Introducing: Xpendium — Time Raider’s Native In-Game Utility Token
$XPND, what it is & how it drives the Game Economy
Here’s one question for you.
What do titles like Axie Infinity, AlienWorlds, and Gods Unchained all have in common? Can you take a guess?
If you happened to say ‘a great utility token’ — then you’re right on the money!
And that’s because, for what it’s worth, a reliable utility token is the hallmark of any Play-to-Earn title available in the market. Regardless of the game in question, a dependable tried and tested utility token not only powers all transactions made within the game, but we’d also even go as far as to say… the entire economic equation.
Without it, gamers would simply not be able to earn a living from gaming the same way they do now. Or at least not just from the simple act of playing alone (streaming and other earning mediums do not apply in this case, of course.)
And, in this short article, we’ll be introducing you to the king of all P2E tokens: Xpendium.
Time Raider’s own native in-game utility token.
You know, the one that’s set to unlock arguably the biggest NFT treasure hunt of your life! And no, this is not a stretch. We’ll prove it to you rapid-fire in the next few minutes ahead.
So let’s not waste any time, and jump right in!
Alright, first things first…
What Is ‘Xpendium’ Exactly?
In order to fully grasp what Xpendium is in its entirety, it would be good to clarify what a utility token is in the first place.
So, to cut a long story short, many crypto-based communities define utility tokens as:
“A unique crypto token that serves some use case within a specific ecosystem. These tokens allow users to perform some action on a certain network.”
In other words…
With a P2E game ecosystem, a dependable utility token allows gamers to buy, sell and trade NFTs within the game’s marketplace — while also facilitating other key variables that help the game work like a fine-tuned machine.
Picture the dollar, for instance.
Just like any real-life currency, native utility tokens account as a way to exchange value for value with less of a headache. They provide gamers the ability to do transactions within the game smoothly, and with little friction. And see, that’s where the Xpendium token comes into play.
In Time Raiders, everything in the game is an NFT that can be bought, traded, sold, or staked for Xpendium ($XPND.) It’s the official native in-game utility token that not only powers all transactions within the game, but more. A lot more.
Time Raiders, at its core, is a shoot and loot game where players face off against waves of enemies of many types, get loot drops from slain enemies, and return to the marketplace to sell their items, upgrade their weapons & characters, and add power to their ‘Time Flux’ to access new levels.
And all of these are only possible because of Xpendium and its inherent utility (hence why you call it a ‘utility token’. It genuinely has true, profound value — and it makes your gaming life 10x easier in the process.)
Picture it this way:
You’re an everyday gamer just checking into Time Raiders for the first time, looking to have fun — but not necessarily earn a paycheck. Matter of fact, you’re not even all that pumped for the concept of NFTs at all; you’re just in it for the fun.
So, eager to spring into the action, and confident in the vast gaming skills you’ve developed over the years playing for hours on end…
You immediately skim through tutorials and get your way to some treasure hunting of your own!
You arrive on a beach, jump right into battle, and happen to land a decently-loaded machine gun that will serve you well on the journey ahead.
You take a side path when it’s presented; because after all, heading the opposite direction from the main place is where the good loot is usually stashed. And up ahead you see something golden, guarded by a large group of Nazi guards.
You’re not sure if this starter character is up to the task, but hell, all good things come with a risk, so you attack. Little did you know, however, these enemies are a little tougher than you thought!
So you back up behind cover to scheme up your next move, but one guard tries to flank you from the back. Yet… you see it coming from a mile away.
You hawk him.
Next up, you see the loot from this drop, and stumble upon a greater gun than the one you own currently! You equip it, get back into the brawl, and drop a few guards on your way to stacking more loot in your inventory.
But nevertheless, the enemy is still too much to handle; so you decide to retreat back to the ID Hub and live to fight another day.
But look, not all was in vain! You leveled up — through the sheer act of engaging in a brawl with these guards. Yet, you’re still doubting whether this new level is enough, so you head back to the shop and start looking at items one by one. Lo and behold, something interesting catches your eye.
On the corner of your screen, you now see a live counter that says the exchange rate is 12.4 $XPND to the dollar. One shopper is willing to give you 2 $XPND for your new gun, but you notice the auction market has a few of the same kind on sale for 10.
So you decide to hold on to your gun and head back to the mission for one more round. You level up again, sell some loot you don’t plan to use, and pick up a much-needed companion to aid you in battle.
After an hour of play and some tantalizingly close tries to make it to the end of the path, you are finally strong enough to take down the last guard and claim your prize.
Now, you’ve already carried about 20 $XPND of loot when you go to look at what you’ve long been fighting to get. It’s a piece of the Amber Room.
You love the art — so you keep it. But as soon as you show it to the vendor back at the ID Hub, he tells you it’s worth 100 $XPND! And as luck will have it, the price of $XPND went up since you last checked, and now you have a chance to profit from your hour of gaming.
