This is a guest blog post from Alvaro Zino-Amaro, who is one of the amazing writers contributing to the forthcoming Unioverse anthology, Stories of the Reconvergence. The book arrives on August 15, but you can pre-order your digital copy right now.
Shortly after I was invited to contribute to the fabric of the Unioverse, I began studying its grand backstory. It was an exciting, heady plunge. I found myself learning about the remnants of ancient, mysterious races; technologies that could operate across vast distances and perform feats of near-magic; cycles of history stretching back millions of years.
Against the immensity of these epic scales, I imagined the intimate journey of one solitary artist.
Art history is littered with the stories of outsiders who, time and again, master different crafts in order to express their singular perspectives. In a Unioverse comprised of countless worlds and inhabited by innumerable types of beings, where infinite variety is an everyday reality, what could the word “outsider” mean?
Pondering this question gave me the first hint of my story’s plot. The visionary artist I conceived of captivated audiences by using high technology to create dazzling works of conceptual art–but was also trying to solve the mystery of his own “otherness.”
Again, falling back on real-life examples of famous artists through history, I wondered whether the same source of the protagonist’s wild creativity might lead to some unhealthy behaviors. What if our character had a dependency on something potentially life-threatening, feeling unable to create without it? How far would he push himself?
A common thread in chronicles of substance abuse seems to be the desire to escape oneself, however temporarily. The Unioverse, I realized, offered me a built-in mechanism that could literalize this idea: transpod technology allows for the leaping of consciousness from one body–or “skin”– to another. Someone feeling deeply alienated might develop an addiction to this process of escaping from skin to skin, experiencing moments of blissful non-being in between the adjustments to, in a physical sense at least, becoming someone new. But abusing the transpods exacts a heavy toll. After several hundred jumps, the mind begins to collapse, approaching the so-called Zero Hour, a complete loss of sanity.
“Suigeneriscide,” a word I invented to combine the notions of being sui generis, or unique, and ending oneself, is both the title of my story and the name of a daring piece of conceptual art dreamed up by Raestio, the story’s troubled protagonist.
We meet him as he is preparing to showcase “Suigeneriscide,” his most bold, challenging performance yet. As the crowning achievement of a long and storied career, it spells an end; as the gateway to new personal possibilities, it marks a beginning. Will he retain his faculties long enough to complete his ambitious plan, or will the Zero Hour claim him before he has the chance to find out the truth about himself?
Even with his audacious imagination, Raestio is unprepared for the revelations that await deep within his own identity.
I hope you are too.
At Unioverse, we’re always on the lookout for opportunities to connect with diverse audiences and explore new horizons in the gaming world. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Claners, a well-known Latin American video game brand. This collaboration promises to be an exciting journey, bringing together our shared passion for gaming and innovation. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the details of our partnership and what you can expect from this thrilling week in the Unioverse.
Our decision to partner with Claners is rooted in our shared vision for the gaming community. Claners boasts a dedicated audience of early adopters, making them the perfect testing ground for our web3 message. These gamers are always eager to try new experiences, making them an ideal audience to introduce to the world of Unioverse.
But it’s not just about introducing Claners to Unioverse; it’s also about learning from their expertise and building a direct line of communication with their players. Together, we’re working on creating tutorial content in Spanish and Portuguese, ensuring that Claners gamers have a seamless onboarding and gaming experience with the Unioverse. It’s a partnership built on mutual respect and a shared love for gaming.
Before we dive into the details of our partnership week, let’s take a moment to introduce Unioverse for those who might be new to our universe. Unioverse is a sci-fi gaming franchise developed by industry veterans responsible for hits like GTA, COD, Halo and more. Our mission is to bring you thrilling gaming experiences that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the gaming world.
Claners, on the other hand, is a prominent online video game store that offers over 3,500 digital products for Xbox, PlayStation, Blizzard, Steam, and PC. With more than 30,000 Cash-Points of Sale, Claners makes it incredibly convenient for gamers to purchase and collect digital products instantly. They have earned a reputation for being a reliable and diverse source for all your gaming needs.
Now, let’s get to the exciting part – what you can expect from our partnership week with Claners.
What to Expect
In this 7-day challenge, Unioverse invites Claners (and everyone) to play in the Proving Grounds: a third-person shooter, speedrun mode within our Hero Viewer. Sprint, shoot, slash through the pre-alpha and top the weekly leaderboard for rewards!
Participating in our Proving Grounds challenge is easy, whether you’re new to Unioverse or a seasoned player
Watch this awesome tutorial video in Spanish on how to complete each step, by our newest community moderator, KratosTuga! Welcome to the team, Kratos.
We’ve got some incredible prizes lined up for you:
Earning raffle tickets is easy:
The challenge is over on Monday October 2nd at 12pm MT.
Prizes will be drawn at random the following Tuesday after the leaderboard rolls over, so make sure you’re in it to win it!
Our partnership week also comes with some exciting new features:
Don’t miss out on this fun week of gaming and prizes! Sign up, connect your email, and start playing for a chance to win big. For hints, shortcuts, and a fantastic gaming community, join us on Discord.gg/theunioverse and connect with Unioverse legends.
In partnership with Claners, we’re breaking new ground bringing web3 experiences to web2 audiences. It’s all about rolling up our sleeves and marketing thoughtfully to make gaming accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Join us and let’s game on together!
Wow. Just… Wow.
I know I’m a little biased, but the Unioverse comic from Josh Viola, Angie Hodapp and Ben Matsuya just keeps getting better and better as the cast of characters grows and grows.
“Tor Gret,” the latest issue introducing the titular Hero, is no exception. Tor Gret is issue three of the Unioverse limited series comic book and is out now in print and digital!
We do not want to give too much away here, but as Brent Friedman, our narrative director said — “You do not negotiate with Tor Gret.”
For real, if you haven’t already, get in on all this comic book goodness right now. Don’t take my word for it — check out the sneak peek preview of Tor Gret below.
