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Minesweeper Flags inside the ARK Desktop Wallet!

Hello! Been a while.

Although there have not been any new games released for a while, I have been working on the backend system to facilitate PvP blockchain games and today, the first ever interactive ARK PvP game took place on the ARK mainnet! Sam Harper-Pittam beat me, so the less said about that, the better :)

So, delegate fun is pleased to announce the launch of Minesweeper Flags, ARK’s first public player-vs-player game, which is a two-player variant of Minesweeper, where the objective is to discover 26 out of 51 mines before your opponent. This is a contrast to the normal rules of Minesweeper where you are meant to avoid the mines. You can play against a real-life opponent to win tokens on any supported ARK-powered network or bridgechain; although at the moment only the ARK Public Network (mainnet) is supported, though if you would like to see the game on another ARK-powered chain, let me know! …

It’s a new month! Let’s give a quick update about the recent activities of delegate fun and what to look forward to in the near future!

You might be wondering why there has not been any news regarding the games recently. It’s a fair question and this blog post aims to fix that! You’ll have heard by now that the Ark mainnet had a few problems last month and delegate fun played a role of a doctor to help restore the network back to health. …

Important note: If you are already an existing fun voter as of the time of this post, don’t panic — you may still choose to opt out of these changes if you wish by contacting ‘fun’ on the official Ark Ecosystem Slack or Discord servers. By doing so, you will continue to receive your share of the forging rewards at the 90% rate. However, I urge you to please read the article fully before deciding on this course of action.

I know, I know, I know.

I have on two separate occasions (here and here) explained my desire for delegate fun to remain a 90% paying public pool. However, as outlined in those articles, the economics do not allow for the situation to remain as-is. Unfortunately no benevolent large wallets offered to donate their share, so as an absolute last resort, and with a heavy heart, I am left with no choice but to reduce the payout share of delegate fun until the market situation improves. …

In my previous blog post, I explained that I would like delegate fun to remain a 90% paying pool. Times are hard due to the current fiat price of Ark, and since then, several delegates have slashed their reward sharing rates in order to make ends meet.

I have some ambitious plans for fun in the future, and you may be able to see a glimpse of what I’m considering in this questionnaire (and your feedback would be greatly appreciated) — although that is only a very small part of a much, much bigger picture — and extra funding would obviously go a long way to help to make this a reality (although any extra funds would first and foremost be spent on maintaining and securing the Ark network). …

Delegate fun has been a 90% reward sharing pool since the very beginning and this has been roughly in line with proposals by other delegates. 5% of the remaining fund contributes to costs and the other 5% pays prizes. In an ideal world this would be perfect, but fiat currency is still king for now and the price of Ark, at the time of this article’s publication, is $0.69.

Assuming a full day of forging, 422 Ark is generated. 5% of that — 21.1 Ark — is kept back to pay for all the associated costs. That equates to less than $15 per day. Unfortunately, in the current climate, that is unsustainable in the long term. Not only are there server costs to pay, but also time and effort in maintaining the nodes to ensure the Ark network functions correctly, as well as providing the vital checks and balances necessary to ensure the network remains decentralised and protected against bad actors. This is what we should all do as delegates. Moreover, fun is also a gaming delegate that pays prizes to incentivise casual gamers to learn about and join the Ark Ecosystem. This is hopefully beneficial to the ecosystem and community long-term. Those games need a lot of development time, licences for products and assets must be bought and renewed, and labour costs for actual coding and maintenance must be accounted for. …

The reaction since Bold Ninja launched on Monday has been overwhelmingly positive with over 3000 plays within the first 24 hours! Some feedback has been received since this time and several changes have now been implemented as follows:

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He’s bold. And he’s a ninja.

Delegate fun is proud to reveal its second game where players can win free Ark every single day! It’s available for everyone to play right now, regardless of whether or not you vote for the fun delegate.

The new game, Bold Ninja, is an infinite runner. Your character is, as the name suggests, a ninja. Let’s call him Rok … and any resemblance to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental ;)! Your task is to jump between the platforms to collect the cryptocurrency tokens in exchange for points.

It’s not that simple though. There are obstacles along the way to thwart our little guy. Although our ninja has boots that can sustain two falls onto spikes, the third will be fatal. Be careful to avoid the bombs too, or he’ll get blown up on the spot. He also can’t swim. Oh, and don’t fall off the edge of the screen or he’ll be crushed to death. …

Delegate fun’s mission is to provide a fun way to bring new people into the Ark Ecosystem. …

Delegate fun’s first game, Match 3, opened its doors to the whole Ark community two weeks ago today.

You’ll already be familiar with the mechanics of the game if you have played Bejeweled or similar, so there is no reason to explain it in detail. …

Two weeks ago today the proposal for the fun delegate was launched in the Ark forum. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but felt that I had nothing to lose by trying. Armed with a unique idea for delegacy and a lot of experience (and battle scars) from being a devnet delegate, it was time to throw my hat into the ring to apply to play with the big boys on mainnet.

From reading the proposals of other successful delegates, it seemed like it would take between 1-2 weeks to potentially reach the top 51 if I could be lucky enough to be voted in. I had planned to use that time to prepare the necessary infrastructure and payout scripts so that I’d be well equipped in the event that my proposal gained enough support. …


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