Now, you’ve got a decision to make:
Whether to keep it for yourself, sell it to the vendor, or put it for auction at the player marketplace.
This is all made possible because of Xpendium. And regardless of what you decide, you’ve played your game, had fun — and now are in a position to claim a payday to top it all of.
Do you now see why Xpendium — or ANY utility token for that matter — is so crucial in the P2E dynamic? It literally powers the entire economic equation (and allows you to get paid, on the demand, and with zero hassle.)
(Now, a quick disclaimer: this example above was just a means to drive a simple point home. To be concrete, any type of player out there — from the average, non-crypto gamer to the crypto enthusiast to the arcade gamer that merges the best of both worlds — everyone can benefit, and enjoy the act of playing Time Raiders on your PC, regardless if you’re in it for the money or not. Okay, end of the quick note.)
Now, with all of the above covered, let’s now discuss some of the most common Xpendium use cases, shall we?
XPND: Most Common Use Cases
- Buy Items: This one’s self-explanatory. In the Black Market of the Hub, you will be able to buy, sell, and rent any in-game item to or from other players. This is one of the most frequent use cases for all of the utility tokens in P2E titles — so no surprise to find it here.
- Upgrade Weapons: In the Hub, you can use Materials and 1 XPND to upgrade weapons, armor, and tech to improve their power and in-game utility. This also increases their value as NFTs. It is necessary to upgrade all your equipment regularly, as the enemies get tougher as the game progresses. You wouldn’t want to be caught off guard, do you?
- Upgrade Characters: In the Hub, you can use XPND to upgrade characters: Health, Attack Bonus, Defence Bonus, Dodge, Resilience, Strength, Tech, Stealth, and Critical Hit Chance, among others. And this, like the weapons, also increases their value as NFTs. Do make a conscious effort to upgrade Raiders regularly, otherwise, you’ll be left in the dust.
- Upgrade Companions: Companions are your right hand on the battlefield — and thus, you might as well ensure they are at maximum capacity as they can be! In the Hub, you can use XPND to upgrade companions just like you would with the main characters (health, attack bonus, defense, etc.) And, is no need to mention it, but their value as NFTs also increases in the process. You get much-needed support from time to time, but you can also profit from these companions down the line.
- Breeding and Fusing Flux: Flux is cool, amorphous energy that gleams with colour and layers of swirling spacetime. Flux is what actually powers the Time Portals, and, when infused into items, allows those items to travel through time with the Raiders. The Flux that empowers the Time Portal holds the ‘key’ information that unlocks levels for the Raiders to be able to travel to. Fusing Flux will be a way of sharing levels with your friends… or even ‘selling’ a bit of your Flux to others on the Black Market so that they can unlock those levels. There is thus, no need to stress its importance in the game as a whole!
- Unlock New Levels: Levels are unlocked with something called an ‘Entry Key’. Entry Keys are actually a small bit of Flux, containing information in spacetime that gives the Time Portal spacetime coordinates to be able to access that Time Period and Timeline. You can find Entry Keys as part of Treasure Troves, random enemy Drops, or even buy/sell them in the Black Market to add to your Flux and open new levels in your Time Portal.
- Manufacture New Items: Factories are found in the levels. They are capable of manufacturing new NFTs from Blueprints that the player finds or buys. The player must Stake XPND to power up the Factory, and then he can burn a Blueprint, a recipe of Materials, and 1 XPND to start to produce the item dictated by the Blueprint. Once the item is made, the player can use it or sell it on the Black Market respectively.
- Staking: Staking $XPND and NFTs provides a growth mechanism for players outside the main fighting aspects of the game. In other words, if you stake your tokens, you will acquire more $XPND. Additionally, in-game staking can also give the ability the player to make their own unique NFTs and them to other players in the Black Market. Unique resources will always be in-demand, after all.
Now, there are 2 forms of Staking $XPND in the initial game release of Time Raiders.
The first is in-game staking, which will be used to upgrade NFTs to increase their value or to produce and mint new ones alike.
The second one will allow players to stake $XPND outside of the game via the Time Raiders $XPND Staking portal. We intend to add a governance mechanism to Time Raiders at a later date (but more on this in future articles.)
We hope this piece has truly informed you on the shining features of the Xpendium token — and that you’re just as pumped as we are to see it into action once the official gameplay comes out.
Until then, be sure to join our private discord server to not miss a bit on the latest updates about the game.
Have a good one!
About Time Raiders
Time Raiders is a Time Travel, Play-To-Earn NFT & Crypto Game.
Players travel through time and fight enemies to find loot. They can use these precious resources to power up their characters and weapons, craft new items, or sell them on the player-to-player market.
Everything in the game is an NFT that can be traded for Xpendium ($XPND), Time Raiders’ native in-game utility token.
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