see some Cydroids wars tbh

S- yes, it was an interesting approach and I think it works well. The other option was the go super static with setting specific properties to raid in a specific order for every property which has its merits, but would take a lot of time and effort to re-order when say a target property became active again


We've been very impressed by raiding. Super slick. If civilians are as good as that we're going to be very happy!

S- we hopefully we can live up to that !


Shane... Do civilians float in the air?

S- oh course not. I actually saw some comments regarding this one of people thinking every civilian would float lol .. where do these things come from. I just thought it would be cool to demo the Egyptian faction Ranger, which does fly / float, because it looked cool. Then suddenly every Civilian is floating and cannot walk on the terrain


The article didn’t say anything about choosing a faction will civs be random or will we be able to choose the same faction for all our props

S- will be random. Might be benefits for matching factions later but not promising right now


We NEED droid slotting for the jewel market as well

S- yes, well aware. It's being worked on just pushing out other updates first


Time to execute? does that mean a level 6 ether civ dispenses in 5 minutes? I am confused

S- time from when the Civilian received the automated order .. these Civs are a bit lazy to start with


Lazy civs will get half rashions

S- please tell me where so I can try and kidnap those wandering


I mean, just buy fresh tier 2 tiles near areas that are good for raiding?

S- exactly - that's what I have done with my small account. Often is better to buy T2 tiles for good raiding locations if T1 tiles + REU cost too much. Buy T1 if you want better long term E-ther spawn rates


Still aiming for that inside the next couple of weeks?

S- yes, still aiming to get it live on s2 as soon as possible and hopefully there are not too many bugs so a short turn around before it hits prod


Will it be possible to see in future videos some of the sound of Earth2? I would really like to know how the sound development is going in E2... The sound is as important as the image, I think.

S- sound is super important, very good point. I have actually brought this up numerous times with the team in the past and requested we source people to work on this, however, we've still not found the right devs / studio to continue working with. There are so many weird operators in the game dev world... I am very aware about how important sound is though and am a big fan so yes, you can expect it at some point. Not overlooked!


Dear Shane: Can you say something about the SOUND of Earth2? Do you have a team of sound engineers taking care of that? Do the Mentar emit some kind of hum? Do the ecosim buildings emit some kind of industrial sound? Will we be able to HEAR some of Earth2's sound in future videos?

S- I think I replied to this above already. I would imagine the Mentar hums, yes


If we use civilians to raid and it don't find ether, will it change the properties to raid automatically because it did not find ether? Or it keep raiding the same properties. Or we have to change the favorite properties manually?

S- please read the Raid Commander Auto Raid System carefully in the article. That explains how the system will work.


Apple is revealing its AR headset next month. This should bring some hype back to individuals interested in the metaverse. Maybe have something ready like essence so we can bring new players on board?

S- always interesting tech being released and this will not change. That's why I wanted to build E2V1 as the foundation, kind of like an internet explorer for the future. We will get to a stage where new tech can and will be integrated to work with our software (E2V1 etc), we're planning for the future


Want to be honest ... you did a very good job implementing raiding and how it works (platform remains stable and runs smoothly), great respect from me ... the balancing and the gap (advantage) between 24/7 users and users who don't being able to bum around 24/7 in e2 is absolutely miserable

S- enter civilians...


Let me get this right, the L1 Raid commander can only raid one property and as they level up, each level allows you to raid another property with 6 being the max property you can raid when reaching L6?

S- unlimited when you reach 6


Will the Raid Commander know when a property is "worth" raiding? (== There is ether or will be)

S- no - please read the way the auto raid system works in the article. We're not just creating a 'click and forget' game loop


Will there be some kind of limitation on the properties that are on the water? Do the Mentar that are on the water float? Do they have a column that reaches reaches the seabed?

S- to be honest we are still working out exactly how to handle various situations. For example, all water properties might build under water, especially close to coast lines. There might be cases where they can advance and build on top of the water. It's not as simple as it might sound, there are many things to consider.


Oh the Data Analyst has been cut from initial release. Arrrgh I was counting on him to be able to remove my worst performing targets! Will that one still be getting released later

S- yes, will likely be the 4th - maybe release with some perks to start with


Will civilians use jewels in any way?

S- We haven't released anything official on this yet so would say no for now


RE will be in-game currency ?

S- not planned for


Are those civs ever gonna do something else? is there a NEED to build them now if you think you are better off raiding manually or a disadvantage in the future if you dont have them? will the price increase? i am not sure I am willing to spend that much ether on building for now but scared ill miss out in the future if I don't

S- I can't confirm 100% right now. We plan for them to have future purpose, but that also might not happen the way you expect, so just make a decision based on what you've officially read via announcements etc.


Shane.... A question about the ORTHOGONAL layout of the buildings. In all the videos the ecosim buildings are parallel to the axes. Is it planned to allow non-orthogonal angles, curves and arrangements?

S- You have not seen some of the new build designs / placements and yes, we do plan to allow angles, curves etc Not super high on priority list but it's a target


Not about civilians, but when will we start harvest resources, thought that would been the next thing

S- I am not saying when, but I will reiterate once more, just being transparent, that there was a LOT of work that needed to be redone and in fact created from scratch from what was designed from the previous team lead. It was the main cause of the breakdown with that lead. We're on a good track now and have some cool info to release soon! Though I guess some will say 'it's too complicated' .. remember, it will always sound complicated until you play it. Playing it will always be easier than reading how it will work.


I have been here for years and will stay for decades. The crypto winter seems to be over. Can you comment on Essence being tradable by e2 anniversary? Can we expect a surprise or will it be announced with a lot of time?

S- no committing to dates but that would be cool


Are civilians going to have rarity?

S- I think some are harder to get than others, not sure on the exact % though


I have some E$ should I buy more raiding spot or better to wait for water/sand/wood announcement?

S- will be an announcement on this soon too


Please don't spoil our coastline properties by allowing easy building on water tiles. Expensive, time consuming process please. I want nice views

S- exactly, I have been thinking about this for a very long time and don't want to spoil those coastline views too much if possible


I can only imagine with this statement (plus my obsession with EPLs) that they will be much more coveted than people realise. Anything more to tell us on the subject? Please?

S- well, EPLs will allow Players to instantly teleport to that location .. I think they will be quite important over time


Is civilian synthesis only 15 mins as shown in the images or are those just from testing and if not do you know how long they will take please?

S- 24 hrs each


Love the raiding mechanics ... smart civilians would make life easier esp for larger accounts. Are there any other game loops you have in mind besides raiding for the future..or hands too full rn xD

S- none I can go over now, that's for sure!


Do you have any screenshot of the social app??

S- tonnes, but none I can release publicly yet


Shane drops off the chat





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<![CDATA[Civilians XP + Raid Commander Targeting System]]>https://www.e2.news/post/civilians-xp-raid-commander6464af0562fc9c98a69d2da0Wed, 17 May 2023 11:19:30 GMTEarth2 Press Release*Below is a summary and the detailed press release by Earth 2 on Civilians & how things around them work


Summary:-

  • Civilians are soon to be introduced as a feature which will allow players to automate raiding

  • Civilians will be able to gather XP and get more efficient as they rank up.

    • XP is gathered when ether is successfully dispensed

    • XP is split evenly between number of civilians on that property

    • 0.01 Ether = 1 XP

  • Raid Commander allows automating raiding on multiple target properties as it gains XP and levels up.

  • 25 Ether & 4RE is required to synthesize one civilian. Up to 3 civilians currently can be synthesized per property with more to come. Civilians need to be synthesized sequentially and one civilian can be synthesized at one time.

  • To sustain a civilian 4 RE per week is required (against 1RE per week stated in an earlier announcement)



FULL PRESS RELEASE :-


Before Civilians are deployed to our Stage 2 pre-production server, we would like to provide an update to our Earth 2 Community about how the new Civilians XP and Raid Commander Auto-Target system will function.



We would also like to point out that Red Energy Sustenance, Civilians XP and the expanded Raid Commander Auto-Target system are new expansions to the original Civilians concept which subsequently caused a delay on the previously scheduled release of the initial Civilians system.


“These new systems are deep and intricate and I’d like to take a moment to thank our BE developers, FE developers, game designers, QA, UI/UX team and others who have managed to design the mechanics, design the interface, implement the backend, code and connect the frontend and run initial quality assurance checks, all in a record time considering how complicated these new additional expansions are and how they needed to be merged into the original concept”, said Shane Isaac, Founder of Earth 2.


“The newly introduced game mechanics help form a more robust game loop, reward players who progress with better skilled and better functioning Civilians, allow Raid Commanders to target multiple properties, introduce an early version of the sustenance concept which ties back to direct Player activity, provides new strategic play and very importantly it allowed us to create, design and develop systems that we can test for planned adoption in other parts of the EcoSim.”


CIVILIANS XP SYSTEM


While Civilians will help Players manage their properties and tasks inside Earth 2, improving Civilians abilities will require more than E-ther and Red Energy to synthesise and sustain them. This is where the new Civilians XP system will come in handy.


The Civilians XP system will allow Players to level up their Civilians, boosting productivity and obtaining new skills through hands-on experience. The first Civilians, which will assist Players to execute their Raiding activities, will gain XP from successful Raids when E-ther is dispensed on that property. Initially, every 0.01 E-ther dispensed will equate to 1 XP.


It takes a team effort between the Civilians to Charge, Raid and Dispense, therefore, the XP is evenly split between however many Civilians Players have dedicated to their Raiding system for each specific property. If a Player has 3 Civilians on one property and that property dispenses 3 E-ther, that would equate to 300 XP, with each Civilian receiving 100 XP.


Players will be able to check their Civilian’s XP level by following the below steps:

  1. Go to the Civilians tab to see all Civilians


2. Select a Civilian from the list to see their Civilian Info – the current XP details can be found under the Civilian image including which Level the Civilian is on currently and how much XP is required to reach the next level.




3. To improve Civilian XP through automated tasks, ensure the Civilian is active. Players are able to adjust the Civilian’s active tasks (depending on the Civilian) by going to the Civilian Ability tab and editing their current tasks.




4. These 2 images show the difference between a Space Force Raid Commander Civilian that is at Level 2 XP vs. level 6 XP (the current highest level).



It is important to note that Players can gain XP for their Civilians even when Raiding manually, effectively teaching any Civilians they have on that property by executing the task themselves. For example, if a Level 1 E-ther Reckoner is due to start dispensing in 120 minutes, Players can manually press the Dispense button earlier, speeding up the process without losing any XP points.


Here is a helpful chart outlining the various XP points required to level up, and some of the abilities associated with each XP level.



RAID COMMANDER TARGET SYSTEM

The Raid Commander has the unique ability to target properties and automatically launch raids for a Player. Players are able to not only select which properties to Auto Raid, but they can easily adjust which properties are targeted by adding or removing favorite icon types to the Auto Raid target icon interface.


There are 2 prerequisites before a property can be auto-targeted by the Raid Commander :

  1. The target property MUST have been manually raided AT LEAST ONCE from the launching property and appear in the Recent List of raided properties

  2. The target property MUST have a favourite icon assigned to it AND that favourite icon MUST be added to the Auto-Raid target icon interface

Most active Raiders have developed their own system using the existing favorite icons to determine the best to worst properties to raid from their launch properties. The Raid Commander’s Auto-Targeting System allows Players to then set one or more favorite icons on the new Auto-Raid targeting interface. By adding or removing Favorite Icons from this interface, Players can determine which properties their Raid Commander should focus on launching auto-raids to.


Each property will have its own unique Auto-Raid Target Icon interface, enabling Players to customize and set different Auto-Raid Target Icons for each property they own. For example, a Player may focus on raiding blue birds, green trees and red cherries from one property or just blue birds from another.


What’s more, if a Player has selected the blue bird and green tree icon with a Level 1 Raid Commander, the Raid Commander will find the most recent blue bird OR green tree icon from the recent list and continue raiding and re-raiding that property. If the Player has a Level 2 Raid Commander, then it will find the 2nd most recent blue bird OR green tree icon from the recent list and raid that property, meaning it will alternate between raiding two different properties as opposed to one because the 2nd most recent will keep renewing, resulting in a new property taking its position on the recent list each time an auto raid occurs.

This dynamic Targeting System will allow Players to refocus their Raid Commander on different groups of target properties quickly and effectively. We designed this system instead of a numerically assigned target system which would have resulted in Players needing to manually set static lists that would require granular, individual property adjustments if Raid success rates changed.


Though our unique Targeting System may take a little longer to understand, we are confident it will better streamline the Auto-Raiding function and require less granular adjustments by the Player in the long run.


Players will be able to set up Auto-Raiding using the Raid Commander by using the following steps:

  1. Look for the “Auto Target Properties for Raid Commander” text and press the accompanying EDIT button. This will be accessible via the existing Raid interface and the new Civilian interface



2. When “EDIT” is selected, Players will be presented with the Auto-Raid Target Icon interface which will allow them to set the favorite icons they want their Raid Commander to Target or Ignore for the selected property




3. In this particular case below, the Player has selected only the green tree as the target icon. If the Raid Commander was a Level 1, it would repeatedly raid MindeIslands. A Level 2 Raid Commander would raid Suricato, then Mindelands. A Level 3 Raid Commander would raid LOVEBTS, then Suricato, and then Mindelands. In this case, the Raid Commander is a Level 6 and the AUTO RAID button displays the order of properties the Raid Commander will target. This AUTO RAID list is determined by the target icons the Player has chosen so a Player can always visualize the results of their target icon selections.



Note that in order for a Raid Commander to auto-raid a target property, that property must have already been raided at least once manually, have a favorite icon applied, and the favorite icon must be set as a targeted icon.


SYNTHESISING CIVILIANS

To begin, Players will be able to synthesize 3 Civilians on properties of 4 tiles or larger. Each Civilian will require 25 E-ther and 4 Red Energy Units to be fully synthesized. Each Civilian will require an ongoing 4 Red Energy Units per week to sustain them, an increase from 1 Red Energy Unit as previously stated.


Only one Civilian can be synthesized at a time, the first Civilian being the E-ther Reckoner (Dispenser), the second the Cydroid Technician (Recharger) and the third Civilian that can be synthesized is the Raid Commander. The E-ther Reckoner will also have the ability to choose between automatically dispensing any E-ther stored as soon as it returns back from a Raid or to wait until the Storage is full before dispensing. It can also abort a Cydroid dispensing from Level 5 in case that Cydroid is potentially needed in sudden scenarios that could occur in the future.