We like to put on a show for our community. Add some flair to our proceedings. Some pizzazz, if you will.
In that spirit, it is with great pleasure that we announce the details of our global Krishah reveal event, this Saturday, July 8.
Whether you were lucky enough to claim a Krishah at our Community-only Proten event, or had the winning bid during the Pinnacle auction, or bought a sweet three-pack of Legendary, Epics and Rares on Magic Eden – everyone’s unique Krishah will be revealed during this event.
And, because we like to put on a great show, we’ve included a bunch of fun pre-reveal extravaganzas that you’ll definitely want to check out.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Date: July 8, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. US MT
Length: 2 Hours
10:00 – 10:10
10:10 – 10:15
10:15 – 10:30
A Conversation with Unioverse Narrative Lead Brent Friedman
10:30 – 10:45
Krishah Showcase with Unioverse Art Director Ken Hall
10:45 – 10:55
Q&A with Tony, Ken, Brent
10:55 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:15
Comic and Anthology Showcase with Josh Viola
11:15 – 11:20
Proving Grounds Competition Announcement
11:20 – 11:25
11:25 – 12:00
Reveal Showcases and Last Questions – Tony, Bryan
Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to take chances. You like to play it safe. You want to know what you’re getting into. In other words, you want guarantees.
Well, if you are that type of person, then you’ve got to check out the Krishah Genesis sale happening over at Magic Eden! Starting on June 30, you can get a three-pack of Krishah Genesis Heroes, but here’s the good part: When you buy that three-pack, you’re guaranteed to get a Legendary, Epic or Rare Krishah. No Uncommons or Commons.
Now, the rarities you receive are still random, meaning that you may get one of each, or all Legendaries or two Rares and an Epic… you get the point.
Here’s what you need to know:
You’re not the type of person to pass this up. Go preview and bookmark the Magic Eden Krishah Three-Pack sale page right now!
It’s one thing to play a videogame. It’s quite another to play a videogame looking like the ultimate bad-ass sporting one of the rarest character styles in all of gaming while vanquishing your enemies.
I’m talking about Unioverse Pinnacle Heroes. Out of the 20,000 Krishah Genesis Heroes that will ever exist – only 11 will be Pinnacles. And you get your chance to own one during our Krishah Pinnacle auction on Monday, June 26 at noon US MT, only on Magic Eden. Ten Pinnacles will be made available at this auction, which you can preview on Magic Eden right now.
All Unioverse Heroes are AAA-quality, game-ready characters that you actually play in Unioverse games. See for yourself how awesome Krishah looks sprinting, jumping and blasting her way through our Proving Grounds alpha in this video:
But the Pinnacles? Well, Pinnacles are the most special, hand-crafted styles of Unioverse Heroes, and ten of them will be up for grabs during Monday’s auction. Pinnacles are minted to Ethereum and paid for with ETH. Check out the Krishah Pinnacle preview page live now on Magic Eden for more details.
Want to know more about how Unioverse Hero rarity works? This brief explainer video walks you through the process.
If you do bid on your own Krishah Pinnacle, just a reminder that winning bids will initially receive a Unioverse ticket that verifies your purchase. This ticket may be traded up until midnight UTC Jul 7, 2023. All rarity and styles will be revealed starting on July 8 when the airdropping of all Krishahs begins.
Last week, we announced when you’ll be able to get to your own Krishah Hero, and even provided a handy little FAQ about the claim. If you’ve forgotten or just don’t want to click on a link, here’s quick refresher on the dates you can acquire a Krishah:
There are three opportunities to claim a Krishah Genesis Hero:
At the time of claim, you will receive verification of your claim. All Krishahs will be airdropped starting July 8, with rarity and style revealed at that time.
But today, we’re focusing on the Protens option, because, well, that’s happening in a few days, and that’s how you get a free Krishah!
Before you do that, however, you must make sure you have earned your Protens. Protens are like Unioverse loyalty points that you accrue by owning and holding Unioverse Collectibles and/or playing the Proving Grounds alpha. You must manually earn your Protens by visiting protens.unioverse.com, logging into your account and clicking the “Earn” button. Your Protens count will be automatically tallied and displayed for you.
OK. Great, but now the real question – how many Protens do you need to get a Krishah?
That depends on how many Krishahs you want! Here’s the breakdown:
1 Krishah for 333 Protens
2 Krishahs for 999 Protens
5 Krishahs for 5,000 Protens
10 Krishahs for 20,000 Protens
20 Krishahs for 100,000 Protens
50 Krishahs for 350,000 Protens
But wait! There’s more! Some quick reminders as you get set to snag your Krishah:
If you have any other questions, hit up our mods on our Discord. If you’re ready, steady then let’s go! We’ll see you on Monday!
*NOTE: To improve and streamline the claim workflow, we are no longer offering the single Krishah purchase option.
Krishah, the second Unioverse Hero, will be released in just a couple of weeks! After selling out Reyu Genesis, our first Unioverse Hero, back in January – we are thrilled to not only release a new character, but also give more people with a chance to be part of and play in the Unioverse.
For those new to the Unioverse, Krishah is the deadly top assassin for the Ascended, a pious religious cult aimed at bringing down the Merge authority. If you’re reading our Unioverse comic series, you know that Reyu and Krishah have crossed paths. You can delve into her story in the Krishah comic book!
For those just eager to add to your Unioverse collection or play Unioverse games with the amazing-looking Krishah, here’s what you need to know:
There are three opportunities to claim a Krishah Genesis Hero:
After hearing from the Community about our Reyu Genesis mint in January, we are making some adjustments to sweeten our Protens offer. If you redeem Protens to get a Krishah, there will be NO GAS FEES and your claim will result in an Uncommon Krishah or rarer (see rarity distribution below). As a BONUS; you get a FREE Common Krishah for every Krishah you claim!
On Monday, June 19th at noon US MT, visit redeem.unioverse.com to claim your Krishah!
