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Big Time NFT P2E game guide

Battle with friends and earn NFTs in this multi-timeline action RPG play-to-earn game.

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Big Time is a crypto, play-to-earn multiplayer action RPG with NFTs — that's a mouthful. In other words, it's a role-playing game where players can earn cryptocurrency in a virtual world, own SPACE and collect digital assets. Developers behind Big Time have stellar experience with contributions to renowned games like Fortnite, Call of Duty and Overwatch. Additionally, one of the founders of Dencentraland, Ari Meilich, is the CEO of Big Time Studios.

Big Time lets you team up with players to explore and battle through time and space, hunt monsters, decorate your avatar and personal time machine with NFTs. Backed by an all-star team, expectations are high to say the least.

  • 2022 release date
  • Buy SPACE now
  • Experienced developers
  • Multiplayer RPG
  • Collectible NFTs
  • Four character classes

What is Big Time?

Big Time is set to release in 2022. We don't have a solid launch date yet, but users that purchased one of the 12,000 VIP passes released in December 2021 will be able to play the Early Access version slated for early 2022.

The game is set to be free to play. The developer — Big Time Studios — has stated that you can absolutely just grind your way to earning SPACE, and getting NFT items drops, through play. You don't have to buy in. Early explainer videos stress this point, so it's not something we expect to change in the future. This may play a role in eroding the viability of guilds, as scholars can just play. They don't have to rent.

Big Time, in a nutshell, is a multiplayer blockchain game.

Big Time presents something of an alternative reality, where history is collapsing in on itself compliments of some big bad that you — and theoretically every other squad in the game — is collectively fighting back against. Players can engage in certain timelines that involve real historical figures like Genghis Kahn, Billy the Kid, Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc and the like. Although it's unclear how these NPCs will interact with player characters; perhaps they simply evoke a setting.

Big Time announced in November 2021 that it will have its own in-game token and SPACE NFTs (functioning much like virtual parcels in other metaverse games), but the crypto token has not been named at the time of writing. There will be no pre-sale or early offering of this token to anyone (including the devs), so the token is planned to be completely community-driven. The primary way to acquire this token will be by playing the game.

The game is a large project; implementing play-to-earn crypto gaming, metaverse and NFTs. In a sense, it's completely embracing the ideals of Web3 — decentralization and token-based economies on the Internet.

While all of these aspects are relatively new to many, Meillich says that "people with zero blockchain experience are going to start collecting NFTs that have real-worth value without having to have any previous knowledge about what blockchain technology is about."

With 1.7K Reddit users on Big Time's subreddit and over 191K followers on Twitter, Big Time is gathering some hype. Here's what we know so far.

Playing Big Time

Big time is a co-op action-RPG played from a third-person perspective. Players can party up into groups of six and explore a large 3D overworld and a Destiny-styled hub called Epoch City. The experience seems to take its visual cues from the likes of No Man's Sky, Destiny, Fortnite and even Skylanders. Time machines — that look a bit like black hole portals — are then used to pull the squad into dungeon instances, where a real-time mix of melee and magic-based combat is used to cut through swathes of enemies. These time machines can also be decorated with NFT artifacts owned by the player, and be used to swap character classes.

Players can meet and form a party of six before embarking on a journey towards the game's dungeons, where they fight foes, overcome challenges and collect items. Collected items can be used to improve their own characters or be traded for other cryptocurrencies or fiat.

Big Time has its own NFT marketplace that enables players to trade, purchase or sell in-game assets seamlessly through its patented Vault technology, which allows payments through debit or credit cards.

The gameplay involves timelines that lets players use the same character to venture into class paths whenever they wish to, which promotes an expansive metaverse within the game. Users get access to a multiplayer digital world with multiple timelines to travel within it.