To Synthesize a Civilian:

  1. Go to Civilian Management and select the Properties tab.


2. Select the property and then initiate synthesis. Player may select 1-3 Civilians for synthesis per property, initially.




3. Civilians may be synthesized one at a time or if a Player is sure they want to synthesize all three, three can be scheduled for synthetization which will automatically cause the next Civilian to start synthesizing once its predecessor has finished. The Civilians that are synthesized unlock a set order of abilities. Therefore, if Players need a Raid Commander on their property, they will need to synthesize the first 2 Civilians first.




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<![CDATA[Sustenance for First Edition Civilians on Earth 2]]>https://www.e2.news/post/first-edition-civilians-on-earth-2645261c61a7e70e85e081fe6Wed, 03 May 2023 13:54:29 GMTEarth2 Press Release*Below is a summary and the detailed press release by Earth 2


Summary:-

  • Civilians are soon to be introduced as a feature which will allow players to automate certain raiding related actions. In future, civilians may also be able to perform additional tasks besides assisting in raiding. The civilians that will get initially released will be called 'First Edition Civilians' and will primarily focus on raiding.

  • Civilians will need 1 unit of Red Energy (RE) per week per civilian to sustain them

  • The Global balance of RE at an account level will be used to fund the civilian sustenance.

  • Once RE is exhausted the civilians will 'wander', or in other words stop working and look elsewhere for their food. The time and date the Civilians require their RE will determine the order in which they begin to wander.

  • For now, players can automatically lure back wandering civilians once enough RE is available; however in future other players may be able to poach these wandering civilians.

  • Ether is still life - Ether is still required to conjure civilians, and the future of sustaining Civilians inside Earth 2 will still rely on E-ther. For now, as an introductory system RE will help sustain First Edition civilians, and to avoid the need for Players to spend E-ther on these.

  • For more background on Civilians & Raiding - see here



Earth 2 is pleased to share details of the first sustenance system within Earth 2. Amongst other things, this article will also explain how Red Energy will be used specifically as the initial unit to sustain the First Edition Earth 2 Civilians.


First Edition Civilians will primarily be focused on helping Players to streamline and automate their Raiding operations. Players will be able to keep their Civilians happy, sustained, and focused on their tasks by feeding them Red Energy (a type of energy that can be gained via conflict-type activities such as executing successful raids on other Player’s properties).

Following changes that were made to the game design team last year, we have been striving to build systems with completed game loops”, said Earth 2 Founder, Shane Isaac. “First Edition Civilians are part of the Raiding feature and although these various mechanics are being developed in steps, once Civilians are fully released we will see a full circle game loop, something we are dedicated to continue and replicate in other key aspects of Earth 2 moving forward.”


Shane went on to say, “We are also working on visually representing these game mechanics inside E2V1 in real time allowing Player initiated EcoSim type game play that immersive Players can not only see but be able to interact with in different ways while running around inside E2V1, for example, strategic Players on the EcoSim mixing their activity directives with hands on Players inside E2V1 with both being able to influence the experience of one another. We will start to see an amalgamation of different style Player activity converging into the same space, where you might have one Player executing directives for logistics from their mobile device and another trying to directly intercept that directive inside E2V1. It’s something I am personally really excited to develop over time.”


Details on How Red Energy Sustenance Works

Red Energy is instantly transferable via a Player’s Mentar network, meaning a Player can use their global Red Energy balance to sustain their Civilians on any of their properties around the world. This means that Red Energy earned in Africa can be used to sustain a Player’s Civilians in America, and vice versa.


If a Player does not have enough Red Energy to sustain their First Edition Civilians, then those Civilians who miss out on Red Energy will cease working and begin wandering in the wilderness, looking for food or another source to sustain them to stay alive. For now, a Player will have the ability to convince their wandering Civilians to return automatically to their property and tasks once they have enough Red Energy to lure them back.


First Edition Civilians will require one Red Energy unit per week to keep them loyal and happy. The unit of Red Energy is automatically distributed to each Civilian, once a week based on the day they received their first sustenance of Red Energy. For example, if you synthesise a Civilian on a Monday, you will need to replenish that Civilian with Red Energy every Monday. If a Civilian that was usually replenished on a Monday wandered into the wilderness and was lured back on a Wednesday, the new weekly sustenance cycle would occur on a Wednesday.



In addition to individual property data, an overview of the Civilian workforce and Red Energy Sustenance requirements will be featured under Civilian Management. The above UI example shows that:

  1. This Player has a total of 843 active Civilians

  2. In addition to the 843 Civilians, there are 54 non-active in a “Wandering” state

  3. The Player provided 143 Red Energy units to sustain their active Civilians today

  4. The Player also provided 8 extra Red Energy units to lure back 8 wandering Civilians.

    1. Note: Red Energy from your balance is automatically used to lure back any wandering Civilians. If there are not enough Red Energy units, as there are Civilians to sustain, as many Civilians as possible will be fed using the remaining balance. In this UI example, all wandering Civilians would have been lured back because the Player has enough Red Energy in their Balance, but we altered the figures to include some wandering Civilians, to better demonstrate how this system will work.

  5. 157 Red Energy Units will be required tomorrow to keep currently active Civilians sustained

  6. An extra 54 Red Energy Units will be required if the Player expects to lure back all wandering Civilians, however, if the Player only had 12 excess Red Energy Units, then only 12 Civilians would be lured back, leaving 42 still wandering.

  7. The Player will also see a forecast for Days 3 to 7 displaying how much Red Energy they are going to need to sustain their current Civilian workforce.


Later, Players may be able to intentionally let Civilians go or sell them in the Bazaar, but for now, Civilians will begin wandering automatically if they are not given their Red Energy on time. The time and date the Civilians require their Red Energy will determine the order in which they begin to wander.


Is E-ther still Life?

E-ther will continue to represent life and the future of sustaining Civilians inside Earth 2 will still rely on E-ther. When agriculture and farming are introduced, Players will require some E-ther to initiate the process. However, after initiation, the production system will become sustainable via other means, such as work force, water, machinery and so forth.


From time-to-time Earth 2 may design for other non-conventional methods to accommodate a particular purpose, such as the case with Red Energy, something that is already tied to E-ther and conflict. To avoid the need for Players to spend E-ther in order to sustain their First Edition Civilians, the introductory sustenance system was designed using Red Energy as a direct gain from successful gameplay which in turn supports growth of the Player’s Civilian workforce and rewards the Player with a way to sustain their Civilians until farming and agriculture components of the EcoSim is introduced.


Future Plans

In the future, wandering Civilians will be vulnerable to other Players luring them away, meaning a Player could lose their Civilians to another Player if they are not properly taken care of. Additionally, Players who lose their Civilian regularly may see their Civilian leave the property all together, to roam around inside E2V1 until either another Player convinces them to join their workforce, or something else.


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<![CDATA[Raiding is officially Live on Earth2]]>https://www.e2.news/post/raiding-is-officially-live-on-earth26415f28e5e266e9b9e1128caSat, 18 Mar 2023 17:36:42 GMTEarth2 Press Release*Below is a press release by Earth2. Summary and full transcript as follows:-


Summary

  • Earth2 officially announced Raiding live on main site after having deployed it earlier unannounced to test stability.

  • The Raiding game engine will set the foundation for tracking millions of objects across Earth2 in future.

  • 1 million Cydroids already built across 5 different rarities.

  • There are 30+ types of Cydroids and while currently all of these can be used for raiding, each Cydroid will have a different purpose and utility in future, which will be revealed in due course

  • Early benefit:- Cydroids can be built simultaneously for a limited time only. When this promotion ends, Cydroids will revert back to Mentars only being able to build 1 Cydroid at a time.

  • Users will be able to improve Cydroid performance and raiding efficiency with the upcoming Cydroid Management features, Jewel slotting and Civilians.




Full Transcript of the Press Release

Last week Earth 2 quietly deployed Raiding Version 1 to our production website, the first iteration of the Raiding Game Engine. It is important to point out that the primary purpose of developing the Raiding Game Engine was to test it in a live environment as a predecessor to the massive, upcoming EcoSim Game Engine which will track millions of objects, tasks and activities, in real time, as Players gather, process, craft, move, trade and build all over the world and on a much larger scale.


Though the primary purpose was to test our new game engine, one of the secondary purposes was to give Earth 2 Players something else to do, and even in the absence of an official announcement, many active Players still happily picked up on the covert release. As a result, we have already experienced a significantly high volume of activity from the new feature along with an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the community!


WHAT IS RAIDING VERSION 1?

Raiding Version 1 allows Players to build Cydroids on any properties with 4 tiles or more and a Mentar, using Essence. Once built, the Cydroid’s primary utility is the ability to Raid other Player-owned properties for unstable E-ther and, if detected during the scan, to collect it and bring it back to the Mentar it is tethered to. Cydroids can also relocate between friendly properties, store the E-ther they collect, dispense that E-ther, as well as be Powered, recharged or De-Powered. They even come in over 30 different types, of varying rarities.

The core design of Raiding Version 1 makes it something that can be played casually so it is simple to play but difficult to master. It also has the clear potential to increasingly reward Players who choose to spend more time and discover more strategies pertinent to mastering the Raiding system.


With relatively little effort, some early Players have already doubled or tripled their daily E-ther, meaning strategically placed properties have the ability to not only generate E-ther using traditional Mentar detection methods, but Raid additional E-ther for a healthier-than-ever E-ther intake.


Whilst the official Raiding announcement was not released until today, by Friday last week over 1 MILLION Cydroids had already been built by Players, and over 280,000 of those Cydroids were built in the first 24 hours alone!


Many Earth 2 Players have already sent their Cydroids on scores of raids, testing out raid strategies that they had been planning for months in advance based on details released by Earth 2 in the form of articles and videos. Some of these strategies have been discussed publicly within our community and shared with others, whilst others are being kept close to their chests.


If you’re looking for a quick way to get started with Raiding, jump to our videos for How to Raid and How to build a Cydroid. Otherwise, continue reading to refresh your memory on what Raiding Version 1 is all about, including some hints and tips for our early Players!

While one team of developers have been building the Raiding Game Engine, some developers from our Phase 3 team have been simultaneously focusing on representing and visualising Cydroids Raiding inside E2V1. Here’s a little sneak peek for anyone interested!





A QUICK SUMMARY OF RAIDING RULES

Whether you are a new Player wanting to know what Raiding is, or an active Player wanting to learn more, the following information will give you some much needed insight:

  1. E-ther is stable in the first 24 hours of its 48hr+ stability cycle. Stable E-ther cannot be raided by other Players, only the property owner can collect this E-ther.

  2. E-ther becomes unstable after the first 24 hours of its spawning cycle. Once unstable, this E-ther can be raided by other Players using Cydroids.

  3. Stable/Unstable periods are based on when the E-ther generated or spawned on each individual property, not from when it was last claimed.

  4. The property owner can still claim their E-ther while it is unstable so long as another Player has not yet Raided it or the full cycle is complete and the E-ther disappears.

  5. A property must have a Mentar in order to build and tether with Cydroids.

  6. A Cydroid takes 24 hours to build (this time can be reduced by slotting an Orange jewel into your property’s Mentar). PROMOTION: Cydroids can be built simultaneously for a limited time only. When this promotion ends, Cydroids will revert back to Mentars only being able to build 1 Cydroid at a time.

  7. You cannot destroy built Cydroids to recoup the Essence build cost, so build your Cydroids strategically if you plan to Raid with them and not simply keep them for other future utility.

  8. The 5 Essence used to POWER up Cydroids can be recouped by DE-POWERING them. De-Powering can only take place when the Cydroid is 100% charged. Recharging Cydroids is free.

  9. Cydroid E-ther storage, speed, and power cell efficiency can be improved using jewel boosts. Coming in the near future with the Cydroid Management feature.

  10. Cydroid task automation and management can be unlocked by synthesising Civilians on your property. Civilians are also planned for release in the near future.

RAID MECHANICS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why is my Cydroid stuck on a raid with the scanning time as ??:??:?? ?

A: During a raid Cydroids may come across a Mentar that only contains stable E-ther. In this case the Cydroid will wait on the Property until it becomes unstable and raidable. If, however, the owner collects the E-ther before it becomes unstable, the Cydroid/s will immediately return to your property, and the raid will have been unsuccessful. When this happens, it means your Cydroid is putting in an extra effort to make sure it has a chance of being ready to collect any E-ther the moment it becomes unstable. This gives Players the biggest chance to catch even the active Players napping, who may be only a few minutes late in collecting their E-ther for that day.


Q: How do I know what rarity my Cydroid is?

A: All 30+ First Edition Cydroids have their own rarity which is shown by a coloured circle around the Cydroid:



White: Common

Green: Uncommon

Blue: Rare

Purple: Epic

Yellow: Legendary

For now, each Cydroid will share the distinct ability to raid unstable E-ther. However, over time, new individual skills and abilities will be discoverable or revealed as the EcoSim expands. The higher rarity will most likely mean the more special the Cydroid’s abilities are, which could also mean it will be more difficult to build via the EcoSim later.

Ultimately, each Cydroid will have both immediate utility and future utility which is very exciting.


Q: What is the difference between Charging and Powering?

A: To put it simply, Powering a Cydroid is the act of inserting an Essence Power Cell into your Cydroid. Charging a Cydroid is required when the power in the Cydroid’s Power Cell has been depleted.

When a Cydroid is De-Powered, it has no Power Cell and cannot function. When a Cydroid has 0% charge, it simply needs to be recharged (for free!) to be functional. You can charge the Cydroid in the Raid Menu by clicking the Property’s Yellow Icon leading to the Property Stats.


Q: What is the yellow screen icon for?

A: This icon is a quick access to your Property’s Cydroid overview, where you can see which Cydroids are Idle, Relocating, Raiding, Full of E-ther, or Dispensing. You can access this view just by deselecting any of the BUILD, RELOCATE, POWER, and RAID buttons too.


Q: I want to see more details about my Cydroids, where can I find this info?

A: Cydroid Management will be part of a future release and this is where you will be able to see more specific details about the Cydroids you own, including a more holistic view with additional ways to manage them.

Keep in mind that Cydroid Management will also give you the opportunity to gain more insight into your raids and the ability to slot your Cydroids with Jewels.


RECENT UPDATES TO RAIDING:

We have been meticulously recording all of your bug reports and suggestions and the following updates which will further improve your experience are now live!