You earn Protens by owning and holding Unioverse Collectibles, and/or by playing the Proving Grounds. So if you’ve got Reyu Hero, there’s still time to rack up more Protens!
When you claim your Krishah on Magic Eden – you will first receive a ticket that shows proof of your claim.
When you claim your Krishah using Protens on the Unioverse site, you will see that your claim was processed with a checkmark next to the option you selected.
Airdropping of ALL Krishahs begins on July 8. All Krishahs claimed will be distributed to wallets, with rarity and style revealed at that time.
There will only ever be 20,000 Krishah Genesis NFTs made available.
No. All Heroes will be airdropped beginning July 8. Rarity and specific styles will be revealed at that time.
That depends on how you claim your Krishah.
No matter how you claim your Krishah, all rarities and skins will be revealed beginning July 8 during a special event.
Common through Legendary Krishahs will be minted on Polygon. Pinnacle Krishahs will be minted on Ethereum.
*NOTE: To improve and streamline the claim workflow, we are no longer offering the single Krishah purchase option.
Ever since we launched “Reyu,” the first issue of our first Unioverse comic book series last month, fans have been clamoring for the next installment. So it’s with great excitement that we announce today that issue two, “Krishah,” is available now!
As its title suggests, this issue fully introduces you to Krishah, the deadly assassin working for the Ascended, a pious religious cult bent on dismantling the Merge Authority.
But we don’t want to spoil too much here….
Well, okay, we can spoil a little more. How about a look at the cover and the first page?
Thought you’d like that. Feast your eyes on this sneak peek, then go buy your own copy of Krishah from Hex Publishers, and then stay tuned because our Krishah Hero claim is coming up soon.
What happens when two of the best videogame communities come together for a little friendly competition?
We’re about to find out as the Unioverse is taking on Shrapnel in our first-ever Proving Grounds community clash tournament!
Starting on May 21, the Unioverse and Shrapnel communities will vie against each other in our Proving Grounds. Sides will compete to see who can get the fastest time and how many people can rank at the top of the leaderboard.
Shrapnel Operator holders were airdropped a Reyu, so they are ready to play. Will we let those folks come into our house and beat us at our own game? Get your Hero (if you don’t already have one), get into the Proving Grounds and get through it in record time.
The tournament starts on May 21 at midnight UTC and will go all week until midnight UTC on May 28.
The community with the most people in the top 50 of the leaderboard at the end of the tournament wins!
But that’s not all. We’ve got more great prizes!
We want to send a big thank you to the Shrapnel team and community for joining us in this fun endeavor, and we at the Unioverse are happy to take on all comers. If you have a thriving community and want to do a little cross-promotional competition – send us a note.
The first Unioverse comic is out and available to order now! We told you all about the comic series last week, and to celebrate its official release, we decided to sit down with the comics’ writers, Josh Viola and Angie Hodapp. This is a great Q&A that pulls back the curtain just a little on the creation of the comics, and even offers some sage advice for anyone who wants to make a Unioverse comic of their own!
CHRIS ALBRECHT: What can fans expect from Unioverse comics?
JOSH VIOLA: It’s a six-issue limited series and the first five introduce the Unioverse Heroes. The first is Reyu, then Krishah, Tor Gret, Anill, and Vella Janx. We’re establishing those characters in each of their comics. And then there’s a narrative thread that connects the five and in issue six, we bring all the Heroes together and introduce the villain, Silas. That will likely be a triple-sized issue that ends with a cliffhanger.
Tell me your approach to creating these stories for the Unioverse.
ANGIE HODAPP: Yeah, so we’re getting fans of the world caught up on these particular characters. What drives them? What their agenda might be, which among them are friends, or enemies, what conflicts exist between them? How will they be forced to work together, what might drive them further apart? I’ve always thought of the comics as seeding the world. If the invitation is to invite people to create in this playground, then, you know, here you go, here’s how we’re gonna get you started. I really loved helping develop the villain too, giving us that immediate conflict. So here are some heroic characters who are morally gray and interesting, but now we’ve got this big bad guy – and we get a little glimpse of his agenda. There’s also another threat that will exist that we’re hoping that creators will kind of run with and play with, as well.
VIOLA: I think we can tease some story elements at this point. The community was introduced to the Malcolm Orion story, which set the stage for the rules and the worldbuilding for people to understand. So we don’t spend much time establishing what those rules are, because that’s already been done. Anybody who follows us knows that Malcolm Orion went through the first transpod and reactivated The Hub and changed this world 500 years ago. Our story picks up there, and our villain, Silas, is a member of a hivemind species. When Malcolm Orion activated the Mass-O, the Creator Tech emitted frequencies that disrupted Silas’s hivemind. In a matter of seconds, his people were isolated across the cosmos. So Silas is on a mission to shut down the Mass-O, and reconnect his people. That’s his goal.
The Unioverse is many things and will be told across many different media. What are you hoping comics can do that some other format wouldn’t do?
VIOLA: What I think people need to understand is that the comics are actually setting the stage for what the Unioverse is all about. The Malcolm Orion story was purely backstory, that’s just introducing concepts, right? So the comic book is inviting the readers to understand who these characters are, what the various worlds across the Unioverse are like, and what the new threats are.
HODAPP: Doing that in comic book form is really kind of fun, because we’ve got such a great artist on board in Ben Matsuya. The visuals themselves are just absolutely stunning. It’s also a very accessible medium, I think, for the community to be introduced to the world.
You’ve both written books. How did you adapt your writing to the comics medium?
VIOLA: Well, we really didn’t. I come from comics as well. I’ve been building comic books since back in 2010. I’ve released a number of comics via my publishing company, Hex Publishers, as well. We’re still writing a huge amount of words because we’re scripting — we’re writing the descriptions of each scene. So visually, the readers don’t see those words. But Ben is taking those words and translating them into some gorgeous artwork.