Big Time character classesImage source: Big Time

The classes are:

  • Time warrior — known for close-quarters combat and aggressive gameplay
  • Chronomancer — known for magic, precision, tactics and ranged attacks
  • Shadowblade — known for stealth and speed
  • Quantum fixer — known for support skills such as enhancement and healing

The player uses a time machine to move across timelines and in something of a unique twist, players aren't locked to one class or the other. You're free to switch between classes with the same character, and then select the playstyle you prefer at any given time (or should that be timeline?). We bet that there will be some strategy involved in forming a squad of players that will compliment each other in battle.

Big Time weapons

Each weapon used throughout your journeys has attributes that can complement the class the player is using. Here are some of the weapons of the game:

  • Battle Axe: A razor-sharp edge makes it an ideal weapon for individual confrontations.
  • Dual Blades: A speedy weapon that is ideal for attacking multiple enemies at once.
  • Two-Handed Greatsword: A massive sword meant for clearing paths through enemies.
  • Sword and Shield Combo: A one-handed saber that's powerful and fast. Paired with a sturdy shield, which allows users to choose their strategy and pick an opening.
  • Quantum Staff: A Chronomancer exclusive that casts spells at range to battle enemies from a distance.
  • The Warhammer: A hammer with powerful slams that allow players to hold their own against numerous enemies.
Big Time battle axe weapon Image source: Big Time

What is Big Time's token?

At the time of writing, Big Time's utility token has not been named.

The token will be earned through gameplay (battling and defeating enemies) and will be used to purchase in-game cosmetic NFTs, repair weapons and speed up crafting times.

How to buy Big Time's token

Getting Big Time's in-game token will require unlocking or buying something called a Time Keeper (a "being" of incredible power), which will allow you to get another item called an Hourglass. Players will also have the option of buying an Hourglass from the marketplace.

With an Hourglass, you can head out and hunt for the in-game tokens. You'll need to replenish the "sands of time" within your Hourglass with the help of the Time Keeper to keep collecting tokens.

At the time of writing, the token has not been named and isn't available on crypto exchanges.

It looks like NULL may not be available to purchase on an exchange in the US.

You can still purchase NULL by using a decentralized exchange (DEX) instead. Decentralized exchanges are web applications that run on blockchains like Ethereum and allow users to trade any asset directly with one another.

Decentralized exchanges (DEX) are unregulated and run using autonomous pieces of code known as smart contracts. To use a DEX you must interact with the blockchain directly, which is not recommended for novice users. Please learn about decentralized exchanges first if you're unfamiliar.

How to purchase NULL using a decentralized exchange.
  1. Find NULL on a decentralized exchange and make sure NULL can be traded for ETH which is the native asset of Ethereum. Popular DEXs include Uniswap, SushiSwap and 1INCH.
  2. Buy ETH to trade for NULL using an exchange like Gemini. You will need to purchase enough ETH to swap for NULL as well as ETH to pay for transaction fees on the Ethereum network (known as gas). You can use a service like Etherscan to get an idea of how much gas fees currently cost.
  3. Transfer the ETH into a web 3.0 wallet like MetaMask to connect to the DEX.
  4. Trade ETH for NULL on the DEX of your choice, following the instructions on screen. Make sure to leave enough ETH in your wallet to pay for gas.
  5. Wait for the transaction to finalize and the NULL tokens will arrive in your wallet.
  6. You may now keep the tokens in your web 3.0 wallet or transfer them somewhere more secure like a hardware wallet.

You can follow the same process when you want to sell your tokens, or come back to this page to see if they can now be traded on an exchange in the US.

How does play-to-earn work in Big Time?

There are three primary ways for users to earn while playing Big Time:

  • Collecting NFT items during dungeon quests – Collecting NFT items can be done by killing bosses in the game's dungeons. The player who kills the final boss in a dungeon gets the NFT drop. These items will be cosmetic to avoid a pay-to-win situation.
  • Flipping NFTs in the marketplace – Flipping NFTs allow users to earn from the game without necessarily playing since they can purchase an NFT with crypto or fiat from the marketplace and sell it at a higher price later on.
  • Selling the game's economy token – Players can receive token rewards while engaging in battles and performing in-game quests. These tokens can be used to purchase ultra-rare and exclusive cosmetic NFTs, as well as to craft items or repair damaged ones.

