July 6, 2021
R-Planet did things a little bit differently than other NFT projects. It’s staking mechanism drove adoption like no other project has done before and it’s alchemy game got people hooked.
With R-Planet, people were making dollars passively. And it wasn’t just passive income, as it also allowed players to aggressively compound, making some small players become financially independent.
To make it as easy as possible for you, we will share all our accumulated knowledge about R-Planet with you.
By reading this blog carefully you will learn everything there is to know about R-Planet and maybe create a new passive income source for yourself.
Let’s start with the basics. What is R-Planet?
R-Planet is created by the WECAN development team, who are also the creators of Blockchain projects Prospectors and Tribal Books. R-Planet became incredibly popular because one could plug existing NFTs from other games into R-planet.
This was extremely convenient for collector’s as their previously bought NFT’s didn’t have any utility other than collecting dust.
But it was also convenient for R-Planet as these collector’s are exactly the type of people they wanted to introduce to their new project.
In the early stages, collector’s staked their NFT’s on R-planet and, in return, received a certain amount of Aether, proportional to the rarity of their NFT’s.
Aether is R-Planet’s crypto token that is tradeable between other players and convertible to other tokens like WAX.
Gathering Aether is quite passive, as it automatically accumulates every hour and can be claimed whenever one feels like.
You might wonder, so why would anyone buy this Aether?
Well, in the early stages Aether had only one purpose: exchange it for basic elements which are used to create new elements. This is the alchemy aspect of the game called “The Generator” that got people hooked.
The R-Planet generator
The alchemy game works like this. There’s a shop in R-Planet that sells 4 basic elements: air, earth, water and fire. Each element sets you back exactly 10.000 Aether.
After buying some of those elements, the player heads over to the generator.
The generator holds 4 slots that all must be filled before being activated. Using the four basic elements the player must enter unique combinations into the generator to create new elements.
A recipe can of course contain several of the same ingredients.
Applying some basic maths, we can calculate that in total there are 4^4 = 288 unique combinations. Although, we have to subtract a certain amount of combinations, as the specific location of an ingredient in the generator does not matter.
Obviously, these 288 unique combinations have already been tried, but it doesn’t end here.
To give you a short example, 4 times earth created the element pressure. Now, the element pressure can also be used to create new elements, adding an extra 32 possibilities.
R-Planet has over a hundred elements so that means quite some possible combinations.
All the elements can be seen under the tab “elements”. Elements that seem bright are discovered whereas dark elements are not yet discovered.
Next, elements vary in so-called Tiers. Higher tiers take longer to make, require more Aether, but ultimately yield higher rewards.
Basic elements fall under Tier 1. The “pressure” element which used only Tier 1 elements to make, falls under Tier 2. Elements that only use Tier 2 or lower elements to craft, are called Tier 3, and so forth.
Finally, using the generator costs you a bit of Wax which goes directly into the R-Planet prize fund.
Why would anyone make elements?
Making elements is expensive and takes a long time so you soon start to wonder why people do this in the first place. But there is certainly a valid reason.
The first 600 times a specific element is made, the creator receives:
- A Fungible Token (FT) of the element.
Fungible Tokens (FT’s) are used to create higher tier elements. To use the previous example of pressure, 4 Earth FT’s were used to create a Pressure FT. This pressure FT can be used to create any element that requires it.
In a later stage of the game, FT’s are also used to upgrade land.
- An NFT of the element.
The NFT reward is what it’s all about. Namely, NFT’s can be staked to R-Planet increasing your Aether production.
The creator receives a pack containing an NFT in one of the following rarities (in order of least to most rare):
- Common: 62%
- Uncommon: 21%
- Rare: 9.5%
- Epic: 5%
- Legendary: 2%
- Mythic: 0.5%
Which one you get is based on probability. Some mythic cards deliver over 50.000 Aether per hour and can be worth up to 20.000$.
Some people refer to opening this pack as gambling and choose to sell the pack instead, but this is up to you ofcourse.
- Inventor award (only if you’re the first one).
If you are the first to create and thus discover an element, you may call yourself an official R-Planet inventor. There are not many people who can call themselves an R-Planet inventor. Those who can, will be registered in the hall of fame, receive a reward of 650 WAX from the prize fund and an NFT inventor award of the element they invented. This award gives a similar staking power to an NFT of the element in the scarcest version: mythic. They also gain access to a special group in the R-Planet Discord that is only available to inventors.
What happens after an element has been created 600 times?
After an element has been created 600 times, the creator no longer gets the NFT, but just the FT. Because FT’s are not stakeable, people usually stop pursuing these elements.
What’s the difference between NFTs and FTs?
It is important to understand the difference between NFTs and FTs, especially in R-Planet.
Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are deployable (stakeable) while Fungible Tokens (FTs) are usable. You can use FTs to make new elements that potentially reward you with stakeable NFTs.
FTs are stackable and indifferent from one other, while each NFT is unique and has its own mint number. To be clear, the basic elements of fire, earth, air, and water are FTs.