HODAPP: In my world of editing long-form fiction, the more I’ve done it, the longer I’ve done it, the more I’ve become very focused on ‘cut this out, cut this down, cut this down. Why is this here? This chapter is extraneous. It doesn’t do anything.’ Especially working with people who write horror, science fiction, fantasy — these kind of big worldbuilding types of genres, authors tend to overwrite. So when manuscripts come in from a client, and it’s 120,000 words, and we’re like ‘No, we’re not going to shop this until we’re down to about 85 or 90,000 words at the most.’ So my brain is always very focused on cut this, cut this, cut this. And then, over the years, I’ve really learned how to distill a story down to its simplest form, everything else can go. That was kind of a fun thing for me in writing the comics. Just to get to write a bare bones story. Ben does a great job of translating what was in our imaginations. It’s just stunning.
Can you say more about the process of matching your words with Ben’s art?
VIOLA: Obviously, it starts with our words and then Ben is transforming the words into visuals. I send a script to Ben, he reads it, processes it and sends me very rough, stick figure layouts. Then I go back and forth with him and make sense of how the composition works from panel to panel until we’re good. After that, he goes in and the real magic happens: line art, inks and colors.
How long have you been working on this comic?
HODAPP: I think we started last July, laying down the outlines. And at first, it was just going to be two comic books. And then it was like ‘hey, maybe let’s do one for each hero! And hey! maybe let’s do another one for the villain! And maybe let’s make that a tripe issue!’ I think we realized it was going to be a cool project and wanted to do it right.
What advice do you have for those in the Unioverse community that might want to create their own comics?
HODAPP: I’d say just narrow the scope of the story. If you’re a new storyteller, generally, newer writers want to be big in scope. They want to write 12 volumes of their George R.R. Martin-esque fantasy, or their Neal Stevenson volumes of science fiction, right? I would recommend it’s a character in conflict. And they find some sort of resolution and that happens over the course of the narrative. If it’s a comic book, keep it simple. Keep it focused, keep that lens tight on this character. Why is this story this character’s story and nobody else’s story? And let that drive the plot.
VIOLA: I’ll just add that it’s important to find an artist you can collaborate well with, and vice versa. Make sure you can piggyback off of each other. Collaborations can be beautiful when there’s that chemistry between all of the people involved.
Unioverse comic books are available digitally or limited edition print runs at Hex Publishers.
If you want to create your own Unioverse comic, download official Unioverse assets, royalty-free!
If you want to find potential collaborators for a project, join the Unioverse Discord channel!
To borrow from Stan “the Man” Lee – Excelsior! – The first Unioverse comic book debuts next week on May 9!
The first issue delves into the backstory of Reyu, the deadly Ja’Din Hunter who was trapped in Jumpspace for millennia and is now a fierce protector of the Mass-O system and Creator Tech. This taut action-packed story follows Reyu as he tracks down and battles threats from the intergalactic terrorist organization known as the Ascended.
“Reyu” is the first in a six-issue monthly limited series, with subsequent stories focusing on other Unioverse Heroes like Krishah, Tor Gret, and Annill, as well as the Unioverse’s first villain: Silas Kyruk. Digital versions of these comics will be available for sale at Comixology. Print versions of the comic (including limited edition Legendary versions with variant covers!) can be purchased for $5.00 at Hex Publishers.
This initial Unioverse comic is written by Colorado Book Award winner Joshua Viola and Angie Hodapp, Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency, and illustrated by Ben Matsuya.
The Unioverse will be told across a variety of media like comic books, videogames, novels and more, and we couldn’t be more excited about the launch of “Reyu.” While this is the first Unioverse comic book series, we hope it inspires many more!
The Unioverse is a “community-owned franchise,” which means that anyone can download our high-quality assets royalty-free and use our IP to create their own stories. Have an idea for your own Unioverse comic? Awesome, you should go make it, and join our Discord to find other fans and potential collaborators. Even better, once you make it – you should sell it and keep all the money! As long as it fits within our guidelines (which are amazingly broad, TBH), you can make what you like!
We want to make the Unioverse an expansive franchise that not only rivals Marvel, but empowers its fans in ways Marvel currently does not. Hang on to your hats, true believers (another Stan Lee-ism), the Unioverse is taking off!
It’s finally here! Proving Grounds, your first chance to play in the Unioverse launches today!
Here’s what you need to know:
First, Proving Grounds is a mode within our Unioverse Hero Viewer and is only available for PC. The Unioverse Hero Viewer lets you peruse the entire catalog of 20,000 Reyu NFTs, including the much-vaunted Pinnacle Collection. The Viewer also lets you look at the Unioverse Heroes that you own, spinning, tilting and zooming in to see all the intricate detail and work we put into these AAA-quality characters.
After looking at your Unioverse Hero (even a Clone!), you can drop it into the Proving Grounds to see how it looks running, jumping and blasting your way through this multi-level, danger-filled obstacle course.
Finally, as you have fun wall-running and shooting down drones, it’s important to remember that Proving Grounds is an alpha gameplay environment. It’s not anything close to a final game, nor is it indicative of what a final Unioverse game will actually be. Proving Grounds is really meant to deliver utility and reward the earliest Unioverse believers by letting them put their NFT Heroes to use.
Want in on all this Proving Grounds sweetness? Of course you do. You’ll need a PC, a Unioverse Hero and a Unioverse account. Unioverse accounts are free and you can sign up here. If you missed out on our free Reyu Clone giveaway, you can still buy a Hero over at OpenSea, or for a limited time, we’re still giving away Reyus for completing challenges.
Once you have all those things, go play the Proving Grounds! Then join our Discord and let us know what you think!
Everyone could use a little boost now and then. A little nudge to get you going in the right direction. This is why we are thrilled to announce today that we are giving a little boost, a little nudge to Unioverse fans. Basically, anyone who creates – or already has! – a Unioverse account by April 26, 2023 will get a Proten Pack and a free Reyu Clone that gives you access to forthcoming Unioverse games!