What are the Big Time NFTs?

Since Big Time is a role-playing game, its NFTs come in the form of game items that can be acquired via dungeon drops or purchased from the marketplace. However, the trading, renting and sale of NFTs are restricted to cosmetic items to avoid diluting the game's competitiveness.

How to buy Big Time NFTs

NFT collectors can visit Big Time's attached marketplace at Binance NFT Marketplace (the Binance NFT marketplace is not available to US residents), which offers the purchase of exclusive VIP passes for early game access. These passes give early players a head start on earning in-game NFTs.

Other NFTs that can be bought include Big Time packs, which consist of a series of collectible, animated postcards featuring the different locations players could see in the game.

You can purchase a SPACE NFT on Big Time's market, which are expansions to your personal Time Machine. SPACE is essentially land or virtual real estate like we see in other metaverse games. You can add crafting stations to your SPACE, decorate the rooms, add forges, install portals, and much more.

The cost of buying SPACE varies – a lot. It could run you anywhere from $300 to $23,000, depending on the size and rarity. These NFTs are limited, and once they're gone, they're gone (until expansions come out, anyway).

If you're anxious to get started, you can also buy a VIP Access Pass at the market – a Gold pass is listed for $9,900, which gives you early access to the release and access to limited edition in-game content.

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Collectibles, Gaming, Trading cards
Cryptocurrency, PayPal
Browser, mobile
Trading card game (TCG)
Splinterlands is a digital, play-to-earn, collectible card game built on hive blockchain technology.
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Binance NFT Marketplace
Sports, Collectibles, Art, Gaming, Music, Trading cards, Domain names, Metaverse (Virtual Worlds), Memes, DeFi, Mixed
Credit card, Debit card, Cryptocurrency, Bank transfer
NFT marketplace
A peer-to-peer marketplace supported by one of the worlds largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance. Not currently available to U.S. residents.

How to sell Big Time NFTs

Big Time is set to have its own in-game marketplace to allow for the trading of NFTs.

About Big Time developers

We can't ignore the experience behind Big Time's development team. As mentioned, the CEO, Ari Meilich, used to be CEO of Decentraland. But it's the team he has assembled around him that raises eyebrows. The creative director, Ken Harsha, is an ex-Treyarch and worked on the Call of Duty series for Activision-Blizzard. Lead designer, TJ Stamm, has two decades of work in his locker from EA, Snowblind Studios, Neversoft and Infinity Ward. CTO, Matthew Tonks, spent five years at Epic Games with lead artist Aaron Smith. While art director Carlo Arellano has hall-of-famers God of War, Ratchet & Clank, and World of Warcraft on his resume.

Big Time roadmap

The game is set to drop in 2022. If we had to speculate, the official launch is likely slated for mid-year since early access is set for early 2022.

Recently, they have also secured a total funding of $21 million from elite crypto institutions, such as Alameda Research, Digital Currency Group, OKEx Blockdream Ventures and more, as reported by VentureBeat.

The first SPACE sale was launched in December 2021, and there are still some for sale, available on Big Time's market accessible on the main site

Bottom line

Until we can see some more gameplay footage and get the name for the token that you can earn in the game, we can't speculate too much about earning potential on Big Time. Hopefully, once early access drops, we'll get more insight on this highly-anticipated game.

Buying and selling NFTs is supposed to be easier for players, as well. Big Time and Circle partnered to offer a way for players to use debt and credit cards, wire transfers and deposit USDC on the Big Time market to buy NFTs.

The prospect of being able to buy NFTs with a credit and debit card is exciting and could remove a lot of scary barriers for gamers new to crypto gaming. The multiplayer aspect is enticing as well, and so is the ability to switch between classes. But we don't love how expensive some of the SPACE NFTs are. These SPACEs may give paying players more of an in-game advantage, but we'll see.

While the initial gameplay footage is promising, it still looks pretty early. We'll update this page as more information becomes available.

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