How to get started
1 Fire up your Aether production
R-Planet allows you to stake your unused NFTs from other games.
You cannot stake all NFTs. At https://rplanet.io/staking you can see which other NFTs you can stake on R-planet. Here they are:
- Tribal Books
- MetaForce Comics
- Bitverse Comics
- Pump Dump Wars
- Crypto Moonboys
- The Uplift World
- Ultra Rare
- Bitcoin Origins
- Garbage Pail Kid
- Blockchain Heroes
- Alien Worlds
- The Horrors
- Dark Country
- Kenn Bosak
- Mutant Warriors
- Monsters of Rap
New projects are added from time to time. Older projects have never been removed, but are sometimes nerfed (reduced in staking power). This is mainly due to the total amount of NFTs that are available from a given project.
NFTs from R-Planet itself will never be nerfed and therefore offer more security.
The amount of Aether that an NFT yields depends on its scarcity. Rare NFTs can yield up to 20,000 Aether per hour, while common NFTs are sometimes good for as little as 2 Aether per hour.
Each project whose cards are stakeable has a certain amount of Aether allocated to it (aka Aether pool). This is distributed to all staking participants based on the number of NFTs they have staked and the rarity of their NFTs.
Only R-Planet has an unlimited Aether pool.
The number of Aether per hour that any R-Planet stakeable NFT yields can be found in this spreadsheet.
Is it better to get R-Planet NFT’s are also other projects?
If it is purely for staking purposes, R-Planet does not recommend buying other projects, as they cannot guarantee that they will always provide the same amount of staking power.
Nevertheless, in the short term it can sometimes be very beneficial if you can get hold of, for example, stakeable NFTs at interesting prices.
However, that will rarely be the case, so just stick with R-Planet elements and rigs.
2 Spending your Aether wisely
There are only two things you can do with your produced Aether: reinvest or cash out.
Reinvesting all their earnings is what made small fishes millionaires.
Reinvesting can be done in several ways in order from most to least risky:
- Try inventing new elements. Crack some brain cells and come up with possible combinations for new elements. The likelihood of finding the right combination is pretty small, but the rewards are huge. Most of the time you will receive nothing, but if you’re lucky, you hit the jackpot.
- Create already invented elements that get you the NFT reward. Find invented elements that haven’t been created 600 times and start using the generator. You’ll receive NFT’s that guarantee you staking power. But this could be a common card that offers little power, or if you’re lucky, higher rarity’s like legendary or even mythic.
- Sell Aether or NFT packs for WAX and buy NFT’s from other players. You can also sell your spoils and head over to the secondary market to buy the NFT’s you want. This way you reduce all forms of gambling and always receive exactly what you wanted. Let’s say the Aether you’re earning is worth 100 WAX per day, you could head over to an exchange and get your hard-earned WAX. Then search for an NFT that is worth approximately 100 WAX which would probably have around 50 staking power (depending on the prices) and put that NFT to work.
How to cash out R-Planet earnings
Cashing out is always nice and very necessary. This is how you do it.
First, you need to find an exchange that lists Aether. The most popular and easy one to access is Alcor.
Make sure WAX is selected as they also serve other blockchains.
Log in with your WAX wallet and click on markets in the header menu.
Now find the Aether / WAX pair and click on it.
If you’re familiar with trading, you’ll recognize what you see there. If you don’t have any experience with trading, we’ll just keep it really simple:
- Click on the tab “market trade” just below the chart.
- On the right, next to the red letters “Sell AETHER”, you should see your Aether balance. If it says 0.0, check again if you’re logged in (shows your name in the top right corner). In case you’re logged in, give it a moment to synchronize.
- Once you see your balance, enter the amount of Aether that you want to sell or use the slider to use a percentage of your total balance.
- Then, remember or write down your WAX balance. Finally, click the red “Sell AETHER” button. You should now have more WAX in your account.
Congratulations! You now have partially cashed out. In case you want to fully cash out and convert your WAX to fiat, we’ll go over that now.
Receiving euros or dollars in your bank account requires a third party. In short, you need to find a crypto exchange that lists WAX and offers fiat withdrawals.
Crypto exchanges that have WAX listed are Bittrex and KuCoin. However, KuCoin does not support fiat withdrawals. In order to perform any transaction here, you need to register on their platform.
Bittrex does offer fiat withdrawals but only to certain countries found in this list.
Pro tip: Withdrawal through Bittrex can take up to two weeks. We actually recommend depositing WAX on either Bittrex or KuCoin. But then transferring it to Binance to initiate the withdrawal from there. Binance doesn’t accept WAX, so you’ll have to exchange WAX for a crypto that is accepted on Binance like XRP. On Binance, you then sell XRP for the currency of your choice and you can expect your withdrawal to be deposited in your bank account within minutes.
Here are some best-practices that we’ve learned over the last couple of months.
Keep an eye on Atomic Hub. People often misprice stakeable elements in your favor.
Check the database on all failed inventions. If you wanna have a shot at inventing, let others fail for you, wait until more combinations have been filtered out and then strike!
