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Upland - A road to crypto mass adoption

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I have been into the game Upland for a little while now and only just recently started to blog about it.  I originally was checking it out as a distraction or just something to have a little fun, then after a bit realized I was onto something really amazing, but wasn't sure how to put it into words.  After a few discussions with some other players on the Upland discord it really clicked for me.  Fair warning, this post is aimed a little more at the crypto guys then at the games guys.  But I do think there are good take-aways regardless of which of those categories you more comfortably feel applies to you.  I am going to get a little techy and it's going to be long.  I really think it's going to be worth your time to read it if you are interested in understanding the gamification to crypto world parallels.  Go grab a coffee, or a beer, or whatever suits you and settle in for a couple minutes.So being a bit of a cryptophile the last few years what always seems to be a hot to…

Property Development in Upland - It's just the beginning.

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If you are not yet up to date on Upland I suggest you go check out my initial post which you can find right here.  Upland is a game based on NFTs which are things on blockchain rather than currency.  Up until now the main NFTs available in the game have been lots.  These lots are based on actual lots in San Francisco.  The promise has been that players would be able to develop on those lots.  You can develop houses, parks, businesses, whatever you like. You can find all the juicy details on their property development roadmap that was posted in this article.  If you want to understand all the cool things that are on the horizon you should definitely give it a read.The reason I am writing today is one of the co-founders dropped the first teaser of what the property development will look like when he showed off the upcoming city hall in 3D.
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This is obviously a big deal and shows just a hint of the coming property development.  Many of the players are really looking forward…

Halo Platform announces move to Ethereum

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Halo Platform announced a community proposal to move from the native Halo chain to become a member of the Ethereum community as an ERC token project.  The announcement (see below) cited the impending move by Ethereum to ETH 2.0 and it's scaling solutions which Halo was initially trying to address with their chain.  Being that Halo is a second degree fork of ETH (by way of Quorum) the migration will not require extensive work.  All addresses and private keys will be able to migrate as all Halo addresses have a mirror address on ETH.  Halo Update Time!I've written and rewritten this one multiple times as it's a little different then our normal updates. Instead of talking about development progress and other items, I want to open up a discussion with you, the Halo Community, about the path forward for Halo. Which makes it more difficult to write up.We have done some awesome things with Halo. The products we've created are outstanding and will continue to improve. Looking …

Upland - Much more than just another crypto game

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In the last few weeks I have been getting into a crypto game called Upland. Now calling it a crypto game is a little misleading as visions of gambling sites and other games of chance are often associated with that moniker.  What Upland is really in a way is a real estate and property development game.  They do this by making the gameplay surround the idea of collecting and improving NFTs.  If you don't know what an NFT is you can find a fairly in depth article here, but the most basic explanation is it's things on blockchain rather than a currency.  Some examples might be digital playing cards, or digital pieces of art.  They can also be used to represent real life items held in escrow and the NFT being used as a title for the real world item.    So in this game real estate lots are NFTs which can be bought and sold and traded.  Just like real world real estate speculation you can own the lots and earn income from them.  The in-game currency used is UPX.  UPX is only available…

A decent crypto faucet?

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So many people new to crypto that start out going the route of crypto faucets.  They are websites that make you do some task and get rewarded with some small amount of crypto.  Almost always the effort these take compared to the amount you receive make them not at all worthwhile.  If that's the only downside you are doing ok.  Others use the faucet as a leadloss to get you into a gambling platform or some other way to lose your crypto back to the house.  Still others have withdrawal requirements that are so high compared to what you earn that it might take years of daily faucet work to get a withdrawal.  There are not many that are either honest, or are worth the time. I poke at these faucets occasionally just to see what's out there and usually they reaffirm my prior experiences.  Recently I happened across one that breaks the mold and is actually very straightforward and honest in it's approach.  These are not large sums of crypto and probably still won't amount to m…

What it means to be part of the Ethereum ecosystem.