1. Properties will not auto-zoom focus on map on selection now.

  • Auto zoom was a cool feature to visualise on the map but it chewed up a lot of juice on the client side device so was removed to improve the overall gameplay experience.

2. Target properties can now be filtered by tile size!

  • A super useful addition that will reduce time searching for the perfect properties to raid.

3. Target icons to allow manual auto-zoom for those who wish to visualise where the property is.

  • While we removed the auto-zoom, there are still target icons in relevant places for when Players wish to visualise their property or target property during Raiding.


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<![CDATA[Cydroid Rarities & Property Trading Protocols]]>https://www.e2.news/post/cydroid-rarities-property-trading6403b9819213ca7b5c345c27Sat, 04 Mar 2023 21:39:31 GMTEarth2 Press ReleaseEarth 2 released information about upcoming raiding and Cydroids. Find below a summary and the full article


Summary

  • Raiding and Cydroids may appear soon and without announcement on the main site. The announcement could follow much later when devs believe everything is stable.

  • Players listing properties on marketplace will also contain all the tethered Cydroids to that particular property. To avoid so players must relocate their Cydroids to another property before placing it for sale.

  • In case players sell a property with tethered Cydroids, the Essence within any power cells of any Cydroids will go along with the Cydroids to the purchaser. Thus this allows indirect trade of Essence but nevertheless players are reminded to be careful since Essence does not yet have an external discovered price.

  • As soon as a property is sold, raiding dispensing and building will continue on the said property while relocating Cydroids will stop. Therefore the relocation must be complete before the property is sold.

  • The details of stored Essence on Cydroids will not be appearing anywhere for listed properties and therefore there is no way to verify any claims; players should remain cautious and are not encouraged to enter trades basis mere promises (about stored Essence in Cydroids) made by other users.

  • Cydroid will come in 30 different types and with various rarities - Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary.




*Below is the press release by Earth 2



As we draw closer to the live release of Raiding, we felt it necessary to highlight some very important aspects for Players to consider, especially if you plan on selling properties that are acting as Raiding launch pads or have Cydroids tethered to them. Therefore, this article is incredibly important to read for any Player intending to Raid or build Cydroids and will also cover details about Rarities, how that will work and how it will provide early access privileges for active Players.


Property Trading Protocol for Cydroids


It is incredibly important for traders to understand that for a number of reasons, properties with Cydroids tethered to them will be sold collectively, with any Cydroid/s tethered to the property at the time of listing on the Marketplace.


Cydroids cannot simply disappear when a property is sold as they must be tethered to a Mentar at all times. Therefore, when selling a property that has Cydroids tethered to its Mentar, the Cydroids (including all of their assets such as Essence held in Power cells and raided E-ther in storage) will be part of the property sale.


Players do have the option to relocate their Cydroids to another property before they place their property for sale on the Marketplace, if they do not wish to include Cydroids and their digital assets in the sale. Care must be taken if you are currently accepting bids for your properties, that you do not accept a bid before checking for tethered Cydroids, as any Cydroids actively tethered to that property along with their assets will be transferred as part of the sale.


The following list specifies the activities that will continue and activities that will be aborted when a property with tethered Cydroids is sold:


Activities that will continue:

  • Raiding

  • Dispensing

  • Building

Activities that will be aborted:

  • Relocating Cydroids (Outbound)

  • Relocating Cydroids (Inbound)


Consequently, any E-ther remaining in the Cydroids storage bay due to partially (in-progress at the time of listing) or not yet dispensed will belong to the new owner. Cydroids that have not completed their relocation will have their chartered course aborted and will return back to the property they are actively tethered with in preparation to serve their new owner, this applies to both inbound and outbound relocation routes.


We realize that some Players may look at this protocol as an indirect way to trade Essence, but we remind Players that Essence does not yet have a determined price on an external trading platform. Therefore, we highly recommend that both sellers and buyers take this into consideration before attempting to form any kind of deal which includes properties bundled with Essence in Cydroid Power Cells with other Players.


Earth 2 has plans to add confirmation of these specific details to the properties listed on the Marketplace in the not-so-distant future. This update will serve as an early Cydroid trading solution, predominantly for Players wishing to trade their Cydroids before the official Cydroid trading platform is released at a later date. Until such time, we discourage any blind trading of Raiding launch pads properties or attempted Essence “trading” and therefore will not be displaying Cydroids, their power status or other additional details about their digital assets on Marketplace listed properties just yet.


For now, please disregard advertisements or claims made by other Players regarding what Cydroids or raiding value their “for sale” property may have. Players purchasing properties from the Marketplace will not yet have any official way to confirm the included assets of the sale and therefore should conduct purchases solely based on the property details they can see.


Details on Cydroid Rarities


For a not yet confirmed period, Raiding Version 1 will provide Players with an early-access opportunity to build and obtain Cydroids directly from their Mentars via control on the Raiding panel before there is a requirement to adhere to future rules of the EcoSim. Only once a build is completed will Players learn which one of over 30 unique types of Cydroids they have received.


Each type of Cydroid will be grouped into its own distinct level of rarity, ranging between Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary. Some examples are depicted in the accompanying announcement image. As part of a true continuation of core Earth 2 ideology, in the future, Players will be able to sell their Cydroids to other Players, though with the future external trading price of Essence and the trading price of Cydroids yet to be determined, Players should consider their options carefully. These version 1 Cydroids do present a unique opportunity, as they have the ability to directly recoup the cost of Essence used for production by raiding and collecting unstable E-ther.


The probability of generating Cydroids from the varying rarity levels is specifically tailored for this early-access feature as a special privilege to active Players on our platform. It is important to note that obtaining these diverse Cydroid types and rarity levels will be possible through alternative means in the future as part of the EcoSim, such as capturing a Cydroid’s Metasprite and refining their physical form during the materialization process. Having said this, the rarer the Cydroid the more difficult it will be for Players to obtain and build as a byproduct from participation in the EcoSim.


For now, all Cydroids will start with the same ability to carry out Raids, however, we’d like to emphasize that just as the Cydroids differ in appearance, they will also have varying special abilities in the future that have not yet been disclosed.


Other Notes


Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to remind Players that while Raiding is the current focus point due to it being the next scheduled feature release, it only represents part of the future Earth 2 Metaverse Platform. That being said, Raiding is a very important step which will lead to running the global logistics system of the EcoSim, the core game mechanics engine for moving Resources, Civilians, goods, trading, building, combating, and numerous other strategic initiatives.


A reminder that we will not be releasing an official announcement the moment Raiding is live in our production environment. It is a considerable software release and therefore the official announcement will be made once our development team is happy that the update looks stable.


Thank you for reading this update, we look forward to seeing how Raiding is received by our wider community very soon!

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<![CDATA[Raiding & Cydroid Update + Green Light on Stage2]]>https://www.e2.news/post/raiding-cydroid-update-green-light63f8f614be247b4aa1c73fadFri, 24 Feb 2023 17:42:26 GMTE2.News Community Service

Raiding just went live on the stage-2 server. Read the press release from Earth2 here:-



Earth 2 is pleased to announce an official “Green Light” for raiding on our pre-production server, Stage 2 ( https://stage2-app.earth2.io/ ). Players who have test accounts on Stage 2 are invited to use the newly developed Raiding feature and report any issues in the #raiding-stage2-bug-reports channel on our official Discord server https://discord.gg/earth2 .


A few guidelines for testing are listed at the end of this article so for those helpful volunteers who wish to test, please read those guidelines carefully.



Raiding is the First Step

Though the Raiding concept may look simple at first glance, it spans the entire globe and there are a surprising number of potential strategies waiting to be discovered in order for Players to experience the most success.


The Raid Cydroid’s base specs for the Raiding in Version 1 may seem quite limited to Players, but our internal calculations reveal that even at base specs they can be highly effective and achieve nice returns on E-ther gains. It is also important to note that these base specs are far from the true potential and capacities of the Raid Cydroid, especially once Jewel Slotting buffs become available.


We consider the Raiding game mechanics as a first step leading into the many anticipated moving parts of our EcoSim. Therefore, this release is not only to introduce something for Players to do, but also to test and improve the core engine that will be responsible for much of the game mechanic processing of the Earth 2 EcoSim.


It is worth noting that the raiding feature itself may seem like a quite ordinary feature to some. However, under the hood we have developed a lot of new core mechanics that are worth taking into consideration that have been built to permeate through many future feature releases going forward. A few things to consider are:

  • Raiding is in fact a multinational logistics software solution that can track millions of objects / vehicles all over the world including their exact locations, amount of fuel / energy they have, how they interact with each other, competition between one another, numerous different statuses and more.

  • Setting the 3D modeling of all Cydroids (As seen on the recently released E2V1 Tech Demo video https://youtu.be/5oo1SSZKjrI ) along with many other 3D assets being worked on behind the curtains.

  • A set of complex energy models that most objects, ranging from Buildings, Vehicles, Cydroids to Equipment, will be subject to. This mechanic alone could see Players specializing in and supplying on a much deeper level later on. This entire system starts with the small and humble Micro Power cell for Cydroids.

  • The RBAs (Rewards, Badges & Achievements Tech tree) are set to be released shortly after Raiding Version 1 is live. An RBA can come in many shapes and differ in: availability, type of reward and requirements. For Raiding we will both pilot a Reward, in near time, and later also Badges & Achievements. Some RBAs will be rare and can only be unlocked by a few while others will be possible to unlock for all. Some will be passive and others active, some permanent, some temporary. The RBA for Raiding will mark the beginning of the RBA tech tree which will become vast over time and encompass various secrets. We have a very interesting reward set aside for the Raiding RBA.

  • Raiding and the upcoming EcoSim will start out in a Web2 based UX fashion but is simultaneously being prepared and tested for the next transition steps E2V1.

  • In parallel to the Jewel Buffs Cydroids will soon receive as part of the Raiding feature, the Jewel system has been undergoing a further design rework where all current 41 colors will have their own unique characteristics, lore and utility. To say which one is better than the other will depend on the Player’s area of specializations, strategies and goals. This starts with Raiding but will expand with a much bigger scope over time. Gradually we will introduce new unique ways of the effects Jewels will offer.

  • The introduction of Raid Cydroids as the first type of Cydroid was also considered to be one of the best options for kicking off logistics and conflict. Each subsequent type of Cydroid will come with its own very unique set of capabilities and specs. Players can also look forward to the next set of Cydroids being introduced with the upcoming Ecosim but should expect that it will become more difficult to obtain Cydroids in the future.

All of these core mechanics create a strong and expansive foundation for the EcoSim which, in itself, is only a single component of the broader Earth 2 experience. Raiding is not only an excellent feature to pilot new foundational mechanics, but it is another example of a feature which offers potential reward to our early and faithful Players, something that we feel very strongly about.


Deployment to Live Production Servers


This release of Raiding will be considered as Raiding Version 1 and our primary focus will be to identify and fix reported bugs on Stage 2 before deploying to our live production environment.


We will not release any public announcement when Raiding Version 1 is deployed and live on our production website but rather deploy, monitor for a number of days. Only after our developers confirm they are happy with the deployment will we publicly release an announcement confirming Raiding Version 1 is live on production. This may take days, or weeks, we cannot commit to a time frame but please rest assured we are pushing to get this live.


As with any new feature software release, there are numerous unforeseen issues that may arise. Our team does their best to mitigate these issues, but edge cases are sometimes unavoidable, especially with a larger release like Raiding. As with other releases where issues were identified and ultimately fixed, our team will be on standby to actively resolve any issues that may arise.


We ask for your patience and understanding during this period as negative and abusive comments do not help to fix or resolve anything.


Testing Guidelines for Community Volunteers


We are grateful for the community’s willingness to help in the testing of raiding. While all suggestions are welcome, our key focus is to get raiding live in a timely and stable manner.

Therefore, to help us focus on the more critical issues, please ensure you identify whether your listing is a #bug or #suggestion in the Discord channel. Internally, there are already improvements on our radar which will be rolled out over time, and while we always welcome community feedback, we will be predominantly focusing on fixing bugs blocking a production release.


Before reporting a bug or suggestion please scroll through the channel to see if your issue has already been reported. Be aware that Cydroids created on the previous version from December might display unexpected behavior. To avoid any doubt, build new Cydroids.

It is very important to mention that Stage 2 is configured to build Cydroids in 2 minutes to help volunteers test faster. When Raiding Version 1 is live on production, build time for Cydroids will be set at a 24 hour base build time.


We should also note that as a reward to early Raiding participants, we are going to allow concurrent building of Cydroids on properties. This means if you build 4 Cydroids, for example, all 4 will build concurrently as opposed to the Mentar only being able to build one at a time. We have not decided when this promotion will end.

Please use the following format when reporting to ensure efficient communication with our development team:


<Bug/Suggestion>: <Descriptive title>

<Description>

<Steps to reproduce>

<Actual outcome>

<Expected/desired outcome>

<Attached Screenshots/Screen recordings>


Example report:

Bug: Relocating a Cydroid to a property in Gibraltar is impossible

Description:

When trying to relocate a Cydroid to a property in Gibraltar an error is thrown. The target property is within range and has a Mentar.

Steps to reproduce:

Select a property near the border in the Raid menu

Go to the Raiding tab

Select a charged Cydroid

Select a target property in Gibraltar

Click [Raid]

Actual Outcome:

An error is thrown

Expected outcome:

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To refresh your memory on Cydroids and Raiding or to remind yourself of other important points to consider when testing on Stage 2, please check out our previous article https://earth2.io/news/raiding-details

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<![CDATA[Walk-Through and Decoding the Earth 2 Version 1 video (E2V1)]]>https://www.e2.news/post/walk-through-earth-2-e2v1-video63a27a7a68e01fe27550c666Wed, 21 Dec 2022 05:53:52 GMTZEU$Earth 2 has recently released in-world footage of what is set to be the the first rendition of its 3D world - Earth 2 Version 1 or E2V1, which is a 1:1 virtual representation of planet Earth. Earth 2 is claimed to be a Geolocational Metaverse, allowing digital land ownership corresponding to real world locations and is already the largest virtual land registry in the world across any Metaverse platform (over 100 million player tiles).


This footage was scheduled to be released just prior to the launch of the Essence token (Earth 2 platform's native currency), however since the token launch itself was delayed, Earth 2 decided to release the footage to share the progress it has made on it's 3D world release.


We take a walkthrough and decode the video:


Video


Expansiveness, Open World, 'Not a shoe box'

The video shows various real world locations and their corresponding terrain, emphasizing the magnitude of its scale, promising an unbounded open world. The footage is claimed to be directly from inside the game and not pre-rendered.





