Despite Growing Pains, Splinterlands Is Still An Amazing Game And Great Opportunity!

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I had the pleasure of watching @yabapmatt address issues on Discord yesterday. If you missed it, its well worth going back and reading the conversations. It helped me put proper perspective on several topics, and made me evaluate why I spend so much time and money over the past 2 years on this game.

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Growing Pains

There is no doubt Splinterlands has had its share of issues over the years. I've been there from the beginning and witnessed them all firsthand. I, like many, have been frustrated many times and have voiced my frustration visibly.

I think there are 2 different types of issues that we see, and sometimes those don't get separated in our minds (including my mind). The first type is natural and unavoidable, and always going to happen whenever you doing something that has never been done before. I'll call this Try-Fail-Fix. Because everything's new, every idea doesn't always translate to the way it was intended and as a result, it needs to be fixed. This is natural and needed. You can never succeed if you don't try, and all you can do is to fix what fails and continue to move forward.

The second type of issue we see is a perceived lack of listening to the players concerns. I'll call this Communication. This might sound strange to say that we have an issue with Communication when the developers and the team are on Discord 7 days a week, but I can understand where there is a disconnect. While the SPL team hears every one of our issues, they don't necessarily acknowledge them. Successful communication requires doing what Yabapmatt did yesterday, explaining 1) they understand a particular issue as legitimate (or not, as both are important) 2) addressing what solutions are being worked on and 3) accepting responsibility for Try-Fail-Fix Issues and explaining what they've learned.

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Grading The Growing Pains

I give the Splinterlands team an A+ for the efforts they've made in the Try-Fail-Fix issues they've encountered. I've been here before the cards even had stats and there was no game to play. I've witnessed the tremendous growth in not only the infrastructure, but in the mistakes made along the way as well. Making mistakes is inevitable when you grow at such a fast pace with no template to follow, but the team has done a fantastic job of learning from each of them, made changes and adjustments, and made this dynamic game system we see today. Very well done!

I give the Splinterlands team a C for the efforts they've made in the Communication issues they've encountered. The C score is because they are "average" in communication and make many common mistakes made by most companies in the world today. The good news is the Communication issues can be fixed much easier than the Try-Fail-Fix issues they encounter. They need to not only "hear" the complaints people have, they need to "address" them in a thoughtful, respectful, and responsive manner. They need to accept responsibility when things don't progress as planned, and keep the players updated when things change. I would suggest that the Splinterlands team always keep this thought in their minds: The players complain because they care, make suggestions because they see ways to improve things, and can accept failure because they see opportunity. Put another way, we all want to see the game succeed and reach its amazing potential, so keep us in the loop and understand we are tougher and more loyal than you realize.

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Amazing Game And Great Opportunity

Watching the growth of Steemmonsters Splinterlands has been truly fantastic. From the days when we bought cards and didn't even know how the game would be played, we started to build a community. In those early days we didn't have a Market, didn't have leasing, didn't have rewards, didn't have leagues/quests/loot boxes, and didn't have a currency to transact in. But we could tell there was some magic forthcoming. We felt there was opportunity ahead and we believed the developers would build something special. And guess what? They did!

I have a ton of respect for what the Splinterlands team has accomplished. In two short years they've turned this game into something special unlike anying else out there. While I am among the people that recognize issues and have expressed my dissatisfaction on certain issues, I have never been close to selling my cards. In fact, I have bought at least one card on 99% of the days since we've had a market. And that's because I have faith in the long term prospects for the game. I can see this game going mainstream one day, and if it does then the growing pains we've experienced will be a very small footnote in time. Put simply, I love to play the game and I love the financial opportunity that comes with growth from here.

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Finally, here's a direct quote from Matt from yesterday:

I also 100% appreciate that everything good I have going is due to everyone here. My goal in life is one way or another make it so that all of you can retire off your Splinterlands cards one day.

And you know what? I BELIEVE HIM!!!

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Great writeup. I hope to see Splinterlands to the moon also.

Thank you @glory7! I wish that for both of us too... and for all the wonderful people we've come in contact with over the years!!! Its a special community :)

곰돌이가 @glory7님의 소중한 댓글에 시세변동을 감안하여 $0.016을 보팅해서 $0.026을 지켜드리고 가요. 곰돌이가 지금까지 총 8018번 $111.283을 보팅해서 $110.382을 구했습니다. @gomdory 곰도뤼~ 곰돌이 서비스는 6월 20일 11pm에 종료됩니다.

Hi Dave, I want to thank you for all the help in the early days of steem, and to let you know that I really appreciated the delegation from so so long ago, in a splintered land so far away. I am currently in a full power down, and have two more weeks before I will be fully powered down. It is unlikely that once the power down is complete that I will be back on steem, I just find it to difficult to maintain to social sites, so most of my effort will be over on the Hive site for now.

I think it would be wise time for you to go ahead and take the delegation back, knowing that I fully did appreciate it and all your help.I will be removing my delegation to FOG on next Monday, or after Sundays post. I hope you ahve a good weekend and are not to close to any of the rioting going on down in the lower 48 states.

Hey @bashadow, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and tell me. As I posted on the FOG post to you, I really enjoyed my time on Steemit and I had respect for many strangers (like you) :D that I came to know and really like as people. I will remove the delegation as you said, but I want to say that while we never really made it far with @newbieresteemday, I was very proud to make both you and @beeyou the first Newbie Stewards! You both were amazing when things were going well and I really respected what you did. I'll never forget seeing you everywhere, helping others... You are a true gentleman and that's why I named an account for you called @chivalrousknight! ;)

I'm sure we'll be in touch but if you ever need me for anything, always contact me on Discord!!!

This is a superb write up and deep dive. You might be the best macro remote viewer there is I have ever seen in any line of work, this continues to prove that point. I too get caught in the frustration of some day to day things and lose perspective of things that may seem big are temporary fixes that simply haven't been addressed. The moon possibility in this game continues to grow each day they are around. It is a matter of time and being patient (while not easy-like growing pains) will pay off handily. That quote by yaba kind of says everything anyone that is concerned in the game needs to know.

thanks @cryptkeeper17... :D ... I'm glad you took the time to read my thoughts and hopefully these growing pains pay off in the long run with a major opportunity. While I think there are many awesome opportunities in life, I feel that having a proper perspective can help keep you balanced and from jumping opportunity to opportunity without making a good return on your investment. On SPL, we have both done well since we are here in the beginning, so its ok to book a little profit. But since you've heard enough negatives from me (pretty much daily), I felt it was time to write why I'm still here! Thank you for the nice compliment! And talk to you soon :)