Hive Migration & Other Updates

The Splinterlands game is still on track to migrate to the Hive blockchain on Monday, June 1st, 2020. This was originally announced in this post so please give that a read if you haven't already.

The game will be put into maintenance mode at around 9 - 10 AM ET on the day of the migration and we expect that it may be down for several hours. Our goal is that the migration will be completely seamless and that players will not need to do anything, however it is likely that some issues will arise so please be patient during the transition and we will work to address any issues as quickly as possible.

Preparing for the Hive Migration

If you log in to the Splinterlands website using your email address and password and have not changed your Steem/Hive wallet keys then you should not need to do anything to prepare for the migration. You should still be able to log in with the same credentials and play as normal.

If you use your Steem blockchain account name and private keys or master password to log in (either directly or through the Steem Keychain extension), then we recommend that you check that you are able to log in to another Hive blockchain application using the same account name. We recommend either https://peakd.com or https://hive.blog, although any Hive blockchain-based app or site should work.

If you use the Steem Keychain extension, then you will need to switch to the Hive Keychain extension in order to continue using it to log in and sign transactions for Splinterlands after the migration. The Hive Keychain extension is available at the following locations:

If you are able to log in to your account using one of those websites, then you should have no problem accessing your account on Splinterlands after the migration.

If you are unable to log in to one of those websites using your Steem/Splinterlands account name and keys then it may be because you have changed your keys on either the Steem or Hive blockchain after the Hive blockchain fork on March, 20th, 2020. If you changed your Steem account keys, then you will need to use the keys that were active at the time of the Hive fork to log in to your Hive account. If you changed your Hive account keys then you will need to use the new keys to log in to your Hive account.

If you are still unable to log in to your Hive account please contact us on Discord or by email at [email protected] and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

PeakMonsters / Rental Market

A number of our players have also been asking about what will happen with the PeakMonsters website and specifically the card rental market after the migration to Hive. They have posted an official update about that which you can read here:

https://peakd.com/hive-126911/@peakmonsters/update-on-switch-to-hive-including-update-on-rentals

Splinterlands has been in close contact with the PeakMonsters team and is committed to help in whatever way possible to ensure that PeakMonsters will continue to operate, including the rental market, which we feel is vital to the future of the game. We are also working with the PeakMonsters team to make significant improvements to the rental market going forward and to begin promoting it more heavily from the main game website.

Tournaments

We also wanted to provide a quick update about the tournaments. We are holding off on scheduling additional tournaments until after the Hive migration is completed, at which point we will continue to schedule them as normal. We will make sure to give adequate time between when the first tournament is scheduled and when it begins to give everyone a chance to enter if they wish.

Additionally, we have gotten a LOT of feedback about the new "anytime" tournament format, and we have a whole bunch of changes and updates for those that are planned to be released shortly after the Hive migration is completed.

Champion I League Rating Changes

Two seasons ago we changed the rating system for the Champion I league to remove both the win streak bonus and the 10 point minimum rating increase which are the two changes we made to the ELO rating system in the game. The reason for this change was that we wanted ratings at the highest level of play to be based primarily on win percentage instead of sheer number of matches played.

After some player feedback, at the start of last season we reinstated the 10 point minimum rating increase, but unfortunately that has just brought back the original problems where ratings can be run up to very high levels by playing a large number of matches.

As a result, starting with the next ranked play season on May 31, 2020 we will be once again removing the 10 point minimum rating incease for Champion I league matches. We will also be adjusting the matchmaking system to try to ensure that players in Champion league are matched with opponents closer to their own rating.

Hopefully that will help avoid situations where players are matched with opponents that are thousands of rating points apart. We will keep a close eye on the matchmaking changes to make sure that players are still able to find opponents.

New Mystery Card

As many of you are aware, the Prince Julian mystery potion card is near its print limit of 90 total cards. We have a new card ready to go for when Prince Julian runs out, but as it's a mystery potion card, we're keeping its identity a mystery until it's released!

It's a pretty fun and powerful (yet hopefully not too powerful) card that we think you'll really like, so be sure to stock up on your mystery potions for a chance at being the first to get it!

The new card will have a print limit of 90 just like the two previous mystery potion cards and will have a 50% chance of dropping to one lucky account that has a mystery potion every day.

We are also aware that we're coming up to the next Untamed airdrop, and that some Reward Edition cards are nearing their print limit, so stay tuned for an announcement on the next Legendary Summoner card and new Reward Edition cards to be added to the game in the near future!


Stay tuned for more updates from the Splinterlands!

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NOTE: All rewards from this post will go to @steem.dao (the Hive Development Fund account) to support the development of the Hive platform.

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I'm so happy the game is shifting over to Hive. Otherwise I might have given it up. As it is I am spending some of my powered down Steem on some nice extra cards to give me a boost. Looking forward to Hive being the platform of choice in future. Hope the transition goes smoothly.

very good comment here... thank you for focusing on this aspect!

Splinterlands has been in close contact with the PeakMonsters team and is committed to help in whatever way possible to ensure that PeakMonsters will continue to operate, including the rental market, which we feel is vital to the future of the game. We are also working with the PeakMonsters team to make significant improvements to the rental market going forward and to begin promoting it more heavily from the main game website.

