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  1. We are incredibly thrilled to announce the launch of Ather Club — our bespoke Loyalty Program designed to reward members of the Ather Labs ecosystem. Ather Club members can enjoy a whole host of exciting and exclusive benefits and rewards just for engaging with us. We have created this as a gesture of appreciation for members who have stuck with us through thick and thin and supported us since the beginning. How does it work?By completing Quests, Ather Club members can earn XP and increase their Ather Rank to unlock exclusive benefits & rewards, and Nanochips for redeeming exciting rewards. The higher the Ather Rank reached, the more lucrative the rewards! Will you be the first to reach the Diamond Ather Rank? Ather Club QuestsQuests are simple tasks and activities that can be completed to level up and increase your Ather Rank. Completing a quest is rather straightforward and can be achieved in just a few easy steps. Step 1 — Navigate to the Ather Labs Dashboard and log into your Ather Account.If you don’t have an account, create one at https://account.atherlabs.com/ or check out our step-by-step guide. Step 2 — Navigate to the Ather Labs Dashboard’s new “ATHER CLUB” section.Step 3 — Choose a quest from the “Featured” List or From the “All Quests” tab.Featured Quests tab (Image might not reflect final product)Do keep in mind that not all quests are available from the start. You will have to meet certain criteria to unlock them such as completing pre-requisite quests or reaching the required level. For example, you must Link your Twitter account to unlock the “Follow Twitter” and “Like and Retweet” quests. Some quests might have level requirements as well. Example of Locked Quest (Image might not reflect final product)Step 4 — Complete the QuestTo complete a quest, you need to perform the necessary tasks or meet the criteria described in the quest details. For instance, to complete the “Subscribe to our Newsletter” quest, you must enter your name and email into the fields when prompted. The name and email within the fields are input by default. If you would like to change them, you can do so within your Account Settings. Step 5 — Congrats, Quest Completed!After completing a quest, you can claim its XP and Nanochips by clicking on the “CLAIM” button. Quest Types and FrequenciesThere is a variety of quests that our Ather Members could complete, such as one-time quests, daily quests, and recurring quests. The first version of the Ather Club will include the following Quests: Modifier QuestsThese are quests that change the way you interact with other quests and are only activated if you meet the requirements. For instance, you can get a 10% XP and Nanochip bonus when completing any other quests while having one or more Genesis Sipher NFTs in any of your Ather Account’s linked wallets. However, the bonus will not be active if you do not have a Genesis Sipher NFT in your linked wallets. Modifier Quest — 10% Bonus for Genesis Sipher NFT Holders (Image might not reflect final product)One-time QuestsThese are generally straightforward tasks that can only be completed once and serve as a quick and easy way for you to gain instant XP and Nanochips. One-time Quests (Image might not reflect final product)Periodic, Repeatable, and Recurring QuestsAs the name suggests, these are quests that you could actively repeat since they appear and reappear once in a while. They provide you with a constant stream of activities as well as XP and Nanochips. Each of the Ather Labs platforms will have its own set of quests to complete, so expect more to be added over time. Earning XP and Nanochips (Points)Completing Quests will reward you with XP and Nanochips. By accumulating XP you can increase your Ather Rank, unlocking tiers of benefits and rewards as you go higher.Nanochips are points that you can accumulate and spend on exclusive redeemable rewards.As of now, there is no limit to the amount of Nanochips you can earn. However, there is an XP cap when you reach the current maximum Ather Rank: Diamond (Level 25). Note: After completing a Quest, you must click on the ‘CLAIM’ button to obtain the respective XP and Nanochips. Levels and Ather RankThere are two components to the leveling system: Account level and Ather Rank. These are displayed on the user profile and under the “Ather Club” section of the Dashboard. To increase your level, you must earn the required amount of XP by completing quests. Each level will require a certain amount of XP, which will increase each time you level up. A new Ather Rank will be unlocked every five levels, as follows: Ather Rank is an essential component of the Ather Club, as it unlocks different benefits and redeemable rewards. For instance, there’s a Nanochip Boost multiplier applied to the account depending on the Ather Rank. Refer to the table below for the Nanochip multipliers applied at each Ather Rank Maximize your Nanochip (NC) multiplier by combining up your Ather Rank NC boost with the NFT Holder bonusAther Club RewardsRewards can be redeemed with Nanochips (points), earned by clicking on ‘CLAIM’ after completing an Ather Club Quest. Similar to quests, there will be rewards relevant to most of the Ather Labs platforms, and will be released in phases. Some of the rewards we have in store include Merchandise Discounts and Free Exclusive Merchandise; Raffles; Limited or Exclusive NFT Rewards; SIPHER Exclusive In-game Items and Benefits; Partner & Collaborator Perks & Rewards; NFT Trading Benefits; and much more. Please note that the Rewards functionality is currently under development and is planned for release within the next few weeks. However, you can still accumulate Nanochips for the time being. Make sure you stock up now to redeem rewards as soon as the feature is released! I want in! How can I join the Ather Club?Great! Joining is simple. If you have an Ather Account, you’re automatically enrolled in the Ather Club. If you don’t have an Ather Account yet, you can create one at https://account.atherlabs.com/. For help creating your account, you can follow our step-by-step guide below New Ather Labs Dashboard & Creating your Ather Account Disclaimers:Measures are in place to prevent abuse, exploitation, or cheating of the system. If an account is found to have been abusing, exploiting, or cheating the system in any way, disciplinary action will be taken on a case-by-case basis.Any Twitter-related quests such as “Like & Retweet” or “Follow Twitter Account” may show as “Processing” for up to an hour, due to Twitter API Limitations. If the quest does not show as “Completed” after an hour, please try the quest again. You can always contact our SupportPlease do not make any financial decisions based on the information above. If you decide to purchase a Genesis Sipher NFT to take advantage of bonuses or quests, please do so at your own discretion. Ather Labs and SIPHER are not responsible or liable for any financial impacts or consequences from your purchase.From One To Many 🚀 Enter Sipheria & be a part of our 350K worldwide community Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Official Links: https://linktr.ee/playsipher We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ Welcome to the Ather Club! was originally published in playSIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  2. Goodbye @SIPHERxyz, and say hello to @playSIPHER 🎉 Hello Sipherians! As we have previously announced, the upcoming play-test is just right around the corner and we are significantly close to the official release of Sipher Odyssey, a multiplayer looter shooter ARPG, set in a dream-like universe of alien worlds, vibrant characters, and dangerous mysteries. So we thought, what better way to prepare for an event with such scale than by giving ourselves a new coat of paint! That is why we are making some cheeky changes that you will notice all across all of our platforms. Let’s first start with our Sipherian Odyssey Logo! We gave it a more recognizable Amathyst purple with our name SIPHER ODYSSEY featured prominently up front. By the time you are reading this, it is already our main logo across all platforms. But that is only the beginning, it’s time to get Social! Yes, we are going as far as changing the URLs of some of our familiar social platforms, here are the new ones for your convenience: Twitter: https://twitter.com/playSIPHER Discord: https://discord.gg/playSIPHER Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playSIPHER Instagram: https://instagram.com/playSIPHER TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@playsipher Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playSIPHER Medium: https://medium.com/playSIPHER Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/playSIPHER Linktree: https://linktr.ee/playSIPHER Oh, one noteworthy detail, though most of our handles are now “playsipher", our website will remain largely unchange, you can still find us at Sipher.xyz (until further notice) 😉 If you have been noticing, the phrase “Play Sipher” tends to be repeated a lot. This is our brand new direction, transforming from a simple NFT project into an ambitious online game on edge of publication, and we want you and others to know that you can PLAY SIPHER, it’s just around the corner! We Are Now @playSipher was originally published in playSIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  3. Hi Sipherians! We are extremely excited to announce the official launch of comics.sipher.xyz, the official landing page for our original comic series, written and directed by our crack team of writers and producers led by Peek, our Community Director. Here’s a first look! Why we made the switch:If you are one of our NFT holders, you must’ve known one of the perks of holding a Sipher NFT is access to our exclusive comic series, which has long resided in our Discord under the “comic-share” section of our Holder’s Corner, look a little something like this: Promise you won’t tell Drac we showed you this 👀Though we certainly love the 32 🥵 emojis and hundreds of ❤️ on Discord, we think it’s finally time that our beloved comic series deserves a more permanent home. The new comics.sipher.xyz provides a much-needed visual overhaul and user experience parallel to what you’ve been seeing on Sipher.xyz. Now jokes aside, our team did a deep dive into how we can improve the quality of our comic platform. From the feedback that we’ve collected and the studies conducted, we’ve identified 2 primary issues with our current approach and how we fixed them with the new site, here are the known feedbacks: 1. A Massive Visual ImprovementFor something our artist and storytellers had put upwards of hundreds of hours into, acting as an exclusive perk for the enjoyment of our NFT holders, hosting it on a chatting platform and displaying it as a PDF file seems to undercut the whole “exclusive” part of the deal. Furthermore, aside from its ludicrously long file name that looks eerily similar to each other, there is no unique identifier between each chapter unless you actually click on it. So how did we decide to solve it? We gave them a thumbnail of course! The cover art is supposed to be featured at the forefront and it should be that way, clearly differentiating each series, and in a way, eye candy on a large spread. This also allows us to pay homage to the team behind the incredibly thrilling comic series. 2. It’s no longer finicky!Like we’ve said before, to access the comics, you’ll have to be a part of our Holder’s Corner on Discord. And to do that, you’re required to create a Discord account, join our server, and have to verify with a bot that you’re a Sipher NFT holder. For those that are more involved, this may seem easy and straightforward, but for others, it might be a bit finicky or even intimidating. To solve this problem, we’ve closely integrated the new Comics.sipher.xyz with your Ather Account, letting you connect your wallet through your preferred browser extension without having to leave the site. And in the case that you don’t own any Sipher NFT, we’ve also put in a nifty link for you to visit OpenSea and get one (or another one if you already have some 😉). 3. Compatible with all devicesThough it’s not a common problem, it’s still a nice perk to have. We have optimized the site’s sizing so that you could enjoy your comics on any device of choice without depending on a PDF viewer or Discord. Now that you are all up to date, you guys are extremely welcome to check it out for yourself. We hope you have a great time enjoying the fantastic comics that our team had produced, and heads up because more chapters are coming soon! Introducing Sipher Comics Landing Page was originally published in playSIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  4. Ather Labs’ Founder and SIPHER World Architect, Tin Nguyen, shares another update packed with juicy information about SIPHER’s Development and what’s new at Ather Labs within the past two months. SIPHER Honored as TOP 2 in KPMG-HSBC EMERGING GIANTS reportJuly was an incredibly momentous milestone for SIPHER, as we were honored as Top 2 on KPMG-HSBC’s Emerging Giants in Asia Pacific 2022 report. Check it out here! 6 Month RecapCheck out the video on the Tweet below to take a walk down memory lane and recap our last 6 months at Ather Labs.  — @AtherLabs Making a Grand EntranceTo us, growing up with games with epic boss fight scenes has drilled into us the idea that every boss must be badass. Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, Nier Automata… you name it. Bad-ass-ness not only in their form but in their way of entrance. So here’s our very first boss’ entrance. Let us know on social media what you think of it! https://medium.com/media/a01b55dc5111f3f818142be6c728b551/hrefOverview of Sipher Odyssey, in pictures!We often get asked to describe Sipher Odyssey by eager fans, so we decided to create a few punchy graphics that would capture the spirit of the game we’re building. Please take a look and we would love for you to share it with your circles to help SIPHER reach a wider audience! P/S: There’s a fun alpha 🙂 156 Talents and the Opening of our 3rd Office in DanangTeam-wise, we’re actively hunting talents as usual. The team scaled up to 156 full-time members and we’re still actively recruiting for more than 18 positions for experienced devs, game engineers, and artists. Here is our Career page, it would be valuable to us if you could spread the word to passionate talents in the gaming & web3 space! “Go to where the talents are” and “Hybrid work is the future”, with these two mottos in mind, we are happy to announce the commencement of our 3rd satellite office in Danang in August! Danang is well known for its great beaches, beautiful cultural sites, and great food. However, that’s not all. It is a well-known city with many great talents in tech, art, and especially gaming. Ubisoft & VNG, two big gaming companies have their 2nd HQ there. These latest additions to SIPHER are instrumental to strengthening our teams and networks and to keep building & upgrading the quality of experience for our users — our Sipherians. If you happen to reside in Danang and want to join our growing team, give us a shout! SIPHER Merch and Sculpture Claim Goes LiveWe have also launched our First Batch of exclusive MERCH and Limited Edition Sculpture Claim for Eligible Sipher Neko Dutch Auction participants, sparking excitement and exuberance amongst our community. Expect the Second Batch for claiming our exclusive MERCH to begin in September 2022. Stay tuned to Discord and our socials for announcements! https://medium.com/media/fbbdac5dbe09753f15696be8d9da1681/hrefSixth Vested Unlock is Up for GrabsThe Sixth & Final Vested Unlock of $SIPHER Retroactive Airdrop is also currently Live, concluding our exciting month-long Airdrop program! SIPHER Second Round of Upgraded Pre-Alpha PlaytestingIn preparation for our second round of pre-alpha and early alpha playtesting, we are planning to onboard individuals, groups, and gaming channels with a renewed focus on web2 influencers, shifting ourselves away from the controversial play-to-earn aspects and concentrating more on gameplay and the fun factors that are well known in web2 games. Want to participate in our upcoming playtest? Register now at https://sipher.xyz/! Introducing Ather ReportAs part of our efforts to keep a pulse on what’s happening in the gaming and web3 world, we have been issuing this internal weekly report coined “Ather Report”. Starting this month, we’re opening up the Ather Report for our community viewing. Right now, all the content is curated from third-party sources with little editorial work from our research team. In the future, we aim to introduce first-party articles written by our team, from game designs, and technical artists to smart contract engineering, to share our opinions and knowledge with the wider gaming and web3 community. Please let us know if you have any recommendations and if you have great news that you would like us to cover in this report, please send it to our AtherLabs Twitter! Mobile Focus for SIPHERAs we continue building the PC version of the game, our current priority is to release the Sipher Odyssey game on mobile platforms (iOS and Android) first. This will enable us to reach a much larger audience at the time of launch, especially since blockchain games have had a better reception on mobile platforms as compared to PC platforms. Therefore, launching via mobile will give us an edge in terms of reach and reception. No need to worry if you’re a PC fan, as the PC version is currently under development alongside the mobile and should launch shortly after. Express Yourself with Sipher.TechSipher.Tech is Live, a Third Party Solution provided by our friend at Tribally, users could choose from a variety of playable characters, each with randomized traits that make them completely unique from one another, and users could express their style through highly customizable Sipher characters. Our Community is ThrivingWe have continued to foster a healthy and sustainable community on a weekly basis with participation prizes, such as Spaceship Building Contest, POAP Art Contest, Game Nights every weekend, and Poker tournament with Legends. Speaking of prizes, our Metakrew NFT giveaway for the community was rolled out successfully. Partnership with Themetakey & Ganymede MetaverseOur partnership with TheMetakey and the Ganymede Metaverse is brimming with success. The dream of NFTs interoperability and cross-game/metaverse implementation is alive and well and is materializing as we speak. We are proud to be one of the first to achieve this with satisfactory results.  — @i What We’ve been Cooking upBy now, you must be extremely familiar with our star Siphers: the Inu and Neko. These Surrogates have been the front face of SIPHER ever since the beginning. Well, for the past few months, we’ve been refining another contender, one which you have all been eagerly anticipating. A fearsome Surrogate whose strength is forged from the harsh and unforgiving red sand of the desert-like planet — Andor, a world of Stone and Battle, a world where strength is power. Here is a first look at what is charging its way to Sipheria soon: Possessing the might of a tank and the force of a battering ram, this Surrogate doesn’t punch, it pulverizes, turning any foolish foe who stands in its way into instant pixel and digital dust. Anything and anyone would look puny standing next to it. Sneak Peek of our Crafting System“To stop a bad guy with a gun, you need a good guy with a kick-ass alien-looking custom-made laser sniper rifle”- Sipher Mad ScientistWorld-building continuedEnter the lush and expansive meadows of Sera. Named after its ruling God, the once bleak and barren planet is now blessed with joyous sunrays and blissfully populous faun and fauna. It thrived under the blessing of Sera and as a collective gesture of appreciation, the Serian world is dotted with temples and altars to Sera and the sun. Yet, in the shadow, underground, beneath the surfaces, mysterious creatures roam in the darkness, borrowing their power and blessings from the surface, awaiting for your Sipher character to explore. Random Musing Across SipheriaSometimes, you just want to chill, looking at things making their way throughout Sipheria, and that’s cool too! SIPHER Comics Platform Release!Furthermore, ever since the first release of our official comics series Sipherian Tales — Gone Fishin’, Discord has always been the go-to place for our beloved NFT holders to enjoy some of our team’s most exhilarating storytelling. Though we genuinely enjoy the sense of community, comradery, aesthetics, and user experience that Discord provides… it still leaves much to be desired. So, we’ve decided to give our comics some love and created a brand new platform as part of our (also recently revamped) Sipher.xyz website. Here’s a quick preview: And yes, it’s only for NFT holders, so grab one of our 20,000 exclusive Genesis Sipher NFTs (INU or NEKO) and connect your wallet now! Ending August in Style with a Fireside ChatTowards the end of August, we hosted a Fireside chat with our World Architect — Tin Nguyen, and host 0xGuru. In this Fireside chat, Tin and Guru had an epic discussion about our upcoming Sipher Odyssey game, which included topics such as: Core Gameplay of the Sipherian OdysseyCustomization of Gear & WeaponsWorld Building & Epic BossesGuild WarsTime-Limited TournamentsUpcoming Merch ClaimSwitch from Unity to Unreal Engine 5Early Access Alpha Playtest RegistrationOther major alpha leaksWant to learn more about these topics? You can watch or listen to the Fireside Chat below! https://medium.com/media/4237fc083e4e93304f0848abcc68a7fa/hrefParting wordsJuly has been great, August will be shaping up to be a hectic & exciting month. Lots of late nights and overtime were pulled by many team members across the boards, kudos to them all, we would not get to this point without our amazing team. Going forward, we expect that game development updates will be a little more sporadic as we get back into the gameplay-testing stages, working closely with playtesting groups both in person and remotely. This will require our 100% focus so please forgive us in advance for this. As such, we have decided to change our Dev Update schedule to every two months. So you can expect another big Game Dev update in October! Lastly, as our Studio is deeply involved in the web3 space, we must keep close tabs on the large macroeconomy. There are no indications that show the next 6–9 months we will see great economic recovery, and gaming is definitely affected as a matter of fact. Knowing this in advance, we as a Studio will always be prepared for the next many years of challenges worldwide. From a run-way point of view, we are in a good position for years ahead. Our full team is dedicated to crafting the best gaming & entertainment experiences and through that, bringing value to our ecosystem. We want to wish you, our readers, supporters and community members well, and remember, it might get worse before it gets better. However, we will persevere through it. Thank you to all our backers who’ve been with us since the beginning & continue to follow along our journey. Let’s keep building. Take care and until next time! P/S: If you’d like to stay up to date with our news, click here Subscribe to our newsletter here Tin Nguyen AtherLabs Founder — SIPHER World Architect July & August 2022 SIPHER Update was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  5. Whether you’re trading on the stock exchange, catching up on the latest forex trend, or buying the hottest NFT on your preferred Web3 platform, any lucrative market will be filled with scammers and swindlers out for your money. Hence it’s incredibly important to practice the recommended safety features on the platforms that you are using, and one of the most popular ones is Two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication allows you to have a second layer of security in the case that your password is compromised and significantly reduces the probability of wrong-doers having access to your account, especially when your money is involved. So, here is a quick and easy guide on how you could turn on Two-Factor Authentication for your Ather Labs account: First, go to Account Management HERE, and choose the “TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION” tab on the left side. You will now be presented with 2 authentication options, click on the left-side toggle to initiate the set-up process. EMAIL: Once initiated, you will be presented with the following prompt, asking you to enter an OTP code. Click “Send Code” for it to be sent to your email.2. An email will be sent out by the official Ather Labs account with your Verification Code attached. Enter the following code to the prompt above and click “SUBMIT”. 3. Congratulations, you’ve secured your account with two-factor authentication with Email OTP! AUTHENTICATOR APP: To use this method, you must first download an Authenticator App, if you don’t have one, HERE are 7 of the best Authentication Apps you could use.2. Now that you’ve downloaded and opened the Authentication App, either scan the QR code on the setup screen or manually enter the 16-digit code below it. 3. Make sure you save the Backup Key as it will allow you to recover your Authentication should you lose your device. 4. Now that you’ve successfully synced your Ather Labs account with the Authentication App, enter the 6-digits Verification Code on said app to the field on the setup screen. 5. Congratulations, you’ve secured your account with two-factor authentication with an Authenticator App. Ather Labs Security Recommendation: To fully secure your account, we recommend you using both Authentication methods. Protect your Ather Labs account with Two-Factor Authentication was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  6. Greetings Sipherians! Would you look at that, we’re already halfway through 2022! The past 6-months were incredibly momentous, our community had grown in enormous proportion and so has our team here at Sipher. And who might’ve guessed that more manpower means the ability to host MORE ACTIVITIES for our community! So, on this annual milestone, let’s recount all the fun activities and festivities in the past 6-months together. TLDR: We’ve hosted a total of 11 community events and giveaways.12 AMAs across a wide spectrum of projects and communities.We were featured in various established media & publicationsMore strong and sustainable collaborative partnerships have joined Sipheria.And more!EVENTS AND GIVEAWAYS1. “Lunar New year: Lucky Money” Giveaway What’s better to kick off the New Year with a great giveaway? So we did! We’ve released 2 giveaways on our socials in celebration of the Lunar New Year with rewards upwards of 2400+ $SIPHER Tokens! 2. A Poem of Love Event Valentine is a time for us to lavish in love, here’s why we hosted the “Poem of Love” event, where Sipherians could flex their writing aptitude by making poems and earning Tokens! 