The Proten Pack is a one-time bonus that immediately adds 333 Protens to new and existing Unioverse accounts. Protens are like loyalty points, you accrue them by collecting our free Unioverse Collectible NFTs. The more Collectibles you have and the longer you hold them, the more Protens you earn. Earn enough Protens and you can redeem them for digital rewards like Unioverse Hero NFTs, which can be used to play all the forthcoming Unioverse games. Read the full Proten FAQ for more.
If you’re creating a new Unioverse account (welcome!), you’ll receive instructions on getting your Protens bonus during the signup process. If you’re an existing account holder, visit the Protens Calculator page and follow the instructions.
In addition to the Proten Pack, anyone who has an existing Unioverse account or creates a new one by April 26, 2023 will get one free playable Reyu Hero Clone!
Reyu Clones are similar to our Reyu Genesis Hero NFTs in that Clones are full 3D characters that let you access and play Unioverse games. However!
Clones are great for two reasons. First, they allow anyone to try out early builds of our gameplay environments and will be playable when full games come out. Second, If you already have a Reyu Genesis, you can easily transfer this clone to a friend to expand the Unioverse! Transferring NFTs on Polygon is almost free!
All registered Unioverse account holders will get their Reyu Clone airdropped on April 26th – the same day that our alpha version of the Proving Grounds (formerly the Danger Room) launches!
If you have a Unioverse account and a Reyu Genesis or a Reyu Clone, you’ll have exclusive access to The Proving Grounds! The Proving Grounds is our playable alpha game environment (PC only) where you can run, jump and shoot your way through a course, showing how amazing Unioverse Heroes really are. It’s an early build, but we’ll be adding features to it over the course of the year.
So what are you waiting for? If you have a Unioverse account, go visit protens.unioverse.com and follow the instructions to get your Protens bonus. If you’re creating a new account, go here and create an account! Have a friend who’s been waiting to jump into the Unioverse? Tell them to sign up and get theirs!
Sometimes, the best approach to sharing news is to just be direct. So in that spirit:
We have 435 Reyu Genesis Hero NFTs in our treasury that we are handing out to members of our community for free!
How do you get one? First, you’ll want to make an account at unioverse.com. Then, join our Discord and follow us on Twitter because at various times over the next five weeks, we’ll issue different challenges. For example, we could reward the first person who retweets us. Or the first person to reply in Discord with a trivia question wins a Reyu. Stuff like that.
Rarity will be random, and there are seven Legendaries and one Pinnacle up for grabs!
If you are one of the lucky ones to win a free Reyu Genesis, make sure to share your Ethereum wallet address with us so we can airdrop your NFT (we’ll tell winners how to do that). Reyus will be airdropped at the end of May.
Why would you want a Reyu Genesis Hero NFT?
Well, first of all, they are awesome looking. Each Reyu Genesis is a full 3D, beautifully lit and rendered, AAA-quality, game-ready digital asset. You can see what they look like on OpenSea.
But the real reason to want a Reyu Genesis Hero is that owning one will grant you access to all forthcoming Unioverse games — including our recently announced Proving Grounds playable alpha (launching April 26th) that will give you a taste of what to expect on the Unioverse platform.
More than anything here at the Unioverse, we want to be useful. That’s why we’re a community-owned franchise that hands over all of our assets for free. That’s why we’re building a massive videogame ecosystem. And that is why we prioritizing the utility of our Unioverse Hero NFTs.
Today we are announcing the next level of Unioverse NFT utility with the upcoming launch of our playable alpha Proving Grounds (formerly codenamed the Danger Room) on April 26th.
At the risk of being immodest, Unioverse Hero NFTs are awesome. Perhaps the most gorgeous NFTs in gaming if not the entire web3 space. But what good is a good-looking NFT if you can’t do anything with it other than post it next to your name?
Built as a mode in our Unioverse Viewer, the Proving Grounds lets you play your Reyu Hero NFT in an actual game environment. Drop the same Reyu you have in your wallet into the Proving Grounds and jump, shoot and wall-run your way through the course.
A few important things to note!
While this version of the Proving Grounds is alpha, we’ll be making tweaks and adding features to it over the coming year, so trust us when we say you should get in there now to hone your skills…
As always, thank you for your continued support and get ready, this is just the beginning.
After teasing the news for a couple months now, we are finally ready to announce our next Unioverse Hero NFT and how you can get one.
Krishah, the deadly assassin, will be the next Unioverse Hero NFT released, and she’ll be minting sometime in May. Krishah won’t just be an amazing looking, fully realized 3D NFT. Owning a Hero like Krishah or Reyu gives you access to Unioverse games! We’ll be doling out more details about the official mint date and about Krishah in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
Just like with our first Hero mint, Reyu, you’ll be able to get your own Krishah by earning Protens. And – just in case you forgot – you earn Protens by playing our Unioverse Collectibles game!
More than 900,000 Collectibles were minted during the first season of our Collectibles game. And now we’re back with Series 2. As always, these new Unioverse Collectibles will contain eye-popping artwork and snippets of lore from the story of the Unioverse. They are also totally free to mint.
The first of our next Series of Collectibles drops at 11am MT this Friday, March 17th! We are hosting a Twitter Spaces this Friday to kick off the next series of Collectibles, provide more info and answer questions from the Community, so be sure to set a reminder for that!
As a refresher: When you own and hold Unioverse Collectibles, you earn Protens, which are like Unioverse loyalty points. The more Collectibles you have and the longer you hold them, the more Protens you earn. Earn enough Protens and you could mint a Krishah of your own.
But there are a couple of other important bits in this process. First, you need to actually go collect your Protens by visiting https://protens.unioverse.com. Once there, just log in and click the Earn button. Our system automatically tabulates your Protens count and updates your total, so be sure to check back regularly.
The second bit is that our Collectibles are numbered. When you Collect designated consecutive Collectibles (e.g. 1 – 4), you have what’s called a set. Sets can be combined into higher-tier Collectibles that earn you even more Protens (but you still need to visit https://protens.unioverse.com to actually get them!). To combine Collectibles, visit https://combine.unioverse.com/, sign in and follow the instructions. We’ll show you which Collectibles you have and if you are missing any (perfect collections get a bonus!).