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As time goes on it's becoming clear that many of the planned Ethereum killers haven't yet been successful at killing ETH.  Some projects still believe in the imminent ETH demise, others have become a second layer solution and other's still believe ETH 2.0 will fix a number of the scaling problems.  If you are not familiar with ETH 2.0 I wrote a brief TL;DR that you can check out here.   Being your own chain can be, and is for those that do it successfully, very powerful.  Don't get me wrong, this is not meant as a slight to those projects that are making it, they are important projects and having their own chain makes sense for their use case.  I want to see a diverse cryptoverse with options, I don't support widespread consolidation.  But it is really hard to establish your own ecosystem, woo developers, onboard users and dapps and everything needed to make it work.  Then you need to convince exchanges to build a wallet and integration for your chain as well as …

BAT - Options other than Uphold due in 2020?

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In a Reddit post made earlier today on another subject one of the mods for the BAT Project subreddit replied to a posters comment regarding the timeline for options other than Uphold as the only custodian coming this year.  The mod would not commit to a timeline, and rightly so I would add, but he did suggest that it would come this year.These options have been talked about a lot in the past, but I have never seen anything that suggested a timeline.  I fully admit, I probably have missed some clues over the course of many different subs and social media outlets.  That said, this feels noteworthy to me.  Having had the experience of jumping through a lot of hoops with Uphold myself this is something that I consider to be exciting and I think a lot of other BAT and Brave fans would agree.If anyone has any other clues to timeline please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

Ether-1 Node Leasing - A different option for staking

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So I was poking around the Ether-1 discord the other day and started talking to some of the community members there about their nodes.  They have both mining and masternodes to support their project, you can read a little more about that in a previous post I made about the project here.  I found their options for operating nodes pretty interesting.  Now, you can go about things the normal way.  Buy the necessary $ETHO as collateral and set up your VPS or whatever hosting you want to use, get the necessary items installed, and then setup and maintain your node.  But, what if you want to set up a node but just don't know how to do all the technical stuff?  Or what if you know how to do all the technical stuff but can't purchase all the needed collateral up front?  You are just stuck, right? Actually no, you have another option.  Ether-1 has a pretty slick options they have set up through their staking site.  This isn't your normal staking pool where you send off your collate…

ETH 2.0 - The TL;DR Version

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There has been a lot of confusion about what ETH 2.0 is, and what it's not, and how it's all going to happen.  There are a lot of detailed explanations out there, extensive FAQs and good analysis of the technology.  I found one done by Consensus that is formatted as an FAQ, if you want to dive deeper into the details it can be found here.  This post that I am writing is targeted at those that just want a high level understanding without too much technical jargon just to know what is going on.ETH 2.0 (ETH2 for the remainder of this article) isn't just a change, it's instead a series of events put together over several years to move to an entirely new chain or set of chains to be more accurate.  Both the current form of Ethereum (ETH1) and ETH2 will exist together for a period of time.  ETH1 is the current proof of work chain where rewards are given to miners and ETH2 will be a staking chain where rewards are given to those locking up their ETH.  There are 3 total phases…

BPSAA - What it is and why it's important.

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The BPSAA is the Blockchain Privacy, Security & Adoption Alliance.  You may not have heard of the BPSAA yet, but that is in part because they are a fairly new group just forming this year.  The original idea came from a conversation between members of Pirate Chain and Turtle Network.  The Alliance finally came to fruition with these two projects as well as Sentinel and Ether-1.  Their official launch was February 12, 2020.The mission as stated on their website is "The Blockchain Privacy, Security & Adoption Alliance (BPSAA) sets the standard for collaboration and the products and services produced. We create solutions that allow us to accomplish our personal project goals, as well as create interoperability between our ecosystem’s products and services."  They go on to state their core values as: Privacy, Security, Adoption, and Collaboration.  This nicely aligns with their name and is a succinct description of values for which they stand.The value of a working colla…