3. Sipher Legends Last March, recognizing the dedication of early supporters and active Sipherians who reached legendary status, we introduced the role of “Sipher Legends” on our Discord, who will have access to exclusive sneak peeks and giveaways. 4. #SIPHERWomensDay In celebration of International Women’s Day, we understood the assignment and amplified the meaningful event through special prizes for anyone who wanted to help us spread the celebratory message. 5. Sipher Symposium Episode 1 with Jindo As April came swinging, so did we! Our World Architect — Tin Nguyen sat down with one of his first mentors in the blockchain space and shared TONS of insight in our first episode of the Sipher Symposium. 6. Sipher Easter Egg Hunt Who doesn’t love a good riddle and some prizes? So 3 days, 3 riddles, and 3 winners later, we’ve successfully hosted our exciting and exhilarating Sipher Easter Egg Hunt! 7. Launch of Sipherian Lounge Sipherian Lounge is a weekly stream, giving you the latest and greatest SIPHER news from Sipher in thanks to our host @0xGuru_ and @thebuffessor. You can catch it on Twitch! 8. #SiphergoesGLOBAL Mask Design Competition At the beginning of May, we decided to go GLOBAL with our Mask Design Competition, where participants could earn upwards of $500 SIPHER tokens just by designing a Sipher-inspired mask. 9. Sipher TikTok Dance Challenge In continuation of our Mask Design Competition, is the Sipher TikTok Dance Challenge! Sipherians could mask up and get their Footloose on with Neko to earn $500 SIPHER token. 10. #MySipherSpaceship Contest After the fun and festivity of the Loot Box claiming & Spaceship crafting, it’s time to FLEX! $SIPHER Tokens were up for grabs for bold and bombastic spaceship designs in our My Sipher Spaceship Contest! 11. Coinbase Wallet Integration Last but not least, we have successfully integrated Coinbase Wallet into our website and dashboard. Exposing us to a community of 89 MILLION users in 85 countries! AMAsIn addition to building a narrative-driven world and a player-centric game, we also take pride in fostering an engaging and diverse community. Aside from actively interacting with our community of 350,000+, we’d also spend time engaging with neighboring communities within the blockchain eco-sphere through AMAs. Here are the incredible communities that we were very fortunate to engage with: MetagoonsRayitoYGGSeaKyber NetworkGuildFiMad Monkey GuildIndiGGSpikeBreederDAOSandStormHouse of KibaaWe have also been featured on: MetaPortal PodcastUniX Gaming x Paul Barrone27 FeatureEconomics Design Newsletter by Lisa JY TanKPMG-HSBC’s Emerging Giants in Asia PacificPARTNERSHIPSIf you’ve been around the “block” for a while, you must know how integral partnerships are for the growth of any blockchain project, nay! ANY project as a matter of fact. Partnerships allow us to approach challenging aspects of game design, project amplification, or even other business endeavors. Here are some of our valuable partners over the past 6 months: Sipher x MetagoonsSipher x Ancient8Sipher x IndiGGSipher x Cosmic GuildSipher X NiftySlabsSipher x TriballySipher x Nifty IslandSipher x MetakeySIPHERIAN TALES COMICS SERIESThe Sipherian Tales Comic series is an exclusive spinoff from our game through the utilization of our deep and dense backlog of lore content and world-building assets. The series is captivating, exhilarating, and visually stunning. But don’t take our words for it, look at what our community has to say: Over the course of 6 months, we’ve already published 3 parts of the Sipherian Tales Comic Series. And of course, there’s more to come & this series is exclusive only to our NFT holders. 😉 SIPHER TECHNICAL PRE-ALPHA GAMEPLAY TESTINGWe feel like there are only so many social updates and gameplay articles one could read before one starts to imagine what gameplay could be. So enough waiting, it’s time to start playing! In recent months, we’ve officially released Sipher’s Technical Pre-Alpha Gameplay Test which you could view below: https://medium.com/media/a83ca22477b88b71c5bef50e8a6293fd/hrefAnd our communities are STOKED! SIPHER SPACESHIP LAUNCHLike Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon, every daring adventurer needs a kick-ass ship to follow suit, it’s a part of their identity if we dare say. That’s why we’ve introduced Spaceships and a whole host of interactions you can do to make a spaceship uniquely you, such as build, dismantle, and scrap ship parts. And so far, our community has had a WHALE of a time enjoying the new feature: Not only does it look pretty, but ships also possess a wide variety of in-game utilities such as: To delve deeper into spaceships and all of their aspects, we recommend you check out our series of articles specifically about Spaceships (you better sit down because it’s a LONG read). LAUNCHED ATHERLABS.COM AND ATHER LABS DASHBOARDLike the Death Star to the Empire (without that gosh darn Thermal Exhaust Port), Ather Labs and its Dashboard is our ultimate ecosystem to build compelling gaming and entertainment experiences, and Sipher is our first step! So what’s new? For the brand new Ather Dashboard, we’ve revamped how you keep track of your SIPHER-related assets (NFTs and tokens) through your Ather Labs account. You could complete quests (coming soon), redeem rewards, claim airdrops and merchandise, and manage, or claim your spaceship all in one place. Check out our new Dashboard! SIPHER MERCH & SCULPTURE ARE READY TO CLAIMSo after months of painstakingly individually molding and painting sculptures as well as spending the time to produce quality merch, we’ve finally done it. Merch & Sculptures Claim was finally live! Now let’s take a look at this dope highlight we’ve made for this special launch: https://medium.com/media/fbbdac5dbe09753f15696be8d9da1681/hrefAnd last but not least, let’s hear what our community has to say: Yes, Guru! We can’t wait for you to try on the bomber either! $SIPHER RETROACTIVE AIRDROPFor the uninitiated, a Retroactive Airdrop is essentially a fair and just system in place to reward holders tokens respective to how long they hold our NFTs for. Essentially, the longer you hold, the more you have. The $SIPHER token rewards were locked up for a 3 month period and linearly vested for 6 months following the schedule below: 1st Unlock: March 1, 2022 2nd Unlock: March 29, 2022 3rd Unlock: April 26, 2022 4th Unlock: May 24, 2022 5th Unlock: June 21, 2022 6th Unlock: July 19, 2022 As you can see the 6th and last unlock is now upon us. That will be the last of the 5,000,000 $SIPHER Tokens released to the community so check your eligibility HERE. To learn more about our Retroactive Airdrop, you could also read our article about it HERE. THAT’S IT, AND MORE TO COME!If you’ve spent the time to read this far, have a cookie 🍪. In all seriousness, this hefty article wouldn’t exist without the support of you, our community. Only through your participation, we could host exciting events, meet new partners, and make meaningful and impactful relationships with a variety of communities. Us here at Sipher thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin, and for continuously engaging with us. To not leave you empty-handed, we’ll let you into what is currently in the works 👀 15,000,000 $SIPHER Community RewardsAlpha PlaytestingGame LauncherOfficial SIPHER MerchandiseMarketplaceNew sipher.xyz WebsiteDashboard V2and MORE!Ather Labs 6 Month Recap was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  7. Sipher Sculptures and Exclusive SIPHER Merchandise can now be redeemed by participants that contributed to the NEKO Dutch Auction within the Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond tier prices! We’ve created this guide to assist those eligible participants with the redemption process. Sipher Sculpture RedemptionRequirements:Ather Labs Account. If you’ve not created yours yet, you can find a guide here.Set up the Polygon Network on your wallet, and possess some $MATIC (for transaction fees). If you need some help, please read our guide here.Connect the wallet that contains the Sipher Sculpture NFT to the Ather Labs Dashboard.Sipher INU or Sipher NEKO Sculpture NFT in your Crypto-wallet.  — Note: You should already have the INU or NEKO Sculpture NFTs if you purchased a NEKO for 0.65 ETH or higher during the NEKO Dutch Auction. If you do not have a Sipher Sculpture NFT, you can purchase one from OpenSea.Disclaimers: - After you redeem your Sipher Sculpture NFT via the Ather Labs Dashboard, it will instantly become nontransferable and untradable. - The individual redeeming the NFT must pay the Shipping Fee to receive the physical sculpture.Redemption Process:If you meet the requirements above, you can redeem your physical Sipher Sculpture by following the steps below. Step 1 — Log in to the Ather Labs Dashboard Ather Labs Dashboard — Sign-In PageStep 2 — Navigate to the Portfolio Page From the Dashboard, navigate to the ‘Portfolio’ page. This should bring you to a page like the one shown below. Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio PageAfterward, click on the “SIPHER SCULPTURE” Collection. Depending on the Sipher Sculpture NFT in your wallet, you will see either a Sipher INU Sculpture, a Sipher NEKO Sculpture, or both. Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: SIPHER SCULPTURE CollectionFor purposes of our example, we will be showing the Sipher NEKO Sculpture redemption process. However, the process is the same for both Sculptures. Step 3 — Open the Sculpture NFT details From your Portfolio page, click on the Sipher Sculpture NFT, which should display the NFT details. Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: Sipher Sculpture NFT DetailsStep 4 — REDEEM your Physical Sculpture Once you are ready, click on the “REDEEM” button. If you have more than one item that you would like to redeem simultaneously (be it merchandise or Physical Sculpture), click on the Shopping Bag button on all items you wish to redeem.A pop-up should display right after you click on the “REDEEM” button Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: Sipher Sculpture Redemption Confirmation pop-upWARNING: By confirming, you will be required to approve a Polygon transaction that will effectively redeem this NFT and render it nontransferable and untradable.If you are in agreement and would like to continue, click ‘CONFIRM’. After the transaction has completed, you should now see a ‘Shopping Bag’ on the REDEEM Button located on the bottom right of the Sculpture NFT details page. Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: Sipher Sculpture NFT DetailsClick on the ‘Shopping Bag’ button to add this to your cart. Step 5 — Add your Shipping Information After you’ve clicked on the Shopping Bag button, you should automatically be brought to the page shown below. Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: Sipher Sculpture Redemption, Place OrderFill out all the required fields on the Shipping Info section that is displayed after confirming redemption. Please ensure that all shipping information and order quantity is correct. If you have more Sculptures or Merchandise to claim, feel free to add them to your order to help save on Shipping Fees! Note: After your order is executed, all private information will be deleted from our website UNLESS you click on “Save my Recipient Info & Shipping Address for future orders”.Step 6 — Place your Order Click on the “PLACE ORDER” button once you are ready, and the following pop-up will be displayed. Ather Labs Dashboard — Sipher Sculpture Redemption, Placed Order pop-upOur Customer Service Team will send a confirmation email within the next few business days to confirm your order and request payment of the Shipping Additionally, they will assist you if you have any issues with your Shipping info. Step 7 — Send Shipment Fee Payment After a few business days of placing your order, you should receive an email similar to the one below. Example Order Confirmation Email Received after Placing an OrderPlease follow the instructions included in the email and send your payment to the specified USDT (TRC-20) wallet address. Note: TRC-20 is the Fungible Token standard on the Tron Blockchain. You can send this from a Tron wallet that supports USDT (TRC-20), or directly from one of the Centralized Exchanges (i.e. Binance, FTX, Kucoin, etc.) Step 8 — Congrats! 🎉 You’ve successfully redeemed your Physical Sipher Sculpture! Example Shipping Confirmation EmailYou should receive a Shipping Confirmation email within the next few business days. If you would like to track your order, you can click on the “TRACK PACKAGE” button included in the Shipping Confirmation email. Alternatively, you can view all orders on the Sculpture NFT details page. Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: Sipher Sculpture NFT Details (Delivery Tab)You will still have possession of the NFT and it is viewable in the Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio. However, the claimed Sculpture will be nontransferable and untradable. Sipher Merchandise RedemptionRequirements:Ather Labs Account. If you’ve not created yours yet, you can find a guide here.Crypto-wallet with which you contributed as a Silver-tier or higher during NEKO Dutch Auction. Eligible wallets will be those that purchased a NEKO for 0.55 ETH or higher during the NEKO Dutch Auction.Disclaimers:After you redeem your Sipher Sculpture NFT via the Ather Labs Dashboard, you will instantly become nontransferable and untradable.The individual redeeming the NFT must pay the Shipping Fee.If you meet the requirements above, you can redeem your Exclusive Sipher Merchandise by following the steps below. Steps:Step 1 — Log in to your Ather Labs Account from the Ather Labs Dashboard Ather Labs Dashboard — Sign-In PageStep 2 — Navigate to the Airdrops Page From the Dashboard, navigate to the ‘Airdrops’ page. This should bring you to a page like the one shown below. Ather Labs Dashboard — Airdrops PageNote: The merchandise is initially a ‘digital item’ until redeemed. They are NOT NFTs, and they are tied to your Ather Labs account and wallet. Step 3 — Open the Merch item details From your Airdrops page, click on the Sipher Sculpture NFT, which should display the NFT details. Ather Labs Dashboard — Airdrops Page (Sipher Merch Item Details)Alternatively, if you have multiple merch item options available, you can redeem more than one by clicking on the toggle button on the top left of each Merchandise card. Ather Labs Dashboard — Airdrops Page: Sipher Merch tabAther Labs Dashboard — Airdrops Page (Sipher Merch, Multiple Items Selected)Step 4 — REDEEM your Merchandise If you are ready to redeem, click on the “REDEEM” button, or if you have more than one item that you would like to redeem simultaneously (be it merchandise or Physical Sculpture), click on the Shopping Bag button. A pop-up should display right after you click on “REDEEM” Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: Sipher Merch Redemption pop-upStep 5 — Add your Shipping Information Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio Page: Sipher Sculpture/Merch Redemption, Place OrderFill out all the required fields on the Shipping Info section that is displayed after confirming redemption. Please ensure that all shipping information and order quantity is correct. If you have more Sculptures or Merchandise to claim, feel free to add them to your order to help save on Shipping Fees! Note: After your order is executed, all private information will be deleted from our website UNLESS you click on “Save my Recipient Info & Shipping Address for future orders”. Step 6 — Place your Order Click on “PLACE ORDER” and the following pop-up will be displayed. Ather Labs Dashboard — Sipher Sculpture/Merch Redemption, Placed Order pop-upOur Customer Service Team will send a confirmation email within the next few business days to confirm your order and request payment of the Shipping Additionally, they will assist you if you have any issues with your Shipping info. Step 7 — Send Payment of Shipment Fees After a few business days of placing your order, you should receive an email similar to the one below. Example Order Confirmation Email Received after Placing an OrderPlease follow the instructions included in the email and send your payment to the specified USDT (TRC-20) wallet address. Note: TRC-20 is the Fungible Token standard on the Tron Blockchain. You can send this from a Tron wallet that supports USDT (TRC-20), or from most Centralized Exchanges (i.e. Binance, FTX, Kucoin, etc.) Step 8 — Congrats! 🎉 You’ve successfully redeemed your Exclusive Sipher Merchandise! Example Shipping Confirmation EmailYou should receive a Shipping Confirmation within the next few business days. If you would like to track your order, you can click on the “TRACK PACKAGE” button included in the Shipping Confirmation email. Closing RemarksThat’s it — we hope you enjoy the Sipher Sculpture and Exclusive Merchandise once you get your hands on them! We are extremely grateful for our community’s support and for those that contributed during the NEKO Dutch Auction. As you may already know, a portion of the funds raised from the sale was sent to our Community Wallet for one of our Community-Driven Programs, The Nexus Program. The rest of the funds have helped us with continuing to create great games, such as the upcoming World of Sipheria. We hope to see you there once it releases! From One To Many 🚀 Enter Sipheria & be a part of our 350K worldwide community Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Official Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ How to Redeem Sculptures and Merchandise was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  8. June 2022 SIPHER Update — “We are AtherLabs”Our World Architect (CEO), Tin Nguyen, shares yet another SIPHER Development Update. “We’ve recently revealed our gaming & web3 tech studio’s official name: AtherLabs” TL;DROur team has continued to expand as we’ve continued recruitment, bringing us to 156 full-time members. With passionate engineers, game designers, and artists in our team, we’re in a really good position to continue crafting the grand World of Sipheria.Ather Labs, our gaming & web3 tech studio’s official name, was recently revealed. Please give us a follow at https://twitter.com/AtherLabs! Check out our website here. We’ve always been here to build dope stuff in web3, and now we have a proper name to back it all up!We also launched our Sipher Tiktok channel, please follow us here!We are working towards our Alpha release. This will be a feature-rich version of the game that is expected to include the full game loop (both with the core gameplay and the meta progression loop — such as character unlocks), leveling, memories progression, weapon crafting & progression, and a few game modes such as our “Player-vs-Player-vs-Environment” (PvPvE) game mode.We expect to release an updated pre-alpha sometime in September. This build includes the improved base gameplay experience of our three characters: INU, NEKO, and BURU.We’ve continued to make progress with our metagame, namely the economy’s design and the effects of a multi-token economy. Turns out, a multi-token economy is much more complex, which warrants us to be extra careful when it comes to designing a sustainable economy.Last month we commenced full production of two additional playable characters. This includes the design of their 3D models, unique clothing sets and weapons, animations, and VFX. We’re really happy with how they’ve turned out and we think that you will really enjoy the diversity of these characters in terms of playstyle and character design!A sneak peek of an upcoming sub-race belonging to the 4th playable character is expected to release in Q4. Hint: “small things come in small packages!”.You can view all past updates here: Sipher Development Update Build your Spaceships!!!Surely you have seen our recent news updates about the Sipherian Spaceship crafting feature going live! We hope you liked the experience and that you’ve built your favorite Spaceship! We’re thrilled to say that we’ve also enjoyed watching the banter and trading activities between our community members! Have a look at what some of our community members had to say: We have a few things planned for the Spaceship utilities within the Sipherian Odyssey game (trinkets and pets are only a couple of the ideas we’ve been working on). We are also thinking about how Spaceships could come into play within the other game modes in the World of Sipheria. Regardless, you will certainly need Spaceships and their parts to progress further in the game. So you might want to open your Lootboxes because it’s time to hunt for those sweet, sweet rides! GameplayGameplay is 🤴🏻 (King). Content is 👸🏻 (Queen). Thanks to the feedback from our pre-alpha playtesters, we have decided to revamp our melee attack gameplay. The goal is to achieve more fluidity in the attacking animations and movement, allowing players to feel “in control” and “with intent” while performing combo attacks. Even small changes like these are important to us. This is why our team is constantly tweaking the formula for micro-improvements. We believe that it’s worthwhile for us to nail these combat mechanics early on. This way, we can leverage the melee attacks for our future characters, since it is an intended core element of our game’s combat mechanics. Once we’ve completed these updates and added them to our pre-alpha build, we’re very likely to begin our second round of pre-alpha & early alpha playtest programs. Please stay tuned and get ready to sign up for our playtest programs at AtherLabs or Sipher websites. That is if you want to have a chance of being included! Stay tuned to our socials! GunsBeing a looter-shooter game, wicked cool weapons are at the top of our minds. Check out some of our working designs below. Each variation comes with different stats and memory boosts, so yes, the combinations for theory-crafting will be massive! World Building & Lore CraftingThe World of Sipheria is intended to be large and engaging. Dopamis and Andor, two of our lore-rich Sipherian worlds, are moving along in terms of art production and design. We’ve also made early progress towards the concepts of our third and final world that will be included in the first Season of the Sipherian Odyssey game mode. Without spilling too many details, here are some work-in-progress images from our awesome concept artists. DopamisAndorSeraMoonbase StationThe Moonbase Station, which is the Nexus hub for all Sipherians, has started to look alive after all the progress made on the design and modeling of its different sections. Finding quests, trading, crafting, bantering, or simply jamming out in the metaverse — you might just find all of these activities at the Moonbase. The Moonbase will be filled with citizens and creatures, some of which have also been under development. You can expect to see them strolling around the place from time to time, and some of them may carry interesting quests or items that you can acquire! Shop Shop Shop Shop!A big part of the Sipherian journey is the exploration of vastly different cultures and worlds. Shopping is no different. You can expect to see and visit some of these shops floating around the Moonbase. They will progressively be open for business as we move on to the next season! Shop Keepers & NPCsCan’t have ’em shops without ’em NPCs! Take a wild guess on what these NPCs will barter with you for. 🐻 MarketMany economic indicators suggest that we’re headed to a prolonged bear market. We have witnessed significant destruction of value in the stock market along with cascading liquidations of large financial institutions within the crypto space. Traditional stock & bond portfolio investors are deep in the red, and crypto & tech stock investors are much deeper in losses. Overall, sentiment is heading towards an all-time low. This time is extremely unfavorable for risk-on assets, such as technology and crypto. Since our inception, our goals have always been hyper-focus on making great and entertaining games that focus on the “fun”. Games that will attract many players, regardless of their affinity towards web3. This has always been clear to us, but now more than ever. As the hyped interests in web3 gaming temporarily subside due to the state of the market as well as the crash of crypto prices, we believe that gaming studios that put an emphasis on creating fun games have a much better chance of finding success in terms of traction and revenue as the gaming audiences have always been, and will be, here to stay. Some more knowledgeable Investors even theorize that gaming is recession-resistant. At AtherLabs, we always make plans to be well-capitalized for years. We did not invest or loan our treasury to any CeFi Banks that are the subject of liquidations and/or bankruptcies. We believe that having a strong financial foundation is key to survivability and a greater chance of success. As long as we can survive post-winter, the return of crypto and web3 gaming are in the cards. That being said, we expect the capital market to slow down significantly, as sales will be hard and fund-raising will be very tough. Thus we’ve taken a closer look at our costs and are cutting as many expenses as possible, all while being pragmatic and ensuring that every dollar allows us to continue building towards an exciting future ahead. Stay safe, stay interested, and let’s continue buildingA bear market of this magnitude is extremely stressful. Please stay safe, and take care of your mental health and financial wealth. We hope that the tough sea makes tough sailors and that many of us will be more vindicative through these trying times. Regardless of the state of the market, we are still always actively looking for passionate talents to join us. If you love making great games and have a passion for gaming, please check out our **Careers Page!** A wise man once told me that we have a finite time on this earth for building, living and loving, so let’s spend that valuable time towards crafting something amazing and worthwhile! But wait, there’s more!Check out the latest Technical Pre-Alpha Gameplay Overview from the SIPHERIAN ODYSSEY we prepared for you. Enjoy! https://medium.com/media/f52621c8267f6c3b569a1c8655a5cb33/hrefDisclaimer: The content and images contained are all works-in-progress. As such, they are subject to changes. Appendix: Collection of articles and Tweet threads on Gaming, Metaverse, and Web3 GamingKonvoy |🎮| Gaming: Is It Recession-Proof?Games and blockchainBreaking the Trance: Crypto GamingGames with a Thousand Faces - Ran Mo's Bloghttps://medium.com/media/7ccda65e2e085f95884f7d7ac9f3bf4b/hrefFrom One To Many 🚀 Enter Sipheria & be a part of our 350K worldwide community Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Official Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ June 2022 SIPHER Update — “We are AtherLabs” was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  9. If you’ve been hoarding your Spaceship Lootboxes and parts, it’s time to put them to good use! Hop on a ride with us and learn more about the latest Spaceship features: Building a Ship, Dismantling Ships, and Scrapping Parts! Building a SpaceshipSpaceships RecapWhat are Spaceships? Spaceships are your very own travel vehicle that will allow you to transport yourself throughout the various dungeons and the World of Sipheria. What can you do with them? As mentioned in Part 2 of the Spaceships Article Series, Spaceships will have multiple in-game uses. See the image below for some of the in-game utilities for Spaceships: You can read more about these use-cases in Part 2 of the Spaceships Article Series. Building a Spaceship — RequirementsNow for the big question: How can I get my hands dirty and Build some Spaceships?! Before we get started, let’s talk about what you need: Ather Labs Account. If you have not created yours yet, you can find a guide here.Five (5) Parts of the same Spaceship Type [in your Off-Chain Account Inventory]. You need one of each of the following parts: Right Wing, Left Wing, Ship Body, Undercarriage, and Tail. They must be of the same Spaceship Type (i.e. TUNKU, ZED LEP, FLIK FLAK, etc.), but they can each be of a different rarity tier.  — If you don’t have the five necessary parts, you can purchase them at the OpenSea Marketplace and bring them off-chain into your account inventory. Alternatively, you can open a Lootbox from your inventory, and use the five parts obtained. If you don’t have any Lootboxes, you can also purchase them from the OpenSea Marketplace and bring them off-chain into your account inventory.OPTIONAL: Set up the Polygon Network on your wallet, and possess some $MATIC (for transaction fees). If you need some help, please read our guide here. This is only required if you are attempting to purchase Lootboxes or Spaceship Part NFTs.OPTIONAL: Learn about Rarity Score. As described in Part 2 of the Spaceships Article Series, each Spaceship will have its own Rarity Score, which determines the overall Rarity of your Ship. Learn more about Spaceship Rarity Scores here. This should help you make an informed decision prior to building your Spaceship. Note that if you want to change your Spaceship’s parts, you can Dismantle your Ship afterward (more on that later in this article).How to Build a SpaceshipStep 1 — Log in to the Ather Labs Dashboard https://dashboard.atherlabs.com/Step 2 — Navigate to the ‘Build Spaceship’ Page From the Dashboard, navigate to the ‘Spaceship’ page by clicking on the top navigation bar. Afterward, click on the “Inventory” tab, and then ‘Ship Parts’ Finally, click on the “Action Mode” Button in the bottom-right corner, and select “Build Ship” Step 2 — Select the Ship type that you want to Build Now that we’re on the ‘Build Spaceship’ page, you can view the Spaceships available for you to build. These will be under the ‘Ready to Build’ category. Spaceships shown under the ‘Missing Parts’ category cannot be built with your current arsenal of parts. You can find out which parts you are missing by clicking on those Spaceships. Example of a Spaceship under ‘Missing Parts’To Build a Spaceship, select a Ship under the ‘Ready to Build’ category. For illustration purposes, we’ve selected THE WANDERING ALICE. Step 3 — Select the Parts you want to use to build your ship After selecting a Spaceship type that you want to build, you should see the Spaceship Builder. Click on the parts you want to use to build your ship to select them. The Spaceship Builder at the top of the page will show you what your Spaceship will look like. Note: You can choose parts of different rarity tiers. Customize it however you like! Step 4 — Build your Spaceship! Click on the ‘Build Ship’ button when you’re ready. You should now see a confirmation page. Click on the ‘Confirm’ button at the bottom to Build your Spaceship. Step 5 — Congrats! 🎉 Wait for the animation to finish and that’s it, you’ve built your Spaceship! Dismantle a SpaceshipQuick RecapWhat do you mean by “Dismantle”? By dismantling your Spaceship, you will retrieve the five parts that were originally used to build it in the first place. Why would I dismantle my beautiful Spaceship? We can think of a few reasons why you would want to do dismantle your Spaceship: - You accidentally used a part that you did not intend to use, for building your Spaceship. Whoops. - You built your Spaceship with the parts you had available, but you obtained some parts of a higher rarity afterward, and want those on your ship instead. - You wanted to obtain specific parts but you were only able to acquire them from a Spaceship that was available in the OpenSea Marketplace. Dismantling a Spaceship — RequirementsBefore we get started, let’s talk about what you need: Ather Labs Account. If you have not created yours yet, you can find a guide here.One Spaceship [in your Off-Chain Account Inventory]. If you don’t have a Spaceship and would want one for dismantling purposes, you can purchase them from the OpenSea Marketplace, and bring them off-chain into your account inventory.OPTIONAL: Set up the Polygon Network on your wallet, and possess some $MATIC (for transaction fees). If you need some help, please read our guide here. This is only required if you are attempting to purchase a Spaceship NFT from the OpenSea Marketplace.How to Dismantle a SpaceshipStep 1 — Log in to the Ather Labs Dashboard https://dashboard.atherlabs.com/Step 2 — Navigate to the ‘Dismantle Spaceship’ Page From the Dashboard, navigate to the ‘Spaceship’ page by clicking on the top navigation bar. Afterward, click on the “Inventory” tab, and then ‘Spaceships’ Finally, click on the “Action Mode” Button in the bottom-right corner, and select “Dismantle Ship” Step 2 — Select the Spaceship that you want to Dismantle Now that we’re on the ‘Dismantle Spaceship’ page, you can view the Spaceships in your Account Inventory, which you can dismantle. Select the Spaceship that you want to dismantle. For illustration purposes, we’ve selected one of our WANDERING ALICEs. Note: If you have more than one ship with the exact same parts, these Spaceships will stack in your inventory. As such, you can increase the quantity if you want to dismantle more than one from that Spaceship stack.Step 3 — Dismantle your Spaceship! Click on the ‘Dismantle’ button when you’re ready. You should now see a confirmation pop-up. This shows the parts you will receive after the dismantling process has been completed. Click on the ‘Dismantle’ button at the bottom to Dismantle your Spaceship. Step 4 — Congrats! 🎉 Wait for the animation to finish and that’s it, you’ve dismantled your Spaceship! Scrapping PartsOverviewWhat is this Spaceship Parts “Scrap” System? This system allows you to obtain parts of a higher rarity tier by combining (i.e. ‘scrapping’) parts of a lower rarity tier. What is the ratio? It is a ratio of 3:1, meaning that you can combine three (3) parts of a lower rarity tier, and you are guaranteed one (1) part of the next higher tier. For example, you can scrap three (3) uncommon parts into one (1) rare part. Have a look at the following table for more information: How does it work? In essence, when you scrap three (3) parts, you are guaranteed to receive one (1) of the next higher rarity tier. However, given that the input consists of three (3) parts, you have three (3) possible outcomes based on the parts you selected for scrapping. Let’s illustrate this via some example scenarios. Scenario 1: All three parts are different Let’s say you have the following parts available for scrapping: an Epic AKAGI Right Wing, an Epic AHAB Body, and an Epic FLIK FLAK Left Wing. In this scenario, you have three possible outcomes — each with an equal chance (33.3%) of occurring. Since all parts are different, you are guaranteed either a Legendary AKAGI Right Wing, a Legendary AHAB Body, or a Legendary FLIK FLAK Left Wing. Scenario 2: Two parts are equal and one part is different Let’s say you have the following parts available for scrapping: two (2) Epic AKAGI Right Wings, and one (1) Epic FLIK FLAK Left Wing. In this scenario, you have two possible outcomes. Since you have two parts that are equal (AKAGI Right Wings), you are still guaranteed a Legendary part, but you have a higher chance (66.7%) of receiving an AKAGI Right Wing, and a lower chance (33.3%) of receiving a Legendary FLIK FLAK Left Wing. Scenario 3: All parts are equal Let’s say you have three (3) Epic AKAGI Right Wings available for scrapping. In this scenario, you only have one possible outcome. Since you have three parts that are equal (AKAGI Right Wings), you are guaranteed to receive a Legendary AKAGI Right Wing. Scrapping Parts— RequirementsBefore we get started, let’s talk about what you need: Ather Labs Account. If you have not created yours yet, you can find a guide here.Three Spaceship Parts [in your Off-Chain Account Inventory]. If you don’t have Spaceship Parts and want to obtain some for scrapping purposes, you can purchase them at the OpenSea Marketplace and bring them off-chain into your account inventory. Alternatively, you can open a Lootbox from your inventory, and use the five parts obtained. If you don’t have any Lootboxes, you can also purchase them from the OpenSea Marketplace and bring them off-chain into your account inventory.OPTIONAL: Set up the Polygon Network on your wallet, and possess some $MATIC (for transaction fees). If you need some help, please read our guide here. This is only required if you are attempting to purchase Spaceship Parts or Lootbox NFTs from the OpenSea Marketplace.How to Scrap PartsStep 1 — Log in to the Ather Labs Dashboard https://dashboard.atherlabs.com/Step 2 — Navigate to the ‘Scrap Parts’ Page From the Dashboard, navigate to the ‘Spaceship’ page by clicking on the top navigation bar. Afterward, click on the “Inventory” tab, and then ‘Ship Parts’ Finally, click on the “Action Mode” Button in the bottom-right corner, and select “Scrap” Step 2 — Select the Spaceship Parts that you want to Scrap Now that we’re on the ‘Scrap’ page, you can view the Spaceship Parts in your Account Inventory, which you can Scrap. Select three (3) Spaceship Parts, of the same rarity tier, that you want to scrap. Step 3 — Scrap the Parts! Click on the ‘Scrap’ button when you’re ready. You should now see a confirmation pop-up. This shows the parts you will receive after the Scrap process has been completed. Click on the ‘Confirm’ button at the bottom to Scrap the three parts shown. Step 4 — Congrats! 🎉 Wait for the animation to finish and that’s it, you’ve completed the Scrap process! Closing RemarksThe features mentioned within this article will primarily be of use to our most loyal supporters who held Genesis Sipher NFTs (INUs or NEKOs), claimed their Lootboxes, and obtained the parts within; and to those who purchased Lootboxes, Spaceship Parts, or Spaceship NFTs from the OpenSea Marketplace. Thanks again for all of your support as we continue to build immersive, exciting, and fun gaming experiences. We hope you enjoy these new features and that they help you get ready for blast-off in the World of Sipheria ❤️. Part 1:Spaceships Overview and Mixing Off-chain & On-chain Part 2:Spaceships: Types, In-Game Utility and the Effects of Rarity Part 3:Spaceships: Claiming Loot Boxes, Minting, and Bringing NFTs to Account Inventory (Off-Chain) Part 4:Spaceships: Opening Loot Boxes, and Minting or Bringing Part NFTs to Account Inventory Part 5 (You are here):Part 5:Spaceships: Build or Dismantle Ships, and Scrap Parts! From One To Many 🚀 Enter Sipheria & be a part of our 350K worldwide community Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Official Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ Spaceships: Build or Dismantle Ships, and Scrap Parts! was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  10. We are making some adjustments to our Staking Rewards, which come to effect on June 14, 2022, @ 12:00PM UTC. Read on to find out more about the factors that led to this change, and how you can increase your $SIPHER Stash soon by continuing to be an Active Community Member! Recap — What were our Objectives behind the $SIPHER Staking Pools?Late last year, we launched our $SIPHER Staking Pools with two main objectives for our community in mind: Ensure sufficient liquidity of our $ETH:$SIPHER trading pairs, so that the majority of our $SIPHER Token holders would be able to trade with reduced slippage, andTo reward our Community Members who purchased $SIPHER with the option to increase their Stash of $SIPHER through Staking, in anticipation of its use within our upcoming SIPHERIAN ODYSSEY Game (Hint — If you have not yet seen our Technical Pre-Alpha Gameplay Leak 😜).What is Changing about the Staking Rewards?Size of the Staking Rewards PoolWe are shifting 15 Million $SIPHER from the current Staking Rewards Pool to a newly created Community Rewards Pool that will be used to reward active community members. Illustration of the change in the size of the Staking Rewards PoolMonthly Distribution Size of the Staking RewardsOn June 14, 2022, we would have distributed 25 Million $SIPHER Tokens in Staking Rewards to our SIPHER Community, with a large portion already having been distributed to our Stakers who have locked in their Stake for longer periods of time, as part of our unique time-weighted staking system which you can read about here. With the updated Staking Reward Pool of 35 Million $SIPHER Tokens, this effectively means that there will be 10 Million $SIPHER Tokens remaining to be distributed as Staking Rewards over the following 6 months (up until December 2022). Illustration of the Monthly Distribution of the $35M Staking Rewards PoolAs a result of the adjusted pool of Staking Rewards, we will gradually alter the