I came to Sandbox Alpha for the musical experiences of Snoop Dogg and Deadmau5. It was great dancing with my voxelized avatar: green hair, pink sports bra, denim shorts, yellow stockings, and red shoes. All with the crazy creatures dancing around me and the feeling of indulging in a real concert with flashing lights and beating rhythms. I figured I could stay at the show for the rest of the Alpha, until I saw the reveal timeline countdown and realized I had to get out of there and complete the quests. I should be able to claim assets by the end of the Alpha. The price NTFs called me.
introduction: The sandbox is a decentralized, community-based gaming ecosystem where designers and artists can create, share, and monetize NFTs and blockchain gaming experiences, and is in partnership with many industry giants. Its popular virtual real estate, known as LAND, is taking over the NFT world.
The Sandbox Alpha, Show House for Metaverse Creators
What is the Alpha Sandbox? What would I live there?
the Sandbox is a popular metaverse game with the GameFi asset ownership mechanic. GameFi means “financialization of video games”. To put it simply, this is how players can achieve real financial gains or losses in the realm of a game itself.
In a classic, non-metaverse video game, you pay for the game (one-time purchase, monthly / annual subscription, or “freemium” model of many other in-game purchases) and become a customer. While in a metaverse game, players can become owners of game assets either by creating assets and later putting them up for sale, or by buying and acquiring ready-made assets to own.
In the Alpha sandbox, when I wander through the different quests, I see lands and I see NFTs hanging in almost every corner with direct links to OpenSea for purchase, and many other custom gear and accessories that players can purchase with a real cryptocurrency. Selling and owning land in Sandbox is the most essential property in the game.
This is why, when you explore the different quests and walk around the extremely varied landscapes of the game, it feels like going to a metaverse real estate company to see their show houses. It helps me understand how the earth can be developed, decorated and made attractive. My mind raced with brilliant visions of what else could be done on these empty plots to make them unique and attractive.
I really enjoyed the gaming experience. Since the primary purpose of the Alpha Sandbox is to allow Alpha Pass holders, landowners, and creators to understand the great potential of this metaverse, all quests Alpha are designed to be exploratory, adventurous, and easy to complete. It’s basically a lot of walking, hiking, climbing and jumping for my avatar chic in various landscapes. The quest is mainly to move around the landscape to reach certain points (road signs), become familiar with the surroundings, and appreciate the design details in the process.
When I entered an area, there were two NFT characters that I could talk to in order to receive my mission. The metaverse guide with a blue exclamation mark above his sage head and two blue crystal balls in each of his hands was the correct NFT to give me the Alpha quest.
The quest usually consists of four or five iconic locations that I need to reach. The other NFT character is a random character in the story, such as a scientist or warrior, with a yellow exclamation mark on his head. His quest will likely send you collecting rare resources and getting into sword fights. But again, in this metaverse game, there is no real death for your character. If a wolf bites you to death or if you fall into the greenish acid pond, you will lose your life bar and respawn at the starting point to start all over again. Never give up!
What’s even more impressive is that falling from above won’t kill you. This is why I have selected many scenic and high rise sites to make a “leap of faith”. The only downside is that later I had to find a way to go back up and complete the rest of my quests. My character can also stay underwater for two hours without breathing. I also let her stand on the flowing lava of the volcanic stones.
Six hours into the game, I went to Snoop Dogg’s concert in the basement of the NFT Institute. I took selfies at the Deadmau5 concert at the AlphaHub, danced at Club XYZ, climbed and descended endlessly on the edge of the post-apocalyptic Abyss, slaughtered wolves in the Dungeon from Dum-Yz, I explored the medieval castle in the Bloodsouls Fortress, and found peace at sunset at Rusty Cliff.
I have to admit that before playing Sandbox I was used to high-res games with realistic visual effects like Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series. I never thought I would get used to the voxelated characters – basically a bunch of moving boxes. But I did, and I loved it.
The more I immersed myself in the environment of the metaverse – the graphics, the characters, all the objects, the architecture, the sound effects of the howling wind and the chirping of the birds, the background soundtrack that soothes you or scares you – it all came together and greatly improved my playing experience. I no longer stared critically at my voxelated body. Everything blends in naturally and it was just exceptional.
If this is the demo house that the official Sandbox team presents to us, I have high hopes for future releases and can’t wait to see more brilliant ideas from creators around the world.
The “Easter Egg”
After completing the 16 Alpha quests posted before December 17th, I moved on to the additional experience called “Christmas Eve Miracle”. I didn’t have very high expectations for this experience and figured it would just be another Christmas snap, but ultimately that’s what surprised and amazed me the most.
The experience started on a narrow path surrounded by tall pines. I walked down the path and suddenly at the end of the bend a happy, bustling town unfolded in front of me, full of Christmas decorations. Fireworks, technicolor lights, Christmas markets, street performances, cozy cafes and souvenir shops all filled the panorama. Christmas trees and gift boxes, people full of joy, snowflakes elegantly falling from the night sky and the beautiful moving piano music with a touch of melancholy. Check it out here.
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