Some elements are more interesting to create than others. When you know that there is an undiscovered element called flashlight and the element light bulb just got discovered, odds are the light bulb FT will be used to create a flashlight. Some players wait for these opportunities and save a lot of costs later down the road when the flashlight element is discovered.
Only sell Aether when the price is high. It is wise to keep an eye on the price of Aether before you sell it. For example, wait until the price has peaked and don’t sell it in a dip. Aether price usually rises when a discovery has been made.
Pooling. Suppose you have a close group of friends in which everyone trusts each other, you could pool Aether by having everyone pool ⅛ of the total pot. You make the element and split the profits. You would only get an epic, legendary or mythic, everyone is richly rewarded. The Baby Whales Guild is an example of such a pool, although most of the participants don’t know each other in real life.
Participate in drops. Drops happen once every 2 months and are often in high demand. If you manage to claim a drop, you can instantly resell the claimed items for thousands of dollars of profit. As you can imagine, the chance to claim one is slim.
Exchanging NFTs on Atomic Hub
On atomic hub you can buy the following R-planet NFTs:
- Packs. These could big rig packs containing Aether mining rigs or land packs containing R-Planet land.
- Elements. Elements are the stakeable NFTs that players received while creating elements.
- Rigs1, 2 & 3. These are the rigs that came out of the R-Planet Rig packs. There were 3 Rig sales and each number represents basically the generation. There is no difference between them other than the looks.
- Inventors. Inventors are the inventor awards that a player received upon inventing a new element. It shows Mr. Pig holding a certain element and it’s staking power is equivalent to a mythic of the element discovered. These are rarely available on the secondary market.
- Lands1 & 2. These are the lands that came out of the R-Planet Land packs. There were 2 land sales. The first land sale contained only lands that are located in Swineville, and the second land sale was located in Boarvalis.
On Atomic Hub, you can only buy NFTs, no FTs. Atomic Hub offers a lot of insightful details associated with the NFTs.
A word of caution
Be wary. On Atomic Hub, you should only buy the official R-Planet NFTs. In the past, people had similar names like R-Planet and copied the same images of R-Planet items. Always check if the collection name has an orange check mark and spells exactly: rplanet
Exchanging FTs on Simple Market
In short, on Simple Market you can buy both FTs and NFTs, altough the NFTs are only in the form of packs that are rewarded when someone creates an element. These NFTs are not stakeable unless unpacked. While on Atomic Hub you can only buy stakeable NFTs. Note that when you buy a FT it will appear in your generator.
Sometimes it makes sense to buy an FT, like when you’re creating the element flashlight so you don’t have to create the element lightbulb every time.
Just like on Atomic Hub, you have to be very careful on Simple Market and only buy from the official R-Planet. You can recognize this by the blue check mark.
People made fantastic tools and informational sources to save you so much time. Here’s all of them.
Quickly find the staking power of an asset. With regards to rigs, you can clearly see at the top of the NFT how much Aether you can start earning per hour if you stake it.
With the elements, however, this is not so clear. Fortunately, you can look this up manually. Do this as follows:
- Copy asset ID
- Go to rplanet.tools/generator
- Stake calculator
- Change to atomic assets
- Paste asset ID
- And voila! you have your stake rate
Need to lend some Aether? Aether Lender borrows your NFTs, as it were, and then goes on to stake them themselves. You pay back the bill plus 10% interest. Then you get your NFT back. In the beginning, this can be a good way to get ahead. However, you need expensive collateral. Without expensive NFTs, it makes less sense.
See all player’s actions and rankings. This website shows all player information and actions done on R-Planet. Spy on your friends and never miss anything. https://prospectors.online/alchemy/index.html
Bulk stake / unstake. NFT Hive offers tools to unstake or stake all your cards in one click. Pretty convenient!
The future of R-Planet
According to their roadmap Phase 1 of the game is almost coming to an end. Land has been handed out which is necessary for phase 2 and many elements have been discovered.
Also, R-Planet released the possibility to uplift your R-Planet land. This grants you a plot in the blockchain game Uplift and requires 5 million Aether.
More elements have been added to the game so players can continue the inventing game, basically extending phase 1. People were sad this happened as they really wanted phase 2 to start and that’s why Aether prices decreased over 75%. Hopefully, this will soon come to an end.
Phase 2 is probably just around the corner and it’s all about utilizing land, creating robots and fighting against other players. Something that we’re all just dying to experience.
In short, there is plenty of stuff to do, to pass some time before the full game releases: Robot Wars. Exactly when this full-game will be released is not announced, but everyone knows this game will be ground breaking.
Take home message
R-Planet’s is one of the OG NFT games that won over many players thanks to their staking mechanism. The successes of R-Planet and its players opened the eyes of many newcomers and many projects are starting to follow in their footsteps.
If you’re going to play the alchemy game, think ahead as much as possible about which NFT’s you are making and keep a close eye on all external links. Hold on to your NFT’s until phase 2 starts, because prices will likely shoot back up once it starts to get really close.
If we forgot something in this guide, please let us know and we will add it as soon as possible so everyone can benefit.