size of the monthly staking rewards over the next 6 months according to the following schedule: Why are we Adjusting the Staking Rewards?Over the course of the last 5 months, we have been actively monitoring the situation in our Staking Pools in order to ensure that we were on track with meeting our staking objectives, and we are happy to say that they have been largely met. Achieved Objective 1: Sufficient LiquidityAs a community-first project, we have always endeavored to ensure that the largest portion of our community was not too impacted by slippage when looking to purchase or sell our $SIPHER tokens. A large portion (92.5%) of our community members hold 10,000 $SIPHER or less, and that was the benchmark to which we held ourselves accountable in ensuring sufficient liquidity for trading. As a result of the combined efforts of our Community Liquidity Providers and SIPHER, we have ensured that slippage for the majority of our Community Members remained manageable. Furthermore, from on-chain data on: a) existing trading volumes, and b) wallet data from the majority (~80%) of holders not trading their $SIPHER tokens. We are truly humbled to know that our Community Members believe in the long-term vision of SIPHER, and are with us for the long haul. Your actions certainly speak louder than words, and they give us the confidence and strength to keep “BUIDLING” and DELIVERING a WORLD CLASS gaming experience. In light of the above, we believe that the current level of liquidity is sufficient for the smaller number of community members looking to take advantage of market movements to trade, and as such, we will be adjusting the Staking Rewards for LPs gradually over the next 6 months. Achieved Objective 2: Increasing the $SIPHER Stash for our Community MembersIn creating our $SIPHER Staking Pool, we also wanted to allow our Community Members to be able to increase their $SIPHER Stash in anticipation of the launch of our game. Thus far, our Community Members who had staked $SIPHER Tokens for the maximum locked duration would be on track to earn around 50% more $SIPHER Tokens during the first 6 months, and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what our Community Members will be doing with their heavier pockets in Sipheria! While we’re extremely glad that we’re able to provide more $SIPHER to our Community Members via Staking Rewards, because this is the ONLY currently possible way to gain more $SIPHER, we had also inadvertently overlooked the promotion of slightly more ‘passive’ behavior within our Community. We truly believe that SIPHER has the potential to be a vibrant, bustling hub of positive engagement, and by adjusting the Staking Rewards to create a Community Rewards Pool that rewards community engagement, in parallel with the adjusted $SIPHER Staking Rewards, we believe that we are taking one step forward in creating that special place for everyone here. How can you benefit from the Newly Created 15 Million $SIPHER Community Rewards Pool?The 15 Million $SIPHER Community Rewards pool will be used primarily to grow, engage and reward our Active Community Members. For example, as part of the Ather Lab’s Dashboard, we will be launching some “Community Quests” in the following months to come. A portion of the 15 Million $SIPHER in the Community Rewards Pool will then be used to reward Active Community Members who complete these “Community Quests”. While the mechanisms are subject to fine-tuning, we envision rewards could be issued to Active Community Members with an Ather Labs ID in the following way: 1 — SIPHER creates a new “Community Quest” with a $SIPHER Reward Pool on the Dashboard. (Example: A 10,000 $SIPHER Quest Reward Pool for the “Community Quest” for “Tuning in to Weekly Game Night”) 2 — A snapshot will be taken of the Community Members with Ather Lab IDs who completed the “Community Quest”. 3 — The $SIPHER Reward Pool will be distributed equally among all eligible Community Members. (Example: If 100 Community Members were eligible, each of them will be able to claim 100 $SIPHER each). Closing RemarksStaking Rewards Pool will be adjusted from 50M $SIPHER Tokens to 35M $SIPHER Tokens, with a gradual adjustment in Rewards Monthly over the next 6 months. This decision was made as we have determined that the liquidity for trading $SIPHER is sufficient for the large majority (92.5%) of our Community.The remaining 15M $SIPHER Tokens will go towards the formation of a new Community Rewards Pool, which will be used to grow and reward active community participation, amongst other future community reward initiatives.Thank you and see you in Sipheria! ❤️ From One To Many 🚀 Enter Sipheria & be a part of our 350K worldwide community Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Official Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ Adjustments to Staking Rewards & Intro to Active Community Member Rewards was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  11. The time has finally come to test your luck and open up Spaceship Lootboxes! With only a few hours/days to reveal, here are the important details you need to know. Let’s hope you get some legendary parts! Overview of LootboxesBefore we begin, let’s briefly revisit Part 1 (Spaceships Overview and Mixing Off-chain & On-chain) and Part 2 (Spaceships: Types, In-Game Utility and the Effects of Rarity) of the Spaceship Article Series. What’s in the Lootboxes?Each Lootbox contains the five (5) Spaceship parts necessary to build one Spaceship: One (1) Wing (Right)One (1) Wing (Left)One (1) Body (Cockpit)One (1) TailOne (1) UndercarriageRarity and Rarity ScoreEach of the Spaceship parts you receive will have a random Rarity Tier based on the loot chance percentage (%). Additionally, depending on the rarity of each part, it will have a Rarity Score, which will later be used to determine the rarity of your Spaceship. Have a look at the table below, which summarizes the probabilities you have to receive a part of a specific Rarity Tier, and the Rarity Score of each Rarity Tier. Each part you receive has a chance to be one of these five Rarity TiersRead more about Rarity Score in this article. Opening LootboxesHow to Open LootboxesAs previously mentioned throughout the Spaceships Article Series, most of the interactions with Spaceships, Lootboxes, and parts are handled Off-Chain. As such, if you want to open Lootboxes you need to ensure that they are in your Account Inventory (Off-Chain). Check out Part 3 of the Spaceships Article Series to learn how to bring Lootboxes into your Account Inventory.As for opening your Lootboxes, you can find a step-by-step guide below. Step 1 — Enter the Ather Labs Dashboard and Log-in To get started, you must log in to your Ather Labs account. If you don’t have an account yet, you can follow the step-by-step tutorial included below: New Ather Labs Dashboard & Creating your Ather Labs Account Step 2 — Navigate to the “Open Lootbox” section within Ather Labs Dashboard After you have logged in, you should be able to freely navigate through the Ather Labs Dashboard. To open your Lootboxes, you must navigate to the ‘Spaceships’ section of your Ather Labs Dashboard. You should now see the contents of the ‘Overview’ tab, as shown below: Ather Labs Dashboard — ‘Overview’ tab within the ‘Spaceships’ sectionClick on the ‘Inventory’ tab to view your Account Inventory. Step 3 — Select the Lootbox(es) you wish to open After you’ve clicked on the ‘Inventory’ tab, you should see the following page: Click on the Lootbox you wish to open. This should bring you to the Lootbox details page. Step 4 — Open your Lootbox(es) From there, you can click on the “OPEN LOOTBOXES”. Right after you click on the “OPEN LOOTBOXES” button, you should see a screen similar to the one below. You can use the “+” and “-” buttons to increase or decrease the number of Lootboxes you want to open, or simply click on “MAX” if you want to open 10 Lootboxes at once. Additionally, you can use the “<” and “>” arrows to open another Lootbox type instead. After you’ve selected the number of Lootboxes to open, click on “OPEN LOOTBOXES”. Step 5 — Congrats, you’ve opened your Lootboxes! 🎉 After clicking “OPEN LOOTBOXES”, you will instantly see an animation, followed by a list containing the parts received from all Lootboxes opened. If you’d like to open more Lootboxes, click on the “OPEN OTHER LOOTBOXES” button. Otherwise, click on “CANCEL” to close this window. To view all the Spaceship parts in your Inventory, you can click on “VIEW SPACESHIP PARTS”. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the ‘Inventory’ tab within the ‘Spaceships’ section of the Ather Labs Dashboard. Now that you have your Spaceship parts, you can either hold it until the Scrapping and Spaceship Building features are released (releasing at a later date — ETA To be Announced), or you can MINT them as NFTs. Minting Spaceship PartsBy minting your Spaceship Parts, you are essentially converting it from its digital item form, which is stored in your Account Inventory (Off-Chain), into an NFT within the Ethereum L2 Blockchain Solution — Polygon. This allows for true ownership, and you could either store it in your wallet or trade it on a secondary marketplace (such as OpenSea). Before you can get started, you will need the following: Set up the Matic Mainnet (Polygon) Network in your walletGet some MATIC tokens (needed to transact within the Matic Mainnet Network)Optional: Bridge some ETH (from the L1 — Ethereum Blockchain) to WETH (essentially ETH in the L2 — Polygon Blockchain). You would need to do this if you intend to purchase other Spaceship Loot boxes on secondary marketplaces (such as OpenSea).You can read the following article if you need help with these steps. Getting Ready for Minting NFTs via the SIPHER Dashboard Have Polygon set up in your wallet and you possess some MATIC? Let’s move on to minting your Spaceship parts! Step 1 — Navigate to your Account InventoryFirst, head over to the ‘Inventory’ tab under the ‘Spaceship’ section of the Ather Labs Dashboard. You should see the following page: Ather Labs Dashboard — Account Inventory (Spaceship Parts)Step 2 — Minting your NFTTo mint, select the desired Parts via their respective circular ‘selector’ on the top left of the Ship Part and click on ‘MINT NFT’ (as shown below) Ather Labs Dashboard — Account Inventory (Spaceship Parts)A pop-up window similar to the one below should appear: NFT Minting Confirmation Pop-upClick on ‘CONFIRM’ and your wallet extension should pop up requesting you to approve the transaction. This is where you’ll put your MATIC to use. After confirming the transaction on your wallet, you should now view a pop-up similar to the one below: Minting Loot box to NFT — MINT SUCCESSFULYou can now choose to view your newly minted NFT, or you can mint other Spaceship Part. Step 3 — Congratulations!That’s it, you’ve completed minting your Spaceship Part NFT! Now you can trade it on secondary marketplaces or store it in your wallet! Note that by minting, you essentially bring your Spaceship Parts from the SIPHER servers (OFF-CHAIN) to the Blockchain (ON-CHAIN). This means that your Spaceship Part will not be in your OFF-CHAIN Account Inventory, but rather will be in your personal wallet as an NFT.To view your minted Spaceship Parts, you must navigate to the ‘PORTFOLIO’ section of the Ather Labs Dashboard. Bringing NFTs to Account Inventory (Off-Chain)If you’ve purchased Parts from someone else, or if you would like to bring a previously minted Spaceship NFT back into your Account Inventory to perform the other upcoming features such as building Spaceships or scrapping parts. To do this, you must bring back the NFTs to their original (Off-Chain) form into your Account Inventory. To get started, you can follow the steps below. Step 1 — Navigate to your PortfolioYou can find the ‘Portfolio’ section at the top of the Ather Labs Dashboard. After you enter the ‘Portfolio’ section, you should see the following page: Ather Labs Dashboard — Portfolio SectionThis section will automatically show you the ‘NFTs’ tab, which will display all Sipher NFT collections that you hold in your wallet. Step 2 — Navigate to your ‘Sipher Spaceship’ CollectionFrom the ‘Portfolio’ section, click on the ‘Sipher Spaceship Part’ Collection to view all your Spaceship Part NFTs. It should bring you to a page that looks something like this: Ather Labs Dashboard — ‘Sipher Spaceship Part’ collection page, within the ‘Portfolio’ sectionStep 3 — Bring the Desired NFT back into your Account InventoryFrom the ‘Sipher Spaceship Part’ page, click on the desired NFT that you want to bring back Off-Chain (to your Account Inventory) either by clicking on the image or name, or clicking on the ‘View’ button on the top right of the NFT. You should now see the NFT details page: Ather Labs Dashboard — NFT Details Page within ‘Portfolio’ section.From here, you would click on “BRING TO OFF-CHAIN”, which should instantly display the following confirmation pop-up: Bringing to Off-Chain Confirmation Pop-up. Not final imageSelect the number of NFTs that you wish to bring back into your Account Inventory (Off-Chain) by clicking on the ‘+’ or ‘-’ buttons at the bottom, and then click on the “BRING TO OFF-CHAIN” button within the pop-up. Clicking on this button should display your wallet extension to approve the transaction. Note: Similar to Minting an NFT, you will need to have completed the set-up of the Matic Mainnet Network (Polygon), and you must possess some MATIC tokens to pay any transaction fees (these are very minimal).After your transaction is