Collectible NFTs are a fun and free way to learn more about the Unioverse and unlock digital perks (like Krishah!). Collectible drops happen regularly, but randomly, so you’ll want to follow us on Twitter and join our Discord to learn when we release them.
We received more than 70 entries from Unioverse fans who submitted names for the new planet, as well as information about its star system and global conditions. Our Selection Committee, made up of Unioverse Co-Founders and Narrative Leads, pored over each entry and narrowed it down to six finalists. Over this past weekend, the finalists were presented to the Unioverse Community, which picked their favorite.
So, we are thrilled to announce the new name of the Unioverse planet is…
Let’s send out a big Servitor-sized congratulations to Luke Salvalaggio, who not only came up with the winning name but also helped bring this planet to life by creating such details as:
You can read even more about this fascinating new addition to the Unioverse on its very own Unioverse Wiki page, where Salvalaggio’s work (and credit!) will live on for the life of the Unioverse.
Now that you’ve seen how much fun worldbuilding can be, you too can get in on the action and have your work immortalized in the fabric of the Unioverse.
Now that Cebia has a name and some basic geography, it’s time to populate this planet with some living things. For this round of worldbuilding, we want you to come up with some sentient beings for Ceiba.
You can find more criteria for what we’re looking for on the New World Genesis submission page, but here’s a quick taste of what you can expect:
Is there only one sentient species on the planet? More? What are they like (appearance, habitats, behaviors, etc.)? Are different races or subspecies present? What stage of development are they in (recently sentient, evolved, space-faring, etc.)?
Think you’ve got a great idea for new lifeforms?
Step 1: Read Luke’s winning entry in the wiki to better understand some basics about Ceiba.
Step 2: Read Chapter 8 of Unioverse Origins, which will provide more details about the planet.
Step 3: Visit the official New World Genesis submission page to learn the specifics about what we’re looking for and how to enter.
Submissions will once again be read by our Selection Committee, which will winnow the entries down to a handful of finalists that the Community can vote on.
And just to make sure you don’t forget, winning entries become an official part of the Unioverse canon – so your work will be experienced by Unioverse fans all over the world!
If you’ve been following our Worldbuilding Secrets podcast (you have been following our Worldbuilding Secrets podcast, right?), then you’ve enjoyed a masterclass in storytelling and, as the name suggests, worldbuilding.
Now we want you to help us build a world. That’s right, there’s a new planet in the Unioverse, and we want you to tell us all about it. Here’s how it works and how you can get involved.
If you’ve been reading our Unioverse Origins story drops (you have been reading our Unioverse Origins story drops, right?), then you know that in the latest issue (#7) Malcolm Orion jumped to a strange new planet. Five hundred years after that initial discovery, the inhabitants of that planet now want to join the Merge.
That’s where you come in, because the Unioverse is a community-owned franchise and now we really want the Community to participate!
Each week for the next four weeks, we’ll give you two creative prompts asking for your input in what we are calling The New World Genesis Program. These will range from the simple, like naming the planet, to the more complex, like mapping its star system and describing the societal structures of its inhabitants.
We really want you to put some thought into your answers because they will be read by our co-founders Tony Harman and Wyeth Ridgway, and our narrative team of Brent Friedman, Andy Baker and Josh Viola. They’ll go over all the submissions and narrow it down to the top contenders.
Finalists will be posted to Discord where the Community will get the final vote on each prompt. And trust us, having your submission picked is more than just a feather in your cap…
The winning entries as voted by the Community will have their work entered into the official Unioverse Wiki with accompanying credit. That means your work and name will live on as long as the Unioverse exists! Talk about bragging rights…
But wait! There’s more! Winners will also get a cool print of the planet you helped create signed by Stuart Jennett, the Unioverse’s lead artist! How cool is that?!
OK. So you’re all set, what do you do now?
Then join our Discord, if you haven’t already. That’s where voting will occur, and it will give you a chance to connect with other creatives and see what else has been submitted. (Plus, you can’t vote if you’re not on our Discord!)
Once you’ve done that, here’s a schedule for the first prompt:
You can find the official New World Genesis program submission form here.
So join Discord, mark your calendar, and help make the Unioverse even more amazing!
We had a blast during our first Unioverse Hero Claim event this past weekend. More than 20,000 Reyu Genesis NFTs were claimed (the first 2,000 were taken in under two minutes during the open claim!).
But maybe you missed out on the Reyu Genesis claim. Maybe you just learned about our Collectibles game in the last couple of weeks and didn’t have a chance to earn enough Protens. That’s okay! The Unioverse is just getting started and there are plenty of ways going forward for you to get your own Unioverse Hero NFT.
Why do you want a Unioverse Hero NFT? First off, they are awesome. I mean, just look at them. Each Hero is a unique AAA-quality, fully-rendered 3D character.
But the bigger reason is that Unioverse Hero NFTs grant you access to Unioverse games! Own a Unioverse Hero and you can play Unioverse games. How your Hero NFT looks is how your character will look while playing these games.
So now you know how great Unioverse Heroes are, but you missed the mint. What can you do?
Because these Heroes are NFTs, if you own one you can do what you like with it. Keep ’em. Collect ’em. Or sell them on the open market. In this case, Reyu Genesis Heroes are now available on OpenSea. Dip your toe in and purchase a Common, or go all-in and pay for a Pinnacle. No matter what rarity Hero you get, they all have the same power-set, so there’s no pay-to-win nonsense.
You can purchase a Reyu Genesis by visiting any of these links:
This option gets you ready for our next Unioverse Hero NFT release. We said that our next Hero release will be Krishah, and you can prepare by playing our Unioverse Collectibles game.
We release Unioverse Collectibles on a regular basis. These free NFTs have some concept art as well as a little bit of lore from the story of the Unioverse. Owning and holding these Collectibles earns you Protens. Earn enough Protens and you can claim the next Unioverse Hero (supply is limited).
