Alien Worlds Game Guide

Alien Worlds Overview

Alien Worlds is a play to earn game built on the WAX blockchain. It features a universe of six worlds, each with 500 land plots. Every plot is player owned and represented by an NFT. Players can mine Trilium in-game, transfer it to Binance Smart Chain, and earn more Trilium through a staking system. Alien Worlds also features a player-run Planetary DAO system that works to expand the Alien Worlds ecosystem!

In this game guide we’ll provide some details about the game, a general overview of its features, and explain how to get started exploring the Alien Worlds metaverse!

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Alien Worlds Gameplay Overview

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The basic Alien Worlds gameplay has two primary layers. The first consists of mining on plots of land with your Shovel or other mining-related NFTs. In return, miners receive a small amount of Trilium tokens (TLM). At the same time, players gain Shards, an in-game currency which can be used to purchase a rotating selection of NFTs.

Each plot of land in Alien Worlds is owned by a player. The owning player receives a percentage of the Trilium mined on their land.

The second layer consists of Syndicates, player-run, planetary governments that submit and vote on proposals for the Alien Worlds ecosystem using Trilium tokens allotted to their planet.

Alien Worlds features a number of NFTs including Land Plots, Tools, Minions, Avatars, and Weapons. All game NFTs live on the WAX blockchain.

About Alien Worlds

Alien Worlds is one of the elder generation of WAX games. They first announced in July of 2020 and followed up with several NFT sales in October, and their first and only land sale in December of that same year. Mining on land plots opened up not long after the land sale, and the team has slowly and steadily improved their website and added new features since then. Alien Worlds is a member of the Blockchain Games Alliance.

Alien Worlds Play-to-Earn Mechanics

There are three ways to earn Trilium in Alien Worlds. The first is by mining on land plots using tools, the second is passive income from owning land, and the third is a game-ified staking system on Binance Smart Chain.

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Alien Worlds Land Guide

Initial Investment

Getting started with Alien Worlds is completely free. Every new player receives a Shovel which they can use to start mining immediately. However, the payout is extremely low. To earn larger payouts, you can buy and equip higher quality tools on the secondary markets, or with Shards via the in-game Outpost.

To vote in the Planetary DAO system or to run missions on the Binance chain, you will need TLM tokens.

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Alien Worlds Rewards System

Basic rewards in Alien Worlds come in the form of Trilium tokens and Shards which players earn while Mining

Mining and Land Ownership

Any player with a WAX account can equip up to three Tools and start mining for TLM tokens. Each tool and land plot has factors that affect the result. But the main ones that matter are TLM mining multiplier, and the Charge time. The multiplier affects the amount of TLM mined, and the Charge time affects how often you can mine with that Tool on that plot. There are a number of plots and potentially planets that offer bonuses or rewards for items with NFT ratings, but those will have to be individually researched.

Players earn Shards when mining as well. These can be exchanged for Alien Worlds NFTs

Land owners receive Trilium income in two ways. One, whenever someone mines on their land, the landowner receives a portion of the Trilium mined. The default fee is 20%, but landowners can change that at any time and most offer significantly lower rates. Secondly, landowners receive a lump sum of Trilium daily. Landowners must pay maintenance costs with TLM tokens, otherwise their daily payouts will decrease over time. This puts more Trilium in the hands of active landowners and encourages owners to use their land rather than just holding it.


Binance Missions

Additionally, Trilium owners can stake their tokens in Missions on Binance chain and receive more Trilium and special NFTs as rewards. Token holders can transfer their TLM tokens between the WAX, Ethereum, and Binance networks using the Alien Worlds Teleport, which functions as a cross-chain bridge.

There are eight different types of Missions in four rarities. The rarity of the Mission determines the lockup period (1, 2, 4, or 12 weeks), the amount of Trilium required to participate, and the rarity level of the potential NFTs received at the end of the Mission.