Looki g forward to increased stability of the game for sure. Even today I surrendered a match and lost connection while in the queue twice. Small potatoes compared to some stuff going on but people need reliability that the good witnesses here offer, not the subpar witness nodes over on Steem.

Looking forward to the new cards, feel like it was just yesterday that the new Zaku was released!

One thing I’m not sure of, will claiming account creation tokens spike in cost? Isn’t the token creation relative to how much the blockchain is being utilized? Glad I claimed 15 so far at least lol

Was the instability on Steem due to witness centralization / subpar setup? Or was it due to softforks (freezing funds) that caused blocks from the 21st witness to get orphaned?

Does anyone know?

There are two main things causing various issues on Steem. The first is the fact that a significant number of backup witnesses are not producing blocks. As you mentioned, this causes constant micro-forks, which the blockchain can easily handle, but can cause a number of user experience issues for applications using the chain. In Splinterlands, for example, we have had to increase the waiting time to confirm every transaction to account for this, so that means players have to wait at the loading spinner longer for everything they do.

The second issue is that api.steemit.com is the only Steem RPC node available for people to use. In the past there were many public RPC nodes run by community members, including one that we ran ourselves to support the game, but now all of the other ones have left and we refuse to run the latest Steem code for our own node for obvious reasons. The game is set up to try a different node on the list if one fails for any reason, but now there is only one node so if that has any issue whatsoever (which it does with relative frequency) then transactions don't go through or API requests fail.

I expect there will be some bumps after the transition to Hive, but once those are sorted out I expect things will run MUCH more smoothly for players going forward.

Thanks for this great explanation! Makes sense that a large part of the degraded experience is the single API, preventing falling back to alternative APIs.

The first is the fact that a significant number of backup witnesses are not producing blocks. As you mentioned, this causes constant micro-forks

So the frequent micro-forks were more of a consequence of backup witnesses being offline than backup witnesses including transactions violating Softfork 0.22.888 causing their blocks to be orphaned?

It was the rules of Steem 0.22.8888 softfork that were violating consensus rules of Steem (v0.22.1 - latest official release). If alice is scheduled for block production and her node is offline, then it misses the block, and next scheduled witness bob produce the block with all the transactions that were supposed to be included. In this case user can experience 3 seconds of extra delay.
Malicious Steem witnesses (a.k.a. technologically illiterate bunch of idiots) colluding, running their softfork code that were refusing to accept blocks with valid Steem transactions (but ignored by softfork) were causing not only such delays but also microforks and other side effects.
Steem is no longer decentralized blockchain. It's 100% Justin S. controlled piece of garbage.

I think it’s related to subpar witnesses. Since the major witnesses over here stopped the blocks over on Steem months ago, from the beginning of that period I had performance issues in game. Those issues have persisted.

When the game was run on the blockchain that was supported by the major witnesses here, I never had dropped games besides during hardcork 21 time.

It boils down to these witnesses just being propped up on probably basic machines, not the powerful stuff that some witnesses here use. I think perhaps Justyy may be the only one using a solid witness node but who knows.

Was the instability on Steem due to witness centralization / subpar setup? Or was it due to softforks (freezing funds) that caused blocks from the 21st witness to get orphaned?

@edicted I think you mentioned this in one of your posts. Any idea?

I assumed it was from the rogue witnesses.
Then again I'm sure the nodes weren't great either.

Looking forward to the migration and fingers crossed that everything transitions smoothly, hive on :)

I hope the same

Right on. I just started playing this game. It's actually pretty freakin' cool! Thanks for all your hard work and for the work of all your colleagues!

Moved my DEC from steem-engine in game, ready for the move :) Lets go splinterlands

I have a couple of recruits I've been sitting on, waiting til the timing was right. I think once the transition's done and dusted I'll pull the trigger and bring them in.

Finally, slowly, I can finally stamp out my Steem account.

@splinterlands Hey y’all! I’ve noticed that the website is back up, but I’m still not able to play on splinterlands.io—I just wanted to make sure I’m not missing any details or if the app site is migrating to a different place, etc.

Thanks so much! Love this game so much. OBSESSED, actually. It’s everything I wish MTG would be, honestly. 💚😍

That is amazing guys and I've been waiting for you to make this move. Not only for the sake of the game, but also for the sake of the freedom from the blockchain control and HIVE should bring everything back to normal.

I am wondering what the move of Splinterlands will affect the price of Steem and Hive, considering its popularity and number of transactions.

Best of luck with the migration tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing a spike in blocktivity activity when it happens.

This is good news

Awesome cant wait to be hive exclusive

I hope everything is for the good of the gaming community and is a successful migration and allows us to grow faster and consolidate the game!

I am ready. I've been playing the game with Steem & Hive Keychain login since this was possible. So I'll just switch off the Steem part.

Good luck with the migration!

We are hoping that the transition is going smoothly... Waiting you to hive @splinterlands! ( ^_^ )

And I do not want to stop playing @splinterlands and renting at @peakmonsters.

Good, now we can play on hive

Keep up the good work.

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I'm so proud to be an early Splinterlands player! I'm excited for the road ahead! Keep up the communication guys!