This blog post and this FAQ explain how the process worked for Reyu Genesis. Long story short, to play the Collectibles game, follow us on Twitter and join our Discord to learn about future Collectible drops, then once you have Collectible NFTs, be sure to collect your Protens on a regular basis to see how many you have.
Normally, I’m a guy with plenty of stories and things to say, but when it comes to the success of Reyu Genesis, our first Hero NFT claim this past weekend — I’m speechless.
Let’s cut to the chase:
If there was ever a time to toot our own horn, well, it’s now. Because sure, these Reyu Genesis NFTs were free, but we wanted to ensure that our community and fans got these Heroes — not ‘bots. So:
Despite those headwinds we knew how excited our community was, but we didn’t fully appreciate how exciting the actual mint would be! To balance rewarding early and ardent players of our Collectibles game and making Reyus accessible to relative newcomers, we released Reyus across four different phases with the price going down over each phase.
Phase one — the most expensive batch at 2,000 Protens a pop — sold out 2,000 Reyus in under two minutes. Phase two sold out an additional 2,000 Reyus in three minutes. We kept hitting refresh on the Hero count and watched in awe as it plummeted. When it was all said and done, it took less than four hours for more than 18,000 Reyus to be claimed.
We really want to take a moment to thank our community for showing up yesterday. We are, after all, a community-owned franchise and we’re building all of this — the Collectibles, the Heroes, the games — for you. So thank you.
But we are not resting on any laurels here. We’re airdropping claimed NFTs to their wallets as we speak and will hold a global reveal starting with a live event on January 17 a 2:00 p.m. US MT / 10 p.m. UTC. After that? We’re right back at it, creating more awesome Collectibles, and prepping the release of our second hero — Krishah!
If you haven’t jumped on board the Unioverse train yet, now’s the perfect time to do so. Follow us on Twitter and join our Discord and learn how our Collectibles and Protens work. See you at the next mint!
After months of waiting, today we are revealing how many Protens you need in order to mint a Reyu Genesis Hero NFT! A big THANK YOU to everyone in the community who has been playing our Unioverse Collectible game over the past few months and earning those Protens!
As we head towards our first Hero mint – Reyu Genesis – we wanted to create a system that both rewards people who have been consistently playing our Collectibles game from the beginning, and make it open enough for people who might be newer to the Unioverse. So we’ve come up with the following process (reminder! You need .003 ETH in your wallet per Reyu), which will start on January 15 at 3:00 p.m. UTC:
Total supply is 20,000 Reyu Genesis minus whitelist giveaways.
Phase 1 (Target allotment 2,000 Reyus)
Phase 2 (Target allotment 3,000 Reyus)
Phase 3 (Target allotment 5,000 Reyus)
Phase 4 Remaining supply sells out or until time runs out at 2:00 a.m. UTC Jan 16, 2023
Before you can mint, you’ll need to know how many Protens you have! So go right now and visit the Unioverse Proten Calculator, which will tally up your total Proten count. Then you’ll know at which stage of the mint you can participate.
Hooray! Good for you! Thanks for playing our Collectibles game. Now things get real.
Good luck! Who knows, maybe you’ll be one of the lucky eleven people who score a Pinnacle Reyu.
For more information, visit our Reyu Genesis minting FAQ.
That’s okay! Reyu Genesis is just the beginning! Keep collecting and holding Unioverse Collectibles to earn Protens. You can use your Protens for future Hero launches and other rewards throughout the year!
For more on Collectibles and Protens, visit this FAQ.
Is there a limit to how many Reyus I can purchase?
If I bulk buy 20 Reyus at once, do I need to pay 20*.003 ETH?
Yes. The transaction fee is .003 ETH per Reyu. So fill your wallet accordingly.
Will whitelisters buy up all of the supply?
No. We are allocating just 4,000 Reyus for whitelisters. The good news is that any extra Reyus leftover from the whitelist mint will be added to the Community supply.
When will whitelist people get Protens added? How does the process work?
If you are on a whitelist:
I’ve been a collector all my life. Game-used Major League bats and MLB signed baseballs. Antique golf clubs (I’m talking pre-1900). Nintendo memorabilia (the rare things only insiders get). And like any good collector, I prefer getting something that’s one-of-a-kind-never-to-be-made-again-or-found-anywhere-else.
Oh yeah. That’s the good stuff.
I’m channeling my love of collecting into our upcoming Reyu Genesis mint, and had the team create what I’m calling Pinnacle Reyus. These will be the rarest of the rare Reyu Genesis, and you’re going to want one. If you get a Pinnacle when we do our global Reyu reveal on January 17th, you should feel like the biggest winner, the top dog, king of the mountain as others look upon you with envy.
The Reyu Genesis Hero mint on January 15th will have a supply of 20,000 unique NFTs across Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary rarities. The Pinnacle Collection are the tippy-top of the Legendary set. It breaks down like so:
Of those 260 Legendary, only 11 will be Pinnacle.
Taking it one step further, those 11 Pinnacles will be ranked. With #1 being the best of the best of the entire collection.
Pinnacle Reyu Genesis NFTs will also have their own metadata on OpenSea denoting their Pinnacle status, something no other Reyu will have.
I should make clear that even though these Pinnacle Reyus are super rare, they will not have extra power sets or have some other advantage in forthcoming Unioverse games. Any Hero NFT you get – no matter the rarity – will grant you access to Unioverse games, but won’t give you any competitive edge (just bragging rights!).
Everyone will have the same chance of getting a Pinnacle Reyu Genesis, but you can’t get one (or any Reyu Genesis) unless you’ve been whitelisted or have earned enough Protens (check your Proten count here)! Whether you’re a hardcore collector (like me!), a gamer, or just a fan of what we’re building here at the Unioverse, our AAA-quality Hero NFTs will make an excellent collection.