For each Mission, players purchase ships. Each ship costs a certain amount of Trilium based on the Mission rarity. Players can purchase as many ships as they want for each Mission. You cannot access the Trilium tokens while they are locked in a Mission. When the Mission ends, players receive their staked Trilium back, plus any interest earned. There is also a chance to find special NFT rewards. These NFTs live on Binance Smart Chain and have no current use.

Returns from the staking missions on Binance vary based on the number of participants in each mission. The shortest missions have the lowest returns, generally around 1 or 2%. While the longer missions can sometimes give a 10% return or more!



Syndicates are DAO-based, player-run governments. There is one for each of the six planets. Elections for Councilors occur every week. Anyone who staked Trilium to a planet becomes a citizen of that planet and received voting rights. Each player’s vote power is based on the amount of TLM tokens they have staked. Those interested in running for a Council position must stake at least 5000 TLM tokens to the specific planet.

Even if you aren’t a voting member of a planet you can still see their proposals in-game, and also read about the latest happenings in a regular blog release from Alien Worlds.

The Council members for each Syndicate then discuss and vote on proposals, which can include payments of TLM tokens. Some of the Syndicates are more active than others, but we have already seen a number of side projects growing from this DAO system!

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Alien Worlds Token

Trilium, or TLM, is the official Alien Worlds token. It is generated from mining, as staking rewards, and as regular payouts to landowners. Trilium has a total max supply of 5 billion across all chains. The Trilium supply exists simultaneously on the WAX, ETH, and BSC blockchains. The Alien Worlds team has created a bridge for moving Trilium tokens between the three chains. Whenever any TLM is transferred to another chains, the corresponding amount of tokens are locked on the transferring chain and unlocked on the receiving chain.

Trilium is used to increase the Shine of NFTs, merging several together and paying a fee in TLM to make it into a Gold, Stardust, or Antimatter quality card. Trilium can also be staked to a planet on the WAX blockchain. Staking TLM tokens allows the holder to vote in planetary elections. Players must also stake a specific amount of Trilium when engaging in Missions on the Binance Chain.

How to Get Started in Alien Worlds

The base game of Alien Worlds is free to play. All you is a WAX wallet. With a WAX wallet you can create an account on Alien Worlds and start mining right away with the free Shovel. If you want to get involved in the staking / mission system on Binance Chain, or voting, then you’ll need to invest in a stack of Trilium tokens.

To start mining, head over to the Alien Worlds website, equip your Tool(s), select a planet and land plot, and click Mine. As simple as that! There is a cooldown between Mining attempts based on the Tools used and the land mined. This is displayed at the top of the screen.

Tips for playing Alien Worlds

Gameplay strategy for mining in Alien Worlds depends on two main factors — how often you are willing to click the Mine button, and whether you want to focus on TLM earnings or on Shard points. You can earn both at the same time, but having a specific focus can offer quicker results.

Once you decide on those two factors, then you can choose tools and land plots that work best for your goals.

In addition, many land owners offer their own NFTs or special rewards for mining on their lands. Check the Land Promotion chat on the official Alien Worlds Discord server or the Community Page for special opportunities.

In regards to staking on Binance Chain, each Mission you join requires two transactions. And while the fees are generally cheap, you will want to factor that cost in when choosing Missions. In short, it’s better to put a heavy load of TLM into one mission rather than spreading a little bit out across a bunch of missions. Also, longer Missions provide rarer NFTs, with the Legendary NFTs only available from the 12-week Missions.

Alien Worlds Review

Alien Worlds began as a very basic mining game, popular mostly as a play to earn faucet. But over time they have added new features, expanded their scope, and polished up their interface and code. And as the Planetary Syndicate system gains more traction, we will start to see exponential growth in the Alien Worlds ecosystem!

So while the idea of click-mining is probably not very exciting for most players, there is more gameplay to dig into with land ownership, Syndicate elections, and DAO proposals.

And as one of the most popular web3 games ever, it’s almost a required right of passage to make at least one dig with your Shovel in Alien Worlds!

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