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Project Nebula Introduces Player-owned Zones

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The space exploration game Project Nebula has introduced a new mechanic, having players battle for control over zones. Zones can be an NFT on the blockchain, giving its owner resources to boost their performance in the game. The developers announced these new NFTs earlier this month.

Zones in Project Nebula are basically like a piece of land in a virtual world. In this case these NFTs represent an area in space. The first NFTs to hit the market come from the Gen-0 and Gen-1 starting sectors. A zone, or a hex, gives its owners the option to craft new assets, adding new mechanics and content to the game world. This mean that players could potentially build a space station, and offer services on that station to other players.

Each sector in the universe of Project Nebula comes with a fixed number of available hexes. Players need to control a hex before they can build anything. Zones in the starting regions (Gen-0 and Gen-1) are completely player-owned. However, the developers can’t guarantee ownership in future zone releases. Control over an hex will be determined through PVP and political gameplay.

Players can earn zones by completing objectives in Project Nebula. This play-to-earn mechanic launched a week ago. In addition players can earn blueprints and consumables, among other things. The first stage of the event will end on October 20th, so there’s still enough time to join. The winners are announced on October 20, and the leading player in every sector gains the rights for 2 zones, with the runner-up gaining 1 zone. The developers will distribute a total of 423 zones (8%) during this stage.

To play Project Nebula, you will need a spaceship though. We wrote about those NFTs a while back.

What is Project Nebula?

Project Nebula is a blockchain-powered game about interstellar exploration. Players can discover and own unique planets, artifacts, spaceships, and be part of an ever-expanding universe with its own history, future and destiny. The game uses the ICON blockchain for all asset ownership and will release this summer.

Exploration is a big part of Project Nebula and its universe. However, there are all kinds of assets to keep in mind while exploring. First of all you will need a spaceship, which is an NFT. Second, you will need fuel. Your spaceship’s stats and research will influence the amount of fuel you can carry, and therefore how far you can travel. While travelling through the universe, you’ll be discovering hexes, or areas. Exploring a new area costs more fuel, than travelling through one where you’ve been before. Fuel regenerates hourly, and a spaceship reaches full capacity after 24 hours.

Project Nebula uses Credits as its in-game currency, and it’s important to keep in mind that these Credits aren’t on the blockchain. They are literally in-game currencies. Players can use these credits to colonize and claim planets. Some planets will require ICX as well, which is the native token of the ICON blockchain. Also for ship upgrades, players will need credits. At the same time planets generate credits, and players earn credits through in-game discoveries, for example asteroids with treasures on it.

Every planet can receive upgrades, which the game describes as industry. Each planet will have at least one upgrade slot. In the future industry will be important for players, as it will enable them to create their own NFTs. Again, industry upgrades on planets give a boost on the planet’s stats, and therefore players earn more credits. Not every planet can be colonized instantly, as players will need knowledge to do so. That’s where Research comes into play.

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