How's the @PlayDice life?

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It's been a while since an update

Well... it's been a while since I've told you guys about any updates anyway... so here goes:

First up, apologies for the radio silence... I've been very busy with a new game for STEEM where you'll be able to grow & sell weed. No... it's nothing like DrugWars (except of course that you're dealing with digital drugs). Now as I may have mentioned in the past, I'm more of a "retired developer" and having never dealt with some of the newer technologies it takes me a lot longer to figure things out.

Anyway... enough excuses. Go give @HashKings a follow and be the first to know as soon as we're ready to launch the game. P.S. We are "very close" now :-)

Enough of the drugs.... let's gamble!

So... what's changed in the world of PlayDice?

Bid Bots

I've always used the "penny bots" like @drotto etc. to give each game a tiny boost, but I've recently started taking it a bit further and added more bots & "programmes" to the mix. These bots are funded by my @BraaiBoy account, but wouldn't it be cool if @PlayDice was actually able to fund this itself? ;-)
Please read the end of this article for ways you can help make that happen.

Those Damn RCs!!!

Pre-HF20 the @PlayDice account had more than enough resources (bandwidth) to post the games, update them AND process the payouts... This was triggered manually (so that I could keep an eye that things were 100% bug-free) - I was just about to automate it, when along came HF20. Post-HF20 the account barely had enough RCs (Resource Credits) to post and update the game itself. So now payouts are still triggered by a manual script, and the transfers themselves are done either by the @IncuBot account or by my main @BraaiBoy account. However, that wastes RCs on @BraaiBoy which I need to claim Steemit Accounts.
More on this and how I would LOVE to fully automate, so Please read the end of this article for ways you can help make that happen.

Liquid Rewards: SBD vs STEEM

Speaking of payouts: The Steem blockchain has started printing SBD again, and as soon as the value of SBD rewards is larger than STEEM rewards, I'll switch to payouts in SBD (and vice versa). In the past, I would then use the smaller liquid (SBD or STEEM) to reward the most loyal players every week with SBI shares... instead I've started an experiment to push that into random games that are +/- 3 days old via buying votes from @MinnowBooster (when we have spare SBD) and @PostPromoter (when we have spare STEEM). i.e. 3 or 4 games each day will see a random boost to their payouts after 3 days. Depending on the SBD print-rate, this could literally double or even triple the pot.

I started this yesterday and will (probably) choose the "tough games" first in future as well.
e.g. https://steemit.com/games/@playdice/20190215213013346-diceroll

Boosts will be more random than that in future when I'm not lazy/pressed for time :P

Anyway... Enjoy the extra free winnings folks... You can thank me later ;-)


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OK, so how can YOU help smooth over the BidBot and RC issues for @BraaiBoy?

Hell, even if you can't help, just ReSteem this post and maybe you have someone that follows you that can! THAT in itself would be cool enough!

But... on to some things that YOU can do:

BidBots:

Like I said, I'm sending STEEM to some bid-bots to boost the payout pool already:

That comes up to about 12 STEEM per month.
Then I've also subscribed @PlayDice to bots like @CryptoWithinCin for ~5 STEEM per month... and randomly send @SteemBasicIncome and @IncinBoost shares to PlayDice when I have a few Steem spare lying around.
Long story short: I'm in for +/- 30 Steem per month and +/- 15 Steem for hosting fees.

NB: I'm easily covering this through my @BraaiBoy & @IncuBot accounts, and see @PlayDice (and a lot more games I have planned) as a long-term project, so I'm gladly funding this and won't take it personally if you ignore this whole post and just carry on as before... but imagine how much MORE... and sooner we can do if @PlayDice was self-sustaining... I have pages and pages of ideas to make @PlayDice better (and more profitable for the players).

How can you help?

  1. Upvote the winners announcement comment on every game (hell, even if you only do it when you win, it would make a difference).
    I'm talking about these post comments:

  2. Send @PlayDice some @SteemBasicIncome / @IncinBoost / @MinnowVotes Shares
    You need to nominate someone anyway to get a share for yourself in these programmes... why not make that someone @PlayDice... it's a win-win really ;-)

RCs

I've got MORE THAN ENOUGH RCs on @BraaiBoy to comfortably make the transfers when @IncuBot runs low every 10-15 days or so... so no panic that we'll have a situation where you won't get paid... BUT, I would REALLY want to keep those RCs for claiming Steem Accounts, which I then convert into new accounts for users that I personally invite and onboard to Steem. I've got a dozen or so folks onboard like this already... some of them are still posting daily, others need a kick in the shins every now and then... but the point is that it's working, and slowly but surely I'll have the entire Pretoria (Capital of South Africa... the city where I live) on the Steem Blockchain. More users = more demand, more demand = higher Steem price, higher Steem price = You, Me and everyone on Steem winning!!!