100% Player Built & Owned

It's noteworthy that while the terrain is replicated corresponding to the real world locations, E2V1 is a brand new world without any legacy structures/ buildings and hopes that the users will build a world of their own. We see a massive sprawling city in the video envisaged to be built by Earth 2 users themselves. Players can build by participating in the EcoSim and using Ether, Essence and Resources that can be farmed on virtual land. We need to understand how will Earth 2 influence or incentivize a build-up, else there is a risk of this process being extremely slow.



Avatar System

For the first time we see a close-up of an avatar inside Earth 2. This avatar system is powered by a partnership announced between Earth 2 and Ready Player Me. It also allows Avatars that have likeness to oneself, and the same can be achieved by scanning one's face using the Ready Player Me app, and then importing the Avatar inside Earth 2. We can only guess if we will see more such partnerships just for the Avatar system given that an Avatar primarily represents a user's persona inside a digital world.



Cydroids in Action


We see multiple Cydroids in action during the course of the video. Cydroids are supposed to play a key role in the gameplay within Earth 2. One can imagine an entire army of Cydroids traversing the Earth 2 terrain. We also believe that these coupled with NPCs (civilians) at a later stage is a smart solution for the filling the low player density that is naturally expected within such an expansive environment that E2V1 promises to be.


Newer Vehicles


We can see many newer vehicles roaming the streets or over the terrain, a train, and even tanks. The physics of moving vehicles look quite authentic




Detailed Indoor Areas


Users are shown a glimpse of potential indoor environments and with a high detail - storefronts, lobbies, elevators, apartments and offices - personal spaces that can be customized and populated with various virtual objects. Personal spaces can also be rented out to other users or used to house own civilians.


BEWARE, the Earth 2 elevator comes with a disclaimer ... xD


Immersive shopping


Metaverse shopping can be very immersive and not constrained by the physical space as in the real world. The Earth 2 virtual shops (Player owned or run by Earth 2) would cater to various in-game items that users may require - avatar gear, vehicles, cydroids and other digital items. It will be interesting to see what kind of SDK or editors Earth 2 comes up with to allow players to build and trade various digital objects inside.



We see 3 classes of Cydroids displayed here - Sandsekars, Myneghalds, and Naswatas


Even resources could be tradeable via virtual shops.


We also spotted the live game feed inside the virtual shop, and it's expected that virtual item purchases will be shown in the game feed, just how it currently happens with land and jewels.


Welcome to ShaneVerse!


Virtual objects will be available from Earth 2 as well as other creators


Even Land Deeds...


Additionally, besides digital items, Earth 2 claims that users will be able to buy physical goods as well! Thus, Earth 2 will enable anyone to run their physical or virtual business from inside Earth 2



It's the night that matters!


Earth 2 will have day night cycles. We also liked the lighting and the ground reflections shown when it turns dark.


Worlds within a World, within the World

  • Earth 2 Portal concept allows teleportation to off-world experiences and games.

  • DRONE will be the first such gaming experience that Earth 2 team is working on.

  • Anyone will be able to submit games and experiences, that will be able to load from a portal inside E2V1. We assume Earth 2 may release some SDKs to allow experiences and games created by users.



So What is the Earth 2 Droid Craft (also pending a Trademark filed by Earth 2)?





(special mention: Wizard Oz for contributing)

  • Is there a ceiling limit on E2V1, how high can you zoom out? Will we be able to explore nearby space - at least low orbit? Will there be satellites?

  • Do typical Earth 1 rules apply to an Earth 2 city - does it have sanitation, taxes, civic body, waste management, licenses to do things (party, public gathering, fireworks), police, prisons, courts?

  • Can we customize asset names - objects, vehicles, street names? Can we name default streets provided by Earth 2 between plots? Who names them?

  • Can we change the course of rivers or fill-up water bodies to reclaim land?

  • Can Avatars fight each other, can they break into buildings or steal parked/moving vehicles?

  • Do Avatars get injured or even die if a vehicle hits them, or they jump off a train, or if they jump off a building. Will they have health bars like in most games - or more detailed vitals?

  • Can Avatars fly? Can they Swim?

  • Will Avatars and/or civilians be able to express emotion at some stage?

  • Are more avatar partnerships coming?

  • Will all users be supported in the same instance? Won't that crash the game?

  • Can you resize assets or holograms?

  • Can personal spaces be secured via a lock so that others cannot come in?

  • Can Civilians drive vehicles or operate other complex machinery?

  • Will external objects like Nike NFT shoes be allowed inside Earth 2?

  • How are collisions handled between vehicles or aircraft?

  • Are Cydroids destructible or self-destructible? Can someone steal my Cydroid?

  • Will EPLs have doorways like shown for DRONE in the video?

  • Can Mentars' position be realigned, say if someone wants them at the corner of their plot versus in the center

  • Will plot grid lines be visible in 3D world, can it be turned off for aesthetics?

  • How will trains or overhead objects move over other people's plots?

  • Will we have underground available on Earth 2? How deep?

  • Can vehicles, ships or aircraft teleport. How do they gain access to a completely surrounded plot on all sides?

  • How many concurrent Cydroids can raid a property in a 3D world - 100, 1000, 10000 or less?



ZEU$ out.

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<![CDATA[Scamtuber claims Earth 2 data breach, Shane denies]]>https://www.e2.news/post/scamtuber-claims-earth-2-data-breach-shane-denies639835c20cdf892739d2ef7cTue, 13 Dec 2022 08:49:33 GMTE2.News Community Service


A long time critic and Scamtuber (a term used by Earth 2 community for Youtubers who claim Earth 2 is a scam, mostly based on half information) is back again with major and serious claims about an alleged security breach related to Earth 2 accounts.


The drama that unfolded in last few days had this Scamtuber posting a video that included screenshots of exposed email ids of some Earth 2 accounts. The video claimed that this was a major data breach and that several Earth 2 accounts could be affected, and that Earth 2 knew about this and did not inform the affected accounts. The video also slammed Mapbox, which has partnered to provide its product for Earth 2, as a Google earth knockoff.


Shane Isaac, CEO Earth 2 refuted these claims vehemently and said that this a malicious attempt by this Scamtuber to mis-state facts and malign Earth 2 just as it looks to release the footage of its 3D world in the next few days. Shane adds that the motivation for this video stays from this particular Scamtuber's need to stay relevant by posting hate videos around Earth 2.


Shane clarified that there has been no data breach to his knowledge and the email ids shown in the video could be affected by several phishing attacks that were targeted to Earth 2 users some months ago. Shane said that this Scamtuber is plain 'lying' and even as they knew this right away, Earth 2 has still investigated the said data breach claim and found no credibility to it. He added that "Earth 2 is getting hated on for building our own tech from scratch to performantly stream a 1:1 scale geographical replica of the planet Earth, with a tiny dev team when compared to some of these other projects. Anything to derail and now they really are scraping the bottom of the barrel. At least it used to be some what comical"


Shane assured that Earth 2 accounts are safe and that it has "security / penetration hackers that work for security on banks." It's believed that the exposed email ids could be a result of the fake Earth 2 app that appeared some months ago and which stole data from several unsuspecting users.


Shane pins the below message on Earth 2 discord to allay any concerns of Earth 2 users:-


"What better way to try and discredit or derail a project that’s obviously about to share something that will prove a lot of the critics wrong, including the one who posted the video, than to release videos on the platform being hacked? Very convenient.


And how convenient he couldn’t login with any of the ‘hacked passwords’ because “Earth 2 fixed it” before he could record. You’re telling me that when he ‘apparently’ logged in to one of these accounts he didn’t take any screenshots or screen record it? How surprising.


We did not fix any major security data breach under the terms he publicly stated.


I didn’t realise people were so desperate for attention .. but I guess that happens when the main reason you’re relevant in the public arena is for hating that one project, you need to keep finding ways to hate on it or your relevance starts to dwindle. Kind of removes that relevancy once that project starts proving you wrong. So instead of manning up and admitting it, why not double down and create content with double the lies, screaming for that little bit of attention – because these videos have certainly passed simple criticism.


But we now have this person publicly stating incorrect information as absolute facts. It’s one thing having an opinion, but another to state things as indisputably true. What I imagine has happened is they have come across a very old list of data, potentially from one of the many phishing sites that targeted Earth 2 in early 2021 OR from a ‘rumoured’ hack that apparently leaked some details, but again, that’s from early 2021 and we were never able to find the details of the apparent leak at the time. We were mainly using GraphQL at that point but we moved away from using it as part of our core stack over a year ago for that very reason, the potential security issues with GraphQL.


And EVEN if someone did manage to hack GraphQL at the time, the hashed passwords he refers to was in fact dummy data (for dummies), hence why he probably could not login to any of the accounts and just claimed Earth 2 miraculously ‘fixed the security break’ before he could record it.


I am fairly confident that the group he has constantly working with him to try and find ways to derail Earth 2 have perhaps come across a very old data leak (if this is even true) and if it is true, then surprise, surprise, he’s claiming the bragging rights on someone else’s work and is irrefutably stating that he was responsible for just a month ago. I mean either way, he is publicly claiming to be involved with attempting to hack a company website and share the data, even if obfuscated, publicly on YouTube.


For those worried about their accounts being compromised, it is extremely unlikely unless you fell victim to a phishing attack – but even then – we have 2FA (which could have been turned on a long time ago) AND we have KYC (photographic account verification) now for over a year so that IF an account was ever compromised, they would need to verify identity so we would know who was paid out anyway.


And for the record, when all of those rumours were spreading early 2021, I intentionally leaked details of an attractive Earth 2 account including the dummy hashed pw data. Someone has tried to hack that account hundreds of times (I get emails every time an attempt occurs) and has still failed – the account has never been breached.


So again, like we announced in February 2021 – if you feel you have fallen victim to a phishing scam then always change your password, but even if you did a long time ago, we don’t have any reports of accounts having funds illegally withdrawn likely due to 2FA and KYC processes – this is the exact reason we implemented those systems! Buy hey, it’s more fun to claim to have hacked Earth 2 a few weeks ago.


Just wanted to leave this message here for any Players that are concerned."




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<![CDATA[E$10,000(USD) Reward for the 100m’th Tile Purchased + 700% increase in P2P Jewel Sales]]>https://www.e2.news/post/100m-th-tile-purchaser637f89df2a1ba136815ea28cThu, 24 Nov 2022 15:16:06 GMTEarth2 Press ReleaseBelow is a Press Release by Earth 2 and reproduced here


Earth 2 has come a long way since launching in November, 2020, with 0 Players, 0 publicity and a few hundred dollars budgeted for advertisements. From then to now we have become a team that spans across Europe, Australasia, the UK, Asia and America, and earlier this year we sold our landmark 100 millionth tile!


And the Winner is ….!?


Without any form of public announcement or forewarning that there would be a reward for the Player who purchased the 100,000,000th tile, this winner will be receiving a retroactive reward in all regards!


Without further ado, we would like to give a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to:




who has won E$10,000 – the largest single prize in Earth 2 history!

(E$1 – $1USD)


We’re not sure whether Samjogo will see this announcement, but once our accounting team adds the credit over the next 24 hours, Samjogo will have 10,000 reasons to smile when they see a little jump on their Earth 2 Player account balance!


We wanted to save this announcement for our 2nd anniversary month. We were under no pressure to reward the purchaser of the 100 millionth tile, but whether big or small, we enjoy rewarding Players that are active on our platform – so from the entire Earth 2 team, we hope Samjogo enjoys this massive prize and manages to turn it into something even bigger!

Fun fact: Samjogo changed their Player username so often, our concept art team stopped updating it on the announcement image after the 4th occasion!


700% increase in P2P Jewel Sales since Raiding Deep Dive Video

There has been a 700% increase in Player to Player Jewel sales on the Bazaar since the Raiding Deep Dive video was released earlier this week! The video confirmed that Jewels would have further utility inside the Raiding game mechanics by way of slotting to boost various attributes on Droids, and possibly more.


We can verify that there will be at least 6 pre-existing Tier 3 Jewels set aside with the unique distinction of becoming the first Jewels used to boost Droids. If you are new to jewel crafting, Tier 1 Jewels can be crafted into Tier 2 Jewels which can then be crafted into Tier 3 Jewels. It may be a strategy to hold onto your Tier 1 or Tier 2 Jewels before we release the names and exact boosts of the 6 Tier 3 Jewels planned to boost Droids. There are currently a total of 38 Tier 3 Jewels.


Update on E-ther and Jewel Spawn Rates

Our team is aware of a delayed rate in the spawning of E-ther and Jewels across most properties. We are aiming to have all delayed E-ther and Jewels spawned over the next 24 hours. We would like to assure our Players that this is not a sudden reduction in spawn rates, but an unforeseen delay issue when testing a new mechanic. We are working to resolve the issue but there may be further delays over coming days. Please rest assured it will not jeopardize or skip any E-ther or Jewels that Players would normally receive from their properties, only delay it.

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<![CDATA[Press Release: Decimalization Update]]>https://www.e2.news/post/decimalization-update637d13409450cf74d927cbf6Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:24:29 GMTEarth2 Press ReleaseEarth 2 has added 2 decimals to Ether and a further 2 more decimals (total 4) to Essence. Below is the press release



Today Earth 2 deployed an update not only to facilitate new game mechanics related to the upcoming Raiding feature, but also as a pre-emptive adjustment for future spending scenarios for E-ther and Essence.


These adjustments will see E-ther receive two decimal points and Essence expand to 4 decimal points.


We’d like to share some details that Players may like to consider:

  • Properties will retain the same potential E-ther yield, but instead some smaller properties may notice more frequent smaller detection of E-ther as opposed to the previous method which detected E-ther in integers every ‘X’ number of days.

  • In order to keep the UI/UX clean, some locations may not always display Essence with 4 decimals places and E-ther with 2 decimal places

  • These are plans for our progressive, step by step adjustment to various decimalisation updates

  • As we get closer to the launch of the Essence token we will go through some final decimalisation updates

  • You may notice all E-ther claimed today will end with .00 values. This is due to today’s spawning of E-ther operating under the previous backend server logic and should change during tomorrows new process

  • You may notice that your Essence balance ends in .XX00. This is because your historic Essence balance is stored based on the previous logic. It should update to the more accurate decimalised value when you next transform your E-ther into Essence (we realise many Players are saving their E-ther in anticipation of creating Civilians).