We here at Unioverse HQ are so excited because Reyu Genesis, our first Unioverse Hero NFT is minting on Jan 15!
To get you ready, here’s everything you need to know about Reyu Genesis and the minting process:
Unioverse Hero NFTs are fully-rendered, 3D, AAA-quality game-ready digital assets. Not only are these NFTs gorgeous to look at, the Hero you own is how your character will look in the games. Most important, though, is that our Hero NFTs have tons of utility because owning a Hero NFT grants you access to Unioverse games.
In the story of the Unioverse Reyu is a bad-ass Ja’Din hunter, and he is also the first Unioverse Hero NFT we’re launching. The Reyu Genesis collection will have 20,000 unique Reyus NFTs across all rarities.
To get a Reyu Genesis NFT, you’ll need to either be whitelisted or have enough Protens. If you’ve been following us on Twitter, you’ll see that we’ve been doing a number of whitelist giveaways with other cool NFT projects and guilds. If you haven’t been able to score a whitelist, you’ll need Protens.
We’ve covered earning Protens here before, so we won’t go into too much detail in this post. But the TL;DR version is:
On January 10, we will announce how many Protens you need in order to obtain a Reyu Genesis
If you are brand new and haven’t been collecting Unioverse Collectibles / Protens — no worries! There will be more opportunities to redeem Protens throughout this year and beyond!
Once all that is done:
That’s rad. You’re rad for collecting so many Collectibles! Here’s how you get your Reyu:
As you’ll see, when you mint your Reyu Genesis, your NFT may not hit your wallet for up to 48 hours. Once you receive it, you’ll know the rarity of your NFT, but the look of your Reyu won’t be fully revealed until January 17.
We’re doing this for a couple of reasons. We want to make sure we keep gas fees low and we don’t want to jam up the system so the whole process works as smoothly as possible. The other is that we want to celebrate the launch of Reyu Genesis with you. We’ll be hosting a live event on January 17, so everyone can join in a global reveal party.
We are implementing this system to help enhance the security of each transaction and keep overall costs down for everyone participating in the mint.
We are just getting warmed up! We’ll be launching many similar minting events and more Hero NFTs (Krishah is on the way!) throughout the year, so follow us on Twitter and join our Discord server for the latest news and info.
In the beginning, there were Unioverse Collectible NFTs – and they were fun! Then we gave those Collectibles depth and increased utility with our Protens program, and they became fun and useful! Today we take Unioverse Collectibles to the next level with the launch of our Combine feature.
If this is your first time reading about our Collectibles. Here’s a quick catchup:
And now, we are rewarding those people with a passion for collecting with our new Combine feature. In brief, when you hold all of the Collectibles in a set, and all of them are charged, you can forge them into a higher-tier Collectible that will earn you even more Protens!
Here’s how combining works.
If you have a Unioverse Collectible, you’ll see three numbers in the bottom right corner of the NFT. These numbers actually have a purpose!
Let’s take this Collectible as an example:
The numbers 1-1-11 each represent something.
When you hold four sequential Collectibles, you can form a “set.” For example, if you hold Collectibles with the numbers:
You have a complete set! It’s important to note that combining requires a specific set of Collectibles, not just any four in a sequence. So, if you only had numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5, you do not have a complete set because you are missing 1. Don’t worry though, our system keeps track for you!
Before we combine, though, there’s one more thing to know about.
Let’s look at our example Collectible again:
You see that glowing symbol that changes in the bottom left-hand corner? That is your Collectible’s “charge.” Your Unioverse Collectible must have a charge in order to be forged.
A charge can only be spent one time. Once your Collectible has been forged, that charge is gone.
When the charge is gone, this symbol will become static and locked to one single symbol. Additionally, the Collectible’s Energy property will change from “Charged” to “Spent.”
So you’ve got a complete set of Collectibles and they are all charged up, what next? You visit our Combine page to “Forge” higher-tier Collectibles.
Higher-tier Collectibles earn you even more Protens than lower-tier Collectibles. Like, a lot more. If you are interested in amassing as many Protens as possible (more Protens = unlocking rewards like Unioverse Hero NFTs), you want higher-tier Collectibles, so by extension, you want to collect as many free Unioverse Collectibles as possible!
To Forge higher-tier Collectibles, sign in to your Unioverse account, and you’ll automatically see all of your Collectibles laid out in sets.
In this example, the bottom row shows a complete set of Collectibles that have been forged into a new Collectible. Notice the green line on the new Collectible on the right, and the 2 in its number. This indicates it is a Tier 2 Collectible.
The middle row shows a complete set that has not been forged yet. Notice the bright blue dots in the bottom corners which indicate that all those Collectibles are still charged. These will dim when spent. You will also see a “Ready” indicator to the right.
The top row shows an incomplete set of Collectibles. Collectible number 3 is missing and Collectible 4 has yet to be released (in this example). At this point, this holder would not be able to Forge this row because two Collectibles are missing from this row.
Forging is as simple as clicking the “Forge” button at the top. It will be disabled if you have no sets available to forge, and lit up when you can make at least one set.
There are two important things to know!
First, when you click the Forge button, all available sets will be forged. This means that if you could forge multiple sets, or even if you’ve successfully forged a row before, new collectibles will be forged. Simply put, if you have four charged collectibles in a set when that Forge button is clicked, those NFTs will lose the charges and you’ll get a new Tier 2 created. If you don’t want that to happen, move copies of Collectibles into digital wallets not associated with your Unioverse account.
Second, when a collectible has its property changed from Charged to Spent, that will occur immediately but OpenSea may not show the change right away. If you plan on buying any on the open market, please make sure to refresh the metadata.
If you’ve got Collectible NFTs, go to our Combine page and Forge them!
Combining will bring a new dimension and fun to our Collectibles game, and we hope you enjoy forging as much as we had building it. Keep collecting, start combining, and get as many Protens as possible before we launch our first Unioverse Hero NFT, the Reyu Genesis collection, on January 15, 2023!