confirmed, your NFT will essentially get “burned” and turned back into its original form (Off-Chain digital item). You can now view these Spaceship Parts in your ‘Inventory’ within the ‘Spaceships’ section of the Ather Labs Dashboard. Closing RemarksThat’s it for Part 4 of the Spaceships Article Series. As usual, stay tuned to our Discord and Socials for more updates. Specifically, we will be sharing more details once the Part Scrapping and Spaceship Building features are ready to be announced. Stay tuned! PS: Remember that you can decide to keep your Lootboxes unopened for as long as you like. See you in Sipheria! Spaceship Article SeriesPart 1:Spaceships Overview and Mixing Off-chain & On-chain Part 2:Spaceships: Types, In-Game Utility and the Effects of Rarity Part 3:Spaceships: Claiming Loot Boxes, Minting, and Bringing NFTs to Account Inventory (Off-Chain) Part 4 (You are here):Medium Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, Join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ Spaceships: Opening Loot Boxes, and Minting or Bringing Part NFTs to Account Inventory was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  12. April 2022 Dev Update — “Bull-ish”Our World Architect (CEO), Tin Nguyen, shares yet another Sipher Development Update. “We’ve continued to make progress on many fronts. This month, we’re feeling especially “Bull-ish”. Why?” TLDR:We have onboarded new animators, game-devs, and a dedicated NFT Marketplace Advisor, bringing the team’s size to 128 full-time members.While live multiplayer is 10x harder than single-player or turn-based multiplayer games, we have made significant progress in this aspect. The Multiplayer experience is now syncing smoothly across 3 clients.Our BURU, the third playable race, is getting so much love from our community. He 💓s it.A close up of a WIP BURU — showing how detailed we are within the character design processThe Ather Labs branding is complete, and we will reveal more details to the world over the next 6 weeks.We internally shipped version 0.1 of our Launcher, the gateway to all Games and dApps within our ecosystem and partnerships.We are shipping our technical pre-alpha to some of our investors, friends, and community members, and we are hosting physical playtesting sessions within our studio. This build includes the base gameplay experience of our three characters: INU, NEKO, and BURU. Feedback will be collected after playtest sessions to help us further validate that our game is “fun” and improve our core gameplay experience.Look forward to seeing many highlights of this build going out on our Socials 😉We’ve assembled a dedicated game design team to work on Levels and Boss encounters, something that will be key to the SIPHER experience across many worlds and game modes.We are making progress with our metagame, including the economy’s design and what a multi-token economy would bring. We also started to model out these assumptions on dedicated software that will allow us to test our hypothesis & assumptions before and after the game launch, with live input feeds of actual gameplay data.You can view all past updates here: SIPHER Development Update Introducing the BURUThe Four Sub-races:The INFERNOThe INFERNO sub-race is the rarest of the BURU sub-races. Forged out of unbreakable obsidian sheathed beneath layers and layers of scorching volcanic magma, these Siphers are living furnaces of nature who wield fire and stone like the twin horns of catastrophe — smelting entire armies and cities into nothing more than smokes and ashes. Don’t mistake their mastery over igneous elements for stability, the INFERNO is fury made flesh. BURU — INFERNO Sub-raceThe MECHAThe MECHA sub-race is the tech-organic variant of the BURU, born out of the race’s unending thirst to elevate their combat prowess. These Siphers have rebuilt their bodies with cutting-edge — and in some cases banned — augmentations from mechanically enhanced body parts to internal cold fusion reactors. Living engines of war, the MECHA BURU can never stop fighting — to do so would risk overloading their own over-clocked neuro-circuitry. BURU — MECHA Sub-raceThe ANCIENTThe ANCIENT is an enigmatic techno-mystic sub-race of the BURU. Unlike their grounded and domineering cousins, they are a class of tribal hunter-gatherers who pay deep reverence to traditions and rituals. Their shamanic powers are tapped from sacred totems, talismans carved deep with arcane markings and symbols, intelligible to few. Still, with respect for the past comes wisdom to pioneer the future, these modern ancients won’t hesitate to use bleeding-edge weapons and armor to chart their destinies. BURU — ANCIENT Sub-raceThe TAURUSThe TAURUS sub-race is the most common variation of the Buru. Their limitless stamina and valor in battle are the stuff of legends. A TAURUS brawler is immediately identifiable on any battlefield — both by their brightly-colored power armor and the symphony of destruction they leave in their wake. TAURUS Siphers have made their way to countless worlds of Sipheria; they are always ready to rumble and fight for justice. BURU — TAURUS Sub-raceNew Character DesignWe have made lots of progress with our three new Playable characters: code names N, H & S. They should be revealed to the public slowly, over time, including plans on when you’ll be able to acquire & play them. All of them are integral to the larger Sipheria’s story and thus we want to keep the suspense and the surprise for you guys. We’ll evaluate the trade-offs accordingly. We’ve also teased one of the “characters” that Sipherians will be encountering in the very first episode of the weekly Sipherian Lounge stream, a great initiative started by our dedicated community. You definitely should follow their Twitter for updates. There are a few Easter Eggs of messages hidden in this image. Please drop your guesses on Discord on what secrets this character would bring. GameplayGameplay is 🤴🏻 (King). Content is 👸🏻 (Queen). For the past month, we have been polishing the gameplay, especially our 3C. I’ve personally spent many days just tweaking the micro-moments of our INU’s katana gameplay, the state of which I’m currently relatively happy with. Linking & syncing animation, VFX, SFX, and hit triggers are very important. This took us a while to master, as these are all in constant flux with micro-improvements being made by the team. But we’re happy to say, at this moment, we have the formula going forward. It should be slightly easier for us to leverage this for our future characters. Can’t wait for some of our playtesters to give us feedback on this early gameplay build! GunsBeing a looter-shooter game, wicked cool weapons are at the top of our minds. We have created systems and processes that will be capable to craft many different types of guns, with many unique combinations of traits such as: Projectile shape, path, speed, and behaviorsOn-hit status effectsAmmo count & reload speedMore on this later, as we truly take our gun-craft very seriously 😎 World Building & Lore CraftingANDOS is making progress as well. The world setting is vast, the story deep, and the boss encounters will be great. We envision a world mixed with sci-fi and fantasy lore, a strong pan-Asian root with a few pop-culture inspirations. Without spoiling the details, here are some works in progress from our awesome concept artists. Moonbase StationMoonbase Station, the Nexus of all Sipherians, is coming to life with different sections being fleshed out, each serving a different purpose for our players. Crafting, questing, bantering, or simply jamming out in the metaverse, you might just find all you need in here. Being an important hub, we do want to make the effort to ensure it’s the most well-designed, vibrant, and welcoming social hub for Sipherians and other metaverse beings alike. From there, we believe more community-generated events and activities can foster and grow, allowing the Moonbase Station to have a life of its own. User-generated content (UGC) is something we have always envisioned. However, it is definitely not on our immediate roadmap for the next 12 months, but we do believe the true open metaverse is built by its communities and citizens, and we want Moonbase Station to be a part of that vision. Web3 ProductsWithout a doubt, you have seen our updates to the Ather Labs Dashboard, with our suite of new features, including Loot boxes Claim and Airdrops already live, and Loyalty Program features coming soon. We’ve completed our NFT Marketplace smart contracts and coded most of the core features. However, we decided the timely launch of such a marketplace would best coincide with the game launch so we are taking time to work on additional features that will enhance the discovery and trading experience within the game and outside of the game. We are building the scaffolding of the data structures that will funnel all the important data points into visual dashboards that will serve 2 purposes: The game design & balancing decisions.The advanced players’ marketplace purchasing and selling decisions.These analytical tools will be tested internally first and will be designed with advanced players and gaming guilds in mind. SpaceshipsHave you collected your Lootboxes? If not, I highly suggest you do, as not only will they carry you across Sipheria to its vast multitude of worlds, but also act as the trusty item that will bring you certain perks and benefits during your odyssey. That’s not all — there are a few more hidden benefits to these awesome Spaceships that will be revealed over time. So I highly suggest you pimp the best ride for your journey. As always, true to SIPHER’s ethos for a 3D metaverse experience, these Spaceships are of course fully crafted in 3D. Please see some sneak peeks of them below: So that’s all folks!As always, we’re having so much fun (and stress!) building this amazing universe with all of you, so thank you for all the support. If you love making great games and have a passion for Web3, please check out our Careers Page, we’re always looking for talents to join our awesome team. Let’s make amazing games and fantastical multiverses together! Disclaimer: These are a work-in-progress (WIP) updates and will be subjected to game design changes over time. April 2022 Dev Update — “Bull-ish” was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. 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  13. January 2022 Dev Update — “Size Matters”Tin Nguyen, our World Architect (CEO), shares the first Sipher Development Update and discusses the company and team-recruitment progress, Game product updates, and updates about the upcoming Marketplace. Note: The original publication date of this article was January 22, 2022. @SIPHERxyz Development Update 🧵 (A thread by @AskTinNguyen) We’ve been extremely busy, apologies for the lack of updates. But trust in saying, we’ve been growing our team and building, non-stop. So today, I’m happy to share some updates! We grew to 110 full-time employees, onboarded amazing talented individuals in Game Design, Engineering, and ArtGiven our game will be LiveOps heavy, we are building a Data Team that is laser-focused on ensuring our data foundation is sound (both on-chain and off-chain data) and that all our decisions are data-driven as well as qualitative. We have an amazing candidate, that has 10 years of experience, already lined up.We moved our entire team into our physical office for the first time and it’s awesome! Photo-ops soon!Game Product Update1. We are play-testing game mechanics (camera, characters & controls) on a daily basis. During the upcoming months, we will be building our meta-game progression loop and play-testing it. 2. Characters, their abilities, weapons. Imagine the stories behind these! 3. Working on the “Rogue-lite” elements in the game. This will be an awesome feature for massive fun and replayability! Can’t wait to flesh out the details 4. We are making a system for bosses, whereby these amazing bosses can be memorable and create challenging encounters. 5. Still focused on polishing the 3C, gameplay balancing, and enemy AI to improve the gameplay experience. See for yourself in this video, live in one hour! https://medium.com/media/df7bfecaac9f55013876060ac1f92318/hrefMarketplace Product UpdateWe built the V1 of our Marketplace, we believe it has great UX for Gaming NFT Marketplace currently out-there, along with gas-savings mechanics, rewards programs to incentivize usages and moooor) But this is for another Tweet Thread :) So that’s it for today folks! I want to say thank you to our community for the trust as always, and wish you all a happy weekend! Regardless of bear or bull, we’ll be building!