Another update that went live was the landing page country price ticker which displays the cheapest available country prices. When you press on a country flag this will automatically take you to the last area in that country where new tiles were purchased. We will be adding an option in the future to allow Players to display different filtered results.

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<![CDATA[Raiding and Droids: Shane's comments]]>https://www.e2.news/post/raiding-and-droids-shane-comments637c7dc04a3a56a36d3a49bfTue, 22 Nov 2022 08:15:56 GMTE2.News Community ServiceShane took to twitter to discuss more about the latest video covering Raiding and Droids. Our earlier article covers the video in-depth, while this article highlights some important comments made by Shane on Twitter related to the same.



Shane says- There #has been feature creep over the past couple months, but I wanted to deliver a more robust v1. This has a bigger scope than what I hinted would be available in November, BUT, we're still working hard to release something as soon as possible. Remember the #Raiding concept will be introduced on the website then migrate to #E2V1. Though it's only the first iteration, I guess this video provides some insight into my personal approach to game design for #Earth2. #Raiding alone will allow us to open up some interesting 3D gameplay inside #E2V1 later. It's been refreshing to have a proactive, passionate & dedicated new game design team working around me!



User (U)- I am so excited for this! Thank you for getting this going so you/E2 team can take more time to get the initial release of E2V1 right and still give us something to do!

Shane(S)-That's the idea! And to make those 'things to do' relevant to the long term systems we intend to build anyway. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone so to speak. It may not look flash now, but in the future we'll put the Ferrari engine inside the Ferrari car and voila .. :)


Hey Shane, did you design this aspect of the game by yourself? Or did you bring in other experienced game designers to help? Is it a standalone game within e2 or will it be a core part of the bigger picture?

S- They are my ideas but I certainly didn't do it alone. I took over the game design temporarily & I have a new team I am working with who have been amazing. The concept links into core parts of Earth 2 & includes relevant systems we needed to build for the #EcoSim & #E2V1 anyway


Thanks for this Shane! I am so excited to get our first glimpse of game mechanics! LFG!!!

S- Thanks for the comment! But remember, this is not supposed to be a visually hyping video! We promised to release details on the game mechanics & that's what this video is about. A better visual glimpse might be the updated progress on #E2V1 end of month!


I’m more excited for the details!

S- Ahh ok cool - then you're in luck :) I designed this game mechanic not only because it has similar systems we need for #E2V1 & the #EcoSim, but because it's something casual Players can participate with (unlike the mayhem of #staking !)


Shane further adds more information about Droids and Raiding


(thread continuation)

... Raiding will be easy to play but difficult to master. It will be easy to build #Droids & raid for example; you'll get lucky sometimes, possibly with some streaks. But to master it you'll need to read your insight data to identify the best strategies. Remember a lot of E-ther comes in staggered on different properties!


Your #Civilians will help you when they become available & once P2P Contracts are released that will start #FreeToPlay on #Earth2. And this is only the first iteration of #raiding! We already have expansion plans for #Droid intercepting which will introduce attack & defense mechanisms & more + we will be actively reviewing improvements, especially early on. I am in control of the game design for now so things will be different from what you've seen to date & although I am still finding my feet, I hope some of you can see a change coming.


Already so much has changed behind the scenes over the past couple of months. Remember, initially all #Droids will be able to #Raid but over time you might find out your #droid has other Utility as well! So if there is less E-ther to raid due to more active Players then perhaps your Droid will have other abilities, but I'd say there will always be some who get lazy & miss detection, especially when things 'change' over time.


There will be different approaches, some might go for 4 tile #Raid outpost properties, but these may be harder to defend against #Droid interceptions & might have limited usefulness in the #EcoSim. There will be so many strategies that emerge over time & in many cases purpose built properties will emerge for different goals. We will balance & mold the mechanics over time, but with what I know with regard to what we have planned so far, I am very excited about where this will lead to & the interesting dynamics it will introduce to #Earth2 & #E2V1 as time goes by.


To start #Raiding, you'll only need a few #Essence & a small property in a good position. Recharging #Droids takes time, but it will not cost any additional #Essence for now. If you raid well, you should be able to recoup the 2.5 #Essence fairly quickly & if you don't want to start with your own land, then I'm sure there will be many advertised properties to control once P2P Contracts is released!


User (U)-are there to same amount of droids for Tier 1 properties as there are Tier 2 properties? Love the work you guys have delivered and looking forward to more info going forward.

Shane(S)- Thank you! And yes, T1 and T2 land will be equal in regard to number of #Droids initially. I am not ruling out any types of balances, but T1 and T2 land being equal is where we're at right now.


Also I'm guessing we can't see/detect if a property we're trying to raid has E-ther sitting there unclaimed before sending a droid? I'm guessing that's where the data, favorites list and such come in handy?

S- Most certainly not! That is part of the strategy with sending out #Droids to find out for you! Your #Droid will stay on that property for as long as possible to scan and detect whether any unstable E-ther becomes available and will collect it if so. Insights is your friend.


Will properties without Mentars still have radiable E-ther? As in will the land still be generating E-ther even if a players Mentar isn't detecting/claiming?

S- Mentarless properties are something we covered in detail numerous times during game design meetings. Initially the property needs to have a Mentar as the Mentar lures the E-ther out for detection & extraction. Mentarless properties are flagged for future raiding inclusion though.


This looks awesome Shane! likely to be live for the Xmas period? some downtime to build a droid army!!

S- I am pushing the team very hard for this! I'd like to get even a rough v1 live as early as possible. There are a lot of moving pieces but we're pushing to get it out!


(Unrelated)Any info from your EA on the egg icons ?

S- I know it might seem like an easy thing but all our FE devs are focusing on #Droids & #Raiding. I told them to keep focusing on that for now but when they have a spare moment they will be added to your profiles.


Wanted a quick clarification on raiding mechanics -- Ether available to be obtain is only tied to uncollected ether on a property correct ? IE if an account has been collecting (but not transforming ether), that balance is not at risk from raids correct?

S- Correct - once you have collected it, it is stored, and not open the be #Raided. Only E-ther that is yet uncollected can be captured during it's unstable state before it evaporates. Good question!


Looking incredible! Btw Shane, when will we have the new landing page?

S- The new landing page can only go live once we've released the new progress footage of #E2V1 as it will contain numerous screenshots & images of things that will be displayed in that video. So probably end of month or early December.


Can droids be bought and resold , like as NFT perhaps

S- Not initially, but yes, long term they will be tradable!


Email notifications Shane? (Raiding)

S- We're considering sending one, but otherwise in game notifications.



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<![CDATA[Earth 2 Raiding, Cydroid and Civilians (...TLDR)]]>https://www.e2.news/post/earth-2-raiding-droid637b528845bc082873f15f67Mon, 21 Nov 2022 20:15:49 GMTE2.News Community ServiceShane posted a video few hours ago covering the progress on Earth 2 platform, but specifically addressing the coming update around raiding and droids. Watching the video, it gave us a feeling that Earth 2 may be making a conscious effort to pro-actively manage expectations with respect to released features - what they are and what they are not, and repeatedly emphasizing that some of these are just parts of the much larger equation that will eventually become the Earth 2 platform. In our opinion, this has been an area of improvement over the last few communications released by Earth 2 and bodes well for managing user expectations and better perception building.


The full video is posted on Earth 2's YouTube handle (below). However, this article covers the video as comprehensively as possible and allows the information to be available for ready referencing whenever needed.





Introduction to first iteration of 4 key Earth 2 game mechanics

  • Droids, Raiding, P2P Contracts, Civilians form the first of the many key game mechanics for E2V1. However, the current focus is on the first two while we may hear more about the latter 2 in a follow-on video from Earth 2

  • It's emphasized that these game mechanics are NOT ALL that Earth 2 is, but rather just a start. While these are just the first pieces of gamification within Earth 2, there are several things that remain to be discussed such as - EcoSim, building experiences, internal environments, 3D commercial and retail solutions, trading systems among others.

  • Raiding and building droids in the web version will not carry animations, these will be seen inside E2V1 rather.


Raiding solves 6 short term problems for Earth 2

  1. Provides active players something to do during the waiting period along the journey to the 3D world

  2. Rewards early and active players

  3. Helps design and implement key game mechanics for the current web page interface, however are also relevant to E2V1, and therefore has long term relevance

  4. Build and test the new backend game engine (calculations happening in the background), which will also be used inside of E2V1 later on. It includes things like - precise tracking of vehicles, power storage and drain, calculating roaming ranges, etc.

  5. Light introduction to behaviors, process flows, core mechanics and ideologies which will be seen in the long term, particularly the EcoSim.

  6. Adds more core utility to digital items that can be earned by owning land inside Earth2 such as Ether, Essence, Jewels, and some new upcoming items such as droids.

Thematically, raiding and all these other features are aimed to keep adding utility to the player owned digital land inside of Earth 2. One such example is Jewels which is P2P traded (with over $2 million worth already traded to date), improves the Ether detection for any given land that is slotted with them, and provides boost to relevant resources present on that land. Similarly, raiding is expected to add more utility to Ether, Essence and Jewels



Background and Lore - Droids

  • As pop cultures, beliefs and factions emerge within the Metaverse, concentrated mental energies generated from these groups fused together to form something called as Metasprites

  • Metasprites are incorporeal states of droids loyal to their origin faction's culture, and roam free through the Earth 2 Metaverse as ethereal beings

  • A mixture of civilizations living in close proximity may inadvertently place pressure on a Metasprite. So once it begins to take shape as a droid, it defects and has no connection/ allegiance to any faction whatsoever preferring to spend its time as a solo but neutral being

  • The ethereal droids have a powerful connection with Mentars, with whom they communicate, and roam the Metaverse seeking new Mentars.

  • Despite its desire to roam, it is not unusual for a Metasprite to be captured quite close to where it was formed.

  • With the use of Essence, these droid forms can be hacked and captured to reveal their binary composition data

  • With this data available, the Essence and Mentar work together to fuse and amalgamate the Essence into and actual physical droid

  • As soon as the droid is created, it is automatically tethered to the Mentar with which it shares a special kind of bond

  • Droids need to be powered using powered cells, especially when being sent out to 'raids'. Power cells are created using Essence, and the droids can only be charged while tethered to a Mentar.

  • When first created, most droids will only be able to hold a certain amount of Ether, travel at a certain set speed, relocate a certain distance and consume their power cell energy at a certain rate

  • Jewels can hack into the meta-code of the droid and recode their functions and abilities such as speed, storage and so forth

  • A droid can only be relocated among the same network of Mentars, as these Mentars create a special connection that exists between Mentars owned by a single player.

  • When droids are sold (to be discussed later), and once it arrives at the new Mentar it will have to undergo the tethering process where they are recoded to assimilate into the new environment, and form a new relationship with that new Mentar.

Raids for Ether

  • Droids can be sent to raid neighboring properties of any uncollected ether

  • Since the droids are at a distance from their own Mentar while raiding, they will use significantly more energy to venture onto enemy land, and follow owner's directions until the very last power cell has been used for scanning and waiting for the chance to hack into the enemy Mentar and capture any Ether (which evaporates from land tiles owned by players and is detected by a Mentar on that land)

  • Due to slight unstable nature of Ether, Mentars cannot secure the E-ther for the last 24 hours. This unsecured Ether can be raided by enemy droids

  • Droids follow owner's orders and depend on the owner's strategies to maximize raiding outcome

  • There can be multiple droids at a Mentar at any given time. Each droid will have equal chance of obtaining Ether at the time it's unsecured. Some droids may miss out if the competition is too high (similar to the staking idea)

  • This applies especially for droids raiding on large properties where a large quantity of ether is released, that would attract more participants trying to raid that property

  • This is expected to become difficult over time, but in the beginning every player will be able to defend against raiding by collecting their Ether within the first 24 hours of it evaporating from a property

  • The entire raiding game mechanics will migrate into E2V1. A droid inside E2V1 will be a flyable 3D model but its the same droid a user creates now. A separate video this month will showcase the potential look and feel of raiding/ droids inside E2V1.


Raiding UI/UX


Numbers/costs shown may not be final and some could be just for representational purpose


  • Raid button - Opens up a list of their properties. You need to own a property with a Mentar to participate in raiding, and would have already built droid(s) and tethered to that property from where you are initiating the raid (see a previous section herein for info on building droids).

  • Dispense all button - Shows how many of your droids are sitting in your property with Ether in their respective storage compartments ready to dispense that ether back into your Mentars and back into your balance.

  • Border colors of property list - Related to upcoming P2P contract system (more to be explained later). It's purpose is to differentiate which property is under your control as the owner, which properties are under other player's control even when you own the property or which properties are under your control even as they belong to another user.


  • When you click a property - Displays property stats such as - number of droids dispensing ether, number of droids full of Ether, how many droids being built on your property, how many droids are tethered to the property, number of droids raiding, number of idle droids, how many droids have run out of power. You can also relocate droids to other properties subject to some limitations.


Each stat has their internal drop-downs with relevant details


Building Droids

Users can start to build droids by selecting how many droids to build. Building droids costs essence and build time. Number of droids available for build will depend on the size of that property:- e.g.:- 750 tile property allows maximum10 droids, and the limit reduces gradually for smaller plots.



For example, here it shows it takes one day to build one droid.


There is an option to pre-power droids as well. Droids need power to be able to do anything. Selecting the pre-power option allows powering up of droids while they are built thus saving time. One reason for such a mechanism is that during P2P contracting, in the first iteration the contracted player will have limited capability to be able to spend the essence of the owner, as a protection mechanism. So in the beginning, owners will have to at least build all the droids on their properties before another player can take over a contract to start operating on the property.



If you select the pre-power option, it will show the Essence cost it will take to enable it...and thus 'Essence is Power'



Essence is retrievable when you de-power your droid.


This process of building droids is the 'easy process' available to early active users. Once the EcoSim is launched, there will be different steps that will be required for building droids. All droids built in the current web version of Earth 2 will be usable inside E2V1 as well.


It will be possible to build different types of droids which will have different rarities. The user will only know which kind of Metasprite the Mentar has managed to capture and what rarity is assigned to a droid only after the droid is completely built. Currently, over 30 such droid designs have been designed by the Earth 2 team. While later on different types of droids may serve different purposes, currently all droids will have same functionality esp. as far as raiding is concerned.




Relocating Droids


This option allows players to relocate droids between their own Mentar properties, and based on some restrictions. Clicking this button will show all the droids on that property and their respective status, and a droid must be idle for it to be relocated. Here we can also see the stats of each droid - how fast it can move, amount of ether it's carrying, power available, its potential range, how economical that droid is which is influenced by how the jewels have been slotted onto the droid and some other things.