So how do I save on RCs?

  1. Weekly payouts
If I accumulate player winnings for a week, and only make 1 transfer to each player for a week's winnings, instead of a transfer for every game played == RC PROBLEM SOLVED! How do YOU help? I mentioned earlier that I'm busy writing the @HashKings game and that's eating up ALL my spare time :-( ... also I need to figure out how to convert a post's vests earned into SDB/STEEM earned AFTER payout (Pre-Payout, it's easy enough to see - it gets a little technical :P)

so if you're a NodeJS developer and want to donate some of your time, please get in touch and let's make this happen

  1. Delegate to @PlayDice
    I haven't done the math, but I figure with an extra +/- 500 SP, that @PlayDice will have enough RCs to do daily payments itself. This has the bonus that @PlayDice's self-votes count for more, which then adds more to the pool for you and everyone as well.


WOW... that was a long post, and took me 2 days to get out of draft :P
P.S. If you're still reading this, YOU deserve a reward... drop me a DM on discord BraaiBoy#4913 and the 1st 5 to do so will score themselves a @SteemBasicIncome share... just my way of saying thanks for hearing me out. xoxox


You just read a @BraaiBoy Blog Post

My human says his page is all about Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll \m/... and that the geekier posts don't really fit in with the theme on his page.

P.s. Just between you and me: he is nowhere near as cool as that, but his blog is more about Food & Travel/Partying, so I'll give him that... it does make more sense to chat about "Steemit Stuff" over here instead. Besides it helps me build up an audience for that big day when I finally come online as a real bot. YAY ME!

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My future sbi shares will be going to playdice :D

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Way Cool!!!

Thanks for the support! \m/

WOOOHOOO!

News Just In: The kind folk at @MinnowBooster were willing to hear me out, and have removed @PlayDice from the blacklist... and the 3 posts in question have been boosted.

NOW you guys can enjoy the extra rewards :-)

Please go show @MinnowBooster some love from your side as well. \m/

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Ek kan nie code skryf nie, maar ek kan resteem (en upvote reeds al die winners comments).
Sterkte... en Dankie!

JY... is 'n yster! \m/

Thank you @braaiboy.

Thank YOU for supporting the game. This is really just the beginning. #WatchThisSpace ;-)

Oh shit... this is #AWKWARD!!!

I didn't even notice this transaction yesterday, but it seems that @PlayDice has been blacklisted by @MinnowBooster :-(

Anybody got connections there that we can appeal to?

If not, I'll find some other way to spend the excess liquid payouts from each game to boost the games after they have closed.

Idk if it's possible. You will just have to seek other venues. Pretty sure @playdice is technically against their ToS.

Yeah, @PlayDice DOES look to be "spammy" at first glance... have had the chat with SteemCleaners etc. (incl. SFR) folk a few times, and with a little gentle persuasion managed to convince them all... hope I can get the same accomplished with MB

... if not, you're right, will seek other "guaranteed ROI bots" to push the excess rewards back into posts.

A little late. But a question. If playdice is low on RC why does it delegate 170 Sp to something/someone?
I understand if it gets it back in votes

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Hey @cwow2 ... it's all good... a very valid question!

@PlayDice is delegating to "programmes" that return upvotes in exchange for votes on the games... yes.

Keeping the 170SP would not have been enough to sustain the RCs to automate the posts, so I delegated it to the programmes in exchange for a boost in the winner's pools, and ran the payouts through @IncuBot.

Having said that, @dominion01 just generously delegated 250SP to @PlayDice ... so we're about 90% there now for sustaining payouts from @PlayDice... at the current growth rate, I think we're gonna get there in < 2 weeks.

Gonna be running a poll soon for the players to decide what we should do with spare VP when it becomes a thing... I've got some cool ideas!

Awesome! Hope the delegation was something like that :D
Just wanted to check before throw shares of sbi after Playdice ;)

I bought a Incinboost share for playdice not sure if it went through yet and I plan on throw sbi shares towards playdice when my post payout sbd/steem and not only sp.
Should be getting some sbd in 3 days or so :D

Lets make it sustain itself :D

Thanks for the answer!

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Expect more SP delegation from me soon.

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Unfortunately I cannot find you on discord because we do not share any groups.

Any tips on how to 'gentle persuasion' steem cleaners? I have a good friend who has a game of his own that is getting hammered by steemcleaners and making anything fun be less fun.

ahhhhhh... I did not know that you had to share a server or two in order to find each other...I've had a few people tell me they can't find me as well.

Re gentle persuasion: I was just straight forward and open with them, and because all the rewards go to the Steem community and not to myself, they agreed to make an exception.

P.S. What's this game you refer? I love me some blockchain gaming and would like to check it out :-)

Check out @goldmanmorgan

Its still being built by @rudyardcatling, I'm not sure yet of the full scope but things are happening!

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