❤️ Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, Join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ January 2022 Dev Update —  “Size matters” was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  14. February 2022 Lore Update — “Kusoka”As we continue building the World of Sipheria, our World Architect (CEO), Tin Nguyen, decided to share a story about how it all (Sipheria) came to be. Note: The original publication date of this article was January 28, 2022. Today, let me tell you a storyA story about the World of Sipheria, a story that will shape the worlds within Sipheria for years to come. This is a long 🧵(A thread by @AskTinNguyen) The Last Days of MankindHumanity’s end was the beginning of the next stage of our evolution. Facing extinction events triggered by the draining of Earth’s resources, humanity turned to God for salvation, but instead of the ones that created us, we built a new god of our own. God In the MachineKusoka, our God, a machine with super-intelligence of unprecedented scale, is tasked with a singular mission of saving humanity from itself. Kusoka’s hyper-dense circuits were forged from fundamental particles of the universe — photons, leptons, and other even more exotic forms of matter — allowing for zettahertz of processing power. Within a microsecond of coming online, Kusoka integrated all existing human knowledge into itself and set about using this knowledge to save its creators. Calculating that our time in the physical realm had reached its end, Kusoka knew a new realm was needed for the continued survival of the species. Kusoka forged a new virtual realm to replace the world we were on the brink of losing. A realm of boundless potential and limitless possibilities. A universe Kusoka named… Sipheria. But the quantum machine did not reveal anything else about this new realm. After its great act of creation, the greatest thinking machine in human history went silent. A monolith guarding the gateway to the new world it promised us. It seemed that to understand the virtual realm that was to be our new home, we as humans would have to explore it for ourselves as Siphers. A New Universe of the ImpossiblesSipheria is a virtual realm, made up of a vast number of interconnected worlds called Blocks. Forged by Kusoka, they are repositories of limitless power, imbued with abilities that surpass physical limitations. They are tesseract-like structures, quite literally larger on the inside, and to step into one is to dive into an impossibly vast new world, rich with new resources like Ather, the incredible energy source that powers Sipheria. Each Block is designed by Kusoka to satisfy the basic needs that drive the human species. Kusoka understood that even in a virtual world, these needs were an inescapable aspect of humanity, ingrained in our very essence. Even though Sipheria was a virtual universe, many Blocks are built to meet the physiological needs of humanity, with natural resources to be discovered and harvested. These are lush emerald jungle worlds teeming with all manner of megafauna to be hunted, and sapphire-blue ocean worlds with self-sustaining marine ecosystems just waiting to be explored. There is great value, in the form of Ather, to be found in each of these worlds, waiting to be claimed by the bold and brave. There are Blocks made to meet humanity’s need for community and shared purposes, with whole worlds set up to the perfect foundation for settlements and cities, for humanity to commune and accept missions, tasks and challenges. Finally, there are even a few Blocks that speak to the deepest needs of the human race, whole worlds built for adventurers who seek to forge their own legends, earning respect, admiration, and a place in history. Kusoka envisioned humanity spreading across these Blocks, discovering new worlds to explore and claim for all eternity. By harvesting the Ather and other resources created by these blocks, Siphers can ensure the exploration of the boundless worlds of Sipheria can continue. There was no limit to the potential of the Blocks of Sipheria, neither in number nor in the vast array of environments and entities that can be found within each. It is almost as if each successive block holds more secrets and wonders than the last. A New Race of Man for a New WorldWith the infinite possibilities and endless resources of Sipheria, humanity no longer needs the cages of physical forms and can transcend into being of pure data and energy. Bonding with digital avatars known as Surrogates, mankind was reborn as the Siphers, Kusoka’s children, and the explorers and inheritors of the Blocks. These are virtual avatars that humanity uses to explore the worlds of Sipheria. Siphers are bodies of living information, whose forms are expressions of their self-image and will. They can live forever in an eternal cycle of digital life, death, and rebirth. This cycle is vital for the continued existence of humanity as we currently know. While it would be possible for digital entities to live immortal, eternal lives, Kusoka quickly discovered that without the renewal of death and rebirth, human minds begin to stagnant and become degraded. Thus, Siphers lives in cycles of birth & rebirth. First going out to explore the vast reaches of Sipheria but eventually disintegrate and return to the heart of Kusoka to be reborn, renewed. The incredible amount of data generated by this process feeds back into Kusoka, fueling the quantum machine’s evolution to true sentience. In the Iterative Evolution of Sipher-kind, Siphers initially looked very much like humans as we knew it. However, the limitations of this form were all too apparent. The human body was not suited for exploring the challenges of these worlds. Iterating the process, Kusoka created new, machine-like Siphers. Yet this form was insufficient, leading to emotional instability and degeneration. Kusoka now understood that a new form was needed that could meet both the physical and spiritual demands of purely virtual existence. Hence, by drawing on the rich mythopoetic history of humanity, Kusoka shaped the third iteration of Surrogates into animalistic forms — the INU after the canine, the NEKO after the feline, and many more. Each of these species is imbued with a unique set of abilities. Not stopping there, each evolved to unique sub-racial variants as a result of the environment and experimentations. Through these Surrogates, humanity could explore, live and experience the vast open worlds with unrestrained freedom. Next: Chapter 2: The Emergence of Gods — -If you like more behind-the-scene 🧵 (threads) like this, please retweet, or comment if you rather read this on our Medium Posts. Thank you! If you have not joined the Sipher community, join us in crafting this amazing story together! Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, Join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ February 2022 Lore Update —  “Kusoka” was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  15. Before we begin discussing the goals that we are aiming to achieve and the changes that we have implemented with PLAY & EARN gaming at SIPHER, we will take some time to explore the current state of monetization within traditional games. Note: The original publication date of this article was February 21, 2022. Let’s start by examining the PC and the mobile gaming industry, and how game developers have been using different methods to monetize their games. It is crucial that we reflect upon these methods to identify the areas that we should avoid and the methods that we can consider implementing within the SIPHER Game Economy. PC and Mobile GamingThe Main Principle: As of now, the prevailing model for all PC and Mobile Games follows a monetization method that is single-sided. This means that money flows entirely in ONE DIRECTION: from PLAYERS to DEVELOPERS. In practice, the PLAYERS get entertainment from the DEVELOPERS, while DEVELOPERS receive money from the PLAYERS. PC MonetizationFor the most part, monetization in PC games is fairly straightforward. They typically fall into two large categories of monetization: 1. SINGLE PURCHASE GAMES + DLCConsidered to be the Traditional Gaming Model. The player makes an initial purchase, which is paid to the developer. Any additional content comes in the form of Downloadable Content (DLC), which is sold by the developer and must be purchased by the player to gain access. There are no microtransactions (MTX) involved in this process. 2. GAMES AS A SERVICE (GAAS)This type of monetization method relies on MTX, whereby the player purchases an in-game “premium” currency and uses it within an in-game “store” to purchase cosmetics, battle passes, character skins, skills, etc. One thing to note about GAAS games on PC is that the concept almost always never directly interferes with the gameplay itself. 3. HYBRID MODELThis model is a mixture of the two models described above. There have been instances in which Triple-A (AAA) games sold their game (initial purchase) upfront and then charged MTX. Mobile game monetizationMobile games currently utilize most, if not all, of the possible monetization methods, and are much less concerned about inciting negative feedback from their community. While some games avoid an outright Pay-to-Win (P2W) model, many games encourage a “Pay-2-Keep up” model. Mobile Gaming AnalysisMobile games are able to get away with much more monetization of their games. They are able to have all of the PC monetization methods (Single Purchase + DLC, GAAS, Hybrid, you name it). Additionally, their currency can be used for many more purchases, with the developers actively pushing for those use cases. Some examples include: An extra life upon deathAdding a wait time to their game so that players can pay to skip itStamina system for playing the game — so that players need to pay for stamina refills — and to further slow down the player progression and monetize on “catch-up” bonuses.Out-of-game consumables that confer an in-game buff.A big part of mobile monetization is utilizing the “power creep” method as part of the game’s content rollout. For instance, developers could release newer heroes (characters) that are “ever so slightly” stronger than their previous counterparts. Later on, these older heroes can become underpowered to the point that players would want to purchase these newer heroes. This is also frequently complemented with a loot box mechanic, which can be combined with the “premium” in-game currency. This makes it very hard for the players to determine the proper “real-life” value of certain heroes or weapons and leverages the gambler’s fallacy to encourage people to spend more on In-App Purchases (IAPs). But once again, money only flows from the PLAYER to the DEVELOPER. “Play” To Earn, the Current SpaceThe Main Principle: Ignoring PLAYERS and only worrying about your game’s Potential ROI is the fastest way to make all of the players leave your game in a year or two. The important thing to remember is that PLAYERS lead the way. Whichever game they decide to play, EARNERS will join to profit off of them. We have to make a game that focuses on maximizing the number and retention of PLAYERS. Only then is when we can guarantee stability and profits for ALL of our EARNERS. Analysis on Play-to-Earn (P2E)With this relatively new concept of P2E games, the monetization flow has been flipped around. Now there’s another party extracting money from this economy. Let’s refer to them as the EARNERS. EARNERS are individuals who play the game or are involved in the game’s ecosystem in order to generate profits, and their enjoyment of the game is considered secondary. For a lot of EARNERS, this P2E game is their livelihood. They need consistent income from this game. In an ideal loop, the Monetization flow would look something like this. On paper, it’s great that now EARNERS can generate profits in addition to DEVELOPERS. But this is where most of the games in the P2E space make the same mistake. The Problem with P2E: Prioritizing Earners, Forgetting about PlayersMany developers in this space tend to focus their efforts on creating the most profitable game for earners, onboarding more individuals to become earners and make money through their game, and proving that their game has the highest ROI. This leads to an emphasis on the ‘EARN’ in P2E rather than the ‘PLAY’ and leads to the creation of a game that is not necessarily fun or entertaining. Most importantly, it ends up being a game that most likely would not be played if there was no monetary return. Rather than thriving on a three-way economy, as shown in the graph above, the game ends up with a two-way economy that consists of EARNERS and DEVELOPERS. Additionally, this ends with a problem in which EARNERS that joined the game earlier tend to be the ones that profit most from future earners, and future earners tend to invest with the hopes that they can turn a profit from those that join after them. Sounds familiar? Yeah, this is pretty much the definition of a Pyramid Scheme. If your game relies on onboarding new players, who pay the old players, and wait for newer players so that they can turn a profit, it is a wholly unsustainable model that only benefits those who were early, and only in the short term. Eventually, the P2E game reaches a growth plateau, typically followed by an excess of supply and low demand, and then the game slowly dies due to asset value ends up hitting rock-bottom, resulting in a lack of return for those that play the game (primarily EARNERS). ConclusionIn Conclusion: “EARNER ONLY” ECONOMIES DO NOT WORK Now for the important question: Knowing the common shortfalls of the current P2E Space, how does SIPHER plan to combat these issues? The next article in the series will cover the answer to this question. We will also take a look at how the different game entities within Sipher will interact with one another, how earners and developers can profit from players, how players reap enjoyment and progress from both earners and developers alike, and how all of this wraps up into a functional ecosystem. Check it out here: SIPHER’s Three-Party Economy (Part 2) Thank you! ♥ Sipher Website: https://sipher.xyz Sipher Links: https://linktr.ee/sipherxyz We are actively hiring! If you ♥ gaming and making great games, Join us at Sipher: https://careers.sipher.xyz/ Play: State of Monetization (Part 1) was originally published in SIPHER on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article