After selecting the droid the player wants to relocate, it shows which properties are available for relocation. For example, in the image below, it shows that the Banana island property is 1000 km away, has a max capacity of 10 droids, has 6 droids at the moment while 2 are incoming


Once selected which property to relocate, the droid is going to begin its journey to relocate and then tethering to the new Mentar on the destination property



Power Option


You can power droids or depower them


On clicking, it shows list of droids on that property that are not powered currently. Player can select droids to power or de-power and we can see the corresponding Essence cost or retrieval available.




Raiding


Player can select the droids to be sent on a raid. Raiding consumes more power compared to relocating a droid and therefore the range of a droid for raiding is lower comparatively to that of relocating it to a similar distance.


Once a droid is selected, select the property you want to raid. For the first raid, you can go to the map and select which property you want to raid. Once a property is raided, you can add it to your 'favorites' list or access it from the 'recent' list to be able to re-raid it easily. It also shows the distance of the properties that can be raided.





Droid Insights System


This system is a useful tool that presents the player with raid related statistics and trends that can help strategize and plan their gameplay.



Insights interface is available via the 'Raid Management' section. Insights is an unlockable feature and is available for properties and tethered droids. Under properties the player can see the list of properties that have unlocked this insights functionality.


The player can also view a list of droids tethered to the property



Droids insights contains 5 sections such as - power stats, performance history, success rate, properties that have raided and a comparison against the player's highest performing droids.



While the power stats (first section) depend on the Jewels slotted, the droid's performance history (second section) provides a visual representation of the raids performed over time and the Ether obtained either from 'all raids' or from only the 'successful raids' which resulted in at least some Ether collected by the droid from the raid.




There are other overlays available as well, such as relocations, upgrades/ downgrades (basis jewel slotting/ unslotting).


The third section tells us about the droid's success rates and what % of its raids were successful in gathering any Ether. Other useful information is also available in this section


The 4th section displays properties the droid has raided. Players can select whether they wish to view the properties they have raided the most or properties they have gained the most Ether from via the filter in top-left corner. The information is presented as a multi-layered interactable pie chart.



The 5th and final section compares the best performing droids of the player with the droid currently selected. This comparison can be made basis Ether collected or successful raids.


Property Insights


Property's insights will contain 5 different sections - an overview, a statistical comparison, graphical display of raided properties, a pie chart depicting the Ether contribution of its tethered droids, and a graphical display of property's raids.


A property's overview shows information pertaining to the droids and raiding performance by droids from that property



The statistical comparison is an interactive line graph that illustrates the property's daily obtained Ether or success rate over time


The graphical display of raided properties allows the player to compare their raided properties against each other and determine how profitable each property is


Players can also see how much Ether each droid has collected



The final section shows all the raids they have from the selected properties. This could help players understand the competition at the said property from other players' droids.



Droid Management

The droid management section helps a player analyze and micromanage their entire droid fleet whether by accessing droids directly or by filtering out particular droids on certain properties. Droid management is accessible via Raid management section.


Here each listed droid has 4 of its power stats displayed - speed, ether hold capacity, energy efficiency and number of jewels slotted. The droid build date is also shown, while for new built droids a 'new' tag is shown. The droid build date could be important over time.


On selecting a droid, its general information is displayed on the right hand side of the list



Droid Jewel Slotting


The droid jewel slotting is accessible by selecting the Jewel inventory tab within the droid card of the selected droid. This will open the droid's slotting feature. The quality, quantity and combination of jewel slotted into each droid can significantly improve the effectiveness of the droid's abilities during raid missions. These include - droid's speed, max ether hold capacity, max relocation, raiding travel range and energy efficiency.



The jewel slotting on droids works similar to property slotting using the same drag-and-drop mechanism. Different jewels impact different stats.



Droid Basic Stats


Droids are little less than the size of a small car and number of power cell sockets determine how many power cells a droid can hold and therefore its base performance. Also, the size of the power cell determines how much essence is required to charge that power cell and ultimately determines how long that power cell can last. In a scenario, where the droid runs out of power before it makes back to its base the only way it can get back is via the Mentar which pulls it back very very slowly, almost at a snail's pace.


Most other stats here are discussed above earlier and are self explanatory.




Shane adds that things will become Harder and Riskier:-

  • We can expect more direct PvP like intercepting other player's droids, distill ether, ability to defend against other player attacks and other interesting additions yet to be revealed.

  • Jewels will be harder to collect

  • For larger accounts (more properties), first iteration of raiding will be too time consuming and thus can use this initial time as a learning curve on how the mechanics will work. Later, once civilians and P2P contracts are released will make life easier for larger accounts.


Earth 2 Gradually building towards Pre-Alpha E2V1

  • E2V1 Sometime in 2023

  • Initial focus on showing game mechanics such as raiding inside E2V1 in real-time

  • This will be followed-up by player avatars inside E2V1

  • The resulting world being almost like an RTS game you can jump into as First person

  • Further additions include gameplay to explore, loot, PvE, etc.

  • E2V1 will be massive and expansive

  • Scratched only the surface even as Earth 2 is building multiple other systems at the back-end related to Raiding, EcoSim, Logistics & Transport and Trading


Final comments from Shane

  • Want to release game mechanics that are directly related to long term goals of Earth 2 the platform, and specifically having direct and relevant use inside the 3D world E2V1.

  • Droids and raiding only a part of what the new team has designed so far, and more will be revealed in coming months

  • Amazing team around that gets things done, which is very refreshing. Have different phase dev design teams, all working closer together than ever.

  • Looking forward to release footage of E2V1 showing some of the cool progress and how phase 2.5 is coming together.


================================================================ ADDED UPDATES

Jewel Boost for Droids

Do you think the Brilliants effect is looking strange? It is not a typo! Expect to uncover new effects never experienced before! With the right conditions COPY will show just some of the additional power Brilliants hold! Over time, Brilliants will receive more additional powers and special abilities given they are the rarest form of Jewel on Earth 2!


RAIDING & CYDROIDS GUIDE OVERVIEW

  1. Properties of 4 tiles or larger with an existing Mentar can build Cydroids and launch Raids on other properties nearby with the objective of gaining E-ther that has become unstable due to not been collected within a 24-hour period after it spawned

  2. Players can build Cydroids for 2.5 Essence each and a default build time of 24 hours. Cydroids are tethered to a Mentar during the build time.

  3. There are over 35 different types of Metasprites a Mentar could capture to build into Cydroids, grouped with different levels of rarity. The type of Cydroid will only be visible once the Cydroid build is complete.

  4. Cydroids will have a default Raiding distance of 1km and a default speed of 20km/h

  5. Cydroids require a Power Cell to operate. Power Cells are currently located inside the Cydroid but will later be a separate standalone unit.

  6. Power Cells require Essence to be Powered and operational. Cydroids will require 5 Essence to be powered which is fully regainable (see point 7).

  7. All Essence used to Power a Power Cell can be 100% recovered by the Player if they Depower the Power Cell in a fully charged state.

  8. At present you only need a Mentar and time to recharge the Power Cell inside your Cydroid. You do not need Essence to recharge the Power Cell inside the Cydroid.

  9. Once your Cydroid is Powered, you can send your Cydroid to Raid a property that is within raiding range and it will scan that property for any unstable E-ther as long as it has enough Power to do so

  10. If the Cydroid is unsuccessful in collecting E-ther, it will return back to the Mentar it was sent from

  11. If the Cydroid is successful, it will collect as much E-ther as it can hold or has enough energy left to collect and return back to the Mentar it was sent from. The default storage bay on a Cydroid will hold 3 E-ther.

  12. If there is more than one Cydroid scanning on the same property when unstable E-ther becomes available, they will split the E-ther loot evenly

  13. The smallest particle of collectable E-ther is 0.01, therefore, if there are multiple Cydroids simultaneously present at the time E-ther becomes unstable and an even split is impossible, a random algorithm will determine which Cydroids win the available loot

  14. When a Cydroid returns to the Mentar, it will become available to dispense any E-ther it has collected and stored in its storage bay. Cydroids may raid again without Dispensing E-ther but this may reduce the amount of E-ther they can collect if their raid is successful. The default time to dispense E-ther is 30 seconds per 0.01 E-ther.

  15. A Cydroid can only be recharged at the Mentar. If a Cydroid runs out of power at any point during a Raid, the tethered connection with the Mentar will allow the Mentar to use this connection to pull the Cydroid back, albeit at an extremely slow pace

  16. A Cydroid can be relocated between inter-networked Mentars (Mentars that belong to the same Player)

  17. Travel between inter-networked Mentars requires less Power than Raiding, therefore Cydroids can travel longer distances to relocate. The default relocation Range for a Cydroid is 300 km

  18. Cydroids need to re-Tether to a Mentar once they relocate in order to sync with the force and knowledge of the Mentar as part of their preparation to Raid in that area

  19. Cydroids have numerous different energy consumption states that drain different amounts of Power cell charge. These states are: Idle, Recharging, Dispensing E-ther, Scanning, Collecting, Travelling to a Raid, and Relocating between Mentars.

  20. Cydroids can be slotted with various types of Jewels to give them various types of Boosts across most of their various attributes




Civilians - Quick Guide


Civilians will help automate the operation of various Raiding tasks from the Mentar, removing the requirement of the Player to carry out each task manually

  1. In the near future Civilians will be synthesizable via the Mentar on properties of 4 or more tiles and above using E-ther.

  2. Civilians will require 20 E-ther to be synthesized

  3. The Mentar picks up transmissions of DNA which are diverted to the Synthesis Chamber inside the Mentar and fused with the E-ther to create 1 Civilian over a period of 24 hours

  4. There are initially 3 different factions, each with 5 civilian characters

  5. Civilians will have different levels of rarity. The type of Civilian synthesized will only be known once the synthesizing process is complete.

  6. Civilians are always synthesized in the same order based on their default profession. That order is Data Analyst, Cydroid Technician, E-ther Dispenser (Reckoner), Raid Commander and Cydroid Pilot.

  7. The Data Analyst will unlock Raid Insights for the Property on which they reside and the Cydroids tethered to that Property.

  8. The Cydroid Technician can automatically recharge any idle Cydroids inside the Mentar.

  9. The E-ther Reckoner can automatically dispense any Cydroids carrying E-ther in their storage.

  10. The Raid Commander can send Cydroids to automatically re-raid properties.

  11. The Cydroid Pilot will be able to fly Cydroids on special types of missions with various objectives.

The above high-level summary was a quick and easy introduction into what Raiding is, what Cydroids do and how Civilians will fit into the mechanics. In the future we plan to allow Players to trade their Cydroids and Civilians for E$ on an open marketplace, much like we do for Jewels and HoloBuildings. For those of you who would like to read more details, some of which are already covered above, please feel free to read on!


FURTHER BACKGROUND ON RAIDING, CYDROIDS and CIVILIANS In the current Earth 2, E-ther is considered a valuable resource – a resource that can be transformed into Essence, the currency representing power within our metaverse, and a resource that will be able to create virtual life. Raiding is a feature that enables players to rely on tactics and strategy to benefit from inactive players and take E-ther that they fail to collect in time. The overall concept of raiding relies almost entirely on one of Earth 2’s upcoming features – Cydroids.


Cydroids are semi-sentient machines that are created by the Mentar. They are constructed from the likeness of Metasprites, which are ethereal beings that roam the lands of Earth 2. This is because the Mentar essentially uses the Metasprites as a blueprint for the construction of the sprite’s physical Essence-based form. Once its Cydroid body has been fully manufactured, the meta-sprite is able to reside within its new form and implement a range of unique and useful abilities. Metasprites appear to have an unexplainable connection to Mentars, which give Cydroids the unique ability to hack into a Mentar to detect E-ther on a property. An important thing to note is that Cydroids can only detect E-ther on a property if it evaporated at the start of the previous E-ther production cycle. After being constructed at a Mentar, Cydroids are ‘tethered’ to that Mentar. While at the Mentar, each Cydroid is able to recharge, go on a raid, and dispense E-ther. Each Cydroid also has the ability to relocate a certain distance, and tether to other Mentars that the player may own. Additionally, Mentars appear to have different capabilities for supporting Cydroids depending on the size of their properties – a Mentar on a property with less than 4 tiles cannot support any Cydroids, and one on a property of 750 tiles can support 10.


The capabilities of Cydroids essentially allows players to build Cydroids on their properties and initiate raids on nearby enemy properties, taking E-ther from all targeted players that fail to collect their E-ther in time. Players who have built Cydroids will thus be able to treat the world as a chess board and strategically maneuver fleets of Cydroids to skyrocket the rate at which they obtain E-ther.


There are many types and appearances for Cydroids within Earth 2, determined by the ‘skin’ of the Cydroid that is crafted. Not much is known yet about the differences between the Cydroid skins – except from looking cooler than others. As more features start to be included in Earth 2, be prepared to find out that your plain looking Cydroid is actually classified as an interceptor or your classy gold Cydroid is an exploration Cydroid! Whilst current Cydroids are only fixated on the raiding system, there is much more functionality to be implemented in the future, both as expansions on raiding itself, and as an introduction into PvP and other features relevant to open world exploration.


The second feature relevant to raiding are Civilians. Civilians are synthesized lifeforms whose sole purpose is seemingly to obey and serve the player by carrying out tasks assigned to them. In the initial release of the raiding feature, there will be a maximum of 5 civilians per property. These properties will require a minimum of 4 tiles if they are to be populated by civilians. The tasks in question heavily depend on the occupation assigned to each civilian which will currently be determined by the order in which the civilians are synthesized on a property. For example, the first civilian synthesized on a property will always be allocated the data analyst position. These occupations are:

  1. Data Analyst

  2. Cydroid Technician

  3. E-ther Dispenser

  4. Raid Commander

  5. Cydroid Pilot

Depending on the occupation of the civilians, they will be able to unlock certain raid related features such as providing raid insights, auto-raids and more. This only marks the beginning of civilian utility, and as more gameplay features are released, there will surely be a higher demand and opportunity to automate various additional tasks that come with land ownership. Players should not grow too accustomed to managing only 5 civilians, especially as these new features are only scratching the surface of what’s to come. Civilians also belong to a range of different factions each with their own unique cultures, beliefs and aesthetics. For the time being, it appears that civilians have no meaningful recollection of being associated with these factions. It is assumed that the loyalty of Civilians to their owners and their properties will never waver, and they can be relied on by the player to carry out their appointed tasks dutifully.



