Following last month’s closed beta session on the NEO testnet, BLOCKLORDS is now ready to test a new version on the TRON testnet! We received a lot of feedback from our NEO testers and have set about fixing many of the bugs that were encountered in the last version. For those of you interested in trying out BLOCKLORDS before the mainnet release, this a great chance! If you would like to play this version, please be sure to sign up to our email list and join our community groups here. This guide below will outline all the steps to play the game for free.
Step 1: Install Tronlink
To play BLOCKLORDS with TRON, you will need to install a Tronlink wallet on chrome (the game is currently not available on other browsers or mobile, but will be in the future). Once you have downloaded, you will need to create a wallet. Be sure to carefully store your private keys somewhere safe. To download the wallet, click here: https://goo.gl/R796Nb
Step 2: Switch to Testnet
Once you have created your wallet, you should be able to see it with a balance of zero TRX. Since this is still a test version of BLOCKLORDS, you will need to switch your account to the testnet. Click on SETTINGS and select the Shasta Testnet as your node to continue.
Step 3: Get Testnet TRX
In order to test transactions, you will need testnet TRX. To get some, copy your address and click: https://www.trongrid.io/shasta/#request
Once inside, enter your wallet address and click submit to receive 10K testnet TRX. The transaction should take place quickly. Now you are ready to play!
Step 4: The Landing Page
When clicking on the game link (which will be shared to our email list and online communities), you will be taken to our landing page. The landing page contains some basic info about the game. Loading might be quite slow so please be patient. This part will be optimized in the future. Feel free to join our community groups if you want to ask questions or join the conversation. When you are ready to play, simply click on the PLAY button to start BLOCKLORDS.
Step 3: Hero Creation
When starting the game, you will be given the choice between three different heroes. Each hero will have a different look, stats and items. Take your time here and pick the lord that suits you the best. Clicking on a lord will pop up a screen that displays his stats. Once you have made your decision, click on CREATE to mint this hero on the blockchain. The Tronlink wallet will come to life and ask you to confirm the transaction. This transaction will be free on testnet and you can click on ACCEPT to proceed. Please wait patiently while the blockchain confirms your action!
Step 4: Profile Page
In this page, you will be able to see your hero’s look, items, and stats. This is a good place to get an overview of your current status and where each session of BLOCKLORDS will begin from now on. The inventory in the bottom will most likely be empty (you just started after all), so your first step will now be to acquire new items. For that, we need to head to the map. The middle icon on the top right of the screen will let you access the map directly.
Step 5: World Map
The map clearly shows all points of interest in BLOCKLORDS. In this version, there are three types of places: bandits, strongholds, and cities. Each point serves a different purpose, cities will have markets to buy new items, strongholds will drop items, and bandit battles will make it possible to increase your item EXP. Let’s start by attacking a Stronghold.
Step 6: Pre-Battle
The scouting screen is where you will show information about your opponent. Capturing a Stronghold will increase your troop recovery rate and give you a chance to receive an item drop every 800 blocks. Clicking ATTACK should trigger a blockchain transaction from the Tronlink wallet.. Click ACCEPT to confirm that you wish to attack this hero.
Step 7: Battle
Battles in the beta versions are a simple affair. Once the transaction is approved you will see an animation followed by the results of the battle. Click OK to leave the battle screen and head back to the map. As a quick note, the battle mechanics will be greatly improved in future versions. If you lose the battle, you can try again or try to find an easier opponent. The more strongholds you capture, the higher your chance of receiving an item drop every hour!
Step 8: City Markets
Now that you have a Stronghold, it’s time to check out the markets. Click on a city and select VISIT to move your hero to any city’s market. The market will display all items currently on sale in this city. You can either buy items or sell items you have here. If you buy something, you will trigger a tronlink transaction with the total amount (item price + taxes). If you sell something, you can select the item, price, and display time. Putting an item on sale will also trigger a Tronlink transaction that you will have to confirm by paying the display fee. Feel free to play around with this feature by buying and selling items since the testnet version has no cost! If you want to get an overview of all items on sale, you can visit the WORLD MARKET, however you won’t be able to sell items from there. Try going on a shopping spree now, we won’t judge.
Step 9: Equip Items
If you want to try on new items, you will have to return to the hero profile. Click on the top-left avatar to return to the profile page. New items should now be in your inventory, if they aren’t, please try refreshing your browser. Try equipping new items to see how they look. Once equipped, you will also be able to see changes in hero stats. Hovering over an inventory item will trigger a small popup with more info about the item in case you don’t want to bother with putting it on and off all the time. Try things out until you have coolest combination with the best stats.
Step 10: Keep Playing!
These basics should get you through the rest of the game. You can keep attacking stronghold for higher chance of item drops, and conquer cities to become lord (lords will receive taxes from all made purchases in their city). If you find any bugs, we hope you can send us an email or message our communities with screenshots and info. It would help us out tremendously!
As you play the game, you may see several functions not covered in this guide that don’t work properly, this is because we are still working on them. Feel free to ask about these features if you are curious. Currently we need a couple more weeks to fully polish the bandit item EXP and Traveling Merchant functions. We appreciate your patience and have a lot planned in the coming months. This version is only the very beginning; many more features will soon be unveiled!
As a thank you to our early followers, we will be gifting all closed beta players with a reward once the game goes live on mainnet. Please do not be afraid to get in touch with us if you have any suggestions, feedback or concerns about the game. We really want to start involving the community as much as possible. With two DAPP competition awards behind us, the BLOCKLORDS team remains very excited about this project and looks forward to shaping the future of blockchain gaming with better strategy games!