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<![CDATA[Shane Discord Chat (26th Oct ' 22)]]>https://www.e2.news/post/shane-discord-chat-26th-oct-226358429bc47da2561235ddf9Tue, 25 Oct 2022 21:09:17 GMTE2.News Community Service



Context:- Few hours ago, Shane jumped in Earth 2 discord offering his explanation on why he decided to seek suggestions on the Earth 2 marketplace only recently - a feature which has been live since the beginning. Earlier, Shane had tweeted from his Twitter handle asking Earth 2 users feedback/suggestions on the Earth marketplace. His response to the said question highlighted that unlike previously he has now taken full control of game design. Key take-aways and full transcript below:-


Key take-aways:-

  • (Shane) Asked suggestion on marketplace to ensure earlier missed suggestions from community are revisited or re-captured, especially in the backdrop of a new design team. Marketplace is just a small update and will not impact any on-going larger development. Will continue to seek suggestions from community/ user if it saves time for the design team.

  • (Shane) Have taken control of game design; users should be able to see the difference over the next 12 months, when compared to last 12-18 months, from the game design perspective.

  • Raiding concept is much larger than PvP, and will introduce multiple core facets of the EcoSim + utility to existing and new key digital assets.

  • Most delays result from a combination of factors - inherent complexity of the task, evolving priorities, external market conditions, team hiring, etc.

  • Different teams for frontend, backend, E2V1 and more. There are some overlaps between teams.

  • (Shane) Shocked at the terrible HB journey, little things being improved and others will be reworked.

  • Priority is to first achieve stability for the PvP as we build toward an Essence launch. Once Essence launches and has an external price I think we will see a lot of interest in different ways.

  • Post PvP release (birthday month i.e. Nov), CAT will finish processing Claims, figures will be published before the EcoSim starts and before Essence launches.

  • Didn't comment on speculation whether expensive countries will produce more resources or more Essence or not.

  • Think EPLs will be very important.

  • Reiterated more utility for jewels when PvP comes, slotting 'new things' will be part of PvP.

  • earth 2 will have a new landing page in November.


Full transcript:-


User:- How at the end of 2022 Shane asks for marketplace filter suggestions in twitter. He has been sent every suggestion possible already since last year. And that tweet reads as if NOW he understood there might be something wrong with the official marketplace..2 years later. Not like we haven't cried enough about it, or made a big deal out of it last year.

Shane (S):- We’re very busy focusing on many different things. Just because I tweet about one thing does not mean something else is not happening, or has stopped happening. I simply received some feedback and screenshots recently of people in the community talking about how difficult it still was to use the Marketplace. I thought this had been resolved in a previous update by the previous game designer, but obviously that was not the case so I decided to throw out a little, what I thought was a fairly inconsequential tweet, to engage with the community and collect some suggestions that would then provide a central location for someone from my game design team to later review, collate and compare to our own internal documentation (which I am sure will include things provided from CMs/MODs that may have been ignored by the previous person who was responsible, not sure, but obviously whatever happened in the past, the updates didn’t make it to the website – right?).


Would it have been better to assign a team member to the task without asking the community for suggestions and then potentially miss something? Spend more time brainstorming and not bother asking Earth 2 Players that were happy to respond? And just because something has been suggested in the past, does that mean there is nothing new or worthwhile hearing from another person? I just took a quick look through some of the responses to my tweet and there seems to be many good, reasonable suggestions which is exactly what I was looking for. It’s also a way of me showing that I am aware of something and I’m planning to fix it. This Marketplace update is a relatively small update, we have much bigger things we’re focusing on first so by no means does it suggest it’s now a big ticket release replacing other things we’re working on, that’s why I pointed out it will be something in 2023 so people don’t expect it to happen next week and then ask about it every day.

It seems the Marketplace was partially improved during its last update, but it seems to have been updated without really taking a lot of community feedback onboard and I wanted to ensure I had some of that community feedback to direct my team toward when improving the section does come up on our radar.


I have only recently taken control of Game Design and myself + the new team have been working around the clock not only to design and then guide this Raiding concept through development, which is extremely time consuming alone, especially considering the Raiding concept is much larger than just PvP and will introduce multiple core facets of the EcoSim + utility to existing and new key digital assets, but also to fix and complete key areas of the EcoSim which were previously neglected and this has been a massive, still ongoing task (but it's going very well). I am extremely proud of what we as such a small team has achieved in a very short period of time and you’ll see that difference over the next 12 months when compared to say the last 12 or even 18 months, from the game design perspective that is. Additionally, these are the first game design team members I have directly hired for the project and who were not directly introduced or hired by other internal team members and I must say it’s been very refreshing. It’s really difficult to find the right people at the best of times, and especially so when you have so much dramatized & misleading external noise and negativity being conjured toward the project.


At the end of the day, creating a game takes a lot of time, and the challenges Earth 2 has for creating a metaverse platform with foundations based on various types of gamification is arguably even more time consuming – especially with what we aim to deliver long term. Many decent games take even established studios over 5 years to deliver and more often than not, they still don’t release features or things to do along the way, so you don’t often get this raw connection like you do with Earth 2 and the ability to access, buy, trade various key digital assets of the game along the way.


We are literally coming to an end on year 2 with 12 months of that time being mayhem after hypergrowth scaling and the past 12 months slowly putting a better team together and parting ways with members who didn’t genuinely care about Earth 2 and were causing more harm than good. So forgive me if I disagree with your statement of it being ‘just pathetic’ for me to ask for some community feedback. And I’m sorry you’ve been so disappointed in the Earth 2 and openly critical of our little Egg Hunt to give Players rewards + something to do, and which personally gave you $2,400 in winnings. Perhaps if I hadn’t I would not have pushed for the locked country listings to be filtered out, most of which have already been filtered out now. My tweet did not delay PvP, or E2V1 or other areas, it was just a little of my time working with a free dev to at least get those locked listings out of the marketplace for now.. it might even mean ‘something else’ happens for those who look carefully enough over the next little while.


Anyway, I am back to focusing on more pressing matters but I do appreciate those who just answered my tweet with their own suggestion instead of complaining about something that was supposed to be positive, thank you. Later this year all suggestions will be reviewed and taken into consideration by the team member responsible for drawing up the detailed doc for the Marketplace update and I will try to fit in little, obvious quick fixes on improvements if I get a spare chance along the way.


What happened to marketplace

S- I spent a little time today working with a dev to get some of the locked country listings removed


Engaging with the community is a good thing

S- that's what I thought


I see you guys are talking about delays and things like that, what is causing the delays exactly? Is it a lack of devs or just inaccurate estimates of when things should be ready or something else?

S- it's a mixture of many things. What we are building is not such an easy thing to build and we're doing so in quite testing conditions. Also, things that were important at the start of a year might not be so important toward the end of the year if we make better or less progress in various areas. External market conditions also affect decisions etc. Finding the right talent is definitely an ongoing issue for any start up but we're slowly onboarding the right people


Do you have 3 separate teams (frontend, backend and E2V1) or are there overlaps between these?

S- yes, there is a kind of 4th team as well and yes, there are overlaps


Its sad that you have to ask basic questions about the marketplace. All it takes is looking at it for about 5-10 mins to know what should be done.

S- 5-10 mins? I highly doubt that. I probably saved hours of research for one simple tweet that people have the option of responding to or not. I am not sure how you could still suggest it's sad that I asked the question after reading through what I wrote


Yea 5-10 mins. You can highly doubt it all you want but the marketplace fixes should of been done a long time ago

S- I think this might be where the problem is, people assuming something takes 5-10 mins when it simply doesn't. Anyway, I don't have time to argue the point, it is what it is and if I want to tweet a question, whether you or anyone else agrees with it or not, I will. Especially if it saves my team a bit of time and allows the community to provide some feedback


Yea I'm selling on the next pump. This man really ab to sit there and tell me something when I've been the one on his platform for 2 years

S- sometimes you need to look at the result, not the how you arrived at it. I appreciate your support and anyone's support of the project, but it should be clear we have significant work ahead of us and that takes time. I cannot control what you want to do I'm sorry, I can only keep pushing the project forward


What we need is a suggestion channel in here. We need to be able to vote on all suggestions

S- yes, we've already discussed this but again, it's prioritizing. So it will likely come later. I also want the staking system to be used for suggestions in the future.


Why is that you have to work with a Dev? Aren't the other devs aware to get it done ? We don't want you to interfere in such small aspects of the project. You should be leading the project.

S- I thought it was pretty bad seeing those locked listings in the marketplace so used a bit of time to get it fixed, I don't mind, I am fixing things every day as a CEO, takes up a lot of my time but is quite normal.


There is a common pattern on UI/UX experience that is lacking (I know deprioritized at the moment). But it may be helpful for honestly a deep look into UI/UX the site as a whole. For example, look at the user journey currently on say holo building. There is no way to even easily figure out what properties remain that do not contain a holo building. And agreed, takes time and you have competing priorities

S- yes we are, the HB journey is terrible .. I was shocked when I tried it myself. There are little things being improved and others will be reworked


Shane don't forget to drink some good coffee or tea

S- I like your username (blackcoffee), but I don't drink coffee! I used to

Tea?

S- sometimes - no sugar


With the PvP will you push a little more sal marketing? PvP can attract a new type of users and that is gamers. Will you be marketing?

S- I think we'd like to get it stable first. So will be a good opportunity to launch, balance, fix bugs over ensuing months as we build toward an Essence launch. Once Essence launches and has an external price I think we will see a lot of interest in different ways that will actual(ly) exist by that time, for new users to earn Essence


But why don't you work daily or weekly to improve the user experience? it would take so little .. filters as Earth2Stats had when it worked for example (PPE - 1Tile selection) and a GUILD SYSTEM! It’s so hard to implement some of this stuffs?

S- I was not involved with this area previously. There were others in control and believe me, many things were passed onto them and that's basically where it ended. I have some more direct involvement myself now and I will be replacing those positions with people I know can do a better job (and people I actually hire, not introduced via internal members)


When will we find out the amount of resources each property produces? will it take weeks or several months? Furthermore, the amount of resources produced on a property will depend on: 1) jewels 2) level 3) class 4) new land value

S- we will release PvP, CAT will finish processing Claims, figures will be published before the EcoSim starts and before Essence launches. I am not locking in a date / timeframe sorry


What's the PvP like?

S- you'll not need to wait long to find out. I want to talk about it during the birthday month. There are many different key parts to it, it's quite complicated. I would love to have the first part live toward the end of next month, I am pushing for this, but nothing is 100% in software development. What I can say is that many of you will have a very decent idea on how everything will work by the time the month is through and should be quite interesting


Now is difficult to extract essence from properties with huge new land value (such as the US and South Korea). But perhaps properties with huge new land value will produce more resources? Otherwise I don't understand what sense it made to buy a 750 tiles in the USA and not in a cheap country

S- shhh


Do you have a plan for an internal EPL/ keyword search on the long run?

S- yes, I think I've mentioned that before. They will be a key tool for Players to teleport / jump to key locations. Let me tell you this, do you know how hard it is to find an exact specific spot inside E2V1? Even if you know the general area, good luck finding it again if it's small! EPLs will be very important I imagine


Why did you choose the acronym CAT? Is a partnership behind it? There is a crypto project that works in metaverses and deals with cats and the logo is very similar to your CAT logo. Just a coincidence?

S- coincidental I would say. The team we hired came up with the name themselves, which was pretty cool


Will jewels be used in PvP? It would be nice to have some more utility for them

S- 100% they will. I wanted to add Utility to Jewels and PvP was created, in part, to allow for that. Slotting 'new things' will be part of PvP


I have worked countless hours on some of my HB designs and would love if some of my best ones were used in the EcoSim. I submitted a collab ticket a couple months ago but heard nothing yet. Not sure if you have seen some of my recent designs yet. If not I can drop you a DM with the images.

S- I receive so many emails and messages on LinkedIn, I rarely read them. I think I have around 1,000 unread messages or more there. I just don't have the time. I am sure there will be ways to collaborate in the future when we have better structure in place


Can you make somebody on the team who is working for the PvP, to present somehow some specific mechanic of the PvP before the release of the game? Would much be appreciated since I'm a player and I'm curious of how is gonna work and where i can improve (reflex, aim and so on)

S- well, it's my idea. I am trying to psych myself up to talk about it .. sigh


Another resource will be released by mid-November? It's possible ?

S- unlikely, we already have too much on our plate as it is


Is the PvP similar to clash of clans style gameplay?

S- I think I have pointed out before that it will start off web based and just text etc. The key is it will be built into E2V1, so it's kind of using the mechanics before the visuals come into play. I think a few people will like it as it's related to Earth 2 and is relevant to the long term goals of the EcoSim + E2V1


Will anyone be available for Enter the Metaverse? Your attendance was definitely a highlight of the event last year

S- is the last thing on my mind right now, but I'd love to attend. Let's see if I'm still breathing by the end of Nov .. a lot going on


Will the new site be launched by the end of the year?

S- the new landing page I have scheduled for Nov


Anyway, coming up to midnight and I still have things to do. Hope you all enjoy your day ahead and keep safe


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<![CDATA[A Well-Earned Break For Stakers: Earth 2 to Put A Pause On Validation Claims]]>https://www.e2.news/post/break-for-stakers-earth-2634865f326af92a455acf6caThu, 13 Oct 2022 19:30:48 GMTE2.News Community ServiceBelow is a press release from Earth 2 as it appears on the site



To say the past 3 months has been anything less than intense for Players participating in the Earth 2 Resource Validation System would be a massive understatement. In the past we promised to provide a minimum of 3 months for Players to create Resource Validation Claims and we have now almost fulfilled that promise.


Just shy of 3 months ago, we released the first version of our player validation and Essence staking system; the E2PRV (Earth 2 Player Resource Validation). Since then, players have submitted over 56,045 claims for resource validation on their properties and almost half of these claims have already been processed by the CAT.


PLAYER VALIDATION SYSTEM TO BE PAUSED

Some Players, in particular, have dedicated an enormous amount of their time to this E2PRV Essence staking opportunity, with reports of some Players going as far as taking annual leave from work to focus on staking! We considered leaving the claim system open for a little longer than our 3 month promise, however, the health and well-being of our Players is important to us and we realised many of those participating have done so consistently with little to no rest.


Therefore, we will be pausing the ability to create claims at a random time during Monday the 17th of October, 2022 until further notice. This slight extension will provide Players with one final weekend to submit claims under the current Essence bonus system. We trust this pause will give Players the opportunity to take a well-earned break after 3 months of hectic staking.

Well done to Players who spent a great deal of their time participating. Rest soundly knowing you are not missing out on any staking opportunities, at least for the next little while. The 100% and 50% Essence rewards that were up for grabs over the past 3 months have been very unique and it is unlikely we will ever see such Essence rewards for future staking opportunities again, most certainly not over an extended period, as has been the case these past 3 months. This truly was a unique and special staking opportunity that we believe many will reminisce about in the future.


There are plans to reopen our validation system at some point in the future, but you can expect key changes such as rewards, types of claims or uses, and adjustments to the approval guidelines which have been quite lenient for the initial E2PRV. Any changes will be announced prior to the reopening of the validation system.


We are aware that some Players, especially those with larger accounts, may not have been able to validate resources for all of their properties, even though we made adjustments based on community feedback. It is our plan to allow some additional Resource Validation opportunities later on, under a new set of rules and a new, significantly lower, reward system. In the meantime, Players should focus on enjoying their break from creating claims and staking Essence, as the CAT continues to process and evaluate the remaining active claims when the paws is in place.


We thank all our Players for their participation and dedication to the E2PRV system thus far. You have demonstrated your strength as a community to collaborate with and support each other, which was especially evident with those who worked closely together. Having said that, many solo stakers were also able to stake hundreds of thousands of Essence collectively. Drop into our Discord if you’d like to talk to a few!


Your collective utilisation of the E2PRV system to validate and stake Essence has helped to inform our next steps towards modifying and expanding the system to encompass other areas of Earth 2, as has been the plan from the very beginning. We can’t wait for you to see what other opportunities this expanded validation system brings to Earth 2 Players over time.


INTERESTING E2PRV STATS TO DATE

  • Over 2,100,000 individual stakes have been made (including Active, Approved & Player deleted) – that’s over 23,500 unique / individual stakes per day on average!

  • Over 26,000 Claims have been reviewed and processed by the CAT and our Claim Approvals System

  • Over 58,000,000 Essence has been utilised (used) by Players for the purpose of staking.

  • From which over 31,000,000 Essence is actively staked or locked up, pending approval or rejection.

  • To date, more than 27,000,000 Essence has been earned by Players who staked Essence on successfully approved claims.

  • There is a total of 124,037,593.07 Essence in circulation on the Earth 2 Platform today (this does NOT include Essence actively staked).


Interesting Player Facts:

The Top 10 Players who submitted the greatest number of claims (some of the Players you stakers should be thanking!) are:

  • Seychelles with 1,100 claims

  • 나만믿어ㅡ프론트형이야 with 1,078 claims

  • OPHRY with 1,034 claims

  • ㅡ7point5percentOFFcodeㅡ7point5 with 1,029 claims

  • you1 with 926 claims

  • Aldabra with 888 claims

  • CRYPTOAPE with 875 claims

  • FirstPro with 848 claims

  • cardcard with 822 claims

  • MansourUAE with 809 claims

The Top 10 Countries for claims submitted were:

  1. Estonia with 1,770 claims

  2. Rwanda with 1,635 claims

  3. Azerbaijan with 1,414 claims

  4. Mozambique with 1,309 claims

  5. Seychelles with 1,278 claims

  6. International Territory with 1,208 claims

  7. Suriname with 1,081 claims

  8. Iran with 999 claims

  9. Sudan with 937 claims

  10. United Arab Emirates with 782 claims

The first Players to receive successful claims for each resource type were:


UPDATE ON MENTAR QUESTS AND NEW COUNTRY RELEASES

Our weekly Mentar gifting event has been extremely successful since kicking off in July, with 24,746 Mentars gifted to 18,802 unique players! While the event has helped these players to gain instant Mentars on their properties throughout Spain, Mexico, Chad, France, Egypt, Canada, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and the Netherlands, we have brought an end to this event in preparation for the upcoming PvP + EcoSim-intro feature.

We will be sharing more details soon, but until then, this is a friendly reminder to collect your E-ther!


We have not forgotten about the 5 remaining countries left to open: Turkmenistan, Algeria, Paraguay, Hong Kong, and Saudi Arabia. We will be continuing to open these progressively, with the next release set for November.


Along with more updates on the Earth 2 validation system, our birthday month is fast approaching and we will be sharing more news on our project during that time. If you haven’t already, be sure to keep updated by following us on socials!

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<![CDATA[Shane steps in discord to discuss all things Earth 2]]>https://www.e2.news/post/shane-hops-in-earth-2-discord6347b0b4e13d0c545a658d5fThu, 13 Oct 2022 07:50:08 GMTE2.News Community Service


Key Take-aways

  • On PvP:

    • Light version with PvP elements

    • Non-animated

    • The game loop will have representation inside E2V1

    • The idea is to give players a little something to do as we wait for E2V1

    • The game can be played casually and will work on hourly / daily loops

    • Will have Essence rewards in a 'round-about' way

  • E2V1: Has come a long way from last year, including from where last footage was released and seen by Earth2 users. Some kind of alpha access in next 6 months

  • E2V1 footage: Still mulling whether to release footage during anniversary month (Nov) or closer to token launch. Leaning more towards releasing during token launch.

  • E2RV staking: Updates today.

  • Player contracts: Will work similar to scholars, but relatively more complex and allow more freedom to chalk arrangements between land owners and land operators.

  • Token launch: No specific date to share, but would announce later and it should be within the 6 month mark.

  • Social media platform: Updates will be announced next month.

  • New Website: Worked along with R/GA to re-design landing page and content to convey better goals and vision.

  • Resources: Pushing for a staking based replication.

  • Jewels: Disappointed how jewels were structured, more utility coming starting with the PvP.


Full Transcript


It is finally Drew's real birthday and even Shane couldn't help but wish him as he starts off the chat.


Shane(S)- Happy Birthday @Drew !!


Hey Shane, how are you?

S- I'm ok thanks. Just getting my little dose of stress reading through every possible negative scenario some people can think up and decide to come and share on Discord lol. Nice to see the speculation and positive comments though!


Shane are you proud, we even past the point of asking when

S- then my plan has finally been realized


I’m just curious what the “website-based” PvP 2D will look like?

S- I've tried to point this out a few times on Twitter, and maybe once in Discord, but basically my game play concept is an introduction to the EcoSim, a kind of light version with some PvP elements, but a lot more. It's going to be completely based in the website, so nothing animated. One of the keys here is that it will be a game loop that can lead directly into representation inside of E2V1. So we are still very heavily focused on E2V1, and though my game / PvP idea is complicated to develop, we're not spending time with any animations or diverting resources away from E2V1, we are using the BE And FE web teams to implement on the current website. Additionally, we're expanding our BE game engine (kind of building a new one) which will be the motor / powerhouse for E2V1. So the idea, while something new, does not really divert much away from our goal to get game play on E2V1 at all, it's just a little step to introduce and give Players something to do. One more comment, the reason I designed this game the way I have is so people can play casually, so it will work on kind of hourly / daily loops, as opposed to staking which is kind of at the other end of the spectrum. Anyway, just a few bits of information. There is 100% scope creep, but I am pushing to have the first part out in Nov still even if it means things like Player Contracts and Civilians follows a little later. Though it's on the website, it's actually a pretty complicated concept to develop with many moving parts.


Most of us sit outside gen chat these days in other groups

S- yeah I understand, but there are still many positive supporters in here. I think most just don't speak out, though there are those that do. It's nice to see those positive messages so thank you to those who do speak up daily and keep things positive


Can I steal peoples essence though?

S- I think there are some people in here who have given it a great deal of thought and have some speculation that is on point. But that is only the concept, you won't know how it works until we disclose more details. Though it's definitely stressful, this is the first time I have had complete control on the game design, it's something I should have done a year ago .. but hindsight is 20/20, better late than never and E2V1 has come a long, long way since last November. Even with what you guys have seen you can see it's come and long way since then


Are we going to need to do some loops tasks in every single property in the ecosim? Considering production and logistic? Once every x hours in each property? (This would be great, and give reason to start using player2player contracts later on)?

S- well, this is where things get really complicated. You're asking the right questions, just imagine how difficult it is to solve these kind of issues


Any visual sneak peak you can give?

S- we will start releasing some visuals through Nov, but as I said, this will start 100% web based, having said that, there will be visuals for different things you can build / create, and these will be visually represented (move etc.) inside E2V1 at a later date


How long should we expect staking to continue?

S- you'll probably find out later today


Wen are we gonna see new biomes close ups? Like that video from last year. Feels like ages since then. That was a high quality video. We were kinda promised more like that but haven't got any.

S- our team is working all of this, around the clock. There are MANY moving parts to E2V1. One thing you have to understand is that the original demo we showed last year was more like a POC, applied to a limited area. The engine we've built for E2V1 is 100x better and covers the entire planet. We've made awesome progress, but sometimes you can get stuck on the smallest thing, something you expected to take 2 weeks ends up being 2 months. There is a lot more to show though and I am kind of contemplating showing some through Nov, which will be great for you guys to see if we release it, but it would then mean we have less wow factor for closer proximity to the token launch. I am yet undecided on this. I understand people want to see progress, but if you look back at what we've released this year, you can see we're working on things. It depends, should we keep that type of footage for the token launch or should I just release it


Save it for the wow factor closer to token launch

yeah it's a tough one, because the footage would also give a pretty clear picture on what we are planning for Earth 2. A nice visual representation on the future, and plans. And as much as I would love to release it during our b'day month, I do feel it won't be nearly as effective as it would be closer to the token launch


Is player contracts scholars?

S- it will work in a very similar way, yes. The difference is our system will be a lot more complicated over time and allow a LOT more freedom for land owners and land operators to build agreements between one another


Just to clarify something. Will E2V1 be web based, or a downloaded .exe or .apk

S- we are looking at various solutions, at the moment it runs as an exe file, but we are looking at solutions where it could even run in browser or via a client


How is the beard? Still growing?

S- yes, it remains untrimmed


All the ones who are still here are HODLers.. we will stay here till the end regardless of more proofs

S- possibly true - good point. Even more reward for those who maintain the belief I guess!


When do you plan to launch the token? It’d be nice to get an update on that

S- that is something I would announce to everyone, I don't have a specific date to release to the public right now


Any news about social media platform?

S- will be announced next month as well. A LOT of work into that one, but will launch as an MVP we plan to build on


Can you get someone over to speak at enter the metaverse conference in London with all the other metaverse leaders this November? I think the community enjoyed our last interview

S- if I'm still sane by then, I could probably do a video interview or something. I won't have time to fly over there unfortunately


Will the PvP system have any essence reward system?

S- yes, in a round about way


Will resources cost essence as 1:1 transaction or can we stake essence to produce resources?

S- we are looking at ways to allow staking for this. It's too complicated to answer simply and I don't want to throw too much information out there. What I can say is that I have been working with a new talent who is just absolutely amazing, it was unfortunate what happened previously, but sometimes faces change for a reason and in this case I am very happy with how things worked out.


I think this is what the community were hoping for and more are interested in staking rather than spending for resource production:)

S- I also felt this, which is why I was pushing for that approach. We are working on an incredibly interesting system, in fact multiple systems, I think many of you will be pretty mind blown with how different parts of the EcoSim are going to work and how much structure there will be. It will all start with my PvP concept .. I just wish I had become involved like this with game design a year ago and done this, but I guess at that time I already had too much on my plate. Anyway, it's going to start soon


What is the time frame on the token launch? 3 month? 6 month? Another year? The least you can do is tell us a time frame

S- I would say within the 6 month mark.


You mentioned a website rework is being deployed in November; curious is it an entire overhaul or mainly focused on the landing page content? Curious since UI changes are being pushed on the current layout still this month in stage2

S- mainly landing page and content, it looks very nice. We worked on it with R/GA. It's something we've been meaning to do for a long time and gives us a nice new design to convey our goals, visions etc. I really wanna iterate again a desire for people to see E2v1 progress. You have no idea how beneficial this is to both the community and E2 support receiving bug reports from the community to get everything ready. I really hope you decide to launch early

S- well that's what I was openly deliberating on above, if you care to check later. I want to release footage too and show how many amazing things we've made progress with, but if I do it would come at the expense of losing a significant promotional digital asset at token launch


Footage on EcoSim progress is fine, but get players in the E2v1 world flying around and putting out bug reports will really help. No matter how good your QA team is there never going to find all the bugs on a world. This is the best possible way to get the world ready in a timely matter. This also shows the community that all the videos are real, that the world is real and will blow away the critic community for sure

S- yes, when we're ready for that we will setup an Alpha and Beta environment. We're not ready for that yet


I wish we had more utilities for luminous jewels….I mean they were on the draft paper and there is a leaderboard…but we can barely do anything with them. Can we expect something to change with that?

S- trust me, there is more utility coming for Jewels in my PvP and then we will also go on to review the Jewel section. I have been extremely disappointed at how Jewels were structured


I did too. Have crafted a total of exactly 10k now, an excellent stopping point, with 4 brilliants. Can't wait to see the utility

S- yes, I feel brilliants should have a lot more utility

You have no idea how many hours I've put into the riddle

S- sometimes you need to step back and rethink. I wouldn't say it's easy to solve, but stepping back and looking at possible ways to solve it which you may not yet have contemplated may help


Do I have to travel irl somewhere specifically to solve it?

S- No


What is the timeline for initial access for E2V1? If token launch is 6 months out - would E2V1 be ready around the same time? E2V1 is very exciting

S- I am learning about giving timelines so I would just say I am hoping for some kind of alpha access in the next 6 months. For the record, we could have released E2V1 with an egg hunt this year, but it would have meant we lost a lot of progress on a playable E2V1. These are the decisions that happen in the background and are made in the best interest of the project long term


If you HAD to compare your soon to be released PvP game to either: 1) command and conquer Or 2) prospectors.io Which one does it most closely resemble?

S- it's like neither of these. I tried to spell it out clearly in my first lengthy message above. It will be 100% website based, in the current website form more or less, however, it will be using an engine we're building for E2V1 and will be representable inside E2V1 once we connect the two systems. It was a lot to write out above so please go back and read that comment for more details


Anyway, I know you guys don't like hearing it but I slept 2 hours last night and I want to try get another nap in before my meetings / obligations start again later today. I just saw people wishing Drew a happy birthday when I opened the chat and responded, didn't intend to reply to so many questions but hopefully it was useful for you all!


Shane leaves chat





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